Have you discovered the Tags in Bloom stamp set yet?

I’m so in love with this new Sale-a-Bration exclusive Stamp set. It’s the Tags in Bloom stamp set and it’s available for free when you spend $180 on regular products. It’s a stretch $$-wise but its so worth it. I really love how this stamp set coordinate with two new punches featured on page 41 of the Mini catalogue – the Label Me Pretty punch and the Label Me Fancy punch.

Take a look…

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And here are the punches….

The set is constructed in a way which allows you to create many different looks pending how you feel like creating. You can keep it quick and easy and use the different pieces to colour the flowers or you can stamp the outline and colour it however you like – by water colouring or pencils or here like I have with Stampin’ Blends.

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I embossed a piece of cardstock for the background – here I used the new and gorgeous Parisian Flourish embossing folder from the Parisian Blossoms suite, new in the Mini catalogue. I adhere this to a black cardbase, then over layed a strip of Golden Honey Designer Paper, another SAB exclusive free item.

Keeping things simple like this allows for creating quickly and you can swap out colours and paper design to adapt to many different occasions.

Then I set about creating my feature element – first stamping the large label stamp in Memento Black ink. I coloured the cute little flowers that adorn one corner with Stampin’ Blends – alcohol markers. Use light and dark shades of colours to blend to create highlights and shadows. To add some additional highlights, I used the colour lifter to push the colour out. To add some sparkle, I dabbed some Wink of Stella over the flowers.

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I fussy cut the label image to create a stand alone element and used dimensionals to adhere it. I stamped the border shape and sentiment from the stamp set and used the coordinating the Label Me Lovely punch to punch out the shape and adhere it over the label element.

These punches feature in March’s Online classes coming soon. Stay tuned…

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC260 – Case Mini Catalogue – Week 1

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Happy New Year and Happy New Catalogue. Caseing The Catty Crew are back for another year with more inspiration from our Catalogues.

This year… we have a change to the Challenge component of our hops. We will still be doing a weekly hop, but the Challenge will run for two weeks. So you will receive double the inspiration for each challenge and then have more time to create and play along. Hope you enjoy this change and it helps you to play along. You don’t need to have a blog yourself… just create and load directly to the wall of our Facebook group. Join our Challenge Group here…

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Our first hop and challenge for 2020 is all about the new MINI catalogue! Isn’t it wonderful? O. M. Gee… I’m so in love…. as much now as I was 10 years ago when I joined!

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So here is my first play with my new toys….

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I really couldn’t go past the Outdoor Barbecue stamp set. My hubby is a smoker… of the BBQ kind just like the stamp in this set. It’s an artform for him – getting the perfect smoke-ring and tenderness in cuts of meat you would ordinary pass by at the butchers. So as soon as I saw this set I squealed in pure delight.

Here I kept the design simple and classic…. Card base of Blueberry Bushel, stamped around the edge in same colour ink is the T-Bone steak and fire flame stamps. I layered some Seaside Spray Designer Paper in the middle.

On the main layer of Whisper white cardstock, I stamped the Smoker BBQ image in Memento Black ink and used Stampin’ Blends, in Smokey Slate, to colour it. As the image itself, has shading already, it was easy to blend shadows in and I didn’t spend a lot of time getting it right… it looked good already! I added some Crumb cake for the side rest, and a dot of red, for the temperature gauge.

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By embossing the bottom third, with the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder, added some texture and making it look like it’s sitting on a bricked floor. I lightly sponged some Crumb Cake ink over the top to help define the texture of them.

I finished it off with a simple sentiment. I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushell ink and punched the circle with the 1” punch. I layered this over a punched shape from the Ornate Frames dies set, which carried over from last year.

Next up in the Hop is the amazing Michelle Stradz.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm Sunday night, January 19th.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration – CI55

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Wow… just look at that inspiration image…

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There is so much to like in this image, from that gorgeous bed head (I’m sure it’s the colour!), that cute “coconut” cushion that just make me what to jump on, or that gorgeous little bunny sitting quietly on the side table.  Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Denita.

For this challenge, we have the following challenge colours to play with – Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Grapefruit Grove, Rich Razzleberry and Smokey Slate. We can choose 3 or more to play with. So I went with Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo and Smokey Slate.

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Here I created a simple Mothers Day card for this weekend. Using the Just Because stamp set, I stamped my image in Memento Black and coloured it a little with Flirty Flamingo and Smokey Slate Stampin’ Blends. I used the Colour Lifter to push out some of the gray to lighten it. I fussy cut this image out so that I could make it a floating feature.

