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My name is Judy May and I live in Melbourne with my husband and beautiful Bengal cats 'Artie' & 'Crafty'. I hope to share with you my enjoyment of card making and papercraft using the Stampin' Up! products.
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Today I have another birthday card to share with you, using the 'Love is Kindness' stamp for the first time. To make single stamps such as this (with a sentiment included) more flexible, I always carefully cut off the sentiment before I mount it on the wood block . You can then gently remove the rubber from the foam base and mount the sentiment on some Clear Mount Cling Foam and use it with an acrylic block.
I stamped the image in Basic Gray for a softer look and then coloured it with Blendabilities. I have fussy cut it before mounting on the Soft Sky oval and framing it with gold foil. As it is quite difficult to cut out all of the white space in the image, I have coloured these areas with the lightest of the Soft Sky Blendabilities so that it blends in with the background.
For the inside, I have repeated the gold striped paper from 'Gold Soiree' and a little group of tulips.
|Stamps||Love is Kindness, Just Believe (retired)|
|Card stock & Papers||Bazzill White Linen, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Gold Soiree DSP, Gold Foil, Whisper White|
|Ink||Basic Gray, Calypso Coral|
|Accessories||Calypso Coral Bakers Twine (retired),|
|Tools||Ovals Collection Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Blendabilities - Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Smoky Slate, Dimensionals|
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When I saw the 'Hello Life' kit in the new Occasions catalogue, I was really taken with the idea of creating a special piece of home decor that would combine my love of craft and things that are meaningful in my life.
I loved the black, white and silver, but the 'Crushed Curry' accent colour in the kit was not really me and definitely was not going to match my decor. I set myself the challenge of selecting one alternative accent colour (in my case Strawberry Slush) and using it to really make the kit my own. It was surprisingly easy and I love how it turned out. I now have it hanging on the wall of my craft room and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
I have used the matching 'Hello Life' stamp and the 'Project Life Remember This' set to personalise my photo frames. The photo frames are very simple to create with a piece of rectangular card stock and the Squares Collection framelits, so you can change around the photos you display as new memories are created.
This is my completed frame hanging on the wall of my craft room.
Here are some close-ups of the different sections. I have substituted the pom poms with the lovely roses made with the spiral flower die. You could purchase some wool in your accent colour and create the pom poms, but the roses are more me.
I love the chalk board adhesive letters and I chose 'Live Laugh Love' for my motto. I added some Whisper White card stock to the back of the DSP to make it more robust. The cute sweetheart punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack is the perfect size to use as an accent with the kit and of course matches perfectly with the larger Sweetheart punch and the Confetti Heart border punch. There are heaps of letters left over to use for other projects as well.
I have assembled all of the elements in the kit, adding my own creative touches to bring the accent colour through.
I would love to help you make the 'Hello Life' kit your own, too. I will be running a class on 10/11 April providing the stamp sets, dies and card stock so you can customise the 'Hello Life' frame. The kit will need to be purchased in advance of the class and prior to 31 March when the Occasions Catalogue finishes. You can see more details on my Classes page.
|Stamps||Hello Life, Project Life Remember This, Painted Petals, Just Believe (Retired), Fabulous Florets (Retired)|
|Card stock & Papers||Hello Life Kit, Strawberry Slush, Basic Black, Whisper White|
|Ink||Whisper White Craft, Strawberry Slush, Memento Tuxedo Black|
|Accessories||Strawberry Slush Thick Bakers twine, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy stickers|
|Tools||Spiral Flower Die, Deco Labels Framelits, Squares Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack, Sweetheart punch, Confetti Heart Border punch, Glue dots, Tombow, Dimensionals|
Have a great day!
Have you ever started creating with a very specific project in mind only to end up with something quite different? Well, that is how this card evolved. When this happens, I find it easier to just go with the flow and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.
The card I have to share has a bit of a vintage feel. 'Something Lacy' has been clear embossed for the background and together with the lovely Sahara Sand Lace trim and Perfect Plum colour give it an olde world feel. I think this would make a lovely Mother's Day card, although I have decided to use it for a birthday. You could have this card in your stash and then decide what greeting to put on the inside, when you are ready to gift it.
I gave the butterfly a spritz with some Champage Shimmer Mist for a subtle sparkle. The Lotus flower has been stamped in Wisteria Wonder (stamped off), Perfect Plum and Tuxedo Black.
