Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Global Design Project- Trees #GDP67

This weeks challenge is..... Trees! there are Quite a lot of stamps to choose from In the current catalogs- so Ive had fun playing today-and the challenge is running for 2 weeks over the holidays, so lots of people will have a chance to have a play. Make sure you check out all the great designs- here is the official challenge  badge-
Check out the Global design Project for inspiration!
Click here! 

 Here is my card for this week- the recipients will probably see this before they get it sadly, (Maybe they wont because they have only just moved???) But I I know she would want me to blog about it, lol. 
Home sweet home card using "sheltering tree" and "sweet home" stamp sets.
Colours: Mossy meadow (retired) Daffodil delight and real red.

"home sweet home"

couple of points of interest for this card:
I didn't have (shock! horror!) any real red ribbon, so I made my own-where there is a will, there is a way, LOL! 
dying white ribbon (utilising the old enamel embellishments packaging)
dying white ribbon-drying stage

The paving bricks or stones are made out of the negative pieces of the window die cuts... 

Home sweet home thinlits dies
Lastly, because the sweet home stamp set is photopolymer, you can "bend" them-straight in this case!

sentiment as it comes out of the case.
sentiment- straightened up.

Here in Tasmania our holidays are going to be HOT-which is exciting in and of itself! I will be taking advantage of this lovely weather, and probably wont get a chance until next week to blog again- so I hope everyone has a safe and happy time this weekend-enjoy the time spent with family.... see you next week!

Friday, 16 December 2016

GDP - Nailed it! #GDP66

Good morning everyone out there in the blog-o-sphere!
Im continuing the cards with our NEW nailed it bundle in the occasions catalog. here is the GDP sketch again-
Click here to see all the other amazing entries this week
That have used this sketch!

Theres 2 other items that I think are a must have, if you decide to purchase this set- the Hardwood stamp set, and the brick embossing folder. I have used the Hard wood EF today, and Ill try and get in a 3rd card this week using that embossing folder. Cards for guys are usually challenging, but with  The Nailed it bundle, the hard wood stamp and brick embossing folder, they are a snap!

heres my entry-
GDP- Using "Nailed it" bundle

Step 1-Die cut out one grey and one white hammer.

step 2-Cut the handle off the grey hammer, and glue the head onto the white hammer

Step 3-Make it look "used" but using the pool of colour in the lid of the Sahara sand ink pad (which you squeezed first) and, with your aqua painter, colour around the edges

ruff it up-with Sahara sand ink

 Step 4-Stamp a piece of crumb cake card stock (3 3/8" x 5 1/4")with the hardwood stamp. I cut roughly 1/3 off and backed it with the same sized whisper white piece, but I now realise that the linen thread hides the cut, so this isn't necessary.
Base card
Step5-(if you are doing it my way)  Glue your stamped crumb cake piece to the whisper white. Choose where you would like your "nails" to go. Using the fine tipped glue pen, I glued a line of "nails" about 1/3rd of the way along my crumb cake card stock. Punch out some "nails"from the owl builder punch with silver foil card stock and add them to your glue line. You now have Nail heads!

Use the fine tipped glue pen to add "nail heads"

Step 6-add some linen thread to your crumb cake piece of card stock.
Silver emboss the scattered nails from the "nailed it" stamp set to the lower left corner of the card.
arrange your hammer over the linen thread and nails

Step 7-Back your crumb cake feature piece with a piece of chocolate chip card stock (3 1/2" x 5 3/8")
Then, silver emboss the "nailed it" sentiment to a piece of chocolate chip card and use the emboss/die frame out of the build it framelit dies that come in the bundle (10% off if you buy it as a bundle!) to cut out (and automatically emboss!!) an awesome frame. Using dimensional's add your sentiment to the card front. 

Step 8-Add your chocolate chip card front to a whisper white card. 

I hope you enjoyed todays card and tutorial. Id love to hear what you think! 
Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Global Design Project- sketch challenge #GDP66

Stamp set of the week-"Nailed it" - NEW from the occasions catalog.

I lOVE playing with new stamps, dies, embossing folders, and inks. It makes me so happy to be able to create, and it's an amazing perk of being a Stampin' Up demonstrator-to be able to create sample projects out of the new products and get everyone inspired by the good things to come.  So today I thought give you a sneak peek of a new stamp set from the Occasions catalog,  Ive used the "nailed it" bundle (stamps and matching dies) to make a card using the Global design projects new challenge- a sketch.
Go and check out all the amazing entries for todays challenge-
click on the above sketch!

The sketch has a clean and simple design. anyone who has been following me for any length of time knows, thats a real challenge for me... I love to layer, and embellish (a little too much I think sometimes) heres my entry-

Nailed it bundle-in Bemuda bay, silver, and black

I think todays card would be great to give to any guy-to let him know his encouragement is appreciated. I love the sentiments in this set-"sorry i screwed up", " I knew I liked you the first time I SAW you", "nailed it", and todays one-"thanks for always building me up"

I absolutely love the dies- the ruler is an embossed  element that comes with the die set

of course- all popped up with dimensionals

The Occasions catalog goes live January 1st, but Im sending the hard copy catalogs out this week, so, CONTACT ME TODAY-Where ever you are in Australia-if you don't have a demonstrator, and would like the occasions and Salesabration catalogs-I'll happily send you out one of each!

Friday, 9 December 2016

Craft crushes and Global Design Project.

I have a few craft crushes-People who inspire you creatively.... who you think are 'stars' of the crafting world. 
Now just imagine, if a celebrity-saaaaaay Jennifer Aniston, Emma Stone or Ryan Gosling (mind blank. Those are the first that popped into my Wrote you a card, and thanked you for following them on Instagram. You'd be blown away, right? 

Ummmmm well this happened to me this week.

No, I did not get a card from Ryan Gosling. (sigh) But I DID get a card from a craft crush of mine. Louise Sharp.  (-See her blog HERE) She was recently announced as a Stampin' Up Artisan. (she's amazingly clever!) And her style of crafting is just gorgeous-and I got a card from Her! here is its-

Stunning Details on Louise Sharps Card,

Well, I couldn't NOT send a card back..., Its too great an opportunity to, well, thank her, PLUS congratulate her on her recent appointment as an artisan! She will see this, unfortunately, before she receives it, but, I hope she likes it anyway!

I also used the Global design projects specs- 
 click here to check out all the amazing designs!

It goes well with our "remarkable you" stamp set week, because, she IS remarkable!

 Crafting supplies used.
Remarkable you and brushstrokes stamp sets

I die cut a stitched frame out of the gold foil layer,  for use at a later time.
You don't see it, and its using our materials frugally.

Notice the partial gold embossing over the real red ink  

I used creative licence of adding a little bit of gold to the Global design projects specified real red, early espresso, and crumb cake specs. It just POPS!

After stamping with the brushstrokes background stamp in real red ink, I dusted over the gold embossing powder, over the bottom and side portions of the inked up real red card stock, creating that partial embossed look. 

Stamp sets used- Remarkable You, and Brush strokes.
Colours Real red, early espresso, and crumb cake ( the lower was clear embossed on crumb cake, and then aqua painted over)
extras- winkastella, gold embossing powder, gold foil.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Remarkable You-Wedding Anniversary card.

Hello Wonderful crafters!

Im really excited about todays Post, for a few reasons.
The Card is for my sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws 25th Wedding anniversary (-Are we really that old???) It doesn't seem possible, but, yes, they have been married for 25 years-worth celebrating huh?!? 

Also, the technique I have used, is relatively new to me. It's not something I discovered by myself, but something I learned from Connie Stewart-Click HERE to watch Connie's video.

I LOVE working with Vellum. It's transparency is just so elegant, and theres so many things you can do with it. The ONE down side is.....How do you stick it to your project? You can see all adhesives that you put on it. It has always made working with it challenging. Up until recently I used to put embellishments over where I had attached the velum to my project but sometimes, you just don't want to do that. Well, if this has been a challenge for you too... please keep reading!

The velum is adhered directly to the white flower- and you CANT see the adhesive!

Here are the steps
1-Emboss (or use stazon.... the embossed part was just part of my design) your flower from the Remarkable you stamp set on to you velum piece which will be at the front of your card, and also a piece of scrap whisper white. (you only need the flower portion for this design)

Embossed flowers from the remarkable you stamp set.

