Friday, June 26, 2015

Christmas Festival....

Just popping in quickly before running out to the orthodontist for DD1.....
Here's my entry for Can You Case It? # 75

More Christmas cards....I'm onto a theme I think!! 

Colours: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Petite Pairs, Festival of Trees
Other: Merry Moments DSP, Stamp'n'Write markers, basic pearls.
Happy Stamping...Manda xx

Sheltering Tree.....

I wanted to have another go at the Colour Q colour palette #296 this week.
I combined it with Retro Sketches # 169

And here is the's a bigger than usual card, measuring 14cm square.  I've brayered the background of the stamped image, and then used the tree stamped off to create the reflection idea.  I've also stamped the snow images in Marina Mist and then overstamped each with Whisper White craft ink. I've then edged the Daffodil Delight card base with some Faux Stitching, using Night of Navy Stamp'n'Write Marker.
Colours: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight
Stamps: Sheltering Tree
Other: Brights Candy Dots, Candy Dot brad base, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder,
blue and white bakers twine from my stash.
Happy Stamping.....Manda xxx

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A little Christmas in June.....

I spent today with one of my very best girlfriends.....and even with 7 children between us, we managed to get some stamping done!!!  We decided to get a head start on our Christmas cards for this year, and we chose from the stash some (retired :-( ) Christmas product from past years.  Thought you might like to have a quick look at what we made.....
Card 1 - Rudolph
Very simple but loving the red nose......use the smallest pearl from the Basic Pearl pack and colour it with a red Sharpie permanent marker.

Card 2.....Penguin.
Stamp twice, once in Basic Black, once in Real Red.  Fussy cut the beanie and scarf and pop up with little pieces of dimensionals.

Card 3 - Snowman scene
Stamp the tree 3 times, making sure that the middle tree is slightly higher.  Fussy cut and pop with dimensionals your snowman.  Punch border is just 2 large ovals punch and attached to the back of the sentiment.
Card 4 - Christmas Cheer.
Celebrating the DSP pattern.....a very simple (if large) sentiment panel with a sideways bow.  I still love the wide grosgrain ribbon - long since retired, but a favourite none the less....thank goodness my girlfriend has quite a supply!!!  Ties the most gorgeous bows.

Colours: Whisper White, Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Garden Green, Soft Sky, Basic Black
Stamps: Cheerful Christmas, No Peeking (both retired), Wondrous Wreath
Other: Nordic Noel DSP, Basic Pearls, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy 21st......

My nephew had his 21st birthday last weekend, and we are celebrating this coming weekend with a family birthday dinner.  I saw this week's colour palette over at Colour Q, and decided that I would use it to create this card.
What a perfect colour combo for a masculine card!  Though I have to admit, it's a combination that has many, many applications.'s my card.

Did you like the layered punch border?  I punched out 2 Marina Mist and 2 Night of Navy label brackets, cut them in half, and then attached them to the back of the Daffodil Delight punched shape, making sure that each time I attached them that I had a similar border around the edge.
So easy to do!!
Colours:  Whisper White, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight
Stamps: Dotty Angles, Memorable Moments (retired but such great numbers!)
Other: Label Bracket Punch, embellishments from my stash.
Happy Stamping....Manda  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

You've Got..... TGIF CC&S #129

I really am enjoying using this flower from You've Got This....this time I've used it to create a wedding card for the TGIF Challenge #08 Together Forever,
(apologies for lack of image - technical difficulties :-( )
And I've combined it with the colour palette from CAS Colours and Sketches #129
So here is my card......
I've watercoloured the flower on Shimmery White Cardstock, and then fussy cut the entire flower, then popped it up using dimensionals over a second stamped image of the flower.    

Colours: Shimmery White, Basic Gray, Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush
Stamps: You've Got This, Petite Pairs
Other: Dotted Lace Trim, Dimensionals, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Aqua painter
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Watercoloured You've Got This......

