Sunflower Sparkle

Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle  #154065  $70
Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle #154065 $70

You know the summer is hitting its peak when the sunflowers begin blooming. The vibrant yellow against a crisp blue sky is striking! Elizabeth Green replicated that sparkle in this card swap using the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle. The Gold Foil paper really sets it off. Thanks a bunch back to you, Elizabeth, for this beautiful card!

Greetings from the Gang

From All of Us Stamp Set #152641  $29
From All of Us Stamp Set #152641 $29

Need a card from a bunch of people – be that your family, friends, co-workers? The From All of Us stamp set has you covered. Instead of colouring the image, my friend Tamara Bertram did a watercolour wash then stamped the image in black overtop. Brilliant! You can make this up in a jiffy. For the watercolour wash, you’ll need inks or the re-inkers only and a water painter brush (#151298 $16.25 for a set of 3). Wet the paper first then apply the inks individually with your brush. Stinkin’ cute! Thanks, Tamara for this great swap card.

Be a Unicorn

Hippo Happiness Stamp Set  #152644  $24
Hippo Happiness Stamp Set #152644 $24

We have many delightful animal stamp sets from goats to hippos to zebras and yes, unicorns! Within the Hippo Happiness stamp set you’ll find this wonderful greeting: “when in doubt, be a unicorn”.  And, not just for kids. One of my customers, Gerri, has a tremendous sense of humour and I know she’d love this card. The background was achieved by wrapping rubber bands around a block and stamping them in various inks, changing the angle a bit with the different colours. Try it! Thanks to Lisa Henderson for swapping this one with us. Seriously, why would you NOT want to be a unicorn?

You’re Top-Shelf!

The Creative Inkster Whiskey Business Stamp Set #152550 $26
Whiskey Business Stamp Set #152550 $26

Thanks to Desiree Spenst for today’s card using a stamp set not in my stash – yet! What a perfect card to celebrate that “old fashioned” person in your life. The greeting is super: You’re Top Shelf. Lots of rich colours that remind me of a lounge or library. Did you know you can add depth to your embossed layers by sponging them with ink? Gives a great appearance. Enjoy!

Just Like Chocolate

The Creative Inkster Nothing's Better Bundle
Nothing’s Better Than Stamp Set #152507 $30

What a compliment: “You’re just like Chocolate”! Love this fun card with the flashy Magenta Madness offset by Soft Suede colours. So unique. I received this unique card in a swap from Marcy Denning. The stamp set was designed by one of our Million Dollar achievers, Connie Stewart and has matching dies with words like, Coffee, Cookies, Cocktails and of course Chocolate. Wouldn’t you like to receive this card in the mail?

Creating with circles

Posted for You Bundle #154075 $42.25
Posted for You Bundle #154075 $42.25

More Purple Posy paper and the Playing With Patterns patterned paper on today’s card that shows off the Posted for You stamp set. Cute wee images that fit on a cut, punched or die cut rectangle shape. This stamp set has a matching punch which you know I had to get, too, but used this die cut from the So Sentimental dies set. Lots of opportunities to send a note to a friend these days, so stocking up on these cards. Enjoy!

Butterflies everywhere

Butterfly Beauty Dies #151819
Butterfly Beauty Dies #151819

The Purple Posy cardstock is one colour that I’ve been challenging myself to use. Not a fan of purples, which is strange because I think I was as a kid. After seeing loads of cards made with the Many Layered Blossoms dies that are similar in design to the Butterfly Beauty Dies, I pulled them out and had a go at it! I think this turned out quite spectacularly, if I do say so myself. The dies literally cover the cardbase from top to bottom so only a few pearls and a greeting are needed to finish it off. Have a lovely day!

It’s all Fun & Games

Game On Stamp Set #152646 $26
Game On Stamp Set #152646 $26

For the launch of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue, I participated in a swap with 9 demonstrators across the country. You choose the stamp sets that you’d like to use so we all get several to show off to family, friends and customers – and then decide if we’ll add them to our stash. Here’s my first swap featuring the Game On stamp set. At $26 it’s a bargain and one of the first sets I wanted from the new catalogue. As a family, we play a lot of board games so this was perfect for my friends! I made a few others with this stamp set for a friend from work and a Bridge Club partner. How’d I do that chess board? On a piece of Basic Black measuring 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, it glue down 3/4″ squares of Real Red in the pattern. It looks like it would be fussy to do, but it wasn’t. I started in one corner and with my grid paper under was able to place the outside ones and then the insides just fit in at the points. Fun card, eh?