May 29, 2008

Thanks Mum!

Here's a card I made earlier in the week - I'm sharing it now because I think my Mum should receive it today! I hope so - if not, here's a card for you Mum! When I visited a couple of weekends ago, Mum had a copy of a cookbook I love and have always wanted (20c at the Salvation Army shop - can't beat that!) and she also let me brazenly steal the cutest set of plates right from her display shelf! They are adorable, dessert plates with chocolate truffles and other yummy things engraved in them. The cookbook is an old one by Alison Holst for Microwaves - it has some really great recipes in it, good microwave recipes can be hard to find!

I've noticed I'm using a lot of blues in my cards lately! I think it's because I'm so inspired by our new In Colours for the year. This one uses something very different though.....Not Quite Navy! This is a colour I had never used and I wanted to challenge myself to make something nice with it. I used the Colour Wheel tool to help me decide what to pair it with - Bashful Blue. I then noticed some gorgeous So Saffron paper on my desk from this months promotion - and I was ready to go!

I also used a stamp set I've never inked. I have had a play with this one before, courtesy of my upline Louise (Every demo worldwide got this set as a gift from Stampin' Up! last year - just a little bit before I joined! Isn't that a great perk to being a demo though, what's better than free stamps?!) It's called Time Well Spent and is one of our wonderful hostess sets this year. I just had to earn it, it's a wonderful set, and has soooo many images. Here's the step by step:

  • Stamp the butterfly image from Time Well Spent randomly over a Not Quite Navy card base using Versamark ink. This will give a lovely watermark appearance.
  • Stamp the large flower on Whisper White using Basic Gray. I meant it when I said Basic Gray is the new black - it's so nice to colour with.
  • Colour with blender pens and Watercolour Wonder Crayons. I used Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue and So Saffron. Cut out.
  • Colour a flower from the Pretties kit also using your watercolour wonder crayons and a blender pen or water brush. This is my favourite way to colour these flowers, you can shade them exactly as you want them and it dries almost instantly.
  • Adhere the flower to your stamped and cut out image, then punch a large hole using the Crop-a-dile and set a Pewter Jumbo Eyelet in the center. Add a clear Rhinestone Brad, also from the pretties kit, by threading it through the eyelet.
  • Cut a Bashful Blue scalloped edge using the Slit Punch. Adhere behind a piece of the So Saffron prints paper which has a piece of Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain ribbon tied around it. Adhere another strip of Bashful Blue behind the other side of the So Saffron - this is a cheats way to get a layered look. Perfect to use up little scraps of card.
  • Attach the So Saffron layer to the card base. Adhere the flower using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Stamp "Hugs & Kisses" from the So Many Sayings stamp set (level one - hostess) by inking with a Not Quite Navy marker on Bashful Blue card.
  • Punch out using the Word Window punch and cut off one edge. Sponge lightly using Bashful Blue ink around the edges.
  • Add a Pewter brad from the Vintage collection to the round end of the punch, and attach to your card using Dimensionals. That's the front done!

  • For the inside, adhere a piece of Whisper White card stock. Stamp the butterfly in Basic Gray.
  • Adhere a strip of the So Saffron paper, partially covering the butterfly.
  • Stamp the butterfly again onto scrap card and colour with Watercolour Wonder crayons and a blender pen.
  • Cut out the body of the butterfly, omitting the antenna. Adhere this over the first stamped image using Dimensionals for a 3d effect and making sure to line up the antenna where they should be.
I hope my Mum likes this little thank you, I had so much fun making it for her!

If you would like to find out how you can earn the Time Well Spent or So Many Sayings sets for FREE please send me an email. Stampin' Up! is also looking for demonstrators New Zealand wide - please email me if you would like to make your hobby a fun and rewarding business opportunity, I'd love to have you join my fun and enthusiastic team!

