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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,

 

What Will You Stamp? #143 – Text Ya Later

Ask most people who know me and they’ll tell you that yes, yes I do spend A LOT of time texting. I have been known to type complete messages without even looking! My excuse is the keyboard is the same as a computer and I spend a lot of time on a computer for work (and have done for most of my life!)

It was fun to create today’s card for #wwys143 using the Text Ya Later stamp.

I loved using the symbols and text that you use when sending a text message on a card and I love the colour combination I have used for my first card as well. It was Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party. Give it a try!!! You won’t regret it.

I think tone on tone stamping is really effective on any card. I use it a lot with the neutral colour Crumb Cake and it makes a quick and effective background for any card. For this card however, I used Berry Burst. Lemon Lime Twist has quickly become my favourite new colour… here it is close up!

 

I was having so much fun with this stamp set, that I thought I’d make another card for the challenge today. This time I thought outside the box a little bit! For some reason, the outline of the phone made me think of an oven! I love cupcakes as much I love texting! 🙂

I used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to create my delicious cupcake. To get the effect of the oven door, cut out the inside of the “phone screen” and adhered a piece of vellum cardstock on the underside of the screen. I used a slim piece of silver foil paper to create the “shelf” in the over. A quick stamp using the Labeller Alphabet stamp to say “BAKE” and my oven was underway. I used the gorgeous Berry Burst colour again combined with Basic Black and Whisper White.

Thanks for stopping by today to share in this weeks’ What Will You Stamp? challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Design Team’s challenge. It is such a fun stamp set to use. If you’ve got this in your stash or can get your hands on it (once you’ve finished texting), then please join in our challenge. We’d love to see what you create!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

 

Stained Glass Technique

Before I spend the next few weeks bombarding you with Christmas projects, I thought I’d share a card I made recently to experiment with the Stained Glass technique. I used this technique by Susan Lacroix as inspiration and I cased my card based on a gorgeous card on the internet (which I can’t now find to give credit to!!)

It was great to get my Stampin’ Up! Many Marvellous Markers out, which I don’t do enough! For this card I used Pear Pizzaz and Old Olive for the leaves and Melon Mambo and Blushing Bridge for the petals. The flower is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set. It was the perfect flower to stamp for this technique.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’m enjoying being back blogging, so I hope you’re enjoying my projects!

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Crafting,

 

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Colouring, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Santa’s Suit (a piece of magic is a hat)…

Sometimes you just make a card that you (a) LOVE! and that (b) sticks with you forever and that is what today’s card is based on. I made a similar card many moons ago (before I was blogging actually) and I have never forgotten. It is simple, yet so effective and even more important… so FUN to make.

I’m a sucker for a Santa stamp… not a traditional old-style Santa, but a fun, modern, cute on and that is what you’ll get when you use the new Santa’s Suit stamp set with matching framelits. Today’s card was so fun to make and anyone can make it. There is no “right” way to create this card, you just stamp, stamp, stamp until your cardstock is full! And then stamp, stamp, stamp some more for your two-step stamping technique to fill the hats in. I stamped the hats in Basic Black, then Real Red and if I didn’t happen to stamp so accurately, I used my Real Red marked (featured below) to touch up my images. Easy Peasy!

I used the Santa Suit stamps and Santa Builder framelits to “build” my Santa on the tag. I love how you can give him a little dimension by “building” him. I made sure he wasn’t too white and coloured his face in with the Calypso Coral watercolour pencil and an aqua painter. Just takes the edge of the stark white.

 

I see this stamp set getting a very big workout from me this Christmas. I’ve got another card to share with you next week… so stay tuned.

Happy Crafting,

 

By | October 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Colouring, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Peek-a-boo Moon Baby

I just couldn’t wait to share today’s card with you (hence we have an extra blog post this week!)

Moon Baby was a stamp set I put off purchasing for so long, but every time I use it now, I’m so pleased I bought it. I’ve combined it today with a fun technique called a “peek-a-boo slider card”. You can check out the easy, fun, technique here by Meg Loven.

When you see the front, it looks like a sweet baby card… but look at the rest of the photos below and watch the tutorial to see how it changes (still sweet but an extra sentiment appears).

I  chose Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight for my colour scheme with a hint of Melon Mambo on little bubs (lets hope someone has a baby girl soon!) I stamped the stars on Daffodil Delight cardstock to make them nice and bright.

Now that I’ve shown you the outside…. I’ll show you the inside.

Don’t forget to check out Meg’s awesome tutorial and give the Peek-a-boo Slider card a go. It is surprisingly easy and would make an fun festive Christmas card.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

By | October 14th, 2017|Categories: Baby, Blog, Cards, Colouring, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Heartfelt Sympathy – Watercolour Technique

Yes! I made it as promised… Wednesday afternoon and I’m back! Today I’m sharing a card which is never fun to make… a sympathy card. They’re not the type of card you have a lot of in your collection (well I don’t), and whenever the time comes that you need one, you don’t really feel like making one for obvious reasons. I loved the colour combination in the card I made for the Colour INKspiration challenge, that I thought I would use it again for this card.

I LOVE! the look of a “watercolour wash” but I could never get it the way I wanted until I found this awesome technique by Kim Williams. It is SO easy. We recently did it at one of my Stamp Clubs and the ladies loved it.

The best thing about a watercolour wash is no two cards will EVER be the same. This one depends how you “smoosh” in the technique.

I heat embossed my sentiment from the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set using black embossing powder; this sentiment is beautiful yet simple which is perfect for a sad occasion.

Would LOVE it if you gave this watercolour wash technique a go. If you do… please please please, share you cards with me over on the INKreations Facebook Page by private message or email me at olivia@inkreations.com.au.

Happy Crafting!

By | October 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Love, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments