Friday, December 21, 2018

Simple Stamping - Buffalo Check

Often we get so caught up in making elaborate cards that we forget sometimes simple stamping is enough.

At our Stamping team Christmas party last week we exchanged Christmas cards with each other. I chose to stick to the Stampin' Up! challenge of simple stamping as my Christmas Card. 

I have used the Buffalo Check background stamp as the image on my card front. I used a retired Christmas message from the Warm Words stamp set and finished it all off with a bit of ribbon and some bling. I love the simple and clean lines this card has. To add that little bit of extra dimension I made the card front and then matted this onto a card base. 

This card is actually one of the Note card and envelope sets that Stampin' Up! sell - it is only 12.7 x 8.9cm in size. The perfect size for a smaller Christmas card and the fact it comes with the correct sized envelope as well is a bonus. You would be able to make several matching cards in a really short time frame - so good when we are pushed for time during this busy Christmas period.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Swaps for November 2018 OnStage Event

It has been a very long time since I made general swaps for a Stampin' Up! event. This year I was laid up in bed for several days and thought why not.

I have used the Waterfront stamp set and utilised my Stamparatus to make these cards. The message is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.

The colours I used are Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper with inks - Night Of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Smoky Slate, Pool Party and Crushed Curry.

The water has a shimmer which was achieved by adding my favourite product - Wink of Stella. I think this ties in well with the Silver Glimmer paper peeking out down the side. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Post OnStage Team Day

As all Stampin' Up! events are jammed packed with activities and we are always on the go, there is never much time to actually sit, relax and socialise with those fellow demonstrators you only see every now and then. This year our extended team planned a team day to follow on from OnStage.

I have chosen to participate in a team swap for a card front. The only rules were the size and to ensure to use all current
Stampin' Up! colours and products. I decided to christen my new Christmas stamp set called So Santa - perfect for an Australian Christmas. I teamed this stamp set with the Tropical Chic DSP and stamp set. I really loved how they complemented each other and made a truly summer version of a Christmas card.

With 22 of these cards to make I set up a production line and got into it. Yes, it was fiddly with all of the bits and pieces. I cut out over 100 leaves and flowers out with the Big Shot and dies - at least this time it wasn't all fussy cutting.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Craft Tool Roll

Finally I made myself a craft tool roll. Earlier this year I made them as roomie gifts for 3 of my SU friends and whilst I had the fabric I never got around to making myself one.

I found some gorgeous watermelon and flamingo fabric and just knew I had to use these.

The roll expands so I can include some of my essential crafting tools and makes it very easy to transport them.

The top can fold down to keep everything secure as well. Or if you have a longer tool it can remain open and just ties up when rolled. As the pockets are snug and the roll is tight it would be very difficult for anything to fall out.

I plan on using this on the weekend when I attend OnStage in Melbourne and then a team day on Sunday. My OCD is very happy - everything has a place and stays organised. This way I will always know if I am missing something as well. I found this idea on Pinterest and just adapted the measurements to suit my needs.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Doily Challenge

At a recent all day team day all of the attending SU demonstrators bought along a shoebox swap to share. This way we each got to make 17 new projects. This is a good way to get to use stamp sets you may not have purchased. Sometimes you can fall in love so much with a product that it just has to be added to your next order. (Clever ploy isn't it?)

As part of the day there was a challenge to make a card using one of the SU doilies. Every single card was so completely different. I decided to do a card that was very much out of my comfort zone - so much colour, many layers and nearly everything from inside my craft cupboard. Even my family said how not like my type of card it was. But strangely enough I really like it.

I used Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green as the base colours. A bit of glimmer paper, Wink of Stella, enamel dots, doily, double-sided paper, embossing, stamping, ribbon, pearls and fine tipped glue. Whew!!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Animal Outing Craft Class

At a recent craft class we used the Animal Outing stamp set, Stampin' Blends and a clever fold called the Inside Banner Pop Out. 

These 3 cards show how you can graduate from a simple style and amp it up to create a more intricate card using the same style and stamp set. 

It does not show up in these photos but some small features have been accentuated with the Wink of Stella glitter pen. It just adds that little bit of pizzazz.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New SU Holiday Catalogue

Check out the newly released Stampin' Up Holiday Catalogue. There are some gorgeous items in there. I am putting in an order in the next few days - contact me if you want to add something in for yourself. 

 Click here to view the Holiday Catalogue

Friday, August 31, 2018

Animal Outing meets Tropical Chic

This is a winning card - for more than one reason. At the recent craft retreat I was luckily the winner with this card for a specific card layout competition. 

I have mixed up a couple of stamp sets to achieve this look. I used Tropical Chic and Animal Outing. Featured in amongst it all is the gorgeous Tropical Escape double-sided paper.

The colours I used are Shaded Spruce, Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green and Whisper White. The giraffe is coloured using the Stampin' Blends - Crumb Cake and Bronze.

Normally I struggle a little making cards to a spcified layout but I am quite happy with the result this time. Now to find a suitable recipient.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Tropical Chic

Tropical Chic and the coordinating Tropical Thinlets are quickly becoming a staple in my card making supplies.

I have showecased a few variations of cards using this set and only featuring a few colours. The double-sided papers Tropical Escape are extremely versatile and use Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White colours in an amazing variety of ways.

The use of only these 5 colours gives the cards and papers a clean feel and really summery. I have made cards that I feel would be useful for both males and females.

Who said you need to stick to plain old green leaves anyway? Just think of all the wonderful colour combinations you could where are my stamps....time for some more creations.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hand Delivered

Recently whilst I was at a craft retreat I attended a class on colouring with alcohol markers. We got even better results using a watercolour paper as these markers can give a great depth perception to images with colour. 

The trick is to build the colour up and feature the image as if there is light shining on it. You can see the balloons are darker underneath to give the impression of shadows.

