Thursday, 28 April 2016

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop - Baby Love

Welcome to the April Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop. This month our theme BABY LOVE is close to my heart, as I have a lovely new baby grand daughter. There is nothing better than grandma cuddles!

I'm sure you will enjoy some baby love inspiration from each of the Stampin' Up!® demonstrators  from around the world who are taking part in this blog hop.

So let's get to some "baby love".....

I chose to use the "Made with Love" stamp set and combined some background stamps from Gorgeous Grunge.  Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake classic inks are used for all stamping and water colouring.

I used to dabble in quilting and like to find inspiration from many different crafts, so today I have made some little patchwork squares and filled them with stamped images and little animals.  I fussy cut the animals so they would fit inside the squares. The little patchwork squares are created using the 1 3/8" circle punch and  the 1" square punch.  Simply place the cut out square inside the circle and fold the edges inward. The paper I used is English Garden Designer Series Paper.

I coloured the baby animals  using an Aqua Painter - I love water colouring!

 I hope you enjoy this card and will follow along to the next person on the list below.

Until Next time

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Final Days of Weekly Deals from Stampin Up

Many of you have been enjoying the savings from the Weekly Deals offered by Stampin' Up!® , but sadly it is time for them to finish.

There are just 2 more offerings and there are lots of products in those offerings. This week April 6 - 12 have some excellent stamp sets, so I thought I'd just show you a couple of samples I made for a class this week to help you envisage how useful they can be. 

I've chosen 2 Christmas sets: 
Reason for the Season
Holly Jolly Greetings.

I chose these sets because they are really versatile and at such a good price, you may decide you need them too!
Images from both sets can be used to stamp randomly on your paper, creating lovely backgrounds for a simple Christmas Card.

We'll start with the Reason for the Season set.
It is photopolymer so very easy to place the stamps in the 2 step stamping process.

 I stamped the outline image in Archival Black Ink, then stamped  real red for the petals and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.
I really like how this gives a "casual" feel to the images as they are not meant to line up perfectly.

I added a little bling - because I just cannot do Christmas without bling - using a 2-way glue pen and some Stampin' Up! Gold Glitter.

The next card is made from the snowflake image from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.
I made the background with my brayer, (Pear Pizzazz) ensured it was really dry then randomly stamped  the snowflake images using Versamark, over the background. I heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder

I cut the image into 3 equal parts, matted it onto Gold foil and then added a greeting (not from this set) 
I tried this technique in a few colours and matted them differently. Here is one using cherry Cobbler.

These cards are really quick to make a bundle of, and show just one way you can use these versatile stamp sets
If you would like to order them you will need to be quick. Use the Hostess code when ordering on-line via my website. The code for this week is: CJHFWTPN
You will be entered into a draw to win additional product if you use the code - Good Luck!
These sets are on special until April 12.

If you prefer you can email your order to me.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Flowering Fields Note Card.

This Flowering Fields stamp set from Stampin' Up!® has really caught my attention - I love the simple sketched flowers and the variety of techniques that can be used with the set. 

Today I've used a note card from the Note Cards & Envelopes pack by Stampin' Up! and used a couple of techniques that I think compliment each other quite well.

The first technique is Heat Embossing. I've stamped the images in Versa Mark and poured White Embossing Powder over them. This is stamped on Pink Pirouette Card Stock. Next I used a rectangular piece of paper to create a Mask and sponged around it with bot Soft Suede and Blushing Bride ink. 

To complete the illusion of an additional piece of card I did some free-hand faux stitching using a White Gel Pen. These techniques can be used in so many different ways and with lots of different stamp sets.

Below you'll find a list of what I used in this project. You can purchase these and other  Stampin' Up! products via my on-line store. Simply follow the link, place your order and it will be mailed directly to your nominated address. (Australian residents only)

Don't forget to add the CURRENT HOSTESS CODE (top right side bar of this blog) to be eligible for the monthly rewards. I draw out one customer name out each month, and if you are the lucky winner I will notify you of the amount of your spending spree.

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Flowering Fields Versatile Cards For All Occasions

Flowering Fields is one of the most versatile Stampin' Up!® Sale-A-Bration stamp sets available this year.  For today's post I've used the same set and the same basic layout to create different cards. 

