Archive for June, 2009

Trendy Trees

I finally got my hands on the Trendy Trees stamp set after pining for it for quite awhile! It is so cute and so easy to make simple male or female cards for a variety of occasions!

Here are my first 2 attempts – very simple but easy to make quickly and easy to duplicate if needed! It is definitely best to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up those tree trunks and tree tops!

Thinking of Trees

Embrace Trees

“Thinking of Trees” & “ Embrace Trees”

Stamps: Trendy Trees & Embrace Life (sentiment)

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Old Olive, Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Certainly Celery,

Accessories: Vintage Brads, Paper Piercer, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin Dimensionals, Word Window Punch


June 28, 2009 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

As Easy as Paint by Numbers!

I have been so crazy busy lately with lots of different school things and unfortunately my blog has been put on the backburner for a little while! I did some stamping to prep for a workshop I had today with the lovely Sarah-Jane (her workshop goodies to follow!), but that is about the only stamping I have done all week! I am still busy until school finishes this Friday, but I managed to squeeze in a quick minute to upload some blogs while I was doing some other computer work!

So here is my quick and easy post of a technique I demonstrated last week, which is colouring in your stamps with markers. It’s as easy as those paint-by-number pages we used to do as children!!

Step 1. Choose a stampset & colour palette to work with – in this case I chose Eastern Blooms and decided to use the Haiku DSP (I showed the girls how the IBC was so great for ideas – I got the colour combo and recommended DSP straight from the Eastern Blooms page!). I added a little Red Rose & Orchid Opulence too.

Eastern Bloom1

(To add a little bit extra to the Tangerine flower, I drew a stripe of Red Rose marker down each petal and then reversed the colours on the card below)

Eastern Blooms2

Step 2. To “paint” your images, simply use Stampin Up’s fantastic markers to paint colour directly onto the stamp rubber. This is perfect when using the multi-bloomed image in the Eastern Blooms set as you can add colour to the different flowers and still have a green stem. After painting all of the image, simply breathe on the image to moisten and then stamp onto your cardstock.

Eastern Blooms 3

Step 3. Voila! Step back and admire your beautiful creation!

Eastern Blooms 4

Step 4. Repeat steps 1 -3 as desired for multiple cards!

Added details: I used the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes to create this set and the sentiment is from Occasional Greetings. I used my bone scorer to create a dry embossed border around the outside of each card (you can see it more clearly on the first 2 cards). I also made a little folder for the cards to fit inside. I just made it freehand based on the size of my cards and it has a flap on the bottom which holds the cards in and then ties together with some Tangerine Tango ribbon.

The card folder doesn’t have an image on it because that’s the part that I demonstrated at my workshop! If you picture the branch with flowers from the 3rd and 4th cards attached to the front of the card folder, that’s what it looked like in the end!

Haiku Card Folder

June 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

Looking for a Cute Purse?

Anyone looking for a cute purse for a night out?

Well, I found a cute new purse that would go perfectly with a Baja Breeze coloured outfit, or an outfit inspired by Fifth Avenure Floral!

Cute Purse

It’s a little on the small side though – it would probably only fit a lippy and a few coins or cards!

This was a door prize that I offered at my workshop yesterday! I managed to fit some choccies inside too!  The template is on the Demonstrator website (one of the many benefits of being a demonstrator!) and was really easy to make. I used some Baja Breeze cardstock, Baja Breeze Patterned DSP, a Baja Breeze button and some Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon. I stamped the Fifth Avenue Floral flower in VersaMark and added a simple sentiment from Occasional Greetings in Chocolate Chip.

One of the lovely ladies at the workshop, Shannon, won the purse and her daughter promptly claimed it for herself!

If you would like to have the chance to score some goodies for yourself and have some friends around for a catch up and some stampin fun, just give me a call or send me an email (details here) and I’d be more than happy to book a date for your wokshop! Remember – there is a fantastic special offer available to hostesses during June and July (see details here)… and I don’t have many dates left, so get in quick!


June 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm 1 comment

Baby Shower Fun!

