Abstract Beauty

Abstract Beauty…..this is what I call a challenging bundle. In my Live this week I created 2 very different cards using the Abstract Beauty Bundle by Stampin’ Up! ®. It is found in the Jan-Jun 2022 Mini Catalogue.

Hello Beautiful Bundle

The bundle is made up of Hello Beautiful Stamps and Beautiful Shapes Dies. I love the dies and yes that is what made me purchase it. I think the hexagon dies are great. I like the sentiments in this but I’m not sure how I will use the other shapes…time will tell as I play more.

Designer Series Paper- Abstract Beauty

DSP is smaller than the other DSP rangers that Stampin’ Up! carry. They are 10.2 x 15.2cm (4 x 6″), You just need to trim the length to 14.4cm for the AU standard card length of 14.9cm. Really great for quick Cards if you need to make one in a hurry. The designs on these papers, range from florals to others that are more abstract some with gold accents.

Abstract Beauty Cards & Envelopes

These cards and envelopes are a perfect size for the DSP, card front measuring 10.2 x 15.2cm ( 4 x 6″)…so the DSP will cover the front of the card. Each card has a different front being either a wash of colour in the center or an all over ombra effect.

Ephemera Pack

The ephemera pack is made of of 30 designs and there are 2 of each one.

I made two cards, Card 1. using the DSP along with Night of Navy card base and just Jade mat & Card 2. Cards and Envelopes with the Ephemera Pack.

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New Horizons- Up-Right Z Fold Card

Today I have another card for you using New Horizons Suite Collection from Jan-Jun Stampin’ Up! ® Mini. Made using a Fun Fold Card, Up-Right Z-Fold Card .

Have you added the New Horizons Suite to your ‘MUST HAVE LIST’. It is a suite that when I first saw it I fell in love with it, then there was ‘How do I use it?’ Now it’s….. what else can I do? There is so much you can do with it. One side of the DSP you have the scenes already created and you can just add a bit of stamping. Then on the reverse side of the DSP you have beautiful colour washers that you can cut with the dies to create your own scenes or DSP, this will be my next challenge to try out.

This card I am calling a Up-Right Z-Fold Card. The base of the card is a Z fold, then there is a piece that comes over the front forming the Card Front. Underneath I have added a Brace so the front of the Z-fold does not move forward. The brace has a fold in the middle so it can fold up and fit into out standard envelope. On the front of the Z-fold I have added a fence line and grass, this is so the card front can just slip in behind to hold in place.

** See the Diagram below

Measurements & Basic Instructions used-

  • Z-Fold Basic White: 10.5 x 29.9cm, scored at 14.9 & 22.4.
    • I found this easiest to score the 14.9cm and then just fold one side in half to form the Z-fold
  • Card Front Misty Moonlight: 8.5 x 29.9cm, scored at 14.9cm
    • Adhere back portion of the card to the inside of the Basic White Z-Fold
  • Brace Basic White: 10.5 x 2cm, score at 1.5, 5.3 & 9cm
    • Fold each of the score lines to form a W shape
    • Place adhesive on each of the 1.5cm tabs and adhere to the underneath of Z fold. (see diagram below) This stops the front of Z-fold moving to far forward.
  • New Horizons DSP: 8.1 x 14.5cm
    • Stamp trees using Evening Evergreen Ink
    • Stamp grass using Soft Succulent Ink
  • Card Insert Basic White: 8.1 x 14.5cm
    • Using the Soft Succulent Ink stamp grass along the bottom edge using 1st and 2nd Gen stamping
    • Adhere to the inside of the Card front piece
  • Sign Crumb Cake: 10 x 14.5.
    • Sign Post-Stamp the Timber stamp one under the other, using Crumb Cake Ink and fussy cut length for post approx 10cm.
    • Sign stamp and die cut, cut the sign in half following the plank lines.
    • Sponge around all the edges with Crumb Cake Ink.
    • Stamp sentiment on the top one. Layer the signs either side of the post.
  • Fence Basic White: 7 x 10.5cm.
    • Stamp Timber stamp using Crumb Cake twice side by side, so the fence die fits across.
    • Die cut fence.
    • Sponge fence with Crumb Cake Ink
    • Place dimensional strip ( I used the left over strips along the edges for this) along bottom edge and attach to the front of the Z-fold.
  • Grass Soft Succulent: Scrap approx 4 x 8cm
    • glue across the front of the fence to hind your dimensional strip
  • Add some Peddles Enamel Shapes

Card Diagram

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he projects featured in this bundle are totally EXCLUSIVE, which means they can not be found anywhere else online.

