April Cards & Coffee.

April Cards & Coffee.

This month’s Cards & Coffee class theme was Mother’s Day.

To make these cards we used the Floral Essence stamp set and coordinating punch. I am so sad that these items are going to be retired with the next Annual Catalogue! The stamp set is so easy to use, and features some super sweet sentiments.

Inspiration for the colour scheme for these two cards came from another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator named Alisa Tilsner. The colours Alisa had used were Rococo Rose, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, and Bermuda Bay. You can see her original project pictures at the end of this blog post.

To keep the card designs within a beginner/casual crafter level I made use of stamping and sponging colouring, as well as using the coordinating punch to add interest. For this card we used the three petal flower image to create the background in tone-on-tone stamping. This technique is a simple way to make your own Designer Series Paper. We sued the Sponge Brushes to add some colour around the four edges.

For this next card, we used a fun masking technique to add colour to the front panel. The Sponge Brushes are great for adding nice, smooth colour in larger areas. We used a different flower image in the stamp set, and added detail with the small leaf and the flower centre. To add some pizzazz, we spritzed the masked area with Frost White Shimmer Paint using a Water Painter.

A wee heart trinket from the Playful Pets Trinkets pack tied onto the sentiment strip with a length of Blushing Bride Twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack finished off the card nicely.

Happy crafting x


February Cards & Coffee.

February Cards & Coffee.

I’m loving this style of class! My Cards & Coffee class boasts a more relaxed atmosphere, focused on social connection and crafting. With some papers, inks, stamps, and punches we are creating some fun cards, and having fun doing so! This months theme was based around the Sale-a-Bration freebie stamp set A Touch of Ink.

The first card was made using the Oh So Ombre 6×6 Designer Series Paper for the background. This is pack of paper has fun colours in it – Granny Apple Green, Rococo Rose, Bermuda Bay, and Blackberry Bliss – and has either a plain ombre pattern, or a ‘dots’ ombre pattern.

A Touch of Ink stamp set available with a $110 order.

We stamped the sentiment and then punched it out using the Everyday Label Punch. To create the layer behind the sentiment we simply punched a piece of the Blackberry Bliss ombre Designer Series Paper and then used Paper Snips to cut it in half in portrait orientation. This was then adhered behind the stamped piece.

The second card we made really showed off the two-step stamping that the A Touch of Ink stamp set does. We used Basic Gray to stamp all of the outline images, and then came back with the ‘filler’ stamps to add colour. Two-step stamping is a fantastic feature of photopolymer stamps because you can literally see through the stamps to line up the two layers.

Sale-a-Bration is quickly coming to an end. Sunday 28th February is the last day you can place a qualifying order and earn this stamp set, or one of the other awesome free items. As always, you can shop online and simply choose me as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Alternatively, message me directly and I’ll help you place the order: megantearemade@gmail.com.

Happy crafting x


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


Poppy Moments Fun Fold.

Poppy Moments Fun Fold.

Welcome to my blog! Today I have a fun fold card to share with you using the Poppy Moments dies. I hope you enjoy seeing this project. Don’t forget to check out my YouTube tutorial at the bottom of this post.

A group I am a part of has been doing card challenges during our time in Alert Level 4, 3, and now 2. We were challenged to make a sympathy card using a neutral colour as well as our team colours – Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight.

To complete this project you will need:

  • Card base, Crumb Cake – 14.9cm x 13cm
  • Front panel, Crumb Cake – 10cm x 10cm
  • Cardstock layers, Soft Suede – 2.25cm x 14.6cm AND 9.75cm x 9.75cm
  • Card insert, Bermuda Bay – 10.25cm x 14.6cm
  • Card insert, Whisper White – 10cm x 14.4cm

Score the Crumb Cake at 10.5cm on the long side and fold with a Bone Folder.

Emboss the two pieces of Soft Suede using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. Emboss once and then turn the pieces 90 degrees to get a crosshatch pattern. Adhere these to the Crumb Cake pieces of cardstock.

Line up the Crumb Cake front panel with the bottom edge of the card, and center left to right. Adhere to the inside to the top flap using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Die cut one large and two small solid and detailed flowers from the Poppy Moments dies in Whisper White.

Sponge the large solid flower with Night of Navy, and the two small solid flowers with Bermuda Bay using sponge daubers.

Repeat this with the three detailed flowers with Daffodil Delight. Colour the detailed flowers with Wink of Stella. Adhere the detailed flowers to the solid flowers using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the large flower to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the two small flowers using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Stamp the sentiment ‘Words Are Never Enough’ from the Rooted in Nature stamp set on a strip of Bermuda Bay with VersaMark ink. Coat with white embossing powder and set using a heat tool. Trim the sentiment close to each word using Paper Snips. Adhere the sentiment pieces to the card front using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tie a 50cm length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the top of the card front.

Adhere the Bermuda Bay piece to the inside of the card.

Sponge the edges of the Whisper White piece with Bermuda Bay using Sponge Daubers. Adhere this to the inside of the card.

Happy crafting x


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