Monday, 4 February 2019

Garden Impressions DSP | Aussies Who Love Stampin' Up! Challenge #023


Hi and thanks for visiting :)

Sorry I have been a bit quiet (or should I say absent) over the last month. Life has been a bit crazy and I haven't had much opportunity to fit in any crafting time. Plus I think my creative mojo took off on a holiday over the Christmas/New Year break and left me behind.

I do have a couple of projects to share with you that I managed to create in late December & January, but they will have to wait till later this week (or next week) because.......

Today marks the start of our latest fortnightly challenge over on the Aussies Who Love Stampin' Up! Facebook Group.

Our latest challenge #AWLSU023 is a sketch challenge.



Myself and the other group admins will share our creations to start off each challenge and hopefully help kick-start and inspire your creativity.


If you live in Australia and are interested in participating in our fortnightly challenges, click here to join the group :)


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Here is what I came up with from our sketch.

This is a super simple and easy #loveitchopit card to create.... perfect for when your mojo is MIA :)




My card base is Melon Mambo and I have topped it with a piece of the Garden Impressions 6x6 Designer Series Paper.

The Birthday sentiment comes from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and was inked up with Versamark then Powder Pink and clear heat embossed. The sentiment banner uses Powder Pink cardstock and was finished off using the Triple Banner Punch.

I created a bow using some Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon, that was adhered with a combination of Multipurpose Liquid Glue & Tear and Tape adhesive.

Hope you like it :)




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Garden Impressions 6X6 DSP (146289)

Beautiful Bouquet (Photopolymer 143666)

Triple Banner Punch (138292)

Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon (144151)

Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109130)



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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest Amy Koenders


Welcome and thank you for joining me in a special Crazy Crafters team blog hop.

We are hopping with a special guest - The very talented Amy Koenders.

The theme of this blog hop was to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) one of Amy's cards.


Here is the card of Amy's that I chose to CASE:


To checkout Amy's card in more detail click here.


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I recently offered to provide a handmade card to go with an end of year teacher gift the parents of my son's Kindy class were organising.

We ended up purchasing a gift card and I had a decent pile of Thank You / For You cards in my "stash" that would have been easy to add a small pocket for a standard credit card sized gift card. However this one came in a square folder with a pretty sparkly silver envelope which was wider than my standard A6 sized cards. I couldn't not keep that pretty envelope so darn, I was going to need to make a new card ....however do we really need an excuse to create something new :) 

So off I went to create a pretty Thank You card that would fit the gift card envelope.
Hope you like it... I certainly do and I hope my son's teacher does as well :)




I took inspiration from Amy's birthday card as I really wanted to #loveitchopit my pack of gorgeous Petal Promenade DSP. I used the same colour palette - Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink & Very Vanilla and added in a little gold with my ribbon choice.

In addition to the Petal Promenade DSP, I have also used the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Frosted Bouquet Framelits and the Tropical Chic Stamp Set (sentiment). The ribbon used is the retired Gold Natural Trim.




Below are some photos of the card & gift card holder opened up...


I haven't included it in my photos, but I used the Make a Difference & Labeler Alphabet stamp sets to write our message and include each of the children's names.

I went with Mossy Meadow ink and the Make a Difference set for the main message and Blushing Bride ink and the Labeler Alphabet set to add the names.

.....I have to say, make sure you are paying attention when using alphabet stamps, because I was almost finished when I missed a letter in 1 child's name and then had to redo the whole lot again. I must say I was super focused second time around and glad I didn't glue the Very Vanilla liner down before I stamped the message.


To create my envelope pocket, I used my Simply Scored Scoreboard to create tabs and the 1" Circle Punch. I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the pocket.





***EDIT***
I have edited my post to include some measurements for my card, at the request of one of my readers.
I hope they help, should you try and re-create my card with gift card pocket.

My card dimensions were a result of the gift card envelope I had to work with, if you require a different sized pocket you may need to adjust one or more of the below measurements.

