Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Freshly Brewed Projects blog Hop - Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

Hello, and a warm welcome to this week's Freshly Brewed Projects blog hop. 
It's been a while since I was able to participate, but hopefully as things return more towards "normal" I can be more active with my crafting. I have missed doing lots of stamping, but I have enjoyed spending more family time and having the chance to sort through a good portion of my craft room. 
This week we are giving you some examples created from items that we, as demonstrators, have been able to pre-order before the catalogue is released.  
I'm excited to focus on one of the new 2020 -2022 In Colors.
They are gorgeous!
We have:
Cinnamon Cider
Just Jade
Bumble Bee
Magenta Madness
Misty Moonlight
To show how some of these products are so versatile, I am teaming together stamps & dies from the Forever Fern Bundle (#154094), Old World 3-D Embossing Folder (#153200) and  the New 2020 - 2022 In Color - Just Jade.

It's a beautiful colour and the swatch above shows the 4 patterns from the In Color Designer Series Paper pack and a portion of the Just Jade card stock.

I don't have the 2020 - 2022 In Color inks yet, so I used Versa Mark ink to swipe across the background which has texture from the Old World Paper 3-D embossing folder. I also sponged lightly with some Pretty Peacock ink to further enhance the texture.

I can see the Old World Paper folder is going to be a firm favourite with me. This is my card.

You can't see it in the photo, but this card front is attached to a Thick Whisper White card base. It seems everyone is changing to new platforms and I'm taking a while to adapt to the new layouts!
I cut some leaves using Forever Flourishing dies that coordinate with the Forever Fern stamp set. I used Vellum for the leaves and I sponged some Pretty Peacock ink on the back of one of the die cuts giving it a little colour.
I also stamped one of the lovely distinktive stamps from the Forever Fern set on a 2 inch circle, matted it onto a 2 and 1/4 inch circle of white and sponged the edges of both.

A little gold thread from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo,(#152475) twirled behind the circles softens the effect of plain circles. You may notice the strips of Designer Series Paper behind the circles. They have been sponged with Pretty Peacock ink.

I've enjoyed this project and couldn't resist revisiting some of my all time favourite dies - the Stitched Rectangle dies are perfect for framing a greeting. This card is for someone special who is having a rough time right now, so I wanted it to have some glam with the pearls and gold trim.

Now it is time to take a peek at what the other ladies have created.
Just follow the  list below and it will take you hopping from one blog to the next. I'm sure you will gain inspiration for your own projects. Let us know you have visited.
Have lots of fun with the new products yourself - it is not long until you can order them.

Best Wishes and Happy Stamping!

Libby Dyson

Debbie Yeomans

Narelle Fasulo

Ann Craig

Sunday, 3 May 2020

For The Love of Felt - A Beautiful Card Kit

Today's Last Chance product focus is on this beautiful card kit that incorporates felt flowers, pre-cut elements and embellishments.

 There is a coordinating stamp set for greetings, and it is so easy to add texture and dimension to your cards using the elements from this kit. A lovely colourful card keeper box is included with the products which allows you to create 12 cards.

A picture speaks more than words sometimes so I have a few examples made by one of my classes using the kits. I did not give them any direction and they didn't have the instructions to follow but I love the results of their creativity. 

Don't you feel cheery and happy looking at these cards? Perhaps this kit is just what you are looking for to fill in time at home during COVID self distancing. It is easy to either follow the directions or  create your own cards using the elements provided. Join with family members for a crafting session or purchase a couple of sets to keep as gifts.  Lots of different sentiments will coordinate with this card kit.
You can order it on-line by selecting the images below .
Don't forget to use the May Host Code: UTAA6HNF and you will be in the running to earn a shopping spree.
Until Next Time,

Enjoy your crafting!

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Saturday, 2 May 2020

Stampin' Up! Last Chance Items Selling Fast

Hi crafting friends! 
Just popping in quickly to let you know that over 60 items have already sold out in our Last Chance Sale. 
On my facebook page - Ann Craig Independent Demonstrator,  I've been focusing on a few items that are easy to miss but items I consider both useful and creatively inspiring. I've been trying to keep up to date with the sold items, and have been updating an excel spreadsheet. 
Today I focused on 
Pigment Sprinkles = gorgeous vibrant colours
Heirloom Frames dies and embossing folders.

