Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Hey Chic Happy Easter

We had lots of fun at Tuesday craft group today, playing with the Hey Chic stamp set from Stampin' Up! and creating cute little Easter Gifts. 


I wasn't going to get the little egg cartons from the Occasions Catalogue, but decided at the last minute they would be a fun 3-D item to create with my daytime classes. I've been wanting to work with the Hey Chic stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue (yes it's free!) since I first saw it, and I have to say it really was so much fun. 

I love colouring - we stamped this image on Thick White Card stock, using Archival Black Ink. I then coloured the image with an Aqua Painter and 3 Classic Inks: Crushed Curry, Pacific Point and Cherry Cobbler. Very quick and very easy.

I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch for the top of the tag  and threaded 3 colours of retired Seam Binding through the opening. This was tied with Gold Cord. 


We created a Belly Band with papers from a Designer Series Paper Stack and attached the tag with a single dimensional. The chick was given some highlights with the Clear Wink of Stella and a few gold sequins were dotted directly onto the tag and the Egg Carton. 

This was so quick to make that the ladies had time to create a card of their own design using more stamps from the Hey Chic set. Some wonderful, creative cards resulted. 

Just a quick post today,

Hope you enjoyed it and Happy Crafting until next time.



Sunday, 26 March 2017

Avant Garden Cards from Stampin' Up! Sale A Bration Freebies

With just a few more days left of Sale A Bration from Stampin' Up! I decided to highlight one of the sets at my last Stamp A Stack  class. The stamp set I chose is Avant Garden. It is a pretty set with lovely images and nice greetings. I wanted to show my class how versatile the set is and how different style cards for different occasions can be easily made.

Here are all the cards:



I used different colours for each card and different techniques combined with embellishments.
The first card is stamped on water-colour paper.  I used Memento Jet Black ink to stamp the image, and coloured it using an Aqua Painter. Old Olive for the greenery and Rose Red for the flower petals.

  
The detail below shows the water washed background and you may be surprised to know that is done with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. I love how the ink throws out it's base colours when it is mixed with water and you can see here that pinks (reds) and greens emerge from the Chocolate ink. We all know that complimentary colours make neutrals when mixed together, but it always amazes me when I pick up brown from the palette and end up with pink and green on the card!


I tore some layers to create interest, first the water colour paper and then some Whisper White was torn on the opposite angle. This was all wrapped generously with Linen Thread and I took  inspiration from Billie Moan with the multiple bow.

The greeting is stamped on Whisper White then cut out with the Big Shot and a framelit from the Layering Circles Framelit Set and the Stitched Framelit circle 

Don't you just love those Stitched Framelits? I'm so glad I purchased mine when they were available, and I've heard a whisper they might be available again in the next Annual Catalogue.

I'll do a separate post for each of the cards, so check back again this week for information on the others.

As I mentioned at the top of the post - there are only a few more days of Sale A Bration 2017. This is our biggest promotion of the year and that means free products for you. It also means added gifts if you decide to join the Stampin' Up! family. I would love you to join my team - you can read all about joining here. It is an easy on-line application and there are just 5 days left to get 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice in the already fantastic value Starter kit that you customise for yourself.

 Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit. That means potentially over $400 worth for just $169

Happy Stamping!




Saturday, 18 March 2017

This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Papers - Card with Poinsettia.

Poinsettias are great for Australian Christmas cards and this older stamp goes really well with the "This Christmas" Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack.

The paper is a little lighter in weight  than most of the DSP packs, but you get 24 sheets, 4 each of 6 double sided designs. This gives you heaps of options for card fronts, and I've chosen 2 of them to go with my water-coloured Poinsettias.


The first card uses a Black and White patterned paper that contrasts well with the red poinsettia.
I used an Aqua Painter to colour the image, after stamping in Memento Black, and then lightly sponged the edges of the petals with Memento to add some definition.

The Poinsettia is fussy cut in one layer and made to look 3-D through colouring. I've used one of the new Lace Doilies  that is part of the Falling In Love Suite in the current Occasions Catalogue. These doilies are so versatile with one side being White and the other Vanilla.


The centre of the flower is coloured with a Gold Wink Of Stella.

The second card has a little extra added, by creating some leaves and adhering them behind the petals of the flower. The leaves are actually the larger petals of the flower coloured green instead of red.  I also added a little gold thread behind the flower.




Sale A Bration is drawing to a close (less than 2 weeks) so don't miss out on the fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit. That means potentially over $400 worth for just $169.
Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have. 



