Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wet Paper Watercolouring.....Kind of.

Is anyone counting how many days I've posted this week??

This is the 3rd challenge from Saturday night's Cyberstamp, now amazingly enough, I've completed all 3 challenges, it took a few days but I did do it. The 3rd challenge was inspired by this wonderful tutorial on Wet Paper Watercolouring . I couldn't find my spritz bottle anywhere so had to make do with a cotton wipe and bottle of water.

I also set myself a 2nd challenge. To not use an inkpad anywhere on my card.

Here's how I did it.

1. Coloured my stamp in with markers.
2. Lightly soaked a cotton wipe with water, dabbed over section of paper I wished to stamp on.
3. Huffed on stamp, stamped image.
4. Repeated for the other 2 images.

To create the mottled background is easy, just.

With damp paper from stamping above.
1. Take a dry cotton wipe, using the brush end of the marker allow some ink to soak into the wipe. Add some water, squeeze together to soak ink in.
2. Lightly dab over paper. Repeat with a couple of different colours.

The of course I needed to add a sentiment. So using the marker again, I highlighted the words Cheers To You, from the Lot's of Thoughts set.

It's so much fun to do! Try it, you'll be amazed at the results you can get.

All materials used are Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets - Both Way Blossoms, Lot's of Thoughts
Cardstock - Brocade Blue, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Rich Regal Markers.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Colour and CASE Challenge

Well, this is the second challenge from the Cyberstamp on Saturday night on the Elite Stampers Messageboard. For this one you needed to pick a colour scheme from page 16 of the Technique Booklet, I chose Old Olive, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa and Not Quite Navy. Then you needed to use the design of either of the cards on page 8. You also could only use a Sale A Bration set or a Summer Mini set. Of course I used Bud Basics, because I adore that set. Hope you like it.

All material used is Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set - Bud Basic, Basic Outline Jumbo Wheel
Inks - Old Olive, Not Quite Navy
Cardstock - Old Olive, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Stampin Pastels.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Friendship Blooms

Well how's this? Posting for the 2nd day in a row, that's certainly a rarity for me. This is one of the cyberchallenges that my upline Jayne Mercer posted last night on the Elite Stampers message board. It was inspired by a lovely picture of a bedroom with pink, red and white colours, gingham and hearts. I didn't quite get the hearts but I love this card anyway.

I'm going to try and complete the other 2 challenges tomorrow, so with any luck I'll be posting 3 days in a row, yay!

One other thing I wanted to show was the bling brads, I'm sure I've shown these before, but this is a little trick we learnt at Regionals in November. Just take your brad, pop a mini glue dot on the end and dip it in the Dazzling Diamonds. Very nice.

All material used is Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets - Big Deal Alphabet, Friendship Blooms
Cardstock - Whisper White, Regal Rose
Ink - Regal Rose
Accessories - Silver Brads, Mini Glue Dots, Dazzling Diamonds.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sale A Brations Sets

I finally got a chance yesterday to sit down and play with some of the new Sale-A-Bration sets. I love them. I'm going to try and have another play today. Although the kids are bugging me to go for a swim again this afternoon, oh what a hard life I'm leading at the moment lol. I hope you like this card, I was very pleased with it, even if I do say so myself.

All materials used are Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set - Friendship Blooms, Lot's of Thoughts
Inks - Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke.
Cardstock - So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Very Vanilla

Friday, January 25, 2008

Finally Finished.

I know it's been a while since I've updated my blog, I just wanted to put up a quick post to say I haven't forgotten you all, it's been such a busy time moving this week that I haven't had time to do anything, you all probably know how painful moving a house is. But it's finally done, I've now unpacked most of my stuff. The good thing about moving in with the Inlaws is that most of the stuff is in storage, and the only things I really need are my clothes and of course my precious stamping supplies.

I even managed to find some time to create today. I just now need to wait for the camera battery to charge up so I can take a photo, I'd usually use my husbands camera, but I wouldn't have a clue where that is.

Tomorrow I promise to post the card up. I've missed blogging and creating. But, with the holiday nearly over, I'm sure I'm going to find more time to do such things. I hope you've all have a great long weekend.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Some Sparkly Stuff

I know that a few of you that read my blog would have already seen these cards. Especially if you were at the class last Tuesday you would have made them as well. But I wanted to share with the rest of you. These are 2 very simple cards to show the basics of embossing. The first card using the gorgeous Wild Rose stamp set shows the very basics of embossing. The 2nd card uses what's called Dazzling Diamond Dust. It's made up of 1/2 clear embossing powder and 1/2 Dazzling Diamond glitter. It's gives a rough sparkly look. If you're interested in learning more about embossing, please email me and I'll be happy to send you the tutorial notes to give you an idea.

All material used is Stampin' Up!
French Rose
Stamp Sets- French Script, Wild Rose
Ink - Bravo Burgundy, Cranberry Crisp, Gold Encore
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Organdy Ribbon

Sparkly Buds
Stamp Set - Bud Basics, It's Your Birthday
Inks - Perfect Plum, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace
Cardstock - Lovely Lilac, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White
Accessories - Clear Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamond Glitter.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

A Gift

At the beginning of December Stampin' Up! Demonstrators worldwide received a gift from our founder Shelli Gardner. This year we received a Level 3 hostess set from the upcoming catalogue. And I love it. But with everything that's been happening, I only got a chance to mount and play with it over the Christmas Break. It's such a pretty set. I really wanted to play around with the colouring of the flowers, so I stamped up a mixed sheet of images on an A4 Whisper White, grabbed my watercolour crayons and aquabrush and just sat and had fun.

I then made 2 cards out of it, I still have some pieces left that will be great to make some quick cards later on. Of course I had to cut the butterflies out and sparkle them up. I hope you like them.

All material used is SU.
Stamp Set - Time Well Spent
Cardstock - Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Ink - Stazon Black
Accessories - Pink Gingham, Soft Subtle Brads, Pink Organdy, Soft Subtle Watercolour Wonder Crayons.

Stamp Club

I've had a couple of requests for a new Stamp Club. But, we still need more players. This will be a catalogue party only club, so you can be anywhere in Australia and still be a part of it. All you have to do is commit to spending a min of $30 every 2 months (not incl shipping). Then each person will be assigned a month to be hostess, as a hostess you receive all the benefits of having a party, the min you'll receive is $30 worth of free product and a Level 1 hostess set. Each participant will also receive a free catalogue to start with. The first club will be in Febuary, so if you're interested please drop me a comment or email me for more information. If you have family and friends that might be interested as well, then please feel free to pass on my details to them.

I'll be back later on this afternoon to post a couple of cards I made during the week. Just have to find the camera in amongst all these boxes......