Circle Journal Round 6

We are nearing the end of this Circle Journal round.  I have already received the next one, and then there is one more to go before my journal comes back to me.  It is going to be so exciting to see what everyone has come up with for me!!

The theme of this journal is “Birthdays and Animals”.  The introduction to the theme is as follows: I have chosen this theme as birthday cards are my most popular.  However, I only have one animal stamp set, (Bella and Friends) so I look forward to inspiration from you.

I don’t have Bella and friends, but what I do have is Ready For Christmas which has a really cute Dachshund in it.  I also have a friend who is mad about Dachshunds and whose birthday was yesterday, so I decided to do 2 cards on this theme.  This is my card:

Here is a paper saving tip for you: When you are using DSP or foil or glimmer paper that you are going to be layering, you can cut out of the middle of your paper and it is hidden once you layer on top of it.  My happy birthday here was cut out of the piece of DSP that you see around the edge of the white card stock.

Remember to decorate the inside and the envelope.

I am seeing my friend in a little while for coffee, so I will know soon if she likes her card

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Circle Journal Round 5

The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy!  Between work and lots of happy family get togethers, I haven’t had time to sit and my computer and write up my blog posts.

I received this journal about two and a half weeks ago (in fact I have already received the next one!).  At least the card was completed and the journal was sent off on it’s next round on time.

The theme of this journal was trees. From the mighty oak to palm trees. It could be a whole tree or part of a tree as long as there was a tree involved.

Do you like the corrugated background?  This is one of the new embossing folders from the holiday catalogue.  If you don’t have a holiday catalogue and would like to receive one, please let me know and I will send one out to you.

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Circle Journal Round 4

On Monday, I had happy mail in my postbox in the form of the next Circle Journal!  We are almost halfway through this round (this is the fourth journal from nine) and as a first time participant, I love the variety of themes and cards that the other ladies are coming up with.

This journal’s theme is ‘CASE my card’, CASE being an acronym for ‘Copy And Share Everything’.  She chose a card sketch and made a card based on that sketch.  According to the instructions, I had to copy the layout and/or colour scheme (Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry), or alter to suit my own design.  This is the sketch that she based her card on.

I have been working with the gorgeous Petal Promenade DSP this week and decided to keep using it for this Circle Journal card.  I liked the layout of the sketch, so I used that and this is what I came up with.

Can you see the Wink of Stella on the banner? In my opinion, a bit of sparkle makes everything even better!!!

These are the products that you will need it you want to CASE this card.

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Hand Delivered Get Well Card

Hand Delivered Get Well Card

The card that I am showing today is a really fast and easy card.

It uses the Hand Delivered host stamp set.  You will find this set on page 229 in the Just For Hosts section of the catalogue.  This is my favourite host stamp ever! it is incredibly cute and has a number of different sentiments which makes it very versatile.  Using the Stamparatus makes it particularly easy to position the stamps

This set can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards.  When you place an order of $250 or more, you will earn these rewards. For an order of $250-$500 the rewards are 10% of the order.  If your order is $500-$750 the rewards are 12% of the order.  $750-$1000 rewards are 14% and over $1000 the rewards are 15%.  These Stampin’ Rewards can be used to buy anything in the catalogue and can also be used to purchase the host stamp sets.

I have used the Tranquil Tide DSP.  The pack of paper comes with all 4 of the 2017-2019 in colours. As you can see in the picture below it comes with 4 different designs (stripes and dots) in each colour.

 

This weekend is particularly cold in Melbourne, so stay warm and keep creating

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Circle Journal – Round 2

I received the next circle journal this week.

It is now starting to get more exciting as each journal that arrives will have more cards in it as it has been passed on to more people.

The theme of this journal is Christmas.  This one has two cards in it, the one that the owner of the journal made, and the one made by the lady who had it before me.  I really like one of the cards in there, and might have taken a photo of it to make myself when I start making my Christmas cards!

The card that I have made is using one of my favourite card designs.  I think that it is really effective, and uses up some of the designer series paper (DSP) stash that we all seem to love hoarding.