As usual I like to challenge my class attendees a little and I included a tiny bit of brayer work. Yes, they all grumbled about it, but as I say - "Practice Makes Perfect".  Seriously tho', the thing about brayering is that it has such a serendipity effect that  all we can do is try to get to know how our colours will work and work a little on our technique each time we try. 

Here is the first card -

I really enjoy the tryptic effect - it gives the original composition a whole different feel.  I have brayered the top part of  a Whisper White piece of card with So Saffron, then stamped a variety of images from the Flowering Fields stamp set, using Archival Black Ink.  The images are coloured  with a Blender Pen and Classic Ink. The card is made from Thick A4 Whisper White.

The next card uses the same techniques - just different colours and a fine mat around each piece of the tryptic.

Just change the greeting, the colour range, add a little punched flower and some Linen Thread and you have a different card.

For the next card I decided to try repeating just one of the flower Images and I really like that effect too. What do you think?

 I have a few more versions of this card on the go and find it fun to change things up a bit. I don't like making lots of the one card, so combining the techniques of this card along with the versatility of choosing just one stamp or combining different stamps from this set gives lots of opportunity to create different results. 

Do you love this set? It is a Sale A Bration set and therefore only available until March 31. If you want it you'll need to act quickly to place an order for $90 AUD and then you can choose it for free. Go to my On-Line store to place an order and add the item code 141300 (wood blocks) or 141303 (Clear Mount)
Don't forget to add the Hostess Code (top right side bar on this blog) to be in the running to win the Hostess Rewards for next month. It's free and fun!

I hope you are inspired by these cards ,

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop - Bloomin' Love Wedding Wishes

Welcome to the Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop for March - Wedding Dreams. I'm so glad you could join us and I'm pleased to be back in the hop after a couple of months MIA being very busy with family matters. You may be starting the hop here. If so just follow the links in the list below and you'll see some awesome wedding themed projects from Stampin' Up!® demonstrators around the world.

Everyone loves a wedding and having thoroughly enjoyed the weddings of my 3 girls (and making cards for them) I had a few ideas that I thought I would work on.

I particularly like the Bloomin' Love stamp set and matching Thinlits (yes! it comes in a bundle so you can save 15%) So I decided to try something a little different with them. I used to be a sewer and have made many wedding gowns over the years - for friends, neighbours and of course myself, my sister and my girls. A couple of those gowns required a considerable amount of intricate applique, matching lace patterns, and that is my inspiration.

Here is the card.
 I wanted to have an interplay of textures, so opted for a diagonal striped background to contrast against the intricate pattern of the heart thinlit.

It is a gate-fold card and I've cut the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlit 5 times and pieced it together again to cover the areas I wanted. I also cut 4 of the larger single flowers to make the closure and piled them in a stack of 2 to create an anchor either side for the closure.

I created extra texture by fussy cutting some of the flowers and adding them over the top of the solid flower shapes, then highlighted the flower centres with Stampin' Up's Pearl Basic Jewels and a little Wink Of Stella Clear.

Silver Metallic Thread is used to tie the two sides together,  but this could easily be changed to a ribbon that matched the preferred colours for the wedding. I've made a couple of hearts using the heart punch from the Itty bitty Accents Punch Set and the closure flowers are popped with a Dimensional.

Inside the card I kept it simple with a greeting and a tiny bit of "applique" cut from one of the die-cut hearts.

Now it is time to hop along to the next inspirational post. I hope you have enjoyed my contribution - I certainly enjoyed making it,

Until Next Time,
Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Birthday Balloon Celebrations with Faux Marbling

The Faux Marbling or shaving cream technique is so much fun. I tried it out for the first time today and combined it with the Balloon Celebrations stamp set from Stampin' Up!® It brought back memories of teaching marbling to my students at school many years ago, however this technique is far easier than mixing up bucket loads of wallpaper paste and dropping thinned oil paint onto the surface. 

I really love all the different colour combinations and patterns that can be made, and the ladies at class this morning had so much fun - they didn't want to go home! 