Measurements are in both Imperial/ US Letter size and Metric/ A4.

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New Horizons

This was such a fun card to make, using the New Horizons Suite from the 2022 Jan- Jun Mini Catalogue by Stampin’ Up! ®. One of these cards will be sent to my father for his birthday later this month. It’s not often I do cards that can be used for men, most of my cards are very feminine.

The New Horizons Designer Series Paper is spectacular, each piece lends to great water colour back ground and with just a couple of added elements make a great card.

On my Facebook Live this week I showed how to create this card. What I really love about these cards is the layout and elements used are exactly the same but by using different Designer Series Paper it changes the feeling completely. One is full of warmth and could be some where late in the afternoon of a summers day. The other is more of a winters day feeling with the misty colours.

Measurements Used…

  • Card Base Basic White Thick: 10.5 29.9cm, scored 14.9cm
  • Card Mat Basic White: 10 x 14.4cm
  • New Horizons DSP: 5.4 x 10.5cm
  • Mat Blackberry: 5.7 x 10.8m
  • Die Cut Fence Basic White: 10.5 x 7cm Approx

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Artfully Composed

Artfully Composed is a beautiful tropical themed suite by Stampin’ Up! ® and found in the Jan-Jun 2022 Mini Catalogue. It has been fun playing with these stamps and dies.

This suite is made for layering of stamped images, die cuts and Designer Series Papers. You can see this in the designs used in the Designer series Paper in how the have used layers of leaves and colour.

With this card I have used lots of layers from the water wash background to the sentiment on top.

The Creativity Abounds Design Team are running a Stamp Camp based on this suite…If you are wishing to attend you will need to purchase your products and let me know tomorrow (my cut off date -so you can order the required products & I can get the Make’n’take products needed to you). You can get all the details HERE

Even if you not attending the Stamp Camp you can purchase the Tutorial listed below from my Card & Tutorial Shop

The Artfully Composed Suite Collection consists of:

  • Artfully Layered stamp set,
  • Tropical Layers dies
  • White 3/4″ Frayed Ribbon
  • Faux Sea Glass Shapes
  • Layering Designs Vellum
  • Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper

Please note: At the time of writing this the Artfully Composed Suite was unavailable using the Ordering Number: 157765. Though it is still available when you order each item separately, you will still get the 10% discount on the Artfully Layered Bundle. Below you will find links to the Suite and the individual items.

This card was created for the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop

Welcome to Creativity Abounds Blog Hop.   We are a group of very keen Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from all around the world that are coming together to share our creative ideas with you.  We are happy that you can join us and hope that we can Inspire you to make creations of your own.

You may be starting here or have come from someone else’s blog – either way there is a list at the end of this post to help you move around all the different blogs and get many amazing ideas. We all have our country listed – so if you are looking for a demonstrator in your country, these demonstrators would love to look after you with your Stampin’ Up! ® shopping or if you would like to join our Stampin’ Up!® teams.

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For More Inspiration we have our new Tutorial Bundle

he projects featured in this bundle are totally EXCLUSIVE, which means they can not be found anywhere else online.

Measurements are in both Imperial/ US Letter size and Metric/ A4.

There are a couple of different ways to get this tutorial…

  1. Purchase the tutorial by Clicking HERE
  2. Place a $50 order with me receive for FREE
  3. Join my team & receive for FREE

Here is the sneak peek images for this months Tutorial Bundle –

Meet the Design Team of Creativity Abounds..

Stampin’ Up! Product Used in today’s project

Product List
Artfully Composed Suite Collection (English)
Basic White A4 Cardstock
Evening Evergreen A4 Cardstock
Calypso Coral A4 Card Stock
Card Stock A4 Pear Pizzazz
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
Versamark Pad
Basics Embossing Powders
Water Painters
Artfully Layered Bundle (English)
White 3/4" (1.9 Cm) Frayed Ribbon
Faux Sea Glass Shapes
Vellum 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Layering Designs
Artfully Composed 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper

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Hello Ladybug

What a cute stamp set with a coordinating punch – Hello Ladybug by Stampin’ Up! ®, found in the Jan-Jun 2022 Mini Catalogue.

I always love a bit of ‘Black and White’ and for this card I have used the Black and White Gingham Check from the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalogue. This is a Host Reward which you could earn with a $310 Order before postage.

This is a simple card, the hardest part to it is the fussy cutting and it’s a simple leaf to cut…So I know you can handle it!

Tips

  • Instead of stamping the Lady bugs body I cut from Basic Black using the punch. I wasn’t happy with the ink coverage I was getting.
  • Stamp the dots on the wings first, then stamp the Red part of the wings. Makes it so much easier to line up.
  • If using more than one stamp in the sentiment see if you can line up on one block. Sometimes you can’t do this but sometimes so easy when you can.

Measurements Used…

  • Card Base Garden Green: 10.5 x 29.9cm, score at 14.9cm
  • Card Front Basic White: 9.7 x 14.1cm
  • Card Front Mat Real Red: 10 x 14.4cm
  • Pattern Party Designer Series Paper Black & White Gingham: 4 x 14.1cm
  • Card Insert Basic White: 9.7 x 14.1cm
  • Card insert Mat Real Red: 10 x 14.4cm
  • Scrap Basic Black to Punch out Ladybug body
  • Scrap Basic White to stamp wings and large leaf

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In the Moment

Do you like the look of water colours and haven’t given it a try…..Over the last few days I have been enjoying playing around with some water colouring and I thought I would share with you on some of the things I have learnt. The image I am using is from the In the Moment Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!®.

On my Facebook Live I show how I coloured one of the images from this set and how simple it can be. Below you will find the video and some tips, I hope you will find helpful.

In the Moment Stamp set by Stampin' Up! Watercoloured

Measurements Used…

  • Card Base Misty Moonlight: 10.5 x 29.9cm, scored at 14.9cm
  • Card Mat Pattern Party Designer Series Paper: 10 x 14.4cm
  • Front Strip Melon Mambo: 5 x 10cm
  • Water colour Panel Shimmery White: 10.5 x 14.9cm
  • Card Insert Shimmery White: 10.5 x 14.9cm
https://youtu.be/1yDAKCTR11E

Tips

  • Use the right product for the project – Water colouring you need a paper that will with stand the water. Stampin’ Up! have two cardstocks for this Shimmery White and Fluid 100 water Colour Paper. It is also important to use the correct ink to stamp your image and that is Stazon Ink.
  • I have used lots of colours, you don’t need to. Start by using only 2 or 3 colours. By starting with a light colour you can build up the depth of colour by adding layers. Just let each layer dry dry a little before adding more.
  • I like to work on the side of my brush and use the tip for detail. When doing calligraphy you learn to push down on the nib to give broader strokes and lift to get finer strokes. It’s the same here..I work on the side of my brush and gently pushing down will give me that broader brush stroke, remember to keep it very gentle.
  • There are 3 brushes in the Water Painters…I like to use the finer one…work out which one works best for the job your doing.
  • Leave some white space, you don’t need to cover the complete image. If my brush has missed a spot then I leave it, white space is good.
  • Have a piece of paper towel handy – to clean your brush but to also blot out areas where you may have to much water or to remove colour

Here’s an Important Tip…..

  • LET IT DRY BEFORE MOVING ON …Allow your work to dry before adding another layer of colour…this has been my biggest hurdle as I like to get things done quickly. Slow down and allow your work to dry. Use a heat gun but be aware that it can warp your cardstock.
  • Try not to work on two areas next to each other. Ink will flow where there is water, so two wet areas next to each other colour from one will flow into the other. Example jeans and dog – if both areas are wet the blue can bleed into the brown of the dog.
  • Don’t worry if your work goes out side the lines a little. Water colour is about the flow of the colour and the softness
  • PRACTICE….practice. Play with it, have fun with it…You will find your own flow.
In the Moment Stamp Set By Stampin' Up!, also showing the inside panel of the card with a water wash under the sentiment.

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Artfully Composed Stamp Camp

with the Creativity Abounds Design Team

Yay! We are doing this again….We are starting this year off with a BANG!

Did you attend last years Creativity Abounds Stamp Camp using the Whimsy & Wonder Suite, it was so much fun that we are doing it again. This time we are using the Artfully Composed Suite.

The Artfully Composed Suite Collection consists of:

  • Artfully Layered stamp set,
  • Tropical Layers dies
  • White 3/4″ Frayed Ribbon
  • Faux Sea Glass Shapes
  • Layering Designs Vellum
  • Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper

Total Cost of the suite: $157.00

Date & Time:  January 29-30th, will post times when available

Agenda: Will post when available.

