Thursday, June 25, 2015

Perfect Pairs - Hawaiian Trip Achievers Blog Hop

Can you believe that it's been a month since our last hop? So much has happened, the new 2015-16 Catalogue has launched and there are so many delicious new stamp sets, papers, tools and products! I am excited, my customers and I have been busy working out wish lists (which seem to keep on growing) and I am starting to build up a new collection of favourite stamps and colour combos. . . let me know if you would like a catalogue mailed to you or if I can help with any of your crafting needs.

I am so excited to be part of this month's blog hop.  There are so many talented people amongst the Grand Vacation Achievers and their projects this month are really inspiring!

This month's theme is Perfect Pairs and we needed to pair something from the old cattie with something from the new. Here is my creation:
I have used Kinda Eclectic, Petite Petals and Beautiful Bunch from the old cattie, Butterfly Basics from the Occasions Cattie (now carried over) and paired them with Awesomely Artistic and Birthday Blossoms from the new Catalogue.
The base card is Mossy Meadow cardstock lined inside with Very Vanilla. I mounted the front with Watermelon Wonder cardstock and the base for stamping is another square of Very Vanilla which I embossed with the Brick Wall TIEF. I daubed the edges of the bricks and other areas with Crumb Cake Classic Ink.  The fern leaves from Butterfly Basics is stamped in Mossy Meadow directly onto the textured background as are the little scatter flowers from Awesomely Artistic in Crumb Cake.
I stamped the two flower images from Beautiful Bunch (2 times) and Birthday Blossom and five of the detailed flower from Petite Petals in Black StazOn Ink on Very Vanilla. I then coloured them with Watermelon Wonder with Cherry Cobbler Close to the centres using an aqua painter. I punched the flowers with the Fun Flower, Pansy and Petite Petals Punches (you will see that I coloured outside the lines to the very edge of the punch ~ brave right lol). I daubed the edges with Tangelo Twist to add a bit more contrast to the colours. I then shaped the backs of the petals with a bone folder, stylus and the piercing mat.  I cut one of  the largest flowers into six separate petals and stuck them a little off centre behind the main flower.

I coloured the centres of the flowers in Crumb Cake and then added dots of Soft Suede and White using the Stampin' Write Marker and Gel Pen. I coated them with Crystal Effects to draw the centres out a little.  The leaves from Kinda Eclectic are stamped in Black StazOn Ink, painted with Moss Meadow, fussy cut and shaped with a stylus and piercing mat.  I added silicon (Selley's All-Purpose Sealer) behind the flower petals and the leaves to maintain their shape.

The dragon fly from Awesomely Artistic is stamped direct on the card in Smokey Slate Classic Ink. I stamped a second dragon fly on a scrap of Very Vanilla and fussy cut the wings out, shaped them with a stylus and piercing mat, added silicon to the back to keep the curved shape and adhered the wings on top of the stamped image. The iridescent effect is Dazzling Details..
I love the new Expressions Natural Elements in the new catalogue. This is a great way to add a salutation without stamping. I wanted the greeting to pop so I covered the timber embellishment with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and adhered it to the card with Crystal Effects.
You can see the dimension in the card - I think it's quite effective and the great thing is that the silicon is light so won't add to postage cost and will avoid being flattened in the process.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and are motivated to try the techniques I have used.  Take the time to check out the rest of the bloggers on the hop - the creations are diverse and awesome! 

Enjoy the rest of the hop!
Shanni xx
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Watermelon Wonder You've Got This

I have been trying to figure out different ways to use the Timeless Elegance DSP without simply sticking it on every single project up front and centre where it deserves to be. . .

Here is today's project incorporating the You've Got This stamp set and the Timeless Elegance DSP.

The base card is Very Vanilla. I mounted it on a square of Basic Black cardstock to frame the card. There is also a square of Basic Black cardstock on top of the base card and then on top of that I have included a square of the Timeless Elegance DSP.

I stamped directly on to the DSP using the leaves from Kinda Eclectic in Jet Black StazOn Ink. I wanted some subtle leaves behind the stamped images which would draw your attention to the central feature. I stamped the floral image from You've Got this in Jet Black StazOn Ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and painted the flower in Watermelon Wonder, Soft Suede and Always Artichoke using an aqua painter. I fussy cut them, chopping off the stem at various lengths.

The opaque layer is of course Vellum cardstock cut to the same size as the DSP. I placed two of the coloured floral images on top of the stamped leaves but behind the central image on the top of the card.  I wanted to use the Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim but not tie any bows or knots because it would have made the card too busy.  The black strip on top of the lace is Basic Black cardstock which I have distressed and torn apart.

