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Arrow cards

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 With a big shout out to Kris, from Queensland, who shared how to make the very popular and impressive Arrow Card style card and make it fit an A2 card - or normal card! Here are the ones I made recently, but I'm sure I will be making many more, as this style of card does have an impact. These two card use the same two papers - so two for one! Because  I like to show the card off clearly, I add a stand to the back of the card so the point of the arrow is not on the surface the card is positioned on. The stamps used are all Stampin Up! but the papers are not.

Baby Boy

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 I have been enjoying playing with my hexagon dies lately, following Lauren Bassons tutorial, and used mostly strong, primary colours to create my designs.  However, a friend then requested a baby boy card, and so I tried the same idea with 'baby colours'.  My friend was delighted with the card, so I'm sharing it here for the Less is More current challenge, which of course is 'baby'!  I apologise for my hurried photo, as I have already given it away!

A new year calls for getting all your ducks in a row

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 Well, for me, that doesn't really mean ducks, but chickens!  Challenge number 435 at Less is More, is 'All in a Row - and I have chosen the older stamp from Stampin' Up! called Hey, chick! I needed to have one chick reversed, so stamped it onto a silicon mat and pressed it into position.  Voila! I'm looking forward to the new set which has a super chicken flat out or flying! Thanks for looking!

Sunny Christmas

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 With my great appreciation to Therese Calvird ( lostinpaper) I am posting three Christmas cards inspired by one of her latest posts - encouraging the use of strips and stripes! When I tried this technique for myself, I quickly realised it made a great Australian themed Christmas card - the sunny colours just needed a bright and breezy Santa or penguin to adorn them. Thank you so much Therese for your inspiration - I am thrilled with how quick and easy it was to make these one of a kind cards!

Elf Christmas Tree

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 I have already started on my Christmas cards, and for this one, I followed a tutorial by Gina K to create my background.  The very interesting technique is to use a stencil as an embosser - in a similar way to how you would use a die, with the rubber mat.  Then Gina suggests you score at 1/2" intervals, creating a wood effect - and finish off with your choice of spongeing.  So that's what I did with my first attempt - as you can see below. It was such fun to make, if a little fiddly - of course I didn't stop with one, as they can be addictive!  But I'm very happy with this clean and simple card.

Cosy Rugs

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 Not a card today, but sharing pics of the two rugs I've been making during Stage 4 lockdown, in Melbourne.  I honestly don't know what I would have done with the hours of potential boredom if I didn't have my crafts to keep me busy and interested. I normally make rugs in a square granny style, but thought I'd try a rectangle - so learned how to start this via youtube - I should have made it longer to start with but that's the learning lesson isn't it?  The wool I purchased just before lockdown, as I knew I needed something more than card making to keep me sane - I bought 5 each of the blue and pink shaded balls - giant balls of 200g each. and of course I couldn't resist making a little card to go with each one!

70th Birthday card

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 My card today was made for a friend's aunt, who is turning 70.  She loves dancing and flowers and her favourite colour is hot pink.  The card base is 6 x 6". The dancing stamp is by Gina K - one of my first craft purchases back in 2011.  I have clear embossed the image, though it doesn't show in this pic.  The pink mat and banner is shiny card, and came from packaging - the little corner die is unbranded.  The embossing folder is by Stampin' Up! as is the frame die.