Friday, September 18, 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | Poinsettia Place Suite

Hello, there stamping and crafty friends! Welcome to this month's Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. We are getting our festivities on for you again by showcasing for you either the Trimming the Town Suite or the Poinsettia Place Suite. And do we have lots of amazing projects for you! I feel like everyone has upped the ante with their projects this month so I'm sure that there will be something in this hop that will give you inspiration in your projects.

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As you can see I got the privilege of creating with the Poinsettia Place Suite. The products in this beautiful suite are the Poinsettia Petals Bundle, which includes the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set and the Poinsettia Dies, and then also the other products in this suite are the Poinsettia Place DSP,  the Plush Poinsettia Speciality Paper, the Beaded Pearls and the Real Red 3/8" Sheer Ribbon. Lots of amazing products for that classic Christmas Poinsettia projects.


While I love using the beautiful Designer Series Papers that Stampin' Up! has in their products range, my focus today is on the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set, the Poinsettia Dies, the Real Red 3/8" Sheer Ribbon and the Beaded Pearls.

I've decided for my projects today to team the Poinsettia Petals Stamp set with some of the Stampin Blends Alcohol Markers for a modern look to the classic, seasonal blooms of the Poinsettias. The bright red of the Poinsettia goes beautifully with Basic Black and Whisper White for a striking and eye-catching look.


For all three cards today I've used the same Stampin' Blends colours to achieve that uniform look of all the projects together.

Stampin' Blends Used :
Outline around Poinsettia - Pool Party Light

When colouring images with Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers I like to use three colours instead of the two suggested in the Stampin' Blends Dark and Light Colour Combos to achieve a bigger variation in colour from dark to light. Play around with colour combos and to see what will blend well together to help you achieve your desired look. You may even want to try and blend four markers together on your projects. There is no right or wrong.


For my first card, I've just stamped the Poinsettia image on Whisper White Thick Cardstock, using Memento Black Ink, just in a random pattern and then coloured in the images using Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers. Once all the Poinsettias were coloured I flicked Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker for that fun splatter look. I've then used the Rectangle Stitched Dies to make a gorgeous stitched border and then finished off the card with some ribbon, trim, embellishments and the Merry Christmas from the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set.


My second card has the same Poinsettia images as the first card but this time after stamping and colouring them I've die-cut them out using the Poinsettia Dies and the NEW Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine (which is amazing, by the way). The poinsettia blooms are then arranged on the card with the leaf image and one of the die cuts from the Poinsettia Dies and some ribbon, trim and embellishments. I've finished off the card by fussy cutting, with Paper Snips, around the Merry Christmas and arranged it on the card for the sentiment.


My last card starts with a Basic Black base and then I've die-cut a small portion of Whisper White Thick cardstock to stamp and colour on. Around my coloured piece, I've created a frame around it using the Rectangle Stitched Dies. This just adds more interest and texture to the card and creates for a fun look. 


Here is a fun tip for you - If you feel that your card is 'missing' something, why not add a little cluster of products on your card to add some for interest and texture. Here I've got some of the coloured leaves, ribbon, Gold Cording, die cuts and some of the Beaded Pearl embellishments. It takes your card from 'nice to 'something extra'.

Again I've finished the card off with ribbon, trim and the Merry Christmas sentiment which I've embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder

Next up on the hop with her super gorgeous projects is Stesha Bloodhart in the U.S. I think it was her projects with the Trimming the Town Suite that tipped me over the edge and made these products just 'accidentally' jump in my shopping cart to come home with me. 

I know I say it every hop but please make sure that you take the time to have a look around at all 16 Artisan Blogs for this blog hop. I'm sure you will be saying 'WOW, WOW, WOW" like I was for everyone's amazing creativity! You won't want to miss out!

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Just Add Ink #523 | Just Add 'A'

Hello there stamping friends! I hope that you have had a fantastic week and are having an awesome Friday. Can certainly feel that Spring is in the air here in Melbourne! The days are starting to get warmer and longer and there is blossom everywhere! My favourite time of the year! I'm a person who loves to see the definite changes from season to season. There is something in every season to love and to look forward to. Yes, even in winter!

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Because it's Friday, that means that is time for another Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Ink #523 | Just Add 'A'. It's one of our fun letter challenges - Just Add 'A'. You could incorporate your favourite stamp set starting with A, Animals, Aged or Antique looking cards, Alcohol Markers, a fun fold starting with A, whatever you desire as long as it fits into Just Add 'A'.

Today for my card I've gone for a CAS (Clean and Simple) card using products from the Stampin' Up! Artistry Blooms Suite, found in the 2020 - 2021 Annual Catalogue. Because the products from this suite can be quite busy together, I've kept the card quite stripped back but still trying to create a fun look. I do love to create cards that have lots of layers but also to make CAS cards that 'pack a punch'.


I've layered some Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock for the base layers and then added a piece of the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper. This fantastic DSP is bright and bold and really is a statement all on its own. One side of this amazing paper has bursts of colour and the other side has softer gradients. It really is one of those pack os DSP that caters to all crafting tastes. To add just a little bit more interest I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to create a framed panel.


The die-cut side panel is made from the Banner Blooms Dies. I cut two die-cut pieces and then trimmed them to fit, using only the top portion of the die, so that it would run down the side of the card, looking like a border piece. Over the DSP and the die-cut pieces I 'splattered' the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, just to break up the bright white of the die cuts and the busyness of the DSP.


I've then finished the card off with the 'Hello Friend' from the Hand-Drawn Blooms Stamp Set, the Artistry Blooms Adhesive Backed Sequins, and what would have to be my all-time favourtie trim, Linen Thread.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration for this week's letter theme. And some more inspiration on using the products from the Artistry Blooms Suite. Please head on over to the Just Add Ink Blog to see all the variety in the JAI Design Teams Projects and then come and join in the fun of this week's Just Add 'A' challenge. Can't wait to see what you create.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Just Add Ink #522 | Sketch Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! I hope that you are having a fantastic week and a fabulous day! It's Friday, Yay, so that means it's time for another Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Ink #522. We've got another fun sketch for you. Fun for layering, repeat stamping, and images, whatever you so desire really.
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I've used this week's sketch for some repeat images and some colouring with Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers. All the main products I'm using today come from the Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Place Suite that you can find in the 2020 Aug - Dec Mini Catalogue. 


I first started with the colouring of the Poinsettia for my card. First, the image was stamped with the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Thick Cardstock. If you are ever colouring with the Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers the Whisper White Thick Cardstock is the best one to use. With any other cardstock, the 'ink' from the Alcohol Markers will just bleed and run and will create one hot mess of your beautiful work. To colour the Poinsettias I've used the Poppy Parade Light and Dark Blends Combo and then added to that too the Dark Flirty Flamingo to get that beautiful graduation in colour from dark to light. The centres I used the Mango Melody Dark and Light Blends Combo.


Once the beautiful seasonal blooms were coloured I've die-cut them with the Poinsettia Dies and then adhered them on to cardstock. I wanted the Poinsettia to have the stitched outline on it as well as the square die-cut behind it, that is why I adhered it to cardstock first rather than just glueing the Poinsettia to a square piece that had been die-cut out first.


I've then layered the square pieces over a layer of the so very beautiful Plush Poinsettia Speciality Paper and then that has been layered on to some Whisper White Cardstock. Have use seen the Plush Poinsettia Speciality Paper yet? The flocked designs on white vellum look so beautiful as a background or layered over patterned paper. And I've seen today that you can colour the flocking designs using Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers for an even prettier and more beautiful paper.

 The card has then been finished off with some linen thread, Beaded Pearls, and the Merry Christmas Sentiment that has been embossed on Basic Black Cardstock and then fussy cut around.

I'm loving the beautiful simplicity of this card and also the gorgeous contrast between the bright red and the fresh, crisp white.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration with this weeks sketch challenge and that you will come and join in this week's creative fun! Make sure you check out the Just Add Ink Blog to see the rest of the amazing projects from the JAI Design Team. Can't wait to see what your creations will be!

