Tuesday, July 5, 2011

In a Pizzazzive Mood

I just love, love, love this stamp set and it was a lot of fun putting it together as a side step card bouquet. What was that? Did you say "sooooooooo much cutting"? Well, there is but aren't the results wonderful? I've used colours from the Brights collection which is my favourite colour family.

project recipe
stamps: Petal Pizzazz (WM 115850), Grunge Rock (WM 122055, CM 122555), retired "the best is yet to be" sentiment
ink: Tempting Turquoise (100814), Daffodil Delight (119667), Old Olive (102277), Real Red (103133), VersaMark Pad (102283)

card stock: Tempting Turquoise (108598), Whisper White (106549)
dsp: Sunny Garden (119831)
fab tools: Big Shot (113439), Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Die (115951), Heat Tool (106586), 1 3/8" Circle Punch L (119860), 1 1/4" Circle Punch L (119861), 1/2" Circle Punch S (119869), Paper Snips (103578)
fab factor: Brights Brads (119740),  Brights Designer Buttons (119747), Dazzling Diamonds (102023), Heat & Stick Powder (100625), Basic Rhinestones (119246)
cardessence tips
  • I highly recommend using the Paper Snips to cut out stamped images because the blades are so sharp and thin that you can cut right up to the blade's end without getting the angular "nick" on the card stock compared to just normal scissors;
  • remember to leave a fine border around your cut outs to preserve the clear and even stamped images;
  • apply Dazzling Diamonds with Heat & Stick powder to the heart and the number 40 after they have been die cut out;
  • cut a thin strip of coloured card stock to thread the buttons, tie off behind with one knot and adhere with multipurpose glue.
Happy snip, snip, snipping

Monday, July 4, 2011


July is the last month you can purchase this beautiful Strength & Hope stamp set and Stampin' Up! will donate $2 from this purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. For more information about BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org


Hope abides; therefore I abide.
Countless frustrations have not cowed me.
I am still alive, vibrant with life.
The black cloud will disappear,
The morning sun will appear once again
In all its supernal glory.

project recipe
stamps: Strength & Hope (WM 123663, CM 124232)
ink: Classic Stampin' Pad - Baja Breeze (111833), Classic Stampin' Ink Refill - Not Quite Navy (102949)
card stock: Baja Breeze (116207), Pear Pizzazz (121694), Whisper White (106549)
dsp: Greenhouse Gala (117167)
fab tools:  1 3/8" Circle Punch L (119860), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle XL Punch (119854), Big Shot (113439), Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976)
fab factor: Basic Pearls (119247), 5/8" Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (119958)

cardessence tips
  • I wanted a matching Baja Breeze ribbon for this card so I diluted a few drops of Not Quite Navy re-inker with water and soaked my ribbon in it;
 in Strength & Hope

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Strength & Hope

I posted a Strength & Hope card in April to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Stamp Your Heart Out Fundraiser but failed to provide you with details. Well, better late than never. Here is a different colour combination to the one I posted in the Promotions page.
project recipe
stamps: Strength & Hope (WM 123663, CM 124232), Baroque Border standard wheel (109675)
ink: Pear Pizzazz (119784), Rich Razzleberry (115658)

card stock: Pear Pizzazz (121694), Rich Razzleberry (119981), Whisper White (106549)
fab tools:  Eyelet Border Punch (119853), Stamp-A-Ma-jig (101049)
fab factor: Basic Rhinestones (119246)

 cardessence tips
  • this card relies heavily on precision stamping and hence, the use of the stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure that the strength & hope sentiments fit the width of the WW card strip and that they run in a straight line when stamped twice side by side;
Happy stamping

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Cupcake Versatility

With just under a month to go before the 2011 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue ends, here is another card which I made to show you yet again how versatile the Build a Cupcake punch is. Not only does it coordinate beautifully with the Create a Cupcake stamp set, I've shown you how to make purses too. Here's a another idea but without the coordinating stamps.

project recipe
stamps: Baroque Border standard wheel (109675), So Happy for You (retired SAB)
ink: Pretty in Pink (101301), Baja Breeze (111833), Soft Suede (115657) 
card stock: Daffodil Delight (121680), Pumpkin Pie (108601), Whisper White (106549), A4 Pink Pirouette (116203), Baja Breeze (116207), Crumb Cake (121685)
fab tools: Build a Cupcake Punch (121807), 1 3/8" Circle Punch L (119860), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle XL Punch (119854), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Big Shot (113439), Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (121809), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976), Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Die (115951)
fab factor: Dazzling Diamonds (102023), Crystal Effects (101055), Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (116806)
non SU: Isocol to make shimmer mist with shimmer paint

 cardessence tips
  • rub SS ink pad on both sides of the Square Lattice embossing folder before embossing the CC card stock and choose which side you prefer; trim to ice cream cone shape;
  • apply Dazzling Diamonds to card stock only after die cutting eg. die cut the numbers 4 and 0 before applying the DD;
  • to achieve a non-standard embossed Framed Tulips card layer, check out Sharon Field's step by step tutorial HERE;
  • use markers to colour the cherries that were punched out from the Build a Cupcake punch;
  • in this card, I applied Crystal Effects to the heart image and the cherries and shimmer mist to both the WW mats.
 Have a punch at this card.