Just Add Color

I have a lovely simple card to share with you today but oh boy is it gorgeous!  This card features quite a few NEW Stampin’ Up! products that just work magically together to create a really feminine card.  The greeting is from the Climbing Orchid stamp set and was just the perfect style for my card.  I have kept the colour combination simple using just Whisper White and the new Powder Pink In-Color – with a touch of Wild Wasabi to colour the leaves.

So let’s get to that coloured image straight away, this cute teapot is from the Just Add Color Specialty DSP from Stampin’ Up! and this paper has loads of wonderful images to colour using whatever technique you like.  I grabbed the teapot page and used my blender pen with my Powder Pink and Wild Wasabi ink pads to colour the teapot in.  I then cut it out of the paper to use as the focal image for my card.

I have adhered the pot to a Powder Pink circle cut using the Stitched Framelit and then layered it onto a Scallop Circle from the Layering Circles Framelits (yes I do use these two sets of framelits a lot!).  It may be hard to tell but the background for the card front is embossed with the NEW Ruffled embossing folder and adds just the right amount of texture.  I love having coordinating ribbons and cardstock and the Powder Pink ribbon adds a delicate finish for this card.


Colour INKspiration #11

Time for another fabulous Colour INKspiration challenge and this time we have a gorgeous warm collection of colours to inspire you.

I decided to team these three lovely colours with Very Vanilla to keep the warmth in the combo and even better I was able to use our Very Vanilla Note Cards which are a new product from Stampin Up! in the 2017-18 catalogue.

I have been wanting to try the repeat negative die-cut background look and thought that this challenge  was the perfect opportunity to play around with it an see what I could create.  I ended up making two note cards and switched the colours around a little so you can see how they work together.

This technique is perfect for stamp sets with matching dies – which fortunately Stampin’ Up! has loads of.  I used the new Bike Ride stamp set and the coordinating Build a Bike Framelits with the first of my two cards featuring the super cute little stack of books – which made the perfect ‘end of term’ card for my daughter.

The Bike Ride stamp set doesn’t have any greetings but fortunately I have loads of stamp sets that do, so found a perfect ‘celebrate’ stamp in the Tabs for Everything stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I also used the little pebbles embossing plate in the Build a Bike Framelits set to emboss the little banner for under the greeting and also just had to use one of the new Corrugated Elements too.

I have two wonderful children so of course I had to also make a card for my son. So using the same basic stamp sets I made him a card using the same technique but with the little dog from the Bike Ride set as the feature image.  I also decided to add a little more interest the background so inked up the new Burlap stamp from Stampin’ Up! to create the background.


The greeting is the same, just mixing the colours and instead of the corrugated element I cut a tag from the Window Box Thinlits and added a little length of twine.

I has such fun with these colours this week and I hope you will too.  Don’t forget to join us on our Facebook group and share your creations with everyone.

Now you continue on the Blog Hop and head over to the talented Rebecca Scurr who has another fabulous creation to share with you.


Lovely Words

As you may be able to tell I am having an absolutely blast playing with all the new products in the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  I also love finding ways to mix the new with some of my existing collection which is what I have done in today’s card.

I have used the Lovely Inside and Out Bundle from Stampin’ Up! and teamed it with some of the greetings in my Happy Celebrations stamp set which I got from the Occasions Catalogue (it is also in the new 2017-18 cattie too) to make the perfect card for a friend of mine.

I have used the Paper Craft Crew Sketch for this week for my inspiration – with a little twisting and turning.

This card was super quick to put together and just so sweet.  I can’t wait to see what other stamp sets I can used with these darling framelits …


Jar of Love Shaker Card

This past week was my 19th wedding anniversary and so I set about making a card for my wonderful husband and this is what I made – a shaker card.  In fact the first shaker card I have made in over two years !

This card features the adorable Jar of Love set from Stampin’ Up! but I have used a number of other sets to get my final card design and you may be able to tell which ones.  The greeting is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and the little love heart and notes are from the Lift Me Up stamp set.  The new Wood Textures DSP created the perfect background for my shaker card and gave me a ‘not too girl’ look (yes that is definitely a thing!).


Flower Pot Congratulations

I have a super quick card share for you today using three new stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!: Crafting Forever, Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Fabulous Flamingo.  This card used different elements from each set to create a unique look but such a simple card.

The flower pot is the pot from the Crafting Forever stamp set stamped in black ink onto Cajun Craze cardstock and cut out by hand.  The stems are from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set stamped in the NEW Tranquil Tide ink and the flowers are from the same set stamped in Rose Red.  Finally the greeting is from the Fabulous Flamingo set – this is an amazing set with so many fun greetings to use.

Hopefully this card has arrived to my good friend by now … Congratulations and well done!


Fabulous Flamingo Thanks

I hope you are all enjoying the new 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalogue as much as I am.  It is so hard to know where to start with all the wonderful new products so I am going to try and make my way slowly through it all.  Today I am starting with the fun and oh so cute Fabulous Flamingo stamp set which I have used to make my May customer Thank You cards.  My cards are made using one stamp set and I just adore how these guys came out.

I know it may not seem like it but I did use the fun sketch from the Paper Craft Crew for my inspiration.  I am not sure if you can see but I actually just flipped the sketch horizontally so that my flamingo was facing the best way (in my head anyway) … that is the great thing about a card sketch you don’t have to follow it exactly but it certainly can help to get the ideas going. 

There are so many elements to this card that I love, even my colour combination of Powder Pink (NEW In-Color), Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake is adorable.  

