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31 October, 2014

Gorgeous Blended Bloom 3

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

This card is the last of three I've created for three very special ladies in my life, my sister and two teenage nieces. You can see the first one here and yesterday's here. Today's is for my younger niece who is 13 today! Happy birthday Nicole!

All the cards follow the same basic recipe:
5 inch square card base in Crumb Cake
4 3/4" square color mat
4 1/2" square Very Vanilla stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake and coordinating color
Blended Bloom stamped in Memento Black ink and colored with Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities and one other color
Sentiment stamped on Very Vanilla and punched with the Decorative Label punch with additional coordinating layers
4 1/2" square Very Vanilla inside stamped with Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake

Here's today's card...

The color mats are Lost Lagoon. The stamped sentiment from the hostess set Bloom with hope and the additional Grunge are stamped in Lost Lagoon. The detailing on the Bloom is with the Coastal Cabana blendie.

All the products I've used to create the card are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
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Personally I love all three cards and can't choose a favorite, but I'd love to know if you have one.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, including turning your clocks back an hour if you're in the US, have a great one and I'll see you back here on Monday.

Hugs,
Em x

30 October, 2014

Gorgeous Blended Bloom 2

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

This card is the second of three I've created for three very special ladies in my life, my sister and two teenage nieces. You can see the first one here. The younger of the two celebrates her birthday tomorrow, yep, she's a Halloween baby :)

All the cards follow the same basic recipe:
5 inch square card base in Crumb Cake
4 3/4" square color mat
4 1/2" square Very Vanilla stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake and coordinating color
Blended Bloom stamped in Memento Black ink and colored with Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities and one other color
Sentiment stamped on Very Vanilla and punched with the Decorative Label punch with additional coordinating layers
4 1/2" square Very Vanilla inside stamped with Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake

Today's is for my older niece...

The color mats are Strawberry Slush. The additional detailing on the bloom is with the Melon Mambo Blendie. Sentiment is from the hostess set Bloom With Hope and that and the additional Grunge are stamped in Blushing Bride.

All the products I've used for today's card are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
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I'll be back tomorrow with the last of the three, the birthday girl's card, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

29 October, 2014

Gorgeous Blended Bloom

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

Following on from yesterday's card that I created with a Gorgeous Grunge background, today's has also been created with the same stamp, although the look, as you'll see, is VERY different.

This card is one of three I've created for three very special ladies in my life, my sister and two teenage nieces. The younger of the two celebrates her birthday on Friday, yep, she's a Halloween baby :)

All the cards follow the same basic recipe:
5 inch square card base in Crumb Cake
4 3/4" square color mat
4 1/2" square Very Vanilla stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake and coordinating color
Blended Bloom stamped in Memento Black ink and colored with Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities and one other color
Sentiment stamped on Very Vanilla and punched with the Decorative Label punch with additional coordinating layers
4 1/2" square Very Vanilla inside stamped with Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake

Here's the first card, for my sister...

Color layer is Cherry Cobbler and the detailing on the Bloom is the same shade of Blendie. The sentiment is from Trust God stamped in Cherry Cobbler.

Challenges...
October Linky at DL.ART
#117 AG at Brown Sugar
#4 at Anything Goes With a Twist

All the products I've used are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the image below to go straight there.
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I'll be back tomorrow with the card I created for my eldest niece, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

28 October, 2014

Thanksgiving card

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

With Thanksgiving now less than a month away, I've finally started my preparation for it, by creating the cards. In doing so I've decided on the theme for the decorations and table settings, although I'm yet to create them.

I love the Wondrous Wreath stamp and die bundle from Stampin' Up! and almost as soon as I saw it I knew it would be great for all sorts of occasions as well as Christmas. You can see my other creations HERE.

My card base has been cut from Crumb Cake and folded tent style. I've stamped the wreath on Very Vanilla in Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Rich Razzleberry for the berries. I've used one of the stamps from Gorgeous Grunge for the background, stamping in Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry on Very Vanilla.



The sentiment is one from the Wetlands set, stamped in Rich Razzleberry and punched with the Decorative Label. I've punched another label from both Crumb Cake and Hello Honey and layered them together.