Gift card envelope: 11.5cm x 11.5cm (4-1/2" x 4-1/2")

Cardstock base: 29.7cm x 14.9cm (11-15/20" x 5-17/20"), A4 sheet cut to 14.9cm wide, scored in half.
Cardstock for Gift card pocket: 15cm x 13cm (5-15/16" x 5-1/8"), scored 1cm (4/10") from the edge on 3 sides. Tabs trimmed in corners, folded and then glued to base.
Cardstock front layer & card liner: 13.9cm x 13.9cm (5-7/16" x 5-7/16")
Designer Series Paper layer: 12cm x 9cm (4-7/10" x 3-1/2")
Ribbon: 52cm (20-1/2")


Thanks so much for your support and for visiting me today :)
If you enjoy what I do, I would love you to Like and Follow my Facebook page, and Pin my cards on Pinterest (or you can follow me on Pinterest). 

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If you like this card, it would make my day if you left me a comment. 
Just scroll to the bottom of my post, leave your comment and you will put a smile on my dial :)


Don't forget to continue the hop all the way around to see what the very creative Crazy Crafters team have come up with.

You are currently visiting me - Kirsten Aitchison, so checkout the list below to see who is next in the hop.



You too can make this ....... 
Here is a list of the supplies and tools used:

If you need any of these supplies, I would love to be able to assist you and would really appreciate your business. Just click on a product link below to head on over to my Australian online store.
Australian customers: Join my free Customer Rewards program by making a purchase through my online store. Click here for more details.
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Petal Promenade DSP (146913)

Tropical Chic (Clear 146753)

Tropical Chic (Wood 146750)

Frosted Bouquet Framelits (147895)

Subtle Dynamic TIEF (143706)

1” (2.5cm) Circle Punch (119868)


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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Just Add Color DSP | Aussies Who Love Stampin' Up! Challenge #019


Hi and thanks for visiting :)

This week we have a new fortnightly challenge over on the Aussies Who Love Stampin' Up! Facebook Group.

Our latest challenge #AWLSU019 is a technique challenge, using the Spotlight technique.
This is one of my favourite techniques :)



Myself and the other group admins will share our creations to start off each challenge and hopefully help kick-start and inspire your creativity.


If you live in Australia and are interested in participating in our fortnightly challenges, click here to join the group :)




A super quick and easy card created using the retired Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is currently available at 60% off in the Clearance Rack (so be quick if you want to grab yourself some of this gorgeous paper).

Using the larger label framelit from the Frosted Bouquet Framelits, I cut out a section of the DSP. I was able to make the cut out section longer than the framelit, by partially cutting and then moving the die and partially cutting again.

I added a strip of Pool Party cardstock and stamped my sentiment (from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set) in Pool Party ink.

The leaves in my die cut section were coloured using my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers (see below for the colours used). This was then lined up with the rest of the patterned sheet and adhered using some Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.




Thanks so much for your support and for visiting me today :)
If you enjoy what I do, I would love you to Like and Follow my Facebook page, and Pin my cards on Pinterest (or you can follow me on Pinterest). 

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If you like this card, it would make my day if you left me a comment. 
Just scroll to the bottom of my post, leave your comment and you will put a smile on my dial :)


You too can make this ....... 
Here is a list of the supplies and tools used:

If you need any of these supplies, I would love to be able to assist you and would really appreciate your business. Just click on a product link below to head on over to my Australian online store.
Australian customers: Join my free Customer Rewards program by making a purchase through my online store. Click here for more details.
**If you do make a purchase, be sure to use the current Hostess Code on your order to receive a free gift from me. Click here for the current code.**


Just Add Color Specialty DSP (144180) **CLEARANCE RACK**

Bunch Of Blossoms (Photopolymer 141573)

Frosted Bouquet Framelits (147895)


Cardstock: Pool PartyWhisper White
Ink: Pool Party
Stampin' Blends: Daffodil Delight (Dark & Light), Granny Apple Green (Dark & Light), Old Olive (Light & Darl), Pool Party (Light), Shaded Spruce (Dark & Light)
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Big ShotMagnetic PlatformClear Blocks


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