For the inside, I have used the circle wreath from 'Your Perfect Day' and added the greeting from the retired 'Simply Sketched' and a strip of the embossed lacy background.
|Stamps||Something Lacy, Lotus Blossom (Sale-a-bration), Your Perfect Day, Simply Sketched (retired)|
|Card stock & Papers||Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum, Basic Black, Whisper White|
|Ink||Versamark, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black, Sahara Sand, Wild Wasabi|
|Accessories||Pearls Basic Jewels, Sahara Sand Lace Trim, White Seam Binding ribbon|
|Tools||Ovals Framelits, Butterflies Framelits, Big Shot, Clear embossing powder, Heat gun, Shimmer Mist (Isocol, Champagne Shimmer Paint), Sponge dauber, Dimensionals|
Enjoy your day!
I have recently found out that my blog updates have not been going out to subscribers. As a result I am moving to another service provider, so I hope you will bear with me in the meantime, while things get tidied up.
Now onto today's card I have to share. This is the first time I have inked up the 'Moon Lake' stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue, which was given to me by a lovely friend. It is a great set for masculine cards and I need all the help I can get when it comes to male cards!
I stamped the image in Memento Ink and then created a mask for it so that I could sponge the sky and the water before using Blendabilities to colour the duck and reeds. I pondered over cropping the image with a smaller circle, but decided it deserved some more space.
For the inside, I have added a strip of the Sweet Dreams DSP and a silhouette image from 'Serene Silhouettes' to complement the main image. All up, I was fairly happy with the way it turned out.
|Stamps||Hardwood, Moon Lake, Honeycomb Hello, Serene Silhouettes|
|Card stock & Papers||Basic Black, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Sweet Dreams DSP, Moonlight DSP Stack|
|Ink||Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon|
|Accessories||Neutrals Candy Dots,|
|Tools||Circle Framelits, Arrows Embossing Folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Sponges, Banner punch, Blendabilities - Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Wild Wasabi|
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Today I am sharing a card using one of my favourite stamp sets from the Occasions Catalogue. For me, 'Sheltering Tree' will be a 'keeper'; one of those stamp sets that I keep long after it has officially retired. I don't think there is an occasion that it would not be suitable for - friendship, sympathy, thank you, get well, birthday or 'just because'. It is also easily adapted for feminine or masculine cards as well. This set is photopolymer, which makes it especially easy to place all the elements where you want without using a stampamajig.
I have sponged some clouds on the background for added interest before stamping the grass, tree and canopy. You can choose which of the cute little detail stamps to use based on the occasion; I have added a little crop of flowers and the bike. I'm looking forward to creating some more cards with this set.
For the inside, I have used the grassy mound and a few little crops of flowers to keep the theme going. It only takes a few extra minutes to decorate the inside of your card when you have all of the products on your desk.
|Stamps||Sheltering Tree, Wetlands (greeting)|
|Card stock & Papers||Bazzill White Linen, Marina Mist, Rose Red, Whisper White|
|Ink||Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Versamark|
|Accessories||Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon|
|Tools||Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Delicate Designs embossing folder, Big Shot, Tempting Turquoise embossing powder (retired), Heat gun, Stampin' Sponges|
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Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the lovely ladies in the 'Art With Heart' Stampin’ Up! team. You may have come to my blog from the very talented Claire Daly, the leader of our team, but if not, you can just start here and then go forward to the next blog and eventually you'll get to see all the participants.
Today we focus on the new Occasions Stampin’ Up! Catalogue and also Sale-a-bration! There are so many gorgeous products in the Occasions Catalogue, but I have chosen some of my favourites to create my first project which is a card and matching gift bag. I have used the bright, fresh monochrome combo of Bermuda Bay and white with the beautiful new 'Something Lacy' background stamp to create the banner and butterfly which are the focus of both projects. Here is the card:
Isn't this just a fabulous butterfly die - so lacy and it looks amazing die cut from the 'Something Lacy' stamped panel. The greeting comes from the new 'Painted Petals' stamp set.
The butterfly was coated with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. This gives a subtle sparkle and also makes it a lot firmer. Underneath the wings is a vellum butterfly cut with the smallest of the new butterfly dies. It softens the colour of the card stock circle.
This photo shows a closeup of the subtle sparkle and the vellum underwings.
The inside of the card is finished off simply with another strip of the Something Lacy background and the small butterfly from the new 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set.
The Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags make a great base for the next project. I have folded over the top about 1 inch to create the flap to attach the embellishment, but you can still open the bag to pop your gift inside. I have used the largest of the dies to cut the banner from the 'Something Lacy' stamped panel. Two butterflies have been cut from Silver Foil and Bermuda Bay card stock and then joined together slightly offset, so the Bermuda Bay peaks through.
This is a close-up of the butterfly embellishment which has been popped up on a polka dot embossed circle.
On both projects, I have used the Simply Pressed Clay and button molds to create the Bermuda Bay buttons. I used a large needle to carefully thread the white Baker's twine through the button and tie the bow. This is a great tool to generate a never ending supply of buttons!
|Stamps||Something Lacy, Butterfly Basics, Painted Petals|
|Card stock & Papers||Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags|
|Ink||Bermuda Bay, Versamark|
|Accessories||White Organza ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels|
|Tools||Butterfly Framelits, Banner Framelits, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Artisan Label punch, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds, Bermuda Bay Reinker, Large Scallop Edgelit, Dimensionals, Glue Dots|
If you would like to purchase any of the items to make these projects, you can see the full details at the end of the post. Click on any of the products to purchase them from my online store. You can choose a free item with every $90 you spend in one transaction, during Sale-a-bration. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from and the promotion goes right through until 31st March 2015.
Better still, become part of our fun, friendly and supportive Art With Heart team. We have a really large team Australia wide that has been around since Stampin’ Up! came to Australia. We have a very active team forum and also have in person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. When you join during Sale-a-bration, you get to choose whatever you like from our catalogues, but pay just $169 for $235 worth of product (that’s a huge discount!) but also you get to choose between two free product options. It’s quick and easy to join online too. Ask me how!
Now let’s keep this blog hop hopping. Next up we have Christine Gibbins. Click on the heart below to hop over and check out her creations.
Today's participants are:
Don’t forget to email me to get your copy of the Occasions Catalogue or Sale-a-bration brochure, or to enquire about joining the Art With Heart team.
If you need some inspiration to start creating with your products from the Occasions or Sale-a-bration catalogues, check out my Pinterest boards - use the links in the left sidebar. I have collected lots of gorgeous projects for you to browse through.
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Today I have a very CAS card for you, using the lovely new 'Painted Petals' stamp set. This is definitely one of my favourites from the new Occasions Catalogue.
I have chosen to purchase this stamp set in photopolymer as the see-through stamps make it so easy to position the stamps precisely without using a stampamajig. However, you can also purchase it in wood mount and clear mount if you prefer.
The stamps have their own built-in shading, which is amazing. Using just one colour of ink pad you get an multi-toned image that gives a painterly result to your image (probably the reason why it is called 'Painted Petals!). Anyway, here is my card.
For the inside I have created a little border of flowers on top of the stripes that look like they have been hand drawn. After stamping the stripes, I have masked them off so I could stamp the stems lower to make them shorter. I have stamped 2 generations of the little flowers and then re-inked the stamp and did 2 more until the end of the row.
This could also become a birthday card by adding a sentiment on the inside.
|Card stock & Papers||Bazzill White Linen, Rose Red, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer|
|Ink||Rose Red, Old Olive, Soft Suede|
|Accessories||Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Linen Thread|
|Tools||Bitty Butterfly punch, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds|
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In the last few days, Stampin' Up! has been holding its Leadership conference in the US. I have been inspired by all the crafting sessions that were included in the conference. It is great to see products demonstrated by the people who helped to design them - so many more ideas than what you immediately think of.
The card I am going to share is a CASE of one presented by Shelli, that really appealed to me. It is just so cute and such a great idea for using the 'Baby Bumblebee' stamp set, which I had already purchased. I don't get to make a lot of baby cards, but I love the soft but unisex colour combo from the new 'Sweet Dreams' designer paper. I also broke out the 'Celebrate Baby' stamp set for the greetings.
The base card is Lost Lagoon and I love the cute cloud design paper. I stamped the 'Baby Bumblebee' in Smoky Slate ink and then coloured the stripes with the lightest of the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities and face in Blush. This gives a much softer look than black ink. The 'bee' pieces (wings and antennae) were trimmed off and then popped into a cute papoose made from one the coordinating papers from 'Sweet Dreams'.
Did you know that there are quite a few Stampin' Up! ink pads that you can use with the Blendabilities alcohol markers? This gives you so much flexibility in the look that you can get. All of these Stampin' Pads can be used with Blendabilities:
I always decorate my cards inside, even if very simply. I have left the inside blank so I can choose to add another greeting once the gender is known.
Of course, this layout would also look cute in traditional baby colours as well, but it is always good to have a unisex card on hand. This one will be going to my lovely Podiatrist who is having a baby in a few months.
|Stamps||Baby Bumblebee, Celebrate Baby|
|Card stock & Papers||Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Sweet Dreams DSP, Vellum card stock, Moonlight DSP Stack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper|
|Ink||Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie|
|Accessories||Sweet Dreams Buttons, Linen Thread|
|Tools||Starburst Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot, Glue dots. Coastal Cabana & Blush Blendabilities|
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I'm really enjoying creating with more of the products from the new Occasions Catalogue. In particular, the 'Hello You' and 'Butterflies' thinlits. These 2 products together will enable you to make some simple and pretty cards.
I made a few of this next card to say hello to some customers. The second to largest butterfly was die cut from a piece of the lovely 'Something Borrowed' DSP and then layered on a Strawberry Slush card base. A second butterfly was die cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and put into the space with a couple of glue dots. After die cutting the 'hello' greeting, I ran it through my Xyron and attached it to the card. Some bling to finish and that is it. You can't really see the sparkle of the butterfly in the photo, but it is lovely.
This close-up gives you a better look. It is pretty with the strawberry slush peaking through the wings.
This next card was a thank you for my lovely MIL who gave me money for Christmas to buy Stampin' Up! goodies. Gotta love that! She loves the teal colours, so I have used Bermuda Bay for the base card. For a tone on tone look I white embossed the 'Something Lacy' stamp onto Pool Party card stock. Did you notice it is the same design as the 'Something Borrowed' DSP? This time I finished it with one of the new 'Something Borrowed' embellishments, which matches the shape of the butterfly perfectly. This is such a gorgeous intricate butterfly die.
|Card stock & Papers||Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Something Borrowed DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper|
|Accessories||Basic Rhinestones, Something Borrowed Embellishments, Dazzling Diamonds glitter|
|Tools||Hello You Thinlits, Butterflies Thinlits, Big Shot, White embossing powder, Heat gun, Xyron, Glue dots|
Don't forget Saleabration is on now! You get a FREE item with every $90 you spend. There are some great products to choose from this year.
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Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season. Summer holidays are in full swing here in Australia, so I hope you are getting some time to craft.
Yes, it has been way too long since my last post. December turned out to be a whirlwind; between preparing for my Christmas Craft market, followed by 10 days in Western Australia visiting family and friends, a few days home and then 2 weeks in New Zealand for Christmas and New Year. We had a fabulous time in Northland in the North Island of New Zealand. I can highly recommend it as a holiday destination. It is subtropical, so warm and the scenery is stunning.
I finally have a couple of cards to share using the new 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set from the fabulous new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue. This is definitely going to be one of my favourites and I'm sure it will be one of yours too if you like colouring. Both cards use the same layout with some of the fabulous 'Irresistibly Yours' DSP from the Saleabration Catalogue. This is a set of white on white designs that allow you to create emboss resist backgrounds using your favourite method. This time I have used a sponge and ink pad to colour the 2 panels, but you could also spritz or brayer them. You can get this DSP FREE with an order of $90 (before postage) - you can click on the catalogue in the sidebar to see the other free products available during Saleabration.
The flower spray was coloured with Pink Pirouette Blendabilities (or 'Blendies' is less of a mouthful!) with a touch of Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi for the foliage. I love these lighter colours, both of which are new in the Occasions Catalogue. I sponged Sahara Sand ink on the left hand panel. This card is for a lady in my husband's Rotary Club.
The colour combo on this card gives it a more vibrant look. I have sponged So Saffron ink on the left panel and coloured the floral spray with the new Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi Blendies. I also used a touch of Night of Navy on the shading. The butterfly and greeting also come from the 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. The touch of Sahara Sand lace is also new in the Occasions catty. This card is for a special friend having a milestone birthday.
|Stamps||Butterfly Basics, Delightful Dozen|
|Card stock & Papers||Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Irresistibly Yours DSP (SAB), Bazzill White Linen, Marina Mist|
|Ink||Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Marina Mist|
|Accessories||Pink Pirouette Seam Binding Ribbon, Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim, Basic Pearls|
|Tools||1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Owl Builder punch (heart), Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Blendabilities (Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight), Sponge dauber, Dimensionals.|
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