Happy Stampin'

Stampin' Supplies:
Time Well Spent and So Many Sayings stamp sets.
Not Quite Navy, Whisper White and Bashful Blue card. So Saffron Prints paper.
Basic Gray and Versamark ink.
Watercolour Wonder Crayons.
Blender Pens.
Slit and Word Window punches.
Sponge Daubers.
Pewter Jumbo Eyelets.
Pretties Kit.
Vintage Brads.
1/16" Handheld Punch.
Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain ribbon.
Stampin' Write marker - Not Quite Navy.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 28, 2008

In Colour Carte Postale

Carte Postale is a set I've been admiring for a long time. It has been on my shelf, unloved, the last three weeks - but only because of time restraints! So here's my first effort with this beautiful set. I used a colour challenge combo, Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky. Don't they look great together? Here's the step by step:

  • Cut a Soft Sky circle and stamp the leaf image in Certainly Celery multiple times. Stamp in between inkings to get a shaded effect to the foliage.
  • Stamp the bird and sentiment in Blue Bayou.
  • Sponge the edges of the circle, Certainly Celery for the Bottom and Soft Sky for the top.
  • Stamp the square flower image in Blue Bayou on Soft Sky and punch out using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. Layer onto a 1 3/8" Certainly Celery circle, then onto a Blue Bayou Scalloped Circle.
  • Add White Gel pen highlights to the bird, the flower and the scalloped circle.
  • Layer a strip of Certainly Celery Designer Series paper onto Soft Sky. I love how this designs mimics the stamped foliage.
  • Attach two Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets at the end of the strip, and tie a length of Soft Sky ribbon through them.
  • Stamp the flowers in Versamark onto your Blue Bayou card base.
  • Adhere the strip with dimensionals, the circle layer with SNAIL and the scalloped circle with dimensionals and you're done!
This was a bit of a different layout for me, I so often use squares or rectangles. I've been making an effort this week to finish the inside of my cards nicely before putting away all my supplies - usually I leave it until I'm ready to send the card, but this is so much easier.

Here's the inside view of this card. The bird is cut out and attached with dimensionals. This is going to one of my hostesses who loves Carte Postale. Hope she likes it!

Happy Stampin'

Stampin' Supplies:
Carte Postale stamp set.
Blue Bayou and Soft Sky card. Certainly Celery prints designer paper.
Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Certainly Celery ink.
White Gel Pen.
Scalloped Circle, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches.
Jumbo Eyelets.
Soft Sky ribbon.
Stampin' Sponge.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 27, 2008

Style Watch - Tapestry

Here's another of the cards I've been demonstrating the last six weeks or so. I wanted to design a card using the colours and products from the Tapestry style in our new catalogue. The colours are straight from that page, and they look wonderful together. Here's the step by step:

  • Stamp the large swirl from Baroque Motifs on Very Vanilla card using River Rock ink. To get a shadow effect, I stamp lining up the corners of the card and wood mount, then stamp again in Old Olive making sure to move the stamp in from the corner a little. This is a really quick way to get a lovely shadow. You can't really go wrong with this gorgeous image!
  • Stamp the small flower randomly over the vine using Groovy Guava ink. I coloured in the middle of the flowers using a Chocolate Chip marker.
  • Round the corners of your image and a piece of River Rock card and adhere together. Tie a piece of Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon around the edge of the Very Vanilla Piece.
  • Stamp a sentiment from Wonderful Words using Chocolate Chip ink. I like to then tear the bottom of the River Rock and sponge on a little Chocolate Chip to accentuate the torn edge.
  • Adhere the entire layer to a Groovy Guava card base.
  • Make a medallion by stamping the image in Groovy Guava, inking the dotted border with a Chocolate Chip marker before stamping. Stamp the small flower once more in Chocolate Chip.
  • Cut both these pieces out, and layer together using a Rhinestone brad in the center of your flower. I've used both the circle and square brads, and they all look wonderful.
  • Attach to a Chocolate Chip Scallop Circle punch out with a Stampin' Dimensional and stick to your card.

Using the catalogue colour schemes for inspiration is a wonderful way to jump start your creativity. I also like to look through the book for layout ideas and cool embellishment tricks. It really is so much more than just a catalogue!

