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un ‘merci’ carte – a ‘thank you’ card :)

I learned a little French as an elective topic back when I was in a polytechnic, training to be a biotechnologist (look where I am now, LOL)… I’ve always had a soft spot for this language, although Russian is my favourite, and I’d love to have some Russian greeting stamps. One day, I’ll have some custom made for myself 🙂

For now, I have a ‘merci’ sentiment from Papertrey Ink which I used for my card here today:

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I made this card with all the challenges I wanted to do already in mind… I picked a sketch from Card Patterns Weekly Sketch Blog.

Using the Postage die from Papertrey Ink, I cut those 10 pieces and using an MFT scallop die, put my card together… Thought I could enter a paper piecing challenge by Craft Your Days Away Challenge Blog (Challenge 39).

And as for the colours I picked, they are for The Play Date Cafe (Challenge #119 for B&W + Hot Pink) I used Raspberry Fizz ink from PTI and a Raspberry Fizz button for all the hot pink I got in my card!

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Also the colours I used were also inspired by Our Creative Corner, which wanted B&W and a splash of colour… Undoubtedly, it was hot pink!

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I wanted to push myself even more and picked one more challenge to base my card on, and it was Crazy4Challenges – C4C124 – which was to use polka dots and stripes! These were stamped with PTI’s Polka Dot Basics II for the varying polka dot sizes, and Lawn Fawn’s Schoolhouse Backdrops for the stripes 🙂

So, 5 challenges in total and I think I did pretty okay! What do you think? 🙂

Before I go, just wanted to share with everyone a wonderful piece of news that I was featured on The Kraft Journal blog’s Feature Me Friday for a card I made just a short while ago; original post is here. This is the first time that I have been handpicked and featured in a blog entry like this and I’m beyond thrilled! I do hope to continue improving in my stamping and cardmaking skills 🙂

Thanks for visiting, I hope everyone has a lovely day 🙂 xxStephinka

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Colour Create: Challenge 87 – Red, cream and sage green

Made a card based on the colours in this image:

Red.. Sage green and cream.. Sounds lovely and lets me get back into the CAS loop 🙂

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Embossed with a die used and impression plate to create this… I do so love the texture this creates very much.

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Finished with a little seam binding ribbon bow, trinket pin with a tea-stained tag, stamped with ‘Thanks” as the sentiment… All in all, just a very clean design!

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Thank you for viewing! I appreciate all your comments! Stephinka xx

Challenges entered:
Colour Create – Challenge 87 – Red, cream and sage green
DigiDesigns Challenge Blog – Thank You Cards
Annabelle Stamps – Anything Goes
Simply Create Too – Layers, Layers, Layers

What I did with my paper punches…

Oh boy.. I saw the punches challenge on Moxie Fab Worldand decided to give it a go. Got a lot of punches? Give it a try too! I have a problem: I don’t own a lot of punches, so for my own take on this challenge I wanted to use as many of the punches I do have for this card and the final effect, I think, looks kind of like a kindergardener’s work >_< But here goes nothing… I tried my best, don’t laugh!

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So I used some white tissue (from packaging and stuff that I save and hoard >_<), pink crepe and pink tissue, again from hoarding, to create the flower. And then I inked it up a little on the petals (punched with Stampin’ Up scallop thingy) with Antique Linen distress ink. I added a smaller pink cardstock circle in the middle for more support before throwing in the metal brad. Also, punched the leaves using my circle punches (EK Success makes great ones!), used up some scrap paper in the process, woo hoo! I had to use those butterflies from a Martha Stewart punch as well, they are so adorable and is my favourite butterfly punch 🙂 handmade card, punched flowers, tissue paper flowers, butterfly punch, scissor fringed grass, moxie fab world punches challenge “Hey!” was from an alphabet set by Paper Smooches… I do love Kim’s fun handwriting.. Makes everything cuter, so I had to add it, to make this look cuter. LOL. I don’t have fringe scissors like the Martha Stewart one, so I painfully hand cut my grass! Why do I keep doing things that make me feel like I am going blind? Haha!!! My eyes were actually starting to cross up! @_@ So that is my attempt at the punch challenge! I know it’s not really innovative but it’s the effort that counts sometimes, eh? Eh? 🙂

Before I go, can I get a show of hands if there is anyone reading this blog that love beauty, make up and fashion related stuff? I’m at the baby stages of getting my beauty/fashion blog going and would be ever so grateful if you added it to your feed or email updates! It is here: Kittymao Beauty and nearly all set up with a soft opening started already- I’m preparing much more beauty tips and make up reviews so yes, please subscribe! 🙂

Other challenges entered:
Alphabet Challenge Blog – Y for You Can Choose (Anything Goes)
Annabelle Stamps – Anything Goes
Simply Create Too – Layers, Layers, Layers