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Happiest of Days Gift Pack

Today’s project was something I made for a gorgeous friend of mine to say “thank you”. I have lots of friends who don’t stamp or craft, but still very much appreciate what I do, so to say thank you for a gift she gave me, I made her a little gift too using the Happiest of Day stamp sets.

I love the simplicity of this card. I stamped the rose on shimmery white cardstock and then coloured with my stamp pads and an aqua painter. Once it was dry, I used my Wink of Stella pen to add some additional shimmer to the rose petals. I loved this design so much, I made 2 other versions of the card.

                 

Apologies for the not so great photography; I took the photos at 5am in the morning on my rush out the door to work!

Again, the simple image stamped in Basic Black with a smidgen of watercoloring, makes these cards clean, crisp and simple, yet pretty.

To ensure my cards had the real “gift” feel,  I used one of the new acetate card boxes from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue to package them up. Since my cards were “note card size” there is a little extra room in the box. It fits a standard size (14.5cm x 10.5cm card) and matching envelope.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my projects today!

Happy Crafting,

Create this project at home using these products from my online store:

Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper

Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper
[141648]
$22.75

Big Shot

$159.00

By | September 6th, 2017|Categories: Birthdays, Blog, Cards, Colouring, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

ESAD 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hi There! And welcome to the ESAD 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop! You’re sure to find loads of inspiration through the hop for the new holiday products that became available for purchase yesterday! YAY!!! What is ESAD you ask?

As always, I’m excited to share with you my projects, but especially excited for one of them because I finally did a technique I’ve been avoiding because I thought it was “too hard”…. it wasn’t too hard I found out, just messy! lol

Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year and I especially love the magic that comes with children looking for Santa in the night sky and that was my inspiration for today’s first card.

To create the card, I used the 1 3/4″ circle punch (in vellum) to create a mask for the moon and lightly adhered that to my card. I then sponged using Tempting Turquoise Pacific Point, Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry inks to create the night sky. I sponged in circles to create the effect and then once I had a coat of each colour, I spent some time going back over them to blend each colour.

I stamped the Santa image and the sentiment from the new Hearts Come Home stamp set. I didn’t want the sentiment to take over the card, so stamped in black in between the Pacific Point and Night of Navy section of the card.

I can’t get over the “magic” feel of this card. I added some white dots which can be interpreted as “stars” or “snows”, whatever tickles your fancy. I can’t wait to make another!

My next project is something I always LOVE to make at Christmas time – red & white stripes are my go to for the festive season. They always look so crisp and clean and the new Around the World Designer Series Paper has a gorgeous sheet exactly like that!

I find when you’re a working mum, have a family or just a busy woman but still want to craft, you need quick an easy Christmas cards to create! Then this is the perfect card for you… or even you could use the sketch/ layout of the card to create your own design.

The stunning cursive sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set that accompanies one of the fun kits in the new Holiday catalogue. How beautiful is that font?

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my cards (feel free to leave a comment below) and the blog hop has got you thinking about what you’re going to make for your Christmas projects this year. Hop on over to Ellen from Ellen the Happy Stamper to see what she has created to inspire you; her projects are just gorgeous!

Happy Crafting,

Create these cards at home using these Stampin’ Up! products:

Glue Dots

$8.00

 

Got lost along the way? Here is a full list of the Blog Hop participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Kelly Kent
  6. Josie Dean
  7. Cheryl Algie
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Kristel Rimmer
  10. Chloe Evans
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Carly Middleton
  13. Nicole Wilson
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Kim Oliver
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Sandra Mastello
  20. Cathy Pinchbeck
  21. Rose Packer
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Jessie Holton
  24. Rosalie Desmond
  25. Liv Ingle – YOU ARE HERE.
  26. Ellen Woodbridge
  27. Rebecca Scurr
  28. Mandy Depiazzi
  29. Samantha White
  30. Libby Dyson
  31. Lisa Gibson
  32. Delys Cram

By | September 3rd, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Christmas, Holidays, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , , , |40 Comments

What Will You Stamp? #130 – Mixed Drinks

I’m excited to show you one of my favourite stamp sets in the 2017 – 2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue for What Will You Stamp? this week (#wwys130). This week we’re showcasing the very cool, the very fruity and the very refreshing “Mixed Drinks” stamp set.

This stamp set is so versatile that I chose to create three different cards today using the same layout, but with different stamps from the set. Today I’m showing how you can use this set for many different occasion in your life.

The first card was created to celebrate an achievement; I used the champagne flutes and the “cheers” and “clink” sentiment stamps to create the backgound.

The second card is my favourite! A little bit of tutti fruity as a “just because” card. The cherry and the the fruit slice were used to stamp the background. I stamped “tone on tone” for all the background images.

With Father’s Day in Australia just around the corner, the beer glass was the perfect stamp to create a card for that special man in your life. I used the ice cubes for the background images and stamped the “beer” in Crushed Curry ink.

I added some wink of stella pen to each card to give them a bit of a shimmer and a few rhinestones for some “bling”. I love that I was able to create 3 different cards using the same layout. So quick and easy!

I hope that toady’s creations over at What Will You Stamp? have inspired you to get creating with this refreshing, fun set. Be sure to pop your creation up over on the WWYS blog.

We’ll be back next week with another favourite stamp set of mine! Can’t wait to show you.

