Catalogue Sneak Peek

Hello everyone,

Very soon, in just 10 short days, we have our Holiday Catalogue going live. I have a creation with some of those goodies to share. I used a technique I have seen a lot lately and I love how it turned out and you will laugh when you realise how easy it is….not too mention you have probably accidentally done it before and thought “Well that’s ruined”, because I know I have. LOL!


See those splotches in the ink? Well that’s just plain old water. Now I will have to back up a few steps first as I am sure a lot of you will want to know what colours I used for my evening sky.

Jingle All the Way

I started down the bottom with So Saffron and I sponged it on quite liberally, then Calypso Coral, be careful to leave a little Saffron showing. I did go over again with the Saffron to blend the two together better. These two coulees were only put on the bottom. I then sponged Perfect Plum over the rest of the card stock and blended that with the Calypso as best I could. I then splotched Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo over the purple. I finished it off with Blackberry Bliss and Night of Navy last to get that deep night sky. It’s my first attempt and I am sure I will find more colours to add or swap some out for different depths and tones.

So now the sponging is done, grab your Stampin’ Up! Aqua Painter, make sure the reservoir near the tip is full of water and flick it over your night sky. Stop and mop up the water with a tissue and repeat (This is what I was talking about in regards to stuffing past cards up by accidentally wetting them!! haha). I found the longer I left the water on the whiter the spots. I did ones that were left on for 10 seconds and some left on for 2. It gave me quite a few different tones.

Now you could have done the emboss resist technique with this, but I think the water droplets would have turned out differently. I covered it liberally with the Embossing Buddy as you could imagine this piece of paper is quite wet being full of ink and water. I am sure a zap with the heat tool would help too. Using the Versa Mark I stamped the sentiment and stars and used white embossing powder. I nearly used gold but on a scrap of paper it was too dark. Silver might be nice though.

I then added the die cut along the bottom on Dimensionals to have that beautiful shadow effect.

If you do CASE it please let me know in the comments with a link so I can check out your creation.

Thanks for dropping by!

Kirsty xx

P.S. The Stamp Set and Die cut is not listed below as it is not available yet.

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Fine Feathers!

Hello everyone,

I just held my retirement workshop yesterday and I have one of the cards to share. I used my most favourite stamp set that is retiring from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue this year, Fine Feathers. I definitely didn’t get enough use of this set, so I might just hang onto it for hobby use.

Fine Feathers

There is a lot going on on this card, but I think well worth it. After creating a circle mask with the circle framelits, I stamped the Hardwood background, followed by gold embossing the feathers. I sponged with Crumb Cake ink and then splattered the background with Calypso Coral and Whipser White.

The sentiment piece consists of Burlap ribbon, Modern Medley DSP, paper doily, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Vellum clear embossed stamped feathers, Linen Thread, the Oh, Hello stamp set, punched with the decorative label. All this on the base of Naturals White card stock. I told you there is a lot going on, right?!

I love how this one turned out. I must say there are few of its sisters sitting in the bin all crumpled up. We won’t go there……all I’ll say is I’m rusty.

Fine Feathers

The girls enjoyed making this one, which was good news. I love working them hard. LOL!

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Gorgeous Grunge!

Hello everyone!

I have just placed an order from the new Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalogue (you can find a link for it in my sidebar), and I am just full of creative mojo. I also have the Christmas in the Country Craft show coming up in November. I know it sounds like ages away but this year has gone so fast already, so I am now in design mode for that. I’m very excited indeed. I am also holding a Catalogue Launch in a couple of weeks, I know, I know….I’m a little behind, but I have only just rediscovered my mojo. It was patiently waiting behind the “Get you life in order” box. Now that box is unpacked, mojo was found.

Anyway I had a little play with one of the stamp sets we received at convention. Gorgeous Grunge, which is fast becoming one of my favourite stamp sets. Back ground elements are so very useful and can create a quick and easy card.


The colour combo I used came out of the catalogue too. On every page there are photos of samples and they list the background colours of every pic and they  are great colour combos. This one is Raspberry Ripple, Island Indigo, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake.

Well I’m off to do all that creating I told you about! LOL.

Thanks for dropping by,



Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge#64

I have been such a busy girl of late that I have neglected my blog and therefore my blogging friends. But to let you all know I have caught up on that much needed gardening and Spring Cleaning that should have been done at the start of Spring. I feel though now a weight has been lifted off my shoulders with it all done now…..PHEW!!

Well down to business……This is my first attempt at Beate’s weekend sketches. I have always been an admirer of her work and fabulous blog, so I thought I might just get off my backside and have a go!


Isn’t it just great……..there’s heaps of possibilities, and you can use any colour, paper and texture. I kept it pretty simple though and came up with this…..

  • img_5854_1Stamp Set– Season of Joy
  • Cardstock– Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose and Very Vanilla
  • Ink– Regal Rose and Rose Red
  • Accessories– Chocolate Chip Ribbon
  • Tools– Circle Punches, Round Scallop Punch, Dimensionals, Sponges, Tape and Scissors

I love this colour combo. It is one of my favourites and I like the idea of non traditional colours for Christmas cards. I sponged Rose Red around the piece of Regal Rose CS and snowflake but sponged Regal Rose around the larger circle. The swirls are stamped in Regal Rose.

This week I should be receiving my preorder from the Summer Mini…….YAY! I can’t wait especially for that scallop edge punch! (I won’t be doing any more of those hand drawn and hand cut scallops). So exciting. 



img_5855_1I’m pretty sure when my order arrives I will be doing heaps of cards especially with that Eastern Blooms Set. Oh and I will be doing monthly stints over at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog as a guest designer. They liked my last tutorial so asked me to do something each month. How Exciting! So I will be working on that this week too.

Thanks for dropping by!

Kristina Werner CI#28


ci3Aren’t these colours stunning together. Kristina Werneris absolutely brilliant at choosing colours that go so well together. I suppose that’s why she is a designer! These colours reminded me of the Hibiscus shrub I have in the backyard (I would have taken a pic but it’s not in flower at the moment). So I tried to recreate it in my card. I used the wild rose stamp, but I think it resembles Hibiscus flowers alot. Take a look!


  • img_5832_1Stamp Set– Wild Rose, Occasional Greetings and Bodacious Bouquet
  • Cardstock– Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red and Whisper White
  • Ink– Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red and Sage Shadow
  • Accessories– Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red and Sage Shadow Markers
  • Tools– SAMJ, Scissors, Dimensionals and Tape

If you have visited my blog recently you would recognise this card straight away. I did the same design for a friend but in pinks. I used the CB as well, but no sponging. I love both of them . I just cannot pick a favourite. Let me know what you like the best! It will be interesting to see your responses.


 Well I can’t stay on today and chat, sorry. I have a workshop to get ready for.

Thanks for dropping by!