One thing that hasn’t changed for 2018 is my Crafty Creations Classes at the Caloundra Community Center in Queensland Australia. We are a small group, with one new lady, of 11 women who meet every Friday to have fun, make a card or craft item and then share a cuppa at Myrtles Pantry.
Tomorrow is Australia Day so no cards but these are our creations for last week. We used the free stamp set Heartfelt blooms from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.
The stamp was inked up with Cherry Cobbler before randomly stamping on Whisper White CS. Then we cut it into 3 unequal parts and mounted it on to Basic Black CS. A piece of Emerald Envy Ribbon was tied across the front with matching bow before being adhered to Emerald Envy CS.
To complete the card the sentiment from the same stamp set was inked in Emerald Envy then run through the big shot with the Stitched Oval Framelit and using Sticky dots tucked under the bow. Just a few pearls finished the card.
This stamp set is the first for Stampin’ Up! using their new line of Distinktive Stamps (Patent Pending) which are stamps that lay down the inks at different levels to get a photographic image.
Thanks for your patience this month and this delayed posting.
Finally, after much ado you are able to purchase this months Technique Treat. Hopefully you will have as much fun as I have had creating these delightful Techniques. They can be a bit messy but Hey! that’s part of the fun!
We have teamed the delicate looking “Falling in Love” Stamp Set from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue, with Marbled Papers, one using Shaving Cream the other Marbles, you can’t go wrong.
This set just begs to be used for all those occasions requiring a special look such as wedding, engagement, anniversary or a gift for your best friend.
We have our usual 4 cards for you to make but this month 3 techniques, one using Foam Shaving Cream and two for the Marbles, or sinkers or anything round.
Thank you for all your lovely comments from the last tutorial using the Beautiful You Stamp Set and we would love to hear how you may have used them, whether for yourself or a class.
Just had to have another play with the Watercolor Pencils.
Now I must admit that I have never really been able to get the hang of Stamp’ Write Markers, Blender pens or the Copics to my satisfaction. Mind you I know it’s practice, practice, practice which I confess I don’t do enough of. (I am not knocking these and yes I do use the Write Markers and Blender Pens now and then).
BUT these little guys, Watercolour pencils, are pure MAGIC…. a little scribble, a blend with the Aqua painter and you will find the artist in you emerging.
This time I used the Watercolor Paper – super absorbent- and the Birthday Blooms stamp Set. with a background in One Wild Ride.
I found the inspiration in the 2016 Annual Catalogue, just switched it around a bit.
I have even created a Tutorial for you with a list of supplies and measurements. Just click and download the PDF.
No post last week as we didn’t complete our cards. But we managed to get that finished and one more as well. Everyone fell in love with the cute Bambi from some retired Stampin’ Up! DSP.
We did use the Torn Paper Technique to create the snow drifts at Bambi’s feet, then highlighted it with some Dazzling Diamonds sprinkled on Liquid glass. The snowflakes, with the smaller one stamped off, were inked with Tip Top Taupe – a change for me from Crumb Cake – and came from the now retired Endless Wishes. The lovely bold sentiment is from Flurry of Wishes in the current catalogue, stamped in Chocolate Chip. The pine cones and needles are from Peace This Christmas, stamped in Chocolate Chip and Garden Green.
A Wink of Stella, and some pearls finished this card.
Our other card, from the week before, used the Totally Trees Stamp Set, Botanicals For You and The Botanical Builder Thinlits. The Whisper White was embossed with thePetal Burst EF,over laid with a strip of Irresistibly Yours DSP that was coloured in Pool Party. Some masking of the sun and water in Pool Party and Sweet Sugar Plum made the background with the island, leaves and flowers just finishing the scene.
It feels like we were at a Tropical Island, just waiting for the bar tender to bring us some Piña Coladas or Margarita by the waters edge. Ahhhh!
Of course like most people these days some of the inspiration was from Pinterest. Where would be without it?
I was asked to make a Wedding Card for a friend and with so many beautiful choices in the current catalogue my hardest task was deciding what to do.
I was eager to use the delightful Copper Foil Sheets as I had been a playing with the Copper embossing powder and loved it. It makes such a refreshing change from the silver and gold.
Next I sought out the Botanical Builder framelits as I haven’t used them enough yet! Having fallen in love with all the Pinterest images for cards made from them I have been sadly remiss in using them enough myself.
Finally I chose the the perfect sentiment … Wedding Wishes… from Rose WonderStamp Set which was one of the other choices for the card.
Having cut the flowers all out, it was just a quick assembly with some Stampin’ Dimensionals and Glue dots, adding the Copper Embossed sentiment and the insert and card complete.
For what looks like a detailed card it was really quicker then some of the technique cards I make.
I just love the copper Sheets. Make sure that you punch your flowers from the base sheet that is behind the card front. No one sees behind the card and it saves a lot of foil!!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. Love the shine!
We don’t have any Crafty Creations this week so I’m sharing a card I made a couple of weeks ago. A friend asked me to make a Baptism card for their young granddaughter, no longer a baby.
I did look at Pinterest for inspiration and came across a similar item.
So I have taken the liberty to CASE her design with a couple of differences. I chose Pink Pirouette and WhisperWhite as my main CS.
I used the Banner Framelits and placed over them some Vellum from Retired Sheer perfection Stack.
The cross was from the retired Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio, Crosses of Hope. Sad we don’t have it but I can still use all the images.
I embossed the circle with Happy Heart EF. You can see the Swirly Scribbles behind the flowers, such a versatile little thinlit. . My leaves are from the Retired Bird Punch and the flowers The Botanical Builder Framelits.
Finished off with Wink of Stella on the cross and oval and Candy Dots in the heart of the flowers.
I did include her name across the bottom of the card but have left it out for privacy reasons.
Below you will find both the current and retired items. They are included in the showcase in case you need to identify them for your own use, from your stash. Sadly they are not able to be purchased from my store.
I was very happy with this card as were the parents and grandparents.
Just as well we had an easy but effective card on Friday. There was a good roll up with one lady passing bye and two along for the entertainment. That’s the group, always a joke or two or a comment or three to keep the gloomy days away. Certainly crafting is one way to dispel the “dreary me”, getting out with others and taking life with all it’s knocks with a grin.
The background for the card was created by placing rubber bands, of varying width, around a block or handle. Once all stamps were rubber and mounted on wooden blocks, now we have acrylic, rubber and photopolymer all of which can be mounted on separate ‘blocks’.
. The flower is from Gift of Love and is one of the stamps you can purchase when you host a workshop.
To create the effect, mask off the left and right hand sides of your card front and leave a third of the card exposed in the middle. Stamp randomly in this space.
The stamp set is a two step stamp but we chose to colour ours in with a variety of methods and a happy selection of colours. This was popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and two little butterflys from thePapillon Potpourri Stamp Set
So I was delighted when I purchased the very pretty Serene Scenery DSP pack and found some sheets with the technique already there.
I gently removed the Rose and Sentiment. Gave the leafs and sentiment a bit of colour with the Aqua pen and some Old Olive, mounted the DSP on to an Old Olive Card Base and replaced the elements. Voila a new more vibrant card.
See how effectively this Technique can be used! You can make your own backgrounds now and look as professional as this image, or just purchase the DSP.
Hope you are enjoying the Pretty Paper Patterns for this month. I love the Pop of Pink, so vibrant and uplifting.
Life is fairly hectic here at the moment as I am about to head off to Tasmania to visit with my son and his family for a week. I have 3 grandchildren having birthdays!!! . You will love the cards, made with the Shopkin people when I post them.
But in between I thought you might like to view this little number. It’s a folded box card that stands alone and folds flat to post. There is space on the back for a greeting.
It uses the very popular Botanical Blooms Stamp set and the matching Botanical BuilderDies I made it with Vicky one weekend. The DSP is from the Occasions Catalogue.
I was having a little play earlier in the week and though I have had this set for a while now have only really used it for our first Technique Class.
I had the black outline already from the Rose Garden Thinlit Die and just added the pieced inlay from Botanical Gardens DSP. I found the fine tip glue pen great for this. It is a bit hard to see in the image but the center was filled in with the reverse side of the DSP to add some depth.
The edges of the Rose were outlined with the Wink of Stella and all the leaves were filled in completely and of course this makes it all shine, like rain on the bloom in the garden. As many another has said the images just don’t captured the glow.You need to buy one and try for yourself.
The sentiment I stamped in Archival Black and cut out with punch, mounted on a scallop oval and popped it up.
The addition of some jewels and candy dots completed the card. If you like the little candy dots make sure you order some now as they are retiring.