Friday, January 20, 2017

#TGIFC 91 | Show me the love

OK. I know I've done a lot of Valentine's Day creations for you lately. I've been having so much fun with some of the new products from Stampin' Up! dedicated to Valentines Day and I was on a roll. And today is no different with the new #tgifc challenge for this week being all things love.

I've incorporated some products from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue as well as the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalogue for my love inspired card for you today.

I've used the 'You' from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set and the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, that are from the Annual Catalogue and then combined it with some of the products from the Sending Love Suite from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue.

I'm not normally a pink and red girl and have always been told that these two colours don't go together but I'm liking the combination of Pink Pirouette and Real Red. I think they look fantastic together. 

I started off with the Pink Pirouette water colour wash for the background and then splattered some Gold Wink of Stella. Still loving that stuff! Looks fabulous splattered on a water colour background. Well, I think it does. I then played around with the rest of the elements swapping them around and them moving them into place till I was happy with the result. Sometimes it takes me ages to be happy with the final result but this time it was quite quick and didn't take me long at all. Love when a card comes together quickly.

Its all finished off with some Subtles Enamel Shapes, Sending Love Embellishments, Mini Paper Clips and some Gold Metallic Thread.

You really must pop over to the blog and check out all the other TGIFC DT's cards. There really is something for everyone with all the different creations! While you are there check out all the details on how to enter your creation.
I'm so looking forward to seeing all your creations and whatever inspires your 'love' creation!

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Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Sealed With Love

Welcome to the very first 2017 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. I am super excited and oh so thrilled to be sharing creations with you all! I feel like this day has been a long time coming since I got the call to be on the ADT and am still pinching myself that I was chosen. The team comprises of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the globe. I feel so honoured to be one of the three chosen from the South Pacific region.

Just a little bit about me before we start. My name is Rochelle Blok and I live in the South-East Suburbs in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in country Victoria, South Gippsland, on a dairy farm. So what’s the saying ‘You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl’. I love suburbia life but can very much relate to wide open spaces and country living. I’ve been married now for 15 ½ years and we have 3 wonderful children, 2 beautiful boys and a gorgeous girl, ages 13, 11 and 8. I’m a stay at home mum, work in the office of our small business and a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. All of these things keep me busy and ‘out of trouble’ but I would have to say that my love, besides my hubby and kids, is being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and all things crafting! If I could craft all day, everyday, I'd be one happy woman!

Our hop today is focusing on the Sealed with Love stamp set. Lots of fabulous ideas for you especially for Valentine's Day coming up.

What a fabulous set to start our first hop with!! Loving it!

I do tend to like to use Kraft/Crumb Cake on my creations and I think that it looks fabulous with the Real Red accents. Loving the contrast! I used the little heart stamp to make a border on my card and then made my own 'DSP' as such and used that for the super cute envelope on the card and the crumb cake panel on the gift bag. How gorgeous are those mini envelopes from the Love Notes Framelits Dies. They are just too cute for words!  The card and bag have been embellished with the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Mini Paper Clips, Sending Love Ribbon Combo and the Sending Love Embellishments. Loving the mix of the gorgeous stamp images, the Real Red and Crumb Cake combo and the wooden embellishments. 

Now on to the ever fabulous Shannon Lane from Canada. I've admired her creations for a while now and can't believe I'm now on the ADT with her too!

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Just Add Ink #343 | Pop-Up/Interactive Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to Just Add Ink for 2017. We are so looking forward to getting back into sharing our creations with you and inspiring you for each challenge every week.

We thought we would start of the year with a bang and have a big blog hop for you all with the theme of Pop-Up/Interactive.

There a loads of fabulous products out there in the market at the moment for Pop up and interactive cards and aren't they all amazing!!

I've actually gone with a card that I've seen floating around Pinterest for a while called the Twist and Pop card. It looks tricky but really it isn't. Probably the most tricky part about it is to trying to photograph it. That was hard. Hopefully my pictures will show you how it works.

And again I've gone with a Valentines Day theme creation. Loving the Sealed with Love stamp set and the super cute Framelits, Love Notes.

The front of the card looks like any other card from the front. Here I've used my favourite pattern from the Sending Love DSP stack. Those little hearts are so very gorgeous but now I've used them all up finishing this creation. Insert sad face here! 

I embellished the front with a Double lot of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Actually what happened is I die cut the larger circle first and thought it was too big for the teeny tiny, very cute envelope and then cut the next sized circle from the larger circle. I then left the smaller one in the larger one and liked the look of the double 'stitching' and left it like that.

Upon opening that's when this card goes from being a normal card to a 'Twist and Pop' card. The mechanics of the card make it so that the 'pop' up middle section lies flat inside when the card is closed and then as you open it the middle section twists and pops open.

I've decorated the inside with more of the cute heart Sending Love DSP stack and some Pool Party Stitched Shapes Squares.

And then its all finished off with one of the heart images from Sealed with Love stamp set and die cut with the Love Notes Framelits. These can be 'Popped' up too as the die doesn't cut the top and the bottom part where the outline meets the heart. So gorgeous!!!

I found the tutorial for this card on Pinterest so if you want to make it too, check it out here.

Next on to my fabulous friend, Chloe Evans. Love her and love her creations!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sending Love Origami Heart Bookmarks

Hello! I'm finally back for 2017. I've had a most wonderful time away camping with my hubby and kids, enjoying the great outdoors. Lots of sun, a bit of sand, swimming at the beach, fishing, catching up on some good books, relaxing, and just having an all round fabulous time while away. 
I thought I would start off this year with something simple and so easy to do, Origami Heart Bookmarks. They are oh, so easy to make and make a gorgeous little gift for you loved one this coming Valentine's Day.

I've seen them everywhere on Pinterest and wanted to give them a go. I followed this tutorial to make them. They take no time at all to fold and are super cute too.

The Sending Love Glassine Sheets are a perfect thickness for Origami and the folds are effortless to make. If you are using a DSP, like the Sending Love DSP stack, you will need to use a bone folder with each fold to get them crisp.

Once folded they just slip on to the corner of your page and mark your spot perfectly. Because they are folded flat they fit inside a card for your loved one this Valentines Day. Perfect for the book worm in your life.

This Real Red one is gorgeous. So bright!

You can leave them plain or dress them up with a few accents and embellishments. I've used some of the Love Notes Framelits Dies to embellish mine and added a small wooden heart from the Sending Love Embellishments

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2017! I hope that you all have a wonderful time this festive season with your friends and family.

I'm so very thankful for all your support of my blog for 2016 and I'm so excited to for what 2017 will bring.

I'm just letting you know that I'm having a short break from blogging to have some R & R for a couple of weeks with my husband and kids. I will be back mid-Jan for some more cards and creations. Can't wait to show you some of my creations for when I get back!

Thanks for all your support and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Just Add Ink #342 | Just Add N

WOW! The last challenge for Just Add Ink for 2016!!! Where did the year go! And what a fabulous challenge we have for you too! 

Just Add 'N'. Could be a colour like Night of Navy, a theme like New Years Eve, your favourite stamp set that starts with N or what I have done used some new products.

My creation this week is using some new products from the up coming Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue that starts 4th Jan 2017. Not long now! See of you can pick them.

I started with the new embossing folder Falling Petals Textured Impressions embossing folder. I thought it looked more like hearts than petals. Still gorgeous either way!

I've then layered an all new Lace Doily with a Vellum Scalloped circle and a piece of the Sending Love Glassine Sheet cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The Glassine Sheets have been printed with a delicate white hearts and is also fabulous for bags and envelopes.

Speaking of envelopes, Oh My!!!! How super cute is the little envelope on the front! This is one of the new dies from the Love Notes Framelits! I die cut it out of the new 6"x 6"Sending Love DSP stack. My favourite of this DSP is these little hearts. Love, Love, Love. These little envelopes are crazy cute and there is also a die in the framelit set that you can die cut out a little note to put inside it! So fabulous for a few little love notes to your partner or pop them in your kids lunch box for school to let them know you are thinking of them. They'll love it!

The arrow is also part of the Love Notes Framelit Dies set. I cut it in half to make it look longer than it actually is and hid the two halves behind the envelope. Looks gorgeous die cut in the Gold Glimmer Paper.

My last two new products on my card is the little wooden heart on the front. That is from the Sending Love Embellishments and the other new product is the 'Hugs & Kisses' sentiment comes from the new Sealed with Love stamp set. Most of the products I've used today are from the Sending Love Suite in the Occasions Catalogue.

Did you notice the new watermark??? EEK!!! Super excited to use it for the first time today!

This challenge will run for two weeks, so once the hustle and bustle of Christmas dies down you still have plenty of time to join in. Or if you want to escape for a few moments creating to take a break from the busy time, there is plenty of time to get your creation in. If you can't join in this week make sure that you still have a look at the creations from the Just Add Ink DT for some fabulous inspiration!

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Friday, December 9, 2016

#tgifc85 | Tin of Tags Sketch

Oh yeah! It's sketch challenge time over at #tgifc. I think you all know by now this is my favourite type of challenge.

 This sketch is so fab that you can use it in either orientation. You might need to put your thinking caps on though for what to do with those squares and rectangles.

I'm still in Christmas creations mode so I have another Christmas card for you today using the Tin of Tags stamp set. I so love this set. The fonts a stunning!

I started with the snowflake image from this set and did a bit of the Watercolour Emboss Resist Technique. Once I had put down the layer of watercolour wash I got my Aqua painter and flicked the brush with just water to give a splattered look through the wash of colour.

 I embossed the snowflakes onto one piece of cardstock and then cut it up after the watercolour wash had dried. Would have been a bit tricky to try and do it the other way round.

How fabulous are those Stitched Shapes Framelits? Who would have thought that a little dotted line around the circle would change up the whole look of the card. They are so good! 

Last, but not least, I added some of the beautiful ribbon, trim and embellishments Stampin' Up! has to offer to finish it all off! 

We would love to see you join in the fun for the challenge this week!! Check out the sketch and DT inspiration and then make your own creation!

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