This card can be adapted to any occasion.  This tutorial shows a birthday version.  You could use the same design to make a wedding or engagement card, or any other occasion that you need.  Just match the DSP to your type of card, and it will come out beautifully!

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Circle Journal – Round 1

This post is really late, but I finally got around to sitting down and typing it up.   I received the first circle journal last week! When the envelope arrived, it was so exciting to open it up and see the journal inside!

It’s going to be interesting to see the themes that everyone has chosen.  The theme of this one is “Flora and Fauna”.

I have a friend who is ill and wanted to send her a get well card, so I decided to combine the two cards that I needed to make and reached for one of my favourite stamp sets in the catalogue, Dandelion Wishes.  I also stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to use green (everyone who knows me will realise how unusual this is for me).  Soft Sea Foam is such a pretty colour and was the perfect choice for this card.

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Colour Inspiration

I got up early the other morning and started stamping.  As I looked outside the window, I saw the most beautiful sunrise.

Naturally, I started thinking about what Stampin’ Up! colours I was seeing and came up with the following set of colours:

My early morning inspiration led to this card.

If this colour combination inspires you, I would love to see what you come up with.

Below are the products that I used for this card:

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamps
$37.00
Eastern Medallion Thinlits
$56.00
Daisy Delight Photopolymer Stamps
$30.00
Balmy Blue Ink Pad
$13.00
Powder Pink Ink Pad
$13.00
Gray Granite Ink Pad
$13.00
Calypso Coral Cardstock
$14.75
Powder Pink Cardstock
$14.75
Balmy Blue Cardstock
$14.75
Big Shot
$159.00

My First Circle Journal

Welcome to my blog!  I am really happy that you are here reading my very first blog post!

I had so many ideas whirling around in my head about what I would post for the first time.  Eventually, I decided to stick with the theme of first experiences and blog about my Circle Journal.

If you have never heard of a Circle Journal before, you are not alone.  This is when a group of people all start by each making a journal with enough pages in the journal for each person in the group to add a card.  Each person decides on the theme of their journal and makes the first card in the journal with instructions of how it was made and the products used.  The whole journal is then posted off to the next person in the group, who makes a card (with instructions) based on the theme of the journal and sends it to the next person on the list.  Eventually, the journal completes its circle by returning home to its owner, filled with cards and lots of inspiration!

The theme i chose for my journal is ‘stamping techniques’.  Below is the card I made to start the journal – it uses the ‘Black Ice’ stamping technique which is one of my favourites at the moment.  I taught it in my class a few weeks ago, and the ladies all loved it!

The completed card using the ‘Black Ice’ stamping technique

Below are the instructions (with some photos) to make this card:

  • Lightly touch your Stazon ink pad to the foil paper and pull down to streak. If you like the black on the top and bottom edges, make sure to catch the edge with the ink pad.  Turn upside down and do the bottom edge.

  • Stamp your image and sentiment with the Stazon.  Allow this to dry (or help it along with your heat tool).

  • Lightly touch your Versamark pad to the foil paper and pull down.  The Versamark doesn’t have to cover the whole sheet — part of the wow of this is that there are gaps in the embossing.
  • Cover with the clear embossing powder and heat set.

This is a lovely technique and I hope that you will enjoy making cards with it.  My Circle Journal has started its journey (its first stop is Queensland) and the next person’s journal should be on its way to me.  I am really looking forward to seeing what themes everyone else has chosen!  I’ll keep you updated as the journals roll in and share the cards that I have made for them (tag: Circle Journal).

For easy reference, below are the products that I used to make this card. Click on the pictures to visit my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Rooted in Nature (wood mount) $96
Rooted in Nature (clear mount) $73
Colorful Seasons Photopolymer $47
StazOn Ink Pad
$17.50
Versamark Pad
$15.75
Clear Stampin’ Embossing Powder
$8.75
Heat Tool
$50
Basic Black Cardstock
$14.75
Basic Gray Cardstock
$14.75
Silver Foil Sheets
$7
Snail Adhesive
$10
Stampin’ Dimensionals
$6