Thursday, 7 December 2017

Stamping Techniques 101 - Stained Glass

I'm thrilled to be here to share my version of the Stained Glass Technique with you today. 
It is my first  contribution to the Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop, and I'm very happy to show you how easy this version of the Stained Glass Technique is for beginner stampers, and how much fun for more experienced stampers.

Heat Embossing is always a WOW! no matter how often you do it.

I've chosen to use heat embossing on vellum, and colouring the design from the back with the new Stampin' Blends

I used the Flurry of Wishes stamp set from the Annual Catalogue (p. 116) and Copper Embossing Powder to create my stained glass.
As an added bonus if you live in Australia, the Flurry of Wishes stamp set is currently reduced by 30%.
Item #139732

Here is the completed card.

And a close up view of the central motif.

You can see the colour peeking through the lines and shapes created by heat embossing the image with Copper Embossing Powder.

The steps used to create this card:

  • Dust Vellum with Embossing Buddy, then stamp the large snowflake image and the 2 smaller snowflakes using Versa Mark ink. Remember to use a Pierce Mat under your Vellum!
    Leave room around the large snowflake .

  • Cover with Copper Embossing Powder and tap from behind to remove excess powder.
    Heat with Heat Tool until the powder melts. This will happen quite quickly with the Vellum, so stop as soon as the powder turns shiny

  • Working from the back of the Vellum, colour in areas of the snowflake using Stampin' Blends (alcohol ink), to create the Stained Glass effect.
    Note that you will need to let the first layer of colour dry for a moment and then add more colour to improve the density.

  • Use the Circle Builder Framelits to cut out the opening for the "window". I used the largest circle to cut out the white card and the 2nd largest circle to cut out the Copper Foil Card, thus creating a foil circle around the image.
    Cut out the 2 smaller snowflakes.

  • Adhere the copper foil card under the Whisper White Thick card ensuring you have an even circle of Copper Foil showing.
    Next adhere the Vellum to the back of the Copper Foil using Fast Fuse or Snail Adhesive.

  • Stamp the greeting directly onto the card below the cut out circle. Place the smaller snowflakes to balance your composition, adhere them to the card and you are finished.

    I hope you have enjoyed this card and that you will give heat embossing on Vellum a try. I mentioned using the Alcohol Blends - you can substitute the Stampin' Write Markers but you have to be very careful not to smudge them as they do not dry for a long time!

    Now it is time to move on to visit Carmen and see her awesome design.

    Simply select the button below and it will take you there.…/stamping-techniqu

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop!

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue Retirement Sale


I'm excited to join you today and to share the information about SALE-A-BRATION,  our biggest event of the year.
Now don't get too excited yet as you cannot participate in SAB until January, but you can plan ahead to book your party with me so you and your friends can benefit from the free product offerings that will be available.


there are some great bargains in the Holiday Catalogue Sale that starts today.

Contact me for a copylist of the Retiring Items.
I will also attach a pdf to my newsletter this month.

Just be sure to act quickly as items are only available until sold out - once they're gone, that's it!

January is a great time to host a SALE-A-BRATION party and I am taking bookings from January 8, 2018.
I am available any time other than my regular class times (see side bar) and I'm happy to come to you, or you can have your party in my craft room.

You might like to try a VIRTUAL PARTY - talk to me about the possibilities and we will work on making that happen for you.
In a nutshell - basically for every $90AUD spent per person, a free item can be claimed from the SAB brochure.
Contact me for a copy of the NEW  Occasions Catalogue and the SAB Brochure
SALE-A-BRATION  runs from January 3 - March 31.

Have you been thinking about joining Stampin' Up!?
What would your main reason be?

Is it the demonstrator discount that helps you to get more for your dollar?

Is it the thought that you'd like to earn some additional income to either spend more on your craft or help with the family finances?

Perhaps you just want to be able to host a regular creative gathering with friends.....

Whatever your reason, SAB is a really good time to join my team
There are additional benefits to joining then but if you just can't wait there is never as good a time as now!

