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  1. August Colour Your World Blog Hop!
  2. Carols of Christmas – Early Release
  3. Shiny Birthday Gorgeous
  4. Tarnished Foil Wood Words
  5. Crafting Forever!
  6. More Recent Articles

August Colour Your World Blog Hop!

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WOOHOO! It’s my favourite time of the month – Colour Your World Blog Hop time!  This month’s colour combo has a real zing to it:

I was a little bit stumped to start with on this combo so I grabbed a piece of each colour cardstock out and then popped them on my desk with a full sheet of Whisper White – all of that white really helped me see the colours better and toned them down just a little.  After that I knew the card would feature lots of white and be kept pretty simple to allow the colours to do all the talking.

The balloons on my card are sponged using a mask created with the Balloon punch – I did a mixture of rubbing and dabbing with my stampin sponges to give the slightly mottled effect.  For just a little hint of detail I then stamped over a few of the balloons with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

To create the 3 dimensional die cut I first backed my cardstock with Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet, before cutting the die 3 times.  Then it was really easy to just adhere each layer together giving a thick dimensional die-cut.

Did you know YOU can now join in our colour challenge each month?  Head over and check out our Colour Your World Challenge Group here, and then get creating – we would love to see what you create with this months scheme!

Well that’s it for me this month – be sure to hop around the world and check out all of the other great projects to inspire your crafting.  You can start with the lovely Sam Hammond in the UK.

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Alison Solven – Canada
Patsy Mullen Waggoner – USA
Sophie Prestrelle – France
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand   <<——- You Are Here
Sam Hammond – UK
Barbara Meyer – Austria
Anna Sposato – Germany

Stamps: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Ink: Real Red, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst
Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Happy Birthday Thinlit Die, Balloon Punch


Carols of Christmas – Early Release

It is almost time for the release of this year’s Holiday Catalogue, but in the meantime the Carols of Christmas Bundle has been released early so you can order it NOW!  This is such a versatile Christmas stamp set with great focal image sentiments and coordinating images as well:

Combine it with the Card Front Builder Dies for even more options!  You can create great card borders or cut the images in the stamp set with ease

Check out these great project ideas from Stampin’ Up!

And if that isn’t enough inspiration for you – how about this great video which even sneak peeks more of the great holiday products arriving soon



Want to receive a copy of the Holiday Catalogue in the mail?  Email Me to reserve your copy


Shiny Birthday Gorgeous

Happy Monday!  We enjoyed a lovely weekend – one daughter had a friends party where she had a lovely time, and my older daughter had a ballet class with the Royal New Zealand Ballet which was a real highlight for her – it is so lovely to watch your children work hard at something they are passionate about!  I spend a lovely Saturday afternoon teaching a group of ladies all about the fabulous Embossing Paste – we used it in 7 different ways which shows just how versatile it is!  I will share that project next week, but today I wanted to share a project from a recent workshop featuring the gorgeous Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP – this paper really has to be seen ‘in the flesh’ to appreciate just how gorgeous it is!

Once again I CASE’d projects from the Annual Catalogue – anyone care to take a guess which page I copied? The card base is the DSP itself to show off all that shine and the Happy Birthday Thinlit die makes a great focal point!

I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits to create the pocket for the card – the DSP is Kraft on one side which gave me a great surface to stamp & embellish, with the awesome foil shine showing on the inside of the pocket!

Righto, I am off to create 2 male birthday cards (wish me luck for that one!) and also this months Colour Your World challenge card ready for the next blog hop!  Have a great week!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Berry Burst, Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP
Ink: Berry Burst, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Basic Grey,
Other: Big Shot, Happy Birthday Thinlit Die, Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die, Balloon Punch, White Bakers Twine, Circles Collection Framelit Dies


Tarnished Foil Wood Words

The technique I taught in my June classes was Tarnished Foil – an interesting way of getting a really rustic metallic look.  This technique uses several different layers of ink, embossing, stamping & texture to get this effect and it combines really well with the rustic images in the Wood Words stamp set.

Have you tried the 1/4″ Copper Trim yet?  If not, you really MUST!  It is so versatile as it can be tied as I have here, or you can stretch it out nice and wide so it can be scrunched, rolled, tucked – so many options!

Stamps: Wood Words
Cardstock: Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Fresh Fig, Silver Foil Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pool Party, Fresh Fig, Versamark, Basic Black
Other: Big Shot, Brick Wall TIEF, 1/4: Copper Trim, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Copper Embossing Powder



Crafting Forever!

I love the sentiment in the Crafting Forever stamp set that says ‘Crafting Forever, Housework Whenever’ – never was a truer word spoke!  Today’s card is a CASE of the Annual Catalogue itself – never be afraid to copy the projects from the catty’s – thats what they’re there for!  They are especially useful if you are a bit short of mojo as just sitting and copying can spark off your own creativity!

There was lots of watercolouring (and fussy cutting!) on this card to get all of those brushes looking smart – thankfully I love to colour while watching something good on TV!

Stamps: Crafting Forever
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper, Melon Mambo, Wood Textures DSP
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Emerald Envy, Peek-a-boo Peach, Pacific Point, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry
Other: Gold Metallic Thread. Glitter Enamel Dots, Ticket Tear Border Punch



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