Friday, August 26, 2016

Snappy Birthday!

Here's my final Hostess set card.... although, I still have a couple of Hostess sets on my shelves that are yet to see ink, so I'll have to make use of them soon!
This stamp set is called Pun Intended, and it has some really fun images and matching 'punny' sayings. I laughed out loud when I saw the lightbulb with "I love you a WATT" and "Sorry I'm not too bright"...I'm sure I can find a use for that one!
Here I've used the camera and 'Snappy Birthday' greeting. I was looking through my stamps for a suitable starburst for a flash, and the one from Kinda Eclectic is perfect. That dictated my Crushed Curry, black and white colour scheme. This paper from the Festive Birthday pack co-ordinates perfectly too. I love it when the stars (or suns) align like that!
I've used the Fine Tip glue and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flash too:

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Love You Lots Hedgehogs

Here's another Hostess set creation, this time using the oh-so-cute Love you Lots stamp set.
These little hedgehogs are my favourite stamps in the set.
I've used Peekaboo Peach as my main colour on this card, and the stripes are courtesy of the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (it has more than just fruit!). I love the pom-pom trim as a whimsical touch. Rather than wrapping my ribbon all the way around my card, I just punched 2 holes and threaded it though.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Gift of Love

Next weekend is Stamp Camp time, so I've been pretty busy getting ready for lots of fun with my team. I can't wait!
I do have time to squeeze in a few blog posts though :) This week I thought I would show you some creations I have made using the Hostess sets.
In every catalogue, there is a 'Hostess' section. The stamps in this section can't be bought outright, but they can be earned by placing an individual or group order of $250 or more. It is well worth saving your pennies, as there are some beautiful stamps in this section!
This particular card is made using the Gift of Love stamp set. I've stamped the image in black Stazon on Watercolour Paper, and coloured it using inks and aquapainter. The colours I've used are Mint Macaron and Dapper Denim.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Thoughtful Branches for Autumn

I'm still having fun playing with Thoughtful Branches. I made this card during a stamp day I had with my team a couple of weeks ago. I used the Marker 'thumping' technique to get the multicoloured look on the leaves. I inked up the stamp in Sahara Sand first, and then used the brush end of my marker like a drum stick, to tap randomly all over the stamp in a few different colours (I used Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Delightful Dijon). You get a lovely speckled look, perfect for autumn leaves.
The lovely textural paper in the background is from the Serene Scenery pack.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flourishing Phrases for Christmas

I love showing the versatility of stamps by using a non-Christmas set for Christmas cards. This is the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. The swirls make pretty Christmas branches and the flowers look quite poinsettia-ish, don't you think? I've used Embellished Ornaments for my sentiments and also for the hanging ornament. The actual ornaments were too large for my card, so I simply punched a circular ornament from the middle of the stamped image.
As soon as I saw our new In Color Emerald Envy, I knew it would be the perfect Christmas green. I've paired it with Real Red here, and a splash of gold.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Riddle for you!

What has...
55 pages
50 new stamp sets
16 new bundles
11 new framelits
4 new punches
8 new paper packs
18 new ribbons and trims
6 new embellishments
4 new washi tape packs
2 new inkpads
3 fun kits
100s of inspiring projects
plus much, much more?

I'll give you a hint....

Would you like to get your hands on a copy?
If you have placed an order with me from the current Annual Catalogue, you will automatically receive a copy of the new Holiday Catalogue in your mailbox. They are being mailed out this week.

If you would like to request a free copy, simply email me with your address (Australian residents only)

The Catalogue will be available to view online on September 1st!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Christmas Class

It's Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Week this week! Thoughtful Branches lends itself beautifully to Christmas cards, so of course I HAD to use it this month. I've also used the Holly Jolly Greetings set for my sentiments and also for those cute hanging stars.
I've gone with a soft and pretty colour palette for these cards - Mint Macaron, Whisper White and Soft Suede. I like to sponge a little Soft Sky ink on the snow-covered ground to make it stand out a bit more.
A dash of sparkle and some raised embossing takes these cards to the next level.
I have a couple of spots free on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Let me know if you'd like to come along and make 10 Christmas cards!

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