CAS(E) This sketch, my manly take

Ive been working on a wee project, which I cant show you yet, so I had a nicely stamped project life card sitting on my desk which in the end I decided not to use. Then when I was flicking through some challenge sites I spotted this one from CAS(E) This sketch

Well I flipped that sucker on its head and here is what I came up with!

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Here is a closer look at the original PL cards (3X4″)

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Can you see the darker shadowing on the screwdriver and hammer handles? I used my Tip Top Taupe Inkpad and a blender pen to add some depth to them. I used the same method to colour all the tools  and added fussy cut handles stamped tone on tone. Not too bad! The stamp set is my new Nailed It one. The colours are Dapper Denim, Real Red and Tip Top Taupe.

Nailed It!

I love so many of the sets in this new Occasions Catalogue but of course like everyone else I dont have an endless budget so I looked to fill gaps in my collection instead. The biggest gap, and I think it is for many of us, is stamp sets for Masculine cards so I chose this one. Nailed It

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How cute… um I mean MANLY is that. I love the little faces so you can change it up for a small man child or a humorous card. I had a special order for Birthday invites (which I cant share right now) and used a simple sketch which I thought would really suit these set so here it is. I love how the background of screws came out and the colours are great!

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Check out Nailed it on page 48 of the Occasions Catalogue. The sentiment is from another new set called Love Sparkles which is on page 53.  You can see the catalogue online HERE or ask me for a paper copy.

Just in case you missed out on any of the goodies from the Holidays Catalogue some of the products have “Carried Over” and are still available for purchase.

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Manly 21st

Just a quick card to show you. I know many of you find mens cards tricky but here is an idea that is quick and easy. I have used a “contraband” Non SU golf theme die but it could be replaced by many of the images we have in our catalogue. The colours are Night of Navy Daffodil Delight and Whisper White. I used the Timeless Textures Stamp Set to border around the Whisper White piece.

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Some alternative “MANLY” images and Stamp Sets you could use are:

p. 11 Birthday Fiesta – The Llama or the Cactus

p. 36 Acorny Thank You

p. 57 Foxy Friends

p. 64 Always an Adventure

p. 80 You’re Sublime

p. 89 Badges & Banners

p. 91 Shooting Star

p. 93 Seaside Shore

p. 95 Tuscan Vineyard

p. 98 From Land to Sea

p. 107 Bear Hugs

p. 114 – 115 Guys Greetings and One Wild Ride

p. 116 Traveler

p.129 In the Meadow

p. 130 -31 The wilderness Awaits and Country Livin’

p.133 Wetlands

p. 144 – 145 wherever You Go and In this World

p. 153 Mixed drinks – has a great beer mug!

Plus lots more if you get a bit creative : )

 

Its Here!

demomain_catalog_demo_7.1.2104-7.31.2014_SP_UKWell here we are on July 1st with a  brand spanking new Annual Catalogue, 249 pages of new products, old favourites and gorgeous inspiration!

Here is a card I made using some of the new product Something to Say stamp set. Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack, Moonlight Designer Series Pack Stack (Yah for paper stacks) and of course the new In Colours

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This In Colours are: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey & Mossy Meadow

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Check out the New Catalogue HERE or by clicking on the Pic below

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Guess who got new stamps! TSOT #143

ME! I took advantage of the special last week and got Gorgeous Grunge and A Dozen Thoughts and earned Wetlands as well. Yippee!

The smell of new rubber was in the air last night as the Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge pooped up in my Inbox and so I whipped out Wetlands and Gorgeous Grunge to make this card

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So glad I got this set the birds are FAB and the greetings are such a nice font too. The white markings on the bird are done with the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker in the Holiday Catalogue on page 20. I discovered that you can add colour over it with markers just like the Whitewash technique I showed a few months ago

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Happy 19

Yesterday my boy turned 19 and yet he will always be “MY Boy” Here is the card I made him.

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I love this paper pack, Season of Style, Its available in the Holiday catalogue. the colours are great and not just for Christmas. This card is a bit different both for me and from the way I envisioned it but I was happy with it in the end.

The stamps I used came from 2 different sets, Clockworks and Bring on the Cake and all those little cogs are stamped and hand cut! Its hard to see the full effect of  the pocket watch but the frame was embossed with Early Espresso Embossing Powder then cut out, the centre punched out and mounted over an acetate layer then over a second stamped watch. I added a tiny brad to the clock hands. I was pleased with how the laced panel came out, I didnt want anything that looked too girly so tried this.  I decorated  inside too

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Happy Scrappy Results

Sorry I didn’t get this post up yesterday, life has this horrible way of jumping in front of me when I plan things. But here we are a day late : )

This is what I did with the 5 of the 6 pieces I showed you on Thursday. Somewhere along the line I misplaced one but I have found it now so maybe tomorrow…..

