Mini Album - Santa's Workshop

Hey there papercrafters!

I promised some friends I would add a few details of my latest project here to the blog, so hopefully you can get enough information from it to give this project a try yourself.

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My project inspiration came from a gorgeous album I saw on Instagram. You can see it here.

Start with Chipboard for your covers - 3 pieces, front, back and spine.

Connie's album is 9.5 x 9.5 cm. I found chipboard which was 11 x 15.4 cm so I decided my album was going to be 11 x 11 cm so I'd only have to do one cut in each piece with the steel ruler and craft knife. The off-cut of one piece then also became the spine, so there was little wasted.

I selected the piece of designer series paper which was going to form my cover  - I had a stack of 6" x 12" pieces from my team product share - and I laid the chip board pieces on it to see if it would wrap around like when you are covering school books.  It was pretty much the perfect size leaving about a 2cm fold on all four edges, with about 1/2 cm between the pieces to allow the covers to fold in. If you butt each piece of chipboard hard up against the next one the DSP will tear when you try to close the book - you need to leave a gap so it's flexible.

I applied double sided tape all over one side of each piece of chipboard then placed them sticky side down on the DSP. Then fold in the edge pieces, sticking them down as you go exactly if you were covering school books. You can see a bit of what that looks like in the photo below.

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Next up was the concertina fold which forms the mechanism of the spine. The pocket pages are each attached to one of these tabs.  I made the tabs 1cm deep and 0.5cm apart.  In effect that meant scoring the Whisper White card at 4cm, 5cm, 6cm, 7cm, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10, 11, 12, 12.5 . . . or at intervals 1cm, 1cm, 0.5cm, 1cm, 1cm, 0.5cm, 1cm, 1cm, 0.5cm etc until you have as many tabs as you need. I could have easily fitted one more in this spine so I had 7 pages, but I was happy having the extra 1cm on each end.

Attach this into the cover with Tombow Mono Liquid Glue or Tear'n'Tape.

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I then attached 2 lengths of Poppy Parade ribbon to the inside of each cover and cut 2 squares of Poppy Parade card to cover the make sure the spine mechanism is more strongly attached to the cover. I then added a diagonal DSP pocket to each cover using that gorgeous flocked striped paper from the Santa's Workshop Designer Series Paper pack. It is such heavenly paper!

 Next step is the pages and Oh Happy Day! because I made the album covers 11cms, I could get away with cutting my A4 card stock in half lengthwise so I had two 10.5cm x 29.7cm pieces. I used Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry and Gray Granite.

Score at 10.5cm, and 21.1cm, then trim off the end so you just have a 2-3cm flap for joining the piece in a loop.

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The fun part was coming up with the decorating and I knew I wanted to use lots of the cute images from Santa's Workshop DSP and also from the Memories and More card pack.  Rather than trying to plan each page out one at a time, I find it easier to just cut a stack of images and coordinating papers then mix and match them.

Out comes the trusty Big Shot, because guess what!! Yes, the DSP is designed so that the images also fit the set of Santa's Signpost Framelit Dies which in turn matches the stamp set - HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!!

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How Awesome is that!! Depending on how you line them up on the platform, you can cut up to 6 images at once!

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I used matching pieces of patterned paper from our 6"x 6" Designer Series Paper Stacks - Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana and Garden Green and also added a couple of ovals of Whisper White cut with the Layering Ovals Dies and the Stitched Shaped Framelits.

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This shows you just how simple it can be.

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Next I selected Memories and More cards to be the basis of the pull out tabs would be hidden inside each of the pocket pages, matched them up with card stock to make them 10cm x 9cm and punched a tab for each one.  I also went back over each page and insert tab to see if there were any glittery die cut stickers in the Memories and More kit that I could add to the each page to embellish it without over-doing it.

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With the pages all finished it was time to attach the pockets to the spine of the album. I run a thin bead of Tombow Mono Liquid glue on each side of one tab (one at a time) and slide the pocket page over the tab, centering it vertically in the album, then hold it in place for a minute or so until the glue grabs, before moving on to the next one.

