Paper Craft Crew Sketch #276

I am so excited about my post today and that is because I am joining the Design Team of one of my favourite challenges – the Paper Craft Crew Challenge. For those that follow my blog you will know that this challenge is one of my ‘go-to inspiration’ places and I have been participating in the weekly challenges for a while now.  So nothing was more exciting when I received a lovely message from Pam asking if I would like to jump on board the DT.  

So the challenge this week, which you all should play along with, is a colour challenge.  

From the four colours I finally settled on Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Smoky Slate for my card and added a small touch of Basic Black as I stamped those fun little sneakers from the Epic Celebration stamp set (which you can get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration) and thought I need to just tie the black in a little more with a touch of card stock behind the greeting and some fabulous mini sequins.

I created this card using the Post Script background stamp for my background and two of the stamps from Epic Celebrations – the sneakers and the fun greeting.  The little binder clips available in the current Occasions catalogue were the perfect embellishment for this card.  The one little tip I have is that because they can be quite bulky I attached it to the Smoky Slate layer, to hold my embellishments, and then used two Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach this layer to the Berry Burst.

I hope you join in the challenge this week I look forward to seeing what you create with this fun colour combination.


Colour INKspiration #25

Time for the first Colour INKspiration Challenge of 2018 and this one is a super fun and fresh one to start our challenge year.

Whilst there are only three colours in this combination: Night of Navy, Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist – remember you can also add a Neutral or Silver/Copper/Gold tones to make this one your own.  I chose to add Basic Black to this combo and am so so so pleased with how this card turned out.

I used only one stamp set too which is always a challenge for me!  I inked up the Perennial Birthday stamp set for the first time and decided I was in the mood for a little fussy cutting so after I stamped out several images in Memento ink and coloured them with Blends and Markers I set about cutting each of them out individually.  I embossed the background of my card with the new Scattered Sequins embossing folder and it is soooooooooooo pretty.  Now I didn’t happen to have any Night of Navy ribbon on hand for my creation but that is another thing I love about my Stampin’ Blends – I can now colour my Whisper White ribbon any colour I want. I added a little extra ribbon on my project by fraying some of the Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon and adhering it to the back of my “Happy Birthday” greeting.

It took me a little while to decide on the final placement of all my elements by I certainly had a blast making this card.

There are so many wonderful creations from the Design Team this week with this colour combo so be sure to continue to hop around all the amazing creations where I just know you will get so much wonderful inspiration and Kathryn Mangelsdorf is up next with her gorgeous card – you need to check out her sequin trick!


Bubble Over – Beer

I knew I loved the Bubble Over stamp set from Stampin’ Up! the moment I saw it at OnStage in November … this stamp set and the coordinating framelits were bound to end up on my demonstrator preorder (and they did!).  I have a load of birthdays in my family over the first half of the year and first cab off the rank is my FIL. 

With an Australian mid-summer birthday my FIL will be enjoying a few cold XXXX Gold beers on his birthday for sure so I thought I would try and fashion him a card featuring his favourite brew.

The “soda” bottles and matching framelits are super easy to turn into anything that comes in a bottle – beer, cider, pre-mixed spirits etc. In case anyone (particular in Oz) wants to make a XXXX bottle of your own I have a few tips for you – use Soft Suede to stamp the bottle and Crushed Curry for the labels.  The “x’s” are from the Labeler Alphabet set, stamped in Real Red and the top is made from Gold foil. Now that I started with a pretty easy XXXX Gold I reckon I can try my hand at a few other bottle drinks.

There are a few NEW products in this card and not sure if you will spot them all so be sure to look at the Supplies list at the end of the post for all the details – there is even a Sale-A-Bration FREEBIE featured on this card, the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  These are one of the MANY items you can get for FREE this year during SAB and, oh my, they are AMAZING!

I used the upcoming sketch from Paper Craft Crew #275 as my inspiration for the card lay out and loved how it all came together -here is the sketch ….


Christmas Gift Giving

With Christmas Day fast approaching I thought I would share the little Christmas gifts I have been handing out to friends and work colleagues in the lead up to the holidays.  I have made a few of these little chocolate holders in a couple of different themes but all based on the same basic design idea.

I have a very traditional colour combination with Garden Green, Real Red and Whisper White.

A wintery Christmas colour combination with Dapper Denim, Whisper White and touches of silver and gold.

And finally a natural look using Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black and Kraft.

All the basic boxes are made using the Envelop Punch Board from Stampin’ Up! and have a little Cadbury chocolate inside.  The belly bands all slide off to make accessing the chocolate even easier.

I hope you have had some time to do some Christmas crafting and if you are looking for a last minute gift for friends and family who might pop around I can recommend this as a quick and easy fix.

Colour INKspiration #24

I know it has been a little while since I played along with the Colour INKspiration challenges – however I simply could not resist this colour combo, I have been looking forward to it for a while now. I am a fan of the non-traditional Christmas colours so Tranquil Tide Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride totally screamed Christmas cards for me … and the super cute trees in the inspiration image confirmed my design.

Using the Merry Mistletoe stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I had so much fun creating these cards for some lovely and amazing friends of mine – who I hope have received these cards by now. 

You will see I added an additional neutral colour to the palette using Crumb Cake as my card base and touches of shine with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and silver mini sequins … they just worked so nicely with this colour combination.

There are so many wonderful creations from the design team that I am sure will inspire you to join in our challenge, over at the Facebook site, and you about to see yet another amazing creation over at the uber talented Nicole Wilson’s blog.  


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Fruit Basket Handbag Cards

One of my favourite things to do when I get a new Stamp Set is to find a way to use that is not the ‘intended use’.  It is just my way of feeling like I make my stamps go just a little further for me.  So when I got the Fruit Basket Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! as part of the Tutti Frutti Suite to work up for OnStage at the Gold Coast I knew there would be people who would not be fans of fruit bowls but I knew it would be hard to resist a cute handbag!

So I turned the little wire basket image in the stamp set upside down and used my Stampin’ Blends to colour in a pattern.  I also used the watermelon skin image from the set to make a handle and the closure on the red bag is the punched watermelon shape from the new Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack.

The greetings on both these cute note cards is also in the Fruit Basket stamp set …. so yes you can get a whole new look to your projects using the same stamp set.


OnStage Team Gifts

Even though it is over a month ago now I thought I would do a quick share of the team gifts I made for OnStage 2017 at the Gold Coast.

Using the fun Tutti-Frutti DSP I made some quick 3″ gift cards.

To coordinate with some Pizza Boxes I decorated with watermelon shapes cut with the Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack … so sweet!

Inside the box was a Tutti-Frutti Coast that I made for each of my Crew members.

The coast features the same pattern of DSP as the card and box and is made using a circle of DSP a circle of black felt and a circle of Window Sheet.  The three layers as blanket stitched together using some Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine.

So a couple of tips if you would like to make some coasters for yourself.  Print of a circle with evenly spaced dots and mark these onto your circle of window sheet.

Use a hole punch to punch out each of the marks then with the Baker’s Twine threaded onto a darning needle you can pass it easily through the felt into the hole in the window sheet.


Partridge in a Pear Tree

Another day another Tutti-Frutti share and this time it is a little Christmas inspiration for you.  I used the pear from the Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack to create my own version of a Partridge in a Pear Tree.  Using just Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Whisper White card stock with a touch of Silver Foil you can create a simple and fun Christmas card to share with your family and friends.

I thought I would also share a little tip for getting the tops on your pears with minimal effort … adhere the two colours for your pear together first – here I used Lemon Lime Twist for the pear and Melon Mambo for the stalk, then line up the punch to get perfect pears with stalks already in place … EASY!

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Tutti-Frutti Succulents

I know you are going to feel a little overwhelmed with all the Tutti-Frutti inspired cards and creations I will share this week as part of my OnStage presentation but it is so hard to only pick one or two to share.  I will try and put a few together in the following blog posts but thought I would share my succulent card with you today.

This was one of my favourite creations using the new Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack – I love a little punch art.  I used the wire basket from the Fruit Basket Stamp Set and added a belly band to make it look a little like a wine barrel.  For my succulents I used the pineapple and strawberry punches – can you tell which are which?

I stamped the pineapple image from the Fruit Basket Stamp Set on to Pear Pizzazz card stock and cut it out with the punch to make the tall cacti on the left, turning the two pineapples upside down and hiding the “top” of the bottom pineapple behind some strawberry leaves cut from Sweet Sugarplum card stock.  The cacti in the middle it several pineapple tops adhered together from Always Artichoke card stock.  The small cacti on the right is again inking up the pineapple images but cutting it out by hand to get a larger plant.  The little cacti flower is a negative piece from the Detailed Florals Thinlits.

A little smoodging and these little guys help me to stop missing the Succulent Suite that Stampin’ Up! used to have and a great non-fruit use for the Tutti-Frutti Suite [Available 3rd January 2018].


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Tutti-Frutti OnStage Display

I am so excited that I can finally share all the projects that I created for the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Event at the Gold Coast over the weekend.  I was so so so lucky to be asked to demonstrate the new Tutti-Frutti Product Suite and had the best time creating a whole range of projects with the products.  I will have more posts to cover each of the different projects in more detail – it is hard to see everything in this one photo!

But one thing that a lot of people seemed to like was the little FlipBook I created to showcase the suite.  It is essentially made using Thick Whisper White cardstock and Washi Tape – super easy!

Each page has an item or two from the Suite and some details including the product number so ordering is super easy.

I stamped out the images using a little colour to easily find those super fun little fruit images.

The shaker pocket is a fun way to show all the coordinating colours for the DSP in the Suite as well as the fun shapes themselves

But there is plenty of room in the FlipBook to so each individual punched image both stamped and punched and punched from plain cardstock.

A little sample of each of the embellishments

And finally flip up swatches of DSP so you can see all the designs and colours in one easy flip.

I had an absolute blast presenting this sweet and I know that you are going to love using it and you too will discover your inner “Tutti-Frutti”.