Friday, May 19, 2017

Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Happy Celebrations

Hi there stamping friends! So glad you could stop by. This week the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team are creating with either the Cool Treats set or the Happy Celebrations set. As you can probabaly already see I'm on the Happy Celebrations team.

I'm bringing you an 'oldie but a goodie' technique today which lends itself perfectly to the circle images in this set. The 'Rock'n'Roll' technique is quite a simple technique but it produces stunning results.

I've kept my cards today quite simple as the background is quite busy. The contrast of the brightly coloured background with the Basic Black cardstock embosseed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder has made for some gorgeous results. If I do say so myself. Ha!


Here are the different variations in different colour combinations. For best results its best to have a complimenting light and dark colour. You can even have the darker colour in the middle and the lighter colour on the outside. It is really all up to you and how you want you card to look. I might go and try it now with the darker colour in the middle and the lighter on the outer. I'm intrigued now to see what that will look like.

 Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo

 Pool Party (Stamped-Off) and Bermuda Bay

 Wisteria Wonder (Stamped-Off) and Elegant Eggplant

 Daffodil Delight (Stamped-Off) and Pumpkin Pie



Here's how to do the Rock 'n' Roll Technique -
  1. Ink up your stamp in the lightest colour first.
  2. Taking the darker colour gently rock 'n' roll the edge of the stamp image around in the darker ink. You only want the edge of the stamp in the darker colour.
  3. Stamp your image down on your cardstock and you should have the two contrasting colours on the one image.  
Check out the You Tube clip Stampin' Up! put out a while ago and this shows you exactly how to do the technique if you are unsure as to what to do.


Another way to do the Rock 'n' Roll Technique is to, and I did it this way becuase it was easier when stamping all those circles, is -
  1. Ink up your image in the lightest colour first.
  2. Using a sponge dauber, ink up your dauber with the darker contrasting colour.
  3. Tap the dauber around the edge of the stamp so only the outside of the image is inked up in the darker colour.
  4. Stamp your image on to your cardstock.
Doing it this way is a little bit more easier and you get a bit more of an even coverage with the darker colour on the edge.

Just something a little fun using up some of the old techniques that we sometimes forget about but are so fabulous to do.

Next on to Shannon Lane in Canada. Gosh that girl is crazy creative and I love her work. I think I've said that before but she is amazing!!

http://crushoncolour.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/artisan-may-2.html



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Just Add Ink #360 | Just Add a Sketch

We have another sketch challenge for you Over at the  Just Add Ink challenge blog. This sketch was designed by the card queen herself, Narelle Farrugia. If you haven't seen her work you must go and check her out! She is amazing!

 This sketch is fairly straight forward but it has a few elements that I love. I love circles in my cards and this sketch is perfect for this weeks challenge.
I've pulled out a few sneaky peek Stampin' Up! products that will be available June 1st. The stamp set Wood Words, Wood Textures DSP stack, 1/4" Copper Trim and the tag comes from a Framelits set that co-ordinates with the Wood Words set, Wood Crate Framelits.


I first started out with the stamping of the floral image on Shimmery White cardstock and used the Watercolour Pencils to colour some of the open flowers in the stamped image. The card and the colour combo then built from there. 


The same floral image that is stamped across the Stitched Shapes circle is also stamped down the side of the Melon Mambo outermost layer. The Melon Mambo layers are then layered on one of the sheets of the new Wood Textures DSP stack.This DSP is fabulous with all its wood grain textures. It 'brings the look of outdoors inside with natural, rustic patterns'. 

Along with the all  new 1.4" Copper trim this card is all finished of with other copper elements such as Copper Stampin' Emboss powder and Copper Metallic Thread.

Why not play along with us and show us your interpretation of this weeks sketch. Click here for all the details on how you can join in and for all the inspiration from the Design Team.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

Over the weekend I was a guest blogger over at Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine showcasing the Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp set and the Detail Dragonfly thinlits. I wanted to show the stunning set used not only for cards but also for home decor and gift giving as well. 

