Friday, May 25, 2018

Fancy Friday Blog Hop | True Gentleman Challenge


Hello there stamping friends! It's come to the end of the month and time for the Fancy Friday Blog Hop. This hop has a very masculine feel and the theme has been INSPIRED by the True Gentleman Suite from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue for us to either use the products from the suite or the rich and gorgeous colour combo of  Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, and Very Vanilla and team them up with another stamp set. There is just one rule for this hop and one I've found very hard - No Flowers. My MO is all things pretty and flowers and all that's so lets see if I can make a card without them!

The Fancy Friday team is a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Members. We still love blog hopping together so have a blog hop once a month with everything fun and fancy and showing what we love!

Even though these products are on the Retiring Products list and in some markets have even sold out, here are some ideas for you for those that have a full pack of the DSP and not sure how to use it yet. Or you could use some of the card layouts and other elements to make some masculine cards maybe using just the cardstock colours from this suite or changing up the colours entirely to suit what you need.


I've made two different cards today using some of the products from the True Gentleman suite while incorporating some products from the 2017 - 2018 Annual Catalogue.


While I'm not usually a fan of masculine cards, only because they don't have enough 'pretty and sparkle' for my liking, I really like how these two cards turn out with their 'stripped back' look.


The first card I made I just cut 4 x 1/4" strips of the True Gentleman DSP and arranged them on the card front. If you really wanted to you could add the 1/4" strips the whole way up the card for a different look, that way too by you'll be using up your DSP instead or hording it #loveitchopit


The second card I started with the Very Vanilla base and flicked the brush tip of the Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker for some fun splatter and some more added elements than just a plain card stock layer. I then arranged pieces of the True Gentleman DSP with some Wood Textures DSP for a fun layout.


How fabulous are those True Gentleman buttons??!! Don't you just love the rich texture of them. And that Corduroy Ribbon just adds to that classic and rich textured look.


This card I teamed up the Corduroy Ribbon with some of the Burlap Ribbon and the Tranquil Tide Baker's Twine comes from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit which is so the opposite of all things masculine but goes well with the colours of today's creations!

I hope that I've given you some more inspiration of using the products from this suite. Make sure you get your DSP out that you love and use it!! A lot of the True Gentleman Suite Products are still avaliable here in Australia so click on products below to get your hands on these products before they are all gone and it's too late!!

Next on the stop is newbie to the Fancy Friday Team, Lauren Alarid, who is part of the current 2018 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. If you haven't seen her work, click on the next button now to see her amazing creations! I just love Lauren's work!! 

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Just Add Ink #410 | Just Add Inspiration

Hello there stamping friends!! Another week has come and gone and it's Friday again! New challenge time over at Just Add Ink. A fun and bright inspiration picture for you all with lots going on and lots to inspire you! I love inspiration challenges. We all have the same picture yet and everyone is inspired by something different in it and we all have different creations!


Inspiration for my card came from the pillows on the bed, the spots and dots throughout the picture and all the little touches of gold. I loved the layers of the white, pink and aqua of the pillows and that's where I started with my card using layers of Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo and Coastal Cabana. I for one am super excited that Coastal Cabana is returning to the Stampin' Up! colour range and it goes perfectly with today's picture! Give me Coastal Cabana everything!!!!


I then punched out, what felt like, a million circles (Ha! Probably only 30 really) to create the spotty background. The contrast of the Basic Black on the Coastal Cabana really makes the two colours pop and stand out! 


Then for the Whisper White panel I've used the new (available to customers June 1st) Stitched Labels Framelits Dies. I love any die with that stitching element. The stitched look just gives that extra special element to any creation and you don't have to pull out the needle and thread. Winning in my book and so much quicker than hand sewing or pulling out the Singer!


Under the stitched panel I've layered some of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum, Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Still available to purchase till 31st May), Whisper White 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and some of the new Black 1/8" Cord. I'm really loving layering the polka dot tulle and the black cord together and that tulle ribbon is just amazing! I'm putting it on everything lately, its super pretty and it just goes with everything!!

