Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ridiculously Amazing Stamp-a-Stack

I'm not really as arrogant as that blog title post sounds! I'm just referring to the sentiment on these cards. Amazing Birthday is an awesome new set...and let me share a little secret with you (this is where you get rewarded for actually reading my blog post and not just looking at the pictures!)...the price of the Clear Mount set in the catalogue is incorrect. It should be $35.95 but instead it is only $25.95. And Stampin' Up! is honouring that price! Woo Hoo - you just got a $10 discount!
I like to step out of my colour comfort zone every so often. Can you guess which of these 3 colours is not one I would normally use? Yep, Tangelo Twist. My first port of call when using a 'difficult' colour is the Color Coach. It told me that Island Indigo and Sahara Sand worked well with this colour. And what do you was right! What a great 'boy' colour combo with that pop of bright orange.
I've used the new Party Pennants Bigz Die on these cards, and the Decorative Masks for the background.
The polka dots on the orange pieces are done with a very special tool that's NOT in the Stampin' Up! Catalogue...can you guess what it is?

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Bordering Blooms Stamp-a-Stack

One of my favourite things in the whole world is playing with new rubber...or in this case new photopolymer! Bordering Blooms has the honour of being my first ever photopolymer stamp set. Borders are always so versatile, and when they are perfectly clear so that you can position them exactly where you want to, then what's not to love?

There's lots of NEW on these cards:
  • I turned to my trusty Color Coach for this colour combo - the new In Color cards told me that Blackberry Bliss and Perfect Plum are a dynamic duo.
  • The sentiment set is also a new one - Tag Talk, and it matches the Label Bracket Punch.
  • There's yummy new Blackberry Bliss ribbon
  • 2 new embossing folders - Lovely Lace and Zig Zag
  • New 2" Circle Punch and Itty Bitty Accents Punch
....can you tell I love new stuff?!

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Pistachio Hearts

Hopefully you aren't sick of seeing all my cards made using the Decorative Masks. If you are, I have good news...this is the last one!
I've used one of my favourite colours here - Pistachio Pudding, for a wedding card. I used a Pistachio Pudding marker to trace the hearts in the stencil, and then sponged over the top using a sponge dauber.
Now, I just need a wedding to go's all babies in our family at the moment, not weddings!

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Flamingo Lingo

We inked up Flamingo Lingo at our team meeting last month. It's this year's Ronald McDonald House stamp set. If I can combine stamping and support a very worthwhile cause at the same time, then I'm happy! Stampin' Up! donate $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities from the sale of each set.
I've also used the new Lovely Lace Embossing Folder on this card. You'll be seeing a lot more of this's my current favourite!
I kept this card very clean and simple, but I've also done a "stepped-up" version:

My stepped-up version has some extra layering, a button embellishment, plus a coating of Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder to make it really sparkle. If you love punches, this is a great set to add to your collection. It has several stamps that co-ordinate with punches, plus banner stamps that work with the banner framelits
The colour scheme I've used here is Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Basic Grey.

TIP: use a handheld circle punch to make a small notch to hold your twine in place. Not only is it very practical, it adds an extra little eye-catching detail to your card

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

DSP Samplers for Sale

Every year, I like to make up DSP Sampler books. It's great to see the papers "in the flesh". This makes a great tool for Demonstrators, and is also useful to anyone wanting to see actual examples of all of our lovely papers. I use mine often at my stamp desk, when I want to match papers to a project I am working on.
Each booklet contain samples of all of the Designer Series papers in the Annual Catalogue (10 designs, plus 2014-16 In Color Backgrounds in 6" x 3" size, plus the 2 Paper Stacks in 11.5 x 8cm size). Each booklet is bound with a co-ordinating piece of cardstock, which has a label listing all the colours in the DSP. You can punch a hole in them if you wish, and hold them together with a piece of ribbon or a ring.
I have a few spares, due to a couple of non-payers, so I am offering them on a first come, first served basis. The sampler book is $20 (postage to anywhere in Australia will be $7.20). Email me if you would like one! Payment is by deposit into my bank account (details supplied via email).

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Leo is 3!

I made this card for a special 3 year old in my life. Today is his birthday, and we celebrated with a party and cake on the weekend. He just gets cuter and cuter every year (yes, I'm biased!!)
See for yourself:

If you can pull yourself away from those eyes, here are the card details: I used the star Decorative Mask, along with some star framelits. The stamps are from the Hip Hip Hooray card kit and I've used a photopolymer alphabet set for the all-important number 3. My colour scheme is Pacific Point, Real Red and Soft Sky.

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