Thursday, 2 April 2020

Card Challenge

Over on my Facebook Page I've posted a card challenge.  The idea is to make a card to the specifications that I've outlined.  

So that I don't put any pressure on anyone who wants to participate, there is no deadline and I won't be choosing any one project as a winner of sorts - it's just a bit of fun to keep us crafting and connected when we are socially isolating.  

Those choosing to participate will make a card and post it in the comments when they're ready to.

Card Challenge:
Colour: Shades of Yellow 
Orientation: tent fold 
Theme: Kindness / Thinking of you

When I say tent fold, I simply mean a card that is folded at the top and opens upwards - either landscape or portrait like these diagrams

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My thoughts behind why I chose these specifications:
After seeing Sara Douglas' (Stampin' Up! CEO) "box of sunshine" post online I decided on the colour yellow.  It's happy and bright and makes people smile (hopefully).  The theme is to reflect the current situation - with NZ in lockdown a lot of us are thinking of each other and we are being encourage to be kind to one another (as I think we should always try to be - virus or no virus).  Lastly, the orientation - I wanted something a bit different from the usual, without being too difficult for anyone wanting to take part.


Friday, 27 March 2020

Notes of Kindness Card Kit

So things are pretty strange right now.  New Zealand is in lockdown with the Coronavirus and everyone (who is not an essential worker) is at home.  

Yesterday was supposed to be my monthly card class but of course that couldn't happen.  I decided to do a video instead on the project we were going to be completing.  

This is the Notes of Kindness Card Kit and in the video I show you what's in the kit, how to make the four beautiful cards that are in the kit - there are 5 each of 4 designs so you actually make 20 in total - and at the end I show you some alternative cards I made using the stamp set from the kit. 

On page 63 of the 2020 Mini Catalogue is a page called "Maximise Your Kit Sets".  It gives you great ideas on how you can use the stamp set that comes in the kit, to make other projects after you've made all the cards from the kit.  That's where I got the inspiration for this full sized masculine card from:

I've used the Golden Honey Speciality Designer Series Paper which was free with Sale-a-bration, however it has now sold out.  You can use any Designer Series Paper that you have, or you can do as the sample did and use cardstock and emboss it with an embossing folder.  

I have switched mine around and embossed the top part using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and used the Designer Series Paper on the bottom. 
For these two notecards I used the Tropical Oasis Memories & More Card Pack.  With the vanilla card I matted an orange card from the pack onto Basic Black cardstock before adhering it to the card.  Then I stamped the Thank You stamp in Versamark ink on a scrap of black card and heat embossed it with Gold Emboss Powder then adhered it where I liked it.

The white notecard is a card from the pack directly adhered to the notecard without any matting.  This time the Thank You is stamping in Terracotta Tile ink.  

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Meerkat baby

My daughter's friend has just welcomed a new baby brother into the family so I needed a baby card.  I decided to use the meerkats from Sale-a-bration that I think are so cute.
I've used a mish mash of items from all over the place for this one. The striped paper is from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper pack and the sentiment is from the Animal Outing Stamp Set.  

For the die-cuts behind the meerkat - which I hand-cut and coloured with my Stampin' Blends (Crumb Cake) - I used the Painted Labels Dies from the Peaceful Poppies Suite in the Mini Catalogue.  The big swirly one is Balmy Blue and the yellow one is Daffodil Delight to match the matting behind the paper. 

Then I thought the meerkat needed grounding somehow, so I cut some grass to go under his feet.  You might have seen the Ladybug dies which are part of the Sale-a-bration co-ordination products.  You can earn the Little Ladybug host stamp set for free when you host a workshop during Sale-a-bration.


Its such a cute set that you're going to want to earn this one.  If you haven't seen, there are dies which are purchasable to go with this stamp set that not only cut out the ladybugs, but also cut out the flower both as a whole or just as a flowerhead.  Then there are several dies which compliment to bring your project to a whole new level.  The grass die-cut is one of those dies.  See the whole set below

Finally I finished the card with some matching retired Balmy Blue organza ribbon and some rhinestones.  I coloured the rhinestones with my Balmy Blue Blend (alcohol marker) to match everything else.

Oh and the sentiment on the inside of the card is from another oldie but goodie retired stamp set called Baby Bear. 

Friday, 7 February 2020

Tropical Oasis Thank You Cards

The combination of the Tropical Oasis Memories & More Card Pack and the Notecards & Envelopes made these thank you cards so simple and quick to make.  

These cards are the smaller sized cards from the pack and they fit perfectly on the notecards.  

The small 'Thank You' on the left card comes from the stamp set included in the Notes of Kindness Card Kit and has then been hand cut.  The larger thank you comes from the Daisy Delight stamp set and has been cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  

Don't be afraid to think outside the square with these cards.  The yellow one originally said aloha on the card but I simply covered it with the die-cut rectangle.


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Saleabration Coordination

Sale-a-bration Coordination now that's a mouthful. What's not hard is seeing how much easier to use and better these fabulous free Sale-a-bration items are with their purchasable coordinating product.  

If you haven't heard Sale-a-bration is now on and if you haven't seen it already
the brochure is available to view online or you can request a copy from me. 

Now Stampin' Up! are releasing exclusive co-ordinating product to go along with some of the free items in this catalogue and in the January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Get a closer look at these great products in this video below:

Co-ordinating product will be available 4 February - 31 March 2020 or whilst supplies last.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Yesterday we visited the zoo and we said hello to the meerkats. The Gang Were All Meer and I enjoyed watching their funny little antics.

You can choose 'The Gang's All Meer' stamp set for free during Sale-a-bration when you spend $110, and why wouldn't you?  They're so adorable.

I bought two teeny tiny meerkat figurines that are going to be my mascots during sale-a-bration (and beyond). Meet Meeka and Scout my meerkat buddies. 

Contact me to place your order and get your free 'The Gang's All Meer' stamp set now.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Bedroom door hanger

Today I made my horse loving daughter a new sign for her bedroom door. I created a pocket and some interchangeable messages to slide in, to keep with her idea that she came up for the current one which she made had out of paper. The one she made was getting a bit tired so it was time for a new one.

I used the retired Little Letters dies and the stamp set called 'Let it Ride'. I used masking and sponging to create the sky behind the horses.  The horses were coloured with my Stampin' Blends - Soft Suede for the larger horse and Crumb Cake for the horse head.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Kerchief Card Kit by Stampin' Up!

Sale-a-bration is now on and one of the FREE items you can choose from when you spend $110 is the Kerchief Card Kit.  The kit makes 8 gorgeous bandanna-inspired cards - 4 of each pattern. 

Check out my video below to see these beautiful cards and how I put them together:

I hope you choose the Kerchief Card Kit for free with your next order.  If you are local and would like a copy of the new Mini Catalogue or the Sale-a-bration Catalogue please contact me.  

Links to the digital copies of the catalogues are in the sidebar.  

Happy Sale-a-bration everyone!

Friday, 3 January 2020

Sale-A-Bration Starts Today!

Sale-a-bration starts today and as always there are lots of fantastic choices to choose from.  Simply spend $110 to choose 1 free item. Plus see below for other ways to benefit during Sale-a-bration - the best time of year.