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A Golden Anniversary (50 years!) Card Stampin' Up! Style

My parents just celebrated their Golden Anniversary - 50 years of marriage is an incredible feat!   Click here for list of supplies   When thinking about the card to make for them, I knew I wanted to have gold in it, but beyond that anything goes. In the end it was the Global Design Project Sketch Challenge this week #GDP326 that provided me with a direction to take the card. Even though there was a lot going on on the card, it really is quite simple, in that the only techniques I used were to use dies and embossing folders. I went for a White on White card as I really wanted the Gold to feature. Now a trick I learned about making a White card is to add interest via texture. I used three different embossing folders for this card. The shimmer white layer was embossed with the Merriest Frames folder which will become available again in the Jul-Dec 2022 Mini Catalogue. The Subtles 3D (retired) embossed circle was from my #scrapsoffthedesk pile but you can substitute it with the current Ta
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Awesome Otters for Monochromatic Monday

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Awesome Otters for GDP Challenge #325

I made more Awesome Otters card for a colour challenge #GDP325   The Awesome Otters card I made here is a good one for mass producing and for using variation of colours for the heart background. I just love the colours used in the colour challenge over at Global Design Project #325. Click here to participate in the challenge I had fun creating some fun sentiments as you can see - do you have a favourite? You are Otterly my Valentine You are Otterly loved. You Otterly make me smile.           That's it for today's share - thank you for visiting. I hope you will try these colour combination for your next card. Until next post, have fun stamping! *** For current specials, click this link *** Shop online with me today and use the current January Hostcode BT2YJPXY or contact me to place an order. If you are in Auckland, come join me stamping - my classes are suitable for all levels of card making. If you are out of Auckland or you p

Awesome Otters Valentine Notecard

Oughta, utterly, otterly - do you like playing with words?   Click here for the supplies list     This is my first card starring the Awesome Otters stamp set - Free with every order of $110 (NZD, before shipping) during the January/February 2022 Sale-a-bration period.    This card by Chris Lang caught my attention so I set about to CASE it (Copy and Selectively Edit). Trivia: Did you know that stampers love it when you copy their work? It is true, stampers love to inspire, that's why we share our work.  The heart in the background gave me the idea for making a Valentine's card. Now I don't have the heart stamp, but it is easy enough to create a stencil. I took one of the many used envelopes on my desk to cut out a hand drawn heart shape. I then used my red-ish/pink-ish Blending Brush (in other words, I hadn't washed or cleaned it from whenever I used it last. It looks like it was Polished Pink) to sponge the heart shape onto a notecard. The huggable otter was coloured w

Abstract Beauty for Masculine Birthday Card

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Amazing Silhouettes in Black and White

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Heart and Home Memories and More Card Pack for #GDP324 Challenge

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