When I first saw them at the product release in Melbourne last November, I was a bit "Ho Humm" not inspired but then one person did one project with them and I HAD to have them. Since then, the framelits have probably been my most used cutting tool ever!
I have made dozens of cards with them - mostly already given away but several also sold at our little regular kiosk at our local shopping centre, along with several gift boxes.
Here's just a small sample of the cards I have made. Please keep in mind, some of the patterned papers on these cards were from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration paper or from the Occasions Catalogue.
There are so many variations you can do!
Which one is your favourite?
I have a few more of these to show you - very similar design but in completely different colour schemes. I totally love them. If you would like to make sure you see them when I post about them, please click on the words "subscribe to this blog's feed" at the top left of this page so it comes to you as an email.
Have you tried sponging on your cards and wondered how to get it all blended smoothly without the blotches that just seem to come naturally with the sponge daubers?
I am running a class tomorrow afternoon to address exactly that!
I DO love a gorgeous rainbow of colours softly blended into each other. I would love to show you how it's done, so book into this fun, relaxing class where you will get to make all three of the pictured cards. You will be able to practise lots of sponging while you are here, but also have three lovely finished cards to take away, to keep as samples, or to post to some lucky person! I have allowed a very generous three hours for this class, so even if you are an absolute beginner, we should have plenty of time left over to make one or two extra cards each (which ever was your favourite) to donate to the https://www.facebook.com/CombatCardsVictoriaAustralia/ collection to send to our soldiers posted overseas for them to write in to send to their families. For the class : You will need to bring 5 (five) Stampin' Up! sponge daubers to the class, either new, or if you are an experienced stamper and have been around me long enough and have pre-inked ones, you will need Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon. If you don't have any sponge daubers, a packet of 5 from Stampin' Up! is $9.00.
Class cost - $25 includes all materials and refreshments - add on $9.00 if you need me to order sponge daubers for you.
I can't believe there is just one week left of Sale-a-bration 2016. The Sale-a-bration gifts this year have been so much fun to create with! Even though it's sad that Sale-a-bration is coming to an end, it is a real pleasure to get out some of my crafty items and do some creating, and it's even more of a pleasure to use my favourite Sale-a-bration gift this year and show you what I have been creating with it.
If you have just started blog surfing here, you may not know that I am participating in a blog hop tonight with ESAD.
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.
My most loved Sale-a-bration product has been the WILDFLOWER FIELDS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER.
I can't get enough of this paper, have used it heaps and when we talked about this blog hop, I definitely wanted to pull out the pretty designs, patterns and colours in this paper and play with it some more.
For those who follow my blog or Pinterest boards, you will know that I have been making of lot of cute little bags with matching note cards in them. These were originally inspired by an awesome YouTube video by Caroline Hallet - a talented demonstrator from the UK. I have made stacks of them now on various themes and colour schemes.
Here is what I created for the blog hop.
My sister and I both love teapot and cup stamps and dies and when we saw CUPS 7 KETTLE FRAMELITS DIES in the current Occasions Catalogue, there was no doubt it was going to join my collection. I just love it so much with the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper.
The Calypso Coral Tea Pot and Old Olive Cup have been stamped using Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, heat embossed with Whisper White Embossing Powder. I haven't pulled out the Tea Lace Doilies for quite some time so it was lovely to add bits of them as finishing touches too.
Don't you think this would make a really cute gift for someone special?
Well, thanks for visiting me, now I better let you go and see what the rest of the crew have created to celebrate the tail end of Sale-a-bration. Click on her name to go to the next blog - that of lovely Nicole Wilson.
In case you get lost or the next link doesn't work, here are all the participants in the blog hop.
Over the weekend I decided to run an (impromptu) "Virtual Party" for my team on our Secret Facebook Group. It was my birthday on Friday and my hubby had to go away for the weekend, so what better thing to do in the evening than spend a couple of hours (okay, okay, about 8 hours) in my stamping room with my team chatting online, and whipping up some creativity!
I posted an inspiration photo and a Crafty Bingo board image on the group and invited them if they didn't have any projects already on the go, to use the suggestions on the Bingo Board and/or the cute image for their inspiration to make something. The image of a very cute cake with bird and bow, came from a Facebook post with no reference or link to who the original cake decorator was.
Now, I do love a cute bird, and I think the colours in this image so match the Stampin' Up! colours and some of our current stamps and Designer Series Paper patterns.
