My lovely friend Shirley has offered to do a mini blog hop with me to help me get the technicalities correct before we do the big hop on Thursday (Hop goes live in the early hours of the morning, Australian Eastern Standard Time). We are doing a test run of linking our posts, so this hop is just two stops. These projects are easy, quick and fun, so you can spend a little time in your stamp room recreating them.
This card uses the beautiful Botanical Butterfly DSP and the Organdy Ribbon Combo pack, both of which are current Sale-A-Bration items. The coloured butterflies are punched out of the DSP using the Butterfly Duet punch from the new Occasions Catalogue. It is really convenient that the punch will cut out the butterflies on the DSP instead of having to fussy cut. The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.
Click on the button below to hop over to the USA to see what Shirley has created for us.
Sale-A-Bration is the happiest time of the Stampin’ Up! year. For every $90 that you purchase, you can choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. If you would like to see what is inside the catalogue, click on the link above, or send me a message and I will send a paper copy to you.
There is a lot of lovely stuff in the catalogue, but one of my favourite stamp sets is the Lasting Lily. There are several thoughtful sentiments in this set, and the flowers are beautiful. This is one of the Distinktive stamps, so the image stamps with lighter and darker sections, all using one stamp.
I decided to try and stamp the lily in black, and I am delighted with the way that it turned out. Remember that you can’t buy this stamp set, as it is only available as a Sale-A-Bration option.
If you live in Australia and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to help you with any products that you would like to purchase, or you can shop in my online store.
I have done a few projects using this stamp set, so I will be sharing more of them with you soon.
My journal has completed its circle and come home to me. (It actually arrived a few weeks ago, but with being away and then trying to get back to normal, I didn’t get around to blogging it).
This was the theme for my journal.
I started the journal off with the Black Ice technique. If you missed my post on how to do this, you can view it here.
Below are the cards that the other ladies made according to my theme. This one was made by Jenny Habraken and uses heat embossing with water colouring
Donna Chugg used the cracked glass method.
Tash Martin chose to apply markers directly to the stamp rather than using an ink pad.
Pamela Bowron made a card using triple time stamping.
Rachel Pine used the emboss resist technique.
Leigh Carter Shaw used the baby wipes technique.
This stunning card made by Terri Kirrkie makes spectacular use of the masking technique.
The final card was made by Beryl Crisp and uses the rock and roll technique.
I am absolutely delighted with my journal! All the ladies did a fantastic job with making the cards! Over the next few weeks, I will give the instructions for each of these different techniques and we can all try them out.
I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators’ Blog Hop featuring gift packaging. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe are participating, so we have a wide variety of fun projects to share with you! You may have landed here from Sue Boerner’s blog – I am sure that you enjoyed her project!
As for my project, I have made a gift box that holds three Ferrero Rocher chocolates, but it also has a pouch attached that holds a small card.
A few of these gift boxes are great to have on hand to give to anyone who needs a little token of appreciation, thanks, or just a boost that only chocolate can provide. I have given them to colleagues in my office and they all loved them!
Click on the link below to download the instructions for this project. You can change the DSP to adapt it for any occasion.
I’ve received the last circle journal for this cycle. The next journal that arrives in my post box will be mine coming back to me.
The title of this journal is Show Me Your True Colours. The description that goes with it is “I love how black and white backgrounds make every colour pop, by highlighting and reflecting the true essence of all the other colours in the spectrum. Please show me your favourite True Colours”.
For this journal, I decided to try a technique the I haven’t tried before. It is called Joseph’s Coat Technique. This is my card
To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white card stock. Using your ink pad and a sponge dauber, put dots of your first colour onto the card. I used Grapefruit Grove.
Next add your second colour in between the first. My second colour was Flirty Flamingo
Lastly fill in all the white gaps with your third colour. Mine was Coastal Cabana. Once your cardstock is completely coloured, stamp your design onto it with Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
Pick up black Momento ink on your sponge dauber, and rub it over the complete card covering it completely. The ink won’t stick to the clear embossing, and the colours will pop through the back. Once it is completely covered, take a tissue and gently rub it over the card to buff the extra ink off the embossing.
I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder, and I feel like my finished card ticks all the boxes for this journal.
If you are wondering about the sentiment, it is from a new stamp set called Happiness Surrounds. This is part of a new limited edition suite called Snowflake Showcase which will be available form 1 November. Watch this video for more information about this suite
If you would like to try this technique, these are the products that I used Product List
Another Circle Journal has come around to me. The theme of this one is all about texture. The description and instructions for this journal are as follows: “My goal this year with card making is to use more texture in the form of embossing (both heat and folders) and to use background stamps to add interest to card stock. My ask is: Make cards that use stamping to add interest to backgrounds. Use embossing folders in an interesting way Heat emboss in any way possible”
This is my card.
It ticks all the boxes that were required. This circle was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with copper embossing powder. I coloured the petals in with the Blueberry Bushel Stampin” Write Marker
I hope that you have noticed the embossing on the Balmy Blue Circle. That was done with the Subtle embossing folder. This is a beautiful folder which gives the paper a linen look.
I am not sure if it is coming up too well in the photo, but as a final touch, I gave the card a spritz with the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint. If you haven’t tried the shimmer paint yet, you don’t know what you are missing. This is the best thing since Wink of Stella!!!
One more journal to go, and then mine will complete the circle and come back to me. Can’t wait to see the cards that everyone has has created for my journal.
Here is the product list for this project Product List
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
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.
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.
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