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What Will You Stamp? #109 – Balloon Adventures

Hello! Hi There! Bonjour!

Welcome back to What Will You Stamp? for this week. This week we’re having some adventures with one of my favourite things… Balloons!!! Yes, that’s right, we’re focusing on the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Balloon Adventures for WWYS#109.

The more time I spend creating for the Design Team, the more I’m finding out that I love interactive cards and today’s card is no exception! I think it might be my inner child that loves how an interactive card can but a smile on the recipient’s face.

As I said above, I love balloons, particularly polka dot and striped ones and they happen to feature in today’s card!

What? There aren’t any balloons on my card… I know! But you know how I told you my card was interactive… open it up and POP! There they are!

Apologies for my hand being in the photo! Baby INK was having a field day trying to eat my card and envelope so I needed quick access to move them when he was about to strike! LOL!

The balloons in the card go perfectly with the Party Animal suite which is fun, bright coloured birthday Designer Series Paper available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue. The Emerald Envy, Pacific Point and Crushed Curry colours are a great combination for a card for that special male in your life, big or small!

Thanks for stopping by again. I hope you’re enjoying my DT projects as much as I’m enjoying making them! They’re certainly keeping me on my toes and making me think outside the square when it comes to my projects.

Remember, if you’ve got the Balloon Adventures stamp set in your collection, come an play along with this week’s challenge! To keep up to date with our weekly challenges, be sure to “like” the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog Facebook page. Over at WWYS, we’d love to see what you create.

Happy Crafting,

 

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,

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,

 

 

 

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

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

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!

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

Glue Dots

$8.00

Small Heart Punch

Small Heart Punch
[117193]
$9.95
(Retired)

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,

 

 

 

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

Banner Punch

Banner Punch
[133519]
$21.00
(Retired)

Just Add Ink #343

There are so many fantastic card challenges around, that unless I quit my day job I could never complete them all. However, as I’ve said before, they provide you with great inspiration and ideas to get yourself stamping and crafting.

My project today is for the Just Add Ink #343 challenge (#JAI343) – “just add something pop up or interactive”. Be sure to check out the blog hop that the the JAI ladies have participated in to show off their awesome projects.

I absolutely LOVE the card I have to show you today. I’ve put off making a card like this because I thought it was “too hard” but O…M…G!!! it is sooooooooooo easy once you know the secret trick! I can now make these cards with my eyes shut (well not really, I just don’t need a tutorial).

I chose to use the awesome No Bones About It stamp set featuring the cool two step dinosaur stamps. It looks simple on the outside, but just you wait!

Check out the quick video below to see how my very simple card becomes interactive and full of life!

And in case you missed the “magic” here it is again….

I hope you enjoyed my project today! I’m thoroughly enjoying sharing more projects with you this year! Fingers crossed my mojo stays around!

Happy Crafting

 

 

 

Recreated this project at home using Stampin’ Up! products: