Inkspired Bloghop #89 - Signs of Santa


Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other 3 team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch.

I can't wait to hear all the exciting news from Teneale and mama Bear (Ms Barbara) when they get back from attending the Stampin' Up! 30th Anniversary at On - Stage in Orlando.  I was lucky enough to attend On-Stage in Brisbane this time and today have arrived in Hervey Bay for a much need little bit of R & R.


This Week's Sketch

This week I have created my card using the Signs of Santa Bundle. This is my favorite suite in the entire catalog. I love whimsy images that make cards fun and light spirited. The added texture of the white flock on the Designer Series Paper makes the card so much more interesting.Stampin' Up! has out done themselves with this little number: not only does it have matching DSP it also has Thinlits that match both the paper and the Stamp set... I tots love this set. It is a real must have that is so versatile.



I almost forgot that you can pair it with the memories and more pack to create some really simple and quick cards because if you are like me I always leave my own cards till late as Christmas cards are my biggest seller the year.


My Card


I hope you have been inspired to have a go at creating so really super fun and easy cards yourself to give to your family and love ones with Christmas as there really isn't anything better than receiving a beautiful handmade card.

Off for a night walk along the beautiful esplanade here at Hervey Bay










Next on the Hop is the Lovely Maree McIntosh



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Inkspired Bloghop #86 - Dashing Deer


Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch

This Weeks Sketch

This week I felt I needed to make a start on my Christmas cards and with all the awesome new products in the Holiday Catalogue I was able to get lots of inspiring and decided on using the Dashing Deer Stamp set which has matching Thinlits dies "Awesome no fussy cutting needed."  If it's one still on the wish list you can even get it 10% cheaper if you purchase it in a bundle.

My Card


Firstly I started by creating a piece of Bright copper shimmer paper using the new shimmer paint. A technique I learnt from Teneale. I took a piece of Sahara sand and painted in random strokes over the cardstock until I had enough to create my reindeer. I left it overnight to dry then cut out the reindeer using the thinlits. I did a couple of Dashing Deers in Sahara Sand and glued them together.

For the sentiment I used another piece of Sahara sand and with a dauber addd the shimmer paint to the rubber stamp and then stamped direct to the card. Next I used my all time favourite Embossing folder called subtle on page 22 of the AC. I then combined the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP as they work so well with Sahara sand cardstock. So soft and pretty. "Love it". To finish off I added a little piece of the beautiful Lace Trim as my scallop piece in the sketch and created a bow using the Linen Thread which I painted using the Bright Cooper shimmer paint to match the Dashing Deer.

Inside My Card

I always complete the inside of my cards with the matching DSP. I added a strip of the painted paper and again added the paint to the sentiment using a dubber. And of course to finish off my card I added a little bit of glitz using the beautiful Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint which I added to Isocol in a Stampin Spritzers. This gives a beautiful soft sparkle to the cards. Love it.

Next on the Hop is the Lovely Maree McIntosh 
 
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Inkspired Bloghop #85 - Sea of Textures



Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch.

The Sketch for this week



This week I have chosen two stamp set which pair together perfectly. The Sea Textures and Artisan Textures to create a FUN filled adventure card. My best friends are off on an adventure of a life time and I wanted to create a card themed to their adventure and these two stamp sets came together just as I had planned. What do you think!

My Card





I feel adding texture to your projects can create so much depth and interest, and there are so many ways to do it. I typically add lots of layers to my card for a little extra texture, but if you’re like me, you like to explore other ways to get that gorgeous look. For this card to create the background, I stamped off first each time to get a softer image. It created a "tossed sand" look which I felt was perfect for the theme of this ocean card. This simple step of stamping and creating a background produced so much texture and depth to the card before I started to add my layers. I finished off by adding a little spray mist of the "SHIMMER PAINT" which is a Returning product in the new Holiday Catalogue. If I had to pick just one product that I could not I've without than it would have to be "Shimmer Paint". It's like my morning fix of coffee when it comes to card making....




I  Love adding a little shimmer paint to my cards, (Scream with excitement) now they have released two new exciting colours "Vegas Gold" (that's really pretty and "Bright Copper" (which is almost as good as Champagne Mist) which I used on this card.

Now it is onto Maree McIntosh



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Inkspired Bloghop #84 - Country Home...



Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch.

The Sketch for this week

This week I have used one of the stamp sets from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog to create my card to share with you today. I different textures on cards and the Country Lane product suite has so many beautiful elements for creating them!

My Card



I started by embossing a a piece of Tranquil Tide Cardstock with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder (available Sept 5) and then adhered the panel to the same coloured card base with SNAIL. I then stamped the images from the Country Home photopolymer stamp set on a piece of Whisper White card stock using the MementoBlack ink. I colored the images with Calypso coral, Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers to colour the tin Jug and flower arrangement.

I then fussy cut around the flowers and laid them on a circle piece of whisper white which was cut out using the stitch Framelits die. I raised the tin Jug using the small dimensionals for a 3D effect. I love layers (can you tell) LOL. The extra two pieces of Designer Series Paper are also from the Country Lane Suite. I then stamped the sentiment on a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock in Soft suede ink. To finish my card off I tied a piece of linen thread around all the layered pieces and created a bow.