I grabbed out a stack of supplies in these colours and patterns and whilst chatting to my team, asking them "Get to know you" type questions on the group and setting some challenges for them, I started thinking about how I could make an effective card with these products :
As it happens, because I was very much multi-tasking, I decided to pop over to my Pinterest boards and have a look through the projects there. Did you know I even have a Bird Projects board on Pinterest for just such a moment?
I love this cute bird by Martha Lever, so rather than trying to find a Stampin' Up! tool that I could use to cut out a bird, I decided to draw one by hand similar to this one. I love the sketchy black outline and the collage of images in different layers.
I pulled out several stamp sets including "By The Tide" for the seashell text stamp, "Tap Tap Tap" for the typewriter letters, "You are Remarkable" for the branches, "Butterfly Basics" for a bit of fernery. I also used sponge daubers, aqua wash pen, white gel pen, white embossing powder and Black Journalling pen.
I drew the bird onto the Blushing Bride floral print paper from the Subtles Paper Stack, hand cut it, then sponged it with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler Inks.
I collage stamped the background images all over the 8" x 6" piece of Soft Sky floral print paper.
I watercoloured the leaves using Old Olive ink and the Aqua-wash pen, and sponged Lost Lagoon, Old Olive and Not Quite Navy over all of the images, leaving some lighter areas.
I stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder, the sea shell text stamp from "By The Tide" onto the birds body twice. Love that effect!!
Then handwrote with black journalling pen the words around the edge from Victor Hugo :
"Be like the bird,
that pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight,
feels them give way beneath her, and sings . . .
knowing she hath wings."
My last step was to add a tiny touch of white gel pen to some of the leaves and the birds tail to bring back a little more light into the overall image, then looked around my room and by some sort of miracle saw this A4 document frame sitting on a shelf. Perfect!
I am so excited to have a new piece of art for the walls of my room. Funnily enough I have been carrying it from room to room throughout my house since Saturday night, so I can keep pausing and admiring it!
Do you ever do any collage stamping? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below if you'd like to know more about the techniques used or perhaps attend a class on sponging and collage stamping.
See you soon with Ink on your Fingers (and there's plenty of that with sponging!).
I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2016.
As some of you know, I was away in England for a couple of weeks experiencing my first very cold (but not White) Christmas with family. It was lovely to experience life in a small English village and to see the amazing Christmas decorations and all the wondrous displays in the shops.
These utterly gorgeous, larger than life reindeer were set up in the garden at Aston Pottery and I think I definitely need some of these for our front garden!
This extremely old and fragile nativity scene was set up beautifully in an even older amazing barn - the 800 year old Great Coxwell Barn. So beautiful!
Each model stood over a metre high, and they were very detailed. They don't make things like they used to!!
And how is this delightful Christmas tree in front of that darling old (restored beautifully) barn?
I arrived home in time to have my family Christmas on New Year's eve and Tony's family Christmas on New Year's Day, so I am a bit slower than everyone else in packing up Christmas and throwing myself into the new year. However, I did "undress" the tree yesterday with help from my darling little white friend who missed me terribly while I was away - at least, she had cuddles ALL day the day I got back and has gone back to ignoring me ever since - except when the tinsel came off the tree.
Isn't she just too cute! She has been guarding the tree quite noticably - with a look on her face which says, "They are my presents, hands off!". She hid under the bed when the family was all here, but came out later and stalked around the tree with some look on her face!
Today when I put the tree out on the front verandah to go in the green bin, she sat at the front door sniffing and sniffing, like she knew I had taken away her latest toy!
I hope you had as exciting a Christmas as she did!
What have I got planned for the New Year?
Well, there's lots happening right now! Sale-a-bration - our biggest promotion of the year started on Tuesday, along with our new (very gorgeous) Occasions Catalogue. Later this month I am going to be at Chirnside Park shopping centre for our regular kiosk appearance, however this month and next are slightly different and quite special!
This month our booking coincides with the Chirnside Park Twilight Market, so we will be there ALL DAY Thursday 21st until 9pm AND we will be there again all day Friday - two full-on days of card-making and meeting the lovely local people.
We will repeat that again in February with the Twilight Market on Thursday 25th and following it with our normal day on Friday 26th February.
