Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Christmas Card In A Box

I have a somewhat whimsical Card In A Box for you today. I started this project last year, but put it aside as it needed something else. With the release of the Holiday Catalogue by Stampin' Up!, I found just what I was looking for in the "Holiday Home" stamp set and matching framelits. 
 
 
You might recognize the lovely snowflakes from last year's Holiday Catalogue, and altho' the proportions are not correct, I do like the end product.


 This is how the card looks when it arrives in it's envelope. Flat, but creating a cute Christmas scene. Open it up and ......



you get a nice display to go on the mantel. 
It is a little hard to see all the details so I have a close up photo for you to see all the little extra glittery bits.



Hope you like it and get some inspiration to create your own Christmas scenes.
 The houses have been coloured with Stampin' Up! Blendabilities - the new alcohol markers that give a beautiful smooth application of colour whilst allowing for gradation of colour and shading. If you haven't tried them yet you should - they are brilliant. 

Until Next Time...


 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Ornamental Pine with Blendabilities

My second "Blendies" Master class was on this afternoon and we enjoyed experimenting a little more with the Blendabilities. One of the techniques we used was colouring embossing powder with the Blendabilities. I saw a wonderful example by Billie Moan and thought I'd give her technique a try.



I used the Ornamental Pine Stamp set by Stampin' Up! 
Working on Brushed Silver card stock, I embossed the pine branch in white, coloured the the under part of the stem with the Medium Old Olive and the Dark Crumb Cake Blendabilities. I also added the Medium and Dark Old Olive to the pine needles. 
Next I heat embossed the pine cones over the top of the image and coloured them with  Bronze and Dark Crumb Cake Blendabilities. I love how this turned out.


You might be able to see some of the texture from the pine needles running through the top pine cone, but I built up the colour, then wiped it back with an alcohol soaked tissue, then added more colour. I love the texture!

Lots of fun for us today and this technique opens up lots of possibilities with other stamps.
The card is then matted onto Whisper White and Mossy Meadow card stock.

I hope you enjoy my card


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Quick Stamped Backgrounds for Christmas Cards

One of the cards I designed for the September Christmas Card Stamp A Stack uses the CHEERFUL CHRISTMAS stamp set that can be found on p. 15 of the Holiday Catalogue. I've also used the greeting stamp from the same set.


 It is a simple task to ink and stamp the image randomly over the page. Hint: stamping off the edge of the page gives you a better overall coverage.
You can add variety by stamping multiple times without re-inking thus obtaining different tones of the one colour. 

For this card I used Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black and the Dark shade of Coastal Cabana Blendability (to colour the rhinestones)


I placed a Tea Lace doily to the right side of the card base, then matted the greeting onto Silver Foil. The corners were shaped with the corner rounder punch from the Project Life selection and the Rhinestones are coloured then applied aver the large black dots on the greeting stamp. A few strands of Pool Party Bakers twine have been tied in a knot and adhered with a glue dot. 

Very quick, very easy and very effective. I've made these in a variety of colours and will be making more as they are so much fun.

You can purchase any of the products used through my on- line store or feel free to contact me for further information

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Blendabilities Pocket Card

I'm so in love with the new Stampin' Up! Blendabilities. I've always loved colouring and find them just so easy to create depth and texture on my projects.

This Tuesday at my regular Crafty Tuesday mornings, we created this versatile Pocket Card. I say versatile because all you need to do is change the greeting and it can become a card for any occasion.

Here is the card.


I've used the Cherry Cobbler range of Blendabilities and the usual method of starting with just a tiny bit of dark colour in the shadowy areas before blending the medium and light colours into each petal. I usually work on about 4 or 5 petals at the one time, and this gives you ample time to really enjoy the colouring process, while completing the project in a reasonable time frame. 

The leaves are stamped in one of our new IN COLORS - Mossy Meadow, and the colour variation is achieved by simply stamping off the image. ie. Ink the stamp, stamp once, then stamp again next to the first image WITHOUT re-inking the stamp. 


The Blended Bloom Flower and the leaves have been fussy cut with Stampin' Up Paper Snips and one side of the folder has been reverse dry embossed to add a little more texture contrast.

Please contact me if you would like any help with Blendabilities purchases or techniques. I offer free tuition to any customers who place an order for Blendabilities with me.






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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Fabulous Stampin Up Big Shot Promotion

Wow, wow, wow! Stampin' Up! just keep the the great bargains coming!
Have you been saving for a Big Shot but think it will take a while to purchase accessories?
For August only...

PURCHASE A BIG SHOT and choose a BUNDLE from the selection below and you will get the bundle absolutely FREE! 
Save heaps as bundles include stamps and framelits.
Up to $230.00 value for just $149.95 (plus postage)



If you already own a Big Shot you wont be left out of the bargains as you can purchase any of these bundles for a 15% discount

This promotion is only available until August 31, 2014  so don't delay!

Contact me via my Demonstrator Business Website 
Email me, 
or place your order via my 

All on-line orders are posted directly to your doorstep. Postage is 5% of the total cost of the order, and I am always available for follow up instruction, classes and information


Best Wishes





Monday, 28 July 2014

Something For Baby Card

A new baby is always a joyous occasion and it is lovely to have some hand made cards to give to the new parents. Stampin' Up! have produced some great time saving bundles in the new Annual Catalogue and one of them is the Something For Baby stamp set bundled with Baby's First framelits dies. You'll find them on page 74 of the Annual Catalogue.



