Let’s Get Hopping 47: Non-traditional Christmas.

Let’s Get Hopping 47: Non-traditional Christmas.

Hello, and welcome back to my blog. Today I am hopping with the crew from Let’s Get Hopping and our theme for this month is ‘non-traditional Christmas’. If you’ve been following along with the hop, you would have come around from Alicia Yap. I hope you enjoyed what Alicia had to share.

I’m a real sucker for tradtional Christmas colours – red, green, and gold – so this months theme was a challenge for me! I started by choosing some of the colours featured in the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper; Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, and Misty Moonlight.

To make the background, I used one of the Wonderful Snowflakes Embellishments as a stencil and sponged it using Blending Brushes and Blushing Bride. I then spritzed the cardstock with Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker, and dripped some water over it using a Water Painter. The snowflake I used ended up with a cool coloured iridescent finish, so I used it as a part of the sentiment focal piece.

I fussy cut a selection of the presents in the DSP and arranged them around the Wonderful Snowflake Embellishment. I then cut a thin strip from the iridescent sheet that the snowflakes come in, and layered that with a strip of DSP. A length of the Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon added some texture and dimension to the sentiment piece.

I chose this sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set because it worked so well with the fussy cut presents.

Do you have favourite colours for Christmas time? Or does it change every year? I’d love to know :).

Carry on with the hop and head over to see what Nina Mc Millan has instore for you today. I’m excited to hop around myself and be inspired by all of the non-traditional Christmas projects.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Peaceful Place Kindness card.

Peaceful Place Kindness card.

Hi, welcome to my blog. Today I have a card to share with you that I made using the Peaceful Cabin stamp set.

This card is fairly simple in the layers and embellishments, but features a couple of fun techniques to create depth and texture. I created the background using the emboss resist technique. First, I stamped the trees in VersaMark and then set with White Emboss Powder, then I used Blending Brushes to sponge colour onto the Basic White cardstock. The pink colours I used were Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, and Polished Pink. Once the colour was sponged on I used a tissue to remove excess ink on the embossed images.

Next, I used a Water Painter to drip water onto the sponged ink. For the smaller droplets I tapped the Water Painter against my Bone Folder, and for the larger droplets I simply dripped water directly onto the cardstock.

The sentiment was heat embossed in Gold onto a strip of Flirty Flamingo cardstock, and then adhered over the top of a length of White Glittered Organdy ribbon. To embellish the card I adhered three Flirty Flamingo From My Heart Faceted Gems using Fine Tip Glue.

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

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

Stamp Camp 2021.

Stamp Camp 2021.

Last month was our annual Creative Crafts Stamp Camp. Once a year team members from all over the North Island gather in Rotorua for a two night stay, crafting camp. We get to see new product demonstrations, to participate in card swaps, to share our own creativity with displays, to make projects using new product designed by four different presenters, and most importantly we get to see each other in person again.

Designed and presented by Sylvia Patterson.

The first make and take project we got to make was this one featuring products from the Dandy Garden Suite. How cool is the yellow and black colour combination?

We stamped the dragonfly onto vellum and punched it out using the Dragonflies punch. This was then layered onto a punched Basic White piece of cardstock also stamped with the dragonfly image.

Designed and presented by Jan Clothier.

The second project was designed using the Sand & Sea Suite of products. I just love the colours used in this design. We used the new Blending Brushes to create the focal piece background. The brushes make easy work of sponging colour over a large area in a smooth manner.

Designed and presented by Jacque Williams.

Our third make and take project featured the Hydrangea Haven stamp set. This shabby chic design was created by sponging a piece of Whisper White with Rococo Rose, and another with Crumb Cake using the Blending Brushes. We dropped little droplets of water, and also spritzed the Crumb Cake sponged layer with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

Designed and presented by Karen Hadler.

The fourth project of our Stamp Camp weekend was this 3×3 inch notecard and coordinating box made using the Simply Succulents Bundle. I really enjoyed colouring the stamped succulent, you really can chose from a wide range of colour combinations for succulents. Have you ever googled them to see what colours are out there in the world? Karen Hadler showed us a pic she found online, and then used for inspiration in her crafting.

Designed and presented by Tee Jay Horrell.

Our fifth and final make and take project of the weekend was made using products from the Love You Always Suite. We die cut a piece of Love You Always Foil Sheet to create the focal piece, and then embellished this using some Matte Black Dots, a length of Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon, stamped and coloured flowers, a bow tied with the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack, and a length of Basic Black die cut with mini hearts. To add some fun texture to the background we sponged using the Blending Brushes, and then we spritzed using Rococo Rose Blends.

Overall it was a fun weekend away with likeminded people, dedicated to crafting. I mean, what more could you want?! Do you fancy joining me at Stamp Camp in 2022? Join my team as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and not only will you receive discounts on Stampin’ Up! product, but you will gain access to Demonstrator only events such as this one. Email me at megantearemade@gmail.com to ask any questions, or view the ‘Join My Team’ tab at the top of this page.

Happy crafting x

Megan