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A Sea Sketch

May 29, 2015

024I was looking for inspiration for a male card for a recent class and found a great sketch I had pinned (I just love Pinterest).  I started by attaching Whisper White card to scored and folded Night of Navy card.  For the focal piece I stamped the World Map Background onto Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink.  I Brayered Marina Mist ink onto a piece of designer series paper from the  Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack and attached it over the bottom of the stamped card.  The whole piece was attached to the card front using dimensionals025I stamped the happy Birthday wishes from the Petite Pairs stampset onto the right hand side of a strip of Whisper White card and attached it to Night of Navy card.  I attached the greeting panel to the card front using dimensionals on each end.  I stamped the ship from The Open Sea stamp set onto Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink and cut it out.  The ship is attached to the left hand side of the greeting panel.

0043Inside the card I kept it very simply and added another piece of the Designer Series Paper from the  Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack which I also brayered with Marina Mist ink.  I added a narrow strip of Night of Navy card behind one long edge and then attached the whole piece to Whisper White card.

I love how you can turn that black and white designer series paper from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack any colour you wish just by using your Brayer to add the ink.  Such a fantastic idea, don’t you think?

Bye for now,

Kris

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Blender Pen Colouring

May 21, 2015

0112I decided to make a card showcasing the Blender Pens for my class this week.  As you are all aware I am not a great fan of colouring but I kind of got the taste using the Blendibilities and now I want to try out more colouring techniques.

I attached a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack to the left hand side of Whisper White card.  I embossed a piece of Calypso Coral card using the Chevron Embossing Folder and attached it over the lower portion of the Whisper White card.  The whole piece is attached to scored and folded Basic Black card.  0122I stamped the flower image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set onto Whisper White card using Stazon Jet Black ink and coloured it using my Blender Pen with Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi and So Saffron ink pads.  I cut the image using one of the Oval Framelit Dies and attached it to an oval cut from Basic Black card.  The image panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

0142Inside I stamped the leaf image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set three time using Wild Wasabi ink.  I didn’t re-ink between stamps so that I could create different levels of colour.  I embossed a piece of Calypso Coral card, again using the Chevron Embossing Folder and attached a narrow piece of Basic Black card behind one long edge.  The embossed piece is attached to the Whisper White card, covering the lower portion of the stamped leaves.

I might get to enjoy colouring my images, so maybe you should stay tuned and see what other techniques I try.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Catalogue Launch

May 17, 2015

072Yesterday I got together with some of my customers and downline to launch the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  Two of my granddaughters, Abi and Elyssa, love crafting and they love to help out whenever I hold a launch or other event – thank you.  Everyone received a catalogue to keep and inside each one was a bookmark I made using the 2014-2016 In-Colours on one side and the 2015-2017 In-Colours on the other side.  070I had a few samples on display made using the products I was able to get on pre-order.  One of the perks of being a demonstrator is the ability to see and use new product before it is released to the general crafting public.

I made a gift bag for each lady attending using the new Gift Bag Punch Board and retiring/retired Designer Series Paper.  They did look very cute! 069 I added some chocolate and few pieces of ribbon, some retired brads and dsp, because you can’t give an empty box, no matter how cute.057

Everyone had a chance to play with the Gift Bag Punch Board and also the Triple Banner Punch. 052 How exciting that we no longer have to hand cut the ends of the banner, simply use the punch to create perfect banners in three different widths.

I hope everyone who attended had as much fun as I did.

I look forward to being able to share my creations using these exciting new products over the coming weeks and months.

Bye for now,

Kris

 

A Fond Farewell

May 15, 2015

0172Here is another card I made featuring retiring product.  Once again I have embossed Whisper White card with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Once embossed I wrapped it with Calypso Coral 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon before attaching it to scored and folded Crisp Cantaloup card.  I stamped the image from the Apothecary Art stamp set onto Whisper White card using Stazon Jet Black ink0182 I coloured the flowers using a Crisp Cantaloup Stampin’ Write Marker and the leaves using a Pistachio Pudding Stampin’ Write Marker.  The image is cut out using the matching Label Framelit Die (retiring).  I stamped the greeting which comes from the same stamp set onto a narrow strip of Whisper White card using Stazon Jet Black ink.  I attached the greeting to the coloured image and trimmed the ends to match the framelit shape.  0202The image panel is then attached to the card front using dimensionals.

Once more I have kept the inside very simple adding a strip of Crisp Cantaloup card to the back of Whisper White card embossed using the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder before attaching it to a Whisper White panel.

