Friday, October 13, 2017

#TGIF129 | Sketch Challenge | Introducing Stampin' Blends

Hello and welcome!! It's time again for the most awesome TGIF Challenges challenge and this week its a fabulous, my favourite, a sketch!!!

It's pretty straight forward and you can make it as is or change it up a bit to make it what you want.

Ive pulled out an older stamp set today, Birthday Blooms, because I wanted to play and have a create with the new Stampin' Blend Alcohol Markers. While these marks are only available to Stampin' Up! demonstrators at this moment I wanted to whet your appetite to show you how gorgeous they are.

These markers will be available to customers sometime later this year but right at this moment there is no definite release date. Fingers crossed it is soon.
There are 12 colour combo packs, all with a Dark and Light Marker. There will also be an Ivory and Bronze marker which are great to get those skin tones and last but by no means least there will be a colour lifter. Lots of options! 
The colours that the markers will come in are Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie,  Rich Razzleberry and Smoky Slate.

I've used here today the Old Olive markers and the Pink Pirouette markers. I didn't even think but because the Pink Pirouette is a light colour it makes it quite difficult to photograph, well for me anyway. I hope that you can see the graduation in colour with the Pink Pirouette as it looks beautiful on the card in real life.

Birthday Blooms is perfect to use with the Blends as it is and open line image and gives you lots of fabulous options to practice your colouring skills. The way that the image is drawn it shows your where you should make the image darker or leave it a bit lighter.

When colouring with the Stampin' Blends I like to put a little bit of the dark colour down first and then use the lighter marker to blend over the harsh lines of the dark colour and draw some of that dark colour out and so it blends. When colouring though try not to put down too much colour as the colour from the markers may bleed out of the lines of the image. Maybe when colouring don't put the colour all the way to the edge of image. This will help if there is a bit of bleeding from the colour.

I really enjoyed playing and practicing with the new Stampin' Blends. I'm looking forward to practicing and playing with them more. Watch this space as I'm sure I will have lots more creations using the fabulous markers. And as soon as we get a date on their release for customers you will be the first to know. 

Make sure that you check the rest of the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team over at the TGIF Challenges Blog and come and join in with this weeks fabulous sketch challenge. Can't wait to see your amazing creations! 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop | Painted Harvest

It's time again for our monthly Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop. We are group of demonstrators from each Stampin' Up! market worldwide and we like to showcase a different Stampin' Up! Bundle for each hop and this time we bring you the Painted Harvest Bundle which includes the Painted Harvest stamp set and the Leaf Punch.

Its a fun two-step, photopolymer stamp set to create a watercolour like look. Super gorgeous and super pretty and without all the work of actual watercolouring!

I've made two cards for today's hop. Both using the same colours but with two different looks. I'm loving the fresh crisp white and the pops of the bright Crushed Curry Sunflowers and the Garden Green leaves. The contrast of the white to the yellow is beautiful!

I've also decided to go with some square cards today.  I normally make a standard sized card, all the time, and just wanted to change it up a little for a different look.

The first card, with the fabulous brick pattern embossing paste, I used the masking technique to layer the stamping of the sunflower and the leaves. I first traced around the Stitched Circle Shape die so I could roughly know where to stamp the sunflower and then stamped the layers of the sunflower so it was sitting more to the left of the circle.

Once the sunflower was stamped I then stamped the two images of the sunflower on a Post-It-Note and then fussy cut the image out. This Post-It-Note is then placed over the stamped image on the card stock so that the image is completely covered and then I stamped the leaf layers so that it looks like all the images have been layered together.

It takes a little bit of time to fussy cut the sunflower on the post it but I think the masking when stamping all the images makes for a fabulous look. 

The second card again involves some more fussy cutting (lucky I like it and find it therapeutic).
I sponged some of the Crushed Curry Classic ink in the corner of the card stock layer to give a graduated colour look and then arranged the fussy cut flowers over the ink for a bright and fun look.  

I was going to have the sentiment embossed in gold on vellum for the second card also but I preferred to have the gold embossing straight on the card. Just a personal preference. I liked it better without the vellum.

I know that there are lots of creations out there on the internets using this bundle but I hope that I've given you some more ideas with this fun stamp set and punch. Its such a fabulous bundle and reasonably priced too at $58.00 AUD. There is just so much you can do with it and if you google Sunflower Colours, yes they come in other colours other than yellow, there are so many different colour variations you can come up with.

Now on to the ever fabulous Sandi MacIver in Canada. Sandi is amazing and her creations are too. I'm sure you will love them as much as I do.

If you do get lost along the hop, here is a list of the Design Team members - Just click on their name to get you going again.

Monica Gale - UK
Amy Koenders - USA
Rochelle Blok - Australia - You are here
Sandi MacIver - Canada
Paula Dobson - New Zealand
Barbara Becker - Austria
Moira McIlroy - France

For some more Painted Harvest ideas, check it out here.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to this special blog hop to celebrate World Card Making Day! We've got 19 talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all around the world for a fun and creative hop.

With this hop having no specific theme I decided to finally pull out the Floral Statement stamp set and get creating and colouring with that. I've been meaning to ink up this stamp from the moment I got it when the new 2017 - 2018 Annual Catalogue when live but just haven't had the chance. So I thought today would be a good time to get this set all inky.

I inked up the stamp with the Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then used clear embossing powder to emboss over the image. Embossing over the image gives the image an added element and added texture. And I love the shinny look the clear embossing powder gives. So pretty.

Once the word was stamped and then clear embossed I pulled out the fabulous Stampin' Up! Watercolour pencils to add some colour to those gorgeous flowers. I used the Melon Mambo pencil for the flowers and the Old Olive one for the leaves. 

The way I like to use the watercolour pencils is to pick up the colour straight off the lead with my Aqua Painter and then colour in the image with the Aqua painter. If I then want the colour to then be a little darker I put some colour down with the pencil and then move that colour around on the cardstock with the Aqua Painter. I know everyone is different as to how they use the Watercolour pencils but by doing it this way I find I get the best results.

 Once I got the colour to the depth and shade that I wanted I added some Linen Thread, the leaf die cute from the Flourish Thinlits, a piece of the Flirty Flamingo Grosgrain Ribbon and a wooden emebellishment from the Touches of Nature Elements.  Just a fun layering of elements for some added interest.

The card is then finished off with the word 'Friend', from the Thoughtful Banner stamp set, embossed with White embossing powder on Basic Black Cardstock and then all finished off with a scattering of some Black Sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment. Love it!

Just a fun card for a fun and exciting day.

Up next on the hop is Cheryll Miller. Make sure you keep hopping around by clicking the next blog button below for more amazing World Card Making Day Creations.

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To celebrate Wold Card Making Day, from October 1-10th only, select stamp sets and note cards are on sale, PLUS there's an amazing deal of Fast Fuse!
You can see all the details for the World Card Making Day Sale in my Online Stampin' Up! Store Here (Australian Residents Only)

Make sure you get in quick before these items are all back to full price!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | More Merry Patterns

Hello, Hello. It's that time again for some fun and creativity from the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. We've got some more fabulous ideas and creations using the promotion hostess set, Merry Patterns. 

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I've had a play around with the deer image and some of the DSP from the Christmas Around the World DSP from the Holiday Catalogue. This DSP captures the festive spirit with traditional Christmas images from all around the world. And the best thing is this DSP is on the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE promotion at the moment. Perfect to get those Christmas Cards started so you are organised by the time December 1st rolls around.

I first chose the Snowflake DSP because there was snowflakes in the deer image and then I really loved the colouring of the Pool Party Spotty DSP so decided to make a second card as well. Why not really.

 These two cards are same, same but different. It's just down to a personal preference as to which one you like.

I did start with having the deer stamped in black and then embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss powder for that added gorgeous touch to the black. I changed the deer to the Silver Stampin' Emboss powder as I couldn't get the black to stamp clear and crisp as I wanted it. It just wasn't working, at all. I'm glad I changed to the Silver Stampin' emboss powder and I think the deer looks stunning in it. I literally gasped when I heated it up. It's just super gorgeous.

How stunning is that black and white striped ribbon? It just goes with everything! Love it! While the ribbon is a gorgeous size, I think it looks even better trimmed down to this smaller size.

Super gorgeous, super fun and super festive. 

 Now on to Shannon all the way over there in Canada. Has she got something super gorgeous and super fun for you too. Love that gal!!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

#tgifc 125 - Theme Week - Getting around

Welcome, welcome. It's time for a new TGIF Challenge with this week being a fun theme week - how to travel.

Maybe it's by land,
maybe it's by sea,
maybe it's by air - 
This week let some form of transportation be your inspiration!!!

It can be by bike, balloon, wagon, car, plane, horse, whatever your transportation heart desires. 

When scouring through my stamp sets for something transporation related, the only stamp set that I had was Lift Me Up. I haven't used the set for a while and I really enjoyed playing around with this one again and creating with it.

I first started with the water colour wash layer and really wanted the wash to have a cloud like look. I first use Stampin Up!s colour, Soft Sky for the washed background but that was too light so I went over it again with Marina Mist. Once I washed the colour on the Shimmery White Cardstock I spritzed the wash with water using one of the Stampin' Up! Spritzers. This washes out the colour a bit more and gives it a more muted look.

Once the wash background dried, I then sprayed some of the water from the spritzer in my hand and then flicked some of the water over top of the wash. When the droplets dry, they pull some more of the colour out and gives another look to the water colour wash background.

I then added the Gold embossed Hot Air Balloons, some co-ordinating ribbons and trims and the dotted some of the gorgoeus sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment.

Make sure that you check out the rest of the creations from the amazing TGIF Design Team. Lots of amazing creations and lots of inspiration for you for this weeks theme. While you are there check out all the details on how you can enter your creation in to this weeks challenge. I'm so looking forward to seeing your take on this weeks theme.

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Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Thankful Painted Harvest

Hello, Hello. Here's to Friday, well here in Melbourne it is, the start of the weekend and to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting me, Rochelle, in Melbourne, Australia and today we are bringing you creations using the Painted Harvest Stamp Set. Oh pretty!

It's got that Autumn or Fall feel with a watercolour look, without the all the work of actual water colouring. No colouring, just stamping! Yay!

I've gone for a rustic feel for my creations today. I do tend to love the rustic look and today is no exception. I've made shadow box frame, for a fun home decor piece, and a matching card. Just search in Pinterest and on You Tube, there are lots of tutorials on how to make the shadow box frame.

How gorgeous are those sunflowers from the set. These are part of a two-step stamping process where two stamps layer on top of each other to create the one image. I'm loving the 'yellow' look to the sunflower but also the 'deep red' look too. Gorgeous.

For the 'yellow' sunflower I  used So Saffron for the lighter layer and then Crushed Curry on top. For the 'Deep Red' sunflower the lighter layer is Cherry Cobbler, stamped off and then on the top Cherry Cobbler full strength.

How good are the Painted Harvest images teamed up with the Wood Textures DSP stack. The Wood Textures DSP really adds to that rustic look that I love and just another gorgeous element on its own.

While the sunflower I fussy cut out with the Fabulous Stampin' Up! Paper Snips, the leaf image has a co-ordinating punch. Definitely makes it easy just to punch out the images like that, that's for sure. Love it! Get the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and the Leaf Punch in an bundle (#146021), at a bundle price and you'll save 10%. Winning!!!

To eliminate the words 'for you' from the sentiment stamp 'I am Thankful for you' stamp I put Washi Tape over the 'For You' before inking it up with Versamark Ink and then removed the washi tape before stamping it down.

By having this frame on display it my home, it reminds me to stop and to remember to be thankful. It's something that I need for myself to be reminded of rather than complaining and criticizing, which sometimes I'm a little to quick to do.

