July Cards & Coffee.

July Cards & Coffee.

Hello! Welcome to my blog. For this month’s Cards and Coffee class the theme was Sailing Home. The two cards were made using the Sailing Home stamp set and a masculine colour scheme. I don’t know about you, but I find creating cards for men a bit harder, but this sea themed set was a perfect fit!

For the first card we used the alcohol and Stampin’ Blends technique to create a fun background for the card. Using Dark Pool Party, Light Misty Moonlight, and Light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends we coloured randomly over a piece of Vellum cardstock and then spritzed it with isopropyl alcohol. This creates a fun, fluid ink splat.

We frayed a length of Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon, and then used the loose pieces to create some interesting texture behind the sentiment piece. A stamped and fussy cut sail boat, and the sentiment stamped and punched using the Tailored Tag punch made the focal piece.

For the second card we stamped tone-on-tone for the background, and used a strip of vellum to show a different way to use the blends and alcohol technique.

The left over frayed ribbon looks so good behind behind the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment. We stamped and fussy cut the lighthouse and adhered it to the card front before adhering the sentiment with Dimensionals.

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

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

Megan

Geared Garage Masculine Card.

Geared Garage Masculine Card.

Hello and welcome back. It has been a while since my last blog post. Life with a husband and two young kids really is busy, and gets on top of me sometimes. Every now and then one (or two, or three) of the balls I’m juggling has to be dropped, and this time it has been my filming of YouTube videos and instructional blog posts. Have you experienced this too? It is all a part of life, right?

I’m happy to say my stamping classes have been running as normal, and I have a number of exciting classes in the coming weeks. Check them out under the ‘Classes and Workshops’ tab above. I’ll be sharing images of our recent class projects shortly, but for today I have this masculine themed card to share with you. It is made using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and coordinating Garage Gear dies, and is perfect for the car loving man in your life.

To make this project you will need:

  • Whisper White Thick – 14.9cm x 21cm
  • In Good Taste DSP – 10.5cm x 14.9cm
  • Basic Black card stock – 6cm x 10.4cm
  • Whisper White cardstock – 5.5cm x 9.9cm

Adhere the In Good Taste DSP piece to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Seal.

Stamp the sentiment along the bottom edge of the Whisper White piece in Tuxedo Black Momento ink. Stamp the ink blot type image using Sahara Sand, stamped off, onto the Whisper White piece on the right-hand side.

Adhere the Whisper White piece to the Basic Black piece.

Adhere this to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals, ensuring it is centered.

Stamp the car image onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Colour the image in using Stampin’ Write Markers in Real Red, Pool Party, So Saffron, and Smoky Slate. Die cut the car using the Garage Gear Dies.

Adhere the car to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Happy crafting x

Megan

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