Sunday, July 5, 2020

Twelve cards from one sheet 12x12 DSP

I have been really busy this past week in my 'other job' as a tax consultant with H&R Block, getting ready for the 2020 tax season and training staff, that I wanted to find some time this weekend for some 'me time' in my craft room. I went in there this afternoon after doing some household chores that needed to be done, as yesterday was a family day, and found that I didn't have any mojo! I just couldn't find the motivation or excitement to create a unique card that I was hoping to create.

So I decided that I was going to make something, as I always need cards to send (although I have been a bit slack in this department too lately!) for birthdays and customer thank yous etc, and so create I would!

In this type of situation I usually decide to CASE (Cope And Share Everything) a card or create one based upon a previous layout/design that I have used before and hope that gets the creative juices flowing!

With this in mind and a pack of Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper sitting on my desk I decided to take out one piece of 12" x 12" and create a stack of cards just using this one sheet. This was the piece I chose and then cut it up into 12 pieces of 3" x 4" (I was using the daisy pattern side), basically what some often call a One Sheet Wonder (OSW), although with these cards they will all be the same design.

I then prepared my other supplies so I could just mass produce them in a form of assembly line process. The supplies I used and prepped were...

  • One 12" x 12" sheet DSP - cut into 12 pieces of 3" x 4"
  • Twelve card bases, colours chosen from the colour palette of the DSP, and what I had on hand (only one sheet left of Bumblebee cardstock, need to replenish!) - 6 A4 sheets coloured cardstock - 10.5 cm x 29.7 cm, my cards are landscape, side opening
  • Two sheets A4 Basic Black cardstock - 12 pieces 10.5 cm x 8 cm (cut A4 sheet at 10.5 cm on short side and then on the long side cut at 8 cm)
  • You will have four pieces of Basic Black off cuts of 10.5 cm x 5.6 cm approx, cut on the long side at 3.5 cm and 7 cm, giving you 12 pieces of 3.5 cm x 5.6 cm (these you will use to white heat emboss your greetings on)
  • Twelve Whisper White liners for inside cards (I always add liners in my cards, especially if the card bases are coloured, and usually my offcuts of DSP, however, in these cards I didn't have any!)
  • 12 x 25 cm lengths of Bumblebee Ribbon - I just tied mine pieces in a knot and then trimmed to wrap around the DSP panel
  • Adhesive of choice - I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' SEAL & Stampin' Dimensionals

This was my production line process:
  1. Cut one sheet DSP into twelve 3" x 4" pieces.
  2. Cut two A4 sheets Basic Black cardstock into twelve pieces 10.5 cm x 8 cm as indicated above and cut the four off cut pieces into three equal pieces 3.5 cm x 5.6 cm.
  3. Cut, score and fold twelve card bases using coordinating colours - Bumblebee, Terracotta Tile, Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Early Espresso.
  4. Adhered the Whisper White card liners to the inside of the prepared card bases.
  5. Cut twelve pieces of Bumblee Ribbon.
  6. Stamped various greetings using Versamark Ink and White Emboss Powder, heat set.
  7. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, as it gives a bit of wriggle room to straighten DSP panel when adhering, and mounted these on to Basic Black larger pieces. Completed all twelve.
  8. Tied a knot in the Bumblebee Ribbon and trimmed close to knot on one side and using some Stampin' SEAL adhesive to attach underneath, and wrapped around the front of the DSP panel.
  9. Added Stampin' Dimensionals under each of the twelve mounted DSP panels and attached them to the front of a card base.
  10. Added Stampin' Dimensionals under each Basic Black greeting piece and attached to right, over the Bumblebee Ribbon.
And here are the 12 completed cards...

Here is a look at each colour way. I was very happy how they all turned out and at the end of it I have twelve cards ready to go!


Early Espresso

Mint Macaron

Old Olive

Terracotta Tile

Which colour palette is your preference?

Sometimes when the inspiration doesn't flow, you just use a simple design, or CASE and you will find your mojo or at least I felt I accomplished something that ended up looking good and is now on hand to send out.

The other thing I was pleased about was that there was very little wastage, just slithers off the Whisper White card lines, to allow a border edge inside.

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Shop Online With Mae button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email:, if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Stamping Sisters Blog Hop - Celebrate Birthdays

We are shaking things up a little this month with the launch of our July Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle. We are having a blog hop to showcase a few extra projects that we have created around our theme of "Celebrating Birthdays" and our exclusive tutorial projects (only available through the tutorial bundle).