Make sure you check out what inspired the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team from the inspiration picture and then come and join in this weeks challenge to show us what inspired you!  Can't wait to see your creations!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Just Add Ink #409 | Just Add Eclipse Technique

Hello there stamping friends! It's Friday, Friday,
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend... Now you've got that crazy song in your head. You're welcome! HA!

Welcome to another and all new challenge over at Just Add Ink. Its a fun technique that is still so hot - Eclipse Technique.


I've had a play with this technique a few times and just love it! You can make it as busy or as clean as you like. I've gone for a bit of a CAS (Clean and Simple) Vintage look using a NEW stamp set, Very Vintage, that you will only be able to get with Stampin' Rewards as it is one of the new Hostess Sets.

Either hold a Stampin' Up! Party with me and have $250+ in sales at your party or place a $250+ order with me and you can choose this set from the offerings of the Hostess only sets from the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up Annual Catalogue beginning June 1st.

To start off the card I stamped the floral bloom in on the Shimmery White cardstock using Stazon Jet Black ink and then picked up the colour off the lid of the ink pads using and Aqua Painter to colour in the image.


I used the current Daffodil Delight for the yellow colour but the purple and blue colour are newbies - Highland Heather and Balmy Blue. And what gorgeous colours they are. They will be available to purchase June 1st. Come on June 1st! Hurry up and get here!!


I then used the Large Letters Framelits to die cut the 'Happy'. To define the letters a bit more I layered Basic Black under the Shimmery White of each letter, to define that shadow a bit more, and gave each letter a light sponge of Crumb Cake ink around the edge and this also added to that vintage feel.


The Happy Birthday sentiment also comes from the Very Vintage stamp set. I love the font of the sentiment and that its a really gorgeous size too. All finished off with some current and new Ribbon, Trim and Embellishments. 


The Just Add Ink Design Team have really knocked this technique out of the park, so go and check out all their creations and come and join in the fun with your Eclipse card. Can't wait to see your creations!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Kelly's Stamping Friends | Birthday Blog Hop

Hey there stamping friends! Welcome to a special blog hop for my beautiful friend Kelly Kent! It's Kelly's birthday today, Happy Birthday Kelly, and she wanted to share her special day with her stamping friends by having a blog hop (actually she's got two going on at the same time. Eek!) How fun!


I'm the 14th stop of 20 on this fabulous blog hop. You may have come here via Cheryl Taylor or started the hop here with me. Either way you are in for a fun and crafty treat!

There aren't rules or themes to this hop bare one -  Just be creative! Let's hope I've filled the brief!

My cards today are combining Retiring, Returning and New Stampin' Up! products all into one.
Retiring - Birthday Blooms Stamp Set (sniff, sniff), Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends, Colour Me Happy Stamp Set
Returning - Stitched Shapes Framelits , Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin' Blends
New - Graceful Glass 6"x6" Designer Vellum, Black 1/8" Cord, 5/8" Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon


I had the two floral images coloured a while ago. I was practicing and playing around with the Blends following some tutorials and learning more about using the Stampin' Blends Colour Lifter. But once the flowers were coloured I really didn't know what to do with them. I wasn't colouring them (initially) for a card so they just sat on my desk until this morning, actually.


For this Pink Pirouette card I actually CASed - myself, from a card using the same stamp set from 2 years ago. I find sometimes if I'm stuck for ideas I look back at some of my older creations and then use that as a base to get the creative ideas flowing! Even though I used the card from two years ago as my basis for my card today , the two cards from now and then both look totally different from each other.


The second card I didn't want the whole image of the flower on the card and then this time I stamped it up in the top section of the card and then left the rest of the card with the stark, bright white space. Because of the detailed pattern in the Designer Vellum and the Daffodil Delight flower has a lot going on my card doesn't need much else apart from the simple sentiment and a little bit of bling.

This post really is an homage to the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set giving it one last hurrah before it retires come May 31st 2018. I've loved this stamp set and have used it a lot in the past. I'm super sad to see this one go!

Now on to the Netherlands with Ine van den Eijnden and her special creations for Kelly's Stamping Friends Blog Hop.

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  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  3. Sue Vine
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Rebecca Scurr
  6. Julia Quinn
  7. Danielle Bennenk
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Richelle Fletcher
  10. Sara Levin
  11. Sandra Roberts
  12. Catherine Creer
  13. Cheryl Taylor
  14. Rochelle Blok
  15. Ine van den Eijnden
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Jo Weedon
  18. Courtenay Heuston
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Fi Cobbin 
Kelly has two blog hops going on to celebrate her special day so start HERE and check out all the creations from the other group participating in this fun blog hop.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Just Add Ink #408 | Colour Challenge

Hello stamping friends! Happy Fri YAY everyone! It's time again for another challenge over at Just Add Ink. We are all about pinks and greens for this Colour Challenge with the colour combo suggested for this challenge by yours truly. Pretty!!!


I've used some new products for you today that Stampin' Up! Demonstrators can preorder at this moment but will be available for customers come June 1st when the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue goes live!

The stamp set is called Painted Glass with co-ordinating Stained Glass Thinlits, which you can get in a bundle. But because these two products are part of a beautiful Suite in the new Catalogue there are some other co-ordinating products and look stunning when you use them all together, like the piece of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum used on my card here, which comes in 6"x6" sheets - 24 sheets: 2 each of 12 single sided designs and the Black Cord, also used here on my card.


I started the whole card with stamping the roses on Shimmery White and heat embossing with Black Stammpin' Emboss powder. I'm super excited that Black Stampin' Emboss powder is coming back in the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Now I don't have to stamp in black ink and then emboss with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. Just stamp in Versamark and then off you go with the black embossing powder. I still had one small pot left over from when it was retired. The embossing of the images goes perfectly with the whole stained glass look of this Suite.


I used all the four colours from the challenge to colour in the roses. First starting with the lightest colour and then going over with the darker to give some depth of colour and some shading. I just picked up the colour out of the lid of the Stampin' Up! ink pad using and Aqua Painter. Really is my favourite way to colour.


The detailed circle is cut using the semi-circle thinlit from the Stained Glass Thinlits and then stuck on to a circle of the same size while at the same time trying to keep all the pieces in the die cut for a delicate and detailed look. The black sentiment and the roses hide the line of where the two semi-circles meet making it look like on circle die. I layered it on a Stitched Shapes die cut just for an added element and prettiness really.

Under the die cuts is a piece of that beautiful Graceful Glass Designer Vellum. I love that its just a small piece just peeking out but the contrast of the black lines with the Shimmery White cardstock really makes those black lines in the vellum pop.

All finished off with some new ribbon and trim - Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and Black Cord, and the current Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon. The little and super pretty pink pearls come from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls that you can get at the moment in the Share What You Love Early Release Promotion .

I really do hope that you all take part in this weeks challenge. There is heaps of inspiration shared from the Just Add Ink Design Team so you won't be short of ideas to get your creativity going!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop | Share What You Love Suite




Hello stamping friends! Welcome to another Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop. If you haven't hopped with us before, Stamp to Share is a monthly blog hop featuring Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from the Stampin' Up! markets around the world. Once a month we feature projects made with one Stampin' Up! bundle to inspire you.

This months hop is three bundles in one - Just Getting Started Bundle, A Little More, Please Bundle and Gotta Have it All Bundle, using the products from the Early Release Share What You Love Suite, that will also be avaliable in the new Stampin' Up! 2018 - 2019 Annual Catalogue come 1st June 2018. Click on the product listing at the end of the post to see what is on offer with each bundle. And , Yes I'm creating with these gorgeous products again. I just can't get enough.

All of the products I've used today you can get in the Gotta Have It All Bundle from the Share What You Love Suite.


 By getting the Gotta Have It All Bundle you get three products from the suite, including the exclusive Statement of My Heart Photopolymer Single Stamp (avaliable only during the early release) for FREE. Who doesn't love a freebie, right? And in this bundle you get THREE!!!

I've used some sheets of the Oh So Beautiful Share What You Love Speciality Designer Series Paper as the starting point for my card today. I really love the neutral feel to these patterns and the little pops of colour for a rich and gorgeous pattern. Have you seen the pearlised finish on 4 of the designs of this amazing DSP? It's just stunning, stunning, stunning! Do you think I like it?? Ha! Check out the You Tube Clip at the end of the post to see this fantastic DSP! You really have to see it in real life to see the amazing finish!


I've then pulled the colours from the DSP as the basis for my card using Mossy Meadow (returning colour) and Rich Razzleberry. Rich Razzleberry isn't one of my go to colours but it is so stunning in the DSP and that Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon is out of this world stunning!! Just too gorgeous for words! Over the middle piece of DSP I layered some of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper for some added interest and to give a different look to the DSP.


I cut out an Stitched Shapes Square and elongated it to turn it into a rectange and then using my paper trimmer cut out the inner section of the rectangle to create that 'frame' look. The inner panel is then embossed with the very beautiful Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Gosh that embossing folder is fabulous and I just love the way that it gives that really deep impression on the cardstock.


To finish off the card I fussy cut some pieces from the DSP and layered it with some Baker's Twine in the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit, free with the Gotta Have It All Bundle. Did you see that gorgeous Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon! It's super gorgeous and super pretty and available to you come June 1st when the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue goes live. Can't wait for you to get it too!

Lastly layered on top a Stitched Shape Oval with some stamping of images and sentiments from the Love What You Do Photopolymer Stamp Set and some of those amazing
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.

I do hope that I've given you some more inspiration with these amazing products from the Share What You Love Suite. Contact me TODAY to see how you can get these super stunning products!

Now back to the start of the hop with the fabulous Amy Koenders in the USA

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Amy Koenders - USA
Barbara Becker - Austria
Caroline van der Straaten - Netherlands
Cathy Caines - Canada
Paula Dobson - New Zealand
Rochelle Blok - Australia - You are here

Check out this You Tube Clip to see all these fabulous bundles in action and contact me today to get your hands on these fabulous products!



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Friday, May 4, 2018

Just Add Ink #407 | Just Add 'O'

Hello stamping friends! It's that time again for another Just Add Ink Challenge and do we have a good one for you this week - 'Just Add O'.


While I didn't have any stamp sets that begin with 'O', I've gone with an over the top look on my card today while incorporating Ovals, Orange and some Old Olive and yes I'm playing with the amazing Share What You Love Suite again!!! I just can't get enough of this suite, especially the DSP and co-ordinating ribbons and trim.


Again, as I've said in my blog posts before, this card started out completely different to what it ended up being. I originally started with a Blushing Bride Base,  a watercolour wash layer and the oval piece of the new Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. As you can see not an inch of Blushing Bride or Laser Cut Paper in sight.


I've mixed up three of the sheets of the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper for a more of a neutral look with this DSP. The hand painted designs on this heavyweight DSP are stunning and 4 of the designs have a pearlised finish. It's just too pretty to pass up.


I die cut the oval out of the Stitched Shapes Framelits and then embossed it with the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It the oval looks fabulous embossed with this stunning embossing folder or you can emboss a whole card layer and use that as a statement piece on its own. 

The floral spray on the side of the oval and the 'Beautiful Day' I cut out using my Brother Scan N Cut. No more fussy cutting again!! And then I've finished off the card with some pieces from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit and co-ordinating Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon. All the products from this suite are just out of this world stunning and I just can't get enough.
Get the Share What You Love Products in one of three bundles now or get them individually when the 2018 -2019 Annual Catalogue goes live come June 1st! Check out the product list below to see all the bundles!

Make sure you check out the rest of the JAI design team for all their Just Add 'O' creations. Lots of amazingness to inspire you!! Come and join in this weeks fun!


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