Layout Love

On Monday I posted about our Paper Adventures team retreat – click here to see that post.  I loved all the cards I made (and had major card envy over the ones I didn’t!).  One of the cards that I was lucky enough to make (designed by Mandy Depiazzi of My Paper Trail) had a layout that I just loved.  I’ve been using it over the last month for so many cards.  It has a repeated sentiment, a tag and a fun element that you can interchange depending on the theme.

This is my version of Mandy’s card using the Bonanza Buddies stamp set & Birthday Bonanza DSP.

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And here’s 3 more variations I’ve made –

A soccer theme with For the Win stamp set

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A hippo theme for a special birthday request (hippo from an online colouring page site printed on Whisper White and coloured with Stampin’ Blends)

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And a dinosaur theme using Dino Days stamp set and Dinoroar DSP.

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The tag for all the cards is from the Bonanza Dies.  Mandy used the Starburst Punch in her original card.  You can always count on some great purchase enabling at team retreat days, so guess which punch I added to my very next order?  I can’t believe I’d overlooked it in the Annual Catalogue!

Now is the time to have another look through the current catalogues – the Annual Catalogue & the Jan-June mini catalogue.  These both finish on 2nd June 2020 and once the retirement list is announced later this month, some items will sell out fast. Based on previous catalogues, items to sell out first are the retiring In Colors (especially ink refills).

It’s always best to get in early and make sure your favourites are in your craft room before stock becomes limited or unavailable!  If you’re shopping in Australia, you can place an order via my online store.  Click here to visit.

I’m always happy to answer any questions you have about Stampin’ Up!  Click here to message me via Facebook or click here to message me via email.

Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2020

On an unseasonally wet weekend in March 2020, our Paper Adventures team headed to Perth for our annual Paper Adventures Team Retreat hosted by Siobhan Fitzsimmons of Hightrees House of Cards.  We all reflected that the last team day we had it rained too!!!  Rainy days do make for great crafty days!

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I always look forward to getting together with the team.  And a whole day – yee har!  We were lucky that 9 of the team were able to make it on the selected day.  Siobhan put on a lovely venue for us as always and we had a great time.  We even had a whole table of Big Shots – what a sight!

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The format of our retreat days has stayed the same since we started – it’s all about the time stamping with regular opportunities to eat, and lots of chat and plenty of laugher.  We each bring along a make & take project with all materials and kits for the team to recreate the design.  There are usually less kits than people, so you don’t get to make all of the projects but you do come away with a bag full of completed cards with pretty designs, often using stamps you don’t own.

This is the card I made.  I wanted a masculine card using a stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

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Stamp sets: For the Win, Lined Alphabet
DSP: Country Club
Colours: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy
Embossing Folder: Subtle
Dies: Stitched Shapes

The card needed to be simple enough for the team to put together in 20 mins, but interesting enough to be fun for an avid crafter.  My card had several added elements to take it from simple to simple + including an embossed layer, a little but of fussy cutting, some colouring and heat embossing.

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I also added the option to stamp the envelope for anyone who finished early.

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If you live in Perth or South West WA and would like a supporting & welcoming stamping team to join, then Paper Adventures might be a good fit for you.  We have an active Facebook page, meet regularly and value the friendships as much as the stamping.  Click here for more information on joining Stampin’ Up! or click here to purchase the starter kit and join the fun!

Thanks again to Siobhan for hosting and to the team for making it an amazing day!

Just Add Ink #485 | One Layer

The best challenges are the ones that really challenge us – and although one of the simplest, the ‘back to basics’ of our Just Add One Layer challenge this week for Just Add Ink will certainly make you look at your supplies in a totally different way!

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My favourite way to add dimension when I am working with only a card base is to using masking.  This creates definition and the appearance of layers even though there’s not!

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To create this fun card perfect for a sports mad birthday buddy or difficult to craft for teen, I first cut a circle out of copy paper and used repositionable tape to hold it in place on the card front.

Then, using the ball stamps in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Bushel and Memento ink, I stamped the images all over the card base.

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Before I removed the copy paper circle, I drew around the edge with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and then carefully removed the copy paper circle, leaving me with a white space to stamp my sentiment in Garden Green.

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And there we have it, a quick & easy card for the sports fan celebrating a birthday.

Love the stamp set and need this in your collection?  It’s called For the Win and is in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  There’s also a golf stamp which will coordinate perfectly with the new golf suite being released in the 2020 Jan – June catalogue.

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Think you can avoid the temptation of adding layers and want to try out one layer challenge, we’d love to see your creations in our gallery.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can share your card and see the other one layer creations from the design team.

Have a great weekend,