I love how the skirt on the dress looks like there is a fold on the right hand side as well. Even the legs have depth as id the dress is providing a shadow.

I am hoping my technique improves with practice as I really love the look and using these types of markers.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Twinkle Twinkle

Stampin' Up! have a new double-sided paper set called Twinkle Twinkle. This paper has lots of colours that are good for making projects for both male and female.

The card on the left uses Night of Navy as the base. I have also featured Pool Party on Whisper White cardstock. You can see some Silver Thread peeking out from behind the message too.

The gift bag on the right uses the (now retired)Mini Treat Bag Thinlit - roll it through the Big Shot and you have the 2 pieces to make a bag. So useful for parties and little gifts, you could even use this as a holder for a card. 

The tag is made using the Everyday Label punch that I double punched sideways and trimmed to form my shape. I added some Silver Glimmer paper and Rhinestones to add some bling. The wizard has been coloured using the Stampin' Blends - (the alcohol markers. These give a great depth and can add the image of dimension, as if his robes have folds. Stampin' Up! have just extended the colour range of the Stampin' Blends as they are a very popular and great product. I have several new colours on my list to purchase.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fruit Basket

A recently retired Stampin' Up! stamp set is Fruit Basket. This is such a cute set.

In particular I love the strawberries. These gorgeous cards have been CASED from some images I found whilst scrolling through the internet.

I made the card on the left with just Whisper White cardstock, Real Red strawberries and the cap of the berry is in Shaded Spruce. (Did you know the green part of the strawberry is actually called the pseudocarp and the part we love to eat is the receptable?)

The card on the right uses Crumb Cake as the base and once again I have used Real Red strawberries and Shaded Spruce caps. To give the berries a depth impression I have finished them off with a coating of the Fine Tip Glue Pen from Stampin' Up!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Colour Your Season

Get in the mood to create something full of colours and seasons! Introducing the all-new, limited-time Colour Your Season products.
Stampin' Up!’s® Blended Seasons Stamp Set, coordinating Framelits™ Dies, and Watercolor Pencils are perfect for every season of creating! Plus, save 10% when you buy the stamp set and Framelits in a bundle! But don’t wait—these exclusive products are only available until 31 August while supplies last.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

September Craft Class

For this class we will be making Inside Banner Pop Out Cards. Please bring along your paper trimmer, all supplies included in the cost. 

Where: Nicole's place, Mitcham Victoria
When: Friday 7th September, 2018
Time: 7 - 9:30pm
Cost: $20

Places are limited to 8, please book early to avoid disappointment. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Tropical Chic

This is one of my favourite stamp sets in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue - Tropical Chic. Actually it was my first purchase too.

The way you can use this stamp set could cover so many occasions as well.

This weekend I went to a craft retreat. I participated in a shoebox swap and this is the card I shared. (I CASED this gorgeous card from Pinterest.)

The card base is Whisper White and the colours featured in the card are Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam, Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride. I also used the double sided paper called Tropical Escape. 

This is one of those fantastic stamp sets that comes with a matching set of dies - no more fussy cutting of images. The negative image from the cut outs are great to use as well. 

Next thing to try - lots of colour variations and ideas with this stamp set. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Thank You Notes

Recently I made some thank you cards for some amazing carers looking after members of my family. I used the brand new stamp set Tropical Chic. This also has great coordinating dies and double-sided paper called Tropical Escape.

The colours I have featured in these cards are Blushing Bride with Flirty Flamingo ink and retired Pear Pizazz and ink.

The Pearlized Doilies are a great feature and come in a packet of 24 - so many versatile uses for them.

So far in the new Stampin' Up! 2018-19 catalogue this is my favourite stamp set. I can already envisage many uses and future cards with it. Just think layer, upon layer, upon layer - like a jungle. A must for your collection.

Classes are currently on hold, but I hope to resume shortly. Apologies for now, but I hope you are creating at home and will have many new projects to share with me. If you want/need, (it is a very fine line when it comes to craft supplies), to place an order please contact me via email. Happy stamping!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Share What You Love

Desmond came up with this simple, yet elegant design at our recent team night. 

The card I made features the brand new (released today) Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. Th colours in this paper set are Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White. This allows for a myriad of cardstock coordination to suit all of your needs.

The Old Olive cardstock, highlighted with Basic Black and Whisper White add a clean finish to this design. A message, a bit of bling and ribbon and voila - you have a very versatile card for that someone having a birthday.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Little Wild

At a recent team night we made some very cute cards. This card was made using A Little Wild stamp set. Whilst this stamp set is designed to be made as a fold over tag and can be cut out with the coordinating die, it can also be used as a single image. The colours featured are some of my favourites - Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Night of Navy. The spots were done using a spot shaped stamp but could also be achieved using any round shaped object i.e. a pencil end. I know lions are not normally blue but he does look very cute, especially being finished off with my all time favourite product - Wink of Stella (which is so strange as I am not really a glitter type of girl).

Monday, May 14, 2018

June Open House - 2018 Stampin' Up! New Catalogue

Sorry everyone but unfortunately due to family reasons I have to cancel my Stampin’ Up ! Open day this Saturday. Thank you for your understanding. I will reschedule shortly. 

You are invited to my 2018/19 Stampin' Up! Catalogue Launch!

*Exclusive Make-n-Take projects

*Retired items for sale

*Door prizes

Where: Nicole's place, Mitcham Victoria

When: Saturday 2nd June 2018

Time: 2.00 - 4.30pm
Cost : nil 

Come along and see some new products. Get to play and make a few samples. Door prizes and giveaways. Come for the entire session or just pop in for a look.

Place an order on the day over $40 and get free postage. New catalogues are available to purchase for $5 on the day. Hope to see you there.