Florals/Nature Cards

Three Panel DSP: Frosted Floral Card

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I've been having fun today putting together some quick and easy 3 panel cards using some of my favourite new patterned paper.  (DSP - Designer Series Paper.)   This card features some of the stunning designs in the shimmery Frosted Florals DSP. Isn't it beautiful. 

Tips and Tricks:  For these cards I cut my strips to 1 1/4" in width and 14.5cm in length.  (Scuse the mixed measurements there!)  This size works well if you're sticking them straight onto the base and just want a thin border to show.  I stick the outside two down first then you can wiggle the middle one to be even on both sides.  Our Tombow Multipurpose Glue is super handy for this as you get that little smidge of time to give your panels a nudge if they're not straight. 

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The greeting is from First Frost stamp set and I've cut it with the Stitched Labels framelits. 

See some more 3 panel cards on my weekly update today.   (Ooh that's a shocker of a thumbnail.  My weekly entertainment is picking one of the automatically generated thumbnails.  They're all usually of the 'stunned mullet' variety - ha ha.)

I'll have some more close up pics of the 3 panel cards later in the week.  Don't forget to stop by my patch of blog land Tuesday evening at 8pm for our latest colour creation .  This week we're featuring Daffodil Delight.

September classes are just about full - but there's space this week on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.  Come along - we'll be having a fun time trying Faux Silk technique plus we'll be making our own 3 panel card and giving the Stampin' Blends a whirl too.   Get in touch to grab a spot at the table.  Thurs and Fri classes the following week are now full. 

Cheers, Sue

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Brushos Background Cards

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We've had such a lot of fun in card class last month using Brushos watercolour ink crystals and a water spritzer to make gorgeous backgrounds.  Every one turned out differently. 

This technique is so easy.  Just emboss your image onto watercolour card - I used Dandelion Wishes stamp set and white embossing powder.  Then sprinkle some of the Brushos crystals - there are 5 colours in the pack.  Last you spritz some water. 

You can wet the paper first then sprinkle but I love the element of surprise you get when you spritz last.  Add just a little water for a more speckled look, or spray away and get more of a watercoloured look.  SUCH a lot of fun to experiment with.  These were my two favourites from my batch. 

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Add some Brushos and watercolour paper to your next order if you'd love to have some creative colourful fun.  Don't forget to protect your surfaces to prevent staining.  Great way to use some of that brown packing paper that comes in our boxes!  Another tip - don't open the lids. Just pierce them with a pin.  I leave the pin in when I'm not using them or you can seal them with some washi tape. 

Have a colourful weekend!

Cheers, Sue

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Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper

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Everyone who sees this Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper LOVES it.   You get 4 each of two designs - one is a full 12 x 12 design.  Just snip off the section you'd like and adhere to your card as I've done above.  The other design has 6 note card front sized designs plus some border strips.  One side is vanilla and one is white which makes them extra versatile - or sponge them in a colour of your choice.  Coordinates with the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards and Envelopes.

Tip:  To adhere - use our Multipurpose Glue.  Dab on teeny tiny dots - or even better use a sponge and silicone mat.  Leave for just a tic then adhere. 

For this card I've popped it over one of the designs from Garden Impressions DSP with a vellum matting layer on a navy base. 

This paper is so beautiful - a must have addition for those extra special cards.  A little fiddly and delicate to work with but very well worth the extra effort.

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

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Watercolouring On Craft Ink: Blended Seasons

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We had such a lot of fun with this beautiful watercolouring on craft ink technique at classes in July/early Aug. It looks lovely and artistic and is very easy to do with just a few bits and pieces. 

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(Note: Technique inspiration from the talented Patty Bennett.  Find her card, technique post and video here. )

Technique Instructions:

Watercolour-with-craft-inkStamp your outline image in white craft ink and emboss with white embossing powder. 

Squirt a drop or two of white craft ink onto a lid or palette and use a damp aquapainter to pick up some ink.  Use the craft ink to colour your image.  It soaks in a little so you may want to do a layer or two.  Leave to dry thoroughly, or use a heat gun to speed this up a bit.

Now comes the fun bit.  Choose your colours and pop a drop or two of your classic ink reinker/s onto your lid.  Pick up a little ink with your aquapainter.  I like to do a brush stroke or two onto scrap paper first or a tiny blot on paper towel or I seem to get too much ink on that first dab. 

Colour in your image.  It blends beautifully over your base layer of white.  You'll find you'll naturally get more and less ink in places which looks really effective and effortlessly artistic I think!   Leave to dry or use that heat gun again. 

The colour fades a little once dry.  You end up with a lovely soft looking image. 

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This sample uses Melon Mambo and Shaded Spruce.  I've used the exclusive August only Blended Seasons bundle for these projects.  Get yours today before it is gone for good.  Blended Seasons Bundle

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Here's some more colour combos inspired by the cards my lovely class regulars made.   This one uses a mix of Smoky Slate and Night Of Navy for the flowers with the leaves left white and Wink Of Stella Glitter Pen for highlights.  So sparkly in real life.  (Inspired by class member Maree M - loved this combo.) 

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Love this one too with the flowers left white this time with Daffodil Delights centres and a pale wash of Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  Those speckles are the sparkles - hard to photograph. 

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Class regular Brenda loves purple.  I gave her combo a whirl too - Highland Heather with a touch of Navy for the centres. 

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What's your favourite colour combination?  This is a great technique to try on Crumb Cake cardstock with any of your favourite outline style stamps. 

You can see these cards on this week's Monday video here:  

 

Happy colouring!

Cheers, Sue

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Petal Promenade DSP: Gorgeous Flowers

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Isn't this just beautiful paper.  I can't get enough of it.  Just lovely photo realistic designs on one side with beautiful flowers, and some soft patterns on the other side.  Just add a little greeting and let the paper do all the work. 

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Framelit is from Stitched Shapes - a very versatile framelit set to have in the collection.

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Here's one of the other designs - with a sponged edge to soften the white edges.

Have you seen the cute little copper tins we have?  You get 4 tins in a set (shopping link below.)  They're perfect to pop a gift card in nestled on some tissue paper, or to make a set of 3" x 3" cards and package them up in the tin.  Here I've dressed one up with a wrap of Petal Promenade DSP and a copper sticker on the lid.  Tear and Tape is a good adhesive for this - nice and strong. 

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Last couple of days of our DSP Buy 3, Get 1 Free special if you're keen to stock up on some of your favourite papers before July ends. 

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

 

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Hexagon Hive In White

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Another Hexagon Hive thinlit card today for you.  This time I've used one of the designs from the Retro Fresh DSP (patterned paper) and topped it with a Whisper White layer. 

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Some pretty flowers and pearls to finish, popped up on some of our handy Stampin' Dimensionals. 

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Retro fresh DSPRetro Fresh Designer Series Paper

Occasions Catalogue: Pg 19

$18.95

12 sheets - double sided.  12" x 12"

Find it here if you're shopping online.

There are some great coordinating products in this range.

 

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Occasions catalogue: Page 33

6 flower stamps and a punch

Save 15% when you purchase them together.

Wood bundle: $39.75   Clear bundle: $34.75

Here 'tis (if you can't resist it - wink. They're so cute.)

 

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Annual Catalogue

6 stamps that coordinate with punches for quick and easy greetings. 

These ones are very popular with my class ladies. 

Stamp set here along with the list of coordinating punches.

 

 

Snail adhesive TombowHexagon Hive Thinlit Tips:  To stick the hexagon layer to the card I like to use snail adhesive on the back of the larger hexagons then a dab of Tombow glue on some of the thinner bits. 

 

I hope you get some creative time this week.  Got any projects on the go?  I've hunted out a bunch of photos of my siblings and I and am halfway through a little album using the Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit.  I've got 2 sisters and a brother and it has been fun looking through the photos from when we were kids.  Looking forward to seeing how the album turns out. 

Cheers, Sue


Perfectly Preserved: Card 1

Time to share some samples I think!  I've been having so much fun playing with my box of new catalogue goodies that I've forgotten to blog.  Let's kick off with 3 days of Perfectly Preserved Bundle (Holiday Catalogue page 29.)

Funny story with this bundle of stamps and framelits.  They flashed a pic of them up on the screen at convention and I thought, 'Nah, not for me.'  Then the presenter showed a bunch of gorgeous samples and I went from 'Nah' to 'Gotta have that jar' in a flash.  Quite often the way isn't it - you need to see it in action!

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This card is a straight CASE of this one by Mary Fish from Stampin Pretty.  (LOVE her work.)  I quite like starting off with a CASE (or copy) of someone's design to get the brain into gear.  Sometimes I get halfway then start to tweak.   This time I just copied the card and that got me all fired up and ready to come up with my own.  (Come back tomorrow for that one.) 

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The stamp set is a set of 14 and there's a coordinating set of framelits to help you cut out the main images easily.  Get the bundle and save 15%.   Page 29 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I'll see you tomorrow for another card featuring Perfectly Preserved plus the Orchard Harvest DSP.

Launch Update

Only 6 spots left Wedneday and 2 spots left Thursday for next week's launch nights.   Get in touch if you'd like to book in.  Details here.

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


Some More 3D Scallop Circle Flowers

Here's another of the 3D flowers we did last month at our flowers class.  They're quite quick and easy to make - even for 3D challenged people like me!

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We made good use of the lace ribbon border punch.  That punch along with the triple layer punches retired recently in the US so I am quietly expecting them to be on our Last Chance List of retiring products.  This list will be released on August 1st and products on the list will be available in August while stocks last. 

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Colours: Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze and the card base is Confetti White. 

The flower above was my first go - I got a little better with my second try with the addition of some sponging and a little more time arranging the petals. 

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Colours: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry. Card base is Shimmery White.

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Thanks to Miriam Spiess - one of my fellow demonstrators - who showed us how to make these flowers from scallop circles at last year's Melbourne stamping day at the Convention Centre. 

If you'd like to come along this year to be inspired by some talented papercrafters and get a sneak peek at lots of yummy holiday themed goodies coming soon in our Holiday Catalogue, registration closes tomorrow for the Heartfelt Stampin' Up event on Saturday August 4th.  More details at the end of this post or phone/email if you've got questions or would like to book in.  I've got 5 guests coming along so far - would love to add a few more. 

We're almost at the end of Christmas in July week at my place so I'll have some sparkly Christmas projects to share with you soon, plus for those of you always on the lookout for projects for the guys in your lives - we've got a masculine themed project blog hop coming Saturday morning so be sure to grab a weekend cuppa and have fun browsing through those posts. 

Cheers, Sue


A Touch Of Quilling and A Special Guest

I was tempted to call this post Fiddly Farty Flowers - we did these little rose type flowers at my June classes.  (Thank you to Lyn who showed me how to make them.)   I'll have some step by step pics in my July newsletter.  Sign up box at the top right there if you're not on my newsletter list and would like to join.

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We had a couple of choices for our card ...   either a simple base like this one .....

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Products: Confetti White cardstock base, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Leaves Sizzlit, Square Lattice embossing folder, 1" circle punch and one larger circle punch

Or we could add a little stamping, embossing and ribbon to the base like this ......

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Products: Naturals Ivory base, Rose Red, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, leaves are from the bird builder punch, En Francais background stamp, the dotty embossing folder, pleated Blushing Bride ribbon

We had a bit of an 'open pantry' class so the ladies could raid the scraps box and use different colours if they'd like.  I loved this card that Mel put together using colours in the Brights range. The base is Shimmery White and you can just see the sparkle in the picture. 

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I'll share our other flowers cards another day.  In July we've got Christmas In July classes happening.  A few spots left on the Tuesday night if you're keen to get an early start on some festive cards.  Details here. 

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Today is the last day to get your free Reason To Smile stamp set with an order of $125.  Phone or email your order through before 9pm if you'd like to take up this offer. 

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Have a super weekend and happy school holidays to anyone having those.  We're off to a Prep birthday party today so I'd best get gift wrapping! 

Cheers, Sue


Reason To Smile Cards

Hello, hope you've had a lovely weekend.  Thought I'd share a couple of cards made with the Reason To Smile stamp set.  This set is free this month with an order of $125 or more.  Just a few more days to go on this promotion.

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The base is Perfect Plum, and I've watercoloured the panel of watercolour paper with Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum and Real Red.  The Reason To Smile stamp is embossed in black.  I love the detailed images for embossing.

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Here's another one - this time I've used Crumb Cake cardstock and some black to highlight.  The crimped piece and the black satin ribbon add a bit of contrast texture.

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Phone or email if you'd like to place an order before the end of June to claim your free Reason To Smile stamp set.

CONGRATULATIONS

Newsletter ladies will know we had a hostess share that closed on Friday.  Congratulations to the 3 ladies whose names were drawn out for an item at 50% off - Cecile and Karen got a Simply Scored, and Gail got the Timeless Type alphabet.  Our hostess share ladies all got a Reason to Smile stamp set and $35 of free products.  I hope you have lots of fun with your products ladies.  Thanks for taking part in the hostess share.

Have a super week everyone!  On the count down til school holidays at our place.

Cheers, Sue