Monday, 26 October 2020

Playing Around with Curvy Celebration

Demonstrators around the world have been able to order the Curvy Celebration bundle since the beginning of October. Did you know that one of the advantages of signing up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is early access to new products? If you're interested in finding out more about joining my team, message me or click on the Join My Team tab at the top of the page.

Next week, starting on 3 November anyone can order this bundle. You can order all of it or parts of it.

There's the Quite Curvy bundle. This is an early release from the January-June Mini Catalogue.


Especially for your Christmas crafting pleasure, there is the limited edition Curvy Christmas - which also coordinates with the Curvy dies.


And... there's also this awesome Classic Christmas 15cmx15cm DSP stack in the luscious Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce and Sahara Sand.


The Stampin' Up Artisan Design team hopped using items from Curvy Celebrations and if you missed it, you can join in with me right here.

Today, I'm sharing with you a couple of other cards I've made using these products.

Curvy Christmas

First up, here's a simple Christmas Card made with the Curvy Christmas set, Curvy dies and Classic Christmas DSP. There's nothing magic here - just the stamps, dies and DSP working together perfectly, as they were intended to do. 



I've cut the white paper into a curvy swoosh, using my favourite die: the eyelet edge. I've slipped a piece of coordinating DSP in the gap.


Then I've simple stamped the sentiment and star swoosh stamps in Tuxedo Black, added in a couple of small Cherry Cobbler stars around the sentiment and used a dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend to colour some of the stars in the star swoosh. 

Don't you love it when a simple card looks as though you've lavished hours on it?

If you like the look of these, order as soon as you can. They are only available while stocks last.


Quite Curvy Bundle

This card did take a little more time because of the colouring of the vine and the birds as well as the building up of the background. However, since those things were both fun and relaxing, it didn't matter at all and the card itself is simply put together.


The vine is coloured with Stampin' Blends in Just Jade, Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green with some touches of Crumb Cake. Isn't is fantastic that such a pretty image can be die-cut so easily and popped up on dimensionals?


The background is really very easy. I simply sponged Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green and a touch of Shaded Spruce on Shimmery White Card, starting with lightest in the middle and working to the darkest. Then I gave it a very fine misting of water using a Stampin' Spritzer and left it for a few seconds so that some of the colour lifted before drying it off with the Heat Tool.

Product List 

Quite Curvy Bundle
Curvy Christmas
Classic Christmas DSP
Available to order 3 November 2020

Friday, 23 October 2020

Gift Wrapped for AYSI 237

 Not so many people took up our speed challenge last week but the entries we did get were superb and they made choosing a winner difficult. This week, we're back to a sketch challenge.


I had Gift Wrapped out on my desk after prepping a card for my next class with it. It's a set that's really grown on me. It's easy to overlook in the catalogue but once you start playing, it opens up many options especially since it bundles with a punch that matches (along with some other things) the largest bows.

I took the diagonal of in the sketch to be a ribbon across a parcel. To help the idea that it's ribbon, not card, I embossed it using the Subtle embossing folder which gives it a lovely fabric grain. I'm not a big user of DSP but it's hard not to like the pretty vintage Christmas images in Toile Tidings, so that's standing in for the wrapping paper on this 'gift'.


I'm also very fond of the sentiments in Gift Wrapped, especially this Christmas salutation with its pretty font. I've added it as if it was a gift tag on my parcel. Finally, some fancying up of the cluster courtesy of the Poinsettia dies and some In Good Taste Elements.


You can visit the As You See It Challenge site to see what the rest of the team have done and to link up your entry. 

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar or clicking on any of products below. 

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Swirly Frames for Retro Rubber 146

Welcome to a new challenge at Retro Rubber, the challenge that gives you reason to get out your old favourites! This week, we have a colour challenge for you: use black, white and orange in your card. Of course, since this is RETRO rubber, you must use at least one stamp that's more than a year old and give us an indication of the age of that stamp.


Despite this being a colour challenge, the graphic and the wording made me feel that this was really a Halloween challenge. Of course, if you want it to be one then go right ahead! 

Luckily for me, it doesn't HAVE to be a Halloween challenge since in New Zealand, Halloween barely makes a ripple on the social radar. I'm not much of an orange user either but sitting on my desk, staring at me, was my Terracotta Tile ink pad. Kind of orange, right?

From that, the idea of a masculine card using the circle stamps from Swirly Frames (2018-19 Annual Catalogue) was born. I stamped them in Tuxedo Black and Terracotta Tile in a random fashion.



For the sentiment, I used Well Said, from the 2019 Occasions catalogue, and the coordinating Well Written dies. I love the versatility of expression this set offers. I three rhinestones, coloured with a dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blend as an accent.


Since I was on a bit of a roll, I made a companion card with the same supplies but instead of using the Well Written dies for the 'thanks', I used the Playful Alphabets dies. They're much bolder and perhaps a touch more masculine than the cursive 'thanks' in the first card. I couldn't pick a favourite.


You can see what the rest of the team have done with this challenge, and link up your entry, by visiting the Retro Rubber Challenge site. We'd love to see what you do and what stamps you have in your stash.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar or clicking on any of products below.

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