Merry Patterns

By | 20/10/2017

During September and October SU! has been running a promotion for a free “Merry Patterns” stamp set for all qualifying orders or parties.  This is a great stamp set which includes a selection of festive images.

So I thought I’d show you and idea or two using this stamp set.

I have been experimenting with non traditional Christmas colours a bit lately.  Navy seems to be very popular at the moment, so I thought “why not?”.

And if you look closely you may notice the sparkle on the flames……Dazzling Diamonds strikes again…. it adds just that little extra bit of bling.

I just love the background effect, don’t you?  This was created by embossing the card stock using the Holly embossing fold, lightly touching a Versamark pad over it then sprinkling with silver embossing powder before heating with a heat tool.

Happy Stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Merry Patterns (2017 September/October Promotion)

Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink:  Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stitched Shape Framelits, Dimensionals, Holly Embossing Folder, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool.

Vintage Good Tidings

By | 05/10/2017

Often when we look to purchase a stamp set, we often consider how versatile the stamp set is and how many different ways we can use the one set to create as many variations of a project or projects.  After you have been stamping for a while, having collected a stamp set every so often, there is no reason why you can’t mix and match different stamp sets.  Sometime we re-discover an older set that we’d not used for a while or may be even have forgotten.

My project today uses a number of different stamp sets.  Can you work out how many different stamp sets have been used?   A little bit from one set and a little bit from another.  One of the advantages being that it is unlikely that anyone else and put that particular combination together, although stranger things have happened.

I started with Very Vanilla card stock, stamped the Sheet Music back ground, Timeless Textures around the edge, Good Tidings for the holly, Star of Light for the greeting and Rose Wonder for the boarder around the greeting.

I was aiming for a Victorian Vintage look with a Very Vanilla base and darker colours like Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Garden Green and Crumb Cake.  Not quite sure I achieved it, maybe a little extra sponging around the card front may have helped.  I still like the result.  The gold embossing of the greeting on the front and on the inside, just top it off nicely.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Glad Tidings (2017 Holiday Catalogue), Rose Wonder, Star of Light, Sheet Music, Timeless Textures

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Versa Mark, Always Artichoke

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Gold Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Rose Wonder framelits.

World Cardmaking Day

By | 01/10/2017

Did you know that 7 October is World Card Making day?  But for Stampin’ Up! one day isn’t enough.  So for 10 days (1 – 10 October) Stampin’ Up! is offering 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and selected stamp sets.

Some of most popular Stampin’ Up! stampsets are included in the offer such as Daisy Delight and Oh So Eclectic just to name two of them.  And the (20) Notecards and matching envelopes are even better value than usual.

Stampsets on offer:

  • Coffee Cafe
  • Delightful Daisy
  • Oh So Eclectic
  • Garden Grace
  • Brightly Lit Christmas
  • Merry Mistletoe
  • Lots of Love
  • Just add Text
  • Colourful Seasons
  • Birthday Delivery
  • Wood Words
  • Pieces and Patterns

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all Stampin’ Up! supplies can be purchased  HERE.

Large Letter – Wild Flower Meadow

By | 27/09/2017

In previous posts I have mentioned the Creative Inkers’ Birthday club, whereby we send each other birthday cards.  I recently acquired the Large Letter Framelits and was just itching to have a play.  What better opportunity than to personalise a birthday card.  

Using the Large Letter Framelits, this card can easily be adapted to use any name (provided the name isn’t too long).  Equally you can stamp any image.  In this case, I have used some of the smaller stamps from the Daisy Delight stampset to create a wild flower look.

Once I had stamped the card front I laid out the letters on grid paper to ensure they were straight and equally spaced then placed washi tape across all other letter to hold them in place.  Then carefully laid the ‘washi taped’ letter onto the card front and run it all through the Big Shot.Large Letters Framelits Dies

To elevate the letters up, I die cut another three of each of the letters in Old Olive and carefully glued them together placing the stamped letter on the top and then place the letter stacks back into the card front.

Besides using names, you could use “Mum”, “Dad”, “Sister” and “Aunt” for example. The options are endless.

Needless to say, this card is not a standard size (8 x 4″) so the Envelope Punch Board came in really handy to make my own envelope to fit this card perfectly.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Daisy Delight
Framelits:  Large Letters
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big shot

Clear Tiny Treat Boxes

By | 12/09/2017

Have you ever needed just that little something, whether it be a modest gift, a table favour for a wedding or baby shower just to name a few.  Well, maybe Clear Tiny Treat Boxes could be the answer.

These great treat boxes come ‘flat packed’ and you just need to assemble them and decorate as you wish.

In this instance, I have cut a piece of DSP (Designer Series Paper) 15 x 5cm, scored at 5 and 10cms, popped inside the treat box, filled with treats and then topped with a bow made using the Bow Builder Punch.

This would be perfect for a baby shower, or wedding favours maybe even a teacher gift for the end of the year.

There many different options for decorating these lovely little boxes.  Perhaps wrap with ribbon and add a tag or stamp and punch a lovely flower.  For my second example I have used the Daisy Delight stamp set and punch.  You really can achieve fabulous results with minimum supplies.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Daisy Delight (Annual Catalogue)

Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Whisper white, Daffodil Delight
Designer Series Paper:  Fresh Florals, Delightful Daisy
Ink:  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight

Miscellaneous:  Clear Tiny Treat Boxes, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, Bow Builder Punch, Daisy Punch

More Good Tidings

By | 08/09/2017

I really have had fun playing with this stamp set.  At the time of making this card the set had only just become available to demonstrators so there were no projects on the internet using this set.  Often I get inspiration from other demonstrators but in this instance, that wasn’t an option.

I started with the “Sheet Music” background stamp, then the holly and finally the greeting.

The holly and the berries have a 3D effect which is created using the two step process.  Placement of the second layer can be a little tricky but the use of a Stampa-ma-jig made it easy.

To make the greeting pop just a little, I covered the stamp with Versamark, then Real Red Ink before stamping it onto the card and then adding clear embossing powder and heat setting.  This gives it a shiny, embossed finish.

The 3/8″ Metallic-Edge ribbon is just lovely.  In this instance I have used the Very Vanilla with the Gold Trim but you can also purchase Whisper White with silver trim.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Glad Tidings (2017 Holiday Catalogue), Sheet Music (Annual Catalogue)

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
Ink:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Versa Mark

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Gold Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Good Tidings

By | 04/09/2017

For once, I am preparing a post three weeks in advance.  Reason being that in just over a week or so I need to have prepared 21 swaps for the next Creative Inkers’ Team Swap.  For this swap we have to use at least one item from the new Holiday Catalogue but at the time of preparing this post we were not permitted to show new product just yet hence the delay in posting.  I wasn’t sure what to do for this swap as I needed to keep my expenditure down.

It turned out to be an interesting challenge and I am pleased with the results so far.  I have come up a card in two different colour combinations.  I’m not sure which one I will choose for the actual swap.  Let me know which one you prefer?

Soooo, I chose the new Glad Tidings Stamp set which using the two-step stamping technique creates a beautiful holly leaf and berries.

For the first card, I have used traditional colours – Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Always Articoke (this is a first for me – never knew quite where to use this colour before) and Gold Embossing Powder on Very Vanilla cardstock.

The holly was stamped directly on the top layer of the card.  The greeting, on a seperate piece of cardstock, die cut using the Stitched Framelits and layered with dimensionals.

The second card also used Very Vanilla card stock and Gold Embossing Powder but for the rest I have used several ink colours from the Neutrals range to create a sepia effect.

Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake for the leaves, Soft Suede and Early Espresso for the berries.

I still don’t know which I prefer….. normally I would assume I’d like the more traditional colour combination but I really quite like the Neutrals.

Then I got to thinking….. what other colour combinations could you use?  Shades of grey and blue, maybe?  That would probably look cool.   Either way, that is the advantage of making your own cards.  There are no rules and if you want to change out the colours, why not?

I actually came up with another card but I’ll save that for another time.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Glad Tidings (2017 Holiday Catalogue)

Framelits:  Stitched Shapes
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Ink:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Versa Mark, Always Artichoke

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Gold Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

2017 Holiday Catalogue is HERE!!

By | 02/09/2017

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Christmas may be over three months away but now is the time to start thinking about those fabulous Christmas project.  Whether it be beautiful handmade cares, Christmas Tree decorations, gifts or home decor our new 2017 Holiday Catalogue has it all.  And it doesn’t just stop at Christmas, there is so much more.

To download a copy please click on the catalogue image or click HERE.

Stampin’ Up! has put together a number of videos detailing some of the new products.  Here are just a few, click on the image to view videos:

The “Be Merry” kit contains all you need to make 12 festive rosettes to hang on you Christmas tree, you just need to provide the adhesives.  This would make a fabulous holiday time craft project.

To help store those precious Christmas memories why not use our Memories and More scrapbooking supplies along with our “Merry Little Christmas” Memories and More Card Pack.  This card pack comes with a variety of different sized, double sided card that fit neatly into our pocket pages to create easy, safe memory keeping pages. 

Want to make your own Christmas cards but don’t want to have to purchase lots of supplies, why not try the new Stampin’ Up! “Watercolor Christmas Project Kit”?  Just add a Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad and adhesives and you are set to go.  Also great for those last minute creations in the few weeks before Christmas.

That is just a taste of some of the fabulous new products available in the new catalogue.

If you live in New Zealand all the product mentioned here and in the catalogue can be purchased HERE.

Happy stamping!

Christine

Wisteria Wonder – Number of Years

By | 29/08/2017

When I was first married, we lived in a house that had a large patio with a pergola overhead.  Growing over this pergola was beautiful old wisteria.  Early spring it would gradually become a mass of pale purple (mauve, lilac).  It would look glorious for a week, then the spring breezes would hit and the petals would fall like a gentle snow.  Beautiful.

A while ago when I was ‘surfing’ the web I came across THIS post from Esther Howard and it brought back those lovely memories.  I just had to CASE it.

And as you may have noticed with the previous shaving foam posts, once I find something I really enjoy, I tend use it a lot.  In this instance, I found myself stamping the inside of the card as well.

Later I was thinking…. ‘what shall I do for my July Thank You cards…… oh I know, I do some more wisteria’.  This time, I not only stamped the card and the insert, why not the home made envelope was well?

You might notice that the 3×3″ so called “Thank You” card says “Happy Birthday”.  I tend put a card like this in with any of my orders with the view that my customer will use the card themselves and ‘share the love’ as it were.  And we all tend to be more likely to send birthday cards instead of thank you cards.

These are all very simple cards that use card stock, stamps and ink.  What could be simpler?

I appreciate that I may have got a little carried away, but I really enjoyed making these cards and envelopes so why not.

Don’t think it hasn’t cross my mind to try other colours…. I will try and resist the urge.

Number Of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set

The Number of Years photopolymer stamp set is easily over looked as being a ‘numbers’ stamp set however there are also a number of other images that can work together to make beautiful floral images.  The various different flowers combine with the ‘greenery’ to create a colour bouquet.  Once of my favourites that I haven’t used for a while.  So it was good to be reminded of other ways to use this set.

You can also purchase the ‘Large Number Framelits’ which will neatly die cut the numbers, the small flag and the banner.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Number of Years
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Lemon Lime Twist, Elegant Eggplant

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Envelope Punch Board, sponges.