Friday, February 17, 2017

TGIF #95 | Birds of a Feather

 Hello, Hello! It's Friday. Yay for the weekend and Yay that its TGIF Challenge time. We have a fabulous theme challenge for you - Birds of a Feather.

 I hear you asking, what does that actually mean. Your creation can be birds, feathers, the colours and patterns in the challenge picture. Whatever you see in the image that inspires you!
I've gone for a bright Crushed Curry and Dapper Denim card for you today using the Best Birds stamp set and the Birds and Blooms Thinlits from the 2016 - 2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. I had been using a lot of products from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue that I nearly forgot that I had this set and thinlits. Bit of a first world problem, yes I know.

It's a quick card for you today with some bright colours.

I started with a Crushed Curry watercolour wash background on Shimmery White cardstock. I chose Crushed Curry over Daffodil Delight because I thought that it was brighter than Daffodil Delight and was a great match to the Dapper Denim.  And then you know what the rest of the card was put together from scraps or bits of scraps that were lying around on my desk after my recent craftermaths (means lots of crafting with lots of mess. Craft + Aftermath = Craftermath. Ha!)





I love how super quick this card was to make yet it is super fun. Maybe next time you are creating have a look around at the scraps near where you are working and try and put something together. You might just be surprised with what you come up with. Can't waste any crafting products.

Check out the other 'Bird' inspiration over at TGIF Challenges and then add your own creation to the challenge. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Lift Me Up Birthday

Why, hello there! I'm so glad you could join us. How amazing was Paula's card??!! I love her use of colour and colouring. I think I'm going to call her the 'Queen of Colour'! 

This week, the Artisan Design team is bringing you lots of fabulous inspiration using the Lift Me Up stamp set from the so fabulous, 2017 Occasions Catalogue.

How amazing are those Hot Air Balloons? Love the vintage look and flair to this stamp set and how amazing are the Up & Away Thinlits that go with this set. so delicate and so detailed. I love co-ordinating products and Stampin' Up! are so very good at co-ordination.

The colours for my card today all come from the co-ordinating Sale-a-bration DSP,  Carried Away,  that you can get for FREE with a qualifying order.

I decided to start with the Vellum layer stamping and heat embossing the super cute little clouds all over for a gorgeous background. Too cute!I marked out first with a pencil where to stamp each cloud and ruled some very faint lines to make sure that each row was straight. I'm a bit anal with things like that! Got to be in line and it all has to be straight! Ha!


Next I die cut the large balloon out of Watermelon Wonder cardstock and put behind it Gold Glimmer paper. The little bits of bling and sparkle poking through are super pretty and so sparkly!!! Love it! The glimmer paper looks amazing as it catches the light with movement. Pretty, pretty, pretty!


I stamped and heat embossed the smaller balloon with Versamark and Gold Stampin' Emboss powder. You may notice in a lot of my creations is that I use a lot of embossing powder and heat embossing. I just love the added look that embossing gives to any creation. Its another added layer of texture and I love my cards and creations to have lots of layers and texture.


Now normally clouds are either white or grey but because I was going with the colours in the Carried Away Sale-a-bration DSP they had to be Mint Macaron. I stamped Mint Macaron ink on to Mint Macaron cardstock and then very quickly poured over Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder for a shimmery/shinny look to the clouds.


Lots of my favourite ribbons and trims to finish it all off. Love that 5/8" Burlap Ribbon! I don't think I can make a card without it! More layers and texture.

Now on to Canada with the lovely and amazing, Shannon Lane.

http://crushoncolour.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/artisan-feb-2.html

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Stamp Review Crew | Sunshine Sayings

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Hello and welcome to this edition of the Stamp Review Crew. We are bringing (well, trying to) lots of sunshine your way using the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. This fabulous set also has some awesome framelits, Sunshine Wishes, that co-ordinate with it.

