Sunday, 2 May 2021

Artisan Showcase for April - Dandy Garden

 Welcome back to another fantastic showcase with the Artisan Team. This month I'm sharing some fun cards that I created using the Garden wishes bundle and the coordinating Dandy Garden Memories and More cards.
Now these cards are usually associated with memory keeping but as I'm actually a virtual scrapper, I decided to share a few ideas on how these can be used for cardmakers too.
This first card was actually made with the premade cards and envelopes pack. I cut the card front off the card base and used it as my focal point and added vellum just to mute the brightness of it. I even cut a strip of the front of the envelope liner to add as a decorative strip on my card. Using the Dandy Wishes die to add the pops of black in the shape of Dandelions.
My second card is using the Tailored Tag punch and I just punched a couple of piece from each of the cards I could find in the memories and more pack. I pieced them all together like a jigsaw and then added a sentiment that I had cut out of one of the cards. Super quick and easy card to make.
And lastly created this card using the few bits and pieces I had left over on my desk. I decided to use the stickers from the pack for my sentiment but I wanted to give them a little it of height. So I have this old trick, where I use my embossing buddy to add powder to the back of the sticker so it loses it's stick and then I can added foam mount to give it the height I wanted!
I really hope you've enjoyed the cards today and it will get you to think aout how you can use the Memory and More card kits in your cardmaking!

Happy Crafting,

Monday, 22 March 2021

Artisan March Showcase - Friends Are Like Seashells

When I saw that my Artisan project for March was the Sand and Sea Suite I felt a slight moment of panic. This suite has not only been available for three months already, but it's also been super duper popular. I just kept wondering how do I make something original from a well loved bundle and so I decided to go in a completely different direction:
Now, I know rainbows aren't the first thing you think of when you look at the Sand and Sea suite but stick with me. The ocean is actually full of colours and rainbows from the corals, to the fish, to the reefs. So really, rainbows actually makes heaps of sense... to me anyway lol.
My first card was a simple, skinny card with white heat embossed stamped images, that I then added watercolour too. I kept this pretty straight forward and using my (limited) knowledge of the colour wheel, to choose which colours to pair together. I think by adding the black sentiment really makes the card pop too.
Now for this next card, I thought I would carry on with the rainbow theme, (as I had all the inks out on my desk anyway!) but this time I created a full colour watercoloured wash background. I did this by adding ink to a piece of window sheet and then misting the whole sheet with water. I also misted a piece of watercolour paper and then put the two pieces together. After a bit of squishing, the colours blended together to create this awesome background.
Once it was dry, I ran the watercolour paper through the Cut and Emboss machine using the Seashells embossing folder. I also added a spritz of Frost shimmer paint, which also helped the inks blend together.
And so for my last card, I decided I wanted to create a card that made the gorgeous Sand & Sea designer series paper shine. This design is an oldie but a goodie and is perfect to use up left over piece of pattern paper.
To make sure it tied in with the other two cards, I once again added a black sentiment and white embossed shells.

I hope you've enjoyed my creations this month and please make sure you pop over to the Stampin' Up! Facebook page so you can check out all of the other creations from this awesome team.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, 22 February 2021

Sending a little Something - Butterfly Brilliance

This awesome Butterfly Brilliance bundle is coming to you all very soon, but as demonstrators we got to pre-order this set a little earlier. One of our many perks of joining up!

I had actually created this first card as part of a project for the Artisan team. Ar first I couldn't really decide on what to use first. I loved the big stamp, I loved the dies that cut all the little details, but what I really loved was the die that not only cuts of the big stamp, but also cuts of some of the butterflies on the coordinating Designer series paper. And so that's what I use to create the card.

The bottom of the card is stamped with the large stamp in Blushing Bride, which i did stamp off beforehand. I also added some splatters with the black Stampin' Write Marker.
The sentiment comes from another stamp set called Fancy Phases, which I heat embossed on to Blushing Bride cardstock and then cut into strips.
So when I was tidying up, I realised I had heaps of other butterflies left over on my desk (Did I mention the die cuts out all 6 from one sheet of pattern paper) and so I thought I had better CASE myself but change up the colours. So here are two more cards, same design but in different colours.
The Butterfly Bouquet suite is available to order from the 2nd March, so make sure you pop that date in your calendar!!

