Wednesday, September 2, 2020

ALL THINGS FABULOUS - SEPTEMBER STAMPIN' DOWN UNDER CLASS

 

Do you think "I could never colour like that"?  You are not alone!  I have many friends that feel that way.  When a stamp set comes out that takes you breath away AND you don't have to colour in, well, you have to have it, right?  This months class will make you feel like Picasso without having to colour a single image! The All Things Fabulous stamp set from Stampin' Up! is our core product this month and consists of layered stamps that do all the work for you.

Every month, Alisa and I release a new PDF full of ideas for you.  You get six classes featuring the same core stamp set, 3 from each of us, in PDF format.  This class can be purchased no matter where you live in the world and be done in the comfort of your own home.  If you missed any of our past classes, you can find them HERE.  We love that so many of you want to do our classes!  Thank you!


Once you check out, please read the download instructions carefully as you will be redirected to the PDF.




Friday, August 28, 2020

DESIGNER TAKE OVER - TGIFC279

 


The challenges at TGIF are always great fun and we have a completely new type thrown in to the mix now - Designer Take Over!  Elizabeth Price is our inaugural designer and she has chosen a theme of 3D cards.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone's take on this! 


I have gone back to the very first type of three dimensional card I ever learnt as a card maker, the good old Easel card.


This is such a simple dimensional card to learn yet it still packs a "wow" when you open it and then have it stand up on itself.


My life's mission at the moment, it seems, is making Birthday cards, which I never have enough of.  Who wouldn't want to receive this menagerie of cute animals on their special day?  They are from a Stampin' Up! set called From All Of Us.  I have used Stampin' Blends to colour them in.


I would love to see what type of 3D card is your particular favourite to make.  You can join us at #tgifc279 by clicking on the challenge banner at the top of the post.  Can't wait to see your entry!


Friday, August 14, 2020

TGIF SKETCH CHALLENGE - TGIFC277

 


Welcome to TGIFC277 where this week we challenge you with a new sketch.  I love sketch challenges because of the possibilities they present.  It is entirely your interpretation!


This sketch delighted the watercolour artist in me so I completely copied the layout but instead of having a sentiment panel across the card, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment straight onto the watercolour panel.


The heat embossed sentiment was hard to capture in a photo but I love the shine against the flat colour.


The whole card is very minimalist with only three epoxy droplets added to the watercoloured panel to finish.  I didn't even pop this panel up on the black card front with Dimensionals!  Of course, I did fight myself to leave it just as is and not add more!


Are you inspired by this weeks sketch too?  We would love to have you play along with us.  Just click on the Inspiration photo to go to the TGIFC site and enter your project!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

FRIENDSHIP - A CREATING KINDNESS BLOG HOP

 

Today, I am not only joining in a blog hop with my amazing team mates from Creating Kindness, but I also have a video for you showing my design process.  We are also being joined by guest designer Linda van Wely whose design ideas heavily influenced my cards today!


I changed things up a bit from my normal top hinge card and tried a round card for a change with lots of die cuts and ink blending with Distress Oxide inks.


I love these cute Goats from the Stampin' Up! stamp set "Way to Goat".  I love any cute image I can colour with alcohol markers!


Our blog and video hop is all about Friendship this month and I made this card especially for an international friend battling health issues.  I know she will get a kick out of this and it is a little different to your normal "get well" kinda card!  I have a video for you showing my design process below.  You can also check it out on You Tube and follow the video hop there!


Make sure you take the whole blog hop to see the gorgeous ideas my talented team mates have come up with to celebrate Friendship.  Next up is Danielle Bennenk.

Blog Hop Participants

1.       Linda van Wely - Guest Designer – Netherlands

2.       Marcy Denning – Canada

3.       Lou Kitzelman – Australia

4.       Paula Dobson – New Zealand

5.       Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands

6.       Jay Soriano – UK

7.       Sara Levin - USA

8.       Liz Yuille - UK


Saturday, August 1, 2020

JAR OF FLOWERS - AUGUST STAMPIN' DOWN UNDER CLASS

Do you ever look at a stamp set and think "this isn't for me"?  This months class is sure to make you wonder how you ever did without the Jar of Flowers stamp set, our core product this month.

Every month, Alisa and I release a new PDF full of ideas for you.  You get six classes featuring the same core stamp set, 3 from each of us, in PDF format.  This class can be purchased no matter where you live in the world and be done in the comfort of your own home.  If you missed any of our past classes, you can find them HERE.  We love that so many of you want to do our classes!  Thank you!




Once you check out, please read the download instructions carefully as you will be redirected to the PDF.


Friday, July 31, 2020

PHOTO INSPIRATION AT TGIF CHALLENGES!


Welcome back to a new week of inspiration at TGIFC!  This is all about taking inspiration from the photo below.  What inspires you about this?


I love anything plaid, so my main focus was that, but I also love Sunflowers and Stampin' Up! have a gorgeous selection in the catalogue right now!  For my projects I started off with just one piece of Whisper White card.  I used the sunflower image from Jar of Flowers and stamped right down the middle in Early Espresso ink.  I coloured the images using the following Stampin' Blend Combos: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Soft Suede and then cut this card in half right through the middle of the flowers!


On this first card, I stamped a plaid pattern in the same ink colours before adding strips of glimmer paper to the stamped, cut artwork.  I layered this on the plaid card base with Dimensionals.


I used the Best Plaid Builder Dies to create the plaid pattern on the second card, giving it a much more dimensional look. I completed this card with strips of Early Espresso and Soft Suede card before tying off Linen Twine in a bow.  I think it lends the card a lovely rustic feel!


I hope you will find time to play along with us this week and TGIFC275.  Simply click on the inspiration photo at the top of this post to go to the TGIF website and enter your masterpiece!

Friday, July 17, 2020

SNOW FRONT SILHOUETTES - TGIFC273


I hope you are sitting down because this is my first blog post in like...........forever!  I think my TGIF team mates had given up on me too.  Sometimes, we just have to take a step back and just breathe. I am back now so lets dive right in to this weeks TGIF challenge!


I was always going to love this challenge.  Silhouettes are one of my most favourite cards to make.  It also turned out to be the perfect chance to use two stamp sets that haven't seen much ink, Waterfront and Snow Front by Stampin' Up!.


I have a free tutorial pdf download for you explaining how I made this card HERE or check out the FREE TUTORIALS tab at the top of this page for this and more ideas!


I hope this will inspire you to play along with us at TGIF this week.  To enter your own Silhouette masterpiece simply click on the #tfigc273 banner at the top of this post.  See you there!