Lotus Blossom

A couple of weeks ago in one of our Technique Classes I gave the ladies a little bit of homework to take home with them.004wm-fb

We used the gorgeous “Lotus Blossom” from SAB 2015 – sadly no longer available, which we stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card using Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade (Retired) & Hello Honey.  I wanted to show the ladies that you can use any colour combination to create a gorgeous card using this stamp set.

All they went home with the same stamped piece of card & then they had to create a card using this image.  I’m hoping that they will bring along their cards at our next Technique Class so that we can all have a look at them.

By clicking on the link below you are able to print the tutorial to create your own card.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

55. Lotus Blossom – Mum

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Sending Many Thanks

Our card today is the 2nd card from our Technique Class a couple of Sundays ago.  You can view the 1st card below.048blog

Again, we used the “Irresistibly Yours” DSP from SALE-A-BRATION!  I love, love, love this paper.

Remember you only have 2 days to go to grab some for yourself as it ends 31 March & will no longer be available.  All you have to do is purchase $AUD90. worth of products before P&H.

As our class was spilt into 2 lots of tables, the class were working on 2 different cards at the same time.  The ladies seem to enjoy working this way as there is less waiting on items & things tend to run a little smoothly.

We used the gorgeous “Butterfly Basics” Bundle which includes the “Butterfly Basic” Stamp Set & the matching Butterflies Thinlits Dies.  These items are from the Occasions Catalogue.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Best Wishes

My card today is one we created in our Technique Class a couple of Sundays ago.  It is using the gorgeous “Irresistibly021bb-blog Yours” DSP from the SALE-A-BRATION Catalogue which ends Tuesday, 31st March.  This DSP may be earned FREE when you spend $AUD90.00 less P&H, but you will have to be quick as you only have 4 days to go.

We also used the lovely “Painted Petals” Stamp Set which is in the current Occasions Catalogue, Page 19.

With lots of sponging, stamping adding a little Button, Twine & Rhinestones you have yourself a lovely card.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Project Life

Today’s post is another page of Project Life.  I am actually enjoying playing with Project Life – so very quick & easy.

When I saw “This Day” Project Life Mini card Collection from SAB 2015, I knew it would be perfect my niece’s 2nd birthday 007pl-blogphoto.  The cake is actually very similar colour to Coastal Cabana so that is what I went for.

I cut the “2” from a Number Die that I’ve had for years & adhered it to the “Happiness Is” Card from the SAB 2015 Project Life Collection.  The card has been left blank for Elaina’s mum to add a few lines or thoughts.

I selected the 2nd card to match the top card & also to pick up the colours in the photo.  I printed out “Elaina, 21 January 2015” using MDS, changed the font colour to Island Indigo & printed onto scrap Whisper White Card before punching with the “Ticket Duo Builder” Punch & adhering to the middle of a Banner created from Daffodil Delight Card.

I then adhered it to the centre of the Card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This page took me all of about 5 minutes.  The great thing about Project Life is you can add as much as you like to your page or as less as possible.  I am a clean scrapper, so I always go for the clean loo.

The Card Collections are really great for creating cards too!  Why not give it a go!!!!!

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Lotus Blossom

Was again going to be used for our 2nd card last Sunday in our Technique Class, this time with a twist, ie a Tri-Fold Card, but I changed my mind at the last moment & created another card.

If you haven’t created one of these cards before, you need to have a go.  They are a fun little card – 3 1/2″ square in size, but041tc-blog one that packs a WOW!  A small box was created  with the Envelope Punch Board to fit this card.  The Envelope Punch Board makes it so easy to create.

The card uses the Stamp Set –Lotus Blossom” along with the “Best Year Ever” Accessories Pack & matching DSP – Best Year Ever.  All 3 items are from the SAB 2015 Brochure which are FREE products when you spend $AUD90.00 (excluding P&H).  Love, love, love all this gorgeous, bright product.

If you would like to learn how to create this card & 3-Step Stamping, then either check out the dates on the Classes/Workshops Page or contact me to book a day & time to suit you.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Technique Class

Yesterday we commenced our Technique Classes for 2015.  It was great catching up with everyone & hearing all the stories of what Christmas/New Year was like, how the grandkids were & what everyone has been getting up to over the School Holidays, which is one of the reasons we had a fairly easy class to get back into the swing of things.019aa-blog

For our 1st class back we played with new product from SAB 2015 & the ladies absolutely loved all the gorgeous new stuff.  Don’t forget you can still earn FREE product during SAB 2015 – 6 January – 31 March – with any order over $AUD90.00 excluding P&H.  Contact me if you don’t have a copy or click on the photo on the  hand side..

Lotus Blossom” is one of the FREE Stamp Sets you can earn while Sale-a-Bration is on & we concentrated on the 3-Step Stamping in this case!  It does take a little playing to get the stamping right, but it also depends on the depth of your ink colours.

We also used some of the gorgeous DSP – Painted Blooms from the Occasions Catalogue.  To view this Catalogue, either contact me or click on the photo on the right hand side.

In our card we used Blushing Bride Ink as our 1st 2 colours & finished the flower off with Pink Pirouette Ink as it is the lighter of the 2.  Because these 2 colours are so light, there was no need to stamp off first.

This class will be repeated this month at my home if you would like to create these cards.  For more details, please click onto the Classes/Workshop Page.  Depending on how popular the class is, it may be repeated for the month of March.  Please contact me for more details.

If you are unable to make the classes, I am more than happy for you to purchase the kits.  please contact me for more details.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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CASE-ing the Catty Challenges

I found a new challenge site (for me anyhow) the other day & decided to play along.  It’s called “CASE-ing the Catty Challenges“.  I’m always using the Catalogues for inspiration & thought this would be the perfect time to try & use the “Best 004aa-blogYear EVER Accessory Pack” which is from the current SAB 2015.

“Today the challenge is all about using New Buttons and Ribbon on your project.   We are focussing our attention on the SALE-A-BRATION Catalogue and using the Best Ever Accessory Pack’s ribbon and buttons from page 4.  If you haven’t scored yourself a free pack yet, you can use other SU buttons and ribbons that are new to you.  CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything.  This whole challenge blog is about using the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogues to help you create.  Sometimes crafters need a springboard to just get started and the catties are certainly a demonstrator or customer’s best resource”

To begin with I sat down & scribbled a rough sketch onto a piece of scrap paper – this is usually the piece I stamp, practice on & create my card on.  Once I have finished my card, it then goes in the bin.

003a-blogI grabbed my “Accessory Pack“, along with the matching “DSP – Best Year Ever” & started to work.  Looking at my card, I’ve just realised it is not the DSP side I started out playing with, but it all comes together, I think!

I decided to toss in a bit of Soft Sky & ended up using it for the Base Card.  Surprise, surprise, it didn’t clash with the Coastal Cabana.

For my Butterfly, I cut it out using the Butterfly Thinlits from Crushed Curry, run it through the Big Shot, dabbed Versamark over the Butterfly, poured Clear Embossing Powder over it & heat set with a Heat Tool.  It made it a little bit of  “WOW”.

I then started to add Rhinestones to the centre, but as the Buttons were sitting in front of me, I played around until I found a way to use them, so I created Antennae for the Butterfly by threading Baker’s Twine through the Ribbon & adhering to the Butterfly with a Glue Dot.

Thank you ladies for a great challenge & hopefully I will be playing along more often.

To create your own card, click on the link below for a tutorial.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

42. Sending Wishes Your Way – SAB 2015

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FMS 174

G’day Stampers,

It is a very rainy & very wet day here today.  My thoughts are with friends & family up north in the brunt of “Marcia, Marcia, FMS Final 174-001Marcia” as she bears down on the coast as well as friends in Darwin who are dealing with “Lam”.  Stay safe everyone!

I don’t usually craft on rainy days, but saw the great challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches & thought I would give it a go.  Not knowing where I was going with this, I decided on the colours that I wanted to use & then just sort of went along with the flow.  I’m really happy with the final result, although not sure about the small section of the Sahara Sand Starburst showing at the bottom of the circle, but no doubt it will grow on me.

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I played around  bit with the card front, heat embossing direct onto the DSP with Versamark & Sahara Sand Inks prior to adhering to the Card Front plus layering a small piece of the gorgeous Lace Trim.  I wanted the embossing to be very subtle & not take away from the focal point of the card.  I also played around with stamping under & on the circle which gives it a little bit of a different look.  I finished it off with scattered Rhinestones.

By clicking on the link below, you are able to download a tutorial to create your own card.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

41. Happy Anniversary – Painted Petals

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Boys Will Be Boys

2-February-2015This is a stamp set that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for sometime. As it has never seen ink, I thought it would be the perfect time for it to be used.

My card today is one I did for our monthly challenge. Our challenge is for all the ladies in my Volunteer & Technique Classes as well as Customers who would like to play along. In fact, anyone is quiet welcome to play along.

I was determined to use the DSP – Best Year Ever from SAB 2015 for my card. As I was sort of playing with colours, this stamp set popped into my mind. I wanted it to be a boys card, but after seeing the finished card, it could easily be for a girl too. The DSP for some reason reminds me of blocks.

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It is a fairly easy sketch, but one that I’m sure the ladies will love.  If you get a spare 5 minutes why not have a go.  It is a great way to get some of those cards created that you need for upcoming birthdays, etc.

Please click on the link below to download the tutorial to create your card.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

39. Happy Birthday – Boys Will Be Boys

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Creative Blog Hop

My post today is a little bit extra special!

I was asked by a friend, the lovely & talented Maria, if I would be interested in the Creative Blog Hop?  After thinking about it for 2 seconds, I said “yes”.  What else could I say?  Thank you for thinking of me Maria.  I feel very honoured to participate.  I am in awe with what Maria can achieve with her crafting & to this day she still astonishes me with what she creates.  Be sure to visit her to see her wonderful creations.

What is the “Creative Blog Hop”?  It is a chance to hop around different blogs each Monday showcasing Stampin’ Up! only designs as well as getting to know a little about each designer , how & why they create.  I love looking at people’s different technique & style.  You just never know what little tips & ideas you can find.

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What are you working on? I have a couple of half-finished cards sitting on my desk for my Technique Classes & Tutorials for the first couple of months.  Actually, I am quite happy with how they are falling into place as I have about 3 months planned & already on the go.  I am also working on cards for my Friday Volunteer Class.  These are a completely different card & happy that I have about 12 completed, all with different techniques & styles.

How does your work differ from others in your genre? I’m not too sure about this question.  I love a clean & simple card (CAS) & tend to use a lot of Whisper White & Very Vanilla.  In fact, I seem to eat these colours as I go through so much of it.  In saying this, my White & Vanilla have to have some sort of embossing, eg Heat or Dry.  I also love techniques, so am more than happy to sit & play until I am happy with what is in front of me.  I do like to try different styles, but always come back to the clean & simple.

Why do you create what you do? For me I find it very therapeutic & it is my escape from the hectic lifestyle we tend to lead today.  I do find that I can sit for hours just playing & not realise the time, until I get a tap on the leg from “Belle” letting me know that it is now “her” time & I’ve been “playing” too long.

004wm-blogHow does your creative process work? I find that with Stampin’ Up! all the hard word is done for you – everything matches.  I love our catalogues, not just for the beautiful products, but for the wonderful ideas & samples.  I also spend way too much time on Pinterst, pinning all these wonderful creations, which I never go back to again.  I do, however CASE some of cards for my Volunteer Classes but may turn it into a technique or something a little different.  I am known to pick up a piece of ribbon, stamp set, cardstock, etc walk around with it for what can seem like a day or so & then go from there.

My card today has actually been created using the stamps already sitting on my desk which were not put back into their place from yesterday’s session.

I embossed 2 lines about 3 ½” or 9cm down from top of card & about ½” or 2cm apart using my Simply Scoring Tool.  I then stamped the dotty image from Painted Petals Stamp set direct onto Soft Sky card in Soft sky Ink on the top half prior to sponging around edge with same Ink.

The bottom part was stamped using the stripe image from same stamp set direct onto Rose Red Card with Rose Red Ink, sponged around edges with same ink & adhered to bottom part of Soft Sky Card. I stamped the image from the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set direct onto a strip of Whisper White Card with Wild Wasabi Ink prior to adhering in the middle of the scored lines.

003wm-blogI punched a circle from Whisper White Card with the 2 ½” Circle Punch prior to stamping the stem image from the Painted Petals Stamp Set with Wild Wasabi Ink, stamping off once onto scrap paper.  The flowers were stamped using Blushing Bride & Rose Red Inks.  I stamped off once prior to stamping the Rose Red Ink & sponged around the edge with Soft Sky Ink.

The Starburst Framelits were used to cut a piece of Soft Sky Card sponging around the edges with  Soft Sky Ink to give it a bit of definition prior to adhering to the above stamped circle & finally to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

“Thank You” from Itty Bitty Banner Stamp Set was stamped onto Whisper White Card in Early Espresso Ink, cut with the coordinating Itty Bitty Framelits & adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

As I thought the card need something to finish it off, I tied a small bow from Whisper White Baker’s Twine, adhered to card & stuck a large Rhinestone to the middle.

The other person posting with me today is Patrice, so be sure to check out what she has created.

As part of the process I get to nominate 2 people to help keep the blog hop going.  I have nominated Naomi for my person to join the blog hop.  Naomi is a very creative craft person & has only been a demonstrator for a few months.  Be sure to head over to her blog next Monday & check it out.

As everyone is quiet busy this time of the year, I’ve decided to post a couple of my favourite blogs that have already taken part in the hop.  Please be sure to check them out & to leave a couple of comments, which I am sure they will appreciate.

Mary-Jo Williams @ Techno Stamper

Julie Davidson @ Julie Davidson

Robbie Rubala @ Index 2

Thanks once again Maria.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky