Friday, 22 May 2015

Stampin Up Grand Vacation Swap Inspiration

I love travelling but really don't like the probability of catching a cold on the plane. Our return flight from the Stampin Up Grand Vacation in Hawaii was very cold and I just knew I'd end up with a cold and sure enough it hit me last night. Feeling a bit under the weather today, but after 3 classes this week I'm not surprised. 
We received a lovely pack of 26 swaps while at the GV and I was taken with the creativity of one that influenced this card that we did at our "Crafty Tuesday" meeting this week. The swap was created by Jackie Ross - thanks for the inspiration Jackie!

And here is my version - I've changed the colours and added a different greeting and a tiny bit of ribbon.


This is a gorgeous card that uses 2 stamp sets - Gorgeous Grunge and Sheltering Tree, from Stampin' Up!  I'm so pleased that both of these sets will carry over to the next catalogue that will be available to purchase from on June 2, 2015.

I used a pallet of the 2014 -2016 In Colors - Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey, plus Early Espresso for the tree trunk.


 I love how the Gorgeous Grunge set makes a great tree topper - it reminds me of our current Autumn season where the leaves are turning colour and flying off the tree with the wind blowing. I chose the colours to represent Autumn and am very happy with how they combined together.

Stampin' Up is retiring the very cute "Itty Bitty Banner" stamp set and coordinating framelits, that I used for the greeting. You can get this stamp set at a discount on the Retirement List but be quick as it will only be available until June 2nd 2015. 

I added a little bling to the tree canopy by colouring Rhinestone Basic Jewels with my Blendabilities. I'm keeping mine as I love how they work and I really enjoy using them. 
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Monday, 11 May 2015

Stampin Up Hawaii Achievers Swap

Hello or should I say Aloha! 

We'll be leaving in a little over an hour, so I just have time to do a quick post on my swaps before I leave. I'm going to schedule the post so it doesn't spoil the surprise for the recipients, But I'm going to be flat out catching up on classes when I get home, so now is a perfect time. 

A sneak peek of the finished card fronts. I love how my colours turned out - they are so bright and summery.




Lots of techniques were needed to achieve the finished card front. I started by using a brayer on A4 size sheets of Whisper White. I love playing with colour and I used combinations of Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight. The other colours came about by overlapping colours.


I stamped the swirls in Cherry Cobbler and the leaf and flower image with Memento Black as I just wanted a hint of the images, then I used Pacific Point for the zig zag stamp. I had to leave all this to dry over night then the embossed Gorgeous Grunge stamps in both Gold and White.


The butterflies are also stamped in Memento then water coloured  with an Aqua Painter and classic inks. This is such a quick technique and I think gives a really gorgeous effect.

Finally here is a selection of the finished card fronts. I'm really hoping the recipients like them.


You can probably see the variations brought about by using the brayer in a random and "modern" way without trying to blend the colours perfectly. I really like the feeling of light that shines through on a lot of these, and put that down to the inclusion of Daffodil Delight ink. 

These are very colourful and remind me of the tropics (and the 80's) 
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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Stampin Up Convention 2015 Swaps

I'm currently enjoying meeting up with Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over Australia and am enjoying one of the fun activities - that of swapping ideas with each other.

This year I needed to cut back on my swaps a little as I need to make some for the Grand Vacation in Hawaii - just one week later, so as I've been having so much fun with these flowers (see the Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop Post) I thought I'd whip up a couple of ideas using them. 


 You have seen the Birthday card in a previous post - I love the use of IN COLORS on this card and think that the Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow inks go so well together. And those lovely flowers are just so easy to make because Stampin' Up! have punches to match the stamped images. You can see a list of products used at the end of the post


I also wanted to try a more "natural" card using the same stamp sets, and this is the result.
What do you think?


The colours in this card are Cajun Craze, Night of Navy and Crushed Curry - all members of the Stampin' Up! "Regals" colour family. It makes creating so easy when you know your colours will work together and choosing colours from the one "family" ensure that will happen.

So while I'm having fun and learning lots up here on the Gold Coast in Queensland (and getting a sneak peek at the new Annual Catalogue) I hope you have enjoyed some inspiration from my cards.
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Happy Crafting



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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.

Thanks for stopping by



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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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