If you want all the finer details on how each item was created check out the full blog post here.
For now I'll just show you the pictures of all the Dragonfly Dreams creations...









I just love the size of the stamp images and the thinlits. Perfect size to accent a gorgeous frame and also prefect to embellish little treat boxes. So versatile!

Remember all the details of these creations are on the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine Blog.
Time now to go an get your Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
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Friday, May 12, 2017

#TGIFC 107 | Sympathy or Get Well

Hello and welcome to another TGIF Challenge. Isn't the year rolling by fast!!! It's the middle of May, we are about to celebrate Mother's Day this coming Sunday here in Australia, my eldest just celebrated his 14th birthday and we are nearly into the beginning of Winter. I know everyone says it every year but this year is going so quick!

This week at TGIF our theme is those cards that we all dislike making and sending because it usually means that someone close to us is going through a difficult time in their lives. Although we don't like to make Get Well or Sympathy cards it is really good to have some of these in our stash ready to send out quickly to our friends in their time of need.

My card today is quite 'pulled back' from my usually style but I find that these types of cards don't need all that 'fluff and stuff' just a simple, heartfelt message to convey your love and sympathies. I've used the Heartfelt Sympathy set, which I thought I didn't have but I do, and combined it with some new products coming out 1st June 2017.


The DSP is from the Delightful Daisy DSP. I did just have a plain piece of cardstock behind the embellishments but that looked too stark and it just needed something. Those spots on the DSP was just the 'something' that the card needed without being to over powering and in your face. How cool is that mottled look the DSP has? Almost like a watercolour wash without any of the mess.


I made a rectangle out of the square stitched shapes framelits and then using my Paper Trimmer cut out the inside of the rectangle. Love the frame that it left behind. The paper trimmer makes for cutting pieces out like this so easy because you can line up the trimmer blades exactly to where you want to cut and the trimmer arm is clear which makes it easy to see where you need to cut to. Love my SU trimmer. 

Did you see the piece of new In Colour Tranquil Tide ribbon??  It is gorgeous!! Love that it isn't too thick and it has a beautiful woven feel to it. Love it. Here's a picture that I put on Instagram this morning of all the new In Colour ribbons together!! I'm in love!!!  I'm such a sucker for beautiful ribbon and trims.


I don't normally embellish the inside of the cards but I really wanted to add this beautiful sentiment to my card.

'May you be comforted by the outpouring if love surrounding "

Isn't that beautiful? I know I would love that if I was going through some sort of hardship.


Again on the inside I've used the Delightful Daisy DSP and the Tranquil Tide ribbon with some Linen Thread, but you may have noticed another new product. The gorgeous Faceted Gems. These come in Gold, like I've used here and also in Silver. So pretty and I love the way the light bounces off all the different angles for a stunning sparkly effect.
I hope that I've given you a little bit on inspiration for this weeks theme. Why don't you play along with us this week? Click here for all the details and all the amazing inspiration from the TGIF gals.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Eastern Palace Suite

Welcome to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. We are showing you some more samples using the so very beautiful, Eastern Palace Suite. 

Hasn't this suite burst forth onto the crafting market with a bang? You just have to search in Pinterest or Google to see the huge numbers of samples and ideas out there. And have been dying to get your hands on it? Well now you all can!

This suite is now available for all Stampin' Up! customers to purchase. You can now experience Eastern-inspired opulence with these beautiful products. When you purchase the Eastern Palace Suite you will receive not only a free gift with your purchase but also three of the new 2017 - 2019 In Colours, included in one of your exclusive bundles! Freebies and new In Colours!!! Got to love that!!

My card is for you today is a little bit clean yet a little bit classy too, especially with all those touches of gold. I found that because the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper is quite busy you don't need much to embellish it.


 I pulled out the bold, almost Regal, Tranquil Tide cardstock as the starting point for my card today. I'm so loving this colour and I'm not normally a 'Regals' fan but I seem to be gravitating to this colour over and over. It pairs so well with one of my other favourite colours, Gold!

Over the Tranquil I've layered a piece of the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper. I did play around with which pattern from this pack I was going to use but I kept coming back to this gorgeous gold foil piece. It is just stunning! 


I've used some of the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers as an embellishment down the side of the from panel as well as a tassel from the Mini Tassels Assortment (only available in the Premier Bundle).

Loving that font and sentiment too! Just gorgeous! Perfect for random acts of kindness cards
#MakeACardSendACard I think we are all fabulous at making the cards. Now we need to send them too! I'm about to put this one in the post to some lucky recipient.

Make sure you check out the Starter and the Premier Bundles and get your Eastern Palace Suite TODAY! 

I hope that I've given you some more inspiration with this suite.
Next on to Canada to Shannon! I'm sure she will blow your mind with this suite!

http://crushoncolour.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/artisan-may-1.html


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Just Add Ink #358 | Just Add Stitching

Hello, Hello! Its that time! Its Just Add Ink time! Oh yeah!
This weeks challenge theme has been suggested by yours truly - Just Add Stitching.


Your stitching can be either the faux stitching technique, real stitching (hand or machine) or even with your dies that give that stitched look.

I think I've covered the stitching element to this weeks theme with three different types of stitching on my card. I've got faux (around the edge), hand stitching (through the butterfly) and stitched shapes framelits (the vellum circle). Some may say that it's stitching overload but I love it!!! 


I've pulled out my all time favourite DSP from the Stampin' Up! 2016 - 2017 Annual Catalogue Pop of Pink for a last hurrah. #loveitchopit Sniff, sniff. It's nearly time to say goodbye to this amazing DSP as its on the retiring list and the last time I looked the inventory was low.

I didn't start out to use the faux stitching technique on the outside edge. I had actually started to machine sew it. I got about half way around and then the bobbin ran out. So the needle was piercing the holes but not actually stitching the thread in. Quick change of plans because I hadn't gone all the way around with the thread and 'pierced' all the holes I pulled out the now retired Paper Piecing Templates.


I quickly unpicked the thread that had stitched with the machine and then got out my Basic Black Stampin' Marker and my ruler and marked in the 'stitches'. Looks so real!


I again lined up the Paper Piercing template over the middle of the butterfly, pierced the holes and then hand stitch some Basic Black metallic thread through the butterfly.

All finished off and embellished with Clear Wink on Stella on the butterfly, 1/8" Silver Ribbon, more Basic Black Metallic Thread and a Metal Rimmed Pearl.

I hope that I've given you lots of different ideas on how to incorporate stitching in your creations. Why don't you play along with us this week? Click here for all the details and all the amazing inspiration from the JAI crew.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Stamp Review Crew | Nailed It

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop using the fabulous Nailed It stamp set.

If you are joining us for the first time we are a group of International Stampin' Up! demonstrators that show one Stampin' Up! stamp set at a time, every first and third Monday's of the month. Be sure to make your way around the hop by clicking the next button at the bottom of each post. If you get lost along the way click on the banner at the top of each post and that will lead you to the list of hoppers so you can continue seeing all the fabulous creations.

http://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2017/05/nailed-it.html

Now, we choose the sets we are going to use for these hops up to 4 months in advance, so May is always a tough month for us. What we plan to use sometimes is retired before we can feature it, like the Build It dies that coordinate with this set. We decided to go forward with this set because the stamps are still available through May 22, 2017 at least (in the US and Canada only). And to provide ideas for those who already own the stamps and the dies. Enjoy!

I've gone with a bit of a feminine feel to my card today. With Mother's Day coming up I've been seeing around some of the stores the pink themed tool sets to make them a bit more pretty for the girls. Every girl needs a set of tools and why not have them pretty looking.

