Tuesday, 12 September 2017

NIght in Bethlehem in Silver Foil and Blue.

This is the final card we made for my Night In Bethlehem card class. I particularly like this one because of the colours used. 

Marina Mist and Perfect Plum sponging on Marina Mist card stock set the scene behind the die cut city.

The city has been die cut with the Bethlehem Edgelits Dies, and I've used Night of Navy card for the distance  and Marina Mist for the front. I used Clear Wink of Stella over the Marina Mist buildings and heat embossed the stars with Silver Embossing Powder and my Stampin' Up Heat Tool. 
Don't you love how you can make the Wink of Stella highlight parts of your images by adding more or less of it?
I found by lining up the base of both dies that each of the doorways was nicely coloured dark from the shapes behind. I also added a little water coloured base under the front set of buildings as I felt that they needed grounding. this was done with an Aqua Painter and Night of Navy ink

The Marina Mist card front was matted onto Silver Foil and then onto Thick Whisper White card.

You can see the list of products used below. I hope you enjoy the card and if you need any of these products you can order them on-line by selecting the product in the list. It will take you directly to my shop and your order will be sent directly to you.

Have fun with this bundle,

Until next time

Happy Stamping

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Night In Bethlehem - A Few More Samples

Today I have another couple of samples using the Night In Bethlehem Bundle (available in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue on p. 26)

These two cards use the simplest form of stamping - ink to paper, with a tiny twist in each one.
the first card is basically a monotone involving stamping off the same image without re-inking it. Simply stamp the darkest image at the front and then stamp the next 2 layers slightly above and to either side of the original image. You get a great effect of distance.

I used Berry Burst - on of the new In Colors from Stampin' Up!®, but added a little more definition of the Mary & Joseph stamp by using Fresh Fig. It is slightly darker but has similar tones. 

To brighten up the card I used the Fine Tip glue Pen to draw in the "stars" and the outline, then sprinkled Gold Glitter over the top. 

The next card used different colours for the layers and you can see how different it looks simply by choosing different colours.

A slightly different layout - this time using the large "guiding star"stamp and changing the position of the town and greeting.
The colours I used for this card are Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig - all from the 2017 - 2019 In Color range by Stampin' Up! The star is Crushed Curry.
I found it better to start with the Lemon Lime Twist on this card and stamp over the top with progressively darker inks.

I hope these cards give you some inspiration. You can find more inspiration in the Holiday Catalogue on p. 26

Below you'll find a list of products used in these cards and if you need to purchase any of them you are most welcome to do so via my on-line store. Just select the image of the item you want and it will take you to my shop.

Until next time

Happy Crafting

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Night in Bethlehem - Stampin Up card by Ann Craig

 Night In Bethlehem is a lovely Christmas stamp set available in the new Stampin' Up!® Holiday Catalogue. It offers a variety of ways that it can be used, from easy stamp to card all the way to embossing and layering.

These are some samples you'll find in the catalogue on page 26. Take a look at all the beautiful Christmas, Halloween and Autumn themed stamp sets, bundles and accessories. Stampin' Up! is well known for the offering of coordinated products and you'll find some beautiful suits in this catalogue.

The Stamp set comes with a set of Edgelits in a bundle and if you purchase them together you'll save 10% on the price. The Edgelits make cutting out the images so quick and easy and they add a wonderful dimension to your cards.
 I chose to do 4 different samples in my class this week - today I'll show you one that involves both heat and dry embossing and the use of some of the accessories that are available.

The card base is Thick Whisper White. The image stamping is done with Archival Basic Black ink onto Whisper White card. This is then cut out with the 2nd largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and matted onto a Gold Doily. A little gold thread was scrunched up behind the image that has been raised on Dimensionals. To achieve the gold and white patterned texture, I patted Versa Mark ink directly onto the  Embossing Folder, inserted some Whisper White and ran it through the Big Shot. I then sprinkled it with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with the heat tool. I didn't have space for any of the greetings from this set so I found my favourite script and stamped "Merry Christmas" below. A couple of Gold Faceted Gems complete the card.

This was a fun card to make and it did not take a lot of time for the rich result.
You'll find a list of the products used  at the end of the post. You are most welcome to shop online by selecting any of the products - they will take you directly to my on-line store.

Check back tomorrow to see more examples made with this versatile set.

Until then,

Happy Crafting

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Friday, 8 September 2017

The New Holiday Catalogue is Here!

You are going to love this catalogue and all the gorgeous contents. I am trying so hard not to buy everything, but the sets and bundles are just so gorgeous.

Take a look at the catalogue by selecting the image below, and when you can no longer resist the wonderful products, you can place an on-line order via my store!


Just to tempt you a little more, Stampin Up! also has a terrific Host Reward opportunity for anyone who hosts a qualifying party/workshop or who places an individual order of $450 or more.

This beautiful Merry Patterns set will be added onto your normal Host benefits so it becomes a win win situation. Read all about the promotion and how you can earn it.


Stampin' Up! has prepared a video  showing some examples
Stay tuned for some pretty samples from this set - I have earned mine but it hasn't arrived yet, so check back again in a couple of days.

Until then, enjoy browsing the catalogue - perhaps even gather some friends for a workshop - I love teaching techniques and sharing my ideas. Contact me for further information.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Coloured Embossing Paste and Autumn Leaves

A quick post tonight using Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste that has been coloured with a drop of Soft Suede re-inker. The paste is applied through the brick pattern mask from the Pattern Party  Decorative Masks set and allowed to dry.
I used water colour paper for the base so that I could sponge and spritz the brick pattern after it dried. 

I really like the interplay of textures when working on water colour paper.
 I combined the use of Embossing Paste with the wonderful and versatile Seasonal Layers Bundle, choosing the leaves framelits for this card. I can just imagine the autumn wind blowing the leaves in front of my house!
The water colour paper is matted onto Copper Foil and then onto Old Olive card stock. The card base is Thick Whisper White.

I introduced the technique of Baby Wipe stamping for the leaves - many of my customers had not tried that technique and they fell in love with it. It looks particularly good on these leaves as they cut our with a white rim that highlights the shape of the leaf and the beautiful colours  used. 
I used re-inkers: 
Daffodil Delight
Tangerine Tango
Rich Razzleberry
Old Olive
And when they blend you get so many other lovely neutrals. 

This is the first of a series of 4 cards I made using the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. I'll post the others over the next couple of days.
If you haven't already tried the Embossing Paste, I encourage you to do so. It is fun and can be manipulated in a variety of ways.

Best Wishes

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Monday, 21 August 2017

New Stampin' Up! Bargains on the Clearance Rack

Hello friends,

Just a quick note to alert you bargain hunters that the Clearance Rack has been updated and there are some awesome bargains to be had.

Here are just a few of the bargains. Go to my Demo website to see the full range and place your order so you don't miss out. You can also click one item and it will take you directly to my shop. Email me with an order and I will place it for you, if you don't wish to use the On-line option.

I used the gorgeous Delicate Ornaments Dies to make this card, combining it with the new Embossing Paste, ( 141979) the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103) Copper Embossing Powder (141636) and the In Color Itty Bitty Bows (144217)

PS: don't forget to use the Host Code (D6XMC6AF) to be in the running for extra product.

Candle Border Punch
Blossom Bunch Punch