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Stampin Fancy Friday | Sketch Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome, welcome! It's so good to have you here. I have a project for you for the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team. This month is a sketch challenge and if you've been around here for a while you would know that I love a sketch challenge!


This sketch is basic in its design and layout, but enough to get those creative ideas going and that creative brain working. I've actually made three cards with the sketch rather than just the one. I got on a bit of a roll and then the ideas just kept coming.
All my three cards today incorporate the sketch and also the Banner Blooms Dies from the Artistry Blooms Suite in the Stampin' Up! '20 - '21 Annual Catalogue.


My first card today starts with a neutral feel layering Whisper White, Basic Black, and Crumb Cake Cardstock. The Crumb Cake layer is then embossed with my all-time favourite goes with any project Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. If there was only one embossing folder that you could get then I would say get that one! Over the embossed layer, I've added some Basic Black splatters but flicking the brush end of the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.


Next comes the embellishment layers. To start the layering I've used one of the Forever Gold Laser Cut Speciality pieces. The neutral layers with touches of gold is just such a gorgeous and classic look. Next over that is some strips of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper with some pieces of Gold Cord from the Wonder of the Season Ribbon combo pack and some Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim. Over the ribbon and trim are some layers of Vellum and Shimmery White Cardstock die-cut with the Layering Circles Dies and the Banner Blooms Dies. How pretty is the Banner Blooms Die, die-cut on Shimmery White, and then layered on the Shimmery White cardstock circle. Makes for a beautiful tone on tone look. Last and by no means least is one of the In Good Taste wooden elements, some linen thread, and the sentiment cut from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set.


I was on a roll creating with this sketch that I created two more cards for you. My next card uses the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper to start with. Because this DSP is so bright and bold it really doesn't need much else to go with it. I have embossed it though with the Subtle 3D embossing folder to add some more texture.


I've really pulled back on this card as opposed to the first card because the DSP and the Whisper White and Vellum die cut circle and Basic Black Banner Blooms Die makes for a beautiful contrast. I've finished off the card with some Linen Thread, Magenta Madness Ribbon and some of the Artistry Blooms Adhesive Backed Sequins.


For my last card, I've turned the sketch horizontal. This time I've started with a Shimmery White base and then added colour from there starting with some splatters flicked from the Magenta Madness Stampin' Write Marker.


This time I've used Basic Black for the circle element and then layered some of the Rainbow Glimmer Paper, die-cut with the Banner Blooms Die. I wasn't so sure of the Rainbow Glimmer paper when I first saw it in the Stampin' up! Annual Catalogue but when paired with the right products it really is gorgeous! And the best thing about using this glimmer paper is that the glitter stays on the paper and doesn't go everywhere else!


All finished off with some ribbon, trim, Magenta Madness In Color Enamel Dots, and a sentiment from A Wish for Everything Stamp Set.

I really love that with the one sketch you can create three different looks. Check out the rest of the sketch creations that the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team has made on the Stampin' Fancy Friday Instagram Account. This is where all their creations will be shared throughout the month, so make sure that you are following them to get all of the amazing ideas!

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | Peace & Joy

Hello, there dear stamping friends! It's so good to have you here. Welcome to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. We are getting very festive for you today with projects using the Peace & Joy Bundle from the Stampin' Up! 2020 Aug - Dec Mini Catalogue. I know this bundle is on lots of people's wish lists, so I hope that we can give you some inspiration for all different styles of crafting.

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The Peace & Joy Bundle includes the Peace & Joy Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Joy Dies. The stamp set helps you to send our warmest Christmas wishes with hand made cards and the Joy Dies to help you to create fun layered die cut words. These dies include the words 'Joy', 'Peace', and 'Bright'. Use them on cards, scrapbook pages, and other projects.  By purchasing these two products together you save 10% as opposed to purchasing these two items separately. Everyone loves a saving!

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I've got three projects for you today. I've used traditional red and green Christmas colours and then incorporated Crumb Cake as well. Two using the stamp set and the dies together and then one showing how you can use just the stamp set on its own.


My first card for you today I've started with a fun Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake Striped Background. I first put the stripes on a larger piece of cardstock and then die cut the piece with the Rectangle Stitched Dies. To give the base layers a more festive feel I flicked Clear Wink of Stella all over the front for a beautiful glittery shimmer. It's hard to pick it up in the photo but it looks so pretty!


Using the images from the Peace & Joy stamp set I've created a fun wreath. I've stamped one of the leaf images in Shaded Spruce Ink and then fussy cut them out and then arranged them in a circle. I then stamped the 'Holly' leaf image in Garden Green Ink and then arranged those on the wreath. The 'Holly Berries' are from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels. The jewels add more again to the festive feel. All finished off with layers from the Joy Dies. If you are after some gold thread for your projects separate the Gold Cording from the Wonder of the Season Ribbon Combo Pack and pull out the individual strands. 


My second card uses all the leaf images from the Peace & Joy Stamp Set to make a fun leafy border. I've used Shaded Spruce, Old Olive, Garden Green, and Mossy Meadow for the leaf images. Some are stamped in full strength and others are stamped off once. This creates lots of variation in colour and some different looks in colours. I've then used Cherry Cobbler stamped off once for the holly berries.


To add more texture to the stamped layer I've embossed it with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. I love this folder. Can you tell? The gorgeous texture that it gives is stunning and it goes with any project. I've then finished the card off with some layers of Shimmery White cut with the Rectangle Stitched dies and then the Peace embossed on the top layer with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder.


My last project is a quick gift tag. I've used the Stitched Nested Label Dies for the tag shape and then embossed it with the Subtle 3D embossing folder. To add to all the gold touches I swiped the edges of the tag on the Versamark Ink Pad and then embossed the edges with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.


Add a statement ribbon to the tag and some layers of the Joy dies and you've got yourself a quick gift tag to pretty up any Christmas gift.


I do hope that I've given you some more ideas on using this fantastic bundle and some new ways to use these amazing products. Put this bundle on your next order and you won't be disappointed. Contact me today on how you can place your order.

Next up on this festive hop is my Artisan buddy Stesha Bloodhart in the U.S. You are sure to be WOWed by her projects. The projects she makes are always amazing and I'm always in awe of her ideas. There are so many amazing projects with this suite. I do hope that you take the time to check out all 16 blogs. We have so much to show you so I don't want you to miss out!

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Just Add Ink #518 | Just Add 'T'

Hello there stamping friends! I hope that you are having a fantastic week and a fabulous day! It's Friday, so that means it's time for another Just Add Ink Challenge
This week it's one of our much-loved letter challenges - Just Add 'T'. You are only limited by your imagination as to what you could do to incorporate the letter 'T' into your creations.


I've gone with a fun fold card for our 'Just Add T' theme - Triangle Trifold Card. Say Triangle Trifold 10 times and I'm sure you'll get tongue-tied! I found the tutorial for this card HERE on Splitcoast Stampers if you want to make it also.  The finished card ends up being a 4" x 4" square, so if you don't tie a large bow on the side, you can still put it in a regular envelope to post.

I've started with an Early Espresso base cut at 4" x 12" and scored at 4" and 8" on the long side. Here's where things get a little tricky, to get the triangle fold you need to score the right and the left flap on the diagonal (from point to point) making sure the diagonal score on the left and right sides both go in the same diagonal direction. Prefold on all the score lines and fold together so that the 2 triangle flaps on either side meet in the middle.


I've decorated the front of the card with products from the gorgeous mega-suite, Wonder of the Season, from the Stampin' Up! 2020 Aug - Dec Mini Catalogue.  If you love the traditional reds and greens for your Christmas Cards and Christmas Projects then this is the suite for you. I've layered Shaded Spruce and Garden Green Cardstock on the front and then added on top of that some of the 'Tis The Season DSP with the gorgeous green star pattern. On top of that, I've also added some of the woodgrain DSP from the In Good Taste DSP pack that is found in the Annual Catalogue. The woodgrain pattern adds to the rustic, vintage feel of the Wonder of the Season products.


