Thursday 6 February 2014

Just saying 'Hello' card

It seems like ages since I used a Penny Black Stickeroo on a card, so the other day I set out to put that right:
 I used:

- 7" x 5" cream card blank

- Penny Black Stickeroo from the 'petals and poetry' sheet

- beige and brown card stock from one of the first paper pads I ever bought back in the Dark Ages, by K & Company called 'Classic K McKenna'

- I used the beige 'hessian' card as a background mat and to frame the Stickeroo

- the brown layer, from the same pad, looks a bit like leather. I embossed it using a folder called 'Bon Jour' by Couture Creations. The card is double side printed and I'd already guessed that the core might show once it was embossed - sho nuff, I was right! So I just lightly rubbed over the leafy pattern with fine sandpaper

- the peach ribbon came from the ribbon box

- sentiment is a discontinued Elzybells one, stamped onto a snippet of the 'hessian' card using VersaMagic's 'Hint of Pesto' and then punched using SU's 'Modern Label' punch

Here's a tip I posted about a while ago, which some of you just might not have seen.

It's a sort of swatch, for punches :) Not every single one that I own, just those used for sentiments so I can try it against the card and of course against the stamped sentiment (or even the unstamped one) to check for size and shape. I used Shrinkles shrink plastic (the frosted one) 'cos that was all I could lay my paws on in here then wrote the names of the punches on in permanent ink and rounded the corners - they were lethal sharp before that little extra step.

This is the swatch:
And this is one of the templates against a sentiment when I was choosing which sentiment went with which punch.

I keep my unmounted Elzybells sentiments in separate little polybags with a stamped slip showing the actual sentiment - they're then all shoved into a bigger poly bag so I can grab them easily. Nothing fancy but it works for me :)



  1. This is such a sweet image and I love that embossed background and pretty ribbon! What a great idea for punch templates! Oh for a few more hours in a day!

  2. Gorgeous card, love the brown and peach colours. What a fab idea for the punches too - will try to remember that one and see if I can dig out some old shrinky.
    The glass glitter - please be careful with it. After I had used it I brushed the excess on to a piece of paper and poured it back into the pot. I then rubbed my hands together to 'get rid of the glitter' - mistake! They are okay but my mitts were sore for a couple of days.
    I've promised DH won't do that again but I love that sparkle so will def be using it more carefully in the future xx

  3. What a good idea! You have now given me another organising job to do Di

  4. A beautiful stickeroo, and I like the embossed layer behind it. Every time I see your posts I think I must make something other than a Chriastmas card!!
    The punch set is an excellent idea. I keep one cut out of all my punches in a file, but it is not as easy as your method, to check which one suits the sentiment best. As you know that sort of organisation ticks all my boxes, but I am on a huge stamp catalogue catch-up right now, so I will file this idea for later! Kate x

  5. That's a really pretty card Di, such a lovely image. What a fabulous idea, I've lost count how many times I've cut a tag/label, only to find that the sentiment doesn't fit!! You are clever xx

  6. Now that's wot I call a smart idea. Didn't see that 1st time around. Gorgeous, gorgeous card Miss. Loves the stickeroo. Just checked my stickeroo stash and something drastic I dun have dat wun!Must put right straight away. hugs Mrs A.
    Raining cats and doggies here again.

  7. Beautiful Di, the image is so sweet and i LOVE your embossed background.
    Thank you for the punch tips - your idea is brill.

  8. Lovely card, Di, I love your embossed background, something more to try!

  9. A lovely card Di, love the rose - nicely vintage, and the brown cardstock embossed and sanded back looks really good here with the pretty peach ribbon. You seem to be having a good sort out lately Di - and its not even Spring yet - still some excellent storage ideas and the sentiment template too as you can find that things easily get tucked away and forgotten about. x

  10. Gorgeous card - love all the browns. Great tip about the punches too!

  11. Fantastic card Di,
    love brown colour on it
    hugs Tamara

  12. Really lovely card, love that stickeroo and goes so very well with the cream cardstock. Embossing folder looks fab too and the sanding
    was a great idea.

    Sigh, sigh, sigh, two days running you have shown us how neat and tidy and organised you are in your craftroom, makes me feel like a real messy crafter. Well done you.

    Kath x

  13. A beautiful card Di, lovely stickeroo and colour scheme. I love the sanded embossed layer and the pretty peach ribbon.
    I like the punch template idea too, very organised.
    Jean x

  14. Oooo! Haven't we been a busy bee then! Great idea if only I had enough punches to do that with!! Maybe one day!
    Lovely card too!

  15. Hello Di, gorgeous card - love the delicate peachy shades in the flower and ribbon. I can see I've missed quite a lot of interesting stuff while I've been absent ... will return tomorrow and try to catch up. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  16. Great card. I love the stickeroos...must remember to use some of mine! lol
    Your looks especially nice due that wonderful sanded embossed panel.
    What a great idea...
    Off to make a template of my punches...I so loved that idea. It would be great for dies too!

  17. Great tip & I love how you used the sticker--gorgeous card, Di!

  18. Hey! How'd I miss this lovely card Hmmm?

    Great tip about the punched out plastics Di. I'd forgotten about it!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  19. Great tip for checking if the sentiment will fit the punch. It is also a great way to see what punches you have that would be good for sentiments. I'm terrible about putting the sentiment on something more than a plain strip of paper or the card. I actually put one on a punched bit the other day and felt quite smug about it. ;-) I like your Stickeroo card. I insisted on some Stickeroos awhile back (years) and have yet to use them. Naughty naughty!!!

  20. Beautiful stickeroo card, Di!

    I've never seen anything like your punch/sediment organizing and I'm aswoon over it! Genius!!!!! Hugs, Darnell

  21. Love this idea - I started something similar but sadly never finished. I may have another go.
    Ann xxx

  22. This is a wonderful idea. Very clever. I am going to have to remember this one :)


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