Thursday, December 14, 2017

2018 Occasions and SAB sneak peek

Somehow almost a year has passed since I have posted to this blog... It has been an extremely busy, tough year, and I'm looking forward to the arrival of 2018, not only for its fresh beginnings, but of course, all of the exciting new products that we have coming up.  I'm excited to share some samples with you from the upcoming 2018 Occassions and Sale-a-bration promotions.  I am using some of the products I received at OnStage in Auckland last month, as well as a few items that I have pre-ordered, these will all be available to order on January 3rd 2018.

Before I get to the new products, I am sharing the teacher-gifts that my girls are giving their amazing teachers tomorrow for the last day of school for 2017.  We are so lucky to have some incredible teachers at our school, so I hope our teachers enjoy these gift bags that are filled with delicious Lindt chocolates, and co-ordinating mini-pizza boxes, filled with 3x3" gift cards / tags that they can give to their loved ones this Christmas.

I love the touches of gold in these projects, especially the Season of Cheer washi tape, which I've wrapped around both the gift bag and the pizza box.

Now for the new stuff!  First up is a 12x12" scrapbook page of my lovely family at my littlest darlings 7th birthday last month, using the new Picture Perfect Party suite.  When I opened up the paper stack, I loved the colours and the mix of photo-realistic images and patterns, and I immediately knew I wanted to collage them as a background on a layout.  I cut the squares with the largest square from the Stitched Shapes dies and laid them out as a background.  The base is a Bermuda Bay piece from the Sale-a-bration DSP pack, Bubbles and Fizz.  I love that these two suites overlap so beautifully. 

I have then created a bulletin board as the feature, it really reminded me of my bedroom walls as a teenager.  I have layered two photos, with some embossed cardstock (the new Striped TIEF, I have used the debossed side) and some faux washi tape, a bulldog clip, some Lemon-Lime ribbon, a smattering of enamel dots from the Seasonal Snapshot suite in the annual catalogue (again, with the fabulous co-ordination) and some hidden journalling.

I used the Large Alphabet to spell out my LOVE title, and strung it into a banner with the mini silver sequin trim. 
I have also used the Picture Perfect Party suite to make one of the three cards I am going to show you today.  I've gone for three completely different techniques in the creation of these cards!

Let's go in order from left to right.  The first, quite frankly, I wish was a real crate of cold beer on this hot Summer evening!  I've used a lot of die-cutting on ths card, to create the 3D effect of the 6-pack of beer.  The crate from Wood Words was calling to me to be filled up with beersies from the Bubble Over bundle; I've just used the front panel of the crate, and portion of the sides so that it pops up from the card just a bit. 

I love the detail on the caps, these are cut from silver foil, the bottles have been mounted slightly offset and packed with dimensionals to create depth.

The inside of the card is decorated as well, of course.

My second card features the Bird Banter stampset, and a lot of colouring with the Blends alcohol markers.  I LOVE these pens, I'm not a master colourer by any stretch, but these are so easy and fun to use. I have created the background paper by stamping onto Whisper White cardstock, and the flowers are coloured with my Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry Blends.  I've borrowed from two annual catalogue sets to create the tropical garden background, and fluffed up a Powder Pink ribbon into a double-bow, rivalled only by a floating balloon.

Last but not least tonight, is the Picture Perfect card.  This is a very clean and simple layout, with a few sheets of layered DSP being the focal point, the vibrant and exciting colours really pop!  The ribbon is just gorgeous as an accent, and I have heat embossed the greeting in silver for a bit of sparkle to match the edging on the ribbon and the silver bow from the DSP.  This will be a great card to do in a class after the holidays.

I also used some of the DSP to decorate the envelope and the panel inside the card.  I can tell that this suite is going to be very popular.

I hope you have enjoyed these projects, I look forward to sharing these products with you in January.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Occasions 2017 and Sale-a-bration

Occasions 2017 and Sale-a-bration have begun!  As always, demonstrators were able to pre-order during December, but with Christmas and a 2-week camping holiday, I've only really had a chance to play with it this week.  I'm excited to share some projects I have made with some of the new products.

My sisters birthday was a couple of days ago, so first-up is her birthday card and co-ordinating gift packaging.  I used the new Cupcakes and Carousels suite, which comprises of the stampset (Carousel Birthday), designer series paper stack and embellishment kit with the tassles, bows and ombre ribbon - don't you love it!!?  My absolute favourite from the new catalogue.

Here's a closer look at the bag I made with the gift bag punch board.  I used So Saffron cardstock, and sponged the edges of the bag and all of the DSP layers.  The accesories add some lovely texture and detail.

The higlight of the card is this gorgeous horse who has been coloured with our new watercolour pencils on regular Whisper White cardstock, and blended with a blender pen. I love how it turned out.

I've partially stamped the ferris wheel image over the edge of the envelope for a nice finishing touch as well.

And in case you were wondering what was inside the gift bag... a pretty bracelet.

Next I have made a 12x12" scrapbook page of our New Years Eve celebrations, we had a lovely night celebrating with family at our bach, with games on the beach, a divine dinner, toasted marshmallows on the fire and fireworks.  All the details of our holiday are included in my album on Project Life pocket pages, but I do like to include the occasional full page layout of special photos - these family shots qualify!

I have used the Cupcakes and Carousels paper-stack again, along with two parachutes from the Lift Me Up bundle of stamps and intricate dies.  I created some texture with an embossed sheet of vellum paper and a couple of clusters of enamel shapes, which all match the festive theme.  I also added two glasses of champagne, even though I was drinking regular sauvignon blanc and my husband had beer and the kids only had cordial!  The girls are wearing their lovely new dresses they got for Christmas.

My nephew is turning one this month, so I wanted his card to a bit special.  I used the same stamp bundle and DSP, but made a card-in-a-box to create a colourful funpark.  My sister always keeps my handmade cards and displays them in her lounge, so I know this will be out on show for a while.  Isn't it fun!

For the next card, I wanted to experiment some more with the watercolour pencils.  This time I have used 3 colours to create a waterwash background on our watercolour paper with an aqua painter.  This tool is much more suitable to blend large areas of colour, than the much smaller area of the 3 rainbow coloured parachutes which I used the thin brush on the aqua painter to achieve this look.  The watercolour pencils are the exact colours of our Stampin' Up! colours, so for the background I have used Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight.  I had my husband in mind when I made this, as I created a replica of our house, but I have deliberately not included a sentiment, as I don't know what occasion this card will be for yet!


Tasty Trucks is a Sale-a-bration stampset that I earned for free when I bought the Cupcakes and Carousels bundle.  I have again enjoyed watercolouring this one!  I love how you can get different effects by using different tools (blender pen again here, due to the fine details) and using heavy vs light colouring and shading.  The paper is regular Whisper White, but I did try it on Shimmer Paper as well, which also worked great and blended really easily.

Last but not least, I made a 3D treat truck for a fun school-holiday treat for my kids.   I coloured two Tasty Trucks and made a joiner to secure them together and hold a few marshmallows.  The kids really enjoyed this one!  Look at all the yumminess!

This post doubles as an application to be a Display Stamper for OnStage Local in April, so some of the Stampin' Up!® team will be reading this - I hope that everyone enjoys what I have shared today!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

I'm excited to be part of another ESAD Blog Hop, this time showing off the products in our amazing new Holiday Catalogue.  You have probably come here from Rochelle's blog, are you loving everything you've seen so far?

Today I am showing the gorgeous product pairing of Cookie Cutter Christmas (which is a stampset and punch that come in a bundle to save 10%) and Candy Cane Lane DSP.

Pretty cute right!  I've used these cute guys make a Christmas Banner to hang in my home for Christmas this year - its in my craftroom for now (cos yanno, September!) but come December 1st this will have pride of place in our family room.

Let's see some close-up's of those gorgeous critters:

You cant tell from the photos, but Santa has a shimmery beard and cuffs on his suit, thanks to the Clear Wink of Stella, such a great touch!  Did you notice that my reindeer has a body??  I got this idea from another demonstrator who shared the idea of cutting the legs of two more sets of legs, and I added a wee tail as well.

Let's talk about the nitty gritty.  First off, the colours in the Candy Cane Lane DSP suite are Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Early Espresso, so I've stuck with those colours for the stamping and colouring of all my characters.  I love our markers and inkpads for easy co-ordination.  

I used the largest banner from Banners Framelits for the bases, and the second largest to showcase the Candy Cane Lane DSP.  Next I used the Large Letters stampset and framelits from the Annual Catalogue to cut out the letters to spell Merry Christmas.  I used foam strips to have each letter pop up - it was nice and skinny to use on my intricate letters compared to a dimensional - and adhered each letter and/or critter onto a Vellum circle that was cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits. 
I had made a bunch of wee characters and had them ready to decorate my banner once I had made all the flags and laid out all the letters.  Some are the star of their own flag, and some are a cheeky addition to the letters making up the greeting.  A couple of those letters are even wearing Santa hats made with the new Jolly Hat builder punch - aren't they cute!

Well thats it.  It might only be September, but I think I'll enjoy passing by this banner for the next few months!  The rest of the wall is a little bare, but I have some ideas to add to this before Christmas is here!

Next on the Hop is Samantha White.  Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop today!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

2016 Holiday Catalogue now available!

Yippee, the Holiday Catalogue began on September 1st, you can see it here (or click on the photo).  There are so many gorgeous products this year, its hard to know where to begin.  Tomorrow night I'm taking part in a Blog Hop so you can see a really good selection of the products that are available.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Netball punch-art cards

As you might know, we are in the demonstrator-only Pre-order period for the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  I was only able to place a small order this time round, funds not exactly being flush at the moment, but I am extremely pleased with the choices that I made.  More about that later, but suffice it to say that my wish-list is LONG, and the brand new Cookie Cutter punch has allowed me to rock out these thank you cards for my daughters netball coaches and managers this season. 

Do you see the girls bodies???  Thats the Cookie Cutter punch.... gotta love that, right!?   This punch will be coming out soon, with two amazing stampsets called Cookie Cutter Christmas and Cookie Cutter Halloween.  This being neither occasion, I went outside the box to create the bodies for my netball players, and I'm sure there are heaps of other uses for this punch that are yet to be discovered!

In my excitement to get this card loaded onto our demonstrator Facebook groups, I forgot to attach the ball, so here is a shot of that.

I had to make 5 cards, so this was a bit of an epic task, but it was lots of fun to create.

You might be wondering what other supplies I used, and how I did it, so here goes.  I started off punching out all the pieces for my 32 netball girls, and assembling them with Tombow.  I wanted each card to be representative of the girls on our teams, without being character-specific (but yes, mine are the blondes, and yes they both have a readhead on their team!)

The bodies are punched with the Cookie Cutter punch, in Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand to create the different skin tones.  To minimise wastage, I found it most efficient to cut my cardstock into strips 1 3/4" wide x 5" long, and cut one from each end. 

The hair is made with the Fox Builder punch, the tail makes a great ponytail and the mask is a perfect fringe.  Again I found a 1" stip to be most efficient, but its a great way to use up scraps.  I used Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Tangelo Twist for all my different hair colours.   The happy faces were drawn on with my markers, with differnt shades of blue, green and brown for the eyes, and Flirty Flamingo for the mouthes.

The netball uniforms are two 'vests' from the Owl Punch layered together, I've used Tempting Turquoise and Bermuda Bay, and the Tempting Turquoise top has had the V-neck snipped to a round-neck using the 1 3/8" circle punch.  For the bibs I used the Labeller Alphabet stampset in Bermuda Bay to make the positions for each player.

The ball is a 1" circle cut in Bermuda Bay, embossed with the retired spotty embossing folder (whose correct name fails me right now) and sponged with Bermuda Bay and popped up on a dimensional.

The hoops were a bit of a challenge and took a while to find the perfect solution, but I ended up with the toy stacker framelit from the Baby's First collection, upside-down, with the bottom circle cut off.  I used Smokey Slate for the pole and the hoop (the pole is free-cut and sponged) and then I stamped the net with the Pineapple background stamp to emulate the mesh pattern. 

Then I made the card-base into a netball court.  The best match to our actual court colour is Coastal Cabana, but Bermuda Bay probably would have worked too.  I decided to use a Centre Circle but not the Shooting Circles, just because the dimensions weren't quite right, but at the same time I wanted it to be obvious that it was indeed a netball court.  So I used Daffodil Delight cardstock to first punch a 1 3/8" circle, and then to frame it with the 1 3/4" circle punch and make sure my smaller circle was evenly spaced in the centre before I punched the bigger one around it. 

The card base is a double-Z fold, with all my little girls lined up at varying heights, but in their correct positions on the court.  Some are on dimensionals and some are glue-dotted.  I cut my Whisper White thick cardstock to 6"x11" and scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"; and burnished with my bone folder.  Then I cut the 6" edge at 4 1/4" to make the card, and flipped the 1 3/4" strip around to create the double-Z.  I layered each panel with the Coastal Cabana cardstock before I attached the Z-strip with Tear & Tape Adhesive.  Finally I stamped the "Thanks" from Jar of Love in Bermuda Bay ink.  The back of the card has a Pool Party panel for the girls in the team to all sign for their coaches and managers and give to them at their final games this week.

And in case you were wondering about a sneak peek of the punch used with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps..... you're in luck!  My next post will have a few more Christmas projects, but I have a custom-order for some cards to work on first.  Hope you've enjoyed this project!