Monday, November 28, 2011

Stampin' Up Dinoraur - a boy's birthday card

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My nephew's 8th birthday was late last week and this is the card I made for him:

I used one of the newer stamp sets by Stampin' Up called "Dinoraur" which I really, really love and I couldn't wait to bring one of the images to life with my watercolour pencils.  I added some Glossy Accents to the black markings on his back plus his claws.  Here is a close-up of the Glossy Accents - you will have to peer closely as it isn't very easy to see but I can tell you that it "feels" all bumpy IRL.  

As you can probably tell, I did a ton of aging with Vintage Photo Distress ink and a seasponge.  This colour is one of my newer purchases of Distress ink and I think it is awesome.

The sentiment I made from the Stampendous Typewriter Alphabet clear set and I had a hard time trying to line up the letters all in a row so went for an uneven line which I think looked more fun.

I used my Spellbinder Pinking Circle Nestabilities (LOVE the pointy bits!!) to diecut the rust and pale olive cardstock and popped them on top of each other to get the double-spikey effect then popped this image panel up on dimensionals.

The designer papers are one of my all-time favourite papers called "Archaic" by Basic Grey.

For the side panel, I ran the designer paper through my Cuttlebug using my Mesh embossing folder then distressed it with some sandpaper.  The pale olive cardstock border was made with a Martha Stewart Embossed Zigzag edge punch.  The ribbon is from my stash; sorry I don't know who made it.  Here is a wee close-up of the side panel:

Lastly, I added 3 Kaiser Daffodil Sparklets to the bottom RH corner - aren't they just so cool?!!

When I stamped the Stampin' Up sentiment on the inside of the card, I did my usual dumb trick of not centering it on the cardstock and also stamped it crooked!!  Ugggh!!  The number of times I do I decided to re-stamp it on a panel similar to the one of the card-front except I reversed the order of colours and glued it over the crooked sentiment.  Because this panel was up a little high, I thought it would look better if I added the bottom panel which matches the side panel on the card-front - other than the fact I again reversed the colours - and of course, these panels are all aged the same as the card-front.  Here is a pic of the inside:


I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Cooking it up with Katie - Challenge #85 - A piece of pie - this week's recipe is:  use a Punch, add some Ink, include some Embossing

Mark's Finest Papers - Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #83 - Make it Masculine

Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge #312 - Glenna Jean website - I chose the picture on the top row, 2nd from the left called 'Carson' as inspiration behind the colours on my card.

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Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampin' Up Dinoraur, Stampendous Typewriter Alphabet SSC014 clear set

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink

Designer paper:  Basic Grey Archaic 6" x 6" paper pad

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Mesh embossing folder, Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities + Large Pinking Circle Nestabilities, seasponge, sandpaper, 140lb watercolour paper, Faber-Castell + Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, small round paintbrush, ribbon from stash, dimensionals, Kaisercraft Daffodil Sparklets RS410, cardstock:  rust, pale olive

Punches:  Martha Stewart Embossed Diamond edge

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Penny Black - Before the Snow - clean and simple Christmas card

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I whipped up a couple of Clean and Simple Christmas cards in non-traditional colours that will be nice and flat for mailing.  Here is my first one in purple:

There isn't much to explain - I think you can see for yourself.  And here is my turquoise one:

The only difference between the two cards (aside from the colour) is that I used pigment ink on the purple card and heat-embossed it with Satin Pearl embossing powder; the ink on the turquoise card is chalk ink and (of course) is not heat-embossed.  Easy peasy!

I wrapped the twine twice around the card and added matching rhinestones to the tree.  The main thing with these sorts of cards is that you stamp everything on straight, ie: if the sentiment is slightly crooked, it really stands out like a sore thumb - and it can be a good idea to use a stamp positioner if you have one so you don't waste your cardstock.


I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Splitcoaststampers - Clean and Simple Challenge CAS145 of Christmas/Winter
Allsorts Challenge blog - Week 130 - One Layer Cards

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Card Recipe - Turquoise card:

Stamps:  Penny Black - Before the snow 3993K, Sentiment from Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Tree clear set

Ink:  Versamagic Turquoise Gem chalk

Accessories:  Kaisercraft Island Lagoon rhinestones, The Twinery - Carribean twine, Cardstock - white, Stampin' Up corner punch

Card Recipe - Purple card:

Stamps:  Penny Black - Before the snow 3993K wood-mounted rubber, Sentiment from Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Tree clear set

Ink:  Colorbox Heliotrope pigment

Accessories:  Kaisercraft SB705 purple rhinestones, The Twinery - Lilac twine, satin pearl embossing powder, heat-gun, Cardstock - white, Stampin' Up corner punch

Elzybells Teddy and Snowman Christmas card

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I have another Christmas card to share with you today using a very cute little bear and snowman:

Isn't this just the sweetest little image?  I coloured it with Faber Castell + Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils and a small, round paintbrush.  I added some dots to the teddy's scarf with white acrylic paint and added my usual Cotton White fun flock mixed with Crystalina glitter using Designer Dries Clear adhesive to the snowman's hat and the snow around + underneath image which is my favourite way of adding some texture.  Here is a wee close-up:

And here is another angle so you can (hopefully) see the dimension on the card a little:

I added the bow in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.

Finished off with some My Favorite Things snowflake diecuts which are popped up on dimensionals.  I didn't think it was necessary to add a sentiment as I thought the wording on the ribbon would suffice.  This is my last piece of that ribbon (sob!).


I am entering my card in the following Challenges -

Just us Girls Challenges - JUGS #111 - Colour Challenge of red, white and green

Scrapbook Boutique Adding spots and dots - November challenge (note: only open to Australian residents)

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Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Elzybells teddy and snowman (retired)

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black

Designer paper:  Kaisercraft Be Merry Collection

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Circle + Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Faber Castell + Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, paintbrush, 140lb Watercolor paper, Kaiser red rhinestones SB711, Stampendous Cotton White fun flock, Crystalina glitter, Designer Dries Clear adhesive, white acrylic paint, dimensionals, ribbon by TPC Studio - Deck the Halls, Bow Easy, My Favorite Things Let it Snowflake Die-namics dies, Cardstock:  white, green

Punches:  EK Success Scalloped Scallop edge

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Elzybells Rudolph and Robin - Season's Tweetings

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Here is another card I made using my all-time favourite Christmas image by Elzybells - it's just so adorable!!   It's a shame that Elzybells are no longer around as I really love their stamps.

The image was stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with Faber-Castell and Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.  I added some Kindyglitz red to the reindeer's nose and Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with Crystalina glitter along the snowline.

The sentiment is also by Elzybells and is from a clear set which has no name on it. This main image panel is up on dimensionals.

The snowflakes stamped around the image are from a Studio-G clear set and were stamped using Versacolor Laurel Leaf pigment ink.  I heat-set the snowflakes with my heat-gun then added some Frosted Lace Stickles to the snowflake centres.  Here is a wee close-up - you can always click on the pic for a larger view:

The burgundy panel was embossed using my Snow Dots embossing folder.  I decided to punch the ice blue cardstock with my Icicles punch, but now it looks a little lost against the dp background - oh well - it was a nice idea........maybe I should have added some stickles to it to make it stand out?  Too late now as I would probably make a mess!

I kept thinking I needed to add a ribbon somewhere but in the end thought it best to leave it off.  I find it really hard to not use ribbon on a card - it just doesn't seem to feel right somehow but I don't know why!!


I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Challenge #109 - Snowflakes
Winter Wonderland - Awwwwww, what a cutie - any cute Christmas image

Thanks so much for stopping by - I really appreciate it at this busy time of year.

If you are in a hurry, you can always click on the "Reactions" at the bottom of my post.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Elzybells Reindeer and Robin, Sentiment - Elzybells clear set (name unknown), snowflakes by Studio-G VS5701 clear set

Ink:   Versafine Onyx black

Designer paper:  Echo Park Wintertime - Snow

Accessories:  140lb watercolour paper, small round paintbrush, Faber-Castell + Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, Stampendous Cotton White fun flock mixed with Crystalina glitter, Designer Dries Clear adhesive (for flock), Kaiser Ice blue SB774 rhinestones, dimensionals, Frosted Lace stickles, heat-gun, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Snow Dots embossing folder, Spellbinder Circle + Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, cardstock: ice blue, burgundy

Punches:  Martha Stewart Icicles edge

Monday, November 14, 2011

Penny Black Teddy Santa Christmas card

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My craft room has been a hive of activity with my Christmas card making.  I do love making Christmas cards - there is just something so special about the whole process of choosing the papers, stamps and ribbon etc - it just seems to make me feel so happy inside going through my stash.  So onto my card......

The cute little Penny Black teddy was stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with Faber-Castell plus Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.  Here is a closer view of the teddy:

I added some Fun Flock mixed with Crystalina glitter to the hat using Designer Dries Clear adhesive - and added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the present.  Here is a wee close-up of the flocking - don't you just want to reach through your computer screen and have a feel of how soft it is LOL!!

The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.

Did you notice the three green Sparklets in the top RH corner?  Oh my gosh - I love them so much!!

They are a newly released item by Kaisercraft and come in lots of different colours and 2 different sizes in the pack and are self-adhesive like rhinestones and pearls.   The larger ones are 15mm or 9/16" in diameter and the smaller ones are 8mm or 5/16".  Here is a picture so you know what I am talking about -

The designer paper is also by Kaisercraft - Be Merry which was released last year.


I am entering my card in the following challenge -

Penny Black and more at Allsorts - November challenge - All creatures great and small

Problems with leaving comments on other Blogger's blogs

Not sure if it is just my computer, but I have had alot of trouble in the past month getting onto Blogger blogs including my own.  It takes absolutely forever for them to load and most times, I am not able to bring up the blog - it times out.  And then I might try a few minutes later and all is OK.  I have also had a very difficult time leaving comments on other blogs, particularly when it is an embedded comment form ie: loads within the blog - not a separate window or page.  I keep getting an error message saying something about "not having permission".  So I have been visiting you my lovely followers but often not able to let you know I have been! And it is very frustrating when you leave a lovely comment here but I am not able to reciprocate!!  It is driving me crazy - and is such a great timewaster! I am waiting on an answer from Google Help, but haven't had anything that has helped so far Free Smiley Courtesy of

That's about it for me!  I have finished a couple of other Christmas cards and will share them very soon.  Thanks for stopping by and thank you for any comments you care to leave - I really appreciate them Free Smiley Courtesy of  


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black Teddy Santa 3549F

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black

Designer paper:  Kaisercraft 'Be Merry Collection' P561 - Delight

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, Spellbinder small and large Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities, Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with Crystalina glitter, Designer Dries Clear adhesive, Bow Easy, ribbon from TPC Studio 'Deck the Halls' collection, dimensionals, 140lb Watercolour paper, small round paintbrush, Faber Castell + Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, Kindyglitz Crystalina, Kaisercraft Sparklets - Fern RS419, cardstock:  red, green

Punches:  Fiskars Scallop border punch

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hero Arts Snowflakes card using heat and bond powder

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I do have a Christmas card to share today, but you will have to scroll down past my holiday snaps.

I have just returned from a holiday at Bright, in north east Victoria.  We had lovely spring weather and it was wonderful to see how green and lush it is up there after our awful 10 year Victorian drought.  Note you can click on any of my photos if you wish to have a bigger looky.  The holiday house we rented backs onto the Ovens River and here is a view of what we looked at every day:  beautiful, isn't it?!! Free Smiley Courtesy of

And this is where we walked through into the township every day:  hard to take, isn't it?!!

Bright was resplendent with azaleas, rhododendrons, spring bulbs and roses - truly a glorious sight.

There was a little family with 2 ducklings which stopped by every day for a feed.  It was really hard to take a photo of them as they were always moving!  The mother is on the far left; the father has the darker brown head.

There is an awesome Scrapbooking and Giftware store at Bright called "Little Shoppe of Memories" run by Cindy Cherry and I spent a lot of time in there!  Cindy is a lovely lady and a very talented scrapbooker - and loves all things vintage.  Cindy doesn't have a website but is on Facebook here and has uploaded photos of her store - definitely worth a peek - and if you are ever in Bright, I would encourage you to visit - you will NOT be disappointed!

Since I returned, I have been laid low with viral gastro and are still not 100% - ick - but I need to get my skates on with Christmas just around the corner and I don't have many Christmas cards done yet.

The card I am showing you today is a quick and simple card that would be easy to mass produce.  I have actually done a couple of cards in different colours which I will show you over the coming weeks.

To achieve all the glittery goodness, I used Stampendous Stamp and Bond powder which is my first time using this product.  I have recently "discovered" Kristina Werner's blogKWerner Design, and on Day 12 of Kristina's 25 days of Christmas cards 2011 videos, Kristina used Stamp and Bond powder so this is how I learnt how to use it.  I will say, that if you don't want to have glitter and mess everywhere (note that I am a pretty messy cardmaker!), I would recommend doing it somewhere like outside on a verandah or decking in nice, calm weather  (or maybe in hubby's garage if he doesn't mind all his tools and his car being glittery LOL!!) - and you will need to have access to a powerpoint for your heatgun.  By the time I tried different types of ink and different coloured glitter and had a good old play to see what worked and what didn't, I had glitter absolutely everywhere!!   And I mean - EVERYWHERE!!  Next time, I will definitely do it outside!

So onto how it's done:  I lined up the 3 individual Hero Arts Snowflakes (note: comes as a set of 4) on my acrylic block, inked them with Versacolor Violet pigment ink (you have to use a slow-drying ink for the Stamp and Bond powder to work - and you really want a juicy ink pad - not one that is getting a bit dry as the technique doesn't work as well), poured on the Stamp and Bond powder and removed the excess from around the images, then heated it with a heat gun until the powder melted which takes very little time.  As soon as it was melted, I poured on fine Crystalina glitter and of course, shook off the excess and used a small paintbrush to remove any surplus glitter from around the card.  It is helpful to have everything ready at hand - any delay might mean it doesn't work

Next, I inked up the sentiment with the same colour ink (I masked off the star which is after the word 'Wish' as I wanted to add a star brad instead), poured on clear embossing powder and heat-set it.  

As my purple star brad wasn't quite the right shade of purple, I held the prongs with a pair of tweezers, inked it with the same ink, added the Stamp and Bond powder, heated it with my heat gun then poured on the same glitter.  Yay - now it matched!  You do not want to handle the brad till it cools down of course and you don't want to handle the brad too much anyway because it is very easy to scrape off the glitter/embossing.  I usually cut off my prongs with a pair of pliers and glue brads to my cards with Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue as I have a hard time poking a hole in just the right spot on my card and lining my brads up - it's just easier for me that way.

The white card base was embossed with my Big Shot and the Snowflakes embossing folder from the Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set, corner punched the top and bottom RHS, wrapped some Lilac Twine around it (LOVE my twine!!) and popped the main panel up on dimensionals.  Finished card size is 5" x 5".

Here is a close-up of all that gorgeous sparkly glitter:


I am popping my card into the following challenges -

Splitcoaststampers, Free for all Friday F4A88 - 'A True Free for All' - nice and easy

Winter Wonderland Challenge - Make your card sparkle - use lots of glitter or glitter card

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge CHNC45 - Bright colours and/or sparkle

For those of you who (like me) are a visual learner, here is Kristina Werner's video from You Tube where Kristina demonstrates how to use Stamp and Bond Powder on her Christmas card (Kristina is using Stampin' Up brand which is called 'Heat and Stick' - it's the same thing).  Enjoy!  (And thanks Kristina!)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'll be back in a few days!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:   Hero Arts Four Framed Snowflakes cling rubber, Sentiment by Stamp-It Australia - A little Christmas Wish 1607C

Ink:  Versacolor Violet pigment

Accessories:  Acrylic block, Big Shot, Snowflakes embossing folder from Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set, heat-gun, Stampendous Stamp and Bond embossing powder aka Heat-and-Stick in other brands, Fine .008 Crystalina glitter, small round paintbrush, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, dimensionals, star brad (from stash), The Twinery lilac twine, cardstock: white

Punches:  Stampin' Up corner
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