Friday, February 16, 2018

Just Add Ink #396 | Just Add a Sketch

Hello there stamping friends! It's time again for a new challenge over at Just Add Ink. Congratulations to last weeks winners and thank you to you all who entered last weeks challenge. The weeks seem to roll so quickly and before you know it one challenge is over and an new one begins.

If you've been following me for a while you will know that a sketch challenge is my all time favourite! All the hard work is done for you! All you have to do is pick out a stamp set, some paper and embellishments and put it all together using the sketch!

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I've gone for a bright and fun card today using the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp set with the co-ordinating DSP 6" x 6" stack, Picture Perfect Party. The colours for the card all come out of the DSP stack so that they all co-ordinate together. 


The background is just repeatedly stamping the small triangle stamp using Bermuda Bay Classic Ink on Bermuda Bay Cardstock. This is one of the easiest ways to make a fun and interesting background. It is so easy to do create a background like this as you don't have to be to precise. Just stamp away and your done!


The candles are part of a two-step stamping technique. The first part of the image is the lighter colour which I first stamped off once to get the lighter hue and then the patterned image on the top is the same colour stamped in full strength. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love thins two-step stamping, especially using the one colours, as you get a whole lot more out of you inks and more variation of colour.


The card is finished off with one of the sentiments from the stamp set and then die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. and then accented with some of the fabulous and beautiful Stampin' Up! Ribbon, Trim and Embellishments. All my favourite things to finish off and accent a card!

Check out the rest of the amazing creations from the fabulous Just Add Ink Design Team gals and  their take on the sketch. I love how we all have the same sketch yet we all create something very different! While you are checking out all those awesome creations, check out all the details on this weeks challenge and how you can enter your creation! Can't wait to see your creations!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop | Cake Soiree



Hello stamping friends. Welcome to this months Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop. We are bringing you our creations using the Cake Soiree Bundle. It's everything pretty, girly, gorgeous and all things that I love! The products from the Sweet Soiree Suite were the first ones that I had to have from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue and have really loved creating with them so far.

Today I've gone with Crumb cake as my bas colour and then build up my card from there. I first stamped and embossed the cake with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and then washed over the cake a wash of Whisper White Craft Ink on top of the Crumb Cake using an Aqua Painter. I made sure not to use too much water when putting down the white ink so as not to pill the Crumb Cake Card stock. This white ink acts as a protective layer when colouring on the Crumb Cake cardstock but you still have to be careful not to use too much water.


I've then coloured in the cake with colours that are found in the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit  - Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Berry Burst. The white wash of the cake and the colouring in of the flowers make it look like the flowers have been painted on the cake and the images have been piped on with white icing. All the things that make a gorgeous and beautiful cake.


To the side of the cake I've layered some pieces from the co-ordinating Thinlits Die set - Sweet Cake and as well from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit. Again using the same colours that I used to colour in the cake. Love that consistency of colours throughout the card used from the embellishment kit. Consistency and co-ordination is the key!


Under the cake I've layered a piece of the beautiful Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper and a piece of the Marina Mist Scalloped Velvet Ribbon, from the embellishment kit. If I was you I would get the embellishment kit just for that ribbon. Its A-MA-ZING!!! I think Stampin' Up! need to bring that ribbon out in a full roll of it. Saying it is beautiful is an understatement!!!

And then I've finished the card of with cutting out the 'Happy Birthday' from one of the sentiments from the Cake Soiree Stamp set and then dotting a few Silver Sequins around on the card for that little something extra and that gorgeous touch of bling!

I hope that I've give you some inspiration with this bundle and suite and some more ideas on how to use these products. Now back to the top of the hop with Amy Koenders in the U.S.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Just Add Ink #395 | Just Add Inspiration

Hello there stampers! Welcome to another Just Add Ink Challenge. We have a gorgeous inspiration picture that is everything pretty in pink. What ever inspires you from the picture, use that as the basis for your creation and then go from there!

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I do love pink and pink blossoms at that so that is what I was starting with as the inspiration for my card today. I've coloured a sheet of the gorgeous Stampin' Up! Petal Passion DSP. This beautiful DSP is black and white and lends itself to be coloured. I've coloured those pretty flowers with Pink Pirouette and Old Olive Stampin' Blend Alcohol Markers.  The Blends Markers make colouring a whole 12" x 12" sheet of DSP quick and easy and then you have your own personalised sheet of DSP ready to match any project. Wouldn't the whole sheet look fabulous cut up in a lots One Sheet Wonder cards. The DSP looks great in just black and white also. Either way it really is beautiful DSP!


I've only used a small portion of the coloured DSP and then mixed it with he stripe pattern for a fun background layer. I'm a sucker for black and white stripes so I knew I had to use a bit of it with the floral sheet. You had me at black and white stripes! Love!


The die cuts, the embossed circle and the gold 'Thank You' are all from products from the co-ordinating suite that the Petal Passion DSP comes from in the 2018 Occasions Catalogue. It really is such a beautiful suite and you really have to have it all! 


I love the single branch die cut across the front of the card. I did try and layer some flowers or something like that on the branch as we but with the background being quite busy I pulled it all back a bit to get rid of all the extra 'noise'. Finishing the card off with some ribbon, trim and enamel shapes was just enough to complete the look.

Check out the rest of the amazing creations from the fabulous Just Add Ink Design Team gals and what inspired them. It's amazing how we can all see something different from the same picture. While you are checking out all those awesome creations, check out all the details on this weeks challenge and how you can enter your creation! Can't wait to see what inspires you!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Fancy Friday Blog Hop | Mail a Card Monday Challenge


Hello, Hello! Welcome to this months Fancy Friday Blog Hop!
If you've not seen the Fancy Friday Blog Hop, we are a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Members. We have a blog hop once a month with everything fun and fancy.

This month we are making cards with co-ordinating envelopes to get ready to send out for the 'Mail a Card Monday' challenge. Why not challenge yourself to make a couple of cards a week and send them every Monday throughout the year. Let's get more of our gorgeous cards that we make sent out in the post.
Maybe you need to send thank you cards for Christmas or birthday cards, or someone just feeling down and having a bad day? Let us kick off the year not only creating the cards but sending them!

 I've played around with my most all time favourite suite from the new 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue - Sweet Soirre. It's all time gorgeous, all time pretty and all time fancy. All the things that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE in crafting products! I'm a real sucker for pretty and shiny things!

The one of the most fabulous things in this suite is the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit, which I've used mostly on my cards today.



The shiny accents, gorgeous embellishments and the silver foil die cuts make this kit super fabulous to make a beautiful card! Just pop out the die cuts, use some of the trim from the kit, add a few products that you already have on hand and Hey Presto! You've got a quick and beautiful card put together! Quick cards will make the whole 'Mail a Card Monday' challenge even more easier to achieve and accomplish.


Mixed up the elements from embellishment kit with the equally gorgeous Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP. The hand painted designs of this paper are just divine and the silver foil accents on one side just make you want to swoon!! So, so, beautiful!


To make a quick co-ordinating envelope use DSP to pretty everything up! Just lay the flap of the envelope on the DSP, trace around it, cut it out and stick it on the envelope. By getting a gorgeous envelope too, it makes the whole receiving of a hand made card even more special.


Accented the envelope here in the same way with the beautiful Sweet Soiree DSP! Can see I'm going to be using more of that! Gorgeous!

Now to write a little message in these cards, get them addressed to pop in the post for Monday! I am one that really needs a challenge like this as I make the cards but am terrible at sending them. Am really going to try and implement this challenge for myself and get those cards in the post!

Now on to the ever beautiful Cindy Schuster to see her 'Mail a Card Monday' creations!


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Just Add Ink #393 | Colour Challenge

Hello stamping friends! Welcome to my first blog post for 2018 and for a new colour challenge for this week over at Just Add Ink.

I've been wanting to create and blog for you all but I've been away on a summer holiday for a couple of weeks with my family and then my daughter last week had her tonsils removed and I really couldn't think much past that and her surgery and then recovery.  

We had a much needed break and came back well rested and we are now 9 days post-surgery and my daughter, it is safe to say, is pretty much back to her normal self.  I'm very thankful that the surgery went well but the recovery has been very stressful for for the whole family. It's so hard to see your kids in pain and distress. I'm am very thankful that it's still summer holidays here for the kids and we didn't have to get out and about for our normal school routine. 


We've got a bright and fun Colour Challenge for you using the Stampin' Up! colours - Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Crumb Cake.

I've layered some DSP, Ribbon and Trim that come in the challenge colours and teamed it up with the new Sale-a-bration Celebrate You Thinlits Dies that you can get for FREE when you spend $180 on products from the Stampin' Up! Annual and Occasions Catalogue.


The Tranquil Tide DSP layer comes from the Delightful Daisy DSP pack from the Annual Catalogue. It's a beautiful sheet of DSP with sections of full strength colour graduating to a lighter strength in colour to give that washed out look. Super pretty! I then layered a Whisper White Piece over the DSP which I stamped in Crumb Cake Ink using the dots image from the Petal Palette Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalogue. Then creates my own 'DSP' as such. I love making my own backgrounds and they are easy to do!


