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What Will You Stamp? #144 – Santa’s Suit

You can imagine my excitement what I saw what this week’s feature stamp set was!!! I just adore this set as you can see in my previous blog posts here and here.

For #wwys144 we’re creating with the super cute Santa’s Suit which has coordinating framelits as well to perfectly cut out the big red man’s wardrobe! I just love everything about this set and I love the notion of Santa getting ready for his big trip… so I thought I’d put together a card that features his wardrobe and help him get dressed, so I created this fun waterfall card.

Simply pull the ribbon down and the card “flips” so that different items of Santa’s wardrobe appear. I tried to pop them in the order I thought he would get dressed. 🙂

                  

I used this great tutorial from Dawn at Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts. She makes it so easy to create awesome interactive cards! I stuck with the very simple colour theme of Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White. I did emboss the red card base to give the card some more texture.

I cannot wait to see what challenge entries we have this week over at What Will You Stamp? Be sure to pop by the blog and see all the Design Team creations and then play along with us too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Crafting,

 

What Will You Stamp? #127 – Coffee Cafe

It is a chilly Monday night here in Melbourne, so what better way to warm up than by checking out the Design Team projects over at What Will You Stamp? for challenge #wwys127 – Coffee Cafe.

Now, I’m not a lover of coffee so I wanted to find a different way to use the stamp set and that is how my chocolate thick shake card was born.

The background of my card is covered in celebratory sentiments heat embossed in white (on white cardstock). I then used a sponge dauber and Pool Party ink to do the emboss resist technique and add some colour to my card. The great thing about this technique is you can make the card as light or dark in colour as you please.

I sponged the “cup” of the thick shake with a sponge dauber and crumb cake ink to add some colour. I lightly inked the dauber and sponged in a circular motion to transfer the ink. This card is for a very special 11-year-old girl so I added some “bling” with Dazzling Detail glimmer paper as “cream” and then popped a lid on my cup using vellum.

The birthday girl and I share a love of Chocolate Thickshakes even to the point where on occasions she has “critiqued” my making of them to allow for improvements, so hence the personalised sentiment on the card.

And what is a thickshake without a sweet treat to eat with it? A quick little gift tag to be attached to her presents.

                    

The Coffee Cafe suite of products has been hugely popular for Stampin’ Up! so be sure to head on over to the What Will You Stamp? challenge blog to see what other members of the Design Team created to showcase this suite of products. THEN… if you have this set in your collection, get stamping and enter our weekly challenge!

Happy Crafting,

Fidget Spinner Card

I’m back today with a super cool, very “in” card (and quick post!) for all those kids (and adults) obsessed by…. the fidget spinner! As a parent, whilst they are not my worst nightmare, it puzzles me how toys become a “craze” for kids. How does it happen? And how can it happen so quickly? One minute they don’t exist and then pow, somehow I have 4 different fidget spinners in my house!

Where possible, I like to make interactive card’s for Master INK’s friends and today’s card is no exception. I got the awesome tutorial from Caroline Bennie to create this interactive fidget spinner card! Yes, it actually spins!!!!

The fidget spinner was made using punches as you’ll see in Caroline’s tutorial. It is just a clever, genius idea!

 

Now watch it spin…

I have no doubt this is not the last time I will be making one of these cards! You should give it a go too!

Happy Crafting,

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By | July 6th, 2017|Categories: Birthdays, Blog, Cards, Male Cards, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Global Design Project #093

Good Morning to you on this fresh Sunday morning in Melbourne! When I woke this morning it was -4.0 degrees! Winter has really hit us this weekend so I was excited to play along with the Global Design Project and use their bright, summery colour combination for #GDP093.

I’ve made a notecard for my project today using the gorgeous “Quirky Critters” stamp set from new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. At first it didn’t catch my eye but on my many looks through the catalogue I kept coming back to it and it hasn’t disappointed me yet!

For a self-proclaimed “non-colourer” this an interesting choice of stamp set, but funnily enough of late, I’m finding colouring very therapeutic and like anything, the more you do it, the more comfortable you become with it!

 

I chose to colour the bird on shimmery white cardstock using an Aqua Painter with Pool Party ink for his body and Lemon Lime Twist for his funky hair-do and chest. I really struggled to add the Berry Burst aspect to him but never fear, a small heart punch added the little bit I needed to make him pop! I punched the heart form the Cookie Cutter punch.

I can’t wait to use this set more and more! I’ve got so many ideas for it! If you’re looking for inspiration not just for this set, pop on over the to the Global Design Project page and see all the entries for the #GDP093 colour challenge. There is plenty there for you to see and be inspired by! I’m off to one of my team member’s catalogue launches now, can’t wait to be inspired there!

Happy Crafting,

 

This Little Piggy #2

Ha! I told you I was obsessed with this stamp set and he would appear again… this time we’re talking about “when pigs fly”! Well, I’m  here to prove to you that pigs can fly as you’ll see on my card today! Not only is the stamp set This Little Piggy being featured again, I’ve used the awesome new embossing paste on my card too!

