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

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

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

Megan

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

Megan

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

Megan

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