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'.

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.

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!

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Just Add Ink #425 | Inspiration Picture Challenge

-Hey there stampers and fellow crafters! Welcome to this weeks new challenge over at Just Add Ink. Its a gorgeous inspiration picture, perfect to coincide with the start of Spring here in Australia. Yay! Bring on the warmer weather and sushine!

Its all pinks and greens, and pretty and floral and all round gorgeousness. For my card today I gone with some of the patterns from the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper and then pulled some of the cardstock colours from the DSP.

I've used a sheet of  the Wood Textures 6" x 6" DSP as the base layer of the card and then built the card up from there, layering pieces of cardstock, ribbon, DSP and trim. I've used one of the lighter Wood Textures sheets as I think it teams up nicely with the dark Mossy Meadow and the bright edge of the Petal Promenade DSP peeping through.

I layered a piece of vellum over the Petal Promenade just to tone it down just a little bit and to give the DSP a softer look. The 'branch' die from the Petals & More Thinlits really creates a focal piece layered over the vellum. The Mossy Meadow is a fabulous contrast to the soft look of the vellum and the soft colouring of the wood grain. The layering of the Stitched Labels Circle and the Congratulations from the Petal Palette Stamp Set bring the whole card together.

Check out more inspiration on the Just Add Ink Blog and see what inspired the rest of the design team. Come and play along with the design team, we'd love to see how this weeks inspiration picture inspires you.

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