It’s Your Day

I thought I would share with you a sneak peak at one of the lovely new sets you are able to earn free from Sale-a-Bration 5 January – 21 March 2016 when you spend $AUD90.00 (excluding P&H).

My card started out as a case, but sort of took its own course which is fine with me.  You can find this happening from time to time which is a good thing.

I’ve made about 6 of these as they will be a start to my Birthday Cards for the next couple of months.  I always start the year off with right intentions & then sort of get waylaid.  It is my goal to be on top of things & ready for the new year.

Don’t forget to click on the link above the photo to download your tutorial to create your own card.

Be sure to check back in over the next couple of days for more sneak peaks.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

102. It’s Your day – Sunburst Sayings

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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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Retro Sketches #154…

I’m in a bit of shock as I’ve managed to complete yet another card for a Challenge.  This time over at Retro Sketches.  I’ve rs154 played along with them a couple of times, but will admit not for a long time.  I will also be honest & say I was a little loose with the sketch they have given us but it did get me out of my comfort zone.  I even went with colours that would normally not be my first choice but once I finished my card, I was happy with them.

Wanna know a secret?  I fully intended to just add the 1 Butterfly, but made a bit of a “boo boo“.  So instead of starting again I  added a 2nd Butterfly to cover the mess.  As it looked a bit odd with the 2, I then decided to add another to even it up a little.  Isn’t this what we all do or is it just me?

Thank you for a great challenge ladies – it took me out of my comfort zone, but love the final result.

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

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

45. Happy Anniversary – Painted Petals

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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.

004blogFor the inside of my card, I decided to use a small piece of the DSP – Best Year Ever, again add a small strip of Calypso Coral Card to one side & adhere it to a piece of Whisper White Card at a slight angle.

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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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