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This Little Piggy….

This Little Piggy went….. to market! That’s what the stamp I’ve used on today’s card makes me think of. Makes me think that this cute little piggy is taking a wander in the sunshine down to the local market. Strange I know!

If you recall my Top 5 new product blog post a little while ago, you’ll know that the This Little Piggy stamp set certainly made it in there. If you missed the post, you can check it out here. I’ve had a blast playing with it since I received it and can’t wait to play with it some more.

Whilst the piggy is cute and the focus of today’s card, I want you to focus on the background. I just love it! and no… it’s not a piece of Designer Series Paper… it’s a design I created myself using glossy cardstock and stampin’ ink pads! Yep, that’s it! So simple yet so effective.

The background is called “faux woodgrain” and I’ve created it using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink pads. I just couldn’t get over how easy the technique was and how different the background can be, each time you do it! I’ll definitely be using this technique again! You can create this easily at home by following a tutorial from Carolyn Bennie.

                          

Powder Pink is a new 2017 – 2019 in-colour and is the perfect “pig” colour. I’ve used an aqua painter to colour in the image for my card and using a little bit of the new Tranquil Tide in-colour for the grass and stem of the flower, again using an aqua painter. I never used to be much of a “colourer” but I think these little piggies might just convince me otherwise!

Happy Crafting,

P.S. I added the flower form the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I stamped it in the gorgeous new Berry Burst ink and popped it up on a new mini stampin’ dimesional (these are amazing!) to make it pop off the card.

Create at home using these products:

Big Shot

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What Will You Stamp? #117 – Beetles & Bugs

We’ve had a “bugging” good time this week for the What Will You Stamp? challenge (#wwys117) using the Beetles & Bugs stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

I myself have been under the weather with a “bug” (otherwise known as sinus, ear and chest infection!) so Mr. INK and I thought this was a good stamp set for me to be creating with this week. As I’ve been unwell, I haven’t been able to sit at my craft desk to create, so today I have some simple (yet cute!) cards for you using this set and some “bug puns”. Do you know how hard it is to create or find bug puns? I’ll tell you… HARD! I created my “puns” using the Labeler Alphabet and the Brushwork Alphabet stamp sets. I love the ‘look’ of the labeler set; and the fact you have 2 fonts in one set is a bonus!

I love little cards like my project today because you can make whatever size you like! All you need to do is ensure the length of the card is double the width… that way you’ll get a perfectly square card.

The card sizes I created were:

  • “I heard your caught a bug” card – 4″ x 8″ (scored at 3.5″)
  • “Love Bug” and “Bugs & Kisses” cards – 3″ x 6″ (scored at 3″)
  • “Sorry to bug you” card – 3.5″ x 7″ (scored at 3.5″)

Only a quick post from me today but don’t forget to check out all the What Will You Stamp? Design Team Beetle and Bug creations over on the WWYS? blog. There are lots of creepy crawlies waiting for you!

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #115 – Beautiful You

Hi There! This week over at What Will You Stamp?, we’ve been challenged to use the very popular the “Beautiful You” stamp set. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! fan, I have no doubt you have seen many creations made with this stamp set throughout your googling or Pinterest looking ventures. There have been so many wonderful creations with the stamp set, I didn’t quite know where to start or what to create.

For some reason, the lady with the umbrella was the stamp in the set that caught my attention. Initially she made me feel like she was “sad” however, I also wanted to show how versatile stamps could be and used her to create a card and “shower her in love” (you’ll see what I mean shortly!).

I created 3 cards for today’s challenge to show you different ways you can use the same stamp. The cards have the same layouts, I’ve just created them in different colours and with different accompanying stamps to create a different tone or theme to the cards.

              

I love the simplicity of these cards. I did try colouring the lady in, but I found I much preferred her in plain black with the colour focus being on the theme of the card.

A quick post from me today for #wwys115; if you own the Beautiful You stamp set, why don’t you stop by the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created and participate in this week’s challenge yourself. We love to be inspired by you and your creations.

Thanks for stopping by today… I hope you like the cards I’ve created today… would love to hear if the rain, sunshine or heart one is your favourite.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

 

Hooray, it’s your day!

Initially, I made today’s card at the start of the year to use for INKreations Birthday Club members. However, I got side tracked and never posted it to my blog! But today is another day to say “Hooray” because it is the first day of the pre-order period for demonstrators around the world to order from the new 2017 – 2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue! That is one of the perks of being a demonstrator, is you get early access to the products before they are available to the general public!

Today’s card is using the Layered Letters stamp set and I chose to use the circle stamp in the set. My colour inspiration came from the 2016 – 2018 In-Colour Collection.

To give the card a softer look, I stamped the circle “off” first on my grid paper then on my card. This technique takes off the “top layer” of ink you could say, so there is less ink to stamp on to the card. You’ll see what I mean below (it did make quite a cool pattern on my grid paper!)

I love the final card as much as I love the pattern on the grid paper!

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I heat embossed the “hooray” stamp from the Confetti Celebration stamp set in white over the top of the circles to give it a subtle look as to not over power the background pattern. I love how the circles look like a piece of designer series paper… well it can be, I just created it myself!

 

If you’re a member of the INKreations Birthday Club member, keep an eye out in your letterbox around your birthday… this one just might appear. If you’re not a member of this fantastic club, but would like to be, let me know your name, address and date of birth and I’ll happily send you a handmade card to celebrate your special day.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

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

Heat Tool

$50.00

Oh Happy Day Kit!

It is a rare novelty that I get to sit and just craft “for fun”… however that is how I spent my raging Saturday night this week! LOL!

Unfortunately this week, Baby INK was unwell which meant I couldn’t go to work so I had an extra day at home to potter, do housework, catch up on things which in turn allowed me to have some free time on the weekend. With no stamp clubs or classes for a few weeks, I took the opportunity to do some crafting just for fun. I had no ideas or themes in mind, so instead I grabbed the Stampin’ Up! Oh Happy Day Kit, that I have had for AGES! and proceeded to create the cards. What I love most about the kits is that everything you need to create 20, yes 20 cards is in the kit, besides a little bit of adhesive! In the Oh Happy Day Kit, you receive the following:

  • 20 card bases
  • 20 kraft envelopes
  • 13 piece photopolymer stamp set
  • die-cut glittered chipboard shapes (these was gorgeous!)
  • embossed sheets
  • printed die-cut images
  • die-cut gold foil sheet
  • die-cut white sheets
  • Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
  • coloured doilies
  • baker’s twine
  • glittered dots (I want more of these!)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals and;
  • an acrylic stamp block.

HOW AMAZING IS THAT!! Plus, you also receive a full set of instructions to create the cards or you can go your own way and make the cards however you like! For the ease of my crafting last night, I followed the instructions 99% of the time to create the cards. I switched a few sentiments up here and there but the designs of the cards are as per the instructions.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this kit so much I couldn’t wait to show you all the cards I made!

How awesome is that! So many different cards for so many different occasions. The stamps that came with the kit are so versatile, I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of them in a hurry!

There are many benefits to the Stampin’ Up! card kits; they’re great as a gift to your crafty friend, the perfect product to start with for a beginner (old or young!), if you love to craft but feel you’re time poor, kits have everything prepared so you can hit the ground running and create 20 cards in a few hours to keep your stash stocked for the months ahead… or the one I love the best, split the cost of a kit with your friend and spend a day crafting the kit together!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed seeing the Oh Happy Day Kit as much as I enjoyed making it!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

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? #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,

 

 

 

 

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

Heat Tool

$50.00