Here is the card I made using one of the simpler backgrounds.

and some details ....
I chose just 2 colours from the many re-inkers that I have from Stampin' Up!® and decided to make them somewhat harmonious as I was conscious of the fact that complimentary colours will neutralize each other if mixed together too much. 

 A hint with the Balloon Punch: punch the shapes first (they are side by side) then stamp them. Because the stamp is Photopolymer, it is easy to see where you are stamping and it saves a lot of angst about getting the images in the right place, or wasting card stock.

I had a little of the pattered background left over, so I punched a small heart and sponged the edges to give it definition. I'm considering a dash of Wink of Stella, what do you think? 

A list of the Stampin' Up!® products I used is below. You can see a video tutorial on the Splitcoast Stampers website. It is easy to follow. The only different step we did was to blot the shaving cream off the paper rather than rub it in a circular motion. The blotting leaves you with a much cleaner finish.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

If you would like to purchase any Stampin' Up!® products you can easily do so by visiting my on-line store. Don't forget to add the monthly HOSTESS CODE (top right side bar) to be eligible to win free Stampin' Up!® products

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Traveler Reflections with Stampin Up.

I love to travel and in particular, I like to take cruises, so I designed this card with my next trip in mind.  Let's just hope the water is this calm!

I also wanted to show my Tuesday Craft group a new technique - that of creating reflections using Window Sheet from Stampin' Up! I used the fabulous Traveller Stamp Set on the Thick A4 Card Stock

The card is made mainly using Early Espresso Classic Ink, water, water-colour technique and a little sponging. Those of you who follow me regularly will know my love of Early Espresso Ink and how it gives this lovely pinky tone when water is added to it. The only additional colour is some Blushing Bride sponged onto the top left corner of the sky. The "mountains" in the background are created with an Aqua Painter and Early Espresso Ink.

You can see the torn edge detail in this photo - it also has been sponged with Early Espresso.

If you would like to learn this technique you might like to subscribe to my new service:
CLASSES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS. This service will be starting next week, so pop back then to have a look at what I'm offering.

I'm excited to start up these classes for those of you who want to attend classes but find it impossible due to other commitments.

You may prefer to work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home - these classes will suit you too.

Below you'll find a list of the products I used - all of them are available from my on-line store
You can also select the shopping trolley in the side bar to place your order. Don't forget to use this month's HOSTESS CODE (top right side bar) to be eligible for the Hostess Benefits. 

Until next time,
Stay Crafty!

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Friends and Flowers Easter Card

Do you want versatility from your stamps? I have an excellent rubber set from Stampin' Up! today that gives you lots of scope for creativity - it is called Friends and Flowers and as the name suggests, you can create both flowers and animals from it. 

I decided to create an Easter card for my Tuesday craft ladies  and they loved it. 

I used the Thick A4 white card stock from Stampin' Up! as the base of my card and also for the window frame. 

The background paper is one of the gorgeous patterns from the Love Blossoms DSP Stack. I chose this because I always like a to give my ladies scope for their own creativity and it is so easy to pass the stack around for them to choose their own sheet of paper. At just 15.2 cm square, it saves on preparation and gives the class a chance to use the Stampin Up! Trimmer when cutting it to size. It is amazing what a difference the choice of pattern makes to the finished card.
The window frame is cut on the Big Shot using the Hearth and Home Thinlits.

I stamped the bunny faces directly onto the Thick Whisper White, and positioned the ears as required. I also stamped 2 extra faces on a spare piece of card and punched them out using a Circle Punch. I water-coloured the bunny ears and face using Blushing Bride and Smokey Slate ink and an Aqua Painter.

For the flowers I used up the remainder of the background paper and the Blossom Bunch Punch. This is the pattern on the reverse side of the background paper. Then I added a selection of Neutrals Candy dots to create quick centres for the flowers.

Some of the flowers and the heads are raised on Dimensionals. Add a greeting - I chose Easter but this could easily be a child's birthday card with a different greeting. 

Below you will find a list of products that I've used in this project. You are welcome to order these products via my on-line store (Australian residents only) and please feel free to contact me if you have further questions.
Check the Hostess Rewards Code (top right hand side bar) and add that to the end of your order to be eligible to be in the draw for the rewards each month. 

Until next time, 

Happy Crafting