Happy Stampin'

Stampin' Supplies:
Baroque Motifs and Wonderful Words stamp sets.
Groovy Guava, River Rock, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla card.
River Rock, Old Olive, Groovy Guava and Chocolate Chip ink.
Chocolate Chip marker.
Rhinestone Brads.
1/16" Handheld Punch.
Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon.
Scallop Circle Punch.
Sponge Dauber.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 26, 2008


With my workshops over for the month, I thought I'd share a couple of the cards I made during May over the next couple of days. This card was made using the Palette o' Prints designer paper from this month's promotion - but the good news is, this paper is also available year round in 12x12 size! Here's the step by step:
  • Stamp the frog using Stazon ink onto Whisper White card. Stamp again onto a post it note, and cut out to make a mask for the stamped image. I like to keep my masks in the box with my stamps so I only ever have to cut out each image once!
  • Adhere your mask over the frog, then stamp the toadstool making sure to overlap the images. When you remove the mask, the frog looks like he is sitting on the toadstool!
  • Colour your image using a blender pen and ink pads as shown here: I used Certainly Celery, Rose Red and So Saffron.
  • Outline the image using a Going Gray marker to help make the image "pop". Mat with Rose Red card.
  • Add three gold brads to the top left corner of your piece.
  • Cut two scallop strips using the slit punch and layer behind the frog image. Dot the scallops using the white gel pen.
  • Using a black marker, colour just the "unfrogettable" part of the sentiment stamp. Punch out with the Word Window punch.
  • Punch a 1" Certainly Celery circle and layer onto a Rose Red Designer Label punch out.
  • Dot with the white gel pen and add two gold brads. Attach the sentiment using Stampin' Dimensionals for interest.
  • Use a piece of Certainly Celery prints paper for the background on a Rose Red card. Attach the frog layer with SNAIL adhesive and the sentiment layer with Stampin' Dimensionals and you're done!

The gold brads on the frog layer help even out the heaviness of the scallops on the other side of the piece. I love these colours together, they are really eye catching!

Happy Stampin'

Stampin' Supplies:
Unfrogettable stamp set.
Rose Red, Certainly Celery and Whisper White card. Certainly Celery prints paper.
Rose Red, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Stazon ink.
Blender Pens.
Gold Brads.
1/16" Handheld punch.
Neutral Markers.
Slit, Word Window, 1" Circle and Designer Label punches.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 25, 2008

Asian Elegance

Artfully Asian is a set that's been on my wish list for a long time! I finally got it a week or so ago, and promptly made this card. I just hadn't found the time to upload it till now! It's a beautiful set, so fun for colouring - I know I'll be using it often. Here's the step by step:

  • Cover a Mellow Moss card with Designer Series Paper from the Brocade Backgrounds pack. This is one of my favourite paper packs from the new catalogue, the designs are gorgeous!
  • Stamp the Cherry Blossom image on Very Vanilla twice using Basic Gray ink. Basic Gray is the new black! For cards with a softer focus like this one, Basic Gray is perfect - it's waterproof too, so perfect for colouring.
  • Colour the image. I used Watercolour Wonder Crayons (Rich Regals) and a blender pen. I love our blender pens, they give you the control of a marker with whatever colouring medium you use.
  • Distress the edges of your cherry blossom image. I used the distressing tool from the Cutter Kit, another new purchase. It's so fast and easy, and much safer than using scissors. Layer onto a piece of Rose Red card, also distressed. Add two Rose Red brads in the top corner.
  • Stamp the leaf image on Very Vanilla using Mellow Moss ink. I inked my stamp, then stamped off once onto scrap paper before stamping to get that soft effect. Stamp randomly, making sure to go over the edges for a true random effect.
  • Scallop the edge of this layer using the Corner Rounder punch. I used the now retired larger punch we had in last year's catalogue, but the new smaller one will work perfectly.
  • Using the 1/16" Handheld punch, punch inside each scallop for ever more detail.
  • Layer a Mellow Moss piece scalloped in the same way behind this layer, attaching with snail. Layer another strip at the top and distress both this and the Vanilla layer.
  • Tie a piece of Mellow Moss Taffeta around this layer. Add three Rose Red brads at either side then attach to your card base using dimensionals.
  • Attach your main image also using dimensionals. I used two dimensionals layered on top of each other in the top corners of the image, just to accommodate the leafy layer which was already popped up.

This was a really simple card to put together, and I just love how the colours look together. I've left the front free of a sentiment and will stamp one on the inside when I use this card - it would be perfect for any number of occasions.

Have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday,

Stampin' Supplies:
Artfully Asian stamp set.
Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla and Rose Red card stock. Brocade Backgrounds paper.
Basic Gray and Mellow Moss ink.
Rose Red (Rich Regals) brads.
1/16" Handheld punch.
Corner Rounder punch.
Cutter Kit.
Watercolour Wonder Crayons - Rich Regals.
Blender pen.
Mellow Moss Taffeta ribbon.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 20, 2008

Flower Power

When I'm going to be giving a card in person, it's sometimes fun to make one that is really 3D! This card was really easy to put together, and surprisingly fast. Here's the step by step:

  • Stamp and cut out a variety of flowers. I used the stamps from Office Accoutrement for the largest and smallest blossoms, stamping in Ruby Red and Bashful Blue. The medium sized flowers were created by stamping Paisley in Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White, then punching out with the 5 Petal Flower punch.
  • You can create a different effect with your solid stamps, such as the large flower, by "kissing" an uninked stamp with an inked pattern stamp as I have for the bottom blue flower. I inked Paisley in Bashful Blue, kissed my uninked flower to the Paisley stamp, then stamped as normal. You can get great results using this simple technique.
  • Layer the flowers together in different formations, and attach to a Whisper White layer using SNAIL and dimensionals.
  • Punch the Photo Corner from Pumpkin Pie and Bashful Blue, and attach three silver brads to the smallest layer before sticking together with a dimensional cut in half.
  • Stamp "Happy" from the Polka Dots and Paisley set using markers to colour directly on the rubber.
  • Layer onto Bashful Blue, and attach three tabs of Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon before layering onto the Ruby Red card base.

A card like this would look good in so many different colour combinations - and it really looks like it took a lot more time than it actually did!

Happy Stampin'

Stampin' Supplies:
Office Accoutrement, Paisley Background and Polka Dots and Paisley stamp sets.
Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Ruby Red and Whisper White card stock.
Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue and Ruby Red ink.
Stampin' Write Markers.
Striped Bashful Blue Grosgrain ribbon.
5 Petal Flower punch.
Silver Brads.
Photo Corner Punch.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 19, 2008

Baroque Fantasy

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. We had a great visit down in Invercargill with our family, we hadn't been down since just after Christmas, so was a great trip. This is a card I finished last week, in between lots of fun stamping at workshops and delivering huge boxes filled with goodies to my wonderful hostesses!

I wanted to create a really whimsical design using that wonderful swirl image from Baroque Motifs - so had a play with embossing and my brayer, and this is what I came up with. Here's the step by step:

