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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,

 

 

 

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

Colour INKspiration Challenge #002

Welcome back! I hope you’re having a great day whatever you are doing! I’ve been playing along with more challenges and today’s card is no exception! The team at Colour INKspiration have their second challenge under way (#CI002) and it is certainly different to their first one where I created this card. The last card was nice and bright which is right up my alley, where as today’s is a lot more subtle with colours I wouldn’t normally grab in the first instance. The challenge is inspired by this picture:

Succulents are hugely popular right now so the Stampin’ Up! colours they inspire are Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, Whisper White and Garden Green. I find Garden Green so hard to use unless it is Christmas so today I opted to include that as my card base and then use the 4 other colours to create the details of my card.

I absolutely love the individual colour family Designer Series Paper Stacks and used the Mint Macaron polka dot page from the 2015-2017 In Colour stack as my background. Tick – another colour used!

Since doing all these challenges, I think I have finally settled on “my style” and am comfortable with the cards I create. We all doubt our own cards and compare ourselves to other’s, but really it is not necessary. Everyone has their own style, everyone has their own designs, everyone has their own likes and dislikes, everyone likes different things about different cards. It is the joy and luck we have of being in this awesome creative world together. So next time you make a card and doubt yourself or your work, I want you to STOP! STOP! STOP! Instead of saying your card isn’t “good enough”… look at your card and say “I created that and I am awesome”! Because your card, yes your card, will make someone else happy….

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

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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!

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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,

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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Global Design Project #070

Can you believe it? 2 blog posts within 24 hours! It does help that I participated in some card challenges over the weekend and they all close within the next day or so meaning I’ve got to get them up and published on the blog!

Today’s card is for the Global Design Project #070 (#GDP070) and it is based on a sketch challenge. It is a super versatile sketch that anyone can use to create their project.

I needed to create some cards over the weekend and found the challenges a great place to start to get the mojo going. My card today is a very simple card using some of the new Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and the new hostess stamp set Iconic Occasions (that was featured in my Top 5 Occasions Catalogue products, read more about it here).

I repeatedly stamped the “Thinking of You” stamp across the Very Vanilla cardstock using Sahara Sand and Soft Sky ink to match my card base and the DSP. The little “you” thinking bubble is also from the Iconic Occasions stamp set and I find it the sweetest little addition to any project to let someone know you are thinking of them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project today. Don’t forget to pop on over to the Global Design Project and check out their challenges. They are a great place for you to find inspiration.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

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Colour INKspiration Challenge #001

I am so excited to bring you today’s blog post for numerous reasons:

  1. It means I have regularly blogged (within 10 days of my last post!)
  2. I have entered a challenge for this card
  3. I have used a stamp set I have had for 18 months and NEVER used
  4. I did colouring on my card and I am not a huge fan of colouring (purely because I’m not good at it!)
  5. I made a floral card!!!

WOW! That actually is a lot of reasons. lol!

My card today is an entry to the Colour Inspiration Challenge #001 which is a new Facebook group inspiring crafters each fortnight with a different colour challenge using Stampin’ Up! products. It has been loads of fun seeing everyone’s creations. There is so much talent out there and so many different ideas, it is a great place if you’re looking for inspiration. You don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to join… you just have to use Stampin’ Up! products in your creations. Click here and request to join so you can see what everyone has been creating. You don’t need to participate in the challenges to be a part of the group.

This fortnight was the first official challenge of the group and there were 6 colours available (you must used 3) inspired by this picture to use in your project:

I chose to use 5 of the colours available; Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach. I just couldn’t work Tempting Turquoise in to my card.

I used the Stampin’ Up! blender pens to “pick up” colour off the lid of my ink pads and then coloured the stamp, adding more ink to areas of the stamp that I wanted to be darker or deeper and then less ink on the areas such as the ends of the petals. I then added small pearl embellishments to the middle of some of the flowers to add some texture to the card. With the detail and number of flowers, I chose a simple sentiment to finish off the card and then mounted it on Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride cardstock.

This card is so not my usual style, but I thoroughly enjoyed creating it to participate in the challenge. It was great to get out of my comfort zone and create “just for fun”. I’m looking forward to the next challenge already!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

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Blender Pens

$17.00