Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Alaska Achievers Blog Hop - Love!

Hello and welcome to another Alaska Achievers Blog Hop. We continue our theme of focusing on both the Occasions Catalogue and the Sale A Bration items this month. 

Products from both of these catalogues are very versatile and, like all Stampin' Up! products, they coordinate so well together. 

This month being February, which includes Valentines Day, I am focusing on using the gorgeous "Sure Do Love You" bundle. I've done a few workshops on this and am constantly told - "I wasn't sure about that Designer Series Paper, but now that I've seen it, I have to have some". So make sure you get some before the catalogue finishes in June. The paper is gorgeous and versatile and it lends itself to many different projects because it has both the foil embossed side and a patterned side. 💖

I have a simple card for you today and it uses products from both the Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration flyer.
* Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.
 * Celebrate You Thinlit Dies from the first release of 2018 Sale-A-Bration.
* Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  from the  second release 2018 Sale-A-Bration items. 

The papers and Thinlits speak for themselves, but I should point out that I have used the back side of the Embossing folder to get a different pattern - one that I felt complimented the card design more than the basket weave pattern. I love the different fonts in the Thinlits, and they cut out easily with just one run through the Big Shot. 
You can adhere some Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the card stock prior to cutting and then it is super easy to attach the words to  your card by simply peeling off the backing. I love anything that saves me doing fussy gluing.

I'm really loving the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Papers with the rich foil embossed designs on one side and the complimenting patterned designs on the reverse. Creating cards, boxes and other items are quick and easy. 

If you would like to purchase any of the products you may do that through my on-line store.
As a special February offer I have a free card tutorial for any orders placed that include the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Papers. 
A full list of the products I used in the card is below the list of demonstrators participating in the blog hop.

Now it is time to continue the hop onto the next awesome project. Enjoy the inspiration and until next time...

Stay Crafty!

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Saturday, 24 February 2018

A Magical Day with Watercolour backgrounds and Brusho.

This Magical Day stamp set is so cute, I can't stop playing with it. And, because the Brusho water colour powders give you such whimsical results, you'll find the results totally enchanting.

This card was made by creating the back ground first, using Brusho powder sprinkled onto Thick Whisper White A4 card that was then liberally spritzed with water. While still quite wet, crinkled cling wrap was laid over the wet surface and allowed to dry for about 1/2 and hour. The cling wrap will start to lift as it dries. It will be tempting to play and rearrange the wrap but try to desist as that will compromise the patterning that is being achieved.

I had some left over powder that had "escaped" from my card so I used up that pigment, making a palette on a clear block. I used the smaller Aqua Painter to paint the dragon and love how he turned out. The dragon was stamped with Archival Black ink onto Shimmery White card and as you can see in the next photo, he has a lovely shimmer to his scales. 

The Magical Day set comes with matching framelits, so cutting out the dragon was quite easy. I did need to do a little fussy cutting around the intricate bits, but it was really quick and easy after the shape had been cut. 

Finally I heat embossed one of the greetings from the Magical Day set directly onto the background.
The finished card looked a little dark so I matted the stamped area onto a thin white mat and then onto a thicker Gold Foil mat. The gold really lifts the card and shows up much better in real life. The card base is Night of Navy. 

I hope you like my little fire breathing dragon. All the images in this set are fun to use.
If you'd like to purchase any of the products you can do so by either selecting the product below or go directly to my store where you can browse catalogues on-line and order your goods. They will be mailed directly to you. 

If you wish to take advantage of my Host Club this month (February 2018), please use this code:


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Until Next Time
Stay Crafty!

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Watercolour Birthday Boy Epic Celebrations

I don't know about you but I find making cards for the boys in my family much harder than for the girls. This stamp set from Stampin' Up! - Epic Celebrations - is just perfect for teenagers or even "want to be" teenagers, so it was the obvious choice for my grandson who will turn 10 this week. 

I enjoyed water colouring the sneakers using my Stampin' Up! water color pencils and an Aqua Painter. 

This is such a quick and easy way to colour:
I have used 2 methods on the shoes. 
*The first is colouring with the pencil, directly onto the paper and just along one edge of the area to be coloured. Then use a clean Aqua Painter to blend the colour away from the edges and form some contours of the shoe. Add more colour as needed.
* the second is using the pencil as a palette. Touch the tip of the Aqua Painter directly onto the colour on the tip of the pencil and paint onto the desired area. The soft pigment in the pencil will transfer to the brush. This method is great for adding more depth to the areas already painted.
* Create shadow with a little grey and blue.

I combined the stamped image with some of the elements from the True Gentleman Suite. The colours in this suite are really awesome and the accessories like the Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon, add the finishing touch to the card. The background paper is from the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper pack. This has an abundance of beautiful masculine patterns that help create quick backgrounds for your stamping. 

And here is another card using some of the other images in Epic Celebrations.

Epic Celebrations is a Sale -A-Bration stamp set from Stampin' Up! that you can earn for free, simply by placing a $90+ order. If you would like to own this set you may shop Stampin' Up! products via my On-Line Store, then simply select your choice of Free Sale-A-Bration products to the value earned. 

I will finish this post with offering each of you a fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family, including a terrific discount, training, flexible work hours etc,.During SAB you create your own Kit to the value of $235 and then ADD 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. Depending on your choice this can be well over $100 of stamps for free and that is in addition to all the heavily discounted items you choose for your Starter Kit. That means potentially over $400 worth for just $169. You also get a set of current catalogues, some order forms and other business stationary all for the low price of:



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