Saturday, 1 July 2017

My Swaps for Stampin' Up! Incentive Vacation.

I've been a bit quiet on the blog this month and that is because I've been holidaying in fabulous Thailand. Thanks to Stampin' Up! - the best company to work with, I along with my 3 daughters and sister, enjoyed the warmth in the middle of our winter. We stayed at a beautiful resort - the Angsana Laguna in Phuket and as always on Incentive Trips, I received lots of goodies as pillow gifts each night. 

I can't show you those goodies yet as they are all from the New Holiday Catalogue that will be released to the public in September, but I can show you the swaps I made and some of the non SU gifts we received. 

For my main swap I used the fabulous Daisy Bundle combined with the coordinating Designer Series Paper. I've had so much fun making daisies. Here is a photo of the cards.

We needed to make 26 of these and I found the quickest way to get multi coloured daisies is to punch them out of coloured card stock and sponge the edges with ink. I used Daffodil Delight card stock and Melon Mambo ink. I stamped one of the 2 daisies, also using Melon Mambo ink.

The greeting is heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder and the background is enhanced with Texture Paste. 

You can see the texture paste diamond shapes in this photo. I am going to enjoy playing around with the texture paste and will do a series of classes on a variety of techniques using the paste in different ways, at the upcoming Canberra Craft Fair. 

I also added some glimmer paper and washi tape. Lots of fun making these.

See below for the shopping list to create this project.

Only a few days left to earn vouchers via the Stampin' Up! promotion this month. You get to spend your voucher in August, so don't delay if you have a Wish List. Buy this month and save next month! 
You can place your orders on-line or contact me to place them for you,

Best Wishes

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Live, Laugh, Love with the Delightful Daisy Bundle

Wow, the Delightful Daisy bundle by Stampin Up has been so popular that the punch has temporarily sold out.
I didn't think I would need this bundle when I first saw it in the catalogue, but I'm ever so glad my friend and fellow demonstrator, Leonie Schroder, showed me the error of my thinking. I have loved creating many cards with this set, and being able to make flowers on wire stalks is an added bonus. 

Here is one of the cards I made recently.

I made this card before the change in our IN Colours and used Watermelon Wonder (now retired )  to stamp a couple of daisies, then sponged with both Watermelon Wonder and Melon Mambo. The additional colour helps to blend and brighten the effect on the petals.

I punched out two daisy shapes for each flower and adhered them with some Fast Fuse.  I love how the areas that have been left white really brighten the flower head.

The background paper is one of the gorgeous designs from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and it has been layered onto Watermelon Wonder and Thick Whisper White card stock.

The greeting is one of my favourite sayings and it comes with some other great word stamps in the Layering Love stamp set on page 46 of the Annual Catalogue. I heat embossed the words so they would stand out against the paper.

This card was so much fun to make and I've made a number of others based on a similar layout.
See the product List below and you can order on-line at my store

 I cannot finish this post without offering each of you a fabulous opportunity to join Stampin' Up! during  our July Special. You get all the benefits of being a member of the SU family plus during July.
Here are the details:

  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have. 

Best Wishes and Happy Crafting 

Ann C 

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Tips for Masking Images Stamped Onto Cards

I've just done another video and I'm feeling a little better about it. This time the topic is Masking Tips to use when you want to place one image in front of another without creating a mess!

Here is the finished card.

These chics are so cute and although this is a Sale-A-Bration set and no longer available to purchase, you can use the theory behind the masking on all types of images.
I made a mask for the chic in the centre - 1. because that is the easiest of the 3 shapes to cut out and 
2. because I pre-determined which way I wanted the chooks to be facing. 

I have a video of the method I used in the masking: take a look to see my hints on how to achieve perfect masking.

but I also wanted to show you some more of the painting and the finished card.

Adding a bit of colour makes a big difference to the effect, and for this chook I've used an Aqua Painter and blended Crushed Curry with Pumpkin Pie to create the shadows. 

Lots of lovely colours to brighten up the look of the chickens, and using the darker colours on the two outside birds makes the centre one really stand out. You can see some of the hand drawn details at the bottom of this photo - I used a Black Stampin' Write Marker to sketch these in.

Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  

If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.

  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have. 

 Until next time

Happy Stamping! 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Stampin' Up! Product Retirement List 2017

Hello and I've got great news for those of you who love a bargain.

The Stampin' Up! Product Retirement List is available and you can order from today until May 31st, 2017.

Some excellent bargains with discounts of up to 50%.
Papers, stamps, embellishments and tools.

Check out the list by selecting the image:

For On-Line orders, add the host code: KV4QGX7R at the end of the order.

If you prefer you can email me an order.

Have fun deciding on what you "need"!

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Create a Seaside Scene With High Tide Stamp Set.

I love working from scratch and creating scenes with my inks and stamps, and the High Tide set by Stampin' Up! does not disappoint. I envisaged a stormy late afternoon for this scene, and used a combination of techniques including: sponging, masking, water colouring and stamping.

Here is the card I made.

The colour palette I used consists of the following Stampin' Up! classic ink colours: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze, Sweet Sugarplum, Perfect Plum, Night of Navy, Soft Suede and Memento Black.

I created a mask for the light house and the lower half of the scene and started to sponge with the lightest colour first. I built up storm clouds using a mask torn from scrap paper, and created the headland in the distance using another torn piece of paper as a mask. You can give an indication of falling rain by swiping your sponge loaded with a darker colour, in  the one direction.

Then I stamped the water in Marina Mist and Night of Navy, plus I added sponged Sweet Sugarplum and Night of Navy. the foreground is stamped in Daffodil Delight and Cajun Craze, and the light house is stamped in Soft Suede and Night of Navy. I then dragged a little Suede ink across the white bits to soften the effect.  The grasses at the front are stamped with Cajun Craze and Navy and the birds are in Memento Black.

To finish off the card I heat embossed a sentiment in White Embossing Powder, and matted the image onto white before adhering it to a black card base. 

Sale A Bration has now finished, so I hope you did not miss out on your favourite set. The good news is a new Annual Catalogue is due in just 2 months. Lucky me will get to see and pre purchase from it next week!!. That is one of the Demonstrator perks if you go along to On Stage. I love On Stage (used to be called Convention) and have not missed one in my 10 years as a demonstrator.

If you would like to be able to see and purchase items before everyone else you can join my team - it is such a fun way to fund your hobby, and if you wish, to earn additional income.

Do you like what you see and think you'd like to earn some extra income from stamping?  
If you are looking for a hobby, a part or full time job, working from home and at your own pace, AND you love craft, then you should consider doing what I do. It is fun and rewarding.
  See more information on my website or contact me with questions you may have. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Hey Chic Happy Easter

We had lots of fun at Tuesday craft group today, playing with the Hey Chic stamp set from Stampin' Up! and creating cute little Easter Gifts. 

I wasn't going to get the little egg cartons from the Occasions Catalogue, but decided at the last minute they would be a fun 3-D item to create with my daytime classes. I've been wanting to work with the Hey Chic stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue (yes it's free!) since I first saw it, and I have to say it really was so much fun. 

I love colouring - we stamped this image on Thick White Card stock, using Archival Black Ink. I then coloured the image with an Aqua Painter and 3 Classic Inks: Crushed Curry, Pacific Point and Cherry Cobbler. Very quick and very easy.

I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch for the top of the tag  and threaded 3 colours of retired Seam Binding through the opening. This was tied with Gold Cord. 

We created a Belly Band with papers from a Designer Series Paper Stack and attached the tag with a single dimensional. The chick was given some highlights with the Clear Wink of Stella and a few gold sequins were dotted directly onto the tag and the Egg Carton. 

This was so quick to make that the ladies had time to create a card of their own design using more stamps from the Hey Chic set. Some wonderful, creative cards resulted. 

Just a quick post today,

Hope you enjoyed it and Happy Crafting until next time.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Avant Garden Cards from Stampin' Up! Sale A Bration Freebies

With just a few more days left of Sale A Bration from Stampin' Up! I decided to highlight one of the sets at my last Stamp A Stack  class. The stamp set I chose is Avant Garden. It is a pretty set with lovely images and nice greetings. I wanted to show my class how versatile the set is and how different style cards for different occasions can be easily made.

Here are all the cards:

I used different colours for each card and different techniques combined with embellishments.
The first card is stamped on water-colour paper.  I used Memento Jet Black ink to stamp the image, and coloured it using an Aqua Painter. Old Olive for the greenery and Rose Red for the flower petals.

The detail below shows the water washed background and you may be surprised to know that is done with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. I love how the ink throws out it's base colours when it is mixed with water and you can see here that pinks (reds) and greens emerge from the Chocolate ink. We all know that complimentary colours make neutrals when mixed together, but it always amazes me when I pick up brown from the palette and end up with pink and green on the card!

I tore some layers to create interest, first the water colour paper and then some Whisper White was torn on the opposite angle. This was all wrapped generously with Linen Thread and I took  inspiration from Billie Moan with the multiple bow.

The greeting is stamped on Whisper White then cut out with the Big Shot and a framelit from the Layering Circles Framelit Set and the Stitched Framelit circle 

Don't you just love those Stitched Framelits? I'm so glad I purchased mine when they were available, and I've heard a whisper they might be available again in the next Annual Catalogue.

I'll do a separate post for each of the cards, so check back again this week for information on the others.

As I mentioned at the top of the post - there are only a few more days of Sale A Bration 2017. This is our biggest promotion of the year and that means free products for you. It also means added gifts if you decide to join the Stampin' Up! family. I would love you to join my team - you can read all about joining here. It is an easy on-line application and there are just 5 days left to get 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice in the already fantastic value Starter kit that you customise for yourself.

 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

Happy Stamping!