Sunday, 12 February 2017

First Stampin Up Christmas Card for 2017



I do like to have my Christmas cards ready in time for Christmas so I usually start my Christmas Card Stamp A Stack classes in February. Unfortunately it seemed that all Chrsitmas inspiration left me so I turned to trusty Pinterest for some inspiration and found just what I was looking for. 

A Stamp A Stack card needs to be interesting yet fairly simple to create, and I think, should include some stamping, some cutting and some layering. 

My card is a case from the lovely Claire Daly 


I used the very versatile Swirly Scribbles Thinlits set for the wreath, Wonderful Wreath Framelits for the bow and flower, Christmas Greeting Thinlits for the "Merry", some paper from the gorgeous  This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White card, and Gold Glimmer paper. The "Christmas" word stamp is one I use often and comes from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.  

You can see the small dots of gold glitter on the wreath - they were made by putting small dots of adhesive on the wreath and sprinkling gold glitter over the top. Be sure to let it dry properly before picking up the card or your dots will droop! Don't ask me how I know lol. 
 


I love the traditional colours in this card and the patterns in the paper add interest without taking up time.



 I cannot finish this post without offering each of you a fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit.
Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
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Until Next Time
Happy Stamping!  




Sunday, 5 February 2017

Waterclour Pencils and Mediterranean Moments


Today's post continues with the water colour theme, and this time I combined the beautiful Stampin' Up! stamp set Mediterranean Moments, Beautiful You, Timeless Textures and the Water Colour Pencils together.

I wanted to keep this very simple and show my class how quickly you can make a card using the w/c pencils as your colouring agent. 


You will be able to tell that in order to place the girl in the middle of the scene, I used the masking technique while creating this card.  I've kept the colouring to a minimum and only selected a few sections of the scene to colour in.



I used Archival Black from Stampin' Up! to stamp the images and did some light applications of colour with the pencils. I blended them with an Aqua Painter, and afterwards spritzed the entire image with water. I love how the colour runs a little, and how the watercolour paper happily accepts the additional water.



I thought the card was lacking a little in balance so added a texture stamp using Real Red classic ink at the bottom corner and the top of the opposite side. This stamp is one of the many versatile stamps from Timeless Textures, and is wonderful to add that finishing touch to a card.
So if you haven't tried this easy method of watercolouring, order yourself some pencils, w/c paper and Archival ink and you will be ready to start.

Happy Stamping to you all,



 I cannot finish this post without offering each of you a fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit.

Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Stamp Class of the Month - Watercolour Techniques - Project 2

As promised I have the second project from my Water colour pencil technique class of the month, and this time I used one of the fantastic free offerings from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.

Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.

At the start of the class I gave each person a card sized piece of this DSP, showed them a couple of ways to colour it and we all had a little practice. I had to drag them away from that to get started on the class projects, but we used this to fill in any "waiting time" that occurred when using the stamps or framelits. And, they all wanted some of this by the end of the night!


and it also makes a great base for gift bags.
I made 8 of these for my customers in the class (just to save time for the main focus of the class- colouring) and it was a quick and easy job using the Gift Bag Punch Board.

Our project for the class was to create a tag for the bag and for this we started with a 2 inch wide strip of basic black card that was punched at the top with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and at the base with the Banner Triple Punch. Next we used the new and totally awesome Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder (find this on page 47 of the Occasions Catalogue)
I love that this folder gives you different textures on either side of the card stock so you can choose which ever works best with your design.

The leaves and flower images are from the Special Reason Bundle (saves you 10% when you buy both the Framelits and Stamp set) and the technique we used on these images is to colour back over the stamped image with the w/c pencils. This stamp set gives the impression of a flat texture on the petals and leaves when you stamp it, and you can create additional depth and colour by using the pencils over parts of the stamped image.


 I also added some Clear Wink of Stella to the petals. Love a little Wink!


This final photo shows you where I have added Pacific Point on top of stamped Old Olive leaves. It just adds a bit of depth to the leaf and I love to see lots of colour in botanical images. After all nature is full of colour. I used a Blender Pen to blend the small areas of colour.
I've left some of the strokes in the flower petals un-blended (is that a word?) as the stronger colour gives greater depth. I used Real Red, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight w/c pencils over the flower image that had been stamped in Melon Mambo ink. I also added some black.