  • Stamp the swirl image in Purely Pomegranate and Bashful Blue by first loading your stamp with Versamark, then the coloured ink you've chosen. This allows you to heat emboss with our wonderful dye inks! I stamped onto Whisper White.
  • Heat emboss the swirls with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Load your brayer with Pumpkin Pie ink and brayer over the entire piece. The heat embossed areas resist the ink, and once you've finished brayering you can just wipe over the piece with a paper towel or tissue to get rid of the excess ink.
  • Sponge the edges heavily using Pumpkin Pie, Purely Pomegranate then Chocolate Chip ink and a sponge dauber.
  • Outline the swirls using a white gel pen. This seems like a tedious task, but it's actually quite easy and relaxing!
  • Create the "Kind" label by stamping the sentiment onto Bashful Blue then sponging the edges with Purely Pomegranate. Cut out using the Small Oval Punch. Layer onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cut with the Large Oval Punch. Dot around the Pumpkin oval with a black marker.
  • Did you know our oval punches are sized to perfectly fit inside the Hodgepodge Hardware? I love this feature of the punches, it makes things so easy!
  • I distressed my Hodgepodge label holder by colouring it with a black permanent marker like a Sharpie or a Vivid, then used a sanding block to scrub away some of the black in places.
  • Attach your Hodgepodge label using Dimensionals and a Black grosgrain ribbon tie.
  • Add three black brads in the upper corner, then layer onto a piece of Purely Pomegranate using Stampin' Dimesnionals for height.
  • Layer onto Bashful Blue sponged with Purely Pomegranate and dotted with the wide end of your black marker.
  • Attach the whole thing to a Basic Black card base and you're done!

This card is so vibrant in real life, the colour combination, white gel pen and black card base makes it look so dramatic! I hope you'll try brayering over a heat embossed image, it's a lot of fun and you can create some spectacular effects.

Have a great week and look out for more posts here very soon!

Stampin' Supplies:
Baroque Motifs stamp set.
Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue and Basic Black card stock.
Versamark, Bashful Blue, Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black ink.
White Gel Pen.
Sponge Daubers.
Black Brads.
Hodgepodge Hardware - Antique Brass.
Small and Large Oval punches.
Black marker.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
Heat tool.
Clear embossing powder.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 12, 2008

Be Happy

What a busy weekend! It was great to have a weekend full of workshops and stamping, I hope everyone had as much fun as I did! After carting around all my supplies I had a big tidy-up today....but didn't quite get to sorting out my "scrap basket". I have a basket where I put all my bits and pieces of card as I work, it's been awfully full lately so I decided to make a card using only card from that basket.

This card measures approx 9.5cm square, it's a lot of fun to make these smaller cards sometimes, you can make those little stamps the focus of the card easily. Here's the step by step:

  • Stamp the circles image from the Sprinkles stamp set on Soft Sky card using Real Red ink.
  • Pierce a border using the mat pack for placement.
  • Stamp the flowers from Fabulous Flowers in Real Red and Apricot Appeal. Cut out.
  • Put a small red Rhinestone Brad through the center of the red flower.
  • Attach the flowers using Snail adhesive and a Dimensional dot for the Red flower.
  • Stamp the sentiment from So Many Sayings (level one hostess set) onto Whisper White card using a Real Red marker to just highlight the phrase you want.
  • Cut this out with the Word Window Punch and attach to the Soft Sky layer using silver brads. Tie a piece of Real Red grosgrain ribbon around the layer.
  • Layer the Soft Sky with Real Red then Apricot Appeal card.
  • Stick onto a Soft Sky card base and you're done!

This is a quick and simple card - but don't these colours look great together? My photo is a little off, the ribbon and ink match perfectly in real life. I also wanted to show you how I finished the inside of this card...

It's always nice to tie the inside of your card with the outside, and it's usually as simple as bringing the colours and a stamped image together. It's those little details that make a handmade card so special to the recipient!

Have a fantastic week,

Stampin' Supplies:
Fabulous Flowers, Sprinkles and So Many Sayings stamp sets.
Soft Sky, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White and Real Red card.
Apricot Appeal and Real Red ink.
Real Red grosgrain ribbon.
Silver Brads.
Round Fire Rhinestone Brads.
Mat Pack.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 8, 2008

Masculine Might

Often masculine cards are the hardest to make, especially cards for an adult male. The Wanted stamp set makes them easy though! I got a big box of goodies today, and just had to play! Here's the step by step:

  • Make your medallion by stamping in Blue Bayou three times onto Very Vanilla card stock. Cut one layer with the Scallop Punch, one with the 1 1/4" punch, and one with the 1/2" punch. Layer the 1 1/4" piece onto a 1 3/8" punched Close to Cocoa circle. Sponge the layers with Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip, working towards the edges with the darkest shade. Attach an Antique Brass brad in the center of the smallest layer, then assemble using Stampin' Dimensionals. You can find that brad in the Hodgepodge Hardware kit or the Vintage Brads pack.
  • To create the Blue Bayou background stamp the paisley image in Blue Bayou onto Blue Bayou card stock. Sponge roughly around each paisley with Blue Bayou ink. Randomly stamp the paisley again, this time in Whisper White. Set with your heat tool. Stamp the smallest circle image in Creamy Caramel over the entire layer and sponge the edges with Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Stazon Black onto the Blue Bayou layer and attach to a Chocolate Chip card base.
  • Cut a piece of Outlaw Designer Series paper. The patterns in this pack are gorgeous! Sponge the edges with Chocolate Chip ink.
  • Stamp the horse image twice onto a Very Vanilla scrap. Once with Creamy Caramel and once with Close to Cocoa. Cut out.
  • Assemble the card, attaching the horses and medallion with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Set three Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets with the Crop-A-Dile, using the template from the mat pack for perfect placement. Tie pieces of Hemp Twine through the eyelets.
With the right accessories it's possible to make a "guy card" that still has lots of embellishment and interest, without making it too girly! The twine is the perfect replacement for ribbon on any masculine card, best of all, it's really cheap!

Happy Stampin'

Stampin' Supplies:
Wanted stamp set.
Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa card stock.
Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Blue Bayou ink.
Outlaw designer paper.
Jumbo Eyelets.
Sponge Daubers.
Hemp Twine.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
Scallop Circle, 1 1/4", 1 3/8"& 1/2" punches.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 7, 2008

Guava Appeal

Sorry for having such a long gap in posting, it's been a busy week so far! The trial versions of all the software on my new laptop have expired, so until my new Microsoft Office Pro pack arrives, I've been locked out of all my files and my Xtra email account. A bit of a pain, but hopefully I'll have it all fixed up soon.

Thanks to all the ladies that made last Saturday's workshop such a success, it was great to see you all! This weekend I have a lovely group on Saturday, and two groups at Mornington Kindy on Sunday, so it's going to be a great weekend full of stamping! If you'd like to come on Sunday, please let me know, I'm sure I can arrange it.

The above card is a slightly more time intensive version of a card I showed last Saturday. I love Groovy Guava and Apricot Appeal together, it looks fantastic. Here's the step by step:

  • Stamp the large flower from Fabulous Flowers three times on Whisper White card stock. I inked with Apricot Appeal, then sponged Groovy Guava on the edges of the petals with a Stampin' Sponge directly on the rubber. This gives a nicely diffused effect where the colour graduates.
  • Cut out three different layers of the flower. Edge the petals with the 2 Way Glue Pen and cover with Dazzling Diamonds. I use a powder pal to return all the excess glitter to the tub. No waste and clean-up is a snap!
  • Construct the flower using a Stampin' Dimensional in between each layer.
  • Stamp Polka Dot background in Groovy Guava on a piece of Apricot Appeal. Sponge the edges with Apricot Appeal. Layer onto Groovy Guava.
  • Stamp the sentiment on Whisper White, inking with Apricot Appeal and again sponging with Groovy Guava before stamping. Ink the edges of this layer with Apricot Appeal then Groovy Guava just on the very edge. Layer onto Groovy Guava.
  • Create a scalloped accent piece using the Slit Punch. This punch is such great value at only $13.50! I love the scallops it makes. Just punch continually along a strip of card stock, slightly overlapping each punch slightly. Sponge the edges with Groovy Guava.
  • Add two Jumbo Eyelets (I used Pewter) to the Polka Dot layer. Cut the holes and set with the Crop-A-Dile. I use the clear template from the Mat Pack to make sure my spacing is even, it's a great wee tool.
  • Attach two Rhinestone Brads through the eyelets. I chose the yellow brads from the Fire pack.
  • Tie a length of Apricot Appeal ribbon around your dotted layer before attaching to your card. Assemble the card as shown in the photo and you're done!

