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Claire's September Festival of Getting Inky Day 14: Blooming with Kindness and a Sparkly Butterfly ...

Hello lovely stamping friends. Today I have a card I made for a special friend, with lots of sparkle and little extras (because you have to go all out for your friends, right?). The stamp set I have featured is Blooming with Kindness, which was part of our gift at Managers Reception at Stampin' Up! Convention last year. You will find it in the Stampin' Up! 2012/13 Annual Catalogue. It has lots of different greetings with this beautiful flower.

stampin up Blooming with Kindness
My colours are Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit (both new Stampin' Up! In-Colours for 2012-14), with Early Espresso and Crumb Cake. I have coloured the flower direct to rubber using the In-Colour markers. There's also lts of Dazzling Diamonds on the butterfly and the flower - maybe you can see that on this close up?

stampin up pappillion potpourri

Other Stampin' Up! Products I have used on this one are:

  • Tiny Tags stamp set (page 124 Annual catalogue)
  • Pappillion Potpourri stamp set and Elegant Butterfly Punch (both Annual Catalogue page 115 and 184 respectively)
  • Lacey Brocade Embossing Folder on the Early Espresso Coordinations Cardstock (both page 6 of the Holiday Catalogue).
  • Adhesive Pearls and Vintage Trinkets (page 175 Annual Catalogue). the Vintage Trinkets are easily overlooked but I LOVE the brads which look like teeny metal buttons!
  • Festive Paper Piercing Pack. WOW - these are awesome. Love how you can pierce on the outside OR inside of the shape. Just $13.95 for 3 templates!

Hope you enjoyed todays card. I enjoyed bringing it to you.


Claire's September Festival Getting of Inky Day 13: Raspberry Ripple Christmas

Love this bright and blingy colour combination for Christmas. It features two of Stampin' Up!'s 2012-2014 new In-Colours, which I think work together really well for Christmas, Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green with Silver.

Stampin Up Snow Flurry
I've used the following Stampin' Up! Products on this card: Silver Glimmer Paper, Snow Flurry Bigz Die (Holiday Catalogue), In-Colour Dahlias, Lacey Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Holiday Catalogue), Greetings of the Season stamp set (Holiday Catalogue), Versamark and Silver Embossing Powder.

stampin up snowflake die

Here's a few stamping tips if you would like to recreate this card:

  • For added texture, I've embossed the Raspberry Ripple layer directly under the snowflake.
  • When I'm using Glimmer Paper in the BigShot, I use it sparkly side up so it doesn't go all over the die :)
  • I adhered the bottom two snowflakes and the centre panel with dimensionals, and the top snowflake and the Dahlia with mini glue dots.
  • Don't forget the embossing buddy on this one as any speck of left over silver embossing powder will really show!

Hope you are having a great weekend. See you back here soon,

Claire xx


CSFGI Day 12: Daring Adventure Male Card

Another fabulous set for male cards today, Stampin' Up!'s Daring Adventure which is a new set in the 2012/2013 Annual Catalogue. It lends itself to layering and simple cards. Today I have teamed it with a greeting from Word Play.

stampin up darung adventure word play

My colours are Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso. 

Here's a couple of quick stamping tips if you would like to recreate this card.

  • I've added some texture with the new Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I am totally loving this new folder and the increased size of the new folders in general.
  • To give deeper colour saturation to the greeting, I have used the new Early Espresso embossing powder. So totally excited to get embossing powder in this colour!
  • You know sometimes you just need a dash of colour to balance things out? I often just use a thin strip of cardstock. This time I have added a thin lines of piercing.

Hope you like todays boy card. See you back here soon. 

Claire xx

Claire's September Festival of Getting Inky Day 11: Watercolour Winter with some Christmas bling ...

The planned boy card has to wait until tomorrow as I was in the mood for creating with bling today! I went with a Christmas card using Watercolour Winter from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Seasonal catalogue. Poinsettia's are a Christmas favourite in our house. They remind me of my Grandmother.

Watercolour winter Stampin Up

I wanted the Poinsettia's to be really bold so I stamped them onto Glossy cardstock and coloured them with Real Red and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker. The centres are gold brads and I have used the gorgeous Stampin' Up! Champagne Glimmer Paper (awesome quality, so easy to punch and a fabulous shade of gold) and some Always Artichoke seam binding for embellishing. The greeting I have used is from Greetings of The Season, which is a great value set in the Holiday Seasonal Catalogue. It is embossed in gold onto Naturals White cardstock ( new cardstock we carry this year).

stampin up watercolor winter
I hope you like today's card. See you back here tomorrow for number 12 :)



Claire's September Festival of Getting Inky Day 10: Great Sport for boys cards ...

Hello. Welcome to another happy Monday. If you have just joined me, I'm half way through posting 20 fresh samples during September featuring the September 1st newly released Stampin' Up! products from the 2012/13 Annual catalogue and the Holiday Seasonal Catalogue.  

Today's sample is a quick and easy boys card. This stamp set is a new one in the Annual Catalogue, called Great Sport. I can see it will be a great set for cards for my sports mad boys and their friends.

stampin up great sport

My colours are Real Red, Midnight Muse, Basic Black and Crumb Cake. The greeting is from Itty Bitty Banners (Annual Catalogue page 134). The stamp set features three other balls you can place in the middle, and a banner which coordinates with a couple of the other greetings in Itty Bitty Banners. The balls look great popped up with Dimensionals.

stampin up great sport
Hope you enjoyed today's quick card. See you back here tomorrow. I think I might do another boy card.