Friday, September 23, 2016

TGIF #74 - Sewing & Stitches

Happy Friyay everyone!! The weekend is nearly upon us and it a perfect time to take a time-out crafting for this weeks challenge over at TGIF Challenges!
This week is a technique challenge and I hope that you play along.

It's all about sewing! You can break out the Singer, try your hand at the Faux Stitching technique or do what I did - hand sewing with the old needle and thread. I was going to use the machine for this one but I wanted to sew with the Gold Metallic thread and I find it sews better with hand stitching. It is a little more time consuming but I found it quite relaxing to sew the stitches through.

I've got another creation for you using the Star of Light stamp set. This is just a fabulous set and the creative possibilities are endless with these stamps. If you are still deciding what stamp set to get for your Christmas cards this year, I would say this is the set to get. Whats even better is there is heaps of ideas on Pinterest and Google. You'll never be stuck for an idea with this one.

When I pull out this set I always start singing (not it key that's for sure, HA!) or humming the tune to the Christmas Carol, "We Three Kings ". Especially the chorus "O star of wonder, start of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light." So its only fitting (well I think so) that this goes perfectly with sheet music DSP from the This Christmas Specialty DSP.

I had originally thought to do the Chalkboard Technique with this card but thought it would look more special with the touches of gold! And if you follow me you know I love my gold accents.


I hope you like my sewing creation for you this week! It's time get your craft on and link up your sewing creation with us here! Looking forward to seeing your sewing and stitches.

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Just Add Ink #330 - Just Add A Sketch

Happy Friday to you!! This week at Just Add Ink we have a fabulous sketch challenge. Love, Love, Love sketch challenges.

I thought it would be a fabulous time to get creating with the Christmas Pines stamp set and the co-ordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits. I didn't really notice this set when I first saw the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue but as per usual I saw some fabulous creations with this set and before you know it it's delivered to my front door. Love it!

I used the large 'Noel' to create my own background and added a little Gold Wink of Stella splatter. Got to have some sparkle and shimmer. And as you may have noticed the sketch has a circle layer but I felt it didn't look right and changed it for the rectangle while keeping the rest of the design elements the same.

I've layered with the Fabulous Foil Acetate and some vellum. How cute are those little bells??!! Would look super cute on the end of a little Santa hat!

Loving all the layers and different elements. Lots of different things to look at. So Christmassy!

So why not get your craft on and link up with JAI this weekend!
Hope to see you play along this week!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Global Design Project #053 | Colour Challenge

Hello, hello! Big welcome to you! Thanks so much for stopping by today! My creation today is for the latetes challenge over at my favourite challenge blog, Global Design Project #053. I really love their challenges and try at every opportunity to enter when I can.
This weeks challenge is another beautie, a colour challenge, using the colours Gold, Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder. Love it!
I've had another play with the Sweet Cupcake Bundle for my creation today! I love stamp sets like this one where as you stamp each layer the image comes to life. It's like each layer is a piece of a puzzle and when all layered together the picture is complete.

I've started with lightly sponging Versamark around the edges and then sprinkling and heat setting Gold Stampin' Emboss powder to give the card gorgeous Gold edging. The white layer is the Shimmery White cardstock for that added shimmer and sparkle. It looks so pretty when the shimmer catches the light.

The cupcake is also stamped on to the Shimmery White cardstock. Never too much sparkle in my book. I've layered the cupcake on some of the Floral Boutique DSP. Its a gorgeous DSP using only the colours Night of Navy and Whisper White and is perfect to use for this challenge.

A little bit of the gorgeous Gold Glimmer Paper, some fabulous ribbon and trim and a few gold sequins and there you have it. One fun birthday card ready to go!

Go and check out all the fabulous creations from the GDP design team! They inspire me each and every time!

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Stamp Review Crew | Foxy Friends

This week the Stamp Review Crew are showing you our fabulous creations using the Foxy Friends Stamp set and along with that because they work hand in hand. the Fox Builder punch.

 If you are joining us for the first time we are a group of International Stampin' Up! demonstrators showcasing one stamp set at a time, every first and third Monday's of the month. Be sure to make your way around the hop by click the next button at the bottom of each post. It's a big hop today with 17 hoppers all up eager to show you our creations. If you get lost along the way click the banner at the top of the post and that will give you a list of all the hoppers

It is a super cute set and oh so versatile. Just Google Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends or search the same on Pinterest and you will see the million ideas out there using this set. Some people are just too clever the way that they have used the images to create all sorts of different animals.

I've created a little gift bag for you today that would be perfect for a little gift for that newborn baby or even to use as a party favour at a baby shower.

I started by making my own 'DSP' as such and stamped the gorgeous little mushroom stamp all over the Smoky Slate cardstock using Smoky Slate ink. I actually had to stamp two sheets because I put the first one in the Gift Bag Punch Board upside down. Grr. Don't you hate when you have to start over! I did use a template to mark on the card stock first where to stamp so that I could get the mushrooms stamped evenly on the cardstock.

The next step was to cut the cardstock to the right size and make up the gift bag according to the Gift Bag Punch Board instructions.  The punch board is super easy to use and super quick too. It's a matter of mere minutes and you can have a gift bag made up. Love it!

 I then used some gorgeous Pool Party Ribbon to tie off the top and then made a matching tag using some of the other co-ordinating products from this fabulous suite, like the A Little Foxy DSP stack.

Super cute and super fun! Now read to fill with a gorgeous gift!!

I hope that you're enjoying this fabulous blog hop and now it's time to hop on to the fabulous Artisan Design Team member, Sue Polte, who inspires me so much with her creations or if you are hopping in reverse back to the oh so talented and oh so lovely, Holly Stene.
 Sue Polte
Holly Stene
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to you! I hope that you've gotten lots of inspiration so far along the hop and I'm sure that you will get some more along the way.
The 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue is here and has been live worldwide for a few days now! I just love this amazing catalogue and I hope you love it as much as I do!
To mark is wonderful occasion of a new catalogue my lovely friends and I from the Facebook group ESAD  have decided to do a Blog Hop to showcase the fabulous products from this awesome catalogue. 

You may have joined me from from my friend and fabulous upline, Liv Ingle, or you have started here with me Either way you are in for a treat to see the creativity and imagination of myself and 24 other fellow Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators. So grab your beverage of choice, get comfortable and get ready for the hop!
I've made two cards today for you using my must have bundle from the Holiday Catalogue, Star of Light. The bundle consists of the Star of Light stamp set and the Starlight Thinlits Dies and it is amazing!!!! 

 I've tried to use similar elements and colours on both cards but trying to make them look different at the same time.

I've started on the first card by embossing the gorgeous starry swirl image with copper embossing powder on Kraft cardstock. Its so pretty just like that! I've then stamped one of the star images on Dapper Denim, embossing it with clear embossing powder. I've then layered some DSP and vellum circles cut using the Layering Circles Framelits dies and added some other embellishments to finish it all off. Pretty!

The second card, I started with making a Dapper Denim watercolour wash background on Shimmery White cardstock and then splattered some Gold Wink of Stella over the denim wash. I thought that the Dapper Denim looked fabulous as a night sky and the Gold Wink of Stella splatters represented the twinkling stars in the sky. I've hand stitched some Copper Metallic Thread around the DSP circle and layered the intricate star on a vellum star. You can't see it here, but keep scrolling down, I've brushed Clear Wink of Stella over the Kraft star. Who says you can have too much sparkle and shimmer? Not me I say!

I've got 2 Christmas cards made now, lots more to go!
I hope the ideas are now flowing for you to start your Christmas cards.

Next on the hop is Emily Campbell for some more Holiday Catalogue ideas. Head on over to see what she has made and please make sure that you leave some comment love along the way. We all really enjoy what you think of our creations.
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Global Design Project #51 | #GDP051 | Sweet Cupcake Thanks

Hello to you here today and a big hello to the first day of Spring here in Australia! 
I for one am happy that we are on the other side of Winter, that's for sure. While there are some things that I do like about winter - open fires, red wine, curling up with a blanket and a good book, slow cooked meals, it is my least favourite season. I am at my happiest when the sun is shining, you can get about in shorts, thongs (flip flops) and a singlet top enjoying the great outdoors. So it is a very big HELLO SPRING from me!!

While my creation isn't spring inspired today it is inspired by the theme for this weeks challenge over at Global Design Project, #GDP051 - Food.

At first when I first saw the challenge I thought I didn't have anything but then I remembered one of my recent Stampin' Up! purchases of Sweet Cupcake and who doesn't love a cupcake. My colour combo for my creation was inspired by Artisan Design Team Member, Krista Frattin. She put up on her Facebook page a sample of the colour combo a few days ago and I was like ' Oh WOW!' and my card grew from there.
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I've started with using the Hearts Decorative Mask. I used a sponge dauber and Whisper White Craft Ink. I found the dauber gave a better coverage of ink 'pressing' the ink into each heart shape. The ink stayed 'wet' for a while so I sprinkled over some clear embossing powder, heat set it and the hearts ended up with a glossy finish. Cute!

There are three layers to the each cupcake piece so some stamping off of the ink was in order to achieve the variance of colour for each layer. For both the base and the icing the first layer was stamped off twice, the second layer was stamped off once and then the top layer was stamped with the darker colour. I know I've said it before but I love 'stamping off' of the Stampin' Up! inks. It gives a you another whole different colour range. Winning!! 

Its all finished off with some of my favourite ribbons and trims, Burlap, Copper Metallic Thread, ALL NEW Copper Foil and a splatter of  Clear Wink of Stella. 

I hope that I've inspired you today and make sure you go to see all the fabulous inspiration from the fabulous Design Team at GDP. They sure inspire me!!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Just Add Ink #326 - Just Add Project Life

Welcome, welcome. It's Just Add Ink time and this week we are Just Adding ... Project Life. I must admit that started Project Lifing when Stampin' Up! first introduced Project Life to it's product range but that is about as far as it got. I've put together about 4 pages but have come to a stand still.
So for my 'Just Add Project Life' I've used one of the stunning card collections at Stampin' Up! have on offer at the moment, Hello Lovely. I've teamed it up with some embellishments from the Hello Lovely Accessory Pack.

Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection

Hello Lovely Project Life Accessory Pack

The card collection pack is stunning just on its own and makes a beautiful layer to your cards. Another fabulous thing is that by using the Project Life cards for your cards is that they make for a quick creation. A project life card and a few embellishments from the accessory pack and 'Hey Presto' your done!

I've layered the acetate layer over the card. Please excuse my photo I just couldn't get an awesome shot without some refection. The acetate does look gorgeous over the top though! I did have to trim the PL card and the acetate down slightly but other that that you don't need to do much to get some stunning creations. I really love the hand painted look to this collection! STUNNING!!

To make the card a little more special I've put some Clear Wink of Stella on the wooden flower. It just makes it a little more 'pretty' and adds an extra touch of sparkle and bling. Here you can see that slight shimmer but it does look so much more sparkly, as the kids would say, IRL.

Loving those leaves from the Beautiful Branches Thinlit Dies. These dies co-ordinate with the Thoughtful Branches stamp set that are only around for a few more days. EEEK!! So if you want them you had better get them NOW. You will kick yourself if you don't. It is just a super stunning bundle! They will disappear from sale on the 31st August 2016. Ask me how you can get your Thoughtful Branches Bundle or click on the images below of the products used and you can purchase this bundle straight from my store (Australian Residents Only).

Now head on over to the ever so talented Just Add Ink Design Team and be inspired yet again this week.

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