 If you are joining us for the first time we are a group of International Stampin' Up! demonstrators that show one Stampin' Up! stamp set at a time, every first and third Monday's of the month. Be sure to make your way around the hop by clicking the next button at the bottom of each post. If you get lost along the way click on the banner at the top of each post and that will lead you to the list of hoppers so you can continue seeing all the fabulous creations.




I love all the words in this set. Aren't they fabulous? Makes for a very versatile set.

My card today only uses the 'Happy Birthday' from the set but because of the nature of the card you can change up any of the words to make it your own.



I started with the random stamping of the 'Happy Birthday' using Sahara Sand Classic Ink on Shimmery White cardstock. I stamped it either in full strength, stamped off once or even stamped off twice to get a variation in colour. I then used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to created a rectangle panel. This is oh, so easy to do and makes your Stitched Shapes Framelits even more versatile again. Just search Stampin' Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits on You Tube and there are loads of tutorials on there on how you too can do this. What would we do without You Tube?

 I then stamped the floral image using Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink on to Watermelon Wonder Cardstock. I love the tone on tone for the flower and it creates such a fabulous look.


The stem from the flower is from the is from the fabulous thinlits set that co-ordinates with this set. I just cut the top off the floral die cut so I could use just the stem part.

All finished off with some of the Watermelon Wonder Mini Striped Ribbon, Basic Black Bakers Twine and the super cute Sending Love Wooden Embellishments.

Just a little something that you can easily re-create with any of the other words in the set.

Now on to fellow Aussie, Jess Williams. I'm sure she will knock your socks off with her creation.

http://thepapercaper.com.au/2017/02/06/src_ss/

http://thispinkrooster.blogspot.com/2017/02/stamp-review-crew-sunshine-sayings.html


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Sale-a-bration 2017

Hello and welcome to you all! A very warm welcome to you visiting here today! You may have arrived here from my lovely friend in New Zealand, Paula Dobson. How gorgeous were here chickens? 

This week the Artisan Design Team is featuring the stamp sets that you can get for FREE during Stampin' Up!s Sale-a-bration 2017. Who doesn't love Sale-a-bration and FREEBIES? There are lots of fabulous products on offer this year, something for everyone. I'm going to show you a cute quick little creation using the Any Occasions set.

This set has 20 gorgeous photopolymer images to create some fabulous little banners for any occasion. The possibilities are endless.


I've created a 'For You' card but you can change it up to any occasion that you need a card for.

How cute is the gorgeous little heart stamp over the background? I love the scattering of the hearts and you may think that I just randomly stamped them around because that is the way it looks but in fact I didn't. I put the Hearts Mask from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks over the Shimmery White cardstock, and because that gorgeous heart stamp is so small I was able to stamp it inside each heart in the mask to create a 'random' look.


Over the hearts is a splattering of Gold Wink of Stella. The best way to splatter the Wink is to use the lid of the Wink of Stella to 'flick' the brush end off the inside lip of the lid, away from you of course, and it will create a gorgeous, sparkly splattered look.


To make sure that I got everything in the right place I traced the outside of the circle Stitched Shapes Framelits just so I knew how big the circle was. 

I love the stamping of the 'lacy' banner on the Sahara Sand cardstock.The tone on tone is a beautiful soft look. The Basic Black just stands out beautifully and the Melon Mambo streamers still have their vibrancy stamped on to the Sahara Sand cardstock. I would normally use Whisper White for the circle layer but I found that the white got lost with the white background where as the Sahara Sand creates a lovely contrast.


I hope that you've enjoyed my Sale-a-bration project today for another idea on how your can use the Any Occasions Sale-a-bration stamp set. 

Now on to the Queen of Colour, Shannon Lane in Canada and her fabulous Sale-a-bration creation.

http://crushoncolour.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/artisan-feb-1.html

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Just Add Ink #345 | Just Add a Sketch

Welcome, Welcome. It's Just Add Ink time and we have a new sketch for you. Just love me a sketch.

I've combined an image from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration stamp set, Delicate Details, with some of my other favourite Stampin' Up! products.


