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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Continue To Dazzle

Here are the Weekly Deals for Week 3 - April 16 - 22.
It's a great time to think ahead and gather some Christmas supplies at a fabulous price.
You can order at my On-line Store
or email me if that is easier.

Only available at these great prices until Tuesday April 22, so don't leave it to the last minute!


Champagne Glimmer Paper                    Floral District Photobook              Merry Minis Punch Pack
Template - Digital Download                     Price: $19.50 $11.70                      Price: $29.95 $22.46
 Price: $8.95 $6.71

Timber Stampin' Around              Naturals Designer Buttons             Silver Glass Glitter
 Standard Wheel                          Price: $8.95 $6.71                      Price: $6.95 $5.21
 Price: $10.95 $8.21                                                                                           

 This And That Epic Day
Designer Series Paper
 Price: $18.95 $14.21

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Double Diagonal Fold Card - With A Difference

I've been busy making this "old favourite" style of card - the double diagonal fold card, over the last few weeks. We did one at this months Christmas Card Stamp A Stack and it reminded me just how much I enjoy this technique; how easy and how versatile it is for a variety of occasions.

Today I'm showing you one card I made for a friend who will soon be moving overseas. She is such a creative spirit and she loves her "fur babies" so the card had to have a puppy on it, plus some reference to moving or travel. This is what I came up with using some retired Stampin' Up! stamps and papers.

The front

The inside
Side view.

I chose this colour range as I know she is quite fond of these colours.

 The flowers are made from Stampin' Up! Vanilla card stock that has been stamped and sponged with Marina Mist and Early Espresso inks. The scalloped detail is also Vanilla card that has been stamped and sponged. The flower is held together with an Antique Brad.

                                                                                          Water-colouring is one of my favourite stamping techniques and I'm always ready with my Aqua Painter to add a little colour to my stamped images. I deliberately kept the colouring light on this card, but enhanced the tag by stamping the swirls and adding some grunge from the Gorgeous Grunges stamp set.

 The second tag has also been stamped  and it was shaped with one of the new Tag Topper Punches from Stampin' Up! These punches are very versatile and add a great finish to your tags. The folding technique is simple and instructions can be found on the Splitcoast stampers website. 

Until Next time

Happy Stamping

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Hexagon Framelit Birthday Card

Today I have a very quick post on a birthday card I made for one of my sons-in-law for his birthday this year. It always sneaks up on me, and I am hopeless at remembering what day it is, let alone the date, so I needed to make this one quickly.

Can you see how I used part of the "Good As Gold" card kit that comes a a free Sale-a-Bration gift? It is a note card size so I just cut it in half and matted it onto a regular card base, picking out the Bermuda Bay colouring. 
Next I overlaid the Hexagon Framelit cut out then a couple of punched circles.

I used the Build A Cupcake punch for the cake, and one of the pre-stamped tags and strips that come with the Good As Gold card kit. Layer them all together , add the xoxo and the card is finished!

Here is a list of the Stampin' Up! products I used.

Good As Gold Card Kit (free SaleABration 2014 item)
Hexagon Framelits Die
Build A Cupcake Punch

Wow! no stamping on this one - that feels weird.

Until next time...

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Brayer Magic With Stamps

I'm often asked how to create this type of scene with our Stampin' Up!® supplies and I love to demonstrate both the technique I find best to use with a brayer, and explain the serendipity that often results with this technique. 

What do you think of this one? I started with one of my very old multi-coloured ink pads and originally intended what has become the sky, to be the land. I punched out a 2 and 3/4 inch circle on a sticky note and applied the ink straight over the top. 
It is important to use a very light pressure when doing this and a little trick I've learned is to move the brayer on different angles when applying the ink. We worked on glossy White - I find that much easier than regular card stock.
I added some more colour to the base (the green/blue area) and all of a sudden when I turned the work up side down, I saw a lake appear with a lovely atmospheric sunset sky. You can see from the lighter areas at the top of the page, the directions I used with the brayer.
The moon always ends up with a white rim because I use the negative area left over from punching out the circle, as a mask for sponging some colour onto the moon. I apply the colour with a dabbing motion rather than a rubbing motion and this produces the grainy appearance. 
The floral silhouettes were stamped in Rich Razzleberry first, then another layer was stamped using Jet Black Stazon Ink. I have to admit the line that defines the water from the sky was not intentional, but most of the other effects I did try to achieve.
Thanks for looking today,
Until Next Time,

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Art Journal Experiments with Stamps and Inks.

This year I decided to get some inspiration from my customers and friends in a more relaxed atmosphere than what is possible in a class. I love teaching classes, showing all the wonderful products and stamping techniques available from Stampin' Up!® but I wanted to provide an opportunity for sharing ideas, experimenting with products and techniques and creating stamp art with no pressure to create a particular item. 

Hence the "Creative Tuesdays" sessions evolved.
Friends arrive when it is convenient, sometimes stay for lunch, the urn is always on, and everything in my studio is there to play with. The girls bring there own supplies too, and each session we try to combine traditional techniques with "whatever" and see what happens. Some of the girls do what I'm trying, others "do their own thing" and we all have such a good time.

Today I wanted to show a variety of ways to use the brayer combined with other stamping techniques, and as my interest in Art Journals has evolved, I've become more fascinated with textures. 

Here is the finished product for my first experimental piece.

I started by applying colour with the brayer onto Glossy White card using  a Stampin' Up! Tea Lace Doily as a mask. Starting with the lightest colour - Daffodil Delight - other colours were added to cover most of the background. Then I stamped with Versa Mark and Clear Embossed the doily shapes and Gorgeous Grunge stamps before adding more colour with the brayer.

Some stamped images were added using Stazon Jet Black and then I used one of my new favourite stamps - Off The Grid by Stampin' Up!, heat embossed it in gold then finished off with a little sponging around the edges. 

I came back to this fun method later in the day and added more experimental elements to a new page.

I used the same basic elements - Tea Lace Doily and stamps, but this time I added some circle masks as well. More brayering, some stamping with the stamps covered in stamp cleaner (this gives a similar effect o bleaching) and some spritzing with an Alcohol based spritz.

The detail photos show some of the lovely effects achieved with these combinations of techniques.

The circular shape at the bottom Left corner has been stamped with one of the images from Gorgeous that had stamp cleaner sprayed directly onto the stamp. It was very wet at first but I loved the effects and was able to remove quite a bit of the excess simply by dabbing with a tissue.

I can't wait to add these pages to my Art Journal, and hope you have enjoyed a brief look at these fun combinations of techniques. 

Until Next Time

Happy Stamping

Friday, 28 February 2014

Baby Card Using Stampin Up In Colors

I always enjoy the freedom of water colouring and adore the combination with stamping. All the artwork is done and I just get to have loads of colour fun. 

For this month's stamp a stack we did this baby card and a birthday card. (3 of each) 

We all love playing with new craft products and the enjoyment is twofold when some of those products are free. 

Do you love the Designer Series Paper I've used on the bottom half of the card? It is called SWEET SORBET and is an exclusive Sale-a-bration product. What about the gorgeous embossed dots at the top? That's called DECORATIVE DOTS and it too is an exclusive Sale-a-bration product. You can get both of them for free when you place a Sale-A Bration order with me - one for each $90 you spend.

I've used the very cute stamp set "Baby We've Grown" that you can find in the new Occassions Catalogue, added some light water colouring to the images and matted them on Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe card that has been cut using framelits from the Circles Collection and the Starburst Framelit Collection (Occasions Catalogue)

The detail shows how free you can be with water colour. It really does not have to stay within the lines, and can be applied quickly and easily with an Aqua Painter brush and your classic inks. Because the ink is somewhat transparent you will notice the colours neutralise one another when they overlap. 

I hope this has given you some inspiration and that you will try some water colouring for yourself. It is so much fun. And don't forget to check out the Sale-a-bration brochure on line. You only have until March 31 to get these free exclusive products from Stampin' Up!

Until Next Time 

Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Ants and A Snake

A very special little boy in our family had a birthday this week - he turned 6, so I asked him what he'd like on the card I was going to make for him. The answer: "ants and a snake please grandma".

Time was very short that day so I grabbed a few of my Stampin' Up! supplies and this is what I came up with - some ants but no snake!

You may recognise the wrapping paper as the packing paper from our Stampin' Up! orders - I keep it all and find it wonderful to use on the boys gifts. Combine it with some of that superb Burlap Ribbon (I'm guilty of buying loads of that as I looove it) punch out a few stars from the Patterns Designer Paper Stack and you are done!

