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Stamping Techniques 101 – Masking

Hello and welcome to another round of talented Stampers doing Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop ..


This month we are all sharing quick and easy ways with masking.  I love masking as you can get so many different results from it – I’ve done a few masking cards before and thought I’d do something a little different this time.

Here’s the finished card I’ve made using the masking technique ..

I do love how this turned out and I know new stampers are thinking there’s no way you could make that.  Well, you can … and I’m going to sow you how!

Tools you’ll need …

  • Stamps
  • inks
  • daubers
  • post it notes (i used full adhesive on a roll)
  • punches/dies
  • Embellishments

Steps …

  1. cut your shape from the post-it note.  You may need to pop your note/s together to cover the image/shape you wish to mask.
  2.  Position your cut out on your card
  3. Stamp your background image around the edges of your mask
  4.  Dauber around the edges of your mask to define the edges.
  5. Stamp any more elements you want around your mask.  Here I’ve used the small splatter stamp and grid stamp  from Timeless Textures in Rose Red and Blushing Bride.
  6.  I wanted a bit more texture or depth so I stamped the paint stroke in Pink Pirouette over the Grid stamp and added the textured flourish in Sahara Sand for a little elegance.  Now that I’m happy with the ‘elements’ I can remove the mask to make sure I’m happy with how it looks ..
  7.  I must say I’m pretty happy with how it’s looking.  If I wanted more definition around the shape of the dragonfly I can stick the mask back on and dauber some more ink aroud it.  Now to assemble my card …
  8. I stamped the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams and looked and yes I like it and it’s sweet as it is but how about some embellishments?
  9.  I do love adding some embellishments so wanted something that wasnt going to take away from the design.  Enamel shapes in Pink Pirouette and Rose Red to match the colours I’ve stamped in and the odd tiny pearl is perfect for this card.  The card is lovely as it is but maybe you’d like to step it up just one more time …
  10.  I took a piece of Pink Pirouette Card stock and cut out one of the detailed Dragonflies, painted it with Wink of Stella and popped it onto the card … I do believe I’m in love with this card and this bundle!!

I do hope you like my card and while it looks very involved and very intricate it’s quite easy to do following these easy steps and I do hope you’ll have a go at making your own.  I’d love to see what you create so please leave a comment with a link to your card at the end of this post.

Now … it’s time to check out what the other ladies have created using the masking technique …

Simply click the button below to head through to Carmen’s Creation …


Thanks for stopping …

Freshly Brewed Projects – Gift Packaging

Good Afternoon and welcome to another week of Freshly Brewed Projects from the Latte Girls


This week we are sharing ways to package gifts for Christmas so I hope you find these ideas useful for your gift packaging.

Firstly … our Stamp Cases …


Our Stamp Cases make the best ‘gift boxes’.

You can buy a pack of either half wood mount, full wood mount or clear mount cases and you get 4 in each pack starting from $9! That makes for very affordable packaging.

You can cut a piece of patterned paper to slip inside the cover and so that keeps it clean and the paper doesnt tear and all you need to do is tie it up with a ribbon and pop a tag on it if you wish!  You can customise each cover just by choosing a paper that reflects the persons likes in designs or colours – too easy.


You then pop in the customised gift for the person and you’re done … wonder who’ll be getting our new Watercolor Pencils, an Aqua Painter and Blender Pen for Christmas this year – makes for a very cool gift and also and sweet box to keep the pencils and tools in!

It’s Christmas so we have to have Bon Bon’s dont we?


These sweet Bon Bons were made from a piece of Designer Series Paper 6″ x 4 1/4″ and with a few scored lines and some punches from the Envelope Punch Board these babies are done!

It’s the perfect way to gift one or two pandora beads this year!  Simply tie a piece of thing ribbon into a bow at each end and whack on a tag and you are done – perfect way to use those tags from the Tin of Tags Kit dont you think?

I do hope you like what I’ve created this week – it’s Christmas so they need to be quick and easy and a hassle free as possible and I love that these items can all be reused!

Now why not pop over and see what Libby and Narelle have created for this week’s hop.

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Inside the Lines – Sale-a-bration Sneak Peek

Good Afternoon … well it is after ‘noon’ but a little more ‘after’ than I had anticipated doing this share!

Today I have a super sweet card to share with you that we made at On Stage Live in November using the lovely new Sale-a-bration papers Inside the Lines …


I totally loved making this card as not only did we use the gorgeous new paper for Sale-a-bration and colouring is so on trend at the moment I just about squealed when I saw it in the catalogue.

Of course if they release a paper like this then they really need to also release a new colouring tool right?  Well they have!  We have a wonderful new set of Water Colour Pencils in the Occasions Catalogue.


The paper on the card above is coloured with the Water Colour Pencils then blended with the Blender Pens.  Oh my, they work so well together and cant wait to colour more now that my pencils have arrived!

I am taking bookings for the new year so if you are thinking you’d like a party or workshop with your friends then please contact me to arrange your date as I’ve had a few book already.  You’ll also be among the first to receive the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogues just by booking your party before Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you liked today’s card …


What Will You Stamp – Cookie Cutter Chrismtas

Good Evening!

It’s Monday again so that means another challenge from the What Will You Stamp Challenge Blog ..

wwys93I’ve done so much with this set I was a little at a loss on what to make for today’s post but being how versatile this set is I actually made 5 cards and I’m sharing these two today …

deerdog-wwys93How sweet are these guys?  Both cards are done using the Reindeer stamp yet I’ve managed to make them for two different occasions.  So if you get this bundle now (and save 10%) you’ll still have occasions to use it for after Christmas.

For Christmas …


We have a sweet rudolf card!   This one is fun to do and I’ve just used the blender pen to drag the colour in from the edge and shade it lightly.  The strips behind my reindeer are just washi tape on white cardstock.

For Birthday …


Just remove the antlers and add a balloon for this sweet little Birthday card

I used my aqua painter and ink from the Soft Suede Ink pad to colour this one.   I love how removing the antlers turns the reindeer into a dog!  She’s super sweet isnt she?

I was sitting here looking at the card and then thought ….


She really could use a party hat!!   Cute eh?

Now I know I mentioned I’d made 5 cards – which I have – but thought I’d save the other three for another post!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like what I’ve done with the Cookie Cutter Christmas set.

If you have the set why note pull it out and make something to pop into our challenge at What Will You Stamp Challenge Blog – I’d love for you to play along!




Moroccan Notes

Welcome to this week’s Latte Time Out … on a Saturday!

It’s been a busy hectic week so my apologies for not getting this Free Project to you during the week.   I am still trying to catch up!

This week I thought I’d share a little card I found in the Annual Catalogue using the Moroccan Suite


This card is so sweet and so easy to do and the finished size is 10.5 x 10.5 or 4×4 square.  The Moroccan Designer Series Paper pack has some great design and also makes this card perfect to give to guys too!

I love it so much I decided to make it in a regular Tall card as well …

moroccanenvytallYou’ll find the Free Tutorial on my Latte Project Sheets Page and it also includes the changes you need to make it into a tall card!

Happy Stamping and thanks for stopping by …


Don’t forget …


Year-End Closeout Sale is here!

Good Morning!

Well Stampin’ Up! have released the Holiday Catalogue retirement list early and have done so with style!


There are literally hundreds of items available in the Year-End Close Out Sale with some items are up to 60% off!

So what’s on sale? Click the banner above or download the list here

How cool is that?   and it’s not all Christmas items either – there are some products retired from previous catalogues that we still have supply of plus some current items that we have excess stock of.   salnewshop1116

If you are behind in your Christmas Card making or gift packaging it is now the perfect time to buy – you could even do some Christmas Shopping either for yourself or your crafty friends and save some dollars along the way!

Free Christmas Gift from Me ….

I do love to give and it is Christmas after all so I’m gifting a free Stamp Set with all orders of $100 or more during December!

You simply place your order – either online or through me and if your order qualifies I’ll have the free set sent to you!

So from 1st – 8th December,  when you place an order of $100 or more, you’ll get the Stylized Birthday Stamp Set for free!

I’ll have a new offering for free each Friday during December!

Contact me today to place your order or Shop Online 24/7


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Freshly Brewed Christmas Projects from the Latte Girls

Good Afternoon!

It’s time for your weekly Freshly Brewed Projects from the Latte Girls fix ..


This week we are creating Christmas Projects for you!

I’ve used the cute Detailed Santa Bundle for my projects this week ..


I love this bundle and its so much fun to work with.  These are projects we did for this month’s Stamp Club and the ladies loved them!  These stamps are currently on sale in the Stitched from the Heart Promotion so you save 25% – but it ends today so be sure to get your order in before it’s too late.

First up some tags …


These were fun and easy and cased from the one on the front cover of the Holiday Catalogue.  I didn’t have all the products so substituted those – I do love that red foil baker’s twine.

Then we have our Santa Sparkle card ..


This card is super easy to do but you will need your Die Brush and Foam mat to get all the pieces out.   The sentiment comes from Christmas Pines Stamp Set and works perfectly on this card with the Red Glimmer Paper.

Tip Time …

When cutting Santa from Glimmer Paper turn you paper upside down to get a finer clean cut …

santaflipYou’ll also find that your Santa comes out flipped and facing to the left instead of the right!

My last card today is the one that everyone loved – a Shakin Santa Card …


This was a huge hit and the ladies loved it the most and who can resist picking it up and giving it a shake?

The ladies were so excited to learn how to make a shaker card and this one was pretty easy and so pretty with the Fancy Frost Sequins and the Sweet Sugarplum Glitter Ribbon!

I do hope you’ve liked today’s projects and would love for you to stop by Libby and Narelle’s blogs and leave some comments for us all – sometimes it’s hard to know if people like what we make so your comments help us in that.

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