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


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


Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

This past weekend was our customer dedicated craft day. Five Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, including myself, get together and teaching fun paper craft projects across one day. It is a full on day, but makes for lots of crafting and social time together.

This Waikato Creative Crafts Day was focused on the exciting products released in the January-June Mini Catalogue.

I demonstrated this fun tri-fold card using products from the Hydrangea Hill Suite. The dies in this suite have fun touches of texture, such as the flower head which cuts out the hydrangea flower and also cuts petals all over the flower head. Simply bending them up with a Take Your Pick tool gives your project a ton of texture and depth.

The colours featured in the Designer Series Paper are some of my fave to work with. I used Misty Moonlight as the card base, and stamped the hydrangea outlines in Merry Merlot. To fill in the flowers I used a mixture of Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight, and Merry Merlot. A tip here is to tread lightly with the darker colours! I stamped off two or three times to get a nice mixture of tones. The leaves and stems were stamped with Granny Apple Green and Pear Pizzazz. I like to mix up the colours I use when stamping flowers – because we all know that natural flowers are not uniform in size, shape or colour.

To bring the card together, I die cut the mini flowers in Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, and then added a bow in Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon. A few Pastel Pearls scattered between the layers on the front of the card just finished it of nicely.

Alicia showed of the super cool (pun intended!) products available as a part of the Ice Cream Corner Suite with this shaker card.

I just love this style if shaker card! It is quick and so easy to make. Alicia cut a piece of Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper to fit the card front, and then put that into a Clear Medium Envelope. Before sealing the envelope, Alicia put some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles in. To get a nice snug fit Alicia simply closed the top of the envelope, and then folded over the long edge at the back and secured it with some Tear & Tape. A tip for this part is to be sure you aren’t making the envelope too tight, you still want the shaker pieces to move around freely.

Raylene taught the event attendees how to make and decorate this photo album using the Treasures of Life stamp set.

This album makes a great keepsake or brag book for any grandparent. You could swap out the sentiments and colours used to make a birthday, Christmas, Easter … any themed album to keep or gift. Some of the pages have been stamped on, and some have been left blank – making lots of choice for adhering photos or for writing memories or journaling.

Irene demonstrated this soft pastel coloured card using products from the Sand & Sea Suite.

I just love, love, love the Sand & Sea Suite. I grew up in a coastal area, and the sea just speaks to my soul. Irene’s choices for the colours in this card are unique. You might have seen a few samples by now of the products in this suite in action – most of which would have been in bold, bright colours. This design makes the Pearlescent Specialty Paper the star of the show.

Did you notice that the die set and the embossing folder in this suite match up? Irene has highlighted that in this design by first stamping the different shells, then die cutting them, and then finally embossing them with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. So many creative possibilities with this suite!

Bev showed how to make this cool fun fold card with the Snail Mail Suite of products.

Fun fold cards such as this one Bev has created are fabulous for making a card that the receiver can display in their home. The Snail Mail Designer Series Paper features a fun mix of bright colours, making it a great choice for designs for children and adults alike! I love that Bev has shown how versatile Designer Series Paper really is. You don’t necessarily need to have the coordinating stamp set to make great craft creations – simply fussy cutting some DSP will do the trick! Quick, easy, and cost effective – my kind of crafting.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects. Do you have a favourite? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below :).

Happy crafting x


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


September 8×8 Sampler Class.

September 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog and to another awesome sampler class design. To make this page we used the Whale Done bundle, which has lots of fun images and fun ‘punny’ sentiments. The images are great for creating an underwater scene, and that’s exactly what we did for the shaker section. Shaker elements are a great technique and it added a fun spin to this layout.

There are a number of sheets in the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper pack that are great for making an under the sea seascape. We stamped the sea creatures from the Whale Done stamp set in different colours to fill in the seascape panel at the bottom of the page. To make the shaker portion, we used Whale of a Time Sequins and fussy cut small sea creatures from the Whale of a Time 6×6 Designer Series Paper. We then attached the window sheet using Foam Adhesive Strips, and a Calypso Coral frame on top with Tear n Tape.

A great tip to keep the small fussy cut pieces from becoming buried in the other shaker filler is to adhere a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional to the back and leave the backing in place.

To create the sentiment piece we stamped the sentiment close to the laft-hand side of a piece of Whisper White punched using the Everyday Label Punch. By sliding the opposite side back through the punch, we were able to make a custom sized sentiment piece.

Happy crafting x


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July 8×8 Sampler Class.

July 8×8 Sampler Class.

July’s sampler page was chosen by popular demand. The lovely ladies who attend this class had seen a flower heart page I had made for a market, and loved it so much they wanted to learn how to make one of their own – and who am I to say no?

We added texture to the coloured cardstock layer with a tone on tone watercolour wash using Water Painters.

The flowers were made by die cutting tissue paper using the In The Tropics Dies. The two larger solid flower dies are perfect for making quick paper flowers, and the set of three flowers die was good for making the smallest flowers. The small flowers were fiddly to adhere together, and caused a few sighs around the table, but were well worth the effort to define the heart shape. Everyone chose either silver or gold Metallic Pearls for the centers of the small flowers.

I enjoyed watching everyone choose tissue paper colours and work out placement of the flowers to make the heart shape.

The sentiment piece was trimmed to a point using the Tailored Tag punch. Simply feed one side in at a time to make custom length sentiment pieces to suit your choice of sentiment stamp.

We tied a big bow using the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and adhered it behind the sentiment before adhering it onto the flowers.

To add a little more interest to the background we coloured Rhinestone Basic Jewels using Stampin’ Blends, and then placed them in a triangle around the flower heart.

Happy crafting x


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Water Front Fun.

Water Front Fun.

Hello! Today I have four fun projects to share with you which use the Waterfront stamp set. The four projects have the same stamped mountain landscape scene, with a few added extras to change it up. I found inspiration for the scene and colours from Amy O’Neill of Amy’s Paper Craft.

For this first design I simply stamped directly onto a Whisper White Notecard. You really don’t need to have a large crafting stash to create gorgeous cards. With as little supplies as paper, ink, some ribbon, and a stamp set you too can make a card everyone would love to receive.

To create the scene I used the following colours:

  • Clouds – Seaside Spray
  • Sun – So Saffron
  • Mountains – Soft Suede
  • Trees – Garden Green
  • Fields – Old Olive
  • Water – Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay, and Night of Navy
  • Sentiment – Night of Navy
  • Ribbon – Braided Linen Trim

For this design I stamped the mountain scene onto a piece of Whisper White, and then adhered that to a Soft Suede card front. To add a bit of texture to the Soft Suede card front, I stamped the dots image in Soft Suede along two of the edges. I also added a longer piece of Braided Linen Trim and tied it around the Whisper White layer.

For this third design I stamped the mountain scene onto a piece of Whisper White and then adhered this to a Soft Suede A5 card base. The Soft Suede card front was stamped with dots as before, and I also added a layer of wood texture from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack. I popped up the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and added a short length of Braided Linen Trim behind it.

This is a card size that I almost never make, but one that I find is super useful for lots of people to sign and write notes for the recipient. I encourage you to have a go at creating a larger card like this one :).

Finally, I made a decor piece that fits into a 6×6 inch frame, matted for 5×5 inches. The mountain scene is stamped onto Whishper White, which is then adhered to wood texture from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack, and then onto a Soft Suede layer.

Happy crafting x


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


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Jar of Flowers Happy Birthday.

Jar of Flowers Happy Birthday.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I have a fun peek through card to share with you using the Jar of Flowers bundle. If this is your first time visiting my blog, feel free to check out my other posts. Also, leave a comment to let me know you have stopped by!

To complete this project you will need:

  • So Saffron card base – 14.9cm x 21cm
  • Whisper White cardstock – 13.9cm x 10cm
  • Petal Pink card stock – 1cm x 6cm
  • Whisper White scrap pieces
  • Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim – 20cm

Begin by stamping the large jar and a flower bouquet in Tuxedo Black Momento onto scrap pieces of Whsper White cardstock. NOTE: Stamp these images apart as one will be punched out and the other will be fussy cut.

Place the small jar image in reverse onto a stamping block. Stamp this solid image in Balmy Blue stamped off to fill in the large jar stamped image. Colour the stems using an Old Olive Stampin’ Blend. Punch this image out using the Jar Punch.

Colour the bouquet of flowers using Stampin’ Blends. Colours I used in the pictured card were: Old Olive, Poppy Parade dark, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo. Once you coloured the image, fussy cut it using Paper Snips.

Place the Whisper White layer on the card front while the card base is open, and line it up with the right-hand side edge. Place the floral die from the Ornate Borders Dies along this edge of the card front. Run these through your die cutting and embossing machine forward and back. Remove the Whisper White layer and line up the floral die again. Use a piece of washi tape to hold the die in place. Run this through your machine again, forward and back.

Emboss the Whisper White layer using the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder. Be mindful that the words will be running in the correct orientation. Adhere this piece to the So Saffron card base. Use the die cut edge to line up the two layers.

Adhere the jar to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape. Adhere the bouquet on top of the jar using Stampin’ Dimensionals. NOTE: Be sure to place the adhesive where it won’t go over the holes in the detailed edge.

Stamp the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment in Poppy Parade ink onto the Petal Pink strip of cardstock. Punch the ends to fit the sentiment using the Tailored Tag Punch. Adhere this to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tie a bow with the Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim and adhere it using a Glue Dot.

Finally, place three Pearl Basic Jewels around the card front, creating a triangle.

Happy crafting x


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Spotlight Water Front Card.

Spotlight Water Front Card.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Today I have a quick and easy card to show you which highlights the spotlight technique. I have had a lot of fun creating with the Water Front stamp set. It is a versatile set that can be used to create any number of scenes. From a moody mountainside to a light and breezy beach scene, I know you’ll enjoy playing too.

To create this project you will need:

  • Cardbase, Pear Pizzazz – 21cm x 14.9cm
  • Card front, Whisper White – 13.9cm x 9.5cm
  • Extra Whisper White for die cutting
  • Crumb Cake square – 5.7cm x 5.7cm
  • Whisper White card insert – 14.4cm x 10cm

Stamp the dotty image in Pear Pizzazz onto the card front around all four edges. Put the card base aside for now.

Die cut the second largest Stitched Shape Dies in Whisper White.

Place the die cut square on top of the Whisper White card front piece. Be mindful not to jostle this piece while you are stamping.

Stamp the scene over the die cut square and onto the Whisper White card front piece. There will be a little boarder where the stamp doesn’t touch the Whisper White card front piece, this will be covered up by the Crumb Cake layer.

The colours I used are as follows; So Saffron – sun, Terracotta Tile – beach huts, Sahara Sand – sand, Balmy Blue – water, Early Espresso – palm trunks, Pear Pizzazz – palm fronds.

Adhere the Whisper White card front piece to the Pear Pizzazz card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Adhere the die cut Whisper White square to the Crumb Cake layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape. Then adhere this to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Momento onto a thin strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Adhere this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the left-hand side, and Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape in the right-hand side.

Adhere the Whisper White card insert in the center of the card.

Happy crafting x


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