Technique Tips

Blog Hop: Autumn Winter Mini

Happy Saturday to you - yay for Saturdays.  And happy blog hop day too for any of you wanting a lap around the inspiration circuit.  Our theme today is the Autumn Mini and there's so many gorgeous things in there that I'm quite looking forward to hopping around myself to see what my stamping buddies have made.   9 stops today - have fun!

Waving a hello if you've arrived from the lovely Kathryn's gorgeous creation  and let's get moving if you're kicking off from here.  I'm using one of my favourites from the new mini - Bordering On Romance.


The flower is embossed in black on to watercolour paper and coloured with an aquapainter and ink pads plus a few extra drops from some ink refills. 

Colours: Soft Suede, Regal Rose and So Saffron.

I used the Colour Coach for my colour combo ....


Tip: Have some paper towel handy - I'm no expert water colourer but it is easier when your brush is just damp rather than really wet, so I like to dab often. 


Watercolouring done then it was time to grab some coordinating cardstock and bits and bobs for the card.  (Scroll down for the full supplies list.)


Isn't it a lovely set for any of the colouring techniques.

And that's it from me today.  Next stop is the super talented Ros Davidson

Ros will have a full list of the hoppers too in case you get lost along the way.  

Happy stamping if you get inspired to get those inks and stamps out after hop hop hopping! 

Have a great weekend.    Cheers, Sue

Just in case you're visiting another day - here's the direct links to the hop posts:

Ros, Christine, Amanda, Tina, Nikki, Di, and Alisha (oops can't get that last link to work)


Card Materials:

Stamp Sets: Bordering On Romance and Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Punches: The biggest circle punch (6cm I think?), Modern Label and Designer Label Punches

Framelits - Labels

Watercolour card

Inks and cardstock: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Soft Suede

The dotty embossing folder (can you tell I'm going from memory here and it is a  little rusty! Grin.)

Square Lattice embossing folder

Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon and some pearls to finish things off.

Crayon Resist Technique

We've been having fun at class this month trying crayon resist technique.  We had a choice of several different colour schemes for our Fabulous Florets card. 

Here it is in lovely soft pastels with the Lace Border Punch for a trim .....


Colours: Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Blushing Bride

And here in a lovely combination of Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry ....

(Inspired by a Claire Daly card)


For the trim this time we've used the Scallop Trim Border Punch and the Top Note die.

I'll be back soon with our other two colour/finishing combinations and our Surf's Up crayon resist card.


I've got space tonight at 7.30pm if you'd like to have a go at this technique.  Drop me a message at 0417 377 057 if you're in the mood for a last minute evening of stamping.  More details here.


These finish on the weekend.  Place your orders by phone or email before Saturday evening if you'd like to grab anything from the Summer Mini before it finishes or take advantage of Saleabration.

Cheers, Sue

Blog Hop: Sketch

Happy Saturday to you.  Blog hop time again with my craft buddies and this month we're working with a Becky Fleck sketch from PageMaps.  6  stops on the hop today - I hope you get a little burst of 'creativity vibe' on your way round the projects.   Hello if you've arrived from the lovely Ros's blog and hello if you're starting from here.

Here's the sketch Ros found for us ....


I've been doing lots of crayon resist this month at classes so combined that with the sketch to put this card together.


Colours:  So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder - a nice pastel combination today. 

Ribbon:  Blushing Bride Stitched Ribbon and Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon with some of our self stick pearls as a finishing touch.   I love these ones - they come as a long string of pearls you apply in one step.  I like to use a pair of tweezers. 


Stamp Set: Fabulous Florets (page 14 of the soon to finish Summer Mini) stamped in Staz On onto glossy cardstock. 

Other: A white crayon and lots of sponge wedges.  The Big Shot and Top Note Die, plus Finial Press embossing folder.  Versamark and white embossing powder for the solid flower.


This is a great technique if you feel like being a bit creative.  You feel quite the artist sponging away adding colours and really can't go wrong.  You get a slightly different result every time depending on where that colour lands and how much you add.  Fun!  Plus it doesn't take too much in the way of fancy tools.  Just Stazon, glossy cardstock, a white crayon, sponges and ink.  And some outline stamps. 

OK enough from me - time to head on off to the next stop in the hop. 

Click here for the talented and ever so lovely Nikki Sadler

Happy Hopping!   If you've got time stop for a while and say hi - helps us keeps those blogging batteries charged up.  Have a lovely weekend.

An energetic weekend for some of our family - John is riding in the Otway Challenge this morning - not sure that the weather is exactly smiling on him!   

Cheers,  Sue

More Reverse Masking

The later in December it gets, the simpler my card designs are getting!  I'm really loving these reverse masking ones.  Fun to do and I like the end result.   Here's another version. 


Colours for this one are Cherry Cobbler, Concord Crush and Old Olive for the stamping and once again, Sahara Sand for the sponging.  Shimmery White cardstock again for a beautiful shimmery base. 

Stamp Sets: Snow Swirled and Many Merry Messages. 


These ones are easy peasy.  (Waving hello Robyn.)  You just grab a sheet of cardstock (I used a damaged one) and tear it in half.   I use Dotto to position it onto my card leaving a gap.  (I put the Dotto on the base page, not on the actual card.)  Then just do your stamping.  I like to finish with some sponging of a light colour - my favourite is definitely Sahara Sand.  Once you're done you remove the torn cardstock and voila, a lovely panel of stamping on your card.  Here's a pic I took while I was working. 


In this pic I've done the stamping, about to do the sponging, then can lift off those orange bits of card, stamp my greeting and I'm done.   Note - I tore my cardstock across the narrow width of an A5 piece as I was doing portrait orientation cards.  Then I decided to do this landscape orientation card and just kept using the same torn pieces.  Would be better really to have the torn card pieces wider than your card. 

I braved the shopping centre last night to get stuck into some Christmas shopping and was surprised to have no trouble getting a park at 7.30pm.  Might be an advantage to leaving the shopping to almost the last minute! 

Hope your week is going well.  

Cheers,  Sue