In case you are wondering … yes the flamingo is cut out by hand!  I don’t know what was I thinking, I had a lot of these guys to cut out for my customers, but they were so worth it.  More Flamingo sharing on it’s way this week.


Welcome to the Crew

One of my favourite things as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is welcoming new team members to the Craft-T-Crew.  I get to send out a fun welcome pack which includes a card of course.  This cute card has hopefully now arrived at my new Crew member, Helen’s, place safely so I can share it here on my blog now.

This card uses only one colour Bermuda Bay and features just one stamp set, Happy Birthday Gorgeous which is available now in the NEW 2017-18 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  As you can see it can be used for lots of cards, not just birthdays.

I have made my own background paper for this card using two of the flower stamps in the set, one stamped direct to page in full colour and the smaller flower ‘stamped off’ first to give a lighter tone.  The greeting is also from the same set and works so well with the Classic Label punch.  

To add some interest to the card but still sticking with one colour, I coloured some water colour paper with my aqua-painter and cut it out with a circle from the Layering Circles Framelits before giving it a coat of clear Wink of Stella.

It is amazing how much variety you can get in a card from one stamp set and one ink pad don’t you think?


ESAD – 2017/18 Catalogue Sneak Peak

It is almost NEW catalogue time (only four more sleeps) which means only days until you can get your hands on some amazing and exciting NEW products from Stampin’ Up!  and what better way to celebrate than with an ESAD Blog Hop!

It has taken me the longest time EVER to decide what project I wanted to share as part of this hop and finally decided on one that features a whole bunch of new and exciting goodies ….

The NEW Daisy punch from Stampin’ Up! was probably one of my first ‘oh my’ moments when I opened the NEW catalogue – I do love my Stampin’ Up! punches and dies.  I have seen so so so many amazing cards made featuring this punch but I wanted to show you something just a little bit different – a clear flower.

The flower is made by punch the Daisy out of a piece of Stampin’ Up! Window Sheet and then cutting off all the petals.  I then punched a 1/2 inch circle and covered it with adhesive – using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets which are back in the NEW catalogue!  I then adhered 7 of the petals around the circle and added the flower to my card front with a dimensional.

I am sure it will be no surprise that one of my other favourite things in the NEW catalogue is the Ticket Tear Border punch and I have used this to not only make my greeting panel in the centre of the card but it also makes fantastic trims.

The two NEW stamps set for this project are Daisy Delight and Tabs for Everything – these two work so well together I just love how this card turned out (even if it has taken me all week to get a design I was happy with.

Now please stop by the lovely Renee’s blog to see her amazing creation and I can’t wait to show you even more amazing fun creations with the NEW catalogue items on my ‘MUST HAVE’ list.

In case you missed anyone here is a list of all the fabulous blog in this hop …

Nicole Wilson
Lou Kitzelman
Kelly Kent
Libby Dyson
Rachael Lewsley
Josie Dean
Megan Lenske
Cheryl Algie
Leonie Schroder
Kristel Rimmer
Jenny Hayward
Carly Middleton
Rosalie Desmond
Tanya Bell – You are here!
Renee Lynch
Violette De La Croix
Sharon Dalton
Kim Oliver
Peta Stephen
Sandra Mastello
Courtenay Heuston
Monique Fielder
Cathy Pinchbeck
Richelle Fletcher
Maree McIntosh
Rebecca Jacovou


Colour INKspiration – CI10

Today I have a wonderful Colour INKspiration challenge to share with you and a combination that is sure to get you thinking  ….

I immediately feel in love with this combination when I saw it but will admit that it has taken me a little bit of work to get a card I was happy with.  

For my card I decided that I would mix an ‘old favourite’ with a little new product that will be available in about a week’s time.  I used the Garden in Bloom stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and made my flowers by watercolouring each of of the colours in the challenge onto scraps of Shimmery White cardstock.  Once the cardstock dried I stamped the flower in Versamark and embossed with Copper embossing powder.  I hand cut out each flower and centers from the Delightful Dijon watercoloured paper.

The watercolouring with the Aquapainter gives a little hue to the colours so decided to add a pop of each colour in the other elements – Island Indigo card base, Delightful Dijon background stamping and frame with Cajun Craze for the background of the greeting.

Did you notice a couple of new products?  The first is maybe the ‘netting’ in the Layering Ovals frame, this is the new Copper Trim.  The trim comes as a tube type trim that you can stretch and even tie in bows.  For this project I cut the tube to open it flat and adhered it behind the frame.

The other newbie in this project is the Ticket Tear Border Punch that I used to trim the greeting – love this new punch, I am sure I will be using it a lot more.

Ready for some more amazing projects?  Then hop over to the truly amazing Denita’s blog to see her super cute creation. 


Mother’s Day Frame

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today’s  project is something I have been working on for some time now and I am so pleased to now be able to share it with you  …. now that it has arrived safely to my mum for Mother’s Day.

As you can probably guess this project is so much nicer in real-life and was somewhat of a challenge for me to photograph.

I have been wanting to make a ‘scrabble tile’ project since late last year and have been slowly gathering my supplies, including the tiles, and working on my design until I was finally happy enough to glue everything down and frame it!

As you can see this project fits nicely inside a 12″ x 12″ shadow box frame and uses the adorable Oh So Succulent product range from Stampin’ Up!  I must admit I was a very late adopter when it came to this product suite and I really don’t understand why it took me so long … it is amazing!

The succulents themselves are so so so easy to assemble with the combinations and final looks to each succulent endless.  I also loved that I had matching DSP, ribbon and inks to make sure my entire project coordinated effortlessly.

I think I will be making a few more of these …  I have a few left over scrabble tiles and lots more succulent combinations I want to try!