Glittery stripes

Over at The Colour Tree Challenges this week (TCTC#7), is a really unusual colour combination. It caught my attention straight away as gold and bright blue are two colours I wouldn’t ordinarily go for together. Alas the challenge gauntlet thrown!


Here is my card for this weeks’ entry.


I’ve used more of that yummy Metallic Glitter Tape from the Sale-a-bration second release. I don’t know what it is about that tape… angles come out every time I pick it up! Here I used some Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper and created angles from the pattern on that paper. It’s bold and dramatic – very different, which is a good thing isn’t it?

I topped it off with a simple embellishment of punched circles and metallic foil doily to support the stamped sentiment “make a wish” from the Party Wishes stamp set.

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The Number of Years is 20

I can’t believe I have friends celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. Am I really that old? Even though they did get married young, I’m still finding it hard to convince myself we are entering that age bracket. I’m proud though, we’ve been friends for longer and shared so many special times together, so this is just another special moment together.



It’s also a great reason to make a card and for this special occasion. I have used the Sketch Challenge over at Can You Case it? [CYCI#108] as my design base.



I have been waiting patiently to use the rest of the stamps and framelits in the Number of Years bundle. (You know I’ve used that frame to death already!). I like how it’s not just numbers that come in that stamp set. There are a whole series of floral stamps which you can create gorgeous scenes with.


The numbers themselves don’t stamp solid. They have a watercolour look giving your project a lovely textured appearance, which is great for when you want more than just the solid look the punched numbers framelits will provide you.

I really love how the background scene turned out and didn’t want to cover it up. Vellum really helps with show-through. So it was perfect to keep the look of my background just visable, without taking over.


Here, I punched out a circle from vellum and inked it directly with my ink pad, then I used a sponge to smooth out the bubbly ink. I also used vellum for my numbers. When stamping/ inking vellum, you need to allow extra time for them to dry completely. Being a plastic material, they do take a little longer to dry.

The word “years” comes from one of the longer sentiment stamps within that set also. I simply inked up that word only, using my Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write marker.

I love how it turned out and hope my friends enjoy their card too. I have another 20 Year anniversary coming up in a few months, so look out for that creation!

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Update – 29 February: I’m excited that my card was a top pick again over at Can You Case it? Challenge #108. Here is what Chloe has to say “It’s so bright and colourful and I love the idea of colouring the vellum.”

Thanks heaps CYCI team.


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Love knows no distance

I just love that statement… it brings up all kinds of thoughts around situations some people may face in their lifetime. This makes a very versatile stamp for all sorts of occasions.

This project is the fourth and final man card in this current series. I will be back with more man cards though soon, so be sure to look out for those.

I like this statement for a guy as it’s not too lovey dovey – and that’s my man. Affectionate… yes, gushy… no! It’s from the Going global stamp set – of course!


I love how the “love banner” just screams for attention, it’s an easy way to make something pop. It also features more of the Going places designer series paper stack too dressed up with a little stamping.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little series and hope they have inspired your “man” cards a little.

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Just For … man

And just like that I’m back with the third instalment of my man card series. Today is a quick little share based on the Just For You stamp from the Botanicals For You Sale-a-bration stamp set.

I just love how one stamp can be transformed when teamed with different colours and patterns to create a completely different look. Recently, I shared a lovely feminine card using this stamp, today it’s all about the man.


Here I have stamped the Just For You on Vellum and popped it over some of that yummy marble-look paper from Going Places Designer Paper Stack. As the paper is quite busy, I doubled over the vellum to create a more opaque look, allowing the words of the stamp to stand out more.

I finished it off with a simple “Cheers” sentiment – a typical manly statement! – in the banner frame (yes, I know… again!!).

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Happy birthday … man


Here is the second post in my little series of male orientated cards. This post forms part of our teams half way Sale-a-bration Blog Hop. Welcome. You may have joined me from Janine’s blog, or if you are a regularly follower of mine, I encourage you to follow along our teams hop and enjoy some Sale-a-bration creations.

I’m in the middle of posting a series of male orientated cards and I got a little surprise when creating this one. I was playing with the new Sale-a-bration FREE item that launched today – the Metallics Glitter Tape. It comes in a pack of three – Gold, Silver and White – and yours for free when you spend $90 or more on any Stampin’ Up! products.

I wanted to create some design interest around shapes and angles and I knew I wanted to use some of the glitter tape too. So here it is…


I had already settled on the Going Global stamp set (I know again! LOL), Lost Lagoon ink and striped cotton ribbon. My surprise came when I started fiddling with the tape – holding it over the black Going Places Designer Series Paper, the green in the glitter really stood out matching in perfectly with the Lost Lagoon colour.


The happy birthday sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration set – Perfect Pairings. What I like about this set is, it has two parts that work together. They are designed so that one is decorative and the other more plain to compliment. Here I have used only the decorative one. What I really like is that it’s slightly italicised and so it worked pretty well with my angles theme making them look like they sit upright.

I hope you enjoyed my little bit of inspiration and hope you are craving some more. Depending on which way you are travelling, I encourage you to hop over to the next blog.

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Global man

I have created a series of male orientated cards to share with you over the next few posts. I always find creating cards for the guys much more challenging – it’s a case of out with the flowers, bling and pretty ribbons. Hmmm… so what’s left?!

Going Global of course. The sentiments are a little lovey-dovey but the imagery is set around a travel-space-ish theme. When used with more masculine orientated colours, it makes a good choice for these types of cards.

Here is my first card which uses several items from the Going Places suite – World traveller embossing folder, Going Global stamp set and the Going places Designer Paper Stack.


The secondary sentiment – the one in the background “you are my greatest adventure” is set in a heart shape. I really like the words, but my guy isn’t one for hearts, so I used my Crumb Cake Marker to ink up the words only. What I really like also is the striped cotton ribbon. It has a linen look and I think the style suits masculine themed projects, not too girly at all!

This card is based on this weeks sketch over at Can You Case it? (CYCI#106).



I enjoy playing along with these guys, they have some inspiring challenges.

Check them out.





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Update: February 14 – I’m very pleased to say my project was one of the top picks for this weeks challenge over at Can You Case It? So very excited!

Here is what Terri had to say: The use of the circles in this sketch along with the colors, paper, and other details is spectacular! The envelope stamping is the bow on the whole package.

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Sale-a-bration is Just For You

Have I mentioned it’s Sale-a-bration time yet? I’ve been so excited by the Occassions catalogue and all its wonderful new yummy things, it’s taken me a bit to get there huh?!

The “just for you” stamp in the Botanicals For You stamp set is smashing it, isn’t it? Right now, you can earn this stamp set for FREE when you spend $90 on any current product. That’s what Sale-a-bration is all about – check out all the SAB freebies. If you’re a social media junkie, you would have seen this stamp everywhere. It’s big and gorgeous and has been hugely popular.

I love the sample in the SAB booklet, all those cute little flowers scattered around the big bold words. I thought it was a delicate balance of bold and bright yet sweet. Here is my take on that card.


This card we created at my Sale-a-bration class play time recently. Inspired by the sample in the booklet, we played with a few more Sale-a-bration items. We created this scene over the top of the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper (another SAB freebie – sadly this one is retiring on February 15th ). The left side was dressed up with a strip of coordinating Botanical Garden Designer Vellum Stack.

Topped off with some of the lurvley twine from the Occasions catalogue and punched flower and enamel dot finished it off nicely.

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Bloomin’ sparkly

I’ve been having some fun with this die over the past week, using it in my class last weekend and other fun projects of late.

I love making wedding cards, it’s a bit like Christmas, it’s one of those occasions where “bling” is never too much!! I CASEd this card from my stamping friend Carly Middleton. She shared this card and I have been wanting to make my own. So when I was asked to make a wedding card for a friend recently, this was my chance.

This is what I made. Similar but different.


I seem to be outlining the banner stamp and frame quite a bit. I did this originally at Christmas when I made the framed decorator piece and a few times since. I guess I like the double shape and lift it gives.

Here is how I do this:


I used the banner stamp and framelit in the usual way – stamp and punch. But then I created the frame for my stamped piece by punching out another full banner in the silver foil and slicing it in half. I adhered this to the top and bottom of my stamped piece, matching them up with an even border.

Next I punched another two flag end pieces out of the foil and fixed that to the sides matching up the flag ends. I think it works well.


Until next time… Stamp creatively,

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