Friday, March 30, 2018

Fancy Friday Blog Hop | Paper Perfect Challenge

Hello and welcome stamping friends! And welcome to another Fancy Friday Blog Hop. If you've not hopped with us before we are a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Members. We have a blog hop once a month with everything fun and fancy and showing what we love!

This month we are sharing some DSP love by using one of the fabulous new Designer Series Paper from the 2018 Occasion Catalogue. I've chosen to create with the super gorgeous, super pretty Sweet Soiree DSP.[4009899]

It is stunning!!! Have you ever wished a DSP would carry over from an Occasions Catalogue to the Annual one?? I wish this one would. The silver foil adds beautiful texture to these handpainted designs. There are silver foil accents on one side and colourful printed images on the other.  
I've made a Pop Up Gift Card Holder/birthday card today using lots of this gorgeous DSP, with a gorgeous belly band to hold the gift card holder shut.

One of the co-ordinating colours in the DSP pack is the beautiful blue, Marina Mist. While I haven't used this colour in a while, I thought it would be gorgeous as the card base colour. I really should use this colour more as it really is gorgeous!

I've kept the card front and the inside of the Gift Card Holder fairly plain and let the DSP do all the embellishing! With its beautiful hand painted patterns and the stunning silver foil it really doesn't need much else to go with it.

The Pop-Up Gift card holder is really quite simple to make, just making a card base, decorating it on  the inside, making two squares for the pop up mechanism and a small envelope to hold your gift card. I got the tutorial for this Gift Card Holder from SplitCoast Stampers but if you would like to make this one too just click HERE for the full tutorial.

To make to envelope I used the Envelope Punch Board and make the gift card sized envelope. I trimmed the top flap off and then trimmed the envelope to make it a bit smaller as it was too tall for my gift card. To make the circle in the top just use your 1 3/8" Circle punch, slide your envelope half way into the punch and cut the semi circle so that you can easily pull the gift card out. How gorgeous does that DSP look on the inside?? 

The belly band is a 1" strip of the Marina Mist card stock wrapped around the Gift Card Holder and then embellished with various products that co-ordinate from the Sweet Soiree Suite from the Occasions Catalogue - Silver Bakers Twine, Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit, Sweet Cake Framelits Dies , Berry Burst Metallic-Edge Ribbon and the Cake Soiree Stamp Set. Pretty, Pretty, Pretty!!!

The embellishment on the belly band would look great on a card on it's own!

Due to the fact that there isn't much room to write a message on the inside, you could write a message on the back or slip a note on the inside like what I have done. Now to get this Gift Card in the post in time for a friends birthday.  Let's hope she loves this as much as what I do!

Now on to the gorgeous Cathy Caines with her Occasions Catty DSP love.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Just Add Ink #401 | Sketch Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to another new and wonderful challenge from Just Add Ink. A fun sketch from fellow team member Tina do we have for you this week!

I've pretty much followed the sketch to the 'T', which is unlike me, but if you want to change it up a bit why not turn the sketch on its side to the landscape position for a different look.
I've used the Stampin' Up! True Gentleman DSP as the focal point for my card today. I love the bold, rich, luxurious feel that this paper gives. Really creates that smart, elegant and sophisticated look to any card.

The stamped sentiment comes from the Truly Tailored Stamp set that also co-ordinates with the DSP from the same True Gentleman Suite in the 2108 Occasions Catalogue. To get that rich inking of the Night of Navy Classic Ink I lined up the stamp and the cardstock on the Stamparatus stamp placement tool, inked up the stamp and stamped it down and then just kept re-inking and stamping till you get that deep, rich colour. The beauty about the Stamparatus is that if you don't get the ink stamped down with the right amount of coverage you just keep re-inking and stamping as nothing moves out of place and you don't have to line everything up every time. Boom! Makes it so easy! 

Also from the same product Suite is the Oh So Gorgeous Corduroy Ribbon. That stuff is beautiful and also adds to that rich and luxurious feel of this suite. Hopefully we will see this ribbon in some more colours as it's amazing! Also for some more gorgeous embellishment are those stunning True Gentleman Buttons. The team up so well with the Linen Thread.

To finish off the card I teamed up some ribbon and embellishments from the Annual Catalogue that have some of the same colours in the DSP - Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon and the Mini Tassels Assortment. Super fun!

Be sure to check out the fabulous and amazing creations from the Design Team and their take on the sketch. So much amazingness!!!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop | Amazing You

Hello and welcome stamping friends! It's that time again for another Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop.

If you haven't seen 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. This month we are giving the Sale-a-bration promotion one last harruh showing you the Amazing You stamp set and the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.[4009899]

The Amazing You stamp set comes in Clear-Mount and Wood-Mount and is yours for FREE when you spend $90AUD on Stampin' Up! products.[4009899]

How fun are these Celebrate You Thinlits dies? Loving the words and then fonts for a gorgeous look. These can be yours for FREE when you spend $180AUD on Stampin' Up! products.

I'm loving these thinlits dies and the are so versatile for any project. It even looks good to use some of the word dies together.

I made a card last week using the Amazing You Stamp set where I coloured in the flower image and created a card with a really clean look, check it out HERE. I enjoyed colouring in the flower and creating that clean look that I wanted to try and make something similar again for today's card.

While the coloured flower and clean look are similar the whole feel to the card is completely different.

I've started with laying a Smoky Slate Base and then using a Gold Foil Circle, I embossed what I would call the sunrise image, using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder for that gold on gold look. If you haven't embossed Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder on Gold Foil Sheets before you must try it because it really is a gorgeous, classic and classy look! 

I've used again on of my mos favourite products at the moment, the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit and used one of the Vellum/Silver Foil die cuts. I'm so loving these vellum die cuts with the silver embossing. Just pop them out and layer them with your other favourite products and hey presto you've got your card pretty done! Got to love a quick card that looks gorgeous too!

I've layered on top of the Vellum/Silver Foil die cut my favourite leaf die from the Flourish Thinlits Dies. I love to leave all the little 'pieces' in the leaf. You can still see all the detail in leaf but it just makes for a different look. And then on top of that the flower image embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder on Shimmery White and then coloured with Blushing Bride Ink using an Aqua Painter.

The Basic Black 'You' makes for a bold look and then the little 'For' comes from the Cake Soiree Stamp Set embossed in Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. The black sequins and Gold Metallic thread finish off the classy clean look.

I do hope that I've given you some more inspiration for these fabulous products and if you haven't gotten these Sale-a-bration FREEBIES yet, then contact me TODAY to see how you can get your hands one these. Sale-a-bration must finish 31st March so get these before they are gone!

Now on to Amy Koenders in the U.S.A for her fabulous Amazing You creations. I'm sure you wont be disappointed!

Amy Koenders - USA
Barbara Becker - Austria
 Cathy Caines - Canada
Monica Gale - UK
 Nadine Koeller - Germany
 Paula Dobson - New Zealand
 Rochelle Blok - Australia - You are here

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Just Add Ink #399 | Just Add Water

Hell there stamping friends! Friday has come around again and so has another challenge over at Just Add Ink. It's a fun challenge and one that has so many possibilities for a fun creation - Just Add Water.

You could be inspired by the colours of the ocean, or the animals that live in it, or the rain, water colouring, swimming, the beach, just anything to do with water.

I've gone a bit literal with my card today to use an Aqua Painter and to colour my image with water for some gorgeous water colouring using the Stampin' Up! Flying Home Stamp set. This is such a cute stamp set with some fabulous images that lend themselves to being coloured any colouring medium.[400989]

Just a bit cute, right?

I've coloured in the hanging bird house image using an aqua painter on Water Colour Paper. The water colour paper counts too for the Just Add Water theme, doesn't it?

I inked up the image in the Basic Black Archival Ink, stamped it down and then heat embossed it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I like to heat emboss the image when water colouring as it creates a small barrier around the image and you have less chance of the ink and water bleeding past the line and you don't have to be quite so precise and neat with your colouring. Makes it a bit quicker to colour too.

To pick up the colour out of the Stampin' Up! Classic Inks, when the inkpad is closed, squeeze the inkpad in the middle of the lid quite firmly, and the lid of the inkpad will pick up some colour off the ink pad. Open the lid and then using your aqua painter you can then pick up the colour off the lid. This is a fabulous design feature of the Stampin' Up! Inkpads. Another way you can get the colour is to put a few drops of re-inker in the well of an open inkpad and you can pick up the colour that way. Either way works equally well. Saves having a painters palette lying around on your desk with drops of colour and more of a chance to spill mess everywhere. The way that my desk is I don't need any more things that will spill and make more mess. It's messy enough! 

I coloured the images a little different this time and really let the water and the colour do the work themselves rather than me actually colouring it in. To colour each part in, I wet each little bit of the image with the aqua painter, and then put just a little bit of colour on each part and the water that I had already used to 'pre-wet' the image pulled the colour around. The water did all the work moving the colour around. If that makes sense? So only where you put water would the colour move to. If you didn't put water right up to the edge of each line then the colour would only move to where the water was. It really made it quite easy to colour that way! Love it!

To get the depth of colour I did use two colours throughout the whole image, starting with the light colour and then highlighting with a darker colour, really trying to use the lines in the image as to where to highlight.

Make sure you have a look over at the Just Add Ink Blog for all the fabulous Just Add Water inspiration and then come and join in the fun with this weeks theme. Can't wait to see your 'water' creation!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Global Design Project | #GP128 | Amazing You

Hello there stampers! Happy Wednesday hope you are having a fabulous day! I've had some time this week to just play and create, so I'd thought I playing along with the amazing team over at the Global Design Project - #GP128. I do love the GDP challenge blog and really wanted to play along.

This weeks challenge is to CASE the Designer. - Steffi Helmschrott.  CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit. To CASE a project you can take what you like from the design and make it your own. It might be the stamp set - the colours, the layout, the theme, the images - whatever you like that has inspired you to make a card of your own.

I love Steffi's beautiful and clean style and everything she makes is just a WOW - each and every time. If you have ever seen any of her watercolour creations they are just off the charts amazing! My card says how I feel about her creations - simply amazing!

I loved the colours, layout, the long landscape card and the beautiful clean style in Steffi's original card and then created my card from there to recreate that Steffi style while adding some Rochelle-isms as well.

I stamped and heat embossed three of the flower images from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration stamp set - Amazing You. The flower had some leaves around the edge it but I wanted just the flower to be part of my card, so once stamped and coloured I trimmed the leaves off. 

Since I stamped the flowers on Shimmery White Cardstock I had to be careful as to not add too much water when colouring with the Peekaboo Peach colour. The Shimmery White can handle a little bit of water as it has a coating over it for that gorgeous shimmer but you can't use as much water as for watercolour paper.

The leaf die comes from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies, that co-ordinate with the Petal Palette Stamp set, and then over the Old Olive leaves I've added some of the gorgeous Vellum/Silver Foil die cuts from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit. So versatile that kit! Can be used with anything!!

And of course it wouldn't be a Rochelle card with out some ribbon and trim. I've layered some Black Mini Sequin Trim and some Black Metallic Thread under the flowers and these tie all the black elements together for a more cohesive card.

I've finished the card off with the 'Simply' cut from part of a sentiment from the Amazing You SAB stamp set and then die cut the 'amazing' out Gold Glimmer Paper using another Sale-a-bration freebie, the Celebrate You Thinlits. 

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