Monday, 18 January 2016

The Sky is the Limit with Woodland Embossing folder

What can I say? except Love, Love, Love both these products from Stampin' Up! and one of them is FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration.

Of course I am talking about my all time favourite Embossing Folder: Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing folder. Did you miss out on ordering this from the Handmade for the Season Catalogue? Don't worry you will be able to order it from our next Annual Catalogue - it has been so popular and in demand that Stampin' Up! is bringing it back! 

Did I mention FREE stamps? Yes the gorgeous "Sky Is The Limit" stamp set is one of the free offerings during Sale-A-Bration (SAB) 

But you need to hurry if you want this one as it is only available while stocks last and definitely not after February 15th.  You simply need to place a $90 order of Stampin Up products and you can choose this set for free. Now that's a great deal. (Australian residents only)

Contact me for further details, or place your order on-line at my store and it will be posted straight to your home. Use the current Hostess Code (top right side bar) to be in the draw to win the Hostess Rewards for the month

Now a little about the card. The picture in my head was of the plane taking off from a country airfield - viewed through the forest. I used the same technique of swiping the folder as I did for my original technique post so you might like to check that tutorial out.

This time I used Lost Lagoon and Delightful Dijon - 2 of our current IN COLORS, swiped directly onto the folder. Then I stamped the image using Memento Black.

The greeting is a combination of two greetings from the same stamp set - Sky Is The Limit, and they have been embossed over vellum - yes I love those trees so much I hate to cover them up.

The outer edge of the embossed image has been sponged with Lost Lagoon ink prior to matting onto Basic Black card and Lost Lagoon card, and a little touch of Linen thread completes the picture.

Hope you like it

Until Next Time....

Saturday, 16 January 2016

The Sky Is the Limit in Sale-A-Bration

Don't you just love free products? I knew straight away that I had to have this stamp set: 
The Sky Is The Limit, which is one of the FREE sets that you can get during Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration (SAB) promotion this year. 

It is often difficult to think of ideas for Male cards but this set gives you quite a few options.

Today I have used it with the gorgeous "Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack" that you can find in the Handmade from the Heart Occasions Catalogue
This stack comprises 48 15.2 x 15.2cm double sided pages - 4 each of 12 double sided designs and the colours are rich and so suitable for cards for our boys/men. 

 Colours are Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray, Basic Black and Whisper White, with highlights of Silver Foil.
I've used stamping, cutting, watercolour, masking and sponging techinques, but I think it is the background paper that steals the show. It is magnificent!

In the detail you can see how I coloured the plane body using my Aqua Painter and sponged some clouds behind the plane, using a piece of torn paper as the mask.  

I love how this card turned out, and I particularly like the plane flying out of the matted circle. It's difficult to see but there is a touch of Wink of Stella Clear on the wings and the greeting cloud. 

Below is a list of products I used in this project. You are welcome to order them via my on-line store (just select the shopping cart in the side bar) and if you are also welcome to use the current HOSTESS CODE (also at the top of the Right Side Bar). If you use the code you will be in the running to win the Hostess Rewards for the month, so don't forget to ensure that you give your details with the order. - this applies to Australian citizens only! 

I do hope the card provides some inspiration

Until Next Time...

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Bloomin' Hearts in Purple

Hello and welcome to another post featuring some of the fabulous new products from the
Handmade from the Heart Occasions Catalogue by Stampin' Up!

Today I'm featuring the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die and the Bloomin' Love stamp set.

 I've used Perfect Plum as my base colour and the Bloomin' Heart die is in Elegant Eggplant. I love these two colours together and a little silver and white give the lift I was aiming for.

The background card has been textured with the Brick Wall Embossing folder - a really versatile 15.2 cm square folder. Love it for so many reasons. 

The card base is made from Stampin' Up"s new Thick White A4 card stock. This is a sturdy 270gm in weight and therefore is perfect for card bases. 

I cut out a heart shape using the now retired Heart Framelits and it fits perfectly behind the gorgeous filigree heart. I raised the Perfect Plum up on Dimensionals to give a lovely lace effect.

A hint when cutting out the Bloomin' Heart Thinlit - and I'm sure you've seen lots of hints on-line already but this is what I find works for me.
Use the Multipurpose platform closed.
 Top with the Precision Base Plate
Add your card stock
Place the Thinlits die cutting side down
Add an Acrylic Cutting Mat
Pass through the Bigshot 2-4 times.
No need for dryer sheets, additional wax or baking paper.
Do move your paper around the Precision Base plate for each new cut.

For quick and easy popping out all those fiddly little bits use the fabulous new Big Shot Die Brush - I promise you will love it!

The flower embellishments are a two step stamp from the stamp set: Bloomin' Love. It coordinates beautifully with the dies. 

The final touches are Wink Of Stella Clear giving a gorgeous shimmer on the flowers, some Rhinestones Basic Jewels and some Silver Metallic thread.

You can find a list of the products I used in the grid below, and if you would like to order any of these you can do so via my on-line store 
 Use the HOSTESS CODE listed in the right hand side bar to be in the monthly draw to win the Hostess Rewards. Don't forget to ensure that your contact details are not hidden from me or I will not know it is you that has placed the order.

Good luck and have fun with this bundle - it is a beauty!

This card would look lovely in a variety of colour combinations, so why not give it a try? 
The stamp set and thinlits dies are available in a bundle saving you 15%

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Friday, 8 January 2016

Celebrating Botanical Blooms Birthday Card and Sale A Bration at Stampin Up

It's a wonderful time of the year at Stampin' Up! where we are celebrating card making and paper craft with our biggest promotion of the year:
the launch of a new Occasions Catalogue :

Handmade from the Heart Catalogue

Click on the catalogue to see all the stunning new stamps and accessories, and as a bonus this catalogue is filled with a variety of Bundles. We all know that means a saving of 15% on those products PLUS spend $90 and receive a free item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

The card I have for you today uses the Botanical Blooms Bundle

I've chosen to go with some of the lighter colours  in the Designer Series Paper stack for the background, then I added a Tea Lace Doily, some scrunched Linen thread and the die cut leaves and flowers from the coordinating  Botanical Builder Framelits Dies. A quick and easy card!

 I added extra colour to the centre of the flowers and finished the petals with a touch of the absolutely gorgeous Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush. If you love a little glitz on your cards then this item is a must have!

If you would like to order these items you can use my on-line store, and if you use the current Hostess Code, you will go into the draw to win the Hostess Rewards for this month.
Orders must be placed by January 30, 2016 (Australian residents only) and you must use the code:



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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop - Bring On the Bling

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop for December - Bring On The Bling. 
With only a couple of days until Christmas day, we in Australia are having some amazingly hot weather. Strangely enough, I still like making Northern Hemisphere inspired ornaments for Christmas and today's project is inspired by a sample in the Handmade For The Season Catalogue.

Today I've just wrapped up the Christmas season of market stalls so it is time to show you my project which proved to be very popular at the markets. I've added my own twist to these great ornaments and I really enjoy making them. I made over 30 this week! They are versatile as you can make them in many different sizes, and I love that I can use up spare Designer Series Papers left over from other projects. 

The ornaments can be made to look old fashioned - one customer today said they reminded her of the Victorian Era, or they can be modern and edgy - simply choose papers to create the style you want.

This photo shows the variety of papers that I found work well. The Designer Series Paper Stacks patterns work really well together and when you adhere them randomly together, they give you a type of Harlequin style that is really fun. I've used left over bits of old styles together with some of the current patterns. 

Not much bling on these?  Just look at the next photos!

That is the Stampin' Up! fine gold glitter on each edge. This finish is achieved by applying 2-Way Glue Pen to all the edges, then rolling the ball in a tub of the glitter. Love it!  I used both the silver and gold glitter depending on the colour scheme of each bauble.

Another easy way to coordinate patterns is to use both sides of the one sheet of paper. Fold them alternately so the different pattern is stacked alternately in the preliminary stages of making the ornaments. This method will give you one pattern at the top of the ornament, and the other pattern at the bottom of the ornament. 

