Monday, February 28, 2011

Inkspiration 59 - Printed Petal Flower

Hi there,

now I just have to ask has anyone else had a morning start like this? It goes:
DH to me: Its Mum's birthday tomorrow (his Mum) you've made a card for her, haven't you?

Now I will say he was partly (mind you only partly) joking, and after about 18 years I should be aware of the fact that he is crap at preparing for birthdays and so should have his Mum's birthday written on the calender (I do now!). But it gave me a valid excuse to "slave" away stamping Sunday afternoon - ah its a hard life sometimes ;)

Of course ever looking of ways to multi task I used the Inkspiration sketch challenge this week for the card. You can see Keesh's sketch below.

This card is a real mix of old and new. Old DSP and a new stamp - I got Printed Petals at the 2010 convention and this is its first inking up. So here is the result.

I started with a completely different idea but saw this pink flower pattern and it reminded me of the large flower in Printed Petals so that's how this evolved. So I settled on a Regal Rose/ Early Expresso combo. So a square Regal Rose base, then an Expresso scalloped square mat (I was delighted when I realised that this was just the right size!!) then the DSP. I went for clean lines on the long vertical panel and also used the flower to break up the lines more. The flower was inked up in Regal Rose and Versamark then embossed with glittery clear embossing powder. For contrast I used Early Expresso for the stem and leaves. For the three horizontal bands I used satin Expresso ribbon for two and the sentiment for the last. The inside was finished off with another flower.
This one, despite having brown on it, got the big thumbs up by Miss 6 - but she decided it was OK for it to be posted if it was going to her Nana :)

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Printed Petals, Party This Way, Petals Pizzazz
Ink: Regal Rose, Early Expresso, Versamark
Accessories: Sweet Always DSP (R), Scalloped Square BigZ die, Word Window punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Early Expresso satin ribbon, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), Neutral button, Rhinestone (Kaiser), Brad - Flower

Friday, February 25, 2011

JAI 57 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well I'm glad I left it to write up my post till today (Thursday night) because I have been feeling headachy and tired for the last couple of days and not at all cheery - but the headache cleared up late this afternoon hurray!! So feeling much more chirpy at the momment - just in time to welcome you to a new Just Add Ink challenge and this week we have a colour combo for you. Here it is.

I have got to be honest this one was seriously challenging! in fact I binned my first go at it. Overall the colours struck me as leaning more to the masculine side so that's what I went with.

Since I making a boys birthday card I kept it pretty clean and simple - a Cherry Cobler base, then a white mat stamped with the train engine in the three colours. I tried to generate a bit of interest by staggering the stamping in each row. To finish off a strip of River Rock stamped with the sentiment and one more train engine trimmed out and mounted and framed. Lastly a couple of brads in the wheels to finish up.

Thanks for visiting and if you have a chance have a go at the challenge too!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Choo Choo, Occaisional Quotes
Cardstock: Cherry Cobler, Whisper White, River Rock
Ink: Cherry Cobler, Daffodil Delight, River Rock
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch, Distressing tool, retired brads, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

MIM 3 - Time for some sunshine

Hello there,

well the new Make it Monday challenge got me all fired up today and I just had to have a go especially after I thought I had a rather nifty idea for it ;) So what is the challenge - well to use a glitter strip (must be in a straight line). Want to know what my nifty idea is? - how about I show you :)

As you can see my glitter strip makes up the stem of my flower - it dawned (no that is not meant to be a pun BTW) on me that a straight glitter strip would be perfect for a flower stem and since I had a stash of coloured glitter - a green one!! I absolutely love the effect. It really does add some fun and sparkle to the card - and makes it feel bright and happy which is just what I wanted and hoped for! The card is pretty straight forward really so I won't go into the details check out my recipe below or leave a comment if you have a question.

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: Blooming Button Bits, Studio Style, Backgound Basics Text Style (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red (SU!), Fresh Snow (PTI)
Accessories: Dotty Biscotti Patterned Paper (PTI), large scalloped border die (PTI), Woodgrain impression plate (PTI), Plum Pudding buttons (PTI), Old Olive button (SU!), Corner rounder punch (SU!), 1/2" circle punch (SU!), Superfine glitter (SU!), Sticky Strip (SU!), Linen Tread (SU!), Glue, Dimensionals (SU!), SNAIL adhesive (SU!), Sponge (SU!), Double sided tape (X Press)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

JAI 56 - Just add a sketch

Hello there :)

well its time again for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a great sketch for you. Here it is.

This is actually the second card I made for my Dad, after he had an operation recently. I was aiming for something cheery but still blokey - hopefully this will hit the spot.

I started with a Choc Chip base, then layered on some retired Good Morning Sunshine DSP. Down the bottom I just used Whisper White and stamped the sentiment. Next I added a scalloped lattice embossed border across the card, with some satin Daffodil Delight ribbon layered over the top. Then it was time for the main panel. For this I started by stamping some Kiwi Kiss flower stems, and then matching flowers in Daffodil Delight, the bottom one is popped up on dimensionals. Each flower was embellished with a different button. I decided to add a bit of whimsical touch and so added a bee to fly across the top of the flowers - another button, some cardstock and vellum. Lastly I mounted that all on a Kiwi base and added a small lattice embossed scalloped strip down the side. The inside was finished off with some more flowers.

So this one will be on its way to my dear Dad soon and hopefully it will bring some sunshine with it!

Thanks for visiting (again) its been busy round here lately ;)


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Blooming Buttons Bits, Baby Button Bits (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Vellum
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Kiwi Kiss (R), Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Lattice embossing folder, Scalloped border punch, Daffodil Delight, Early Expresso button, Kiwi Kiss corduroy brad (R), Daffodil Delight satin ribbon. small heart punch, 1/2" circle punch, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Double sided tape, Tombow adhesive

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Make it Monday 2 - Sympathy

Hi there,

today was one of those rare days when I HAD to make a card, sadly it is one to send to my cousin whose mother just recently passed away. My auntie was a really special lady and will definitely be missed by the family!

I haven't made many sympathy cards (thankfully) but I knew I wanted to keep it simple and not too somber. The design was heavily influenced by Nichole Heady not any specific card but just the general style and design. I also incorporated the new Make Monday challenge see below for details.

So I started with a Chocolate base, layered that with a panel of Confetti White (SU!), which I then impressed with the Linen and Canvas plate, I also rounded all the corners. At the mid point I added some double sided tape and then added a strip of patterned paper that I had crumpled up and then "ruffled" into folds. Using brown thread I used my sewing machine to secure and accent the paper ruffle. For the focal point I used a Chocolate Mat stack 4 (impressed with Bookprint impression plate), layered that with a Mat Stack 1 (from Confetti white) stamped a frame, then added a stamped off leafy branch. Over the top of that I added a strip of vellum, and stamped the sentiment (yes I have finally got to the Make it Monday 2 challenge - added a vellum sentiment strip). I secured the vellum with a small strip of scor tape and then added buttons, threaded with linen thread to accent the central panel. the inside was finished off very simply to match.

Thanks for visiting,

Mat Stack 1 collection, Turning a New Leaf, Through the Trees (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Confetti White, Vellum (SU!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Early Expresso
Accessories: Mat Stack 1 and Mat Stack 4 dies (PTI), Linen and Canvas impression plate, Bookprint impression plate (PTI), Turning a New Leaf patterned paper (PTI), Ripe Avocado buttons (PTI), Corner rounder punch (SU!), Linen thread, Double sided tape (X press), SNAIL adhesive (SU!), Scor Tape, Tombow Multi, Dimensionals (SU!), sewing machine

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inkspiration 57 - Birthday Robot

Hi all,

the Inkspiration challenge was a nice sketch this week - so when we finally wrapped up a weekend of family fun and outings (seriously in one weekend we saw a lot of snakes - one was even out in the bush! (big red bellied black snake), lots of gorgeously coloured birds (walk in aviary) lizards galour and a platypus - I kid you not a platypus out in the wild! (I think I was more excited than the kids) well the Tidbinbella Nature Reserve to be exact - oh and we saw turtles, emus and lots of kangaroos there as well. Ok so after all that I managed to seize the energy when we got to home to make a start on a card. Here's the sketch.

I'm still working on my birthday card stash so I worked from there - oh and I had a new stamp to play with.

You can't go past the Celecbration DSP for birthdays! So I pulled it out and picked out the patterns I wanted to use, that set the colour scheme - Pacific Point and Real Red. I layered the Pacific Point base with the red number pattern, then used another pattern for the large vertical strip. I stamped my robot in Versamark on watercolour paper, then embossed with black embossing powder. Then coloured him in using aquapainter and ink pad lids. A touch of Choc Chip for the cake and Daffodil Delight for the candle flames. I used oval nestabilities to cut the robot out and for the layer. For the two horizontal panels I stapled on some frayed Pacific Point grosgrain ribbon. I added a sentiment using a tag and white embossing the happy birthday, a little star and a couple of brads and all done! The inside was finished off very simply to match.

Hopefully it's not too fussy for a boy...I like it anyway :)

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise mentioned
Stamps: Party This Way, Cakey Watt (Stampingbella)
Cardstock: Pacific Point
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Versamark, Going Gray
Accessories: Celebration DSP, Oval nestabilities (Spellbinder), Lots of Tags sizzlet, Pacific Point striped grosgrain ribbon (R), watercolour paper (craft shop), Black and White embossing powder, Real Red and Tempting Turquoise brads, Small star punch (R), Dimenionals, Double sides tape, SNAIL adhesive, staples

Friday, February 11, 2011

JAI 55 - just add love

Hi there,

well welcome back for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we would like you to Just Add Love. Now this could mean a valentines card or a wedding card - you get the idea :) I decided to go with a broad valentines interpretation, I have kind of gathered from US blogs that giving cards to friends for valentines is (quite?) common so I have made a present for a dear friend - Sam. It is for a rather special occaision as she just added a new baby to her family. (You can see Sam's post here). Now a new baby is definitely an occaision (of love) to celebrate but I figure, especially since this is the third in the family, that Mum deserves something special too. I wanted a mix of something edible but also something to last - and then something to package it all in. So this is what I made.

For the something to package it all in - a woven basket. You can find the tutorial here on Splitcoasters. I pulled out a sheet of Bella Rose DSP as it just the right colours. Following the instructions I cut my sheet up into different width stripes and started weaving - it was a little fiddly but really not too bad. In the end I think I finished my basket a couple of rows shorter than the tutorial recommended. I secured in the ribbon handles with brads and covered the rim over with a striped of textured Riding Hood Red, with a Scallop Trim border for the outside. I also tied on a little strawberry tag so I can write a little message.

The something edible was some yummy chocolates that I know Sam likes :)

Now the something to keep are some felt strawberries filled with lavender which you can pop into a draw or hang off a clothes hanger. Now had some lovely wool felt at home in red and green, so I had a look on the web for strawberry templates and found this link to a Martha Stewart tutorial on making a felt/material strawberry pin cushion. So I pinned my template to the felt and cut it out. I made two different green tops, one was using the provided template, for the other I punched a 5 petal flower out of paper and used that as a guide (cut with a generous border) for a different shaped top (I actually liked it better). OK next I had to google knot stitch - then I used white embroidery thread to add little knots over the red strawberries. I used my sewing machine to stitch up the side of the strawberries gathered the tops together then firmly filled with dried lavender and stitch almost closed. Then I stitched on the green felt tops using slip stitch (google again). The last thing was to add a loop of ribbon so the strawberries can be hung off a clothes hanger. They did take some time to make but I have got to say I enjoyed doing it :)

Thanks for visiting and perhaps you can Just Add some Love this week too!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Tart and Tangy
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red (plain and textured), Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Bella Rose DSP (R), Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon (R), Certainly Celery and Old Olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Pure Poppy and Simply Chartreuse felt (PaperTrey Inc), 5 Petal flower punch, 1 3/4" , 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop circle punch, Silver cord (R), Tombow, Sticky Strip, dried Lavender

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Make it Monday 1 - Thinking of You

Hello there,

well this is turning out to be a bumper week on the blog! Yes I do have something else to show you - Mr almost 3 who was feeling very poorly with a cold (which he has now oh so kindly passed on to Mum) actually had a nap Tuesday - and I set straight to work to have a go at the very first PTI Make it Monday challenge. The first technique/ challenge was to use a sentiment collage on your card.

