Thursday, 11 April 2019

OnStage Vancouver Swaps

Well it is that exciting time of the year again when Stampin' Up demonstrators from all around the globe gather together to have fun crafting time...OnStage! This year I will be heading down to Vancouver, and I am super excited! 

Card swapping is an important part of this event. You get to meet new friends and also get lots of cool project ideas from fellow demonstrators! So for my swaps this year, I needed something that would be easy to mass-produce. Here's what I came up with...
I decided to make 40 cards this year, in 4 different colors for additional fun! Here's a quick video of how I made these cards.
All my cards had a Whisper White card base (A2 size) and a mat piece of Basic Black cardstock (5 1/4" x 4"). To save paper I cut out the inside of my Basic Black cardstock and trimmed it to 4 1/4" x 2 7/8" for the layering piece, and then punched out the middle of it for my sentiment piece using the Everyday Label Punch.
I started by stamping my images on a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4" x 2 5/8") using my Memento ink, then I colored them in using my Blends in Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight. I used the stamp set Love What You Do for this. Moving on, I gold heat embossed my sentiment piece which comes from the same stamp set. Next are my butterflies from the Butterfly Gala. I stamped them on a piece of vellum with Versamark then gold-heat embossed them before cutting them out using the Butterfly Duet punch

Then it's just running my cardstock through the BigShot with the Country Floral embossing folder with ink on one side. For the green card I used Pear Pizzazz cardstock with my Mossy Meadow ink pad. I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the red card with Merry Merlot ink pad. For the yellow card I used Crushed Curry ink pad on my Daffodil Delight cardstock. And lastly for the blue card I used Bermuda Bay cardstock with my Coastal Cabana ink pad.

Finally it's just a matter of putting my card together. And as usual, I cannot have a project with no shimmer so I had to add some Wink of Stella on my embossed flowers. And those are my swaps, hopefully those who will receive them will like 'em! I must say that using my Stamparatus to create these cards was a huge time-saver! Mass-producing was a cinch! Thank heavens for our handy-dandy tools. Anyway hope you liked today's project and see y'all next time! Happy crafting!

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Vintage-looking Needle & Thread

Today's card is a simple stamping project using the Needle & Thread stamp set. I ended up creating my own DSP using this set, with a vintage look to it. Here's what I made...
I created my DSP  background by stamping my images all over a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (4" x 5 1/4"). I used Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow ink pads for stamping. I then die-cut a circle piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using my Stitched Shapes framelits and stamped my sentiment on it using Merry Merlot. I added some Rose Metallic Thread at the back of my sentiment piece before adhering it onto my DSP piece using dimensionals. Lastly I wrapped a piece of Mossy Meadow twine (from the retired Festive Farmhouse collection) around my DSP piece and added a little bow before adhering it to my Cajun Craze card base (A2 size). 

For a little bit of shimmer (coz' I love my shimmer!) I just added some Wink of Stella on the centers of my flowers and then added some glitter enamel dots as well. And that is my super simple card for the day! Thanks for dropping by and see ya next time! Happy crafting!

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Shimmery Lovely Lattice

I have been playing around with my Lovely Lattice stamp set from Sale-a-bration, trying to find the best medium to color the beautiful image. I've tried my alcohol markers, watercolor pencils, even Brusho! Although these worked just fine, I just wasn't satisfied. I wanted something else...something different. Enter the shimmer paints!

Yes, I colored my image with shimmer paints! I love anything sparkly anyway, so this is the perfect solution. The images just popped with these paints, and I am very satisfied with the end result.
For my card I started by white heat-embossing my images on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. Then I colored them in using my Aqua Painter and various shimmer paints (some are now retired): Frost White, Vegas Gold and Bright Copper. Once colored in I cut out my images. I also white heat-embossed my sentiment from the Rooted in Nature stamp set before fussy cutting it.
Next I ran a piece of Night of Navy cardstock (4" x 5 1/4") through my Big Shot with my Subtle embossing folder for added texture. I then wrapped a Silver Metallic Ribbon around my card before gluing down my images. I adhered my sentiment last using dimensionals. This whole piece was then added on to my Smoky Slate card base (A2 size) using more dimensionals, and added a few Pearl Basic Jewels for embellishment.

And that is my card for today, simple coloring for the gorgeous lattice image! Quick and easy, no shading needed, with maximum impact...gotta love that! I hope you guys liked today's project and thank you for stopping by today. Hope to see you next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Sweet Hello Cupcake

Today I am inspired by Global Design Project's challenge of the week...sweeter than candy! This challenge gave me the chance to play with my Sale-a-bration item, the Hello Cupcake stamp set. Here's what I came up with...
Because of the theme for this challenge, I wanted to create a fun and playful card with lots of vibrant colors. And so for the cupcakes I used the following ink pads: Lovely Lipstick, Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo and Mango Melody. I stamped my cupcake and used my Aqua Painter to spread the ink out, and then fussy cut my images.
My circles are die-cut pieces using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Mango Melody, Smoky Slate and Bermuda Bay cardstock

To put my card together I adhered a piece of the Share What You Love DSP on a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4 1/8" x 5 3/8"). Then I added my stitched circles and mounted my cupcakes using dimensionals. I wrapped a ribbon along the edge of my DSP and added a bow (I used a retired Bermuda Bay ribbon from past SAB). Next I added my cupcake topper by creating a banner using Flirty Flamingo cardstock and wrapping it around a toothpick. This whole card front was then adhered to my Whisper White card base (A2 size).

To finish off my card I added flowers to my cupcakes from the same stamp set, covered them with Wink of Stella for some shimmer, and topped them with Happiness Blooms enamel dots. I couldn't resist adding more shimmer to my card so I covered my cupcake topper with some Wink of Stella as well!

And that is my project for today, a sweet and playful birthday card. Hope you guys liked it. Thank you for stopping by today and hope to see you next time. Happy crafting!

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Easter Bunny

Are you a crafting hoarder like me? I do NOT like throwing crafty stuff away, and so I ended up with a lot of scraps! Today, I wanted to make use of some of these scraps and created this Easter card...
I used scrap pieces of cardstock in Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.
Slathered glue on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhered my scrap pieces.
Trimmed my piece to 4" x 5 1//4" then ran through my Big Shot with the Dot to Dot embossing folder.
Sponged my embossed piece with the Frost White shimmer paint to mute my colors a little bit and at the same time add some sparkle.
I cut up notches at the top and bottom and wrapped my Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and layered the pretty Coastal Cabana ribbon from the Tea Room Ribbon combo pack.

Moving on to my bunny, I stamped my image from the Fable Friends set in Memento black ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. After coloring my bunny, I cut it up using one of the oval dies in the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I then layered this piece on top of a bigger oval in Whisper White. Lastly I added my sentiment piece which is from the same stamp set.

This whole piece was then just adhered to my Whisper White card base (A2 size) using Foam adhesive strips for dimension. 

And that is how I created this simple and adorable Easter card! I think that the Dot to Dot embossing folder and the Fable Friends stamp set is such a perfect match! Hope you guys liked it and thanks again for stopping by today. See ya next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, 23 February 2019

February Blog Hop: Sale-a-bration

Hello and welcome to this month's Ink.Stamp.Share blog hop. Today we are celebrating Sale-a-bration!!! What an awesome event for crafters this is because you get to choose free stuff from an array of absolutely beautiful SAB items for your qualifying purchase! Need more info on this awesome event? Just let me know and leave a comment below.

For my project I put together this card:

I used the Lasting Lily stamp set, my absolute favorite SAB item! This gorgeous set was a must-have for me, I couldn't wait to create something with it. The flowers are just stunning and with beautiful sentiments to match. And because this is a Distinktive set, your stamped images also have more depth to them. Just beautiful!
To make my card I started by stamping my flowers and leaves on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Merry Merlot and Old Olive ink pads. After cutting my images I moved on to creating my background piece. I stuck a piece of DSP from the Botanical Butterfly DSP collection (another SAB item!) at the bottom of a piece of Basic Black cardstock (4" x 5 1/4"). Then I cut the center out using my Rectangle Stitched Framelits.
Next I added my layering pieces using another SAB item, the Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets (unfortunately these are all sold-out now). After gluing my pieces together, it was just a matter of adding my lilies and leaves in the center, arranging it into a nice bouquet. Then I added my sentiment which was white heat-embossed on a strip of Basic Black cardstock, propping it up using some dimensionals.

I then added some embellishments using the Basic Rhinestone Jewels and yet another SAB item, a bow made from the Organdy ribbon. I also had to have some shimmer (of course!) so I added some Wink of Stella onto my lilies. The whole card front piece was then adhered to my Whisper White card base (A2 sized). 

And that is my project for today's blog hop...I hope y'all liked it. I really enjoyed playing with my SAB items, they're all just beautiful! Don't forget, Sale-a-bration only runs til the end of March, so you better act now if you want any of these freebies! 

Keep on hopping along with us and see the beautiful projects of the rest of the very talented team at Ink.Stamp.Share. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Puppy Love

I am a huge dog lover. And so when Stampin' Up! released another stamp set with dogs, I just had to buy it. Add to the bundle a dog punch and I'm in seventh heaven! :)

So today I got to play with the adorable Happy Tails bundle and made this simple card. 
To make my card I started with the star of the show, the dog! I stamped the outline of the dog in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then white heat-embossed the spots. To color the dog I used my Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake ink pads and AquaPainter to start, then added some brown using my Early Espresso watercolor pencil for some shading. Cutting out my image was easy with the help of the coordinating Dog Builder Punch.

I cut the butterfly out from the Sale-a-bration item Botanical Butterfly DSP using the Butterfly Duet punch. I then glued down my dog and butterfly on a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock that I cut out using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. (I trimmed my piece down to a smaller rectangle to fit my dog better.)

Next, the sentiment was white heat-embossed on a square piece of Night of Navy cardstock that I cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Then I just added a paw print with the sentiment piece, for fun!

To put my card together I used Smoky Slate (A2 sized) for my card base. I then added a layering piece of DSP from the Needlepoint Nook collection (4" x 5 1/4"). Next I wrapped some Silver Baker's Twine around my dog piece before adhering it onto my card. Finally my sentiment piece is added using dimensionals

And that is my super simple card for today, hope you liked it. My adorable dog Tayla was the inspiration behind this card. I didn't quite capture her likeness in this card, but close enough! :) Hope to see you next time and happy crafting!