Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Global Design Project 147 | Theme Challenge I #GDP147 | Stampin' Up! Stitched All Around

Hey there stamping friends! Welcome to my little part of the world wide web, sharing what I love!
Today I'm playing along with this weeks fun theme challenge over at the Global Design Project | #GDP147 - Country/ Farm Life.

The things that I think of when I think of country are timber, rustic, burlap and lace, gingham, linen thread, sewing and stitching and that's what I've tried to incorperate into my card here today, that Country Rustic look.

Fun Fact - I grew up on a dairy farm as a child, living in a big old farm house with those fabulous high celings but was super draughty with us kids having to help around the farm most days (especially in the school holidays). Lots of fond and fun memories of life on the farm with all the cows!


 I started with a piece of the Wood Textures DSP and then embossed it with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder for added texture to the DSP. I love the look embossing folder gives to the DSP to make it look more life like and like real wood. For more fun and texture, because embossing the Wood Textures DSP wasn't enough, I flicked a mixture of Tombow and Water over the DSP using and Aqua painter and then poured Copper embossing powder over. Heat the embossing powder like normal till the powder melts like normal and then you have a fun metallic splattered look.

The big Stitched Label I die cut out of Very Vanilla and then sponged around the edge with Crumb Cake ink for more of that rustic and rugged look. The Cross Stitch stamp has been stamped on the Very Vanilla with Petal Pink ink and then layered over that is Burlap Ribbon, Very Vanilla Lace Trim, Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon (Retired), Petal Pink Metallic Ribbon and a piece from the Frames Elements. Loving the layering of all that ribbon and trim together and how stunning is the Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink colours together. I'm still getting used to the new Colour Revamp, new colour combinations and what goes with what. I'm loving the how these two colours look together though! Pretty!

The Sentiment Circle, saying 'You are my Sunshine, My Only Sunshine' is White embossed on Soft Sea Foam and then layered over that is a  Corrugated Element heart with the heart from the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies and the teeny tiny wooden heart is also from the Frames Elements. All finished of with some Pearls and Rhinestones. Lots of layers and elements but lots of gorgeousness too.

If you want some amazing 'Country' inspiration check out all the fabulousness the Global Design Project team have for us. Gosh they are amazing and have outdone it again this week!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

ESAD Designer Series Paper Buy 3, Get 1 Free Promotion Blog Hop

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to a special blog hop showcasing the fabulous Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, Buy 3 Get 1 Free Promotion that is on for the month of July! Some of us from the Facebook group ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Stampin Up! Demonstrators)
are showing you lots of fabulous creations that you can make using all this amazing paper and give you ideas use this beautiful paper and not to hoard it away. #loveitchopit #loveituseit

Only the Designer Series Papers listed qualify for this promotion. You may mix and match papers from any of the listed papers. So  pick your favourites from the list, get ordering and get creating.

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Some of my favourite DSP packs are the Tropical Escape 6"x6" DSP stack, Petal Promenade DSP, Twinkle Twinkle DSP and of curse the Wood Textures 6"x6" DSP stack that goes with everything!

I've made two Rectangular Origami Boxes with the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper, one sheet of 12"x12" DSP for each. This paper is super cute and just perfect for Baby creations. I've had these boxes pinned in one of my, many, Pinterest Boards for a long time and thought this blog hop showcasing the DSP Promotion would be perfect make them. The most fabulous thing about these boxes that you don't need any adhesive to hold them together. Winning!! 


To see how to make them follow this You Tube tutorial. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy these boxes are! And you don't have to use a full 12"x12" sheet. You just have to make sure that your starting piece of paper is square. Just bare in mind that the smaller the paper you start with the smaller your box will be. Perfect to customise for any gift.


I used the Petal Pink DSP sheet and the Pool Party DSP sheet for a traditional Pink and Blue Baby Gift Box. If you wanted to go for a non-traditional colour for your gift boxes there are some Grey and Green sheets in the DSP pack. I just love these Petal Pink and Pool Party colours for that soft baby look.


Both boxes have a co-ordinating tag and the super cute bunny from the Stampin' Up! A Good Day Stamp Set with the 'Hello' also from that set. The 'Little One' comes from the Stampin' Up! Animal Outing Stamp Set. The belly band strip is just the reverse pattern from both of the sheets of DSP and I think they team up so well together. 


Both boxes have also been finished off with the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, either the Silver & Petal Pink Silver Baker's Twine or Silver & Pool Party baker's Twine and some of the wooden hearts from the Frames Elements.

Why not give these boxes a go? Perfect way to use up some of that DSP that you have too!

I hope that I've given you some inspiration for this months DSP promotion and to use this amazing DSP.

Next on the hop is the awesome Fi Cobbin with her amazing DSP inspired creations. I'm sure she will give some more fabulous ideas to use the Stampin' Up! DSP.


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1. Lou Kitzelman
 2. Kelly Kent
 3. Rochelle Blok - You are here
 4. Fi Cobbin
 5. Delys Cram
6. Sharon Dalton
 7. Kim Oliver
8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
9. Nicole Wilson
10. Peta Stephen 
 11. Jackie Aitken
12. Rebecca Scurr
13. Narelle Fasulo
14. Barbara Williams
15. Maree McIntosh
16. Libby Dyson
 17. Cheryll Miller
 18. Denise Buetler
19. Mandy Depiazzi
         





 
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop | Bouquet Blooms


Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to my small part of the world wide web! We are back with another Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop. You are joining me here in Melbourne, Australia for this part of the hop. This month we are making project with the Bouquet Blooms Bundle.

If you haven't hopped with us before, Stamp to Share is a monthly blog hop featuring Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from the Stampin' Up! markets around the world. Once a month we feature projects made with one Stampin' Up! bundle to inspire you.

Have you got the Bouquet Blooms Bundle yet? Its gorgeous floral photopolymer set with 14 stamps and then the fabulous co-ordinating Gatefold Blossoms Framelits Dies to make a stunning floral Gatefold Card. Just beautiful!



I've used the fun stamp set and some of the die cut pieces for to fun and bright cards for you today! I wanted to go for something bright and fun to pull me out of my mid-winter slump here in Melbourne, Australia and I thing I may have done it.

I've gone with a black and white base and then use some of the gorgeous new 2018 - 2020 In Colours  - Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick for that 'pop' of bright contrasting colour.


I started with the Black and White Base layers using Basic Black cardstock and the black and white patterns from the Tropical Escape 6"x6" DSP stack. I love the subtle pattern on the DSP. They are perfect for any creation and not just with the Tropical Chic products like I've done here.


The gorgeous circle image has been stamped with clear Versamark Ink and then embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. The partial stamping and embossing of the circle on the second card didn't quite turn out how I wanted it to but I love that it isn't quite perfect either. The NQR (Not Quite Right) look adds more to the look of the card and gives it another effect. Sometimes when things don't quite work out the way we want them, why not use it and just see how it turns out. You may actually be surprised with the result.


The big, bold flower is stamped in Grapefruit Grove and then the two smaller flowers are only an outline, so I stamped them with the two colours and while the ink was still wet, brushed over them with an aqua painter to pull some of that ink and 'colour' the flower with a light ink wash.You may be asking 'Where is the die for the leaves'? Well, there isn't one. I cut them with my Scan 'N' Cut or you could fussy cut them too with some Paper Snips. Either way cutting them out makes for a fabulous look and is perfect to layer the flowers with.
 

Both cards are embellished with some of the Grapefruit Grove 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Metallic Thread, Metallic Assortment Sequins and the Pearl Basic Jewels.

How gorgeous are those bright colours together? Certainly making me think of warmer and brighter days!

Now on to gorgeous Amy Koenders in the US for her amazing and inspiring creations! 

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Have you seen how the Gatefold Framelits Dies work? Check out this YouTube Clip from Stampin' Up! for all the tips and trick on how to use these Dies. Once you've got these figured out, they are a cinch!