Planning ahead is always a good idea, so if you have been thinking about joining Stampin' Up! you could request your family contribute towards the cost for your Christmas present!
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Hearts Come Home For Christmas

I love the simplicity of the Hearts Come Home stamp set by Stampin Up! Add to that a fantastic set of dies named Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies and you are set to make a whole range of lovely cards. 

My featured card today is one that I created for my Card Buffet held in October and it uses a couple of the stamps from the Hearts Come Home set, the Stitched Edge Framelits and the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder (p. 211 of the Annual Catalogue) 

I wanted to keep this as a clean and simple card - a little bit folksy, as  these images remind me  of Folk Art. 
I simply stamped the house twice: once in Real Red and once in Marina Mist, then cut the roof off the Marina Mist image and raised it on Mini Dimensionals. The trees are stamped with  Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz inks from Stampin' Up! and the stars are Crushed Curry.

Notice the little red bow. That is a cute technique that Shelly Gardner taught us at a presentation on the Thailand Achievers Trip this year. The ribbon is the Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon (p. 29 Holiday Catalogue) and it crinkles up like this if you heat it with the Heat Tool used for heat embossing. Give it a try it is really fun to see it shrink and crinkle!

Here is a list of the products I used for this card. Remember you can make a wide variety of cards with these products, especially if you purchase the bundle (saving yourself 10%) and combine it with other items you may already have. 

A quick hint with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder. It is called "Dynamic" because it is extra thick and gives very detailed impressions. You only need to use one cutting mat with these folders, and that should go on top of the embossing folder. Check out the instructions and visual on p. 211 of the Annual Catalogue.

As this post is published I will be in the final preparations for a trip to the home of Stampin' Up! - Salt Lake City Utah. I'm looking forward to meeting up with other international demonstrators and attending the festivities that will be the start of 30 Year Celebrations for Stampin' Up! What a wonderful milestone in the crafting industry - such a great company to work with. 

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 Crafting
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

New Stampin Up Alcohol Pens - Blends

It's the start of a new month and Stampin' Up are releasing their wonderful new alcohol ink pens - Blends - to the public. As a demonstrator I have had access to them for a couple of weeks and all I can say is...
 L O V E !

I've always been a fan of alcohol inks - the rich colours and wonderful blending opportunities and I did love the original Blendabilities from Stampin' Up! but due to some manufacturing issues they did not come up to the high standards set by Stampin' Up! and were withdrawn from the market. I still have heaps of mine and still love them, but the Blends are another step above those and are just so easy to use.

Any stamp that can be coloured  is perfect for the blends and today I am sharing some cards using the "Remarkable You" stamp set that I heat embossed with copper and coloured with Blends.

The Blends are dual tipped and come in 12  exclusive Stampin' Up! colours that coordinate with our card stock and embellishments, and each colour comes in a Light shade and a Dark shade that allows for easy blending of the colours. They are artist quality and therefor give you awesome results. 
There is also a Bronze, Ivory and a Color Lifter.

You will become an instant artist using the Blends and if you are unsure you can join one of my classes for some additional hints on techniques with the Blends.

The detail here shows one of the "Remarkable You" stamps that has been heat embossed with copper then coloured with the light and dark Rich Razzleberry Blends and highlighted with the colour lifter. 

It is recommended that you use Memento Black ink on Whisper White card to achieve great results. You will find the colours bleed through the paper so always work on your Stampin' Up! grid paper and not directly onto a card base. 

On November 1st you will have the opportunity to purchase an awesome stamp set that has been created to use with the Blends. You can also get a fabulous card kit, but you'll need to be quick as the kits are available only while stocks last. Order yours today. 

Don't you just adore those envelopes with the metalic trim? The whole kit is fun to use and you can follow the instruction in the kit or use your own greetings to change the cards. 

Save 10% by ordering the bundle and you will automatically be entered into my WIN A BIG SHOT promotion. 
Don't forget to put your name on the order so I know who you are!

So much excitement for one day. I can highly recommend the Blends to you - they are quick and easy to use and give fantastic results. 

I will be overseas for a couple of weeks in November so the first technique class on the Blends will be Monday November 27. Contact me if you are interested in some extra hints and techniques. 

Until Next time,

Happy Crafting

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