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Something simple for #tooeasytuesday.  A repeated stamped image with some central highlights.  Keeping it to easy for the start of the week.
Happy crafting.
ingredients: stamps: Betsy's Blossom, Itty Bitty Banners
ink: Basic Black
cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Primrose Petals
other: Primrose Petals stitched satin ribbon, Label Punch, Silver brads

#techniquethursday - faux tiles

Today I'm showing you another technique that uses sponging to create a great faux tile pattern.  All you need to do is create a template, add a little sponge and ink and you'll get some great effects.

The first thing I did was use a square punch to create a template on some scrap paper to use as a mask.  I then lined up the template at an angle and sponged around the edges of the square, adding extra ink consistently in the lower half.  I then moved the template down the card and repeated the process until the entire background was filled.  I then added a few extra embellishments in different colours and it was complete.

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  I love sponging.  I love the way you can vary this technique in so many ways to create so many different effects.  I love that it can be subtle or bold.  You can use it on one part of a card, or to create an entire background.  It's such an easy way to add to every project.  Do you have a technique that …


Today's card was really easy.  It might look complicated but there are only 2 stamped images and the rest is all done with the Big Shot - too easy!

The background is an embossing folder.  The second layer of costal cabana is also an embossing folder.  The whisper white was cut using a paper doily sizzlit.  The rest is a few stamps and framelit layers, with a bit of crystal effects on the heart to make it pop.  Here's a close up of the heart.

Something that looks very intricate really was too easy.  
Happy crafting.  
ingredients: stamps: Itty Bitty Banners, Hearts a Flutter ink: Primrose Petals card: Coastal Cabana, Primrose Petals, Whisper White, Basic Gray other: Hearts a Flutter framelit, Bitty Banners framelit, Paper Doily Sizzlit, Chevron embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Primrose Petals stitched satin ribbon, Crystal Effects


Imagine making a card with just 1 ink colour and two different colours of card.  Imagine it only requiring 2 stamps.  Imagine it taking less than 5 minutes.  Imagine no more because that's the card I made 5 minutes ago for #tooeasytuesday.

A simple colour combo - crumb cake and basic black.  Very vintage.  Very easy.  Fool proof in fact.  It's a timeless colour combo that you can't get wrong - there are no colours to clash.  I also picked a very detailed butterfly stamp to give a vintage inked effect to add to my colour choices.  What do you think?  Is this working for you or is it too boring and are brightly coloured cards more your thing?  
Happy crafting.
ingredients: stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Loving Thoughts ink: Basic Black card: Crumb Cake, Basic Black other: Large Oval punch, Decorative Label punch, Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon

#techniquethursday - more frames

Last week I showed you how you can use frames to bring a focal point to your card.  I demonstrated a self cut frame.  This week I'm doing the same thing - but even easier by using a bigshot framelit to cut out my frames and background.  Framelits are essentially a range of die cutters of the same shape but different size.  It means you can easily vary your frames size and thickness just but using different sized sizzlits. 
The first thing I did was make my DSP frame using 2 sizes of the same framelit from the Labels Collection.  I did this by first cutting out the larger image I wanted (not shown).  I then positioned the next size down framelit inside this to make my second cut (pic 1.)  This produced my frame.  The second step was to cut out the backing card in Early Espresso using the same smaller framelit used on the frame (pic 2).  Layering it all up over a card made of very vanilla left me with the a beautifully frames centre just waiting for a sentiment to be stamped.

And th…


Last week's #techniquethursday post on frames got me on a frame kick.  Here's a quick an easy card I whipped up in minutes thanks to my Labels Collection framelits.  A few runs through the bigshot, a quick stamp, some brads and I was done.  Keeping it simple for #tooeasytuesday.
Happy crafting
ingredients: stamps: Itty Bitty Banners ink: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso card: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, retired DSP other: Labels Collection framelits, brads, snail

Even more specials

Remember last month when I told you there were going to be monthly specials to celebrate 25 years of Stampin' Up! ?  No?  Well never mind... let me tell you there is and it's awesome.  Each month there will be a new "best of" set you can buy that includes both old favourites and new images.  For July it's best of Butterfiles.  Check it out.

If you want to get your hands on these you can place an order with me or purchase anytime online here.

Happy crafting.


#techniquethursday - frames

This week for #techniquethursday I'm demonstrating the simple way you can use frames to create a focal point on your card.  I've created a square frame, but really you could use any shape.  The idea is to use a solid colour in an interesting shape to draw your attention to a specific detail you want to highlight on your card.  It could be a sentiment or an embellishment, even a photo.

The first thing I did was create my frame.  The frame I made was 8cm x 8cm on the external measurements and 7cm x 7cm on the internal one.  I used my cutter to make the external side first and then cut the internal square out.  If you wanted to you could use 2 sizzlits of the same shape but different size to get the same effect.  After that I stamped up my background stamp.  Pro-tip.... if you stamp is bigger than you ink pad, flip it upside down and press the ink pad over the surface of the stamp.  That way you can make sure you have it all well inked.  I then stamped and punched out my butterf…

July Specials

Ok it's kind of crazy, but the kind of crazy that I love.  Yesterday the new catty came out and today there is a sale for the month of July - yippee.  This month there is 25% of selected greeting stamp sets.  Greetings are a great investment because they help you have versatility for your projects.  A card with a flower, butterfly or heart on it can easily become a birthday card, a thank you card, a farewell card, or a hello/just for you card just by swapping out the greetings.  All the sets on sale offer great versatility.  If you don't have any greeting sets you can check out what's on sale now at my store.
Happy crafting.

New Catalogue

It's here, it's here, it's here.  OMG it's FINALLY here.  I've had my hands on a copy for weeks now and I'm so excited that I can finally share it with you and you can join me in lusting after way too many new products.  You can check it out online here or download a PDF.  If you want to get your hands on a physical copy it's $10 and I'll post it to you, or free if you spend $100 or more online or with me.  
Hope you love it as much as I do.

#tooeasytuesday - out with the old... in with the new

It's that time of the year.  Time to say goodbye to the 2012-2013 Annual Catalogue, and welcome in the new 2013-2014 Annual Catalogue.  Along with lots and lots of fantastic new colours we are also saying a big HELLO to 5 new in colours!  And here they are - Baked Brown Sugar (yum!), Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe (that's Rockmelon for us Aussies), Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana.  Hello spring.  Well that's what it feels like to me when I look at these colours.  This was my first play with them and I wanted to do something simple that would showcase them.  Sadly it was wet, rainy and dark in my house so the photos don't do them justice.  You'll have to check back in a few hours and see my post on the new catty which will give you a much better look at them.  Speaking of which let me know if you want to get your hands on a hard copy.  If you place an order - either online or in person - which totals over $100 I'll also send you one in the mail free.  …