I've then layered on the card some Linen Thread, another piece of the Delightful Daisy DSP, Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon, Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock and then Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon. The 'Celebrate' die cut comes from the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies which I half embossed with Silver Embossing Powder for a fun look. Just use a sponge dauber to sponge some Versamak Ink over your die cut word, sprinkle your embossing powder over, shake off the excess and then using your heat tool, heat up the powder till it melts. Super easy!

The card is then embellished with some more ribbon and trim, Silver Metallic Thread and then some sequins from the Metallics assortment pack.

It's a fun colour combo and the Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist just pop right off that white background. Check out the rest of the fabulous creations from the Just Add Ink gals with this weeks colours! Lots of fun and fabulous creations!


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Friday, December 15, 2017

Fancy Friday Blog Hop | Mixed Metallics



Hello and happy Friday!! Or as I say to my kids sometimes Happy 'Fri-yay'! Such an exciting post for me today and I've been itching to share that I've been asked to join the most amazing and talented group of stampers that make up the Fancy Friday Design Team. This group is made up past and present Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Members and I'm so grateful and honoured to have been asked to join in this fabulous group. I had been secretly wishing I would be asked to join Fancy Friday and am so very thankful that I have been.

This weeks theme is Mixed Metallics and inspired by the Year of Cheer Suite in the current 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue. Gorgeous intricate designs with elegant foil and is perfect for those beautiful metallic projects.

I've made 4 cards today using the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper and teamed it up with lots of metallic products from both the Annual and Holiday Catalogues.


I've actually cased myself from a card that I made a few weeks ago. I really loved the making the longer card back then and thing it works perfectly for today's card too. I'm not usually one to make New Year's cards but the DSP really lends itself to celebrating this fabulous time of the year with all it's shine and shimmer.

My cards are using parts of the fun Eclipse Technique but instead of popping up the die cut pieces of DSP (I thought that just looked to crazy busy) I replaced the DSP with the Silver Glimmer Paper. So sparkly and gorgeous and goes great with that New Years theme.





As you can see the DSP comes in 4 different single sided metallic foil patterns so I had to make a card showing each one. Super pretty! And then on the top and bottom of each card I've layered some Champagne and Silver Foil Paper for more of that gorgeous metallic look.

The 'Happy New Year!' comes from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp set and then I've finished each card off with Metallic Sequins and Silver Glimmer Paper and some Silver Ribbon and Trim from the Annual Catalogue.  I really thought that because there was enough going on in the patterns of the DSP the cards really didn't need much embellishing but if you wanted to embellish the card with more metallics there is a lot to choose from in Stampin' Up!'s offerings.

Thanks for joining me on my first Fancy Friday Post and I'm hoping to share lots more creations with you all. Now on to Dani for her metallics creation.


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Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Merry Cafe

Hello Stamping Friends! Welcome to our very last 2017 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for December and for the year. I can't believe we are at our last post already! It feels just like yesterday when this amazing journey began. While this year has been at times a little crazy I have truly loved every minute of it and still cant believe that I was give this opportunity of a life time. I am so very grateful for everything that this team has brought. Also a big thank you to all of you who have supported me along the way!

I'm a bit sad that this Artisan year has come to an end I'm super happy for those that have been selected for 2018. These creative and talented ladies are amazing and I'm sure they will inspire you as much as what they do me. Check out the list at the end of this for the 2018 team and go and show them your support.

Now on to my card for today, we are using the Merry Cafe Stamp Set and I'm going out with one of my final (I think it is) Christmas Cards for the year. Its such a cute and fun set and covers everything from Halloween to Christmas and everything in between.

I've created a fun Christmas Coffee Cup making it look like the fun decorated ones from the popular coffee stores sticking with the traditional Red and Green colours for that Christmassy look.


I've gone for that tone on tone look with the coffee cups stamping Real Red on the Real Red cardstock and then Garden Green on the Garden Green cardstock. I've then sponged around the edges in each co-ordinating colour for some added dimension. 


The great thing about this stamp set is that it has matching Framelits from the Annual Catalogue, the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies. Loving the textured coffee cup collar for that added layer and element. On the collar I've added more of that Christmas by die cutting a Gold Glimmer snowflake from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.


I know for sure that I would love a gorgeous coffee cup like this when I get my coffee. So cute! The coffee cups have been layered on a piece of Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper that is layered on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. Its all finished off with some Linen Thread, Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon and some sequins from the Mini Sequin Trim.

Now for the last time this year on to the amazing Shannon Lane in Canada for her fabulous Merry Cafe creation!

https://crushoncolour.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/artisan-dec-1.html


 And now here is the complete list of 2018 Artisans. Make sure you visit their blogs and subscribe! You won’t want to miss their amazing creations! A whole lot of talent right there that's for sure!

ARTISAN DESIGN TEAM 2018

United States

Canada

United Kingdom

France

Netherlands

Germany

Austria

New Zealand

Australia
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