Cards - General, Cards Fancy Folds, Technique

Sale-A-Bration: Creative Inkers Blog Hop

SAB bannerEveryone loves a good Blog Hop! So grab a cuppa and take a wander through our Teams’ fabulous posts with great projects made using products only available as Sale-A-Bration Benefits.

At the end of the post is a complete list of the Blog Hop’s stops just in case you get lost otherwise just click your way through using the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons.

I couldnt decide which of my new Sale-A-Bration sets to use, would it Lotus Blossom or You Brighten My Day so I used BOTH! I tried out a different style Fancy Fold too, its called a Triangle Joyfold.P1030926

The Lotus Blossom one is 5″ square finished size and uses Crumb Cake card base with Soft Sky and Blackberry Bliss Card plus papsers from the new Painted Blooms DSP. I finally jumped on the Sequin band wagon and got some Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, not sure I like it as a border but I sure do like that you cake pop single ones off to use as bling!


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Opened all the way up and finally a close up of the front stamping. Using the white craft ink on the step 1 stamp on the Crumb cake is so effective!


Now the You Brighten My Day card is 4″ Square. I based the colour combo on the SAB colours so  Hello Honey, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay with Soft Sky,  and Early Espresso.

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How cool is the background paper? I made that using markers and the Hearts and Stars Decorative Masks. Just lay the mask over the area to be covered and squiggle the marker back and forth or cross hatch in the template cut out.


Hop back to the lovely Delys or onward to clever Heather and check back next Monday the 26th at 8 pm for our team Ocassions Catalogue Blog Hop!

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1. Narelle Hoggard

2. Alicia Yap

3. Kathryn Tyrrell

4, Bernie Collins

5. Jacque Williams

6. Rachael Knight

7. Paula Reid

8. Sally Williams

9. Delys Cram

10. Lisa Bullock

11 Heather Stewart

12. Ria Kaire

13. Sharon de Vos

14. Kathe Oldham

Cards - Babies and Kids, Cards - Birthday, Photopolymer, Technique

Old and new unite – Photopolymer

I pulled out a very old set to stamp this card. I have actually had this image all coloured up sitting on my desk waiting for inspiration for some time and when my new Photopolmer stamp set Show and Tell One arrived the planets aligned!


The Dance with me sentiment was just what I needed but I had an awful job trying to get a good image from it using the new style ink pads so ended up using one of the old style ones and bingo there it was. The great thing about Photopolymer stamps is you can shape them. I did this for the banner string, curving the stamp onto the block instead of leaving it straight.

So my impressions so far of the Photopolymer stamps:

They can be shaped

Really firm hold on the blocks and if they lose their sticky then just wash in warm lightly soapywater to get it back.

Also being that they are good solid stamps Iwas worried you would have to tug them off the sheet ( I have had some clear stamp sets that have been so hard to get off the storage sheet that I was worried they would rip or stretch) but they peeled nicely

They are a bit stinky when you first get them out

You need to give them a good clean (season them) before use. this gets rid of any release agents still on them from the molding process

Lots in the pack and quite a few smaller images which are great for gap filling or pattern making (see tomorrows post) $28.95 for 24 images

They are solid stamps, some other brands I have used have been quite squishy but you still get quite a nice crsi clean image from our ones.

They do only come in a cellophane type packet but I have heard that any released after the new catalogue will be in our clearmount cases.

Must clean up fairly quickly to avoid staining and with a CLEAN Stampin’ Scrub (Shame on me it wasnt clean and now I have stained my stamp : (

You can use them with StazOn ink and use the Staz On cleaner BUT you must make sure EVERY drip of the cleaner is removed. My plan is to give them a wee rinse in the warm water afterwards.

I was disappointed that the hexagon stamp and banner stamps didnt fit our punches but then I remembered this set has been out in the States for longer than we have had the punches

So all in all a good investment and I hope to see more of these available to us


Cards - General, Cards - Get Well and Sympathy, Technique

Try Stampin on Tuesday – Spritz and Smoosh

On Sunday I taught this fun new (to me) Technique at my Papercrafters Day. My ladies loved the effects you could get and a couple tried it there and then! I will share more samples with you later in the week. It was based on a few different tutorials I have seen which all had different names but the basic technique for all of them seems to be SPRITZ  and SMOOSH so that’s what I’m calling it!

I was playing around with it a little and created that central design and then thought “Hey thats pretty similar to the Try Stampin On Tuesday sketch” so that was how I finished it.


So the basic idea with this one was that I used my markers on an acrylic block to create layers of colour  to create this scene, then gave it a spritz of water with my Stampin’ Spritzer (these have a lovely fine mist) and then Smooshed it onto the card. SimpleP1020571


Box Bag Tag, Cards - Birthday, Cards - General, Technique

Washi Whatsits

Washi Tape is a whole new thing to me (and to Stampin’ Up! so I had to find out  a bit more about it and then have a play with it.

“The whole Washi tape phenomenon started in 2006. A group of artists approached a Japanese masking tape manufacturer – Kamoi Kakoshi – and presented them with a book of art they had created using the company’s industrial masking tapes. The artists requested that Kamoi Kakoshi manufacture colourful masking tapes for artists.” source –

Basically Washi Tape is pretty masking tape! At this stage Stampin’ Up! has two different packs each with 4.6m rolls of 3 different designs. My guess would be there are more planned for release as this is such a useful product  which is also easy on the budget.

Here is the Treat bag I made for each of the attendees at my last Papercrafters Day (next one is July 28th, same Bat Time, same Bat Channel)

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Gotta love that gingham wheel! See the wee Washi Tape flag, so quick to make! And the best thing was the attendees could pop this piece off the bag AND use it on a project of their own.
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Now to the results of my play. I already had some ideas from a demonstration we had at our team training a few weeks ago ( Thanks Ria and Bernie) so I went from there and created these 4 wee 3X3 note cards

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For the front one I used the tape to form a frame around the card. I love how it darkens the colour as the pieces cross in the corners.

For the one on the right I just added a strip of each tape on the card and stamped an image on it using StazOn Jet Black Ink.

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As for the last two they share a secret. On the left I layered the widest and narrowest tapes at a pair of diagonal corners, then used the 3rd pattern to cover a small piece of card which I could punch out a butterfly from. I then punched out a layer for it from Island Indigo. Then I started on the last card creating a herringbone kind of pattern. What now I thought and then it came to me. The leftover negative image of the butterfly! So I trimmed it to shape and added it over the top of the herringbone pattern. Clever Me!

Cards - Wedding, My Digital Studio, Technique

Faux Embossing with MDS

I am loving these challenges from MDS Monday, they are really helping me to learn new ways to use my software. This weeks challenge came with an easy to follow tutorial on how to do Faux Embossing with My Digital Studio. You can find it here

I combined this card challenge with the SUONLY wedding theme challenge I even used one of the new colour Smoky Slate. The polka dot paper was originally Basic Grey but by changing the opacity it is now Smoky Slate like : )

So here is the sketch, I did stick to it pretty closely BUT I may have another go at this challenge yet…..

 And here is my card


One of the best things about My Digital Studio is the colours NEVER retire so I can still add that gorgeous gorgeous Concord Crush deep purple to my digi projects!


Cards - General, Cards Masculine, Promotions, Technique

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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Cards - General, Cards Masculine, Technique

Brick wall man

Finally got to make a card today after a long dry patch. I should be in bed sound asleep but here I am blogging for you lovely people this simple card.

P1010387 (480x640) Earlier in the week while surfing (and not working ,doing housework OR crafting) I came across an awesome patchwork quilt and cushion someone had made from using squares to form cross patterns. Loved it! and I kept thinking how I could incorporate that into a card until today when I was once again surfing instead of working I came across the Technique Tuesday blog with this months tutorial on Brick Wall cards. Ok so my bricks are square not long but I think it works then I floated past the Seize the Birthday Challenge and grabbed their sketch. Then in  a flurry of cardstock, trimmers and adhesive this card was born. Each square is 1 cm and I have used Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Cajun Craze, Basic Grey and Certainly Celery for them. The sentiment is an old retired SAB set.


Cards - Birthday, Cards - General, Technique

Raspberry Ripple Birthday SweetieTSOT105

I have  been playing around with a new technique this week – No Lines Stamping. Basically you use a really pale coloured ink to stamp a line image with and then colour it. When your finished the lines don’t really show. I used Crumb Cake but I think I need to stamp it off on some scrap paper first to make it paler. Not a bad result though, might also have to go over face details with a slightly darker tone to make sure you can still see them too.

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You can find a tutorial for this technique HERE on Splitcoast Stampers. Note to self: Need more practice but getting there!!

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Anyway here is the card I made with the image using inspiration from the Colour Q, Inkspirational  and Try Stampin’ On Tuesday Challenges

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I really wanted to use some patterned paper for the 2 panels but didnt have any that matched the colours so using the Inkspirational flower theme I stamped my own using the smallest flower from Everything Eleanor and overlapped the images.

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Check back tomorrow for more inspiration using the Greeting Card Kids Stamp set which is my Product of the Week

P14  Annual Catalogue Woodmount 119887 $43.95 and Clearmount 120633 $34.95