When making any card its fun to make it more special by embellishing the inside as well. Use the same products that you've used on the front of the card makes for a beautifully coordinated look.


 On the front of the card is the beautiful Shaded Spruce Argyle Satin Ribbon to hold the card closed. This stunning ribbon also comes with some Gold Cording for the Wonder of the Season Ribbon Combo pack. When these two items are used together it makes for a stunning, festive look. So pretty!


Over the ribbon is one of the labels from the Hippo & Friends Dies. I die cut the label out of Shimmery White cardstock and then left the die on the die-cut piece to create a 'border'. I then sponged over the die-cut label with Sahara Sand ink for a soft sponged look. Over that, I've splattered some Clear Wink of Stella for a Shimmery, Glittery look. Don't all Christmas Cards need some shimmer?
To finish the card off I've layered some bits and pieces from the stamp sets, dies, and DSP from the Wonder of the Season Suite. The 'Merry Christmas' comes from the Poinsettia Palace Stamp Set. The Merry Christmas is perfect to stamp and then heat emboss and then to cut around the words.

Please head on over to the Just Add Ink Blog, where you can find the rest of the Design Teams projects. We hope that you'll come and join us in this week's Challenge for Just Add 'T'. Can't see what you will come up with! 

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Just Add Ink #517 | Sketch Challenge

Hello there stamping friends. Hope you are all safe and well. It's been a crazy few days here in Melbourne with the return of tighter restrictions, cerfews and people ordered to stay at home, workforces closed down in a hope to reduce the Covid-19 spread that has been happening. I'm a bit of home body anyway, so I don't mind staying at home. Gives me more time to craft and create. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have a creative outlet while at home.

Speaking of getting creative it's time again for another Just Add Ink challenge, Just Add Ink #517 - Sketch Challenge.


This sketch is basic in its design and layout, but enough to get those creative ideas going and that creative brain working. I've gone for a Christmas card today using products from the new 2020 Aug - Dec Mini catalogue, formerly know as the Holiday Catalogue.

Most of the products used today come from the Wonder of the Season Suite. This is what is considered a Mega Suite with two Stamp and die bundles, two different DSP's, Memories and More Card Pack, Memories and More Cards and Envelopes, Ribbons and Embellishments. By getting this suite, you have all that you need to make and mass produce your Christmas cards.


My take on this weeks sketch is a little more subtle by cuting a line through all the layers to create the angled line in the card, as per the sketch. I've started with a Cherry Cobbler card base and then picked a Cherry Cobbler DSP pattern, from the 'Tis the Season 6" x 6" DSP to coordinate with Cherry Cobbler Cardstock. Over that is a piece of DSP from the In Good Taste DSP and then a piece from the Wonder of the Season Specialty DSP.  Lots of layers really make for a special look.


Next of the card is a cluster of accents to embellish the card. I've used some pieces from the Wonder of Season Ribbon Combo Pack, Linen Thread and some strips of the 'Tis the Season 6" x 6" DSP. Over that is the die cut bells from the Sounds of the Season Dies. These bells have been die cut in the beautiful new Brushed Metallic Cardstock. This Brushed Metallic Cardstock is super gorgeous and I love the ultra smooth finish that it has.


How gorgeous are these die cut bells? I'm loving them. The leaves and holly berries are die cut out and come out in little pieces. I love them still in so to keep them staying in I added some tear and tape on the back to hold these small pieces in. I mustn't have used enough tear and tape on the middle one, and one of the holly berries fell out just as I had finished the card. Oh well it has to stay that way now. I've finished off the card with some branches also cut from the Sounds of Season Dies, in Shaded Spruce and Garden Green cardstock, and some of the Wonderful Gems. The Merry and Christmas come from the Peace & Joy Stamp Set.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration for this weeks sketch challenge and that you will come and join in the creative fun.Make sure that you check out the Just Add Ink Blog to see the rest of the gorgeous projects from the JAI Design Team. We hope you'll join us and create your own card using this week's sketch. We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week to see your fabulous projects.

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