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:

Monday, 29 April 2019

Everything is Rosy Product Medley

Product medleys are new to Stampin' Up! and they're a concept based on feedback from demonstrators.  The Everything is Rosy Product Medley is the first product offering of this kind, and there will be more to come.

The Medley will be available for purchase from the 1st to 31st May or whilst stocks last.  It will not be included in the new upcoming Annual Catalogue

The Everything is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:
  • Everything is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set - 18 stamps
  • Everything is Rosy Dies - 10 dies; largest die 7.3 x 2.5cm
  • 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Stack - 48 Sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6" x 6" Rose Gold Foil paper - 8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts - 2 sheets
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments - 60 embellishments ¼" (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo ¼" (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon - 9.1 m
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon - 9.1 m
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint - 15 ml

The cost of the Medley is $168 which is awesome value when you consider that you receive an exclusive stamp set, dies, two full rolls of ribbon, DSP and Foil sheets plus embellishments!  Besides, the Rose Gold and Navy is gorgeous.  I've seen it at the OnStage conference and it's beautiful. 

Here are some samples that Stampin' Up! have provided to give you ideas on what you can do with all this gorgeous product.  

Talk to me today about ordering your Everything is Rosy Product Medley.  This bundle will make you some stunning projects or a fabulous gift for the avid crafter in your life.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Botanical Butterfly Birthday Gift

A friend was celebrating her birthday on the weekend and I up-cycled some coasters as a gift.

I used the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper that is currently available as a free choice during Sale-A-Bration when you spend $110.  I sanded the coasters back to the hardboard and adhered the new paper.  Then I sealed them with a spray sealant I got from the hardware store.  This gives them a beautiful glossy finish which is waterproof and protects the paper from any liquid.

Thanks to Sharon Hashimoto Burkert for her idea for the card, also using this gorgeous Designer Series Paper.  Whilst she used the Poppy Parade ribbon for her card, which I think looks gorgeous - I love the contrast of the red against the black and white, I didn't have any.  I did however, have the Granny Apple Green ribbon so I went with that.  The green gives it freshness to my mind.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Paper: Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Granny Apple Green
Dies: Layering Ovals 
Ribbon: Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Golden Wedding Anniversary

We had a Golden Wedding Anniversary in the family on the weekend.  When I started making a card I felt it was perhaps a little too much like a wedding card - despite it being a wedding anniversary, it felt like it was turning into one you would give when the couple first marry.

So I started a second one as well, and said I would decide which one when I'd finished both.  The second one turned out to be more elaborate than the first, but actually I liked it better.  My husband and girls had the final vote and they chose the same as me.

I used the Meant to Be Bundle from page 6 of the 2019 Occasions Catalogue.  Thanks so much to a fellow team member for lending me this bundle to make these beautiful cards.  

This one was a shaker card.  For the shaker pieces inside, I used the negative pieces from the bunch of hearts die in the set (see the arrow in the picture).  To avoid having any white bits showing I adhered two hearts the same size back to back.  I also added a few gold sequins from the gold sequin trim.

For the heart shaped hole in the shaker card I used the Puzzle Pieces Thinlits Die because I had already returned the dies to the demonstrator I borrowed them from when I decided to make a shaker.  The heart is a different shape - shorter and rounder, but it turned out quite helpful because it gave me more cardstock underneath to adhere the gold diecut heart over the top and allowed some of the white to show through.

The other card was quite plain in the end, despite how I felt about it to start with. 

I used the Be Mine Stitched dies and the Big Shot Embossing mats, to give some texture and detail to the background.  You can see that close up in the next photo.

On the inside of the card I used two of the smaller striped hearts with the lacy edge together, and I also stamped a heart on the outside of the envelope
(I didn't get a photo in the end).

I really liked this bundle once I started using it.  It was one that I hadn't really taken too much notice of to begin with, because I thought of it as Valentines and wedding, which I don't make a lot of.  

But the dies were actually really versatile.  Two of the dies make great accent pieces for any card.  One of them (pink arrow) I used on my shaker card to balance the design, but it would also be great under a banner with a sentiment.


The (blue arrow) one is a simple little flower that would have many different uses and could appear as a highlight piece in almost any project.  There's also the darling little rose which looks beautiful once it's cut.  It really shows, again, that you shouldn't discount sets without considering them carefully.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Gold Glimmer, Gold Foil
Stamps: Best Birds (sentiment)
Dies: Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies, Little Numbers dies (retired), Puzzle Pieces Thinlits Die
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing powder, Embossing buddy, Foam adhesive strips, Dimensionals

Cardstock: Whisper White, Vellum
Stamps: Meant to Be
Dies: Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies, Little Numbers dies (retired)
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Big Shot Embossing Mats,