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

Let’s Get Hopping 41: Colour Inspiration

Let’s Get Hopping 41: Colour Inspiration

Hello and welcome to my blog! This is my first time participating with the group from Let’s Get Hopping and I’m so excited to share this project with you. You’ve come to me from Mikaela’s blog here.

This months challenge was to find an item that we were drawn to and use it as our colour inspiration for a project. Everyday I walk past a Fuchsia I have potted on my deck. It has been a favourite flower of mine since I was a child. I remember Mum having one in the garden outside my bedroom window.

My plant features bright pink and purple flowers, and green foliage. When I thought about these colours the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper came straight to mind. A few of the pieces of printed paper have ice cream specific images, while the rest have geometric and bold watercolour shape designs.

I heat embossed using White Emboss Powder a sentiment from the Floral Essence stamp set, and fussy cut some of the Terracotta Tile and Blackberry Bliss ice creams to make the focal piece, then chose the coordinating Old Olive patterned paper to match the card base.

To make this quick and easy shaker card I put the piece of DSP into a Clear Medium Envelope. Before sealing the flap down, I sprinkled in some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles. To make it fit the piece of DSP I simply folded over the long edge and adhered it down with some tape. It is important at this point not to make it too tight otherwise the sprinkles wont be able to shake about.

To pair with the shaker card, I decorated a Love You Always Treat Box using the same sentiment and fussy cut ice creams. This time the ice creams were from a different pattern and included an Old Olive one. The three sit on top of a small rectangle of Subtles Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock. A few Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles dotted about, and a length of Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon tied into a bow were added for final touches, with a bow tied on in Whisper White twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack.

What do you think of this fun shaker card and gift box combination? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you! Happy hopping, you’ll be visiting Nina McMillan next.

Happy crafting x

Megan

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

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.

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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