July 8×8 Sampler Class.

July 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Today I have our most recent Sampler class design to share with you.

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

March 8×8 Sampler Class.

March 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello and welcome back to my blog. For this month’s sampler class we used the Springtime Joy stamp set to make the Easter themed page. How cute are the lamb and rabbit?! When I first saw this set in the Mini Catalogue I knew it would make a great sampler page.

Inspiration for the ‘Easter’ sentiment was from Alanna Wharf – Sleepless Stamper. I saw a card Alanna had designed on Instagram and just loved the use of the negative cut out as the main sentiment. The co-ordinating Designer Series Paper makes a great background for the letters.

We made the wreath using dies from the Pierced Blooms Dies. The branches are curved in different directions, which makes for a fuller and more natural wreath. Branches and plants in nature are of course not uniform in size and shape!

We used a mixture of the colours from the Love You Always Foil Sheets pack to die cut flowers and additional leaves to add some accents to the wreath. The foil sheets feature Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, and Rococo Rose – such a great mix of colours!

We used Stampin’ Blends to colour the rabbit and lamb, and sponged some colour to the white background using the new Blending Brushes. The Blending Brushes are great for adding colour and texture. For added texture and interest for the background piece, we embossed it using the Old World Paper 3D embossing folder.

Happy crafting x

Megan

January 8×8 Sampler Class.

January 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello, welcome back to my blog. Today I have this floral sampler page to share with you. This month’s sampler theme was ‘With Love’, and I just couldn’t go past the Hydrangea Hill Suite of products to make it. The colours featured in the Designer Series Paper are soft and feminine – so easy to craft with!

We began with tone on tone stamping for the background layer of Old Olive cardstock. The DSP layers were then adhered to a layer of Pear Pizzazz, and adhered to the Old Olive layer.

To colour the hydrangea flowers we used a combination of Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, and Merry Merlot. By stamping off each layer of ink, we were able to build up some variance in the colours. The class attendees had the option of using a Hydrangea flower I had dried as the third flower in the centre of the sampler, or simply stamping and die cutting a third flower.

We tied in two of the lovely sentiments from the stamp set, a bow tied using the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon, and a sprinkle of the Pastel Pearls all from the Hydrangea Hill Suite.

The cool thing about displaying sampler in your home is that they can sit behind the glass in a frame and dust is kept away. But when we have a design like this one with a 3D real flower, the sampler page will sit in front of the glass and will potentially need dusting on occasion.

Happy crafting x

Megan

November 8×8 Sampler Class.

November 8×8 Sampler Class.

This months sampler was made using the Poinsettia Petals bundle. I love that this set works so well for a Kiwi Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I do like snowflakes and reindeer for Christmas designs, but it is a bit funny working with those images when we are moving into a hot summer!

We embossed the main flower in Gold Emboss Powder onto Whisper White cardstock, and then cut them out using the coordinating dies. You can create fun texture to your flowers by simply curling the petals with your Bone Folder, or by scrunching up the flower in your hands. For this design we curled the petals using a Bone Folder, and we gave the leaves texture by scrunching them up in our hands.

One of the best features of the Poinsettia Dies is the fact that it has dies that will cut out the flowers or leaves, and a nesting die that will emboss texture onto the flower or leaf. We used this fun feature on the small white poinsettia in the top corner, and for the small red flowers in the bottom corner.

Did you notice the extra texture in the small red poinsettia flowers? It may not show up well in these pictures – but they were made using the Red Velvet Paper. This paper is just gorgeous, and adds dimension to any design.

The coordinating Designer Series Paper and ribbon were so easy to work with for this design – and no snow in sight!

Happy crafting x

Megan

October 8×8 Sampler Class.

October 8×8 Sampler Class.

This month’s class was a spooky one! This is the second Halloween page I have designed for my sampler classes, and I’m happy to say it was well received.

There are not many New Zealanders who celebrate this holiday, and those who do generally don’t go all out on decorations for their houses or yards as other countires do. In this way, a framed sampler page fills the gap for my class attendees. It can be made the centre of attention on a coffee table or hallway table with some extra decorations and fake cobwebs thrown in there too, or can be hung in a prominent place in the home.

Purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle to save 10%.

What I love about the Halloween Magic Dies, more than the bats and the fact that is has a pretty flower and leaf die!, are the two nesting rectangle shapes perfect for creating focal points in any design.

We created the pumpkin by die cutting three ovals and overlapping them. To add a bit of texture we sponged the edges using sponge daubers. The sentiment was then heat embossed in white onto a strip of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

The spiders were stamped in Tuxedo Black Momento and then die cut. We lightly sponged the die cut spiders to soften the white background. They were too stark again the darker colours of the rest of the sampler page. To create height in their bodies we adhered some Iridescent Pearls. The pearls have a really cool oil slick appearance.

We curled one corner of the page for some fun texture, and highlighted the amazing Magic on This Night Designer Series Paper by using it as the background of the main square, as well as the smaller panels top and bottom.

I just loved the colours in this patterned paper pack – Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock, and Whisper White. They were a lot of fun to work with.

Happy crafting x

Megan


June 8×8 Sampler Class.

June 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello! Welcome back :). June’s sampler class was a lot of fun. We used the Mountain Air bundle and made a landscape scene for the theme ‘Mid Winter Fun’.

The Mountain Air stamp set is a reversible set, meaning that every stamp can be placed on a stamping block in reverse, and used to stamp solid images. We used the reverse of the mountain range below to fill in the snow-capped hills.

Mountain Air reversible photopolymer stamp set.

To make the sunrise/sunset sky we began by sponged Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Terracotta Tile, and Poppy Parade in arches starting from the center of the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock.

Next we wet the cardstock, making sure it was quite wet as the Whisper White cardstock will absorb ink and water quickly, and scrunched the piece up into a small ball. We then opened the ball up carefully and placed it aside to dry. Wetting the cardstock in this way smooths out the sponging, and softens the colours.

Once the sky piece was dry, (a heat tool can help this along), we smoothed it out a bit, and adhered it to a piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock. Make sure to use a good amount of Tear & Tape or Snail+ to secure the sky piece in place. We then finished off the sky by brushing on some Frost White Shimmer Paint that was mixed with isopropyl alcohol in a Stampin’ Spritzer.

The mountain ranges were stamped with Night of Navy – stamped off – and then heat embossed in White Embossing Powder to create the snow-capped mountains.

To create more depth in the scene, we stamped the solid mountains in Balmy Blue – stamped off – and placed them so that they sat in a different profile to the snow-capped mountains.

We stamped the sentiment in Terracotta Tile on a strip of So Saffron, and adhered a strip of Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon behind it.

We die cut two trees in Seaside Spray and used a sponge dauber to add shading with Night of Navy ink. To finish off the cluster of trees, we inked up the single tree image in Seaside Spray – stamped off – and again added shading using a sponge dauber and Night of Navy ink. This was then die cut and adhered on top of the other trees using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Happy crafting x

Megan

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May 8×8 Sampler Class.

May 8×8 Sampler Class.

This months sampler page was ‘Life’s Coming up Daisies’ theme, and was made using the gorgeous Ornate Specialty Designer Series Paper. All class attendees made the same sampler lay out, but were able to personalize the project through the sentiments they chose. See below for the different end results.

The Mint Macaron and So Saffron cardstock layers were embossed using the Subtles embossing folder. To add a little more texture, the cardstock layers we embossed once, turned 90 degrees and then embossed a second time. This gave a cross hatched texture.

We stamped and punched out the daisies from the Daisy Lane stamp set to create the focal image. I like to make each daisy with three punched flowers, and I always curl the petals with a bone folder to add dimension. A bit of Multipurpose Liquid Glue or a Glue Dot holds the layers together nicely.

The leaves were stamped from the Painted Harvest stamp set, and then punched out using the Leaf Punch. We coloured Clear Faceted Gems using the Light Daffidol Delight Stampin’ Blends before placing them in the centre of each daisy.