I layered this over some Whisper White cardstock which I cut at an angle. This sat over a coloured paper doily in Flirty Flamingo and these over the cardbase in Coastal Cabana, which I embossed with the Subtles Embossing folder.

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I stamped a simple sentiment, this one is from Tea Together stamp set and the hearts from Nine Lives. I finished off with a couple of small rhinestones for a little bling.

Next up in the hop is Rachel Palmieri.

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Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until 6pm Monday, May 20th. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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So Long old favourites

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Today I’m hopping along with the ESAD demonstrator group as we celebrate retiring products from the 2018-2019 Annual and the 2019 Occasions catalogues.

There is more info about what ESAD is at the bottom of this post but briefly it’s community group for Australasian based Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. Today, we are bringing you some last ideas using some of our favourite Stampin’ Up! products, so grab a cuppa and sit back to enjoy this hop.

Today, I’m focussing on a Bundle that I thought was incredibly clever in how it was created. It’s the Serene Garden stamp set and Serene Scene die set.

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What I really like about this bundle is how each of the stamps work individually, but when intertwined with the dies, they create really interesting layers, texture and dimension to your project.

Here is my card.

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Being an outline stamped, it’s well suited to colouring. So here I have stamped in Mememto Black ink and coloured using Stampin’ Blends. Once I was happy with my base image colouring, I used the leaves die to punch out some of the leaves that scatter among the scene.

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Next, I used the embossing die, which is exactly the same design and size at the stamp, to emboss a piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock. I cut the cardstock larger than my stamped image layer, so that it made it easier to line up the images. After embossing, I used dimensionals to adhere my white coloured layer over the embossed Spruce cardstock layer, allowing shadows to form which creates depth. Matching the stamped image over the embossed one perfectly, I trimmed down the spruce cardstock to the size I wanted. I overlayed some flowers in contrasting colours for some extra pop.

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I really didn’t want to add too many other elements to this card and run the risk of them taking away from the main image. So, I opted for a simple sentiment tucked behind the main image and layered over the cardbase, which I embossed with the embossing die, to echo the pattern and add texture without adding some new.

Next up in the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons.

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Blog hop participant list:

  1. Bronwyn Eastley
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Katrina Duffell
  4. Lou Kitzelman
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Delys Cram
  8. Lauren Meiklejohn
  9. Cathy Pinchbeck
  10. Sandra Mastello
  11. Richelle Fletcher
  12. Rose Packer
  13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  14. Jo Weedon
  15. Peta Stephen
  16. Lisa Whitehead
  17. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  18. Rebecca Scurr
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Denise Buetler
  21. Monique Fielder
  22. Kelly Kent
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Rebekah Crisp
  25. Maree McIntosh

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Get the most from your dies

I thought I’d share with you a couple of little projects, I have been working on lately. These are using Stampin’ Up! thinlit dies, but just not to create a die cut element for use on a card or scrap page.

I’ve been playing with the Springtime Impressions thinlit dies set, which has three thinlit dies. It coordinates with the Abstract Impressions stamp set in the Garden Impressions Suite of products.

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Today, I’m focussing on the dies, and here I have teamed up the Butterfly die with some Shrink Plastic to make some fun charms.

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They were pretty easy to make and lots of fun. Little Miss 3 thought it was just magic, the way that plastic curled, shrunk and flattened back out. If I could have videod her I would have, her amazement was priceless, but I didn’t was to burn the plastic!

I coloured my shrink plastic with Stampin’ Blends, which are Stampin’ Up! alcohol markers. There are a range of colours available now and more new colours coming very soon. I scribbled colour on to my plastic, punched my shape, shrunk them, added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella brush and popped them on a chain. Take a look….

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In this die set is also an amazing flower arrangement die. It’s just gorgeous and works beautifully to adorn the half a card. You can punch it out and coloured it up to adhere straight on, or you can trim out individual shapes to arrange on a smaller project.

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Here I have teamed it up with the Embossing Mats to create a subtle texture to my card base instead. The embossed pattern create a lovely subtle look without being overpowering, which is really easy to do when dies are really big like this one is.

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Using it this way, dresses up a card base that could otherwise be plain, without the detail taking over.

I’m really enjoying creating something a little different with my Stampin’ Up! craft supplies. I think it’s really important to get the most out of each product and these are just a few ideas to keep your crafting fresh and projects fun and different.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Hello new catalogue

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For my first blog post from the 2018 Annual Catalogue, I am hopping with a bunch of talented crafters from around the South Pacific. We have our own demonstrator group known as ESAD. If you are a demonstrator more information about ESAD is at the bottom of this post.

Welcome if you are starting here with me or if you have joined me from Jenny Bowman.

Today I am sharing a card I made using the Butterfly from the Springtime Impressions thinlit dies set, which sits on some new Designer papers. Take a look…

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Before launching into my butterfly, I first prepped some of the background paper. I used a panel of the lovely Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut specialty paper. It is quite delicate so requires some tenderness when handling to trim up. Here I went for the diamond pattern – one side of the paper is Vanilla and the other is White. I used the white side and coloured it simply by up-ending my StazOn Black ink pad and patted all over. (It was kind of therapeutic!) I like that is it not completely saturated in black, the speckled appearance adds to the weathered look I was aiming for. I set this aside to dry while making my butterfly.

Firstly, I adhered some black cardstock to some adhesive sheet, then die cut my butterfly. The adhesive sheet turns the die cut cardstock into a sticker! So I simply peeled off the backing and stuck it onto some vellum! I trimmed around the butterfly, turned it over and coloured from the back, using Stampin’ Blends.

The rest of my card comes together quite easily after these two elements, my base card is Basic Black cardstock, which is layered with a piece of the Tranquil Textures Designer Paper pack, this is the new Soft Seafoam colour. So yummy isn’t it!!

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I cut a frame from Call Me Clover cardstock, which is one of the new In Colours, and adhere this over the laser cut piece. With some Tear and Tape, making sure to trim off any over hang.

Before adhering in the centre of my DSP, I stamped the leaf from Petal Palette in Call Me Clover, and then adhered the laser element. I positioned my butterfly and topped her off with some gems – faceted gems and rhinestone jewels, in different sizes so that they decreased in size down the body.

I finished off the card with a simple sentiment, from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and used the Classic Label punch. Adhering the sentiment to some black cardstock to frame it and finished off with a single jewel.

Next up in the hop is the amazing Kelly Kent.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Big Shot

$159.00

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The ESAD blog hop:

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Leonie Schroder
  3. Joanne Stubbings
  4. Libby Dyson
  5. Courtenay Heuston
  6. Fi Cobbin
  7. Carolina Evans
  8. Peta Stephen
  9. Sharon Dalton
  10. Jackie Aitken
  11. Rochelle Blok
  12. Nicole Wilson
  13. Emily Campbell
  14. Denise Buetler
  15. Katrina Duffell
  16. Delys Cram
  17. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  18. Megan Lenske
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Bronwyn Eastley
  21. Jo Weedon
  22. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  23. Melissa Gifford
  24. Cathy Pinchbeck
  25. Jessie Holton
  26. Jenny Bowman
  27. Rose Packer   <– You are here!

Colour INKspiration – CI26

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What a colour combination we have for you this week here at Colour INKspiration. If you have joined me from Elizabeth, welcome, I hope you have been enjoying the inspiration so far.

If you are starting here, we have a cool colour palette this time. (Pardon the pun – LOL!). When I first looked at this colour combination, I liked it straight away, but new it would have me thinking. This challenge we are playing with greens…. Tranquil Tide, Bermuda Bay, Emerald Envy and Sahara sand.

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What I like about these kinds of colour combinations is they are different shades of the same hue essentially. This allows you to create some really interesting effects. It also allows you to do what I have done here … take something that could potentially be really busy and make it easier on the eyes. Check out my party hat…

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I just loved the sample in the Occasions catalogue and I really just wanted to make something similar.

And so I did.

And I’m really glad I did because it was just fun. Fun to create and fun to make these colours work as I think they lend themselves to cards for our “Men-folk”. So I gave the Party Hat Birthday bundle a boy look.

I love how you can stamp a Party Hat flat or you can use one of the dies in the set to cut out the elements which you can use for a 3D effect or on another project altogether. I also love this new banner for sentiments. Luuurve that flowing flag look.

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Here I stamped my first layer in Tranquil Tide, it’s the one with all the little elements… streamers, lollies and dots. Next is Emerald Envy, here you can see Bows, Stars, Cakes, presents, ice creams, lolly pops and other yummy stuff. Last is Bermuda Bay, these are the raised elements… presents, cupcakes and hats.

I used my Stamparatus to make lining up these three stamps easy. When using my Stamparatus, I find myself either rotating it so that one leaf is at the bottom and one at the side, or I just utilise the space at the bottom of the stamping plate like this…

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Yes, my magnets have broken… waaa… but now I have four to work with… Yay! Moving on…

This is because closer to the hinges, sometimes the stamps don’t quite reach down far enough to catch all the paper. It’s just a slight limitation with the manufacturing process BUT not really a problem at all. You don’t have to use it with one hinge at the top anyway, afterall the stamping plate is square. So to clear the space completely, just use the other end! And if you can work like me, with a rotation, try stamping like this….

For this particular stamp set, working with the stamps rotated didn’t hamper my ability to fit them together. I think as long as the outside lines of the shape is there, the inside can look however it is stamped!

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I finished off my Party Hat with one of the clear Faceted Gems, which I coloured with my dark Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blend marker. I love how you can coordinate all your Rhinestones, Pearls, Gems and other embellishments by colouring them with Blends.

Next up in the hop, is the talented Jacque Williams.

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Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until Monday, February 12. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC161 – Sale-a-bration

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What a week, I’ve been busy creating with lots of new toys this week in prep for upcoming events. Including this one, our second blog hop for Caseing the Catty.

Welcome if you are starting here with me or if you have joined me from the lovely Angela. This week, we are celebrating Sale-a-bration time. Which is my favourite promotion on the Stampin’ Up! calendar. There are freebie products for those who shop, host or join during these few months. More info on this is here.

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This week, I started playing with Epic Celebrations. (I must take a minute to thank to my Facebook voters – Epic Celebrations was the initial front runner in my vote request, so I created with that one. But Lots of Lavender did come out in front in the end.  Never fear, I will use that one next!)

As I was creating this first card, I had an idea for a second one, so today I have two card to share with you.

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First up, this one… a quirky little spin on these cute converse style runners.

I had the idea to make one pair stand out of a pile. So using the trusty masking technique, I created this pile of runners. I use my Stampin’ Write markers to colour the Real Red pair and Stampin’ Blends in Light Smokey Slate to colour the rest.

What I discovered, was the different looks you can achieve when colouring with the two different types of markers. Blends gives you a much smoother look as the alcohol allows the colour to spread evenly. Whereas, using markers the ink only goes where you apply it, allowing you to get achieve a rougher much more inconsistent look. Which is not a bad thing when you want that grungy appearance. The Epic Celebration stamps has a style of artwork that lends itself to that colouring style.

For the sentiment – here I used the ever amazing Stamparatus to create a custom sentiment. The gray words are from one sentiment in the Mixed Drinks stamp set, but I only used parts of it. And the Party is from Tabs for Everything stamp set.

I was able to place the stamps in position, use my leaf on the Stamparatus to pick up the stamp. Ink up and stamp in place. Awesome!

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I finished off the sentiment with some Foil printed Acetate, mini sequin trim and some gorgeous Shimmer ribbon in Basic Gray – another Sale-a-bration exclusive item and a gorgeous little Tutti Fruity sequin.

While making the first card, I had an idea for this second card.

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This sentiment is from the new In The Trees stamp set and I thought it would make a fun and quirky Valentines day card. Particularly if you are like me and my DH – not huge on Valentines Day. A less lovey dovey feel to a card is more our style.

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Next up in the hop is Peta Stephen, hop on over to see her Sale-a-bration inspiration.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night,  Jan 21st.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Is it Wine O’Clock Yet?

I just love the Half Full stamp set. I was really pleased to see it carry over into the new year too. More wine for us to play with.

I posted this project just recently (see here), but wanted to go over some of the details in depth for you.

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Here I used the recently launched Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in my feature elements – the wine bottle and glasses.

As these are based on an alcohol solution, you need to use Memento ink to stamp your outline image. This is so as the pigment in that particular ink means the line work wont bleed once you begin colouring over the top. It’s all to do with alcohol vs oil vs water and the combinations that make up these products.

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Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends come in 12 different colours. There are two shades (a light and a dark) for each hue. Each marker has two tips – a brush end (for blending larger areas) and a fine tip end (for more precision work). There is also a Bronze and Ivory marker and a Colour Lifter to help lighten areas to create more of a realistic depth to your colouring.

There are number of ways you can colour with these types of markers. My preferred way, I think, goes against the grain a little. Well, for larger areas anyway. But I just find this gives me the result I’m looking for…

After stamping my outline image, I add shade with the darker marker first in a thin line.

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Next I use my lighter shade to blend that harsh line away, adding the colour to the remaining areas I need it. As you colour over and over the same areas two things happen – 1: the alcohol mixes together to help dissolve that line so that the colour in the image transitions seamlessly, and
– 2: the lighter shade does get a little darker, this makes me think about where I want my highlight to be so I don’t go over that area quite so much.

As the alcohol flood the cardstock, it may make the colour bleed out past the line work. This may make your image look like you need to brush up on your colouring skills again. So to help avoid that and make you look like the colouring pro you are, just stay in from the edges. If you do happen to put on too much colour, or colour goes outside the line, you can lift it away with the Colour Lifter –  you may need to go over the area a couple of times, allowing drying time in between.

For finer work, like the glasses on the inside of this card. I found it easier to colour the whole glass in with the lighter shade first, then add a touch of the darker shade to add depth.

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I find I hover between these two methods based on the amount of area I am colouring.

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I used Vellum for the glass, allowing the woodgrain to show through slightly, giving it an authentic look. I used the Stitched shapes framelit for the sentiment at the top, and layered this with the Layering Oval framelits and some more of that wood textures paper.

Below is a full supply list used on this project.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Playing catch up

The past few years, I find myself getting to this time of year and my list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter. How about you?

My preparations for Christmas start later now that Miss Three has come along in December. I used to be ready for Christmas by the start of December. In addition to the general busy-ness that is usual for this time of year, I have a birthday to prep for too.

So whilst I haven’t been able to blog much lately, I have been busy in the background so let’s play catch with what’s been happening….

 

Lots of cards have been made. I usually send about 50 Christmas cards each year. I’m sure I forget people too each year (hopefully it’s not the same people every year!). Here are a couple…

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Is it wine o’clock yet? I’m so in love with the Half Full stamp set. It’s another one of those great sets with sentiments for the front and some for inside too. Here I have teamed it up with the new Stampin’ Blends and that lovely Woodgrain paper stack.

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Here is the inside with the funniest sentiment in that set!

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(For more details on this card and Stampin’ Blends tips – visit this related post)

Gift card / Money holder… This time of year, I need plenty of these. So here, I have given my Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and Pocket thinlit dies a Christmas make over.

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Ice Skating anyone? Whilst here in Australia we usually swelter at Christmas-time, a lot of the world is cooler, snowing or icy. Ironically while making this card, I was sweating through 37 degrees Celsius (or 98 for my Fahrenheit friends)! We have family in the northern hemisphere that would enjoy this one.

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Here I have had some punch-art fun with the Trim your Stocking die. Creating an ice-skate for a more wintery feel, with the addition of some punching, fussy cutting and paper piercing.

(For more details on this card, visit this related post.)

 

December classes have finished for the year. We always take this time to look forward to the next year, creating a calendar project. This year I stepped it up a little more making a notes station with the standard stamp cases using the Fresh Florals Designer Paper Series, Large Number framelits and the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp set.

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I found these cute little Flamingo flags at a stationery store and just HAD. TO. USE. THEM! So cute and of course they went well with the stamp set, so it was a no brainer.

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Inside we decorated a little note book and included some calendar tabs too. My class attendees loved this project.

 

Do you dress up your home for Christmas? I love to, and along with all the Be Merry Ornaments hanging around, I have this gorgeous one.

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I love when I find little gems like this hiding on bottom shelves in cheap stores. Add some crafting supplies and next thing you know you have a beautiful centrepiece. This one lights up too, to create a lovely glow.

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I kept the heart shape as the centre of the theme and teamed it up with a number of heart shaped dies. I framed them with some of that lovely Copper Metallic trim – stretching it out to create a subtle texture.

 

Memories of the year. Lastly, I have had this project floating around my craft room for easy four months. I just kept changing my mind on what I wanted to do with one of the most gorgeous photos I took of Little Miss (now) Three. I just love her smile in this photo. I remember the fun and joy she experienced as I pushed her on that swing that day.

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I didn’t want to detract from that, so I went really simple. Allowing the photo to speak freely. This sheet of paper is from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack and I just love the blends between the two colours, remind me of the blue sky and green grass. Which matched in perfectly with this photo. Some simple trim with the ribbon border punch in some Calypso Coral and a Daisy in blue to match finished it off.

Lots of products where used in these projects. I’ll come back shortly with individual posts for each of these, with more instructions and supply lists.

I have more…. but that will need to wait for another time…

Until Next time… Stamp Creatively,
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