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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,

 

What Will You Stamp? #155 – Picture Perfect Birthday

WOAH! I just realised that it has been a little while since I played along with my design team buddies at What Will You Stamp but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to use the new Picture Perfect stamp set for #wwys155. I’m just not sure where the time is going and how we are in mid February already!

I had a lot of fun making the card for today’s challenge for a few reasons. Not only do I love the effect of the white heat embossing on the black cardstock, I do love how quick it was for such an awesome result! Plus, it has a great range of sentiments and greetings for your birthday cards and the font is pretty cool too!

To fill some space between the greetings and to break up the words, I used the striped and the spotted “candle stalks”. I did manage to squish a flame onto the spotted one.

To create the effect so that I could stamp the sentiments in one go, I used the clear (E) block and arranged the photopolymer stamps on it. I managed to fit 8 of the stamps on it. I stamped the grouped images twice on my card using Versamark ink and then covered in white embossing powder.

I’m definitely going to make more of these… and speaking of that, if you have this stamp set in your collection, I would love you to play along with this week’s challenge over at What Will You Stamp? Would love to see what you create!

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? #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? #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,

 

What Will You Stamp? #108 – Dragonfly Dreams

Welcome back to another What Will You Stamp? challenge for #wwys108 – Dragonfly Dreams.

This week our focus is on this gorgeous stamp set:

This is not my “normal” style of stamp set so I was a bit nervous creating this week however, I am loving being on the WWYS Design Team as it is challenging me to use stamps sets I never would have used and think outside the box for my cards & projects. I’ve got a little obsession lately with very delicate and “pretty” cards where as I’m normal bright and funky and today’s card is no exception.

I was instantly drawn to the dots/ spots in this stamp set which you wouldn’t identify as the main draw card or image for the stamp set…. but I knew I wanted to use it on my card. I didn’t have a specific colour in mind, so I literally just found what was lying pre-cut on my desk and Blushing Bride it happened to be!

As I said… it is a little “pretty” and “delicate”. I heat embossed the spots on the sides of the card using white embossing powder. I love the crispness that heat embossing gives to the chosen colour. However, my favourite part of this card is yet to come!

Can you see it? Can you see it? Can you see the 2-tone stamping? Oh my, I love it! I stamped the sentiment in Blushing Bride ink and then over the top, slightly off centre, I stamped it again in Basic Black and as such it now as a “pink shadow”. I can see myself using much more of this technique in future projects. Add a little bit of bling in the way of sequins and glimmer paper, a button and my card is complete!

You can’t see it in the photo, but I added a clear circle of clear acetate (window sheet) behind the doily to give it some strength to hold the weight of the banners, sequins and button.

I know there is no “dragonfly” on my project today, but I hope I’ve inspired you to think outside the square when you see a stamp set and think that there could just be a use for every single stamp in the set. But most of all… I hope I’ve inspired you to come and join in the fun this week over at What Will You Stamp? Would absolutely love it if you came and joined in our challenge using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.

Happy Crafting,