Sunday, 19 May 2019

#CTC229 Favourite Retiring Punch


What's your favourite retiring punch?
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Sadly for me it will be the Bunny Builder Punch... I love the set this punch co-ordinates with Best Bunny - they have some super cute expressions. I'd look forward to seeing you create a card with a retiring punch and add it to our Facebook page using the link over on the right.


I started in one direction and ended up in another! I found in my stash a Happy Birthday die which had been cut twice, once in Blushing Bride and once in Basic Gray, mounted together slightly offset then covered in Dazzling Diamonds, and I needed to use it. That meant I needed to alter the piece I had started with as my greeting no longer fitted in the space I'd intended it to go in.

I began with a piece of Twinkle Twinkle DSP and used another retiring punch - the 1 1/4" circle punch - to cut three circles. I stamped 3 bunnies in Soft Suede onto Whisper White cardstock, coloured their ears and chest with Stampin' Blends then punched them out with the matching punch.  I adhered the bunnies in place and mounted them onto Coastal Cabana cardstock which was added to a base of thick Whisper White cardstock. I trimmed my Stampin' Dimensionals to add to the back of the diecut and placed it onto the front of the card. 


It did make it a hard one to photograph but looks fab in real life.


That left me still looking at my original piece of Wood Textures DSP which I am super sad to see retire. It already had 3 circles punched out of it, so I created another card as above using Fresh Fig for the mat. The greeting is from Best Bunny - stamped in Soft Suede, punched out with the Darling Label punch, popped onto Stampin' Dimensionals with added Rose Metallic Thread and stuck to the card.


Thanks for stopping by - please hop on over to see what Monique's favourite punch is:


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Kelly's Stamping Friends - Birthday Blog Hop


Back for another year of celebrating the birthday of my lovely Western Australia stamping friend - Kelly Kent and her Birthday Blog Hop!  Happy Birthday for tomorrow Kelly - hope you have a wonderful day x.

For my card I decided to break out some of my new catalogue goodies! 

I've used the large flower from Floral Essence to stamp my own background, masking as required and using Flirty Flamingo ink. I've made a banner of Whisper White and cut the top edge with the Stitched Rectangles for my faux stitching. I've then added a greeting from Forever Lovely - a great flowing font, again in Memento Black to tie in with the critter and mat. 

I'm really going to miss the cute puppies (Bella and Friends) and kittens (Pretty Kitty), so when I saw Over the Moon I knew it would have to fill the void! I've stamped Ms Cow in Black Memento ink, coloured with Stampin' Blends, then fussy cut her out. She has been popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals with added bling being a few metallic sequins and some Wink of Stella on the flower. (After referring to her, I am now wondering as it doesn't have an udder like one of the other images?? - oh well, never mind!)



Such fun images and greetings in this set.



I fell for this lovely sketched flower image when first introduced to it at Onstage with one of our make and takes. I chose to fussy cut mine and mat the DSP with Whisper, White, but this is roughly what we all went home with. There are four different flower images and the next one used here has three petals and a matching punch, so you punch two and layer them. Check out those fluffy little flower centres, and the coloured vellum. Hope you enjoy these little sneak peeks while you wait to get your hands on the new catalogue.


Thanks for stopping by, please continue on your journey to visit Sharon:



Participant List:

1 Kelly Kent 
2 Shannon Kissane 
3 Tina Gillespie 
4 Monique Fielder 
5 Leonie Stuart 
6 Michelle Strazds 
7 Mandy Depiazzi 
8 Rochelle Blok 
9 Narelle Simm 
10 Catherine Creer 
11 Lou Kitzelman 
12 Sandra Collett 
13 Sharon Dalton 
14 Denise Buetler 
15 Siobhan Fitzsimmons 
16 Jan McQueen 
17 Cathy Pinchbeck 
18 Richelle Fletcher 
19 Melissa Gifford 
20 Rachael Lewsley 
21 Nicole Wilson 
22 Julia Quinn 
23 Sheila Pybus 
24 Leonie Schroder

Sunday, 12 May 2019

#CTC228 Favourite Retiring Stamp Set




The Crew have a few options this week when they CASE their favourite retiring stamp set.

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Yes, I have many to choose from, but in the end picked one that has had a lot of love and you'll find it on page 138 of the annual catalogue:


I decided to push the boat out a little more and take on the Stampin' Up! demonstrators May #simplestamping Challenge. 
Criteria:     Theme - Anything
                  Supplies - Stamp, Ink, Paper
                  Twist - Feature your favourite retiring stamp set
#simplestamping does not come easily to me, I seem to always add just a little more, but not this time!!

I've chosen another retiring Stamp set - Wood Words for the foliage stamp which is so tiny and detailed. I've used Crushed Curry ink and stamped in the middle of a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I've then used Black Memento ink with the fabulous bee image and greeting from Dragonfly Dreams. I've matted that piece with Crushed Curry cardstock and added Stampin' Dimensionals to attach to my base. It was #seriouslysimple!! 


I felt like I was cheating a bit when I was done, even though I'd left this to the last minute! So I made another using just the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set:


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll be inspired to join the challenge this week. Make your card and post to our Facebook page using the link over to the right.  Before that - please pop over and visit the fabulous Bec and her lovely project using another of my favourites: