Friday, 4 August 2017

Floral Statements on Vellum

I have seen a lot of cards on Pinterest using the Floral Statements Stamp set.  The stamps are absolutely gorgeous and can be coloured in many different ways.  



I chose to stamp the Thanks with the roses stamp onto some Vellum using the Basic Black Archival Ink.  I quickly sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and embossed it.  The great thing about the Stampin' Up! vellum is that it will take the heat gun well and wont warp.  

I coloured the roses and leaves from the back of the vellum, giving it a stained glass look.  I used the Stampin' Write markers - Berry Burst and Pear Pizzazz.

I mounted the Vellum using glue dots behind the letters on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and matted it on Basic Black Cardstock (all measurements below).  I popped this up on dimensionals onto the Berry Burst background which is layered on the Basic Black card base.

Measurements: Card Base - 21cm x 14.5cm
                          Berry Burst Layer - 10cm x 14
                          Basic Black - Inner Layer - 9cm x 12cm
                          Whisper White - 8.5cm x 11.5cm
                          Vellum - 8.5cm x 11.5cm

Supply List
Stamp Set: Floral Statements
Cardstock: Basic Black, Berry Burst, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Basic Black
Markers: Berry Burst, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals & Glue Dots

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wetlands with Polished Stone Background

I really enjoyed making the polished stone background, I decided to do another one in blues.

Love how this card turned out.


The colours I used on this were Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise and Garden Green.  See previous post for the Polished stone technique.

I stamped the Goose in Archival Black Ink.  I allowed it to dry and then very gently water-coloured using a blender pen.  I stamped on Whisper White cardstock, so you need to be very light with the blending or the paper will pill.  Ideally I should have used either Shimmery white or Watercolour paper which take the technique much better.  I water-coloured using markers on an acrylic block - markers used were garden green, tempting turquoise, island indigo, Calypso coral (beak) and So Saffron (brushes).

The goose, greeting and reeds are all from the Wetlands Stamp Set.  Sadly this stamp set retired, but I like to use both my old and new items.  

The goose is layered on a Garden Green Mat which is also layered on another piece of Whisper White.  The card base is Island Indigo. 


I added a small amount of fine tip glue to the goose's chest, wings, cheek and also the brushes in the weeds and sprinkled them with a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter for a little sparkle and bling.  

Inside, I used another stamp from the set for the birds and lightly water-coloured the water they are standing in.  The sentiment is from the Special Celebrations Stamp Set in the new annual catalogue.  I really love this stamp set that is all sentiments for all different occasions.  


Supplies List
Stamp Sets: Wetlands & Special Celebrations.
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Old Olive and Glossy (for the polished stone background)
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink, Island Indigo, Garden Green & Tempting Turquoise
Markers: Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Calypso Coral & So Saffron.
Other: Rubbing Alcohol & Cotton Balls (for polished stone technique), Dazzling Diamonds,  & Fine Tip Glue.

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 

Monday, 31 July 2017

Tranquil Tulips - Host/Hostess Set


I so love this Hostess Set.  This card is very simple, yet elegant.  

The Tranquil Tulip Stamp Set is available for anyone who purchases over $250 worth of product.  This can be achieved by hosting a workshop/party event, or by your own sales.  You do not have to host a party to get the host sets.  

The tulips and created using the 2 step stamping technique.  I just used Real Red for them and achieved the variation in colour by stamping off for the bottom layer.  I actually stamped the tulips first so that they were positioned exactly where I wanted them.

I then stamped the stems, followed by the leaves.  The stamp set is Photopolymer, so you can see straight through them for perfect positioning.  If you aren't very good at lining up your stamps, use the Stamp-a-ma-jig - it is positively awesome.  I use it for most of my greetings as I have a habit of stamping them crooked!

The card is made with the following measurements:

Base of card measures 21cm x 15cm (basically A4 cut in half) and scored at 10.5cm
Real Red mat is cut at 14.5cm x 10cm
Whisper White mat is cut at 14cm x 9.5cm.  


Supply List
Stamp Sets: Tranquil Tulips & Soft Sayings Card Kit (Sentiment)
Cardstock - Real Red, Whisper White
Inks: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi & Crushed Curry

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Birthday Butterfly with Polished Stone Background


I got the idea for this card, the colour and butterflies from the very talented Dawn Griffith.  Dawn has been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the USA for a long time and is a fantastic teacher.  If you haven't checked out her YouTube videos do yourself a favour.  

Now that Stampin' Up! has returned the Glossy cardstock, the polished stone technique is a no brainer.  It is so easy to do and it makes the perfect background.  All you need is glossy cardstock, cotton balls, re-inkers and rubbing alcohol.  I purchased mine from Coles.  You get a big bottle for about $8.


All you need to do is put some rubbing alcohol on the cotton ball, then drop a few drops of the re-inkers of your colour choice on the cotton ball and then dab away on the glossy cardstock in whatever way/pattern you like.  Hey presto and you have a perfect background or feature for your card.

To finish off this card, I used two different die sets - Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits Dies.  Finished off with some Rhinestones and a lovely sentiment cut out using the circle punches and this stunning card was done.

Of course the inside is also matted with the Basic Black and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and then the Whisper White to allow writing.  Stamped with the beautiful butterflies in the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.  Don't forget any purchase of this stamp set results in a donation to Ronald McDonald House.  



Supplies Used
Stamp Sets: Bunch of Blossoms (sentiment on front of card), Special Celebrations (Sentiment inside card) and Sharing Sweet Thoughts (butterflies inside card)
Die Sets: Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits
Punches: 1-3/8" Circle Punch and 1-1/2" Circle Punch
Inks: Basic Black and Lemon Lime Twist
Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Whisper White and Glossy.
Other: Re-inkers (Basic Black & Lemon Lime Twist), Rhinestones, Cottonballs, Rubbing Alcohol.  

All the above items can be purchased from my online store - just click on the shopping cart on the top right hand side of the blog and it will take you to my store.

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Pretty Kitty Twist & Fold Pop Up Card

As it is my daughter's 16th birthday, I decided that I wanted to make something special and something different.  I had seen all these amazing twist and fold pop up cards and decided that I would give it a go.  The hardest thing was that everything was in imperial measurements - inches!  As we use metric here, I spent all day working out the best way to make it.  Lucky you, I have it all here.  I will link a tutorial at the bottom of the post.

My daughter loves cats, so the Pretty Kitty stamp set suited this type of card perfectly.  Here is the finished product 😊 The inside first -

       



   
These are the 4 panels across the centre of the card that pop up.  I added the balloon, party hats and present just as something extra.  The balloon is stamped and then fussy cut out and popped up on a dimensional for pop, as are the little party hats. I also used a little fine tip glue pen on the balloon to adhere some Dazzling Diamonds for more sparkle.  The present has had fine tip glue pen to it to give it dimension.  
     

Of course, plenty of bling was added!

The top and bottom panels were also decorated:
The second panel (with the flowers) is where I wrote on the card.  I used the flowers to tie into the Designer Series paper that I used.  Although this paper (Blooms & Wishes) has retired, the stamp set has not, so this paper could easily be recreated just with the stamps.  

The colour scheme for the card is mainly Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and a touch of Mint Macaron.  The colouring is all done with Stampin' Write Markers.  A full list of supplies will be included at the end.  

Now the outside:

I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies and the Large Numbers Dies.  I cut out 5 of each to layer them to make them stand out.  For the top layer, I covered it in Versa Mark and then clear embossing powder and heat set.  It is smooth, shiny and gives it a real WOW.  

I had so much fun making this card and my daughter was blown away.  

Good luck - give it a go

TUTORIAL : click here

Supplies Used

Stamp Sets: Pretty Kitty, Birthday Delivery (present, hats & balloon), Happy Birthday Gorgeous (party time sentiment), Text Ya Later (speech bubble and time to celebrate sentiment), Teeny Tiny Sentiments (happy birthday sentiment), Beautiful Bouquet (flowers)
Dies: Happy Birthday Thinlits, Bouquet Bunch & Large Number Framelits.
Inks: Basic Black, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron.
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Island Indigo
Designer Series Paper - Blooms & Wishes (retired)
Markers - Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Powder Pink, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Rhinestones, Sponges, Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark, Dazzling Diamonds and Fine Tip Glue. 

All of these supplies can be purchased through my online store - just click on the shopping cart on the right hand side.  

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 




Sunday, 9 July 2017

Taking a Break

Hi All,

I am so sorry for not posting anything for the last week or so.  Unfortunately this is my busiest time with work - end of financial year ( I work for a financial adviser)...

My daughter also asked for a room makeover for her 16th birthday so a lot of my creativity has been going in that direction when not working.

Please know...  I will be back soon with posts of my creations.

You can still contact me for questions anytime and I promise to be in touch with you within 24 hours.

See you soon 😁


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Vertical Greetings Birthday Card

I have had this stamp set for a long time now and had never used it, so I thought it was time.

I used the marker to stamp technique for this as I wanted the different colours on the stamp.  To keep the position, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig, so I knew it would line up every time.  


I stamped the flower petals with Sweet Sugarplum, the stem with Old Olive, flower pot with Chocolate Chip and the Sentiment with Blushing Bride.  This was all stamped on a 2-1/2" x 5" piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with rounded corners.  This was backed with a small piece of Blushing Bride placed on an angle to create interest.  A thin strip of copper ribbon tied in the chocolate chip background.  The main background being Sweet Sugarplum and all mounted on a Thick Whisper White Card base.  A few of the larger pearls made this a little classier.  Quick and Easy.  


Supply List
Stamp Set: Vertical Greetings
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride & Sweet Sugarplum.
Ink: Blushing Bride - sentiment
Stampin' Write Markers: Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Other: Copper Ribbon, Perls, Stampin' Dimensionals & Wink of Stella

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits.