July Cards & Coffee.

July Cards & Coffee.

Hello! Welcome to my blog. For this month’s Cards and Coffee class the theme was Sailing Home. The two cards were made using the Sailing Home stamp set and a masculine colour scheme. I don’t know about you, but I find creating cards for men a bit harder, but this sea themed set was a perfect fit!

For the first card we used the alcohol and Stampin’ Blends technique to create a fun background for the card. Using Dark Pool Party, Light Misty Moonlight, and Light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends we coloured randomly over a piece of Vellum cardstock and then spritzed it with isopropyl alcohol. This creates a fun, fluid ink splat.

We frayed a length of Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon, and then used the loose pieces to create some interesting texture behind the sentiment piece. A stamped and fussy cut sail boat, and the sentiment stamped and punched using the Tailored Tag punch made the focal piece.

For the second card we stamped tone-on-tone for the background, and used a strip of vellum to show a different way to use the blends and alcohol technique.

The left over frayed ribbon looks so good behind behind the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment. We stamped and fussy cut the lighthouse and adhered it to the card front before adhering the sentiment with Dimensionals.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Let’s Get Hopping 44: Favourite Occasions.

Let’s Get Hopping 44: Favourite Occasions.

Hello, and welcome back to my blog. Today I am hopping with the crew from Let’s Get Hopping and our focus is on our favourite occasions. If you’ve been following along with the hop, you would have come to my blog from Tanya Rees. I hope you enjoyed the project that Tanya had to share.

I love creating cards with uplifting sentiments; they are perfect for helping to lift someone during a tough time, they are great for an extra special birthday greeting, or they are good for just because cards. For the card I have to share with you today I used the Colour & Contour bundle. This is a really versatile bundle with a great mixture of stamped images and sentiments, and also a number of fun frame dies, a scalloped edge die, and two dies designed to cut out the two stamped flower images.

To make this card I started with inspiration from Artisan Design Team member Susan Wong. Susan showed a light watercolour wash technique where she added to the background of a stamped and die cut ‘outline’ image before stamping the ‘filler’. This technique added a fun, subtle aspect to Susan’s card, and I was keen to try it out for myself.

I used this technique on the three flowers, as well as a length of Shimmery White cardstock which I then cut using the scalloped edge die in the Scalloped Contours dies. I used Daffodil Delight to do a soft watercolour wash across the entire flower, and then came back in with a stronger amount of Daffodil Delight to add some interest. I then added bit of Shaded Spruce to the centers.

To bring the card together, I spritzed a layer of Smoky Slate cardstock using a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on to a Smoky Slate card base. I then built up the watercoloured components with a strip of Shaded Spruce cardstock, and a length of the black and white twine from the Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack tied into a large bow. Finally, I stamped the uplifting sentiment ‘You’re Absolutely Amazing’ onto Basic Black cardstock in White Emboss Powder. I love the trend of fussy cutting sentiments, and went with a mixture of straight edges, and some more detailed fussy cutting around the different fonts.

I hope you have enjoyed todays blog hop post from me, be sure to leave a message below to let me know you’ve stopped by. Remember to continue along with the blog hop and see what occasion is a favourite for Elizabeth Edlin.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Let’s Celebrate You.

Let’s Celebrate You.

Inspiration for this card stemmed from wanting to experiment with the Stampin’ Blends and alcohol technique on Vellum. It is such an easy and addictive technique to do, that I actually made a number of vellum pieces varying in colours. To do the technique you will need your Stampin’ Blends, a Stampin’ Spritzer, and some scrap paper such as the Grid Paper. Lay your piece of Vellum on top of the scrap paper – this will protect your work surface – and colour randomly with your Stampin’ Blends. Next, spritz some Isopropyl Alcohol over the Vellum. The more you spritz, the more the colour will mix and run together. You can help the blending along by ‘smooshing’ the Vellum with an acrylic block. Put the Vellum aside to dry, and get onto making your card base and other elements. So easy!

To make the spanner panel fun fold card I cut the front into three flaps. On the two outer pieces I adhered a strip of embossed and the sponged Misty Moonlight cardstock. I just love the texture of the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, and using the Blending Brushes across the top helps to accentuate it. Next, I stamped the sentiment onto a strip pf Vellum, and adhered it to the two outer pieces of the card front. To hide where I had used adhesive behind the Vellum, I stamped, coloured, and die cut one of the flower images from the Colour & Contour Bundle and placed it on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I really wanted to make the spritzed Vellum panel the star of the card, so to highlight it I created a Gilded Leafing frame using Tear & Tape. Side note – how good is the Gilded Leafing?! So many ways to use it in your crafting. And to really make the colour pop, I adhered the Vellum panel to a piece of Basic White cardstock.

Have you tried this technique? What colours have you used? I would love to hear from you – be sure to leave a comment below.

Happy crafting x

Megan

June 8×8 Sampler Class.

June 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. The theme for this month’s sampler page was ‘Plants, Plants, Plants’. I knew I wanted to create a page using the Simply Succulent stamp set and Potted Succulent die set, and when I saw the Bloom Where You’re Planted designer series paper it was a done deal.

The class attendees were able to stamp and colour the large group of succulents however they wanted, and they could also choose any of the plant and pot combinations to fussy cut from the designer series paper. Big choices such as these are always interesting to observe in a class setting. Some people are decisive and quick to piece the many options together, and some take a little more time to consider their options and try out different combinations. Either way, I allow plenty of time in the class so that there isn’t a time pressure forcing decisions, and so that no one is rushing putting their sampler page together.

To provide inspiration for the many different colour combinations for succulents, I simply Googled succulent images and printed of two which showed a mixture of colours. The class attendees found these handouts helpful on the day. We coloured the succulents using Stampin’ Blends. The alcohol-based pens were great for softening and blending even different colours like Blackberry Bliss and Pool Party.

For the two side panels we snipped a narrow piece from a sheet of Paper Lattice and adhered it to the designer series paper. After deliberating over the pots and plants and die cut pieces, and adhering them together, we adhered thin strips of Soft Suede cardstock to create shelves from three of the plants to sit on. For the fourth plant we made a faux macrame hanger using some of the Gray Granite from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack.

So that the large group of succulents and pot were grounded, we used a thin strip of the brick pattern designer series paper and adhered it to the dark green foliage patterned panel. We used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch to make the base for the bottom sentiment and adhered a die cut Blackberry Bliss succulent in behind the heat embossed ‘Extraordinary’ sentiment, and for the top sentiment we stamped and embossed the ‘Make the Ordinary’ sentiment then die cut it using one of the dies from the Potted Succulents dies.

To finish off the sampler page we adhered a number of the Genial Gems around the page, and adhered a die cut Blackberry Bliss succulent on top of the centre succulent piece.

Happy crafting x

Megan

June Cards & Coffee.

June Cards & Coffee.

This month’s class was designed to show off the Watercolour Pencils. They are a great product to have on hand when crafting.

Of course, the Watercolour Pencils pair perfectly with Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper and Water Painters, but by using them they way we did in this class you can get good faux watercolour effects on regular Basic White cardstock. I will say, however, that you can’t beat watercolour paper for creating watercolour looks. Basic White especially doesn’t handle a lot of water very well, which is why we used Blender Pens with the Watercolour Pencils.

We used the Old Olive Watercolour Pencil to create a faux watercolour wash as a centre piece for the Dutch door fun fold card. To get this effect we coloured randomly down the Basic White panel making some areas darker than others, and then smoothed out the pencil lines using one of the Blender Pens.

A bit of tone-on-tone stamping across the inside of the card created texture behind the watercolour wash panel. I absolutely loved the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, and I love how this sheet of purple and blue hydrangeas lifts the watercolour wash panel. We finished the card with a simple sentiment stamped on Highland Heather cardstock in Blackberry Bliss and a few of the Pastel Pearls scattered around the front of the card.

For the second card we made, I focused on using the Watercolour Pencils to colour in a stamped image using the Blender Pens to create a faux watercolour look. Colouring this way with the Watercolour Pencils is fabulous for this type of small image where it may be tricky to stay within the lines.

We randomly stamped the hydrangea flower cluster down the left-hand side of a piece of Basic White, and then chose contrasting colours for colouring the flowers. I chose to leave the leaves white so that they wouldn’t take focus from the rest of the card. Next, we adhered a strip of the green and gold foil Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper to the left-hand side of the Basic White piece and adhered right up against the right-hand side of the card front.

To finish off the card, we stamped the sentiment – one of my faves from the Hydrangea Hill stamp set – in Evening Evergreen onto a strip of Soft Sea Foam and adhered a length of Basic Grey twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack behind it. A couple Rhinestone Basic Jewels scattered around the card front and we were done.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Let’s Get Hopping 43: New Technique.