I then located the full coloured image on the front over the vellum and other images and on top of the Trim and cardstock strip.  I coasted it with Crystal Effects to make it extra dominant.
The sentiment "Love This" is from the Project Life Remember This set, stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Very Vanilla and punched out with the Large Oval Punch and simply stuck across the stem.  The three black Candy Dots are for added interest.
I wanted to take a photo without the light reflecting on the Crystal Effects so that you can get a better feel for the depth of colour and full shadows created by the Vellum.

Thanks for visiting
Shanni xx
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Monday, June 22, 2015

You've Got This on Glimmer Paper

 I love all things that sparkle and glitter. . . and I am always looking for different ways to us Glimmer Paper in my projects.  Here is my project today using the You've Got This stamp set:
The base card is Very Vanilla mounted on a rectangle of Basic Black cardstock to frame the card. This card has a number of layers as I wanted a sensation of luxury to prevail despite the simplicity.

I stamped the flower image from the You've Got This stamp set on Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper in Versamark and dusted it with Black Stampin' Emboss Powder. Be careful when you heat the embossing powder, pull up as soon as the embossing powder goes off to avoid melting the paper.  I then coloured the embossed image using Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Ink Pads and aqua painter.  Finally when it had dried I fussy cut around the image.  I mounted the image on an oval of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper using dimensionals.
The Glimmer Paper is mounted on a piece of Vellum Cardstock that I embossed with the Lovely Lace TIEF and mounted on top of a piece of Timeless Elegance DSP - it is a Fancy Fan design in Crumb Cake and White.
Because I love texture I couldn't resist using a piece of the Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim - I covered the Glimmer Paper and stamped image at the bottom to add to the luxe textures and appeal. The sentiment "just because" is from And Many More, stamped in StazOn Black on Very vanilla, punched with the Word Window Punch and mounted with dimensionals on top of the trim.
Hope that the bling appeals to you too!
Shanni xx

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Timeless Elegance is the Best DSP Ever!

I love, the new Timeless Elegance DSP. It is detailed, appealing and adds interest to any project.  The base colours are Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Sahara Sand but it also complements Smoky Slate and the browns. . . very versatile.

Here is a card made with the DSP in a non traditional way:
Base card Mossy Meadow, mounted with Basic Black cardstock. The top layer is of course Very Vanilla cardstock. I inked the Honeycomb TIEF with Crumb Cake ink and used it as a stamp for the background.  I also added a few splotches from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using the same coloured ink . The postal mark from Butterfly Basics is stamped in Lost Lagoon.  The fern leaves from the same set are generationally stamped using the stamp from Butterfly Basics and Mossy Meadow ink.
The roses are from the Timeless Elegance DSP pack. I coloured them using an Aqua Painter and Cherry Cobbler ink. The smaller flowers are coloured using Blushing Bride and the leaves Mossy Meadow.  The charcoal coloured flowers are as they come on the DSP. I then fussy cut around the edge of the pattern to suit the card.  You will see that one flower at the bottom right hand corner isn't even complete, merely a suggestion of a rose.
To add greater depth and shadow to the images I coloured with Cherry Cobbler several times.  I then used the Stampin' Write Marker to redefine the edges of the petals.  The DSP is not really porous so it is essential to be patient when you are painting. I adhered the DSP features with dimensionals.

The Sentiment comes from the Kinda Eclectic set and has been stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on vanilla cardstock. I simply cut the banner shape to fit and stuck it down with a dimensional. The Pearl Jewels are scattered around for interest.

This DSP is so versatile and inspiring. I am already on my second pack in a week,


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Monday, June 15, 2015

A Different Perspective on You've Got This

What I have noticed so far on a lot of blogs is that ever body who uses this set feels the need to combine the hatchered background with the flower image. . . I love the hatchered canvas look and I love the flower but I think that I am going to use them separately most of the time.

Here is today's card using the You've Got This set:

Base card is Crumb Cake card stock mounted with Whisper White and Soft Suede card stocks. I stamped on the top square of Crumb Cake card stock using the floral stamp from You've Got This in Soft Suede. I stamped the one in the centre first, masked it with a post it note cut out of the same image, then stamped the other two.  On the top right hand corner I used the Updated Essentials Piercing Pack, piercing tool and piercing mat to create some faux stitching. then highlighted it with the White Gel Pen.
The back ground flower is from the Awesomely Artistic set that we received at Leadership at Convention - my favourite set already!  I stamped these flowers in Crumb Cake and masked the larger blooms with the post it not cut out.
Using an Aqua Painter I painted the petals  and leaves of the larger blooms using Whisper White Craft Ink. I wasn't particularly careful, just smooshed the colour around. . .I added detail tot he pollen area with the White Gel Pen and also dotted the centres of the flowers in the background to marry in the theme of whitewashing. . .
The sentiment is from the You've Got This set, stamped in Soft Suede and punched out with the extra Large Oval Punch. I wanted to mount the sentiment on another background to lift it a little but didn't like any of the punches or framelits in the range so I modified a piece of Soft Suede card stock with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. To make this shape I cut a 5cm x 10 cm  (2"x 4") piece of Soft Suede, inserted in the punch for the topper, removed, fashioned up a false length so that I could re-insert the bottom end of the scrap into the punch and voila the shape you see above. Stick the sentiment down with Dimensionals.

