Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches

Hi there

We have a special promotion happening this month - it's the Thoughtful Branches bundle which includes an amazing stamp set and coordinating dies.  Here are three cards I made over the weekend using this bundle:

 I've used my new found technique - Baby Wipe Technique - to create the variegated colour of my tree.  I used Garden Green, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi reinkers.
 The 'cloud' image from Sprinkles of Life came in handy for this card.  I love it when there is a coordinating punch or die - so much quicker than having to manually cut the image out!
There are a good number of images and dies with this bundle to help create a wide range of projects.  I still have a few ideas to create so keep an eye out.

If you'd like to purchase this bundle please let me know by Tuesday 30th as this promotion finishes on 31st August.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Baby Wipe Technique - Part Two - Christmas Theme

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I had already decided to use the baby wipe technique when my second card class emailed and asked if they could have Christmas themed cards.  Not a problem - this technique works well for any theme. I decided to go with the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and use the baubles images.  The colours are not your traditional Christmas colours but I think they turned out rather well.

 The colours I chose were Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party and Soft Sky.  The two outer ornaments are stamped directly onto the card front while the middle ornament is adhered with dimensionals.
 A bit of silver foil or some 'bling' just finishes them off
The silver metallic thread doubled over creates the hanger as the die cut just didn't look right.

I then had a thought - what about the single image from Lovely as a Tree.  This time I've just gone with four shades of green.

 The four greens are - Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz
 The card bases are (from top) Watermelon Wonder, Cherry Cobbler, Cucmber Crush and Real Red
 I had some sentiments left over from last Christmas so added those - I think I may add some Wink of Stella to the trees for a bit of a sparkle.

This one is my favourite.

I have really loved playing with this technique - it's so easy and is heaps of fun.  I hope you give it a go.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Baby Wipe Technique - Part One

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At last months card classes I taught the Baby Wipe Technique.  This technique has been around for some time but I'd never tried it prior to last month!  Thanks to Delys Cram for sharing her creation - you inspired me to give it a go and I LOVE this technique.  All you need is baby wipes, re-inkers and your chosen stamp set.

For my first class I used Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party and this is what we created:

 This card uses the new Floral Phrases stamp set and the new Petal Burst Embossing Folder
The ladies were able to choose what colour base and sentiment they wanted.  The base butterfly was stamped directly to the card front then we cut out the butterfly overlay and adhered it by placing adhesive just on the 'body' of the butterfly.

 I love the simplicity of the Flower Shop images.  I chose four of the six designs and went with a landscape and portrait option.
Love that we now have vertical greetings :)

Check back tomorrow for the cards created at my second card class.

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches

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We have a new promotion running this month - Thoughtful Branches.  It is available for purchase from 2nd August till 31st August.

There are 23 stamped images and 9 thinlit dies.  You can buy the stamp set and thinlit dies on their own or as a bundle and save 10%.

If you would like to make four cards with this set I am holding a "Thoughtful Branches: card class on Saturday 20th August at 2pm - cost is $20 for four cards.  Please email me if you would like to attend.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Sitting Here - with sleeping dog

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Here's another version of Sitting Here (and Cottage Greetings) using the 2016-2018 In Colors - I still haven't worked our which is my favourite colour - they're all really nice.

I've arranged my cushions more than yesterday's card - overlapping them gives a real 3D look.

Here's a close up of 'my' dog in his basket.  I was using the masking technique to stamp the dog and basket but wasn't 100% happy with how it turned out.  After talking with another demo friend I've started stamping the basket and dog separately then cutting a slit in the top of the basket and sliding the dog into the gap so he's actually 'in' the basket.  I've also cut around his head more so that I can have his head hanging over the side of the basket.  I'm really pleased with how this now looks.

Stamp Set - Sitting Here, Cottage Greetings
Card Stock - Peekaboo Peach, Shimmery White
Ink - Memento Black, Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake Sahara Sand, Old Olive,, Pumpkin Pie
Other - Pearls, Aqua Painter

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Sitting here - with my cat

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There's something very relaxing about colouring in - and the new set Sitting Here is a great set for that.  This time I've used the cat - I'm sure he's enjoying basking in the sun :).

I tend to stamp the cushions (and cat) on a scrap piece of paper then colour in and adhere on top of my swing.  It adds a bit of dimension and I can also angle the cushions although for this card I've just got them sitting along the back.  The new In Colors blend beautifully for the flower pot and a little bit of grass sets them off.

I'm not sure why I left it so long to buy Cottage Greetings - I love the font and sentiments in this set.

Stamp - Sitting Here, Cottage Greetings
Card Stock - Flirty Flamingo, Shimmery White
Ink - Memento Black, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

Check back tomorrow for my next 'dog' version.

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

CASEing the Catalogue

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What is CASEing?  In paper crafting terms it stands for Copy And Share Everything.  So that's what I've done with these two cards.  If you check out page 122 and page 200 of the new Annual Catalogue you'll see what I mean.

I did make some changes to this card - I added a mat to the embossed front and stamped image then adhered it to a card base as I wanted some added colour.  I've used Blushing Bride for the flowers, Pear Pizzazz for the leaves and Early Espresso for the sentiment.

This card is pretty much the same as the one in the catalogue although I have again matted the stamped image.  My Stamp-A-Ma-Jig has never had such a workout with stamping the background of this card!

My card base is Calypso Coral with Calypso Coral ink for the background and Smoky Slate for the light bulb.

Often when I CASE something I'll use the original card as my base and then make a few changes to suit the products I have and my tastes.  Give it a try - it's fun.

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