Thursday, April 23, 2015

One Layer Card Using Moon Lake Stamp Set

I love creating one layer cards using a masked sponging technique. They are relatively quick to create, the longest part is deciding what colours to use for the stamp set you have chosen!

This is one of the cards I made for our recent Paper Arts Paper Expo display. This sponged background is a great way to show off detailed stamp sets with out having to spend time colouring them in.

For this particular card I decided to go a bit lighter with the sponging and not make the colour too vibrant as I felt softer was better for a "Thinking of You" card.

Colours used for the sponging are Pool Party, Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey.

Until next post, Cheers!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

All Ready for Paper Arts Tarts Show Tomorrow

My lovely team of demonstrators spent a few hours out at the Melbourne Showgrounds setting up for Paper Arts Tarts Expo which starts tomorrow and runs for three paper addiction days.  We would love to catch up with you if you can make it!

We have a gorgeous display to inspire you plus we are running a range of classes which you can book at our Stampin'Up! Stand or visit here to make a booking.

Here's our stand!

Hope to see you there over the next three days as you crop, swap and shop!



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Four Feathers - Crayon Resist Card

When I purchased the Four Feathers stamp set from the Holiday catalogue last year I knew I wanted to create a Crayon Resist card using the set. It has only taken me 7 months to get around to getting it made but here it is!

The excuse to get the card made was I making sample cards for our upcoming Stampin'Up! stand and display at the Paper Arts Tarts Show on this weekend at the Melbourne Showgrounds. See more here.

To create Crayon Resist all you have to do is :-

 Stamp images on glossy or semigloss cardstock using
 Basic Black Classic Ink or Stazon ink.  With a white
 crayon, colour in areas that you wish to remain white.
 Sponge or bray classic ink over the images. 
 Use multiple colours or a spectrum pad.   After the
 ink has dried, wipe off the crayon with a tissue.

As Stampin'Up! unfortunatley no longer have gloss card in their catalogue since I did these class 
 instructions some years ago, I have used our regular Whisper White cardstock which works fine for the technique.

Colours used are Pool Party card and ink and Hello Honey ink.

I really like it!



Monday, April 6, 2015

Love is Kindness Card - Dry Embossed Vellum Technique

A few posts ago I mentioned I would share another of the cards from my last set of technique classes. Here is one of the Dry Embossed vellum cards we made using the Love is Kindness stamp from the current Occasions catalogue.

I have also made this card up in Pool Party card which I think looks even prettier but I haven't taken a photo yet. When I do I will add it to this post.  See below for the Pool Party version! This one was done in Pink Pirouette.

So I have dry embossed the tulips and added some colour with an Old Olive marker by colouring in the leaves and stems on the back of the image. If you would like to know how to create this look go to this post.

The embossing folder is Lovely Lace.

I do like this single stamp. If you didn't want the words on your card you could mask them off as you stamp, or do as a lot of demonstrators do, cut the words off the stamp and mount them separately. I like the quotation so I kept it on my stamp. I'm not sure that this stamp will continue past the Occasions catalogue which ends June 2nd so if it is on your wish list you only have a couple of months to save up for it.

The card is finished off with white satin ribbon and Subtles Candy Dots. I really like it!

Hope you are having a lovely Easter.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Berry Basket - Happy Easter

Happy Easter! Here is my Berry Basket creation which I used as an Easter gift Basket. I had this design as one of my Team Day projects so as everyone attending could have a play with the Berry Basket die plus the Stampin'Up! Decorative Masks.

If you haven't seen these masks in the catalogue, they are page 205. You have a choice of Hearts and Stars or Dots and Stripes. So for the basket I cut it out using the Big Shot and then using the star mask/stencil I sponged Early Espresso ink onto the Kraft Cardstock, which is a heavier weight card available in the Annual catalogue page 192.

The basket trim was stamped with the Chalk Lines stamp set, as was the handle. Flower stamp is from Petal Potpourri and punched out using the matching Flower Medallion punch.

The thankyou tag is from the Tea Party stamp set.

I hope the Easter bunny came to visit - Happy Easter!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Technique Class - Napkin/Serviette Card

Time to show off my card sample for my April classes. This month I will be teaching you how to create a napkin/serviette card. As usual I am having a lot of fun coming up with colour creations and designs!

Here is one of my samples.

Here is the same card opened.

You can view another one of my napkin card creations here.

Interested? then here are the dates for this months classes :-

Thursday April 23rd at 7.30pm

Friday April 24th at 10am

Saturday April 25th at 1.30pm

Class fee $20 includes all materials and instruction sheet.

To book your place please email me



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Technique Cards - Dry Embossed Vellum

Here is one of the sample cards my class ladies had for inspiration in my technique class this month. Dry embossing vellum is an old technique but it is so good to dust off some of those old techniques and take a new look at them again. Funny how everything old gets a new lease of life every so often!

Once I got started with creating sample cards for class I could not stop! I found so many of my current stamp sets were ideal for this technique. I'll show your more samples in future posts.

If you are wanting to get the most out of a stamp set, before you purchase you should be asking yourself how many different ways can I use this stamp and how many different occasions can I use it for? That is the sensible and economic way of stamp purchasing! I know I am often guilty of letting my heart rule my stamp buying!!!!!! Well I have just given you a new technique to convince yourself that you can buy that pretty floral stamp that you love!

The card above uses the set "Indescribable Gift " 137180 and I bought it as soon as I saw it as I am always a sucker for a pretty flower stamp! Of course I bought it thinking that it will look great coloured with Blendabilities - and it does but sadly the Blendabilities have been withdrawn from sale so it is terrific to have a different technique to show off this lovely stamp.

Enjoy trying out this technique and I know you will be searching your craft drawers for that stylus you bought years ago! If you have the Simply Scored Scoring Tool than grab your stylus from there!

Here is how you create this lovely look with your stamps - On vellum card stock, stamp your image in Staz-On black ink and allow to dry. Turn vellum over and rub over back of image with waxed lunch wrap. Place onto a foam pad, using circular motion rub over the areas you want to lighten and raise. Use a small circular motion as you dry emboss to avoid lines appearing in your lightened areas.

Have fun!



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