Monday Lunchtime Sketch

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Time again from another awesome Monday Lunchtime Sketch and I had such fun creating this card using my new Blendabilities from Stampin’ Up!  I also got to break open a new stamp set that I was inspired to buy because one of my customer’s ordered it and I just had to have it to … Today & Everyday.  This stamp set has three fun images to colour and this little scooter was so forgiving and easy to colour.  I used the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities for the main part of the scooter and the Skin Tone Assortment for the seat finishing off with a light Daffodil Delight for the light.  The tyres were coloured using the standard Stampin’ Up! markers in Basic Black and Basic Gray.  I used the Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker to colour the handle bards and tyre rims.  So basically a few different colouring tools from Stampin’ Up! got this job done nicely.  I really wanted the scooter to be the start of this card so used a Crumb Cake card base using a small strip of the Lullaby DSP and a panel of Hello Honey card stock embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder for the background.  The circles framelits and a circle punch helped to frame the image perfectly.  The final hurdle for the sketch was the two little banners and I must say I added a little poetic licence here and used them for the greeting popping them on the top of the image instead of behind like in the sketch but this just worked so much better for me.  The greeting is such fun and comes from the Hostess Set Hello Love.

So here is the sketch so you can play along with us this week ….

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Flower Patch Thinlit Card

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This week the challenge for the Late Night Stamper Group is to make a ‘Card that Moves’ and I was really running short of time over the weekend to get my design contribution together BUT then I remembered that we have the Circle Card Thinlits from Stampin’ Up! and I could make a moving card with the turn of my Big Shot handle!  Since I was already playing with the Flower Patch Stamp Set and coordinating Flower Fair Framelits I decided to use them on this card along with some of the lovely All Abloom DSP .  I added a little extra pocket to the card by extended the end of the card outside the limit of the die.  So easy to do and loads of video tutorials on how to do this.

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To finish the pocket I punched the top edge with the new Hearts Border punch and added a little more of the All Abloom DSP.  The DSP helped me to get my colour combination (of course) which was Pistachio Pudding for the card base, teamed with Mossy Meadow, Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight.  To hold the card closed I used a little of the Strawberry Slush Ruffled Ribbon from Stampin’ Up! which has retired now but, like most of you I am sure, I have a small stash that I will continue to use because this stuff was just the best ribbon ever!

Hope you have time to play along for the challenge this week and make a card that moves!

Stampin’ Up! Perfect Peacock

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I have had such a fun weekend of stamping both on my own and also with some fellow stampers in my monthly Sunday class.  Which means I have loads of new creations to share with you over the coming weeks but thought I would kick off with my favourite creation from the weekend which is this Perfect Peacock Stamp than I coloured with my Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers.

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This project was so hard to photograph and really it does look lovely ‘in the flesh’.  I think it took me close to 2 hours to complete this piece but I am sure a lot of that time was ‘thinking time’ trying to decide on colours and how to get the shading just right.  But the bottom line is that I am off to buy more photo frames tomorrow as I now want to make a few more as gifts because this one just turned out too nice to stop at only one for me in my craft room  Even if you are not a fan of ‘colouring’ I think you would be amazed at how much you would enjoy working with this stamp and the Blendabilities.

Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays

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I thought I would try some of my new Photopolymer Stamp Sets out for this week’s Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays sketch challenge and I really really enjoyed making this card.  I used a Bermuda Bay card base and added a touch of the fun and colourful Sweet Taffy DSP as my accent colour on the side of the card.  Then all the stamps were photopolymer including the Dotty Angles that I stamped using the Silver Metallic Encore Ink for the main centre image.  The “party” banner across the top of the card was so easy to create with photopolymer as you can see right through the stamps and get perfect placement. I first inked up my Bordering Blooms stamp in Melon Mambo, being careful to only add ink to the first five ‘blooms’ in the strip, then I used the letters from the Back to Basics Alphabet stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink to stamp my “party” greeting.

I am having so much fun with my photopolymer and know that you will love them as much as I do, if you haven’t given them a try yet you really need to, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with the results.

Here is the sketch so you can play along too this week…. 

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Monday Lunchtime Sketch

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Time for another Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge and this is a card I made for a good friend of mine for her birthday.  I love the new paper in the All Abloom DSP stacks, so many pretty patterns to choose from and this one is one of my favourites.  I used the colours in the paper (like I almost always do) to set the colour palette for my card which is Pistachio Pudding and Lost Lagoon with a touch of Crumb Cake in the card base and little ‘H’.  I used the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder to create the focal point for my card and finished off with a little bit of the lovely new Venetian Crochet Trim ribbon with some Pistachio Pudding Baker’s Twine threaded through it.  

Now you will notice that I swapped around the position of my two decorative elements from what was in the sketch but that is what it is all about right?  Using the sketch for the basic inspiration and seeing where it takes you.  Here is the sketch so you can play along this week with us too.

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Adventure Time Party

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This past weekend we had an Adventure Time themed birthday party for my youngest child who moved into double figures!  Now I am certainly not up to speed with Adventure Time so had to do a fair amount of research to prepare for this party!  I did loads of crafting and decoration which is really all the easy stuff for me but the think I am most proud of is getting the birthday cake made!  It is not a cake masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but I am happy that for my first go at ‘fondant icing’ I managed to plate up a reasonable offering (don’t look too close though) and all whilst feeling less than fantastic with a sore throat and killer head cold!

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The cake was also a first time making a ‘rainbow’ by simply scooping in different colours into the pan and letting them ‘settle out’ into rings of colour … it was so easy to make and looked really neat when it was cut into.

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With 10 year old boys we held the party out in the back yard and unlike my Stampin’ Up! catalogue launch a few weekends ago, the weather was fantastic!  I decorated a table with a ‘stretchy Jake’ I made using a sheet of crepe paper and the banner above the table (and quick a few printables) were sourced from ‘Clickable Party’.

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All the party food was themed from jellies …

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to the sweets, drinks amd hot food.

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Bottles of water were even given an Adventure Time make over to make them even more appealing!!!

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Upon arrival all the children got issued with a lanyard which was personalised with their name and the ‘Party Master’ (aka my husband) also had one to keep track of all the games and activities we had to get through for the party.

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As each activity was completed the lanyards got ‘punched’ and once complete at the end of the party each ‘adventurer’ got their very own ‘Finn Backpack’ filled with goodies.

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We had loads of games including a ‘Lumpy Space Princess’ pinata which was fun to put together.  Thank goodness for Stampin’ Up! delivery boxes, they make great card board cut outs …

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Each balloon had a lolly treat inside and some had extra special rewards.  The children took turns to pop the balloons with a dart and they had a blast ….

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It took a little while be each balloon finally was popped to reveal my creative handy work with the ‘LSP!.

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We also had ‘Penguin Bowling’ ….

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with the pins made from 1L milk plastic milk bottle covered with a picture of ‘Gunter’.

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Not a great photo of the birthday boy but here he is ready for another party game, ‘Pinning the F**t on Jake’ … the boys seemed to really love this one!

In the end a fun party which was no where near the preparation that I do for some parties and with the kids home on school holidays the weeks before the party I made sure everyone helped out to get this one ready.  Now some of you are probably like me and really have no idea what Adventure Time is, who the characters are or what the show is about so you probably have no idea whether this party was a success … well I do have it on good authority (a bunch of 10 year boys) that this party was ‘AWESOME!’ so one pretty please mum with that feedback!

Monday Lunchtime Sketch

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For this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge I decided to make not one but six different variations of a little note card, one for each of the new Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities that I have!  This is the little ‘thank you’ card I made for all the orders that came from my Catalogue Launch and it was so fun to see how each flower looked using a different colour suite.  The note cards are from Stampin’ Up!, pre-scored and come complete with envelopes which makes them great for super quick cards.

I used the Memento Ink (which is the best for using with your Blendabilities) to stamp the flower from Everything Eleanor and the greeting from Lots of Thanks Stamp set.  I then ‘masked’ the flower to stamp on the splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set using some Silver Metallic Encore Ink.  After I used the Blendabilities to colour the main flower I finished off each one by colouring the stamens using my Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker.

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Coastal Cabana Blendabilities

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Calypso Coral Blendabilities

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Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities

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Daffodil Delight Blendabilities

 

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Old Olive Blendabilities

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Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities

Finally here is the sketch that is the inspiration for the challenge this week ….

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Stampin’ Up! 2014-16 In-Colours

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This week for the LateNight Stamper’s Challenge we are celebrating the new 2014-2016 In-Colours from Stampin’ Up!  I decided that rather than use the colours together for one card I would instead make one card of the same design for each of the In-Colours so you could see them individually.  This card is so simple, it doesn’t even have any stamping!  All I have done is use a standard card base and my new Little Letters Thinlits to spell out the word “thanks” for the top of the card and embossed the front Whisper White panel with the adorable Lovely Lace embossing folder.  The final touch was a length of ribbon in the coordinating colour of the card base.  So simple but totally stunning.  Here are some close-ups of each colour so you can see the details a little better.

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Blackberry Bliss

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Hello Honey

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Lost Lagoon

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Mossy Meadow

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Another July Birthday

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Our family has loads of birthdays across the months of June and July and so the sketch challenges I am a part of really help to get a whole bunch of these ‘pumped’ out and this card for my BIL using the Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays sketch for this week and I love how it turned out.  I have used a Natural Ivory card base for this card with a little Early Espresso card stock as the major background colour, to this I add a little strip of DSP from the Moonlight DSP pack which is super versatile.  I also wanted to see how well my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities would work with my Stampin’ Up! Classic ink (NB: For Blendabilities it is recommended that you use the Memento ink) and I was pleasantly surprise when I stamped Early Espresso ink onto some scrap Natural Ivory card stock and coloured away!  The Daffodil Delight Blendabilities seem to work well with the Hello Honey in the DSP and Ribbon.  

The other fun thing about this card is that I used my new Alphabet Rotary Stamp from Stampin’ Up! to totally personalise the coffee cup … “order for Aaron” …. I thought this was just too awesome!  In fact I decided to continue the look for the “happy birthday” greeting on the inside of the card.

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I really enjoyed the sketch this week and hope you will too when you play along with us!

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Monday Lunchtime Sketch

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Time for another super fun Monday Lunchtime Sketch and this one was a little challenging indeed!  I love MJ’s sketches and they certainly push my creative imagination most weeks, however this week I struggled a little more than I would have like BUT I did get there in the end with a super fun card for another baby shower I am off to in a week or so.  I still am waiting on my big box full of gorgeous new products from Stampin’ Up! to arrive so am still playing with the few pre-order items I have on hand.  So this card features the Lullaby DPS on a Sahara Sand card base.  I used both the Something for Baby Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! as well as the Baby, We’ve Grown Stamp Set to create this card.

There are so many little elements to this card from the embossed Whisper White background with a touch of Blushing Bride Chevron across the middle. The duck and booties are from the Something for Baby and are super easy to cut out using the coordinating Baby’s First Framelits.  These images are layered onto a Sahara Sand Postage punch and then onto a Pistachio Pudding 1-1/4″ square and dimensioned on to the card front.

The little greeting is from the Baby, We’ve Grown and is double mounted using the Scallop Tag Topper punch and finished with a BlushingBride Candy Dot and Brad Base.  The final element, and the one that almost had me stumped, was the addition of a little hand drawn ‘faux stitching’ in a circle using the Sahara Sand marker pen.  

Overall I am pretty happy with this little card and hope the ‘Mum to be’ is too.  Here is the sketch you need to play along this week ….

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