Thursday, 7 June 2018

Emboss with Flourish Thinlits Dies


Hello! Yes, you read correctly - dies aren't just for die cutting, they can be used to emboss too!



That is what I have done using the Embossing Mats that have just been made available in our new catalogue.  It feels like I have a whole lot of new things to play with when in fact I am just using the dies I already have in a new way. What a bonus bargain! These Embossing Mats are a must have item in your toolbox - you won't regret it!



So, I knew I wanted to make a card that uses this technique to emboss with dies. I even knew what dies I will use. But then, when it comes to colours - what a dilemma!!!! Do you know that at Stampin' Up! we have 50 colours to choose from (excluding black, white and vanilla)? There are a variety of ways to arrive at a selection of colours to use. In this instance, I got my inspiration from the CAS Colour & Sketch Challenge #275





I really like how well it has turned out - the colours paired with Whisper White just add a real crispness and vibrance to the card. Thank you Wei from CAS for the colour combo.

Thanks for stopping by, and may you have a stampin' fun weekend!


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Pick A Pennant Picture Perfect



It is the month of June, and that means it is New Annual Catalogue time!


With each new catalogue, Stampin' Up! introduces 5 new In Colours that will be available for two years. So, introducing the 2018-2020 In Colours:



The making of this "Party Time" Card :

1) Let's make a card that uses all 5 new In Colours

2) Must use at least one stamp set that is New in the Catalogue.  The fabulous Pick A Pennant stamp made the honours :-) I love that cute little bird!

3) This stamp set lends itself nicely to the "Hinge Stamping" Technique that I can showcase with our new positioning tool, the Stamparatus.

4) I just love love love the new Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and had been jesting that I would probably try to use it in every card I make this year. Can you see how I snuck it in here in this card?

5) I also used sentiments from two returning stamp sets - Picture Perfect Birthday and Happy Birthday Gorgeous. Notice that I haven't used "Happy Birthday" in my card - the intention was so that there is more versatility to this card. It certainly can be used for a birthday card, but it could also easily be used for a anniversary card, or graduation, a catalogue launch (!!!) or any occasion that calls for a party! (4th Of July Independence Day, perhaps, for my American readers?!)

Ta-da!



I will be teaching this card along with other projects in my classes this month (see details below) - you are most welcome to come and join in!

Here is that cute little bird again - just because I can :-)





Happy stamping!

- Michelle xx


June classes

Friday 8th June 7.30pm - Massey - $15

Tuesday 19th June 7.30pm - Te Atatu Peninsula - $15

Bookings available if you wish to host an event either at a venue of your choice or at my place in Massey - contact me!

Celebration Duo



Oh dear, I just found this post sitting in the Draft folder...oh well I decided I should post it anyway for enjoyment even though the Celebration Duo embossing folders are retired now.  They are quick and fun cards to make and I am so so happy and tickled pink for the launch of our new annual catalogue!


 

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Flourishing Phrases and Thinlits Just Add Ink

I got inspired over at Just Add Ink !



This card was simply quick to make - can you see what inspiration I took out of the picture in the Just Add Ink #410 photo challenge ?




There are a lot to take in when you look at the photo - the colours, the garland of tassles, the hello banner, the polka dots, the floral, the steel frame headboard - but what is it that got my attention and formed the starting point for my card design? The bedside unit!


Edited to add: Tip - photo taken during the day is much better than at night, haha!

I sponged the quadrant of colours on the bottom right of the card using (in clock wise order) Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Grapefruit Grove. The detail on the headboard reminded me of the floral design in the Flourishing Phrases and its coordinating Flourish Thinlits, and I decided it would be perfect to cut that floral design in gold to pick up on the gold "hello" banner in the photo. I would have liked to put some stitching around but alas, that is a trend I am not able to use in my cards unless I learn how to use a sewing machine!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy card making! Please do let me know if you have been inspired by me to use this photo challenge to make a card - it will be awesome to see what inspired you.




Thursday, 24 May 2018

Sweet Soirée Last Chance

Well, there is certainly quite a buzz out there as we all eagerly awaits the new Annual Catalogue launching on the 1 June. Today, however, I want to bring your attention to one of my favourite retiring items - the Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper, along with the Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit.
 



Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP) are almost always double sided which means you have double the choice right? Sometimes, however, it seems sacrilege to put glue on the side you haven't chosen to feature in your card. Particularly, for this set of papers, one side has silver foil accents and I always want to show this side!

And then I saw Ronda Wade's idea which just made me giddy as it solved my dilemma. It is such a simple idea I wonder why I never thought it myself - thank you Ronda!

So you see these two cards below? The pattern paper on the right card is the other/alternative side of the metallic side I chose to feature on the left card. Typically, I would cut the paper and adhere to the solid card base so the other side is not seen at all. So if you got the card on the right, for example, you wouldn't have seen the beautiful metallic side of the paper.  (By the way, the You Are Remarkable sentiment is from the retiring Remarkable You stamp set and the Happy Birthday card features the Rose Wonder stamp set and the Rose Garden Thinlits both retiring as well)





And here is the ingenius idea that Ronda shared. Cut the front of the card base so that you only leave a 3/4" or 1" flap. Then glue that flap to the top of the pattern paper, and ta-da, you can now see both sides of that one piece of paper on the same card.



Isn't that brilliant?! This idea takes advantage of the heavier weight of this DSP than regular pattern papers. And even better news, this retiring set of paper is actually discounted from $25 to $17.50. You have up till 31 May to let me order it for you!

Oh, yes, the floral vellum and diecut pieces used on both the cards below are from the Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit - seriously, embellishing the front of the cards is quick and easy so why not grab these too!




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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Love What You Do




Here's a quick play of some new products from one of the Share What You Love Bundles that is an Early Release of our upcoming new catalogue. The catalogue goes live on 1 June but you can get these products now in May!

A bit about the card: 

* I love neat and tidy but sometimes I like to throw in a bit of whimsical-ness to my cards. So this sketch is perfect.  

* I love adding little details - our new pearlised doilie is an easy choice. I am also infatuated with our new Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon which I am thinking I shall try to sneak in little or big ways in every card I make henceforth!

* I started off thinking I will do a monochromatic card featuring the delightful Grapefruit Grove - one of the new 2018-19 In Colours. But I decided a pop of the returning Blackberry Bliss colour (which has made a lot of stampers happy) would add a bit of vibrance to the card.

* That stenciled background is from a die cut that comes in the Delightfully Detailed Memories and More card pack - a sneak peek from our new Annual Catalogue. I hope the die cut will last as I am planning on making this card as my swap card with the Creative Inkers Team that I am part of. 

* I for one have for a long time been "afraid" to mix white and vanilla so when Artisan Susan Wong said it's okay to do so, I began to feel "brave" - lol! So if you were like me, and you just needed to have someone validate you in what you have always thought "why not?" then here, I am telling you - just mix 'em!



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Hope you enjoyed this card - blessings to y'all!


Monday, 16 April 2018

Painted with Love Sisterly Friendship Page



In this post, I get the honour to introduce my friend Donna's work!



Donna always tells me she's a scrapbooker and she only makes cards when she comes to my classes. I am so glad she does. Donna is an example of friendship that has blossomed out of a shared love for paper crafting. As happens so often in my experience, customers become firm friends as we do what we love and love what we do - together!

Donna loved the Painted with Love Specialty DSP as soon as she laid eyes on the suite and I believe she was very quickly inspired by it and knew exactly how she was going to use it in her double spread.




I love how scrapbooking is not just about recording what we do but more than that, it is about telling our stories. Ali Edwards (designer, blogger, author and who inspires me with her passion for preserving memories) says, "we scrapbook because we have something to say, we have something to celebrate, and something to learn about ourselves in the process." Beyond the beautiful background page, the glittering hearts and creatively put together embellishments, even beyond the pictures of the two beautiful girls, it is Donna's words on the page that tells the story. This is just my interpretation of course, but it seems to me Donna desires her daughters to value each other, that they will value and fight for their friendship forever, and to remind them how "playing around" together, the shared experiences together, serves to forge a bond between them that is for life.


Thank you so much Donna, for letting me blog about your pages :-) You inspire me too!

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