I then let is sit overnight before inserting my pull out tabs into each pocket too.

And Voila!

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Last night I created a Facebook Live presentation of the finished album on my Facebook Business page. If you would like to see it, click on the photo below.

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All of the products in this project are currently available through my online shop, to shoppers anywhere in Australia.  Click on the thumbnail images below to go straight to the item to order your own, or contact me if you need help. 

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Thanks for reading all this way!! Remember, if you need help with this, check out the video for a closer look, and send me a message if you need more information. Talk soon!

Kathryn


Christmas Crafts - Cardmaking

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The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue is chock full of gorgeous Christmas and Halloween papercrafting products. For us Stampin' Up! demonstrators, each time a new catalogue comes out, we say this is the best one ever, and I hate to say it, but this is truly the BEST ONE EVER!

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If you live in Australia and would like a hard copy of this catalogue mailed out to you for free, please get in touch. If you live somewhere close by me (Croydon VIC) and would like to pick one up, sing out.

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We will definitely be organising some crafty get togethers to work with some of these gorgeous products and make our Christmas projects, so look out for those details in coming weeks.

In the meantime you can start shopping online by clicking on the picture at the top, or leave a comment if you would like to get a hard copy of the catalogue to browse through and stick sticky notes on!

Talk soon,

Kathryn


#loveitchopit scrapbook layout

We were at our little casual kiosk last Friday at Chirnside and I was talking to a lady about the Large Letter stamps and Framelits and as we didn't have a set or even samples with us, I opened my phone to show her some samples on my blog from the layouts I prepared for On Stage in Sydney in April . . . 

Only, I couldn't find them.

Oooops!  I think we got so busy after On Stage with renovating, then going to Italy, then getting ready for the new catalogue, Christmas in July, the garage sale, and our Alaskan trip, that I just plain didn't get around to sharing the photos!

So, I better share some!

I found this gorgeous artwork on Instagram by Leonie Neal-Dawson, which instantly gave me ideas for a #loveitchopit layout - a theme based on the very popular concept devised by Kylie Bertucci to USE up your Designer Series Paper instead of just stashing it for a rainy day.

The colours were similar and the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper was screaming to be chopped and used (or just kept forever to maybe wallpaper a room one day . . . )

I had a few scraps leftover from the cards I had been making for my On Stage Presentation, so I literally just started laying them on a background of Blackberry Bliss 12 x 12 card stock and chopping more.

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If your eyes are good, you can see that I also sponged the edges with Mint Macaron Ink just to lift each piece from the one next to it.

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And if you look really closely, you can see the pencil line I ruled 1" in from all four edges of the Blackberry Bliss cardstock to frame the collage. I started by adhering the DSP pieces along the lines like a frame then gradually filled it in.

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I loved this result so much that I didn't really want to cover it up with too much decoration, so at this point I decided to make it a double page layout, with the 2nd page being much simpler.

Texture was added to a couple of corners with the Embossing Paste and masks.


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I decided to add journaling by printing separately on Whisper White card so it stood out from the background. 

The heading was cut from Basic Black card using the Large Letters Framelits.

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Do you like how I created the hashtag?

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The next step was just filling in the gaps with some extra texture and layers, so I decided to cut some flowers from one of the sheets of DSP and add some punched leaves and a bit of vellum.

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This was such a fun artwork to create! And I just loved working with the beautiful Share What You Love Papers.

This paper pack contains 24 sheets - 4 each of 12 double sided designs, in a heavy weight paper with a beautiful pearl sheen on 4 of the designs.

I am well into my second pack of it having used so much in my On Stage presentation for Stampin' Up! It's in our annual catalogue along with all the other supplies if you would like to create a layout like this.

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August - Birthday Month!

Wow! There are just SO many birthdays in August!

Before I left to go on the Alaskan Incentive Trip, I looked ahead on my calendar and scheduled posts on my team Facebook Group for all the birthdays while I was away and up until late August. Phewww! There is close to one birthday every single day and on some days 3-4 people.  August sure is a busy birthday month!

With that in mind, and the fact that I am HOME from an amazing holiday made possible through Stampin' Up!, LET'S CELEBRATE!!

