Monday, 20 August 2018

Petal Promenade With a Dash of Water Colour

Don't you just love the beautiful Designer Series Papers in the annual Catalogue? 
One of my favourite paper sets is Petal Promenade.

Such beautiful images and colours that match perfectly with the Beautiful Promenade stamp set. 
As you know I love to colour and in particular I love to water colour. With this set I stamped the flower images then just dragged a little of the colour with an Aqua Painter. The design of these flowers did not need a lot of colour as I didn't want to loose the effect of the gorgeous paper. 

Here are a couple of samples: 

The stamps and papers are part of the Petal Promenade Suite that contains many coordinating products. You can find it on p. 106 - 107 of the Annual Catalogue and you will notice that there is a set of Thinlit Dies to make cutting of the flowers super easy. 

Why don't you try combining stamps and papers for quick and easy cards?

Until Next Time
Happy Stamping!

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Please use the current Host Code (in the side bar) 
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Saturday, 18 August 2018

Stampin Up Alaska Cruise Swaps

What a fun time I had on the Stampin' Up! Alaska cruise  a couple of weeks ago. It was awesome to share this trip with my husband and some lovely friends who are fellow demonstrators. As you can see from the photo - the weather was perfect.

This year, my swaps were very last minute, but I thought I'd share them and the technique I used. 

It is the basic technique of MASKING. 
I've been using this technique a lot lately in a variety of ways - it is such a useful technique in helping you achieve depth and interest in your card making.

I used one of Stampin' Up's! Distinktive Stamps from the Healing Hugs stamp set. These Distinktive stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity. 

 And here is the stamping on the card I made:

  I've stamped the main image 3 times, starting with the darkest (full ink strength) then masking, stamping off and repeating for the 3rd flower.

 You can see the build up of the masks, and note that the mask is placed inside the edge of the stamped image. This is done to ensure the next stamp positions closely to the original. 

The process is repeated when adding the leaves.

 I can't believe that I didn't photograph the complete card but you can see it amongst the other swaps on one of the swap boards at Base Camp on the ship. 

Can you spot it on the board?
I used some stamps from other sets as well - the background texture is from Artisan Textures, and the greeting is from the Blended Seasons stamp set that is an exclusive set only available during August. 
Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of sharing more often..
Until next time
Happy Stamping!

If you would like to order any of the products I used you can order on-line at my store

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Join Stampin' Up! in July - Fabulous Savings

Hi everyone!

I've got great news for you all, whether or not you've been thinking of joining Stampin' Up! for the discount or as a business. 

You are aware by now that Stampin' Up! has revamped the colour range and it is fabulous. In conjunction with that they are offering one of the best deals I've seen in my 12 years with the company.

Take a look....

That's correct - an entire colour family of ink pads (valued at $117.00) in the new format for FREE added to the already heavily discounted "you choose what you want" STARTER KIT. 

Doing the math that equals $352.00 of product for just $169.00.  BARGAIN!!!

Oh yes, you also receive $80 worth of catalogues and business forms for free plus free postage.

So what are you waiting for? I gave this a try 12 years ago and have loved every minute of my association with this company. I'm sure you will too, whether you want to create a viable "work from home" business, or simply receive a great discount on your high quality craft products. 

I would love to help you with your Stampin' Up! journey.

Best Wishes

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Stamping Techniques To Try - Cards With Memories & More

Hello stamping friends - it is that time again when we bring you another great Technique To Try. This month we are using Memories and More cards to create quick cards to send. And they certainly do make quick cards as mine was done in just 15 minutes, including the water colouring. 

I've used one of the large cards from the Petal Palette Suite (and I've just discovered that it is retired!!!) Too bad as I love this set of cards. Unfortunately I don't have time to make another card or I will miss the deadline, nor do I have any of the current Memories and More card packs, so this will give you an idea. However you can see how easy it is to add water colouring using an Aqua Painter and Classic Inks.

The colours I used are :
Granny Apple Green
Blushing Bride
Rich Razzleberry

Next you simply stamp a greeting, mat the card and add to a card base.

Simple and fun.  

Thanks for looking and I apologise for the rushed post. Please follow along to the next post and enjoy the different ideas and samples. You just never know when you'll need a quick card that looks like it took a lot longer! 

Until Next Time

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Animal Outing Birthday Card

This week my younger grandson turned 5, and that demanded a hand made card from grandma!
Sadly I will be saying goodbye to him in a few days as he and his family are moving overseas for 3 years, so I thought I'd add just a little Australian flavour to the card.

I used a Stampin' Up! stamp set named Animal Outing, from the new Annual Catalogue. (page 27)

It's a very versatile set - great for kids, and it comes with coordinating framelits to save you time and enable you to easily layer the animals.

Here is the card:

I stamped the kangaroo, branch and giraffe directly onto the card front, and the rhino on a separate piece of card stock.
They have been coloured with Stampin' Up! Blends. 
The rhino was fussy cut, because I forgot I had the framelits!!!!  That's how much of a rush I was in.

I finished the card by drawing 2 rough lines around the edge and cutting our a "5"using my Large Numbers framelits
I can see lots of uses for this set and will enjoy water-colouring the critters at some stage.

If you'd like to purchase the Animal Outing Bundle you will save 10% on the purchase. Just go to my store (Australian residents only)  and use the current Host code  (see the side bar) 

Until next time
Stay crafty

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Stamping Techniques To Try - Bordered Sentiment

Welcome to another Stamping Techniques To Try, blog hop.

This month we are using the technique named Bordered Sentiments. It is a simple technique that will open up lots of possibilities for you whether you have a large collection of stamps or if you are just starting out. 

What you need:
White or Vanilla card stock base
Permanent pen (I used a Sharpie)
Sticky notes
Black ink
Aqua Painter
Old Olive classic ink
Melon Mambo classic ink
adhesive embellishments

Here is my card - I have to admit it is my 3rd try as I did not have my stamping hat on today and the first couple just were not good enough to post on-line. I dropped the stamp onto the card at one stage resulting in black smears. 😢

I love the simplicity of the card - it took about 12 minutes to make using the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set (Stampin' Up!) 

I started by ruling the black lines across the page, then I placed both greeting stamps onto the one block and stamped them together.

Next step is to place a sticky note just inside the black line and stamp the images. You can see how the sticky note masks part of the image. Repeat this step, moving the sticky note to achieve all the images you want so they appear to be coming from behind the greeting. 

I love black and white cards, but this one called for a little colour and the quickest way for me to colour is to use my Aqua Painter and Stampin' Up! Classic Inks.

So that's it! Quick, easy and effective.

You can see what the other designers have created by following the links below.
If you live in Australia and would like to order any of the products I used, simply click on the item in the shopping list and it will take you to my On-Line Store

It is an exciting week for all Stampin' Up! fans as the new Annual Catalogue has launched. It is delicious and you can view it on-line if you don't already have a hard copy. 
The release of a new catalogue is a great time to join Stampin' Up! so if you've been thinking about it, 

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