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Holiday Hoopla


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.


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


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


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.

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


Here is the card I made with the first panel:


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


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

Amy Buchanan

Tina Gillespie

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.


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


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


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?


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.


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.