So I pulled all my PTI sets out of the cupboard and started thinking - and decided to go with a thinking about you card! Once I had Tiny Treats Valentine out and On My Couch I just couldn't go past putting that very cute little doggy on the couch.

OK I started with Chocolate base, then added a layer of Aqua Mist, my sentiment collage was added to the bottom of the Aqua panel all stamped in Chocolate except one key sentiment in red. For an accent I added a little red heart next to it and a couple more brown ones else where in the sentiment collage. For the upper half I used some white cardstock impressed with the Linen and Canvas impression plate. I added a scalloped strip of Happy Spots patterned paper over the join. For the focal point I used a Mat Stack 3 die cut, over that I added a couch die cut from Happy Spots paper. To give the couch some shading I used a copic (BG11). I stamped the little dog and coloured him in with copics (E35, 37,39 R29), cut him out and used dimensionals to sit him on the couch. The final accents were a cluster of buttons, all threaded with bakers twine, and some more bakers twine wound across the die cut. Oh and I added a little glaze to the two red hearts.

My DH is likely to do some travelling later this year - so I'm thinking this might be good card to write and tuck into his suitcase to open while he is away.

Thanks for visiting,


On My Couch, Tiny Treats Valentine, Through the Trees, Blooming Button Bits (PaperTrey Inc), Curly Cute, So Happy for You (SU!)
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Stamper Select White (PTI), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red (SU!), Tuxedo Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Copic markers, Happy Spots patterned paper (PTI), Mat Stack 3 die (PTI), On My Couch die (PTI), Linen and Canvas Impression plate (PTI), Scallop border punch (SU!), Bakers twine chocolate (PTI), Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy and Spring Rain buttons (PTI), Two step owl punch (SU!), Aqualip/Glaze pen - clear (Sakura), Dimensionals (SU!), Double sided tape (X Press)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Newsprint butterflies

Hi there all,

well before my Mr almost 3's head numbing cold descended on me I did managed to get some stamping in. One of the things I wanted to do was participate in a new blog challenge,
jac-inks Papercraft challenges, set up by some SU! demos, who I'm pretty sure live in my neck of the woods so to speak. The first challenge was to use any neutral plus one colour.

I needed to prepare a card, that illustrated some different ways to use the Big Shot, for a workshop so that is what I had in mind when I put this together. I also want to mention that the layout is largely CASED from a
card by a very talented DT colleague of mine Bronwyn Eastley. Bron's was all neutral and I changed the focal element and added some extra ones.

I used Naturals Ivory (still a neutral just not on the list -so I hope that counts!) as the base, cut A frame, cut an extra piece for the top that was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder. What you can't see in the picture is that I sprayed that embossed piece with Champagne Mist shimmer paint mist. It has a fabulous sparkle if you catch it in the right light! Ok at the bottom of the embossed piece I added a strip of Newsprint DSP, laid over some Red Riding Hood that had a scallop trim border. All that was left was to add some butterflies in a mix of Newsprint pattern and Riding Hood Red and of course a sentiment. I just added one more butterfly to finish off the inside.

Neutrals plus one colour is definitely a nice way to go - so thanks to the jac-inks team for a great challenge - I wish you well with your new venture - have fun!!

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Beautiful Butterflies BigZ die, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Champagne Mist shimmer paint, Jewels - pearls, Scallop Trim border punch, Sticky strip, Dimensionals, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Inkspiration 56 - A rose for you

Hi all,

this week I feel busy, like seriously up to my eyeballs busy! My Miss 6 is starting "big" school and I have had to sew all the name tags into her clothes (I'm not a natural born seamstress folks), I have made invitations to the kids birthday party (just simple but it takes time), Mr almost 3 has got a cold and needs lots of Mumma cuddles (OK no complaints from me about that - I love my cuddles). I still have to wrap all his presents (he will be Mr 3 on Saturday!) Oh and I'm preparing for my first workshop in a year!! Looking forward to it though :) AND now I have Mr almost 3's cold - sniff sniff drip :( Hmm doesn't sound like that much but trust me I'm finding it hard to find time to breathe!! (but that could just be my drippy nose - lol).

OK now onto the stamping (which I did manage to squeeze in and I'm so glad I did) as ooh I have got to tell you Makeesha set a gorgeous colour challenge this week!! A really nice combo to play with, here it is.

I have been meaning to try making a rose using the Fancy Flower punch for a while, and one of my fabulous Just Add Ink DT colleagues (Tania Gould) has posted a fab tutorial about it so I decided Cherry Cobler was just the right colour and went from there.

I've been feeling very vintagey lately so bear with me if I post alot along that theme. For this card I decided to make a scalloped circle easel card, so I cut one Baja Breeze circle for the top and a joined scallop circle card base also in Baja. Cut a Cherry Cobler mat and then a Whisper White one. I cut some Parisian Breeze DSP for the bottom half of the front, and stamped En Francais on the top half (Baja Breeze stamped off once.) Then I added a thin strip of Newsprint DSP rumpled along the join between the two. I also sponged Cherry Cobler around most of the layers.
I used Tania's tutorial to make a rose out of Cherry Cobler, I crumpled all the bits before rolling them into shape. I also sponged Cherry and a light coating of Black on the edges of the petals, once it was all put together I also gave the rose and the black swirls a light misting with Silver Glimmer Mist (a Secret Santa pressie from Tania - how appropriate is that ;)) Then added a pearl. I continued the vintagey, swirly feel through to the inside. Not sure who it's going to yet but I have two possible lovely ladies in mind - I might have to toss a coin!

I have to admit I really like how this one turned out - hope you like it too :)

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU!(unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: En Francais, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Vintage Labels (R)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobler, Whisper White Basic Black
Ink: Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobler, Basic Black
Accessories:Scallop circle BigZ die, Fancy Flower punch, Large Oval punch, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Swirls and Scribbles sizzlet, Lots of Tags sizzlet, Newsprint DSP, Parisian Breeze DSP (R), Jewel - pearls, Crystal effects, Silver Glimmer Mist, Dimensionals, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive, sponge

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy Birthday PTI

Hi there,

PaperTrey Inc are just starting their fourth birthday celebrations, see Nichole Heady's post here, and they have a fabulous crafty hugemongeous prize for Day 1, all you need to do is repost your favourite PTI post of the last year. I had a quick browse this morning and decided to go with these little cuties I made last December. I was really delighted when these were selected as one of Passion for PaperTrey top three picks for their Christmas challenge :). So please read on about the little treat boxes for the kids. Here's the end result. First a close up of the girls boxes.
And a close up of the boys boxes

The boxes are fusion of SU! and PTI. To start with I used the Favor it 2 box die to cut the boxes out (you need two per box) Baja Breeze for the boys and Real Red for the girls. (I decided to use some retired SU! DSP Ski Slope to decorate the boxes hence the colour scheme.) I labelled the boxes using first a Mat Stack 1 die cut (stamped with the matching Mat Stack stamp from Tiny Treats: Christmas) then different Limitless Layers 1 3/4" circles for the girls and boys. Lastly I added a stamped and coloured image from Tiny Treat: Christmas - Santa for the girls and seriously the cutest reindeer ever for the boys. I coloured the Santa and reindeer in using SU! markers. The last touch was just a few rhinestones to bling them up a bit - a very important detail according to my Miss 5 (she made sure the girls got three rhinestones on theirs!) I used a cello bag filled it with a few home made Christmas biscuits we'd made Saturday afternoon and some little chocolate Santa's. Then tied it closed with some dotty Real Red ribbon.

It was a labor of love - but fun I have got to say :) and the kids loved them which definitely makes it worth while!!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: SU! and PaperTrey Inc
Stamps: Tiny Treats: Christmas (PTI)
Cardstock: Real Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White (all SU!)
Ink: Real Red, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa, YoYo Yellow, Brocade Blue
Accessories: SU! Ski Slope DSP (R), Real Red stitched dotty grosgrain ribbon, small cello bags, Sticky Strip, 1 3/4 " circle punch, Dimensionals, PTI Favor it Box 2 die, Mat Stack 1 die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" circle dies

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Just Add Ink 54 - Just add a colour combo

Hi there,

yes it’s that time of the week, time for another Just Add Ink challenge :) This week we have a colour combo for you to turn your hand to. Want to know what it is??

The colours struck me as being kind of vintagey, and since my Elements of Style set had barely seen ink I decided this was the time to have a go.

I went with a Regal Rose base to try and keep things light, then layered that with Early Expresso and then DSP (text pattern – love this!). I inked up my large flowering branch stamp first with Versamark, then with Soft Suede, stamped it on watercolour paper and embossed with clear powder, then I watercoloured it using ink pad lids and aquapainter. If the oval edges look a bit rough it’s because they are. I decided I wanted the stamp to overflow the oval so I pressed the nestie cutting edge in to make a bit of an impression and then hand cut. That was framed with Early Expresso and then a scalloped Regal Rose oval. I added a bird up the top embellished with a rhinestone, and down below the oval three layers of scalloped text DSP in Regal Rose, Rose Red and Early Expresso. Lastly I added some Early Expresso satin ribbon and two tiny tags. The inside is finished off with another embossed and coloured flowering branch.

This one kind of evolved on me but I must admit I am quite happy with the end result and with a colour combo I would not have expected to ever try or like for that matter but I do! So can you see yourself turning your hand to this one – please do and then link your creation back to Just Add Ink.

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Elements of Style, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Early Expresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Early Expresso, Versamark
Accessories: Neutral, Subtles, and Brights DSP pattern stacks, Medium Jewelery Tag punch,Scallop border punch, Oval (Classic and scalloped) Nestabilites (Spellbinder), Early Expresso satin ribbon, Linen thread, Jewels - rhinestones, Clear embossing powder, watercolour paper, aquapainter, Dimensionals, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Inkspirations 55 - eat cupcake!

Hi there,

well we made it through Miss Sixes birthday, although she informs me her real birthday will be when she has a party!! Hmm I obviously still have some work to do and of course Mr almost 3 is old enough now to make it quite clear he wants a fuss and party and all things nice when its HIS birthday too! Ok enough chatter - onto today's card - for this weeks Inkspiration sketch challenge. Here's the sketch.

The DT did a fabulous job of showcasing wonderful ways to deal with this multi square design, in the end I went with repeating the same image. Here's what happened.

A square card (again but you see I've got a stash of envelopes just perfect for this size) 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 Melon Mambo base, layered with Early Expresso. Then I stamped my cupcake inchie 9 times on Whisper White and then punched them all out with the 1 1/4 inch sq punch. Mounted each square on dimensionals then added them to the Expresso layer. To act as the focal point I stamped my Party Hearty cupcake in Early Expresso on Whisper White. Then I cut a Melon Mambo top to match (using the stamp as a guide). I stamped a little vine image in Versamark on the Mambo top and white embossed it, then added a rhinestone to finish it. The cupcake top was mounted on dimensionals as was the cupcake. I used a decorative circle to frame the cupcake and some Melon Mambo ribbon to finish off the front. The inside was just simply finished off with a little inchie cupcake coloured in with markers.

I was thinking girls birthday card but since Miss Six tells me she doesn't like it because it has too much pink - say what!!!! - oh and there is no yellow (yellow is right at the top of her favourite colours right now) so given these glaring issues I've decided this is a big girls birthday card.

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Cute by the Inch, Party Hearty
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Early Expresso, Whisper White
Ink: Early Expresso, Melon Mambo, Versamark
Accesories: White embossing powder, 1 3/4" limitless layer die (Papertrey Inc), 1 3/4" circle punch, Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" , 1 1/4" circle punches, 1 1/4" square punch, Melon Mambo dotty grosgrain ribbon (R), Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape (X Press)