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Awesome Card for His Awesomeness!

In The Meadow to the rescue.

It was Wonder Hubby’s birthday this month and I needed to make a special card – but struggled a bit with what to make. He is a huge fan of hiking and loves mountains. He loves to look into the distance at a fantastic view and know he’s going to head out and disappear into it. He also loves the magic of sunrise – which is why he chose that time to propose (at the edge of the Grand Canyon, but that’s another story). I don’t get the hiking part but I do understand what he finds so beautiful about mountains. And sunrises.
I’ve made a few cards with the mountains from the In The Meadow stamp set and thought it would be great to do something a bit three-dimensional with them. And I was inspired by the amazing talented brayer artist Michelle Zindorf to try to combine this with brayered background. The result was a card I was REALLY happy with.
I started out with a piece of A4 Whisper White, cut in half longways. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the finished piece and thought I’d probably muck it up somewhere along the line and this way I’d be able to pick and choose the bits I liked. 
I brayered Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral ink onto the top part of one piece, masking off a circle for the sun. I then added some Daffodil Delight and Hello Honey ink to the sun with a sponge, using the reverse mask that I’d punched the circle from to help me leave a white border.
On the other long strip of Whisper White I stamped a series of mountains all the way along and coloured them with Basic Gray ink and an Aquapainter. Then I carefully cut along the top line of the mountain range.
I brayered Wild Wasabi and Always Artichoke ink over the rest of the white areas and stamped flowers and grass over the top. The final touch was to use the White Gel Pen to colour in the flowers and add speckles to the expanse of meadow to suggest the distance the fields disappear into.
The two pieces were then layered on top of each other with Dimensionals.
As it turned out I didn’t muck it up and I ended up with a very long scene that I loved.
But then I didn’t know how to use it on a card.
When it came time to cut up that long strip I felt sick – what if I cut it up and ruined it? Luckily I didn’t and I was able to use a pretty big portion of the image on that single card.
Here’s a good look at the finished project from all the different angles.
We’ll start at the front…
…and move to the left…
…keep going left until…
We’re back to the inside!


The ‘awesome’ on the front is from Endless Birthday Wishes. This is a photopolymer stamps so I was able to bend it to match the banner shape from Endless Thanks. 
And I helped tie it all together by colouring it with the same colours as the brayered sky.
And just because I’m really pleased with it, here’s a close up of the sun!
PS – Wonder Hubby liked it! 

Brand new freebies!

Remember you have until the end of March to earn yourself a free Sale-a-bration product for every $90 you spend on any Stampin’ Up! goodies you like.

And from today you have three new choices when it comes to the freebies:

Pedal Pusher
(141312 Photopolymer)
Free with a $90 purchase

Metallics Glitter Tape
Free with a $90 purchase

Party Pants
(141324 Wood, 141327 Clear Mount)
Free with a $90 purchase

I don’t have any of these new goodies…yet. So I can’t show you any of my creations. But you can see them in action in these updated pages for the Sale-a-bration brochure:




Click here to see these images as a printable pdf

And here’s a reminder of how Sale-A-Bration works:

Back soon with some more creations to share with you.




3D Birthdays
This month we’re making three different three-dimensional cards, all with a birthday theme and all in very different styles.
Thursday 18th FEBRUARY
8pm – 11pm

$30 per person OR $20 with discount*
Friday 19th FEBRUARY
10am – 1pm

Children able to entertain themselves
in the next room are welcome!
$30 per person OR $20 with discount*

The three different projects are…a Shadow Box Card: 

…a Pop Up Card using the Party Pop-Up Thinlits on the front…

…and the inside:



And the final project is a Wiper Card…

…with a fun surprise when you open it:


It’s going to be a busy class but you will love knowing how to make these three extra-special cards.


If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above and follow the prompts to book your place.If you don’t have a digital way to pay the fee send me an email and I’ll give you the cash payment password so you can still pay on the day.


Today is your last chance…

…before these products fly away!

It’s still Sale-a-bration – that doesn’t end until 31st March.

You can still get a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $90 you spend.

But this year we’re changing things up a bit…



The last three pages of the brochure show three products that won’t be on offer to claim as your freebies after today! 

And here they are:



Sky Is The Limit
(141282 Wood, 141349 Clear Mount)
Free with a $90 purchase


Perfectly Artistic 12″ x 12″ DSP
Free with a $90 purchase


(141240 Wood, 141243 Clear Mount)
Free with a $90 purchase

And here are a couple of cards I’ve made using these products:

This one uses both the papers – which I’ve sponged to add more variety of colour – and the Hello stamp set.

And this one is a variation on the Valentine’s cards I posted yesterday. I used the same layout but all of a sudden it’s a Congratulations card instead!

So while it’s sad to say goodbye to these products, the good news is that I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you about the THREE brand new products you’ll be able to earn for free instead!



Love is in the air!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thought you might like to see all the love-themed cards I’ve been making lately for workshops, classes, and of course one for His Awesomeness too!

The first one is truly a Valentine’s card.

Why is that? Because it says so!

The background on this, and the next couple of cards, was made by creating a mask from a piece of Vellum Cardstock, either by using the trimmer or one of my dies, and then sponging ink over the mask in two or three colours.


The next two were variations on the same card using the Sky Is The Limit stamp set from Sale-a-bration. There’s a morning version…


With close up details using a back to front brad and the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush:

And then there’s a sunset version…

With close up details using the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!

This stamp set is one of three products in the range of Sale-a-bration products – the ones you can choose for free for every $90 you spend – that you only have until the end of the day tomorrow to get.  Sale-a-bration is still on until the end of March but the last three products in the brochure are finishing tomorrow, and there’ll be some new ones to choose from Tuesday!

So if this one takes your fancy you’ll have to get in quick!

Sky Is The Limit
(141282 Wood, 141349 Clear Mount)
Free with a $90 purchase.


And this is the card that I actually gave to Wonder Hubby this morning. It’s so perfect for us because he’s from England and I’m from Australia (love how these two countries are embossed on either side of the greeting) and when we were getting to know each other we spent a lot of time a VERY long way apart. Didn’t stop us then, won’t stop us now, this sentiment truly says it all! 



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