Monday, 28 May 2012

Let a smile be your umbrella

Hello! It's been a few days since my last blog and I have been doing all the design work we need in preparation of our Business Trip to Kenya. It's a long trip this time - we leave Australia on July 24th and return to Australia September 24th. It will be good to see the familiar faces of our customers and also make the trip back home to Australia via the UK to see Clare and for Frits (my very patient husband) and I, to call into Holland to see his family.

Both of us have also managed in the meantime to get a trip to the Hairdressers as we were long overdue for a good cut and sort out! I find when your hair looks and feels nice then you feel really good! When you have a bad hair day well ....  "look out!"  is all I will say!!! Do you find it's the same for you too?

Well my card today is another first. It is a "Side-step" card. I had seen examples of this style of card and often wondered how they were done. I then came across a tutorial by Beate Johns on Split Coast Stampers that helped me enormously.You can find the link HERE.

I will be the first to admit that I followed her directions almost to a Tee and as I happened to also have the set of stamps Beate used, well say no more!

Here is the front of the finished "Side-step" card.
I made the base of the card using Brown DCWV matchmakers Bright 12" x 12" card stock stak.

(By the way I have just learned that DCWV stands for "Die Cuts With a View". Just goes to show you really do learn something new every day.

The Design paper I used was MME (My Mind's Eye) 6" x 6" Follow Your Heart - Be Happy  Paper Pad. FYH 143.

I matted this design paper onto smooth white card, then used the faux stitching technique around the edges, both on the front layer as well as the layer on the last fold of the card before sticking to the card base with DST (Double Sided Tape). The "grass" I hand cut from another piece of the MME design paper using the reverse side to back the front patterned side of the paper for a double layered look.

This image gives you a better view of the folds of the "Side-Step" card.

The Stamp Sets I used are from Flourishes - "April Showers" and "Strawberries".
I stamped them on smooth white card using a Memento Rich Cocoa ink Pad. The colouring was done using a range of COPIC sketch pens and Prisma Pencils.

Some of the pieces; once I had fussy cut them, were added to the card using foam pads.

On the back of the card I cut the sentiment and writing panel from smooth white card. The sentiment (and little decorative motif) were cut and embossed using Spellbinders Antique Frames and Accents (S5 - 083). I placed a couple of the separate strawberries on the sentiment and four little gold circle peel off's on the corner of the writing panel.

Here are the main ingredients I used to make my Card:

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  1. Hi Sally-Ann
    Another fab card and another wonderful inspiration thanks love Clare

  2. Hi Sazz

    This is just a stunning creation - just amazing and I love it.

    How was the show in Brisbane - did you make many purchases?

    Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving me some comments - I really appreciate it.

    Have a great week.

    Toodle pip

    Hazel xx


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