Simple Suede

Good afternoon!!  What a week!!  I’m sorry for being a slack blogger this last wee while.  I’ve been up to my eyeballs in fundraiser and children being ill and all manner of things that are life!!  But!  I am here now for a brief moment! 

This afternoon I’ve had a chance to do some creating in the peace of a silent house.  Hubby has taken the three big kids to visit family and it’s just Lara May & I.  Lara has been napping on and off which has given me some time to do some {very} much needed stamping for fun!  On my upline Alisa’s forum there was a cyberstamp and one of the challenges was Clean & Simple.  Another was Faux Suede.   I am LOVING what I created.  I don’t say that much, but I really really love these cards.  LOVE THEM.   Wanna see?

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Ok, so I’m in a chatty mood so you’re gonna get the whole story.  Just skip text and look at purty pics if you’re in a hurry!!  LOL

So first of all what IS clean & simple?  Minimal layering.  Minimal embellishments.  Uncluttered, lots of white space.  Able to be reproduced quickly.  Err. Can I pull that off??  Hmmmn.  Not sure (oh yeah, we already know I did, but just humour me ‘kay?).  I knew I wanted to do the suede look on the clean and simple.  Two birds, one stone and all that.  I needed to maximise play on limited time.  What’s Faux Suede? It’s where you use a bone folder over and over your piece of cardstock until the layers separate.  When you pull them apart you get the suede effect.  Noice eh?

I started by stamping the damask design from Friends 24-7 onto Whisper White Cardstock in chocolate.  I used Baja Breeze for the strip of suede and the sentiment and label are from the very lovely Vintage Labels set you can get for FREE with Sale-a-bration (go on ask me how!).  I punched out the sentiment with the mega oval punch and sponged the edges in Baja.  I loved the result so much I decided to whip up a whole bunch more.  But when I went to stamp I put the damask stamp into the Baja pad.  Ooops.  Oh! Actually, that looks kinda cool too.  So out came the chocolate strips and I sueded them up too.  In the end I had 3 with the Baja damasks & 3 with Chocolate Chip.  A set!!

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An the two different ones together:

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And just to be different I then made this one with a Baja Breeze base.  Choc Chip damask design and the Choc Chip Suede strip.  The others I will bundle up in a nice white bag with some envelopes stamped with the damask design, and a bit of  Baja or Chocolate ribbon wrapped around it.  The card below will be the one I write in to say thanks to one of the loveliest Mums from school who makes my family a meal every time my Lara is sick.  How nice is that?  So there you have it.  A clean and simple gift!!  In under an hour.   Love it!

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Until next time!
Happy Stamping!

Kristie ALWAYS embellishes it!!

Over at my SU Uplines forum we had a little cyberstamp this week.  I only participated in one of the challenges as I’ve been ill this week with Laryngitis.  My children have rejoiced because I can no longer yell at them.  I can share with you that a wooden spoon banged down on various different surfaces DOES get their attention however! ;-)

Anyway, what does the title of my post have to do with the card or the cyberstamp?  Well, dear Kristie (who some of you may know is my sister and my downline!) hosted the cyberstamp.  She is addicted to embellishments.  Cannot help herself.  Due to Alisa setting the challenge of only one last week, Kris retaliated and said we must use at least 3!! (quite childish really don’t you think?! lol)

This card uses a Soft Sky Base, Spring Silhouette DSP, Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla Card stock.  The heart stamp comes from the Always set out of the new mini and was “rocked and rolled”.   That is where you stamp in the lighter colour and then rolled your stamp around in the darker colour to get the two-tone mottled effect.  My three embellishments are the Vanilla Wide Grosgrain, Vanilla half-back pearls from the pretties kit and the “hello” rub-on.  Kristie thinks rub-ons are a dubious embellishment…but hey, it works for me!!  Go and check out the other cards submitted in the Gallery at Alisa’s site.

Until Next time,
Happy Stamping!

July Cyberstamp Challenges

My clever and talented (slurp slurp) upline Alisa Tilsner runs a cyberstamp on her forum every month.  Last night we had one and there were three challenges.

1. Limited Supplies – 1 stamp set, 2 colours (+1 neutral), 1 embellishment.
2. Use Versamark in some way
3. Create a card using the Dahlia Fold.

Here are my creations

Stamp set: Season of Joy (oooh new one!!), Card stock: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White.  Ink: Night of Navy, Soft Sky.  Embellishment: Soft Sky Double stitched ribbon. 


The next challenge to use Versamark.  Well I didn’t want to be too boring and just emboss so or simply emboss resist.  I wanted it to be a little different so I did emboss resist with a twist – Polished Stone!!  I was limited in the colours I could use as I don’t have that many re-inkers at the moment but I do love Pomegranate & Olive together and it does suit that Season of Joy set so that’s where I went with it.  I started with the versamark on Glossy White Card stock.  I covered with white embossing powder and embossed.  The Polished stone is achieved by dropping a little bit of Isocol onto a cotton ball and then a couple of drops of each of the re-inkers.  In the card on the left I used more Pomegranate drops than Olive and vice versa in the card on the right.  I bopped it up and down all over the glossy card stock and then waited a minute and dried the ink off the embossed image gently with a tissue.  Voila!  I made my own Pomegranate brads in the card on the right by putting a drop of Pomegranate re-inker into a dobble (if you know what I mean) of Crystal Effects.  Word of advice.  You do need to wait.  Patience is not a virtue of mine so let’s just say that each one has a unique print on the top of them!!



The third and final challenge was to create a card using the Dahlia Fold method.  I’ve never done this one before.  It has been on the to do list but you know how it is!!  I used the Dashing Designer Series Papers, Old Olive and Real Red.  The white ink is Craft Ink and again it takes a few minutes to dry properly.  I should try to be more patient!!  More special little marks on this one!! LOL.  The stems come from the Hostess Set In The Spotlight.  Very lovely.  The little lady beetles are from Garden Whimsy.

Phew.  Did you make it through all that?!?!  What a post!!  Hope you like my challenge cards.  I was quite happy with the way they turned out despite my inability to wait for things to dry!! 

Until Next time,
Happy Stamping!!