Friday 16 February 2024

Trusty Toolbox for AYSI 317

Welcome to Recipe Challenge week at As You See It. This week, your mission is to take the five given ingredients and see what you can concoct with them. Team member Jane was thinking of Robbie Burns' Night when she popped some plaid into the mix for this one!

For some reason, plaid makes me think of masculine, so that's where I went. Curiously, this card used no stamps at all!


I used the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks to create the plaid background - tick for PLAID.
I used the Metal Plate 3D Embossing Folder for the Lost Lagoon tag - tick for EMBOSSING FOLDER.
I used Tailor Made Tags dies to create the two tags and the Mini Alphabet dies for 'DAD' - tick for DIE CUTS.
I used 2023-2025 In Color Dots in Copper Clay - tick for DOTS
I used the Baker's Twine Essentials Pack for the Gray Granite twine that ties the tags - tick for TWINE.


The tools are not stamps at all but are fussy cut from the Trusty Toolbox DSP, which is one of the Sale-a-bration items - free with qualifying purchase until the end of February. While this DSP does coordinate with a fantastic masculine tool kit bundle, it works a treat all on its own.

For details on how to make this card, you can view the tutorial below.


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 here

Orders placed with me can earn free tutorials. 
  • Any order of $90 or more will receive the Creativity Abounds Tutorial Bundle, with 13 projects, as a thank you gift. The current theme is 'Birthdays'.
  • And if you purchase the Gorgeous Garden dies or the Hooray for Surprises bundle, you'll also receive a project bundle from 'Join in with Joanne and Jan' which will give you two project tutorials from me and two from my buddy Joanne James, aka The Crafty Owl. 










 

Thursday 15 February 2024

Everyday Details for Colour INKspiration 159

 

Welcome to the 159th Challenge at Colour INKspiration! We'd be delighted to have you join us for this gorgeous colour combination chosen by team member Nicole Wilson.


If you haven't played with us before, we are a group of Stampin' Up Demonstrators from the South Pacific. Challenges are shown and entered via our Facebook Group page. If you don't belong, and would like to, click here. Don't forget to answer the three easy questions you'll be asked when you ask to join the group.

Each challenge, Top Picks and a winner are chosen by the crew and the winner offered a chance to Guest Design with us for a future challenge. This challenge is open for two weeks and closes Monday 26 February, 7pm AEST.

If you don't have an exact challenge colour, feel free to replace it with whatever you have that's closest, for example Shaded Spruce for Pretty Peacock. Black, White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, and metallics are free colours, as are flesh toned Stampin' Blends.

I've got lots of delightful goodies on my desk waiting to be tested out, so decided to use one of them. I chose the Everyday Details bundle for its eclectic mix of images, sweet (but not too sweet) sentiments and wonderful all-purpose dies. In fact, in many ways the dies have nothing at all to do with the stamp set and you could happily add the dies alone to your collection. They are a mix of shapes with interesting patterns of holes. The circles and rectangles have some dies with double holes so you can either cut a shape or a decorative frame. Other dies cut patterns in the card, like the horizontal in this card. 



Really, this card came together quickly. I cut and coloured the teacup stamp before cutting it with one of the aforementioned circle-with-holes dies, then mounted it onto one of the circles from Stylish Shapes to give it a border and a backing.


I used the decorative line of diamond shaped holes to create a horizontal line across the page, allowing the Berry Burst to peep through. The sentiment was added on a strip and some Tinsel Adhesive-backed gems finished it off. 

You can see what the rest of the Design Team have done with these colours in the Crew Inspiration Album on the Colour INKspiration Challenge Facebook page.

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 here

Until the end of February, any order over $110 will earn a Sale-a-Bration reward.By shopping with me, you can also earn additional free gifts two ways. 

Free Gift 1
Orders over $90 will receive, as a free gift, the latest Creativity Abounds Tutorial Bundle. This bundle of 13 PDF tutorials is on the theme of Birthdays.

Here's a peek at the whole tutorial package.

Free Gift 2
Purchase either the Gorgeous Garden dies or the Hooray for Surprises bundle from me and you'll receive FOUR PDF Join in with Joanne and Jan tutorials matching the purchase: two by me and two by UK Demonstrator Joanne James aka The Crafty Owl. 





Wednesday 7 February 2024

Notes of Nature for Stampin' Fancy Friday

This month, the theme at Stampin' Fancy Friday is 'Something Blue'. With so many gorgeous blues in the Stampin' Up! stable, this is a great challenge - especially since blue is my favourite colour. 

We don't blog hop as such but the team at Stampin' Fancy Friday do a daily inspiration post on Instagram. The team at Stampin' Fancy Friday are all current or past members of Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Design Team, so it really is a great place to pick up ideas or recharge your creative mojo. Follow @stampinfancyfriday if you don't already. 😀

I love to create inky backgrounds, so enjoyed using Balmy Blue, Azure Afternoon and Blueberry Bushel with a hint of Boho Blue for this one, along with my favourite bundle - Notes of Nature.

Grab a cup of coffee and watch how I made it, then give it a go yourself. I'd love to see how it turns out! 


And don't forget to follow @stampinfancyfriday on Instagram to see more blue-inspired inspiration this month.

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 here

Orders placed with me can earn free tutorials. 
  • Any order of $90 or more will receive the Creativity Abounds Tutorial Bundle, with 13 projects, as a thank you gift. 
  • And if you purchase the Gorgeous Garden dies or the Hooray for Surprises bundle, you'll also receive a project bundle from 'Join in with Joanne and Jan' which will give you two project tutorials from me and two from my buddy Joanne James, aka The Crafty Owl. 
Happy Stamping, everyone!


