Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Traditional Father Christmas Card

Today I have a traditional Christmas card for you, featuring the Father Christmas stamp set from Stampin' Up!'s® Holiday Catalogue. This Santa reminds me of what I imagined he would look like when I was young, so it is wonderful to have a detailed stamp to create some traditional Christmas cards.

I cased this design from a sample in the Holiday Catalogue with just a couple of little differences to cater to the product I had on hand. 

There are some really excellent samples in both the Stampin' Up! catalogues that provide inspiration and ideas for your card making. I thought this sample demonstrated the versatility of the stamp set as I have used 4 different stamps from the set on the card front.
You can find the list of products used on this card below. 

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Happy crafting

Monday, 19 September 2016

Love You Best Birds

Today's card use the beautiful Best Birds stamp set from Stampin' Up!®.

I'm thoroughly enjoying playing with the images in this set and today I've combined one of the birds with a cut out from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits (available in the Annual Catalogue p. 194)
Lots of different Stampin' Up!® products combine in this eclectic card. The background uses the Watercolor Wash stamp that is inked and spritzed, and an image from Timeless Textures. I've also added some lace and Washi tape. The bird from Best Birds stamp set is stamped in Soft Suede Classic Ink then additional Soft Suede is added with a Blender Pen.  Pool Party was then washed over select areas using an Aqua Painter

The detail photo shows the layers plus a little Linen Thread tied around the Heart  from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlit set."Love" is also from the same Thinlit set. "you" is a stamp from the Endless Thanks stamp set available in the Annual Catalogue.

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If you are looking for a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator will be of interest to you. 

Contact me or find more information on my Stampin' Up! Website.

You can join my team on-line. I will be delighted to mentor and guide you as you get started.

Until Next time

Happy Stamping

Friday, 16 September 2016

Stampin' Up! Seasonal Bells Christmas Card

One of the fantastic new bundles from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue combines a versatile stamp set and a punch.  I love punches as they are so easy and quick to use with your stamped images.

The Seasonal Bells stamp set combines a variety of images of bells with some attractive greetings so you can make lovely Christmas Cards for your family and friends. 

One of the hidden gems in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue is the new Petal Burst Embossing Folder. I've used it as a background texture on my card, but if you turn it over to the back you will get a totally different and rather lovely result that is more of an abstract pattern. I really had to think twice about which side to use on this card. 

The bells are stamped and coloured with an Aqua Painter and Classic Inks, punched out and adhered to another new item - the Delicate White Doilies. Add a glimmer banner and you have a quick and easy card.

This project shows how products from both our current catalogues work well together. You can purchase any of these products via my on-line store   (if you are an Australian citizen) and you'll find a list of the items needed below. 

It is just about time for everyone to be working on their Christmas Cards, so contact me if you'd like further information.

Until then

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Irresistibly Floral Quick Card for All Occasions

If you are looking for a gorgeous quick card to make you should try this wonderful pack of Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!®.

It makes a stunning background for a variety of cards and can be coloured using either the new sponge brayer from Stampin' Up!, a Sponge Dauber or a sponge. I chose to use a sponge - it's just what I like and I don't mind my fingers getting a bit inky!

 I used this as one of the card designs in my Charity Card Buffet supporting Ronald MacDonald House Charities.

Today's card uses one of the patterns available in the pack - a pretty grouping of flowers and I've sponged with Melon Mambo. A quick application of the ink followed by a buff with a soft tissue to bring up the embossed patterns, and the back ground is done.

Trim the card to a little smaller than your card base and tie some Silver 3.2mm ribbon around the top layer. Next, cut out the flourish detail using the Flourish Thinlits and your Big Shot. You could use Shimmery White for this to save time, but I used Whisper White Card Stock and coloured it with Clear Wink of Stella.
Adhere this to your card front with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, adding a dimensional between the 2 layers of the flower. Top it all off with a Rhinestone or a Perfect White Accent coloured Silver with a Metallic Pen.

Here is another example that has been stepped up a little by adding 2 tones of Bermuda Bay ink and a tag and greeting. This card was made at the card buffet by my friend and fellow demonstrator  Leonie Schroder.  See more of her gorgeous work at Stamp a Latte

I've listed the supplies needed for this card below and you are welcome to order Stampin' Up!® products via my on-line store. The order will be delivered directly to your home address within a few days. It really is the best way to shop!

If you are looking for 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. Learn more  details or see my website for  more information and the process of joining Stampin Up.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Christmas Sampler - New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue

I made this Christmas Sampler to showcase the new Holiday Catalogue from Stampin' Up! If you haven't seen it yet and would like a copy, contact me and I will get one to you. 

It is filled with so many gorgeous stamps and accessories that you need to look at it again and again to actually see all the wonderful inclusions. My Christmas Sampler showcases the traditional stamps and I've given them an antique look by using just 3 of Stampin' Up!'s classic ink colours: Early Espresso, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake.

One of the Merry Tags Framelits stamped over a background stamp from the coordinating stamp set in the bundle. Can you see the Gold Wink of Stella added to the ground under the trees?

This greeting says it all for me. I love Christmas and the joy it brings to our family when we all gather together to celebrate.

