Archive for ‘Thinking of you’

July 24, 2013

More from the secret garden …

The secret garden stamp set from Stampin’ Up!® was perfect for making this set of thank you cards, and a little “thinking of you” card too … 

thank you 1

I love these colours together  – so pretty …

thank you 2

I used the stamping off technique to get a faded look to the images

stamping once and then stamping again without re-inking the stamp…

thank you 3

A handful of adhesive pearls here and there added a finishing touch …

thinking of you

  The sentiment is from the retired “sincere salutations” set.

thank yous

Here’s what I used to make today’s cards – all supplies from Stampin’ Up!:

cardstock: soft sky, smoky slate, whisper white; stamp sets: secret garden, sincere salutations (retired); inks: soft sky, smoky slate; accessories: adhesive pearls, stampin’ dimensionals.

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July 12, 2012

Through the sadness… a reason to smile …

I felt sad and a little subdued whilst making today’s cards.  Two of my friends have recently lost someone very close to them.

I wanted to let them know how very sorry I was to hear their sad news, and for them to know I was thinking about them.

I  turned to a beautiful new stamp set from Stampin’ Up that will be available during August 2012 only.

Called a reason to smile, it is a two-step stamp set, so the line flower stamp comes with a complementary image to add colour with.  But this time I chose instead to do some water colouring with my aqua painter.

I stamped the flower twice in black stazon ink onto water colour paper, using my stamp-a-majig to line up and stamped the sentiment from the hopeful thoughts set.  To colour the flowers, I put a little ink into the lid of my elegant eggplant ink pad by squeezing it whilst shut – this transfers ink from the pad to the lid – and then used my aqua painter.

I added a few lines of dry embossing using the simply scored scoreboard.

I also stamped and coloured a matching flower on a small piece of very vanilla cardstock and adhered it to the inside.


For the next card, I stamped onto a piece of very vanilla cardstock and again used the aqua brush to colour, taking care not to soak the cardstock too much.

Finally, I coloured a length of whisper white taffeta ribbon using my aqua brush and elegant eggplant ink, dipping the ribbon into the watery ink on the lid of the ink pad until I was happy with the depth of colour.  The ribbon then co-ordinated beautifullly with the cards.  Once the ribbon was dry, I tied it into teeny tiny bows and adhered to the cards with mini glue dots.*

And why a reason to smile? …  because they are fortunate to have known and loved two wonderful ladies…


Papercraft supplies from Stampin’ Up!

Cardstock: elegant eggplant, watercolour paper. very vanilla; Inks: elegant eggplant, certainly celery, black stazon; Stamp sets: reason to smile, hopeful thoughts, teeny tiny wishes; Accessories: white taffeta ribbon, mini glue dots, aqua painter, simply scored scoreboard, word window punch, modern label punch, stampin’ dimensionals, stamp-a-majig.


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