So that is where my card has gone today, a Mother's Day card with pink tools.


I've used the water colour pencils to colour the tools today using the Melon Mambo and basic Grey Pencils. I find when using the pencils that I like to pick up a bit of colour straight off the pencil using an aqua painter rather than colouring the image with the pencils. Picking the colour straight off the lead works better for me but if you like to put the colour down first by colouring straight on the cardstock then that's fine too. We do what works for us.


 I thought I would team the pink tools up with the Pop of Pink DSP that is also on the Retiring Products list. This has been my all time favourite DSP for 2016/2017 and I am really going to miss this one.I thought I would give it one last 'hurrah' before it is gone for good.

 If you are quick here in Australia you can still get it but it is on the Low Inventory List. Order it today so you don't miss out!


I've teamed up with the pink tools the Silver Foil Stitched Shapes circle embossed with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder that gives the embossing a 3-D look. Such a fabulous embossing folder and, yay, that one is staying in the 2017/2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. OH Yeah! 

I hope that I've given you another idea to use with the Nailed Stamp set. Here in Australia if you want the Nailed It stamp set you had better be quick because you can only get it now in Wood Mount and there are only a few sets left.

Now on to fellow Aussie, Bronwyn Eastley with her amazing creations. I'm sure you won't be disappointed with all her ideas.

http://addinktivedesigns.com/2017/05/01/the-stamp-review-crew-nailed-it/

http://juanacreate.blogspot.com/2017/05/stamp-review-crew-nailed-it-bundle.html

To see some more ideas using the Nailed it Stamp Set, click on the pictures below

http://rochelleblok.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/on-stage-display-cards-part-1-nailed-it.html


http://rochelleblok.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/on-stage-display-cards-part-2-nailed-it.html

http://rochelleblok.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/on-stage-display-cards-part-3-nailed-it.html


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Build it Framelit Dies - No Longer Avaliable in Aust.

Friday, April 28, 2017

#TGIFC105 It's time to CELEBRATE!!! TGIF Challenges is TWO!!!!

Oh yay! It's Friday! Two fabulous things are being celebrated today. Mr.Stamping Blok and I are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary and .... TGIF is turning 2!! It's time to get your party pants on and get celebrating!

Here's a quick pic of my hubby and I on our wedding day all those 16 years ago. Eeek! I look so young!! I can remember so many details of that day like it was yesterday.


Was such a fabulous day and such a fun reception. We have many people still saying to us that it was one if the best weddings they had ever been to. We had a fabulous band and everyone there (yes everyone. I can't remember many people sitting down that's for sure) danced the night away. Anyway enough of going down memory lane, on to the other celebration of the day. 

With TGIF turning two we want to CELEBRATE this week!!! It's a PARTY!!!


So it's time to get the balloons, streamers, cake, party hats, decorations or whatever you need for a party to celebrate this momentous occasions.

My card is a birthday card to TGIF. It's a mix of some items that are retiring from and some that are staying in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Sniff, sniff. I'm going to miss that embossing folder and Gold Wink of Stella.


I started with the embossed base layer and and then did my favourite flick of the Gold Wink of Stella. I just love that and it gives another layer and element to lift any creation.


I've then embossed the images from the Balloon Celebration stamp set with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder on vellum. Stamping the that spotty image onto vellum really makes it look like a balloon filled with confetti and glitter.


The balloons are accented by some Flirty Flamingo and Black Metallic thread 'bows'. I use the Gold Metallic Thread a lot but tend to forget about the black one a little bit. Love the dramatic look that it has given here.


The 2 and Happy Birthday are from the fabulous Number of Years set. Those big numbers are a fabulous size. They really stand out and give a fabulous look to any card or scrapbook page.

 Why not play along with us and help us celebrate our 2nd birthday. Click here for all the details on how you can join in and for all the inspiration from the Design Team. Look out for some creations from TGIF Alumni.

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