Monday, 8 December 2014

Rainbow Thank You

Hello! 

Its been a super busy week! I feel like I haven't stopped! I've finally finished decorating the hall, landing and stairs. We still have some work to do - changing up the storage solutions in the hallway but that will all wait for the new year! 

The house is now decorated for Chistmas and I'm starting to feel a bit happier that I feel ready for Christmas. First few gifts are wrapped and the first batches of cookies are fresh out of the oven! Yum!

Anyway I've got a card I though y'all might like which is pretty simple really! 


Stamp Set: Another Thank You
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Whisper White
Punch: Itty Bitty Accessory Punch Pack
Accessories: Brights Candy Dots, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects

So the rainbow effect was really simple to do, I just used sponge daubers to apply the ink to the thank you stamp and then as you would with the markers, give the stamp a quick huff and stamp! 


I sponged scrap card with rainbow colours and punched some stars. Finally some crystal effects and dazzling diamonds gives the card a little sparkle. Oh and candy dots are always fun, right?!

Hope you enjoyed this fun and CAS card. I'm off to write some Christmas cards and then get ready for an evening out with some of my besties! 

Catch you again soon, 

Happy Stampin',

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

One awesome thing about being half American is getting to celebrate thanksgiving! Turkey, stuffing, mash, sweet potato cassarole, wild rice, spaghetti squash, roast parsnips, carrots, cranberry sauce and of course all finished off with pumpkin pie and pecan pie! 

I love that its a great time to come together with friends and family, eat good food and think upon all those many things we are thankful for! As we don't get the Thursday off work we celebrated last Saturday, and as tradition, I decorated the table!


The dried indian corn was something Stu and I picked up on our holiday this summer. It was at a place called The Corn Palace - the oddest place ever, in the middle of no-where! Its this big building with a basketball court, auditorium and museum inside and on the outside, decorated in dried coloured corn! 



Pretty table setting! I used the Gratitude for Days simply created kit. Since I'd decided not to do the project it was originally designed for I needed to find other ways to use it up. Each setting had a pocket with a sheet of the note paper inside for the guest to write what they were thankful for. The front was decorated with a bit of DSP, washi tape and some punches. 


As a little gift for coming and sharing this special time together I made everyone a box using the Curvy Keepsake Box thinlits with some cajun craze card and the Colour Me Autumn DSP. It was just the right size for 3 Lindt chocolates! 



I matched the flower arrangement to the colours in the Colour Me Autumn DSP. Love that deep purple!


Pumpkin pie - YUM!!

I hope that wether you are American or not that today you will take some time out to be thankful for all your blessings! I know that I certainly have plenty to thank God for! 

Have a great thanksgiving day,

Happy Stampin',


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

I Return....

Hi! 

Its been a while. What with a new job to get used to, exciting holiday in America, redecorating and now Christmas planning I'm afraid blogging and even CRAFTING has got pushed to the bottom of the list!! I'm finally getting to that stage where I have more energy (I don't come home and crash out to sleep on the sofa). I will update you further o everything that's been going on over the next few weeks but today I just wanted to get back in with a short little post!

Tonight, after work I went to Warwickshire for a Sale-a-Bration Creative tour! I've seen some gorgeous new things and I'm sure you enjoy seeing sneaky peeks in weeks to come! I feel so pepped up and encouraged! (Thanks Michelle!!)

As I can't really post without showing you something pretty...I've got a birthday card I made for my sweet godson Euan's 2nd birthday back in July to show y'all...


Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday
Ink: Versa Mark
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate
DSP: Moonlight
Punch: Owl Builder, Banner
Big Shot: Decorative Dots, Typeset Alphabet (retired)
Embellishments: Mini Brads
Other: White Embossing Powder

I used my favourite technique - selective embossing and then added some little punched dots on top for more colour. 


I just love this paper and the banners look so fun and celebratory.


I'm planning to wean myself back into blogging, creating shorter blog posts which hopefully will be easier to maintain in my busy life I appear to be leading at the moment! 

I'm off to bed as I am completely wiped out!

Have a great day!

Happy Stampin',

Amanda 


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Language of Love Florals

Hey! 

As promised, I'm back today with some details for card I shared yesterday plus another one too! 

Both these cards are using the Language of Love stamp set. Neither are at all romancey - yes I wanted to get more use out of this cute stamp set. You can still order this set which is in the Spring/Summer catalogue until the end of the month. 


Stamp Set: Language of Love, Happy Day
Ink: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Silver Glimmer Paper
Punch: Bird Builder, Small Heart, Owl Builder
Embellishments: Linen Thread, Subtles Buttons

Here I used the sweet little small hearts to make some sweet flowers. I love the patterns on then and look great. I decided I wanted the leaves to have some texture to match the flowers so I used the spotty banner and punched after. I know the banner isn't quite large enough to cover the whole branch but it doesn't look too bad. 

Buttons, a little linen thread bow and glimmer heart are cute finishing touches for this clean and fresh card! 


Stamp Set: Language of Love, Happy Day
Ink: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Silver Glimmer Paper
Punch: Bird Builder, Pansy, Fancy Flower, Owl Builder
Embellishments: Linen Thread, Subtles Buttons

Yes this is quite similar to the other card, same colour scheme, but just using one larger flower. I used the love text heart to make my own pattern paper by nesting the heart together a couple times then punching in the centre. If there's a little overlap, it doesn't matter all that much as the button can cover it. See the image below.


The fancy flower punch is retiring at the end of this month so get in quick if you want it before it's gone for good! Doesn't it layer beautifully with the pansy punch?!

I used the wing from the bird builder to make the leaves. Again button, linen thread bow and a glitery heart are sweet finishing touches.

Hope you're having a great day. 

Happy Stampin',

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Super Duper Quick

Hi! 

Just a super duper quick note and piccy for you today. Last minute plans with Sam after school today, and she didn't leave until near 11pm. I am shattered and off to bed. I promise I'll have something more substantial for you tomorrow! I'll leave you with just a little something...


I'll share more details of this and another similar card tomorrow! 

Happy Stampin',


Monday, 23 June 2014

Floral Quatrafancy

Hello!!

Its been a while hasn't it!! Did you miss me?! Life has been totally manic around here lately and I'm afraid doing much of anything in my craft room or on the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat. 

Today was my first day on the new permanent job as a Learning Mentor. Its quite different to working in the manic Student Services and I'm still not entirely sure what to make of it. I just want to get properly stuck in to the job now and its a bit frustrating as I don't have any students to see as my group of kids don't start school until September. 

Anyway, I've also been super busy finishing off a million and one wedding things for a client - 90 favour boxes with bows, tags, menu cards, table plan, table numbers, orders of service....as you can imagine, I've been very busy! 

Now that the wedding is over I'm hoping to have a quieter few weeks where I can get creating beautiful things for you. I have a bunch of new goodies from preorder that I haven't even touched yet!! Scandalous I know!!


Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
DSP: Quatrafancy, Gingham Garden
Punch: Bird Builder, Pansy, Blossom
Embellishments: Brights Buttons, In-Color Buttons, Brights Candy Dots
Other: White Gel Pen

I totally love these bright happy flowers. The patterned papers are beautiful and I will really miss both the Quatrafancy and Gingham Garden papers when they retire next week! 

Buttons and candy dots are the finishing touches this card needs. I also added some cute doodles too! 


I layered up lots of the flowers for a really full effect - love it! I used the wing from the bird punch to make some large leaves. I also decided I wanted a little more body and texture so added some curly twirly sprigs too! 



For a smaller little flower in the centre of the pansy flower I cut the petals apart and layered four of them on top to make a smaller flower. The button just covers up the joins in the centre.

Right, I am off to have a run. I'm back to trying to get through the couch to 5k challenge. I feel like I've been lazy of late and really need to get into some exercise again. 

Catch you again tomorrow,

Happy Stampin',

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Masculine Chevrons

Hi! 

Well, my plans went out the window! I got a text from mum really late Sunday night asking for help getting the house cleaned and ready (their house is split in two and they sometimes rent out the other side to people who need temporary accommodation). She had a teacher from school who needs somewhere to stay for the next 7 weeks. Anyway she was way behind on getting things sorted before he arrived on Tuesday. 

Monday morning he asked if he could come today...not tomorrow. She needed all the more help so I went over after school and didn't get back til late. I was completely shattered and ended up going straight to bed. 

This evening I went for a nap and woke a lot later than intended then I spent the rest of the evening making favour boxes for a client's wedding. I'm at 50 now so I thought it was time to stop for the night, get into bed and write a super quick blog post. 


Stamp Set: Happy Day
Ink: VersaMark
Cardstock: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
DSP: Kaleidoscope
Punch: Banner
Other: White Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen, ZigZag rotary cutter

This was a really  quick and simple card I made for my brother-in-law's birthday last week. I'm really loving black for guy cards at the moment! The border was marked out lightly with pencil and then hand drawn over the top with a white gel pen. 


I white embossed the sentiment on the rather boring looking black grid pattern paper. I think it works really well on this card though as it really highlights the bright colour accents. The chevrons are punched out with the banner punch, same as this card. The banner punch was a sale-a-bration item, but will be available again for purchase in the new annual catty beginning July 1st!

Okay so I need some sleep, night all! 

Happy Stampin',