The card featured the ants and I used the gorgeous and very versatile birthday stamp from ANOTHER GREAT YEAR stamp set by Stampin' Up! I couldn't make myself  use a snake!

Our grandson lost his first tooth the day before his birthday - eating pancakes for breakfast. BUT he accidentally swallowed the tooth. So two momentous occasions in two days.

I hope you are inspired to make  different versions of this card - it is quick and easy.

I cut the circle around the stamped image using framelits and adjusting the top perspex mat to stop where I wanted the circle to stop. Contact me via my Demonstrator Website if you'd like further information.

Until Next time

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Embossed Christmas with Washi Detail

I have another quick Christmas card for you today. It gains it's interest through using both types of embossing - heat and dry and a little details with Washi Tape.

I wanted to create an earthy yet simple look to the card so I ran some Naturals White card sandwiched between the Festive Flurry Embossing folder through my Big Shot. 

I cut a strip of the Naturals White ran a length of Washi Tape from the lovely new Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi tape pack (there are 3 reels with different patterns) and distressed the edges with the distressing tool. I then wrapped the strip with some linen thread and adhered it to the embossed card.

The greeting is heat embossed in gold (to match the gold design on the Washi) cut out with a framelit and sponged around the edges using Soft Suede ink. It is raised up on dimensionals.

The entire card front was then adhered to a Sahara Sand Card mat before being adhered to a Naturals White card base. I love the layers and the simplicity of this card. It was quick to make too, and the design would suit a number of different colour combinations.

Until Next time

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Best of Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set

Have you seen the Best of 25 Years series of Stamp Sets from Stampin' Up!? It's a wonderful idea to commemorate 25 years in business and I predict these stamp sets will become collectors pieces.

One of the things I love is that the images are different in size to the original images and there is one new stamp in each set. 

To celebrate Sale-a-Bration, I brought out my "Best of Sale-a-Bration" set and used my favourite image as a basis for colouring. I thought this image would be wonderful on note cards, so stamped quite a few of them using Early Espresso Ink. My choice and combinations of colours create a variety of pretty flowers that will work on many cards

Most of these stamped images have not yet been made into cards, but will be very shortly. I used a water colour technique with classic ink and an Aqua Painter. The water blends the stamped ink a little too and allows for layering of colours. Just remember to always start with your lightest colour!

Coastal Cabana mat picks up the colours in the petals.

Pink Pirouette and Early Espresso are a lovely combination and I knew the exact person I wanted to send this to today, so I added an embossed background using my Free Sale-a-Bration embossing folder "Decorative Dots", added a tiny linen thread bow and popped it in the post. 

You can view the choice of free products available during Sale-A-Bration in this brochure so have a look and drop me a line if you'd like a hard copy. 

Sale-A-Bration continues until March 31, so don't miss out on your free products.
You can choose one free product for each $90 that you spend.

Until Next Time,

Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wonderful Watercolour

This week's technique class was experimenting with Stampin' Up! images and a variety of watercolour techniques. I could have played all day it was so much fun and every time I stamped I thought of different ways of colouring. Why do we have to eat, do chores and sleep? 

Here are a couple of the cards made today. I like to teach people to try working "outside the box" but as this is often confronting, I start with the more traditional methods of colouring. 

 The simplicity of this image is so appealing and it lends itself to many colourful interpretations. I used my Aqua Painter and Stampin' Write Markers to colour this one.  Stazon Jet Black is stamped onto Water Colour Paper then matted with Basic Black card onto a Naturals White card base.

The detail shows the lovely texture on the water colour paper and the excellent depth of colour you can achieve with Stampin Write Markers and the Aqua Painter.

This next card takes the experimenting to the next level. Stamping, spritzing, overstamping and sponging all play a part. I love the background and the soft effect of spritzing after the image is stamped. Again I used Stazon Jet Black ink for the main imaged the coloured it with an Aqua Painter and ink from Stampin' Up! ink pads. When dry I added white highlights with a White Gel Pen. 

The stamps are from the Happy Watercolour set in the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue. Item # 133191 (clear mount) It is also available in wood. 

The gorgeous greeting is from the "Another Great Year" set from Stampin' Up! Item # 133034 (wood) and it too is available in clear mount. 

Take a look at the beautiful stamp sets in the new catalogue and contact me for further assistance. 

I have another series of watercolours but I'll leave them for the next post.

Until then

Stay Crafty!