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My blog posts will be a bit intermittent for the next few weeks due to an accidental fall I had on Tuesday last. I have fractured my left fibula in two places and will see an orthopaedic surgeon during the week to find out how long I’ll be out of action. I can’t, at present. make my way down all the stairs to my craft room.

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This card is made using some retirement products (see below for the link to the sale) and a couple of products which will carry over. This gorgeous English Garden Designer Series Paper is combined with the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies and the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to make this card for that special someone in your life, your Mother.

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I’ve used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set with the Number of Years Photopolymer Bundle which has the stamp for the banner and the matching Large Numbers Framelits Dies gives the banner.The stamps used are from the Wild About Flowers.

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Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

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Don’t forget to check out the Retirement Sale and save yourself some money but get in early before stocks run out.

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Big Shot

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I’ve done a video tutorial for today’s Freebie Friday. It uses the Stampin’ Up! Brayer and the Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set. This is the card I made using the card front from the video. I’ve also used Teeny Tiny Sentiments for the sentiment and punched it out with the Washi Label Punch. Now the current Brayer and the Washi Label Punch are retiring on 31 May or while stocks last, so if you want them you’d better get them soon. Make sure you use the Hostess Code when purchasing through my Online Store to ensure you receive a little surprise in the mail from me.

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To achieve the card above you will need to:

  • Card base is 1/2 an A4 sheet of card folded in 1/2 and burnished on the fold (Old Olive)
  • Layer 1 is Basic Black 10cm x 14.3cm or approx 4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Layer 2 is Whisper White 9.5cm x 13.8cm or approx 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Brayer using in the following order – Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze
  • Sponge ink with Old Olive the bottom of the card
  • Stamp the tree in Basic Black Archival ink then use a Sponge Dauber to create shadow
  • Use your Old Olive with a sponge again and blend the colours
  • Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink and punch out with the Washi Label Punch and ink around the edges with Old Olive and attach to front of card with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Attach all layers to the front of the card using Liquid Multipurpose Glue (Tombow)
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White to 9.5cm x 31.5cm or approx 3 3/4″ x 5″ and using Old Olive stamp one of the images on this piece, also use the same image to stamp on the front and back of the envelope
  • Adhere this piece to the inside of your card using Liquid Multipurpose Glue (Tombow)

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Don’t forget the Brayer and the Washi Label Punch are on the retirement list along with many other great deals. Check it out by clicking the button below.

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Here’s another card using the same colours and technique and another image from Lovely As A Tree.

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Brayer

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Well I had great plans for today’s Blog Hop until I had a fall, so my apologies for only featuring part of what I had planned.

I have used the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies to make some little square based pyramids which open. You could place little surprises inside them.

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Now if you’re very accurate with your folding and burnish your folds well, you can glue the bases together and one of the closing sides. Add your ribbon and trim to Glue Dots and then to the ‘front’ of the Pyramid Pal but don’t glue the sides. The front will stay closed and the bow with trim acts as the opener/closer.

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Wouldn’t these be great for just a small gift? You could put a chocolate inside or earrings, small bracelet, necklace ro something else just precious for a wonderful person in your life.

Now don’t forget to stop at the other blogs in the hop as I know the Latte Girls have some wonderful inspiration using this great bundle of the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set and Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies. They are currently bundled at 15% off if you purchase them together but won’t be in the new catalogue and will therefore cost you more. So if you’d like them, get them before 31st May 2016. See you again next week for the next blog hop.

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Glue Dots

$9.00

Big Shot

$169.00

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$12.00

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I was asked to make 10 cards by the lovely Sharyn Swan from Savvy Connect Circles. It promotes connection, conversation, collaboration, community in a spirit of building further excellence in Direct Selling businesses, the Direct Selling profession and Direct Sellers so we can create the lifestyles we each desire.

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Although similar, each card is different and helps celebrate the individuality of the recipients who receive these. This is my third order from Sharyn and I’m so grateful that Savvy Connect Circles encourages the support of Direct Sellers and home based entrepreneurs.

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As a repeat customer, Sharyn receives an extra card for free. My way of saying ‘Thank You’.

Now each card has a Whisper White card base and then a coloured card layer of Watermelon Wonder, Tempting Turquoise or Perfect Plum. The top layer is a piece from the Color Me Irresistable Specialty designer Series Paper which retires at the end of May. It’s a gorgeous, thick paper with very subtle designs on it which can be coloured with a brayer, sponges or sponge daubers if you’d like. I chose to leave it plain.

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The sentiments have come from Cottage Greetings or from the Photopolymer Stamp Set, Grateful Bunch. The small flowers on the Decorative Label with the sentiment on it come from the Cottage Greetings stamp set. I have used a Glue Dot to adhere the Gold Metallic thread under the label which is adhered to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The flowers on the front are stamped in the 3 colours used as tone on tone or on Whisper White and punched out using the Blossom Bunch Punch. A tip for using the punch is to ensure you stamp the image with the smallest flower at the top or facing away from you. I’ve adhered them to the front of the card using Glue Dots and then added Pearls to the centres.

Inside the card and the front and back of the envelopes are stamped with the same flower image from Grateful Bunch. I find it handy when stamping with a Photopolymer Stamp to have the Stampin’ Pierce mat underneath. If you keep the plastic bag the mat comes in then any ink can be easily wiped off without inking the mat itself.

I’d love to read your thoughts or comments about these cards. I can make cards for your business too. Beautiful hand-made cards for any occasion. Just contact me for details.

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Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

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Glue Dots

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Bone Folder

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A couple of weeks ago I shared a similar card which was created for my April Technique Class. The class participants learn a new technique, receive printed notes with coloured sample photos and make some card front or samples. The class typically goes for 2 hours. So, this class was learning to use the brayer. When I shared my cards on different groups I was surprised at the number of requests I received to do a video tutorial.

Now, I’m sharing my Brayer Technique cards out-of-order as The Open Sea stamp set is retiring at then end of May and I wanted the opportunity to share another way to use the images from the card set, before it retires.

This card features a night sky with a ‘moon’ in Daffodil Delight. I’ve used the Washi Label Punch for the sentiment. Now the Washi Label Punch is also retiring at the end of May. So here are 2 great products you need to get your hands on before they’re gone.

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Here’s the inside of the card which I made using the card front in the video. I’ve used the compass image from the stamp set and Tuxedo Memento Black ink and stamped on the envelope, front and back, and on the inside of the card.

  •   Project Basics_2-001 Card base is 1/2 an A4 sheet folded in 1/2 and burnished along the fold line with your Bone Folder
  • Layer 1 is Soft Sky 14.3cm x 10cm or approx. 5 1/2″ x 4″
  • Layer 2 (brayered layer) is Whisper White 13.8cm x 9.5cm or approx 5 1/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Post It Note punch out a 1 1/4″ circle close to the top so it has some sticky on it
  • Brayer as per video and add ‘clouds’ and ‘surf’ as desired
  • Stamp ship in Tuxedo Memento Black or Archival Basic Black where desired
  • Use a scrap of Whisper White to stamp sentiment on and punch with Washi Label Punch and ink around edges of sentiment with Soft Sky and a Sponge Dauber
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Here’s the card I made from the card front in the Video. This one isn’t quite as stormy and shows a setting sun with the Pumpkin Pie in the lower portion of the sun.
The important thing to remember when doing any card technique is that no 2 cards will ever be the same. If you’re happy with the outcome use it. It doesn’t have to be the same as someone elses. For this technique and the sponging, it’s important to blend the colours.
I hope you enjoyed today’s video and don’t forget to check out the Retirement List for some great bargains.

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What is ANZAC Day?

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

What does ANZAC stand for?

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

Why is this day special to Australians?

When war broke out in 1914, Australia had been a federal commonwealth for only 13 years. The new national government was eager to establish its reputation among the nations of the world. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli had made a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.
Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left us all a powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as the “ANZAC legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways they viewed both their past and their future.

What does it mean today?

Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance, which takes two forms. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are more formal and are held at war memorials around the country. In these ways, ANZAC Day is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

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I promised many people I’d do a tutorial on how to make this Stationary Box which would be suitable for many occasions, however this one I have designed as a gift for Mothers Day. I will give you the measurements in metric and imperial. You can change the Designer Series Paper and stamp set to suit your own needs.

For everything to fit nicely into this case you need a Stampin’ Up! Wood Mount Case which can be purchased separately through my online store. You will also need a self adhesive cable holder – available from large hardware stores. You need to have a thin pen as the large cable holders won’t fit inside the box unless you place it on the inside front or back of the box. A full list of Stampin’ Up! supplies will appear at the end of this post.

Non- Stampin’ Up! Supplies needed to complete this projects:

  • Past It Notes
  • Note Pad (needs to measure less than 12cm x 14cm or 4.75″ x 5.5″ or to fit neatly inside the box cover as shown in picture)
  • Pen
  • Cable holder – self adhesive
  • Bull dog clip
  • Other items to place in pocket such as Postage Stamps, small emery board etc.

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  • Cut a piece of designer Series Paper (DSP) to 28.5cm x 18cm or 11.25″ x 7″. Score at 12.5cm and 15.7cm or 5″ and 6.25cm
  • Cut a piece of card 28.5cm x 4cm or 11.25″ x 1.5″ andscore at 12.5cm and 15.7cm or 5″ and 6.25cm then adhere this going across the front of the DSP (see top image)
  • Cut ribbon or trim to 38cm or 15″ and tie a bow and attach with Glue Dots to front of card piece towards the first score line
  • Stamp the image on Whisper White card in Stazon Jet Black, then use an Aqua Painter to paint with Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron. Use sweeping strokes and allow to dry before going back and shading darker areas again with Watermelon Wonder and Mossy Meadow (use a watered down ink of these 2 colours so as not to overwhelm the image). When completely dry, colour image with Wink of Stella. Cut out by hand the image and attach to right hand side of front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Slip this entire piece inside the front plastic and cover of the box, adjusting ribbon/trim as needed.
  • To make the box cut a piece of card to 12.7cm x 14.5cm or 5.75″ x 5″
  • Score the 12.7cm or 5″ side at 0.7cm and 12cm or 1/4″ and 4.75″
  • Score the 14.5cm or 5.75″ side at 7cm and 7.7cm or 2.75″ and 3″
  • Burnish all score lines really well and cut out the little tabs at the bottom (the pink pieces in diagram) Box
  • Cut a piece of DSP 11.2cm x 1.3cm or 4.25″ x 1.25″ and adhere to front of box (ensure when box is made up the DSP is right side up if it has a one way design)
  • Place a strip of Tear & Tape going right the way across the top and the bottom of the back of the box
  • Make up the box using Tear & Tape
  • Remove backing from Tear & Tape and attach to inside front of box at the bottom of the box
  • Stamp the image on Whisper White card in Stazon Jet Black and use an Aqua Painter to colour it in Pool Party and Mint Macaron. When dry add Wink of Stella to the flower petals and cut the image out by hand. Attach to the front of the box with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Add Tear & Tape to the back of the Post It Note and add to the right hand side above the box. You can replace the Post It note when used up by just adding tape to another pad and adhering it
  • Add Tear & Tape to the back of the note pad and adhere it to the inside back cover of the box. This too can be replaced as it is used up. This notepad is good for jotting down quick notes or a shopping list etc
  • Place all items in the box where desired and add the pen by removing the adhesive backing from the cable holder and affixing it to the box where desired – in this case I placed it on the inside spine of the box. However, in the sample below I have placed it next to the note pad.

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Here’s another box I made using English Garden designer Series Paper and Grateful Bunch Bundle.

 

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Here is the same stationary box open. I’ve just changed the position of things a bit from the first one, above. Product list for this box can be found at the bottom of the post.

Your stationary box is completed. Make a matching card or note card and you have the perfect gift for that special someone. I am selling mine and can take orders, just contact me for more information.

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Glue Dots

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Bone Folder

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Bone Folder

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Saturday brings me to another Global Design Project Challenge contribution. I do like these challenges as it does force me to think outside the box so to speak. This week it’s a CASE the designer, Krista Frattin. Here is Krista’s design:

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It’s such a pretty card and I love that Designer Series Paper very much and was tempted to use it, however I used another Designer Series Paper from the same suite. Here’s my take on the sketch:

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I’m making Mothers Day cards and gifts at present so thought this was a good opportunity to make this design into a card for my own use at up coming markets. I’ve used the Silver Metallic Thread under the banner which was punched using the Triple Banner Punch. I find Glue Dots are the best way to handle the thread and keeping it in its plastic bag helps from the thread from running everywhere. Sadly the Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim is the last I have in this colour and I will be sad to see it retire at the end of May.

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I’ve used the Big Shot and the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies to cut the Rose and the leaf out in Whisper White card and I’ve used Sponge Daubers to colour them both. The leaf is coloured in Mossy Meadow and the Rose in Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder. I have the smaller flower image from the Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set and Watermelon Wonder to stamp inside the card and on the front and back of the envelope. I have only inked up the image once and then stamped off twice to get a row of 3 flowers happening inside the card and on the envelope.

I hope you like this card and I’d love to read your comments. Don’t forget to stop by the Global Design Project Challenge and see the wonderful inspiration from the design team and the wonderful contributions from others who participate in this challenge. Better still, why not have a try yourself? Just click on Global Design Project Challenge to find out all the details.

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Big Shot

$169.00
Glue Dots

$9.00
Bone Folder

$12.00

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I have 2 versions of today’s card and I’m hoping if you haven’t bought this bundle yet, you will before the new catalogue comes out. The Watercolor Wings Photopolymer Set and the Bold Butterflies Framelit Dies are currently bundled for A$62.75. If you purchase them separately it would cost you A$74 so you save 15%. However these two products will not be bundled together in the new catalogue which commences 1st June. So my advice to you is to buy them now while they’re still available at the discounted price.

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Here’s the inside of the card and the envelope which are both stamped in Rose Red which is a co-ordinating colour for the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack which I have featured here.

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  • Use 1/2 an A4 sheet of Whisper White card and fold in half and burnish with your bone folder to give you a nice sharp crease.
  • Cut a piece of designer Series Paper to 10cm x 14.3cm and adhere to front of card
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card to 9.5cm x 13.8cm and stamp your greeting where desired
  • Use the Big Shot and Precision Base Plate and cut 3 butterflies out using the smaller framelit from the Bold Butterflies Framelits Die set. I placed the butterfly down in different positions to ensure they would all fit on the front of the card.
  • Use the Big Shot Die Brush to remove the unwanted pieces from each butterfly and adhere the Whisper White piece (minus the butterflies) to the front of the card
  • Add Pearls or Rhinestone to the centre of each Butterfly
  • Add a strip of Stampin’ Dimensionals to the underside of the centre of each butterfly and adhere in place so only the centre of the butterfly is adhered and the wings can stand up.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card 13.5cm x 9.5cm and stamp the small butterfly to the lower right hand corner of this piece and adhere this piece to the inside of the card
  • Using a Stampin’ Up! C6 Whisper White Envelope, stamp the same image to the lower left corner of the front of the envelope and to the centre back of the envelope

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Here’s another version of the card, this time all butterflies are centred and I have used Rhinestone down the centres of the bodies. This card is stamped in Crumb Cake and I have used the sentiment from the stamp set.

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Here you can see the layering effect on the card front as well as the stamping inside the card and the outside of the envelope.

Why should you use odd numbers of things?

Even numbers create symmetry, but odd numbers create interest. An odd number of details is more effective at capturing your gaze. Odd numbers force your eyes to move around the grouping–and by extension, the room. That forced movement is the heart of visual interest. It’s for that reason that a set of three is more appealing and memorable than something paired off in two’s.

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Don’t miss this once a year Going, Going, Gone Sale. Retirement specials from the Annual Catalogue and the Occasions Catalogue. However, you need to be quick.

Some items have already sold out, so you need to shop online or contact me to place your order. Now the Retiring List is huge which means there are lots of products retiring. However, I have the new catalogue and you are going to love it, I promise.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE RETIRING LIST

If you don’t want to read the list as I know it’s hard to remember what is what then you can look at all the retiring products at my online store by clicking the button below.

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You will see some items are reduced BY up to 50% – a fantastic bargain!  You’ll want to get those ‘must haves’ and ‘in colour’ items ordered early so you don’t miss out as they tend to sell out quickly.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have and remember you’ll get a bonus gift when you shop online and use the Hostess Code ME42AFJJ during check out.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you come back again soon to see what else I have to share.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

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