We did all our additional colouring with the w/c pencils and the blending,  before cutting out the shapes using the Stylish Stems Framelits.

The tag is attached using Whisper White Thick Bakers Twine.

There is one more project to see and I will do a separate post for that one too.

If you love colouring and want some of that awesome Inside the Lines DSP - you can earn it for free with an order of $90 from either of our current catalogue (Annual and Occasions) and you can check out the Clearance Rack to add more bargains to your order. 

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 I cannot finish this post without offering each of you a fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit.
Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
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Friday, 27 January 2017

Stamp Class of the Month - Watercolour Techniques - Project 1

This year I am doing a Special Class of the Month for my customers and we started the year with a fun class on one of my favourite techniques - water-colour.

Stampin' Up!® has released some wonderful water colour pencils in the Occasions Catalogue, so I took advantage of that to indulge my love of teaching and water colouring.  This class (and all the special classes) are product based classes, so the participants receive the product they need to complete the projects, instruction on 3 great projects and a variety of techniques, all from the one class. 

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Look at these gorgeous colours - and they all coordinate with Stampin' Up! card stock and inks. You get 12 lovely colours, plus white, and the pencils are smooth and easily applied to a number of different surfaces.

I used a variety of stamp sets for this class as I wanted to demonstrate how versatile all
 our stamps are and how the stamps from the Annual Catalogue work really well with this technique and product too. 

The first card we made used an old favourite set - Wetlands. You'll find this on page 133 of the Annual Catalogue


 I designed this as a card suitable for the males in our lives. The main focus of course, was the technique of using the w/c pencils to create a background. We used w/c paper as the base, stamped the images from Wetlands, using Archival Black ink and let that dry for a few seconds before applying the colour. I showed the class how to use the side of the pencil rather than the tip to get a softer more uneven effect, and then we spritzed the entire piece with water. For a smoother finish you can work back into the colour with an Aqua Painter.



You can see in the detail how the texture of the paper shows through, and you can enhance this using your Aqua Painter to soften some edges (like I did at the horizon). You can also spritz with more water and let a bit of serendipity occur.
I used Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point for the sky. A combination of Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and a touch of Melon Mambo in the water and Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso for the sandy foreground

W/c paper is great for accepting water and allows you to work quickly and freely. 


I finished off the card by matting the stamped image with Basic Black. A few rounds of Linen Thread add to the rustic effect and the edges of the w/c paper have been distressed.
The base card is created by stamping one of the Timeless Textures stamps around the edges, using Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock. I think it adds to the beachy effect. What do you think?  

I will blog separately about the other projects, so don't forget to come back to visit during the week. 

Meanwhile if you would like further information feel free to contact me.

 I cannot finish this post without offering each of you a fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit.

Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  


If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.


  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have. 
 
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Colourful Carousel Birthday

The Carousel Birthday stamp set from Stampin' Up! has such pretty images that are finely detailed, and stamp beautifully onto the cardstock. 

Today's class did a colourful version of the card and we started by white embossing the carousel image onto Whisper White card. It would make a nice effect to use either water colour paper or Shimmery White for the base too.

We made a colourful background using Classic inks and the Aqua Painter, laying the colour over the top of the embossed carousel. 


We used Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay inks,and had to be careful not to get the paper too wet. 
We stamped the horse in Rich Razzleberry, fussy cut it out and painted in details and a little shading, before adhering to the card base with dimensionals.


The finished card has a greeting from the Carousel Birthday stamp set, plus some flags from the Celebrate Today stamp set from the Annual Catalogue. I love how you can straighten out the swag of the flag when using photopolymer stamps.  These flags were hand coloured using the Stampin Write Markers so we could get multi colours at the one time. 

A few stars were added (cut from the Confetti Stars Border Punch) and then Clear Wink of Stella was applied to the stars, the flags and parts of the horse.

This was a fun card to make and I think I will keep it for my littlest grand daughter who turns 1 in a couple of weeks. 