A strip of Gold Glimmer was die cut with one of the Ornate Borders dies and adhered to the center panel. This piece just finishes off the center panel.

On the day of class I put out the stamp sets I had which had uplifting/positive sentiments and sayings. It was from these that the class attendees could choose. They were then stamped on So Saffron and Terracotta Tile cardstock in VersaMark, and then dipped in White Embossing Powder.

Each of the side panels had a strip of Braided Linen Trim, which was teased apart and adhered in place using Glue Dots.


Sunday class attendees’ sampler pages.

Happy crafting x

Megan

March 8 x 8 Sampler.

March 8 x 8 Sampler.

We weren’t able to hold my March sampler class due to New Zealand moving into Alert Level 4 with COVID-19. I missed sharing this design with the ladies who had booked in for the class, but everyone’s health and well-being is far more important.

In lieu of a class, I hope you enjoy seeing the Easter themed project I had prepared.

The Fable Friends stamp set was too cute to pass by for an Easter themed sampler page. The rabbit and ducklings were coloured using a blending technique I learnt from a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Bev Poultney.

Use Watercolour Pencils to colour in the rabbit and duckling. I tried to do some shading by going darker around the edges and lighter in the middle of each area. Then bring in your Blender Pen and create a water coloured look by smoothing out the pencil lines. This is a fun technique if, like me, you struggle with water colouring.

I used the Thoughtful Blooms stamp set and co-ordinating punch from the Sale-a-Bration freebies to create the flower and leaves on the panel with the rabbit. Colours used for the flowers are Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral and So Saffron, and the leaves are Pear Pizzazz.

To finish off the flowers, I coloured Clear Faceted Gems using Daffodil Delight Light Stampin’ Blends.

The Easter panel in Crumb Cake is embossed with the Basket Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I die cut the letters from a sheet of Calypso Coral Subtles 6×6 Designer Series Paper.

The ‘Happy’ is from the stamp set Wildly Happy and is stamped on So Saffron card stock.

For the panel with the chicks in Easter eggs I created a fun faux suede texture with the Pear Pizzazz grass. When you run a bone folder over a piece of card stock over and over the card stock will start to separate. Once the card stock comes a part, carefully pull the card stock in two.

I coloured Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon with Dark So Saffron Stampin’ Blend. I love having white twine or ribbons for my crafting, because with the Stampin’ Blends they are customize-able for any project.


How exciting is this? Stampin’ Up! are releasing this amazing suite of products at the beginning of April.

The Ornate Garden Suite features new products from the upcoming Annual Catalogue such as:

  • Stamp sets
  • Dies
  • Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Ribbons
  • Embellishments
  • 3D embossing folder

Happy crafting x

Megan

February 8×8 Sampler.

February 8×8 Sampler.

February’s 8×8 Sampler was designed using the theme ‘butterflies’. I love the look of this sampler page because it is not overly feminine in the colour scheme and shows off the awesome large butterfly die from the Butterfly Beauty die set.

I just love the colour scheme in this sampler design. The base is Garden Green, all panels are matted on the Blueberry Bushel sheet from the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper and then Mint Macaron. Two of the panels are in contrasting designs from the Designer Series Paper pack Garden Lane.

The project is finished off with butterfly wooden accents, Silver Metallic Thread, Garden Green bakers twine in a bow, and Peaceful Poppies Sequins scattered around the page. I used Wink of Stella on the top layer of the die cut butterflies.

I used a small length of Braided Linen Trim behind the sentiment strip on the bottom panel. This linen trim is brilliant because you can use it as it is, or simply pull the braid apart for added texture.

The Beauty Abounds stamp set and the Butterfly Beauty dies were the focus of this sampler page. This set of dies is incredible value. There are multiples of the smaller butterfly dies, so you won’t need to do as many passes through your die cutting machine. The large butterfly dies layer on top of each other to create amazingly detailed die cut butterflies.

Happy crafting x

Megan