Whether you are starting here or are following along with our blog hop from Carolyn's blog, make sure you hop around all five Stamping Sister's blogs, to see the creative inspiration that we have for you. We would appreciate you leaving us some love with a comment on each of our blog posts. Then make sure you purchase or earn our July Tutorial Bundle to see the step-by-step instructions for our exclusive tutorial projects (details below).

Who are Stamping Sisters?
We are a group of experienced papercrafters and Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators in Australia, who have teamed up to provide you with monthly creative project inspiration.

Our Design Team members are:
Chloe Evans, Di Barnes, Ellen Woodbridge, Cazz Boylan, Mae Collins.

My tutorial project, and so this additional project, was based around the technique of tone-on-tone and using dies to create a unique background.

My card below features the "To A Wild Rose" stamp set and coordinating "Wild Rose Dies". The die cut flower outlines are in Mint Macaron, the same as my card base and panel, which gives the tone on tone effect.

I was really happy with how this card turned out, as well as the masculine one I did for my tutorial, which features the "Sailing Home" stamp set and coordinating "Smooth Sailing Dies".

The current Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue has a project in the World of Good Suite on page 25 that features this technique too! It was when a customer asked me what embossing folder they had used on the little card, and I realised it was the world die cut in the same colour of the card base, that gave me the idea of using this technique to create my July Stamping Sisters Tutorial. It is a great technique to have in your creative ideas toolkit, so grab our monthly tutorial bundle to use and refer back to when you need an idea or inspiration!

So how do you go about getting your hands on these awesome tutorials? Easy! We have three different options for you:

Option 1 - It's yours for FREE! Yep that's right. If you place a qualifying order of $60* or more through your regular Stamping Sister's online store, that month's bundle will be sent to you, absolutely free. It's our way of saying Thank You and we really appreciate your on going support.

Option 2 - You can also purchase the monthly bundle, simply by clicking on the Buy Now Button on your regular Stamping Sister's blog post/page. This means our tutorials are also available to crafters from all across the world including our fellow demonstrators too. Cost of each tutorial will $15AUD, that's only $3.00 per tutorial!!. Once payment is made, we will grant you access to the tutorial file.

Option 3 - Join your regular Stamping Sister's Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Team and as a little welcome, you will receive that current month's tutorial bundle for FREE!

Full details available on my Stamping Sisters Tutorial Page here.

Now hop along to the next blog to see more inspiration "Celebrating Birthdays" and get your creative juices flowing!

Blog Hop Links:

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Whale Of A Time Birthday Wishes!

I shared a link on my Facebook business page today to the Whale Of A Time Suite video by Stampin' Up! and I think it stayed in my subconscious today, such that, when I sat down at my craft room late this afternoon I just had to grab the beautiful Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper (the product item I have from the suite at the moment!) and create a card using it!

Here is the card that I made...

As you can see from the image above I don't yet own the coordinating Whale Builder Punch that could have punched out my whale from the DSP, however, I was happy to sit and fussy cut one out.

You may notice too that I used some of the beautiful Rainbow Glimmer Paper to die cut some "seaweed" using a couple of dies from the Forever Flourishing Dies.

I heat embossed the Birthday Wishes greeting, from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set, using White Emboss Powder and my trusty Heat Tool. Then I fussy cut around that too, which seems to be a popular method lately, to add your greetings to cards.

What about the little Coastal Cabana rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels pack? Don't you think they make the perfect bubbles for my whale? Do whales actually blow bubbles under water like that?

As the DSP pack comes in 6" x 6" size, I had to cut it down slightly for my card front, and so I used a strip of the off cut to follow the theme over into the inside of my card.


  • Pool Party cardstock - 10.5 cm x 29.7 cm (score at 14.85 cm for a top folding card base)
  • DSP 6" x 6" sheet - trim to 10.1 cm x 14.5 cm
  • Night of Navy cardstock - 2 cm x 6 cm (for birthday greeting)
  • Die cut three various "seaweed" elements from the Rainbow Glimmer Paper
  • Whisper White cardstock - 10.1 cm x 14.5 cm (for inside of card)
  • From DSP off cut - 1.3 cm x 14.5 cm strip

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