Beautiful Bunch card of love


Hi crafty friends

Back again with another one of my cards to show you.

I have to tell you straight off the bat, I am TOTALLY IN LOVE with this card.

I just love it when a card I can see in my head turns out exactly how I wanted it too.  Sometimes, just sometimes it even looks better than I had imagined.  That is exactly what has happened in this case.

Sorry I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I do tend to get a little excited when I create a card that I am just so proud of.

I used a couple of my most favourite Stampin’ Up! products while making this card, Cherry Cobbler card stock, Very Vanilla card stock, the Beautiful Bunch stamp set. and of course my Big Shot!!

This card has taken me a couple of days working on and off to get it finished, I’m sure you will understand why when I show you the photos.  The purpose of this card is for either Valentine’s Day or to say I Love You, although you can use it for any purpose I suppose.

Beautiful Bunch card - front

So the base card is made with Very Vanilla card stock and then a mat of Cherry Cobbler card stock is added on top then another mat of Very Vanilla card stock that has been embossed with the new Lovely Lace Embossing Folder.

All flowers are stamped on Very Vanilla card stock with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The large flower is from the Beautiful Bunch stamp set and the three smaller ones are from the Petite Petals stamp set.  I used the Fun Flowers Punch to punch out the large flower and the Petite Petals Punch for the smaller three.

The flowers were all textured using my Stampin’ Pierce Mat and a stylus, once I got the desired shape I spritzed them with some water (a little trick my gorgeous friend Cheere Robinson taught me).  By spritzing the flowers once they have been shaped helps the card stock to become rigid once dry and makes the flowers more durable and less likely to either loose their shape or fall apart.

The leaves from one of the current Hostess stamp sets called Bloom With Hope, were stamped with Old Olive ink on Very Vanilla card stock and fussy cut out using my Paper Snips.  I stamped five of the leaves for the front cover.  Stampin’ Up! Twine was wrapped around the embossed Very Vanilla mat a couple of times and tied off in a knot before I stuck down the leaves.  I always lay my card out in the design I want before I start sticking it down, just in case I need to shuffle things around a bit.  This is especially good when I am doing this sort of card with lots of leave and flowers scattered around.

Once the leaves were all stuck down I then glued the larger flower in place and then the three smaller ones.  The leaves were also spritzed with a little water and texturized with my Stampin’ Pierce Mat and stylus.  The last thing I did was add some Pearls to the inside of the smalelr flowers.  I am still considering if I will add  a greeting to the front but I haven’t decided yet.  I am worried it will over-crowd the card, what do you think?

As usual I had to decorate the inside of this card too, although I am sure some of my friends are going to say I went a little overboard with the inside this time.  Want to see what I did?

Beautiful Bunch card - inside

Now, I’m sure some of you are going to think that this could quite easily be the front of the card, but as you can see, although the leaves and flower have been texturized like the front of the card it is only a little bit.  Stampin’ Up! Twine and a Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla card stock mat were also added to finish of the look.

Like I said at the start of this post I am so PROUD of this card and just LOVE it to bits.  It is going to be very hard to give this one away 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts about today’s card and if you have any suggestions on how I can improve it.

All of these products are currently available in the Stampin’ Up! Annual catalogue and can be purchased through my Stampin’ Up! shop.  If you have fallen in love with any of these products like I have, just click on the shopping trolley and log in or create your own account and purchase your own.  All orders are delievered to your front door or post office box.  Remember until the end of March every single order that totals $90 or more is entitled to a FREE Sale-a-Bration item.  Who wouldn’t love that!!

Thanks for visiting.

Tina xo

 

Sale-a-Bration Bonus products


Hi crafty friends

Wow!! Check out what Stampin’ Up! are offering for the last month of Sale-a-bration.

From 1 March – 31 March when you purchase $90 or more in a single order not only can you choose from the fabulous products that are currently available in the Sale-a-Bration mini catalogue but also have these gorgeous bonus products to choose from.

Remember, these items are FREE when you spend $90 or more in my Stampin’ Up! shop.

Flyer_SAB2_demo_Feb1715_SP

Click on the above link to see the flyer with all these new products.

Don’t know about you but I can’t wait to get my hands on these.

Hurry stocks are limited and this special is only available from March 1 2015 – March 31 2015.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina xo

Michelle’s class samples part 3


Hi crafty friends

I’m back today to show you the third of the cards I made at Michelle’s class.  Of course I have left the most spectacular card until last…:)

I did change this card just a little.  It was originally designed as a birthday card but I decided to use it for an engagment card because it really is THAT special, plus I have a very special engagement party coming up in March so I figured may as well use this card for that purpose.

This card was also made using a new technique, apparently this type of card design is called a Z-Fold card.  You will see why when I show you the side view of it.

Butterfly Basics Framelits card - front

Wow hey?  This card has lots and lots of layers and would be a bit expensive to post but it really does have the WOW factor.

I started with a base card of Basic Black card stock that was folded in half and then the bottom half was folded in half again.  the second layer of all the panels is Sahara Sand card stock and the top layer is from the Something Borrowed DSP.  This designer series paper is just gorgeous and is perfect for wedding or engagement cards or gifts.

The two butterflies are cut using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and Basic Black and Whisper White card stock.  Aren’t they just beautiful?  So many possibilities with them.

The greeting I used is from a retired stamp set and was stamped on Whisper White card stock with Black StazOn ink and matted with Basic Black card stock.  Both pieces of card stock were punched out using the Decorative Label Punch.  I love the new Sahara Sand Lace Trim, it is so classic.  Dimentes were added to the middle of the smaller butterfly for a touch of bling.

Butterfly Basics Framelits card - side

From this angle you can see what it’s called a Z-Fold card and how we folded it.  The two circles up the top are popped up with a dimensional so the front layer can slot in underneath and stay upright.
Butterfly Basics Framelits card - insideThis is the greeting on the inside of the card.  The background is stamped with Sahara Sand ink using the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  Once again the greeting is from a retired stamp set.

I so love how this card turned out, it really is an amazing card to see up close.  I am hoping my newly engaged step-son and his gorgeous finace love this card as much as I do.

All products, except the greetings is current and can be purchased at my Stampin’ Up! shop, just click on the shopping trolley and log in or create an account and start shopping right from your lounge room.

Your comments are always welcome and I love reading them so if the need takes you please leave me a comment at the end of the post.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina xo

 

Weekly Deals


Hi crafty friends

Well Wednesday has rolled around again, so it’s time for me to show you what is on special with our Weekly Deals this week.

Click on the shopping trolley to the left hand side, and you will be taken to my Stampin’ Up! shop.

Get in quick before they are all gone.

2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment by Stampin' Up!
2013-2015 IN COLOR SEQUIN ASSORTMENT

Price: was $8.95 is $6.71
Basic Gray Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
BASIC GRAY BAKER’S TWINE

Price: was $4.95 is $3.71
Celebrate Easter Ensemble -- Digital Download
CELEBRATE EASTER ENSEMBLE – DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Price: was $13.95 is $8.37
Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
CRISP CANTALOUPE THICK BAKER’S TWINE

Price: was $5.95 is $4.46
Melon Mambo 1/4 Cotton Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
MELON MAMBO 1/4″ COTTON RIBBON

Price: was $9.95 is $7.46
Night Of Navy 1/2 Seam Binding Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
NIGHT OF NAVY 1/2″ SEAM BINDING RIBBON

Price: was $11.95 is $8.96
Build A Banner Refill Kit
SIMPLY CREATED BANNER

Price: was $16.95 is $12.71
Whisper White 5/8 Satin Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
WHISPER WHITE 5/8″ SATIN RIBBON

Price: was $11.95 is $8.96

I must admit I love the wonderful variety of products you can get in our Weekly Deals.

Thanks for visiting

Tina xo

Michelle’s class samples part 2


Hi crafty friends

Did you see the gorgeous card which I made at Michelle’s card class that I posted a couple of days ago using the Bokeh Technique?

I hope it inspired you to try the technique yourself.  If so please leave me a comment and a link to your blog if you have one, I would love to see what you have created.

This second card that we made at Michelle’s last Saturday is completly different to the previous one.  This one is bright and fun and all about punches and framelits, which mean I got to play with my most favourite Stampin’ Up! product the Big Shot.

I have already ear-marked this card to send to someone for their birthday.  I know she is going to love it.  I know I do.

Celebrate Today card

Although you can’t see it we started with a base card of Bermuda Bay card stock the layered it with a piece of Birthday Bash DSP which then had a smaller mat of Bermuda Bay and Whisper White card stock added on top.  Before we stuck all those layers together we stamped the greetng from the Celebrate Today stamp set onto the Whisper White mat.  We used the Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers to colour in the greeting.

Next step was to stamp the balloons with Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango ink onto the co-ordinating card stock and then die cut out the balloons with the Balloons Framelits Die.  The Tangerine Tango balloon is stuck directly onto the white mat but the Bermuda Bay is popped up with dimensionals.  Whisper White Bakers Twine was tied around the ends of the ballons.  The banners across the balloons were also cut out using the Balloons Framelits Die set and Birthday Bash DSP.  The gorgeous bow attached to the balloons string is made using the new Build A Bow Punch currently available in the Stampin’ Up! Ocassions catalogue.

Finally a few Bermuda Bay sequins were stuck down using Glue Dots to add a bit of bling to this bright and cheery card.

All products are current and can be purchased through my Stampin’ Up! shop by clicking on the shopping trolley icon to the left hand side.

If you would like either an Annual catalogue or an Ocassions catalogue of your own you can either click on the icons of the catalogues to see them via a PDF file or I can post one out to you if you email me with your details.

I love reading your comments so please feel free to leave your thoughts at the end of this post.

