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What Will You Stamp? #108 – Dragonfly Dreams

Welcome back to another What Will You Stamp? challenge for #wwys108 – Dragonfly Dreams.

This week our focus is on this gorgeous stamp set:

This is not my “normal” style of stamp set so I was a bit nervous creating this week however, I am loving being on the WWYS Design Team as it is challenging me to use stamps sets I never would have used and think outside the box for my cards & projects. I’ve got a little obsession lately with very delicate and “pretty” cards where as I’m normal bright and funky and today’s card is no exception.

I was instantly drawn to the dots/ spots in this stamp set which you wouldn’t identify as the main draw card or image for the stamp set…. but I knew I wanted to use it on my card. I didn’t have a specific colour in mind, so I literally just found what was lying pre-cut on my desk and Blushing Bride it happened to be!

As I said… it is a little “pretty” and “delicate”. I heat embossed the spots on the sides of the card using white embossing powder. I love the crispness that heat embossing gives to the chosen colour. However, my favourite part of this card is yet to come!

Can you see it? Can you see it? Can you see the 2-tone stamping? Oh my, I love it! I stamped the sentiment in Blushing Bride ink and then over the top, slightly off centre, I stamped it again in Basic Black and as such it now as a “pink shadow”. I can see myself using much more of this technique in future projects. Add a little bit of bling in the way of sequins and glimmer paper, a button and my card is complete!

You can’t see it in the photo, but I added a clear circle of clear acetate (window sheet) behind the doily to give it some strength to hold the weight of the banners, sequins and button.

I know there is no “dragonfly” on my project today, but I hope I’ve inspired you to think outside the square when you see a stamp set and think that there could just be a use for every single stamp in the set. But most of all… I hope I’ve inspired you to come and join in the fun this week over at What Will You Stamp? Would absolutely love it if you came and joined in our challenge using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #106 – Delicate Details

Hello! Welcome to my first official post as a Design Team member over at What Will You Stamp? I’m super excited to be a part of the team and look forward to sharing my creations with you for the WWYS challenges.

This week’s challenge over at What Will You Stamp? is using the Delicate Details stamp set (#WWYS106) that you can earn for FREE during Sale-a-bration, which ends on the 31st March 2017.

I’ve seen lots of creations using this stamp set since it was released and I initially set out to do something bright and colourful but as you’ll see, my card didn’t end up that way at all. It amazes my how the creative process works and sometimes what you create is so far from what you thought you were going to create.

My card today features the Delicate Details stamp set combined with the gorgeous Brushwork Alphabet stamp set. It is a stunning font to use on your projects! As you can see, my card is far from bright and colourful. HA!

The colours I used in my card today are Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Gold, lots and lots of gold!!! I heat embossed the lace border and the sentiment using gold embossing powder. Gold embossing powder is just stunning. I added a few gold sequins from the sequin trim roll to fill in some of the white space and add some extra texture and dimension to the card.

I hope you enjoyed my card today. Don’t forget to pop on over to the What Will You Stamp? Blog and check out the other creations for this challenge… and if you’ve got the Delicate Details stamp set, why don’t you join in our challenge? Would love to see what you create!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

 

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Heat Tool

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WWYS #103 – Moon Baby

I am so excited (more than normal) to write this blog post. As the winner of the WWYS #100 challenge, I get to be a guest designer for this week’s What Will You Stamp Challenge #103 (#WWYS103) using the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Moon Baby stamp set. This stamp set is just so so so cute don’t you think?

When I found out Moon Baby was the selected stamp set for my time as the WWYS Guest Designer, I instantly had an idea for a card. I was a bit daunted by the colouring aspect of the stamps, however the new Stampin’ Up! Watercolour pencils make it soooooooooooo easy (and quick!) to colour in the stamps.

 

I used the layered circle framelits to cut the circle in the card front and then adhered the moon using some baker’s twine and snail tape.

The babies in this set are just the cutest. Look how sweet this one is resting on the moon… I believe she is dreaming sweet dreams and about all the wonderful things that happened in her day. She just looks so calm and peaceful. Holding on so tight to that star makes me believe she is wishing upon a star.

I stamped the “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star…” sentiment for the front of the card and then on the inside I stamped the sentiment “do you know how loved you are”?

I used the melon mambo watercolour pencil for the jumpsuit, daffodil delight for the moon and star and then a light coverage of calypso coral for the skin and hair.

 

I love an interactive card and once I started creating with this stamp set, I didn’t want to stop! So, I made another card! This time I used the Sliding Star Framelit Dies to make my card interactive and have the baby “fall” down my card like he was in a shower of stars.

My colouring on the stars was not precise at all. I simply drew a little yellow circle in the middle of each star using the Daffodil Delight watercolour pencil and then using an aqua painter, circled over the colour dot so the colour spread. I wanted the stars to look subtle and have an “aura” about them.

I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to join the very talented team over at What Will You Stamp? Be sure to pop on over and check out their creations for this challenge; all their cards are adorable.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Baby, Blog, Cards, Colouring, Occasions Catalogue, What Will You Stamp?|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

Ombre Balloons

Yes, my love of ombre balloons continues but this time instead of stamping, I’ve punched!

Birthdays were the theme of my stamp clubs and class in January and nothing says birthdays better than balloons (well maybe cake!). After two quite technical based cards for my stamp club, I figured the ladies would need a simple but effective card to end the session and that is how today’s card was born. What I love best about this card is that it can be done in any colour scheme as long as you have 3 colours of similar tones. I loved it so much, I made it in two different colour schemes!

