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Oh Joy – Watercolour Christmas

Why hello there! Thanks for popping by today. I’ve been a little absent from blogging as I took some time out from crafting and Stampin’ Up!… a little hiatus if you will BUT… I’m back and refreshed and excited to share some recent projects with you over the coming weeks. Part of my hiatus was getting organised with a plan that will allow me to regularly and consistently blog… so hopefully you’ll stop by again. I’m hoping to post on a Monday night and  a Wednesday afternoon… and then if there is more than that then BONUS!

To celebrate feeling refreshed and excited, I’m sharing a card today that celebrates joy to reiterate how I’m feeling after a break. The gorgeous sentiment on this card is from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set. You can see another of the gorgeous sentiments from the set in a card I made for the ESAD Blog Hop.

I combined my sentiment with the Sheet Music background stamp and stamped this on Very Vanilla cardstock to give it a softer feel than white. To give it a bit of a vintage look, I sponged the edges of the vanilla cardstock in Crumb Cake ink using a sponge dauber (best thing ever!). I snuck a little of some retired twine in because I thought it suited this card perfectly.

The last detail was a few gold sequins and we’re done! This will definitely be one of those cards that is saved and sent to someone special this Christmas. Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

See you Wednesday (hopefully!!!!)

Happy Crafting,

By | October 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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

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

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

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,

#tgifc117 – Summertime Blues

I’m so excited! Yesterday I had such a productive crafty day yesterday that I was able to participate in another card challenge this week. I’m playing along with the TGIF Challenge this week to cure the summertime blues for #tgifc117. The Design Team created some gorgeous creations to get you inspired, so why don’t you pop by the blog and join in!

For my project today I was inspired by the colours that the DT had used in their cards; the blues and the yellows caught my eye. The great thing about this challenge was for you to interpret it any way you see fit but try and get a little smidge of blue on your card. You might have been inspired by the watercolour wash background, the font, the embellishments or the actual word “summertime”. That’s why challenges are great, you can interpret it to suit your style!

I ummmed and ahhhhed so many times about getting the stamp set I’ve used today, but I finally bit the bullet and I’m so glad I did. I absolutely love using it.

I chose Night of Navy and Marina Mist for the blues on the card base and I mixed the embossing paste with a Marina Mist re-inker to create the blue clouds. Crushed Curry was the regal yellow tone I chose to use to watercolour the moon and a quick colour using the Calypso Coral watercolour pencil to give little mister’s skin a bit of colour.

I covered the stamped star with a small star punched out of gold glimmer paper to add some bling to the card. And a few more stars amongst the clouds to “twinkle”.

I’m enjoying using my Aqua Painter to colour at the moment whereas I used to be a Blender Pen kinda gal. I’m finding colouring quite therapeutic at the moment… a good chance for the brain to stop ticking for a little while.

Now… just to wait until a very special Little Mister joins us to receive this card.

Happy Crafting,

 

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Baby, Blog, Cards, Colouring, Stampin' Up!, TGIF Challenges|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Just Add Ink #369

Today I’m joining in the fun over at Just Add Ink and being inspired by this gorgeous photo for the #JAI369 challenge.

The best thing about photos like this is that everyone can play along with the challenge and be inspired by different aspects of the photo. For me I was mainly inspired by the colours, then the scenery (trees, water) and lastly how the photo made me feel. I quickly wrote down the colours I felt I would use, the stamp set I would use and the texture my card would have. Quite often I think of a design or idea, forget to write it down and never ever remember it! I’m trying to get better at that.

The photo made me feel a sense of adventure and holidays, so I chose to use the hostess stamp set Dare to Dream for my card today.

The colours I chose were Emerald Envy (trees), Bermuda Bay (water), Crushed Curry (sand), Pool Party (on the balloon) and then for inspiration of the mountains I chose to use some burlap ribbon.

I’m obsessed by the new Ruffled 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and chose to use this as my background to reflect trees blowing in in the wind and the waves of the water. I ran my Wink of Stella pen along the edges of the ripples to make them shimmer just a smidgen. I chose to pick up the yellow again by using the Crushed Curry Glitter Enamel Dots.

You’ve got until 10am each Wednesday to join in the weekly Just Add Ink challenge. A new challenge is posted each Friday so come on over and join the fun!

Happy Crafting,

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Just Add Ink, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments