Sunday, 2 August 2015

Awesomely Artistic Brick Wall

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I hope you've had a good weekend - ours was very productive.  A couple of months ago Mercury Energy had a promotion where you could choose a date and you wouldn't be charged power for the whole day:)  So we booked in the 1st of August and made the most of it - 5 loads of washing (some needing use of the dryer), some cooking (banana muffins, savoury scones and mini quiches) and a roast chicken dinner - thank you Mercury :).  And to top it off I've had some craft time and made 5 cards!

Last weekend we had our Creative Inkers Extravaganza and I needed some cards for my display board.  Over the next week I'll share with you some of the cards I made to fill my board.

One of my favourite sets at the moment is Awesomely Artistic (pg 125 AC) - which was the set I used for my Extravaganza project here.  I started this card by stamping the images in the corner and colouring them in with ink and blender pens.  It looked a bit blank but I wasn't sure I wanted more stamping so went with a new embossing folder - brick wall - for some texture and added the heat embossed dragonfly which I 'fussy' cut.  I really love how this card has turned out.

Stamp set - Awesomely Artisitic
Card Stock - Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink - Momento Black, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Other - Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Basic Pearls, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, Dimensionals, Blender Pens

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Extravaganza Projects Continued

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Here are the other four projects that the ladies created on Saturday.  First we have two 3D projects - a birthday surprise box

and a gorgeous 'Tiffany' bag

Our last two projects are cards - a corner flip card

and a cool card featuring our new corrugated paper

I hope you have enjoyed seeing our creations.  Our next Extravaganza will be held on the 7th November so mark the date now.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Creative Inkers Winter Extravaganza Projects

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On Saturday we had our winter Extravaganza event with 100 ladies - it was a fun day.  Each lady made five projects during the afternoon.  This is the project that I taught with Jacque and Kath using my new favourite set - Awesomely Artistic.

It's got a number of techniques in here - first is the background.  We stamped Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Cucumber Crush direct to a clear block, spritzed some water on the ink then stamped it onto a piece of spritzed Shimmery White.  It does get a bit messy but gives a cool effect.  The second technique is colouring the glimmer paper.  We had done this ahead of time but is done by mixing rubbing alcohol, water and reinker together in a spritz bottle then spraying the glimmer paper.  We used Dazzling Diamonds.  The final technique is heat embossing - my favourite technique.

I do love how the envelope liner just finishes it off.

Stamp - Awesomely Artistic
Card Stock/Paper - Early Espresso, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Envelope Paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Ink - Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, VersaMark
Other - Early Espresso Seam Binding, Antique Brads, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Spritzer, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

I'll be back tomorrow with the other four projects.

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Six-Sided Sampler - July Card Class

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I hoped you enjoyed yesterday's card.  When a new catalogue comes out we often end up forgetting stamp sets that have 'carried over' from the previous catalogue so I decided to use a 'carry over' stamp for my second card.  I haven't used Six-Sided Sampler as much as I thought I would so chose that - then the next question was ' what shall I do with it?'.  Well Stampin' Up! took care of that.  I turned to page 104-105 of the catalogue and used their sample as my base.  I changed the style of card, made a few tweaks here and there and voila my card was created :)

My sentiment is from a 'carry over' set as well - another one that hasn't seen much ink but after getting it out has so many great greetings.  I was really pleased with how this came together - an extra score in the standard card base and a new card is created.  I love this colour combo of neutrals.

Stamp - Six Sided Sampler, Petite Pairs
Card Stock - Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink - Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Other - Bold Butterfly Framelits, Rhinestone, Hexagon Punch

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Watercolor Wings - July Card Class

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I hope you've had a good weekend - I've had a very productive and social weekend :).  Out for dinner Friday, breakfast with a friend Saturday morning, afternoon tea with my SIL (highly recommend a visit to Olaf's in Mt Eden) and out for dinner again tonight!  In amongst all this social butterflying (not sure if that's a word or not) I've done all my prep for next weekends Creative Inkers Extravaganza and made three cards this afternoon - phew.  You'll have to wait a bit to see these creations but in the meantime here's the first card I taught at this months card class.

I wasn't going to buy 'Watercolor Wings' when I saw the new catalogue - "I don't need another 'butterfly' set" but after seeing some creations on Pinterest I 'needed' to buy it :).  This is the first card I've made with it - based on a card I saw by Julie Davison.

It's classed as a 'two-step' stamp but it's actually a 'three-step' stamp.  The butterfly is made up of three stamps - the first is stamped in Pink Pirouette, then Melon Mambo and finally Rich Razzleberry.

This stamp comes as a bundle with the new Bold Butterfly Framelits but it also matches the Butterflies Thinlits Dies (Page 172 of the AC).  I've used both dies for this card.  We stamped two full images and cut one as a solid butterfly and the other with the 'lacy' die.

I'm sure you'll be seeing more colour combos over the coming months.

Stamp - Watercolor Wings, Butterfly Basics
Card Stock - Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink - Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Other - Paper Doily, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Build a Birthday Cake

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I've had something on every night this week which has meant no time to blog.

This is a card I made last month using the new set Build A Birthday and the new Triple Banner Punch - LOVE this punch.

I've managed to use all the new In Colors on this image :).  I nice finish to the inside is just a thin strip of DSP to match the paper on the front.

Stamp Set - Build a Birthday
Card Stock - Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Ink - Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon
DSP - Cherry on Top Paper Stack
Other - Oval Framelits, Banner Triple Punch, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Well I'm out again tomorrow night so hopefully I can fit a 'blog' post in on Saturday and show you the cards we made at this months card class.

Catch you later

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

CASED cards from Impressions Magazine

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Well the rain is really starting to fall here in Auckland - I think I might head to bed early tonight.  Nothing like being tucked up in a warm bed with the rain falling on the roof.

Last week I received my Impressions magazine in the post.  This is a magazine that Stampin' Up! demos receive every two months and it's full of ideas and techniques for us to try.  On the front cover were two cards that used the new Banner Triple Punch - I love this punch - so I thought I'd have a go at CASEing them and here's what I came up with.

Original card

My take on it:

Stamp Set - One Big Meaning
Card Stock - Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Ink - Watermelon Wonder
DSP - Cherry on Top Paper Stack
Other - 2015-2017 In Color Blossom Accents, Whisper White Baker Twine, Rhinestone, Banner Triple Punch

The second card uses the punched 'triangles' - so don't throw them away - they're great to uses as accents or even a background

Original card

My version

Stamp Set - Perfect Pennants
Card Stock - Night of Navy, Whisper White, Vellum Card Stock, Gold Foil Sheets
Ink - Night of Navy
Other - 2" and 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Banner Triple Punch, Gold Metallic Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

Well I hope you've enjoyed my take on these two cards

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