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With Love & Sympathy

Hi … I have just heard some sad news last night … and wanted to stop for a moment to pass on my thoughts & prayers to a special friend. She has just lost her darling husband on New Years Eve after a battle with cancer. I will be thinking of you constantly, my dear friend … and I hope that you will feel God’s loving arms around you at this sad time.  Her husband was such a kind & encouraging man … and I know he will be missed terribly.


Card Supplies:

  • Cardstock:
    • Perfect Plum – A5
    • Whisper White – 14.3 x 10 cm
  • Inks:
    • Perfect Plum
    • Pale Plum
    • Bordering Blue (Butterfly)
  • Stamp Sets:
    • Bold Butterfly (IB&C)
    • God’s Blessings (IB&C)
    • All Scallops (New Summer Mini)
  • Accents:
    • Dazzling Diamonds
    • 2-way glue pen
    • Perfect Plum grosgrain ribbon
    • Stamp-a-ma-jig

So … this was made with lots of love … and another example of a very simple but elegant card. I did use my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position my scallop edges perfectly … and to make sure my verse was stamped straight. I always love using the Stamp-a-ma-jig … it is so easy to use … and gives a great result.

signature-picPraying for peace & strength for all those who may be struggling … (for another friend, too, whose mum is not doing too well & not expected to live much longer).

With Love …

All images copyright © Stampin’ Up! ® 1997—2009. Artwork by Andrea Lowcock


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Bold Butterfly 2 step

Hi … I have to admit upfront that this card is TOTALLY cased from “Miss Minx” (SCS) … but I just loved the design! I am sure I will be adapting this for a few other stamp sets that I have! (Already have a few in my head!!! 😀 – Just need time to do them!)

Here is the card folded. And colours??? … well the cardstock is Whisper White … The butterflies are stamped in Lovely Lilac & Orchid Opulence … and the flowers in Pink Passion. The outlines are basic black and I have used some 2-way glue pen to add dazzling diamonds around on all the black outlines. (You may need to click on the picture for larger image with better detail … to see it!) I sent this off to my sis in Q’ld for her 24th wedding anniversary! Happy anniversary, Louise & Scott! And I made another in pinks & orange for a special friend who lives in Tennessee for her birthday! Happy birthday, Cindy!

Stamp sets: Bold Butterfly & Wonderful Words

Don’t you just adore the two step stamping??? It always adds a “WOW” to a card … and is just soooooooo simple! And … if you place your images carefully, you can still get 2 cards out of an A4 piece of cardstock! (Gotta love that!)


ADDED OCT 6 2008: Hi … I thought I would add a couple more samples to this post! I hope you like them! Try this out for yourself! It is a real “Wow” Card.

Colours Used: (both samples are Colour Coach combinations!)

Card 1: One of a Kind – Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise, Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery

Card 2: Scribble This – Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, Ruby Red, Only Orange

All images copyright © Stampin’ Up! ® 1997—2008. Artwork by Andrea Lowcock

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Monochromatic Card

Hi everyone. I was checking out a friend’s blog (SU! demo in NZ) and she has just posted a gorgeous “monochromatic” card on her blog. It reminded me that I hadn’t shared a recent Christmas card which I made as a demo for a workshop! (haven’t demo-ed it yet!) You can see that all the cardstock on this card is some shade of purple! The background and main feature are both “Almost Amethyst” and I have combined some “Elegant Eggplant” as a frame.

This “Solemn Stillness” stamp set is a GREAT 2-step stamp set. On this card I have stamped the background tree in Whisper White and then stamped the accent stamp with Gold Encore ink. The star has been stamped with Elegant Eggplant & then gold accent on top. This stamp set is also PERFECT for embossing. And the gold features would stand out even better if I had embossed it. But … although, I really think embossing is a quick, easy & very impressive addition to a card …I do like keep it simple at workshops … so that my guests think “wow” and are happy to try it for themselves. The gold ink is still really pretty! This card only took about 5 mins to put together! Why not have a try at a monochromatic card yourself? The secret is to keep all cardstock a similar colour. (No whites / vanillas or contrast colours) Email me a photo of your mono card … and I will post it here!

I also have an idea to do more layers & more than 2 similar tones together. (As Sarah did on her blog) So I will post that here once I have had time to do that one! 🙂

OH … I just wanted to mention … the photography is not too good for this card. The original actually shows the white ink much more intense than the photo!

Added: 6Sep08 – Here is another mono colour card. I have used 4 similar tone colours – Soft Sky, Cool Caribbean (last year in-colour), Tempting Turquoise & Taken with Teal. (listed from light to dark) And also some “Fall Flowers” DSP in Soft Sky. I think there may be a few too many brads on this one … but I kinda like it! I have also used the 2-step stamping for this card with lots of “stamped off” images for backgrounds. (Stamp Off is a technique where you stamp your image on scrap paper and then onto your card. This gives a softer, less intense colour image.) Don’t forget to have a try at this & send me a pic!

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Bold Butterfly – perfect for Emerging Colour!

Hi to all my stampin’ buddies! I wanted to show you a new card I have just made using the “Emerging Colour” technique that I showed you how to do recently! Click here for the link to the Jul 2 post with instructions for this technique!

Bold Butterfly - Emerging Colour

Bold Butterfly - Emerging Colour

I just knew this Bold Butterfly Stamp was going to be perfect for this technique! I have used some “In Colours” for this card – Groovy Guava for the card, River Rock for the picture frame and Wild Wasabi for the brayered ink colour! But, before I brayered, I also decided to stamp the  ladybug & phrase stamp with Versamark -> then straight onto the Groovy Guava ink pad -> and then stamped it on the Vanilla cardstock. This meant that this Groovy Guava image had enough Versamark to catch the clear embossing powder so it could be embossed, as well as the Versamarked large butterfly image.  Another method of doing an embossed & coloured image is … to stamp your coloured image first and then line up your identical versamark image over the top with the “Stamp-a-ma-jig”! I have just purchased my Stamp-a-ma-jig and am so impressed how easy it is to use to get perfectly aligned images. And … now that I think about that … perhaps tomorrow (or sometime soon) I will show you a tutorial on how to use it! Until then … stampin’ hugs, Andrea

All images copyright © Stampin’ Up! ® 1997—2008. Artwork by Andrea Lowcock