Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A Preview of What's Coming

Photopolymer Stamps!!!!!

Stampin' Up! had released these in the US for some time now, and now we are getting them too in our New Zealand market. I am so looking forward to our new catalog launching in July, it will have Project Life Stampin' Up! and the Photopolymer Stamps - oh, I think it's going to be one epic catalogue!

The great news is that we don't have to wait till July to try out Stampin' Up!'s Photopolymer stamps. Stampin' Up! announced today a new promotion for the month of MAY and it features two exclusive photopolymer stamp sets plus you will get a free online class as well! So click here to go to my store to check it out and place your order!

Don't know what the fuss is with Photopolymer Stamps? Check this video out - you'll love these stamps!

Now I realise some of you old hats know very well what Photopolymer stamps are and are perhaps hesitant about Stampin' Up!'s product offering, then check this video out and be reassured of Stampin' Up!'s quality products.

Remember, these 2 sets are only available till 31 May 2014.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Epic Day Secret Garden Pansy RIC#58

This is the second card I made for the combined CAS(E) This Sketch #73 and Runway Inspired Challenge #58.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, the patterned paper triangle pieces in this card were the scrap from cutting out the half hexagon shape used in the first card. Unlike the first card, it worked in this card to put the flowers from the sketch in. I already had the flowers in my "left over stash", ie the ones that didn't get used on previous cards because either they were just the extras I made in case I needed them, or the end result wasn't what I imagined so they didn't get used. I should really put these into jars because "my flowers jar" sounds better than "left over stash", but I digress...The leaves were from the Bird Builder Punch (#117191) and then inked up with En Francais  (WM #128562, CM #127790) in Crumb Cake colour. I am not sure if you can see there is actually faded details on the crumb cake hexagon portion of the card? I had used the Very Vintage wheel (#117693).

As you can see, I also employ creative licence to make the sketch work for my card - ie I moved the placement of the flowers toward the left of the card and had my sentiment in a banner trailing from the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you hop along to the challenge blogs (just click on the names above) to see how other people have been inspired by these challenges. Such beautiful works, wow!

Epic Day CTS#73

This card is made for the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #73:

As you can see, it is combined with the latest Runway Inspired Challenge, which is new to me, so it will be my first time entering in their challenge.

How was I inspired?

* I have been learning that a sketch is just a springboard for this case, I chose to replace the half circle shape with a half hexagon shape. Why? Because...

* the geometric designs on the model's shorts in the Runway Inspired Challenge brought to my mind the Epic Day DSP. The recent Patterned Paper Mini Class at Stamp Nation is still very fresh in my mind so it's no surprise my thoughts turned to using patterned paper for any card I was going to make next :-)

* I tried to use buttons, flowers and other shapes but it didn't work for me so I decided to omit that part of the sketch.

* I had a bit of a challenge with finding the right sentiment - either the size of the sentiment isn't right or the sentiment itself just didn't go with the "feel" of the card. In the end, I judged that the "hello sweet friend" from Six-Sided Sampler (WM #130953, CM#130956) worked the best, and it looked most pleasing to the eye where I have it instead of close to the bottom edge of the card as per the sketch.

Challenges are a lot of fun, and a great way to kick start the creative inside of you. Seriously, YOU are creative. If you feel far from it, it's because you haven't used it much. Creativity is like a muscle - sometimes you just have to work at it in order for it to show up :-) So, how about it? I hope you are inspired to participate in the above challenges, or another that captures your imagination. If card making isn't your thing, (you're just reading my blog because you are my friend), then go get creative your way - gardening, writing, painting, flower arranging, etc. Have fun!

ps: What did I do with the scrap triangle pieces from cutting out the half hexagon shape in the above card? Make another card, of course! So I get to enter these challenges twice each. Check back in for the reveal in my next post :-)
(ETA: link is up)

Oh, by the way, this Epic Day DSP (#130814) is one of this week's deals - 2 each of 6 double sided designs for $17.21. From Wednesday on, it will be back up to $22.95.

Here are all of this week's deals are (ending on Tuesday 22 April night). Contact me at to place your order, or if you prefer, you could place your order through my online store (click on the image below, it will link you to my online store directly).

Monday, 14 April 2014

Secret Garden Framed Tulip

Stampin' Up! is running a weekly deal promotions all of April. Beginning on each Wednesday in April is a new set of deals of the week. Today's card features two of the products that are being promoted this week: Secret Garden Framelits (#129372) and the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (#121809).

At Stamp Nation, my favourite craft international forum hang out place :-), we have been treated to a week of mini class on using patterned paper on cards. I was inspired by Maureen's class on lining a card front with patterned paper.


I first embossed that awesome green lined paper from the Gingham Garden DSP set with the Framed Tulip Embossing Folder. To highlight the pattern, I sponged over the embossed tulips with Pear Pizzazz ink.

I stamped in Versamark the flowers from the Secret Garden stamp set onto watercolour paper. I experimented with embossing in White, Clear and Gold. I like the way it all turned out - ha, is that a helpful hint at all?!

Hmm, that yellow flower in the middle, that was embossed with Gold, not Early Espresso as it appears (on my screen anyway). This second picture shows it better.

The sentiment was embossed with Gold as well, so that it ties in with the Gold embossed flower. It's all in the details eh :-)

You have till Tuesday 11pm to get these and other products at a discounted rate. And then we all wait eagerly to see what would be in the next lot of deals to be announced on Wednesday morning.

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Hip Hip Hooray

Made by 4yo Master JP in about 5 minutes - no kidding!

I received my first Hip Hip Hooray card kit yesterday. Seriously, this kit is just simply value for money. See here for what you actually get in the kit. Today's post is really about emphasizing how easy  and fun it is to use the kit. There are 20 designs that come with the kit. I just got JP4 to pick which one he wants to make for JP14, then all he had to do is get all the required elements that come in the kit and assemble it - snap, it's done, a handmade card for for just $2! And cool enough for a 14 year old boy too, don't you think?

Contact me to order one, two or more of these kits - they are great for gifts, as well as to add to your own stash of cards to have on hand.

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