Let’s Get Hopping 43: New Technique.

Hello, welcome to my blog! Today I’m sharing another project with you as a part of the Let’s Get Hopping team. Our brief this month was to try something new! The technique I chose to experiment with was using Stampin’ Blends and alcohol on Vellum.

If you are following along with the hop you would have come to me from Mikaela Titheridge.

I have been crafting quite a bit with the products in the Expressions in Ink Suite, and I wanted a different way to show off the large leafy die cut piece rather than leaving it in one long branch. To do this I cut the branch into three or four pieces to tuck in behind a length of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon.

To decorate the card and to really highlight the new (to me) technique I cut a piece of Vellum that would fill two thirds of the card front. To do the technique I coloured one side of the Vellum using a mixture of Misty Moonlight, Blackberry Bliss, and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends then sprayed it with isopropyl alcohol using a Stampin’ Spritzer. Depending on how much isopropyl you spritz on, you can come in with a brush or even a Clear Block to smoosh the ink around.

The card base is Merry Merlot with a Basic Black layer. I stamped the sentiment in Merry Merlot, and finished off the card using Gilded Gems.

Once you give this technique a go you will struggle to stop! There are so many possibilities – create a fun background, a unique die cut accent, a fun punched or die cut sentiment shape, and more.

Be sure to hop along to see what the other hoppers have created. You’ll be visiting Rachael Merrick next.

Happy crafting x

Megan

May Cards & Coffee.

May Cards & Coffee.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Today I have a monochrome coordinating gift bag and card set made using the Nothings Better Than You stamp set to share with you. The class attendees were able to choose from the 2021-2023 In Colours for their class kits. They are Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, and Polished Pink. Inspiration for this card came from Wendy Fee of Wendy’s Little Inklings.

To make the gift bag we did some tone-on-tone stamping with the coffee cup stamp across the bottom of an Ombre Gift Bag. What is really cool is that there is a wee stamp for the stem coming up out of a cup.

Using a length of Basic White twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack and a length of Fine Art Ribbon we made a zig zag pattern to sit behind the sentiment. I like to adhere the ribbon directly to the gift bag using Tear & Tape.

To make the sentiment we punched a piece of Basic White with the Everyday Label Punch, then stamped the coffee cup outline in Tuxedo Memento Black and filler image in the coordinating In Colour, and the steam in Soft Suede. Some of the filler images needed to be stamped off to make sure the detail could still be seen. For the sentiment we stamped the ‘Coffee’ in Early Espresso – I mean, name another colour that matches the theme of the project that well, am I right?! A few Rhinestone Basic Jewels placed around the sentiment and we were finished.

For the fun fold card, we stamped tone-on-tone again down the two side panels and then adhered them closed. We stamped the coffee cup, filler, and the ‘Coffee’ sentiment in the same manner as the gift bag, and added the sentiment ‘Today’s Plan…’ in Tuxedo Memento Black right at the top. This was then adhered to a piece of Basic Black cardstock, and adhered to the center panel. To finish it off, we added a few in the coordinating 2021-2023 In Colour Jewels to the card front.

Happy crafting x

Megan

May 8×8 Sampler Class.

May 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello, welcome to my blog. Inspiration for this month’s design came from Rebecca Hall of Bec’s House of Craft. I finally got my hands on some Gilded Leafing and was keen to try it out. There a few cool techniques for applying the Gilded Leafing to your projects; for this design I used the Heat & Stick Powder to adhere the leafing and the Art Gallery stamp set.

We worked with blues for this design, but it could easily be mixed up with a different colour scheme or even a different stamp set – a versatile design which makes a great gift as well as a home decor piece. The flowers were stamped in Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight, and the leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzazz.

To make the stencil for the large letter I found a font I like on the computer and printed it out to suit the size of my frame. The class participants were able to choose the letter for their own designs.

We randomly stamped the filigree type image in the Tasteful Touches stamp set down the left-hand side of the basic white layer, and then sponged the edges lightly to break up the stark white. Next we stamped the flower heads and stems on the right-hand side, making sure that they would be seen from behind the large letter. The Art Gallery stamp set features fun two-step stamping images. A bit of texture and interest came from curling the top corner.

To decorate the large letter we stamped the flower heads and stem. On two of the flowers we stamped the detail flower stamp in Misty Moonlight. To add the Gilded Leafing to the stamped images we used the detail flower stamp. The Heat & Stick Powder works in the same way that embossing powder does – ink up the stamp with VersaMark, sprinkle with Heat & Stick Powder and melt with a Heat Tool. Immediately after this, push the Heat & Stick powder down into the Gilded Leafing. Finally, lightly brush off the excess Gilded Leafing and it is done.

A tip here is to tip just enough of the Gilded Leafing that you need for the project into a larger container. The leafing is incredible light, and wafts very easily out of the small container it comes in. An ice cream container or similar is perfect for working with.

We added some gold foil elements from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack to the background, and some of the leaf and berry looking branches in behind the large letter. This layer was then adhered to a piece of Misty Moonlight, which also had a curled corner. And this layer was them adhered to a piece of Basic White cardstock. We lightly sponged the Basic White base to soften the starkness of it.

Happy crafting x

Megan

2021-2022 Annual Catalogue DSP Share.

2021-2022 Annual Catalogue DSP Share.

1. Standard DSP Share Cost $35.00.

Includes: 60 pieces of 6×6 DSP. One of each pattern from these packs: Each DSP pack will be in a separately packaged and labelled.

· Beauty of the Earth (6 sheets)

· Bloom Where you are Planted (6 sheets)

· Pansy Petals (6 sheets)

· Simply Elegant (6 sheets)

· Expressions of Ink (6 sheets)

· Hand-Penned (6 sheets)

· In The Wild (6 sheets)

· Sweet Symmetry (6 sheets)

· Tidings of Christmas (6 sheets)

· You’re a Peach (6 sheets)

2. Optional Extras

You can chose any or all of the shares below, just let me know which ones you want and the extra cost can be added to your Standard Share.

These optional extras will be pieces of 6×6 DSP.

· In Colour 2021-2023 (10 sheets – 2 sheets in 4 designs in 5 colours) $6.06

· In Colour 2020-2022 (10 sheets – 2 sheets in 4 designs in 5 colours) $6.06

· Ombre Specialty Paper (4 sheets) $5.25

· 21-23 In Colour Shimmer Vellum (5 sheets) $3.16

· Gold & Rose Gold Metallic Specialty Paper (2 sheets) $2.63

· Linen Specialty Paper (Adhesive Sheets!) (2 sheets) $3.13


I will be placing the order for the Share items on Friday 4th of June. This will be the last day to participate. Simply email me at megantearemade@gmail.com, or via Facebook Messenger to let me know you are in, pay before the 4th of June and you will be all set!

By the time the order arrives to me, and I prepare the individual shares, they will be ready to distribute around Friday 18th of June. Please note this is around two weeks just to allow plenty of time due to Queens Birthday public holiday.

Payment Details are: Made by Megan 12-3253-0013778-50. Please use your Name and DSP Share for the reference.

You are welcome to arrange to collect the share from me, or pay extra for postage.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Let’s Get Hopping 42: Returning Favourites.

Let’s Get Hopping 42: Returning Favourites.

Hello, welcome back to my blog! I’m very excited to join the Let’s Get Hopping team again this month and I’m excited to share this project with you. You’ve come to me from Nina’s blog here.

This month’s blog hop theme is Returning Favourites. Stampin’ Up! have released the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and it is full of great new stamp sets and coordinating products. What is very cool is that a number of stamp sets and other products have carried over for another year of crafting potential.

I really enjoyed working with the Timeless Tropical stamp set and coordinating In The Tropics dies in the past year, and I’m looking forward to getting more use out of them.

For this design I looked to the Stampin’ Up Colour Coach for colour inspiration. The combination is So Saffron, Gray Granite, and Poppy Parade. I was hesitant at first – this is not a colour combo I would have chosen for myself! That being said, it is good to challenge ourselves when being creative. I am very happy with the outcome!

I stamped the card base tone-on-tone in So Saffron using the pineapple stamp, and spritzed the cardstock layer with the So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker. I love spritzing for adding some detail. Next, I die cut the pineapple base in Gray Granite and sponged it using a Sponge Dauber. The top of the pineapple was die cut in Sahara Sand foil from the Love You Always Foil Sheets.

To finish off the card I heat embossed the sentiment in White Emboss Powder, tied a bow using White Bakers Twine and adhered both of these on top of the pineapple. A few Adhesive Backed Sequins in Mango Melody scattered around brought everything together.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think about this card, please comment below :). Be sure to hop along to see what the rest of the team have been creating. You’ll be visiting Eimear Carvill from Stamp in Colour.

Happy crafting x

Megan