Thursday, March 24, 2016

ESAD Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

Well sadly Sale-a-bration is nearing an end for another year - I hope you've enjoyed your free products this year!  I'm excited to share one of my creations for the ESAD Blog Hop.  You might have joined me from Barbara Williams, or you might be starting here.  Either way, enjoy the Hop!

Here is the card I have made for you today, using four of my free items! 

I have used the colour scheme of Watermelon Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise, which are the colours from the Project Life Memories In The Making collection in the Occasions Catalogue.  I love this collection!  I've sponged and spritzed these 4 colours onto an embossed 6x4 card from the Specialty Card Collection that is in the SAB brochure, as I was originally going to match it the other cards I'm using on a layout, but this ended up being spare so I decided it would make a great background for a card.

The bicycle stamp is of course from Pedal Pusher, I stamped it in archival black ink and coloured it with my Stampin' Write markers.  It is layered on a piece of Watermelon Wonder card stock, to match the card base.  The bicycle image is attached to the card with a couple of pieces of the white Metallic Tape that has been sponged in Pink Pirouette (are you counting along? That's 3!).

Finally is the balloons, made with the Party Pants stamp set and coordinating Balloon Bouquet punch.  Love that confetti image.  

I hope you've enjoyed this card, next on the circuit is Rachel Lewsley.  

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship, and we're always there to help and support each other.  

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Display Stamper application

Today I am showcasing six of my most recent projects... three cards, two 3D items and a scrapbook page to be exact.  I have worked on all of these items over the last couple of weeks, and am in love with them all - you know how you make something you LOVE and you cry a little inside when you have to give it away?  LOL.  The cards are for several family members birthdays, and the 3D items will be for my next Stamp Club class coming up soon for Easter.  The scrapbook page I get to keep for mself, woohoo, it is going into my own 2016 album, though since the subject is my gorgeous new nephew, I may end up making a duplicate page for his mum!

Card 1:

First up is a masuline card, we all know how tricky they can be, but here I have combined two new stampsets from the Occasions Catalogue to make a kick-ass birthday card for my Dad.  The VW beetle from A Beautiful Ride has been watercoloured (love it!) and fussy cut, and popped up on dimensionals on a layer on Very Vanilla that has been stamped, stamped and stamped again with different texture stamps from the Timeless Textures stampset.  I'm loving this stampset for masculine cards, but I can assure you it looks great for feminine ones too (and to prove it, I have also done this card in Watermelon Wonder and Blusing Bride with a watercoloured butterfly!)

I then used the Little Letters Thinlits to make the words with Kraft cardstock.  It goes nicely with the Sahara Sand and Pacific Point.

As an added bonus, here is the feminine version:

Card 2:
This card is going out to my niece for her 19th birthday.  I have made her a Gate Fold card in a colour combination of Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride. 

I have used the Large Numbers bundle to stamp and cut out the '19' (which I then coloured with my clear Wink of Stella for a pretty sparkle) and to make the banner around the 'Look Who's Turning' sentiment I actually used two Ovals Collection Framelits to cut the shape, with handcut tails on the ends.   I did a repeating pattern with the 2-step floral stamps to make the faux-DSP panel, and there is a single floral image repeated on the inside of the card to tie it all together.  Once it was all assembled, I used the two pretty little  flowers from the Bloomin' HeartsThinlits to cut a little cluster of flowers, topped with pearls - so pretty!

Card 3:
The last card went out to my godson for his 6th birthday, he loves bright rainbow colours so I made him a rainbow made of balloons.  I wanted to create a sky background but I don't have anything current, so the embossing folder I have used is retired, but I think this would also look great with the cloud stamp and punch from Sprinkles of Life. 

3D 1:
Next up is my Easter Basket, made with the Berry Basket Bigz L die.  I didn't have any current Easter stamps, so my challenge was to create a class project with products from the Annual Catalogue only.  I die-cut two pieces of the Berry Basket from Tip Top Taupe cardstock and two pieces from the Cucumber Crush embossed paper from the Colour Me Irresistable Specialty DSP pack, and used the green as a liner, with contrasting scalloped edge trims.  The edges and handles have all been sponged with Tip Top Taupe ink, which makes a great contrast on the embossed paper.

For the tag I have stamped the little bunny from the Made With Love stampset (masking off the "hoppy little baby" sentiment) in Tip Top Taupe on Shimmery White cardstock, and watercoloured him very lightly with an aqua painter.  I think he's just gorgeous.  He is cut with the Note Tag punch, and backed with a couple of matching layers from co-ordinating cardstock. Teeny Tiny Sentiments comes to the rescue for my greeting, and it is attached to the basket with some Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim ribbon.   I think the kids will enjoy these for Easter!

3D 2:
It's wedding season, and one thing I've heard a lot is that people are asking more and more for cash for their wedding gifts.  Rather than including it inside the card, I like to make a nice envelope to match the wedding card, and tuck the money in that.  I've used the Bloomin'  Hearts Thinlits to decorate a Mini Treat Bag, with the heart popped up on dimensionals on a belly band.  The "just married" sentiment from A Beautiful Ride is embossed in white on a banner made from the Sale-a-bration vellum pack, which I've also used as the base for my treat bag. 

Scrapbook page:
I really love my Project Life for its simplicity, but I do enjoy mixing this up with some 12x12 traditional pages, so I jumped at the opportunity to include one in my album this week.  My handsome wee nephew arrived into this world last month, so he is the focus of my scrapbook page today.  He has just started smiling, so I wanted to use a nice 6x8" print of his gorgeous smile.  You can't go past a lace doily and some sponging for added detail.
The DSP is called Sweet Li'l Thing, and I love how it co-ordinates so beautifully; the colours I've used are Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe and Very Vanilla.  I made some embellishments from the Made with Love and Something For Baby suites, and finished with some hearts from Something to Say (the one on the onesie even has an epoxy sticker for some added depth) and some lettering from the Little Letters Thinlits. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Minecraft "Steve" card

Well, this poor wee blog of mine has been neglected for a while, and I'm really sorry about that.  The good news is, I'm still here and I have some new projects to share this week, so look out from some more posts from me soon.

First I thought I'd start by sharing this amazing (if I do say so myself) Minecraft pop-up card that I gave my daughter for her 7th birthday yesterday.  This card was a big hit with my 5 and 8 year olds as well, we are a bit of a Minecraft household at the moment!

The Pop n Cuts dies from Karen Burniston have of course retired from the Stampin' Up! line, but I have held onto mine as they are fabulous and so versatile.  The base is the Pop n Cuts die, and I used the Dress Form insert for the inside.  For my Steve, I found a picture on the Internet and traced him onto baking paper and a sharpie, keeping him the right size and proportions to fix on top of my dress form.  Making him from punch art was going to be super fiddly, so I have just drawn him from my template onto thick Whisper White cardstock, drawn a black sharpie outline, and coloured him in with my Stampin' Write Markers, keeping with the block theme.  I think he looks pretty good!

I then pondered what Steve's bedroom would look like, and used the woodgrain background stamp to turn the side and top of the 'pop-up' part into Steve's bed, complete with red blanket and white pillows.  Behind his head is a window, again using that wood grain texture, and a cloudy blue sky outside.

The front of the card is a direct CASE from Carolyn Bennie, I just loved her Creeper card so I copied without any changes, except to the size of my card front, and I have used Mossy Meadow as my base colour.  I used the brick embossing folder to make a wall for our Creeper to bash through, and all his little pieces are fussy cut and sponged.  I love the 3D feel, and was really pleased with how it came together.

Miss 7 was really pleased too!