Back to the beginning….

IMG_0306 (Medium)IMG_0309 (Medium)When I first started cardmaking I made 3D cards.This is before I discovered patterned paper! anyway, now and again I go back to my cardmaking roots and rediscover 3d sheets all over again. I love the act of sitting in front of the TV fussycutting the layers..the most relaxing thing ever,and it is always fun to try an old style with new tools such as the top card with the Kaisercraft  Roses embossing folder and the bottom card with swipes of my clear wink of stella pen.I bought a few  3d sheets when I was at the craft fair for a very good price, so over the year you may see some more ideas from me as I create with them. Today i have plans to actually enjoy some quality time in the craft room – something that has been lacking in the past few weeks..til tomorrow….

Stampin Up Birthday Blooms stamp

IMG_5635 (Medium)Todays card is a mix of embossing and stamping and colouring. The embossing folder I used on the background Is a kaisercraft Roses embossing folder, and I sprinkled a few rhinestones over it. The main image is a stampin up stamp from their Birthday Blooms stamp set and I coloured it with copics and fussy cut it out, attaching to the front of the card with 3d foam pads. A little ribbon and lace and this card is a very feminine card indeed! This morning I have been busy creating in the kitchen, an apple crumble for later, a pasta bake for a quick meal in the next couple of days, and some spinach soup for lunch today made with spinach from the garden. I feel i have earned some time in the craft room! til tomorrow….

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose number 7…

IMG_0602 (Medium)I am enjoying this collection of paper because I have been able to make quite a range of cards with it, wedding, anniversary, engagement, sympathy and now birthday.Todays card uses the 6″ pad only, and a few embellishments – green tara and kaisercraft flower, leaves die cut from the kaisercraft mini foilage die ( love this die – its  a plate, and die cuts quite a few different leaves all in one go – great for die cutting scraps and keeping them on my desk for times when I need them)some stampin up gold twine,liquid pearls and a butterfly punched from my tim Holtz butterfly punch. The sentiments were also in the paper pad! Today is a good day…I have done the cooking I wanted to do in preparation for next week, the sun is shining after a very wet week – not that we ever complain when we get rain, my washing is drying on the line,and I am ready to spend some quality time in the craft room! life is good!! til tomorrow….

Village card class cards

IMG_4112 (Medium)IMG_4113 (Medium)Here are two of the cards ladies made last month in my class. I will show the third one tomorrow.The top card uses a Kaszazz lighthouse stamp which we lightly sponged ink around rather than colouring, and matted a couple of times onto stampin up cardstock. The seagulls are a Kaisercraft die which we also lightly inked so that they were distinct from the background. The lower card is a favourite of mine – we used the dies and stamps from stampin up botanical blooms sets. the best way I find to use these dies is to just die cut a big pile of different sizes from all your scraps then spend  a lovely afternoon putting them all together on cards!. the background embossing is a kaisercraft rose embossing folder.Just a note – I only used the matching stamps from this set to stamp the veins on the leaves). Today was meant to be a village lesson, but with no voice it just wouldn’t work, and I really don’t want my ladies to catch this one. Til tomorrow…..

stampin up birthday blooms, the second..

IMG_4118 (Medium)Here is the other card I have made with Stampin Up Birthday Blooms stamp set. Again, I coloured the image with copics,and used stampin up cardstock for my card blank.The paper is from stampin up botanical blooms designer paper ( has anyone noticed I have real trouble mixing my paper companies?)spellbinders scalloped die, and ribbon from my ribbon drawer. My voice is slowly coming back, but not enough to go to work, so today I will be resting,making a big pot of spinach soup,and hanging out a little bit in the craft room – Mothers day is only 4 weeks away, so I must make some more cards.Til tomorrow….

Stampin Up birthday Blooms stamp set

IMG_4117 (Medium)Although I have called this post stampin up birthday blooms stamp set I have only used one stamp out of the set.As I sit here looking at the set I see lots more potential for this one – it has a nice range of sentiment stamps, focal image stamps and even a cute heart border stamp so I will have to leave it out on my desk to play some more!I stamped this image with memento black ink, coloured with copics, and die cut with spellbinders scalloped circle die. The cardstock is stampin up regal rose, and I embossed the background layer with kaisercraft roses embossing folder.I popped over to Paper flourish today to pick up some papers for June classes, and found a few new dies and papers to put in my basket so can’t wait to get into the craft room, but for now I am off to the Dr to get something for my lack of voice! til tomorrow….

Stampin Up Botanical Blooms

IMG_7734 (Medium)Todays card was inspired by a design I saw on Pinterest.I have just purchased this die and matching stamp set, and already it is a favourite, and the village ladies are going to be making a card with the set this Saturday. I die cut lots of buits from scrap cardstock, and stamped the veins on the leaves with matching inks.I used rhinestones in the centres of these flowers, but i have since used perfect pearls and sequins on more recent makes.The sentiment stamp ( stampin Up) is stamping in white ink.and the backgound base card is black . The photo here doesnt do the card justice – its come out a bit light – in real life it is really bright and vibrant!day off today, shopping done, hair cut done and all classes up to date so I am off to the craft room to work on some cards I need for personal use! Til tomorrow….

Brand new cuttlebug/bigshot card

IMG_5104 (Medium)I came up with this card at short notice for a lesson.I used pearlescent cardstock ( for the card base) and pearlescent paper in the same shade of pink for all the embossing and die cutting. punches used – martha stewart lacy border, leaf, and branch , and the flower die is a new release from kaisercraft. I added flat backed pearls in the centre of the flowers. This card was actually so simple, but looks really effective in real life with the shimmery card and paper. A gorgeous day here in adelaide, so we are all off to a bbq lunch in the park..must dig out my sunscreen and hat, at 29degrees celsius our winter skin may get a little burnt! til tomorrow….

Cuttlebug card with some stamping…

IMG_9558 (Medium)Todays card is a really good basic design that leaves lots of room for improvising. I have layered two shades of purple cardstock, embossing the layers with two different embossing folders and stamped flowers from stampin up fabulous florets stamp set onto more cardstock – no colouring. The leaves are stamped onto green cardstock ( they are stamped using stampin up secret garden stamp) and then all the stamping is fussy cut. if you don’t want to use stamps it would look just as effective with flowers fussy cut from patterned paper or shop bought flowers instead. I used a big green flat backed pearl in the middle of my flower. The butterfly is punched with a martha stewart punch. Til tomorrow…..

Secret Garden and Bloom with hope stamps

IMG_1766 (Medium)Still with the stamped cards, and for this card I used two stamps sets, Stampin up bloom with hope and Secret garden. I stamped the greenery straight on to my card base, and stamped the flowers separately onto scrap white card stock, and coloured in with kaiser fusion markers.I then fussy cut them out and stuck onto the card with foam pads of varying thicknesses.The butterfly is a spellbinders die and I used some liquid pearls for a butterfly trail!Til tomorrow….