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INKspired Sketch Challenge 117 - Prized Peony

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to my blog and the new sketch challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have hopped across from Katrina Healy and enjoyed her lovely creative designs.

When I saw Teneale's sketch challenge, I saw diamonds and peonies!  What, how could I envision that! Not sure how, but the Diamonds embossing folder and the brass foil sheets along with the Prized Peony Stamp Set (SS) and Peony dies filled my thoughts to create my card.

I started with a card base of Petal Pink and topped it with one of the beautiful designs from the Peony Garden designer series papers (DSP) in Grey Granite and white. As the SS and DSP have an elegance to them, the diamond embossed brass foil sheets and square vellum doilies just had to accompany.

Then I used the Peony dies and layered the petal pieces to create the 3D flower. I chose to use vellum sponged with Petal Pink ink to make my flower, and the same for the leaves (sponged in Pear Pizzazz). I backed the leaves and finished flower with Whisper White card stock - die cut each leaf and the large flower back. Last but not least, I used Bumblebee ink to sponge the stamen.


The Peony is placed on with dimensionals, and the leaves are glued and tucked under the flower. I chose to use part of one of the sentiments from the Prized Peony SS, not too much and not too little. 

I added a few of the Elegant Faceted Gems and just one Gilded Gem to highlight the colours and the brass foil, and of course to add a bit of bling!

One of the best results is when your husband says that's a beauty and he is glad you bought that SS. What more can you say! Well, I can say that I will be using this SS, dies and accompaniments over and over! 

Thank you and I really hope you enjoyed my blog and card, but now it's time to hop over to the talented Narelle Macey.

Please find a list of some of the products used to create this card:



Celebrating Sunflowers

I just can't help creating cards / projects with the new Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set! Sunflowers are one of the most loved selections I plant on our rural property. They just bring a smile and sunshine to any place in the garden. 

I thought I would bring the stamps and dies alive in a side step card design. The large sunflower die cut makes a great focal point for any card, especially when layered with different colours.

I have used the Rococco Rose white wash design from the In Good Taste designer series paper (DSP) and Rococco Rose card stock as background on a base of basic grey card stock (CS).  The large Sunflower outline die is cut from two layers of Roccoco Rose and one layer of Basic Grey CS.

 I have stamped directly onto the DSP with Basic Grey ink and coloured in with So Saffron Blends.  The centre of the large die sunflower is cut from So Saffron CS.  So Saffron is a beautifully subtle colour and I find it adds just the right accent.

I have added a silver button with white twine to set off the Grey and highlight the Rococco Rose. I think the small sunflower is perfect for the back step.

I hope you enjoyed this card and happy stamping'!

INKspired Colour Combo Challenge 116 - Painted Poppies

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to my blog and the colour combo challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have hopped across from Katrina Healy.

What a beautiful colour combination, I just loved creating my card - Painted Poppies in Watercolour.

The Painted Poppies Stamp Set and Poppy Moments Dies are so versatile.  This is a simple card that could be used for any occasion. The colours in the challenge lent themselves perfectly, and so away I went in creating the poppy.  The poppy is made from layering the large solid poppy die and three of the smaller solid poppy die cuts on dimensionals. I used the centre only of the large outline die, and the two flower centres layered on each other.  The picture below gives a better visual of the layering 
and watercoloring.

I should say that I also used the Old World Paper Embossing Folder on the white background. It actually gives a real delicate look. The Mossy Meadow Leaves are layered with Vellum to add to the delicacy without taking away from the Rich Razzleberry Poppy!

The sentiment is from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set, however I think anything goes with this card! 
I also used some Mossy Meadow and Whisper White twine encircled lightly as background to 
the Poppy.

Pop on a few Clear Epoxy Droplets and tada - there you go!

I also want to thank Nina Waldschmidt (Artisan Stampin' Up Design Team - 2020) for inspiring the watercolour technique to the Painted Poppies Die set.

Thank you for visiting my Blog, and now hop on over to Narelle Macey.

Stampin' Up! Sunflower Happiness

I am so happy to showcase the new Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set and coordinating dies in the new Magenta Madness in colour for 2020-22!

I think this card is as pretty as it is sweet

I wanted the card to bring the colours to life, but in a simplistic way.  So, I thought the new Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Flowers for Every Season was the right mix of colour without over powering the effect of the Sunflowers dies.  I will have to admit that sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers and are one of the happiest flowers around!

I stamped the Magenta background cardstock with the large Sunflower stamp before adding a layer of DSP with Versamark ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder for a shiny type of shadowed background for the Sunflower die cuts.  

The next layering is the strip of Bumble Bee ribbon before a triple layer of Sunflowers.  I die cut three sunflower outlines, two in Whisper White and one in Magenta Madness! The sunflower is lightly glued together with the Magenta layer in the middle (glued only on part of the centres), all placed on with dimensionals. Then added a Magenta Madness ribbon bow and some embellishments.

As a summary, I used the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set, Sunflowers Die set, Flowers for Every Season DSP, Bumble Bee and Magenta Madness ribbon, Whisper White and Magenta Madness Cardstock.  The sentiments were from the Butterfly Gala embossed in white (current) and Make a Splash Stamp Set (retired).

I hope this card brings a sparkle of happiness to you as well!

Happy Card Making!

Annual Catalogue

The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue 2020-21 has arrived and is now alive. I truly love this catalogue and yes, I am sure I say that every year. This year though is one of my favourite Annual Catalogues.

Each year the launch of a new Annual Catalogue brings five new in colours, these colours are the colours on trend at the moment and they stay around for two years. Please welcome Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Bumble Bee, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight. I just love the feel of these colours and Cinnamon Cider is just the perfect rustic touch to any card! You will see a lot of these going forward. I have played with all of them and just can't stop!
All are available in Stampin' ink pads, cardstock and Designer Paper assortments. All except Bumble Bee are available in Stampin' Blends Combo Packs!

I am very happy to assist in helping you choose and order!