Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Bundle and Save Promotion

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It's the beginning of a new month and already we have a great promotion from Stampin' Up!

For a limited time (1 - 17 April) save 15% on selected bundles - see flyer below.

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Butterfly Basics and Your Perfect Day - Card Class for March

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My card class ladies had two special requests for card designs this month - an Easter card and a wedding card.  I don't have any 'Easter' stamps so I went with the flower image from my newly purchased Butterfly Basics set and teamed it up with the words from Crazy about You.  This set has really been my 'go to' sentiment set these last couple of months.

The image is stamped on watercolour paper then coloured in using an aqua painter (or blender pen if you prefer).  My trick with using an aqua painter is to put a bit of foam in the barrel - I've found this helps the even flow of water to the tip of the brush and you don't get a puddle on your paper.

I do hope we get the Irresistibly Yours paper (or similar) in our next catalogue - I love it.

Stamp - Butterfly Basics, Crazy about You
Card Stock - Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green, Naturals White, Watercolour Paper
Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Momento Ink
Other - Basic Gray Bakers Twine, Artisan Punch

Now I also didn't own a wedding set but as my nephew is getting married soon I thought I'd better get one.  After much debate (with myself!) I went with Your Perfect Day.

This is another CASED card - why recreate when somebody else has done a great job!  I saw this card on Pinterest and kept coming back to it - it just caught my eye.  Thank you Sabine for sharing this with us.

Stamp - Your Perfect Day
Card Stock - Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink - Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
DSP - Something Borrowed
Other - Circle Framelits, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Heart Punch, Linen Thread

Thanks for checking out my blog :)

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Sheltering Tree and Big Day - cards from February card class

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I got a bit busy last week preparing for our Creative Inkers Extravaganza.  I left a few too many things to do in the last week which meant no blogging time!  Before I can show you the project I taught I need to do a catch up on what I've taught at my last two card classes.

Here's what we did at our February class.  The first card uses the set Sheltering Tree from the Occasions Catalogue and the second card uses Big Day from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

I found this card design on Debbie Henderson's blog and fell in love with it.

It's not just a pretty card - it's a card with a perforated bookmark attached.  I'd purchased the perforating blade when it came out but had never used it.  I think this is such a cool card and I can't wait to trail some other designs.  I did change the inside image to the one Debbie had used otherwise I kept the colours and general layout of the images.

Stamp - Sheltering Tree, Crazy about You
Card Stock - Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink - Old Olive, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Momento Black
Other - Perforating Blade, Early Espresso Bakers Twine

I also CASED the second card from a fellow team member Kathe but made a few tweaks to use the new ColorBox Chalk ink from the Occasions Catalogue.

To get the 'legs' of my blackboard I used the Square Framelits so that they were even and cut through both layers at the same time.

Stamp - Big Day, Hardwood
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette, Naturals White, Chalkboard Paper
Ink - Rose Coral Chalk Ink, Crumb Cake, Black Momento Ink
DSP - Lullaby
Other - Banner Punch, Square Framelits, Early Espresso Baker Twine

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack - Happy Birthday Mum

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I hope you've all had a great weekend - I'm sure the Black Caps have :)

It was my Mum's birthday on Friday and today we had a family lunch to celebrate her special day.  I've used the new Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack which is one of the additional Sale-A-Bration items that have been added.  There are 12 different designs and you get two of each.  Each sheet measures 15.2cm x 15.2cm so great for cards.

I've kept this pretty simple with just two colours - Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz.  I've used my markers and coloured in the image from the back.  Leave it a few minutes before adhering to your card stock to allow the ink to dry so it won't smudge on the card stock.  Fast Fuse works the best it adhere Vellum to card stock as it doesn't show through.

Stamp Set - Crazy About You, Butterfly Basics
Card Stock - Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink/Markers - Island Indigo, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz
Other - Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack, Designer Label Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon (Retired)

Have a great week.

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Friday, 20 March 2015

We Stamp for Lara - Colour Spot Challenge

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Wow - two posts in two days :)

One of our Aussie demo's has been fundraising to get a new (to them) car as her daughter is in a wheelchair and they needed to upgrade their current vehicle.  She and a group of other demo's have put together 31 tutorials - one per day of March - click here to find out more.  It's not too late to join up.

Along with daily tutorials there have been challenges - layout, colour and using your least used inks and stamps.  Well today's card is for the later - my least used colours are Blushing Bride and Always Artichoke and a stamp set that hasn't seen ink in a long time is Mosaic Madness.  Here is the combination of all three.

I've teamed it up with the co-ordinating embossing folder - Modern Mosaic.  I was really pleased with this combination and may just have to use it again.  I think it looks really good on the Very Vanilla which doesn't get as much air time as Whisper White.

To finish off my card I used a scrap of Blushing Bride Satin Ribbon I found in my ribbon box - these little pieces come in handy.

Have a good weekend.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

We Stamp For Lara - Colour Challenge

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Yes - I am still alive - life has been rather full on the last couple of weeks with workshops, card classes and relocating our office to a new building.  I have managed to squeeze in some crafting time for myself but just haven't got round to blogging my creations.  So here are two cards I made recently for a colour challenge.

We were given the following colours to work with - Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Basic Gray.

For this card I decided to use a stamp set that hasn't seen ink for a while - Geometrical.  This was such a quick card to create - especially with the 'Hello You' thinlits.  The 'thanks' die is easily adjusted to 'thank' and goes perfectly with the 'you'.

This is another versatile set - Kinda Eclectic - and works well with the 'hello'.  To give the card some depth I restamped the sun image then punched out the centre with the 1" punch and adhered it with a dimensional.

I will try my best to post more regularly as I have heaps of projects to show you.

Don't forget Sale-A-Bration finishes on the 31st March so if you want to receive FREE product with an order over $110 (NZ) just send me an email.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Valentines or Wedding Anniversary

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Sorry for no posts over the weekend but I was at our Creative Inkers Team Stamp Camp in Rotorua - we had such an amazing time away.  Phil came down with me this year - and no he didn't do any paper crafting instead he went off to do some photography.  He only appeared when food was being served!  He's already waiting for next years date so he can plan his days.

On Valentines Day my parents celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.  Congratulations Mum and Dad - you two are a real inspiration to us all with the love you have for each other.

Each year I make Dad a card to give to Mum and here's his one for this year.

And here's a view from the top.  I also made him this little box filled with chocolates to give her :)

Dad was really pleased with this and so was Mum :)

Stamp Set - Memorable Moments
Card Stock - Real Red, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
DSP - Stack with Love
Ink - Real Red
Other - Owl Punch, Bird Builder Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Heart Punch, Organza Ribbon, Googly Eyes (Non SU)

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