You’ll notice that the clouds look like they have some “dimension” to them; they also have some texture with the new embossing paste. For my card, I have coloured the paste using a Soft Sky re-inker to give it a pale blue colour. Check out the video below to see the embossing paste in action.

Here is a closer look at the clouds & piggy…

You’ll see that my clouds have some “lines” through them – I wasn’t too bothered by this as I felt it gave the clouds more dimension however, it was purely by accident though! It was me not paying attention and scraping the paste evenly. The more I’ve played with the paste, the less I’m getting lines.

Similarly to the first This Little Piggy blog post, I’ve stamped the flying pig on shimmery white cardstock with black archival ink and then coloured it in using an aqua painter and the new Powder Pink ink for his body and head and then Soft Sky ink for his body.

The gorgeous sentiment is from the new hostess stamp set Dare to Dream which has various words that you can mix and match to make the perfect greeting for any card.

I really hope you add the embossing paste to your next Stampin’ Up! order… it is a great addition to any card and there are fantastic accessories (palette knives and decorative masks) for you to create simple and effective cards quickly.

Happy Crafting,

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This Little Piggy….

This Little Piggy went….. to market! That’s what the stamp I’ve used on today’s card makes me think of. Makes me think that this cute little piggy is taking a wander in the sunshine down to the local market. Strange I know!

If you recall my Top 5 new product blog post a little while ago, you’ll know that the This Little Piggy stamp set certainly made it in there. If you missed the post, you can check it out here. I’ve had a blast playing with it since I received it and can’t wait to play with it some more.

Whilst the piggy is cute and the focus of today’s card, I want you to focus on the background. I just love it! and no… it’s not a piece of Designer Series Paper… it’s a design I created myself using glossy cardstock and stampin’ ink pads! Yep, that’s it! So simple yet so effective.

The background is called “faux woodgrain” and I’ve created it using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink pads. I just couldn’t get over how easy the technique was and how different the background can be, each time you do it! I’ll definitely be using this technique again! You can create this easily at home by following a tutorial from Carolyn Bennie.

                          

Powder Pink is a new 2017 – 2019 in-colour and is the perfect “pig” colour. I’ve used an aqua painter to colour in the image for my card and using a little bit of the new Tranquil Tide in-colour for the grass and stem of the flower, again using an aqua painter. I never used to be much of a “colourer” but I think these little piggies might just convince me otherwise!

Happy Crafting,

P.S. I added the flower form the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I stamped it in the gorgeous new Berry Burst ink and popped it up on a new mini stampin’ dimesional (these are amazing!) to make it pop off the card.

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My Top 5 Products – 2017/ 2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue!

I have a different kind of post for you today! No creations as such, but I’m sharing with you my five favourite products from the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Each year I love to do this to share with you what I’m loving and hopefully highlight a product or two you might have missed! (Who I am kidding? We all read the catalogue from front to back numerous times, so highly unlikely we’ve missed anything!)

So… the amazing products that have made my Top 5 this year (in no particular order are…)

  1. This Little Piggy Stamp Set (page 48)

I haven’t been this excited about a stamp set since the infamous “donuts” got released a few years back! As soon as I saw the piggies I knew they would be in my first order! They are just the cutest and are suitable for loads of occasions! Stay tuned in a week or so for some cards I’ve created for an upcoming class and stamp club.

2. Embossing Paste (page 201)

I would have skipped right past this had some fellow demonstrators not showed their excitement from seeing a sneak peek at the Stampin’ Up! Onstage event. I’ve had a quick play with the product for an upcoming class and club and it adds such great texture to the card (and you can colour it!!!). Even Mr. INK and Master INK were impressed. And it is such a steal at $11.50 per tub!

3. Tabs for Everything Bundle (Stamp Set & Circle Tab Punch) (page 43)

Like to be organise? Like to plan? Like to “tab” your catalogue so you can quickly find products?… then this bundle is the one for you! Comprising of a very versatile stamp set than can be used on cards as well as “tabs”, this stamp set is one that has endless possibilities! My first port of call with this set though is tabbing my catalogue! I’ve only done this once before and it really does make finding this so much easier!

4. 2 1/4″ Circle Punch (page 207)

A simple item but I never go past a new circle punch! I love the ease of a circle punch and how every single time it is a perfect shape! I can never cut anything with my paper snips that resembles a circle! lol! So I was very excited to see another circle punch to add to the collection. I even own two 1 3/4″ circle punches because they get used so much!

5. Striped Treat Bags (page 195) 

I’m mad for a treat bag! They make packaging a card or a small gift so easy when you’re strapped for time! I’ve loved all the treat bags Stampin’ Up! have sold, however there is something a little bit extra special about one with gold stripes! You can dress it up or dress it down so it suits every single occasion you may have on your calendar!

I’ve tried to showcase a little bit of everything in the catalogue; stamps, packaging, punches and tools! Be sure to pop back to my blog over the coming months to see these products appear. I’m sure they’ll be featured more than once! Would love to hear what your favourite products us so feel free to comment below.

Happy Crafting (with your new products!)

By | June 18th, 2017|Categories: Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments