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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

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

Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper
[141648]
$22.75

Big Shot

$159.00

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

#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

Quriky Critters & Ronald McDonald House

A little background on today’s card… Each quarter, some of my team members and I head into the Ronald McDonald House at Monash Hospital and participate in their Make-A-Meal program for which we make a 3-course dinner from the families staying at the house. We absolutely love being able to provide these families with some home cooked food during a challenging time. We also donate our cards as well for the families and staff to use, but we wanted to do more and that is how we started participating in the make-a-meal program.

Each new annual catalogue, Stampin’ Up! creates one specific stamp set, where they donate $3 from each set purchased to Ronald McDonald House Charities. To date, they have donated over 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS worldwide. AMAZING! This year’s stamp set is Sharing Sweet Thoughts found on page 233 of the annual catalogue. Unfortunately, I forgot to add it to my recent order (it was late at night!), so I’ll definitely have to add it to my next one!

Considering I forgot to order it, I had to use another stamp set for my surprise thank you cards to the team members who participate with me, so I chose my the fun Quirky Critters stamp set.

When I saw the Narwhal stamp I was SO excited. They’re amazing animals and lets be honest, you’ll probably never find another Narwhal stamp anywhere! I wanted to create an “ocean” look for the background of my card, so I used the “faux woodgrain” technique I used on the piggy and wreath cards but switched the colour tones to blues…. I think it works a treat! See for yourself…

I coloured the Narwhal in using an aqua painter and Smoky Slate ink. I added a little Wink of Stella pen to his horn to make him “shine and sparkle”.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you and your friends or work colleagues are interested in volunteering at your local Ronald McDonald House, check out their Make-a-Meal program. It really is a small commitment that can make sure a difference. You can see what some other business and community groups have been doing at the Ronald McDonald House in Monash by following their Facebook page.

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,