Cost: FREE when you purchase the Artfully Composed Suite. If you already have purchased the suite and want to attend, all you need to do is place an order with me for the equivalent amount using the Hostess Code – ASTDY46P

Registration Close: 21 January 2022 Order early to get your products in time so you can create on the day. Once confirmation of your order is received I will send you the extra products required for the Make’n’Takes.

What you receive…

  • Join an Exclusive Facebook Group
  • 12 Make and Take projects using the Artfully Composed Suite (posted out to you) All cut and ready to go! Just follow the Video Tutorials
  • Bonus 12 Facebook Live projects & with full PDF Instructions.
  • Access to an exclusive Facebook group where LIVE presentations will hold on the 2 days of this MEGA EVENTS on January 29th and 30th in Australia/ New Zealand. You can access the recorded Live videos anytime.
  • Registrations are open to Australian residence only. Not from Australia and want to take part let me know and I can put you in touch with one of our other Demonstrators.

What You will Require..

  • Purchased Artfully Composed Suite Collection
  • Adhesives and Tools
  • Ink Pads, if you don’t have the colours used in any of the projects swap them out with other colours you may have. I would suggest to have a Black Ink pad such as Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Extra cardstock for those BONUS projects- see the colours that co-ordinate with the suite in the Mini Catalogue or ask me

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Artfully Composed

On my FB Live I created a card using the Artfully Composed Suite and the Swipe Technique. I also showed an example of this technique using Designer Series Paper.

Artfully Composed Suite consists of- Artfully Composed Bundle with its Artfully Layered Bundle ( Artfully Layered Stamp set & Tropical Layers Dies) Stamp set, White Frayed Ribbon, Faux Sea Glass Shapes, vellum Layering Designs and Artfully Composed designer series Paper.

The cards I made uses the ‘Swiping Technique’, where you swipe the ink pad across your cardstock. The angel & pressure you hold the ink pad results in different textures. This is also a great way to add extra texture to a piece of DSP also.

Cards made using the Artfully Composed Suite by Stampin' Up! & the Swipe Technique.

Measurements Used…

  • Card Base Calypso Coral: 10.5 x 29.9cm, scored at 14.9cm
  • Mat Mint Macron: 10 x 14.4cm
  • Card front Basic White or Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper: 10.5 x 14.9cm, cut down after stamping 9.7 x 14.1cm
  • Card Insert Basic White: 10 x 14.4cm
  • Basic White scrap & Calypso Coral scrap for stamping & sentiment
  • Gold & Rose Gold Metallic Specialty Paper
  • Pale Papaya Ribbon approx 25cm

Here I have both the finished card fronts. The one one left I started with a Basic White Cardstock and swiped with the ink pads and stamped. The other piece on the right is a piece of Designer Series Paper that had mostly a white back ground and was swiped with the ink pads.

Colours Used for Swiping Technique:

Pale Papaya, Calypso Coral, Mint Macron, Pear Pizzazz

Colours in Stamping:

Old Olive, Evening Evergreen

Card fronts made using the Artfully Composed Suite by Stampin' Up! & the Swipe Technique.

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Heart & Home – Thank you

This card was made using the Heart and Home Bundle that is coming in the Stampin’ Up! ® Jan- Jun Mini Catalogue. This is a very simple card and only using a simple colour palette of Basic Gray, Basic White and Basic Black.

Stampin' Up! Heart & Home 2022 Jan- Jun Mini Catalogue

Products Used

  • Heart & Home Bundle
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • Basic Gray Catdstock
  • Basic White Cardstock
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Versa Mark
  • Basic Gray Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • White Bakers Twine

The video below was an impromptu Facebook Live showing how I created this card.

https://youtu.be/EG2HVNo0AO4

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Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks

This week on my Facebook Live I wanted to show you some of the products I have received in my pre-order from the Jan-Jun 2022 Mini Catalogue. Also I had a play with the Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks. This was the first time I had a go at using them so we learnt about them together.

Stampin' Up! Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks

Tips on using the Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks

  • Have your shammy or wipes handy to clean the masks after using – because the masks are a dark colour the ink sitting on them is not really visible. It’s very easy to turn over and get ink on your work. So clean straight away.
  • Mask off areas your not using on both the mask and cardstock…even for the small leaves
  • With a permanent pen (Sharpie) mark 1 & 2 on the flower mask so you remember which one to use first.
  • Always start with your light colour first.
  • Watch what colours your putting together because the colours layer on top of each other and you may end up with a new colour ‘Mud’
  • Leaf Mask – use your blending brush up and down not in a circular motion.

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