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What Will You Stamp? #123 – Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Yay! Today I get to play along with the amazingly talented ladies from the What Will You Stamp? Design Team for #wwys123. I’ve had a few weeks off from the team as time escaped me and I didn’t have the stamp sets featured, but I’m back and looking at the upcoming schedule, I should be around more often.

Today we’re showcasing the beautiful Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I love so much about this stamp set; the flowers, the balloons, the fonts of the sentiments, I was very excited to use it.. I’m trying my best to use products in my cupboard that I haven’t touched and the Gift Bag Punch Board is something I haven’t used, so I’ve given that a whirl for today’s project too!

I’ve used the amazing new bright in- colour Lemon Lime Twist and paired that with Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo to bring today’s projects to life.

Now… let’s see how awesome they look together!

To get the formation of the balloons on the card, I first stamped them in crumb cake ink on my card base so that they were evenly spaced in a pattern I liked. I then stamped all the coloured balloons on cardstock using the same coloured ink and punched them out using the balloon punch (a favourite product of mine). To give the card a bit of “pop”, I placed each coloured balloon on a stampin’ dimensional and adhered it to the card front. I played around a little bit with the placement of the colours till I found an arrangement I was happy with.

The gift bag was made using the Gift Bag Punch Board. It was so quick and easy, I’ll definitely be using it more in the future. Check out this great video from Meg at Lovenstamps to see how easy it is to use! And the best bit is, you can make lots of different bags in different sizes! Perfect for those last minute gifts you need to give. I punched a small hole in the top of both sides and tied it off with the gorgeous new Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon – it is to die for!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop over to the the WWYS? Blog to see all the creations this week from the team! It is such a fun stamp set… if you don’t have this stamp set on your wish list already, I’ll be surprised if you don’t after today!

Happy Crafting,

Global Design Project #093

Good Morning to you on this fresh Sunday morning in Melbourne! When I woke this morning it was -4.0 degrees! Winter has really hit us this weekend so I was excited to play along with the Global Design Project and use their bright, summery colour combination for #GDP093.

I’ve made a notecard for my project today using the gorgeous “Quirky Critters” stamp set from new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. At first it didn’t catch my eye but on my many looks through the catalogue I kept coming back to it and it hasn’t disappointed me yet!

For a self-proclaimed “non-colourer” this an interesting choice of stamp set, but funnily enough of late, I’m finding colouring very therapeutic and like anything, the more you do it, the more comfortable you become with it!

 

I chose to colour the bird on shimmery white cardstock using an Aqua Painter with Pool Party ink for his body and Lemon Lime Twist for his funky hair-do and chest. I really struggled to add the Berry Burst aspect to him but never fear, a small heart punch added the little bit I needed to make him pop! I punched the heart form the Cookie Cutter punch.

I can’t wait to use this set more and more! I’ve got so many ideas for it! If you’re looking for inspiration not just for this set, pop on over the to the Global Design Project page and see all the entries for the #GDP093 colour challenge. There is plenty there for you to see and be inspired by! I’m off to one of my team member’s catalogue launches now, can’t wait to be inspired there!

Happy Crafting,

 

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,

 

 

 

 

What Will You Stamp? #113 – Fairy Celebration (#wwys113)

Welcome to this week’s post for the What Will You Stamp? #113 (#wwys113) – Fairy Celebration. This set is just devine and makes me believe in all magical creatures and wishes!

I don’t own the Fairy Celebration stamp set, but a very kind team member of mine lent hers to me so I could participate today, and now I’m addicted to it! It is just so sweet. My favourite stamp is the fairy with her back facing you with her gorgeous wings. So pretty!

From the very beginning when I saw we were creating with this stamp set, I knew I wanted to do something 3D or “off the page”… I didn’t want to create a standard card. I’ve got lots of “bits and bobs” in my craft cupboard that need using and thankfully I was able to use one for today’s project.

Frames are a great addition to your craft collection as you can use them for so many different projects. I love that you can personalise a frame to make it an extra special gift. Today’s project isn’t personalised (yet!) but I love the simplicity of this project.

This project didn’t take very long to create at all! I stamped the images on to the Shimmery White Cardstock using Basic Black Archival Ink and then coloured it in using an Aqua Painter and the fantastic Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils. I’m no expert at colouring, however I find these pencils SO easy to use to get shading and dimension on your projects. The sentiment in the frame says “May your wisish come true”. I had some trouble photographing the frame as I kept getting my reflection in the glass which I’m sure you don’t want to see!

I love my presents and cards to match, so I whipped up a tiny little card that could be use as a gift tag or gift card for when my frame finds a new home. I used a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock (5″ long x 2.5″ wide), and scored it in half and there was my card base.

In the spirit of the fairies today, if you have this stamp set in your collection, I’m going to make a “wish” for you to go and create a project for this week’s challenge and pop it up over on the What Will You Stamp? challenge blog. If you’d like some inspiration for your project, be sure to check out all the design team’s creations on the blog.

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp #111 – Weather Together

I feel it is very appropriate to write today’s blog post using the Weather Together stamp set for the What Will You Stamp #111 Challenge. Currently in Melbourne, it is pouring with rain as we inch closer to winter from the gorgeous Autumn we have been having. You wouldn’t venture outside today without an umbrella!

For today’s challenge, I have steered away from the “traditional card” and created some pocket cards instead! They are super easy to create and very cute at the same time. I’ve used the smaller decorative stamps and the sentiments from the stamp set to decorate my pockets. I couldn’t quite get the umbrellas to do what I wanted them to do for my project so I changed course! The great thing about pocket cards, is that are relatively quick to make and can be used as a gift tag as well.

I chose to use Crumb Cake as my main colour as it is neutral and it goes with anything! I added the gold to the birthday pocket for some bling whereas I didn’t include any bling on the cloud pocket as I felt the “tone” of the card needed more simplicity. The cloud one just happens to be my favourite!

           

To create your own pocket cards at home:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock 8cm x 22cm, scored at 9cm on the long side (pocket)
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock 10.5cm x 6cm (insert)
  • Fold your pocket on the score line and using some double sided adhesive (as thin as you can get), adhere the flap to the base to make the pocket. Note: you don’t want to use wide adhesive as your insert won’t fit or it will get stuck on the inside.
  • Round the corners of the top of the pocket (if you wish). I used my Envelope Punch Board to do this.
  • Decorate as you wish!

I hope you enjoyed my project today and decide to give it a go yourself. It is a great alternative to a normal card and perfect for those occasions when you have limited time to create!

Don’t forge tot pop by the What Will You Stamp Challenge Blog and check out all the other team member’s creations. We’re so lucky to have such a wonderfully talented group of women to create and inspire us each week! If you’ve got the Weather Together stamp set at home, why don’t you come and join in the fun and create a project for this week’s challenge. We’d love to see what you create.

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,