A very merry hello to you! How’s your Christmas preparation going? With the current pandemic causing significant delays within the postal system, I’m thinking November is going to be the month to get Christmas cards in the mail. Otherwise, they might be a merry happy new year!!!
Luckily, the theme this term for Social Stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe is Christmas. 8 wonderful opportunities to make Christmas card to send to your favourites this festive season. We started last week and almost had a full house!!!
The second card was inspired from the catalogue. I often use the catalogue to inspire layouts, colours or designs. It’s not just a book of products to buy, it’s a great resource for ways to use your new & previous purchases.
With a change in colour theme and using the Heartwarming Hugs DSP, this is what we made…
Heartwarming Hugs DSP is on special all month and is perfect for all the Christmas crafting you’ll want to do in November.
You’ll find the A Merry Hello stamp set in the Stampin’ Rewards section at the back of the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue. It’s specially priced and an exclusive set you can only purchase with Stampin’ Rewards. Rewards are earned on every order over $250. Click here to start shopping on my online store.
The next Social Stamping class is tomorrow and we’d love to have you join us.
I have many favourites, but one that has particularly caught my fancy this year is the Whale of a Time DSP from the Annual Catalogue. It’s part of a suite and has a range of coordinating products including a stamp and punch bundle called Whale Done.
The DSP is filled with beautiful marine life including seahorses, turtles, crabs, jellyfish and more.
The punch coordinates with the paper and punches out the whales. I love it when I can add a perfectly coloured image from the DSP to my card!
The other DSP I’ve been really getting a lot of use from is the In Good Taste pack. It’s a large pack, with 2 sheets of 12 different designs – which are all double sided, so you get 24 different photographic textile patterns. I’ve kept half the sheets as 12×12″ size and I’m using them as backgrounds when I take photos of my cards. Here’s a snapshot of some of them in action from my Pinterest.
Whale Done is just $17 until the end of October and In Good Taste is only $31.45. Shop online and have it delivered to your door. And then create pretty cards with pretty paper until your heart is content. I can’t think of a better way to craft than with DSP!
Hello! Thanks for joining me for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week it’s a Choose Two theme; create any project using two of the options – sequins, ribbons or metallic foil.
I could have easily used all three of these fabulous crafting accessories and after some internal debate over which idea to go with, I ended up choosing metallic foil and sequins to make a Christmas shaker card.
The design for this card started with the ‘heartfelt Christmas’ sentiment from the A Merry Hello stamp set which led me to a heart themed layout!
Some of my stampers hadn’t noticed this super cute set at the back of the Aug-Dec Mini catalogue – have you? It’s available for free using Stampin’ Rewards, which you earn on orders over $250 (in Australia, other areas have different reward structures). Click here to shop in my online store, add your favourite products and earn “A Merry Hello” for free!
I love the hearts from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. Scallops and stitching – yes please!!! The different sizes allow for beautiful layering. I’ve used vellum in the middle for a different medium to create the shaker, and the Sequins for Everything mix in the middle. There’s 4 colour variations in the pack. I’ve used the green tones and the metallic tones to match the DSP.
I had originally planned to use a solid foil, but when choosing a DSP, I couldn’t resist the gold foiling in the Ornate Garden DSP. Of course we have a catalogue full of pretty Christmas DSPs, but after crafting with them for the last month, I felt the need to go with a different pattern. You’ll find the Ornate Garden DSP in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!
See the shaker in action…
I know you’ve all got sequins, ribbon and metallic foil in your crafting stash, so if you’re in need of some inspiration for a project over the next week, please use our theme and share your creation on our blog.
Hello! It’s another week and another Stamp Review Crew blog hop. I always love Mondays when I get to hop with my international Stampin’ Up! friends. Today we’re all creating using the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set.
It contains 10 fabulous sentiments that you can use for all your cards this festive season.
My cards today have the same basic layout and design using two of the sentiments from this set. The first one features the NOEL stamp. The stitching detail on this stamp is so pretty!
The colours for this card are Just Jade, Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock. I always love an ombre colour palette!
You might be able to do the background stamping on a Stamparatus – but I just eyeball the position and go for it! It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be!
If you’re joining me at Social Stamping this morning, this is one of the cards we are making. If you live in the Bunbury area, we’d love to have you come along and craft with us. Every Monday morning for the next 8 weeks – 9.30am at Taste of Dalyellup cafe. All the event details are on my Facebook page.
The other card I’m sharing using the same background stamping technique using the ‘peace on earth’ stamp.
The colours for this card are Rococo Rose, Night of Navy and Smoky Slate. Another favourite combination of mine!
The ‘peace on earth’ sentiment in the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set also appears in the Peace & Joy bundle. What a perfect combination! And for even more amazing coordination, I’ve added in the globe from the World Map Dies. These products work so well together!
The hop continues for more Christmas inspiration with Cindy Elam…
Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Paper Adventures Team Hop. I’m mildly spinning that it’s mid October already. This year has been such a mixed bag that it’s equally the longest year ever combined with the most rapid year ever! That level of contradiction suits 2020 perfectly!
We welcome Kayla McCreadie today as our guest designer and I can’t wait for you to see what she has created. She has a beautiful straight line design style with lots of layers and texture. You can visit Kayla’s blog by clicking on the next button at the end of this post.
The theme for today’s team hop – pointillism – was chosen by Narelle and is just wonderful for extending our creativity. Pointilism is creating an image or pattern using small dots. Because of this, it can sometimes be called ‘dot colouring’ or ‘dot painting’.
You may not have heard of pointillism before if you’re a Stampin’ Up! lover, you will have definitely seen it! There are several Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that use this style to create the artwork including the Whale Done stamp set from the current Annual Catalogue. The images are made using lots of tiny little dots!
Using the fabulous samples from the Annual Catalogue to inspired the design, I’ve recreated each card on page 96 using Stampin’ Blends and the no line stamping technique. This gave the style more detail and colour than if stamped in one ink.
Have you tried no line stamping before? Ink up in a light neutral ink (I’ve used Smoky Slate but Sahara Sand also works well) and stamp on scrap paper to remove most of the ink before stamping on Whisper White. You should be able to faintly see the image – enough so to add colour.
I followed the basic shading of the stamp in the light and dark version of the Blend colours. I must admit, wasn’t too careful or fussy about where the dots went or how far they are apart. If there was too much white space, I added in more dots.
The bullet tip end of the Stampin’ Blend provides the perfect size and intensity of dot for this project.
As well as colouring the image, I also used blue tones for shading around the outside of the sea creatures. There’s differents ways of expressing the pointillism theme. You could also use a solid image and add the dots around the outside.
To see how the rest of our team and our guest designer, Kayla McCreadie have been inspired by the pointillism theme, keep hopping along. For a full list of participants see the bottom of this post.
Next up is Kayla’s blog.
Thanks for joining us. We hope this theme has inspired some creativity for you this weekend.
Hello! If you get my blog by email you will have seen that we had a little family trip down south and the posts from the last couple of weeks were all scheduled to go live while I was ‘off the grid”. I’m back now and I think I’ve almost caught up on the washing – though isn’t that a never ending task!
Today’s blog post is for Just Add Ink – challenge number 526! It’s a gorgeous photo inspiration which I know will bring out amazing creations from both the design team and the crafters who share their projects in our gallery each week. You’ll find the linky tool on the Just Add Ink blog – click here to visit. We love seeing what you’ve been inspired to make!
I must admit, this photo threw me for a while, but then I was on my way once an idea clicked. I’ve really been enjoying crafting with blues lately. The blue tones and lines on the mushroom helped me with the layout for this card.
The sentiment and stamps for this card are from the Press On stamp set. Have you seen it in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue? It’s hiding at the back and is the epitome of a ‘hidden gem’. I love the quirky greetings and the beautiful artwork of the takeaway coffee cups.
I’ve used the paper piecing technique to make the coffee cups into pretty patterned ones. I don’t often get takeaway hot drinks (since I don’t drink coffee) but I always love it when I see a cafe with printed cups. They are almost too pretty to use!!! These patterns are from the Boho Indigo DSP which you can find in the Product Medley on page 9 of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.
What’s your favourite crafty colour at the moment? I’ve been in this blue phase for a while! I can see some red and green on the horizon with Christmas heading our way. The Mini Papercrafts have started the countdown to Christmas and are starting to discuss what is going on their Christmas lists. With a new catalogue being released to demonstrators in December, I think mine will be 99% new stamps!
Today is the last day of my social media hiatus where I’ve been sharing scheduled posts on my blog and staying off my usual social media hangouts – (Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest). I love social media – it’s great for connecting and fabulous for inspiration but I really felt that it was time for a break. Time to refocus and reconnect, and spend some time being very ‘in the moment’ with my family during school holidays.
I’m always busy doing something crafty and even with my time away from the screen, I’ve still being getting inky with some Paper Pumpkin kits I had not yet completed. There’s something very wonderful about creating pretty cards that someone else has designed using pieces that all come out of the same box. Stampin’ Up! kits are awesome!
As well as playing with paper, I love getting craft in other genres too. Hands up who loves to dabble in a range of creative outlets??? One of my loves is designing and applying vinyl. Some weeks it feels like to do more with vinyl than I do with paper! Being able to customise and personalise gifts is the best!!! And it goes well with stamping – cool vinyl gifts always needs an awesome card!
Today I’m sharing this years and last years thank you creations for the team at Bunbury PCYC who wore tirelessly week in, week out coaching gymnastics. Coaching shows wonderful passion for a sport – it takes a special person to step into a coaching role!
In 2019 I personalised water bottles…
And made a gym themed card….
Products: Retired SU washi tape, retired Large Letters Dies, Tumble On stamp set (Waffle Flower), Stampin’ Blends
In 2020 I personalised insulated coffee cups with inlaid lettering…
And personalised bags using the same technique…
Buying a heat press this year has been a total game changer when it comes to applying vinyl!
I might have been a little too excited at how the 2020 gifts turned out and forgot to take photos of the tags I made using the Gift Wrapped bundle! Whoops! The bows looked cute, so I’m sure I’ll make them again for another gift and be sure to share!
I know how much Miss Papercraft loves gym and it was nice to be able to show our appreciation with some fun gifts. Thank you to all the parents, volunteers and paid professionals who coach and mentor in junior sports.
Hello Fri-yay! Another week down and another week done of 2020. I’m currently taking a mini-break. You’re reading a post that was written last week and has been scheduled to post today. I love being able to share while still having some downtime to refocus and reconnect.
Today’s share uses some retired favourites with some new favourites for a custom wedding card. I’ve been asked a lot lately to make cards for special occasions – a task which I thoroughly enjoy! I keep a lot of retired products so that I can make cards that are just right for the theme.
This wedding card was for an outdoor country paddock wedding. The invite featured native flora and I wanted to carry that through to the card.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Shaded Spruce
Card: Gold Foil, Vellum
DSP: Wood Textures, Forever Greenery
Stamp set: To Have & To Hold
Dies: Be Mine Stitched
Embellishment: Linen Thread
Being able to cut images from DSP saves me so much time in trying to get the colours right – the Stampin’ Up! artists have already coloured them so beautifully. A little fussy cutting and those native inspired leaves are ready to go.
I love the crisp and elegant look of this card! Thank you to my family and friends who trust me to make unique cards for their occasions.
If you don’t already follow me on socials (Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest), click on each of the links to see my accounts. It’s a great visual summary of my creative style.
Enjoy your weekend – I hope it involves lots of craft time!!!
Hey there – happy Wednesday!!! It’s school holidays here and I’m taking some time to refocus and reconnect. It’s a self imposed social media blackout!!! Using the marvels of scheduling, I’ve written this week’s posts in advance and timed them to share across the week.
Today’s card is all about the dies. Although I will most often buy a stamp set & tool bundle, there are times when the dies are so wonderful on their own that I slip them into an order to be enjoyed as a single item. The Sunflowers Dies are a great example of a die set that you can use with or without the coordinating stamps. When budget and space are factors in what makes it into your shopping cart, one sometimes needs to be a savvy shopper!
This centrepiece for this card was made using the Sunflower Dies – layers of those pretty die cuts in Bumbleebee, Cinnamon Cider and Vellum.
The background is a wood texture from the In Good Taste DSP and the card case is Sahara Sand.
I’ve added in one of my favourite birthday sentiments from the Fancy Phrases stamp set in gold embossing. Many of us own lots of stamps – mixing and matching is the perfect way to make the purchase of just the dies work out.
Check back for another post later this week. You may also like to check my socials (Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest) for the archives of projects I’ve made in the past.
Hello followers! School holidays started here last week and with the good weather and longer days just starting to emerge, it’s the perfect time to refocus and reconnect. This week’s posts have all been written in advance and scheduled (the joys of technology!). I’m putting down my phone and taking a break from social media. It’s time for some distraction free family time!
Today’s pre-planned share is part of the series I like to think of as ‘for the love of sharing’. These cards usually contain a larger portion of non Stampin’ Up! items than usual. Using other brands allow me to explore and experiment with different styles and patterns than those available from Stampin’ Up!. Other brands complement the product range at Stampin’ Up! beautifully and often allow more freedom in our creativity.
This card was made for a gorgeous friend of mine who loves tea as much as I do. Her gift was tea-related, so I needed a cute card to match.
You know I love a punny card. The shape and pretty font of the Playful Alphabet Dies make it so easy to customise any sentiment!!! See my gin-credible card here.
Cardstock: Rococo Rose, Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray (Stampin’ Up!)
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