Friday 2 February 2024

Notes of Nature for AYSI 316

Welcome to the latest challenge at As You See It! This time, it's our 'fill in the blank' which always comes straight after a colour challenge. With the new January-April Mini Catalogue just out, I'm sure there's plenty of candidates for this one!


I did indeed have many candidates, but there were two items that were still in the packaging from my demonstrator pre-order box. They were the Mini Alphabet Dies and the brayer. It was the brayer that caught my eye and experimentation began!

In the past, I've had trouble getting a result I was happy with when I attempted to ink up my embossing folders. When I tried it with the brayer, I was much happier with the outcome.

I started by inking all over with Soft Sea Foam, then added in some random swipes with Lost Lagoon, put it all through the machine and this is what turned out. So then it was a question of turning it into something!


I didn't want to obscure the patterning too much, so went  for a cluster of die cuts from Notes of Nature. When I tested out a few options for the colour pop, Wild Wheat was certainly the outside chance but I just kept coming back to it - so here it is!


My brayer experiments are certainly not over but I'm pretty happy with day 1. 😀

Don't forget to pop over to the As You See It page to see what the rest of the Design Team have done and to link up your own 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 here

You can earn free gifts while you shop with me:
  • During the month of February, you can earn Sale-a-Bration rewards. Choose your own gift from the Sale-a-Bration brochure for each $110 spent in a single order (ex postage).
  • Buy the Gorgeous Garden dies and you'll receive a Join in with Joanne and Jan tutorial package containing four unique tutorials: two from me and two from Joanne James aka The Crafty Owl.


  • Spend over $90 in a single order, and I'll send you the latest Creativity Abounds tutorial PDF containing 13 tutorials on a birthday theme.

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Friday 26 January 2024

Painted Lavender for CAS Colours & Sketches 529

I'm continuing my exploration of the gorgeous new Painted Lavender bundle from the January-April Mini Catalogue. For inspiration today, I used the sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches which is another of my favourite challenges.

For this sketch, we were allowed to use a heart shape or change it up to anything that wasn't a square, circle or triangle. 

So here's my interpretation...

I cut one of the largest postage dies from Perennial Postage, the companion set to Painted Lavender. I cut it diagonally and embossed the top half using the Exposed Brick 3D Embossing folder.


To create the flowers and foliage, I die cut the shapes from the Painted Lavender dies in Fluid100 Watercolor paper, then coloured them with Fresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape and Lost Lagoon inks. I'm very pleased with how they've turned out.

The sentiment, stamped on Fresh Freesia, is made using the Something Fancy stamps and dies.

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. 

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Friday 19 January 2024

Everyday Details for AYSI 315

Welcome to the second challenge of the year at As You See It! We were delighted by the wonderful interpretations of the sketch challenge that's just finished and can't wait to see what you do with this pretty colour palette.


These bright, summery colours spoke to me of florals, so I used them as an excuse to have a first play around with a new bundle from the January-April Mini Catalogue: Everyday Details.

I stamped the vase of flowers image, coloured it in the challenge colours then die cut it using one of gorgeous dotty-edged rectangle dies from the set.


I like the eclectic images of the stamp set but also the beautifully generic sentiments. I also like the  mixed fonts they're written in too.


Then I popped it up on a card front that had been embossed with the Painted Texture embossing folder. I sponged Crushed Curry from the bottom up, fading into nothing. The final thing was to add a trio of Glossy Enamel Dots in Melon Mambo.

Don't forget to visit the As You See It page so you can see what the rest of the team have done with these colours and 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 here

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Thursday 18 January 2024

Notes of Nature for Creativity Abounds

 


Welcome to the first Creativity Abounds Blog Hop for 2024. Not only is it our first of the year but it's the one that's showcasing Notes of Nature and the Nature's Sweetness suite. This group of products are featured in our first Virtual Stamp Camp of 2024.

If you've not met the Creativity Abounds team before, we're a group of thirteen demonstrators from around the world who like to craft together. We put together tutorial packages, run Virtual Stamp Camps three times a year and offer a monthly inspiration hop. Here we all are...



In a Stamp Camp lead-up month like this one, things run a little differently to usual. We still have our tutorial bundle of thirteen projects based around the Notes of Nature bundle and the rest of the Nature's Sweetness suite. However, this bundle is part of Stamp Camp and upon completing the qualifying purchase to get your Stamp Camp invitation, you will get the tutorial bundle of both PDF and Video instructions AND make and take kits for each project. 

But wait, there's more! On each stop of this blog hop, you will see another project using the featured products. These projects will be the ones that will be Facebook Lives during the Stamp Camp weekend of February 11/12 (South Pacific). If you can't make it live, these recordings will be accessible to you at your leisure as part of your Stamp Camp entry.

All the Stamp Camp details are here.

So, here's a sneak peek of the thirteen projects that you will get PDF and Video tutorials for plus make and take kits if you join Stamp Camp.

Here's a peek at the project I'll be sharing as a Facebook Live during the Stamp Camp.






It's not too late to join the Camp but if you want to receive your products in time to craft with everyone else during the camp weekend, don't delay ordering. 

If you already have this bundle and you'd like to join Stamp Camp, then all you have to do is order something else from me of equivalent value. Let me know that's what you've done though, so I can send you your invitation to the Exclusive Stamp Camp Facebook Group and send you your kits. 

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 here