Best Wishes and Happy Stamping



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Can't Get Enough of Water colour Pencils from Stampin' Up!

I've always loved colouring and I just can't get enough spare time in the day to colour as much as I want to.

Today I have a different colour range for the Inside The Lines Designer Series Paper (free with a $90 order from Stampin' Up!)

 
Using the pencils with an Aqua Painter  will make you an instant artist!
I love to lay down a couple of colours with the pencils onto the paper then blend them with the Aqua Painter. The beauty of these pencils is you can go back and add more colour and build shapes as you go. 


This detail shows how a better effect is gained by not being too precise. Leave some white space - even tho you have a white pencil it gives a more vibrant look if the "light" is shining through. Another trick I constantly use is to squint at the image and see where I need to add more depth of colour, and of course you do not have to be realistic with your colour choices.

Here is the finished card.
The "Congrats" is embossed in black, the paper is matted onto black and the card base is Island Indigo.


Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping? 


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Enjoy your colouring
 

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Inside the Lines Specialty Designer Series Paper Ideas and Samples

Do you love colouring in designs?  It is such a relaxing past time and with the new Water color pencils offered in the Occasions Catalogue you can take these along to colour whenever you feel like it. 

Stampin' Up!® has this beautiful set of 12 x 12 one sided colouring paper as a FREE offering when you make a purchase of $90 or more during Sale-A-Bration.

Take a look at this quick video to see a variety of ways you could use the paper and then let your imagination go wild.
                     

                                                                              

This paper coordinates really well with one of my favourite stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue, and that is......

Dragonfly Dreams #142924
 but the joy continues as you can get coordinating Thinlits dies and save 10% by purchasing the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle #144728.

You can view the new catalogue here, or request one and I will post it to you. 
The catalogue items are available until May 31, 2017, but if you order before March 31 you can take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion of 1 free item for each $90 you spend.

I've had a couple of water colour card classes this week and we all enjoyed the colouring. I really loved that each person's card turned out with it's own personality.

This is the card I made for the sample.


We used the new Water Colour Pencils from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue with an Aqua Painter. You can also use a Blender Pen to blend the colour if you prefer more control.

The lace at the base is actually a stamp - one of the free sets from the SAB catalogue - Delicate Details. this has been heat embossed with white embossing powder and is very realistic.

The greeting is made with 2 stamps from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set  positioned together on a clear block and stamped onto vellum.

If you live in Australia and would like to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion you can order at my on-line store. While you are there don't forget to look at the Clearance Rack for even more bargains.

Give colouring a try - it is so relaxing and I know you will love it. If you would like some instruction I am having a special water colouring class on January 24th. Contact me if you are interested in attending. Learn to colour like a pro!

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting



Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping? 

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Pretty Flowers With Stampin Up Envelope Paper

Do you ever just feel like sitting and folding papers? Then these flowers are perfect for that, and as a bonus Stampin' Up!® has the Envelope Paper heavily discounted on the Close Out Sale.
Bad news is the sale finishes tomorrow, so if you want to stock up, head on over to my on-line store or select the image:

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You'll find a heading: Close Out Paper and that's where you'll see all the lovely papers on sale or retiring. Don't forget to add the Host Code to your order!

These origami style flowers can be made in many different ways - I made mine for Christmas - use coloured papers or spritz them or simply add glitter for those who love a bit of bling. I used the Neutrals Envelope Paper Pack plus some gold and silver glitter from Stampin Up. The lighter weight paper makes folding easier, but still gives you firm flowers.

Most people make the flowers with just 5 petals but I decided to add more petals and I love the result. Just ensure that you have an odd number of petals. The only slight drawback is that the central hole is then larger and so requires a diamante or pearl or other embellishment to cover it over. No problems for me as my stash is quite adequate. 


I've made this with lots of colour and some hand stamped papers as well - a gorgeous everlasting gift for someone special. 
The stems are made with wire wrapped in florists tape, and I used the large floral shape from the Blossom Punch to cover the join at the base. 

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting




Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping? 



If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.



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