Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Silhouette Scenes birthday

Yesterday was my youngest Daughter's birthday.  One of her favourite things to do is to swing on her rope ladder and trapeze attached to our big old plum tree.  

So when deciding on what to do for her birthday card, I knew the Silhouette Scenes stamp set was perfect.  
I didn't have the See A Silhouette Designers Series Paper, though I should order some because its fantastic - I love the bright colours - so I sponged the background for this card instead.

I used So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody with a touch of Grapefruit Grove.  Once I'd sponged it, I flicked a little bit of water over it with my aqua painter.

To get the dark solid image I used my Stamparatus so that I could stamp the image, then re-ink and stamp it a second time in exactly the same spot.

For the tree branch, I used the branch from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and then I used the leaf image from the Rooted In Nature stamp set.  I was able to use my Stamparatus again to line these up just where I wanted them and I also double stamped these to get the depth of colour.   

Tip: I used my imaging sheet from my old stamp-a-ma-jig to get the placement perfect but you can use a piece of Window Sheet to do the same thing.  Making sure the ink is dry, lay the sheet on top of your stamped image, place the stamp where you think it should go (on top of the sheet) and pick it up on your Stamparatus plate.  Ink it up and stamp it down on the clear sheet.  You'll be able to see where it will stamp on your card and if its not quite in the right spot, carefully move the card underneath until its in the right spot. Clean the clear sheet and repeat if you want to be doubly sure.  Once you're happy with the placement, then you can take the clear sheet away and stamp with confidence.

I added a very thin black mat to give depth and contrast to the sponged piece and then mounted it on a Whisper White card base.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamps: See A Silhouette, Colorful Seasons, Rooted in Nature, Big Day (sentiment - retired)
Ink: So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Grapefruit Grove, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Stamping sponges, Aqua painter, Stamparatus  


Monday, 2 September 2019

On to Adventure with Mr Magoo

Yesterday was Father's Day here in New Zealand and this is the card that I made my Dad. 
Dad loves his photography and has his licensorship.  When he opened his card he thought that the photographer reminded him of Mr Magoo, hence why I've titled this post as I have.  Anyone else see a resemblance?  

I have to say thanks to Tina Wardell, a demonstrator in Washington, for her fabulous card design.  I knew when I saw the On to Adventure stamp set that I had to have it and I had to make a card for Dad using this fun photographer.  When I saw Tina's card I knew it was perfect, even down to the colour, as Dad's favourite colour is green.  

For the film strip I did use a film strip border punch which I have, but if you don't have one of those you can make your own using a strip of cardstock and a small hole punch.  Tina has a video over on her page about how to do that if you'd like to see how.

For the inside I found the perfect little sentiment from the A Wish for Everything stamp set.  Its a double set that comes in two cases and has lots of useful sentiments.  I use it a lot plus it has matching dies.  If you buy both together in a bundle you save 10%.  This is also where the Happy Father's Day for the front of the card came from.

The hearts come from a set which is in the Beginner Catalogue called Celebrate with Cake.  I stamped it in the new Rococo Rose colour for the perfect finishing touch.  

Cardstock: Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Basic Black
Paper: Bird Ballard Designer Series Paper
Stamps: On To Adventure, Capture the Good, A Wish for Everything, Celebrate with Cake
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Granny Apple Green, Rococo Rose 
Blends: Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Balmy Blue, Ivory
Other: Faceted Gems (Gold)

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Nature's Beauty Father's Day

Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming 2019 Holiday Catalogue. This stamp set is called Nature's Beauty and $4.50NZD of every sale of this set goes toward mental health organisations. 
I've paired this beautiful fox with some Designer Series Paper from the Come Sail Away pack and some Soft Sea Foam and Mossy Meadow Cardstock.  The fox itself I coloured with watercolour pencils and a blender pen.  

Nature's Beauty features hand drawn images of the fox, a deer, a rabbit and various trees and grass tufts to add to your scene.  Its a 9 piece stamp set that is well worth having.  Plus you support your local mental health organisations when you purchase it. 

For the inside of my card I used a sentiment from 'Rooted in Nature' and created a border from 'I Say Hello' for the finishing touch.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Come Sail Away with me to Daisy Lane

Today at my monthly craft class we used the new Come Sail Away Suite to make two cards.

The first card was inspired by one we made at OnStage in April and I have made it as a full sized card instead of note card sized, as it was. 
The second card was inspired by a card I found on Sweet Paper Studios and I made my version without the bling.

My next class is Monday night and we'll be making cards again, this time using the Daisy Lane and Above the Clouds bundles.  

This one was inspired by Kate Morgan - I loved what she'd created with the daisies and this lovely new colour Pretty Peacock.  I also have this ribbon in Seaside Spray and I'm excited to try it in that as well. 

Lastly we'll float Above the Clouds with our Hot Air Balloons.  The clouds have been embossed with white embossing powder but they still retain that great textured look created by the stamp.  

Monday, 17 June 2019

Rocking Climbing Wall

On Saturday my youngest daughter and I had a birthday party to attend for my best friend's son. He recently went indoor 'rock climbing' for the first time. 
We used some current and retired product to make his card look like a rock climbing wall. 

On the inside we used a new stamp called Celebrate with Cake to stamp him a birthday cake - it had to have 4 candles and, according to my daughter, had to be chocolate with chocolate icing.  

She made him a handmade gift to go with the card and we were off to a party.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Mango Melody, Pacfic Point, Pretty Peacock, Shaded Spruce, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Granny Apple Green
Stamps: Celebrate With Cake
Dies: Smooth Sailing Dies, Bottles & Bubbles, Wonderful Floral Dies, Wood Crate dies, 
Other: Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Baker's twine (rope)

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Everything is Rosy Product Medley

This gorgeous kit, called a Product Medley, is only available for a few more days (until 31st May). 

Watch this video to see what is special about this kit and what's included in it.

I love the Rose Gold in this kit, its beautiful.  Here is a close-up of the Designer Series Paper which is included:

You get a full sized pack (48 sheets) of this 6x6" paper as well as:
  • Everything is Rosy Stamp Set (18 stamps)
  • Everything is Rosy dies (10 dies)
  • 6"x6" Designer Series Paper (shown above)
  • 6"x6" Rose Gold Foil (8 sheets)
  • Printed die cuts (2 sheets)
  • Rose gold die cuts (4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs)
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments (60 embellishments)
  • Melon Mambo Ruched Ribbon (full roll - 9.1m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon (full roll - 9.1m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint (full sized pot - 15ml) 
You get all of this great product for one price of $168.  Here is the stamp set:

The product alone will have your head spinning with ideas but here are a few more ideas that Stampin' Up! have come up with, to get you salivating over this beautiful kit: