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!





Sunday, 17 February 2019

Colorful Butterflies

Hello and welcome. Today I got to play with the pretty butterflies from the Sale-a-bration item Botanical Butterfly DSP, and oh what a pretty collection of paper this is! Here's what I created...
I was inspired by this week's Global Design Project challenge 176...CASE the Designer. Steffi Helmschrott designed a gorgeous card with vibrant colored circles, and these are what inspired me in creating my card. 
I started by coloring my pretty butterflies using the colors of the rainbow. I don't own the Blends (yet), so I just used my ink pads and my Aqua Painter. For my colors I used the following: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape and Blackberry Bliss. I also colored the centers of my butterflies using the Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint (unfortunately now retired), because butterflies need some sparkle of course! :) After coloring I used my Butterfly Duet punch to easily cut them out.
My mat layer is a piece of Basic Black cardstock (5 1/4" x 4") which I ran through my Big Shot with the Dot to Dot embossing folder. For additional interest I sponged it with the Vegas Gold shimmer paint to match my butterflies. My sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set, which I gold heat-embossed on a strip of Basic Black cardstock.

To put my card together, I adhered my mat layer onto my Basic Black A2 sized card base. Next I added my butterflies along the left side and my sentiment piece using dimensionals. And just like that, my card is done!
I just adore butterflies, I think they are just gorgeous! And I couldn't be happier that we have tons of pretty butterflies to play with from both the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogue. Thank you again for stopping by today, and see you next time! Happy crafting!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Incredible Like You

Had a chance to play with more of my new stuff, so today I chose to play with the Incredible Like You stamp set and paired it with the Doily Builder Thinlits. This project was inspired by the Global Design Project sketch challenge for this week and Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights as well, and here's what I created...

I started by stamping my images from the stamp set Incredible Like You on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then cutting them out (I used my Scan N Cut for this but they're easy to fussy cut as well). I used Highland Heather, Call Me Clover and Mango Melody for my inks. I also stamped the stripes on a piece of Mango Melody cardstock that's 1" x 4 1/8" using Mango Melody ink pad for a tone on tone effect. I did the same for my background piece which is Soft Sea Foam cardstock (4 1/8" x 5 3/8") that I stamped with the Crackle Paint background stamp using Soft Sea Foam ink pad.

To put my card together I glued down my Mango Melody striped piece onto my background mat layer, then wrapped the Highland Heather Organdy ribbon (free with Sale-a-bration!) around it. I adhered this piece onto my Highland Heather A2 size card base before adding my other layers.

 Next I added a die-cut doily in Whisper White using the Doily Builder thinlit...this thinlit set is just gorgeous! Then it was just a matter of layering my cut-out stamped images on top of my doily using glue and dimensionals. Finally my sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set, stamped in my black Memento ink on a strip of Whisper White cardstock.

To finish off my card I just added a few iridescent sequins, and covered my flowers in Wink of Stella for some shimmer. And that is my finished card. I'm not gonna lie, I had a hard time making this card to try to meet both challenges, but I'm quite happy with the end result! Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to vote for my card at Kylie's International Blog Highlights! Happy crafting!


Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Butterfly Gala

Butterflies are just so pretty, don't ya think so? I have been wanting to play with my gorgeous Butterfly Gala bundle for quite some time, and today was the day for that! This is what I came up with...
 This card was pretty easy and fun to make. I started by stamping the butterflies on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using my Memento ink pad. Then comes the fun part...coloring them in! I used my alcohol markers for this and then topped them all with Wink of Stella for some shimmer.
Cutting my butterflies out was easy with the help of the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch. Next I had a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock (5 1/4" x 5 1/4") and I covered it with a background stamp from the Artisan Textures stamp set in Soft Suede ink. Then I glued down my butterflies around the border of my cardstock, forming a frame. I decided to trim the excess yellow cardstock in my frame so that my butterflies lie against my Soft Suede card base instead, for more contrast. I also added small butterflies punched out from a Gold Foil Sheet and the SAB item Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet.

My sentiment was white heat-embossed on a Starburst punched piece of Soft Suede, and mounted using dimensionals. Finally for a little bit of embellishment I added some Butterfly Elements, another SAB item.

And that is my card for today, I hope you liked it! Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my project, hopefully you got a bit of inspiration from these beautiful butterflies! And don't forget that Sale-a-bration is going on right now until the end of March, so if you want free goodies you better check it out. See ya next time!


Saturday, 26 January 2019

January Ink. Stamp. Share Blog Hop


Hello and thank you for joining us for our monthly blog hop here at Ink. Stamp. Share. This month's theme is the new Spring/Summer Catalogue...we'll have so much fun with all the new stuff. Let's get started!

For my project for this hop I decided to use the Wonderful Romance bundle. It is a gorgeous stamp set with an equally awesome coordinating die set, the Wonderful Floral Framelits. This is such a beautiful bundle for building a floral bouquet card...and the coordinating dies make this process easier. Here's what I came up with.
To make this card I started by stamping my images with my Memento ink pad on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, then I clear heat-embossed them as well to prevent any bleeding when I colored them in. I used my alcohol markers to color my images, then I simply die-cut them using the coordinating dies. 
To build up my bouquet I die-cut more leaves in Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide cardstock, and the sprig in Crushed Curry cardstock. Next I had a piece of Fresh Fig cardstock (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") that I die-cut the sides of using the leaf border framelit. I first die-cut one side, flipped it over and did the other side. This piece was then layered on top of a Gold Foil sheet (4" x 5 1/2") before being added to my A2 sized Whisper White card base.

Then it was just a matter of arranging all my die-cuts on top of my card, building up my bouquet. My sentiment was gold-heat embossed on a circle piece of Whisper White cardstock (I used my 2" circle punch for this) and layered on a Starburst-punched piece of Gold foil sheet

And that is my card project for today, I hope you guys liked it as much as I did creating it! Keep hopping along with us and be inspired by the very creative projects of the Ink. Stamp. Share team. See ya next time and happy crafting!
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