Friday, 25 February 2011

Flower Fancy - Bright and Cheerful

To all in Canterbury who have been affected by the earthquake, thoughts and prayers go your way.  My two sons who live and study in Christchurch are safe and are able to help others at this time.  The university is closed for 3 weeks.  It is a stressful time for all, with the ongoing aftershocks.  We are still so blessed though to have infrastructures in this country where help is so generously given and where we see people working so efficiently to have power and water restored as soon as possible to those without.  Sympathy is extended to any who have lost loved ones, or are unsure at this stage of there whereabouts.  
Today I want to show you what I came up with when playing with templates.  I wanted to use a large stamp with a clear outline.
 "Flower Fancy" has a wonderful clear large outline flower stamp in it's set, so that's what I used. I stamped onto the Pumpkin Pie card stock with Pumpkin Pie ink.  I then cut straight lines using my Fiskars cutter, up to the image line.  I then cut the rest of the flower out by hand.  I also cut out large flowers stamped onto DSP to match the Baja Breeze card stock.  The smaller flower is also cut out of DSP and layered on top.  The strips of chocolate chip card stock slot in and over under layers.  The leaves were created using the Big Shot and the Leaves #2 die and then crimped.  It's probably not my most exciting card ever, but I liked how I achieved the flower template using a single layer of card stock. The colour inspiration came from the DSP Greenhouse Gala.  What do you think!!!

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Gift Basket using own DSP

It's definitely time to say HI! again.  Today I'm sharing a basket and matching accessories I made as a gift to my downline when she joined my team.  It's made using a 12" x 12" piece of card stock.

Here's the 12" x 12" card stock flat.  I have used Stampin' Up! jumbo Antique Brass eyelets on the corners to thread the ribbon through.  The images that are stamped on the corners matching the Garden Green card stock were stamped using Versamark ink.  Versamark is a water marking ink and could well be renamed 'Versatile ink' as it's a great way to always have matching ink on card stock.  A 'must have' in that stash of craft materials.
I only had a limited amount of Sunny Garden DSP so decided to improvise and make my own to match.  Using the stamp set "Cottage Garden" and also the wonderful "In colour" inks, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Blush Blossom and Poppy Parade, I stamped them on Whisper White card stock.  I knew these would compliment the Sunny Garden DSP perfectly. 
Here's the matching CD case I made to pop in my basket, this is using a piece of my home made DSP, and of course with a butterfly from the embosslit "Beautiful Wings" using Peach Parfait card stock. 
Here's the matching card, little bag of accessories as well as other goodies, using of course my wonderfully created DSP.
Hope this inspires you to take a fresh new look at the products you have and invent new ways to use them. 
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sale-a-bration 25 Jan - 31 Mar '11

Stampin' Up!'s yearly sale-a-bration promotion is again offering wonderful Free Stamp sets.  So who wouldn't want to take advantage of this amazing offer today. 
Contact me today to have a fun night with a group of friends (with qualifiying sales) or place an order over $120 to qualify for free stamps.  Take advantage of this limited edition offer. 

Click on the sale-a-bration picture to your left to view stamp sets available 

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