Saturday, April 30, 2016

I LOVE YOU A WATT - FMS234


I found some time this week to play with new product from the upcoming 2016/2017 Stampin' Up! Annual catalogue, due for release 1st June.  I know!!  Just a wee bit longer to wait before you get your hands on it!  Of course, if you are a demonstrator who attended an Onstage event recently, you already have yours!!   If you live in New Zealand and would like a copy, I would love to send you one when I get my pre-order mid-May.  Request your copy HERE.

Now it's time to play with Freshly Made Sketches #234!  When I saw this sketch, I loved the simplicity of it.  I don't normally do simple projects, so this was quite a challenge for me.

With a new catalogue comes new Hostess only sets and this adorable set is called Pun Intended.  I love it!!  The image and sentiment I chose are clean and simple, so I wanted to do a plain water colour wash background with two of our new In Colours - Flirty Flamingo and Peek-a-boo Peach - with So Saffron thrown in to the mix.

A very CAS card for me, but I do love how it turned out.  I hope you do too!

If you live in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Monday, April 25, 2016

COME, LET US DRINK COFFEE! #GDP033



It's that time again - colour challenge time! - at Global Design Project this week and we have a beauty for you.

Remember the framelit story a few posts ago?  It eventually had a happy ending when my replacement order arrived.  I could finally play with the framelit set I had put off getting for so long, but was now desperate to use!  And play with them, I did!!

For those of you who don't know or haven't figured it out yet, I am a coffeeholic.  Totally addicted, although not in a support group.  Maybe  I should start one?  There's a thought............

Anyway,  I am always looking for new ways to use stamp sets for something other than what they were perhaps intended.  The sentiments in Balloon Celebration lend themselves to other topics other than just birthdays and celebrations and I put together the perfect sentiment for my coffee card!  However, this sentiment, other than the word "coffee", is stacked in three lines, so I masked and stamped each line separately so the sentiment was in one line along the bottom of my card.  But it was worth the effort!

I die cut the little steam hearts in vellum and stuck them to the back of the cups before adhering the cups to my panel.  The steam looks like it is floating up from each cup because it is not stuck to the card!  I also used three really little stamps in the Balloon Celebration set, that may not necessarily see a lot of love, to decorate my coffee cups.  I finished the card (before adhering the cups) by sponging a a straight line across the panel.  This helps to ground the cups so they don't look like they are floating in mid air, lol

I would love for you to join in with us this week for this great colour challenge.  The team have some beautiful projects to share with you too, so head over to Global Design Project and check them out!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

CASEING KRISTA #GDP032


I have just returned from an amazing weekend at Stampin' Up!'s Onstage event in Auckland, meeting up with other inspiring Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around New Zealand, plus a few Australian demo's that became honorary Kiwi's for a few days!  So cool to have them there!  I love Stampin' Up! events, they are just one of many perks we have as demonstrators.  Another perk is being able to spend time enjoying the company of others that share the same passion as I do.   Learning from them, sharing ideas and gaining inspiration from them and then using it in the work that I share with you!

In much the same way, Global Design Project CASE (our definition; Copy And Selectively Edit) one of our very own Design Team members in a challenge, once every four weeks.  It is such a great way to gain inspiration that can spill over into your own work.

This week, Krista Frattin is our star!  Krista is not only a member of the Global Design Project but is also one of Stampin' Up!'s very own Artisan Design Team members.  Her work is stunning.  I love the many layers Krista puts in her work and there is normally touches of bling everywhere too!  Her inspiration piece is no different, with beautiful layered leaves, white on white, and then just a touch of silver foil to add some shine and reiterate the sentiment.

I wanted to use the touches of silver and also use the same colours, Smokey Slate and Blushing Bride and add the all important layers.  I used the Happy Patterns Decorative Masks to sponge Blushing Bride ink on my background card, letting the colour fade out toward the edges.  I stamped my flower image in Black Staz On ink on watercolour paper and coloured the image using an Aqua Painter.  I then fussy cut that out, popped it on dimensionals (I should take shares out in these!) and stuck it over top of the sponged background.  

I put a hint of silver foil card down one side and silver thread behind the flower.  I then added my own touch of bling with a few sequins!  The sentiment is stamped in Smoky Slate to finish.

My card is not the simple perfection that Krista's is, but then, it is not meant to be a copy.  Krista's card is a guide only, so take the things YOU like from it and join us this week with your own submission!  We would love to see what you come up with.  In the meantime, head over to Global Design Project to see what the other DT members have created!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

THE ART OF NATURE - #GDP031


What a great theme we have for you at Global Design Project this week.  It would have to be my favourite theme so far, as it lends itself to the sponged cards I love to create.

I went a little left field with this card, as I tried a little trick on the eye by creating a "frame" in part of the picture and placing the left hand plant partly in and out of it.  The bottom left hand leaf is cut off by the hard line of the frame and appears to be behind the edge, while the top leaf appears over top of the frame.

I have also only used two greens on this card - Mossy Meadow and Mint Macaron.  By blending them together in various places, I have managed to create quite a depth of colour.  I am sure going to miss Mossy Meadow when it retires at the end of May!

I continued my theme to the inside of my card, less the trick on the eyes, to finish the whole project.

I hope you join in this week too and pay homage to Mother Nature with us.  Visit the Global Design Project site to view the amazing projects the rest of the design team have created for your viewing pleasure!

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If you live in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please use the current months hostess code and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.