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Friday, July 6, 2018

Global Design Project 145 | #GDP145 | Colour Challenge

Hi there stamping friends! Thanks for stopping here at my blog. Today I'm playing along with the colour challenge over at the Global Design Project 145 | #GDP145. I'm actually 'killing two birds with one stone' so as to say by entering the GDP challenge by making some tags for some team appreciation gifts.

I love playing along at GDP and I really put this challenge to myself to use this weeks challenge colours as I'm not really an orange or purples person but more of pinks and aquas. So these colours really get me out of my comfort zone.


I only just received this bundle the other day and really wanted to use it straight away! Why let new products sit untouched? I was really drawn to this super pretty bundle with my first look at the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. It just screams my style - pretty, delicate, intricate and all things gorgeous!  

 I die cut the tag out of the stunning marble look DSP from the Petal Promenade DSP. I didn't want a plain Whisper White tag and this soft marble look is perfect with the intricate die cut to not be too busy!


The leaf image I stamped with Sahara Sand ink and then accented the tag with Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Grapefruit Grove 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Mint Macaron Leaf Die Cut and the 'For You stamped in Grapefruit Grove. I stamped the bird with Fresh Fig Classic Ink on Fresh Fig Cardstock and then poured over Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder for some added interest. I didn't like the way the Clear Embossing Powder bubbled up at first but then looking at it I like the way that it gives the bird some texture. I'm all about layers and texture and this 'mistake' just adds to that look that I love.

To finish off the tag I layered the die cut tag over a piece of Grapefruit Grove DSP from the In Color 6"x6" Paper Stack. I'm a huge sucker for stripes and I love the contrast of the bright striped background with the some marble DSP.

Go an check out how the Global Design Project Design Team used this gorgeous colour combo! There is lots to love there, that's for sure!

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Just Add Ink #416 | Just Add a Sketch Challenge

Hello, hello! Thank you for stopping by at my blog here today! Today I bring you my card for the inspiration for you for this weeks challenge over at Just Add Ink. We have a super fun and fabulous sketch for you.


I've changed up the orientation of the sketch so that it is in the portrait orientation rather than the landscape for the only reason being is that I prefer my cards in the portrait orientation.

I'm creating again with the Stampin' Up! Painted Glass Suite. I'm so loving all the products from this suite and I'm loving all different elements and details that all the items from this suite give. Just gorgeous!


The colours for my card today came from the Color Coach file Stampin' Up! put out to demonstrators with the recent Color Revamp as the start of the new 2018 - 2019 Annual Catalogue. I used Merry Merlot, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede and accented the colours with Shimmery White and Basic Black.


To add more texture to the card I've embossed the card layer with the stunning Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. To say 'WOW' at the look this embossing folder gives is an understatement! It's just so gorgeous!. Look out another product I'm going to be using on every card from now on! Ha!


To keep with the design elements of the sketch I layered one of the Stained Glass Dies on some Shimmery White Cardstock with a piece of the Graceful Glass Vellum and the Black 1/8" Cord that goes with the Painted Glass suite products. The spotty DSP comes from the Tropical Escape 6"x6" DSP stack. I loved the little black dots on the DSP and it was a gorgeous contrast to the deep and rich colour of the Merry Merlot. Layered then is a little 'wreath' on the square using the Frames Elements and the gorgeous little bird, black embossed from the Painted Glass Stamp Set.

Click on the colour name to see all the Stampin' Up! Products in these colours

I hope you’ll pop over to the Just Add Ink Blog Site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Fancy Friday Blog Hop | Colour Refresh



Hi there stamping friends! Today we are all about the new Stampin' Up! Colour Refresh.  Our challenge for today's Fancy Friday Blog Hop is to to use NEW or RETURNING colour favorites from the Colour Refresh.

 If you've not hopped with us before, the Fancy Friday team are past and present Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Members. We still love blog hopping together so we have a blog hop once a month with everything fun and fancy and showing what we love!

Have you seen the new and returning colours from the colour refresh? The new and returning colours are just amazing and they fit in so well with the colours that remained. Do you have a favourite yet?


I've got two cards today using some of my all time favourites that have returned (insert happy dance here), Mossy Meadow, Flirty Flamingo and Coastal Cabana. Don't they look gorgeous together?  As well I've added some Basic Black and Silver Elements to finish off the whole look.

You will see a lot of Coastal Cabana in this blog hop, as along with myself, this is one colour that people are super happy it has returned.


Click on the colour name to see all the Stampin' Up! Products in these colours

I felt the Mossy Meadow and Flirty Flamingo colours lead themselves to colouring leaves and flowers so I've use the Petal Palette Stamp Set as the basis for my two cards today and then used the Petals & More Thinlits and the Petal Pair Embossing Folders to accent the cards.


I originally had a whole card front stamped with the dots on the Shimmery White but felt that a whole card front full of dots was too much and then just die cut a portion using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Once the flowers and leaves were coloured it was just a matter of layering the elements together to see how I wanted each item to be arranged on the card. That's how I put 99.9% of my cards together. It's really just a process of laying the card out and the products that I want to use and then pulling out the things that I'm not liking until I happy with the card. I think the way I make cards all stems back to when I first starting paper crafting with scrapbooks and I still go through that similar process when putting my cards together.


For the second card I started with the Flirty Flamingo and Shimmery White Base and then have the white on white die cuts with the little pops of colour. The Coastal Cabana splatters on the Shimmery White die cuts just add another element and give a modern touch to the card.


I just love layering ribbon, trim and embellishments! Sometimes I have to tell myself enough! HA! And yes, I've used the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, again!! It just goes with just about everything! I've also used one of my most favourite techniques at the moment, leaving the pieces in when die cutting! I'm not sure it's really a technique but the effect that it leaves gives the dies so much more versatility to achieve all different looks.


How fresh does the white one white look? It really accents the little pops of colour! Sometimes with the white on white, less is more to really keep that fresh and clean look, which can be just as striking as a card with lots of different elements and embellishments.

I hope that I've given you some inspiration with my colour combo. Why don't you use it in your next cretaion and see what you come up with.

 Now to head 'across the ditch', as we Aussies say, to New Zealand to the ever lovely Susan Wong and her Colour Refresh Colour Combo.
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Friday, June 22, 2018

Just Add Ink #414 | Just Add A Window/Frame

Hello stamping friends! Friday has come again and it's time for the new challenge over at Just Add Ink. This weeks challenge is Just Add a Window/Frame. A fun challenge that might make you think outside the 'square' to create a window or a frame.


I've used the products from Stampin' Up! s Graceful Glass Suite. This suite has that 'Stained Glass' look and feel and is perfect for this weeks challenge. I search through Pinterest for some 'traditional' colours for my 'Stained Glass' window and then coloured in the pieces of the window using Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers.


In the traditional stained glass windows there were lots of Reds, Greens, Yellows, Blues and even touches of Pink. So the Stampin' Blends colours that I used were - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy, all in the Dark and Light colours and the Lovely Lipstick Light Marker, which I was lucky enough to pick up in Sydney at the Stampin' Up! On Stage Event held recently in April just been. The Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Blends Markers aren't available to purchase yet but as soon as they are I'll be here to let you know!


Some of the Dark Stampin' Blends Markers came out quite a lot lighter than what I expected when initially colouring each section. To get the dark colours lighter on the Graceful Glass Vellum I just kept going over each section till I achieved the colour that I wanted. To make the vellum look as much like real stained glass as I could I left some of the sections blank like it would be on a real stained glass panel.


The frame around my 'stained glass' panel is cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and then then inner part of the Stitched Square cut out with the Laying Squares Framelits. The pattern on the black cardstock is one of the Stained Glass Thinlit Dies. I cut 5 of the long 'gate' looking die and then adhered each die cut for a repeating pattern adding to that stained glass look and feel.

I hope you’ll pop over to the Just Add Ink Blog Site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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