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What Will You Stamp? #156 – Magical Day

I’m so excited to be back this week for #wwys156 as we are using one of my favourite stamp sets out of the new Occasions Catalogue – Magical Day! I think I screamed out loud when I saw this product suite back in November at our On Stage event.

Even though I love this suite so so so much, I hadn’t actually used it until this week’s challenge came along! Thankfully I had a team craft day on Saturday to help me get the mojo going and give me some valuable craft time.

I chose to feature the gorgeous, fun spirited unicorn from the suite for my card today. I decided to keep my card in one colour scheme for some reason…. not sure why, but I love how it turned out.

I coloured my unicorn in using the light & dark Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I added a little bit of wink of stella to her mane and tail to give her some “pizzaz”.

I combined her with the clouds and rainbows from the new Rainbow Builder framelits. These are just so cool!!! Luckily, there was the super cute cloud designer series paper in the Myths & Magic suite to match!

I haven’t placed a sentiment on my card yet… as I don’t know what I want to use it for!!!

The Magical Day stamp set has been hugely popular (actually more than I imagined)… so if you don’t have it, you should really get it! And if you have it already.. get creating and join in our #wwys156 challenge this week! I’d love to see what you create. I try and pop by on a Sunday night (EST) and check out all the challenge entries and make a comment… so if you create, I’ll comment.

Happy Crafting,

 

What Will You Stamp? #155 – Picture Perfect Birthday

WOAH! I just realised that it has been a little while since I played along with my design team buddies at What Will You Stamp but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to use the new Picture Perfect stamp set for #wwys155. I’m just not sure where the time is going and how we are in mid February already!

I had a lot of fun making the card for today’s challenge for a few reasons. Not only do I love the effect of the white heat embossing on the black cardstock, I do love how quick it was for such an awesome result! Plus, it has a great range of sentiments and greetings for your birthday cards and the font is pretty cool too!

To fill some space between the greetings and to break up the words, I used the striped and the spotted “candle stalks”. I did manage to squish a flame onto the spotted one.

To create the effect so that I could stamp the sentiments in one go, I used the clear (E) block and arranged the photopolymer stamps on it. I managed to fit 8 of the stamps on it. I stamped the grouped images twice on my card using Versamark ink and then covered in white embossing powder.

I’m definitely going to make more of these… and speaking of that, if you have this stamp set in your collection, I would love you to play along with this week’s challenge over at What Will You Stamp? Would love to see what you create!

Happy Crafting,

 

Just Add Ink #393 – Colour Challenge

To keep my mojo flowing… or starting to flow, I played along with the colour challenge over at Just Add Ink for #jai393. I was so pleased to have the time to create as one of my downlines, Rochelle was the DT member who chose the colours for this week’s challenge.

Green is one of my favourite colours however I find Tranquil Tide a little tricky to work with whereas I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lemon Lime Twist.

I’m a little behind in January Birthday cards, so I thought this challenge was a good one to use the super cute Quirky Critters stamp set again. The sloth stamp is perfect for those times you’ve forgot to send a card! I needed to create a “leafy” scene for my sloth, so I used the fern leaf from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, stamped in Tranquil Tide & Lemon Lime Twist.

I used the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in Mr. Sloth. I used the light & dark crumb cake and then smoky slate for his eye area. I snuck the bronze marker in to colour the branch. These markers are so easy to use! The branch in the stamp set is a little shorter, so I lengthened to reach within the leaves by drawing an “extension” with a black fine point marker. EASY!

If you’ve got time, head on over to Just Add Ink and see what their design team created to inspire us this challenge. Challenges are a great way to create when you’ve got a creative block, need a new inspiration or idea… or just for fun!

Have a wonderful, creative week.

Happy Crafting,

Global Design Project 122 – Sketch Challenge

Yes! It has been a while since I’ve posted. I had a nice break over the summer with my family and planned to get back to blogging earlier in the month, however a mini trip to hospital put a spanner in the works! I’m all good now and time to get blogging!

To get the mojo going, I played along with some challenges this past weekend. My first is the sketch challenge for the Global Design Project #gdp122. I love a sketch challenge as you can interpret it any way you like; left, right, round and upside down. lol!

I wanted to have a play with the new shimmery white embossing paste and I used that on the background of this card. I coloured it with a smoky slate re-inker to give it a grey / realistic brick look.

The shimmery white embossing paste is AWESOME! I can’t wait to try it out with loads of other colours. It is a lot more “shimmery” than I anticipated, which I love!!!

This card was a celebratory card for a team member of mine who recently promoted. She’s done a great, persistent job to achieve this milestone. I’m so proud of her and I hope she likes her card!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Don’t forget to pop on over to the Global Design Project page and check out all the other awesome entries for this week’s challenge. I love seeing the diversity of how everyone interprets the same sketch.

Hopefully this post is the start of some regular blogging and challenge fun!