Friday, 17 March 2017

Beautiful You - Wishing You Brighter Days To Come

 Beautiful You - Wishing us all brighter days to come.

It's been a while since I posted, mainly because I have not felt much like crafting due to the tragic death of a life long friend. It is ironic to me that I made this card for a class the very day that Max's plane crashed shortly after take-off, killing all 5 on board. I tend not to make sympathy or "feel better" cards. To finish this card in class and feel quite happy about the way it looked, to seeing the news of a plane crash and very shortly after having confirmation that my worst fears were correct is just strange. It will take a long time to come to terms with all that has happened. 

I will share the card and then some photos of our trip to Melbourne to farewell our childhood friend of over 57 years.


I used the paper piecing method for the dress and umbrella . The background is stamped in Blushing Bride and I've matted the image onto some of the Free Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper.


As you can see I'm finding it a little hard to concentrate on card making and hope you will forgive the sketchy descriptions.

So  now I'll tell you a little about our "Christmas Family".

I think it was about 1959 that my family started camping down at Tyrone foreshore near Rye, on Port Phillip Bay. 6 - 8 weeks of summer bliss for our family of 5 children and we very soon made friends with the other kids on the beach. Some of them camped like us and others had a holiday house and boat shed. Wonderful days of sun, swimming, making cubbies in the bush behind the cliff and under upturned dinghies, sand castles, skiffle boarding in the shallows, and as we got older, sailing and water skiing added to the fun. Discos on the beach in boat shed 47 - yes we did the Stomp, and other crazy dances in the sand, saw (heard) the Beatles rise in popularity, got the best sun tans (paying for that now!) and never got bored. At the end of the holiday we'd say goodbye to our friends until the following Christmas and then take up where we left off.
Teenage years were just as much fun with the dances down at Sorrento, trips to the back beaches for a bit of surf or rock pool fun, more sun bathing, Dromana Drive In for movie nights and skiing, sailing and boat trips out to the Fort and Mud Island. Exploring the tunnels on the Fort, trying to avoid the mutton birds. So many adventures! By this time we started seeing each other during the year. The odd school dance, trips to the pool and visits to each others homes.

Max was always a part of this "Christmas Family" - the boat driver, the water ski instructor and sailor even tho' he was just one year older - age differences didn't matter much, we were just a big group of kids having fun.
Tertiary education, jobs, marriages, children - they all happened but even then we still enjoyed those wonderful Christmas holidays down at the beach in our younger adult hood. We wanted our children to have the same healthy happy holidays we had, and many of our children have become friends too. We moved interstate in 1973, but still the visits for a "party" weekend continued - either at our place in Canberra or back at the beach. Dinner parties in the caravan, New Years Eve set up amongst the camps - and Max would fly to King Island to get the crayfish so they were nice and fresh for the celebration. What wonderful memories - we were so lucky!

My husband and I took time for a bit of a nostalgic trip this weekend. We have both known and loved Max for many years. Driving along the peninsula and visiting places we used to frequent when we were teenagers in the 60's, was nice. Where has the time gone?

So on March 6 we said a final goodbye to our friend. The service at the Frankston Arts Centre was lovely - huge numbers of people attending from all walks of life - Max had his finger in lots of pies! and it was lovely to catch up with so many of them.

But the very best part was going back to the beach with a smaller group, after the service. Having sunset "drinkies" listening to music and reliving memories with so many old friends and Max's family, made this special as this was the place that our friendship began so many years ago.
The balloons flying over the ocean were a lovely final tribute from his wife and family.

Sunset over Port Phillip Bay near Mornington March 6, 2017

Sorrento Back Beach Pock Pool




Final farewell from 4 very old friends - in front of Boat shed 47 - Tyrone Foreshore. March 6, 2017.


Monday, 27 February 2017

Nailed It with this Stampin Up Stamp Set

It took me a while to use the Nailed It Bundle from Stampin' Up! but now that I've started, it will be hard to stop. 

I combined Nailed It with some of the images from Gorgeous Grunge - such a versatile set for creating backgrounds and adding small details to a composition. 


I used a limited palette of Cajun Craze, Night of Navy and Smokey Slate and am really happy with the outcome. The images have been stamped in both Night of Navy and Cajun Craze and some of the outline colour used to shade with a Blender Pen. I really wanted a combination of colours and as many of you know, I love my Aqua Painter, so I added some more colour onto the images with the Aqua Painter. 

The background is made up of stamping Gorgeous Grunge, firstly in Smokey Slate and then stamped off images using Night of Navy.


The little nuts and bolts are wonderful for filling in some of those blank spaces that just need "something" to balance the composition, and the Regals Enamel Shapes provide a finishing touch to the sentiment banner. 

Just a reminder to you all that SALE-A-BRATION  only has 4 more weeks to run. If you want some of these great products for free, you only have to place an order of $90 or more. Like wise if you are thinking about  joining Stampin' Up!, now is the time to do it. 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice can be yours, but only while SALE-A-BRATION is on.

You can choose from any of our catalogues plus the Holiday Carryover List or the Clearance Rack
Here are the products used in this project. If you live in Australia,  you can purchase them on-line if you wish - they will be posted directly to your home address.

Best Wishes and Happy Stamping!




Sunday, 26 February 2017

Lift Me Up - Bundled for You.


Wow, I love this Lift Me Up bundle from Stampin' Up! 



Not only do you get a fantastic 16 rubber stamps, you are spoilt with a 15 piece framelit set that gives you a variety of options for quickly cutting out all your stamped images. 

As you know we are in the midst of SALE-A-BRATION where you can receive free product with every $90 AUD that you spend. One of the offerings is the 30.5 x 30.5cm Carried Away Designer Series Papers that I have used on this card. These papers coordinate perfectly with the Lift Me Up Bundle, and save lots of time decorating the card. 

I tried a Double z fold card for the first time and love how it worked out. 


Some of these papers are just perfect for "setting the scene". The card base is Thick Whisper White and I cut the balloon out in thick white also. It and the clouds were painted over with Wink O Stella to add a little glimmer.


I stamped the greeting inside the card - it is heat embossed in white, and is positioned so that it is hidden behind the large balloon when the card is closed. 
The smaller balloon is stamped in Watermelon Wonder then water-coloured with Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach  and Mint Macaron.


Shop on-line for products used in this project.
  Use Host code:  DQCN7KQ9

 I will finish this post by offering each of you a fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit. That means potentially over $400 worth for just $169

Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have. 
 
 

Friday, 24 February 2017

A Special Reason by Stampin Up.


You won't need any special reasons to purchase this bundle from Stampin' Up! It is fabulous, and creates fast and gorgeous cards in no time.

The secret is to get the Bundle.

I used the stamp set in a previous post and you could see how versatile it is, but this set of Framelits dies, called Stylish Stems is amazing.


You can use it as I have on this card, creating beautiful negative shapes that are highlighted from behind by some patterned Designer Series Paper. In this case I used paper from the Falling In Love Paper set by Stampin' Up! You can find that on page 51 of the current Occasions Catalogue.


Layers of interest are easily created using these framelits as you have solid outline shapes plus more delicate detailed shapes to play with.


I used some Foam Adhesive Strips to lift the top layer from the Designer Series Paper. These strips are a little higher than our regular Dimensionals and are perfect for placing about 1 cm inside the edge of the card.
And here is the finished card. Again I've used the lovely free ribbon from Sale A Bration to cover over the area where the leaves meet on top of the card base.



You can still take advantage of the fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. But time is running out!
You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit. That means potentially over $400 worth for just $169.

Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have. 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Blue Christmas with Stampin' Up!


While the promotion lasts, I'm starting each of my posts with the Sale-A-Bration reminder about the fantastic opportunity to join Stampin Up and benefit from all the advantages of being a "demonstrator". I would love you to join with me and my team - we have fun, share ideas and our enjoyment of stamping and paper craft. And don't forget the free products with every $90 you spend.

Today's card is a simple, yet beautiful Christmas card using a retired set featuring pine trees. You could easily replicate this  by using a tree from the "Lovely As A Tree" set by Stampin' Up!


The technique involves the stamping off method, and I used both Night of Navy and  Marina Mist inks.  I also used a mask to delineate the ground line when stamping the most distant trees as I only wanted the upper halves of them. Once the darker trees in the foreground were stamped I used an Aqua Painter to soften the ground lines.


When all the stamping and layering was complete I ran the card though the Big Shot using the Softly Falling Textured Embossing folder. I find using texture on the surface really adds dimension to the card .
 

To finish off I used some of the gorgeous silver ribbon, available as a free gift via Sale-A-Bration at Stampin' Up! This ribbon comes in a pack of 2 spools - 1 gold and 1 silver. It is beautiful soft ribbon that is easy to tie and you can choose it or any other SAB item with each $90 of orders you make before March 31, 2017

I did not feel any need to add a greeting to this card as the image is lovely in it's own right.

 Thank you for looking - I hope you enjoy the card.

I cannot finish this post without offering each of you a fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit.
Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have.