This is the first time I've used the Gorgeous Grunge set and I LOVE the result.

Challenges...
AG at Through The Craft Room Door
#17 AG at Artbymiran
#115 AG at Artistic Inspirations

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I'll be back tomorrow with another project using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

27 October, 2014

Gift card holders

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know.

The inspiration and indeed instructions for creating the gift card holders I'm sharing with you today came from another Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Caroline, AKA Crafty Hallett. They really are easy to make with the Envelope Punch Board and you can see how in Caroline's short video.

Instead of using a 6" x 4" piece of DSP as per Caroline's instructions, I've made mine from Very Vanilla card that measures 6" x 4 1/4". Before punching and scoring them I stamped the smallest star stamp from the gorgeous Bright and Beautiful stamp set in Rich Razzleberry ink. You can see my other creations using the stamp set here.


Then to decorate them I stamped the For You from the Tag Talk stamp set in the same ink onto more Very Vanilla and punched it out using the Bracket Label punch, before popping up on a couple Stampin Dimensionals.

I loved it that much I created some with Tempting Turquoise too before creating envelopes for them using the EPB.

Challenges...
#171 Any holiday at HIMCR
#118 2 or 3 word sentiment at Aud Sentiments
#95 AG w/ optional tags... at 613 Avenue Create

All the products I've used to create today's projects are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to go straight to them.
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I'll be back tomorrow with another holiday themed project, so please do stop back then.

Hugs,
Em

24 October, 2014

Love birds

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know.

The card I'm sharing with you today is similar to the last couple I've shared which can be seen here and here. Today's has been created for a special couple and I've used Strawberry Slush and Lost Lagoon card for the elements, together with Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.


All the products I've used in the design are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to go straight to them.
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I've loved creating the cards this week and I'm really happy to have shared something every day for the first time for awhile.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one and I'll see you back here on Monday when I'll be sharing another creation.

Hugs,
Em

23 October, 2014

For someone special

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know.

When I mentioned in yesterday's post that I'd be sharing a surprise with you today, I had no idea what I'd be sharing with you today! So not only is this creation a surprise for you, it pretty much is for me too!

I absolutely love the card I shared with you yesterday, so when I got into the studio this morning I decided to change it up a bit and use the Hardwood stamp and Owl Builder Punch from Stampin' Up for today's creation. I've kept the subtle colors from yesterday, Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe and Crumb Cake and added in some Pistachio Pudding.

The sentiment today is from the Gifts of Kindness stamp set as it truly fits the recipient and I've stamped that and the background in Crumb Cake and punched it out with the Decorative Label punch. The flowers are once again from Petite Petals and have been stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe and the branches are from the Bird Builder punch. Basic Rhinestones add the finishing touch of sparkle.


Challenges...
#53 AG at Creative Fingers
#58 AG w/ a twist add flowers at Fan-Tastic Tuesday
October Linky at DL.ART

All the products I've used for today's card are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
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I'll be back tomorrow with another creation, so I hope you'll stop by then.

Hugs,
Em x

22 October, 2014

Bird and butterflies

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know.

The inspiration for this design came from one of my Stampin' Up! friends and I've added my own twist to Aida's design...



It's been awhile since I've created a square card, but the extra space works so well and I'm really happy with the look. The Very Vanilla card base is folded to 5" square, the Crumb Cake layer is 4 3/4" square and the top Very Vanilla is 4 1/2" square. I stamped the top layer with the Dictionary background stamp in Crumb Cake, then on a snippet of Very Vanilla I stamped one of the six Petite Petals designs 3 times in Crisp Cantaloupe. The sentiment from the Trust God set is also Crisp Cantaloupe on Very Vanilla.

I then punched the flowers out with the matching punch, and the sentiment with the Decorative Label punch, also punching an extra label from both colored card. The Bird Builder and Beautiful Wings Embosslit are from more Crisp Cantaloupe and I punched the additional branches from more Crumb Cake. I cut the lower labels in half and trimmed the point from them, so they would sit neatly beneath one another.

To complete the design, I've added basic pearls for the bird's eye, the butterfly bodies and flower centers.

Challenges...
#17 Emboss your butterfly at Butterfly Challenge
#17 AG at Art By Miran
#3 AG w/ a twist Shimmer and sparkle at Anything Goes With a Twist

All the products used for today's card are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the image below to be taken straight to them.
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I'll be back tomorrow with a surprise project, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

21 October, 2014

Perfect Peacock

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know.

Regular readers will recall how much I LOVE the Blendability alcohol markers from Stampin' Up! If you're new and would like to take a look at my other creations, you can do so here). I recently bought the Perfect Peacock stamp and so this morning I was in Blendie heaven as I colored the beautiful image after stamping with Memento black onto Very Vanilla card.

The flowers, "eyes" on his feathers and his plumage are colored with shades of Melon Mambo. The leaves with shades of Old Olive. The rest the design is colored with shades of Night of Navy and Coastal Cabana.

After layering the panel onto some Strawberry Slush card I stamped the one of the sentiments from the Trust God stamp set in Strawberry Slush ink onto more Very Vanilla, before punching it out with the Decorative Label punch, which I layered onto another from more Strawberry Slush card.


I absolutely LOVE both the peacock and the finished card and hope you do too!

Challenges...
AG at Through The Craft Room Door ~ I am honored to have won their last challenge
#94 AG w/ optional at 613 Avenue Create
#53 AG at Creative Fingers

All the products I've used to create today's card are available 24/7 in my online shop. Click the image below to go straight to it
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I'll be back tomorrow with a punch art card, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

20 October, 2014

Mini cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments. I truly appreciate each of you more than you know.

It's been awhile since I've created mini cards and I absolutely loved creating this one with the gorgeous Bright and Beautiful stamp set from Stampin' Up!

The Very Vanilla base card is folded to just 3"x3" and the middle star of the stamp set, stamped and embossed in gold on Cherry Cobbler card, fits it perfectly. I stamped the smallest star on more Very Vanilla and attached it with a glue dot. The tiny sentiment from the set gives a finishing touch.


The card is one of an identical set of six and I created a box for them from Crumb Cake card using the Envelope Punch Board. It's really easy to make and shows that the EPB isn't just for envelopes. I did use it to create those for the cards too. The box is decorated with more embossed stars and the side panels with stamped ones.


Challenges...
#94 AG w/ optional twist at 613 Avenue Create
#79 at Sister Act Card Challenges
October AG at Sisters of Craft
Emboss it at CAS on Sunday

All the products used are available 24/7 in my online shop. Click the images below to go straight to them.
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I'll be back tomorrow with another Blendie creation, so please do stop back then.

Hugs,
Em x

17 October, 2014

Fall wreath

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments. I truly appreciate each of you more than you know.

The card I'm sharing with you today isn't the one I thought I would be, because that isn't quite ready yet (I'm waiting on my latest UPS delivery of Stampin' Up! goodies), but instead it's another Wondrous Wreath creation.

The set isn't just for Christmas, it can be used for any season or occasion, simply by changing the colors used. Here I've colored directly onto the base wreath stamp with the new 2014 - 2016 In Color markers, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist, then used the Mossy Meadow marker for the second layer. The berries on the wreath and base card are the Blackberry Bliss marker.


The sentiments, again colored with Tangelo Twist are taken from the Gifts of Kindness stamp set (thank you), and the hostess set Bloom with Hope. The bow from the Framelits set is cut from a scrap of Blackberry Bliss card and I've added a layer of it to the folded Whisper White base before adding the top layer.

Challenges...
#40 AG at Crafting From The Heart
AG at Through The Craft Room Door
V is for Vibrant at ABC Challenges
#169 Super Scraps Saturday at HIMCR

All the products I've used to create the card are available 24/7 in my online shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
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I'll be back on Monday with the project I had planned to share today. Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope you have a great one!

Hugs,
Em

16 October, 2014

Pocket with Work of Art

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by, it's an honor to have you here. A little unsurprisingly the card I'm sharing with you today is another pocket card. I've changed things up from the last ones I showed you, which can be seen here and here, by using the Work of Art stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I've once again created the pocket with Crumb Cake card and then used the small dot stamp from the set to add detail to it, using Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler ink. The belly band is cut from Calypso Coral card to match the Blended Bloom, which, as you saw in my last post, is colored with Calypso Coral and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.


Each of the blooms in the previous post have also been added to pocket cards and you can see them on my Facebook page.

All of the products I've used to create the card are available 24/7 in my online shop. Click the image below to be taken straight to it.
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I'll be back tomorrow with my latest project using the Bright and Beautiful stamp set, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

14 October, 2014

Something different

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know.

In last Friday's post I promised you something different, although I am a day late getting it to you and for that I apologize. What I'm sharing today is different for a couple reasons, firstly, it's very rare that I share a creation that is still in progress.

Regular readers will likely know that I absolutely LOVE the Blendability alcohol markers from Stampin' Up! and they are the subject of today's post. Whenever I've used them previously I've always just used a single set for each design, adding in extra colors with Stampin' Write Markers. You can see all my other "Blendie" creations here.

This time though, I've used a second Blendie color to add yet more dimension to the gorgeous Blended Bloom stamp...


Left to right along the top: Calypso Coral with Cherry Cobbler detail. Melon Mambo with Calypso Coral. Cherry Cobbler with Melon Mambo. Bottom row left to right: Coastal Cabana with Wisteria Wonder. Wisteria Wonder with Night of Navy. Night of Navy with Coastal Cabana.

Here's a close up of the Wisteria Wonder. I think it truly does live up to it's name of Blended Bloom...

Challenges...
#40 AG at Crafting From The Heart
AG at Through The Craft Room Door
#16 AG at Art By Miran

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I'll be back tomorrow with the creations these beautiful blooms have now been added to. Can you guess what that is?

Hugs,
Em x

10 October, 2014

More pocket cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your comments. I truly appreciate each of you more than you know.

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile will recall that when I try something new, I do quite a few in the same style, and following on from yesterday's post, I'm sharing another couple pocket cards with you today...


The Blended Bloom above has been colored with Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and I've used Cherry Cobbler layered with Whisper White for the insert card and belly band. The colors in the one below are Coastal Cabana Blendabilities and Lost Lagoon card. I've again used the Hardwood background stamp and sentiments from the Good Greetings set, stamped in Crumb Cake ink for both,


Out of the three I've shared with you, I think the Coastal Cabana/ Lost Lagoon combo is my favorite. I'd love to know which is your favorite. Please leave a comment and let me know.

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I'll be back on Monday with something a bit different, so please join me again then. Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope you have a great one!

Hugs,
Em x

09 October, 2014

Pocket card

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate all of you!

I've seen a lot of gorgeous pocket cards recently and I couldn't wait to give the technique a go myself. I've cased this one from another Stampin' Up! demonstrator, so thanks Caroline for the inspiration!

The Envelope Punch Board makes creating these cards quick and easy. When I'd decided on the size of pocket, punched and scored it, I used the Hardwood stamp and Crumb Cake ink to stamp all over the pocket...


I cut the insert card and belly band from Whisper White and one of this year's new In Colors, Tangelo Twist, layering them up. I then used the Calypso Coral Blendabilities to color the Blended Bloom, which I'd stamped in Memento ink on more Whisper White card. The small sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set which is available FREE until the end of October with orders over £200.

Challenges...
#168 Halloween Colors at Hiding In My Craft Room
#77 at Sister Act
AG at Papertake Weekly
AG at Imagination Crafts
#28 at Scribble and Scrap

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I'll be back tomorrow with another of this style of card, so I hope you'll join me again then.

Hugs,
Em

08 October, 2014

Another Wondrous Wreath

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today, it's an honor to have you here. The card I'm sharing with you today is another of my creations using the gorgeous Wondrous Wreath stamp and die bundle from Stampin' Up! You can see the others here. This time I teamed it with the Hardwood background stamp, which on this occasion I heat embossed using Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder on Whisper White card...


I used non-traditional colors of Lost Lagoon and Tempting Turquoise for the wreath and Cherry Cobbler ink for the bow. The "Joy" die is one of the dies that comes in the set and I cut it in Cherry Cobbler card. The embossed panel is layered onto Lost Lagoon which was then added to the Whisper White card blank. For the finishing touch I colored a few Basic Pearls with the medium Cherry Cobbler Blendability Marker.

I love the design and would love to know what you think of it.

Challenges...
#39 AG at Crafting From The Heart
#92 AG at 613 Avenue Create

All the products I've used are available 24/7 in my online shop. Click the images below to go straight to them.

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I'll be back tomorrow with a card that is a new-to-me style, so I hope you'll stop by to see it.

Hugs,
Em x

07 October, 2014

More Wondrous Wreath

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today, I'm honored to have you here. I must apologize for not getting this post out yesterday, but when I came to write it I realized that the pix that I had taken of the cards where nowhere to be found, so I waited for what little natural light we're getting to get them retaken this morning.

I've loved Stampin' Up!'s Wondrous Wreath stamp and die bundle since I first saw it and I've previously shared other creations with you, which you can see here. Today's two cards are relatively quick and easy to create and I love the CAS look of them...


The wreaths for both have been stamped in Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive inks. The flowers, bow and sentiment for the one above are Rich Razzleberry and Cherry Cobbler below. The card blank and panel above is Whisper White, with Very Vanilla below. The second panel for both is Crumb Cake.


Challenges...
#6 AG at Crafting At The Weekend
#92 AG at 613 Avenue Create
#39 AG at Crafting from the Heart

All the products used to create today's cards are available 24/7 in my online shop. Click the images below to see them there.

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I'll be back tomorrow with another card featuring the Wondrous Wreath set, although the design is very different to today's. I hope to see you then.

Hugs,
Em x

03 October, 2014

More Bright and Beautiful

Hi everyone,

Wow, thank you all for your comments on yesterday's post! I absolutely love the Bright and Beautiful stamp set from Stampin' Up! and your comments on the post were so wonderful. So wonderful that instead of the cards I'd planned to share with you today, I'm sharing some more of those I created with that set.

The first is stamped on Very Vanilla with Blackberry Bliss ink, with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder on Crumb Cake card...


Above and below, gold embossing on Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler card


Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder on Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz card

Silver embossing on Whisper White and Lost Lagoon card

If you've got a favorite, please do let me know in the comments. I love them all, but I think yesterday's gold on Very Vanilla and Blackberry Bliss card, is my favorite. Click the link in the first paragraph if you missed that one.

Challenges...
#167 Any holiday at HIMCR
October linky at DL.ART
#38 AG at Crafting from the Heart

All the the products I've used to create the cards are available in my shop 24/7. Click the images below to be taken straight to them in there.

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Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one! I'll be back on Monday with the cards I'd planned to share today.

Hugs,
Em

02 October, 2014

Bright and Beautiful

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments. I do appreciate each of you!

The card I'm sharing with you today is one of the last set that I've completed for my upcoming event. Yep, over the last few weeks I've created 240 cards. Whew! I had to wait a few weeks for the stamp set, Stampin' Up!'s gorgeous Bright and Beautiful, to arrive, but it was WELL worth the wait...


I stamped the stars in Versamark ink onto Very Vanilla and Blackberry Bliss card and then embossed them in Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, before die cutting with the Stars Framelits. I then embossed the sentiment onto more Blackberry Bliss and matted the panel onto the folded Very Vanilla card blank. For added dimension I've popped each of the star layers up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I love the regal look of the color combo and the others in the set are equally stunning. I've added those to my Facebook page, so please do hop over for a look and like it if you've not already done so. I'd really appreciate it.

Challenges...
#91 AG at 613 Avenue Create
#38 AG at Crafting from the Heart
October linky at DL.ART
#167 Any Holiday at Hiding In My Craft Room

All the products used for the card can be purchased any time, day or night, from my online shop. Click the links below to go directly to them. If you've any queries, please don't hesitate to contact me. either through the Facebook page linked above, or by email.

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Hugs,
Em x