Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mojo Monday Challenge #356

Its a new challenge over at Mojo Monday. This week its Tall and Skinny with a sketch.

This is my card for the challenge.
I've used the Gold Soiree Speciality DSP. That is stunning paper! Love it!
This card is now off to a friend of mine who is struggling with things at the moment. Hopefully it cheers her up a little.
 Thanks for Looking!
Have Fun and Happy Stampin'

Products Used
Stamps - Gifts Of Kindness, Hello Darling
Ink - Garden Green, Versa Mark, Crisp Cantaloupe
Cardstock - Garden Green, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Vellum
DSP - Gold Soiree Speciality
Other - Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Circles Collection Framelits, Linen Thread, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Stampin' Emboss, Heat Tool, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Mine Metallic Clothespins

First Colour of Perfect Peacock

Just a quick post today! Yes the Blendabilites are out again! I've been wanting to colour the Perfect Peacock stamp for a few weeks now and I wanted to show you my first go at it! It is a stunning stamp and once you get the hang of it, it really isn't as hard as it looks!

I'm really happy with the way it turned out! I think you'll be seeing a lot more of this one from me!
Love it! Now to turn it into a card!

Thanks for Looking!
Have Fun and Happy Stampin'

Products Used
Stamps - Perfect Peacock
Cardstock - Whisper White
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Blendabilities - Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy

Saturday, July 26, 2014

ESAD 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

The new Annual Catalogue in the Australia and New Zealand is here! It has been live in the South Pacific for nearly a month now and I hope you all love it as much as I do!

To mark this fantastic occasion of a new catalogue my lovely friends on the Facebook ESAD group decided we should do a Blog Hop to showcase some of the new fantastic products.

You may have joined me from Norelle Targato's blog or started here with me. Either way you are in for a treat to see the creativity and imagination of myself and 23 other fellow Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators. So grab your beverage of choice, get comfortable and get set for the hop!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and
blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD
Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

I'm no. 22 on the hop and I'm so glad you could join us!

The cards that I have made for the hop are using some of the products that, when I first saw the new Annual Catalogue, I thought I have to have that!
The first card uses the I Love Lace background stamp (Pg 175 Annual Catalogue)
I love all things pretty and lacy and this ticks both of those boxes! Don't you just love the new In Colour Lost Lagoon too!
I embossed the stamp with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. It took me a few go's to get it because the stamp is so detailed but it looks stunning embossed! I also embossed the Birthday Wishes sentiment. I put that on vellum so you could still see the I Love Lace stamp and it wasn't covered up too much.
The next card uses some of the paper from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (Pg. 185 Annual Catalogue)
It's pretty, its  girly, it's flowery. All the things I love.
There are 48 sheets in the stack: 4 of 12 double-sided designs. The stack measures 11.4cm x 16.5cm so it is perfect for card fronts and smaller projects.
The last product for my blog post that I went WOW about in the new Annual Catalogue is the Decorative Masks (Pg. 205 Annual Catalogue)
You place the mask over your project and you can either spritz, sponge, trace or emboss with the mask to create beautiful background.
I've sponged the Gold Encore Metallic Ink on the mask with a sponge dauber. To keep the gold theme going I cut out the star with the new Star Framelits and then stuck down the Gold Sequins from the Sequin Trim under the star cut out.
It's so sparkly!
I hope you enjoyed what I had to show you in this hop. Click Here for Clare's Blog, the next stop on our hop. I am sure you will find lots of ideas from Clare to inspire you. In case you get lost or there are broken links just come back here for the full list of ESAD ladies taking part in this hop.
22. Rochelle Blok - You are here!
Don't forget to leave a comment as you go along the blog hop. We love to know what you think about the things we have been creating.
Have Fun and Happy Stampin'

Products Used
Stamps - I Love Lace, Itty Bitty Banners, Kinda Eclectic
Ink- Mossy Meadow, Strawberry Slush, Gold Encore Metallic Ink, Versa Mark
Cardstock - Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Vellum
DSP - All Abloom
Other - Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Star Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Linen Thread, Venetian Crochet Trim, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Bakers Twine, Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Mini Metallic Clothespins, Essential Wooden Elements, Candy Dots, Candy Dots Brad Bases, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Hearts and Stars Decorative Masks, Sponge Daubers, Heat Tool

Saturday, July 19, 2014

For You Blendabilites

This is my last card (for now LOL!) on my Blendabilites Series. The will be more because I just received a shipment of stamps that are perfect for using the Blendabilites! I can't wait to have a play!

This card uses the Hostess only stamp set Bloom with Hope and I've coloured them in this time using the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilites.

The 'For You' sentiment is also from a Hostess only set called Hello There.
The colour combination of the card is one suggested by the new 2014 - 2016 In Colour Colour Coach Cards. The colours are Blackberry Bliss, Soft Sky. It also suggested Mossy Meadow but I used a bit of Old Olive instead. So if you ever get stuck for what colours to put together have a look at the Stampin' Up! Colour Coach and I'm sure it will help you with some inspiration.
Thanks for Looking!
Have fun and Happy Stampin'!

Products Used
Stamp Set - Hello There, Bloom with Hope
Ink - Rich Razzleberry Blendabilites, Old Olive Blendabilites, Blackberry Bliss, Soft Sky
Cardstock - Whisper White, Soft Sky, Blackberry Bliss
Designer Series Paper - Moonlight DSP Paper Stack
Other - Blackberry Bliss 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Vintage Faceted Buttons, 1-3/4" Circle Punch

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Starting out with Blendabilites

If your just starting with using the Blendabilites my advice would be to start with the Blended Bloom Stamp. This one only comes in wood mount and is quite reasonably priced at $20.95 (AUD). Get this stamp, a couple of the Blendabilities assortments, the Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Whisper White Cardstock and you're on your way.

The design of the flower is nice and open so it makes it easier for you to put some colour down and start blending. Then as you get more confident you can move up to some of the stamp sets with more intricate designs.
This is the card that I have made using the Blended Bloom. I used the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to colour and blend on the flower image and then used the Kinda Eclectic stamp set for the leaves and the sentiment.
The Cherry Cobbler Blendabilites just come out stunning! Love them!
Get Started with Blendabilities and the Blended Bloom stamp (#135906). Order them from my store HERE (Australia Only) or contact me for more information.
Thanks for Looking!
Have Fun and Happy Stampin'!

Products Used
Stamp Sets - Blended Bloom, Kinda Eclectic
Ink - Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight Blendabilites, Mossy Meadow, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock - Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
Other - Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Finishing Touches Edglits, Large Scallop Edgelit, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just Add Ink #222 Colour Challenge

The Stampin' Up! New Annual Catalogue is here and it's so good. Some times when new catalogues start I get a little overwhelmed with all the choices of wonderful products.  I find the best way to get the creative thought process going is to join in some of the challenges in Blog Land.

So this week I have joined in the Just Add Ink Challenge. Click here and you can join in too!

This week is a colour challenge and the colours are ...

This is the card I've made using the colours
I used the new Striped Scallop Thinlit Die. I cut the die 3 times in Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay and Blushing Bride and then stuck back into the cut out die rows of Blushing Bride and Bermuda Bay.
Here's a close up of some of the elements on the card. It did take a bit of time to do but I really like the effect of putting the cut outs back in the die.
Thanks for Looking!
Have fun and Happy Stampin'!

Products Used
Stamp Set - Chalk Talk
Ink - Blushing Bride
Cardstock - Whisper White, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride
Other - Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Striped Scallop Thinlit Die, Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Burlap Ribbon, Circle Punch

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coastal Cabana Vivid Vases

The next card in my Blendabilities series is one using the stamp set Vivid Vases. This is a really gorgeous stamp (what Stampin' Up! stamp isn't LOL!). You can either colour it in or stamp the vases on some Designer Series Paper, cut them out and then paper piece them back on to the vases.

I have coloured in the images this time and I've used the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities.

The Coastal Cabana Blendies were perfect to create a water look. It's a bit hard to see in the photo here but I also put Crystal Effects on the vases to make them look 'wet'. Its a really cool look and is very effective.
This is one of the cards that I wish you could see 'In Real Life' cause the photo just doesn't do it justice.
Thanks for Looking!
Have fun and Happy Stampin'!

Products Used
Stamp Set - Vivid Vases
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities
Cardstock - Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
DSP - 2013 - 2015 Designer Series Paper Stacks, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack
Other - Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bloom with Hope Happy Birthday

The Bloom with Hope Set also has a beautiful 'Happy Birthday' sentiment. I really do like the font that these sentiments are in. They just team perfectly with the stamp images.

For this Bloom with Hope card I stamped and coloured the image twice and then I cut the flowers off the second image and stuck them on the first one with dimensionals to 'raise' the flower up a bit, so it looked like it was coming off the paper.

The flower was coloured in with the Daffodil Delight Blendabilites and I used one of the darker Skin Tone Blendabilites to colour the centre of the flower.
There is some more of the beautiful In Colour 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. This time in the colour Lost Lagoon! I can see me using a lot of that ribbon! Its so nice! And how pretty does the Sequin Trim look on the Burlap Ribbon! Love it!
Thanks For Looking!

Products used
Stamp Set - Bloom with Hope
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight Blenabilities, Skin Tone Blendabilites
Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other - Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Chalk Talk Framelits, 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Lost Lagoon 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bloom with Hope Sympathy

Whenever I make Sympathy cards I like them to have a little pop of colour but not too much so I used the Bloom with Hope stamp set which as a 'With Sympathy' sentiment, coloured the flower image with the Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities and teamed it up with some of the neutral colours.

I've also used some of the beautiful new In Colour 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Tangelo Twist.

Thanks for Looking

Products Used
Stamp Set - Bloom with Hope, Dictionary
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilites
Card stock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other - Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Circle Collection Framelits, 3/8" Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bloom with Hope A Million and One Thanks

I've always loved colouring in stamped images whether it be water colouring with the Aqua painter or using the blender pen so you can probably guess what some of my favourite products are in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Yep! Blendabilities!
So over the next week or so I'm going to feature some of my most recent creations that use the Blendabilities alcohol markers.

There first one uses the hostess set Bloom with Hope. This set lends itself perfectly to being coloured in and to highlight and shade in the image.

I used the Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil sets for the flower image and Old Olive for the leaves.

Because its a hostess set the only way you can get your hands on it is to host a workshop with over $300 (AUD) in sales or put in a $300 (AUD) order and you will get $50 hostess dollars to use on either the hostess only stamp sets or to put towards any in the catalogue that's on you wish list for free.

Contact me to hold a workshop today!

Products Used
Stamp Sets - Bloom with Hope, Million and One
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilites, Daffodil Delight Blendabilites, Old Olive Blendabilites
Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Vellum
Other - Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Candy Dots Brad Bases, Rhinestones Basic Jewels