Thursday, December 30, 2010



I had a wonderful Christmas with my family, I hope you did too!  I didn’t get any “craft” related presents, but I’m buying myself some new things when Sale-a-bration is on so that I can get some free sets as well.  I just have to wait 26 more days! I did get a great present though, a brand new camera.  It’s actually a family present, that’s how I’m justifying the cost of it to myself.  Anyway hopefully there is a noticeable difference in my photos of my family and my cards.  I will be so upset if it wasn’t the cameras capabilities, but my capabilities as a photographer!

I haven’t made any cards since my Christmas lot and it felt weird to not have something to focus on.  So I went looking for card challenges again to motivate me.  There was a great sketch at Stamping 411 again, I really love that site.  It was a square card and I am really enjoying making square cards at the moment. I also found a new challenge site called colourQ and decided to play along with their chosen colours for this week.  They had so many gorgeous samples I had to give these colours a try.  It was kraft(crumbcake),  basic grey, black, old olive, vanilla  and white.


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The spotty background is made using a new technique called inset embossing.  It is so simple to do and looks very effective.  All I did was punch out some black and grey circles of different sizes and glued them onto a square of naturals ivory cardstock.  Then I ran it through the big shot using the square lattice folder.

When I had this piece made and looked at all the colours I was using together I just knew it would make a great “man’s card”.  But just look how it ended up!!!!  I decided to go back to one of my favourite old sets that I haven’t used for a long time , Pun Fun and make something gorgeous and cute instead. 

Ingredients :

Stamps : Pun fun

Card : black, crumb cake (kraft), naturals ivory, basic grey, old olive, watercolour paper

Ink : stazon

Other : watercolour crayons, aquapainter, mistletoe ribbon, dimensionals, big shot, square lattice


  1. This is just adorable Kathy...thanks for playing along.

  2. I love this card for a baby shower! Adorable!

  3. Very sweet card!! I haven't used this set in ages either - it was one of my first SU purchases!

  4. That is such a great technique.. I can't wait to try it out!

  5. You are right, this made a really cute card, Love the Fun Pun set as well! Thanks for playing the ColourQ challenge this week. Happy New Year!

  6. How cute is this! Love the big polka dots with the hippo -- such fun! Great job and thanks for playing along at Stamping 411 this week! Blessings, Gretchen

  7. Very cute card thanks for sharing!

  8. This is simply adorable! I really love this!

  9. This is just darling! Thanks for sharing the inset embossing technique, it looks easy and makes such a fun background. Thanks for playing with us at the ColourQ!

  10. I absolutely love this card as I've had a bit of a block with the pun fun stamps. Thanks for also telling us how the background was done it looks amazing!


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