Saturday, 1 July 2017

Live, Laugh, Love with the Delightful Daisy Bundle

Wow, the Delightful Daisy bundle by Stampin Up has been so popular that the punch has temporarily sold out.
I didn't think I would need this bundle when I first saw it in the catalogue, but I'm ever so glad my friend and fellow demonstrator, Leonie Schroder, showed me the error of my thinking. I have loved creating many cards with this set, and being able to make flowers on wire stalks is an added bonus. 

Here is one of the cards I made recently.

I made this card before the change in our IN Colours and used Watermelon Wonder (now retired )  to stamp a couple of daisies, then sponged with both Watermelon Wonder and Melon Mambo. The additional colour helps to blend and brighten the effect on the petals.

I punched out two daisy shapes for each flower and adhered them with some Fast Fuse.  I love how the areas that have been left white really brighten the flower head.

The background paper is one of the gorgeous designs from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and it has been layered onto Watermelon Wonder and Thick Whisper White card stock.

The greeting is one of my favourite sayings and it comes with some other great word stamps in the Layering Love stamp set on page 46 of the Annual Catalogue. I heat embossed the words so they would stand out against the paper.

This card was so much fun to make and I've made a number of others based on a similar layout.
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 I cannot finish this post without offering each of you a fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during  our July Special. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during July.
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Best Wishes and Happy Crafting 

Ann C 

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Tips for Masking Images Stamped Onto Cards

I've just done another video and I'm feeling a little better about it. This time the topic is Masking Tips to use when you want to place one image in front of another without creating a mess!

Here is the finished card.

These chics are so cute and although this is a Sale-A-Bration set and no longer available to purchase, you can use the theory behind the masking on all types of images.
I made a mask for the chic in the centre - 1. because that is the easiest of the 3 shapes to cut out and 
2. because I pre-determined which way I wanted the chooks to be facing. 

I have a video of the method I used in the masking: take a look to see my hints on how to achieve perfect masking.

but I also wanted to show you some more of the painting and the finished card.

Adding a bit of colour makes a big difference to the effect, and for this chook I've used an Aqua Painter and blended Crushed Curry with Pumpkin Pie to create the shadows. 

Lots of lovely colours to brighten up the look of the chickens, and using the darker colours on the two outside birds makes the centre one really stand out. You can see some of the hand drawn details at the bottom of this photo - I used a Black Stampin' Write Marker to sketch these in.

Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  

If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.

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 Until next time

Happy Stamping! 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Stampin' Up! Product Retirement List 2017

Hello and I've got great news for those of you who love a bargain.

The Stampin' Up! Product Retirement List is available and you can order from today until May 31st, 2017.

Some excellent bargains with discounts of up to 50%.
Papers, stamps, embellishments and tools.

Check out the list by selecting the image:

For On-Line orders, add the host code: KV4QGX7R at the end of the order.

If you prefer you can email me an order.

Have fun deciding on what you "need"!

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Create a Seaside Scene With High Tide Stamp Set.

I love working from scratch and creating scenes with my inks and stamps, and the High Tide set by Stampin' Up! does not disappoint. I envisaged a stormy late afternoon for this scene, and used a combination of techniques including: sponging, masking, water colouring and stamping.

Here is the card I made.

The colour palette I used consists of the following Stampin' Up! classic ink colours: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze, Sweet Sugarplum, Perfect Plum, Night of Navy, Soft Suede and Memento Black.

I created a mask for the light house and the lower half of the scene and started to sponge with the lightest colour first. I built up storm clouds using a mask torn from scrap paper, and created the headland in the distance using another torn piece of paper as a mask. You can give an indication of falling rain by swiping your sponge loaded with a darker colour, in  the one direction.

Then I stamped the water in Marina Mist and Night of Navy, plus I added sponged Sweet Sugarplum and Night of Navy. the foreground is stamped in Daffodil Delight and Cajun Craze, and the light house is stamped in Soft Suede and Night of Navy. I then dragged a little Suede ink across the white bits to soften the effect.  The grasses at the front are stamped with Cajun Craze and Navy and the birds are in Memento Black.

To finish off the card I heat embossed a sentiment in White Embossing Powder, and matted the image onto white before adhering it to a black card base. 

