You are simply…WONDERFUL

“You are simply Wonderful” what a beautiful statement and something I know we would love to hear.

This stamp ‘Grow & Bloom’, is from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. You can purchase this as a Bundle with the Budding Blooms Dies with a 10% discount.

The flowers I have coloured using Stampin’ Up! Blends – Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade. All of these colours ‘POP’ against the black.

The sentiment – You are simply Wonderful’ was Heat embossed using Stampin’ Up! White Embossing Powder onto a strip of Basic Black cardstock. The flowers were then attached to the back of the strip.

I have also used the Buffalo Check Stamp for my background and have stamped it multiple times at different angles using Momento Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. This gives it a country grunge look.

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Sailing Home…

I have had so much fun with the ‘Come Sail Away’ Suite by Stampin’ Up! These cards I played with water colour back grounds. I made about 6 water colour pieces trying to get two that I liked.

Both of these backgrounds were done with lots of water and re-inkers.

The card above I used Pacific Point and Coastal Cabana Re-inkers.

The colours used on this card were Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Coastal Cabana with Rock Salt sprinkled over the top. The salt adsorbs the ink and this has left the pink spots.

How did I do the water colour…

  • I do most of my colouring were there is a lot of water used in a foil baking tray lined with paper towel.
  • Cut water colour paper to the size required 9.7cm x 13.7cm
  • spray water all over water colour paper.
  • Add a few drops of lightest re-inker first and the only a couple of the darker re-inker.
  • Spray again with water and move the ink around by turning water colour paper around.
  • I found I had to move quickly because as soon as I added the ink to paper it wanted to adsorb and that left the darker spots.
  • Allow to dry.

I used Blends to colour the lighthouse, anchor, and compass. In colours Pool Party Combo, Bermuda Bay Combo, Daffodil Delight Light, Smoky Slate Light and Sahara Sans Combo.


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TGIF Challenge #tgifc213

Its another Challenge and I have never done a challenge with TGIF and their Challenge is all about ‘Gingham Gala’. I love this DSP and it was one of the products from the last Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue.

Click on the Challenge image below and go over to TGIF and have a look at the amazing projects their Design Team have done to inspire us.

I decided with this card to team the old with the new… Gingham Gale with Stampin’ Up! ‘Bloom and Grow Bundle’. The Bloom and Grow stamps and Dies are two of the new products that are in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

“Bloom and Grow’ is a wonderful set if you love to colour, all those beautiful flowers and what better to colour with but with Stampin’ Up! Blends.

There are 13 Photopolymer stamps made up of 5 sentiment stamps, 3 large floral swags and 5 small stamps. The ‘Budding Blooms’ Dies have 10 pieces – 3 that cut around the 3 swags, 4 to match the 4 smaller stamps, 1 that cuts 3 small flowers and 2 scallop lengths.

How I made this card…..

  • Card Base -Whisper White cut 14.5 x 21cm, scored at 10.5cm
  • Card Front – Highland Heather Gingham Gala cut at 10 x 14cm, adhere to Card Base.
  • Whisper White circle cut using the Stitched Shapes and stamp the sentiment. Adhere to card front.
  • On a large scrap of Whisper White Cardstock stamp the largest of the swags and the Leaf/Berry Branch stamp twice with Momento Ink.
  • Coloured the images with Blends – Highland Heather, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody. NB: Only need to colour one end of the second swag.
  • Cut the swags and Leaf/Berry using the dies
  • Using dimensionals attach one of the swags to the left side of the stitched circle. Because the swag does not follow the curve of the circle I added the 2 small leaf branches. They are tucked under the swag and come out following the arc of the circle and adhered with Multi Purpose Glue.
  • Cut down the 2nd swag and add just under the stitched circle.
  • Add a small bow.

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Global Design Project #190- Sketch Challenge

Good Morning and thanks for dropping by to my Blog.

Have you seen the challenge this week by Global Design Team it’s this beautiful Sketch ‘Click’ on the image below and to visit Global Design Project. The Design team have some great examples using this sketch and while your there have a look at the other entry’s for the challenge.

My Card…. Bird Ballad Suite by Stampin’ Up!

I have decided to use the beautiful Bird Ballad Suite by Stampin’ Up! for this card. At the moment it is my favorite range of product in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue and a lot of fun to colour.

  • Bird Ballad designer Series Paper
  • Free as a Bird Stamps

These products will be found in the New Catalogue that will be released on the 4th June 2019. If you live in Australia and would like a copy, let me know and I will get one to you.

OR…

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How to make my card…

  • Card Base – Pool Party 13 x 26cm, scored at 13cm.
  • Mat -Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP) 12 x 12cm -Yellow Bird Feet.
  • Card Front– Whisper White Cardstock 12 x12cm. Stamp Bird Image and ONLY COLOUR FEET AND GROUND using Crumb Cake Duo Blends and Pumpkin Pie Dark Blend. Also stamp your sentiment, I used the Stamparatus to get it nice and straight.
  • Trim– 8mm x 10.5cm – Blue & Yellow flower Paper (reverse side to Yellow). Using a piece of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper Boarder lengths cut to 10.5cm colour with Calypso Coral Dark Blend and adhere to DSP. Adhere to Whisper White Card front across the un-coloured bird.
  • Adhere card front (Whisper White) to the Mat (DSP) and attach to Card Base
  • Stamped the bird onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock with Momento Black Ink and coloured with Blends in Pool Party Duo, Daffodil Delight Duo, Calypso Coral Duo and Pumpkin Pie Dark. Fussy cut around the body removing the legs. Attach mini dimenionals and adhere over the top of the bird on the card front.

This was a fun card to make, I hope you enjoyed it.

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Bird Ballad meets Hugs from Shelli

I love it when a card idea comes together with ease.

The Bird Ballard Designer Series Paper coordinates with the stamps in the ‘Hugs with Shelli’ kit. You will be making cards with the stamp set long after the kit has gone.

The ‘Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit is only available till the end of the month or while stocks last. So grab it now!

Thank You for reading my Blog. If you have any questions about the products used or would like to ‘Join my Team’ then please contact me.
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Just Add Ink #457…”Sketch”

What do you do when your stuck for ideas…find a challenge! That’s what I have done today….well I think it found me really. Came across a post from Just Add Ink on Facebook and it was for this great ‘Sketch’ Challenge…..so why not!

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When you have finished reading my Blog go and have a look at the Just Add Ink Blog and give the challenge a go, its a lot of fun. Also the Just Add Iink Designer Team have some wonderful examples of what you can create using this ‘Sketch’. Just click on their badge above to go to their Blog.

How did I use this Sketch…

As I haven’t had a chance to play with any of the new products in Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue, I thought I’d give them ago today.

The stamp set I used is called ‘Free as a Bird’, it’s part of the ‘Bird Ballad Suite’ and aren’t these birds cute? I love them. The suite also has this amazing Designer Series Paper, the designs and colours are stunning. The Nested Label Dies are going to be a must and you will be able to purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle.

The stamped image I coloured using Stampin’ Up! Blends in the colours – Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Calypso Coral Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede. These colours are the same ones used in the Designer Series Paper.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my card as much I have enjoyed showing it to you. If you ‘Live in Australia’ and would like a copy of the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue let me know and I will get one to you.

If you have any questions about the products used or would like to ‘Join my Team’ then please contact me.
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Geared Up Garage

‘Geared Up Garage’…WOW! Great stamp set by Stampin’ Up! to use for those men that are into anything to do with cars. It is so much fun…with the gears and the vintage style signs for ‘Fathers Day’ or ‘Birthdays’, the car, tool box and oil can.

This stamp set is part of the Geared Up Garage Cling Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. Just look at those dies….LOVE the gears. I have a house full of boys so this set was a must for me.

You can also purchase this 15 x 15 cm Designer Series Paper and the dies match some of the designs. The gears fit perfectly over the paper with gears, so you can cut them out and add to your card just as I have done in one of my cards below.

These products plus more are in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue, by purchasing the stamps and dies as a Bundle you will save 10%. The good thing is the stamp set and dies will be carrying over to the New 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue..but not as a bundle (it will have new ordering codes). So if you want to get the bundle and the Designer Series Paper then order it now!

Fridays Card Class

Last Friday we made the cards below using the stamps, dies and designer series paper.

