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


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


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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