To create this card at home:

  • Cut a piece of A4 coloured cardstock at 21cm x 14.5cm, score and fold in half
  • Cut a piece of A4 whisper white cardstock at 10cm x 14cm
  • Using the Stampin’ Up! balloon punch, choose the smaller ballon and punch out 3 balloons of each of the colours you have chosen.
  • Add a small white curve to each of your balloons to give them bit of oomph
  • Stamp your chosen sentiment at the bottom of your card – I stamped mine twice using the “Let’s Celebrate” stamp from the new Birthday Adventures stamp set. You might choose to stamp your sentiment once in the middle (whatever tickles your fancy).
  • Wrap the baker’s twine around the whisper white card base and adhere to the back so that it doesn’t come undone. You can add a bow to the front if you wish.
  • Arrange your balloons on the front of the card and then adhere – you can use snail adhesive if you’d like them to be flat, or pop a stampin’ dimensional behind them to make them raised on your card front.
  • Once your balloons are adhered to the whisper white cardstock, place some adhesive on the back of the whisper white and then adhere to your coloured card base.
  • EASY DONE!

This is a quick card to complete when you’re in a hurry or if you’re looking to increase the number of birthday cards in your stash, then this one is perfect for that too!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

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By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Birthdays, Blog, Cards, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Colour INKspiration Challenge #002

Welcome back! I hope you’re having a great day whatever you are doing! I’ve been playing along with more challenges and today’s card is no exception! The team at Colour INKspiration have their second challenge under way (#CI002) and it is certainly different to their first one where I created this card. The last card was nice and bright which is right up my alley, where as today’s is a lot more subtle with colours I wouldn’t normally grab in the first instance. The challenge is inspired by this picture:

Succulents are hugely popular right now so the Stampin’ Up! colours they inspire are Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, Whisper White and Garden Green. I find Garden Green so hard to use unless it is Christmas so today I opted to include that as my card base and then use the 4 other colours to create the details of my card.

I absolutely love the individual colour family Designer Series Paper Stacks and used the Mint Macaron polka dot page from the 2015-2017 In Colour stack as my background. Tick – another colour used!

Since doing all these challenges, I think I have finally settled on “my style” and am comfortable with the cards I create. We all doubt our own cards and compare ourselves to other’s, but really it is not necessary. Everyone has their own style, everyone has their own designs, everyone has their own likes and dislikes, everyone likes different things about different cards. It is the joy and luck we have of being in this awesome creative world together. So next time you make a card and doubt yourself or your work, I want you to STOP! STOP! STOP! Instead of saying your card isn’t “good enough”… look at your card and say “I created that and I am awesome”! Because your card, yes your card, will make someone else happy….

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

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TGIF Challenge #91 – Love

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this TGIF challenge (#tgifc91) was a great chance to get ahead on another card in my stash. Hubby and I don’t normally acknowledge Valentine’s Day but sometimes I like to mix it up and surprise him. Yes, he’s seen the card as I created it but he’ll forget about it by the time Valentine’s Day actually comes around.

The challenge inspiration was this cute little pic and if you click on the image below, it will take you to the challenge site and show you all the gorgeous creations the design team created to inspire us.

I decided to create my own DSP (again) for this challenge and then added a few layers to this card to give it plenty of texture and love (pun intended!). I love the combination of the 4 colours; Real Red, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate.

I randomly stamped the heart stamp from the Endless Thanks stamp set it in Real Red, Melon Mambo and Blushing Bride on the whisper white cardstock. I then added the word “love” from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set in smoky slate to create my patterned background. I used the same “love” word to stamp on the Real Red circle in Real Red ink. I didn’t want this to take away from the background so by stamping in the same colour, it just adds a subtle layer to the card.

The “Love you much” stamp is from my new favourite stamp set in the Occasions catalogue, Iconic Occasions. It is such a versatile stamp set, I am using it on everything!

I finished off the card with some whisper white baker’s twine and some Real Red, Melon Mambo and Silver Glimmer hearts (this is a retired punch that I AGAIN can’t get rid off, just like the banner punch on this card).

Will you surprise a loved one this Valentine’s Day with a card? Or it doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day… a surprise card is fabulous any day of the year!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

P.S. One can only laugh too! I was so busy creating at my desk, I forgot to take the photos of the card before the challenge ended! Hence I missed the official challenge, but I still love my card. LOL!

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Small Heart Punch

Small Heart Punch
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By | January 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Challenges, Love, TGIF Challenges|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

WWYS Challenge #100/ Number of Years

One could possibly think that I was doing as much crafting as I can before I return to work in a few weeks… and you may be correct. However, at the moment, my mojo is just flowing so I’m trying to “go with it” and create as much as I can whilst I’m enjoying it so much.

I found another challenge to participate in, thanks to my good friend Dena from The Creativity Cave who is on the Design Team for What Will You Stamp. The challenge for this week from #WWYS100 is to use the Stampin’ Up! stamp set, Number of Years.

Now the obvious (well I think) choice when using this stamp set, would be to use the numbers, however I don’t have any one with a significant number birthday coming up (that it was a bit random to put 29 or 44 on a card!), so I decided to use one of the accent stamps in the set for my card today. I also used the very cool  new embossing Celebrations Due Textured Embossing folders which I completely missed the first few times I read the catalogue, but once I saw that gorgeous script word “celebrate” I knew I had to have them.

I embossed my whisper white cardstock first and then proceeded to stamp the cardstock using Elegant Eggplant and Pool Party ink. I randomly stamped the dots, so there is definitely no “right or wrong” if you want to recreate this card. A few metallic sequins added for a bit of bling, some whisper white baker’s twine for some texture and you’re nearly done. I was sneaky with this card and used the retired little banner punch. I normally get rid of all my stock once it retires but I can’t part with this. It is just too cute and the perfect size for cards!

Thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to be able to say that each week I’ll be able to post this much, but when I return to work I think my available crafting hours may just disappear… but you never know…. so stay tuned!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

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Banner Punch

Banner Punch
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