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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 | 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

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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,