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Sunday, 14 October 2018

All The Good Things - Bonsai

Hello Everyone!

Remember the Koi from All The Good Things stamp set I touched on Sunday before last?  I thought I'd follow up with one of the Bonsai today.   I am simply loving my Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!'s own brand of stamp positioning tool.  

To stamp multi-colours on an image, it was standard practice to use marker pens to ink up the stamp, but I have never found that to be very satifactory because the trade off is that when it's stamped, the colours look washed out.  This is where the Stamparatus proves its worth!  Having the stamp positioned on the acrylic plate, you can use the ink pads to ink up each section and an absorber cloth or wet wipe to remove ink where necessary.  For example, I wanted the pot in Grey/Gray, so if the tree trunk also picked up some grey/gray ink, I then cleaned off the ink on the tree trunk.  Alternatively you can use post-it notes to mask off the areas.

Oftentimes Japanese gardens have moon gates, so I used the largest stitched shaped circle to "frame" my Bonsai and the Stitched Labels framelits to frame my sentiment.  Both were popped up on dimensionals on the Basic Gray layer which I dry embossed with the Subtles Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  

To finish the card, I threaded metallic Shaded Spruce ribbon through the apertures on the label.  Hope you like it! 

Have a good week!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Christmas Countdown #4 of 12 - Alpine Adventure

I fell in love with the Alpine Adventure set, mainly because of the dies!  I'm loving the concept of incorporating pairs of leaves on a single die which greatly reduces the amount of times you need to run it through the Big Shot  to get 2 pairs of leaves!

Another bonus is the new gold edged and silver edged cards and envelopes Stampin' Up! have introduced and the foiled edges certainly gives a very elegant look with minimum effort on your part!  That has GOT to be a HUGE bonus, in my book especially when you're stamping a stack of Christmas cards.

My designs this year have  a pared down look but, hopefully, with just as much "hutzpah" as a card with multiple layers.   More importantly I wanted it to be less costly to post!

Multi-purpose adhesive sheets on the back of glimmer paper is a must - no more sticky fingers and such a breeze to adhere to your card!

Thanks for popping by today!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Halloween Countdown #4 of 6 - Still Night

Hi there!  This owl in the Still Night bundle was too pretty really to pass for a "Fright Night" owl, but I was determined I should give it a go and here is the result!

I mixed old with new  - using a staple "Itty Bitty Greetings" and "Artisan Textures" to set the scene.  I used my Stampin' Rewards to get the "Warm Hearted" Host set too - and the greetings on this set was perfect for what I had in mind.  What do you think?  Did the girl do good?

Thanks for popping by today!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

A Masculine Card

Happy Sunday peeps!

Who ever would've thought the Still Night set could masquerade as a birthday card!  This was made lovingly for hubby's birthday in September.  

Do you remember the check black and white, old olive papers we had in last year's Autumn/Winter catalogue?  I was sorry to see them go, but am SO happy that we now have a background stamp called Buffalo Check to make my own background paper!  

I die-cut and stacked the branches in Early Espresso before adhering it to the Gray Granite Buffalo Check background.  The pine needles were die cut from Joyous Noel and of course I adhered a multi-purpose adhesive sheet on the glimmer paper sheets to save me from having to glue the needles individually!  

A no frill, masculine card which was very well received!

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