Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Birthday sheltering Tree

I am absolutely in love with this stamp set. I'm going to have a lot of fun playing with this one ....

Stamps : Sheltering Tree, sentiment from Flower Patch
Ink : Strawberry Slush, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories : Wild Wasabi Button, Bakers Twine

Monday, February 9, 2015

Creative Blog Hop

Today I'm taking part in a creative blog hop. I was asked to share some projects I'm working on, and to answer 4 questions about my stamping life!

Here are some photos of a project which is almost ready to be sent to my sister for her birthday on the 12th. I ordered the Perpectual Calendar Kit from the Occasions Mini because I thought it was a great idea, and I'm enjoying more and more of the kits SU are selling these days. Of course, once I dug into the kit, I decided I would add on a lot more from my supplies, making it a bit more unique. This is a mix of the supplies included and my own variations on them. I still think it's pretty CAS, I'm not one for too many sequins and bling. I think there's just enough on this lot ...

So, onto the questions:

Right now, I'm working on a template for a card & envelope holder. It's something I offer for free on my blog, I enjoy sharing any ideas I come up with and I think other crafters appreciate not having to pay for them!

My 'genre' is definitely Clean And Simple (CAS). I sometimes try out the other styles, I am a huge fan of shabby chic and collage stamping, but I'm now awfully good at it. So CAS is my 'go to' genre. Honestly, I don't think I do differe from others in my genre, not drastically anyway.

I usually create cards, or gifts for family and friends. Anything other than that is a bonus. If people love my stuff, then I hope they place an order with me. I'm not a pushy business stamper. I just do it because I love it. Simple as that.

One word .... CASE'ing. When you CASE, you Copy And Share Everything. I usually find something I love on Pinterest (what did we do before Pinterest????? LOL). Usually it's a combination of colours, or a sketch, or a particular style, or technique. I then reach for a set I want to use ... often quite random and start stamping. I never plan what a project is going to look like at the end of the process. Not ever. I just arrive there and it's often quite a surprise!!!

Next Monday, February 16th, you will be able to see into the world of a hugely talented stamper, and very, very, very good friend, DEBRA DAAM. I love her work (and I love her too)!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Birthday Wreath

Here's a card I made for my sister's birthday next week. I haven't taken very good photos of this one. It doesn't seem to translate from "in the flesh" to a flat photograph. Anyway, you do get the idea from the photos.

It's a CAS card made from a medallion stamp and 2 SU flower punches. Quick, simple, effective. I love it, hope she does too ;)

Stamps : Daydream Medallions
Ink : Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette
Accessories : Big Shot, Big Alphabet Typeset, Pearls, Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, Flower Punches

Friday, January 30, 2015

Light of my Life

CAS, that's me! When it comes down to it, I just can't find anything I like better than the crips, clean lines of a CAS (clean-and-simple) card. So when I decided to play with the new set "One Tag Fits All", this is what I came up with!

If you look closely, you can see that I went over my Daffodil Delight blendabilities with Dazzling Details. It just looks a little more interesting than a flat effect.

Stamps : One Tag Fits All
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey
Ink : Memento Black
Accessories : Daffodil Delight and Basic Grey ribbon, Daff Delight Blendabilities, Dazzling Details

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Masculine Wetlands

Here's a quick and easy masculine card using the gorgeous set, Wetlands. It's very quick and easy to pull together and perfect for a masculine card.

The goose is stamped on a circle cut out from the framelit set. The banner is hand cut and I added a touch of twine and a wooden button for a rustic feel.

Stamps : Wetlands, Guy Greetings (sentiment)
Ink : Memento Black, Crumb Cake
Cardstock : Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Accessories : Circle Framelit, twine, wooden button

Monday, January 26, 2015

Flower Patch

This card has been a work in progress for some months. I started off just randomly stamping the flowers on a scrap to see what they were like when I first got the set. It was too pretty to throw away so I decided to build a card around the scrap. I had to put an oval from around it to hide the bits that weren't too great, then added a few punched out flowers and a sentiment. Easy peasy!

The centres of the punched out flowers are made with our pearls, coloured with blendabilities which always look SO coordinated and professional. Without the pearls, the card was a little "blah", but with them, I think it's a wow.

Stamp Set : Flower Patch
Cardstock : Shimmery White
Ink : Calypso Coral, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories : Banner & Oval Framelits, Button, twine, pearls, blendabilities

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cheerful Critters

I have ordered a few things from the new Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog (which is packed full of goodness, by the way). One of my co-workers asked me to make a card for her 2 year old nephew so I immediately went to this set, Cheerful Critters. It's easy to use, ridiculously 'cute' (dare I say 'super cute'?). 

True to my style, I kept is extremely simple, just 2 layers of real red and lost lagoon, with a touch of ribbon. I really like how it turned out. The colouring was done with blender pens. The crumb cake blendabilities were just way too dark for his face, I really do need to practice with those!

This next card uses the same character from the set. This one is for a swap I participated in. It's also very CAS, the detail is in the watercolouring which was done with an aquapainter and re-inker. The ribbon and layering is done with Pear Pizzazz.

I'm not a demonstrator who begs for business .... but if you DO like these projects and would like to order this set, you can do so online here. Thank you :)

Recipe, Card 1
Stamp Set : Cheerful Critters, Memorable Moments (the '2')
Ink : Lost Lagoon, Real Red, StazOn Black
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Real Red, Lost Lagoon
Accessories : Lost Lagoon Ribbon, Blender Pens & Reinker

Recipe, Card 2
Stamp Set : Cheerful Critters
Ink : StazOn, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories : Circle Framelits, Pear Pizzazz 1/4" cotton ribbon, Aquapainter & Reinkers