Friday, January 20, 2017

SEALED WITH LOVE - STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN BLOG HOP

Welcome to the first official blog hop for the new 2017 Artisan Design Team.  We are a group of 20 demonstrators from around the world and I am honoured to be representing New Zealand.  I take up from Susan Wong, who has been such an inspiration to me over the past two years that she has been on the team.

I still can't believe I am typing the words "Artisan Design Team".  I never dreamed that I would one day be part of this amazing team when I joined Stampin' Up! in 2009.  Back then, Demonstrators in the South Pacific couldn't even apply, so I used to look at all the amazing projects these girls made with stars in my eyes!  Thankfully, two years ago, that all changed and here I am.

Just a little bit about me.  I have been married to my sweetie for 24 years and we have one daughter, who no longer lives at home.   I work part time as a PA for an Accountant.  I have been stamping for a little over 8 years and have an amazing team called the Paper Diva's, many of whom have been with me nearly from the start!  I am extremely grateful I get to do what I love the most - card making and sharing the passion of creating with exceptional Stampin' Up! products.

My first Artisan project is all about Love!  The Sealed With Love stamp set is just full of such sweet images.  In particular, those lips!  I have used them to create a fun background on my card by repeatedly stamping tone on tone in Real Red.  I sponged around the stamped panel to darken the edges and create depth to the card.  The sentiment was perfect for a card so full of kisses.  The simple colour scheme of red, white and black gives a really crisp, clean look to this project.

I also stamped the envelope flap with the lips to create a play on words from the sentiment.  I love to decorate the envelopes of my cards anyway.  People know before they open it there is something special inside when the envelope looks nearly as good as the card!

No Valentine gift is complete without Chocolate.  The Sealed With Love stamp set has a set of coordinating framelits, Love Notes, which have been bundled up to save you 10%.  I have used these to create the super cute elements decorating the Sweet Jar.  I particularly like the love heart banner!

So there you have it, my first DT project for the year.  My dear friend Rochelle Blok is next on the hop, and I just know she will have a stunner project for you!


All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please use January's host code W6ZTCYTU and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Monday, January 16, 2017

BEST DECISION EVER - GDP070

Here is the sketch that we are inspired to play with this week at Global Design Project.

I have had the absolute pleasure to welcome two new team members to my Stampin' Up! team, Paper Diva's, this week, so exciting!!  I used the sketch challenge to design two cards welcoming them both.

I have used the sketch on a portrait style card rather than a landscape (you can do that!).  A 14.8cm card front was just a little too wide to get the gorgeous stamps from the SAB set Delicate Details to fit across the card front in one go and I didn't want an accidental break in the design.


I first heat embossed the lace images in White on Shimmery White card before adding a water colour wash over the top, using a palette of three colours on each card to create an ombre effect.  After trimming to size, I popped this piece up on the card front with Dimensionals.  I then added just a thin strip of card in one of the colours on the water colour panel above that, before then adding a ribbon in yet another of the three original colours I used.

The Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon was perfect for the blue card but I had to colour the ribbon myself for the purple card, using a Stampin' Write Marker and the White 1/8" Grosgrain ribbon from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack (Occasions Catalogue pge.15).  I love that everything in the Stamp' Up! range colour coordinates and if they don't have something in a particular colour, such as my ribbon, you can colour it yourself!

I then carried the ombre colour to the sentiment inside to finish off this pretty card.

This is a great little sketch this week and lends itself to clean and simple designs.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with.  Be sure to link your entries to the Global Design Project page.  Have fun!

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please use January's host code W6ZTCYTU and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WONDERFUL FRIEND - COLOUR INKSPIRATION #1

Welcome to the first blog hop of the Colour INKspiration Crew! We are a team of Aussie and NZ Stampin' Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.  We also have a Facebook group where Stampin' Up! ® enthusiasts can share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations.  That means YOU! You don't need a blog to participate, just a Facebook page!  Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month a new challenge will go live.  Join the Colour INKspiration Facebook page, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too. 

You have probably come here from the very talented Rachel Palmieri's blog.  Wasn't her project amazing?!  Our first challenge is pretty colourful!  You can choose a minimum of three colours or use the whole lot, it's up to you!

I used the whole colour pallet but only in a tiny area.  The DSP is a Sale-A-Bration item called Inside the Lines Designer Paper and you can choose it as your free item when you spend $110 on any current catalogue purchase!  There are four designs to choose from in this beautiful DSP pack.  I used the busiest one, then used the spotlight technique to colour just a small area in the challenge colours.

I then framed this small piece in black and matched up the design before adhering with Dimensionals.  I heat embossed the sentiment in White embossing powder on a black card banner and choose just one colour from the range as my card base.  I love how this card turned out!


The Colour Inkspiration Design Crew have created more magic with this colour combination.  Your next stop on the hop is Nikki Spencer.  Nikki and I have had the pleasure of designing together in the past and I simply adore her work!

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please use January's host code W6ZTCYTU and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.