Monday, 24 January 2022

See me on You Tube

Hello all! It's a different kind of post today.

I'm sharing with you the launch of my You Tube Channel, Thinking Stamping.

There's only four videos up at the moment, to give you a taste of what's to come.

I plan on three playlists. 

Starting Stamping is basic information you need to start your hobby. It's based on hearing lots of my class people saying that they just don't know where to get started when they look at the catalogue.

Simple Stamping will be cards that are quick, easy and don't require you to have a Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine or similar. These cards might show you, or remind you, of some techniques but will be able to be done quickly and without expensive gear.

The Tutorials series will be for the avid crafter. These cards may well include more advanced techniques as well as heavy-hitting equipment.πŸ˜€

I'm aiming to add something new each week, so if you like what you see, don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss any new videos.

As a taster, here's my tutorial on a card I made for Colour INKspiration, using the Artistically Layered bundle with an ink blended and over-stamped background. I hope you enjoy it!



Saturday, 22 January 2022

Flowing Flowers for CAS Colours and Sketches 453

I'm loving the new Flowing Flowers stamp set. The bright Spring colours along with the emphasis on a clean and simple styling at CAS Colours and Sketches gave me a chance to try it out in a different way.


I made more of a feature of the Granny Apple Green card base by using it to create a wider frame around two sides of the panel rather than the more usual centred with a narrow border.


Stamped directly on the Basic White panel is a large flower in Daffodil Delight. The Mango Melody flower and leaves are fussy cut. I've stamped a second set of leaves and fussy cut them to build up the cluster.


The sentiment is die cut using Tailor Made Tags. I've added in some more flowers in Daffodil Delight on the tag and added a second tag in Daffodil Delight peeking out behind.

Although the gems are technically Pale Papaya, when used against Mango Melody they take on that colour. Or at least, so I think. πŸ˜€

At first, I wasn't so fussed about this sentiment but as I've used the set, it's really grown on me. I think it would work for a birthday, as well as any situation requiring congratulations. I really like the mix of fonts used here too. 

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Friday, 21 January 2022

For the Record for Sunday Stamps

Between Christmas, the birth of a grandchild, setting up a You Tube channel and summer holidays my craft room has been much neglected. Sitting on my desk since before Christmas was the brand new set, For the Record. When I bought it, I thought it had lots of scope for that difficult beast - the Masculine Card.

Today I made it through the door and got the set opened up. Inspiration came from the sketch at Sunday Stamps.


Although the sketch allowed for any shape, I wanted to use the vinyl record stamp from the set so stuck with the circle shape.  I used the brick pattern paper from the In Good Taste DSP set because I had in mind that the record would look like a piece of art on an apartment wall. I'd intended to use the diagonal stripes stamp from the set to create the horizontal in the sketch but instead went for the asymmetric wooden strips. Isn't is funny how sometimes a card just gets a mind of its own?


To accentuate the vinyl record look, I stamped the image in Versamark on Basic Black and embossed it with Black embossing powder. From this picture, it would seem that there might be some foreign specks of white or silver in the mix somewhere! The record stamp coordinates with the Layering Circle Dies.


Since I was looking for a masculine feel to this card, I kept the sentiment very simple and resisted the urge to add embellishments. 

Having got a card using this set under my belt, I'm glad I got it and think it will make any number of useful cards for all sorts of people. πŸ˜€

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 on any of the products below.

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Friday, 14 January 2022

Ranunculus Romance for AYSI 266

I hope everyone has had a wonderful, relaxing Christmas and New Year and is now ready to join in with us again at As You See It Challenge. The first item in our rotation of challenges is a sketch and we hope this inspires you to try out something new.


Making this Design Team card was really the first time I've had a chance to play around with the box of pre-order goodies from the January-June Mini Catalogue, which arrived a couple of days before Christmas  - great timing! πŸ˜€

The first things I tried out were the Ranunculus Romance bundle and the new Hive 3D Embossing Folder.



I'm very happy with both of these new products. The ranunculus die is fantastic! I cut the top layer from Polished Pink and sponged more colour into the centre. The base is cut from an ink-smooshed panel of Flirty Flamingo and Polished Pink. The foliage is also from the Ranunculus dies. Lovely leaves, aren't they?


The sentiment is from the Ranunculus Romance stamp set and the labels from Tasteful Labels. I've also added some of the old receipt stamp in Soft Succulent on the card base to add some interest.

We'd love to see what you do with this sketch, whether you break out new things or re-visit some old favourites.

You can check out what the rest of the team have done and link up your entry at the As You See It Challenge site.

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 on any of the products below.


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Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Ranunculus Romance for Around the World on Wednesday



Welcome to the first Around the World on Wednesday hop for 2022. I'm delighted to be part of this international team that hops on the second Wednesday of every month with a theme to inspire you. We're 'around the world' because we have people from every country that Stampin' Up! operates in. 

This time, our theme is 'Switch the Mini Switcharoo'. The January-June 2022 Mini Catalogue is our inspiration. Our mission was to choose a sample from the catalogue and then switch it up: make it using different sets, colours, or even techniques.

The catalogue is always a great source of inspiration - great layouts, interesting colour combinations and use of various techniques. If ever you're stuck for inspiration, it's always worth a look through for an idea. 

I liked the layout of this card on page 22 which uses the Crane of Fortune bundle.


I used the layout to create this card with the Ranunculus Romance bundle.

I've switched out the stamped and die cut crane for a stamped and die cut ranunculus, coloured in Flirty Flamingo and Soft Succulent. I've used foliage from the Ranunculus dies.



Instead of the DSP background, I've used a plain white, embossed with the new Hive 3D Embossing Folder.


I've used some of the Simple Marbleous DSP, free with a purchase of $110 or more during Sale-a-bration to create the floating background for the flower.

I've switched the base and sentiment for another neutral, Basic Gray, and cut the sentiment with a Stitched Rectangle die.

Next up is the ever wonderful Leonie Stuart in Australia. I wonder what she's switched up for us?



If you get lost along the hop, here's a linked list of participants.
 

Jan Clothier - NZ - You are here

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

AurΓ©lie Fabre - FR

Emma Goddard - UK

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Chris Smith - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US


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 on any of the products below.

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