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September, 2008:

My First Sock Monkey


As soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to have it.  It’s so cute and, better yet, so versatile…it can be used for children’s cards and adult card’s alike, and I think it would be really cute on a scrapbook pages of my boys.

This is the first Sock Monkey card I made.  The neat decorative corners on the Chocolate Chip matte under the main image were made, believe it or not, with the Scallop Edge Punch.  I will show this in a post I have coming soon.

I stamped the “thanks a bunch” sentiment from the set and then punched it with the Circle Punch.  I then layered it with a matte made with the Designer Label punch.

For the banana, I actually stamped the image on Barely Banana cardstock.  I used my blender pen with So Saffron and a touch of Chocolate Chip Classic Inks to colour in the banana peel.  I cut it out with my Papersnips, and popped it up with a dimensional.  Hopefully you can see this in the photos!  I think it really makes the banana “pop”.


Stamp Sets – Sock Monkey
Inks – Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel and So Saffron Classic, Black Staz On
Cardstock – Baja Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Accessories – 1/4″ Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Blender Pens, Scallop Punch, Designer Label Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Paper Piercer (Crafter’s Toolkit), dimensionals

A Wow Flowers Thank You

I absolutely love the new In Colors, so when I had to make a thank-you card for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law (hi Sonia and Vince!), those were the first colours I reached for.  I already had the new Wow Flowers stamp set in mind for this card, and it worked out well.  This stamp set makes it easy to make a nice card…you can make a great background with the flower stamp in seconds!

I used one of the label holders from the new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware.  It matches the Designer Label punch perfectly.  Instead of using the brads (that are included in the kit) to attach it to the card, I used ribbon instead.  This gives a completely different look than using the brads…I love it!
Since I don’t have any Baja Breeze ribbon (yet!), I used the Baja Breeze reinker to die some 1/4″ white grosgrain ribbon to match.  (I hope to post a tutorial soon that will show you a couple of different ways to dye your ribbon!)

I used my new Scallop Edge Punch, and used my paper piercer to pierce each of the scallops at the bottom.  Hope you are enjoying the new Catalogue & Idea Book as much as I am!



Stamp Sets – Wow Flowers
Inks – Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red Classic Inks, Baja Breeze Classic Ink Refill
Cardstock – Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories – Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Designer Label Punch, 1/4″ white grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, paper piercer (from Crafter’s Toolkit)

Introducing Cate Created!

Welcome to my new blog!  I’m still fiddling around with it, so there isn’t much to look at yet.  But soon I will be posting about the cards and projects that I create, as well as sharing tips and writing tutorials on some fun projects and techniques.

Check in again in the coming weeks to see what I have in store for you!