Finding images to go onto cards for males can be a challenge - and then even when you find a great image, putting it with the masculine colours and textures can take us outside our comfort zone. It's SO easy to make cards to suit women when there are so many more choices of products!
When I was asked to create a 21st Birthday Card for a friends much loved grandson, I was pleased to hear he likes "old things", old leather bags, box Brownies, vintagey, antiquey things!
Out comes the trusty Stampin' Up! stamp set Traveler along with From Land to Sea (he likes lighthouses too!) and I decided on a collage style card in a slightly larger size than our standard A6.
First I stamped each of the images and added a swathe of colour using the paint brush swipe images from Work Of Art stamp set.
Then I added a bit of extra colour using Blender Pens and Ink pads and layered each piece onto Basic Black.
I then just played around with how they best fit onto the card front, rearranging them a couple of times until I was happy with it, added the number 21 in gold glimmer paper and some scraps of various Designer Series papers behind, and stuck them all down.
Something this special also needs to have the inside decorated, but I also had to aware of leaving enough room for Grandma to write a special birthday message.
By all accounts, she was very, very happy that she asked me to create this special card and the young man loved it. How nice is that to have been a part of his 21st birthday celebrations and helping to create special memories for them both.
What's one of the most fun things with Christmas Crafting?
Churning out lots of cards in a very short time . . .
And what's one product I always have to buy, but then love so much I can't bare to use them up?
Yep, that's right, Stampin' Up! Buttons!
So, in the lead up to our big "Get into the Festive Spirit (or get your Christmas Crafting On) Christmas in July event, I decided to combine the two, using an extremely simple card layout to create lots of cards quickly!
And the bonus thing with this is, I have so many buttons, and so many different patterned papers, that I was able to create card for all occasions without even having to change the card sketch. How much fun is this?
If you have a big stash of gorgeous buttons and paper, why not get them out and have a quick play and see what lovely creations you can whip up!
Have you seen one of the popular techniques going around at the moment?
Pop-Out Swing Cards
Everyone's making them and when I had to make a birthday card recently for a special person, I decided I would give it a go, instead of just making a standard card.
I actually can't believe how easy it was to just whip this card up!
For the front panel, I used the Square Framelits to cut the window - they just happen to be on the Weekly Deals this week (Wed 5th Aug to Tues 11th Aug) in case you were thinking they might be a must have in your collection!
Woohoo! Want to see what me and my Stampin' Sisters have been making?
That's good because today we are bringing you another Art With Heart team blog hop and we are featuring all new products from the brand new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue which started on June 2nd.
Our group is one of the largest Stampin' Up! teams in Melbourne and offer support, fun and friendship to anyone who would like to join us; from Hobby demonstrators to Business demonstrators and anyone in between. For the month of June, there is a bonus joining special, you can select an extra two stamp sets of your choice for free, on top of your starter kit ($169). That's a really awesome offer and I am available today if you'd like to find out more - call me.
Back to the new catalogue! A suite of products which caught my eye are based around a gorgeous paper stack named "Cherry On Top". My whole team has been sharing ideas and creating projects based on these products which include Cotton Paper, Washi Tape, coordinating Lace Trim, embellishments, card, ink and so many stamp sets!
Today I have focused on just the Cherry on Top Paper, as I'm saving the other projects for my "Show Me The Goodies" events this coming weekend - I have to have something different to show the ladies!
I actually saw some gorgeous card samples in the catalogue and decided to firstly case them, then see what they would inspire. The first is really simple, it's a note card size and is on page 109 of the catalogue. Here's my version :
From here, I started thinking of other greeting stamps and different shapes and had a bit of fun playing.
I have used several stamp sets to go with these gorgeous, cheerful papers, including Hello Life, Something to Say, One Big Meaning and And Many More stamp sets.
The next card I cased from the catalogue is on page 105 - lots of details and layers in this one! Just love it.
You can see how the Designer Series Paper becomes a real feature in all of these cards. Because I was having fun with the balloons, I tried to carry the circle theme over in a similar layout and colours to the card I cased, I am not sure it really worked, but I had fun trying!
I love the fresh bright colours in these papers, it really lends itself to so many different types of cards, Well, what about the rest of the blog hop? Next up is Jenny Van Dijk.
If you follow the links at the bottom of each post, you will get right back to the start. If you get lost, you can come back to this complete list.
And since I've had my first real big holiday from stamping, and classes and everything else, I should also say "Happy New Year!!".
What an exciting way to come back from a good long break - with Sale-A-Bration in full swing and a Blog Hop to show you lots of the gorgeous products we have been using to make lovely, lovely projects!
If you place an order with me during Sale-a-bration, you can choose a free item with every $90 you spend in one transaction. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from (ask me for a Sale-A-Bration Flyer and an Occasions Catalogue) and the promotion goes right through until 31st March.
Better still, become part of our awesome fun, friendly and supportive Art With Heart team. We have a really large team Australia wide that has been around since Stampin’ Up! came to Australia. We have a very active team forum and also have in person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. When you join during Sale-a-bration, you get to choose whatever you like from our catalogues, but pay just $169 for $235 worth of product (that’s a huge discount!) and you also get to choose between two free product options. It’s quick and easy to join online too. Ask me how!
Now let’s get into showing you what you can make with the great new products in the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues. You may be starting here or may have come to my blog from my gorgeous friend in Adelaide, Kathryn Mangelsdorf.
Just have a lovely browse and at the end of each blog post you'll see a link button to take you to the next one, eventually you'll go full circle.
I chose to show you a couple of my FAVOURITE Sale-A-Bration products today - a stamp set, and a fabulous, gorgeous, wonderful Specialty Designer Series Paper ( DSP).
I decided to start with the DSP - it's called Irresistably Yours and yes, it's all white with delicious white embossed motifs - in this case stars. This means you can sponge, brayer, spritz all over it and then wipe the excess ink back to reveal the embossing - how could I resist sponging rainbows over it?
I teamed the lovely star design with the Confetti Stars Border Punch which was in our Holiday Catalogue and is a carry over item - along with lots of other Christmas goodies.
I then matched these two products with the cute and fun Big Day Stamp Setwhich is a stamp set you can choose for FREE with your Sale-A-Bration $90 order. Love this fun set!
Quite a number of Art With Heart team demonstrators attended a Stampin' Up! event last Saturday - Partytime Warragul which was a really fun day out - and as part of the preparations I made these twelve card fronts for a team swap which my team did to coincide with the event.
I loved the bright primary colours so much, and I wanted to use the stamp set a bit more, so I made another card using all the same products.
First I sponged more of the rainbow background.
Then I stamped and coloured the cake from the stamp set.
Then I put them together with some layers of Pacific Point Card stock and the super delicious White Jute Ribbon from the Occasions Catalogue. Love this card - so happy and cheerful!
Well, as you can see - I just had too much fun with these - such cheerful colours and such fun images that truly do co-ordinate with products we already have!
But, we'd better keep this blog hop hopping. Next person to visit today is Claire Daly. Click on the heart to go to her blog.
Thanks for visiting today. Don’t forget to email me firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy of the Occasions Seasonal Catalogue or Sale-a-bration flyer, or to enquire about joining the Art With Heart team, and please leave a comment as we love to get feedback!
My Stamp Club ladies asked me to show them how to use the new Stampin' Up! Blendabilites. They are a new product in this year's Annual Catalogue. Have you seen them yet?
I hadn't done much playing with them, so it was great to do a bit of research and plan some projects for the Stamp Club.
I chose the Life in the Forest stamp set, as the images are quite small and simple - which is good when you have 6-8 ladies all waiting to use the same stamp and the same markers.
We made three cards, all of them inspired by ones I had found on google images and adapted to suit the Blendabilities instead of other methods of colouring.
For this first one we kept the card really simple, stamping the background with Lovely as a Tree stamp set and then just lightly sponging the green and blue. The card which inspired this was watercoloured all over.
We stamped the fox from Life in the Forest direct onto the card and sponged around.
The second one was much the same again, no background stamping, but the same sponging, accessorised with the polaroid framelit from On Film Framelits set and a couple of other finishing touches that added texture and colour, inspired by a card from Maria Willis.
For our third practice run of colouring the fox with the Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities, we really stepped up the card - again inspired by one on Google Images which unfortunately didn't have a legible name on it and I've not been able to find again, but a really lovely card - we all adored how the black layers underneath made the other colours pop.
By this time the Stamp Club ladies had coloured the fox three times for practise and also coloured the trees and the mushroom, so it was a great introduction to the Blendabilities.
This coming Saturday is World Card Making Day and I will be having a casual stamping get together in my stamping room from 11 until 3 (finishing at 3pm sharp). If you've not coloured with the Blendabilities before, come along and give it a go. I am also planning on trying out a couple of techniques I've not done for a while, including Brick Wall and Faux Tiles. Let me know if you can come along.
World Card Making Day specials - from 1st to 6th October, Stampin' Up! are offering some discounted items, including ink pads, A4 card stock, some envelopes, Fast Fuse and refill and several stamp sets. Pop back tomorrow to see the full list and the link to my online store.
Just a quick post today to share a couple of cute projects I have worked on over the last month. They weren't particularly time consuming projects, but I started a new job and had a couple of weekends away, so finding time to finish them was a bit of a challenge!
The first one uses the Flower Patch photopolymer stamp set on page 156 of the Stampin' Up! Annual catalogue.
The stamp set has a matching framelit set for easy cutting, and you can purchase the two products in a 15% off bundle, however for this project, because the shapes are so simple, I just hand cut them with scissors.
The second project uses the gorgeous Perfect Peacock stamp from page 170 of the Annual Catalogue.
I've brushed some Typeset Designer Series Paper with artist's Gesso, allowed it to dry, stamped the image with Jet Black Stazon, then done a very rough, light colouring with Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Canteloupe Markers, added some gold sequins from the sequin trim and layer onto Basic Black Card,, Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper and Coastal Cabana card.
Nice to have such gorgeous images to play around with.
If you're on my email newsletter list, look out in your inbox for my September newsletter where I have some other cards I have created in the last 6 weeks or so. See you soon!
Welcome to our final ESAD blog hop for the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, especially if you are coming to me from Andrea Buckland's blog - welcome.
These retiring products have been among our favourites, so we thought we’d give them another good bash before they are no longer available for sale.
Which retiring products am I going to miss?
I've picked out three of my favourites from the last catalogue year - Betsy’s Blossoms Stamp Set, Bug Me Stamp Set and the really gorgeous Simply Fabulous Simply Sent Kit.
But, before I show you more of my Bug Me Betsy Blossom Cards, you may be wondering :
What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.
So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.
I've had these little frames in my collection for a while and decided to fill them up with cheerfulness - I've loved Bug Me and Betsy's Blossoms stamp sets and will be keeping them in my stash as they are so useful and cute!
Can you imagine these grouped on a nursery wall?
Or even without the frames, they'd make a super cute pack of note cards for someone special.
If you've left me a comment and are ready to continue on the blog hop, click on her name here to go to Sally William's blog now.
Here's the list of participants in the blog hop. If you get lost or disconnected, you can always come back here and copy the next persons link in to your browser.
Almost all of us have family members, friends and neighbours who have been affected by breast cancer. This widespread disease has also touched the lives of members of the Stampin' Up! family, and contributions to breast cancer research have been an imortant part of Stampin' Up!'s philanthropic outreach.
Stampin' Up! are currently selling Ready. Set. Send. kits through the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and will donate $10 to NBCF for each kit sold. The Ready. Set. Send. kit features handmade cards and includes five thank you cards, five birthday cards and 10 envelopes.
These fantastic card packs would make a great gift, but are awesome to have on hand when you realise you need a card in a hurry but don't have time to make one from scratch. Your recipient still gets a beautiful hand made card, and you get the satisfaction of knowing you supported a very, very good cause, the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Packs are only $19.95 plus postage (remember $10 goes to the NBCF) and you can order one or several packs online here.