Origami Fathers Day

I made these two cards for my children to give to their father on Fathers Day.

Both feature “Origami”. I know what you are thinking… if you are anything like me, you haven’t done Origami since you were at school.

But these are both great for male inspired cards. I found the instructions through other demonstrators and knew as soon as I saw them ages ago that this is what I wanted to use them for.

Both have used retiring colours, card stock and DSP, but that’s fine, you get the point.

My 11 year old daughter was so inspired from this card, she made a 30cm “tie” from DSP and cardstock, thread ribbon thru the top, so dad could slip it over his head and she also wrote on the back of it. I am always so amazed at the imagination of children. They often have very different ideas from us, but theirs is no less important.


This was my first successful attempt at the Chalkboard technique.

I say successful, because I had tried it before using Versamark and chalk, but really couldn’t get it to look right.

That was until another lovely demonstrator over at ESAD showed me how.

ESAD is short for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators. They are a bunch of helpful talented ladies that I am proud to be a member of.

Anyway, back to the chalkboard technique. I feel you get a much better result once you use the White craft ink and then colour with the chalk. I still have to improve on not smudging, but I feel this turned out pretty OK.

Too easy 96

I participated in this weeks Clean and Simple challenge.

As soon as I saw it and started reading some of the suggestions the girls had used, I knew I had half done this challenge already.

The images I have stamped onto the Very Vanilla card stock, are almost 2 years old. This is one of the first A4 sheets I stamped. Now normally when you do this you use it for making “Own DSP” or “One Sheet Wonder”.

I kind of never got around to using it.

With changes in the air as far as Colours are concerned at Stampin’ Up! I thought I might as well put this to good use.

What I like about making your own DSP, is that it always has 3-4 colours in it.

This is perfect when making multiple cards as you can easily change the colour of the base card and you have easily transfigured the feel of the card.

Add to that a different sentiment and the change is almost complete.

I say almost, because when I was making these cards, I had some leftover pieces of card that I just couldn’t resist throwing together.

The Vanilla card in the centre is what I came up with.

As per normal, my children like to comment on my cards (there is nothing like honesty), and they liked the vanilla card more.

It must be because they are used to seeing much more elaborate designs from me, but that certainly doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the other cards I have created.

Offcuts of Polished Stone

When I make backgrounds such as the Polished Stone background you saw in the last post, I tend to cut out my card stock equal in size to a card front. That way I have “off cuts” I can also play with.

This is what I came up with, when playing with the “off cuts”. I still used the stamp set Baroque Motifs as well as the same colour combination of Pink Pirouette, Pale Plum and Rose Red. I just used entirely different layouts for both cards.

I changed the words and the accessories to include Rhinestone Brads and Designer Brads, even changing the centre brad to highlight the colour combination further.

Polished Baroque

A While ago, I finally managed to purchase some Glossy white card stock and ink refills. I had eagerly wanted to attempt the “polished stone” background.

One of my favourite all-rounder stamp sets is Baroque Motifs. The large swirl stamp is extremely useful. It lends itself to all types of styles and occasions. You can use it for backgrounds or the main image (as I have done here).

Here is a very girlie card I made for my Sister’s Birthday. The colours I have used include Pink Pirouette, Pale Plum and Rose Red. In case you have forgotten, Pale Plum is one of the retiring colours, and will only be available until sold out, even if that means before the release of the new Ideas Book and Catalogue in September 2010.

Baby Nephew

During May we proudly welcomed another Nephew into the world.


I had come across a cute Non SU ribbon bundle in the shape of the bibs.

What a perfect opportunity to use them now.

Teamed up with Very Vanilla, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue and Brocade Blue card stock. The Duck image was taken from the set in the retired Summer Mini catalogue “Wagon Full of Fun”. Lets hope it makes a return in the new catalogue out in September.

All you need to add a dash of colour is some blender pens and ink, whether it be from an ink pad an ink spot or a marker.

Very Vintage Birthday

In the new Autumn-Winter mini catalogue, there is a new jumbo roller stamp called “Very Vintage”.

I have used it here as a background for this birthday card.

I have also stamped one of the flower images from the hostess set “Echoes of Kindness” onto Blush Blossom card stock and added some extra colour using Blender pens. 

I am really liking the new “In Colour” Rich Razzleberry. It teams up very nicely with Basic grey.