Friday, 31 July 2015

Lego Star Wars Birthday Card

My youngest had a birthday last week and knowing I make cards he announced he would like a Star Wars or Lego card!

Well while trying to decided how I was going to make a Peppa Pig cake for him, I didn't think much more about his request, until a fellow demo Liv Ingle from Inkreations shared an amazing Star Wars Lego card, which she had made using her E-Cutter.

I immediately tagged my beautiful friend Kim on the post and sent her request to try and find and these amazing little figures on her awesome E-Cutter. Lo and behold she dropped them into me later that night!!

Aren't they awesome!! And who wouldn't love a Lego/Star Wars card, especially when your turning four and are Lego mad!!

I was hoping to stamp a sentiment but I really wanted to add this Yoda saying and so decided that doing something on MDS would be easier, which is was.

So after all this, did the Birthday boy like it??? He was absolutely over the moon with it and wanted to take it to school with him on Monday. That folks, is what this is all about!!

Happy Crafting,

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Layered Letters - Perfect for Kids parties!!

Well those of you who popped in over the weekend, will know that my kids had become little socialista's and had been invited to two parties this weekend. Throw in that it was hubby's birthday and Mr.4's too and I was flat out whipping up cards.

Kids cards can be tricky, but this is where the brilliant Layered Letters stamp set comes in fantastically. I literally got this set thanks to all the beautiful bookmarks one of my super talented downline, Tracy Holmes at Made By Me 2444, had been creating.

When I was little, Chloe was a very unusual  name and I could never get anything personalized. Pretty funny considering it has been the most popular baby name for the last few years!! Anyway, what could be more awesome then a personalized Birthday card, which is exactly what I made for them!

I made the "Trent" card first which was pretty straight forward as "Trent" is a five letter word, but when I came to make "Kate's" card I was a bit stuck as she only had four letters and we all know that odd numbers are a crafters delight!

That's when I came up with the idea to stamp her letters in between the odd number of circles. Hooray, the world is right again!!

I just finished them off with some bakers twine and sequin trim and they were done.

I actually enjoyed making them so much, I think I'll be using the idea to make personalized customer Thank You cards this month, because who wouldn't love a card with their name on it!!

Happy Crafting,

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Awesomely Artistic - Swing-Out Card

I have seen lots of these Swing-out, Fold-out, Pop-out cards and decided that I wanted to give it ago for class last week. Well it was a big success and the girls loved making them. I think they even had plans to go home and make some of their own designs, which is exactly what I love to hear!!

I really hope you get the idea of  what the card looks like, because it was pretty tricky to photograph. I decorated the front using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, which I really enjoy stamping with.

I used some gold embossing powder to make my dragonfly standout and then added some of our gorgeous new gold thread. Man I'm going through a lot of that at the moment. It just seems to go with everything lol

I added two little "hinges" to the top and the bottom of my Very Vanilla insert to stop the card front from flapping around. Putting them in, also means the card front swings out every time you open it now too.

Hope you have as much fun making these as I did and if your looking for a great tutorial then pop over to Dawn's Stampin Thoughts as she has an awesome video.

Happy Crafting,

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

No Bones About It

Well it has been the weekend for Birthday cards that for sure. And to make matter just a little bit more tricky, 4 of the 5 cards where for boys!

Now I don't know why but my mind goes completely blank when it comes to male themed cards. It can't be because we don't have a lot of male themed stamps, because Stampin' Up! actually have a lot that can be used for the guys. I think it's because I love to bling up my cards as a kind of finishing off, and with guy cards, you kind of have to leave the blink out, making them feel... unfinished I guess.

Anyway, this card was for a little boy turning 6 and with most boys his age, he's totally into Dinosaurs. Thankfully my 'No Bones About It' set arrived last week, so I got stuck in:

I was actually really pleased how quickly this came together. I designed the "patterned paper" using two of the stamps in the set (Leaves and Footprints) and then made the card around that. This set has lots of little stamps that can be used in all kinds of ways, as well as some really awesome sentiments.

I love how you can use the skeleton of the Dino's with their bodies or on their own. It did make me wish that I had some embossing powder that glowed in the dark, as that would have looked amazing on the bones.... though maybe a little scary, but I'm pretty sure my Mr.6 would have loved that!

Happy Crafting,

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Watercolor Wings Notecards

Today's share are some little Thank You note cards that will be 'winging" their way to my customer who have placed order this month!! I always like to show off a new stamp set or technique that I've learnt or played around with recently.

I of course had to make them in a variety of shades and colours as I can never pick a favourite and when doing watercolouring, each one comes out differently every time.

I used black embossing powder to really make the butterflies pop and stand out against the vivid watercolour background. And aren't those little thinlit greetings just gorgeous!! I'm so in love with these little darlings that you will see me using them a heap more times, that's for sure. They are also such great value to money, which never hurts!!

Happy crafting,

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Just Add Ink #271

As you guys know, I love to take part in the Just Add Ink Challenges and this week is no different. I absolutely love the sketch that we were given this week:
And the card I made is one of the best ones I've done in a while. It's looks exactly like the idea in my head and I love everything about it.

Isn't it pretty!! Everything about this card is just perfect. I adore the papers from the Pretty Petals DSP stack and when I actually came to stick them down, I still couldn't decide which pattern to use.

I'm also completely in love with this new, gorgeous stamp set called Awesomely Artistic. The stamps are just beautiful and I adore the little Dragonfly.

How great does cutting and then raising the "Thanks" greeting look. Such a simple idea, but really gives it some WOW factor.

The "Thanks" is one of the little phrases from the Greetings Thinlits set. I just adore the font's of these sentiments and they cut perfectly every time.

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Happy Crafting,

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Monday, 13 July 2015

Just Add Ink #270 - Christmas in July

So today I popped over to see what the JAI (Just Add Ink) girls had been up to and what this weeks inspiration was. Well I have to admit, when I realised it was Christmas in July I thought oh no!!

I'm so not ready for Christmas just yet, even if it is only Christmas in July. I also didn't think I had a Christmas stamp set to use. But after looking through my stash, I realised my favourite set from last years Holiday Catalogue had actually carried over to the new Annual Catty, Woo Hoo!!

I kept this card fairly simple but some how it came together beautifully and I don't think I would change anything. The two pieces of Glimmer paper came about because I didn't actually have one piece big enough (I told you I'm not ready yet!!) and I also couldn't decide which colour to use. I love it when two wrongs make a right!!

And out of all the images in this set, I couldn't go past adding the little snowman. He's super cute and with all this cold weather around, I thought he was rather appropriate!

Happy Crafting,

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Friday, 10 July 2015

Closet Crafters Sketch Challenge: CCC001

I'm so excited, because today I get to share the very first Closet Crafters sketch challenge with you all!!

I came up with a sketch last week for my team to get all inspired about and I thought I would share my creation:

I used the new Everyday Chic DSP and coloured in some of the white parts of the paper with my Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Pink Pirouette makers. I just absolutely love colouring in the DSP, it means you can make you patterned paper match any colour scheme you want!

Oh and are you wondering which stamp set the sentiment comes from???

Well I can tell you that it isn't a stamp, but a card from one of our gorgeous Project Life kits "Moments Like These".

I just coloured in the middle word with my markers and then cut it out with the Deco Framelits. Cute hey!!

Happy Crafting,

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

A Whole Lot Of Lovely

I am always in need of a few Thank You cards. I think I probably send more Thank You cards then Birthday cards, but that could be because I never get around to actually posting my birthday cards, Oops!

This card was inspired by a card that the gorgeous Teneale Williams made, and you can find that one HERE.

Anyway, with the wonder inspiration from Miss Teneale,  I whipped up this cheeky little card in about 20 minutes, which is super quick for me, let me tell you.
The best thing about quick cards is they are even quicker to reproduce.. Woo Hoo!!

Hope you guys are all getting your craft on this week!!

Happy Crafting,

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Just Add Ink #269

Hooray for another Just Add Ink challenge!! I get so excited for Fridays, to see what the girls have planned for us each week and this one is made just for me. It's a colour challenge and it uses all my favourite Stampin' Up! colours... PERFECT!

Aren't they fantastic colours. I love all of them mixed together and the card that I made came together so easily:

I was so tempted to reach for my Watercolor Wings stamp set again, but then got this idea of silver leaves from the Sheltering Tree set. It's so cold here today that I just had the thought of winter on my mind.

I sponged the tree panel with all three blues, going from lightest out to darkest and then embossed the "leaves" with silver powder. It's so bright and shiny in real life. I wanted to keep the card a little rustic, so I used some of the embossed Tip Top Taupe paper from the 'Color Me Irresistible' DSP.

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Happy Crafting,

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

ESAD Blog Hop - Hooray for the new Catty

Wow it's been a long time in between blog hops with the ESAD girls that's for sure. I love hopping with this uber talented group and you are about to be blown away with all the creativity to come. Whether I'm your first stop or you've hopped over from Cherie (wasn't her creations AH-mazing, that girl can craft!!) I hope you enjoy yourself and get plenty of new ideas.

So, my card today was actually inspired by... well, by MYSELF!! I know, strange hey.

In my little Stampin' Up! business I recently promoted to Manager, which has been in the making for sometime and this month the stars aligned so to speak and all of my blood (paper cut Ouch!!), sweat and tears paid off. So I made a Congratulations card, for myself:

 It's pretty special isn't it! I'm totally loving all our new DSP's in the catalogue, but I think the Timeless Elegance paper has to be the most beautiful. In fact I wasn't sure I was even going to cut into it. Tell me you have the same problem!!

Also can you see what I did with our new Natural Elements veneers. I inked up the 'Congrats' using our Memento black. Great way to colour co-ordinate these little beauties for any project.

Well that's it for me today. The next person on the Hop is the awesome Rachael Lewsley, who has yet another beautiful creation to share with you all.

Happy Crafting,

“What is ESAD?
 ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
 We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.
So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

1. Rachael Lewsley

2. Libby Dyson

3. Keryn Campbell

4. Rochelle Blok

5. Liv Ingle

6. Lou Kitzelman

7. Jackie Noble

8. Monique Fielder

9. Ria Kaire

10. Courtenay Heuston

11. Richelle Fletcher

12. Kelly Kent

13. Andrea Buckland

14. Narelle Fasulo

15. Leonie Schroder

16. Pauline Bennetts

17. Kathryn Ruddick

18. Barbara Williams

19.Cherie Davies

20. Chloe Evans

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Watercolour Wings... I love you!

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who is absolutely in love with the new Watercolour Wings stamp set. The amount of amazing colour combinations that can be used with this beautiful "3x step" stamp set is out of this world. Every time I try a different combo it comes out perfectly!!

So it was my best friends Birthday last week and I wanted to make something a little extra special for her, of course using her favorite color "Elegant Eggplant". What's more special, then a shaker card!!

I'm so pleased with this card, as it came out exactly like I imagined which makes a nice change lol. The Watercolour Wings set co-ordinates with not only the Bold Butterfly framelits (which, when brought as a bundle you can save 15% off) but also the Butterflies Thinlits too, which is how I got the "skeleton" effect on the front butterfly.

Are you wondering where my "purple" shaker filling's came from? Well, all I did was sponge Elegant Eggplant onto some of our Dazzling Diamond Glimmer paper and then used our 1/16" circle punch to punch them out. Easy Peasy!!

Happy Crafting.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Just Add Ink #268

So what do you think?!?!?  

After having the same blog layout for a few years now I decided that it was time to give it a little revamp and I totally love it!! And what better way to launch my beautiful new blog, but to take part in a sketch challenge from the Just Add Ink girls.

Here is this weeks sketch:

And here is my entry:

 Such a cute card isn't it. I made this for my gorgeous friend and Downline Kim from Kim's Paper Krafts who's Birthday is today.

I wanted to make a gorgeous card for her. She is always in my corner, cheering me on and offering council when I need it. She also makes the most amazing roomie too. I couldn't go to Convention without her

Lots of new product on this card, everything used it listed below, but I want to point out the gorgeous Expressions Natural Elements. 3 different wooden words (Celebrate, Congrats and Thanks) that are the perfect size for cards and, great news for me, you get 5x of each word. I'm pretty sure I'll be finding lots of uses for these little babies!

Happy Crafting,

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