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Holiday Hoopla

Hello

It has been a lovely few days of weather here in Melbourne, so welcome after lots of rain and storms.  I've been planting roses and pots of impatiens and fertilising and mulching the front garden. My knees and back are now protesting madly, but I'm pleased with the results.

I'm sure you've seen the Christmas decorations now populating shops, so there is no doubt that it is time to ramp up the Christmas card production.  That is, unless you are one of the super organised and have them all done already (I'm definitely not one of those people!). So today I have some more Christmas inspiration for you with a clean and simple card using the 'Holiday Hoopla' stamp set and some striped trim from the 'Celebrations' DSP.

I created the Santa image on Whisper White with a red glittered hat (use Jac paper) and paper pieced beard that has been embossed with circles for added interest.  I've coloured his face with Stampin' Write markers, cut him out and popped him up in the middle of a row of curly Christmas trees.  The lovely sentiment is from the 'Four the Holidays' stamp set that has been stamped on Whisper White and then cut out and popped up.  A little bit fiddly, but I like the effect.  This is an idea I took from Page 27 of the 2010-11 Idea Book and Catalogue.  I love the touch of blue in the trim as it adds a contemporary look to the traditional red, white and green colours. Here it is, I hope you like it.

Holiday_Hoopla_Card 

The details are as follows:

  

Card Details

Stamps Holiday Hoopla, Four the Holidays    
Card stock & Papers Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Celebrations DSP
Ink Real Red, Old Olive, Stazon Black

Accessories

Fine Galaxy glitter
Tools 'Spots & Dots' Embossing Folder (not SU), Big Shot, Stampin' Write Markers (Blush Blossom, Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point), Dimensionals, Jac Paper

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Blog Hop - Watercolour Technique

Hello

Welcome to another of our casual monthly Blog Hops, this month focussing on various techniques to use with your stamps. I've chosen watercolour effects, which I really like.

There are a number of different ways of creating a watercolour effect. The one I often use is Stampin' Up! Watercolour Wonder crayons or ink pads to colour outline images with an Aquapainter. Your outline image needs to be stamped first onto watercolour paper using a waterproof ink such as Stazon or the Stampin' Up! colours Basic Gray and Basic Black. You can see examples of both of these in some recent posts here and here.

This time I thought I would show you the effects that you can achieve by inking up a solid (silhouette) stamp with either markers or ink pads and then lightly spritzing with water before stamping onto watercolour paper. To prevent the colours from running together too much, hold the inked stamp horizontally when spritzing with water. For a fine mist spray, hold the bottle about 30cm from the stamp. Depending on the amount of water you spritz onto the stamp, you will get a varying degree of 'impressionist' style image. Here are 2 examples.

Inspired_Nature_2 
I've used more water on this second panel and you can see the image is less defined.

Inspired_Nature_3 


Here is the card I made with the first panel:

 Inspired_Nature 

The details are as follows:

  

Card Details

Stamps Inspired by Nature, Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess)
Card stock & Papers Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red, Watercolour paper
Ink Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red

Accessories

Rose Red 1” Grosgrain ribbon (retired), pink adhesive rhinestones (not SU)
Tools Scallop Trim Border punch, Stampin' Write markers (Old Olive, Rose Red, More Mustard), Wide Oval punch, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Water spritzer

The next stop on this blog hop is the effervescent Nikki Sadler and below is the list of other lovely Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating today.

Christine Blain
www.christineblain.blogspot.com

Amy Buchanan
www.fashioninggreatimpressions.com

Tina Gillespie
http://scissorspapercard.blogspot.com/

Have a lovely weekend.


Birthday Cupcakes

Hi there

October is a big birthday month for family and friends and this is the final card for our niece Amelia who turns 4 next week. I’ve inked the ‘Crazy for Cupcakes’ stamp set for the first time to make this card and I really enjoyed colouring the cupcakes on the cake stand. I mixed a few drops of Shimmer Paint with a few drops of Pink Pirouette re-inker to create the icing for the cupcakes, although the shimmer doesn't show much in the photo. Markers and the Aqua painter were used to colour the rest of the cakes.

The Top Note die was perfect to create the blind and curtains for the windows of the cake shop and I used both the frame and the die cut. The double sided DSP pattern stacks are fabulous for this purpose as both sides work so well together.  For the awning, I rolled the scalloped edge over a pencil to give a rounded edge and then used some dimensionals to keep it in place. This was a really fun card to make and I was pretty happy with the result.

Cupcake_Birthday_2 

I also decorated the inside of the card for some added interest for Amelia.

Cupcake_Birthday_inside 

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Perfect Punches, Party Here
Cardstock & Papers: Pink Pirouette (textured), Close to Cocoa (retired), Whisper White, Rose Red Patterns Stack, Rose Red DSP (retired), Watercolour paper
Ink: Stazon Black, Shimmer Paint, Daffodil Yellow, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Scallop Trim Punch, Rose Red button, Stranded Cotton (for blind tassel), Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon
Tools: Top Note Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, Big Shot, Stampin’ Write Markers (Chocolate Chip, Rose Red), Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Aqua painter

Enjoy your week.

 


Loads of Love

Hello

It is another wet and windy day here in Melbourne; back to winter with a vengeance. It's perfect for staying inside and stamping though :).  The card I have for you today uses the stamp set 'Loads of Love', which has been around for a number of years.  I've only recently acquired it and this is the first time I've inked it up. 

The main truck image lends itself to a number of techniques, but today I've gone for watercolouring with Watercolour Crayons and Aquapainter, after first stamping the image with Stazon black.  The main colour is Night of Navy and the hearts are Cherry Cobbler, coloured with a marker (the new colours aren't currently available in watercolour crayson) and then blended with the Aquapainter. As this card is intended for my Mum's husband John, I wanted something fairly bold and I really like the richness of these colours together. To give it a bit more of a masculine look, I've used the Big Shot to emboss the right hand side of the Crumb Cake card base with the 'Diamond Plate' embossing folder.  I hope it is sufficiently masculine, what do you think?

Loads_of_Love_Birthday 

Stamps: Loads of Love, Perfect Punches
Cardstock & Papers: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Regals Patterns Stack, Watercolour paper
Ink: Stazon Black, Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue 
Accessories: Night of Navy Taffeta ribbon and brads
Tools: Wide Oval punch, 'Diamond Plate' embossing folder, Big Shot, Watercolour Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals

Happy stamping!

 


JAI38 - Add Bling and....Pink!

Hi there

This week at Just Add Ink they are recognising Pink Ribbon Day for the Cancer Council.  This is a fabulous event to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer research.  Of course, pink is the defining colour for this event so I'm in my element and what goes better with pink than bling!

I decided to do something quite different with a DL sized card for a change, using textured white. I've gone bold with Melon Mambo for the next layer and then a panel of floral motifs also in Melon Mambo from the 'Friends Never Fade' stamp set.  The panel has been matted on black and dressed up with adhesive rhinestones and gorgeous back satin ribbon, topped with a flat back pearl. Here it is.

Pink_Ribbon_Day

Stamps: Friends Never Fade, Just Believe (Sentiment)
Cardstock & Papers: Textured White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Adhesive Rhinestones, 5/8” Satin Ribbon, Flat Back Pearl (retired Pretties Kit)
Tools: Scallop Trim border punch, Corner punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Sponge dauber, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

 Enjoy the rest of your week.

 


JAI37 - Colour Challenge

Hi there

Now that the boy grunge thing is done, it is back to normal programming - pink and floral!  This card is for the Colour Challenge over at Just Add Ink. When I first saw this group of colours, the thought of including two shades of green was definitely a challenge.  However, it is amazing how the placement of colours can make them work so well together.

JAI37 

The base is Always Artichoke in a gate fold card. This was topped with the Rose Red stripe from the Patterns DSP Stack. These are a fabulous addition to the Stampin' Up! range as they come in every colour and in really useful designs. I've inked up the flowers from the 'Printed Petals' stamp set in Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie, providing a really bright combination on the Very Vanilla background. The leaves from 'Petal Pizzazz' have been stamped in Old Olive as has the sentiment from 'Afterthoughts' (Level 1 Hostess set) to bring in the final colour of the combo. I've added some Basic Pearls, taffeta ribbon and one of the cute butterflies from the 'Beautiful Wings' embosslit die to finish it off. After my initial doubts, I really like these colours together.  What do you think?

JAI37_Colour-Challenge

Card Details

Stamps

Printed Petals, Petal Pizzazz, Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess set)

Cardstock & Papers

Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Rose Red, Rose Red Patterns DSP Stack, Pumpkin Pie textured

Ink

Rose Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories

Basic Pearls, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon

Tools

Scallop Trim Border Punch, Wide Oval Punch, 1/8” circle punch, Corner Rounder punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit die, Big Shot, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

I'll be back later in the week after my stint at the 'salt mine' (aka work)!


Extreme Birthday

Hello

Yesterday I said I would be showing you a card that is neither pink or floral and for those who know my usual style, quite outside my comfort zone!

I needed a birthday card for a pre-teen boy so I took the opportunity to use the 'Extreme Elements' stamp set with the tutelage of friend and fellow stamper Christine. IMarina Mist, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso are the focus colours on a Confetti White background. I made up an A5 panel which gives plenty of room to work with and you can choose how to divide up the panel when the design is complete. Here is the card I made with one of the panels.  Despite the variously shocked looks (I was told appeared) on my face when advised to continue to stamp, over stamp and spritz past my comfort zone, I'm pretty happy with the end result!  Unfortunately, the photo doesn't do justice to the richness of the colours IRL.

Extreme_elements_2 

Card Details

Stamps

Extreme Elements, Perfect Punches

Cardstock & Papers

Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Confetti White, Marina Mist

Ink

Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Marina Mist

Accessories

Neutrals Buttons, Stranded cotton

Tools

Large Star punch, Wide Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write markers (Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Early Espresso), Spritzer, Pritt glue

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Spring Bouquet

Hello again

Well, miracles do happen!  This is the third day in a row that we have had gorgeous spring sunshine in Melbourne.  I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be able to wear short sleeves, smell sunshine in the washing and admire the gorgeous green of the new leaves on my Birch and Liquidamber trees. I hope that it lasts a bit longer.

Yesterday I had an enjoyable few hours stamping with friends (that always go too fast).  I will show you what I made a bit later. Today I have a card with a fresh spring feel using the gorgeous In Colours Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz. The focus is the 'Elegant Bouquet' embossing folder which is showing the de-bossed side.  I've used ink pads and the aquapainter to colour the stems and highlight the centres of the flowers with Daffodil Delight. Isn't that tiny butterfly too cute?

Spring_Bouquet

Card Details

Stamps

Hello Again

Cardstock & Papers

Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz In Colour DSP (Level 1 Hostess), Watercolour paper

Ink

Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight

Accessories

5/8” Organza Ribbon, Small Basic Pearls

Tools

Elegant Bouquet Embossing folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Big Shot, Scallop Trim Border punch, Modern Label Extra Large punch, Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects

I'll be back tomorrow with something not pink or floral!