Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Creating Brick Wall Cards with Stampin' Up!

The Brick Wall technique is always fun as it has an element of serendipity about it - and we all love surprises don't we? I used this technique at a recent class where we created a mystery card. That is there was no sample and I instructed step by step so my class didn't really know what to expect. 

I had fun but I'm sure some of the class members really wanted something to copy! 

I added a couple of twists to the basic technique by clear embossing the image onto Whisper White card, then spritzing with a variety of colours.

You can see how the ink seeps in behind the clear embossing to create an interesting effect. When you have the colours and effects you want, simply draw a brick wall pattern on the back of the Stamped image and cut with your Stampin' Trimmer to create the bricks. Sponge around the edges of each brick with one of the colours used for spritzing. Then it is a matter of putting the "bricks" back together with a small amount of space between them (like a brick wall) and adhering them to the background

The finished card has some additional stamping on the background using a stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Timeless Textures. I matted this onto a white card base, thus helping to bring out the white of the embossing. 

I also did a simpler version of the Brick Wall by Stamping with Memento black ink onto newsprint paper. Quite a different look despite using  similar techniques.

Silhouette stamps are the easier option when doing this technique, but it also looks great with multi coloured stamps.

I'll add a list of Stampin' Up! products used  and if you need any of them to create your own cards, you are welcome to contact me via my website, or place an on-line order with me if you live in Australia. If placing an on-line order use the HOSTESS CODE (top right side bar) and you may be eligible for some additional product. Your order will be sent directly to your home address. Postage costs apply.

Until nest time,

Happy Stamping

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Punched Stars and Washi Tape for Cute Christmas Cards

Every once in a while I want to create some quick Christmas cards and using Washi Tape and punched shapes, in this case stars, is the perfect answer.

Today's card uses some Washi tape from the Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape by Stampin' Up!® combined with some older Christmas Washi from my stash. I wanted the lovely gold flecks to compliment the Gold Glimmer star that has been punched out with the Medium Star Punch, the centre of the Poinsettia and the gold sequins. 

Simply tear the ends of the Washi to get the uneven finish and apply it onto the card front. 

The layout of this card is quite versatile and can be used for a number of different occasions - all you need to do is change the stars for different motifs, and choose different Washi.

I raised the Poinsettia on a dimensional and added a spot of Fine Tip Glue to the centre. I sprinkled some gold glitter on the glue . The edges of the star also have gold glitter applied - this time I used the 2-Way glue Pen. 

The greeting is from the Stampin' Up! stamp set - Greetings From Santa. It can be found on page 11 of the Holiday Catalogue. 
The entire design is created on Whisper White Thick card stock which is adhered to the card base. 

You'll find a list of the products I used that are currently available for purchase, below. If you would like to purchase any of these or other  Stampin' Up! products, you are welcome to use my On-line Store
Use the Hostess code (during October) on the right side bar and you could receive additional products through the Hostess Rewards scheme.  Your products will be delivered via parcel post, direct to your address.

It is fun to think of lots of other ways you could use this layout with different punches and coloured Washi, so why not give it a try?

Until next time

Happy Stamping

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Cookie Cutter Bear Christmas with Stampin' Up!

Do you want a quick and cute card to make for Christmas? Then look no further than the Cookie Cutter Bundle from Stampin' Up! and combine it with any of the Christmas papers on offer.

The Cookie Cutter Bundle consists of the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set. This stamp set has 17 stamps in it and that means fantastic versatility and value.
I combined my image with paper from the Candy Lane Designer Series Paper pack and one of the new Delicate White Doilies.

The bear hat is punched out of Red Glimmer Paper and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, adding a bit of Christmas sparkle. A quick and easy addition when using the Jolly Hat Builder Punch. You can add any greeting is from an older Stampin' Up! set. 

I used this design in a Stamp A Stack class and by using coordinating punches for the images, it really is quick and easy. It is also easy to change the look simply by changing the patterned paper in the background. 

Give it a try!

Until next time

Happy Stamping

If you would like to shop for these products, you can purchase all Stampin' Up! goods at my on-line store

Monday, 10 October 2016

Stampin Up Star of Light Christmas Card

Wow, I just love this Star of Light bundle from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue. Not only does it come with a stamp set that has 21 stamps included,  you get 7 different and versatile Thinlits in the coordinating set. 

Today I've made a card using a combination of different techniques and my daytime class really enjoyed making this one.

Unfortunately the silver embossed "Christmas" has discoloured with the photo but it is lovely and gives the card a beautiful rich feeling. 
Techniques galore used here - something I really enjoy doing!

