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More from the Catalogue Launch

July 30, 2014

008I can’t believe how much I am enjoying using the Blendibilities and the Hostess stamp set Bloom in Hope. The flower images are perfect for colouring with the Blendilibities.

For this card I stamped the flower onto Whisper White card using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then coloured the image using the Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendibilities.  I love how much dimension even I can get with these pens.  I attached the image panel to Daffodil Delight card.  I stamped thinking of you from the Embellished Events stamp set onto Whisper White card and punched it out using the Decorative Label Punch009 I attached the greeting to the back of the image panel.

I embossed Coastal Cabana card using the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Coastal Cabana card.  010The image panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

Inside I stamped another image from the Bloom with Hope stamp set  onto the bottom left hand corner of Whisper White cad using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and again coloured using the Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight as well as Old Olive Blendibilities.

I hope that you are being inspired to give Blendibilites a try.  I know that the ladies at my launch were very impressed with the markers and the gorgeous effect they were able to achieve.

Let me know how you are finding these gorgeous alcohol markers.

Bye for now,

Kris

 

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Freshly Made Sketch 146

July 28, 2014

048I liked the look of the sketch challenge at Freshly Made this week and thought I would give it a try.  I stamped the “starburst” image from Kinda Eclectic onto Whisper White card using Pear Pizzazz ink.  I stamped the “dotted” image from the same stamp set over the bottom of the “starburst” using Crumb Cake ink.  I stamped the leaf from Kinda Eclectic onto scrap Whisper White card using Pear Pizzazz ink, cut it out and attached it over the stamped images.  049 I stamped Birthday Wishes from the Four You stamp set onto Whisper White card using Strawberry Slush ink, atttached it to Strawberry Slush card and then the card front.  I stamped the butterfly onto scrap Whisper White card using Strawberry Slush ink, punched it using the Elegant Butterfly Punch and attached it to the card front. 050 I added a couple of Basic Pearls to the centre of the butterfly.  The whole piece is attached to scored and folded Pear Pizzazz card.

Inside the card I stamped the “starburst” image onto the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card using Pear Pizzazz ink.  I stamped the dotted image over the top using Crumb Cake ink and added a butterfly stamped in Strawberry Slush ink and punched using the Elegant Butterfly Punch.

I think this stamp set worked really well with the sketch, what do you think?

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Anniversary

July 27, 2014

My Aunty and Uncle are celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary today and I thought I would share the card I made for them.

060I embossed Whisper White card using the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Cherry Cobbler card.  I attached a strip of Whisper White card to Old Olive card and then to the card front.  I cut Whisper White card using one of the Hearts Framelits Dies, embossed it using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and attached it to the card front.  I stamped a flower from the Flower Shop stamp set and two from the Petite Petals stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Whisper White card.  I coloured the flowers using the Cherry Cobbler Blendibilities061I stamped the leaf image from the Bloom With Hope stamp set onto Whisper White card twice using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloured them using the Old Olive Blendibilities and cut them out.  I punched the flowers out using the Pansy Punch and the Petite Petals Punch, added some dimension and layered one small flower onto the large flower.  I arranged the flowers and leaves on the left side of the embossed heart. 062 I added two Basic Rhinestones which I coloured using the darkest marker from Daffodil Delight Blendibilities.  I cut the numbers from Cherry Cobbler card using the Timeless Type Alphabet Dies (retired) and attached them to the top right hand corner of the embossed heart.  I printed the word “years” using the Timeless Type Junior Letters and Numbers Punch Digital Download on my home computer and punched it out using the Word Window Punch.  I attached it to a Cherry Cobbler Modern Label and then the card front, cutting the right hand edge to match the edge of the Whisper White card.

Inside I stamped the leaves using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them using the Old Olive Blendibilities.  I stamped another flower from the Flower Shop stamp set and coloured it using the Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight Blendibilities.  I cut the flower out and attached it over the leaves.

I hope that my Aunty and Uncle love this card as much as I do.

Bye for now,

Kris

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You’re a Star

July 26, 2014

002I made this card for my Catalogue Launch to show off the beautiful new Decorative Masks that we have in the new catalogue.  They come in sets of two masks for the low price of $4.95 and are 8″ square.   One set has hearts and stars and the other has dots and stripes.

For my card I masked Whisper White card with the Stars Decorative Mask and sponged Smoky Slate ink over the top.  When I was finished I ran my mask under the tap to remove any remaining ink and wiped it dry. 003 I stamped the greeting from the Pictogram Punches stamp set using Bermuda Bay ink.  I stamped the star image from the same stamp set onto Whisper White card three times using Tangerine Tango and punched them out using the Star Punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I attached one of the stars over the star in the greeting and the other two to fill in a little blank space left below the greeting.004  I attached the Whisper White card to Tangerine Tango card and then to scored and folded Bermuda Bay card.

Inside I used the Stars Decorative Mask and Smoky Slate ink to decorate a strip of Whisper White card.  I attached a narrow piece of Tangerine Tango card to the top, added it to the bottom of more Whisper White card and then to the inside of the card.

This was a really quick and simple card to make but I think that it packs a lot of punch.  I’d really love to hear what you think.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Something for Baby

July 24, 2014

019This is a card we made at a recent class at Beachmere.  I had seen this kind of card on various blogs and probably on Pinterest as well.

I punched the bottom of the Baked Brown Sugar card using the Decorative Label Punch and then stamped it using the Hardwood Background and Baked Brown Sugar ink.  I also stamped strips of Baked Brown Sugar with the same stamp and ink and attached them using dimensionals to the card front to look like drawers.  021The coat hanger and the bootie from the Something For Baby stamp set are stamped in Pistachio Pudding ink on Whisper White card and then cut out using the matching Baby’s First Framelit Dies.  The coathanger is kind of hooked behind the top edge of the top “drawer” and the bootie has been tied with Whisper White Baked Brown Sugar and kind of hangs from the third “drawer”. 020 The onsie is stamped in Crisp Cantaloup, then cut using the matching Baby’s First Framelit Die and attached over the coathanger.  The greeting from the Petite Pairs stamp set is stamped onto Whisper White card using Baked Brown Sugar ink and punched using the Small Oval Punch.  The edges of the oval are sponged with Crisp Cantaloup ink before attaching to the card front.  Large Basic Pearls have been added to represent the drawer handles.

The decoration on the inside of the card has been kept quite simple  The “stacked ring” image has been stamped onto the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card using Crisp Cantaloup ink.  The duck was stamped in Baked Brown Sugar onto Whisper White card, cut using the matching Baby’s First Framelit Dies and attached over the stamped image.

I love that we have so many stamp sets with matching framelits and my customers love that they don’t have to hand cut so much.

Let me know what you think.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Look at me

July 20, 2014

031My mother gave me some photos recently of myself as a baby.  My parents lived with my grandparents when I was born and the photos are taken in their back yard with their dog Sandy, who apparently was very protective of me.  It was perfect timing because we just been told of the release of Project Life and I decided to scrap the photos using the Pocket Pages Stampin’ Up! were going to be releasing.040

The new kits hadn’t been released but I knew what Pocket Page layouts would be available and because the photos were so small, I scrapped each of the 4″ x 6″ pockets like a small page.  I am so happy with the way the pages turned out.  The designer series paper I used (Epic Day This & That) is now retired and so is the embossing folder (Framed Tulips), but I love that you can make these types of pages quickly and simply or you can get a little fancy.

036I used MDS to create some of the 3″ x 4″ pocket cards. I also used the This and That Washi Tape to make the hearts and added a few pockets of embossed card in matching colours – our colour co-ordination makes this so easy.033

I have lots more photos that my Mum gave me and this style of scrapbooking is going to make it much easier for me to actually get them into albums.   I hope you have all had a chance to try out Project Life in some form or another.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Hello Again

July 19, 2014

Thank you so much to those of you who left messages for me hoping everything was ok after my last post.  Unfortunately my mother-in-law passed away last Sunday rather suddenly, although she had been struggling with Chronic Lung Disease for many years.

So now I am home and back to posting regularly again – maybe!  I was  able to hold my catalogue launch last Saturday with my lovely customers, friends and downline.   I had two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  I  have lovely customers who have all become great friends.  I spent some time explaining the new catalogue and some of the new products before letting everyone try their hand at using the new Blendibilities.

Blendibilities are such fun but you do need to know a couple of things about them before you start using them.  Firstly they are alcohol markers and because of this the lids are quite tight which can make them a little difficult to get off.  Once you need to close the lid again, you need to make sure that the tip of the marker is aligned correctly inside the lid and the best way to do that is to lay the marker and lid on the table and slide them together.  You also need to use the correct ink to stamp your image and for our Blendibilities that ink is Memento Tuxedo Black.  This is a water based ink and will not blend with the alcohol markers, so you won’t get any smudging.

0094Ok, so what did we make, well we made a very simple card using the Bloom with Hope stamp set which is a Hostess set from the new catalogue.  This set is perfect for use with the Blendibilites.  I have already shared a couple of cards using this set and I am sure you will see many more over the coming year

The Whisper White card is embossed using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and attached to scored and folded Basic Black card.  A strip of Basic Black card has both long edges punched using the Scallop Edge Border Punch.   A strip of Cherry Cobbler card is attached and the piece is wrapped with Old Olive 1/8″ Tafetta Ribbon before attaching to the card front.  The image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured using the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendibilites.  Once coloured the image panel is attached to Basic Black card and then the card front.  0104So that everyone had plenty of time to chat, look through the catalogue and view new product, I prepared all of the pieces for the ladies to take home and assemble their card later.

One of the wonderful things about Blendibilities is that they come in sets of three – light, medium and dark.  So for even a beginner or a colouring challenged person like me, you can get a really lovely effect by blending the colours as you go.   Unfortunately, the complete range shown in the catalogue is not available yet, however, six colours (Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry) and the Skin Tone assortment are available.  As well you can purchase the Memento Tuxedo Black ink and refill, and the Colour Lifter.  The Colour Lifter lets you add even more high light to your images by moving the colour around and creating highlights in your image.

I had lots of product to show the ladies and tried to present the product in a finished card or project.  Of course I had to display the Project Life range including the smaller size 6″ x 8″ album and the 6″ x 8″ pocket pages. The Blendibilities with a few cards made using the Bloom with Hope Hostess stamp set and the In This Together stamp set. I had a few of the new embossing folders and the fantastic new Little Letters Thinlets.

I hope you have had a chance to spend some time looking through your catalogue and see all the beautiful new product.  I think it is a gorgeous catalogue with lovely photos and great projects to get us all inspired.

So that’s it from me today and thanks once again for all your support.

Bye for now,

Kris

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