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Back Row: A little Crazy Patched piece that I embossed using the Square Lattice folder (stamp from Bring on the Cake); A cool wee Patchwork square which I added pen  stitching lines to (Stamp from Best of.. Christmas) ; Lastly another Patchwork inspired pattern (stamp from Petite pairs)

Front: Striped pattern with various sized strips then paper pierced and faux stitched Zig Zag stitching in Early Espresso (Stamp from So Sorry); Bargello inspired strips placed in a chevron (Stamp from Tag It)

My fav I think is the So Sorry Card

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Which is yours??

He Tangata – Tis People

I saw this video interview with our Co Founder Shelli Gardner yesterday and it reminded me about the best bit of my Stampin’ Up! business – People! Fellow Team Members, Demonstrators, Customers, People I’ve met at Craft Shows and Markets all those people I may not have met otherwise!

There is an old Maori saying that I use in my “other life” as a Playcentre Coordinator and Babies Canplay Facilitator that goes like this:

He aha te mea nui?
He tangata.
He tangata.
He tangata.

What is the most important thing?  It is people, it is people, it is people.

Have YOU thought about joining up as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator?  Whether it’s as a hobby, part time or full time, I would love to have you on our team!!

Benefits to joining with the Creative Inkers Stampin’ Up! Team:

*Exclusive team forum

*Frequent Team Trainings and Regional Trainings

*Team Stamp Camp

*Fortnightly Team newsletters

*Annual Career plan check-ins

*Strict Team Ethics

*Team-wide support; you have much more than just your direct upline!

 Benefits to Joining Stampin’ Up! in general:

* 25 five year old, sounds, debt-free company

*Industry leader in the crafting world

* Minimum 20% discount/commission on products

*Low $450 per quarter minimum

* Fair and ethical compensation plan

*Bi-Monthly magazine with product news and workshop ideas

* Annual Stampin’ Up! South Pacific Convention

*Annual or more Regional Trainings from the home office

* Stampin’ Up! website full of information, forms, and Ideas

*Stampin’ Connection – a worldwide forum and gallery of project ideas

*3 catalogues a year for continual new inspiration and always new products to show

* Frequent specials and promotions

* Demonstrator Support 0 800 number for full support

New recruits can join Stampin’ Up! for just $25 !

Dates: 7-21 October 2013

The Fine Print:

  • This offer is only good for two weeks, so take advantage of it right away!
  • During this offer, only the special $25 starter kit will be available; the regular $189 starter kit will not be available.

You can view more information HERE and HERE. Already MADE your decision sign up online HERE scroll down to the “JOIN NOW” button and off you go. Any questions – Ask away.

Here is a card I made Using Hybrid (Traditional and Digital cardmaking) for a Playcentre friend who has moved away to bigger and better things

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PS What do you thing of my new blog banner I made it using My Digital Studio too!

 

Farewell to some old friends….

Its that time of the year again when Stampin’ Up! Spring Cleans their stamp and supplies selection. The Retiring Lists are Out!

You can see the Retiring STAMPS List Here and the ACCESSORIES List here for PDF versions or visit my online store here

Please remember these items are WHILE STOCKS LAST so place your order sooner rather than later!

You can order through ONLINE ORDERING Here using the HOSTESS CODE  WXHEPHXX I will close this order at noon on Monday.

NOTE: these orders will be shipped to your door so minimum shipping of  $9.95 will apply. IF you are local to me or don’t have a credit card to make payment with you can email me or ring me with your orders so I can add them to this order and have it delivered to me for shipping of 5% of your order total.

Also when using online ordering you must Create an Account. For this you will need the usual  contact details including post code and phone number which is entered using  2 or 3 digits (depending on whether it is a land line or cell) in the first box, 3 in the second and 4 in the last.

The sets I will miss the  most I think are Coutryside, French Foliage and Artistic Etchings. What set will you miss?

Here is a card I made recently using the countryside stamp set and whitewash technique. It is hard to see in the photo that the truck has white washed highlights, Silvered bumpers and a red sign and apples. I love that the “wishing you a wonderful day” leaves the giver open to use it for many occasions.

Such a clean, simple design but picked up with the details.

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Grungy? Vintage? Boy Birthday

Not really sure what style this is but somewhere between grungy and Vintage style with funky colours I think?? Anyway it is the birthday card I made for nephew who is about to turn 10. I was under the wire because my Mum was all but standing over me waiting to pop it in the post for me but I really like the way it came out. Sometimes those are the best cards because you don’t have time to second guess what you are doing, you just make it work!

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