Sunday, 26 April 2015

Work of Art and Summer Silhouettes Collage Stamping Card

After owning Summer Silhouettes for quite some time I have only just started to use it, and I now realise how versatile it is as a stamp set.

For today's card I have combined it with another favourite stamp set from Stampin' Up! - Work of Art.  And of course I had to add a little bit of Gorgeous Grange to balance out the design. I decided to use the Subtles colour range of Classic Inks for this card and chose Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette and Pool Party for the background. 

I love a bit of contrast in my cards, but this time I kept with the Subtle colours and opted for contrasting shapes in the background - the zig zag and leaf shapes, rather than contrasting colour. These shapes are stamped in Wisteria Wonder.

Black silhouettes would have been too stark on these soft colours so I stamped the flower silhouettes in Elegant Eggplant and I love the effect. The greeting is also stamped in Elegant Eggplant with soft leaf images that have been "stamped off" in Pool Party. The greeting is raised on Dimensionals and embellished with a button from the Soft Subtles range. Some White Bakers Twine tied into a bow finishes the effect I wanted.

To enhance the colour choices I placed this on a mat of Pool Party card stock then onto an Elegant Eggplant card base.

This was such a fun card to make and my Crafty Tuesday ladies enjoyed it a lot. Collage stamping is one of my many favourite techniques and I think the stamp sets Work of Art, Summer Silhouettes and Gorgeous Grunge combine beautifully.

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Summer Silhouettes Watercolour Card

After the great success of the Hawaii Achievers Blog Hop, I'm inspired to make more cards using lots of different techniques. If you are already tired of this nasty weather on the east coast of Australia, take a look at the tropical inspiration on the blog hop.

Today's card is created using Stampin' Up! re-inkers dropped onto wet watercolour paper then stamped with Summer Silhouettes stamp set when dry.

I used concentrated Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder inks dropped onto a wet surface on this card and I love how you never quite know how the background will turn out. Wet on wet always creates a certain amount of serendipity and gives you a great base to position the stamped image without pre-planing too much.

To enhance the black stamped image, I placed the card on a black mat, then a white mat and finally a Wisteria Wonder card base. 

Because water colour paper has such a lovely texture, the stamped images do not always come out as crisp as they do on Stampin Up! Whisper White card. That doesn't worry me at all - in fact I really like a more natural  effect.

I used Memento Jet Black for the images and was careful to dry the water colour paper before stamping onto it. (I used my heat tool on a low setting, heating both from the front and back of the paper) 

I hope you enjoy this card and will give water colouring on water colour paper a try. It is important to use good quality paper, and Stampin Up! provides w c paper of lovely quality.

You will find below a list of the products used. You are welcome to use my on-line shop to order any of these products.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation Achievers Hawaii Blog Hop. You have just hopped here from Bec's blog, and I'm sure you are loving all the tropical inspiration so far. Isn't it fabulous?

I'm excited to be participating, as this is my first ever blog hop, and I'm equally thrilled to be joining some really awesome demonstrators in showing what I have created.

I've just started to enjoy Stampin' Up's offerings for Project Life Memory Keeping. I'm a bit slow on the uptake, but I'll put that down to loving to create 12" x 12" scrap pages and not quite knowing how I'd manage the Project Life system. So I thought I'd combine the 2 methods - some 12 x 12 pages to showcase my favourite large photos and lots of Project Life pages to document the fun vacation that we will share with other Stampin Up demonstrators.

For my contribution to the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop I have created a 12" x 12" "front page" that will introduce loads of pages of photos that I intend to take while in Hawaii. Memories from my previous visit (a long time ago) are of beautiful sunsets and colourful flowers, so they have been my inspiration.

I used Petite Petals, Flower Shop and Petal Potpourri stamp sets to create the flowers, and combined them with matching punches: Petite Petals, Pansy and Flower Medallion. Many of the flowers have been coloured with classic inks and a Blender Pen.

The back ground is created with a brayer starting with Daffodil Delight Classic Ink then adding Rose Red, Perfect Plum and Tempting Turquoise for the sky area. The horizon and moon are masked, and background stamping in Blackberry Bliss and Tempting Turquoise provides some foliage as a backdrop for the punched out flowers. I have used Marina Mist, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and So Saffron for the sea, and I sponged additional colour to darken the lower right hand corner.

Working out where to put the flowers! Also time to sponge some colour onto the "moon".

The triple layer flowers have dimensionals between the layers to add height and texture to the layout. I have prepared spaces for Holiday dates using the Handpicked Framelits dies, and created a space for my photo by placing Whisper White over Vellum.

A little bit of bling behind the title and on the centres of some flowers.

And the final product. Just waiting for a lovely photo to be added in the space provided.

Now for some more Tropical Inspiration, select the "Next Blog" button and hop on over to Vanessa's blog

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Birthday Flower Medallion

Here is a quick Birthday card using the combination of flower stamps and punches. Stampin Up is so well known for its coordinating products and this makes card making quick, easy and gorgeous. I have used the splotch from Gorgeous Grunge in Hello Honey as the base - I think this gives the other two colours a lift and takes a little away from the background being stark.

The leaf image from Kinda Eclectic, is stamped in Mellow Moss classic ink and then stamped off a number of times to provide the lovely tonal effect.

 The layout is kept simple with the cluster image balanced by the Greeting, which can be found in the Butterfly Basics stamp set by Stampin' Up! Basic Pearls are used in the centres of each flower to help keep the entire effect light.

 Here are the products you would need to complete this card. Please feel free to contact me or place an order at my on-line store
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Friday, 10 April 2015

Gorgeous Grunge Screen Card

I've enjoyed seeing a few screen cards posted lately so thought I'd have a go myself. 

This card uses some of the elements from Stampin' Up's Gorgeous Grunge and Kinda Eclectic stamp sets, combined with flowers stamped and punched with coordinating punches. The flowers are from the stamp sets, Flower Shop, Petite Petals and Petal Pot Pourri.

The front of the card features a composite flower from all 3 stamp sets, coloured with a Blender Pen and Classic Ink (Blackberry Bliss) and raised up with a Dimensional between each layer. 

The colours used are Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon and the range of tones is achieved by "stamping off" the image. The 2014 -2016 In Colors are perfect for stamping off as the richness of their colour allows for up to 4 stamps without re-inking.

The next 2 panels showcase the beautiful leaf image from "Kinda Eclectic" together with images from "Gorgeous Grunge".

The top of the screen is created using the Confetti Heart Border Punch and the legs of the screen are punched out with the Curly Label Punch. 

If you would like to re create this card you will need the following products. Feel welcome to contact me if you would like additional help.

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