I Love that we are Friends – #GDP398

For this sketch challenge at the Global Design Project #gdp398 the Masterfully Made Designer Series Paper does the heavy lifting. I love this layout with it’s offset panels which shows off the different layers of paper.

The Masterfully Made Designer Series Paper has a beautiful torn paper textured look to it which gives the look of layers.

I added a layer of embossed cardstock and some specialty paper for added texture. Some hearts were die cut from Basic White Cardstock using the Share a Milkshake Dies and then embossed them with the Countryside Blossoms Embossing Folder. These were coloured with a Fresh Freesia Stampin’ Blend for a coordinated look.

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Our Friendship is Timeless

Fun, bright and cheerful projects that take you to the tropics are made simple with the Tropical Oasis Memories & More card pack. Sun, sand, palm trees, surf ….. it’s all here in this suite. The background layer is one of the larger cards which I cut down to size. This image took me back to to the place of my birth – Sri Lanka, where street vendors sell young coconuts, with the top cut just enough for you drink out of. It’s not fancy like the coconut in my card but it’s refreshing in the heat. 

I fussy cut the coconut from one of the smaller cards in this pack. Don’t be afraid of fussy cutting. This was quite a simple project and it can be quite therapeutic. Make sure you get a good pair of paper snips.

Tropical Oasis Memories & More card for a friend

The sentiment has been heat embossed with White Emboss Powder. I stamped the Pool Party layer beneath with the tops of the palm trees in Pool Party ink. Stamping tone on tone (coloured ink on same colour cardstock) gives a subtle background and adds interest to an otherwise plain piece of cardstock. To complete this I added some flowers from the sticker sheets provided in the pack. 


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Friendship Card #gdp209 Colour Challenge

Hi friends,

I’ve got a sweet card for you today inspired by the fun colours set out in the Global Design Project challenge this week. These are such bright and cheerful colours and I thought it would be fun to create a friendship card. 

#gdp209 Color Challenge, Colour Challenge

I chose the Little Elephant stamp set and although tempted to use the cute little elephants, I decided to use some other fun images which are included in this set. 

Friendship card using Little Elephant stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The border of hearts was made using a small stamp in the set. Then I used the Stamparatus to create the flower border. These were coloured with Blueberry Bushel and Call me Clover Stampin’ Write Markers with the ‘direct to stamp’ colouring technique. To achieve this look, I coloured the stamp with the markers then ‘huffed’ (breathed) on it to activate the moisture and stamped. I did this each time I coloured the stamp. The advantage of the Stamparatus is the ability to align a border as I have done and also to re-stamp images which may not stamp first time.

The sentiment was heat embossed in White on Call me Clover cardstock.

Stamparatus used to create a border of flowers

It’s #worldcardsendingweek this week. I plan on sending this card to a friend (shhh – I can’t say who in case she sees this!). So get involved in this fun week and send out one (or a few) of your handmade cards to someone. They will love it and you will be a blessing to them.

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  • Blueberry Bushel – 21cm x 14.8cm (scored at 10.5cm to form card base)
  • Whisper White – 13.8cm x 9.5cm, 10cm x 5cm (for Stitched Rectangle)
  • Basic Gray – 11.8cm x 7.5cm
  • Designer Series Paper – 11cm x 3cm
  • Call me Clover – scraps


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Step-it-Up Sunday #44 Thanks for your Friendship

Home to Roost is the lovely country style stamp set I am using on my Step-it-Up Sunday feature. I just love the rooster in this set and I highlighted the reed which also come in this stamp set, in last week’s Step-it-Up Sunday. Pairing it with the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper really gives it a country feel. 


I have kept it simple for the Basic card because that’s what it’s about. Just stamps, ink and paper and I’ve added some embellishments – because I can’t help myself!

I stamped the rooster on Whisper White cardstock. Then I inked up a clear block directly with the Daffodil Delight ink pad, spritzed with water and ‘stamped’ it over the rooster. This added a watercolour – look over the image. An easy way to add colour to your image. 



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I stepped this card up by adding die cut squares and colouring the rooster with Stampin’ Blends. Don’t the Stampin’ Blends add a lovely, vibrant colour? You can almost hear the rooster crow. 

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I added a sponged background to the rooster. This was done by masking. Sponge Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive around the rooster.







I altered the Gingham DSP by adding some lines with the Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend to give it a bit of a plaid look. I think this adds to the country, homely feel of this card.

The Burlap ribbon has been separated and tied together to create the look of straw. 

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Try this card and give it to a friend to thank them for their friendship. You just don’t know who may need to hear an encouraging word. 

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Step-it-Up Sunday #33 Graceful Garden Rose

Hi Stampers,

Blessed Sunday to each of you. Hope each of you has had a good week and kept yourselves grounded doing what you love with your family and friends. My holidays end today and I am back at my main job in which I do administration at a school. Term 4 always is a busy one. I work with some great people so it makes it nice to go to work each day.

I’m also thankful for my Stampin’ Up! ‘job’ which gives me the flexibility to do what I love around my other commitments. I am able to create and share with others and also earn some extra money. Stampin’ Up! offers the opportunity for each demonstrator to take their business to whatever level we would like to take it to. If this is something that interests you and you would like more information, please contact me on Ph: 0404 255 001.

Step-it-Up Sunday today features the Graceful Garden stamp set. The rose images in this set are so pretty and really lend themselves to colouring with Stampin’ Blends.


This card is created with some simple stamping and colouring. Stamp the rose image in Gray Granite on Whisper White card stock and colour in with Light Petal Pink and Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. I have not used any shading on this but just coloured in the image so it’s a very quick make.. .

Stamp the sentiment in Granny Apple Green. Attach a strip of DSP at the bottom of the Whisper White panel. Then attach this panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto Thick Whisper White card stock.


Stamp the image as per the Basic card instructions and add shading with the Dark Petal Pink and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Fussy cut the image with scissors.

Using an aqua painter and Petal Pink ink refill, create a colour wash onto a panel of Shimmery White card stock 9.9 x 14.2cm. Attach the rose with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto this panel.

Stamp the sentiment and die cut with the Sweet Cake framelits die. Always worth checking die sets for elements that can be used for other projects, especially tags.  I love the lace work on this one. Tie ribbon through with a single knot. To secure in place, attach some glue dots. Attach tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


To step this card up, I’ve added some extra elements onto the Shimmery White card stock panel.

  • Add Flirty Flamingo to the Shimmery White cardstock as a wash
  • With the mask, add Gray Granite in the top right corner using a sponge dauber.
  • In the top and bottom left use the Stitched labels die to die cut the decorative pattern.
  • Use your aqua painter to flick drops of Flirty Flamingo ink onto the card

Colour the rose with Light and Dark Petal Pink and Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo. Fussy cut and attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The doily is cut in quarters. Attach 2 quarters to the back of the DSP strip and trim off any excess.

For the sentiment, I used ink pads to stamp the different colours. Masking off was not necessary in this case as the stamp was easy to ink up from the top and bottom in the different colours. The blossom adds that perfect finishing touch to the tag.

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