I've added pearls to the holly berries and coloured the bells, holly and background with an Aqua Painter. I sponged the edges with Early Espresso and Blushing Bride.

You may have noticed the background. That is a piece of 12 x 12' Crumb Cake card and I used one of the stamps from Timeless Textures to create the mottled, aged look that I wanted for this project.

The traditional stamped images come from 2 stamp sets that caught my eye immediately: Father Christmas and Christmas Magic. You'll find them both on page 22 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I'll list the products I used at the bottom of the post and you can order them (and all Stampin Up! products) via my On-line Store for quick delivery to your home.

Best Wishes

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Stars Framelits Framing Angels - Stampin' Up! Christmas Card

With August fast flying us by, it is time for all of us to get started on our Christmas cards. I host a Christmas Stamp A Stack all through the year, but as Christmas approaches the urgency to be prepared becomes more acute. 

For my August class I decided to use an old favourite stamp of an angel combined with the Stars Framelits and the versatile Timeless Textures stamp set. 

 I love that I can water colour the angel in any colour I choose and then create a background to either contrast or harmonize with the colour range. 
The backgrounds are stamped randomly using 2 or 3 of the stamps from Timeless Textures.

The star has been cut out on the Big Shot using 2 framelits at once. I used Gold Glimmer paper for these stars

I stamped on Whisper White  card using Archival Black Ink, and then used an Aqua Painter to lightly brush some colour onto the angel. This is a very quick way to add colour.

The angel has been fussy cut and a couple of the lovely string sequins are separated and adhered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The variations that can be achieved with the layouts of this card are numerous and it is fun to change things a little for each card. I get bored making the same thing over and over. 

You can find a list of the current product I've used at the bottom of this post. If you'd like to purchase any of the products you can do so via my on-line store . Don't forget to add the Hostess Code - (top right side bar) and you will be in the draw for free product.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Canberra Craft Fair Activities and Stampin' Up!

Hello friends, 
I seem to have been missing in action for a few weeks, but I have been flat out preparing samples and kits for the Canberra Craft Fair that was on for 4 days last week. It is my biggest event of the year and along with my friend Lorraine from Papercraft To Inspire (http://lorrainespencer.blogspot.com.au/) we craft for months preparing for this event. 

Once again we had many compliments on our display of wonderful Stampin' Up! products and samples we made to display and sell. Setting up takes us the best part of one day, but eventually it is all worth it. This year we displayed all the Stampin' Up! colour families as stars, creating a galaxy of colour winding across the back of the stall.

Kits were very popular this year and by the end of the 3rd day we had to start taking orders as stock had sold out. that's a pretty good position to be in. I find it really interesting to note the various trends of customer preferences - each year it changes a little and it is challenging to guess what will be our best selling items. 

We were quite distressed to notice before the show opened that the Stampin' Up! sign had been printed incorrectly, and I had to try to re-create the background of the sign to get rid of the offending "g" at the end of Stampin'.  It looked awful, but nothing else could be done about it. 

As well as selling our creations we each present a Make and Take class. This year I did a class on a Shaker Card and one of my favourite Christmas ornaments. The classes were very popular and resulted in more sales for us. As an ex school teacher, I love the teaching part of crafting and find sharing my knowledge of these techniques lots of fun. 

 Interactive cards are right on trend now and the class participants loved them. Many of them went away with ambitions to create more for themselves at home. Mission accomplished! 

The ornament presented some problems because of our time limits and glue drying, but I had prepared them to the stage of pegging and gluing the patterns and decided in the interests of the class following me, that I would not provide glitter, so we just managed to squeeze everything in. 

It is now time for us to continue preparations for our stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets here in  Canberra. We have a lovely client base that visits us each year and Christmas items are very popular. 

Better get busy!

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Foxy Friends Slider Card

I'm loving the trend of interactive cards and today I made my first slider card - what fun. It is so exciting when the image actually slides and tumbles!

I used the Sliding Star Framelits by Stampin' Up!® and decided to branch out a little and use stamps that I already owned to create some different cards. 

I also used the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack - a stack of coordinating papers 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6 inches square) to create quick, coordinated backgrounds. 

The first card uses the front and back of one sheet and I stamped the little fox in Pool Party with Memento Black details.
The greeting is a combination of 3 stamps from the Endless Birthday Wishes Photopolymer stamp set. It is really good to be able to compose a greeting with the photopolymer stamps as you can see exactly what you will be getting.  I also like the contrasts in the styles of script.

The second card uses different colours with a dominance of Calypso Coral. Again this is the front and reverse of the one sheet of DSP.

With both backgrounds I fussy cut along the design to give the background a bit of interest. You will notice that the fox tail has been cut and realigned closer to the fox body. I did this to keep the unit more compact and therefore more easily moved.

I used washers and dimensionals as shown in the video by Stampin Up! and found that it is important to ensure the washers are placed exactly on top of each other.

Here is a video of my card in motion. 


If you would like to try these cards, you can purchase the Stampin' Up! products from my on-line store or you are welcome to contact me for further information.

Here is a list of the products used in this project: