Monday, March 27, 2017

Surprise Explosion card

(Featuring: Explosion Card, Birthday Blooms, Butterfly Basics, Dragonfly Dreams)

I have fallen in love with this technique so beware you will be seeing a few of these cards.
This card front was inspired from one by artysara.blogspot.com. I loved her design and changed it up a bit to make  it my own.

The outside was so pretty I wanted to do something special on the inside too so...
when you open up the inside of the card you get a paper explosion kind of happening.
I had already written in this card so that is why there is an extra slip of whisper white randomly across the the middle there (in case you were wondering :)

Products used:
Cardstock : Sahara Sand, Whisper White, (Pink Pirouette for the butterfly)

Designer paper is a retired piece - 18cm x 18cm. (score 9cm on two sides and diagonally across one direction) I have added contrasting designer paper to the triangle sections.

Stamps: Hardwood (stamped in White Craft Ink)
Butterfly Basics,
Greetings from: Beautiful You, Birthday Blast and Butterfly Basics.

This next surprise explosion card was made using Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalogue.

See that yellow flower? It is actually the Dragonfly wings stamped around in a circle. How cool is that!
I stamped once in So Saffron in the centre of the 9.5cm x 9.5cm Very Vanilla Card.
Then I stamped again on a smaller piece 4cm x 4cm.
Add a piece of plain Very Vanilla 4.2cm x 4.2cm between the two flowers.

The inside designer paper is the Party Animal Dsp Occasions Catalogue.
I added Very Vanilla cardstock to the top and bottom of the card
with stamping from Dragonfly Dreams and Birthday Blooms in Black, So Saffron and Crushed Curry 
ink.



...and a bit of a Starblast thinlets sparkly going on at the top of the card because I just love them.

This is such a fun card to make and great for using up your designer paper too.

Thanks for dropping by. Vx

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Salebration Inside the Lines

(Featuring: Saleabration Behind the Lines Designer Paper, Dragonfly Dreams, 3D card)

Have you noticed Colouring Books are so on trend at the moment?
Stampin Up definitely have...and have introduced a great Designer Paper package for all of us who love colouring.

The exclusive Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper is a Saleabration product. Which means there is only two weeks left if you would like to get your hands on some. For every AU$90 you spend you can get this paper or other Salebration products for FREE but only until March 31st.

So today I thought I would show you a couple of cards made with this lovely paper.





For this one I brayered over the piece using the Soft Sky Inkpad. Then I added some colour to some of the flowers and leaves using the Watercolour Pencils in Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Basic Grey.

I cut the paper into 4 different size panels and layered them over black cardstock.



Cardstock used: Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey, Black.
Other product: Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set for greeting and Dragonfly Detailed Thinlets for Gold Foil Card Dragonfly.
 I wanted to show you the closeup of the Lace Doily (p.51 Occasions Catalogue). It is sooooo sparkly! I used my Gold Wink of Stella pen to colour it.

So you might think..."I am not into colouring".. and that is fine too, as this paper is perfect as a black and white background piece.
Here is a card I made just with the designer paper and Black Cardstock. Very simple and still looks good.



But what could be even better??? A little pack of colouring pencils attached to the card for those who do like to colour.
I made a simple little open lidded box to hold these three pencils, red, blue and yellow and attached it to the bottom of the card.


The box is 9cm x 11cm. It is scored at 1cm, 4cm, 5cm, 8cm. and then 1cm for the bottom of the box.  I cut a semi circle at the front to see the pencils. But of course the measurements really depend on the size of your colouring pencils. 


By wrapping a piece of the designer paper around the box it holds the pencils in place.

and when you open the inside of the card.




and here is a buzzy bee photo I took last week out at the farm.  Flowers and bees go together.



Have a happy day. Thanks for dropping by. Vx




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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hey Chicks!

(featuring - Hey Chick stamp set. Saleabration)

Hey Chicks...
Did you know there is only a few weeks left of Saleabration?
This Hey Chick Stamp Set is just one of a selection of products you can order free with every AU$90- purchase. Finishes March 31st.

I just love this stamp set. It really tickles my funny bone and I had to make one for my friend's birthday. Because she is "a good egg".
Her favourite colour is green so I looked out some Party Animal designer series paper from the Occasions Catalogue and off I went.
Colours used: Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry.

Party On stamp and inside card stamps are from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set and I just had to place a party hat on the chicken (from a retired stamp set).
The ground is made with Gorgeous Grunge Stamp set in Basic Grey and I have watercoloured the chicken, egg and ground with our new Watercolour pencils p.24 of the Occasions Catalogue.
This card just makes me smile.
And what more can you want than a smile to brighten your day?


Hope this brightens your day too.
And a photo from a previous holiday. The strange sights in a wildlife nature reserve. haha.



Thanks for dropping by. Vx


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Beautiful You and Lift Me Up

(Featuring Beautiful You Stamp set and Lift Me Up Stamp Set)

Well hello,
I am back from a lovely week away at the beach and ready to show some cards made at my last workshop.

The first card (Tip Top Taupe card base) features the Beautiful You stamp set. I love the fact that there is a stamp to colour her dress. So easy! I used Blushing Bride ink.
I used our new watercolour pencils to colour her hat.
For a bit of a twist on a greeting I decided to stamp the Happy Birthday Gorgeous diagonally across half of my background Sahara Sand piece in Soft Suede ink.
Some pretty Falling in Love Designer paper and one of our lovely new doilys all from the Occasions Catalogue p.51.
The lady is stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut out with one of the new Stitched Shapes Framelits.
Ribbon is from Salebration.

Inside a birthday sentiment from Balloon Adventures p.5


The other card we made was using the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and Up and Away Framelits with matching designer paper from Saleabration.

Night of Navy Card base
Ink- Night of Navy, Real Red, Smoky Slate




Inside another greeting from Balloon Adventures ( I love the greetings in that set, can you tell? LOL.)

and because you want to see some pics from my holiday (maybe?) in beautiful Hervey Bay. 
The resort we stayed at.


 The beach across the road from the resort. Actually most of them look like this.


The pier in the background of the next photo is a kilometre long and celebrates it's 100 year anniversary this year 2017. And yes, we did walk it. Saw plenty of people catching fish from it too. Wish I had brought my hand line, I like a bit of fishing.


Now back to card making till the next holiday.
Have a good week. Thanks for stopping by. Vx


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lift me up up up into the sky!


(featuring Lift Me Up stamp set and matching Up and away thinlets)

A stamp set that soars above the rest....
I just love hot air balloons...but I have never yet been up in one. Being someone who gets wobbly on the second rung of a ladder might have something to do with that.haha.)

I thought this was a really great bundle as it's sentiments cover a wide range of events, Congratulations, Love, Happy Birthday, Thank you, Just a Note and Sending Smiles.
Depending on the colours you use, you could make a very masculine card or a very feminine card.

Come and have a look at a few examples I have made recently.

The first one is from a design by Sandy Mott. I loved the idea of cutting out a circle to make a window and stamping on the inside of the card.


You know it is funny how things can look so different in real life. I stamped this card and liked it. But now looking at this photo I am thinking the Crushed Curry balloon inside the circle should have been Peekaboo Peach or maybe a real red. :(
Oh well, it still looks fine inside.

 I love the colours in this next one and the cut out clouds.
Colours: Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach, with Soft Sky. Very pretty.

I saw a card design by Crystal Komara and just had to have a go at doing something similar myself.



and looky looky, what I spied in a tree near the walking path the other day. A Koala. As you can see he wasn't very high up the tree and I could get quite close. So cool.

Have a great day and I will be back soon. Vx

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Everyday Hero


(Featuring - Everyday Hero Stamp Set. Valentine's Day Card)

Happy Valentine's Day to all you lovers of papercraft!💘

The Everyday Hero Stamp Set seemed a perfect fit for my family of movie-goers. (p.49 Occasions Catalogue)
So when it came to making a Valentine's card for DH I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
And the amazing thing was...what I envisioned in my head actually turned out the way I had planned. Now that must have been some kind of Super power, Don't you think??? LOL!

click on picture to enlarge

 A peekaboo heart card. In Real Red, Whisper White and Smokey Slate.

I cut a piece of Real Red cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm and cut a heart shape from the middle using a heart die. Then I cut a slightly larger heart out of a piece of whisper white cardstock 10cm x 14cm and place it on top.
I stamped the grid pattern in real red on the whisper white.

The cityscape is stamped in Night of Navy onto the whisper white and then again onto Smokey Slate cardstock. I cut the Smokey Slate cityscape out and popped it over the stamped whisper white image to give a 3D look.

The little cloud was actually "floating" around on my desk from the Lift Me Up Thinlets and I thought it was a cute addition to the card.



I then traced the smaller heart onto the front of real red cardstock and cut it out using the heart framelit to allow for the heart shaped window.
The Super hero is stamped and coloured with the new watercolour pencils and cut out and raised up with dimensionals.
Hope he likes it.

Thanks for stopping by. Vx



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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Beautiful You Surprise Pop Up

(Featuring: Beautiful You and Birthday Blast Stamp sets. Star Blast Edgelit dies. Pop Up Card.)

Keeping with the Beautiful You Stamping theme from last week I wanted to share with you my Art Deco theme card.
This idea came from Jane Allmark of AmethyStar Crafting. She posted a great card where she extended the dress and added a few lines to this lady to create a completely different style of outfit. I thought it was very cool and just had to give it a try myself.

I have coloured her with our new SU watercolour pencils and added (non SU) blue glitter glue for sparkle.

 Using a black Project Life Journalling pen 01 - I added a sweeping line to the bottom of her dress to lengthen it. I added lines from her shoulder to meet her dress line to create a dress with straps.
I also added a stamp from Botanical Blooms to the hat to give it more glamour.


 Art Deco is all about angles and lines so I went a bit crazy with our new Stitched Frame Thinlits. I have even cut one in half to add to two of the corners.
The flower is from Botanical Builders Framelits and the stars from the brand new Star Blast Edgelits Dies.
Designer Paper - Party Animal.
Colours: Black, White, Silver and Pacific Point.
 I just loved the way this card turned out but such an eye-catching card needs something special on the inside don't you think???

How is this!!!
What a Birthday Blast (play on words).
Yes this is from the Birthday Blast Bundle which is the Birthday Blast Stamp Set and Star Blast Edgelits Dies (don't you just love these little beauties!)


 I created a very simple pop out for my Star Blast Edgelits to sit against.

 I have glued the top half to the base card
 but not the bottom half so you can see it from the other side.

 This is a piece of white cardstock. 28cm x 10cm. Folded in half at 14cm. Keep folded.
On the 10cm folded edge mark with a pencil at 3cm and then at 7cm. Rule a line 2cm  up from the folded edge. Now cut up 2cm from your 3cm and 7cm mark to the ruled line.
Bend the cut piece back and forth. Open your white cardstock and push this centre piece out so it looks like the picture.
 I hope you enjoyed this card and maybe make some pop-ups of your own too. They are so easy and add such a fun element.

We are off for a few days out to the Gatton farmhouse with Rosie. She just loves it out there. Here are a few pics of  her a couple of weeks ago. The ground is bare at the moment but broccoli is going to be planted soon.
Stay tuned.







( Hurry up Mum.)
 (I am sure I can smell something interesting on this tree. Possum perhaps??? )
(It went this way.!)

Have a great day and I will catch up again next week. Thanks for stopping by. Vx





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