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:

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,

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Infinity or Never ending Card

Have you heard of Infinity, or Never ending cards?  

At my class last month I taught this one using the Gingham Gala suite from Stampin' Up!.  We also used the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper which you can earn free with Sale-A-Bration until the 31st March.

The measurements I used came from a Splitcoast Stampers tutorial but I changed them to suit what I needed as they were in imperial measurements. 
After teaching the class, I also created a video showing you how I made this fun card.  Check it out below

The second project we made used the Emboss Resist technique.  We heat embossed the butterflies from the Butterfly Gala stamp set with white embossing powder and then sponged the ink over the top.  

My samples were Lemon-Lime Twist fading into Daffodil Delight and Highland Heather fading into Coastal Cabana.  The photos are a little over exposed and you can't see how pretty they were.  During the class we had some Highland Heather into Pear Pizzazz, Balmy Blue into Grapefruit Grove and Balmy Blue into Daffodil Delight and they looked awesome.


This month we'll be making a sympathy card using the Lasting Lily from Sale-A-Bration and a masculine card using the Classic Garage suite.  Feel free to join us - see the Upcoming Classes page here on my website, or the Events page on my Facebook Page for details.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

It was my Mum's birthday this week.  I couldn't decide which way around I wanted to colour my flowers so I made two cards and will keep the other for my sample board.

I used Stampin' Blends (alcohol markers) to colour the images.  I do enjoy using these markers, they colour so beautifully and smooth and I find they blend nicely for some shading.  

The pink foil is the Lovely Lipstick foil which is one of the free offerings in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue when you spend $110.  

The stamp set is one of the new cling stamps from the Occasions Catalogue (pg 11) called Wonderful Romance and it is part of a beautiful suite called Floral Romance.  Whilst I haven't used them on this card there is a set of framelits that coordinate with it too.  

Have you noticed that whilst I have used the stamp to stamp and colour the main image, I have also used it to create a subtle embossed look to the card base using VersaMark ink?  This technique is easy to do and adds to the overall effect of your finished card.

Talk to me about how you can purchase this set and get the free Lovely Lipstick foil.  

Cardstock: Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick Foil
Stamps: Wonderful Romance, Picture Perfect Birthday (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Lovely Lipstick, VersaMark
Blends: Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Lovely Lipstick

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

This week is my Nephew's birthday.  Both he and his brother play cricket so I got some punches out to make his birthday card.

To make this card I sponged the sky with a sponge and Balmy Blue ink.  The trick is to place your cardstock on some scrap paper and start sponging on the scrap first, then work your way in circles onto the cardstock.  Each time you reink your sponge start off the edge again.  

The wickets, ball and balloon I punched with punches.  I did use some retired punches - the Owl punch for the ball, and the Word Window (narrowed down) for the wickets.  You could easily use the Classic Label instead.  Sadly the Little Numbers dies are also retired but they were just the size I needed.  

The Take Your Pick Tool was invaluable for picking up those tiny little pieces - the top of the wickets particularly - and securing them into place.

Check out the list below for a full list of the supplies used.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green (sentiment), Smoky Slate (string of balloon), White pen
Punches: Balloon Bouquet, Retired: Owl Builder, Word Window
Dies: Little Numbers Thinlits (retired)
Stamps: Tabs for Everything (sentiment on balloon), Balloon Celebration (balloon string)

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Sale-A-Bration is Here!

Well I see I've been very slack in updating this blog. Not so with my Facebook Page and my Newsletters, but I resolve to be better this year at keeping this updated too.  

Now is the best time of the Stampin' Up! year.  Why?  It's Sale-A-Bration time. Sale-A-Bration is a promotion that runs from 3rd January to 31st March.  During that time there are some amazing deals to be had. Keep reading to find out more. 

There are three parts to Sale-A-Bration.  

The first is SHOP.  Every time you place an order during the Sale-A-Bration period that is over $110 (before shipping & handling) you may choose one free product from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  Spend $220 and you'll earn one free product of a higher value or TWO of the lesser.  The rewards are compounding so the more you spend, the more rewards you earn.  

The second is HOST.  Get even more for free when you host a qualifying party during Sale-A-Bration.  On top of the usual rewards for hosting a workshop, during the Sale-A-Bration period you can earn an extra $45 of rewards.  These rewards may be spent on anything you choose in any of the current catalogues, or they may be put towards your Starter Kit to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

The third is JOINSale-A-Bration is all about MORE:  more free, more rewards, more fun!  When you join as a Demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you get two Starter Kit options to choose from.  

Option 1:  Get $375 worth of Stampin' Up! products of your choice and pay only $189.  That's an extra $90 more than usual.

Option 2: Get $375 worth of Stampin' Up! products of your choice + the exclusive Craft & Carry Tote (valued at $105).  That's $480 worth of value and you'll pay only $240.

To view the new Occasions Catalogue click here.  To see some of these brand new products, check out this fun video by Stampin' Up!

Here are a couple of projects from the Catalogue that I really love - what do you think?

Of course there are some things from the Holiday Catalogue that we just can't say goodbye to yet.  Click Here to see the list.