One of the downsides of being in lockdown and working from home is that the days of the week don’t seem to mean anything anymore. Instead of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc they’ve now become yesterday, today and tomorrow 🙂
Today’s post features some off cuts I had from the Country Club DSP – page 47 of the Mini Catalogue – and the second release Sale-A-Bration stamp set ‘Well Dressed’.
The males in my family aren’t into golf so I’m glad there’s an alternative design on the other side of the paper.
I CASE’d the layout for these cards from the Sale-A-Bration brochure – page 6. Why reinvent the wheel when we’re given great layouts and designs by the Stampin’ Up! design team. As I was making multiple cards I kept the stamping the same colour. All images were stamped with Basic Gray.
The images were stamped on scraps of Whisper White then die cut using the Rectangle Stitched Dies. The placement of the images were swapped around with some based portrait and others landscape. I tied the colours from the DSP to coordinate with the card bases – Garden Green, Night of Navy and Basic Gray. For a ‘pop’ of colour I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black on Poppy Parade and Crushed Curry then punched them out with the retired Oval Punch. The sentiment is from the Dressed to Impress set.
I hope to get some crafting in this weekend – so check back soon to see what I create.
I hope you all had a restful Easter weekend. Here in New Zealand we had a ‘staycation’ weekend as we are still in our lockdown. That means no ‘Sunday drives’, no shopping (other than for groceries), no going out with family or friends just staying in our ‘bubble’. So that’s what we did – I ended up reading three books 🙂
We had a number of birthdays again this month at work – mainly guys – so here are the cards I created.
The Country Club DSP on page 47 of the Mini Catalogue has golf themed designs on one side and on the other a range of argyle and stripped designs. The argyle and stips were perfect to create ‘shirt’ cards – all you need is a piece of DSP that means 4″ by 6″, a couple of folds and you have made a shirt.
For this card I’ve used Terracotta Tile as my base and dry embossed the front using the Stone 3D Embossing Folder from Sale-A-Bration. The ‘buttons’ are some retired brads I found I still had :).
This one is adhered to a Call Me Clover base that has been embossed with my ‘go to’ folder – Subtle. This has got to be my most used embossing folder – love it. Do you own this one? If not I would recommend you add it to your next shopping list.
You all know yellow is my favourite colour – I couldn’t resist pairing this stripped shirt with a Pineapple Punch base. This time I’ve used the Brick and Mortar 3D Embossing Folder. Have you noticed the simple sentiment stamp that I’ve used for all these cards? It’s from the Label Me Bold set on page 36 of the Mini Catalogue. Once stamped in the coordinating colour on scrap card stock I punched it out using the Classic Label punch and trimmed off the ends – perfect.
Check back tomorrow to see some other masculine cards I made with this DSP.
I’ve been having fun lately creating cards that require colouring in – mainly using my Stampin’ Blends. I find colouring very relaxing and a great way to unwind – I think we all need a bit of that at the moment. I hope these cards will brighten your day.
Today’s share uses a stamp set that hasn’t seen ink for some time – I’m not sure why as I really love this set.
This was the first card I made with a Basic Gray mat. The colours used are Lovely Lipstick, Pumpkin Pie, Blackberry Bliss and Seaside Spray. The centres of the flowers are Daffodil Delight. The ‘hello’ has been stamped in Basic Gray.
After completing this card I thought ‘why stop’ so made another two but in different colours.
And of course we have to have a ‘yellow’ card now don’t we :). This one uses Rococo Rose (loving this colour), Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Seaside Spray and Blackberry Bliss. The flowers are colours using Mossy Meadow and Old Olive.
And finally a Rococo Rose version. This one has Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Blackberry Bliss, Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray. The leaves are the same colours as above.
Well that’s all for tonight. I hope you and your families are doing well and staying safe in your ‘bubble’.
We have now had our second weekend in ‘Lockdown’. It’s amazing what jobs end up getting done when you can’t go anywhere. Last weekend was some spring cleaning and this weekend window washing :). I have also been able to enjoy some crafting.
On Saturday morning we were meant to have Team Training but with everything cancelled we had a Facebook Live session instead. Our Make and Take was based on a card design from one of the Artisan Design Team featuring the newly released Ornate Garden Suite.
I wasn’t sure what to call this card so I’ve named it a Triptic Card. I don’t normally go for the ‘off centre’ look but thought I’d give it a go as that is how our sample was done. I don’t have all the products from the Ornate Garden so instead of the Ornate Layers Dies I went with the Rectangle Stitched Dies and the Subtle Embossing Folder instead of the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder. I had so much fun making this card that I made four others in similar designs – keep reading to see my samples.
