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Friday, 24 March 2017

waiting for the spring... while it's still snowing outside

Last weekend I did a Stampin'Up! party in my husbands hometown Sudbury. It's always makes me nervous to pack for this event. Just trying to make sure that I have all the supplies and also trying to fit all my materials into one bag, rather than hauling the whole craft room with me.

Since I knew there are card makers of different experience level, I decided to keep things simple for the first card. Just using stamps, no Big Shot needed. This is a great way to get people interested in Stampin'Up! I find if you bring all the bells and whistles, people may find it too complex and expensive to get started, but if you only need one stamp set and few ink pads and white card stock... what's to stop you from getting started.

The card uses 'Swirly Birds' stamp set. Just use two different tones of blues for the bird, kite and sentiment. The orange is Tangerine Tango and the yellow is So Saffron. The sentiment is from 'Sunshine sayings' stamp set. I did the 'sunshine' on a separate banner just because the original word wasn't stamped straight, so I had to cover it somehow :-)

Here is an other card made with the same 'swirly bird' stamp set. This stamp set is SO versatile!!

The  colours on this card are Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron. The pattern paper is from the Up&Away Sale-a-Bration designers paper. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Lift me up.... with hot air balloons!!

as promised, here are more cards with hot air balloons

The cards are made using the 'lift me up' stamp set and the matching framelits 'up and away' die.

The colours on the first card are: Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaroon.

The white base layer was glued directly on the Soft Sky card base and the balloons and clouds were popped up using dimensionals. The clouds were embossed using 'softly falling' embossing folder.

The second card uses Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo

Friday, 10 March 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

We did this card last weekend at Danielle's Stampin'Up! party. I wanted to use a bit bolder colours for this card. I have seen so many cards with light pastel colours and using metallics.

The colours on this card are Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay. The background stamp is from 'You've Got This' - stamp set and the greetings and dragonfly background are from Dragonfly Dreams. I used the markers to colour the wings-stamp and stamped it on the die cut oval, then mounted the die cut dragonfly over the stamped image.

Spoiler alert: The Dragonfly Dreams stamp set will carry on to the next Annual Catalogue! But if you want to get the bundle (matching framelits), you might want to place your order by May 31st, so that you get the bundle discount!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Hot air balloons as far as the eye can see

I love the 'Lift me up' stamp set!!! Well, I love hot air balloons so that kind of makes sense.

This card was inspired by Margaret Sollberger. The card base is Tangerine Tango and the 'mat' is Mint Macaron. The designer series paper if from the free paper (Carried Away) available from the Sale-a-bration collection (available until March 31st 2017!!). The inks used for the clouds and balloons are Tangerine Tango, Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach and Tip Top Taupe.

More cards using this stamp set are coming, just wait :-)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Birthday card for a boy with Balloon Adventures

Okay, for me it is sometimes hard to create cards for boys, trying to keep them simple and not too frilly.

So the way I approach them is trying not to use ribbons and keeping the colour scheme simple.

So this card was inspired by Nacelle Farrugia, 
I just kept it a bit more simple. 

I stamped the balloons from the Balloon Adventures stamp set on a piece of designer series paper from Cupcake & Carouselles Designer Series Paper pack (Occasions 2017 catalogue). 

The colours on this card are Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray and Whisper White. I used the same designer series paper to cut two strips and the 'circle' at the back ground (the circle is actually a punched balloon using the balloons punch. The Balloon Adventures stamp set coordinates with this punch.

I stamped the balloon cords on the background Whisper White card stock, but hand-drew the part on the Whisper White circle layered just under the balloons (you can stamp them on the circle, but I figured it worked out this way just fine.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sale-A-Bration Second release!!!

Stampin'Up! has released their 2nd release for 
Sale-a-bration items!

These will be available as of today until the end of March 2017.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Tarnished Foil Technique

I saw some cards online using this tarnished foil technique, and wanted to give it a try.
The layout of the card is inspired by Melissa Kerman. 

I started with a silver foil paper and used the new Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (whew... that is a mouthful...). It is a bit different from the other embossing folders. It makes a much deeper impression. The folder itself is much thicker, and you actually use it with just ONE cutting plate! They recommend that you sprits your card stock with water before embossing, so that you avoid any wrinkles in your paper. 

So here is what I did:

Sprits the back of your foil paper with water lightly (you can also use gold or copper foil).

Place the foil in the embossing folder. You want to emboss in reverse, so that the impression is SINKING IN rather than raised! This way the design stands out more - this is specially important if you use folders like Falling Petals and similar.

Then I randomly swiped the embossed image with VersaMark ink pad, then applied Copper Embossing powder and heated it. I tried to just heat it enough to set it, so that it still is 'granular' rather than smooth.

Next, I took a StazOn ink pad and rubbed it on the copper embossing. This adds the tarnished look. Then I heat set the ink. 

Then you build your colours by using other embossing powders. So in this case I inked the foil again with VersaMark, and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. 

I went a bit crazy, as after this you barely saw any copper embossing, so I rubbed it again with Black StazOn ink, and re-did the copper embossing. 

The background paper is from the Urban Underground specialty Designer Series Paper.