Finding Inspiration

Hello.

Inspiration can be found in many places.  When I’m looking for inspiration for card making the first place I head to is Google Images.  In the search bar, simply type in the particular stamp set you want to use on your card and, be prepared, you will have loads of inspiration.

Today’s card came to fruition quite by accident.  I was looking through some of my old stamp sets and headed over to Google Images for inspiration.  The card that inspired me was created by Kim Jolley and had completely nothing to do with the search I had typed in.  However, it was there, and I was inspired!  I decided to CASE her card.

The colours I used were Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler with a little Whisper White card stock as well.

A little Wink of Stella was also used to add a little shimmer!

Other places I like to go to for all sorts of inspiration are:

Blogs
Pinterest
Family
Magazines
The Beach
In the Garden/Nature
Friends
Groups on Facebook

Where do you go for inspiration?

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Welcome Baby Finnegan!

Hello.

Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming my cousin’s little bundle of joy, baby Finnegan!  Our family got together to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea prepared by my Aunty.  Finnegan is so cute!

I have taken off my SU Demonstrator hat off to bring you this post.  You see, I  have been a crafter for many years and have stock-piled an abundant amount of craft supplies, so thought I would use what I had to make a memory keepsake album for the newest member of our family.  (Some SU products were used).

The album consists of six different interactive pages, with plenty of room for photos and journalling.

Of course I had to make a card to compliment the album.

Here are some photos of inside the album.

What crafty projects have you been up to recently?

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Follow your bliss. x

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Stampin’ Blends Now Available in Australia!

This November Stampin’ Up! introduce a new product, Stampin’ Blends!  High quality alcohol-based blending markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours, each with a light and dark shade.  The markers are dual tip, a brush tip for large areas and a fine tip for smaller, more intricate areas.  These markers make it easy to blend colours and create beautiful works of art.  Click HERE to download a copy of the brochure.

Check out these videos Stampin’ Up! have put together to help you get the most out of the Blends:

Here are some more features of the Stampin’ Blends:

  • Add just the right amount of colour where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each colour (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting colour.

Available for purchase individually or as a set.  Click HERE to see prices and shop for Stampin’ Blends.

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Follow your bliss. x

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Step It Up!

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Last week I spent a day in my craft room creating Christmas cards for my family using a design which is great for mass producing cards for occasions such as Christmas.  In this post I’ll show you how to take that design and step it up.

Other benefits of this design is that materials are kept to a minimum, you can change the sentiment to create a birthday card and use up scrap paper for the square.

On card 1.
I die cut the largest square from the Stitched Shape Framelits Dies in Whisper White cardstock.  Adhered a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Year of Cheer suite over the top of the square just leaving the stitched edge showing.  Die cut a large bow from the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies out of a piece of Champagne Foil sheet.  Adhered the prepared square to the card base, attached the bow to the top, so it looks like a present and stamped the sentiment under it.  Simple design complete.  Easy to mass produce.

On card 2.
I sponged ink around the edges of the white square to make it stand out a little more.

On card 3.
I die cut the square out of the Champagne Foil sheet instead of white cardstock.

On card 4.
I added a white card matt, sponged ink around the edges before attaching it to the card base and heated clear embossing powder over the sentiment.

On card 5.
I added a piece of Champagne Foil sheet as an extra layer under the card matt.  I also heat embossed the sentiment.

The beauty of this design, is that really, all of these cards can be mass produced depending on your craft supplies.

Do you mass produce cards?  Do you have a favourite design you use to mass produce? Do you have a design you like to step up?

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Turn it Over!

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Last week I held a few card making classes.  There’s a LOT of background work that goes on in preparation of the classes.  Usually I’ll have a few card designs tucked safely away in my mind and find that ideas flow easily, however, the designs for these upcoming classes disappeared into a black hole….I was stumped – not a single idea!  Searched plenty of images on the computer, but nothing.  After a few days I finally came up with some designs.

Even though the DSP I decided to use is double sided, I, for some reason had it set firmly in my mind that I would be using the Green side of the Merry Little Christmas DSP that I chosen and there was NO other option….Can you believe this? As a crafter, I try to look at all options, but not this time…Why?  Guess it was just one of those moments!

It was during one of the classes, that a participant turned the DSP over to start adding the adhesive.  At that point in time, I was standing next to her and both of us looked at each other…the design on the other side really complimented the card too, so she decided to use that side of the DSP.  When she had completed the card I actually thought it looked better than the one I had prepared for the class!

At times it takes someone else to point out something so simple to us.  (Thank you Serena).

Next time you’re struggling for ideas when using DSP, turn it over.  Who knows what you could come up with.

Which one do you prefer?
Do you have these moments too?

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Create Your Own Designer Series Paper

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Are you like me and have an abundance of Designer Series Paper?  I have so much of it and try to use it up as much as I can, however, there are times when I design a card and am looking for something specific.  If I don’t have what I’m looking for I create my own using stamps!

I tend to be drawn to bright, bold images.  I searched through my stamp sets and found some images, flower and leaf, from the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set.  Stamped them multiple times all over the card matt until I was happy with the design.  I inked the edges of the card matt to make it ‘pop’ on the card base.

I also stamped, inked and cut out the flower and leaves to form a focal point along side the sentiment.  I added a small coordinating Glitter Enamel Dot to the centre of the flower to finish it off.

To continue the theme through I stamped inside the card and the front of the envelope.

You can also stamp a full page of the design and cut it up to create multiple cards!

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

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Elegant Dragonfly Card

In the lead up to World Card Making Day on October 7, I participated in a challenge where each day, for 7 days, a card was to be created in accordance with challenge rules.  I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, however, the last rule was my favourite.  It was to create a card for someone special.  This card was created for a friend who has been there for me at all times, even when her circumstances haven’t been the best.  I am truly blessed to be able to call her my friend.

This was also the first time I’ve used this particular Dragonfly thinlit die and I love it!  I decided to keep the colours simple.  I used Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake inks.

To create this card I used a Whisper White card base.  Matted it with Blushing Bride card stock, on top of that I adhered a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Fresh Florals DSP stack.

On the front panel I stamped the background using stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set in both Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake inks.

Using Blushing Bride cardstock, I die cut the dragonflies.  To add a little shimmer to the dragonflies I used the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and was stamped in Crumb Cake ink.

Added 3 small pearls for the embellishments.

I also stamped the envelope and inside of the card.

Measurements: 
Card base: A4 sheet cut in half lengthwise and then folded in half.
Blushing Bride matt: 5⅝ x 3⅞” (14.3 x  9.8cm)
DSP: 5½ x 3¾” (14 x 9.6cm)
Front panel: 4¾ x 3″ (12 x 7.5cm)

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One Rectangle, Four Cards

Hello everyone!

This post is packed full of specials just for you and I’ve also included ideas on how to use your Designer Series Paper.  But first….

Did you know that World Card Making Day is on 7 October?  Stampin’ Up! have decided that one day wasn’t enough.  For TEN days (1–10 October), you get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! We all need adhesives, right? These items will help you celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking!  For more details, click on the image below.

The fun doesn’t stop there!

Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper right?!  Back by popular demand, Stampin’ up! are giving you an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper.  During the month of October when you purchase three (3) packages of select Designer Series Paper, you will get the fourth one FREE!

This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the Annual and Holiday catalogues, including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale!  There’s never been a better time to stock up.  Click on the image for more information.

One of my favourite Designer Series Paper sets is Painted Autumn – Why not get it for FREE?

The following will give you ideas on how to use that pretty Designer Series Paper

This design is versatile enough to be used in various ways to create cards in no time at all.

The main star of these cards is the large rectangle.  Add a few extra elements and you have your card(s)!

Measurements:
Card base: 11⅝” x 4⅛”  (29.5 cm x 10.5cm), folded in half
Large rectangle: 5½” x 3″ (14cm x 7.5cm)

The beauty of using this rectangle is you can simply cut it and attach it to your card front, or you can matt it with co-ordinating cardstock for a neat border, the choice is yours.

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Painted Harvest Christmas Card

Hello everyone!

In the last post, I created a card and small box using the Painted Harvest stamp set and Leaf Punch.  For this post, I wanted to create a Christmas card using the stamp set without the sunflower image and showcase the leaves and punch, along with the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP).

This is what I came up with.

To create this card, I stamped the leaves in Old Olive ink six times on Whisper White card stock and punched them out using the Leaf Punch.  I then arranged the leaves to form a ‘mistletoe’ and glued them together.

I then die cut the large bow from the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies in Basic Black cardstock, added some Clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer and glued the bow to the top of the ‘mistletoe’.

I used the Old Olive striped paper from the Merry Little Christmas DSP for the background.  A sponge dauber was used to add Basic Black ink to all edges of the DSP.  I then adhered it to the card front.
I also die cut the largest oval from the Stitched Shape Framelits out of the DSP and added ink around the edge and set it aside.

The Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder was used to create the wooden plank background to the card matt, added ink to all edges and adhered it to the DSP.

I then die cut the second largest Stitched Shape oval out of Whisper White card stock for the sentiment and added ink to the edge.

The sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set. The stamp actually has ‘From our family to yours’ directly under ‘Merry Christmas’ on it but I only wanted the Merry Christmas on the card, so to do this I placed sticky tape over the unwanted portion of the stamp, inked the whole stamp up, removed the tape and stamped it onto the oval in Basic Black ink and adhered it to the larger oval.

I placed the ‘mistletoe’ to the top centre of the card, added a small silver metallic shape to the middle of the bow and the ovals to the bottom centre.


Card complete!

How have you been creative this week?

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Painted Autumn Suite

Hello everyone!

Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalogue has a multitude of stamp sets, designer series paper (DSP) and embellishments.  One of my favourites from the catalogue is the Painted Autumn Suite, which includes the Painted Harvest stamp set, coordinating Leaf Punch and Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  I LOVE the watercolour look of the stamp set.

I paired the stamp set and DSP with the Timeless Textures stamp set to bring you this beautiful card and complimenting gift box.

To create this card I stamped the sunflower image on scrap paper in Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake inks, the centre was stamped in Soft Suede ink.  Then ‘fussy cut’ out the image (my husband laughs at the term ‘fussy cut’, he said he’ll use the term next time he goes to the hairdresser, just to see what happens!).

Once again on scrap paper I stamped the leaves in Garden Green (3) and Old Olive ink (2) and cut them using the Leaf Punch.

On the card matt I used the Timeless Textures stamp set to create a border.  One was stamped in Daffodil Delight, the other in Crumb Cake ink and the ‘splotches’ stamp from the set also in Crumb Cake ink.

I cut a 1″ (2½cm) strip from one of the papers in the Autumn Harvest DSP set and adhered it the to card matt approx 3/4″ (2cm) from the bottom.  Using double sided tape, I attached a strip of Burlap Ribbon, cut at an angle over the DSP.  Then attached a strip of the Gold Mini Sequin Trim on top of the Burlap Ribbon.

I then played around with the sunflower and leaf placement, when satisfied, stamped extra foliage from the Painted Harvest stamp set in Wild Wasabi ink directly to the card matt. Finally attaching the leaves and sunflower in the placement I had chosen.  The sentiment is from the Blooms & Wishes stamp set stamped in Soft Suede ink.

To continue the theme, I stamped the sunflower inside the card and also on the envelope.

Having so much fun creating the card, I decided to create a little gift box, using the Autumn Harvest DSP to go with the card, using the envelope punch board.

Box Measurements:
DSP 6 x 6″ (15.3 x 15.3cm)

Line up the paper at 2-3/8″ (6cm), punch and score, slide the paper to the 3-3/8″ mark, punch and score again, rotate paper lining the score marks up with the guide, punch and score on remaining three sides.  Fold and burnish on score lines and you have your box.

I created a belly band to go over the box using the under side of the DSP and added the same features as the card to the band, so they compliment each other.

If you would like to download a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, click HERE, or if you would like to shop the catalogue, click HERE.

What did you get up to this weekend?

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