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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,

WWYS #103 – Moon Baby

I am so excited (more than normal) to write this blog post. As the winner of the WWYS #100 challenge, I get to be a guest designer for this week’s What Will You Stamp Challenge #103 (#WWYS103) using the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Moon Baby stamp set. This stamp set is just so so so cute don’t you think?

When I found out Moon Baby was the selected stamp set for my time as the WWYS Guest Designer, I instantly had an idea for a card. I was a bit daunted by the colouring aspect of the stamps, however the new Stampin’ Up! Watercolour pencils make it soooooooooooo easy (and quick!) to colour in the stamps.

 

I used the layered circle framelits to cut the circle in the card front and then adhered the moon using some baker’s twine and snail tape.

The babies in this set are just the cutest. Look how sweet this one is resting on the moon… I believe she is dreaming sweet dreams and about all the wonderful things that happened in her day. She just looks so calm and peaceful. Holding on so tight to that star makes me believe she is wishing upon a star.

I stamped the “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star…” sentiment for the front of the card and then on the inside I stamped the sentiment “do you know how loved you are”?

I used the melon mambo watercolour pencil for the jumpsuit, daffodil delight for the moon and star and then a light coverage of calypso coral for the skin and hair.

 

I love an interactive card and once I started creating with this stamp set, I didn’t want to stop! So, I made another card! This time I used the Sliding Star Framelit Dies to make my card interactive and have the baby “fall” down my card like he was in a shower of stars.

My colouring on the stars was not precise at all. I simply drew a little yellow circle in the middle of each star using the Daffodil Delight watercolour pencil and then using an aqua painter, circled over the colour dot so the colour spread. I wanted the stars to look subtle and have an “aura” about them.

I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to join the very talented team over at What Will You Stamp? Be sure to pop on over and check out their creations for this challenge; all their cards are adorable.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

By | 2017-02-13T21:19:22+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: Baby, Blog, Cards, Colouring, Occasions Catalogue, What Will You Stamp?|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

WWYS Challenge #100/ Number of Years

One could possibly think that I was doing as much crafting as I can before I return to work in a few weeks… and you may be correct. However, at the moment, my mojo is just flowing so I’m trying to “go with it” and create as much as I can whilst I’m enjoying it so much.

I found another challenge to participate in, thanks to my good friend Dena from The Creativity Cave who is on the Design Team for What Will You Stamp. The challenge for this week from #WWYS100 is to use the Stampin’ Up! stamp set, Number of Years.

Now the obvious (well I think) choice when using this stamp set, would be to use the numbers, however I don’t have any one with a significant number birthday coming up (that it was a bit random to put 29 or 44 on a card!), so I decided to use one of the accent stamps in the set for my card today. I also used the very cool  new embossing Celebrations Due Textured Embossing folders which I completely missed the first few times I read the catalogue, but once I saw that gorgeous script word “celebrate” I knew I had to have them.

I embossed my whisper white cardstock first and then proceeded to stamp the cardstock using Elegant Eggplant and Pool Party ink. I randomly stamped the dots, so there is definitely no “right or wrong” if you want to recreate this card. A few metallic sequins added for a bit of bling, some whisper white baker’s twine for some texture and you’re nearly done. I was sneaky with this card and used the retired little banner punch. I normally get rid of all my stock once it retires but I can’t part with this. It is just too cute and the perfect size for cards!

Thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to be able to say that each week I’ll be able to post this much, but when I return to work I think my available crafting hours may just disappear… but you never know…. so stay tuned!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

Re-create this project at home using these Stampin’ Up! products:

Banner Punch

Banner Punch
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(Retired)

Global Design Project #070

Can you believe it? 2 blog posts within 24 hours! It does help that I participated in some card challenges over the weekend and they all close within the next day or so meaning I’ve got to get them up and published on the blog!

Today’s card is for the Global Design Project #070 (#GDP070) and it is based on a sketch challenge. It is a super versatile sketch that anyone can use to create their project.

I needed to create some cards over the weekend and found the challenges a great place to start to get the mojo going. My card today is a very simple card using some of the new Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and the new hostess stamp set Iconic Occasions (that was featured in my Top 5 Occasions Catalogue products, read more about it here).

I repeatedly stamped the “Thinking of You” stamp across the Very Vanilla cardstock using Sahara Sand and Soft Sky ink to match my card base and the DSP. The little “you” thinking bubble is also from the Iconic Occasions stamp set and I find it the sweetest little addition to any project to let someone know you are thinking of them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project today. Don’t forget to pop on over to the Global Design Project and check out their challenges. They are a great place for you to find inspiration.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

Recreate this project at home using these Stampin’ Up! products:

Top 5 Occasions Catalogue Products

Hello!

Today I’m giving you a quick run down on my top 5 products from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue. I’ve been creating this week so there are plenty of blog posts to come, it is just a gloomy, wet day in Melbourne today so not good for taking photos! Plus, I have to wait for the recipients to receive their card  before ruining their surprise.

The new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue commenced on the 4th January! And I must say, when I first opened it there were some things that I HAD to have…. but also, there are a few things that I didn’t initially notice that I’m very pleased I ended up ordering.

So without further ado, my top 5 products from the new Occasions catalogue are:

1. Cool Treats Stamp Set (in fact the whole Cool Treats Suite), page 32 & 33 – this will come to no surprise to those who know me well! I love food stamps and in particular with this suite, I love the colours they have used; Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzaz, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder. It is a great colourful, summery suite that will make great, bright cards and 3D projects – I do feel an ice-cream banner coming on!

 

2. Party Animal Designer Series Paper, page 5 – again, the colours have captured my attention! So vibrant and perfect for those hard to make male birthday cards!

Party Animal DSP

 

3. Mini Egg Cartons , page 18 – whoever came up with this idea is genius! These come in a natural cream colour so there is plenty of opportunity for you to be creative and style these cartons any which way you like! I can’t wait to get spritzing and add some colour to them! They also fit 4 Ferrero Rocher chocolates in the “egg” holes… a great gift for your chocolate loving friend (me!).

4. Everyday Hero Stamp Set, page 49 – I think having two young boys in my house makes me think of so many uses for this stamp set and the extra bonus is, they’ve included a female Superhero too (as they should!). I’ve had a play with this set already and made a super fun Magic Card which I can’t wait to show you!

5. Mini Paper Clips Combo Pack, page 15 – these may have slipped under your radar as they’re not a predominant picture in the catalogue but they make a great embellishment to any card or project and even better, if you have a planner and use it to keep yourself organised, then these will make your planner look nice and fancy!

And because it is such a gorgeous catalogue, I thought I’d give some “honourable mentions” to some of my other favourite products:

  1. Iconic Occasions – Hostess Stamp Set, page 3
  2. Star Blast Edgelits Dies, page 11
  3. Watercolour Pencils, page 24
  4. Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, page 40 (I bet you’ve missed these!)
  5. Perfect Mix Stamp Set, page 35 (awesome if you give lots of baked goods as presents)

 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’ve enjoyed my favourite products! Leave a comment below to let me know what products are tickling your fancy.

Happy Crafting,

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By | 2017-01-20T09:05:48+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Occasions Catalogue, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments