Friday, October 19, 2018

Just Add Ink #431 | Sketch Challenge

Hello crafters and stamping friends! Welcome to the new challenge that we have for you over at Just Add Ink #431. We have a fabulous sketch, suggested by DT member Tina. It's a pretty straight forward sketch and really you are only limited by your imagination.
https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2018/10/just-add-ink-431sketch.html
I bought the Dashing Deer Bundle, from the Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue, a few weeks ago and have been wanting to create with it for a little bit now and this weeks sketch was the perfect opportunity. I've gone with a metallic and rustic look for today's card. Using the Wood Textures DSP for the base of the card with Early Espresso, Merry Merlot, Gray Granite and Copper for the colour combo. Its a gorgeous deep, rich and luxe colour combo.


I cut out the piece of Wood Textures DSP, sponged Early Espresso Ink around the edges and then layered it on Early Espresso cardstock.  Over the Wood Textures I've used a strip of the Joyous Noel DSP. The Merry Merlot colour goes fantastically with the Early Espresso colour. I'm really loving this colour combo.


I've layered a piece of Vellum over the Joyous Noel strip, that I die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and then embossed with the Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder. Over the Vellum is another DSP pattern from the Joyous Noel DSP.  The deer pattern from the DSP is a good match to the Dashing Deer Bundle, don't you think?


For the deer, I've gone with a tone on tone look by using Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder on Copper Foil Sheets and then this Copper picks up the Copper Foil in the DSP patterns. How beautiful are the swirly antlers on the deer? Really gives a elegance and Christmas feel to the deer. 

While I changed up some of the elements of the sketch I really love all the layers and elements that brought this card together and anything with beautiful metallic elements and you've got me.

You can see what the rest of the team has done with this sketch challenge at the Just Add Ink blog. How will you join in the fun with us this week?

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TGIF Challenges | #tgifc181 Sketch Challenge | Snowflake Showcase

Hello there stamping and crafting friends! Welcome, welcome! I'm joining in with this weeks challenge over at TGIF Challenges #tgifc181. Its a gorgeous sketch with lots of layering elements which just screams 'Rochelle' but as with most sketches I've changed it up. I've turned the sketch on its side while still trying to keep the same design elements as what the sketch has.


Today I'm using some products from the Snowflake Showcase Special Release, which is on pre-order now for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and will be available for customers to purchase 1st - 30th November 2018. There are two fabulous stamp sets, one amazing set of Thinlits, Snowflake Trinkets and the beautiful White Velvet Paper which is like a whole sheet of flocked paper. The whole showcase is just AMAZING! Check out the flyer at the bottom of the post to see all the fabulous products. I've used on my card today the Snow is Glistening Stamp Set, Snowfall Thinlits, White Velvet Paper and the Snowflake Trinkets.


I started with the spotty image from the stamp set that looks like snow falling and stamped a boarder around the Pool Party cardstock with Whisper White ink. The Pool Party piece is layered on a piece of DSP from the All is Bright Designer Series Paper. The white card base is just Shimmery White cardstock.


How gorgeous is the white snowflake? Super pretty and super soft! It's really hard to tell but it has been die cut out of the new White Velvet Paper. It is just stunning. This is one paper that you will have to see in real life just to touch it for that beautiful velvet feel. 


The smaller snowflakes come from the same thinlits set as the larger one, Snowfall Thinlits Dies. There are 20 dies in this set and they are perfect for layering. Some of the dies even die cut around some of the images from the two new stamp sets. So versatile. I've used some of the smaller snowflake dies, cut them out of Pool Party cardstock, sponged the edges with Whisper White Ink and then coloured over them with Clear Wink of Stella. The subtle shimmer of the Clear Wink of Stella goes perfectly with the subtle shimmer of the Shimmery White cardstock base.

The card is then finished off with the sentiment from the Snow is Glistening Stamp set, embossed in Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, White Solid Baker's Twine, Braided Linen Thread, Copper Metallic Thread, Metallic Assortment Sequins and the Snowflake Trinket. All just so pretty!

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Available for customers to purchase 1st - 30th November 2018



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Stamp to Share Internatinal Design Team Blog Hop | Frosted Floral

Hello stamping friends! Welcome to this months Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop. This blog hop we are creating with products from my second favourite Bundle/Suite in the Stampin' Up!® 2018 Holiday Catalogue -  First Frost Bundle and the Frosted Floral Suite.




Any stamp set and DSP with flowers or a floral look and you've got me and this First Frost Bundle and Suite has completely got me. It's just gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. The soft and dreamy florals have a frosted look that you can usenot only in the Festive Season but all year long.

For my card today I've made a Napkin Fold card with a gorgeous belly band. The actual card shows off some of the stunning Frosted Floral Specialty DSP and the belly band show cases the stamp set, framelits and the beautiful Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon. 


For how to make this Napkin Fold card I followed a few different tutorials that I had saved on one my Pinterest boards. I mainly followed this one for the actual measurements. It really is quite an easy card to score and fold but once all folded together, decorated and embellished, looks quite intricate.


The 'brown' card base is a 12" x 12" sheet of Soft Suede from the Neutrals 12' x 12'" Cardstock Assortment Pack, trimmed down to 11" x 11". I then scored and folded the Soft Suede into the Napkin Fold Card and then accented with the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP.  The DSP has some beautiful and elegant textured designs printed on shimmery white paper for that gorgeous subtle shimmer. Oh its so pretty! The photos here and in the Stampin' Up!® 2018 Holiday Catalogue don't do it justice. This is one DSP pack that you have to see in real life! So get it TODAY!!!


The belly band starts with the actual band made out of Blushing Bride cardstock, and then stamped on that is the long 'leaf' image from the First Frost stamp set, stamped in Blushing Bride Classic Ink, for that tone on tone look. Then on that is layers of ribbon, trim, die cuts and stamped images, most from the Frosted Floral Suite but not all.


To open the card you just take off the belly band and then just pull two flaps from two opposite corners and, the way the card has been folded and the mechanics of the folds, the card should just 'pop' and unfold to open.


On the inside of the card, each triangle has been accented with the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP and then the centre panel is to write your sentiment. You could stamp and embellish the centre panel for even more of a WOW and a special card. To make the card even more special you could make a co-ordinating envelope using the Envelope Punch Board. 


I love the mix of the dark neutral card base, the bright purple in the DSP and then the contrast of the soft colours in the belly band bringing the whole card together. Pretty, well it is to me. Check out my card here that I made also with the First Frost Bundle for more First Frost ideas.

For even more First Frost creations check out the fabulous creations from the fabulous Amy Koenders. She always has something amazing in store and I'm sure today is not exception!

https://wp.me/p2SFwf-c4m


 Moira McIlroy - France
Nadine Koeller - Germany
 Paula Dobson - New Zealand
Rochelle Blok - Australia - You are here

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Just Add Ink #429 | Just Add Vellum

Hello there stamping and crafting friends! It's Friday and that means two things. It's nearly the weekend, YAY, and we have a new challenge over at Just Add Ink | Just Add Vellum. Vellum would have to be one of my most favourite and most used papers and it goes with just about everything!

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2018/10/just-add-ink-429vellum.html

I've used the vellum today by not only embossing it for added texture but using it to tone down busy DSP's and to give a softer look.  This is my most favourite way to use vellum.


I've used the products from the Stampin' Up! Festive Farmhouse Suite in the 2018 Holiday Catalogue, I really love the tartan/plaid pattern but found with all the layering of the ribbon,trim and embellishments it was all getting too much. So its the vellum to the rescue! You can still see the pattern from the DSP coming through the vellum but now it's got a much softer look.


Vellum is fabulous to emboss for some more added elements and texture. You may find though with the newer Stampin' Up! Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that the vellum may crack. It really will just be though a process of trial and elimination as to what Embossing Folders work and what doesn't.


Check out more inspiration on the Just Add Ink Blog to see how the rest of the team used vellum in their creations. Come and play along with the design team, we'd love to see how you incorporated vellum into your cards this week.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Global Design Project #GDP158 | Sketch Challenge

Hello there crafting friends! If you are an avid follower of my blog you may have noticed that it was a little quiet around here. I've been away with my family for a week on a little holiday and then my kids are also on their Spring School Holidays so that leaves not so much crafting and creating time for me. I did manage to get in a few hours of crating time while the kids were watching a movie so I'm feeling better that I got some 'crafting me time' in.

Today I'm playing along with the fun sketch over at the Global Design Project #GDP158. Of all the card challenges out there a sketch challenge is my very favourite.

And yes I'm crafting with the Joyous Noel DSP and the Peaceful Noel Stamp set. The products from this suite have really gotten a workout from me. It makes it so easy to create and craft when the products are so fabulous and gorgeous!


I've pretty my followed the sketch to the 'T',so not like me at all, with a Gray Granite card base and then layering of the Gray Granite cardstock and the Gray Granite DSP piece with the beautiful copper foil in the print. Over that is an embossed piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock and then the Tranquil Tide DSP piece over that. 
Tranquil Tide has really been a standout colour for me this year so far in my Christmas creations and is perfect with Merry Merlot for those deep, rich and luxe Christmas cards.


