Friday, August 10, 2018

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Baby & Kids | Guest Designer


Hello there fellow crafters and stampers. Welcome to my little crafty space where I share what I love and love what I share. Today I'm participating in the Paper Adventures Team Hop, theme baby and kids. My beautiful friend Kelly Kent,  in Bunbury, Western Australia, and her fabulous team have invited me to be a guest for their once a month team blog hop and I am so very honoured to join them.

Today I've made two super cute Mini Accordion Zig Zag Baby Albums, one for a boy and the other for a girl, using the super gorgeous , super cute Stampin' Up! Twinkle Twinkle DSP, for the baby and kids theme. This would have to be my favourite DSP from the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. The colours are stunning and the colour combo in the DSP is perfect for baby boy, baby girl or even unisex  (if you don't know what your having) creations. I know blue for boys and pink for girls is very stereotypical but I like it here for my creations today.

There are many tutorials on Pinterest and You Tube on how to make these albums. I followed this one on You Tube for the measurements but made it my own by using different products from the original and designing the look of the album to my look and style.

I started with the Gray Granite cover and then used the Shimmery White Embossing Paste and the cloud stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. The glitter shimmer in the Embossing Paste just makes the paste all that more pretty and special.


I've embossed  the letters from the Lined Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set on the Twinkle, Twinkle DSP and then die cut them out. The letters look so gorgeous embossed on the DSP and it adds to that cute baby look and feel.


I wanted a small 'hello' to go with the large 'baby' letters and after searching high and low through my stamp sets I found one in the Stampin' Up! Tabs for Everything Stamp Set. Stamped in Gray Granite and then layered with some pieces of the Silver & Petal Pink Baker's Twine and the Silver & Pool Party Baker's Twine.

The rest of the photos show the inside of the album (without photo's in it of course). The larger sections in the pages is where the photos go and then there are two pockets pages in the album for some journalling cards to record any memories or milestones.










The inside front left panel is embellished with some die cuts from the Stitched Labels Dies, the heart from the Twinkle, Twinkle DSP,  the heart from the Corrugated Elements and some hearts from the Frames Elements.

This mini album could make the perfect gift for grandparents for a brag book, or if you take out one of the pocket pages and put a photo on the front inside cover you could put a photo for the each month of the first 12 months of the baby's life, or you could change up the look all together and use the album to record your most recent holiday. The possibles are endless.

Thanks so much for hopping with me and the Paper Adventures team today!
Next on the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons. Go and see what she has to share! THANK YOU Kelly, so much, for the invite to hop with you and your team! 

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Just Add Ink #420 | Just Add Inspiration

Hey there stamping friends! It's time for a new card challenge over at Just Add Ink. It's a bright and fun inspiration picture and has lots of colour.



You might be inspired by one or two colours from the picture or all of them. I've gone with all of them or as many as I could. The colours from the Stampin' Up! Brights Colour Collection seem to fit the colour scheme of the picture and I've teamed them up with the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp set from the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. The Brights Collection make a fabulous rainbow of colour!


I've used the Stamparatus again to make the fun 'rainbow' panel, to stamp the stars down the cardstock. Using the Stampin' Shammy to clean the ink after each colour makes changing the colours when using the Stamparatus a very quick and super easy process. Just ink up, stamp, clean and your done! Literally as quick as that!
 
Even though the inspiration picture is bright and intense, the bright colours that I've used are just a little touch of colour with not being too overpowering as too much.


I've heat embossed the sentiment with White Stampin' Emboss Powder on to Basic Black Cardstock and then die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. 

Tip - When embossing with White Stampin' Emboss Powder, stamp the sentiment or image with Whisper White Craft Ink. The craft ink stays 'wet' for long enough to pour the embossing powder over and if the embossing powder misses any of the stamped image or sentiment then white will come through the missed section and not the cardstock colour when using just Versamark. You get a better end result with the White Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Whisper White Craft Ink.


Are you ready to play in this weeks bright and fun challenge? Check out more inspiration at the Just Add Ink Blog and play along! Happy crafting!

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Global Design Project 148 | CASE the Designer Connie Collins

Hi there stamping friends! Welcome to my little part of the world wide web. Sharing what I love and loving what I share.

I'm playing along with the Global Design Project 148 | CASE the Designer - Connie Collins. Connie is on this years Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team and she makes totally amazing cards! Apart from making amazing cards she is amazing at using many different colouring mediums to colour her images on her creations. I'm always blown away seeing one of her colouring creations!! They are always WOW!!

I was really drawn to the DSP that Connie used, the circle elements on her card, the sponging of the edges, pretty much the whole card. Ha! It is stunning!!


My whole card was going to be a complete different look. I started to use a piece of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper  as a sponging template to sponge Crumb Cake Ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock for a tone on tone look but it wasn't coming out the way that I wanted so that idea was scrapped and I then used the Crumb Cake DSP layer instead and then layered a piece of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, Vanilla side, over the DSP.


I'm a huge lover of layering on my cards and that's what I've got here again today. Most of the items used on this card today come from the Share What You Love Suite in the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue and the cardstock and ink colourings co-ordinate with this suite as well.


I really enjoyed sponging the edges of the DSP and circle layers. I used to do it quite often and haven't for quite some time. I was just drawn to the sponged edges in Connie's card and just love that extra 'something, something' that the sponging gives.


I stamped the flower from the Love What You Do stamp set and, as I've done a few times before, using an aqua painter, pulled the colour around in the flower before the ink dries.  The card is then finished off the the Silver flower and the Tranquil Tide Baker's Twine from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit and some of the gorgeous pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.

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Fancy Friday Blog Hop | Tropical Vibe


 Welcome to this months Fancy Friday Blog Hop. This month we have been challenged is to use one of the stamp sets that have a tropical vibe to them. This includes Climbing Orchid, Animal Expedition, Tropical Chic, Fabulous Flamingo, or Serene Garden all from the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue.

  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!

  Of course I'm using the products from the Tropical Escape Suite which includes my most favourite DSP from the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue, the Tropical Escape 6"x6" DSP stack. I do love a pink and green colour combo as well as the fabulous black and white patterns. It just screams Rochelle!! Just gorgeous!


I've made a fun Blushing Bride Gift bag with a matching card. One of the most fabulous thing about making your own gift packaging is that you can make it matchy-matchy to your card and that's what I I've done here today.


 The gift bag is made with 2 sheets of 12"x12" Blushing Bride cardstock and then accented with some strips of the Tropical Escape DSP.  I've used the square Tropical Thinlit as the gift tag for the bag and then continued that same look onto the card for the continuity from the gift bag to the card. The thinlit is used just to emboss the cardstock using the Big Shot Embossing Mats. Have you used these Embossing Mats yet? They will give you some much more versatility to all your dies and you'll get so much more out of them. Got to love crafting products that have more than one use and look!!



I did have a layer of the Tropical Escape DSP on my Blushing Bride layers but removed it due to the card looking way too busy, with that extra DSP layer mixed with all the other layers and elements. Sometimes when I'm layering and layering and layering I have to pull back just a little bit as sometimes what I might envisage in my head is too much on the card. 


I've been thinking for a few weeks now that this square Tropical Thinlit would be perfect as a gift tag. And I feel that my idea for a gift tag worked perfectly. Add a few images from the Tropical Chic stamp set and some dies from the Tropical Thinlits and you've got a fun looking gift tag.


Such a fun and bright suite! I just love it. It is definitely making my Melbourne winter days brighter, that's for sure! It just has that summer feel and is making me dream of places like the Cook Islands , in the South Pacific, and their tropical vibe. Time for a holiday there me thinks!

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

Now on to the ever lovely, ever fabulous Cindy Schuster and her fun tropical vibe.

https://nutmegcreations.blogspot.com/2018/07/July-ff.html

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Just Add Ink #418 | Colour Challenge

Hello, hello! This week over at Just Add Ink | JAI #418 we have a gorgeous Colour Challenge for you using one of the new colours from the recent Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - Soft Sea Foam, with two of the returning colours Blushing Bride and Daffodil Delight. And Yes, I'm playing with the Stitched All Around Bundle again! Can't get enough of this set, especially those Stitched Labels Frameltis Dies! Swoon!!

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2018/07/just-add-ink-418colour.html

The first part of the card was to make my striped DSP and the Stamparatus makes this so easy to do. I started with the long solid piece from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and placed it right at the top of the cardstock at the very top of the Stamparatus, in line with the first 'lug' on the right hand side of  the Stamparatus. I then inked and stamped the line and moved it down the cardstock with moving the plate down the notches on the Stamparatus. Because the lines were spaced apart further apart than I wanted them to be, I placed the line stamp between the first and second line that I had already stamped and then repeated the whole process filling each space down the cardstock.


Under the striped panel I've embossed that layer with the Oh-So-Gorgeous Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder. Its just so stunning and so pretty! Perfect to go with the Stitched All Around Stamp Set and Framelit Dies.


I die cut the large framelit die from the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies and left all the pieces in. I really love that look and it really give all your detailed framelits dies more versatility to have multiple looks from each die.


I've gone for a bit of an OTT (Over The Top) look with the layering of all the ribbon and trim but it makes for an extra fun look with all the different  layers. In that mix is a piece of the Daffodil Delight Cardstock 'embossed' with the Cross Stitch Edgelit and to soften the brightness of the Daffodil Delight I layered a piece of vellum over it die cut with another of the dies also from the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies.

Over the layers of ribbon and trim is the Thank You circle image embossed with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder with the smaller Stitched circle stamped with the Cross Stitch Stamp and then sponged around the edge with Soft Sea Foam Ink and a Stamping Sponge.


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

While there is lots going on with my card today it all goes together for a fun and fabulous look. Make sure that you visit the Just Add Ink Blog to see the amazing inspiration from the Design Team and then come and join in this weeks Colour Challenge with your creation.

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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.

http://rochellejblok.stampinup.net/

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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