Sale A Bration has now finished, so I hope you did not miss out on your favourite set. The good news is a new Annual Catalogue is due in just 2 months. Lucky me will get to see and pre purchase from it next week!!. That is one of the Demonstrator perks if you go along to On Stage. I love On Stage (used to be called Convention) and have not missed one in my 10 years as a demonstrator.

If you would like to be able to see and purchase items before everyone else you can join my team - it is such a fun way to fund your hobby, and if you wish, to earn additional income.

Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Hey Chic Happy Easter

We had lots of fun at Tuesday craft group today, playing with the Hey Chic stamp set from Stampin' Up! and creating cute little Easter Gifts. 

I wasn't going to get the little egg cartons from the Occasions Catalogue, but decided at the last minute they would be a fun 3-D item to create with my daytime classes. I've been wanting to work with the Hey Chic stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue (yes it's free!) since I first saw it, and I have to say it really was so much fun. 

I love colouring - we stamped this image on Thick White Card stock, using Archival Black Ink. I then coloured the image with an Aqua Painter and 3 Classic Inks: Crushed Curry, Pacific Point and Cherry Cobbler. Very quick and very easy.

I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch for the top of the tag  and threaded 3 colours of retired Seam Binding through the opening. This was tied with Gold Cord. 

We created a Belly Band with papers from a Designer Series Paper Stack and attached the tag with a single dimensional. The chick was given some highlights with the Clear Wink of Stella and a few gold sequins were dotted directly onto the tag and the Egg Carton. 

This was so quick to make that the ladies had time to create a card of their own design using more stamps from the Hey Chic set. Some wonderful, creative cards resulted. 

Just a quick post today,

Hope you enjoyed it and Happy Crafting until next time.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Avant Garden Cards from Stampin' Up! Sale A Bration Freebies

With just a few more days left of Sale A Bration from Stampin' Up! I decided to highlight one of the sets at my last Stamp A Stack  class. The stamp set I chose is Avant Garden. It is a pretty set with lovely images and nice greetings. I wanted to show my class how versatile the set is and how different style cards for different occasions can be easily made.

Here are all the cards:

I used different colours for each card and different techniques combined with embellishments.
The first card is stamped on water-colour paper.  I used Memento Jet Black ink to stamp the image, and coloured it using an Aqua Painter. Old Olive for the greenery and Rose Red for the flower petals.

The detail below shows the water washed background and you may be surprised to know that is done with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. I love how the ink throws out it's base colours when it is mixed with water and you can see here that pinks (reds) and greens emerge from the Chocolate ink. We all know that complimentary colours make neutrals when mixed together, but it always amazes me when I pick up brown from the palette and end up with pink and green on the card!

I tore some layers to create interest, first the water colour paper and then some Whisper White was torn on the opposite angle. This was all wrapped generously with Linen Thread and I took  inspiration from Billie Moan with the multiple bow.

The greeting is stamped on Whisper White then cut out with the Big Shot and a framelit from the Layering Circles Framelit Set and the Stitched Framelit circle 

Don't you just love those Stitched Framelits? I'm so glad I purchased mine when they were available, and I've heard a whisper they might be available again in the next Annual Catalogue.

I'll do a separate post for each of the cards, so check back again this week for information on the others.

As I mentioned at the top of the post - there are only a few more days of Sale A Bration 2017. This is our biggest promotion of the year and that means free products for you. It also means added gifts if you decide to join the Stampin' Up! family. I would love you to join my team - you can read all about joining here. It is an easy on-line application and there are just 5 days left to get 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice in the already fantastic value Starter kit that you customise for yourself.

 Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit. That means potentially over $400 worth for just $169

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Papers - Card with Poinsettia.

Poinsettias are great for Australian Christmas cards and this older stamp goes really well with the "This Christmas" Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack.

The paper is a little lighter in weight  than most of the DSP packs, but you get 24 sheets, 4 each of 6 double sided designs. This gives you heaps of options for card fronts, and I've chosen 2 of them to go with my water-coloured Poinsettias.

The first card uses a Black and White patterned paper that contrasts well with the red poinsettia.
I used an Aqua Painter to colour the image, after stamping in Memento Black, and then lightly sponged the edges of the petals with Memento to add some definition.