Teamed up with all the different pieces of DSP is some of the Joyous Noel 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper that comes in three colours - Tranquil Tide, Merry Merlot and Copper. There is a little bit of the Tranquil Tide Glimmer Paper just peeking out the bottom of the embossed piece and then the snowflakes are in the Copper Colour. Pretty!! 


The card is then finished with some images from the Peaceful Noel stamp set, that I cut out with my Scan 'N' Cut, and some Copper Metallic Thread. The only thing that I did change up was the placement of the sentiment to suit the look of my card.

I really think that the sketches from the sketch challenges are really the starting point to your creation and any changes that you happen to make are really just your creative interpretation of the sketch. As long as you keep the basic design principles.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Just Add Ink #427 | Just Add 'K'

Welcome, welcome! Hello there stampers and fellow papercrafters. It's tine for a new challenge over at Just Add Ink. This week its Just Add 'K'.

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2018/09/just-add-ink-427just-add-k.html

I certainly found this challenge a bit of a challenge and they don't call them challenges for nothing. They are meant to expand our creativity and our creative process and this challenge really did. I don't have any stamp sets or paper packs that begin with 'K', so I did a bit of a search for papercrafting techniques that begin with 'K' and came across Kaleidoscopic Origami, also known as Tea Bag Folding.

I've done a little bit of Origami, and when I say a little bit I really mean not much at all but I really loved the process of the folding and how relaxing and therapeutic it was.

I 've made a Star for my card today using the Kaleidoscopic Origami technique using the All is Bright DSP and keeping with the traditional colours of Christmas using Real Red (Red) and Shaded Spruce (Green).


After watching and folding along with quite a few You Tube tutorials, I followed this one HERE. This is considered a more challenging fold so if you haven't done Origami or Paper folding before you may want to start with something a little easier. 


When using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper for Origami or Paper Folding , you really need to burnish each fold really well with a bone folder. Stampin' Up! DSP is thicker than Origami Paper and if you were to try the folds without running the bone folder over the creases you wouldn't get the nice crisp and clean folds that you need for the overall finished look.


Once all the eight 2" x 2" piece of DSP were folded and then adhered together I then cut a 4"circle with my Scan N Cut, to put behind the Star. Randomly stamped on the circle is the word 'Merry' from the Merry Christmas to All' stamp set using Crumb Cake ink. Over the stamped words I splatted Crumb Cake ink from a Stampin' Write Marker and to create some added elements I also added some Braided Linen Thread and some Gold Metallic Thread. All finished of with the die cut Merry and then the stamped label and Christmas from the Merry Christmas to All bundle.

While the actual card is quite CAS (Clean an Simple) for me, I'm loving the detail and all the elements that the Kaleidoscopic Origami Star gives. It really is a statement piece on the card and really gives that WOW effect. Well I think it does.

If you haven't tried Origami before, why not give it a go with and practice with some thinner paper like printer paper and then when you are more confident move on to folding Stampin' Up! DSP.


Check out more inspiration on the Just Add Ink Blog and see what their Just Add 'K' was. Lots of different ideas and techniques for you. Come and play along with the design team, we'd love to see what your Just Add 'K' is.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop | Peaceful Noel

Hello there stampers! Welcome to the September Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop. We have a very festive blog hop for you today showcasing the Peaceful Noel Bundle from the Stampin' Up!® 2018 Holiday Catalogue.


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 seen the Stampin' Up!® 2018 Holiday Catalogue yet? It's been live for customers to purchase from just over a week now and I think it's AMAZING!!! There is really something for every type of papercrafter in this catalogue and suites and themes to cover every different taste! If you haven't yet seen the catalogue I can get a copy to you (Australian Residents), just contact me, or check out the PDF of the catalogue here.

The Peaceful Noel Bundle/Joyous Noel Suite would have to be my most favourite in the Holiday Catalogue! The DSP in this suite is just beautiful, the Snowflakes and Stars Wire Elements are gorgeous and the Joyous Noel 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper is stunning in the Copper, Merry Merlot, Tranquil Tide colours and they really add an amazing sparkle to any Christmas creation.



Today I've made a card, and because the embellishments on the front stand out quite a bit I also made an Envelope Box to put the card in, using the Envelope Punch Board. This is one of those special Christmas Cards that you have to hand deliver to the recipient, to one of those special people in your life who you make that 'special' Christmas Card for.