Happy Crafting,

By | January 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Cards, Challenges, Global Design Project, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

What Will You Stamp? #145 – Christmas Sweaters

Over here in Australia, Christmas Sweaters are not a “huge” thing… however I have one wonderful friend who absolutely loves them so much she even has MATCHING Christmas Rashies (beach attire) with her partner!! So once I saw this stamp set, I knew it would be high on her wish list and lucky for us it is the feature set for this week’s What Will You Stamp? Challenge.

It was such a fun stamp set to use for #wwys145 that I will definitely be thinking about adding it to my collection before the end of the festive season.

I think the sweaters speak for themselves, so I wanted to make a simple yet effective card. I was originally going to do a clothes line full of the sweaters, but Santa kept jumping out at me. So I made this instead:

I used tone-on-tone (crumb cake) stamping for the background (so fun!) and then stamped the image in basic
black ink on whisper white cardstock and coloured it in with my Real Read Stampin’ Marker. You can’t see here, but in person, his beard and moustache and eyebrows shimmer. I added some Wink of Stella to make Santa a little bit extra special.

I would love to see what you make with this funky stamp set. I’m definitely going to be stamping with it a bit more before I have to return it to my friend! Pop on over to the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog and see who else had some fun this week. Then… I encourage you to have some fun and create you own project.

Happy Crafting,

 

What Will You Stamp? #144 – Santa’s Suit

You can imagine my excitement what I saw what this week’s feature stamp set was!!! I just adore this set as you can see in my previous blog posts here and here.

For #wwys144 we’re creating with the super cute Santa’s Suit which has coordinating framelits as well to perfectly cut out the big red man’s wardrobe! I just love everything about this set and I love the notion of Santa getting ready for his big trip… so I thought I’d put together a card that features his wardrobe and help him get dressed, so I created this fun waterfall card.

Simply pull the ribbon down and the card “flips” so that different items of Santa’s wardrobe appear. I tried to pop them in the order I thought he would get dressed. 🙂

                  

I used this great tutorial from Dawn at Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts. She makes it so easy to create awesome interactive cards! I stuck with the very simple colour theme of Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White. I did emboss the red card base to give the card some more texture.

I cannot wait to see what challenge entries we have this week over at What Will You Stamp? Be sure to pop by the blog and see all the Design Team creations and then play along with us too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Crafting,

 

November On Stage 2017 Recap

Phew! Finally I have a chance to blog a little about my recent time at the 2017 Stampin’ Up! On Stage event in Melbourne. I’m sure you’ve seen lots of blogs already (so envious of those people who blogged straight away… time just escaped me!) but HERE I AM!

For those of you who don’t know what On Stage is, it is a demonstrator only even held by Stampin’ Up! twice a year where we get together to view new products and catalogues, learn new techniques, improve our skills, laugh, meet new people, swap ideas and inspiration, laugh some more and generally have a wonderful time. I’m already looking forward to the next one in April next year! This year it had been 2 years since I’d been (due to Baby INK) and I walked away feeling so inspired and motivated that I want to feel that way again, so off to Sydney I will go!

This On Stage was also my birthday so I was blessed to be able to spend it with some of my most favourite people in the world!! My upline, my team and some of my Stampin’ Sisters all made my weekend and birthday once I won’t forget in a while. I was totally overwhelmed by the love and gifts I was showered with. I just realised I have SO much to show you in terms of photos, that I’ll just get on with it!

Firstly… this year I got to room with one of the most AMAZING people in the whole entire world! This chick is one of a kind and made the weekend so easy and fun for me! Let me introduce Chloe from Chlo’s Craft Closet! Chloe is a gorgeous demonstrator from Port Macquarie in New South Wales. We met originally online and just started chatting and needless to say, a day doesn’t go by where we don’t check in with each other. Chloe is a great support to be both personally and professionally. #youremyperson.

The next people who made my weekend one of the best was my awesome team!!! We come for all walks of life but we share a common interest and had a wonderful time together. It is rare that we can all get together and On Stage unfortunately saw some some of the team missing but I think this is a good turnout. I love that my team back me with whatever crazy idea I have… and here is prime example! A “normal smiley” photo just wouldn’t cut it…

I didn’t manage to get a photo with my upline, Michelle or my Stampin’ Sisters but it was great to share the experience with them too!

Now, I just realised that because I made 3 different designs for swaps, this post could go on FOREVER so I’ll pop them in another post. However, I will show you what I was lucky enough to receive for my swaps and then pick out a few of my favourites!

Here are all the swaps I receive as well as a few of my gorgeous birthday cards in amongst the mix! Thank you to everyone who swapped with me! Can you see yours here?

Each year, I like to pick out a few of my favourites to show you in more detail…. here are this years.

  

What I loved most about this years swaps was the diversity of projects, ideas and inspiration. Swaps just get better & better every year.

I think that’s enough today! I’ll be back over the coming week or two to show you what I created for my own swaps, roomie gifts and team gifts.

Would love to see YOU at the next On Stage event.

Happy Crafting,

By | November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Stampin' Up!|1 Comment