Thursday, 6 June 2019

Simple Stampin Techniques - Colour Blocking with In Colors

Hello and welcome to the June Simple Stamping Techniques Blog Hop. 

It's super exciting to have the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and to be able to share some of the contents with you. I'm in love with the new In Color range so have decided to use them for this months Blog Hop using the Colour Blocking Technique. Here they are arranged in a Mondrian inspired background for a card.

The colours are gorgeous: Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray.
I used this as a base for a male card.

For today's card I used the Tropical Chic Stamp set and the Tropical Dies, both of which are carrying over from the previous catalogue.

I cut strips of the In Colors and adhered them diagonally onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. I used the leaf dies from the Tropical dies to cut through the foreground before adhering it to a Thick Whisper White card base. The flowers were stamped in Terracotta Tile - stamping off to create 3 different shades of the one colour. It is easy to do this with strong colours like Terracotta Tile - you just keep stamping without re-inking the stamp.

I arranged the flowers with one of the leaf cut outs, over one of the greetings from the Tropical Chic set. The greeting was die cut with the Stitched Circle Framelits and adhered to the background. 
Colour Blocking is a simple technique that enables you to create so many different backgrounds depending on the arrangement of the blocks.

I hope you have enjoyed my take on this technique. Follow along to the next blog to see some more examples created by other Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

Until next time
Happy Crafting

·       Ann Craig - Australia
·       Tamra Davis - USA
·       Libby Dyson - Australia
·       Heike Vass - Germany

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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Stamped and Water-colour Bird Ballad Card

The beautiful water-coloured images in Stampin' Up!'s  Bird Ballad Designer Series Papers are an inspiration to me to do my own stamping and colouring.

This card uses stamps from Free As A Bird cling stamp set of 12 - 6 images and 6 greeting so there is lots of opportunity to create.

I've combined my stamped and coloured images with one of the patterned sheets from Bird Ballad DSP, and added some simple circular shapes cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I adore the freedom of water-colouring, and enjoy all the little watermarks that happen in the colouring process. It's not important to me to have perfectly blended areas, and I love the nuances of transparent layers of different colours. 

The images of the bird, the flowers and the leaves were stamped on Shimmery White card and fussy cut with Stampin' Up! Paper Snips. Then they were layered and placed to flow from the circles through to the background papers.

Colours I used:
Petal Pink
Pool Party
Old Olive
Soft Suede

The finished card:

I hope this series of cards has given you some inspiration and that you will consider purchasing this wonderful stamp set and coordinating products. 

The new Annual Catalogue has a new way of purchasing products:
SUITES - this is where you can purchase all the coordinating products listed for one price and using just one item number.  
For example Bird Ballad Suite # 152190 is found on page 91 and you can purchase all the coordinating products for $164.  
I think this is an awesome way to ensure you don't miss out on anything that works with your chosen stamp set. 

Best Wishes

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Bird Ballad card with Pinewood Planks 3D

Back again,  and still finding fun ways to use the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper in my cards. Cutting the images is such a quick way to get beautiful cards filled with water-coloured images. It is important to use sharp and easily manipulated scissors for this technique and the Stampin' Up! Paper Snips are perfect for the job. 

They stay sharp - I've had mine for years (about 12 years) and they do a lot of cutting, plus they get shared with my class ladies.

For this card I wanted to add some real tactile texture to the background - something that would compliment the birds and flowers from the paper. Cutting around the images gives a nice edge to the transition between the paper and card stock.

I chose the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder, and it gave me just the effect I wanted. 
I spritzed a piece of Crumb Cake card stock then placed it in the Pinewood Planks folder before passing it through the Big Shot. I then enhanced the image by dusting over the raised areas with a sponge and Soft Suede ink. 

The greeting is also from the Free As A Bird stamp set that contains 12 cling images for just $38.00.
For a little bit of glam, I added  Wink of Stella on all the flowers. The card base is Crumb Cake. 

If you live in Australia and would like to purchase any of these products you are welcome to use my On-line Store.
Products from the New Annual Catalogue will be on sale from June 4, 2019.

Best Wishes

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Bird Ballad with Crackle Paint Background

Hello again! I have another sample of a Bird Ballad card from my day of making. This one is another fussy cut image from one of the beautiful papers in the 12 x 12 inch Designer Series Paper pack. 

This time I wanted to add some interest to the background whilst not detracting from the beauty of the images. I chose the Crackle Paint background stamp and I think it works quite well. It has been stamped in Crumb Cake ink to pick up the browns in the birds.

The soft colours of the water coloured birds and foliage combine well with this background. 

I decided not to put a greeting on this card as it has been designed as a multipurpose card - ready for any occasion. 

All products will be available in my On-line Store from June 4.
You are welcome to place an order that will be dispatched to your address.

Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper Pack - 12 x 12  # 149592 -  $20..
Whisper White A4 Card  # 106549  - $17. (40 sheets)

Paper Snips # 103579  $17.

  I have  more samples coming so check back again in a couple of days.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Bird Ballad Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are never easy, but I've found the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper gives a lot of scope for creating a variety of cards, including this simple Sympathy Card.

I always tend to over work cards, and I was determined to keep this as simple as possible and with very little stamping involved - just the greeting - this card would be suitable for Beginner Stampers.

The water-coloured images on the DSP are beautiful and embody the freedom of this technique. You will find so many little scenes that can be cut out from one sheet of paper, that you will be able to make multiple cards in one session.

The finished card.

I cut out the background in Whisper White card, using one of the Stitched Rectangles, and used the Stitched Shapes Framelits (circles) to make the detail behind the bird. These 2 sets of framelits are a wonderful investment and you'll find yourself using them over and over again in your card making and scrap pages.

All the components of the card were adhered with Multipurpose glue, and then the front was matted onto a Crumb Cake card base.

The products for this card will be available on my on-line store from June 4, 2019.

This is the list and product numbers you will need. If you live anywhere Australia, you are most welcome to shop via my store!

Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper Pack - 12 x 12  # 149592 -  $20.
Free As A Bird Stamp Set # 151123 - $38.
Whisper White A4 Card  # 106549  - $17. (40 sheets)
Crumb Cake A4 Card  # 121685  $15.25   (24 sheets)
Stitched Rectangles  # 148551  $61.
Stitched Shapes  # 145372  $50
Paper Snips # 103579  $17.

Check back in a couple of days for more samples using the Bird Ballad Suite.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Everything Is Rosy Medley

Have you seen how versatile the Everything Is Rosy Medley is? 
We all love the vibrant colours and Rose Gold foil that comes in the pack, but I have some alternative uses for the products to show you today.

I used the Emboss Resist method combined with the Rose Gold Shimmer Paint to create this soft background that was stamped using one of the images from the Everything Is Rosy stamp set.  
Simply stamp the image using Versamark ink onto any light coloured card stock. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.
 Next use a dauber to apply the Rose Gold Shimmer paint over the embossed background. I found it best to pick up the paint from the lid of the bottle (don't forget to shake it well first) and apply in a circular motion to cover all of the background.

I used one of the lovely pre punched shapes for the greeting panel that was heat embossed in copper. I also added one of the floral punched shapes that I partially coloured with a pink Stampin Blend.

The beautiful lace is the  1 cm Scalloped Lace Trim from the 2019-20 Annual Catalogue. 
It is interesting that the metallic shape around the greeting took on a slight texture when the embossing powder was heated. You can see this in the image. 

The versatility of this Medley is only limited by your imagination and is suitable for all levels of stampers from Beginners to Avid.  
You can purchase this Medley at my On-line store. It is available while stocks last, throughout the month of May.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Designer Series Paper and Florentine Thinlits

Looking for some really quick cards that have an instant wow?

Use up your gorgeous patterned papers from Stampin' Up! and cut a foil Thinlit using the Florentine Die and voila! an eye catching card in just a few minutes. 

As the 2018-19 catalogue draws to a close there are many beautiful papers that combine with this die and a coordinating colour card base. Stamp the greeting directly onto a die cut piece of the paper and mat it onto foil. 
Easy and fun.

Which pack of Designer Series Paper would you most like to use for this technique?

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Simple Stamping Techniques - Easel Card

Hi, and welcome to another Simple Stamping Techniques Blog Hop. 
This month we are creating an Easel Card and as it is close to Mother's Day here in Australia, I thought I would make that my theme. 
My darling mum is 91 this month and she lives in a nursing home in another state. I'm sure she will love this card which I will hand deliver on my next visit.

I really like this stamp set "Tea Together", and am thrilled to see that it, and the coordinating framelit dies "Tea Time", are carrying over into the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue 
2019 -2020.

Here is my card.

I stamped the tea pot, cup and flowers onto water colour paper. I kept some Archival Black ink when it retired, and used this to stamp the images.(Stazon does not agree with me!)
Then the colouring happened - my favourite and most fun part of the process. 

I've been using the new In Colors quite a bit the last few days and enjoy the combinations, but when it comes to water colouring I used lots of different colours together. They are all listed in the products section below.
For example the tea pot is painted with Seaside Spray, Highland Heather and Night of Navy.

I've been experimenting with embossing folders recently and had this lovely copper embossed Tin Tile piece of card that went perfectly with the vintage style of the card. So I chopped it up and used it.

The basic recipe for this card is:
Thick White Card: 19cm x 10.5cm
Score in half at  9.5cm
Score one half again at 4.75.
This will give you the basic structure.
You can see a good tutorial on this on Splitcoast Stampers:

 The background embossed card is matted onto Copper Foil then Purple Posy card - one of the new 2019 -2020 In Colors from Stampin' Up!

HINT: It helps to use dimensionals on the layers on the lower front of the card so that it can act as a stopper for the image section. 

It's always lovely to receive a card that is hand made and more so when it is a fancy or different fold. This style is easy and can be created in many shapes: square, circular, oval, or rectangular. 

Check out the awesome samples that the Design Team have contributed. You'll find lots of inspiration- simply follow along with the list of names.
 ·       Ann Craig - Australia
·       Heike Vass - Germany 
Also if you like my card and would like to purchase the products to create your own, simply select the products in the list below and you will go straight to my on-line store.

Best Wishes and enjoy the Simple Stamping Techniques Hop

 (Products from the new Annual Catalogue will be available June 4)
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