29 Jul 2012

Last Image, Last Three Cards

This set of cards is done with Riding Hood Red as the base colour:

I used a sheet from the Twitterpated DSP for the background on this card. The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set punched with the Scalloped Oval punch and mounted on one of the Apothecary Accents die cuts.

With the next one I used the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder for the background.

And finally I employed the waxed paper technique to create a background for the last card.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the different types of cards you can make using the same image. You could mix and match the colours as well.

Next time I'll share something new and different... not sure what it is yet! :0)

Happy Stamping!

28 Jul 2012

Three Cards using the second image from Summer Afternoon

Here is the second set of cards:

This blue set looks wonderful in real life! It's Pacific Point blue and I used the Wonder Crayons to watercolour the image.

This one uses the waxed paper stamping again.

I used the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder and the Perfectly Penned stamp set on this one:

Finally I used the Brights DSP Stack, and Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, tiny pearls, and the Little Friends stamp set.

Tomorrow is the final set of three using the bicycle image.

Happy Stamping!

27 Jul 2012

One Stamped Image - 3 Cards

Do you enjoy watercolouring? I sure do, so when I saw this Hostess Stamp Set - Summer Afternoon - I knew it was for me!

It has three different images, and I took each one and made 3 completely different cards. The first image is the wooden swing, just like the one my husband's parents have!

You saw the first card in the set yesterday in my technique share:

The second card uses Early Espresso ribbon and Lattice dry embossing as an accent:

And the third card (my favourite) uses a sheet from the Comfort Cafe DSP for a background and a doily from the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit.

Which one do you like best?

More samples from this stamp set tomorrow!

Happy Stamping

26 Jul 2012

Quick & Easy Technique

I was working on a card set today and couldn't find a sheet of Designer Series Paper that worked with the colour I was using, so I used an old technique to create my own.

All I needed was a piece of crumpled up waxed paper! What could be easier?!

This is a great technique because you don't need any special equipment. Just daub the waxed paper on the ink pad, and stamp it on your paper. Re-ink each time to make the bold images...

And then fill in with stamped off images...

You can use more than one colour (different pieces of waxed paper for each colour) but for my purposes I only wanted one.

And here is the completed card:

Hope you like it!

Happy Stamping

Supplies used:
Stamp Sets: Summer Afternoon (Hostess), Perfectly Penned
Ink: Garden Green, Early Espresso, Old Olive, More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Accessories: Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, In Colour Dahlias (Summer Starfruit), Watercolour Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter.

25 Jul 2012

Getting the Most out of your Catalogue

One of the perks of being on my mailing list is being the first to know about the new things I am offering as well as getting to be the first in line to receive them. My latest offering is a subscription to this year’s Catalogue Tour. As a subscriber, you will receive:
  1. 11 emails, each highlighting something new from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalogue
  2. inspiration featuring new products and colors
  3. information on how to be among the first to get these products for free or at a fantastic discount
To receive your copy, you don't have to do anything. It will automatically start on Wednesday, August 1st. If you prefer to not receive the 11 day catalog tour, please let me know and I would be happy to accommodate your request.

If you're not on my mailing list, sign up now (see gadget to the right) and you will also receive a free tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by...Happy Stamping!

21 Jul 2012

Bordering on Romance Anniversary

This is an anniversary card I created for one of our daughters and her husband. They have been married 5 years today - time flies! Seems like yesterday everyone was celebrating in the backyard after the rehearsal - so much fun.

I chose the stamp set Bordering on Romance because I like its simplicity (and the name doesn't hurt!)

I also like the combination of Elegant Eggplant and Pool Party card stock(the colours are a little off here - Pool Party has more green in it). I wasn't planning to offset the Whisper White on the Elegant Eggplant, but it positioned itself and I kind of like it that way.

I used my Elegant Eggplant ink pad and Aqua Painter to watercolour the larger flowers, and the Pool Party and Lucky Limeade markers to colour the rest of the image.

The pearls give it a little extra class. In this photo you can see that the image has been cut out - that's what happens when you smear ink on the middle of the Whisper White by accident - you have to improvise! Actually I like the image showing 'outside the box'.

I hope you enjoyed your visit here. Remember the next "Carol's Card Kits to Go" will be posted on August 1st.

Happy Stamping!

13 Jul 2012

Kyle's 29th Birthday

Kyle is my youngest daughter's boyfriend, and he's an interesting, kind and fine man. So since we are visiting with them tomorrow, and it is his birthday, I wanted to take along a card ...and since I've just received an order with the Memorable Moments stamp set, plus a little something from the upcoming Holiday Mini, I thought I would use those!

The colours used are River Rock and Early Espresso, the DSP is from the Neutrals Stack, and the ink is Early Espresso. I used the Labels Collection framelit to cut out the sentiment - since it fits perfectly!

Kyle is a very understated business man so I hope he likes this card.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


10 Jul 2012

Serene Silhouettes in Pink & Black

I have always loved this colour combination (it does have pink in it afterall!!)

This set - Serene Silhouettes - makes it so easy to create a card. The images are very versatile and can be used for anything from Sympathy to Birthday to Anniversary to almost anything!

So here are the first two - the cardstock is Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, and Whisper White.

I also used the new 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon in Pretty in Pink and the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.

The second two cards have a horizontal orientation.

I stamped the sentiments (from Thoughts & Prayers) before I run it through the embossing folder - I was worried it might make it hard to read but it looks great!

The matted shapes on the left card are from the Labels Collection Framelits, the circle is the 2 1/2" Circle Punch. 

The matted shapes on the card on the right are made using the Blossom Punch and the circle was punched with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch.

I wanted something to store the cards in as they will be a gift, and this is one of my favourite choices - it uses only 1 sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock for the base, and holds four cards and envelopes.

The ribbon used to hold it closed is the retired Satin ribbon.

Hope you have sunshine where you live!

Happy Stamping

8 Jul 2012

Summer Day Happy Birthday

I have a member of the ASI Team who is having a birthday today, and I made this card for her. I wanted it to be summery and bright. Plus pretty and happy just like Sandi.

I used the Reason to Smile stamp set (see promotion on right) and the Papillon Potpourri for the butterflies. The 'Happy Birthday' is from a retired hostess set.

I used the new Butterfly punch and glued two of the butterflies together so you could see both sides.

The cardstock is Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White. I stamped everything with Black Stazon Ink and then coloured them in with markers (same as cardstock plus Tangerine Tango).

Plus I used one of the new Adorning Accents Edgelits.

I hope you, and Sandi, like it!

Happy Stamping

7 Jul 2012

Sneak Peek - Christmas Ornament & Tutorial

I've been working on this since I received the demo copy of the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog.

I LOVE it!! It's a sneak peek of new stamps, framelits, and DSP, and I couldn't wait to recreate it! It does take a bit of work though!

You can purchase this 11 page tutorial with 20 photos to create your own ornament! 

Please note: DSP, stamp set, and framelits will be available August 1st.

COST: $5.00

Need a Reason to Smile?

Get the Reason to Smile Set (up to a $25.95 value) for just $5 when you spend $60 on any Stampin' Up! products during the month of July.

 Don't forget - it's only available until the end of July!!

1 Jul 2012


Welcome to the launch of my first  
Carol's Card Kits To Go!

Anyone who loves Christmas usually starts thinking about it just about now… So I thought I would indulge those Christmas lovers (and myself – because I’m one of them!) with a bit of jolly card making.

This class features
·        Open Sleigh (new stamp set p. 12, #126460 Wood Mount $25.95, #126462  Clear Mount $19.95)
·        Labels Collection Framelits (p. 191, #125598 $32.95)
·        Candy Wrapper Die (p.194, #120890 $40.95)

I have chosen to offer my classes in this way for one main reason:

Convenience for you. 

If you have a hard time attending classes, prefer to do your cardmaking in your PJ's, or just want to make one card at a time, these kits are for you.                                                                                 
If you want to get together with two or three friends during lunch time at the office, these kits are for you too. 

If you want to make a set of cards but don't have all the papers, die cuts, and ribbons these kits are for you. 

These kits are also for you if you want to give a gift to a crafting friend, daughter, sister, or granddaughter (or son, brother, or grandson)!

What you will find in your kit:

ALL the card stock and Designer Series Paper you will need to complete the project – already cut to size and scored if necessary!!

EVERYTHING requiring die cuts, embossing folders, punches, etc. has already been done!

ALL of the brads, buttons, ribbons, and other embellishments are included!

DIRECTIONS AND PHOTOS to help you complete the projects.

ALMOST EVERYTHING is supplied in the kit, EXCEPT:

The STAMP SET (As a Stampin’ Up! Demo I am not permitted to sell stamped images unless the project is completed.)


You can use alternate stamp sets and ink, or if you wish you can order the coordinating sets and ink from me.

The cost for this kit including 
4 cards, 4 envelopes, two candy wrappers, and instructions
mailed directly to your door, 
is $25.00 
(Canadian Dollars) 


(Canadian Dollars)