The Crumb Cake mat is the largest die and the Whisper White mat is the second largest die which has been embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder. The three flower images have been stamped in Memento Ink (stamped off to give a lighter outline) on the smallest rectangle die and are adhered with mini dimensionals. My sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala set and has been heat embossed with white embossing powder – this is also adhered with our black mini dimensionals.
My flowers have been coloured in with Stampin’ Blends – Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock and Purple Posy. The leaves are light and dark Granny Apple Green. The Woven Threads Sequins add the finishing touch.
As mentioned before I had so much fun making this card that I kept on going and made another four cards:
A change in colours to Rococo Rose, Calypso Coral and Seaside Spray. I wanted my mats a bit bigger than the Rectangle Stitched Dies so I made my own using the Stitched Shapes Dies – and kept the mats straight.
This set was a ‘hostess only’ set during Sale-A-Bration but I couldn’t resist creating with it. I stamped the images on scrap cardstock, coloured in with Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Petal Pink and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. The images have then been die cut and adhered to the rectangles. The Whisper White mat has been embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D folder. I went with Black Bakers Twine as I’d run out of Linen Thread although I don’t think Linen Thread would have looked right.
I then started looking at what other stamp sets would fit into this design and with a slight change in ‘block’ size I came up with this. The vases have been stamped on Watercolour Paper and coloured in with Blueberry Bushel ink and an Aqua Painter. The vases have been ‘fussy cut’ to the outline. The flower images have been stamped in Memento directly to the Rectangle Stitched die cut (measures 1″ x 2 3/8″) then coloured in with Lovely Lipstick, light and dark Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. The leaves have been coloured in with Call Me Clover and then trimmed back to the outline as well.
My final design has been stamped using the Sponge Dauber ‘two tone’ technique .
To get the two tone effect on the flower ink up the image with Mango Melody then ink your Sponge Dauber with Poppy Parade. Lightly apply ink around the edge of the stamp then stamp onto your cardstock – remember to clean your stamp after stamping each image so as not to cross contaminate your ink colours. The stems of the tulips are stamped in Pear Pizzazz directly to the card base with the Rectangle Stitched Die adhered over the stem with mini dimensionals.
Well I hope you’ve enjoyed these samples of my take on a great layout. What stamp sets do you have that could be used for one of these designs?
First – an update about ordering and shipping during the lockdown here in New Zealand. Further to the request by the Prime Minister that business ship only essential goods into the country Stampin’ Up! has decided to hold all shipments to New Zealand for at least the next three weeks. All orders received by 11:59pm on Thursday 2 April will ship as normal. Any orders received after this time will be processed, packed and stored in the distribution centre until shipping to New Zealand resumes. So if you are in desperate need of any supplies (continue reading this post as you may want to add the Ornate Garden Suite to your shopping list) the best way to do this is via my online store so that the order gets shipped directly to you. I will keep you posted as to when shipping resumes.
As of today Stampin’ Up! have given us an early release of an upcoming Suite – Ornate Garden Suite – from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. As a demonstrator I was able to preorder the products from this suite – and so I bought the Ornate Style stamp set and the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper. I probably don’t really need any more paper but this paper is gorgeous – it has gold foil designs on some of the sheets. Check out my Promotions page for more details on this Suite.
As we are in lockdown I’m trying to send out cards to staff members to cheer them up. My first set of cards out the door features the Ornate Style stamp – but not in the colours used in this suite.
I’ve used my Stampin’ Blends to colour these images – it was very relaxing after a days work.
I love that this is a large image and is pretty much all you need on the card – along with the sentiment.
And here’s a close up. I was really pleased with my colouring on this one. The main flowers are a mix of Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry and the smaller flowers are Daffodil Delight.
And here it is in a different colour combination. Lovely Lipstick for the small flowers, Rococo Rose for the back flower and Flirty Flamingo for the front flower. The sentiment is from Butterfly Gala and stamped in Lovely Lipstick. The card base for both cards is also Lovely Lipstick.
I’ve used the light and dark blends of two different greens for the leaves – Dark Mossy Meadow, Dark Old Olive, Light Mossy Meadow and then Light Old Olive. I was really pleased with the variation of colour – thanks Alisa Tilsner for your colouring tips.
Well that’s all for now – don’t forget if you need any supplies to last you through the lockdown hop on over to my online store and place your order before tomorrow night.