Last Saturday I had a busy day running around to 3 different parties in the space of 5 hours! Phew! I managed to squeeze in a 29th birthday lunch, a baby shower and a 7 year old’s birthday party!! Needless to say, I was kept busy with some card making the night before!

This is the card I made for my friend’s baby shower –

Welcome Little One2

I always enjoy making baby related cards – they’re just so cute! I usually go straight to the Nursery Necessities set, but decided this time to use the pram from the Fun & Fast Notes set. I stamped it on its own, coloured it in with markers (Barely Banana & Certainly Celery is a great colour scheme when the baby’s gender is unknown!) and chose a sentiment from Nursery Necessities that seemed appropriate for a baby shower! I added the Nursery Letters roller for the background and finished it off with a strip of DSP from the retired Spring Fling DSP (I bought extra of this before it retired as it is perfect for baby cards and gifts!).

“Welcome Little One”

Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters roller

Paper: Barely Banana, Sage Shadow, Spring Fling DSP (retired)

Ink: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, VersaMark, Basic Black

Accessories: Heart Brad (misc.), Stampin Dimensionals

June 16, 2009 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

Manly gift card holder

It was my brother-in-law’s, birthday yesterday and we had bought him a gift card so he could choose something himself from one of his favourite stores! I wanted to make a birthday card for him that incorporated a gift card holder. There are heaps of different templates for these around on the internet, but I hadn’t found a design I really loved yet. Many of the templates end up being quite small cards, and I wanted to make a card that was closer to a “normal” size.

I did some searching and found a design for a gift card holder that is really flexible and could be made to the size you want! I found this design on Amy’s blog (love her cupcake cards too!) and used it to make my own gift card holder.

Birthday gift card holder

The card basically consists of an inside insert which is folded up to make a pouch, to hold the gift card, and attached using brads. You can see the inside below:

Gift card holder inside

I altered Amy’s template slightly, by making my actual card (the Chocolate Chip background part) a bit larger so it ended up being an almost square card.

I decorated the front using the Big Bold Birthday stamp set. I wanted to make it a manly looking card, so I chose a piece of Windsor Knot DSP for the front and then used the colours from it – Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and So Saffron – to form my colour scheme.

I even made a personalized envelope, using another strip of this DSP, so that it was the perfect size!











“Birthday Gift Card Holder”

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday

Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive, Whisper White, Windsor Knot DSP

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

Accessories: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brads, Word Window Punch, 1” Circle Punch, Stampin Dimensionals, Corner Rounder Punch (for envelope)

June 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Upsy Daisy emboss

Upsy DaisyI made another card recently using white embossing with the Upsy Daisy stamp set.

It really makes the daisy design stand out and I think it looks really pretty when it is embossed!

I used Night of Navy and Bashful Blue with some Basic Grey Patterns Pack II DSP that is available as a Hostess freebie. This paper is so handy and is great to show and use at workshops!

I used a strip of Night of Navy through the middle instead of ribbon, and finished it off with the Scallop Border punch and the Wide Oval punch for the sentiment.

It’s a pretty simple card but would be nice to give to someone when you need a card “just because”!

June 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment

Watercolour with a difference!

I tried a new watercolouring technique recently that has been around on a number of blogs. It involves stamping and embossing a flower and then using the Aquapainter with a lot of ink to “drop” ink into the sections created by the embossed “barrier”. I don’t know if that makes any sense! Here’s a great tutorial by Patty to check out if you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about!!

I didn’t have any Shimmery paper as she recommends, so tried it with Watercolour paper which worked quite well. It did soak up the water a lot though, so you had to push the colour around with the Aquapainter a little more than Patty does in the tutorial.

Birthday Rose

It looks really great in real life and is a great technique to try or demonstrate for a bit of a wow factor! The Fifth Avenue Floral rose is perfect for this technique and you get great colours in your roses that look very realistic.

rose close up

“Watercolour Birthday Rose”

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Best Yet

Paper: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Watercolour Paper, Aquapainter, Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch, Paper Piercing, Mat Pack, Stampin Dimensionals

June 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm 1 comment

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