Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Strength in Numbers

Isn't it funny how a set of something is instantly more appealing than an individual item? Hang on, maybe that's why Stampin' Up! stamps are so popular?? ;o)
Just to show you what i's a card:

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! Australia OK.... nice card?
But now, here's a set of cards. All the same, just a variation in colour:

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! AustraliaIsn't it instantly more appealing? Let's go one step further (and you may have guessed where this is leading now!):

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! Australia A set of 5 cards and envelopes and a matching card wallet to put them in. So, we've gone from one nice card to a perfect gift for Mother's Day!

These were really quick and simple to put together too. First take a piece of River Rock cardstock slightly smaller than a cardfront, and scallop the bottom edge (use the Corner Rounder with the guard removed). Sponge the scalloped edge with a sponge dauber and Chocolate Chip ink. Stamp the Baroque Motif swirl in Old Olive ink and then use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp it again, slightly below in River Rock ink. Stamp some small flowers in either Blue Bayou, Really Rust, Purely Pomegranate, Taken with Teal or Elegant Eggplant. Dot the centre with a Chocolate Chip marker. Stamp your desired sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink. Ink up the Floral motif in co-ordinating colour and use a Chocolate Chip marker to colour the outer ring of dots (because the marker is so dark, you can just colour over the coloured ink). Stamp on River rock cardstock, and cut out. Stamp a small flower in Chocolate Chip ink and cut out. Use the Crop-o-dile to set a brass eyelet in the centre of the Flower. Attach a piece of coloured cardstock behind the eyelet and fill the centre with Crystal Effects (I call it Cheat Bling ;o)

Here's what it looks like close-up:

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! AustraliaYou can find the instructions for making the wallet in THIS post.

Here's what the embellishment on the wallet looks like (Real Bling this time! A gorgeous Rhinestone brad):

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! Australia


  1. WOW... Marelle, you have out done yourself. They look great.

    Is it too late to ask a question? my question is...

    How did you get this clever ;0) OMG

  2. Aren't you the bees knees & the ducks knees and all that??? Man, i shoulda gotta signed photo at convention!! ;-) LOL. They look magnificent Marelle!!

  3. OMG!!! I can't pick my jaw up from the floor!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!


  4. Hi Marelle.
    Congrats to sydney girl by the way ;) I love the 'bling' on the cards - what do you think of the cropodile by the way? I have been umming about it as I have been told good and bad things about it - one is that you cant reach the middle of the card with it to place your eyelets....

  5. hmmmm.....that was quite blunt really. Sorry about that Marelle :) I forgot to say how nice your cards were - actually, nice isn't really a word that does justice to them. FANTASTIC would be a better word! I am absolutely loving the baroque now......wasn't sure before.......

  6. Marelle, wow what gorgeous cards and you make it look and sound so simple. Wish I was receiving such a beautiful set of cards. WOW!!!!

  7. Wow Marelle, they are awesome! Another Marelle classic for me to CASE :)

  8. Those cards and wallet are fantastic, Marelle - I love them, I can't wait to receive that stamp in the coming days so I can make one myself. Congratulations on such an impact and it seems to be a quick and simple one.

  9. this whole set of cards is just amazing marelle! just love this baroque set too and the colour combos you've used are fabulous. thanks for some more gorgeous creations!

  10. Absolutely beautiful Marelle. I love the colour combinations. Thanks for sharing your 'Cheat Bling' with us too. Will have to try that one out.

  11. wow, awesome job again Marelle

  12. Once again Marelle these are outstanding! Just stunning!

    And the cheat bling! How do you come up with these amazing ideas?! Awesome!

    Enjoy your day!

  13. These cards are just stunning! I love your cheat bling - off to try it now. TFS :-)

  14. Totally stunning! They are beautiful cards so much so I had to show my husband your work now thats a first. (He too thought they were lovely too)



  15. Marelle, just lovely! You are right about the set being better than the one. That Baroque set is at the top of the wish list for sure!


  16. Love your set of cards and wallet. They look so elegant.
    take care



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