Who likes FREE colours?

New Ink Pad assortment

Earlier this year, Stampin' Up! announced a colour renovation, introducing 10 new colours and bringing 6 previous In Colors into the main colour collection. These 16 colours retail at $208.00 but if you order them as one item you save $21.00 and pay only $187.

As part of the August Birthday Month Celebration, if you order this bundle of inkpads in the next 9 days, before 31st August, you will also receive free from me the Watercolor Pencils Assortment #2 (valued at $21.75).

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These beautiful colours are only available in August while stocks last, so don't wait, order the Ink Pads soon and receive your free pencils!

 

COLOUR FAMILIES

Did you know Stampin' Up! has 4 colour families making up our 40 standard colours, and that each of these colour families is available as a discounted bundle of 10 ink pads?

Instead of paying $130 for 10 ink pads, the colour families are $117.00.  If you order one of these 4 colour families in the next 9 days, you may also select an 11th ink pad of your colour choice FREE as an August Birthday Month gift from me.

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WHAT IF YOU DON'T NEED ALL THOSE NEW INK PADS?

Many of you have a few Stampin' Up! Classic Ink Pads already, so if you are not wanting 10 or more new ones, I also have an offer for you!

Order 4 or more Classic Ink Pads before the end of August and your August Birthday Month Gift is a 6" x 6" sampler pack of new Designer Series Paper from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  All of the papers this year are SO gorgeous and you will love having a handful of sample sheets to whip up some quick cards with.

Contact me via email kathryn@katlodesigns.com or come and see me at the casual Kiosk outside Coles Supermarket at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre this coming Friday 24th August so I can help you place your order and give you your hard copy of the Holiday Catalogue!

Talk soon!

Kathryn


Share What You Love - Crafting Forever

Stampin' Up! had some organised swaps on our Alaskan Cruise for which we prepared 26 identical cards before we went, handed them in to the Stampin' Up! staff in the Stamper's Base Camp when we got onboard Explorer of the Seas, and on day 4 or 5 of the cruise we able to pick up a bag of "swapped" cards to take home, containing 26 cards designed and created by other Cruise Achievers.

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I used a few different tools and products for my swaps including the Tailored Tag punch for punching the elongated hexagons of Share What You Love Designer Series Paper.

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The base layer of the card is pretty straight forward. Punch 7-8 hexagon shapes with the punch, then starting from the bottom of the card front, layer them up the card with a tiny 1-2mm gap between each one. I used the grid paper and a clear plastic ruler to make sure they were lined up straight.

Die cut flowers and border were attached with Fine Tip Glue Pen and Velvet Trim stuck down with Tear'n'Tape.

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The Stamparatus got a workout next.

By cutting the A4 card in half lengthwise (10.5cm x 29.75cm) I was able to use the Stamparatus and it's magic 1" step markers to stamp 4 of the jar of paintbrushes images on each piece of card (remember, I had to make 26). I stamped 2 one way, then flipped the card around and stamped 2 more at the other end facing the other way - you'll see it in another photo further down :)

I had to make sure there was enough space between each one to cut out with the oval Stitched Shape framelit, so using the Stamparatus was perfect.

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Having stamped the images in Black Stazon, leaving the stamp in exactly the same place on the Stamparatus, I then inked it using the Stampin' Spots (Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst and Soft Suede) and gave it a very heavy spritz with water. Not just 2 quirts but 5 or 6 squirts. You can see in the photo how wet it is.

One of my downline team members Karen Lincoln showed this technique at our team night many months ago after she learnt it from (I believe) Tandra Boyers.  It's a really fun technique that really appeals to my creative, love of wet-on-wet watercolouring, messy side!

In google searches the technique has been named Stamparatus Slap technique, though for some reason my brain keeps calling it Stamparatus Splat technique, so excuse me if I mix and match the two . . . I meant the same thing!

After spritzing, you then want to bring the plate up to vertical, then give it a good slap (or splat) down onto the cardstock. Not so that you break it, but let's just say it may not be a good technique for 2am if you co-habit LOL.

Your images won't quite look like mine above, because the original Stamparatus Slap technique does not have the Stazon stamped image underneath. I stepped it up to include the black outline as I wanted a little more definition underneath, knowing that I was going to make my coloured part really wet. And the Designers Series Paper includes black, so I wanted them tonally closer rather then the pot of paintbrushes looking a bit wishy washy (no, not Washy Washy LOL).

This one possibly wasn't quite wet enough for my liking, as you want to get little splatters or splashes across the card. I made them wetter and wetter as I went along.

 

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At this point, I decided to add more colour to the pot the brushes are sitting in, and like any good old fashioned kids water colouring books - you know the ones with the lines of colour already on the image and all you needed was a brush and a jar of water, and you spread the colour as you wet it - you can do the same here. Just drag the colour that's already on there. Or if you are like me, and want some intensity and love the blobby wet on wet look, scoop up some extra Soft Suede ink from the lid of your inkpad using the Aquapainter and swoosh that on.

I also touched up the tips of the paintbrushes on some of the images.

Crafting Forever - Stampin' Up (7)Now I just want to point out for the benefit of my team members that LOOK!!! I used the magnet! I used one of the magnets that comes with the Stamparatus! I said I was never going to use them, as they are not needed every single time you stamp, and I'm definitely not using 2 of them so I don't break them, but here is my witness! I used one LOL!

After setting these aside to dry for a while, it was time to cut them with the oval Stitched Shape Framelits.

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These closeups give you a much better view of the splats and splatters from the technique.

Crafting Forever - Stampin' Up (11)Layered onto a Blackberry Bliss scallop oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits - really makes it pop! Then layered onto the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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I really love how these came out, and I have to also take a moment to heartily thank Jenny Wren and Alisha Watson for spending hours with me on the Saturday night before the cruise, punching, sticking and trimming so I had these finished to take with me.

I think the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper with it's pearlescent finish on several of the sheets is one of my favourite paper packs from Stampin' Up! in the nearly 11 years I've been using their paper.  If you would like some of your own, or to buy any of the other products I have used on this fun project, click on the thumbnail below and it will take you right to that item in my online store. 

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Alaskan Cruise - a Day at Sea

And Sweet Storybook Card Swaps

Our 2nd day on the Incentive trip was a full day at sea, cruising north on the Pacific Ocean on the outside of Vancouver Island.  How does one fill a day at sea?

Firstly we dashed back down to the Stamper's Base Camp to spin the wheel for the day and see what goodies we could spin up, then later in the morning all the demonstrators and their 1st guest were invited to attend the General Session in the theatre where Stampin' Up! staff members spoke to us on business matter, the Holiday Catalogue was launched, we received a copy of that and there were prize patrols and gifts for the guests too.

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Sporting our nice Friday Night Pillow Gift jackets, and happily receiving goodies from the new Holiday Catalogue.

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Stamping presentation by gorgeous Shelli Gardner, cofounder of Stampin' Up!

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Specialty Designer Series Paper with beautiful foil embossing.

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After lunch the South Pacific Achievers group (Aussie's and Kiwi's) got together for a group photo and afterwards exchanged swaps. Lovely Jackie Noble from NZ had organised a theme of "Friendship" with an unusual colour scheme of Blueberry Bushel, Gray Granite, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Whisper White, Basic Black - (Colours of the Best Route Memories and More Card set).

What a good challenge!!

Here is what I came up with using the Sweet Storybook Stamp set and Framelits.  And LOTS of stamping with the Stamparatus.

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Using the Stamparatus to stamp the toadstool outline in black, then stamping the top in Mango Melody was amazing. All 24 of them lined up perfectly!

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Lots and lots and lots and lots of cutting with the Big Shot. In fact if you had called into the kiosk at Chirnside Park on the Friday before I left, you would have seen me stamping and stamping and cutting and cutting, turning that handle, turning that handle, turning that handle . . .

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Ribbons and leaves . . . luckily the vine stamp and die is designed so you get 2 pieces at once. Makes it easier!