I love that hint of sparkle the Dazzling Diamonds glitter gives, it's beautiful. I hope you'll try Apricot Appeal and Groovy Guava together, it's such a nice, warm look.

I'm off to work on my Mother's Day parcel to be posted tomorrow (Hi Mum!)

Happy Stampin'

Stampin' Supplies:
Fabulous Flowers and Polka Dot Background stamp sets.
Apricot Appeal and Groovy Guava card stock.
Apricot Appeal and Groovy Guava ink pads.
Stampin' Sponges.
Apricot Appeal Grosgrain ribbon.
Jumbo Eyelets, Pewter.
Slit Punch.
Rhinestone Brads, Fire.
2 Way Glue Pen.
Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

May 2, 2008

In Love with In Colour!

Well, I come back from the long weekend then promptly disappear again! My internet has been iffy at best this week, yesterday I couldn't get online at all! I finally had time to sit down and upload this for you, even though I should be finishing my preparation for the huge workshop we'll be having tomorrow!

It's wet and cold here today, perfect stamping weather, and this is what I came up with using some of our gorgeous new colours! Here's the step by step:
  • Stamp the branch and berries image from Touch of Nature with Basic Brown ink onto Very Vanilla card. Using the stamp-a-ma-jig, stamp the bird image with the branches overlapping.
  • Stamp the bird again onto scrap paper or a post-it note. Cut around just the bird to create a mask, and adhere with temporary adhesive - I used the 2 Way Glue Pen.
  • Ink the leafy branch image with River Rock ink and stamp onto scrap paper once, then onto your image, over top of the bird. Repeat, then stamp the image full force at the top, bottom and side of the bird. You'll go over the branches and berries a bit, but once we colour it won't matter.
  • Remove the mask from your bird image. Colour the image using ink pads and a blender pen using this technique:
  • I'm not sure if this kind of bird could come in blue, but that's the beauty of stamping, you create what you want to see! I used Soft Sky and Close to Cocoa to colour the bird, River Rock for the leaves and a touch of Purely Pomegranate and Close to Cocoa on the berries.
  • My bird turned out a little dark, so I created highlights by dotting and dashing with the white gel pen. It gives a really great effect!
  • Sponge the edges of your image using River Rock and Soft Sky, concentrating your sponging in the corners.
  • Layer your image with River Rock then Chocolate Chip card. Create a scalloped edge using the corner rounder and adhere at the back of your piece.
  • Using the Crop-a-dile punch holes for the Jumbo Eyelets. This took is amazing!!! So many times I'd be stuck not being able to punch holes after layering a piece - not anymore! The Crop-a-dile punches through all these layers and more with ease.
  • Set the jumbo eyelets with the Crop-a-dile, I used Antique Brass eyelets, then tie a piece of Soft Sky Double Stitched ribbon through the holes.
  • Layer the entire piece onto a piece of River Rock, using Stampin' Dimensionals to accommodate the back of the eyelets and ribbon. Distress the edges of the layer, I used the back of my scissors - but have just ordered the Cutter Kit with the Distressing Tool - this will be much safer, can't wait to try it out!
  • Layer a strip of paper from the Le Jardin pack onto Chocolate Chip card.
  • Stamp your Soft Sky card base with the large swirl from Baroque Motifs. I used Soft Sky ink, Versamark would give a lovely effect too.
  • Assemble your card using SNAIL adhesive and you're done!
I know just who this card is going too - but I'm keeping it quiet, they might be reading this right now!

Have a safe and warm weekend,

Stampin' Supplies:
Touch of Nature and Baroque Motifs stamp sets.
Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, River Rock and Very Vanilla card stock. Le Jardin Designer Paper.
Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa, Basic Brown, River Rock and Purely Pomegranate ink.
Stampin' Sponges.
Jumbo Eyelets.
Soft Sky Double Stitched ribbon.
Blender Pen.
Corner Rounder punch.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL Adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!