Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Ornate Layers Combine with Embossing Folders

Looking for something pretty? Then I have just the set of dies for you.

 Ornate Layers is a set of 8 dies giving you plenty of flexibility when making frames, borders or motifs.


I have used the dies with 2 different embossing folders plus some Designer Series Papers to create simple and quick cards that could be used for a variety of occasions. 

The first card combines the dies with the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder. I like the contrast of the brick pattern against the pretty detail of the Ornate layers frame. The Designer Series paper is cut to size and adhered onto the front of the die cut. I also stamped a greeting and cut it out with one of the Stitched Rectangle dies before raising it on dimensionals . Some pre-cut gold leaves and natural linen thread complete the card.

The Subtle Embossing Folder has been one of my favourites as it gives the paper a texture like material. I has retired but a similar effect can be obtained with the new Tasteful Textile 3D folder in the 2021 - 22 Annual Catalogue.

If you love to make quick cards that are suitable for lots of different occasions then this is a versatile solution. You could even make up lots of cards and add the greeting later.
Below you will find a list of the products I used in this project. If you live in Australia, you are welcome to shop with me via my on-line store. Simply select the image of the product you want and you will see the store.


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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Dragonfly Garden Creative Technique

 Dragonfly Garden by Stampin' Up!® is a whimsical stamp set that can be used in many ways.


Today I have combined an image from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set with a technique that creates a somewhat uncontrolled background. I love trying this type of technique as you never quite know what you are going to end up with. 

The technique is quite simple - you only need the following supplies.

Stampin' Blends (suggest 3 colours - 1 light, 1 medium and 1 dark)
Window Sheet or large Clear Block
Alcohol spray (Isocol works)
Thick Basic White card

Scribble the colours randomly on the window sheet or block
Spray liberally with alcohol
Press card onto window sheet
let dry.
Stamp image with Jet Black Memento ink 
Add a few highlights with the White Stampin' Chalk Marker

I always do a few of these at the one time. Experiment with your colour combinations - we all have different favourites and this gives you some wonderful creative options.

You can shop the products required by selecting each of the images below

Have some fun with this technique that will compliment many of your stamp sets.
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Monday, 3 May 2021

Paper Pumpkin Kit - Box of Sunshine

 Looking for a bargain and wanting to create some cards that are happy, bright and beautiful, then I have the perfect solution for you. The Paper Pumpkin, Box of Sunshine Kit is on the Clearance Rack and you can purchase it for 50% discount while stocks last.

The card above is one I made from the kit elements plus the addition of a hand stamped and coloured bird from the Birds & Branches stamp set by Stampin' Up! 

Below you can see images of the kit contents.


 There are always plenty of left over elements for you to create new projects or simply follow the suggested card designs (pictured below) 



If you would like to purchase the kit you are welcome to use my On-Line store

This month I will be focusing on kits as a convenient and creative way for you to get crafty. Stay tuned for some exciting news (and samples) coming later in the month.

If you like the idea of kits then you might also like the Bouquet of Hope Kit 


Sunday, 2 May 2021

Paper Pumpkin Kit - Bouquet of Hope


Introducing you to the beautiful Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin' Up!®

This kit has all the supplies for 9 cards - 3 each of 3 designs and includes a stamp set, a Stamping Spot for printing the greetings, 9 card bases, 9 coordinating envelopes and plenty of motifs ready to use. 

Today I'm going to show you the 3 pre-designed cards that are perfect for beginner stampers as well as those who need a card in a hurry. You can create these cards in a matter of minutes, and let's face it, we all need that once in a while.

The first card is on a diagonally striped base and is made using the floral image layered over a contrasting patterned rectangle. This is then highlighted with the stamped greeting raised on dimensionals and decorated with 3 self adhesive sequins


The next card is super simple but very elegant. It includes a gold foil doily, a stamped greeting and some self adhesive sequins. I added some Linen Thread  (included in the kit) behind the greeting and true to the coordination of Stampin' Up!® the thread matches the envelope insert.

The 3rd card uses more of the pre-cut motifs plus a self adhesive greeting and a gorgeous gold embossed vellum layer. Again this card is very quick to make and will be very handy in your card collection. 

This kit is only available while stocks last and is so beautiful that I'm sure you will love it. One really good point about these kits is that they can be used for a variety of reasons/occasions and they can be dressed up or down depending on your personal style. Different greetings from your stamp set stash will work beautifully with the motifs and you can mix and match the elements with the card bases. 

I will show you some examples of how to do this is a future post.

If you would like to purchase the kit, and you are an Australian resident you can purchase via my on-line store.

I hope you've enjoyed these samples. The kits make a lovely gift for a friend or family member who enjoys card making. I always have a couple on hand for this purpose and they are always appreciated because they do not require any further supplies. 

Paper Pumpkin is only available as a subscription in North America. But, every now and then, we like to offer a Paper Pumpkin kit to demonstrators and customers in our markets all around the world!  

The Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit provides a way to offer comfort, care, and condolences to those enduring life’s challenges. With beautiful blooms and supportive sentiments, this kind-hearted kit will allow you to soothe others’ sorrow and share your sympathy in a heartfelt, handmade way!


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop - Card Sketch with Dandy Garden Designer Series Papers

 Hi again friends, and thanks for joining me for another Freshly Brewed Projects
Blog Hop.

This week we are using a card sketch from


This sketch opens up a number of possibilities - you could use a variety of Washi tape patterned strips or you could, as I have, use a variety of patterned papers cut into different widths and placed on slightly different angles.
I used the Dandy Garden 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Papers from the January to June Mini Catalogue, and to make things super quick and easy, I fussy cut the dragonfly image from one of the sheets of paper'

 You will notice the crinkled look on the background papers - Once the papers were arranged and glued to a Mossy Meadow background, I passed them through the Stampin Cut and Emboss machine using the  Old World 3D Embossing folder.

 The small embellishments are the Elegant Faceted Gems that have been coloured with a Misty Moonlight Blends pen. I love how you can change the colour of any of these embellishments with our Blends pens so they will coordinate with any of the Stampin' Up!® Designer Series Papers.
Now it is time to see what the other Freshly Brewed Hoppers have created for you. 
You are with me (Ann Craig) so just select the next name on the list to be taken to more ideas for inspiration.

      Leonie Schroder 

      Narelle Fasulo

      Ann Craig  

      Michele Miller

If you would like to re create my card the products required are listed below. You are welcome to shop with me if you are an Australian resident and you can do that by selecting the individual pictures below - they will take you to my On-line shop
Best wishes

Ann C.

A reminder that Stampin' Up!® has a RETIREMENT LIST  out for the Annual Catalogue. Retiring items are selling out quickly so take a look to see if there are any must haves for you. Select the image to see what is still available.


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