There are so many different ways you can construct these, leading to a nice surprise each time you try something new.

I hope you enjoy my project, but don't forget to follow the blog hop through and see all the wonderfully creative ideas from some of the top Stampin' Up! demonstrators in the world. You are at Ann Craig's blog now: so just click on the next name in the list below and you can move to the next person.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas holiday period,  filled with family, friends, peace and love.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Water Colour Partridge Christmas Card

... "And a partridge in a pear tree" - such a lovely line from a great song that perfectly describes this Christmas card I made recently.

I purchased this Stampin' Up! stamp set when it first came out  - I love the illustration and could see it would make a quick card for Christmas. My idea was to heat emboss the image and then water colour select areas to highlight the partridge and the pears.

The detail shows the colouring technique, and the little gold glittery highlights are made with the Fine Tip Glue Pen and the Stampin' up! Gold Glitter.
I used an Aqua Painter and classic inks. Colours are Crushed Curry, Tangering Tango, Island Indigo and Rich Razzleberry.

A couple of hints:
Make sure you use your embossing buddy on the white card stock before embossing with black.
Always start with the lightest colour when using water colour in confines spaces like this.
Mat and frame your card in colours that coordinate with the image.

Until next time

Happy Stamping

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Stampin Up Achievers Blog Hop - Typeset for Christmas - Seeing 3D

Hi and welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers November Blog Hop - Seeing 3 D. 
 Talk about leaving this to the last minute! So sorry about the rushed post but I do want to participate in the hop this month. 

I have been making these awesome snowflakes and selling lots of them at our local Craft Market, so I thought I'd share my latest version with you. I saw a picture of a similar snowflake and thought "I can do that" so here it is.
Supplies I used help this project to be quite quick and easy to construct. You do need to add some pegs or bulldog clips to hold each of the modules together before using hot glue to attach them all to a central core.

Detail of the centre part of the snowflake - this hides all the hot glue, and any uneven ends on each of the modules.

You can see that the snowflake is double sided so it can hang freely. 
Each module is made up of 5 (or for larger snowflakes -7) strips of paper, and it is really easy to change the size by shortening or lengthening the strips of paper.

And here is the finished product. It measures approximately 22cm across.
I really love those Snowflake Elements for creating a gorgeous centre.

And here is a more traditional white snowflake where I've used the Spider Web doily covered in Dazzling Diamonds as part of the central motif.

Thanks for looking, now it is time to move on to the next awesome project. Just follow the links below and continue through the hop to see gorgeous ideas from many talented demonstrators from around the world. Have fun!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Delicate Ornament Christmas Cards

I love Christmas and always look forward to the Seasonal Catalogues from Stampin' Up! that feature the Christmas stamps, embellishments and tools. I make Christmas cards all through the year at my monthly Christmas Stamp A Stack classes, so we all have a nice stack when the busy time of the year comes around. 

This month we used the "To You & Yours" Shaker Kit by Stampin' Up! and that was both quite easy and lots of fun. This is a wonderful kit if you have never made shaker cards, and the bonus is that there are plenty of left overs to complete other cards.

This is what I made using the left over dimensional tape and star sequins.
I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by Judy May.

The Delicate Ornament Thinlit dies  cut beautifully using the new Precision Plate. I cut them in Silver foil and put some wax paper between the die and the paper. Don't forget to put the waxy side against the die!

The ornament on the left is made by punching a 1 and 3/4 inch circle (which doubles as the backing for the delicate silver bauble) then selecting the next size up framelit from the Circles Framelits pack. It makes a beautiful thin outline. I'm so happy that we have so many circle options when combining all our punches and framelits. 

Window sheet is behind the front card. 

I also used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder on the front of the card and added a few dots of glue using the Fine Tip Glue Pen then sprinkling it with Silver Glitter (Stampin' Up! glitter  of course!)
Colours are Soft Sky, Pool Party, White and Silver Foil on one card and Pool Party, Island Indigo, Silver Foil and White on the other card. 

Below you can see a list of the products I used, and when you decide you must have them,  you can order via my on-line store for delivery direct to you. (Australian residents only) 

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