Happy Mother’s Day


Hello there,

Ok I know its a little early for sending Mother’s Day greetings here in Australia, it’s not until next month after all, but I am getting a jump start on my cards for my mum and mother-in-law.  I think I might even make one for my step-daughter on behalf of my gorgeous grand-baby.

I found this card on the Stampin’ Up! demonstrators exclusive website called Stampin’ Connection.  It’s such an amazing site with so many many wonderful cards/projects to look at and get inspired by.  I think this card was originally posted by Mel Sharp.  I have changed it up just a little bit but stayed pretty close to the original, why mess with perfection hey?

My mum’s favourite colour is pink so this card is going to be her Mother’s Day card this year, and I am going to make another identical card in yellow for my mother-in-law as that is her favourite colour.  I will add that to this post in the coming  days, so remember to come back and have a sticky beak.  I would love to hear which colour is your favourite from the two.

Mother's Day card

Once this card was finished I then smothered it in white shimmer paint and ISOCOL alcohol.  It makes such a wonderful shimmery effect.  I always get asked at work how I made the paper so sparkly…tee hee  I am so devastated that Stampin’ Up! are retiring the shimmer mist when the current catalogue ends at the end of May.  I think I am going to stock up so I don’t get caught out.

Here’s a close up of all that yummy shimmer.

Mother's Day card close up

So if you would like to be inspired by all the wonderful projects on Stampin’ Connection then you need to join up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, it’s the only way you will get access to this amazing site.  I am always looking for new people to join my team.  As usual if you would like purchase any or all (including that retiring shimmer mist – available in three colours, white, champagne and silver) then pop over to my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/tina-janejohnson/ where you can either purchase Stampin’ Up! products 24/7 online in the privacy of your own home, even in your pj’s and have it delivered straight to your home, or you can join my team and discover all the wonderful benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Please leave me a comment if the need to do so takes your fancy, but please remember to be kind.  As my mum used to say you always catch more flies with honey than vinegar. 🙂

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x

 

 

Flower Garden Embossing Folder


Hi again!

I got a little creative this afternoon after seeing a technique on a blog while I was surfing.  I didn’t actually do the technique exactly as it was described because the first time I tried it, it didn’t look very good.

Anyway, I have had the flower garden embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! ever since it first came out and to be honest, I really  haven’t used it.  I have always found it a difficult embossing folder to use as it’s not really a background image.

I have decided I will give this card to my mother-in-law for her birthday next month.  As I have said many many times before I am not really a pink girl, but I thought I would try and match Primrose Petals & Raspberry Ripple and see how it looked.  Surprisingly I am very happy with how it turned out.  Even more surprising for those of you who have been following my blog for a while, this is a card that I didn’t case from anyone.  I thought of it all by myself….AMAZING I know.  LOL

P1020300I coloured the flower image on the embossing folder with Primrose Petals, Gumball Green & Raspberry Ripple (all IN-COLOURS from Stampin’ UP!), and then embossed onto Whisper White cardstock.  I then layered the embossed image onto Primrose Petals & Raspberry Ripple cardstock and used both colours for the ribbon.  The longer length of ribbon is Primrose Petals and the shorter length is Raspberry Ripple.  I used both ribbons to tie the bow.  I love the Beautiful Birthday stamp set (how sad to see it retiring at the end of this current catalogue), it is such pretty writing and makes a card so elegant.  I also used Primrose Petals DSP to mat the card base as I thought the white was just a little too plain.

Here’s a close up of the embossed image.

P1020301I love how subtle the colour is.  Now that I know how lovely this embossing folder can be when coloured in I think I will start to use it some more.

Don’t forget if you would like to purchase any of these products (or anything else in the current catalogue), then please go to my demonstrator website at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/tina-janejohnson/ and Click “SHOP NOW” and choose Tina-Jane Johnson as your online demonstrator, especially if you want the Beautiful Birthday stamp, it won’t be around after the end of May.  If you would like either a hard copy or a PDF file of the current catalogue then please email  me at mtjohnson02@hotmail.com, and I will get one out to you ASAP.

I would love to hear your comments.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x

 

 

Stippled Blossoms in Pool Party


Hello my blogger friends

A friend of mine from work has asked me to make her a “blue” card for her friend who is turning 50 in a couple of weeks time.  Wow there’s a brief for you….lol

Luckily, my friend Ellie loves everything I do when it comes to card making so I wasn’t too concerned about the lack of detail in her request.

I have been following a very talented card maker for quite some time now and decided I would case one of her cards for this special birthday card.  So without further ado here is my case of a card made by Yvette Ashe.

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I love love love the Stippled Blossoms stamp set by Stampin’ Up! and the flowers look just gorgeous when stamped in Pool Party ink.  I also used my Heat & Stick powder and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flower outline.  If you have never used or even purchased the Heat & Stick powder I strongly suggest you do.  It’s a fantastic product and the best way to keep glitter on your card and not all over you desk, your floor and yourself…. 🙂

I used Lucky Limeade to stamp the leaves and Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the tiny butterflies.  I also used crystal effects of the butterflies just for extra impact.  I love the Bitty Banners framelits from Stampin’ Up! and have been using them a bit lately.  Have you noticed?

As this is a card for a pretty special birthday I thought I would decorate the inside too.

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Nothing too much, just a bit of matting (to counteract the weight on the front of the card), and another gorgeous pool party flower with glitter of course.

I hope Ellie decides this is the card she wants to give to her friend, if not that’s ok because my mother-in-law is having a birthday next month and this will be her card otherwise, and it means I get to make another card… 🙂

I hope you have all had a fantastic weekend and will come back again soon to see what else I have been up to.  If  you would like to purchase all or any of the products mentioned to create this card or something more spectacular from your own imagination then please visit my demonstrator website at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/tina-janejohnson/ and click on the “SHOP NOW” tab, and choose Tina-Jane Johnson as your online demonstrator (Australian Residents Only).  If you have been to my demonstrator website in the past you will see I have recently given it a little facelift.  Please go check it out.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x

 

 

Cards for sale box


Hi again

Well I have finally found the confidence to take some of my cards to work and try to sell them.  I wanted to present them in a way that made them stand out and also promoted Stampin’ Up! and kept the cards neat and tidy.

So I went through the multitude of boxes I have of cards I have made in the past few years and picked out 10 that I thought might appeal. I didn’t want to take too many but I also wanted to provide a selection of different cards.

Just for the record the cards have been sitting on the tea-room table for a week and I haven’t sold a single one yet.  Am I too impatient?

Anyway I am diverting from what I wanted to show you today.  I made a box and decorated it to hold the cards in.  Take a look at how it turned out.

Cards for sale box

 

I used DSP from this years Sale-a-bration and the matching ribbon.  I created the sale sign on my pc and then cut it out with my framelits.

The box holds about 10 cards without squashing them.  I have packaged the cards in plastic bags and put my business card inside too just to help keep the cards clean when being handled.  All cards come with an envelope too.

I hope you like my box, I would love to hear your comments.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x

Leadlighting Technique


Hello friends

I know it was only yesterday that I posted….don’t fall over in shock to see that I’m back again today.  It could all fall away again in a day or two…tee hee

Last week I went to a training session with my up upline and learnt a fantastic new technique called leadlighting or stained glass technique.  We got the opportunity to make three cards using this new skill we were taught.

Take a look at the cards we made.

Shan's leadlighting technique classI love the new butterfly stamp called Swallowtail  from Stampin’ Up!, but I still haven’t purchased it yet. I must get onto that.  This technique works really well with this stamp set as you can fade the colour out towards to edges of the wings.  Can you see how the wings are darker close to the centre and lighter at the ends?

Shan's leadlighting technique class 1This was the second card we made, and we used items from the Artisan Embellishment kit from Stampin’ Up!.   Can you see the white embossed writing on the background of the card?  This is such a girly card I really love it.

Shan's leadlighting technique class 2

 

Finally our third card was an explosion colour.  This technique is so easy and looks amazing in real life.

If you would like purchase any or all of the products used to make any of these products please go to my demonstrator website at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/tina-janejohnson/ and click on the “SHOP NOW” button.

Tomorrow is ANZAC Day here in Australia and being a military family it is a pretty big day in our household, so I will try to post another project tomorrow but no promises.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x

 

 

Butterfly thank-you


Hi there

I must admit I haven’t been doing too much crafting in the past month, but that has all just started to change in this past week.  I am beginning to get back into the craft room and I’m enjoying every minute of it.  I tend to have periods of no crafty activity due to a lack of birthdays or events occurring that warrant a card.  However, with Mothers Day and my MIL’s birthday coming up in May I thought I should get my act together and start creating again.

Just recently my husband and I have purchased a gorgeous Birman kitten, who has quickly stolen our hearts and is our new baby.  We are also going to be purchasing a second Birman cat (who coincedently is our kittens mum) in May and will be travelling down to Townsville to catch up with our breeder and pick up our new little girl.

With this in mind I thought I would make Leslea (she’s the breeder), a thank-you card for all her help and friendship.  I cased a card from the wonderfully talented Vicki Burdick.  I just love everything Vicki does, and thanks to this thing called the internet we have become friends.

All materials used in this card are Stampin’ Up! except for the butterfly stamp.  I love how this card turned out and I hope Leslea loves it as much as I do.

Leslea's thank-you card

Here are a couple of close ups of different parts of the card.

Leslea's thank-you card close up 1I love the little banners at the top of the card.

Leslea's thank-you card close up 2I love the butterfly “stamps” on the card front.  These butterflies have so much detail and are really lovely.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my newest card today, hope you will come back tomorrow to see what else I have to show you.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x

Charming in Rich Razzleberry


This is a card I made last year for another friend’s birthday.  I had this card made weeks in advance and I must admit I have surprised myself by being so organized.

I used the Charming stamp set and the retired DSP Cottage Garden and matched it with Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizzazz card stock.

This is another card I cased from Eileen LeFevre and I am so happy with how it turned out.  Its very feminine but I am loving the butterflies and the stamped flower.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina