Wednesday, 23 April 2014

In review - Gorgeous Grunge butterflies

So, grunge & butterflies aren't words that you'd think of together, but after I saw a card made by SU's Pam Morgan at US convention convention last year & had a play myself, I can now say they do. I thought I'd shared these already, but apparently not...until now. See what you think...
Happy Day Butterfly
The butterfly is white card stamped with a combination of stamps from Gorgeous Grunge &  Hello Lovely in pool party, crisp cantaloupe & calypso coral. The cantaloupe panel has also been grunged & I added some Epic Day washi tape. Here's a closer look at the butterfly.
Butterfly Thanks
The large butterfly on this card is basically the same as the first, but looks much girlier thanks to the colours & embossed background. It's 10 x 21cm (4 x 8 inches). I used some washi to created a ruffled/pleated effect. So easy to do! Here's a closer look:
Casing Pam's Butterfly
Before I go, here's the card I made based on Pam's orginal. Very quick & easy too. I really liked how repeat stamping the lined stamp created a great background with no extra layers.
Thanks for visiting & I hope these cards give you some grungy ideas to try.
Inky wishes, Di

SU Weekly Deals - 23-29 April

New deals! This week's deals are available from 23-29 April.
Items are 25% off & the digi download is 40% off. See them here in my store. My picks are the Fun Fowers die & marker kit & I am Me DSP. The flowers from the die are a great size for cards & off the page projects like my Christmas wreath, plus can cut fabric & chipboard as well as paper/card. The new colour marker kit, includes some of my fave colours.
You can order these specials online or directly from me by phone or e-mail.
 Item  Description  Retail Price  Sale Price
130034 Stampin' Write Markers New Color Kit (includes Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder) $49.95 $37.46
132152 Christmas Ornament Punch $27.95 $20.96
130938 2013-2015 In Color Boutique Details $15.95 $11.96
126926 Modern Medley Designer Series Paper $18.95 $14.21
130138 I Am Me Designer Series Paper $18.95 $14.21
121812 Fun Flowers Bigz L Die $55.95 $41.96
130861 Afternoon Daydream Digital Kit (digital download) $10.95 $6.57

Friday, 18 April 2014

In review - Regarding Dahlias for birthdays

It's time for another In Review post - sharing cards I've made with the oh-so-beautiful Regarding Dahlia's stamp set.

Joy Fold Dahlia 
I made this one for a dear friend's birthday back in November. She loves a fancy fold card as much as I do, so I made this joy fold card.
The dahlia was heat embossed in white onto midnight muse card. I also stamped dahlias on the inside message panel & inside base too. The birthday sentiment (Express Yourself) is heat embossed in clear embossing powder over midnight muse ink, so it's glossy too. The card base is bermuda bay, base mat is coastal cabana & the paper is Afternoon Picnic. Although this may seem an unusual colour combo, I think they work really well together. Here's the card partially open, so you can see the folds...
...and here it's fully open. You can see on the inside that I matched up the flower on the base & message panel.

Special Birthday Dahlias
I made this card for my wonderful Mum-in-law's 70th birthday in December. While it shares the colours & paper of the joy fold card, it's a much larger card - the base is a whole A4 sheet folded in half.

The dahlias & '70' are heat embossed in white. The other elements are simply layered on the front.
I added another embossed dahlia on the inside & combined a sentiment from 'Million & One' & Express Yourself. I needed a custom envelope - easy peasy with some midnight muse DSP & my Envelope Punch Board.

Hello, Lovely Dahlia
One more dahlia before I go - a simple card I made for a friend using the 'Hello, Lovely' stamp set for the sentiment in pistachio pudding, calypso coral, bermuda bay & coastal cabana - how Caribbean they all sound together.
I hope you've enjoyed this little ook at Regarding Dahlia. There are so many techniques you can do with it, so I need to try some more...but I'll say bye for now. Thanks for visiting & come back soon.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies
Joy Fold Dahlia & Special Birthday Dahlia
Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, Express Yourself, Million & One
Card/Paper: bermuda bay, coastal cabana, midnight muse, very vanilla card, Afternoon Picnic
Ink: whisper white craft ink, coastal cabana & midnight muse ink pads
Accessories: basic rhinestones, ruffled ribbon - coastal cabana
Tools: hexagon punch, boho blossoms punch, itty bitty punch pack, scallop circle punch, 1-1/2 inch circle punch, 1-3/8in circle punch

Hello, Lovely Dahlia
Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, Hello Lovely
Card/Paper: pistachio pudding,bermuda bay, coastal cabana, whisper white card, calypso coral stack DSP (Subtles)
Ink: bermuda bay & calypso coral markers
Accessories: bermuda bay ribbon, basic pearls
Tools: decorative label punch

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Another Great Year - quick & easy birthday cards

Yay! I'm back after an unintended break to share quite a few super quick & easy birthday cards from my Occasions Catalogue launch classes. Even better, I get to share some of my lovely class gals creations from the class too. All the cards use the fab must-have birthday set 'Another Great Year' teamed with paper from the Fresh Prints DSP stack.
The Fresh Prints papers are a tad larger than a card front & include 24 different  designs, so I thought it would be fun for each class gal to chose which print they wanted to use... which I think they loved. There are lots of different styles in the pack & I loved how they changed the whole look of the card in the blink of an eye. Anyway, enough chat, here's my first card, which was my class sample.
The sentiment was stamped in real red, then clear embossed to give a lovely shiny look. It's a little hard to see with my angled pic, but 'Birthday' is straight on the card & the flag piece is directly behind it. I also used some candy dot brads for a bit of extra detail.
Then, at the first class, I chose a triangle print. I think this would be a good masculine teen card.
For the second class, I chose a spotty paper, then prettied it up later with some Petite Petals flowers & ruffled ribbon. Check the first class gals cards below for a flower-less version by Alison.
Now for even more fun, here are all the cards my lovely Friday class gals made. I love how different they look with the different prints & with the addition of a star or tiny flower. (click on the pics for a bigger view). Apologies for the not-so-great pics - I took these quickly on my phone before the gals went home!
And here are my Saturday gals' cards.
I really loved how great everyone's cards turned out & I think they were all really happy too. You could make a ton of these so quickly & they all have their own look.

That's all from me today, but I'll be back soon. I hope you all have a blessed Easter.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: the star punch I used here (from the Merry Minis punch pack) is 25% off this week with our Weekly Deals. See it here.

Supplies
Stamps: Another Great Year
Card: crumb cake (base), real red & whisper white, Fresh Prints DSP stack, silver glimmer paper

Ink: real red ink pad
Accessories: candy dot bases, candy dots (subtles), basic pearls, clear embossing powder
Tools: heat tool, merry minis punch pack or Itty Bitty punch pack

SU Weekly Deals - available 16-23 April

New deals available from today until next Tuesday! (that's 16 - 23 April). Items are 25% off & the digi download is 40% off. See them here in my store. My picks are the super sparkly glimmer paper & Merry Mini's punch pack. The Floral District Photobook is one of my fave downloads too - so pretty & fun.

Item No Description Regular Price Sale Price
 127885  Champagne Glimmer Paper $8.95 $6.71
 120995  Silver Glass Stampin' Glitter $6.95 $5.21
 129717  Timber Standard Stampin' Around Wheel $10.95 $8.21
 130814  This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper $18.95 $14.21
 127554  Naturals Designer Buttons $8.95 $6.71
 126882  Merry Mini Punch Pack $29.95 $22.46
 127211 Floral District Photobook Template (digital download) $19.50 $11.70

PS: Some new items have been added to the Clearance Rack too, so check them out too.

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