Happy 10th Anniversary to my husband

I’m proud and happy to have been married to Glen for the past 10 yrs. We met in 2006, and in 2009, sold both our homes and relocated to be near water, and bought a house together. We didn’t end up on the water, but did land on a golf course property and love our home. We got married a year later, with my daughter, Emily as my Maid of Honour, and my son, Ian, gave me away. 

It was a great party!

For this card, I used the SO cute Cling stamp set, Senior Years. I think it’s going to get a lot of use!

Card Base – Basic Grey (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4) 
First Matte – Cherry Cobbler (5 1/4 x 4)

Second Matte – Whisper White (5 x 3 3/4) – on this matte, I used the score blade of the paper trimer and scored all four sides at 1/8″ from the edge, then 1/4″, just to give it some detail.

Third Matte – Basic Grey – I used the 4th largest die from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. 

Fourth Matte – Whisper white- cut with the 3rd smallest of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. 

I stamped the couple from the Senior Years stamp set and fussy cut them out – adhered them with Mini Dimensionals.

I coloured using the various Stampin’ Blends and embellished with the Share What you Love Artisan Pearls. These are retired but you can take the Pearl Basic Jewels and colour with the Stampin Blend colour of your choice.

I used the Happy Anniversary sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings, stamped in Cherry Cobbler. I fussy cut out the greeting and used the Classic Label Punch to make a small accent piece from Cherry Cobble card stock.

My inside sentiment was “The good things in Life are better with you” from Tasteful Touches Cling stamp set.

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July Team Swap!!

Forever Fern July Swap – Forever Fern has quickly become one of my favourite new sets from Stampin’ Up!. For this month’s swap card, I cased a card that I saw on Pinterest, by Sheryl Abernathy, (Elegant Sentiments Collective), in the US. The simplicity, yet elegance of this card, called my name. Thanks, Sheryl!!
Check out my YouTube tutorial for detailed instructions.

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Beauty Abounds Team Swap

We are a young, growing team, at The Critters’n Ink, Critters’ Den. With the catalogue launch this past month, we decided to start a monthly swap, within our group. This is my contribution. I hope you like it.

We need to first, create our butterfly background piece. I did this using a piece of whisper white card stock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4, and using a Stampin’ Sponge, I used 4 different inks to create a coloured sheet. I then take the die of choice, from the Butterfly Beauty Dies, and cut out my butterfly, with my Big Shot.

I remove the bottom right butterfly, with my paper snips as that’s where I want my sentiment to go.

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I used the Tasteful Textile embossing folder to emboss another Whisper White (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), to use as the back ground for the butterfly.

I used mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, cut in half and smaller pieces, to elevate the butterfly element.

I layered this onto my card base (I used 4 different card base colours to reflect the colours I used to create the butterfly piece.) I used coordinating enamel dots to match the card base colour.

For the sentiment, I used white embossing powder on Basic Black card stock, then fussy cut it out and attached to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Ornate Garden Birthday

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This beautiful floral suite is coming your way on April 1st. The Ornate Garden Suite is part of the selection for the new Annual 2020/21 catalogue, coming in June, but as an early release, we get to enjoy it before the catalogue comes live on June 3rd. This card was inspired by a card from a member of the Stampin’ Up!  Design Team, Emma Goddard, in the UK.

Cut your card stock as follows:

Card Base – Very Vanilla
8-1/2 x 5-1/2, score at 4-1/4
Very Vanilla (cut 2) 5-1/4 x 4, plus small scrap
Garden Green – half sheet
Ornate Foil DSP – fussy cut flowers

I heat embossed the large floral design with gold embossing powder, onto Garden Green card stock, then fussy cut it out.

Die cut the larger of the scrolled frames from the Ornate Layers Dies, from the Garden Green card stock.

Emboss one of the Very Vanilla pieces, with the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder. Layer onto the card base, adhering with your favourite snail or liquid glue.

On top of this, layer your Ornate Layers frame, and then place your embossed floral element onto this.