Inside of Card



For the inside of my card I inked the image from the Country Home stamp set in Soft Suede ink and then stamped it across a panel of Whisper White card stock inside the card.
Now it is onto the lovely Maree to see what she has created using the same Sketch.




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Global Design Project #151 | THEME: TAKE ME TO THE SEA



Welcome to my Blog.
This week I have used the High Tide stamp set from Stampin'Up! to create my "TAKE ME TO THE SEA" Card. I love playing along to the Global Design Project and again (as always) this super talented team have provided wonderful examples for us to get our creative juices flowing...


I have just returned from a Stamping Retreat in Kiama and just wanted to say I had an absolute blast, spending time with so many like minded crafters. I can't imagine spending my time with a better group of people or having a better up-line than my beautiful BFF Louise who is totally awesome!
This week THEME is so fitting "TAKE ME TO THE SEA" as my card was created for just that!
I was asked if I could demonstrate a technique called BLACK ICE that I had used on one of my swap cards. I must say I did feel a little nervous following on from such talent as Clare Langsford, Teneale Williams and of course the very talent Ms Louise herself.

My Card



I absolutely love the Black Ice technique. Melissa Kerman developed this technique but there has been many different versions since. For my card I used Tranquil Tide Cardstock and the Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper (146284) on page 83 of the Annual Catalogue. I  also add some Burlap Ribbon and a True Gentleman Button. 

The Technique
  • Take your Black Archival or Memento ink and wipe in a downward motion on your foil sheet. Doing it all over the paper. Then flip your foil sheet so that the bottom is now the top and repeat the first step again.
  • Then Stamp your images again using Black Archival or Memento ink pad. 
  • Use your SU! Heat gun tool on 1st setting, heat your foil sheet until ink is dry.
  • Once dry, take your Versa Mark pad and gently wipe in a downward motion like you did with the black ink. Flip the bottom to the top and repeat.
  • Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over the entire foil sheet. Then flick excess powder off. I rub my finger over the image to create lighter areas. I felt it helped in creating softer ice crystals. 
  • Again using your heat gun on the 1st setting, heat set until crystals appear. 
Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share my story with you! 
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Inkspired Bloghop #83 - Tropical Escape


Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch.


This weeks sketch

I have used the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper and a sentiment from a really versatile Stamp set called "All Things Thanks" It really is such a fantastic stamp set. I'm not sure if it was wishful thinking that got me creating with this beautiful paper this week as I really feel in need of a holiday.
Bora Bora? Maldives? Turks and Caicos? Bali? No matter the tropical destination of your choice, this paper will put you into a traveling mood in no time!

My Card

I kept my card simple this week as I have had lots to do! The SUBTLE Embossing folder is the best ever..... Totally in love with this one. Very card I have made this week has this as a background. Thanks Teneale for bring it to my attention as I can't do anything without it. LOL
The beautiful detail of the embossing folder is not seen from the picture in the Catalogue so be sure to  put it on the wish list.     


After using this beautiful paper this week I found myself studying the bundle a little closer and yep another bundle made it to my already large order as our Holiday Catalogue was available for demonstrators to pre-order. I just love everything about the holiday season and creating beautiful Christmas cards to give to family and friends. If you don't have a demonstrator and would like a copy as soon as it is released just email or call to be put on the list. Hope you feel a little inspired by the calmness of this card and can take a well earned break too! 
Now it is onto the lovely  Maree who has just promoted to Silver Elite this week.
Congrats on your Achievement. Well Done..... 
 I can't wait to see her creation and seeing what everyone has made.


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INKspired Bloghop #82 - You are Wonderful

Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch. 


The Sketch for this week


I have used the lovely Natures Poem Designer Series Paper and a sentiment from the beautiful Rooted in Nature stamp set. It really is such a fantastic stamp set. I am loving this set just as much as the Lovely as a Tree set that has been a long time favourite for many stampers. What's really great with this set is it is designed to co-ordinate with the Lovely as a Tree. stamp set and comes with 12 matching Dies which is awesome if you struggle  "like me" to fussy cut. 


My Card
I was a little stumped with the sketch at first this week but know I wanted to showcase some of the beautiful DSP (Nature's Poem) which co-ordinates with the Rooted in Nature Bundle so beautifully.
I started with a piece of Crumb cake cardstock which I often use as a base. Definitely one of my favourite colours. I also added an extra piece of crumb cake to the Base. I used this piece to build my layers on! This allows me to wrap and thread or ribbon to the base colour and it looks finished. A little tick I learnt from Miss Teneale.... 
I then layered a piece of the Nature's Poem onto some Vanilla and popped it up with some Stampin' Dimensionals. I love layers and adding dimension to my cards. The Linen thread was was wrapped around the extra piece of card base. 
I then used the same piece of DSP but turned it over and used the other side which is stunning. It has leaves on it and the lovely linen look too. "LOVE IT".
I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of whiter white and yes "Fussy cut it"... LOL 
added it to a piece of vanilla cut out with the lovely Stitched oval Framelits. It added another bit of dimension.. 
To finish off I added a piece of gold foil cut out using the scalloped Square Framelits and gold and glitter leaves from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.

A close-up Shot of my card.


Now it is onto Maree and I can't wait to see her creation and then seeing what everyone has made.







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