Monday, August 30, 2010

New Catalogue Sneak Peek

Guess What Folks.... ONLY 2 MORE SLEEPS!!! And then we have a beautiful new catalogue with stacks of great ideas and beautiful stuff! So how about a sneak peek at one of the new sets??? Ok why not!

Here's a card I made using a new set called Contempo Christmas. It's super stunning and great for beautiful christmas cards. Here's a simple card I made using non traditional colours. These colours look stunning together too. I used the rock and roll technique on the ornaments and have also jazzed them up with some dazzling diamonds if you have a really good look!

Stamp Set: Contempo Christmas
Ink: Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Basic Grey
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Accessories: Ornament Punch, Hemp Twine, Mat Pack, Two Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals

Contact me today to order your copy of the new catalogue or to host a workshop. Free catalogue for hosting a workshop (rrp $12.95).

Thanks for looking,

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fathers Day Is Just Around The Corner....

Hi guys,

Hasn't this year flown? Fathers day is in just a few weeks and if your anything like me your thinking eeek only 2 more weeks to get something for the hardest person to purchase for! Well I decided on my weekend away last weekend to get at least a start on a card for my dad. My dad is very simple, doesn't like anything over the top and likes fairly muted colours. Ie. His favourite colour is grey! Haha!

On the weekend away we were given the following colours to play with Kraft aka Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey and Soft Suede. I would never put these colours together normally but thanks to the keen eye of Stampin' Up we have Designer Series Paper in the new catalogue in these colours and they are gorgeous. These cards are perfect muted colours for my dad so I made a card for my dad a father's day card using these colours and a stamp set I don't own but have eyed off since it appeared in our current catalogue. Here's the Clean and simple card I came up with...

Can you guess which stamp set it is?? Surely it can't be Teeny Tiny Sentiments haha! I seem to be using that set on every card I make recently, maybe I need to challenge myself NOT to use it! It is Circle Circus. This set is great and so versatile and is fab for whipping up masculine cards! So can you guess what set I'm getting my hands on soon? Haha!

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Circle Circus
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Kraft/Crumb Cake, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Soft Suede
Accessories: Mat Pack, SAMJ, 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/2", 1 3/8" Circle Punches

Thanks for looking,


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Team Weekend Away Swap

Hi guys,

Sorry for my quietness the last few weeks. I have been very busy and also have had a few problems with editting my photos lately. If anyone has any tips on good programs to use for photo editting please let me know.

So what have I been up to? Well Apart from celebrating my birthday last week, Celebrating Karls this week and also having alot of health issues going on I got to go away last weekend on my annual Inklings Team Weekend Away. This year baby free which was lovely. I had a blast creating with some really talented ladies, getting lots of inspirational ideas, lots of laughs, yummy hot chocolates, no cooking or cleaning, and lots and lots of Stampin' Up product! Was heaven! So I have alot to share with you. Firstly I thought I'd share the card I made for my Card in a Box swap. I wanted to do something fun and different and came up with this gorgeous card. What do you think??

I used the reverse masking technique to create the border of whisper white. I then embossed the tree image from 'Lovely as a tree'. I then masked the moon with a post it note. I sponged the inside of the rectangle with sponge daubers in Night of Navy and Bashful Blue ink. I prefer to use sponge daubers to create this look but you could use whatever you like. Ie. Brayer, sponges, etc. I find rubbing your sponge daubers gives a more even colour and stops you from getting circle patterns from the daubers. I like to work from the middle out to blend the colour. And I like to use lots of colour. The more colour you use the better the effect (in my opinion anyway). If you would like anymore details on this card or would like me to do a tutorial please comment and let me know.

Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue
Accessories: SAMJ, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, 1 3/8" punch, Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots

Thanks for looking, Please come back soon to see what else I made over the weekend and get a peak at some new stuff from the new catalogue


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Last Chance List

Hi guys,

Sorry for taking so long to get this up. As you know the new Catalogue comes out on 1st September. I'M SO EXCITED! To prepare for it's release we have a copy of the Last Chance list which you can find here. The list is long to incorporate the colour renovation and reconfiguration of the punches. If there's something you LOVE on the last chance list and cannot live without you need to contact me to order it as these items will not be available after 31st August. Products are subject to availability so get in early before it sells out.