I hope you are all well and staying safe in your ‘bubble’. I’ve had a full on two weeks ‘work wise’. On Monday 16 March our company made the decision to get all Auckland based staff to be working from home by the end of the week. It was a huge task as we have 90+ staff so you can imagine the number of computers and monitors we had to relocate to peoples homes. Our IT team and staff were amazing and by Saturday afternoon everybody was set up to WFH (working from home). Since then it’s been full on getting things in place – making sure staff have everything they need for meetings, WFH and also the emotional side of things. I’m very proud to be working for such a caring company.
I had to tidy and rearrange my craft space so that I could have an office by day and a craft space by night – so far it’s working well and I seem to have more space to craft in :). My ‘in person’ classes are on hold for now but I’m working on holding on-line classes or doing a Facebook Live session – so watch this space. If you require crafting supplies you can still place an order via my online store and have it delivered direct to your door. Stampin’ Up! are still able to pick orders and send to New Zealand. I’ll keep you posted if this changes over the coming weeks. And now for a project I created using the Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ DSP from page 55 of the Mini Catalogue.
I love this Fancy Fold card and it’s an easy one to create. I used a piece of 6″ x 6″ DSP for the card and then used the off cuts for the inside and the box.
You can just see one of the off cuts here on the inside of the card. The sentiment in the front is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. This has got to be my ‘go to’ sentiment set at the moment. If you don’t own this set you need to add it to your shopping list – you won’t regret it :).
At the time of making this card I didn’t own the stamp set or coordinating dies so left the inside flap blank – I also didn’t want to distract from the cool paper. Love the design and colours used in this paper pack.
And here’s the full view of the inside. Even though this piece has been rotated from the original 6″ x 6″ it doesn’t matter as the design on the paper has the bags in multiple orientations. The colour combo I’ve used for this card and box is Purple Posy and Blackberry Bliss. The inside sentiment is also from the Peaceful Moments set.
And here is the full gift – card and 3D Matchbox containing some chocolates :). The sentiment on the box is from the Label Me Bold set on page 36 of the Mini Catalogue – don’t overlook this set as the sentiments and images are perfect for all types of projects. The sentiments fit perfectly inside the Classic Label Punch. The embellishments on the card front are the Purple Posy Faceted Dots (page 178 of the AC).
Don’t forget we only have until tomorrow to get our FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts when we place an order of NZ$110 or more.
I will try and be more consistent with my blogging now that I’m set up at home and life can get back to our new ‘normal’.
Please message me if you would be interested in joining an on-line class and I will endeavour to get something set up.
Finally managed to get to the computer to share another project with you. This one is straight from the catalogue – why reinvent the wheel when somebody has already created a beautiful card? I don’t own the Tropical Oasis set but fortunately one of my team does so I’ve been able to have a play.
After a running the flower die through the die cutting machine a number of times we were ready to create :). To start with I placed the flowers on the card front until I was happy with the placement then set about adhering them with Tombow Liquid Glue. We used three colours – Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove and Terracotta Tile for the flowers. Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz were used for the leaves.
The card base is Grapefruit Grove with a Soft Suede front which has been dry embossed with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder. Before embossing the cardstock we ‘swipped’ the Soft Suede ink pad over the inside of the embossing folder. When the folder is wound through the embossing machine the ink transfers from the folder onto the cardstock giving ‘modulation’ (colour variation) to the mat.
The sentiment is from the Timeless Tropical stamp set with the tag coming from the Ornate Frames die.
Don’t forget to use the catalogue for inspiration for your next creation.
The Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper is the perfect design to create a ‘Hawaiian’ shirt – great for a masculine card. This design was really handy as I needed two masculine cards last month for family friends of ours. I did one in a portrait orientation and one in a landscape.
The shirt uses a piece of DSP measuring 4″ x 6″ which means you can get 6 ‘shirts’ from a piece of 12″ x 12″ paper. There are a number of suitable designs within the Tropical Oasis DSP pack for making these shirts.
I’ve used the new Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder for the front of both cards – this is a design that can be used either orientation as I’ve done with these cards and you could also use either side of the design.
For this card I’ve trimmed a strip off the front so you get to see the inside image. The sentiment is from the ‘Label me Bold’ set inspired by Million Sales Achiever Jasmin Schulze. This set has 5 background images and 7 sentiments.
Here’s a close up of the shirt and the design of the new embossing folder. The ‘buttons’ are created by colouring some pearls with the Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blends.