2- Fussy cut out the white flower
Fussy cut white flower. Remarkable you stamp set.

3-Squeeze a TINY (what is pictured was TOO much-it was only for photographic purposes) bit of tombo glue out-preferably onto a silicone mat (mine was out of action-I had lent it to someone.... it is now thankfully back home!) and pick it up with a Stampin' Sponge-marked for gluing purposes.

Glueing Velum can be tricky-but its now possible!

4-Depending on your project, you can now Tap the glue LIGHTLY straight on to your vellum, or as in my project I tapped the glue on the front of my white fussy cut flower.

Apply glue to the velum or the whisper white.

5-Line up your fussy cut flower over the back of the velum version of the same embossed image.
stick your fussy cut piece to the velum- without the glue showing!

6-It will stick beautifully, and, as you can see, my fussy cutting is rubbish, but...............
Im SOOOO not good at fussy cutting!

.........You wont notice the adhesive, OR the bad fussy cutting when it is up the right way.

No Adhesive is visable!

7-Now Feel free to layer as you might like-I Added a black and silver foil layer. You could add glue the same way all over the velum piece, but i added glue to just the white portion, so that I got that beautiful floaty effect that velum has.

I hope you enjoyed my tips on glueing Velum, and, Be sure to check out Connie Stewarts video above. 

Velum gift card holder on the inside.

EDIT-I forgot to add that I added a velum gift card holder made with the envelope punch board on the inside. How handy is THAT?

I hope you have a fabulous day-it's morning here, (9.15 am) and I've already spent 2 hours in the garden this morning- AND have finished my blog post-I'm feeling very accomplished!i

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Global design Project- Remarkable You

Welcome To this weeks Blog post- and another Global Design Project entry!

Each week I focus on a singular stamp set, and see what I come up with. And design challenges are great at getting you out of your comfort zone!
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This week at the Global Design Project, they are focusing on Colour, and Have a colour Challenge. I love the warmth of these 3 colours. 

Global Design Project colour challenge.

I Heres my entry for today:

Remarkable you stamp set, in Crumb cake, Real red, and Early Espresso 

The "Remarkable you" stamp set, is just beautiful, with lovely big images and some lovely sentiments as well. I chose, though to get my sentiment form another stamp set-"for the new two"because I have a few friends celebrating their anniversaries this next week. "For the new two " stamp set has gorgeously worded sentiments, in a stunning font, along a very cute bunch of flowers stamp (some would say.....bouquet for a wedding/anniversary stamp set?) 

Remarkable you stamp set.

for the new two stamp set.

"Remarkable you" and "The new two" stamp sets

I made 2 cards this same day, and on the first card I made (you will see that Thursday-there is a reason Im featuring my second card first! Im hoping the recipient might get her card in the meantime!) I dropped my gold Embossing power- ALL over the floor- 
DISASTER right??? 

Well, I was pretty up set. BUT it made me think well, what can I use NOW? I tried the copper embossing power Stamping Up introduced this year-well, Im VERY happy I used this one. I LOVE the very warm combo that the copper brings to the mix of colours. 

I spilt ALL my good embossing powder! oops!

Emboss The Peony stamp, and add the fine tip glue pen glue.
no need for crystal effects!

Don't you just love the effect that the fine tipped glue pen glue gives to the card-all glossy and raised.  I know we were all disappointed when crystal effects made its departure from our catalog this year, but honestly, I think this is waaaay better. Do you remember having to try and unclog the tip EVERY time you used crystal effects-wasting a  good ten/fifteen minuets each time? NEVER unclog another crystal effects again. Buy a fine tipped glue pen!!  Such an easy effect to a card!

Fine tipped glue pen instead of crystal effects.

Well-thats my post for today-I hope you liked it, and I hope that you have a go at using the Remarkable you stamp set. Stay tuned for another card made from this stamp set on FRIDAY, (or you could just subscribe, so you don't miss it!) If you would like to purchase one, feel free to purchase from stamping up, and choose me as your demonstrator-and if you use this months hostess code, and you will receive a little gift from me!