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The mice were a bit challenging to stamp - because I was in a hurry and stamped all the outlines before I thought of using the Stamparatus! Derrrr! It would have been easier if I had used the Stamparatus from the start, but as it was, I had to line up the coloured stamp looking through the clear block and the photopolymer stamp . . . so not all of them were perfect!

Sth Pacific Achievers Swap cards (3)I also embossed the Blueberry Bushel layer with the Lots of Leaves Deep Impressions embossing folder, and then lucky for me my dear friend and team member Alisha Watson came over and helped assemble all the cards, sticking all the layers with Dimensionals and mini glue dots.

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Come back soon and see them! 


Home from Alaska

So, in case you have been wondering where I have been, Tony and I just got home from Alaska!

There are so many of you to thank for your part in getting us on this trip - every product sale for me or one of my team members that helped to earn points towards the Stampin' Up! Cruise, everyone who joined my wider team over the past couple of years enabling me and my team members to advance in title, every card sale at Chirnside (because that got me coffee!!).

Here are just a couple of fun photos from the first day of the cruise (Friday 20th July) which if you follow me on Facebook you may have seen some of them already, and over the next few days I will post some more of the trip and also the Swap cards I made (lots of step by step photos) and then we will take a look at the swaps I received back from some of the top demonstrators in the world.

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Stampin' Up! booked out the conference room on the boat for the whole week and hosted "Stampers Base Camp" in there. A hospitality room where we could come and catch up with other demonstrators and the SU staff and eat candy by the ton and spin the wheel each day for little gifts like rolls of ribbon and packets of Designer Series Paper.

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Yayyyy! Paper!!

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What happens in Stamper's Base Camp, stays in Stamper's Base camp . . . LOL

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Friday night pillow gift - a lovely warm jacket - perfect for an Alaskan Cruise and a gorgeous new snow swirl themed embossing folder.

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Did I mention the candy?? Oh!!!!

So our first day getting to know our way around the ship - Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas - and catching up with fellow demonstrators and their families was a lot of fun!

I'll be back with our Saturday at Sea to share in the excitement of the general session and what we did on the ship on Saturday.

See you soon! xx

 

 


Casing the Catalogue - Blog Hop

This week I am enjoying creating using new products from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, being inspired by projects and pages straight out of the catalogue (or Casing the Catty - as we call it), and sharing that inspiration with members of our wider Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team in a "Case the Catalogue" Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from my lovely friend Kathryn Manglesdorf's blog, welcome. If you are starting here, grab a cuppa and follow the next button on each blog to do a full circle of creativity. And please leave us comments! We love to hear what you think.

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Last week I was on our casual kiosk at Chirnside Park shopping centre all day Friday, and as I was packing my stuff on Thursday night (and trying to think what I would stamp all day Friday at the kiosk), my mum brought over Sweet Storybook Stamp set and framelits bundle and says, "You do want to stamp mice all day tomorrow, don't you?"

Oooh my! Yes Please!!!

Sweet Storybook Catalogue picHere's the super cute picture that is on page 160 of the Annual Catalogue. It's really hard to make out what format the cards take (which type of fold) because of the very light colours against the white background, but that gave me lots of scope for using my imagination in coming up with my own projects.

I stamped and stamped and cut out mice and leaves and had a fabulous day working with these gorgeous colours and these super cute images. I decorated four gift bags and made 3 cards.

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The ribbon on the bags is Granny Apple Green. A lovely splash of green to match the leaves of the vine image.

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I had a great deal of trouble stamping the little red flowers because of the string handles and the extra layer of strong reinforcing card on the inside of the top of the bag - made my image miss-stamp each time, and because it was such a tiny stamp it was very easy to get an ink halo.

I discovered later that it was much easier to get an awesome image of the flowers by putting all 3 flower stamps on a block at once. There is also a framelit for each of the flowers so you will see that the cards I completed next have the flowers stamped and cut out separately instead of being stamped direct on the background like I tried to do with the bags.

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Here's some close up's of each one.  The first was just a normal fold A5 card, but with 3 layers on the front being 4 Stampin' Dimensionals deep.

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The next card was a tri-fold card with a window through the first two panels to show the inside of the card.

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And lastly I created a diorama card with 3 layers which will fold flat to fit in our standard envelope.

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All of these projects are made using Whisper White Card stock, Soft Sea Foam Card stock, Granny Apple Green Classic Ink Pad, either Lovely Lipstick or Calypso Coral Classic Inkpads for the top of the mushroom and the flowers, Crumb Cake Ink painted on with an Aquapainter for the mushroom stem, and a combination of Crumb Cake or Gray Granite Ink for the mice, with outline stamps in Momento Black.

Aren't these just too cute?

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 If you've left me a comment (thank you!!) and are ready to continue on in the blog hop and see what everyone else has created, then please click on the next blog picture here and go see what gorgeous projects talented Kate Morgan has created!

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Kimberly Hern 

Monika O’Neill

Caroline Manwaring

Kathryn Mangelsdorf 

Kathryn Ruddick 

Kate Morgan 

Alisha Watson

Rachel Palmeri 

Andrea Roberts 

Ros Davidson

Rebecca Jacovou

Rachel Woollard

Tina Gillespie


Christmas in July Card Class

Well, it's that time of year again for our wonderful Christmas in July card making and papercraft event.

This is an event where several of my Stampin' Up! team members work together to bring you a variety of Make & Take projects, awesome display of projects and products, a sumptuous afternoon tea and the opportunity to make an extra card or two for a deserving charity.

I have been researching on Pinterest (wink!!) all sorts of amazing Christmas projects using some of the stamp sets and tools which you may have purchased from your demonstrator last year - so you will get a whole range of new ideas for using products already in your collection. Or if you haven't already got them, these are products which carried over into the new annual catalogue, so you can still order them.

Here's a screenshot of some of the ideas I have been gathering - thanks to the clever demonstrators who created them for sharing such fun ideas!

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We won't necessarily be making all of these cards exactly but they are a great source of inspiration and we will have some lovely variations! There will also be some new Christmas products on display.

So, if that has whetted your appetite, you'd probably like to know some of the details right?

WHERE: ParkLife Church Cafe, 1 Saint John's Road, Wonga Park Victoria (easy to find, off street parking, accessible).

WHEN : Saturday 7th July 2018 from 12 noon until 4pm.   Afternoon tea is quite lavish, so feel free to have just a light lunch or brunch before you come and use some of the time in the afternoon to enjoy a cuppa and refreshments while catching up with your stamping friends in between making cards and Christmas projects.

COST: $40 each - tickets to be purchased via Eventbrite prior to the event. Buy Now.

WHAT TO BRING:  Your basic tool kit - pencil, scissors, adhesive, babywipes, bonefolder, etc named and in your little pencil case. No need to bring large tools.

Any questions?

Contact me on 0418 361 931, or via Facebook Messenger.

 


Better With Basic Gray

 Exploring the Stampin' Up! Colour Families

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Hello Again Colour Lovers!

This week the Art With Heart Team Colour Creations Ladies are exploring Basic Gray, one of our long term standard colours. Do you ever use any of the grays in your projects? They are a great neutral if you are looking for something a bit softer than black.

I went for something a bit different this week - I decided to work with our gorgeous new cardmaking kit - Notes of Kindness which is on page 7 of the new Annual Catalogue. This has got to be my favourite Stampin' Up! card kit ever! It's designs and colours are so soft and pretty.

First I made up one of the cards from the kit, exactly according to the instructions.

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It's a very pretty simple card just as it is.

Then for a bit of pop, I added a Basic Gray card stock layer to all of the pieces, and stamped a greeting from the Enjoy Life stamp set in Basic Gray ink.  The kit comes with a Basic Black stampin' spot, but I like having a neutral that isn't quite as in your face as black.

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Don't you love how those layers make a massive difference to the card?

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 If you can't wait to get your hands on the gorgeous kit, or you need to add Basic Gray or Granny Apple Green inkpads to your collection, click on any of the thumbnails below to be taken to my shop.

If you'd like to see what the other Art With Heart ladies created with Basic Gray, you can find the list of links on Cathy's blog here.

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