The Pigment Sprinkles can be mixed with water (you only need a few grains as they are very strong) or you can apply them directly to wet or dry paper. Water colour paper or Shimmery White are best as they cope better with water.

The Heirloom Frames compliment most backgrounds and images and you can trim around the images to help them protrude out of the frame, or you can totally enclose the "picture".

To shop for any of these items simply select the picture of the item below, quote the May Host Code: UTAA6HNF.

Have fun with these - they will last a long time as you only need a few sprinkles!
Stay safe and well wherever you are reading from.
I'm thrilled to say my region has been COVID-19 free for 4 days now, with no active cases. So happy to hear that and hoping you all get similar good news in the near future.
Best Wishes

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Thursday, 23 April 2020

Last Chance Product List from Stampin' Up!

Today is a good day for craft product bargain hunters - the release of the list of retiring products from the Stampin' Up! Annual and Mini Catalogues. 
Some products are discounted up to 60%, some are still at regular prices but come June 2nd, they will  no longer be available. 
Check the lists carefully to see which products will be continuing in modified packaging as this applies to some items. Hint: Blends are not retiring! 

If you wish to order from me, please use the Host Code if your order is less than $250 and you will be in the draw for a shopping spree.

Enjoy shopping,


Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop - Share Sunshine

"Share Sunshine"
As card makers it is easy for us to share a little sunshine in the lives of others. I'm sure many of you know the thrill of receiving a card in the mail, especially if it is just to keep in contact. 
This is the first Freshly Brewed Project Blog Hop for me and I'm thrilled to participate and show you how I am sharing sunshine with others. Now is a great time to create something that is easy to duplicate, is bright and cheery and brings a message of hope. Quick creating usually involves using Designer Series Papers, happy colours and maybe a motif or two that make people feel happy. I have chosen one of the beautifully colourful sheets of Designer Series Paper from the Peaceful Poppies set of papers.

These papers give plenty of variety with gorgeous floral designs plus some more general patterns. I added some die cut butterflies from the Butterfly Beauties dies, a circle from the Stitched Shapes dies, a greeting from Peaceful Moments stamp set and an embossed die-cut shape from Painted Label dies. 
I have layered the elements of the card with dimensionals to create height and interest, and softened the design with a piece of Whisper White Flax Ribbon that has been frayed at both ends. 

You can see more samples using some other sheets of the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Papers at a previous blog post.  Just change the paper and use different coloured  butterflies and greeting for a very different card. You can see more details here.

Thank you for looking and don't forget to follow along the blog hop for more ideas on "Sharing Sunshine". You are with Ann Craig now so just select the next name - Debbie Yeomans to see what she is sharing to add some sunshine to our lives.

·       Leonie Schroder
·       Ann Craig
·       Debbie Yeomans
·       Michelle Miller
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Butterfly Beauty and Peaceful Poppies Card

Butterflies and poppies remind me of Spring - a beautiful time of the year in my garden. We are just entering Autumn in Australia. It's getting colder and we have stage 4 social distancing and isolation in place because of COVID-19 so I decided to get out some of my Stampin' Up! goodies to make a cheery card with lovely flowers and butterflies to send a little sunshine in the mail.
 I love the colours in this sheet of Peaceful Poppies DSP and have chosen Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White to enhance the paper. The Butterfly Beauty dies are easy to trim to reposition some of the butterflies if you want to rearrange them to suit your design. 

I adhered the butterflies with just a few dots of Multipurpose Adhesive then added some White Flax Ribbon and a greeting from Timeless Tropical stamp set that has been punched out with the Pretty Label punch from Stampin' Up! The greeting is raised with Stampin' Dimensionals, and I've added some faux stitching around the edge of the shape.
Finally to add a little bling (because who doesn't like bling?) I added some gold stars and heart. 
See all the products I used in the grid below, and if you'd like to order any of these products and you live in Australia, you are welcome to shop with me or you can simply click on the item below and it will take you to that item in my store.

My best wishes to all my readers - stay well, stay safe and have some fun with your crafting.

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