Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The Cheater (or Smarter) Way to Matching Papers

I was browsing through Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft (Aust) magazine the other night, looking for inspiration, when I happen upon a beautiful card using layers of die cut frames.  I decided I would try the layout and set off looking for matching papers to do the layers.

After sorting through the box of leftover papers (I'm sure every paper crafter has one), I could not find any suitable matches. So I turned to my paper stacks and set about again, and discovered why buying papers in stacks are the easiest way to match papers, because stacks are made up of matching papers (that's why they are in stack - duh!)

So next time a need for matching papers arises, reach for the nearest paper stack and you won't go wrong!

Anyway, here is the card that I made. I used DCWV Baby Boy stack (updated), and the stamps are from Hero Arts (front), Stampendous (inside) and Penny Black (flower on the inside). For inks - Versacolor (pigment, black), Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Tumbled Glass).


Tuesday, 9 August 2011


One of my favourite stamps of all time - Penny Black's "To You..." (2004). I think it just perfectly fits any birthday card. I love the writing style and the alignment of the stamp, in a square and not ordinarily in a straight line.

I submit this card for One Stop Craft Challenge - Sentimental, featuring sentiments as the main focus of the card.

Crafty Calendar Challenge (Aug 2011) - Hot Colours

So I decided to enter another blog challenge!  Here is my submission for The Crafty Calendar Challenge for Aug 2011 - Hot Colours.

I had initially wanted to make the Dahlia (Stampendous! Jumbo Cling Dahlia set) in layers, but somehow got deviated to layering it with Circle Doily (Hero Arts) and unexpectedly, an award ribbon (You're the Best set from Hero Arts). The sentiment is from Stampendous Friendship Assortment set (clear).

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Lily Pad Cards - August CCC

Here is my submission for the Lily Pad Cards August CCC (Card Chain Challenge)

This time round, I tried to use all the options given - colour template (aqua, hot chocolate & lipstick red), the sketch, and the theme.

Unintentionally, I had used only HeroArts stamps! This is the new Carte Postale (clear) stamp set. What was most surprising to me was that for this simple card, I had used so many variety of inks, including Brilliance (Pearlescent Chocolate), Versacolor (Black), Versafine (Vintage Sepia & Crimson Red) and Distress Inks (Tea Dye & Frayed Burlap).

Looking forward to sending this card out!

From the Sweet

I just had a weekend of conducting Make n Take sessions, where one of the projects involved simple shaping of flower petals. Using a satay stick (a clean one of course!), I had simply bend the petals of the paper flowers backwards to create a slight curl for added dimension to the flower.

Soon afterwards was the birthday of a dear friend, so I set out to make her a card. Because I was still so 'affected' by shaping flower petals, the original idea of making 'lollipop' flowers became more curvy and dimensionalized.

The completed card turned out as a surprise for me. In my mind, I never imagined it would look like this. Nonetheless, I like the outcome and so adds it to my collection of 'outside my style' cards.

Inspired by Stampendous! (part 2)

So here is another project inspired by the Stampendous! catalogue. The inspiration came from page 7 of the 2011 30-Impressive-Stampendous!-Years catalogue.

I used the Jumbo Cling Hydrangea rubber stamp and embossed several copies. Cutting out the petals, I layered them on top of each other.

Instead of using photos as the project in the catologue did, I used the sentiment from the Jumbo Cling Thinking of You set. The set includes the sentiment, and that lovely pattern that decorates the beige base.

Other stamps I used are Jumbo Cling Happy Birthday set (the curvy swirls) and Princess Crown stamp, all from Stampendous!
The paper used is from DCWV Textured stack (beige) and Tradewinds stack (dark blue).

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