Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Wild About Flowers & Bokeh

It has been such a busy month and now it is almost over, so it is way past time to show you some of the cards I've been making for classes this month. 

I hope many of you took the time to check out all the great inspiration in the latest Stampin Up Achiever's Blog Hop.  Demonstrators from around the world take part in this blog hop and there are some great ideas to try.

Today I'm showing you some cards using the gorgeous new set " Wild About Flowers". It is a beautiful set of 12 photopolymer stamps that includes 2-step stamping. I was teaching the Bokeh technique for backgrounds at one of my classes and used this set to finish the card.

I simply punched a variety of different size circles in Whisper White card and used that as a mask. Then I randomly sponged Whisper White Craft ink over the sponged background. I found it better to use a sponge rather than a dauber as the dauber transferred more colour back onto the ink pad, and who wants a white ink pad with different colours all over it?

This card uses some of the new In Colors in the background and has some Tip Top Taupe images stamped behind the black images. Watermelon Wonder. Mint Macaron and Delightful Dijon make up the background colours.

Notice how the overlapping of the white circles makes them more opaque in sections. I think this adds to the charm of the technique.

I used some of the colours from the Brights colour family on the next card.  Can you pick which ones I used?
A simple, thin black mat and some Black Stitched Satin Ribbon  tie the composition together. I didn't add a greeting to this card as I like it just how it is, and I can always add a greeting if a specific occasion suits the card.

Here is a list of the products I used for the cards. You are welcome to use my On-Line Store for any purchase if you are an Australian resident. While you are there, don't forget to take a peek at the Weekly specials and the Clearance Rack. there are some wonderful bargains to be had!

Thanks for looking

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Stampin' Up! Achievers Blog Hop - Colour Me New

Hello again and thanks so much for joining us in this month's Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop.
This month we have a new theme that requires us to
"Use at least two new 2015-2017 In-Colors in your project. Other colors can be used, however please use at least two new In-colors."
You are at Ann Craig's Blog now and I'm so glad you've stopped by.

I didn't think this would be too hard as I am enjoying most of the new 2015 -2017 In Colors, however I have struggled to create something  for this blog hop that I feel is satisfactory.
This is what I ended up with...

I've seen plenty of gorgeous examples of cards using the Vintage Leaves stamp set and thought combining the In Colors would give some wonderful Autumn Colours. I knew I'd be able to neutralise some of the colours by overlapping them and am really happy with the way the leaf turned out. It is a combination of Delightful Dijon, Watermelon Wonder and a little Mint Macaron sponged onto the stamped image and then over-stamped with the original image in Tip Top Taupe ink.
You can see that I crumpled it a little before placing one dimensional in the centre and adhering both the tip of the leaf and the stem, to the background of the card.
I've used my "go - to" stamp sets - Gorgeous Grunge and Work of Art, to create the background in Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon and Tip Top Taupe.
The card base is Whisper White with edges sponged in Tip Top Taupe, matted onto Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder. 

The tag is stamped with a greeting from "I Think Your Great" stamp set, and the "celebrate" is from Expressions Naturals Elements that I have sponged lightly with Delightful Dijon ink. 

I hope you like what I've made - I'm still not convinced although I am warming to the finished product.
Thanks so much for stopping by....
Now you should hop along to the next link in the list below to get some more awesome inspiration on ways to use the new 2015 - 2017 In Colors.
Simply select the name after my name and you'll be on your way!

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Christmas Card with Circle of Spring

It was my regular Christmas Card Stamp A Stack tonight and  one of the cards I designed used the Circle of Spring stamp set from Stampin' Up! It is such a delicate stamp and as we have a warm Christmas here in Australia, I thought I'd try making a floral wreath for Christmas.

I love how it turned out. Very simple in design but it gets the message across.

I stamped the image directly onto Whisper White using Lost Lagoon ink - one of the 2014 -2016 In Colors from Stampin' Up! A little colour was added to some of the flowers with a blender pen.

Some Silver Metallic Thread has been scrunched up behind the bow which is a cut out from the Mini Treat Bag Framelits set. Add a few Rhinestones and some simple scoring and the card is complete.
This is then all matted onto the new Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock - it makes a great firm base for all your cards.

I tried a couple of variations by simply moving the position of the bow.

Below you can see a list the products used. If you would like to own any of them you are welcome to order via my on-line store. YOur order will be posted directly to your home address. You can also take advantage of the Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals or products from the Clearance Rack  and you'll find them on the  page of my on-line store

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy the card.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Hawaii Achievers Perfect Pairs Blog Hop

Welcome to the Grand Vacation achievers blog hop for June. This month we are excited to showcase some of the new Stampin’ Up! products from the recently released 2015 – 2016 Annual Catalogue. And we are  pairing them with something we had from the previous Catalogue. We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.

Get your wish list ready!

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog - Ann Craig - "distINKtive STAMPING", or you may have come from  the awesome demonstrator previous to me on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. 

At the moment you are visiting Ann Craig from Canberra, Australia 
and I'm thrilled to welcome you to my contribution to the Hawaii Achiever Perfect Pairs June Blog Hop. 

I'm still dreaming of the beautiful weather we had in Hawaii - mainly because many of our mornings have been sub zero in temperature since the start of June, and I love the warmth. So this photo of our first evening in Waikiki will have to be the one that gives me warm thoughts.

Do check out all the contributions from Stampin' Up! demonstrators - I know you will find lots of incredible inspiration there, which I'm sure you will love.

My contribution for this blog hop "Perfect Pairs" uses a combination of new items - stamps and framelits, and some older favourites - Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink, Sahara Sand Lace Trim and a stamp from the Butterfly Basics Stamp set.

Don't you just love how easy it is to combine Stampin' Up! offerings? Coordination is such a big part of Stampin' Up! and you will see some fabulous ideas by following along with this blog hop. 

I have paired up some of our new stamp sets:-
Watercolor Wings
Best Thoughts (Hostess Set)
Birthday Blossoms

with a stamp from the returning set: Butterfly Basics.
And here is the card I made:

I used just one colour of ink for stamping the background images - the very gorgeous Blackberry Bliss.
One of the reasons I like this colour so much is that it is so easy to get a number of different tones from the one ink pad. And I have used the rhododendron stamp from "Best Thoughts". This is stamped randomly over the background of Whisper White card.

The technique I used is called "Pulled Colour" - a simple technique that involves pulling the colour from the stamped image using a Blender Pen.

Some details for constructing the card: 
Stamp the large flower from "Best Thoughts" randomly over the entire Whisper White card. 
Straight away, start pulling the colour from the outlines using the Blender Pen. I chose to use this method to colour some of the flowers plus some of the background.
Stamp the Butterfly from Watercolor Wings on a separate piece of Whisper White - this is a 3 step stamp and I used Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum (stamped off once before stamping over the Pink) and Blackberry Bliss for the details.
 Cutting out the image is so easy as Stampin' Up! have a new set of framelits named Bold Butterfly - it contains 2 framelits that cut out a medium and a small butterfly. The small butterfly is cut out in Vellum, and the 3 step stamped butterfly uses the medium framelit.

 For decoration I added a strip of stamped and torn paper positioned over the top of a little Sahara Sand Lace Trim. The Butterfly was layered onto Dimensionals and adhered over some scrunched Linen Thread. 

All of this is layered onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss, which in turn is layered onto the fabulous new Whisper White Thick Card Stock. Isn't that just the best for card bases? A nice strong 270gsm gives the perfect base for cards. I've used so much of it already and just love it to bits.

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don't want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog - Ann Craig, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in line.
And now for some more incredible inspiration of how you can combine your old and new Stampin' Up! products you should hop along to the next  blog on the list below. 

Thanks for looking

Monday, 22 June 2015

Watercolour Wings Butterfly Card

I love 2 - step stamping and I'm thrilled that Stampin' Up! have gone one step further with a number of 3-step stamps now available in the range. One of the easy to align, and positively gorgeous stamp sets is named Watercolor Wings and you can find it in our new Annual Catalogue on page 75.
Today I have a simple card that is uses both Watercolor Wings and the background stamp from another new set "You've Got This" (page 113 of the Annual Catalogue) This background is so versatile - I can see it will be one of my favourites to combine with lots of other stamps.

The card measures 15 x 15 cm.

I really like the colour range of Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum (stamped off once) and Blackberry Bliss, highlighted with Gold Foil sheets and Whisper White card.


The background stamp is heat embossed with gold embossing powder and a heat tool, and the butterfly has a smaller Vellum  butterfly adhered over the top.

Products used in the card are listed below. You are welcome to order them from my on-line store and they will be delivered directly to you door step. (Australian residents only)

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