Crafting Forever

My customer thank you cards for March are a little late because of my trip to OnStage in the first week of April ….. HOWEVER the great news was that at OnStage as part of the leadership meeting (CentreStage) I received a brand NEW stamp set from Stampin’ Up! which I decided was just too perfect not to use for my thank you cards.

The Crafting Forever stamp set from Stampin’ Up! will be available for everyone to order from 1st June in the new catalogue and I just know that crafters are going to LOVE IT!  It has a number of wonderful greetings as well as some fabulous images (you will see a few more cards using this set in the coming weeks).  It is perfect for using our water colour pencils, which is what I did for these cards.  I simply stamped my pot in StazOn ink and used the water colour pencils to add a little colour here and there then blended it all using my aquapainters.

I teamed the stamp set with the Playful Backgrounds stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and I think it is a perfect combination.  To get the paint swishes I used my Stampin’ Write markers in Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Point to colour the background image and covered my card front.

I loved making my customers cards each month and hopefully all the wonderful ladies that ordered from me during March will have these by now along with their little thank you gifts.  Now to finish off the April ones and get back on track!


Onstage – Make and Takes

As a crafter at heart one of my favourite parts of the Stampin’ Up! OnStage events is the time we get to sit and be creative with fellow demonstrators.  I simply love spending time stamping, cutting and chatting …. and getting to try out all the new Stampin’ Up! goodies.  By now you may have already seen the project we made but just thought I would share my cards on my blog anyway.  In particular, you may notice I used a little poetic licence and changed up my first card using the alternate side of the DSP … love it!

This cute little fox and banner is actually from the new DSP Birthday Memories …. the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies cut out the images on the DSP perfectly.  No more fussy cutting, at least for this paper.

The last card is made using some of the cards from the new Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack.  It is so fun to use the preprinted cards for projects other than scrapbooking.  Matched with a little stamping, they make a quick and easy card.

Swirly Scribble Rose

Now that I am back from OnStage I also wanted to share with you the card and gift I made for my Kiwi roomie Amy Beswarick.  We had a fun couple of days … loads of laughs and totally look forward to being able to do it all again!

I made this cute little card using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to make a cute rose.  I used the small and large ‘scribble’ cut in Real Red cardstock.  I then adhered these to a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock and cut around the outer edge.  The little leaves were cut in Wild Wasabi and smodge with a little Pear Pizzazz ink.  The greeting is from the Bookcase Builder stamp set from Stampin’ Up! which fits perfectly in the Layering Ovals Framelit Dies.  The front of my Wild Wasabi card was embossed using the Petal Burst Textured Embossing Folder and a for a little something different I used the de-bossed side for my card.

This card was inspired by my gift for Amy which was a coffee cup with a crochet warmer (made by my talented sister!).  It has little red flowers on it so wanted that to be the theme of my gift.  I did pop the coffee cup in a large cello bag and made a matching bag topper using just the smaller scribble Thinlit.


Twine Bangles

I have just arrived home from a wonderful weekend away in New Zealand at the Local OnStage event for Stampin’ Up! and wanted to share with you some of the gifts I made for my Stampin’ Up! friends.  

Those of you who follow my blog regularly will know that I love a good 3D craft and often make things a little ‘outside’ the box with our gorgeous Stampin’ Up! products so making a bangle was the perfect project for me.  I used our wonderful Stampin’ Up! twine to wrap some cheap bangles as my gift and they were so simple to make.

Now I couldn’t just give the bangles without some lovely packaging …. so with a little help from my sewing machine I make these adorable gift pouches using our Kraft cardstock and some of the fabulous Glassine Sheets.  I cut the Kraft cardstock 4″ wide and 6″ tall (you get 6 from one sheet) and score it at 4 1/2″ and used the leaf die from the Botanical Builder Framelits set to create the lovely top.  The Glassine Sheet is cut to fit the front at 4″ x 4 1/2″

I made a few in Blushing Bride but also decided to make some in Night of Navy which looked just as lovely …

You can use any bangles you like but I used the Indian Bangle you get in bundles for about $4 which worked really well.  The twine is just held in place with a little super glue (the brush type is easiest to use).

I made the packaging for the Night of Navy bangles in exactly the same way as for the Blushing Bride ones but just swapped out the colours I used for the little banners.

The finishing touch was the greeting using the fun Scenic Saying Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!  I loved making these gifts and was so glad I was able to give them to a few of my wonderful Stampin’ Up! friends.


Baby Card – PCC236

For those that watched my Paper Weaving video last week you may recognise the “Hi” on the front of this little 4″ square note card.  When I made the video for the Colour INKspiration post here I really hadn’t planned how I would use the sample I demonstrated for the video and in-fact I was really stumped as to how to use this gorgeous paper woven hi.  That was until I had a look at the Paper Craft Crew sketch Challenge for this week and it was a perfect solution.

A friend of mine has just had her first baby and I wanted to send her a little card so decided to combine my paper woven “Hi” with the “little one” sentiment from the Feather Together stamp set from Stampin’ Up! – perfect!  Fortunately the colours in my paper weaving were the perfect baby colours so with the help of the fabulous sketch I was able to get this card finished in no time.  I was afraid I was never going to find a home for my “Hi”.  If you missed the instructions on how to paper weave they are in my previous blog post here.


Colour INKspiration – Woven Hi

We had so many wonderful creations with last fortnight’s Colour INKspiration palette that I can hardly wait to see what everyone will come up with using this new suite of gorgeous colours.

There are some amazing creations from the design team showcasing this combination so be sure to stop in on all the blog for some amazing inspiration.  Then, if you haven’t already, join in the fun over at the Colour INKspiration facebook group here.

I decided to try a new technique for the challenge and something I had not done in a long time – paper weaving!  This technique is super easy and lots of fun to do.  Essentially I started with two 3″ square piece so card stock, one in Gold Foil and one in the Irresistibly Floral DSP.  I used my sponge brayers to add the Calypso Coral and Pool Party ink to the DSP – which is so fun and so easy to do.

I have a little tutorial on how I did the weaving in case you want to try this one for yourself and not too sure where to start ….

I hope you have provided a little inspiration for the Colour INKspiration colours this week and can’t wait for you to hop over to Kim Oliver, our Guest Designer for this challenge, to see her gorgeous project with these colours.


Thanks A Bunch

For my February “Thank You” cards for my customers I really wanted to showcase the lovely Basket Bunch Bundle from Stampin’ Up! and create a simple ‘non-easter’ themed card … and I hope I have achieved that!

I used this week’s sketch from the Paper Craft Crew as I was immediately drawn to the simplicity of the sketch and just knew it would be the perfect layout for my gorgeous basket of flowers.

There is a LOT of die cutting in my card this month but I LOVE using my BigShot so really enjoyed making these cards for my amazing customers to send out with their monthly gifts.  All of the little flowers and leaves are also coloured using a Blender pen from Stampin’ Up! which makes it so easy.  I really wanted to try and restrict my supplies for this card so you may notice that I used one of the honeycomb Easter Egg dies from the Basket Bunch Bundle to create the little focal point behind the greeting.

Now to get these in the mail along with the goodies …. the end of March is nearly here so I had better get a wriggle on!


Alice in Wonderland Birthday

Today I finally get to share with you some very rushed (and I now realise not very good) photos I took of the birthday card I created for my 16 year old daughter’s birthday last week-end.  I finished this card very late at night and was madly packing for the weekend away so hastily snaps some photos which unfortunately are a little dark on the wood background.  Hopefully you can still see this creation.

A lot of these items are either retired Stampin’ Up! products or things that I created with the computer, it was really hard to get an ‘Alice’ theme with the current Stampin’ Up! products that I had on hand.  However, looking back through the catalogue I think I could have bought a few things if I planned my card making time a little better! Next time LOL!  

I made a pocket card using a piece of 12″ x 12″ Kraft cardstock, I cut it in half at 6″ and then scored it at 2.5″ and 6 5/8″ to make the folds.  I cut a point in the 2.5″ panel to make it look like an envelop and added a pocket to the inside of the remaining smaller panel.

I used the colour palette from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack as it had the perfect harlequin pattern for the Alice theme.  As part of the party weekend I made a little present schedule for the gift giving, with 16 presents (of course for turning 16) to open over the entire weekend.

Even the schedule was Alice themed with the White Rabbit’s watch signifying a present to be opened.  She kept track of the schedule by adhering a “Queen of Hearts” heart onto each clock when a present was opened!

One of the first presents she opened for the weekend was her Alice inspired “Eat Me!” jars made using the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit.  I LOVE this little kit and it made turning these very inexpensive glass jars from K-Mart into Alice treats sooooooo easy.  Filled with her favourite lollies they were definitely at hit!


Colour INKspiration – Congrats You Two!

Today I am so thrilled to share my first official post as a designer with the Colour INKspiration Crew as part of the 5th Blog Hop!  I did know last fortnight that I was on the team but it just feels a little more official this time and I can’t tell you how excited I am.

Now for those that don’t know, Colour INKspiration  is a Facebook site that has fortnightly colour challenges with over 1000 group members these is so much inspiration to take in.  This fortnight the colour palette is one that totally makes my heart sing, in fact I love this combination I think I will make another card with this combination this week.

My card for the challenge was inspired by the gorgeous photos as well as the beautiful colours.  I immediately grabbed my Jar of Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up! as those cute flowers reminded me of the flower from that set.  I also happened to be in the need of a wedding card for a work colleague, so with my flowers and palette that is exactly what I did.  There are a lot of layers to this card but I just couldn’t seem to stop adding elements! 

The one ‘extra’ I did do was add another neutral to the colour palette, Early Espresso, just to give me some contrast as all my elements were getting a little lost, but with the addition of a hand cut heart in Early Espresso (also stamped with the Hardwood image in Early Espresso) I had a great backdrop for my delicate flowers.  You may not see it very well in the photo but the little Soft Sky and Sahara Sand leaves/branches are covered in Clear Wink of Stella and just give that extra added touch of shimmer to the final look.

I hope you get some inspiration from my card this week and of course all of the wonderful creations from the design team.  I am so excited for you to hop by and see the amazing project by the wonderful Nicole Wilson … her creation is simply beautiful this week.


Pisces Birthday

At the start of the year there seems to be an endless stream of birthdays for our family and it also seems for the friends including my children’s friends.  Today I am sharing with you an ‘astrological’ inspired card for a 16 year old who is a Pisces star sign.  Now this card looks very simple I know so I am a little embarrassed to say that it took me the best part of a day to complete this card (with drying and thinking time LOL).

The basis for this card was to take the constellation of Pisces and make it into a card.  I knew I wanted it to look like it was in the night sky of course so decided to use my aquapainter and the Night of Navy re-inker from Stampin’ Up! to create an abstract-ish background.  Now for those that know me you will totally understand how hard it was for me to just let the ‘colours flow’ on the water colour paper and even harder to purposely flick splotches of ink over the paper!!! After I let the inked up back ground dry I next added some random white dots to the background with Whisper White ink and the Gorgeous Grunge splotch image.

Now all I had to do was add the constellation, easy right?  Well, I used the above image that I found on the internet and traced it onto the front of the card, I used my white gel pen to mark the dots and embossed them with white embossing powder to make them stand out just a little more.  Once all the dots (stars) where in place I joined them all up with my white gel pen to get the finished constellation.  I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to add the little Pisces symbol and then used the Labeler Alphabet set from Stampin’ Up! to complete the front.  Adding a little Silver Glimmer paper as a matt for the card front really finished it off nicely.

I was a challenge for me this one but happy with the end result of my effort.