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Artisan February Showcase - Hydrangea Haven

 Welcome back guys for another fantastic Artisan Showcase. This month I got to play with the gorgeous Hydrangea Haven bundles and I really did have a whole heap of fun with this set.
As soon as I saw the stamps in the set I knew it would be perfect for the Baby Wipe Technique. This is something I haven't done in a very long times, but I knew the effect would be awesome for the flower head.
For those of you who don't know this technique, it's really pretty easy. I usually use a takeaway container but a plate with do fine too and you fold up 3 baby wipes and pop it in the container/plate. Next you add a few drops of ink in your chosen colours. I went with Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Balmy Blue. Leave it a few minutes for the inks to spread and  blend together a little bit and then grab you stamp and use the baby wipes as an ink pad. So easy and gives such a fantastic look, plus each time you rei-nk your stamp, you get a different stamped look.
My second card is pretty easy and straight forward. I used white embossing powder for the images and the outline and then used my white craft ink to colour in the inside of the hydrangea. Super simple and pretty, which are totally my kind of card!

Thank you so much for popping in to day. AS always you can buy any of these products from my online store HERE.

Happy Crafting,

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Sunday, 14 February 2021

Happy Valentines Day - Heartfelt

 Happy V' Day guys and gals. Hubby and I aren't really a big follower of Valentines Day. Well hubby isn't lol. He seems to think our Wedding Anniversary is our own personal Valentines Day which would be fine with me if he remembered that one too!!

Anyway, I love any occasion where I get to make a card and as I haven't used the awesome Heartfelt Bundle for a while... probably last Valentines Day now I come to think of it, I thought today was a good day to get all Lovey Dovey.

Now this card is CASE from the amazing Wendy Cranford, who creates some of the most amazing cards. I've been a big fan of hers for ages plus I had a bit of a fan girl moment when she sat next to us at a Mexican restaurant when I went to Orlando a few years ago. I seriously was so star struck I couldn't go up and talk to her... I regret is now, but who knows maybe I'll get another chance some day.

Anyway, Wendy had created this card last year (you can see that gorgeous creation HERE) and I knew it would be perfect for my hubby. I changed the colours up and added in a touch of gold foil plus some of those super cute Resin Heart embellishments from the Snail Mail suite. 
I paired this beautiful card with a box of Malteasers for Hubby. He was obviously surprised I had bothered and probably felt a little guilty too, which any wife knows isn't always a bad thing lol. 

I hope you guys are all sharing a little love in your life today, even if it's a little bit of Self Love, something we all need more of in our lives.
Happy Crafting,

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Friday, 29 January 2021

Artisan Post - Art Gallery Bundle

 I'm just going to start by saying that as soon as I saw the Art Gallery bundle in the Mini catalogue I knew I had to have it. In fact, it's only the second time I've purchased a whole suite. I needed all of it. The stamps are gorgeous and I love the sentiments in the set. The dies are so beautiful on their own and that designer series paper is ah-mazing. Add the window sheets which match the dSP and the gold leaf, you seriously can't go wrong. So it will come as no surprise that I decide to use that suite as my Artisan post for the Stampin' Up! Facebook.
So lets see what I created:
I just love how pretty and soft these two cards are. The first card really shows off the stamp set and coordinating dies. I couldn't help adding detail on the flowers using our Heat and Stick powder and then when it's warm and sticky, adding on the gold leaf.
Seriously the colour of the gold leaf is so clean and bright. I love using gold embossing powder but this gilded leaf is so much brighter.
I also used my stamping' Blends in coordinating colours too add some more detail to my flowers. I used the thick end of the marker and gentle swiped up and out from the middle of the flowers and leaves. So easy buy gives such a great effect.
My second card showcases some of the stunning Designer Series Paper found in this suite. One side is all large, painted flowers and blooms, while on the other side it looks like patterns and strokes from a paint brush.  
I couldn't help but using more of the Forever Gold Specialty Laser Cut paper. This is my second pack of these gold leaves and I just ordered my third. I love to add them to everything and anything!

If you would like to order any of the prodcts that I've used today, I have listed them all below and when you click on one of the images it will take you straight to my online store. Happy Shopping!

Take Care,

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