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Heartfelt Sympathy – Watercolour Technique

Yes! I made it as promised… Wednesday afternoon and I’m back! Today I’m sharing a card which is never fun to make… a sympathy card. They’re not the type of card you have a lot of in your collection (well I don’t), and whenever the time comes that you need one, you don’t really feel like making one for obvious reasons. I loved the colour combination in the card I made for the Colour INKspiration challenge, that I thought I would use it again for this card.

I LOVE! the look of a “watercolour wash” but I could never get it the way I wanted until I found this awesome technique by Kim Williams. It is SO easy. We recently did it at one of my Stamp Clubs and the ladies loved it.

The best thing about a watercolour wash is no two cards will EVER be the same. This one depends how you “smoosh” in the technique.

I heat embossed my sentiment from the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set using black embossing powder; this sentiment is beautiful yet simple which is perfect for a sad occasion.

Would LOVE it if you gave this watercolour wash technique a go. If you do… please please please, share you cards with me over on the INKreations Facebook Page by private message or email me at olivia@inkreations.com.au.

Happy Crafting!

By | October 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Love, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Oh Joy – Watercolour Christmas

Why hello there! Thanks for popping by today. I’ve been a little absent from blogging as I took some time out from crafting and Stampin’ Up!… a little hiatus if you will BUT… I’m back and refreshed and excited to share some recent projects with you over the coming weeks. Part of my hiatus was getting organised with a plan that will allow me to regularly and consistently blog… so hopefully you’ll stop by again. I’m hoping to post on a Monday night and  a Wednesday afternoon… and then if there is more than that then BONUS!

To celebrate feeling refreshed and excited, I’m sharing a card today that celebrates joy to reiterate how I’m feeling after a break. The gorgeous sentiment on this card is from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set. You can see another of the gorgeous sentiments from the set in a card I made for the ESAD Blog Hop.

I combined my sentiment with the Sheet Music background stamp and stamped this on Very Vanilla cardstock to give it a softer feel than white. To give it a bit of a vintage look, I sponged the edges of the vanilla cardstock in Crumb Cake ink using a sponge dauber (best thing ever!). I snuck a little of some retired twine in because I thought it suited this card perfectly.

The last detail was a few gold sequins and we’re done! This will definitely be one of those cards that is saved and sent to someone special this Christmas. Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

See you Wednesday (hopefully!!!!)

Happy Crafting,

By | October 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Christmas, Christmas, 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

ESAD 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hi There! And welcome to the ESAD 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop! You’re sure to find loads of inspiration through the hop for the new holiday products that became available for purchase yesterday! YAY!!! What is ESAD you ask?

As always, I’m excited to share with you my projects, but especially excited for one of them because I finally did a technique I’ve been avoiding because I thought it was “too hard”…. it wasn’t too hard I found out, just messy! lol

Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year and I especially love the magic that comes with children looking for Santa in the night sky and that was my inspiration for today’s first card.

To create the card, I used the 1 3/4″ circle punch (in vellum) to create a mask for the moon and lightly adhered that to my card. I then sponged using Tempting Turquoise Pacific Point, Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry inks to create the night sky. I sponged in circles to create the effect and then once I had a coat of each colour, I spent some time going back over them to blend each colour.

I stamped the Santa image and the sentiment from the new Hearts Come Home stamp set. I didn’t want the sentiment to take over the card, so stamped in black in between the Pacific Point and Night of Navy section of the card.

I can’t get over the “magic” feel of this card. I added some white dots which can be interpreted as “stars” or “snows”, whatever tickles your fancy. I can’t wait to make another!

My next project is something I always LOVE to make at Christmas time – red & white stripes are my go to for the festive season. They always look so crisp and clean and the new Around the World Designer Series Paper has a gorgeous sheet exactly like that!

I find when you’re a working mum, have a family or just a busy woman but still want to craft, you need quick an easy Christmas cards to create! Then this is the perfect card for you… or even you could use the sketch/ layout of the card to create your own design.

The stunning cursive sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set that accompanies one of the fun kits in the new Holiday catalogue. How beautiful is that font?

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my cards (feel free to leave a comment below) and the blog hop has got you thinking about what you’re going to make for your Christmas projects this year. Hop on over to Ellen from Ellen the Happy Stamper to see what she has created to inspire you; her projects are just gorgeous!

Happy Crafting,

Create these cards at home using these Stampin’ Up! products:

Glue Dots

$8.00

 

Got lost along the way? Here is a full list of the Blog Hop participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Kelly Kent
  6. Josie Dean
  7. Cheryl Algie
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Kristel Rimmer
  10. Chloe Evans
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Carly Middleton
  13. Nicole Wilson
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Kim Oliver
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Sandra Mastello
  20. Cathy Pinchbeck
  21. Rose Packer
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Jessie Holton
  24. Rosalie Desmond
  25. Liv Ingle – YOU ARE HERE.
  26. Ellen Woodbridge
  27. Rebecca Scurr
  28. Mandy Depiazzi
  29. Samantha White
  30. Libby Dyson
  31. Lisa Gibson
  32. Delys Cram

By | September 3rd, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Christmas, Holidays, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , , , |42 Comments

What Will You Stamp? #130 – Mixed Drinks

I’m excited to show you one of my favourite stamp sets in the 2017 – 2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue for What Will You Stamp? this week (#wwys130). This week we’re showcasing the very cool, the very fruity and the very refreshing “Mixed Drinks” stamp set.

This stamp set is so versatile that I chose to create three different cards today using the same layout, but with different stamps from the set. Today I’m showing how you can use this set for many different occasion in your life.

The first card was created to celebrate an achievement; I used the champagne flutes and the “cheers” and “clink” sentiment stamps to create the backgound.

The second card is my favourite! A little bit of tutti fruity as a “just because” card. The cherry and the the fruit slice were used to stamp the background. I stamped “tone on tone” for all the background images.

With Father’s Day in Australia just around the corner, the beer glass was the perfect stamp to create a card for that special man in your life. I used the ice cubes for the background images and stamped the “beer” in Crushed Curry ink.

I added some wink of stella pen to each card to give them a bit of a shimmer and a few rhinestones for some “bling”. I love that I was able to create 3 different cards using the same layout. So quick and easy!

I hope that toady’s creations over at What Will You Stamp? have inspired you to get creating with this refreshing, fun set. Be sure to pop your creation up over on the WWYS blog.

We’ll be back next week with another favourite stamp set of mine! Can’t wait to show you.

Happy Crafting,

Colour INKspiration Challenge #015

One of my favourite things about Stampin’ Up! is the amazing, gorgeous array of colours available in their product range. There are so  many fabulous colours to choose from, it makes creating a card challenging at times, but thankfully for today’s challenge, the ladies over at Colour INKspiration have chosen some great coordinating colours for this fortnight’s challenge.

 

 

 

This photo and colour combination certainly “pop” so they made me think of something festive and fun and what is more fun than a birthday!!!

I chose to use each of the four colours as the card base as inspiration gained from the “door” aspect of the picture.

I stamped the birthday sentiment from the Number of Years stamp set in Elegant Eggplant and cut a banner from the coordinating framelits in Dazzling Details glimmer paper. It’s it just devine!

I love the layout of this card and can see it being an easy card to replicate in many different colour combinations…plus easy to re-create in a production line too!

I’ve had a productive week this week with creating new cards, I hope you’ve found some time to be creative too! If you’re looking for inspiration to get started, pop on over to the Colour INKspiration Facebook group to see what tickles your fancy.

Happy Crafting,

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

Big Shot

$159.00

Pool Party Baker's Twine

Pool Party Baker’s Twine
[125574]
$4.95

By | August 11th, 2017|Categories: Stampin' Up!|0 Comments

Team Colour Challenge

Every fortnight I provide my team with a challenge to get their mojo flowing… all team members are welcome to join in and a random winner is chosen from the entries to win a Stampin’ Up! prize. One fortnight a month is a sketch challenge and the other is a colour challenge. In the past, I haven’t “played along” with the challenges because I’m normally posting about them at the last minute… but I’m trying to be more organised and I’m excited by today’s post as it is my first card in a team challenge.

This fortnight is a colour challenge, inspired by the fun my boys have jumping in puddles during the winter months.

Also part of my organisational plan is to create ONE card for more than one purpose. For example, today’s card will be used as my example for the above challenge, but it was also used as a birthday card for one of Master INK’s friends.

I tried desperately to include all six colours from the challenge but when it came to the crunch, I didn’t have any Wisteria Wonder cardstock for an extra banner on the card and I thought stamping purple on the card might make it lose its male tone.

I’m obsessed with the Stitched Shape framelits and have used 2 of the larger circles in Real Red and Night of Navy on my card. I’ve then used the Labeller Alphabet stamp set (again!) to personalise the card for the birthday boy!

Would LOVE it if you would play along with our colour challenge. It is a great masculine colour theme and with Father’s Day just around the corner, it might be just what you need to get your mojo going.

Happy Crafting,

By | August 10th, 2017|Categories: Birthdays, Blog, Cards, Male Cards, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments