Friday, January 6, 2017

Occasions 2017 and Sale-a-bration

Occasions 2017 and Sale-a-bration have begun!  As always, demonstrators were able to pre-order during December, but with Christmas and a 2-week camping holiday, I've only really had a chance to play with it this week.  I'm excited to share some projects I have made with some of the new products.

My sisters birthday was a couple of days ago, so first-up is her birthday card and co-ordinating gift packaging.  I used the new Cupcakes and Carousels suite, which comprises of the stampset (Carousel Birthday), designer series paper stack and embellishment kit with the tassles, bows and ombre ribbon - don't you love it!!?  My absolute favourite from the new catalogue.

Here's a closer look at the bag I made with the gift bag punch board.  I used So Saffron cardstock, and sponged the edges of the bag and all of the DSP layers.  The accesories add some lovely texture and detail.

The higlight of the card is this gorgeous horse who has been coloured with our new watercolour pencils on regular Whisper White cardstock, and blended with a blender pen. I love how it turned out.

I've partially stamped the ferris wheel image over the edge of the envelope for a nice finishing touch as well.

And in case you were wondering what was inside the gift bag... a pretty bracelet.

Next I have made a 12x12" scrapbook page of our New Years Eve celebrations, we had a lovely night celebrating with family at our bach, with games on the beach, a divine dinner, toasted marshmallows on the fire and fireworks.  All the details of our holiday are included in my album on Project Life pocket pages, but I do like to include the occasional full page layout of special photos - these family shots qualify!

I have used the Cupcakes and Carousels paper-stack again, along with two parachutes from the Lift Me Up bundle of stamps and intricate dies.  I created some texture with an embossed sheet of vellum paper and a couple of clusters of enamel shapes, which all match the festive theme.  I also added two glasses of champagne, even though I was drinking regular sauvignon blanc and my husband had beer and the kids only had cordial!  The girls are wearing their lovely new dresses they got for Christmas.

My nephew is turning one this month, so I wanted his card to a bit special.  I used the same stamp bundle and DSP, but made a card-in-a-box to create a colourful funpark.  My sister always keeps my handmade cards and displays them in her lounge, so I know this will be out on show for a while.  Isn't it fun!

For the next card, I wanted to experiment some more with the watercolour pencils.  This time I have used 3 colours to create a waterwash background on our watercolour paper with an aqua painter.  This tool is much more suitable to blend large areas of colour, than the much smaller area of the 3 rainbow coloured parachutes which I used the thin brush on the aqua painter to achieve this look.  The watercolour pencils are the exact colours of our Stampin' Up! colours, so for the background I have used Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight.  I had my husband in mind when I made this, as I created a replica of our house, but I have deliberately not included a sentiment, as I don't know what occasion this card will be for yet!


Tasty Trucks is a Sale-a-bration stampset that I earned for free when I bought the Cupcakes and Carousels bundle.  I have again enjoyed watercolouring this one!  I love how you can get different effects by using different tools (blender pen again here, due to the fine details) and using heavy vs light colouring and shading.  The paper is regular Whisper White, but I did try it on Shimmer Paper as well, which also worked great and blended really easily.

Last but not least, I made a 3D treat truck for a fun school-holiday treat for my kids.   I coloured two Tasty Trucks and made a joiner to secure them together and hold a few marshmallows.  The kids really enjoyed this one!  Look at all the yumminess!

This post doubles as an application to be a Display Stamper for OnStage Local in April, so some of the Stampin' Up!® team will be reading this - I hope that everyone enjoys what I have shared today!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

I'm excited to be part of another ESAD Blog Hop, this time showing off the products in our amazing new Holiday Catalogue.  You have probably come here from Rochelle's blog, are you loving everything you've seen so far?

Today I am showing the gorgeous product pairing of Cookie Cutter Christmas (which is a stampset and punch that come in a bundle to save 10%) and Candy Cane Lane DSP.

Pretty cute right!  I've used these cute guys make a Christmas Banner to hang in my home for Christmas this year - its in my craftroom for now (cos yanno, September!) but come December 1st this will have pride of place in our family room.

Let's see some close-up's of those gorgeous critters:

You cant tell from the photos, but Santa has a shimmery beard and cuffs on his suit, thanks to the Clear Wink of Stella, such a great touch!  Did you notice that my reindeer has a body??  I got this idea from another demonstrator who shared the idea of cutting the legs of two more sets of legs, and I added a wee tail as well.

Let's talk about the nitty gritty.  First off, the colours in the Candy Cane Lane DSP suite are Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Early Espresso, so I've stuck with those colours for the stamping and colouring of all my characters.  I love our markers and inkpads for easy co-ordination.  

I used the largest banner from Banners Framelits for the bases, and the second largest to showcase the Candy Cane Lane DSP.  Next I used the Large Letters stampset and framelits from the Annual Catalogue to cut out the letters to spell Merry Christmas.  I used foam strips to have each letter pop up - it was nice and skinny to use on my intricate letters compared to a dimensional - and adhered each letter and/or critter onto a Vellum circle that was cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits. 
I had made a bunch of wee characters and had them ready to decorate my banner once I had made all the flags and laid out all the letters.  Some are the star of their own flag, and some are a cheeky addition to the letters making up the greeting.  A couple of those letters are even wearing Santa hats made with the new Jolly Hat builder punch - aren't they cute!

Well thats it.  It might only be September, but I think I'll enjoy passing by this banner for the next few months!  The rest of the wall is a little bare, but I have some ideas to add to this before Christmas is here!

Next on the Hop is Samantha White.  Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop today!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

2016 Holiday Catalogue now available!

Yippee, the Holiday Catalogue began on September 1st, you can see it here (or click on the photo).  There are so many gorgeous products this year, its hard to know where to begin.  Tomorrow night I'm taking part in a Blog Hop so you can see a really good selection of the products that are available.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Netball punch-art cards

As you might know, we are in the demonstrator-only Pre-order period for the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  I was only able to place a small order this time round, funds not exactly being flush at the moment, but I am extremely pleased with the choices that I made.  More about that later, but suffice it to say that my wish-list is LONG, and the brand new Cookie Cutter punch has allowed me to rock out these thank you cards for my daughters netball coaches and managers this season. 

Do you see the girls bodies???  Thats the Cookie Cutter punch.... gotta love that, right!?   This punch will be coming out soon, with two amazing stampsets called Cookie Cutter Christmas and Cookie Cutter Halloween.  This being neither occasion, I went outside the box to create the bodies for my netball players, and I'm sure there are heaps of other uses for this punch that are yet to be discovered!

In my excitement to get this card loaded onto our demonstrator Facebook groups, I forgot to attach the ball, so here is a shot of that.

I had to make 5 cards, so this was a bit of an epic task, but it was lots of fun to create.

You might be wondering what other supplies I used, and how I did it, so here goes.  I started off punching out all the pieces for my 32 netball girls, and assembling them with Tombow.  I wanted each card to be representative of the girls on our teams, without being character-specific (but yes, mine are the blondes, and yes they both have a readhead on their team!)

The bodies are punched with the Cookie Cutter punch, in Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand to create the different skin tones.  To minimise wastage, I found it most efficient to cut my cardstock into strips 1 3/4" wide x 5" long, and cut one from each end. 

The hair is made with the Fox Builder punch, the tail makes a great ponytail and the mask is a perfect fringe.  Again I found a 1" stip to be most efficient, but its a great way to use up scraps.  I used Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Tangelo Twist for all my different hair colours.   The happy faces were drawn on with my markers, with differnt shades of blue, green and brown for the eyes, and Flirty Flamingo for the mouthes.

The netball uniforms are two 'vests' from the Owl Punch layered together, I've used Tempting Turquoise and Bermuda Bay, and the Tempting Turquoise top has had the V-neck snipped to a round-neck using the 1 3/8" circle punch.  For the bibs I used the Labeller Alphabet stampset in Bermuda Bay to make the positions for each player.

The ball is a 1" circle cut in Bermuda Bay, embossed with the retired spotty embossing folder (whose correct name fails me right now) and sponged with Bermuda Bay and popped up on a dimensional.

The hoops were a bit of a challenge and took a while to find the perfect solution, but I ended up with the toy stacker framelit from the Baby's First collection, upside-down, with the bottom circle cut off.  I used Smokey Slate for the pole and the hoop (the pole is free-cut and sponged) and then I stamped the net with the Pineapple background stamp to emulate the mesh pattern. 

Then I made the card-base into a netball court.  The best match to our actual court colour is Coastal Cabana, but Bermuda Bay probably would have worked too.  I decided to use a Centre Circle but not the Shooting Circles, just because the dimensions weren't quite right, but at the same time I wanted it to be obvious that it was indeed a netball court.  So I used Daffodil Delight cardstock to first punch a 1 3/8" circle, and then to frame it with the 1 3/4" circle punch and make sure my smaller circle was evenly spaced in the centre before I punched the bigger one around it. 

The card base is a double-Z fold, with all my little girls lined up at varying heights, but in their correct positions on the court.  Some are on dimensionals and some are glue-dotted.  I cut my Whisper White thick cardstock to 6"x11" and scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"; and burnished with my bone folder.  Then I cut the 6" edge at 4 1/4" to make the card, and flipped the 1 3/4" strip around to create the double-Z.  I layered each panel with the Coastal Cabana cardstock before I attached the Z-strip with Tear & Tape Adhesive.  Finally I stamped the "Thanks" from Jar of Love in Bermuda Bay ink.  The back of the card has a Pool Party panel for the girls in the team to all sign for their coaches and managers and give to them at their final games this week.

And in case you were wondering about a sneak peek of the punch used with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps..... you're in luck!  My next post will have a few more Christmas projects, but I have a custom-order for some cards to work on first.  Hope you've enjoyed this project!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Thoughtful Branches

For the month of August, Stampin' Up! have brought out an exclusive bundle called Thoughtful Branches.  You've no doubt seen it by now, Pinterest and friends are full of gorgeous samples, and I posted the product imagery in my last post.  Thoughtful Branches is not a cheap purchase at NZ$110, but it is worth every penny!!  (The purchase also earned me a bonus $11 coupon during the July promotion, which I redeemed this month in my pre-order for the Holiday Catalogue).

Below are some of the cards I've made with this bundle, but let me repeat again first how much I love using the 'canopy/petals' die with the Precision Plate and die brush!  These tools make cutting SO easy and fun!

First I've used it as a flower, with pink petals and a flower-stem.  The colours are Melon Mambo, Basic Black and Mint Macaron, and the DSP and washi tape are from the Pop of Pink suite.

I love the pink watercolour wash background for depth and interest in the shading.  To create this effect, I first coloured some Watercolour Paper with Melon Mambo ink picked up the from the lid of my inkpad.  When it was dry (I used the heat tool to hurry things along) I stamped the petals in Melon Mambo, and then cut it out with the die in my Big Shot.  I roughed up the edges of a couple of pieces of Pop of Pink DSP with the blade of my scissors and stuck them down with washi tape.  Add a fussy-cut greeting from Pop of Paradise, and you're done!

Next I have made a more traditional tree, and used the trunk stamp and die.  The leaves this time are simply stamped with Old Olive ink onto Old Olive cardstock, with a few loops of linen thread and a Fathers Day greeting popped over the top.  The background is again layered, this time with Early Espresso carstocked embossed with the Sparkle EF, and a piece of Serene Scenery DSP, on a Tip Top Taupe base.  It is a freestanding pop-up card (see my previous post for a link to the tutorial) but I am not convinced I've finished decorating the base yet.

The bundle does have a die that is the shape of the tree trunk and all the branches, but for this card I've chose to show how the stamped image from the Sheltered Tree stampset coordinates perfectly if you prefer to stamp the tree base.  The colours are Sweet Sugarplum and Pool Party (the DSP is from the Foxy Friends paper stack, and the ribbon is just divine).  The leaves this time are stamped with the Rich Razzleberry ombre inkpad to make the dark and light tones, stamped on Sweet Sugarplum.  You can't tell from the photo, but I went over the leaves with my clear Wink of Sparkle for a bit of shimmer as well.

Next I've tried to go masculine for Fathers Day again, to make with my Stamp Club ladies this month.  This is the first time using my Copper Embossing Powder and I wanted to go striking with Basic Black for the tree, and subtle with Sahara Sand in the background.  I used the other leaf images from the bundle to stamp my own DSP and distressed the edges with my scissors again.

I don't have any current ribbon that fit this card so I used a retired one, but don't worry, I have added some Basic Black thick bakers twine onto my next order.  I wanted to add a bit of interest below the "for you" badge, so I used the same 3 colours to layer up a few different leaves adhered with glue dots.

I forgot to photograph the inside, hopefully I will remember to come back and show you tomorrow, but it ties in all of the stamps and colours from the front, and uses the "I hope you feel appreciated.... because you are" stamps.  The fonts they have used in this bundle are beautiful.

Last I wanted to show the versatility of this set by making some Christmas cards.  The idea of using it for christmas cards, and the realisation that it would pair nicely with Foxy Friends, were the factors that tipped me over the edge to making this purchase.

In hindsight I should have used Softly Falling to emboss this cardfront after I had stamped it, but I'd already glued it to the cardbase when I thought of it, so it was too late for that, so I've just flicked some Pool Party ink at it with my aquapainter instead. 

I hope you have enjoyed these cards, and that the Thoughtful Branches bundle finds it way into your craftroom soon! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Freestanding Pop-up Pokemon Card

As a follow up to my Pidgey card for my oldest daughter last week, its only fitting that hubby receives an "evolved" Pidgeotto card for his birthday today, right?

He was stoked with this wee beauty I made for him over the weekend:

This is a Freestanding Pop-up card, inspired by Kelly Kent and using instructions by Lou Kitzleman (adapted to a width of 7" to fit the wingspan of the Pidgeotto). 

The Pidgeotto is copied from a picture I found by Sabine Mayer that I mentioned in my previous post, with a much tidier Pidgey face and hair than I was able to create.  Unfortunatly I can't share her image as it was posted in a demonstrator-only group with no link to give credit to. 

I used the retired Feathers Framelits for the wings, but there is a similar new set in the current Annual Catalogue.  For the pull-up mechanism I used Window Sheet since it is transparent. 

The grass is cut with the fringe scissors in Old Olive, the Pokeball uses various circles as before, and the wording is all using the Labeller Alphabet stampset.  Now, I bet you're wondering about that fun tree?  It is made with this months exclusive Thoughtful Branches bundle.  I also used to to make my favourite detail, the thrown-up leaves that happens when a Pokemon is near.  I made a rough template of the tree canopy, but slightly smaller, in plain Pear Pizzazz cardstock and we wrote our messages on that and attached it to the back of the tree.

Before I tell you more about Thoughtful Branches, here is the card folded flat for the envelope, I used a strip of DSP on the bottom, leftover from the 12x12" sheet I used to make an envelope with the punch board, since the finished size is a little over 5x7", so too big for our standard envelopes.   

OK, so Thoughtful Branches is an exclusive offer for August 2016, and it is GORGEOUS.  I have some other great cards to show you in my next post.  There is a super-versatile stampset featuring several different trees and some gorgeous fonts, and co-ordinating Framelits for cutting out your stamped images.  In particular I love the "greenery", the piece to create your tree-tops, it cuts out all the intricate pieces in-between the leaves for dimension, and it can also be used as a flower when done in colour and paired with the stem and leaves die.  It is so easy to use with the Precision Base Plate and die brush.

This bundle is only available during August (while stocks last) - contact me today if you would like to place an order.  And stay tuned to see some other ways I have used this wonderful bundle.