The Poinsettia is fussy cut in one layer and made to look 3-D through colouring. I've used one of the new Lace Doilies  that is part of the Falling In Love Suite in the current Occasions Catalogue. These doilies are so versatile with one side being White and the other Vanilla.

The centre of the flower is coloured with a Gold Wink Of Stella.

The second card has a little extra added, by creating some leaves and adhering them behind the petals of the flower. The leaves are actually the larger petals of the flower coloured green instead of red.  I also added a little gold thread behind the flower.

Sale A Bration is drawing to a close (less than 2 weeks) so don't miss out on the fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit. That means potentially over $400 worth for just $169.
Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Beautiful You - Wishing You Brighter Days To Come

 Beautiful You - Wishing us all brighter days to come.

It's been a while since I posted, mainly because I have not felt much like crafting due to the tragic death of a life long friend. It is ironic to me that I made this card for a class the very day that Max's plane crashed shortly after take-off, killing all 5 on board. I tend not to make sympathy or "feel better" cards. To finish this card in class and feel quite happy about the way it looked, to seeing the news of a plane crash and very shortly after having confirmation that my worst fears were correct is just strange. It will take a long time to come to terms with all that has happened. 

I will share the card and then some photos of our trip to Melbourne to farewell our childhood friend of over 57 years.

I used the paper piecing method for the dress and umbrella . The background is stamped in Blushing Bride and I've matted the image onto some of the Free Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper.

As you can see I'm finding it a little hard to concentrate on card making and hope you will forgive the sketchy descriptions.

So  now I'll tell you a little about our "Christmas Family".

I think it was about 1959 that my family started camping down at Tyrone foreshore near Rye, on Port Phillip Bay. 6 - 8 weeks of summer bliss for our family of 5 children and we very soon made friends with the other kids on the beach. Some of them camped like us and others had a holiday house and boat shed. Wonderful days of sun, swimming, making cubbies in the bush behind the cliff and under upturned dinghies, sand castles, skiffle boarding in the shallows, and as we got older, sailing and water skiing added to the fun. Discos on the beach in boat shed 47 - yes we did the Stomp, and other crazy dances in the sand, saw (heard) the Beatles rise in popularity, got the best sun tans (paying for that now!) and never got bored. At the end of the holiday we'd say goodbye to our friends until the following Christmas and then take up where we left off.
Teenage years were just as much fun with the dances down at Sorrento, trips to the back beaches for a bit of surf or rock pool fun, more sun bathing, Dromana Drive In for movie nights and skiing, sailing and boat trips out to the Fort and Mud Island. Exploring the tunnels on the Fort, trying to avoid the mutton birds. So many adventures! By this time we started seeing each other during the year. The odd school dance, trips to the pool and visits to each others homes.

Max was always a part of this "Christmas Family" - the boat driver, the water ski instructor and sailor even tho' he was just one year older - age differences didn't matter much, we were just a big group of kids having fun.
Tertiary education, jobs, marriages, children - they all happened but even then we still enjoyed those wonderful Christmas holidays down at the beach in our younger adult hood. We wanted our children to have the same healthy happy holidays we had, and many of our children have become friends too. We moved interstate in 1973, but still the visits for a "party" weekend continued - either at our place in Canberra or back at the beach. Dinner parties in the caravan, New Years Eve set up amongst the camps - and Max would fly to King Island to get the crayfish so they were nice and fresh for the celebration. What wonderful memories - we were so lucky!

My husband and I took time for a bit of a nostalgic trip this weekend. We have both known and loved Max for many years. Driving along the peninsula and visiting places we used to frequent when we were teenagers in the 60's, was nice. Where has the time gone?

So on March 6 we said a final goodbye to our friend. The service at the Frankston Arts Centre was lovely - huge numbers of people attending from all walks of life - Max had his finger in lots of pies! and it was lovely to catch up with so many of them.

But the very best part was going back to the beach with a smaller group, after the service. Having sunset "drinkies" listening to music and reliving memories with so many old friends and Max's family, made this special as this was the place that our friendship began so many years ago.
The balloons flying over the ocean were a lovely final tribute from his wife and family.

Sunset over Port Phillip Bay near Mornington March 6, 2017

Sorrento Back Beach Pock Pool

Final farewell from 4 very old friends - in front of Boat shed 47 - Tyrone Foreshore. March 6, 2017.