Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Happy Birthday to Amy! + BLOG Candy

We've had a busy few days around here, celebrating the Number 11. Amy turned 11 on Friday, but it has turned out to be a big 4 days of celebrations, by the time we covered school friends, church friends, and various family members!
Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! AustraliaThis card was actually a challenge by Amy. She told me which colours to use (chosen from the Colour Coach), and which stamp set... I did the rest! It was a fun way to make a card for her, and she was excited to see how it came out. The colours she chose are *bright!* Cameo Coral, So Saffron and Tempting Turquoise, with a splash of Glorious Green and Ballet Blue. The stamp sets I used are Garden Whimsy and Party Punch (level 1 Hostess set). I also used some Palette o' Prints DS paper. This promotion has now finished, but keep reading for some BLOG CANDY that could come your way!
I inked up the butterflies using my markers, blended the colours a bit on the rubber with my Aquapainter and stamped them on Whisper White cardstock. When I had finished stamping, I inked the whole piece in Versamark, by pressing my Versamark inkpad all over it. I then sprinkled the piece with Heat-and-Stick powder, and heated it until it was just shiny. I then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and re-heated it to set the glitter. It's hard to tell from the photo, but the sparkle is truly dazzling! I also made the 'Hb' sparkly by colouring it with 2-way glue, and sprinkling glitter on top. (I could have done this with Versamark and heat-and-stick powder, but I'd already put my heat gun away ;o)
I used the Designer Label punch for the greeting (don't you just love how the stamps and punches co-ordinate!). I punched a hole at either end with the Double rectangle punch to thread the ribbon through. I also highlighted some areas of the Designer Series paper with a white gel pen.
I think Amy liked her card :o)
Now, about that Blog Candy....I have a pack of unopened Palette o' Prints paper here. It's a 6"x6" pad of 48 sheets of double-sided paper in 4 gorgeous colours. If you'd like to receive this in your mail-box, just leave a comment telling me your favourite Stampin' Up! stamp set in the current Idea Book & Catalogue, and why! It's as easy as that.

I'll randomly pick a winner in a few days (Aussie residents only and no SU! Demos, sorry!)


  1. My absolute favourite stamp set at the moment would have to be Garden Whimsy. It is the most versatile and can be used for all occations.
    By the way I love the card you made for your daughter it is beautiful.


  2. Hi Marelle
    That card is fantastic, I really enjoy visiting your blog. I tried the bleach technique over the weekend and will turn the cardstock into a card when I have some free time. My favourite stamp set at the moment is Baroque Motifs because I only received it a couple of weeks ago and find you produce great cards in a very quick time.

  3. Happy Birthday Amy, hope you had a great series of celebrations and I trust you loved your card. Best wishes for your 12th year on the planet. Love KimT

  4. my fav stamp set would have to be the Always stamp set :)! If you go onto the Splitcoaststampers site you can get so many different ideas to help make your cards. This set can be used for many occasions as well. That is as long as you give credit where it is due :)!
    Anyways, enough rambling from me...gotta go run some errands...


  5. Great card Marelle. I just adore the Garden Whimsy set because there are so many great stamps and so many ways to use them. It can cover the range of ages for girls from babies to grans and the little bugs can be used for boys cards as well. Just love it. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great paper.

  6. Hi Marelle
    I visit your blog daily, love your cards and often 'borrow' ideas. My favourite set at the moment is Scribble This because I've just started water colouring with the SU crayons - perfect images for playing and learning.

  7. Thanks for a wonderful site to visit. My pick would have to be Wonderful Favourites - its just so versatile for scrapbooking and cardmaking - I know - boring words!!
    Regards, Carolyn

  8. Hi Marelle,

    Thanks for the great blog, I try to check it every day and it is always filled with inspiration.

    My favourite set.. hmm I am sooooo tempted to write Baroque Motifs, because it is so easy to use, but instead I am going to say that the most versatile and usable set in the catalogue IMHO is Short and Sweet, it has all the classic occasions and is so cute and easy to add to your card. I always add my sentiment at the very last minute having agonised over the rest of the design and so Short and Sweet is the set for me, always makes for a lovely finishing touch.

  9. wow love the sparkles on this VERY Girly.
    Favourite set.....? I have too many favourites (well that's what my husband tells me when i'm highlighting the stamps i want to buy!) currently it's a close call between Garden Whimsy and Pick a Petal... I think i have to go with pick a petal, it looks good in all tones and is so versitile, i especially like using the petals to make butterflys.


  10. Hi Marelle
    My favourite stamp set is bud basics.
    It is very versatile and great for making quick cards that always turn out great.
    Love the card you made for Amy it is so girly, glamourous, groovy, glittery with other words just gorgious.
    Happy Birthday Amy!


  11. Absolutley gorgeous, I am now thinking about this set. I have just come across your blog and put it in my fav's straight away, what an inspiration.
    I must say that my fav set at the moment must be Priceless, it's just so darn cute.

  12. Hi Marelle - have bought the palette o'prints the other day so will pass on your generous blog candy but thought i would tell you my favourite stamp set so far. I love the All In The Family as it is really fun to use and quite versatile, even though i have only had one play with it and made a really nice card out of it. Your card for Amy is absolutely gorgeous - congrats to Amy for a fantastic colour choice! An SU Demonstrator in the making I think. ;)

  13. Hi Marelle,

    My favourite stamp set at the moment (hard to choose only one) is the hostess set A Little Bit of Happiness. It is so versatile for not only cards, but gift bags and the like as well. Just getting into using watercolour crayons and this will be a great set to use with the crayons.


  14. Hi Marelle,

    My favourite stamp set at the moment (hard to choose only one) is the hostess set A Little Bit of Happiness. It is so versatile for not only cards, but gift bags and the like as well. Just getting into using watercolour crayons and this will be a great set to use with the crayons.


  15. My most favourite stamp in the new catalogue would have to be Fun & Fast Notes! It's got every occasion covered and one can make the simplest (and yet very trendy) cards by stamping an image in the middle of a cardstock to more elaborate ones! I especially love that little bird!

  16. Hello Marelle
    What a lucky daughter you have to receive such a pretty card using her favourite colours. This is the first time I have come across your blog(needless to say-I have added it to my del.icio.us site favourites.
    As for my favourite stamp set (many)I can't go past Scribble This! Everytime I make a card using this set, the reactions from family and friends are always fantastic! I will be passing on a link toyour blog to my mum and sister, who have both just started using stampin up products. Keep up the beautiful and elegant work. Rowena

  17. How gorgeous Marelle! I'm sure Amy loved it! What 11 year old doesn't love sparkle?

  18. Hi Marelle
    Hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday. I have so many favourites, but i must say my absolute most favourite set would be WILD ABOUT YOU,it can be used for all occasions & ages for both boys and girls(and even adults) i just love that little elephant he is so cute..
    kerrie crawford

  19. Hi Marelle

    My fav stamp set is bud basics - maybe it's because I'm only new to stamping and it's the first one I owned; maybe it's because it's so versatile and makes such beautiful cards; maybe because it is soo quick to look pretty.

  20. Hi Marelle and Happy Birthday (belated) to Amy,

    I think Baroque Motifs wins by a whisker from Garden Whimsy for my favourite set in the new catalogue.

    Robyn Little

  21. First of all Marelle, LOVE the sparkle effect on this card. Now my favourite....can I ust say the whole book LOL. It would be between the Priceless and Pick a Petal. But I guess if I had to choose, I would pick the Pick-a-Petal. I have a daughter that I scrapbook alot for and am always using flowers, so even though I dont own it yet, I know that it would be used ALOT.

  22. Wow! I never thought of using this technique! This is a great card. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy visiting your blog!

  23. Hi Marelle, how can you really just pick one set. I am finding it so hard to narrow it down to several sets. I must say I use the Baraque Motifs set first, so I will go with this set. Have a great day, Marls

  24. I just discovered your blog through a posting on the kwernerdesign blog. I loved the most recent card you posted from the challenge. My favorite stamp set is probably "always".

    Denise G

  25. My current fav. set getting a workout too is Bud Basics. I love that I can use either a solid flower or an outline. I do have Wanted and Baroque Motifs on the way so my fav will probably be changing soon!

  26. Hi Marelle

    I would have to say the very first stamp set I brought out of the new ideas book was Garden Whimsy. I love it because of the variety of cards that can be made with it. I love the card you made it certainly is a set i will never tire off. Keep up the good work. Jo barwick

  27. Hi Marelle,
    What fabulous cards you make! My fave stamp set in the current catalogue would have to be "Beautiful Life" on page 83. I have always loved Daffodils, and the two-step process on these stamps makes them even better!


  28. I love sincere salutations as my writing is not the best when my rsi plays up. And it looks so much better than my handwriting.

  29. A friend sent me a Christmas RAK with some flower stamped images that she cut out. (I am a scrapbooker) I loved them so much that I tracked them down and discovered they were "Scribble This". I only saw this catalogue yesterday and was thrilled to finally find out what it was called.
    Oh and by the way I have had a LO accepted for publication with Scrapbooking Memories with these flowers on my LO!!!!

  30. My current favourite set is Baroque Motifs. I only got it last week, but can't wait to start creating with it!

  31. Wonderful card - I have fallen in love with Garden Whimsy. I had ummed and ahhed about it for a long while but is has become a favourite that I must get.

    Love your blog - thanks for all the sharing you do.


  32. Hi Marelle
    This is my first ever blog posting, so hoping I do it right! I love checking out your new creations. I have the 'garden whimsy' set that I love. It makes great girly cards, but I must say my favourite at the moment is 'baroque motifs', I also have the matching wheel. Great for both both male & female cards, and so quick and easy to get a good looking card.
    Melanie W



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