I've been playing with my new favourite set.....You've Got This. 
I did a different style of card this time.... orientation, colour palette and style.
Here 'tis.....

I've watercoloured the flower quite extensively, using watercolour paper, aqua painter and ink.  I've also added a touch more colour to the stem, this time just picking up a little of the Cucumber Crush ink and quickly applying it inside the already green outline of the stem and leaves.
I've also backed the Dotted Lace Trim Ribbon with Whisper White cardstock, to allow the colour to stand out against the darker background card.
Here's a close up of the watercoloured flower.  All done using Watermelon Wonder ink picked up from the lid of the ink pad.  I've added the colour to the stamens (I think that's what you call them - but I am generally horticultural-ly challenged) using the Stamp'n'Write marker.

Colours: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe.
Stamps: Petite Pairs, You've Got This
Other: Watercolour paper, aqua painter, basic rhinestones, Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim Ribbon
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Monday, June 22, 2015

You've got.....In Colours!!

I've finally had an opportunity to play with my new toys..... new In Colours (ink and ribbon....and card stock) and the new amazingly versatile stamp set....You've Got This.
Here is a quick and  CAS set that I whipped up in about 3o minutes tonight.....mainly took this long cause I had to keep cleaning the stamps to change colour!!!
So.....without further ado.....let me introduce you to the 2015-2017 In Colours....
Cucumber Crush (my favourite)

Delightful Dijon

Mint Macaron

Tip Top Taupe

Watermelon Wonder

Colours: Whisper White and colours listed above.
Stamps: You've Got This
Other: 2015 In Colour Dotted Lace Trim Ribbon
Happy Stamping....Manda xxx

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Floral Birthday Wishes....

I saw the colour palette at this weeks Fusion challenge and loved decided to play along.
I decided to combine the photo inspiration with the sketch challenge over at CAS(E) this Sketch #128's the card.....
I've used the new Banner Triple punch to make by banner strip, and extended it over the edge of my card base for interest.  I've also created the background DSP.....not sure if it's got a 'proper' name or not, but I really like the effect.  Here are two close ups....

Colours: Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, Black
Stamps: Flower Shop, Build a Birthday
Other: Shimmer White Cardstock, Crystal Effects, Sponge Daubers, Basic Rhinestones
Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #127.....Take 2

I decided to make another set of A7 note cards, and I've again used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #127 for inspiration.   Here's the sketch to remind you....
And here is my card.....

And the full set.....basically all the same, with slight variations in the pattern of the DSP (from my stash) and with 3 different sentiments.

Colours:  Whisper White, Cucumber Crush
Stamp Set: Papillion Potpourri, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Other: random DSP page, green pearl (both from the stash)
Happy Stamping.....Manda xx

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #127

This is my entry into CAS(E) this Sketch #127, and also my first play with the new Bohemian DSP.

I'm in need of some masculine cards to add to my collection......hopefully this one fits the bill!! 
Colours: Delightful Dijon, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Tag Talk, Gorgeous Grunge
Other: Bohemian DSP, Corner Rounder Punch.
Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Happy Birthday Mr S ......

Today is my husband's birthday, so this is the card that I made for him last night. 

I'm entering it into TGIF Challenges #07, which is a sketch challenge.

Colours: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Four Feathers
Other: Silver Bakers Twine, Chevron Embossing Folder.
Happy Stamping..... Manda xx

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pool Party Butterfly....

This card was created to enter the Colour Q Challenge #294, using the colours in the graphic below.

I am really enjoying creating with Butterfly Basics at the moment. 
I particularly like the background block that I've stamped with So Saffron.....then lots of layered stamping with the other images from the set.  It's almost hard to believe that the card is all one layer, except for the butterfly!!    I have also added a little more Pool Party colour to the flower.

Ink Colours: Pool Party, So Saffron, Hello Honey, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Shimmery White
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Happy Stamping....Manda  xx