I truly believe it too. . . Good things are going to happen!

Shanni xx

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

You've Got This - Really. . . I don't feel so confident!

One of the stamp sets we could buy on the pre-purchase as demonstrators was You've Got This. Between Convention, Grand Vacation and then coming back home to school camps, drs appointments, etc I kinda felt like I missed the boat in using the set to its potential. . . And by the time I got onto the internet, there was a plethora of cards and projects and I was feeling a tad overwhelmed.

Here is my first creation with the set:
I heat embossed the floral image with White Stampin' Emboss Powder on Whisper White card stock. I then masked it by stamping the same image on a post it note and covering the embossed image, then stamped over it with the smudge stamp from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set in Garden Green (stamped off once). I stamped the edge of the card with the hatchered canvas background that comes in the You've Got This set the same way - Garden Green stamped off once.
I dampened the flower and leaves with a clean Aqua Painter to make the paper more porous. I proceeded to colour the flower with Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke. After it had dried - be patient it will pay off - I added a little more of each ink to make sure that there was a "water colour" effect.
I coloured all the way to the centre of the flower. I tried to apply the ink to the petals in a way that allowed the greatest depth of colour at the bases of the petals.
The sentiment is from World of Dreams and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler. Of course the base card is Whisper White with a Cherry Cobbler mount to help the flower and sentiment stand out. . .

Hope you get some inspiration from this. .

Shanni xx
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sprinkles of Life - The Newest Rage!

In the past two weeks the most popular stamp set and matching punch in the new 2015-16 Annual Catalogue has been Sprinkles of Life and the Tree Builder Punch. This comes as no surprise as the creations with these little beauties are awesome. . .

Everywhere you look on crafting social media you can spot layered ice creams, sprinkled cup cakes and apple trees with little birdies. . . not to mention rainy clouds, sunny clouds and silver-lined clouds lol!

So it would be remiss of me not to join in the celebration of a cute stamp set and punch. Here's my contribution to the collection:
The new 2015-17 In Colours are proving very popular as well. Here I use Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon.  My base card is Whisper White mounted on a rectangle of Mint Macaron. I then created a double mount with Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.

Cherry on Top DSP pack is the cutest selection of bright and energetic papers for all types of projects. Here I have mounted a spotty piece on Mint Macaron card stock and tied a piece of the beautiful soft Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim. The sentiment from Hello Life is a perfect accompaniment for the ice cream. I stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
The ice cream is stamped in Mint Macaron and then I have daubed the card to give it a light and fluffy sense. The sprinkles are stamped in Chocolate Chip ~ couldn't resist! I used the Tree Builder Punch to punch out the ice cream part.  The cone is stamped in Delightful Dijon on Hello Honey card stock as I wanted a contrast. I fussy cut the cone (no punch :-(  but easy- peasy).  I coated the ice cream in Crystal Effects but refrained from using glitter. . . strong I know. I adhered the ice cream cone with Stampin' Dimensionals to create another layer and pop the ice cream.
Inside the card I lined the base card with another piece of Whisper White card cut marginally smaller than the base card because I wanted a little pop up for interest.  This ice cream is stamped in Watermelon Wonder and the one on the right hand edge is stamped in Blushing Bride.
The greatest thing about the Sprinkles of Life stamp set is that from every set sold, Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities here in Australia - awesome that we are helping others whilst we are having fun with such a terrific set.

My 10 year old daughter has already snaffled the card for a friend's birthday so I know that these are going to be popular with littlies and in-betweens. . .

So cool!
Shanni x
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Amazing Opportunity TODAY ONLY

The new Stampin' Up! 2015-16 Annual Catalogue is released today and for the first time in history it is possible to purchase from three catalogues at one time: 2014-15 Annual Catalogue (Retiring List), Occasions Mini Catalogue and the 2015-16 Annual Catalogue.
 2014-15 Annual Catalogue

 2015-16 Annual Catalogue
And the added bonus is that you can earn the current Hostess Benefits under the 2014-15 Catalogue ($50 for $300 in purchases and up to four half price items) until 11.50pm AEST.

Today is the day to go shopping and make sure that you capitalise on the best priced items that are available, you may notice that the prices in the new cattie are increasing slightly.  All the more reason to shop today.

Click on my shop link on the side bar and enjoy immersing yourself in the amazing craft supplies that are available.

Please note that you can also purchase from the Clearance List (which has new items this week) and the Weekly Deals too!

Shanni xx