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World Autism Awareness Day Blog Hop

I am so excited I was asked to be a part of today’s Blog Hop for so many reasons! I get to use my creative avenue to help raise awareness for Autism; I get to participate in the blog hop with lots of awesome Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world and I’ve learnt a few things along the way as well! I feel so fortunate to be able to participate today to support this cause. I used to manage a paediatric Speech Pathology & Psychology practice and many of our clients had autism and the best part of my job was seeing these children thrive, grow and learn and I miss that now that I’ve moved on to another job.

Obviously the theme for today’s blog hop is Autism and we were encouraged to create projects that incorporated the following that are associated with autism; the colour blue, a puzzle piece or a lightbulb. As soon as I saw lightbulb, I knew what stamp set I would use for my project; Watts of Occasions.

I love using stamps to create simple background images for cards and I love how the lightbulbs turned out for my project today! I haven’t used this stamp set enough but now that I’ve designed this card, I might get a production line happening with all the different bulbs!

I chose to watercolour a “blue” lightbulb and dimensional it up on my card base to add another element of Autism to my card. I thought the sentiment from the Watts of Occasion “You Light Up My Life” was perfect for the theme of today as there were so many children who crossed my paths at my old job who really did light up my life.

Thanks for taking time out of your day (or night, depending where you live!) to stop by and check out my blog post. Click the next button below and you can hop you way through loads of projects today to gain inspiration and ideas for your own crafting as well as support World Autism Awareness Day. There is also a full list of blog participants below if you’d like to jump straight to someone directly.

A special mention to Jenny Hall who was the brains behind this blog hop! She has done an amazing job coordinating all the demonstrators, creating the graphics and making sure everything ran smoothly.

Keep on hopping (suitable after Easter weekend too!) and Happy Crafting.



What Will You Stamp? #161 Bird Banter

The Design Team and I are back today and we’ve had some fun with the cute #birdbanter stamp set for #wwys161. I hadn’t had a chance to use this set yet but I had seen loads of projects with it, so I was excited to get it a go!

I had made a simple three colour card today but I got to use my STAMPARATUS!!! Yes, I finally cracked it out of the box (it has been neglected for about 2 months now!) and I have to say it was once of the easiest stamp placement tools I have ever used. I LOVED that you can move the plates around without having to move the stamp. Don’t know what a Stamparatus is? Check it out here.

I used the Stamparatus, to place my little birds, one on top of the other for my card. It was so quick and easy! I even remembered to stamp one on the inside of my card!

I used the new Stampin’ Blends to colour my birdies in; a little bit of Pool Party for the head & body and a cute daffodil delight beak! The Stampin’ Blends have been SO popular they are no unable to be ordered as we (yes, you too!) have depleted the stock levels! At this stage, to keep my with demand, the Blendswill be back in stock around May 2018.

I love that this card is a great one for my “male” stash. I always seem to never have those on hand when I need them!

Hopefully you’ve got this stamp set in your collection and can join us this week for our #wwys161 challenge! Create your card and upload it to the WWYS blog. We love seeing what you create.

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #156 – Magical Day

I’m so excited to be back this week for #wwys156 as we are using one of my favourite stamp sets out of the new Occasions Catalogue – Magical Day! I think I screamed out loud when I saw this product suite back in November at our On Stage event.

Even though I love this suite so so so much, I hadn’t actually used it until this week’s challenge came along! Thankfully I had a team craft day on Saturday to help me get the mojo going and give me some valuable craft time.

I chose to feature the gorgeous, fun spirited unicorn from the suite for my card today. I decided to keep my card in one colour scheme for some reason…. not sure why, but I love how it turned out.

I coloured my unicorn in using the light & dark Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I added a little bit of wink of stella to her mane and tail to give her some “pizzaz”.

I combined her with the clouds and rainbows from the new Rainbow Builder framelits. These are just so cool!!! Luckily, there was the super cute cloud designer series paper in the Myths & Magic suite to match!

I haven’t placed a sentiment on my card yet… as I don’t know what I want to use it for!!!

The Magical Day stamp set has been hugely popular (actually more than I imagined)… so if you don’t have it, you should really get it! And if you have it already.. get creating and join in our #wwys156 challenge this week! I’d love to see what you create. I try and pop by on a Sunday night (EST) and check out all the challenge entries and make a comment… so if you create, I’ll comment.

Happy Crafting,

 

Just Add Ink #393 – Colour Challenge

To keep my mojo flowing… or starting to flow, I played along with the colour challenge over at Just Add Ink for #jai393. I was so pleased to have the time to create as one of my downlines, Rochelle was the DT member who chose the colours for this week’s challenge.

Green is one of my favourite colours however I find Tranquil Tide a little tricky to work with whereas I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lemon Lime Twist.

I’m a little behind in January Birthday cards, so I thought this challenge was a good one to use the super cute Quirky Critters stamp set again. The sloth stamp is perfect for those times you’ve forgot to send a card! I needed to create a “leafy” scene for my sloth, so I used the fern leaf from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, stamped in Tranquil Tide & Lemon Lime Twist.

I used the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in Mr. Sloth. I used the light & dark crumb cake and then smoky slate for his eye area. I snuck the bronze marker in to colour the branch. These markers are so easy to use! The branch in the stamp set is a little shorter, so I lengthened to reach within the leaves by drawing an “extension” with a black fine point marker. EASY!

If you’ve got time, head on over to Just Add Ink and see what their design team created to inspire us this challenge. Challenges are a great way to create when you’ve got a creative block, need a new inspiration or idea… or just for fun!

Have a wonderful, creative week.

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #143 – Text Ya Later

Ask most people who know me and they’ll tell you that yes, yes I do spend A LOT of time texting. I have been known to type complete messages without even looking! My excuse is the keyboard is the same as a computer and I spend a lot of time on a computer for work (and have done for most of my life!)

It was fun to create today’s card for #wwys143 using the Text Ya Later stamp.

I loved using the symbols and text that you use when sending a text message on a card and I love the colour combination I have used for my first card as well. It was Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party. Give it a try!!! You won’t regret it.

I think tone on tone stamping is really effective on any card. I use it a lot with the neutral colour Crumb Cake and it makes a quick and effective background for any card. For this card however, I used Berry Burst. Lemon Lime Twist has quickly become my favourite new colour… here it is close up!

 

I was having so much fun with this stamp set, that I thought I’d make another card for the challenge today. This time I thought outside the box a little bit! For some reason, the outline of the phone made me think of an oven! I love cupcakes as much I love texting! 🙂

I used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to create my delicious cupcake. To get the effect of the oven door, cut out the inside of the “phone screen” and adhered a piece of vellum cardstock on the underside of the screen. I used a slim piece of silver foil paper to create the “shelf” in the over. A quick stamp using the Labeller Alphabet stamp to say “BAKE” and my oven was underway. I used the gorgeous Berry Burst colour again combined with Basic Black and Whisper White.

Thanks for stopping by today to share in this weeks’ What Will You Stamp? challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Design Team’s challenge. It is such a fun stamp set to use. If you’ve got this in your stash or can get your hands on it (once you’ve finished texting), then please join in our challenge. We’d love to see what you create!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

 

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 | 2017-10-09T20:46:23+00:00 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 | 2017-10-09T20:25:18+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Colouring, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , |0 Comments