One of the features I like best about bundles with framelits is the time it saves with no laborious hand cutting. You can see from the photo how neatly the framelits cut out the images.

AND

When you purchase both the stamps and the framelits together as a bundle you save 15% of the total price.

I used some of the patterned papers from the Designer Series Paper Stacks for a quick background. These papers are very useful patterns and come in each of the Colour Families - they mix and match beautifully too. 


This is the finished card using a single image. It was quick and easy to make and the same design can be used for each of the images in the set. 


If you would like to order any of these products please contact me or order directly at my on-line store

I hope you enjoy the card and get some inspiration for ways to use it yourself.

Until Next time,



Sunday, 27 July 2014

Collage Stamping Made Easy With Stampin' Up!

Collage Stamping is so much fun and Stampin' Up! have made it an easy task with some of the new release stamps in the new Annual Catalogue. You should check out pages 164 - 165 as these pages contain the 3 stamp sets that combine beautifully together to create exciting cards.

Collage, strictly speaking in Art terms, is:
"A piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs & pieces of paper onto a  backing."
But it can also mean: "a collection or combination of various things", so I think by combining a number of different stamp sets that we are making a collage. Also the concept of stamping over the top of other images relates to the collage concept.

Kinda Eclectic, Work of Art and Gorgeous Grunge are just perfect for this style, and recently I made some cards using different colours and different layouts to demonstrate just how versatile these sets can be.


I used the Beautiful Bunch Stamp set (page 158 AC) as the focal point for my cards, and employed the method of stamping off to obtain the variety of tones in the colours.



Are you loving the purple of the flower? it is one of Stampin' Up's new In Colors for 2014 -2016 and is named Blackberry Bliss. I think this will be a favourite of many people.

And here is another card using the same sets but different colours.



Quite a different look! These colours are Baked Brown Sugar: Lost Lagoon: Strawberry Slush, stamped onto Very Vanilla Card. 
I hope you enjoy my samples and if you would like any of the products you can them order at my on-line store: 
The items will be sent directly to you and you will have me as a contact to assist you with after sales service. 

Until Next Time

Stay Crafty!



Blendabilities and Corner Garden

Oh those Blendabilities from Stampin' Up! have won my heart, and I've been having so much fun playing with different techniques to try to get the best effects for my style of colouring. 

Being a colour lover I didn't want to just stop at using just one colour so I decided to try using one of Stampin' Up's new large stamps - Corner Garden. This one caught my eye when I first flipped through the new catalogue. So check it out on page 175.


 The detail shows a little of what I was thinking with the colouring. The first flower used the Cherry Cobbler range of Blendabilities, but I wanted some more depth and light in the petals, so laid down some yellow from the Daffodil Delight Assortment before proceeding with the lightest to darkest Cherry Cobbler colours. 

I really enjoyed this project. Who does not love colouring in? It did take a couple of sessions to complete, but it was fun and relaxing and somewhat experimental! 

Here is the completed colouring, now I have to decide how to use it in a project.


I will be holding a class on Blendabilities on August 12. at 7.15pm. If you would like to attend, please contact me for details via my Demonstrator Business Web site

I'm looking forward to receiving the next batch of Blendabilities colours to try other combinations. 

Until Next Time

Happy Colouring!





Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Power Point Tutorial for Creating Gorgeous Flowers with the Blossom Punch

I adore these flowers - they are so wonderful to have on hand to add to a parcel you are gifting, and I've made 2 kits for my Show Bags for the 2014 Canberra Craft Fair.

Of course you can do all sorts of things to make them look different, but this tutorial is simply designed to give you the basic construction method and I'll leave the individual creativity up to you.

Thank you so much to every person who purchased one of my Birthday Card Show Bags at the Canberra Craft Fair.

Enjoy the tutorial and let me know if you need any further help.




Monday, 21 July 2014

Beautiful Bunch Monotone Card.

I am really enjoying the lovely variety in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue that has just launched this month. 

One of the first sets that caught my eye was the Beautiful Bunch stamp set (p. 158 AC) that coordinates with the Fun Flower Punch (p. 219 AC) It has so many possibilities and I decided to use it for my card class tonight. We will make 3 very different cards using a combination of other Stampin' Up! stamp sets, but for this post I will start with the most simple card - a monotone in Lost Lagoon and Whisper White. 



I started this card with a Lost Lagoon card base but ended up with a Whisper White card base to help lighten and enclose the composition. I've added some of the gorgeous stamps from the Kinda Eclectic Set plus the Work of Art stamp set. It is fantastic how all these sets work so well together and with just a small amount of Pool Party Bakers Twine to soften the join between the flower and the banner, this was a quick and easy card to make. 

Here are some detail shots.


This shows the lovely collage effect that can be achieved by stamping different images on top of each other. You can also see the variety of tones that are achieved by stamping off the colour thus getting lighter images.


While the flower was punched out with the Fun Flower Punch, the centre of a second stamped image of the flower has been fussy cut and raised on a dimensional to give some dimension to the card.

This was a fun card to make and as I said, quite quick and easy.
I am entering this card in the Paper Players Challenge #205

I'll post the other cards in the next day or so,

Until Next time,