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

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

February Cards & Coffee.

February Cards & Coffee.

I’m loving this style of class! My Cards & Coffee class boasts a more relaxed atmosphere, focused on social connection and crafting. With some papers, inks, stamps, and punches we are creating some fun cards, and having fun doing so! This months theme was based around the Sale-a-Bration freebie stamp set A Touch of Ink.

The first card was made using the Oh So Ombre 6×6 Designer Series Paper for the background. This is pack of paper has fun colours in it – Granny Apple Green, Rococo Rose, Bermuda Bay, and Blackberry Bliss – and has either a plain ombre pattern, or a ‘dots’ ombre pattern.

A Touch of Ink stamp set available with a $110 order.

We stamped the sentiment and then punched it out using the Everyday Label Punch. To create the layer behind the sentiment we simply punched a piece of the Blackberry Bliss ombre Designer Series Paper and then used Paper Snips to cut it in half in portrait orientation. This was then adhered behind the stamped piece.

The second card we made really showed off the two-step stamping that the A Touch of Ink stamp set does. We used Basic Gray to stamp all of the outline images, and then came back with the ‘filler’ stamps to add colour. Two-step stamping is a fantastic feature of photopolymer stamps because you can literally see through the stamps to line up the two layers.

Sale-a-Bration is quickly coming to an end. Sunday 28th February is the last day you can place a qualifying order and earn this stamp set, or one of the other awesome free items. As always, you can shop online and simply choose me as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Alternatively, message me directly and I’ll help you place the order: megantearemade@gmail.com.

Happy crafting x

Megan

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.

Team Swaps AC 2019-2020.

Team Swaps AC 2019-2020.

A fun part of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is attending team training days. As well as connecting with my wider team, these team days provide valuable crafting and business insights to help motivate and drive demonstrators. We often participate in a system called ‘swaps’. This is where we sign up and commit to making multiple copies of the same card or 3D project to have one per person on the list. When we see each other at the team day, we then go ahead and swap one of our own creations for one of the others on the list. So after making, say, 10 of the same design, I would come home from the team day with 10 different designs… 1 of my own, and 9 from the others on the sign up list.

I wasn’t able to make it on the day, but was still able to participate in the swaps because my fabulous upline, Alicia, was in attendance and swapped on the day for me.

Watch this space for a look at the swaps I received.

I choose to highlight the gorgeous new 2019-2020 In Colours. Stamping tone-on-tone as I did for the background is an easy way to add dimension to a card front without needing lots of cardstock layers or die cut pieces.

The stinking cute pandas are stamped using StazOn black ink on Shimmery White cardstock. This cardstock will handle a little water colouring; better than Whisper White cardstock. (Please note that Watercolour cardstock is by far the best for water colouring.) The Aqua Painters are perfect for this kind of water colour wash. Squeeze the lid of the ink pad into the centre to get some ink in the lid. This is then your pallet for water colouring.

I then die cut a Stitched Shape circle from Whisper White cardstock, and the leaves are a die from the Animal Friends Thinlets Dies in foil. The layer of vellum was punched out with the Everyday Label punch.

I love using white Stampin’ Embossing Powder on coloured cardstock like this. The Basic Grey cardstock complimented each of the In Colours. The metallic sequins and black Bakers Twine were perfect for tying together all of the elements.

Purple Posy.

Pretty Peacock.

Rococo Rose.

Seaside Spray.

Terracotta Tile.

For more information about how you can join me at team training days, click on the ‘Join My Team’ tab at the top of this page.

Happy crafting.

Megan x