Thursday, April 19, 2018

Graduation Congratulations

I needed a Graduation card for a friend whose niece has completed her Masters Degree. For inspiration, I found a colour combo on Pinterest of Soft Sky, Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand. I think this is such an elegant combination. I used my template for this elongated pop up box card.

Stamps : Lift Me Up
Ink : Soft Sky, Sahara Sand
Cardstock : Soft Sky, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Accessories : Very Vanilla Ribbon (ret), layering ovals, Big Shot, Lift me Up Framelits

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Birthday Cupcakes

This set has been retired for a long time now but remains on my Top 10 favourites list!

I needed a card for a friend's daughter and thought I'd have another play with "Create a Cupcake". I embossed the frame and cut it out, and added the Happy Birthday tag with some baker's twine. It's a very simple card, true to my card-making style of "CAS".

Stamps : Create a Cupcake
Ink : Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Calypso Carol, Old Olive
Cardstock : Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Accessories : Cupcake Punch, Word Window Punch, Baker's Twine, 1/2 Pearls, Embossing folder "frame" (retired)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Feminine 60th

I only just started to use this hostess set in the past few weeks and I'm going to REALLY miss it! So sweet, fresh and pretty. Hopefully I'll find something just as lovely in the new catalogue!

This is a pretty pink 60th birthday card, CAS and really fresh looking.

Stamps : Tranquil Tulips
Ink : Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Perfect Plum
Cardstock : Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive
Accessories : Big Shot, layering circle framelits, typeset Jr thinlits (ret), olive ribbon

Monday, April 16, 2018

Wedding Commissions

I'm so glad that this stamp set made it into the new 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue! I was commissioned to make a "navy wedding card" and a 40th Anniversary Card. It was a no brainer to use the beautiful Cake Soiree set!

For the "Navy Wedding Card" I stamped the cake from Cake Soiree in Night of Navy and immediately heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The classic inks aren't made for embossing, but if you make it nice and moist the powder sticks nicely to it. I used the new Stampin' Blends to colour the flowers and cut out the other shapes with the coordinating framelits. The background of this card is made using embossing paste and the cake soiree suite stencils. Topped it off with a pearl and some of the crinkle night of navy ribbon.

 This is the inside of the card with the simple sentiment "celebrate". Just enough to finish the card off beautifully and elegantly.

The second commission was for a 40th wedding anniversary card. 40th is "Ruby" so I made this card with Cherry Cobbler. It's very similar to the first, except I used an embossing folder instead of a stencil for the background. The image is coloured with Cherry Cobbler and Pink Pirouette blends.

In the close-up, you can see the heat embossing and the floral images which were coloured with the new Stampin' Blends. This is a really effective card, someone's going to love it!

Stamps : Cake Soiree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink : Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock : Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories : Big Shot, Cake Soiree framelits, Timeless Type Alphabet Jnr (retired), Clear EP, Stampin' Blends, 1/2 Pearls, Word Window (ret) and Modern Label Punch (ret) 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fruit Basket

There's a lovely set in the Occasions Mini called "Fruit Basket". It comes in a bundle with a set of 4 tiny fruit-shaped punches. The versatility of this bundle is boundless. Here are 2 samples from a quick and easy CAS bowl of strawberries, to a fruit-wreath.

Stamps : Fruit Basket
Ink : Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Choc Chip
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories : Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Sarah's boyfriend Eddie just landed a really fabulous job down in Atlanta Georgia. He asked me for 2 thank you cards to give to his references .... so of course I couldn't send them down without his own congrats card! Apologies for the awful photos. I had to use my phone which didn't give me the best results!

Stamps: Lift Me Up
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Basic Grey
Cardstock : Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy (vellum stack retired)
Accessories : SU Checked Ribbon in Night of Navy and Smoky Slate

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Picnic Time

Another sweet little set in the Occasions Catalogue is this Picnic Basket. It comes with matching framelits so you can layer up your basket easily with cut-outs. I did add dimension to a few items by using Stampin' Blends over the ink used. I then added some blends over the French Baguette and picnic tea-towel. You can see from the close-up that I used Crystal Effects on the wine bottle and wine glasses. For such a simple, clean card, there's a lot going on!

Stamps: Picnic With You
Ink: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Cherry Covler, So Saffron, Tip Top Taupe
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Crumb Cake, Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot, Picnic Basket Builder Framelits, 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon, Crystal Effects, dimensionals