Washi Tape wonder

I was so glad to see the wonderful designs and colour combinations of washi tapes in this new catalogue. This was partly because I was so attached to some of the ones in the last catalogue, I just wasn’t sure how I was going to say goodbye to those.

Lucky for me, I found some new favs pretty quickly. Here they are….

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My two favs at the minute are Everyday Chic – they are the Black and white ones up the back there (138385) and in front are the 2014-16 InColour range (138382). I also have my eye on the Bohemian and Sweet Li’l Things collections… Hmmm stay tuned for those. To see all the collections – click here.

I just love how quick and simple they are to use. They add a splash of colour quickly and the designs are so adaptable. I made a bunch of Thank you cards recently so I used my new favourite washi tapes to make this a speedy process. I also used an old design to try out my new tapes.[Back track down memory lane.]

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This design is just so versatile, here I used it for a couple of other occasions that followed my Thank you card fest day.

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Until next time… Stamp creatively
Rose.

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Ice cream! Get yours here…

So I needed to make a birthday card this weekend. I was having my morning coffee while stalking Facebook when I scrolled across the TGIF weekly challenge in my newsfeed. At first I scrolled past – kind of happens when I haven’t finished my coffee – but then the light bulb went off. Use the sketch to create the card I need and enter my first blog challenge. Ooo, could be fun… bit scary, but mostly fun…

Here is TGIF challenge for week 11 #tgifc11. It’s a sketch layout.

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I created a Neapolitan ice cream cone. Using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and the coordinating tree punch, I created this bright and playful number using Pool Party and Melon Mambo with Whisper White. Of course, one of my fav stamp sets, Gorgeous Grunge, makes an appearance. Here is my completed card.

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What I really like about the Sprinkles of Life stamp set is all the different themes to cards and projects you can make with it, especially when you coordinate it with the Tree punch. So I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing more projects completed with these wonderful products.

Also, this stamp set is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set for the year. So for every Sprinkles of Life Stamp set sold, Stampin’ Up! donate AUD3.00 to RMHC’s. Check out the stamp set here and the Tree punch here.

Check out TGIFs site here.

Until next time… Stamp creatively
Rose.

Hit a brick wall with your creativity?

I have a number of nieces and nephews in the late Gen Y age group and creating cards for them can be a challenge. Quite often I’m giving cash or vouchers, so I am always thinking about fun creative ways to present their little spending spree.

The B.Y.O.P stamp set helped fill that gap for me. I just love it, suitable for so many occasions; all the sentiments are centred around giving cash or vouchers. Perfect!

When I saw the brick wall embossing folder in the new annual catalogue, I knew it was the missing piece of the puzzle. Coupled with B.Y.O.P and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets, it would make a great addition to card making for late Gen Yers. I love the large square size of it too.

Here it is… my graffiti wall….

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I embossed the stamps with black and white embossing powders onto silver foil paper. Then ran it through the embossing folder.

Inside was just a simple pouch to hold a gift card.

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I discovered a few things while making this card

  1. Using the heat gun on this card stock will cause it to curl pretty drastically but don’t worry, it flattens out pretty easily too. Just make sure you use a strong adhesive, like Fast fuse or tear tape, to secure it.
  2. When stamping your versa mark, handle the stamps really carefully as they can slip pretty easily on the shiny foil surface;
  3. If you’re looking for a nice clean finish with your embossing powders, like the one you get on regular cardstock, be prepared for a painstaking clean up with a fine paintbrush! (Lucky for me, I was going for the grungy messy paint look, so the additional specks of loose powder fitted in well); and
  4. There is a right (and wrong) side to this embossing folder. You want to make sure you mortar is debossed and your bricks are out, so make sure you’re holding the embossing folder with the logos facing you!

Ask me how I know all of this?!! You should have seen my first attempt – lol!

Earlier in the year, I shared another cash giving idea. See here for more inspiration.

Until next time…
Stamp creatively
Rose.