May 8×8 Sampler Class.

May 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello, welcome to my blog. Inspiration for this month’s design came from Rebecca Hall of Bec’s House of Craft. I finally got my hands on some Gilded Leafing and was keen to try it out. There a few cool techniques for applying the Gilded Leafing to your projects; for this design I used the Heat & Stick Powder to adhere the leafing and the Art Gallery stamp set.

We worked with blues for this design, but it could easily be mixed up with a different colour scheme or even a different stamp set – a versatile design which makes a great gift as well as a home decor piece. The flowers were stamped in Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight, and the leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzazz.

To make the stencil for the large letter I found a font I like on the computer and printed it out to suit the size of my frame. The class participants were able to choose the letter for their own designs.

We randomly stamped the filigree type image in the Tasteful Touches stamp set down the left-hand side of the basic white layer, and then sponged the edges lightly to break up the stark white. Next we stamped the flower heads and stems on the right-hand side, making sure that they would be seen from behind the large letter. The Art Gallery stamp set features fun two-step stamping images. A bit of texture and interest came from curling the top corner.

To decorate the large letter we stamped the flower heads and stem. On two of the flowers we stamped the detail flower stamp in Misty Moonlight. To add the Gilded Leafing to the stamped images we used the detail flower stamp. The Heat & Stick Powder works in the same way that embossing powder does – ink up the stamp with VersaMark, sprinkle with Heat & Stick Powder and melt with a Heat Tool. Immediately after this, push the Heat & Stick powder down into the Gilded Leafing. Finally, lightly brush off the excess Gilded Leafing and it is done.

A tip here is to tip just enough of the Gilded Leafing that you need for the project into a larger container. The leafing is incredible light, and wafts very easily out of the small container it comes in. An ice cream container or similar is perfect for working with.

We added some gold foil elements from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack to the background, and some of the leaf and berry looking branches in behind the large letter. This layer was then adhered to a piece of Misty Moonlight, which also had a curled corner. And this layer was them adhered to a piece of Basic White cardstock. We lightly sponged the Basic White base to soften the starkness of it.

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

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

Timeless Tropical Birthday.

Timeless Tropical Birthday.

Today I have a quick card to share with you using the Timeless Tropical stamp set and coordinating dies. I found inspiration for this card from Wendy Lee at CreativeLee Yours.

To make this project you will need:

  • Very Vanilla Thick card base – 14.9cm x 21cm
  • Terracotta Tile 6×6 DSP – 8.5cm x 12.9cm
  • Soft Suede card stock – 8cm x 12.4cm
  • Crumb Cake cardstock – 7.5cm x 4.5cm
  • Braided Linen Trim – 10cm

Sponge the edges of the Terracotta Tile DSP piece using sponge Terracotta Tile ink and a Sponge Dauber.

Emboss the Soft Suede piece of cardstock using the Subtles 3D Embossing Folder. TIP: Emboss the piece in portrait orientation, and then a second time in landscape orientation for a cross-hatch design.

Adhere the Soft Suede piece to the Terracotta Tile DSP piece using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Seal.

Adhere this to the Very Vanilla Thick card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Seal.

Die cut two of the pineapple tops in Pear Pizzazz. Use a Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend to add colour to the embossed lines. Curl the edges with a Bone Folder, and fold back the die cut triangles.

Adhere these two die cut pieces to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Seal. TIP: Ensure they are positioned in the bottom 2/3’s of the card front.

Die cut the piece of Crumb Cake using the third up from smallest rectangle die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso onto the center of the Crumb Cake die cut piece.

Frey the length of Braided Linen Trim by pulling the edges apart. Adhere this to the bottom left-hand corner of the sentiment piece using Tear & Tape or Seal+.

Adhere the sentiment piece on top of the pineapple tops using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Die cut the three small flowers in Terracotta Tile. Use a sponge dauber to sponge the flowers with Terracotta Tile ink. Adhere the small flowers to the sentiment piece using Glue Dots.

Finally, adhere Champagne Rhinestone Basic Pearls to the centers of the small flowers.

Happy crafting x

Megan

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Forever Fern To a Friend.

Forever Fern To a Friend.

Hello! Today I have this recessed panel card to share with you. I used products from the Forever Greenery suite to put this card together and had a lot of fun doing it.

Shopping by suite is an easy way to ensure you have craft supplies that coordinate and look fab together. Stampin’ Up! have given each suite its own product number to make ordering super easy. Or, if you only want bits and pieces, you can still use the individual product numbers to order only what you want. Check out the current suites here.

To make this project you will need:

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 29.8cm x 10.5cm
  • Whisper White cardstock – 14.9cm x 10.5cm
  • Pretty Peacock cardstock
  • Pear Pizzazz cardstock
  • Champagne Foil Sheet

Score the Whisper White card base at 14.9cm along the long edge. Fold on this score line, using your bone folder.

Use your paper trimmer to cut the Whisper White layer on an angle. TIP: Make the first cut away from the top left corner, allowing plenty of space for a layer of coloured cardstock to be adhered. Repeat this for the second angled cut.

Use the two Whisper White pieces to trace a line on the Whisper White Thick cardstock base. This will show you where to stamp the leaf images.

Emboss the two Whisper White pieces using the Greenery Embossing Folders. Adhere a strip of Pretty Peacock cardstock to the inside edge of the two Whisper White panels using Seal or Tear & Tape. Trim these to the edge of the Whisper White panels using Paper Snips. Place aside for now.

Stamp three of the leaf images from the Forever Fern stamp set. TIP: I chose two of the big leaves, and one of the small leaves. Randomly stamp the leaves to fill in the space between the pencil lines. Colours to use are Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, and Pretty Peacock – use one colour per leaf stamp. TIP: Don’t forget to add some stamping to the inside of the card.

Stamp one extra of each leaf image onto a scrap piece of Whisper White. Die cut these using the Forever Flourishing Dies.

Die cut four of the small sprigs in Champagne Foil, and two of the non-leaf filler thing (my scientific term :P) in Pretty Peacock. ‘

Adhere the embossed Whisper White pieces to the card front using Seal or Tear & Tape.

Adhere the die cut leaves and fillers using Glue Dots. TIP: Adhere one of the die cut leaves using Stampin’ Dimensionals to break up the layers.

Punch a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock using the Everyday Label Punch. Stamp the sentiment ‘To A Friend…’ in Pretty Peacock onto the punched piece, to the right hand side. Feed the punched piece back into the punch to trim it closer to the sentiment. TIP: Watch my YouTube tutorial for how to do this if you are uncertain.

Adhere the sentiment on top of the die cut pieces using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tie a bow using Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and adhere it below the sentiment using Glue Dots.

Happy crafting x

Megan

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Forever Blossoms Mini Pizza Box.

Forever Blossoms Mini Pizza Box.

Today I have a gorgeous gift box to share with you. I’ve dressed up the Mini Pizza Boxes with the Forever Blossoms stamp set to make a soft, feminine gift box. Place some yummy chocolates or a few tea pouches inside and it makes a lovely gift.

To make this project you will need:

  • Mini Pizza Box
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Champagne Foil
  • Sponge Brayer
  • Sponge Dauber

Start by adding Flirty Flamingo ink to the Mini Pizza Box using the Sponge Brayer. Do this BEFORE folding on any of the scored lines. You can add as much or as little ink as you like, and you can make it as even or rough a coating as you please. I stayed light on the ink, and wasn’t too fussy about having a even coating.

Fold the Mini Pizza Box on the scored lines.

Stamp the large flower image from the Forever Blossoms stamp set in Tuxedo Black Momento ink. Stamp the individual and the two leaf stamp three times each.

Sponge the centers of the flowers with Flirty Flamingo and Cherry Cobbler using the sponge daubers. Sponge the leaves with Pear Pizzazz, and add detail using the Light Old Olive Blends.

NOTE: Take the Flirty Flamingo sponging out into the petals a little bit, and keep the Cherry Cobbler sponging just in the center of the flower.

Die cut the flowers and place to the side.

Using the detailed shapes from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies cut the third die up from the smallest in Champagne Foil and the second die up from smallest in Whisper White cardstock.

Stamp the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler in the center of the Whisper White piece. Ink up the flower bud image using Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz ink pads or markers. Stamp this off twice, and then stamp over top of the sentiment.

Adhere this piece to the Champagne Foil piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tie a length of Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon around the Mini Pizza Box and tie a large bow in the right-hand side of the lid.

Adhere the large flower to the lid on the left-hand side using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Be sure to place the Dimensionals where they will sit either side of the ribbon.

Adhere the sentiment piece in the center of the lid using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Again, be mindful of placement for the Dimensionals.

Finally, adhere the individual flowers to the sentiment piece using Glue Dots, and tuck the two-leaf images underneath the sentiment piece using Glue Dots.

Happy crafting x

Megan

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Spotlight Water Front Card.

Spotlight Water Front Card.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Today I have a quick and easy card to show you which highlights the spotlight technique. I have had a lot of fun creating with the Water Front stamp set. It is a versatile set that can be used to create any number of scenes. From a moody mountainside to a light and breezy beach scene, I know you’ll enjoy playing too.

To create this project you will need:

  • Cardbase, Pear Pizzazz – 21cm x 14.9cm
  • Card front, Whisper White – 13.9cm x 9.5cm
  • Extra Whisper White for die cutting
  • Crumb Cake square – 5.7cm x 5.7cm
  • Whisper White card insert – 14.4cm x 10cm

Stamp the dotty image in Pear Pizzazz onto the card front around all four edges. Put the card base aside for now.

Die cut the second largest Stitched Shape Dies in Whisper White.

Place the die cut square on top of the Whisper White card front piece. Be mindful not to jostle this piece while you are stamping.

Stamp the scene over the die cut square and onto the Whisper White card front piece. There will be a little boarder where the stamp doesn’t touch the Whisper White card front piece, this will be covered up by the Crumb Cake layer.

The colours I used are as follows; So Saffron – sun, Terracotta Tile – beach huts, Sahara Sand – sand, Balmy Blue – water, Early Espresso – palm trunks, Pear Pizzazz – palm fronds.

Adhere the Whisper White card front piece to the Pear Pizzazz card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Adhere the die cut Whisper White square to the Crumb Cake layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape. Then adhere this to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Momento onto a thin strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Adhere this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the left-hand side, and Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape in the right-hand side.

Adhere the Whisper White card insert in the center of the card.

Happy crafting x

Megan

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Daisy Lane Mother’s Day.

Daisy Lane Mother’s Day.

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today I have a fun Mother’s Day frame to share with you. I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful mum and mother-in-law in my life, so this Mother’s Day I was excited to share a handmade gift with them.

This colour combo is soft and feminine – Rococo Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla and So Saffron.

I made these frames using the Daisy Lane Bundle, which includes the Daisy Lane stamp set and Medium Daisy Punch. I also used the Daisy Punch.

The Subtle 3D Embossing Folder made an interesting texture for the Very Vanilla layer.

Happy crafting.

Megan x


Last Chance Products.

View the Mini Catalogue and Annual Catalogue retiring products here. Be sure to get in quick as all products are while stocks last.

Timeless Tropical Thank You.

Timeless Tropical Thank You.

Hello! Welcome to my tutorial post for this fun fold Timeless Tropical card. I hope you enjoy having a go at making this card. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial video on my YouTube channel Made by Megan and subscribe to be notified of new videos from me.

I used the dimensions for this card from Alicia Yap’s tutorial over at her Paper Munchkin blog.

What you need to make this project:

  • Standard card base, Pear Pizzazz – 10.5cm x 29.8cm
  • Designer Series Paper, Tropical Oasis – 4 x 6 inches
  • Thin Strips, Tropical Oasis – 1/4 x 4 inches
  • Cardstock, Whisper White – 4 x 4 inches
  • Whisper White scrap

Start by scoring the card base at 3/8″, 2″, 3 7/8″, 5 /12″ and 5 7/8″. Use your bone folder to define the the fold on these score lines.

Take a strong adhesive such as Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape to adhere the thinnest section next to the center fold of the card to the inside of the card. This ensures the fun fold front of the card sits well when open.

Adhere the thin strips to the card front, in the smallest sections. Next we need to chop the Designer Series Paper (DSP) piece up to fit into the remaining panels on the card front. Using your Paper Trimmer, place the 4 x 6 inch piece of DSP on the trimmer in the landscape position. Make all cuts on the left hand side of the DSP. Cut at 1 1/2″, 1 3/4″, 1 1/2″ and you should be left with a 1 1/4″ piece.

Lay out the Designer Series Paper (DSP) pieces so that the printed images are all in order. Adhere the first three panels from the left hand side to the front of your card. The remaining piece of DSP will be the 1 1/4″ piece; this will be adhered to the inside of your card, on the right hand side.

On the Whisper White 4 x 4 inch piece, stamp the two tree image from the Timeless Tropical stamp set. Use Stampin’ Write Markers in Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede to colour in the stamp. I went over the center of the tree top and along the leaf fronds a little with the Pear Pizzazz marker to add dimension to the stamped image.

Using some Whisper White card stock scrap, punch out the Everyday Label punch. Stamp the ‘Thank You’ sentiment in Black Momento ink. Use the Pear Pizzazz marker again to colour the leaf stamp. Again, I went over the veins of the leaf a second time with the marker to add dimension to the stamped image.

Pop up the punched shape using Stampin’ Dimensionals being mindful to keep the left hand side of it open so that the flap on the card front will sit underneath freely. Adhere this to the Designer Series Paper on the inside of this card.


I originally made this card design with Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Floral Essence stamp set. I love how one card design can be mixed up to suit different occasions and people. This floral card is very feminine and soft, while the Timeless Tropical card above is a good masculine card. Mix it up again with a different colour scheme and it would make a wonderful card for a child.

View my YouTube tutorial video here.

Ornate Garden Suite early release!

From April 1st you can get your hands on some exciting new products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. Products include stamp sets, dies, ribbons, Designer Series Paper, a embossing folder and Gilded Gems embellishments!


Feel free to leave me a comment below with any feedback on this project, or for requests for future tutorial videos and posts.

Happy crafting x

Megan

View the Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue online here.