Friday, 3 November 2017

Hearts Come Home For Christmas

I love the simplicity of the Hearts Come Home stamp set by Stampin Up! Add to that a fantastic set of dies named Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies and you are set to make a whole range of lovely cards. 

My featured card today is one that I created for my Card Buffet held in October and it uses a couple of the stamps from the Hearts Come Home set, the Stitched Edge Framelits and the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder (p. 211 of the Annual Catalogue) 

I wanted to keep this as a clean and simple card - a little bit folksy, as  these images remind me  of Folk Art. 
I simply stamped the house twice: once in Real Red and once in Marina Mist, then cut the roof off the Marina Mist image and raised it on Mini Dimensionals. The trees are stamped with  Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz inks from Stampin' Up! and the stars are Crushed Curry.

Notice the little red bow. That is a cute technique that Shelly Gardner taught us at a presentation on the Thailand Achievers Trip this year. The ribbon is the Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon (p. 29 Holiday Catalogue) and it crinkles up like this if you heat it with the Heat Tool used for heat embossing. Give it a try it is really fun to see it shrink and crinkle!

Here is a list of the products I used for this card. Remember you can make a wide variety of cards with these products, especially if you purchase the bundle (saving yourself 10%) and combine it with other items you may already have. 

A quick hint with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder. It is called "Dynamic" because it is extra thick and gives very detailed impressions. You only need to use one cutting mat with these folders, and that should go on top of the embossing folder. Check out the instructions and visual on p. 211 of the Annual Catalogue.

As this post is published I will be in the final preparations for a trip to the home of Stampin' Up! - Salt Lake City Utah. I'm looking forward to meeting up with other international demonstrators and attending the festivities that will be the start of 30 Year Celebrations for Stampin' Up! What a wonderful milestone in the crafting industry - such a great company to work with. 

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. 
Until next time
Happy Crafting
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

New Stampin Up Alcohol Pens - Blends

It's the start of a new month and Stampin' Up are releasing their wonderful new alcohol ink pens - Blends - to the public. As a demonstrator I have had access to them for a couple of weeks and all I can say is...
 L O V E !

I've always been a fan of alcohol inks - the rich colours and wonderful blending opportunities and I did love the original Blendabilities from Stampin' Up! but due to some manufacturing issues they did not come up to the high standards set by Stampin' Up! and were withdrawn from the market. I still have heaps of mine and still love them, but the Blends are another step above those and are just so easy to use.

Any stamp that can be coloured  is perfect for the blends and today I am sharing some cards using the "Remarkable You" stamp set that I heat embossed with copper and coloured with Blends.

The Blends are dual tipped and come in 12  exclusive Stampin' Up! colours that coordinate with our card stock and embellishments, and each colour comes in a Light shade and a Dark shade that allows for easy blending of the colours. They are artist quality and therefor give you awesome results. 
There is also a Bronze, Ivory and a Color Lifter.

You will become an instant artist using the Blends and if you are unsure you can join one of my classes for some additional hints on techniques with the Blends.

The detail here shows one of the "Remarkable You" stamps that has been heat embossed with copper then coloured with the light and dark Rich Razzleberry Blends and highlighted with the colour lifter. 

It is recommended that you use Memento Black ink on Whisper White card to achieve great results. You will find the colours bleed through the paper so always work on your Stampin' Up! grid paper and not directly onto a card base. 

On November 1st you will have the opportunity to purchase an awesome stamp set that has been created to use with the Blends. You can also get a fabulous card kit, but you'll need to be quick as the kits are available only while stocks last. Order yours today. 

Don't you just adore those envelopes with the metalic trim? The whole kit is fun to use and you can follow the instruction in the kit or use your own greetings to change the cards. 

Save 10% by ordering the bundle and you will automatically be entered into my WIN A BIG SHOT promotion. 
Don't forget to put your name on the order so I know who you are!

So much excitement for one day. I can highly recommend the Blends to you - they are quick and easy to use and give fantastic results. 

I will be overseas for a couple of weeks in November so the first technique class on the Blends will be Monday November 27. Contact me if you are interested in some extra hints and techniques. 

Until Next time,

Happy Crafting

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Monday, 30 October 2017

This Little Piggy - Sweet & Humorous Cards for All Occasions

When the 2017 -18 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue was released, one of the stamp sets that caught my eye was the "This Little Piggy" set on page 48. As many of you know I love to colour, and I could imagine this set done in watercolour and this is what I came up with for my daytime class. 

I've used a couple of easy water colour techniques on the card, and found this card to be a good one for technique revision because we included masking as well.

Start with stamping the piggy outline in Archival Black on Water-colour Paper. 
Stamp the same image onto a Post It note and cut out just inside the outline. (Cut inside the line to eliminate the white shadow that occurs when stamping around a mask).
Place the mask over the stamped image of the pig, and ink up the Watercolor Wash stamp set. I don't bother to mount the stamp on a block as I want the background to be a little uneven and I achieve that look by just pressing the stamp down with my fingers. 
Remove the mask and use an Aqua Painter to colour the pig - I used Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum ink for the pig and a little Pear Pizzazz for the grass. Build up your layers of ink to get nice depth in the shadow areas.
Punch out a small flower and raise it on a Mini Dimensional with a Rhinestone in the centre.

Touch up around the edge of the pig with the Aqua Painter and mat as desired. 

Here is another image using all the same techniques, but different colours.

What a happy little piggy! 

Supplies are listed below. You can purchase any you need via my on-line store if you live in Australia.

Until Next Time,

Happy Crafting

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