Now on to the Shannon in Canada and her oh so fabulous creations. I love the way she puts colour and elements together. She's just so good at it!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Just Add Ink #376 | Just Add 'D'

Hello and welcome! Another week down and another Friday to bring you a new Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add 'D'.

Any thing that begins with 'D' - Daisies, Dogs, Dots, Diagonals, Dragonflies or your favourite product that begins with 'D'. The possibilities are endless as long as it begins with the letter 'D'.

I've pulled out the Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. Even though this set has been around for a little bit now it still is fun to stamp with and makes fabulous cards.

I've gone with a very neutral colour palette today - Basic Black, Whisper White and Crumb Cake with a little pop of Gold. I do love me a netural palette. While it doesn't have all those bright and fun colours to pack that punch, it has that subtle elegance with it's subtle colours.

I stamped the dot image all around the edge using Crumb Cake Classic Ink onto Crumb Cake Cardstock and then pulled out the fun black ink splatter using the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. Super easy to do and just adds another dimension and layer to any card.

The Dragonfly was first inked up with Versamark and then Black Memento Ink, stamped down and then heat embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. Everything looks better with some heat embossing, right?  I love it!

I've teamed up the dragonfly with some ribbon and trim from the Annual and New Holiday Catalogue. Loving that Black and White Striped Ribbon. It's new in the Holiday catalogue. It's just stunning! I'm loving it though to use not only on Christmas creations but on everything else as well. The striped ribbon is a bit wider than what is seen here on my card today. I trimmed the edges off the ribbon so that it would be a better size for my card today. Tip for Today - If your ribbon is too wide for your creation just trim it down. 

Make sure that you check out the rest of the Design Team over at Just Add Ink for all their 'D' creations. Lots of amazing ideas and creations. Once you check out the rest of the design team come and join in for this weeks challenge. So looking forward to seeing what you create!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Stamp Review Crew | Crafting Forever

Hello. It's the first Monday of the month so that means it Stamp Review Crew time. We are hopping with a fun set from the Annual Catalogue called, Crafting Forever.

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.

 The Crafting Forever stamp set reminds us how much we love creating and crafting. And even better yet, they're approved for use in conjunction with the Stampin' Up! Angel Policy. 

Whats the Angel Policy, you ask? Well, you can sell projects you've made with Stampin' Up! copyrighted images if  they include "© Stampin' Up!" on them.  The Crafting Forever set is perfect to help you get that copyright on your creations. You can find out more about the Angel Policy here.

I've used the pen image from the Crafting Forever set for a bit of repeated stamping and some colouring. Super fun.

I first inked up the Pen image with Versamark and then Memento Black in and then stamped it down. Once the image was stamped I then covered it in Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and then heat set the embossing powder.

I like to heat emboss my images when colouring as it provides a little bit of a barrier when colouring and the colour tends not to bleed out as much as compared to when colouring with out the embossed outline. It also gives a nice shinny look to the outline of the images. It's just one of those things that I like to do when crafting and colouring. I'm sure we all have those things that we just like to do when we craft and that is the way that we like it.

To get the images all lined up in that straight line I did have to pull out the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get them all positioned properly. I know most people have more of a hate relationship with the SAMJ but once you learn how to use it properly it really is quite easy to use. Then you'll go from hating it to loving it.

It really was quite relaxing to colour all those pens. I'm one of those people that actually find colouring like this very therapeutic. Get a bit of music going, pick out what colours you want to use and get going. To colouring the pens I picked up the colour from squeezing the lid of a closed Stampin' Up! ink pad firmly and then that picks up the colour of the ink pad in the lid like in a colouring well. That is one of the fabulous designs of a Stampin' Up! Ink pad and perfect for holding a little bit of colour in the lid.

The card is the all finished off with a little bit of Emerald Envy 3/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Mini Sequin Trim in Gold and the sentiment, embossed with White' Stampin' Emboss Powder, comes from the Pieces & Patterns stamp set.

Now on to the amazing Linda Callahan for her fabulous creations using the Crafting Forever set.
Linda Callahan
Martha Inchley

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