Happy Crafting,

Colour INKspiration Challenge #015

One of my favourite things about Stampin’ Up! is the amazing, gorgeous array of colours available in their product range. There are so  many fabulous colours to choose from, it makes creating a card challenging at times, but thankfully for today’s challenge, the ladies over at Colour INKspiration have chosen some great coordinating colours for this fortnight’s challenge.

 

 

 

This photo and colour combination certainly “pop” so they made me think of something festive and fun and what is more fun than a birthday!!!

I chose to use each of the four colours as the card base as inspiration gained from the “door” aspect of the picture.

I stamped the birthday sentiment from the Number of Years stamp set in Elegant Eggplant and cut a banner from the coordinating framelits in Dazzling Details glimmer paper. It’s it just devine!

I love the layout of this card and can see it being an easy card to replicate in many different colour combinations…plus easy to re-create in a production line too!

I’ve had a productive week this week with creating new cards, I hope you’ve found some time to be creative too! If you’re looking for inspiration to get started, pop on over to the Colour INKspiration Facebook group to see what tickles your fancy.

Happy Crafting,

Re-create this project at home using these Stampin’ Up! products:

Big Shot

$159.00

Pool Party Baker's Twine

Pool Party Baker’s Twine
[125574]
$4.95

By | August 11th, 2017|Categories: Stampin' Up!|0 Comments

Team Colour Challenge

Every fortnight I provide my team with a challenge to get their mojo flowing… all team members are welcome to join in and a random winner is chosen from the entries to win a Stampin’ Up! prize. One fortnight a month is a sketch challenge and the other is a colour challenge. In the past, I haven’t “played along” with the challenges because I’m normally posting about them at the last minute… but I’m trying to be more organised and I’m excited by today’s post as it is my first card in a team challenge.

This fortnight is a colour challenge, inspired by the fun my boys have jumping in puddles during the winter months.

Also part of my organisational plan is to create ONE card for more than one purpose. For example, today’s card will be used as my example for the above challenge, but it was also used as a birthday card for one of Master INK’s friends.

I tried desperately to include all six colours from the challenge but when it came to the crunch, I didn’t have any Wisteria Wonder cardstock for an extra banner on the card and I thought stamping purple on the card might make it lose its male tone.

I’m obsessed with the Stitched Shape framelits and have used 2 of the larger circles in Real Red and Night of Navy on my card. I’ve then used the Labeller Alphabet stamp set (again!) to personalise the card for the birthday boy!

Would LOVE it if you would play along with our colour challenge. It is a great masculine colour theme and with Father’s Day just around the corner, it might be just what you need to get your mojo going.

Happy Crafting,

By | August 10th, 2017|Categories: Birthdays, Blog, Cards, Male Cards, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Colour INKspiration Challenge #14

Happy Hump Day to you! Today I’m back with my entry for the Colour INKspiration Challenge for #CI14. The Colour INKspiration challenge is run on Facebook and anyone can play along each fortnight when the colours are announced. Be sure to pop over and join in the fun! This fortnight’s colours are:

I’ve called today’s post… Watercolour Wash Wednesday… and this is my creation

I’ve been a little hesitant of doing a “watercolour wash” as it never seems to turn out how I think it will HOWEVER, I have found this awesome tutorial by Kim Williams using a zip lock bag of all things! Be sure to check it out and give it a go.

I used the gorgeous sentiment from the Happiest of Days stamp set and stamped it using basic black acrylic ink.

I’ve got lots of positive feedback on this card, so I’ll definitely be giving the watercolour wash technique a go again.

Happy Crafting,

 

Create this project at home using these products:

Night Of Navy Stampin' Write Marker

Night Of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker
[100069]
$5.95

Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker

Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker
[120970]
$5.95

By | August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Stampin' Up!|0 Comments

What Will You Stamp? #127 – Coffee Cafe

It is a chilly Monday night here in Melbourne, so what better way to warm up than by checking out the Design Team projects over at What Will You Stamp? for challenge #wwys127 – Coffee Cafe.

Now, I’m not a lover of coffee so I wanted to find a different way to use the stamp set and that is how my chocolate thick shake card was born.

The background of my card is covered in celebratory sentiments heat embossed in white (on white cardstock). I then used a sponge dauber and Pool Party ink to do the emboss resist technique and add some colour to my card. The great thing about this technique is you can make the card as light or dark in colour as you please.

I sponged the “cup” of the thick shake with a sponge dauber and crumb cake ink to add some colour. I lightly inked the dauber and sponged in a circular motion to transfer the ink. This card is for a very special 11-year-old girl so I added some “bling” with Dazzling Detail glimmer paper as “cream” and then popped a lid on my cup using vellum.

The birthday girl and I share a love of Chocolate Thickshakes even to the point where on occasions she has “critiqued” my making of them to allow for improvements, so hence the personalised sentiment on the card.

And what is a thickshake without a sweet treat to eat with it? A quick little gift tag to be attached to her presents.

                    

The Coffee Cafe suite of products has been hugely popular for Stampin’ Up! so be sure to head on over to the What Will You Stamp? challenge blog to see what other members of the Design Team created to showcase this suite of products. THEN… if you have this set in your collection, get stamping and enter our weekly challenge!

Happy Crafting,