Friday, May 10, 2019

JUST A CARD, NO LAYERS! - #tgifc211



We have quite the challenge for some people this week at #tgifc211 - Just a card, no layers.  Me being one of those people!  Since I tend to throw the catalogue at my projects most of the time, paring it back to the absolute minimum was always going to be a challenge!


When I do want to do simple, I tend toward colouring in.  It's my first love and my happy place.  If I do a good job, then I don't need to add anything more.  The Free As A Bird stamp set (coming to a catalogue near you in June), was perfect for what I had in mind.  The open line art images are perfect for all you colour in-ners out there!


I wanted a really soft look so reached for my Water Colour Pencils, but I didn't add any water!  I just sat down and pretended to be five again with my favourite colouring book and pencils!


I admit, I was tempted to add twine or rhinestones or sequins, but I stopped myself and just let it be that simple.  I did, however, make a bunch of them as thank you cards for everyone who ordered online with me last month.  One might have your name on it?

Is this a challenge that inspires you?  Then we would love to see your creations as well and you might just get a mention or be picked as our winner for the week.  Just click HERE to come join in!

If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

MAGNOLIA SHADOW BOX - CREATING KINDNESS BLOG HOP


Welcome to the Creating Kindness blog hop!  We are delighted to have the wonderfully talented Heike Hulle-Bolze join us this month as we take a look at Shadow Box cards.  I used this opportunity to play with a new Stampin' Up! stamp which will be available June 4th in the 2019-2020 catalogue.  This shadow box was the perfect way to frame and showcase the utterly gorgeous Good Morning Magnolia stamp.


To make the shadow box card I followed a great little tutorial by Dawn Griffith which you can see HERE.  I did alter it slightly to fit metric measurements.  The beauty of these cards is that they are like a little theatre, but they still fold flat for easy postage.

I sponged my background card in Petal Pink and Pear Pizzaz inks and coloured my Magnolia images using Stampin' Blends before cutting them out with the coordinating Magnolia Memory dies.  The large Magnolia was adhered directly to the card background but I popped the Magnolia bud and leaf up on dimensionals to create a more 3D picture.


This was such a fun card to make and I can't wait to see what the rest of the team have made.  Click on the button below to go visit with my hugely talented friend, Jay Soriano!


Blog Hop Participants
1.       Heike Hűlle-Bolze - Guest Designer – Germany
2.       Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
3.       Lou Kitzelman – Australia
4.       Sara Levin - USA
5.       Paula Dobson – New Zealand
6.       Jay Soriano – UK
7.       Cheryll Miller – Australia
8.       Charlet Mallett - USA
9.       Marcy Denning – Canada
10.   Jerim Dickins – UK

If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!

Friday, April 26, 2019

PLAYING WITH SEPIA TONES - #tgifc209


This week at TGIFC we are exploring Sepia tones!  A sepia tone is a reddish brown monochrome tint.  You used to see it in early photographs, giving the picture a warm, vintage feeling.  I hope this challenge inspires you to join in this week.  Just click on the banner below to head to the TGIFC site and upload you project!  You might even be our top pick this week. 


While Sepia is often associated with old photographs and vintage themes, that is not really my style.  I wanted to explore how sepia would look on a modern card.  I am sharing a sneak peek of a gorgeous stamp set called Wildly Happy, which will be available in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue come June 4th.  This Panda was perfect for my needs, and cute to boot!


My background was stamped in Crumb Cake and spritzed with just a little water to soften the look.  I changed to Soft Suede ink to watercolour my Panda because it has those red undertones I mentioned earlier. I kept the rest of the card clean and very minimal so that it had a modern look rather than a vintage look about it.  I love how it turned out!


If you would like to "get your sepia on" then we would love to see what you come up with!  Come join us!

If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!

FOR FAMILY - FANCY FRIDAY BLOG HOP

Happy Friday folks! Welcome to the April Fancy Friday blog hop.  If this is your first time joining us, welcome!  We are a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisans who love to craft together and bring you inspiration on the last Friday of every month.


This month is all about Family.  Our family, to be exact.  We have been tasked to make a project for someone in our own family and share it with you all.  May is fast approaching and that means Mother's Day here in the South Pacific.

One of the beautiful make & takes at our recent Onstage Live event for demonstrators, featured this gorgeous Designer Series Paper, Bird Ballard, which will be available for purchase in the 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue on June 4th.  I was lucky enough to snag an extra piece and I have put it to good use on this card.  The images are gorgeous and I didn't need to do any other stamping except the sentiment!  It is lovely and feminine and I know my Mum will love it.


Click on the button below to continue on the hop and see what the team have designed for their family member.  Next up is my very good friend Cathy Caines.


If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!