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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dynamic Duos #26 - Stampin' Up! Two by Two Baby Card


Today's card for Dynamic Duos is a baby card using Stampin' Up's Two by Two stamp. It is SOOOO CUTE! Love it to bits!

I thought that the colour combination of More Mustard and So Saffron would be perfect for a gender-neutral baby card.  

I watercoloured the image using Basic Grey for the elephants, More Mustard & So Saffron for both giraffes and lions, So Saffron for the birds and butterflies and Crumb Cake for the ark.

I now wish that I'd left the framelit without the brads....it's such a perfect & pleasing  shape - I now feel that the brads detract from the image. Oh well....

Please visit the design team to see how they used this week's challenge colours and I hope you will join us this week! :)

Materials used:
Stamp - Two By Two
Ink - More Mustard, So Saffron, Basic Grey, Crumb Cake, Stazon
Cardstock - Watercolour paper, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Crumb Cake DSP
Accessories - So Saffron brads, Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon
Tools - Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Paper Piercing Pack, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Paper Trimmer 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dynamic Duos #25 - Stampin' Up! Memorable Moments

Hi!Here is my third card as Guest Designer for Dynamic Duos this month. Bold colour challenge this week and even though they are obvious Halloween colours I thought I would have a go at a birthday card for a friend of mine who is turning 30 soon (hopefully she isn't reading this blog as I've just ruined her surprise card!!!)

The "dessert option" this week is die-cuts so I used the matching Framelits to the Memorable Moments 'frame' stamp. I also used a little trick that I learned from the lovely and very generous Tanya Bell who in this blog post demonstrates how to make a small frame around a framelit. I played around with my Labels Collection Framelit (the size above the Memorable Moments stamp framelit) and got a nice little border. :)  

Materials used:
Stamps - Memorable Moments
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Champagne Glimmer paper, Pumpkin Pie Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper
Accessories - Pumpkin Pie brads
Tools - Paper Cutter, SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Paper Piercing Pack    

Friday, October 19, 2012

Festive Fridays - Stampin' Up! Ornament Keepsakes


At the Festive Friday Challenge this week, Nicole has set a very versatile sketch for us to work with. I was going to do a polka dot background, but I've only just got the En Francais stamp set and my heat tool and I was keen to break these things out.

I embossed some Whisper White with white embossing powder using the En Francais stamp. Then I sponged over the cardstock with Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse and Frost White Shimmer Paint. I got this combo straight out of the Color Coach....they are very pretty together.

The Ornament Keepsakes stamp set is stunning....and with the matching Framelits you can't go wrong. I have a feeling I shall be using it for heaps of Christmas projects this year.

I used the beautiful Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon on the card as it matched my ornament....remember that this month, with every $60 spent, you get a roll of Stitched Satin Ribbon for free! Email me with your order! :)

I hope you will share some of your projects with us at the Festive Friday Challenge - it is a great sketch - there are so many possibilities!! :)


Materials used:
Stamps - Ornament Keepsakes, En Francais
Ink - Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Versamark
Cardstock - Whisper White, Gumball Green
Accessories - Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Dazzling Details
Tools - Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Paper Cutter, SNAIL, White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Sponges, Heat Tool.  

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dynamic Duos #24 - Stampin' Up Love & Sympathy


This is my second card as this month's Guest Designer for Dynamic Duos. I just LOVE these colours together.

There has, quite unfortunately, been a run of sympathy card demand recently and I never seem to have them on hand when I need them or if someone at work needs one. The soft, subtle colours of this challenge seemed to channel a sympathy card, plus I had recently acquired Stampin' Up!'s 'Love and Sympathy' stamp set and I was hoping to get the opportunity to ink it up sooner rather than later.

The background DSP on this card is a piece of patterned paper from Spice Cake, which sadly is retired now but the colours on this sheet are Pool Party, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla which was absolutely perfect for this card. When I laid it down onto the base, it looked too 'bright' for a sympathy card, so I did a vellum overlay and it softened it immediately......I will have to remember that trick for next time. I adhered the corners of the vellum with mini glue dots and covered them with the larger pearl from the SU Pearls pack.

Please have a look at the beautiful cards from the Dynamic Duos Design Team below....there will be plenty of inspiration and no excuse not to join in with us this week!! :)      

Materials used:
Stamp - Love and Sympathy
Ink - Pool Party, Soft Suede
Cardstock - Very Vanilla (smooth and textured CS), Soft Suede,
Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (retired), White vellum paper
Accessories - Pearls
Tools - Paper Cutter, SNAIL, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-majig, Labels Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Mini Glue Dots.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dynamic Duos #23 - Stampin' Up! Day of Gratitude


This is my first card as this month's Guest Designer for Dynamic Duos. The challenge is to use Tangerine Tango and Old Olive. Since these are lovely autumnal colours, I thought I would use the main stamp from Day of Gratitude.

I heat embossed some watercolour paper with Early Espresso embossing powder and then watercoloured the leaf image with Tangerine Tango on the outer leaves and Old Olive on the inner part. The colours blend quite beautifully and create a gold-ish tinge on the watercolour paper. I used an Antique Brad to finish off the middle and some Early Espresso Baker's Twine to wrap around the image panel. I mounted the whole thing onto a Very Vanilla Textured Cardstock base.

Hope you like my card and please come and play along at Dynamic Duos this week! I'd love to see what you create.

Alison  xxx
Materials used:
Stamp - Day of Gratitude
Ink - Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Versamark
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Watercolour paper
Accessories - Antique Brad, Early Espresso Bakers Twine
Tools - Paper Cutter, SNAIL, Aquapainter, Embossing Buddy, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Halloween Invitation - Stampin' Up! Toxic Treats


This is one of the Halloween party invitations that I made with a friend of mine for her party. It is a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) of the invitation from page 25 of the current Holiday catalogue. We used the Toxic Treats Stamp Set and the Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper. The sentiment and the 'gate' are heat embossed with black embossing powder.

If you are wondering why the '20th' instead of the '31st'??? The Halloween party is on the 20th of October since Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year. :) 

Materials used:
Stamp - Toxic Treats, Memorable Moments
Ink - Versamark, Black Stazon, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock - Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Naturals Ivory, Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper
Accessories - Black Glimmer Brad
Tools - Paper Cutter, SNAIL, Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Stamp-a-majig, Ticket Corner Punch (retired...but a circle punch would work too).   

Friday, October 5, 2012

Stampin' Up! Snow Swirled - Festive Fridays

Hello!For the Festive Friday Challenge this week, Nicole gave us an 'inspiration image' to get the mojo flowing..... 

I didn't really know what to do with 'Santa' but I liked the white background and the black fireplace and I was quite drawn to the cool pots that the little festive trees sat in....so I ran with those ideas.....here's my card.....

and a here's a close-up of the pot... 

Materials used:
Stamps - Snow Swirled, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink - Stazon, Basic Black, Champagne Shimmer Paint
Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand DSP
Accessories - Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Stampin' Glass Glitter
Tools - Paper Cutter, SNAIL, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Framed Tulips EF, Ornament Punch, Stamp-a-majig, Sticky Strip, Stampin Sponges

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dynamic Duos - Guest Designer for October

Hello Stampin' friends!

I have very exciting news for you (and for me!). I have been asked to be a Guest Designer for the month of October over at the Dynamic Duos challenge blog!

I am VERY excited....Dynamic Duos is a fantastic colour challenge blog and the Design Team are a very creative and lovely bunch of ladies....I feel super-honoured to be asked to join them for the month!! As you may be aware, I have been a regular visitor and participant in the Dynamic Duos blog challenges.....there is something about only working with two main colours that REALLY appeals to my card making sensibilities...it is great fun!  

So PLEASE...come along, pay us a visit, get inspired and submit some cards for us to swoon over!  

Alison xx

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Choose from the Stitched Satin Ribbon listed on Page 172 of the Annual Catalogue valued at $15.95 each

126848 Gumball Green

126847 Midnight Muse

126844 Primrose Petals

126845 Raspberry Ripple

126846 Summer Starfruit

**you don't get the small wooden spools as pictured in the photo.....that is just for pretty marketing...you actually get a FULL roll of Stitched Satin Ribbon :O **
Phone me on 0413 405 139 or email me to place your order.  :)