Friday, 11 September 2009

Your Next Stamp DT card: Teacher Fhiona

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Has anyone else's mail been affected by these darned Royal Mail strikes? Of course it had to be my neck-of-the-woods that has been affected, as I have been waiting patiently for my new DT stamps to arrive from Your Next Stamp! LOL! Well, I'm glad to say that the first of 3 packets from Canada has now arrived, and it contained this gorgeous and cute Teacher Fhiona stamp set.

The Teacher Fhiona stamp set has 6 individual stamps included: Teacher Fhiona and her blackboard and 5 accessory stamps. I stamped Fhiona (with blackboard) 3 times onto white card and once onto the reverse of some black card. I coloured and cut out Fhiona, then coloured and cut out her hairband and attached it with glue (glossing the apple). I coloured and cut out the blackboard frame, then cut out the blackboard only from the black card. I attached the frame to the blackboard, glossed the frame for added dimension, and wrote the letters onto the 'blackboard' with a white gel pen (thanks to Jo for this tip!).

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One of the accessory stamp is an apple stamp, but it was a bit too big for what I wanted, so instead I stamped the School Books accessory stamp (which has a smaller apple) twice, coloured the apples with Copics, cut them out, glossed them, and stuck the red apple onto the paper and popped up the red/green apple in front of the other one:

I applied 3D gloss to the blackboard frame, Fhiona's headband apple, and the 2 individual apples at Fhiona's feet:

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I followed this fortnight's fabby sketch at Sketch & Stash, which challenges you to use your new or neglected stash on your creations! Of course, my stamps are brand new, plus I used some script paper from my fairly new OA Cherry Hill 8x8 pad (which I didn't think I'd ever be able to use!) to matt Fhiona onto. I used my nesties Labels 1 to cut out the matting plate, plus inked around the scripted paper with my (indispensable!) Wheat Versamagic Dew Drop pad.

Click to enlarge imageAnd finally, lots of foam pads for that all-important 3d-ness!

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... and now for some YOUR NEXT STAMP news ...

  • Register and join our brand new YNS fanclub Yahoo group BEFORE 1st October 2009, and you will be entered into the prize draw to win a $20 gift certificate for the Your Next Stamp online store.
  • Subscribe to the Your Next Stamp store newsletter, and you will the first to know about secret sales! The first secret sale is FREE SHIPPING!! Please an order with Your Next Stamp right now and get FREE SHIPPING, no matter where in the world you are, by entering the code SS1 when you checkout.
  • Hop on over to the YNS blog and join in with the (easy) guessing game at this post to be entered into the draw to win a brand new not-yet-released stamp set plus a $10 gift certificate for the YNS online store!
  • Follow the YNS blog and you'll automatically be entered into a monthly 'free stamp of your choice' giveaway! Next draw will take place on 5th October 2009.
  • On 23rd September 2009, YNS will be having a super-fun blog hop, so be sure to become a follower and mark that date in your diaries!

Finally, I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:

1. Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog: Challenge 18 sketch [I followed their sketch]

2. ABC Challenge: D is for Die Cuts [I used my Nesties Labels 1]

3. Cute Card Thursday Challenge: Challenge 77 'Strawberry Mint Julep' [Colour challenge of pink and green - my colours are red-pink and green, so hope this counts!]
4. Stamp Something Challenge: Favourite Embellishment [my favourites just have to be my pearls and Prima flowers - you'll find they are on most if not all of my cards, LOL!]
Would LOVE to hear what you think about this card!

Hope you're all having a great day (...and sorry for the MEGA-long post! LOL!)

Hugs, Sem xx

STAMP: Your Next Stamp 'Teacher Fiona' stamp set
COLOURING MEDIA: Whispers Dual Tip Brush Markers, Copic Ciaos (R20, R29, R32, YG03, YG06, YG11)
October Afternoon Cherry 'Hill' 8x8 paper pad (New Apron, Tea Towel)
CARD: Core'dinations 12x12 Core Essentials (
Heartfelt BR030, Mantis GG020, Nightfall FB040)
EMBELLISHMENTS: Green & White 4mm flat-backed pearls, Prima flowers, Craftworks Card candy,
Lime/white 10mm gingham ribbon, Red flower buttons, Versamagic Dew Drop (Wheat)
TOOLS: Scissors,
Nestabilities Labels 1, Paper trimmer, Woodware Grass Punches (Regular and Large), Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish, Inkssentials white opaque pen, 3d foam pads


  1. Beautifully made and so much work gone into it. Fab. Love the blackboard and all the gloss, image is super cute too!

  2. Such a beautiful card, you have put so much work into this one!! Love those new stamps too, so cute!! The colours you have used look great, no wonder there was no time for hoiusework!! lol
    hugs Angela x

  3. This is a gorgeous card with an adorable image. Love all the layers and your coloring. Hugs, Maria

  4. You are one of the best to apply those great little details on you creations. The coloring, choice of DP, embellishment and shapes of background etc are all wonderfully done. Superb!

  5. Such a gorgeous card Sem, love the vibrant colours and all the little finishing touches on this, well done for using your neglected stash too.
    Thanks for joining in with Sketch & Stash.

  6. Fab card! Love the cute image and your beautiful coloring. Great accents and papers too. Thanks for playing along at Stamp Something. :)

  7. just gorgeous!! the background paper is just perfect and I love the little blackboard you have created!!

  8. Oh wow Sem, what an amazing card! I love those papers and the gorgeous image!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Sketch and Stash!
    Love Becky xx

  9. Really sweet, adorable card!!! Love the choice of colors and embellishments!!! TFS


  10. This is sooo cute Sem! Love your red and green color combo!

  11. Me again
    Love this card to especially those apples they truely look scrumptious.
    hugs Debra

  12. Such a darling card! I love how you did the apples!

  13. Cute card!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Challenge this week!
    Helen x

  14. Such a beautiful card, you have put so much work into this one!! Love those new stamps too, so cute Hugs Julie x

  15. Beautiful card! Love the colors, the sketch and the image is really adorable.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Stamp Something Challenge.
    God bless

  16. a lovely back to school card and such a cute image! thanks for joining in the fun with us at CCT this week.
    hugs, annie x


Thank you so very much for taking the time to pop by and for leaving me a comment! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs, Sem x