Also as the new catalogue is released on 1st September I am now taking pre orders of the new catalogue. Order your catalogue today and receive it by 1st September. Catalogues cost $12.95 however book a workshop with me and I will give you the new catalogue for free.

Can't wait to share the beautiful few catalogue with you all

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Just Add Ink #28

Woo Hoo! I got to participate in a challenge! This week at Just Add Ink it's a double challenge... Just add a man card using Chocolate Chip, Kraft and Baja Breeze! Stunning colours but what to do with them? Any card maker will agree that men's cards are ALWAYS the hardest so I wanted to do something different. I remember seeing a tutorial by Rachel Capps on how to do a Punch Art electric guitar. So I tweaked her tutorial slightly to make an acoustic guitar. This is what the final product looked like...

Stamp Sets: Sanded, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Kraft, Chocolate hip, Baja Breeze
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/2" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, word window punch, large star punch, sponge daubers, pewter brads, non SU silver thread

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fun with embossing

Hi guys,

Sorry for being so quiet over the last week or so. Things have been busy. Over a week ago I had my downlines over for the afternoon for some stamping. I wanted to show them some techniques and other things you can do with embossing rather than just embossing an image. It was also about giving them ideas and tips so they can share these fun techniques with there customers and add them to there next projects. So we made 3 fun cards. Here they are for you.

Card One - Faux Metal

I love doing the faux metal. The technique is all about building layers and layers of embossing. I generally do 6 layers. It gives you a nice thick image to give the illusion of metal but not so thick that it won't fit into a punch. The biggest tip I can give you with this technique is to work quickly. especially at the last layer. When your ding your last layer you want to have your image already inked up on versamark ready to go. As soon as your last layer has all melted you need to put your stamp on straight away and you need to push it down and hold it there for at least 30 seconds. This will give you a nice and clear image. If you don't get the image right the first time you can add more powder and re heat it to get another layer so you don't loose all the layers you just did. Here's a close up of what the technique will look like at the end...

And here's the card we made. Simple put I really like it. Silver and blues work great together and it's a great non traditional Christmas Card too.

Stamp Set: Season of Joy
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1 1/2" 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch

Card Two - Embossing Resist

Probably one of my FAVOURITE techniques. It's lots of fun, gets you nice and inky! This technique involves stamping your image randomly in versamark onto whisper white cardstock. Heating it. Then using sponges or daubers sponging on as many or as little colour as desired. I find this technique is great with kids. They love it. Tips for this technique is using lots of colour. The bolder your colour and the more you use the more the your image will stand out. It also works well with a backgound stamp (such as en francias) stamped first and then embossed over the top.

Here's the card we made. Simple and quirky! I used Wild Wasabi cardstock and ink as I am so excited about its return and wanted to give my downlines a sample with it.

Stamp Set: Priceless
Ink: Versamark, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Elegant Eggplant
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Accessories: Heat Tool, Scallop Square, 1 1/2" Square punch, Sponges, Clear embossing powder

Card Three - Cracked Glass

This technique I've never done before but it's so gorgeous and gives your card something different. It's great for vintage style which is very in atm. So this technique again requires lots of layers of embossing. First you stamp your image and have the whole area cut out and ready to go. Then you emboss layers and layers of clear embossing powder. 6 worked quiet well to give it a really good surface. Once it's done you need to cool it down. I found putting it in the freeze for a minute or so gives it enough cold to give it a nice crack. You then need to crack it as little or as much as possible. Give it a rub over with some darker ink (I used Close to Cocoa) to give it a 'worn' look and it should look a little like this....

And the final card...

Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy, Sanded BG
Ink: Rose Red, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Always Artichoke and Regal Rose Stampin' Write Markers
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Accessories: Heat Tool, Clear embossing powder, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Hemp Twine, Always Artichoke Brads

Thanks for looking and I hope I've inspired you to use your embossing powder in a different way next time you pull it out!