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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,

What Will You Stamp? #125 – Cool Treats

Finally I get a chance to play along with the What Will You Stamp? challenge (#wwys125) for this week. I’m a week late due to a house full of germs but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to play with the Cool Treats stamp set as it is one of my favourites. Over on the WWYS? blog, you can see all fantastic creations by the Design Team to get you inspired when using this set.

This stamp set makes me think of bright, tutti fruity colours and flavours when I look at it, so I chose to use Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach for my card today.

I chose to do some tone on tone stamping today (where you stamp the same coloured ink onto the same coloured cardstock) for the backgrounds of the card. These two colours are a match made in heaven!

I used a little bit of the gorgeous Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to hide the join of the two pieces of cardstock and to add a little bit of bling. I used the Layering Square Framelits to cut the cardstock and then stamped the sentiment and icy poles on the insert so they peek through the square.

A super quick post from me considering I’m miles behind when the challenge actually went live! I hope you pop on over to the What Will You Stamp? blog and to see the DT creations and the awesome creations of those that have entered the challenge.

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #123 – Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Yay! Today I get to play along with the amazingly talented ladies from the What Will You Stamp? Design Team for #wwys123. I’ve had a few weeks off from the team as time escaped me and I didn’t have the stamp sets featured, but I’m back and looking at the upcoming schedule, I should be around more often.

Today we’re showcasing the beautiful Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I love so much about this stamp set; the flowers, the balloons, the fonts of the sentiments, I was very excited to use it.. I’m trying my best to use products in my cupboard that I haven’t touched and the Gift Bag Punch Board is something I haven’t used, so I’ve given that a whirl for today’s project too!

I’ve used the amazing new bright in- colour Lemon Lime Twist and paired that with Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo to bring today’s projects to life.

Now… let’s see how awesome they look together!

To get the formation of the balloons on the card, I first stamped them in crumb cake ink on my card base so that they were evenly spaced in a pattern I liked. I then stamped all the coloured balloons on cardstock using the same coloured ink and punched them out using the balloon punch (a favourite product of mine). To give the card a bit of “pop”, I placed each coloured balloon on a stampin’ dimensional and adhered it to the card front. I played around a little bit with the placement of the colours till I found an arrangement I was happy with.

The gift bag was made using the Gift Bag Punch Board. It was so quick and easy, I’ll definitely be using it more in the future. Check out this great video from Meg at Lovenstamps to see how easy it is to use! And the best bit is, you can make lots of different bags in different sizes! Perfect for those last minute gifts you need to give. I punched a small hole in the top of both sides and tied it off with the gorgeous new Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon – it is to die for!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop over to the the WWYS? Blog to see all the creations this week from the team! It is such a fun stamp set… if you don’t have this stamp set on your wish list already, I’ll be surprised if you don’t after today!

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? #113 – Fairy Celebration (#wwys113)

Welcome to this week’s post for the What Will You Stamp? #113 (#wwys113) – Fairy Celebration. This set is just devine and makes me believe in all magical creatures and wishes!

I don’t own the Fairy Celebration stamp set, but a very kind team member of mine lent hers to me so I could participate today, and now I’m addicted to it! It is just so sweet. My favourite stamp is the fairy with her back facing you with her gorgeous wings. So pretty!

From the very beginning when I saw we were creating with this stamp set, I knew I wanted to do something 3D or “off the page”… I didn’t want to create a standard card. I’ve got lots of “bits and bobs” in my craft cupboard that need using and thankfully I was able to use one for today’s project.

Frames are a great addition to your craft collection as you can use them for so many different projects. I love that you can personalise a frame to make it an extra special gift. Today’s project isn’t personalised (yet!) but I love the simplicity of this project.

This project didn’t take very long to create at all! I stamped the images on to the Shimmery White Cardstock using Basic Black Archival Ink and then coloured it in using an Aqua Painter and the fantastic Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils. I’m no expert at colouring, however I find these pencils SO easy to use to get shading and dimension on your projects. The sentiment in the frame says “May your wisish come true”. I had some trouble photographing the frame as I kept getting my reflection in the glass which I’m sure you don’t want to see!

I love my presents and cards to match, so I whipped up a tiny little card that could be use as a gift tag or gift card for when my frame finds a new home. I used a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock (5″ long x 2.5″ wide), and scored it in half and there was my card base.

In the spirit of the fairies today, if you have this stamp set in your collection, I’m going to make a “wish” for you to go and create a project for this week’s challenge and pop it up over on the What Will You Stamp? challenge blog. If you’d like some inspiration for your project, be sure to check out all the design team’s creations on the blog.

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp #111 – Weather Together

I feel it is very appropriate to write today’s blog post using the Weather Together stamp set for the What Will You Stamp #111 Challenge. Currently in Melbourne, it is pouring with rain as we inch closer to winter from the gorgeous Autumn we have been having. You wouldn’t venture outside today without an umbrella!

For today’s challenge, I have steered away from the “traditional card” and created some pocket cards instead! They are super easy to create and very cute at the same time. I’ve used the smaller decorative stamps and the sentiments from the stamp set to decorate my pockets. I couldn’t quite get the umbrellas to do what I wanted them to do for my project so I changed course! The great thing about pocket cards, is that are relatively quick to make and can be used as a gift tag as well.

I chose to use Crumb Cake as my main colour as it is neutral and it goes with anything! I added the gold to the birthday pocket for some bling whereas I didn’t include any bling on the cloud pocket as I felt the “tone” of the card needed more simplicity. The cloud one just happens to be my favourite!

           

To create your own pocket cards at home:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock 8cm x 22cm, scored at 9cm on the long side (pocket)
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock 10.5cm x 6cm (insert)
  • Fold your pocket on the score line and using some double sided adhesive (as thin as you can get), adhere the flap to the base to make the pocket. Note: you don’t want to use wide adhesive as your insert won’t fit or it will get stuck on the inside.
  • Round the corners of the top of the pocket (if you wish). I used my Envelope Punch Board to do this.
  • Decorate as you wish!

I hope you enjoyed my project today and decide to give it a go yourself. It is a great alternative to a normal card and perfect for those occasions when you have limited time to create!

Don’t forge tot pop by the What Will You Stamp Challenge Blog and check out all the other team member’s creations. We’re so lucky to have such a wonderfully talented group of women to create and inspire us each week! If you’ve got the Weather Together stamp set at home, why don’t you come and join in the fun and create a project for this week’s challenge. 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,