On this card we cut the gears from the Foil Paper that I got from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. Unfortunately that is now discontinued but you could use any of the other Foil Papers. The car was stamped in Momento onto Whisper White cardstock and coloured using the ‘Real Red Blends’, then cut with the coordinating die. The sentiment was cut out using the Rectangle Stitched die also found in the Occasions Catalogue.

TIP: When using DSP or coloured back grounds and you don’t want the white boarder around the stamped/coloured image …Run the brush tip end of the ‘Light Smoky Slate’ around the image before cutting. It will then blend into the background. See pictures below.

This card shows off the Designer Series Paper, used as the card front and the paper with the Gears cut using the matching die . Again we stamped and coloured the car with ‘Blends’, but this car has a sheen.

How did I do this!

  • Stamping and colouring the car – DO NOT CUT IT OUT
  • Wipe VersaMark ink pad across your image a couple of times making sure its well covered,
  • Sprinkle on ‘Clear Embossing Powder’ and heat with heat gun, until it has all melted.
  • When cool and dry cut out the car with die.
Embossed Car.
Top car with out Embossing Powder, bottom car with Embossing Powder. Also showing the Smoky Slate line around the car.

The ‘All Geared Up to celebrate’ sentiment was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock in full strength Gray Granite, Oil smudges stamped with stamped off Gray Granite Stampin’ Pad to give a grunge look. Using the Star Burst Punch, punch out the sentiment and add some Black Thread looped on the back and adhered to card front with dimensionals. The car was glued to the to the Star Burst and a dimenstional added to under car front.

This last card we stamped the Happy Fathers Day sign in Tranquil Tide first, masked it of with ‘Post-it-Notes’ (cut using the matching die) and then stamped the oil smudges with Gray Ganite Stampin’ Pad- which was first stamped off. The nuts were stamped with the Basic Gray Stampin’ Pad. Peel of the mask. On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock Stamp and colour the car with Light and Dark Balmy Blue Blends, cut with die and adhere on top using dimensionals.

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Animal Outing

Animal Outing by Stampin’ Up!

This was a fun class using the Animal Outing Suite, Animal Outing stamps 146600 (Clear) and Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper 146902.

You can purchase this as a Bundle with the Thinlits – Animal Outing Bundle 148232 (wood) or 148324 (Clear)

The colours are bright and fun and it suites all ages…Yes adults too!

Card in a Box

All the animals were coloured using Stampin’ Up! Blends and fussy cut leaving a 1″ tab on the bottom to attach to the box except for the Giraffe, we lengthen his neck so he could be sat up high above the others. You could use the Thinlits to cut these out but you would need to add a tab on the back so you can attach the animals to the box. The branches are from Petals & More Thinits 145655 and cut from Shaded Spruce cardstock and you will need 4 of these.

How to make the box…

  • Lemon Lime Twist cardstock – 9″ x 6″,  Two x 1⅛” x 3⅛ “
  • Berry Burst cardstock –  Four x 2″ x 2⅝ “, Three x 2″ x 3⅛”, 2″ x 5⅞”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 1⅞” x 5¾”
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP) Lemon Lime Twist – Four x 1⅞” x 2½”
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP)  Birds – Three x 1⅞” x 3″

Score the 9″ x 6″ piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock along the 9″ side at 2⅛”, 4¼”, 6⅜” and 8½”. Turn the cardstock so that the 6″ is along the top and score at 2¾”

Score the 2 smaller pieces of Lemon Lime Twist along the 3⅛ side at ½” & 2⅝”.

Use scissors to cut along all score lines stopping at the horizontal score line. Remove the top thin tab and angle the top and bottom of the longer thin tab.(as shown below)

Fold along all the parallel score lines, adhere a stripe to Tear’n’tape along the tab and adhere the sides together to form a box. With the join at the back of your box fold down the front and two sides leaving the back up.

With the two smaller pieces of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock fold along score lines to form a ‘Z’ shape and with Multi-purpose Glue adhere into the top of the box running parallel to the back and front of the box  as shown below. Making sure they are equally spaced.

Now with the box complete it is time to decorate…

The three pieces of Berry Burst cardstock and coordinating – Birds DSP are adhered together and attached to the lower panels of the box. The four Berry Burst panels and coordinating – Lemon Lime Twist DSP are adhered together and attached to the top sides of the folded panels and the inside back panel of the box.

The large piece of Whisper White cardstock is adhered to the large piece of Berry burst and then attached to the back of the box, giving you a panel to write on.

Now its just a matter of decorating with the animals and branches, making sure that when you flatten the box you are keeping close to the boundaries of the box so that it can fit inside an envelope..

 

Jig-Saw Card

This card is very simple…..

Card base – Crumb Cake Cardstock 8¼” x 5¾” , scored 4⅛

Mat – Pool Party 4″ x 5½”, scrap for banner approx ½” wide  x 1¾”

Designer Series Paper 3¾” x 5¼”

Whisper White cardstock large enough for the kangaroo

Adhere the DSP to the Pool Party Mat making sure there is an all over coverage of glue. As you don’t want the jig-saw pieces to come apart when cut. Place the Puzzle Pieces Thinlits 146830 on top of the adhered mat with approx ¼” around 3 sides and run through the Big Shot 143263. Place the jig-saw pieces into a cellophane bag to go inside the card for the recipient.

Attach the mat to the front of the crumb Cake card base.

Stamp the kangaroo image onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Momento Ink and colour using Stampin’ Up! Blends. Either fussy cut or use the coordinating Thinlits. Stamp your sentiment onto the banner and flag the right side of the banner. Adhere to the card. Use dimensionals on the back of the kangaroo making sure not to put any on his head as this will be sitting over the jig-saw area of the card.

 

Alligator Card

I will let you work this simple card out…my only suggestion is the sentiment does not need to go where I have put it. It will depend on your Designer Series Paper, I didn’t want to cover up the heads to much and when I cut out the panels on some I have more tails than heads. So just put the sentiment where it looks best.

 

Thanks for taking time to read my Blog post as I know this has turned out to be a long one, sorry about that….Below you will find links to all the products used at my On-line Store.

 

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August Class – Stampin’ Up! Blends

 The August class we looked at the Stampin’ Up! Blends and how to use them.

These high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers come in many of our exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours. Each colour comes in 2 shades to give you the best blending experience out there..You can purchase these as Singles or as Combo Pack…see page 205 Annual Catalogue

Here are some tips on how I like to use Blends-

  • ONLY use Momento Ink 132708
  • Smooth surface cardstock is best to use such as Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock
  • Have a layer of scrap paper under your work as it is normal for the colour to bleed through the cardstock – you want this to happen (see following 2 points)
  • Work on small areas at a time, this allows the ink to stay moist while you work and helps the colours to blend
  • Apply the lighter colour using small circles to saturate the paper, this will help the colour to blend together.
  • Apply the darker shade of color, you can use a tick or flick like motion. Start the tick /flick from where you want it to be darkest and it will become lighter at the tip. Or you can just colour in where you want your shading to go.
  • Go over the areas where you want the two shades to blend with the lighter colour but take care to not add to much light colour to where you want it to be darkest as it may also lighten those areas.
  • Have fun and try mixing the colours like the yellow to pinks, just make sure you clean on the nibs on scrap paper.

The first card we made used the Butterfly from Beautiful Day Stamp set 145915 (clear) 145912 (wood)

We started to make this card using only the 1 colour (Light and Dark) but everyone was enjoying using the blends so much they wanted to add more colour

and who am I to stop them…its all about being creative, Right!

So we ended up with this…..the colours I used are Calypso Coral Combo 144045 and Daffodill Delight Combo 144603

The following two card we used the Blended Season stamps from the “Colour your Season” Limited -Time Bundle Only Available until 31 August or while stocks last.

This bundle comes with Blended Seasons stamp set and Stitched seasons Framelits – Wood-mount 149893 / Clear-mount 149894

Along with this bundle you can purchase Watercolour Pencils Ass 2 149014 (these are not part of the bundle price)

                                                                                  

 

The colour Combos used are  Granny Apple Green 147274 & Real Red (Available next month in the Holiday Catalogue)

The colour Combos used Highland Heather 147276, Old Olive 144597 & Daffodil Delight 144603

There are lots of great videos out there on how to use Blends and I have added here one by Stampin’ Up! here…

Thank you for reading my post…if you have any questions please contact me. All the product used will be listed below with links to my On-Line Store (Australia Only)

 

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