I've used Merry Merlot as the card base and then used one of the more subtle patterns from the Joyous Noel 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper. This DSP has gorgeous seasonal designs on one side and beautiful copper foil accents on the other. I was going to use the opposite side of this pattern with the Copper Foil Snowflake accents but it was far too busy with the layers and embellishments that I wanted to use.


On either side of the Noel banner I've layered 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Burlap Ribbon, Merry Merlot & Copper 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Reversible Ribbon, Tranquil Tide Glimmer Paper from the Joyous Noel 6" X 6" Glimmer Paper and then punched with the Sprig Punch, an image from the Peaceful Noel Stamp Set, Copper Metallic Thread and then the Snowflake & Stars Wire Elements. With all that layering it really makes for a very embellished card, thus the need for the Envelope Box.


Even though this is the envelope for the card it can still be 'prettied' up and embellished too. To turn the envelope into a box I followed this You Tube Clip here which shows you how you can turn any envelope into a box for any of your creations using the Envelope Punch Board. You could use the Envelope Box to put in several thinner cards and envelopes and give them as a gift set.


I used Tranquil Tide cardstock for the belly band and then tied a piece of the Braided Linen Trim around the whole box. This linen trim then helps to tie the tag onto the front as well. Again using the stunning Joyful Noel DSP I die cut the second larges Stitched Shape Circle for my tag and then used the Tranquil Tide Glimmer Paper and the Tranquil Tide card stock and punched out some sprigs with the Sprig Punch.


The box with the gorgeous tag is like a gift in itself. How pretty is the Copper Embossing with all of the other Copper elements? So Gorgeous!


If you would like to see some more projects with the Peaceful Noel Bundle, check out these creations I made a few weeks ago here. Lots more fun ideas to use this fabulous bundle.

Now on to the amazing and fabulous Amy Koenders in the U.S.A. She has some festive creations to show you.

 https://wp.me/p2SFwf-bUL

Amy Koenders - U.S.A
Cathy Caines - Canada
Moira McIlroy - France
Nadine Köller - Germany
Paula Dobson - New Zealand
Rochelle Blok - Australia - You are here


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Sunday, September 9, 2018

ESAD 2018 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello there crafters and stamping friends! Today myself and my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends from the Facebook Group ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) are showing you lots of fabulous creations and ideas from the ALL NEW Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue.


Have you seen the new Catalogue yet? It's full of amazing goodies and crafty yumminess!! If you haven't seen it check it out at my demonstrator page here or even better if you would like a copy of the catalogue, contact me and I'll get a copy to you.

I wouldn't want you to miss out on the amazingness that is the 2018 Holiday Catalogue! So grab a cuppa, put your feet up and get ready for lots of Holiday creations and ideas!

My cards today come from the super fun Santa's Workshop suite, found on pg. 18 of the Holiday Catalogue. I don't normally go for the cutesy Santa sets but this one really caught my eye. Especially since its a fabulous set to colour, either with the Stampin' Blends, Watercolour Pencils or using an Aqua Painter and picking up the ink. I've used the Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers and Incorporated some of the new colours that are in the Holiday Catalogue.


Don't they look so fun all together? Very fun and Christmassy!
All the cards use some or all the images from the Signs of Santa stamp, some of the patterns from the Santa's Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper and some of the Santa's Workshop Enamel Shapes. Also in this suite used on two of the cards is the Poppy Parade 1/2" (1.3 Cm) Textured Weave Ribbon and the Garden Green & White Baker's Twine. Lots of fun products in this suite.



This first card started with the 'Compass' image embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder embossed on the Whisper White cardstock and then the circles layered over top of that. The top vellum circle tones down the bright Poppy Parade DSP and give it a softer look with out being too in your face.



The second card tries to utilize all the characters in the stamp set for a fun Santa scene. The Softly Falling Embossing Folder, used on the Whisper White layer really gives the look of falling snow and adds to the whole 'North Pole' look.



The last card uses the 'snowflake' type dies to create a faux embossed look. Die cutting the pieces in the same colour as the background layer really makes it look like the layer is embossed, when all you've done is adhered the die cut pieces to it. I brushed Clear Wink of Stella over the 'snowflakes' but it's quite hard to pick up in the photo.


It was so fun to colour in these images from the Signs of Santa stamp set. Really made for a relaxing colouring session and a great time to de-stress. To see all the colours used make sure you check out the List of products at the bottom of the post.

Next on the hop is the fabulous Lauren Meiklejohn. Make sure you click on the next button to follow the hop around and to see Lauren's amazing creations!

https://laurenmeiklejohn.wordpress.com/2018/09/09/esad-2018-holiday-catalogue-blog-hop



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