Because I've been away, I haven't had much of a play with new products from the new catalogue or Sale-a-bration, but I have loved seeing what my fellow demonstrators have been creating with their pre-order products. There are lots of suites of products this time around, which is delightful as it gives you such amazing coordination options. One of my favourites is the Botanical Gardens Suite.
How much fun are those lovely rainforest images and funky colours?
I am definitely going to be having a play with that over the next few days!
If you'd like a close up look at the Botanical Gardens Suite of products, click here. The stamp set, framelits and Designer Series Paper are all available in a 15% off coordinating bundle.
If you order the gorgeous bundle and add one more small item bringing the product total to $90 you can choose any FREE Sale-a-bration item to go with your order. There is a super cute Vellum Paper stack that coordinates with the Botanical Garden Suite.
Need help with that, or want to see a hardcopy of the catalogues? Send me a message on 0418 361 931 or leave a comment below.
Welcome to our inspirational exploration of the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. You may be one of my regular visitors, or you may have arrived here via the ESAD blog hop, from the blog of the lovely and talented Pauline Bennets. Either way, welcome!
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I'm always getting asked how do I watercolour, so today I wanted to show you just how easy watercolouring is, showing off the gorgeous flower stamp in the Stampin' Up! stamp set Awesomely Artistic- there are pretty much just three easy steps.
Step 3. I chose Crushed Curry and Old Olive inks and came back with the blender pen to add some depth and shading to really make those flowers and leaves jump off the page.
These projects were inspired by one I saw on Pinterest about 6 weeks ago, by Tricia Raineri, another Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I copied Tricia's sketch and changed the colours for some variety.
One of my very favourite things about this time of year is what's flowering in the garden, and this year is no different. Every time I walk out my back door to go to my stamping room, or to pick some winter vegies out of our garden, I am greeted by glorious Daphne!
I was pondering what other ways I could colour the flowers in the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, and it suddenly hit me! It looks like Daphne!
So out came the Rose Red ink pad and blender pens, and this time for the leaves I did a gentle (think, very light-handed here) combination of Cucumber Crush and Old Olive for the leaves.
It doesn't look exactly like Daphne, but you can see the colour inspiration!
I decided on the same sketch for the first one, but changed it up a bit for the second "Daphne" card.
On the second sample, the background leaves are stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink, but I stamped it off onto scrap paper first, before stamping onto my base card.
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Well, that's probably enough inspiration from me, please leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought of these sweet cards using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, then please continue on the blog hop to see the work of the other ESAD ladies.
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 and 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, please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.
Next person in the blog hop is Barbara Williams.
Please click on the arrow picture to continue on the blog hop, but don't forget to leave a comment before you go! Thanks for stopping by!
Firstly, apologies! I was going to share this card with you on the weekend, however by the time I got through all the preparations for the wedding, then attended the pre-wedding dinner, and the wedding itself, AND the post wedding breakfast . . . I kind of lost time to do any blogging over the weekend!
Now, since everyone loves a happy occasion, and everyone loves a radiant bride, I guess I better start with that! Here is the totally gorgeous bride, with her handsome new husband, the father-of-the-bride and the step-mother-of-the-bride (that would be me!).
The wedding of such a beautiful couple brought with it the challenge of a really unforgettable, special card and with a little inspiration (particularly for the bouquet and lace edge) from this Pin by Cecile Ortiz this is what I came up with . . .
I've used the beautiful Designer Series Paper - Something Borrowed, along with the Your Perfect Day and Butterfly Basics Stamp sets, all from our Occasions Mini Catalogue. The Blushing Bride Rosette Trim is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit also from the Occasions Catalogue.
The leaves of the fern stamp are all fussy cut - yes, that took me a very long time!
Because the card was so dimensional, I then had to find a way of keeping it safe without squashing it or tearing off any of the ferns, so the next thing was to make a cute little window sheet box to store it in.
The box is 1.5cm deep and rather than cut more ferns, I decided the leaves from the Two-Step Bird Builder Punch might be sturdier.
You can still get all of these products in our current Annual and Occasions Catalogues through until June.
If you'd like a copy of either, please let me know.
I'll be back in a day or two with the super cute thank you cards I made for the bridesmaids.
Did you manage to get in any creative time? I hope you had a chance to drop in on our blog hop yesterday? If not, scroll down to my next post and follow the links.
Today I've got more of the Black and White Mystery Box contents to show you. And since we are on the Easter theme already - this actually was last year's challenge for April - hence the retired Designer Series Paper - Modern Medley, and the retired stamp set Blessed Easter.
The challenge was to make a gift box and matching card - and when we sent the Mystery Box out at the end of the year, the idea was, the Easter gift box should be full of goodies. Given we had some very hot days around Dec / January when the Mystery Boxes were in the post, I hope they all made it safely with no melted chocolate accidents.
Over the weekend I've got something totally different to show you - a wedding card that took me close to seven hours to make! Yep, very special family wedding this weekend, so be sure to check back in and have a look at the card I slaved over - oh the hassles of being a perfectionist!
Ready for another round of intense Cardmaking Ideas and Inspiration?
Hey everyone - you'll be pleased to see I'm taking a break from the Black & White projects and bringing you something different (just for today!! LOL).
Yep, today I am joining back up with my demonstrator buddies to bring more Stamping Inspiration in another easy to follow blog hop and our theme this week is EASTER!!
In fact, you may well be joining me here from the blog of my good friend Genna Gifford. Or you may be starting here - welcome! At the bottom of each post you'll find a link to take you to the next blog - follow all the links to do a full circle and don't forget to leave us all a comment as we love hearing how clever you think we all are :o)
There are THREE Easter stamp sets in our current Occasions Catalogue - and as there are 11 people in the blog hop, you are bound to get lots of ideas for how to use all three sets.
I started with the gorgeous Indescribable Gift stamp set, stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (that's the FREE Sale-a-bration DSP you can claim with any $90 order - ask me how - Sale-a-bration is still running until end of March) - I used the Stamp-a-ma-jigso I could line it up perfectly with the edge of the paper.
I then lightly coloured the leaves with Pistachio Pudding Stampin' Write Marker and Soft Sky ink applied with a blender pen.
Here's a close up of that for you - SOOOO pretty!
My next step was to stamp the greeting from the same set onto Vellum Card - again, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get it exactly where I wanted it. I stamped with Jet Black Stazon and stamped it towards the left-hand size of the card so I could balance it up with the cross on the right hand side.
I then attached this to the DSP with a piece of Lost Lagoon Ribbon and attached the Cross from Blessed of God Stamp Set onto the right hand side. I secured the vellum on the right to the card, by adding some snail under the vellum, hidden by the cross.
Did you notice I also used the Essentials Paper Piercing Template and Paper Piercing tool to draw a shape around the text and cross, tying them together?
Of course I just had to do a gorgeous co-ordinating envelope for the card - this one is destined to go to a very special person, so I stamped the blossom flowers in Smoky Slate on the envelope flap and inserted more of the Best Year Ever DSP inside.
I bet you thought I was finished there?
Oh no! For such a special card, I had to stamp the inside too!
Here's the inside panel.
While I was looking at ideas for Easter Cards, I happened to flick through all my PLxSU (Project Life by Stampin' Up!) card kits and its amazing how many of those cards are perfect for card fronts, rather than just scrapbooking pockets.
I had picked out another of our Occasions CatalogueEaster Stamp sets to use, and was delighted to find it co-ordinated with cards from the This Day PL Mini Card Kit (another Sale-a-bration Freebie - why not buy $90 worth of PLxSU products to build your scrapbooking kit and get the cards free).
I wanted to keep the vellum theme going too, so I stamped the cute image from Happy Easter Bunny stamp set on vellum in Stazon, then flipped it over and coloured the back with Markers.
I then stamped again on Whisper White card and fussy cut the super cute bunny with my paper snips and a craft knife, and added some touches of shading with the Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake markers. The idea was to layer the cut out under the vellum.
This was then framed with Rich Razzleberry card, and one of the PL cards with an oval window cut in.
The lot was then mounted onto a Soft Sky base card. How cute is that bunny!
Well! That's more than enough from me, it's my team night tonight so I am off to prepare some fun Sale-a-bration stamping for the lovely ladies - we're all inviting more people to join our lovely team during Sale-a-bration - how would you like to be able to participate in Blog Hops like this one with your stamping friends? Ask me how!
Please leave a comment below - and click on the heart picture to go on to the next blog in the blog hop - that of the very creative Ros Davidson.
I'll be back on Thursday with something completely different for you - some Easter cards, that I have made for a blog hop with some of my fellow demonstrators. Be sure to check back for some inspiration!