I started with the Basic Black layer, splattered some Gold Wink of Stella over it and created a stitched border using the sewing machine. To get a straight line with the sewing machine I like to mark out the lines, very faintly, first to give me a guide as to where to sew. It may be a bit pedantic but I like straight lines, ok! Ha!


The lace image comes from the Sale-a-bration stamp set, Delicate Details. Its so pretty. All you have to do to get your hands this stamp set is spend $90 AUD on any Stampin' Up! products (not including P&H) and it can be all yours for FREE! Click on the product images below for my Australian Online Stampin' Up! store.

I've layered the Pop of Pink DSP with the new Lace Doilies and a Circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I love those Framelits, a lot! I don't think I can use the plain circles anymore. The stitched shapes are just so gorgeous! 


Don't recognise the 'leaf' image in the Shimmery White Circle? That comes from the Vertical Garden stamp set. It looks fabulous stamped in the Basic Black ink.


I really enjoyed creating this card and finishing it off with some sequins, Enamel Shapes, Basic Rhinestones and some Gold Metallic Thread.

Head on over to Just Add Ink to see what the rest of the incredible design team have for your viewing pleasure. We hope to see an entry from you!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Stamp Review Crew | SAB Bonus Hop

 http://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2017/01/2017-sab-free-for-all.html

Hello and welcome to this special edition of the Stamp Review Crew - 2017 Sale-a-bration Free for All. This hop we are focusing on all the fabulous products that you can get for FREE, yes that's right for FREE from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration promotion.

If you are joining us for the first time we are a group of International Stampin' Up! demonstrators that show one Stampin' Up! stamp set at a time, every first and third Monday's of the month, with the exception of this Bonus Hop today.  Be sure to make your way around the hop by clicking the next button at the bottom of each post. If you get lost along the way click on the banner at the top of each post and that will lead you to the list of hoppers so you can continue seeing all the fabulous creations.

There a lots of fun and fabulous products on offer this year. Something for everyone!


 All you have to do to get your hands on one of these products is spend $90 AUD on any Stampin' Up! products (not including P&H) and one of these products can be all yours for FREE! Who doesn't love a freebie or two?
I know we are the Stamp Review Crew and normally we focus on one stamp set at a time but this hop I wanted to focus on a DSP in the 2017 Sale-a-bration line up (pun intended, Ha!), Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.

This is a 12"x12" DSP that you can colour in yourself. There are four designs and you get 3 of each design in a pack.  And the designs lend themselves to be coloured with the new and fabulous Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me playing around with this DSP last week.  I was having a bit of a practice with the Watercolour pencils before I got stuck into my project for today.



I think I've picked the most detailed design of all the four designs in the Inside the Lines DSP pack and I'm not going to lie and say that this has been a quick project because this has taken me about 25+ hours, on and off throughout the week, mostly after dinner while watching TV to colour it in. Lucky I love it otherwise I probably would have stopped after the first night.





I had originally thought to cut out a section of the DSP and then turn it into a card but after all that work and effort that I put into colouring it in I couldn't bring myself to cut it up. It was just too pretty! I love the sheet of DSP in the beautiful dark frame. The contrast of the frame with the colours in the DSP is gorgeous and makes for a beautiful decor piece in your home.

To colour it in I laid down a little bit of colour in each flower or leaf and then used the Aqua painter to pull the colour out and to give it that water colour look. The water colour pencils are really so easy to use. Make sure when using the Aqua painter on the DSP not to use too much water otherwise the colour would just pool everywhere on the page. I found the best was to have as dry a brush you could have. Basically the brush was just damp and that worked the best for me.

Check out this clip from Stampin' Up! on other fabulous ways you can colour the Inside the Lines DSP.  There are lots of different ways you can colour this DSP. You are only limited by your imagination.




I hope that I've inspired you today with the Inside the Lines DSP. Remember to get this DSP you need to spend $90 AUD with me on any Stampin' Up! products (not including P&H) and the Inside the Lines DSP (#143830) is all yours for FREE!

Next up is the fabulous and fellow Artisan team member, Tanya Boser.

http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/01/src2017sab.html

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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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