Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Alaska Achievers Blog Hop - Heartfelt Blooms

Hello and Welcome to the Alaska Achievers Blog Hop.
It has been a while since I participated in the hop but I'm so happy to have made time to join many of the other achievers and give you some fun tips on the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.

For our hop in January we are featuring the Sale-a-Bration and Occasion catalogue products.

I have chosen to  work with Heartfelt Blooms - one of the new Distinktive stamps range  and one of the free Sale-A-Bration stamp sets you can choose when you spend $90 in my shop.
You might like to view all the free items offered this year  - you can ask me for a brochure or view it on-line

How are these stamps different to the other Stampin' Up! stamps?
  Well.... these stamps "lay down the ink at different opacities, giving the finished image more depth".
It pays to read the information in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue before even starting with the main stamp in this set or you may end up with a lot of rejects! Don't ask me how I know.

This is what happens when the ink pad is too wet. You loose definition.

I have a couple of hints for you before you get started.
1. ink the stamp lightly and evenly
2. Check your ink pad is not too wet
3. Stamp quickly and apply pressure to the centre of the stamp with your index fingers
Watch the video for a demonstration.

Once you have some lovely images there are lots of things you can do with them.
Here is another idea.

Image stamped in Memento and coloured with a variety of the Light Blends colours.

The close up view shows the pixilation and lines that create the realism in the image.

For my card, I stamped the image twice - fussy cut the main flower, lightly blended the ink with a Blender Pen then applied a little Wink of Stella.  The flower has been raised up on dimensionals.
The stamping is done on Whisper White, matted onto Silver Glimmer Paper and then again, matted  onto Night of Navy that has been embossed with one of the Petal Pair Embossing Folders from the Occasions Catalogue - see if you can find them on p. 23!

 To the centre of the daisy, I added a clear Multi Faceted Gem that has been coloured with the Light Night of Navy Blends pen.

Sale-A-Bration is a wonderful time to start your journey with Stampin' Up! as there are lots of additional benefits for joining during this promotion. If you live in Australia you can get our amazing Starter Kit  where you choose items to the value of $235 from any of our current catalogues. This includes the Annual Catalogue, the Occasions catalogue and the Clearance Rack.
During Sale-A-Bration you choose an extra 2 stamp sets to any value, and pay just $169.
As an added bonus there is FREE SHIPPING  on your Starter Kit plus a Business pack valued at $80.
If you have a large order - this is a great opportunity for you.
Contact me if you would like further information.

There is so much to offer during Sale-A-Bration, and when you combine the free products with items from the Occasions Catalogue, you have unlimited options for creativity. 

Thank you for joining us today - please join in the fun and hop along to the next blog.
You are currently at my blog - Ann Craig - so just check down the list to see who will be your next stop with more inspiration and creativity for you.

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Sweet Little Something Valentine Card

January is flying by and before we know it, February along with Valentines Day will be here.
Are you ready?

I have a card today that uses the rather  cute bunny image from Sweet Little Something stamp set by Stampin' Up! I wanted to create something that was not just hearts and flowers and came up with this card.

I used my new Stamparatus for the alignment of the 3 step stamped image, and it certainly did make things so easy.
I have a little tip to help you align the 3 stamps even if you do not have a Stamparatus.

See the small triangle above the cut out heart? That is the trick to getting this image perfectly aligned. Simply ensure that this same shape is aligned for each layer that you do, and do a quick check of the arms and feet and you will get great results.

Isn't this stamp amazing in the way it creates such detail and apparent texture? You could almost reach out and cuddle the soft pink fur of this little beautie.

The colours I used for the bear are :
Fresh Fig
Sweet Sugarplum
Pink Pirouette.

When stamping this image it is easier to start with the most detailed stamp and the darkest ink (Fresh Fig) then move to Sweet Sugarplum and the next detailed stamp, and finally to the Pink Pirouette and the final stamp. 

Here is a quick video showing a tip for aligning the 3 steps perfectly. I used the Stamparatus (coming in the Annual Catalogue in June) and it was so easy. You could also use the Stamp-A-Majig, or clear blocks, as the stamps are photopolymer and you can see through them. 

All the products I used are available in the current Stampin' Up! Catalogues, and a list is at the end of this post. 

 I cannot finish this post without 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 (20% -25% product discount ) plus during SAB you can choose 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. 
Depending on your choice this can be well over an additional $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. 
Included at no extra cost are sets of current catalogues, order forms and other invitations to the value of $80
There is another added bonus - free postage for this order.
So if you've been doing the maths as you've been reading you will know this is a real bargain. 
Give it a try - you have nothing to loose and everything to gain.
Until next time,
 Stay crafty

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Petal Palette Window Card

Petal Palette is a stamp set from the Petal Passion suite in the current Occasions Catalogue by Stampin' Up! You'll find all the products and some lovely samples on pages 22 -23 of the Occasions Catalogue

It comes with 15 coordinating rubber stamps in the set and the added bonus is a set of coordinating  Thinlit Dies - "Petals & More".

If you bundle these together you will save 10% and your order will earn you a free Sale-A-Bration set of your choice. 

I designed this card with my mum in mind. She will turn 90 in May and I think she'll love the sparkle on this card.

I coloured the image with Stampin' Blends - my new favourite colouring medium, and cut the image out using one of the Thinlit Dies from the Petals & More set. 
 The colours for the roses are:
Pink Pirouette - Light
Pink Pirouette - Dark
Rich Razzleberry - Light
and the colours for the leaves are:
Old Olive - Light
Daffodil Delight - Dark
Rich Razzleberry - Light
Notice how the addition of the rich Razzleberry over the green neutralizes the colour into the brownish tones. I love experimenting with the Stampin' Blends to see what happens when colours are layered, and a basic knowledge of the colour wheel and colour theory will assist you greatly when trying this. 

The detail shows the frame made using the Stitched Shape Framelits, and the Layering Square Framelits. Some Window Sheet has been placed behind the frame and raised on Stampin' Dimensionals. 

 I added one of the greetings from the stamp set and matted it with Old Olive card. The card itself has a Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper front. It has been matted with Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black and adhered to a Pink Pirouette card base. 
The finishing touch is a bow made from Whisper White Organza Ribbon.

There are so many more projects that can be made with all the products from this lovely suite, and the best part is that during Sale-a-bration purchasing just the bundle will earn you a free Sale-a-bration product.
You can order via my On-line store if you would like to have these items sent directly to your home, or you might like to get the entire suite at the best price on offer.
Via the Starter Kit:-

From January 3 - March 31 we have the best offer for you. JOIN STAMPIN’ UP!  and receive an additional 2 free stamp sets of your choice to any value, absolutely FREE.

That is a terrific bargain and will go a long way to crossing items off your Wish List. With an exciting new Occasions Catalogue, plus all the wonderful products in the Annual Catalogue - you have a huge array of products to choose from. 
And the Starter Kit comes with FREE POSTAGE. 

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