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this stamp set and will be sorry to see this one go.  Not sure if this is still available, so don’t forget to check the Retiring List and order quickly to avoid being disappointed.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Gift from my Roomie

May 12, 2015

095-EDITEDI shared my accommodation at Convention with three lovely ladies, one of whom made each of us a beautiful gift.  It was Jenny’s first time at Convention and I am glad that we were able to spend this time together.  We had such fun and I am sure that I have never laughed so much!  096-EDITED

Jenny put a lot of effort into decorating a notebook for us to record our thoughts and inspiration and I must admit I put mine to good use.  She also gave us another shopping list type notebook which I will also be putting to good use as I am terrible at remembering what I need when I get to the shops.  My husband says its “Oldtimers Disease” and although I hate to admit it, he may be right.  She used the very gorgeous Sale-A-Bration stamp set Lotus Blossom – it’s so sad when a beautiful stamp set like this comes and then disappears just as quickly.097-EDITED

Jenny also shared one of her swaps which uses the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die.  I love how she embossed using the Happy Heart Embossing Folder, something that Jenny says was a little tricky but well worth the effort.  I think this style of card and envelope would make a truly special way to deliver a gift card to someone special.   I love all the effort she put into the special small touches like the White heart and pearl on the front of the bag and also on the card for the inside.

I do have some photos of the other swap cards I received and I will try and get organised to share them this coming week.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 10, 2015

078To each and every mother out there, hope you all have a fantastic day with your family.  I spent this morning very quietly and then joined my Mum and Dad for a celebration lunch.  My girls are spending the morning with their families and being thoroughly spoiled.  Tonight I am joining my girls for a trip to the movies.  I am so lucky to be able to spend special time with my lovely family.

I made my Mum a card using the Stippled Blossom stamp set.  I have to say losing this set makes me truly sad.  I love how easy it is to get a WOW card using this two step stamping set.  I must not be the only person who loves this set, because I believe it is already sold out.  Anyway, enough of that, I am consoling myself by wearing the print off my new catalogue!

I started by embossing Whisper White card with the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder (unfortunately this one is not carrying over to the new catalogue), and attaching it to scored and folded Strawberry Slush card.  079I added the sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set using Strawberry Slush ink to the right hand side of a strip of Whisper White card and then attaching it to Baked Brown Sugar card.  This strip is attached across the lower portion of the embossed card.  I stamped the large solid flower image from the Stippled Blossom stamp set onto Whisper White card using Strawberry Slush card which I stamped off onto scrap paper first. 080 I stamped the large outline flower over the top using Strawberry Slush ink (without stamping off).  I stamped the leaves using Pistachio Pudding ink.  I stamped off the solid leaf once onto scrap paper first.  Once the images were stamped I cut them out and attached them the to the left hand side of the card front.

Inside the card I stamped the flower and leaves as before, cut them out and attached them to the lower left hand side of Whisper White card.

I love how this card turned out and so did my Mum.

Once again Happy Mother’s Day to all.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Birthday Noah

May 9, 2015

081My grandson Noah turns 8 on Sunday and because it is Mother’s Day we celebrated his birthday with a family gathering yesterday.  Noah loves Lego and will spend every spare cent of his pocket money on more Lego whenever he can.

I created my card with a Lego theme in mind.  I cut strips of Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight 1″ wide by either 1″, 2″ or 3″ to suit my layout.  To make the “Lego blocks” fit I had to make my card a custom size which doesn’t matter at all when you are hand delivering.  I punched all the circles using the 1/2 Circle Punch.  It truly is a labour of love to add all those circles to the card to create the Lego look. 082 I didn’t sponge the circles but I did use Glue Dots which tends to give a little more “lift” so they do stand out a little bit.  The lego panel is added to a layer of Basic Black Card and then a layer of Pacific Point.  I tried to use really bold colours on the card.  I inked the image from the Perfect Pennant stamp set using my Real Red, Daffodil Delight Old Olive and Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Markers and stamped onto Whisper White card.  I added a layer of Basic Black before attaching to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

083Inside the card I stamped the block image from the Boys Will Be Boys stamp set and coloured it using the Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Markers.

I recycled a kraft gift back to house his present.  I stamped the block image and the parachute image from the Boys Will Be Boys stamp set all over the front and back of the bag using Chocolate Chip ink.  I cut the letters to spell Happy Birthday (retired die) from Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise and Real Red card.  0082Then I added the letters to the bag front.  I think it looks very cute and suitable for a young boy.  Noah loved his card and told me that it was very cool the way I had done the Lego blocks.  High praise indeed.  Noah’s Mum and Dad are taking him ice skating today and I believe that he gets to choose what’s for dinner.   Happy Birthday Noah, have a wonderful day.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this card and the matching gift bag.  I would really love to hear what you think.  I know you visit my blog, so if you have the time, please leave me a comment.

Bye for now,

Kris

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