Cards - Birthday, Cards - General, My Digital Studio

Kokeshi Birthday Beauties

Ok folks here is something completely different from my usual, not only does it use a digital stamp image, but I didn’t use a challenge to base the card on!! Amazed aren’t you.

I was inspired by some cool party bags I got for my daughters birthday party which feature  lots of lovely Japanese Kokeshi Dolls and decided to make that the theme for her invites. Kokeshi Dolls are traditional Japanese dolls made of wood, they have a larger than usual head and a long body but no arms or legs. They usually have painted on features and are decorated with flower designs but like all things creative that was up to the creator.

I found this image here and thought I could colour them in easily and of course they are very similar looking to my wee girl although she DOES have arms and legs!

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Each card features a different colourway, and I added a wee flower punch to her hair centred with a tiny diamante. The dolls themselves were printed on Whisper White cardstock then coloured , cut out leaving a border around the image then mounted using dimensionals on a matted piece of a retired DSP that looked vaguely Asian Inspired. Using another retired product, the Easter Blossom Stamp set, I stamped the cherry blossom branch twice straight on the card and then roughly coloured the flowers that would show.

“Youre Invited” is from a current set called  A Dozen Thoughts Its quite a simple card with a bold image that does all the work but I love it and I hope my daughter and her friends do too!DSCF4025 (640x441)

P.S I not crazy enough to invite 8 kids for a party- only 5 LOL, but I though this would make a gorgeous birthday card too so I did a few extras : )

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Cards - Babies and Kids, Cards - Birthday, Cards - General, Challenges, Two Cards One Sketch

Two cards One sketch FTL263

Gosh I have a lot of cards to make at the moment, lots of babies coming along plus birthdays too. The two cards I have for you today are based on the same sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping.

FTL263I started off making a baby card but then didn’t think the wee girl image from retired stamp set Easter Blossoms quite did it for me so it became a birthday card! For both cards I used the Doilies Sizzlit die to frame the images and the same colour way of Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar inspired by the CASE Study Challenge #163

I added lots of Paper piercing and faux stitching to the birthday card too

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And now for the baby card, a much cleaner design but still with little touches of wow!

P1020202 (640x443)           The butterflies came from two retired sets I had and the pink dotties are the lichen stamp from the also retired French Foliage.  I’m looking forward to getting my hands on my new set of Gorgeous Grunge which will be here soon. The onsie is of course from the  Baby Tees Jumbo wheel. I have just unmounted mine and I’m in the process of mounting them separately onto Clear mount Cling Foam ( page 197 of the annual catalog 2 sheets 21.6 X 28  cm for $22.95) The sentiment is Itty Bitty Banners and the card was finished off with some rhinestones and faux stitching


Cards Fancy Folds, Gift, Sweet treat ideas

Heart Easter Treat Holders

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How cute are these wee treat holders!  These fancy folded free standing heart cards came from the Martha Stewart Website so take a look here for instructions. The back two I did some retired paper and stamps but the full heart I embossed using the heart border from the new Embossing folders.

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This is one I did from the Attic Boutique Paper from the new Autumn Winter mini Catalogue. Remember you can see a copy online by clicking the link in the right hand side. I have used a Full Heart punched heart to hold the front closed with the fat little bunnies in it. The Sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, I love that set as it covers sooooo many occasions.  I also added a wee bit of snail to the join in the inside back  of the stand to make it stand better. DSCF3626 (492x800)

Here is a side view so you can see how it stand up and how it looks from the back. Yup I added another bunny on the back cos you can never have enough chocolate can you!

Cards - General, Punch Art

Easter Swap Goodies Three.

Ok really its just the card I sent to Sharon and I thought you had enough to look at yesterday so saved it for today!

Another Punch Art Chicken which I used the owl punch to make and the Bunny using lots of Ovals and circles with the addition of  the leaf die from Birds and Blooms Sizzlits to make bunnies ears.

Something quite different and I guess you will either love it or hate it!

Box Bag Tag, Gift

Grandmas Easter Surprise

Last night at the  Crafters Anonymous Online Class we made Pillowbox handbags. I styled mine as an Easter surprise for my Mum using the retired  Easter Blossoms set. You might recognize the wee girl I inked up a few days ago and shared in its freshly stamped state.

I love the butterfly Builder Wheel from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. Because of the width of the builder wheels I was able to go around the curve of the Pillow box ends as well as the straight lines at the top and bottom of the bag.

The colours are gorgeous together too. Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz and Bashful Blue now I just have to fill it with the other important colour…… CHOCOLATE!


Markers Direct

While surfing the net the other night I spotted the wee girl from the now retired Easter Blossoms stamp set used for quite a different result than I have seen before. I couldnt understand WHY I hadnt thought of doing it that way before so I had to try it!

I have used markers direct to rubber lots of times before but I hadnt thought of colouring solid images like the little girl. This is how it ended up, I have added details with markers too.

How cute is that! And doesnt it look completely different to the usual silhouette image. I have to think how best to use it on a card but I was thrilled with the result. So much so I though I would try another direct to rubber image. I used the Hydrangea image from the Level 1 hostess Because I Care Set.

I even added a touch of Frost White Shimmer paint. I love the way the leaves came out using Garden Green, Wild Wasabi and Certainly Celery not so pleased with the flower head though. I started with an all over layer of the palest colour, in this case Bashful Blue, and then added other colours, Concord Crush and Marina Mist to highlight and blend sections. The last and most important step  especially if the image is large or has taken a while to colour ,  is to “huff” on the stamp as the moisture in your breath moistens the ink again. i will have to look out some more of these solid image stamps to have a play with.

Box Bag Tag, Christmas, Gift

On the Tenth and Eleventh Days of Christmas

Day 10: Something to Post


Went with something a bit quirky here. I created a “Lazy Letter” to Santa for Dee. You know those ones where you have  mulitchoice tick boxes so you dont have to write too much. Santa also sent Dee a letter which  I included. Hope she can clean up her act and impress him with her reformed character in these last few days before Christmas Eve!

P.S We are still ignoring that Santa stamp so avert your eyes! Dee was more selective in her products and managed to use all SU supplies and my favourite paper too even if it is retired I still love it. Its just not the same in the new colours : (



In the pocket on one side is envelopes and on the other is a note pad Such a clever idea and very pretty!

 Day 11: Something Sparkley – Enter the Smooch Spritz! I love this stuff and its so easy to use.

Although its hard to see this vintage inspiration canvas shimmers and sparkles. I also added some rhinestones for added sparkle.

I was anazed by what Dee sent me Its a snow globe full of sparkles and stamped with one of the new stamp sets that has cute birds and cages in it.Clever you Dee!

Just one day left now. MySURPRISE Day according to our theme..

Box Bag Tag, Christmas, Gift, OTP Off the page

On the Second Day of Christmas

You get the idea now huh! Todays theme was Something Altered.

I altered a standard school notebook

I know you’ve seen this project before on my blog but I have combined it with my new favourites to remake this cute bag shaped notebook.

For Day 3 – Something yummy! I gave Dee some chocies

And from Dee I got a cute wee tin which I will use for pens but Dee had added candy canes which made my kids very happy! More Chocolate for Day 3, a Whitaker’s peanut block in a wee box.

Cards - General, Technique

More Easter Blossom ideas

I like to get the most from my sets I can so I had a wee play with a couple of the stamps from Easter Blossoms which I hadn’t used yet. Take a look.

I can see this wee image on all kinds of cards especially when you can change its look so drastically just by colouring it with markers instead of stamping it with an ink pad in one solid colour.

Looking at the egg stamp I saw a flower petals straight away. Remember this is just a quick play hance my flower petals dont quite meet up as I would like them too.

I used a 3/4″ circle punch to punch out a centre for the flower.

I couldn’t resist one more version of the flower branch stamp too but it’s not finished yet! I coloured the flowers using Marina Mist and Bashful Blue. Of course it has a good spritz of Smooch too. I made one of these into a cute notebook for a friend for Christmas and loved it so much I had to recreate the panel for me too. Now what to do with it……..


Smooching in a box

The ladies at my Mini Catalogue Launch got to have a go with the gorgeous new Gold Glow Smooch Spritz. It leaves a lovely gold shimmer on your projects and I have used it on almost everything since I first tried it! I have to get the Silver Foil one now too.

More from the Easter Blossoms Stamp Set. The images have been stamped using Soft Suede which is a great colour for your vintage projects. Next I sponged around the outer sides with Blushing Bride, the inner area with So Saffron and then a finishing flick around the edge with Soft Suede. I coloured in the flowers, leaves and branch with Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzaz Stampin Write Markers.

Then comes the Smooching in a box bit! Stampin’ Up!® has a special Colour Catcher to keep the spritz confined to a tidy area but as I don’t have one I just used an old box to keep the colour off the furniture and floors.

Lastly because it’s not Easter and so my wee girl doesn’t need eggs in her basket I added some of the Rhinestone bling.