Welcome to another week of the What Will You Stamp Challenge!
This week we are creating with Sweet Home …
This is another bundle that as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it and another bundle I havent had time to play with … till now!
Today’s card was one I made on my birthday the other week and as I love birds and birdhouses I teamed Sweet Home up with Best Birds …
How Did She Do That …
I’ve inked up my ‘house’ stamp in versamark then ‘kissed’ it onto the Hardwood Background stamp which had been inked up in Crumb Cake and then stamped onto Soft Sky cardstock.
My roof was inked up in Soft Suede ink the stamped above the house then immediately stamping again moving the ‘roof’ stamp down slightly to give it a two tone effect. I then cut my birdhouse out with paper snips which was easy with straight lines.
The entrance to my birdhouse was done with the door stamp. I only inked up 2/3’s of the stamp then stamped it onto the front of my birdhouse. Again I lifted and moved my stamp slightly to the right and stamped again to give the shadow and depth to the entrance.
All the other stamps on this card came from the Best Birds Stamp Set. The bird was stamped in Espresso, sponged with crumb cake then Espresso just along the edge and on the wing – just to define the bird image.
I lightly daubered Calypso Coral on it’s tummy and cheek to give her a bit of colour.
I painted the flowers using the Clear Wink of Stella Brush like an Aqua Painter with Calypso Coral ink.
Remember, If you do use your Wink of Stella to Water Colour this way remember to wipe off the remaining glimmer from your ink pad lid with a tissue or wet wipe. You dont want your ink pads all glimmery … or maybe you do?
I hope you like today’s card – thinking I might send it to a dear friend who’s father recently passed away.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend – I am so far with the Swans winning their Preliminary Final last night and off to the Grand Final next week!
Today I’m doing what I love – teaching stamping and cardmaking! Today I have my Techniques To Go Class and today I’m doing two techniques and hoping it wont be too overwhelming for the ladies as we normally do one Technique. They are fairly easy and Techniques so I think they’ll be right.
Today’s card uses the Water Colour Lifting Technique and I’ve used the Blooms and Wishes Stamp Set …
How pretty is this card? I love how the images just pop on the panels.
This technique is a new one for me and was introduced to it via a video from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office. I loved it so much I had to add it to this week’s class!
If you’ve missed the class it will be up as an online class during the week so stay tuned for that.
This card would be great to do as a make and take project at a party so if you’d like to make it why not get some friends together for a fun afternoon and I’ll show you all how to make it!
This card is quite easy and fun to make and I just love those Paisleys! That flower has to be my new favourite stamp!
Now remember my post the other day about our empty Stamp Cases? Well these cases are perfect for this technique to pop your baby wipe into and create your palette with!
The set actually comes in a bundle so if you buy the Framelits and the Stamp Set you’ll save yourself 10%!
Check out all those gorgeous framelits!
Now I still have a couple of places left for tomorrow’s Techniques To Go Class and we start at 1.30pm so if you’d like to come along simply comment on this post below or contact me so I can have a kit ready for you.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend full of all sorts of new memories.
Today I have a little gift idea for you. This is a gift I received from my lovely friend Debbie when I visited her in Canberra at the beginning of the month.
This was such a lovely gift although unexpected. Who doesnt love Ferrero Rocher Chocolates? and what a sweet way to gift them!
Deb simply made a belly band to wrap around the chocolates and tied the gorgeous Mint Ribbon in a bow and it’s done – so sweet.
Then we have the Gift Card holder …
Very easily done and you can simply coordinate the Gift Card Holder with your chocolates by using the same Designer Series Paper pack – this pattern is one from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper pack.
To open simply slip off the belly band to reveal the card and note inside!
This is such a lovely way to give a gift!
We often give Gift Cards at Christmas but I hate just giving the card so I like to give something with it. This is such a lovely way to do that and you can now see those Chocolates and the Gift Card holder with Christmas papers cant you?
I know I’ll be making some of these come Christmas! Thanks Debbie for your gorgeous gift and the sweet giving idea.
It’s raining here so my plans and b plan and c plan for my birthday have gone out the window so I’m stamping and doing some sorting of stuff on my desk and thought I’d share with you what I’ve done with our awesome Stampin’ Up! empty Stamp Cases.
Our Emply Stamp Cases are perfect for all sorts of storage and very affordable! The large empty Wood Mount Cases are $12 for a pack of 4 so that’s just $3 each!
I’ve been using some in my Ikea Raskog Trolley in the top for my embellishments and such and I’m forever picking the wrong one so I decided to make up some labels for them.
So now I’ll know which is which and will avoid all sorts of frustration – plus it makes me look organised doesnt it?
Then looking at my shelf of Project Life Kits & Accessory Packs I thought they could use some too …
I was also forever looking for where I put my postage stamps and return address labels so figured I’d pop them in a box too …
So although I’m not out doing what we’d planned today I am doing something that helps me in my business and my desk is a little less cluttered as well.
If you’d like to organise yourself too why not grab one of the sets of cases …
I am hoping it will be a Super Saturday tonight as my Swans are playing tonight in the AFL Quarter Final.
I have super quick and easy Christmas card for you today using Totally Trees ..
This card is super easy and one showcased in the Holiday Catalogue.
I’ve been feeling a bit down the past week so needed something quick and easy to give me a lift and this card has done just that. I’ve got a heap of new ideas for this set so no doubt you’ll see some of those during the next week or two.
Now tomorrow happens to be my birthday so I have a couple of super specials for you!
Birthday Specials …
Free Shippingon all orders placed Sunday
Free Gift with all orders of $54 or more
Double Latte rewards on all orders placed between now and 6pm Monday 19th
Free Tutorial with all bundles
All shoppers will go in the draw for a Free Project Kit – drawn Tuesday
You can place your order by phone, email or online. If you order online be sure to use the Hostess Code DF6WPEV6 for your bonus free gift!
Good Afternoon and welcome to another serve of Freshly Brewed Projects from the Latte Girls …
This week we are creating with the Fox and Friends Bundle …
This little bundle is so much fun to create with as the ideas are neverending and I hope I have some new ones for you today.
Now the project I’m sharing this afternoon is different to what I’d initially wanted to share after seeing a video from Stampin’ Up! this morning – hence why my post is a little late.
Pam shared her neat Project Life Mail Art cards and of course the lightbulb went off for today’s project. Here are my Foxy Friends Mail Art Project Life cards …
How cute are they? and how perfect for a Baby Album?
I simply used my Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits dies to cut from the Little Foxy Paperstack for my bases and then just stamped and cut various critters out with the Foxy Friends Stamp Set and Fox Builder punch.
Now I have a tip for you … I was stamping like three times to ensure I had all the bits stamped right then found a tip on Pinterest so I’ve made this Pinter-tip for you …
You simply punch out the Fox Builder punch from a piece of cardstock and this will then become your template. Then lay your stamps in the places they should go in the punch with the ‘stamp side’ down. Simply pop your block on top and then once you’ve stamped your images they will fit perfectly into your punch! No more wasted cardstock!!
Now I thought not everyone does Project Life – hard to believe when it’s so quick and easy I know – so I’ve cut out some card bases and popped my Fox Mail Art cards on top …
This makes four sweet little baby cards and perfect to wrap up and give as a gift for the new parents!
Now be sure to pop over and see what Libby and Narelle have created this week … hopefully they wont be too mad with me that my post was late.
Today I have a little treat for you … well it’s actually a treat for me as it’s a gift I received from my sweet friend Debbie Blake.
How sweet is this little set? You want to hear a funny story? Well I was in the middle of typing up my Irresistibly Floral blog post when this gift arrived by post. I stopped, opened the package …. when I saw what it was I could do nothing but giggle and message Deb.
Being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator does so much for you and it’s more than just cardmaking and rubber stamps. It’s the people you meet, the stories you share and the awesome friends you make along the way. Debbie is one of these – we became friends online through ESAD before meeting at Convention in 2013.
Here’s what was inside the box …
Look at the detail on that cupcake! At first I thought it was a candle and I searched for a wick and then realised it was soap … gorgeous chocolately creamy soap – oh my! My next thought was “I must hide this from my 19yo”!
This is divine Debbie … thank you so much for your friendship and your awesome gift … oh your friendship is awesome too! One day we’ll trek to Darwin and stop over for a holiday.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of becoming a Demonstrator – whether just for yourself or as a business opportunity please dont hesitate to contact me. You can click the Join my Team button below to read more about being a demonstrator and joining my fun Latte Girls Team
If you’d rather I just send you a free (no obligation) information pack then please contact me and I’ll get one in the post to you today.
Good Evening … how nice has this weather been the last week or so … I do love Spring!
Being a Monday its time for another challenge from the What Will You Stamp Blog and this week we are creating with Vintage Leaves …
If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will know that this set is one of my favourites and I love that we also have the Leaflets Framelits so cutting them out is a breeze.
Now I know I mentioned I love Spring – well I do for it’s warmer weather and maybe also for my birthday but I do also love Autumn – especially the colours of Autumn and here’s the card I created for today’s challenge …
I love the tones and colours you can get by sponging our gorgeous inks onto our cardstock and I needed a ‘blokey’ card as it’s my brother and my brother in law’s birthdays this month!
As I was taking the first photo’s of this card I thought hmm it needs something and not too much so sequins and dots were out so I grabbed my handy dandy Gold Wink of Stella Brush and flicked some more splatters on – it gives a great shimmer to the leaves when held in the right light …
You can see it a little here but it’s really hard to get a good picture of it.
I hope they like their cards and I hope you like what I’ve created today.
Now be sure to head over to the What Will You Stamp Challenge Blog and see what the other ladies have created. Why not grab your leaves and make a card too? enter it in the challenge and you could be a guest designer!
Welcome – hope you are having a relaxing Sunday Afternoon – that’s what Sunday’s were created for afterall!
Have you ever looked through the Stampin’ Up! catalogue and seen a bundle but thought “I love the framelits but not so sure about the stamp set”? That’s what I did with the Merry Tags Bundle on page 21 of the Holiday Catalogue.
While there are a couple of stamps I could use in the set I thought of other sets that I could use in it’s place. Like the ‘snow’ stamp – I could use one of the splatters from Gorgeous Grunge or Touches of Texture for the same effect. So I opted just to get the framelits and I have a sweet card for you this afternoon …
This was one we made yesterday in my Christmas Stamp A Stack. It’s a fun and easy card with a few elements in it which give it an old world charm. The ‘snow’ was done using the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge and I used the Soft Falling Embossing folder on the base card for depth and continuation of the snow. I actually reversed the folder so the embossing goes in instead of up – it give a cool different look.
You know when you see something for the first time and know you just have to have it?
No … I’m not talking about Chris Hemsworth … …. …. no really I’m not!
When I first looked through the Holiday Catalogue one set that really caught my eye and I knew I had to have was the Star of Light Stamp Set.
Everything about it grabbed me .. from the stars, swirls and accents to the sentiments – it was just perfect. Well I finally had time to sit down and create with it and this is what I made …
This photo really does not do this card justice. It’s hard to get a good picture of a white background with soft colours on it.
The star swirl and medium stars are stamped in Soft Sky. The sentiment is done in Sweet Sugarplum and the little stars in Pink Pirouette.
I chose this colour combination from the Fancy Frost Sequins which I’d intended to use on the card but it was a little too much … just a few of the smallest rhinestones was enough and the heart in the centre of the large star is from the metallic enamel shapes.
I’ve painted clear wink of stella onto the Soft Sky star to give it a little extra sparkle and it truly does look lovely.
If you are coming to my Christmas Stamp A Stack today you’ll get to make this sweet card as well as 2 other designs. It’s not too late – you can contact me up till midday to register and class starts at 1.30pm.
If you cant make today maybe you’d like to book a workshop in October and this could be your make and take – simply contact me to arrange your date and I’ll get a party pack to you as soon as possible.
I mentioned Monday that I’d spent the weekend in Canberra visiting friends. The actual reason I was down there was that I’d been invited to talk at another Demonstrator’s Team Meeting. It was a huge honour and I do believe that my first reply when she asked was ‘are you sure you messaged the right person?’ lol. Apparently she did and I had a ball – after the nerves wore off! Not only is Debbie a fellow demonstrator but she’s a long time close friend as well – one of those blessings I talk about from being a Demonstrator.
At our team meetings we have make & takes for our teams to do and take home to share with their customers, friends and family. Here’s the make & take from Debbie’s meeting …
How lovely is this card? I dont have this folder yet so I may need to put it on my next order – it’s so detailed and with a gorgeous cable knit pattern it looks like it’s been knitted. It also uses the Paisley & Posies Designer Series Paper and the new Paisley Thinlits from the Holiday Catalogue.
Now when using that new Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing folder you’ll need to do it differently to the regular embossing folders due to it’s depth. The layers you need are New Big shot platform, folder with cardstock inside then cutting mat. It also helps if you lightly spritz the cardstock with water before running it through as this softens the fibres in the cardstock and will prevent cracking or tearing.
I love all the elements – the sponging, the texture of the embossing folder, the little paisley leaf with pearls and the copper embossed greeting. I also loved that it was all cut out for me as I’m usually the one that does all the cutting!
A huge thank you to Debbie for inviting me and I think I went ok as many of them asked if I’d come back for more Social Media Training! I really need to get Debbie a blog!
Welcome to another Stampin’ Techniques 101 Blog Hop!
This month we are showing you different [but simple] ways to use your Aqua Painter and the Ink from the lids of our Ink Pads.
With my trip to Canberra on the weekend I took the opportunity to ink up a set I dont have and went for the sweet Merry Mice stamp set.
This one is so much fun to colour – the mice come to life with some colour. It turned out rather sweet dont you think?
So how do you colour with an aqua painter and ink pads? Well you simply squeeze the ink pad while it’s closed and this will create a pool of ink on your lid. You then use your Aqua Painter (filled with water) to lift the ink and colour your image/s.
Use your images as a guide to colour. If you’ve chosen one that has extra lines inside the image this is where you want to make your colouring a little darker which will give your image more depth.
Here are my top 5 steps for colouring with Aqua Painters …
ensure you have plenty of water in your aqua painter
gently squeeze it to start the flow of water
pull some colour away from the pool and water it down slightly so you can start light – you can always add more colour but it’s very hard to take colour away if its too dark.
If you have too much water coming through your Aqua Painter take these steps
Use a tissue or cloth to dry off excess water from brush
hold your Aqua Painter upright with brush at top and squeeze – this will draw excess water back into the chamber.
dry off again and continue.
Always have a tissue or scrap piece of paper to clean off brush before changing colours.
I hope you’ve found my tips helpful and liked my little Merry Mice card.
Now it’s time to pop over to Heike’s blog and continue with this month’s Stampin’ Techniques Blog Hop.
Here’s the complete list of all the talented ladies sharing their tips and ideas with you this month ..
Welcome to another Freshly Brewed Projects with the Latte Girls Blog Hop!
I do hope you enjoy these blog hops each week as I know I love bringing them to you and seeing what the other Latte Girls make!
This week our theme is “Ways with Washi”. I love Washi Tape and love how it’s easy to use and can add a little extra to your cards and how good is it for Project Life.
Today I’ve made two cards using Washi Tape…
How sweet are they? I had so much fun making these cards!
This one uses the Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape pack – it’s cool with it’s 5 different designs and I’ve simply used three as my ‘background’ accent on my card. I then stamped the tree from Peaceful Pines in Garden Green and popped it on top. I’ve embellished my card with the delightful Metallic Enamel Shapes (these are on special in the Special Offers but be quick – they finish tonight!)
This one I’ve done using the Presents & Pinecones Designer Washi Tape pack. I love the bright colours in this pack. My tree is from Greetings from Santa and the Sentiment is from the Tin of Tags stamp set – they are both punched out with the 1 3/4″ circle punch. I’ve embellished with the enamel shapes again (did I mention they are 25% off in the Special Offers that finish today?)
Washi makes for awesome simple backgrounds and cards.
Should I mention that I originally bought these two packs of Washi from the Holiday Catalogue for my Christmas Gift Wrapping? So much nicer than the store bought christmas sticky tape!
Now be sure to head over and see what Libby and Narelle have made this week – cant wait to see their projects!