Let's start with the background. I used an older resist paper here but you can get a similar result using the Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper on page 172 of the Annual Catalogue

Start by sponging the background with Soft Sky, Pool Party and Marina Mist then buff it lightly with a tissue to remove any excess ink. 
Next stamp some snowflake images (I used an old favourite from Stampin' Up!) using Night of Navy ink.
Just dab the images with the tissue this time as the paper is resisting more ink and you don't want to smudge it too much.
Cut out a plain star using Silver Foil Paper and the Thinlits  from Starlight set. 
Cut out a detailed star from Pool Party card and layer it over the silver star using dimensionals. Sponge the edges a little to soften the colour.
Stamp the "Christmas" greeting in Versa Mark ( from Time of Year Hostess set) and heat Silver Embossing powder until it turns shiny. 
Cut the image out using the the Bunch of Banners Framelits and raise it on dimensionals.

Mat the card with Silver Foil card and adhere to a Thick White card base.
Highlight the centre of the star with a sparkle! 

I'll list the current products below and if you would like to shop from the comfort of your own home, just place your order and it will be delivered directly to you within a few days.

Until Next Time,

Happy Stamping!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Boys Birthday Slider Card

I've been trying so hard to do some cards for boys lately and finally used the cute Shooting Star stamp set from Stampin' Up! Of course I had to use the coordinating Sliding Star framelits that helps in making a slider card quick and easy. 

Here is the card.

The shooting star image works so well with this paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (15.2 x 15.2 cm) and the good news is you get 48 sheets in these stacks. 

I've added a punched Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper circle to highlight the image and to help it slide more easily, plus a few punched out stars that brighten up the dark background. I coloured the image and stamped the 2 greetings. 

The greeting is from the  a fabulous Hostess Stamp set called "Time of Year" and it coordinates really well with Bunch of Banners Framelits.  If you would like this set you need to host a party or place a qualifying order. You can contact  me for more information

I'm still loving making these slider cards and have plenty ready for my stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets. We have our first stall for the year this coming Sunday. 

I have listed all the products needed for this card below. You can purchase them at my on-line store for added convenience (if you live in Australia or it's territories) 

I'll have more slider cards over the next few weeks

Until then

Happy Stamping

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Traditional Father Christmas Card

Today I have a traditional Christmas card for you, featuring the Father Christmas stamp set from Stampin' Up!'s® Holiday Catalogue. This Santa reminds me of what I imagined he would look like when I was young, so it is wonderful to have a detailed stamp to create some traditional Christmas cards.

I cased this design from a sample in the Holiday Catalogue with just a couple of little differences to cater to the product I had on hand. 

There are some really excellent samples in both the Stampin' Up! catalogues that provide inspiration and ideas for your card making. I thought this sample demonstrated the versatility of the stamp set as I have used 4 different stamps from the set on the card front.
You can find the list of products used on this card below. 

If you are looking for a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator will be of interest to you. 
Contact me or find more information on my Stampin' Up! Website.
You can join my team on-line. I will be delighted to mentor and guide you as you get started.
Happy crafting

Monday, 19 September 2016

Love You Best Birds

Today's card use the beautiful Best Birds stamp set from Stampin' Up!®.

I'm thoroughly enjoying playing with the images in this set and today I've combined one of the birds with a cut out from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits (available in the Annual Catalogue p. 194)
Lots of different Stampin' Up!® products combine in this eclectic card. The background uses the Watercolor Wash stamp that is inked and spritzed, and an image from Timeless Textures. I've also added some lace and Washi tape. The bird from Best Birds stamp set is stamped in Soft Suede Classic Ink then additional Soft Suede is added with a Blender Pen.  Pool Party was then washed over select areas using an Aqua Painter

The detail photo shows the layers plus a little Linen Thread tied around the Heart  from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlit set."Love" is also from the same Thinlit set. "you" is a stamp from the Endless Thanks stamp set available in the Annual Catalogue.

If you'd like further information on my classes, please contact me. If you would like to order Stampin' Up!® products you can do so via my on-line store

If you are looking for a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator will be of interest to you. 

Contact me or find more information on my Stampin' Up! Website.

You can join my team on-line. I will be delighted to mentor and guide you as you get started.

Until Next time

Happy Stamping

Friday, 16 September 2016

Stampin' Up! Seasonal Bells Christmas Card

One of the fantastic new bundles from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue combines a versatile stamp set and a punch.  I love punches as they are so easy and quick to use with your stamped images.

The Seasonal Bells stamp set combines a variety of images of bells with some attractive greetings so you can make lovely Christmas Cards for your family and friends. 

One of the hidden gems in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue is the new Petal Burst Embossing Folder. I've used it as a background texture on my card, but if you turn it over to the back you will get a totally different and rather lovely result that is more of an abstract pattern. I really had to think twice about which side to use on this card. 

The bells are stamped and coloured with an Aqua Painter and Classic Inks, punched out and adhered to another new item - the Delicate White Doilies. Add a glimmer banner and you have a quick and easy card.

This project shows how products from both our current catalogues work well together. You can purchase any of these products via my on-line store   (if you are an Australian citizen) and you'll find a list of the items needed below. 

It is just about time for everyone to be working on their Christmas Cards, so contact me if you'd like further information.

Until then

Happy Crafting