For the insides of both cards I used the palm tree image colouring them using the ‘direct to stamp’ technique again with Old Olive and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers. If you haven’t tried this technique I encourage you to give it a go.
New recruits who sign up to become Stampin’ Up! demonstrators during Sale-A-Bration receive this cute Mini Paper Cutter and 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler. Two of the designs included in the sampler are from the Tropical Oasis DSP pack on page 39 of the mini catalogue.
I was in need of a gift card holder following our recent weekend away to friends beach place so this paper was perfect (even though it wasn’t an island setting).
The design of this gift card was from Leonie Schroder an Australian demo. I made a few measurement changes from her design to fit my card.
The sentiment and palm image are from the coordinating stamp set – Timeless Tropical.
I’ve kept the card pretty simple as I really wanted to show off the beautiful design in the paper. The colours in this paper pack are Real Red, Terracotta Tile, Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock and Soft Suede. I’ve gone with Real Red for my base . This gift card only uses half a sheet so you can get two from an A4 sheet of card stock.
I’ve carried the DSP through into the inside and added the palm tree stamp on the inside. This is one stamp and I used the ‘direct to stamp’ technique for colouring. This is where you colour your stamp in with your Stampin’ Write marker, give the stamp a little ‘huff’ before stamping the image onto your card stock. Markers are a great way to colour in an image when you need two colours on the one stamp.
If you’d like to join Stampin’ Up! now’s the time to join as you receive extra product during the Sale-A-Bration period (3 Jan to 31 March). If you’d like to know more about being a demo please contact me – I’d love to have you join my team. Check out my Join My Team and Promotions pages too.
This past weekend was spent in Rotorua at our annual Creative Inkers Stamp Camp. We had a great time together – about 50 of us – and were taught some amazing projects. I still need to take photos of these so will share them with you soon. If you would like to be part of this amazing creative team now is the perfect time to join Stampin’ Up!. Not only will you receive your Starter Kit of NZD$285 worth of product for just NZD$189 you’ll receive the Mini Paper Cutter, a 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler plus your choice of a stamp set from a current catalogue (host sets and Sale-A-Bration sets excluded). Check out my Promotions page to find out more about this offer. I’d love to hear from you and have you join my team.
Now on to today’s project featuring the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper and a fun fold.
This card uses a 6″ x 6″ pieces of DSP which has been trimmed down to 14cm high x 6″ wide (sorry for the mix in measurements). I then pencil mark about 1 3/4″ or 2″ from the top and bottom on the left hand side (depending on the sentiment I’ll use). I then cut from the top right to the top pencil mark on the left and then again from bottom right to lower pencil mark on the left.
The DSP is then scored at 9.6cm to create the ‘fold out’ flap. The background mat has been cut in Blackberry Bliss using the new Stitched So Sweetly dies from page 20 of the Mini Catalogue. The sentiment on the front and the image on the inside have been die cut using the next size down. The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments set and the image is from the Painted Poppies set.
The sentiment on the front and the image on the inside have been die cut using the next size down. The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments set and the image is from the Painted Poppies set. The card base is Blackberry Bliss with a mat of Pool Party.
I was able to use one of the ‘off cut’ corners trimmed down for the inside of the card. The sentiment is also from the Peaceful Moments set – this is my favourite sentiment set.
On Saturday I held a workshop with a lovely group of ladies. We made two cards and a 3D item. Both cards we made using the Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes. First up is the Painted Poppies card – you’ll have to wait a bit to see the other two projects.
This design can be landscape or portrait and you could have bigger card fronts and mats and create this design in a full sized card too.
We’ve used the Painted Poppies Bundle for stamping and die cutting the images and added the sentiment from Peaceful Moments. These bundles work so well together.
Both flower images have coordinating dies from the Painted Labels die set and there are two leaf dies which makes quick work when cutting out multiple leaves. The leaves are stamped in Old Olive ink on Old Olive cardstock. The ‘swirl’ die ties all the elements together and I can see this die being used on lots of different projects. I stamped the sentiment first then stamped the small ‘splotch’ image in Flirty Flamingo over the top.
For the inside of the cards we stamped the ‘field of flowers’ stamp in Memento Black – I really like the black and white look of this image. The Peaceful Poppies Sequins come in five colours and two designs – round and flower shaped.
Well that’s all for tonight – just a couple more Peaceful Poppy projects to share with you over the coming days but until then …
The Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper is a collection of hand painted blooms and watercolour washes and make a beautiful background or focal point to any card. There are 12 sheets of 12″ x 12″ – 2 each of 6 double sided designs.
Isn’t this paper just gorgeous? You can’t leave it sitting uncut – you have to be brave, cut it up and use it.
So I’m putting my words into action – I cut this sheet in half through the white section then cut each panel into three – the size of a card front to create six cards. Here’s the first one I’ve made.
This design definitely falls under the ‘focal point’ category. I added a piece of ribbon with a bow and a sentiment and I’m done. The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments set and has been heat embossed in white. The die cut is from the Stitched So Sweetly set of dies on page 20 of the 2020 Mini Catalogue.
I’m getting better at remembering to take a photo of the card inside :). This image is from the Painted Poppies and has been coloured in with Blackberry, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow Bliss Stampin Blends.
I don’t know about you but I often have bits and pieces (stamped images, dies cuts etc) on my desk that have been left over from previous projects. I found some of those ‘bits’ under some papers so decided to make them into a card. I think I’d been playing around with colour combos and how the two parts of the leaves and flowers fitted together. I also found the leftover Scallop Rectangle from my last post.
The base for this card is Calypso Coral with a Pool Party mat and a Whisper White top layer. There are three layers to the flower and two for the leaves. This really helps in giving the images dimension. The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.
The flower base is Calypso Coral with the overlay Poppy Parade. The leaves are a combination of Old Olive and Mossy Meadow. The colour arrangement for this flower is the opposite arrangement from my last post. When I started putting the card together I felt that a plain card base didn’t look right so I stamped the ‘field’ of flowers in VersaMark to give a subtle background.
I also found this insert on my desk which I’d made for another card and then decided not to use it. The image has been stamped in Memento black and coloured in using ink and Blender Pens. Have you noticed that the flower on this stem isn’t the one that is part of the actual stamp? I used the masking technique to create this ‘new’ image.
Within the Peaceful Poppies Suite there are two bundles – Painted Poppies and Peaceful Moments. For my next card I used the Peaceful Moments Bundle. This bundle consists of a stamp set and dies. The stamp set – Peaceful Moments has 10 sentiment stamps and Poppy Moments Dies has 16 dies – great value for NZD$109.75.
I’ve also used one of the Scallop Rectangle dies from the new Stitched So Sweetly Dies from page 20 and some images from Painted Poppies on page 26 of the 2020 Mini Catalogue.
I’ve gone with traditional poppy colours for this card – Poppy Parade for the solid part of the flower and Calypso Coral for the overlay. The leaves are Old Olive for the base and Mossy Meadow for the highlight. I die cut the Scallop Rectangle from the middle of the card to expose the base which has been stamped with the outline images from the Painted Poppies stamp set. I made sure I had enough of a frame at the bottom so I could stamp my sentiment from the Peaceful Moments set. This is such a versatile set – the sentiments cover so many occasions. I held on to the scallop cut out – check back soon to see it used on another card.
As the Peaceful Moments stamp set is sentiments only I used the bunch of poppies from the Painted Poppies set and stamped it in Memento Black. I really like the plain outline rather than it being coloured in.
Here’s a closeup of the die cuts plus you can see the background stamping which was done in VersaMark.
I hope you’re enjoying seeing these projects featuring the Peaceful Poppies Suite – there are still more projects to come.
Yesterday I shared a card using a simple masking technique. Today I have another card where I’ve used the masking technique except this time it’s a bit stepped up as it has multiple layers of masking – get that Post It Note pad handy.
This card was CASED from one of my team members who had CASED it from somebody else – sorry I’m not sure who the original creator was but ‘thank you’ for creating a gorgeous layout.
To start I stamped the images multiple times on Post It Notes and fussy cut them out. Next stamp the flower images to the Shimmery White card front in Memento Black. Place the Post It Note cut outs over top of the stamped flower images and stamp the leaves where you want them. I stamped some leaves then had to add Post It Notes on top before stamping more leaves.
Now the fun begins with the colouring in of the outlines – I used my Stampin’ Blends. The flowers have been coloured in with Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie and the leaves are a mix of Light Granny Apple Green and Old Olive, Light and Dark Old Olive while the stems use Mossy Meadow. The trio of ‘dots’ have been hand done with a Journalling Pen. This has then been matted with Pear Pizzazz before adhering to a Pumpkin Pie card base. Once assembled I added the small pearls.
The flower and bud image have been coloured in using the same colours as the front flowers.
It’s amazing what a change of colour does – what other colours are you using with the Painted Poppies?