Place your fussy-cut flowers onto your embossed leaf/floral, adhering with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Heat emboss your sentiment, in gold and trim. Embellish with the gilded gems.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial video. Have a great weekend.


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Sale-A-Bration Third Release Products Now Available!

Sale-A-Bration Third Release products are now available for you to earn! These additional offerings include select, current Stampin’ Up! products, newly available to earn for Sale-A-Bration. You need to act fast though, because orders must be closed by March 31!

With the new 3rd release of Sale-A-Bration products, this is a great time to take full advantage of this promotion, including the Little Ladybug Stamp Set (item 152384) for hosts with a qualifying order of $375. And, if you’ve been thinking about joining my team now is a great time. Complete your sign-up process by March 31, so you can make the most of Sale-A-Bration; you will get a free Mini Paper Cutter, 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Sampler, and your choice of a stamp set on top of the regular Starter Kit offering! How cool is that! And, after that – all your purchases are 20-25% off regular. And, (again), as a demonstrator, you get to see what’s happening a full month before everyone else AND (yep again) place a pre-order and get your new stuff ahead of everyone else. Just saying…. lol

If you would like more information, shoot me a quick email at crittersnink@gmail.com. Stay safe in this crazy virus ridden life, right now, and craft on!!

Inspiring Iris Fun Fold

inspiring_iris_cardThis card was inspired by a card that my downline and close friend, Doreen Teasdale created, during one of our monthly stamping weekends at The Critters’ Den.

I thought this stamp was “nice” but it wasn’t really calling my name, until I saw Doreen’s card. Now, it’s one of my favourites. I’m hoping Stampin’ Up! will keep it in the new catalogue this summer.

Cut your card stock as follows:

Card Base – Garden Green 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score 4 1/4 and 2 1/8 on the 8 1/2″ side
Blackberry Bliss – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2
Very Vanilla – 5 1/4 x 5, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
Lily Impressions DSP – 1 7/8 x 5

Stamp your floral designs on the Very Vanilla 3 1/4″ square with Memento Ink. Using the “filler” stamps, finish your flowers with the Blackberry Bliss and Garden Green inks.

Layer on to your Blackberry Bliss 3 1/2″ square.

Create a Z fold with your card base. Adhere the DSP strip to the front small section of the card, then centre the Floral element over the DSP.

Stamp your sentiment on the inside of the card, making sure that it’s centred, so the Floral square covers it.

I hope you like this card – I love it!


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Painted Poppies Birthday

I have a feeling that Painted Poppies and So Sentimental are going to be my new favourite stamp sets this season. I cased this design from Kylie Bertucci, a demonstrator in Australia.

My card base is Basic Gray 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
The matte is Highland Heather, cut 5 1/4 x 4″
The front is Whisper White, 3 3/4 x 5″

The sentiment is from “So Sentimental” – (Occasions Mini Catalogue 2020), stamped in Highland Heather. The floral design is from Painted Poppies, stamped in Basic Gray, and coloured with Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends.
I cut out the sentiment using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. ” So Sentimental” and “Stitched So sweetly” dies are bundled for a savings of 10%, in the Mini Catalogue, when you purchase both together.

Always in need of bling, I used the Highland heather dark Stampin Blend marker to colour some of the Basic Rhinestones, for the front of the card.

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Inspired Iris Friendship Card

This card is based on a card in the Annual catalogue, page 211. Instead of embossing the Pool Party matte, I stamped the iris image with pool party ink, all around the edges.

I cut the front rectangle out of the the whisper white matte, since it was going to be covered by the pool party card stock.

I stamped the floral images and sentiment with Versamark ink, and heat embossed gold embossing powder.

I used the Watercolour pencils Assortment 2, plus the Daffodil Delight from the original watercolour pencils, but you can use whichever colours you like. I used the Blender Pens to blend the colours.

I cut out one of the ornate frames from the Stitched Labels Die set, from Vellum and placed it between the pool party matte and the floral centre piece. A few rhinestones finished the card beautifully.


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