I still have one more card to show you from Michelle’s class so don’t forget to come back soon.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina xo

Michelle’s class samples


Hi crafty friends

Well this past weekend I spent Saturday morning with my gorgeous upline and some fabulous friends in Innisfail creating 3 stunning cards.  My upline Michelle Zahra makes beautiful cards and I love spending time with her and the girls who attend her monthly classes.

Michelle is taking a new angle with her classes this year and has decided she is going to teach us a new technique every month.  This month we actually learn’t two new techniques.

This first card that I want to show you is using one of the latest techniques out there at the moment….the Bokeh Technique.  You may remember I have already made a card using this technique that I showed you a couple of days ago.

We matched the Bokeh Technique with the gorgeous 3 step stamp set Lotus Blossom which is currently a FREE Sale-a-Bration item if you spend $90 or more in a single order before the end of March.  I am loving this stamp set and have used it a couple of times now.

Lotus Blossom card - Bokeh Technique

 

Firstly we stamped the three lotus flowers with Strawberry Slush ink twice, the first time was directly from the inkpad onto the Whisper White card stock, then we stamped the second stage of the flower with Strawberry Slush ink then stamped it off onto scrap paper so the colour wasn’t as dark.  The third step was to stamp the largest part of the flower with VersaMark ink and then heat emboss it with White Embossing Powder.  I love how the lotus’ turned out.

To create the background we sponged Coastal Cabana, Lost Lagoon and Night of Navy ink all over the card stock and then sponged Whisper White Craft Ink onto the background with a template we had made with Window Sheets and several of the circle Stampin’ Up! punches.  This technique is to easy you just keep sponging circles, or whatever shape you want to use, overlapping them and running them off the edge of the card stock until you are happy with the overall appearance.  The secret is to just ink up you sponge or dauber once and keep “colouring in’ the circles until the ink has all run out before re-inking, that way the white circles seem to fade into the colour in the background.  The greeting which is stamped in Black StazOn ink is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, currently available in the Stampin’ Up! Ocassions catalogue.

If you would like to try this technique, just pop onto YouTube and check out the hundreds of video’s on how to do it.  All products mentioned in this post are currently available in either the Annual catalogue, Sale-a-Bration or Ocassions catalogue from Stampin’ Up!

You can purchase your own at my Stampin’ Up! shop by clicking on the shopping trolley to the left hand side.

I will be back shortly with the second card we made at Michelle’s class.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina xo

 

Be My Valentine – water/gel card


Hi Crafty Friends

I want to show you a card I have made this past week.  The stamp set I used is supposed to be a Valentine’s Day themed set, but I decided to use it in a different way.  That’s what I love about card-making with Stampin’ Up! products you don’t necessarily have to use them for the purpose they were originally made for.  You are only limited by your imagination.

I found another fantastic tutorial on Dawn Griffith’s blog which I decided to use for this card.  You can find the tutorial here if you would like to give it a go.

I love how this card turned out, and it feels so squishy you just want to keep playing with it.

Hey Valentine - water card

I started with Coastal Cabana card stock as my base card, then added a mat of Whisper White card stock then added a mat of Best Day Ever DSP over the top.  This DSP is currently FREE as a Sale-a-Bration gift when you spend $90 or more on Stampin’ Up! products.  I choose this particular design from the pack because it reminded me of bubbles, which is perfect for this card.

These gorgeous little fishies from the Be My Valentine set were stamped on Whisper White card stock with Memento Black ink and then coloured in with Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.  If this stamp set looks familiar it is, you may remember I posted a card I made a last weekend at the Paperbelles Party Time event using this same stamp set.

See just because it has a particular theme you really can use the images for anything you like.  I just didn’t ink up the Valentine greeting that is part of this stamp.

Once I had coloured the fish I then made the “water” using Dawn’s technique, except I used anti-bacterial hand gel rather than hair gel like in the video, then stuck all the layers together with lots and lots of dimensionals.  I cut out an oval frame using Stampin’ Up!’s Oval Framelits and stamped the greeting in Coastal Cabana ink onto Whisper White card stock and cut out another oval from the Oval Framelits sets to back it.  The greeting is from the Express Yourself stamp set and was attached to the card with dimensionals too.

This is a really heavy card, mainly due to the “water” but also all the layers.  If you were planning on posting a card like this I would suggest you use a padded post bag to protect it.

Want to see a close up of the water?

Hey Valentine - water card close upCute hey?  I love how not only do you get the bubbles but it even looks like the water is moving with the shadow and light playing with each other.

This is such a easy technique to do, however I do suggest you start with a small amount of gel and add some more if you think you need more.  I think I may have added a little bit too much gel.  I had a 55ml bottle of anti-bacterial hand gel and used about three quarters of it, when in fact I probably could’ve got away with just using about half of the bottle.

None the less I think the card looks fabulous and I love it to bits.  It is really hard to stop playing with that “water”.

I love reading your comments they always make my day so please leave yours at the end of the post.

All products except the gel can be purchased from Stampin’ Up! via my online store by clicking on the shopping trolley to the left hand side.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina xo