Thursday, 19 July 2018

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - July - Kits



Hi and welcome back to another Stampin' Dreams blog hop. I have missed the last few as I was off swanning around Europe. It was fabulous but I am also happy to back creating. For this month we are featuring card and project kits. I have to admit my link to our theme is a bit tenuous but hopefully you will see my train of thought (which always branches of into several different tracks!).

I wanted to feature the Darling Label Punch Box. It is sort of a kit in that it comes with all that you can see below. Just add some cardstock and you are good to go.


It is the perfect set of products to create lots of quick and easy cards. To show the versatility of the 'kit' I have used it here with Coastal Cabana (oh how I missed you CC) and Lovely Lipstick.


I did however take my inspiration from the Soft Saying Card kit on page 8 of the 2018/19 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue. The card kits are designed to be quick and easy to put together but to also have fun, interesting designs. If you are ever stuck for ideas check out the designs and you are sure to get some inspiration. I was inspired by the labels with foliage sticking out and the way twine has been used on the cards below.


I have used the Thanks stamp from the Darling Label stamp set and added the Happy Birthday from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set. To add more depth, I coloured and hand cut around the foliage and flower and raised it with dimensionals.



The Tufted DTI embossing folder adds a lovely texture and elegance to the card. On the inside of the card I have stamped the top part of the stamp and coloured. I don't have the markers yet so I used my blender pen to pick up the ink from the ink pad lids to colour the images.


So hopefully I have shown you a different way to use card and project kits. They are perfect to spark inspiration. Make sure you complete the hop for lots of fab ideas. Next up is Sue McDonald.
Lou



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Monday, 16 July 2018

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest



Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hopThe Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world that get together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each hop we showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it. Get ready for lots of inspiration and lots of reasons to use (or buy😊) this stamp set! Currently you are visiting Lou Kitzelman on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Hi!

For this hop we are featuring Lemon Zest.

I actually don't own this set. Fellow SRC member (and my stamping bestie) Kelly Kent was kind enough to stamp some images for me to play with. Okay so now I think I need this set! The Happy Birthday sentiment alone is fabulous but I chose to use the images to decorate some packaging to hold some fabulous DoTerra essential oils. I love it when you can coordinate packaging with your gift!


Oh and smell this .....


Okay so technology hasn't advanced that far yet so you will just have to take my word for it that each piece of fruit smells of essential oils. One of my other SRC friends, Bronwyn Eastley, made a card last week where she used embossing paste and oils. That got me thinking! I came up with the idea to combine a few drops of oil with some clear Wink Of Stella. Simply add a few drops of each onto a clear block with a few drops of water and use an old paint brush to coat the stamped image. You get sparkly and beautifully smelling images to decorate your packaging with! 


The Gable Boxes have a slight shimmer to them and are perfect for fitting a few oils in them.



There are some fabulous sentiments in this stamp set. I made this gift package up for someone going through a difficult time but it would work for someone who is ill as well. I added this to the top of the box and when you turn it around ......


..... you see the second half of the sentiment. I think it is great way to give a thoughtful gift without having some soppy, sappy sentiment that ends up making the person more miserable. 


For single oils, the Pillow Boxes work really well. You can add just a single lemon with some ribbon for a quick and easy packaging .....


..... or jazz it up a bit more with a few extra bits!


I so wish you could smell this lemony goodness!


I guess I have talked myself into getting this stamp set (and the coordinating punch) now! Do you need more inspiration? Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up is Yapha. Can't wait to see what delights she has come up with. 

Lou

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

ESAD Designer Series Paper buy 3, get 1 free promotion blog hop

Hi and welcome back to another fabulous ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) blog hop. At the moment there is a fantastic Stampin' Up! promotion for July (check out the pic below) where you can buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and get 1 free. This hop will give you lots of inspiration for things to make with all of the DSP in the promotion. Make sure you hop around to each blog using the next arrows. If you get lost there is also a full participant list at the end of each post to get you back on track. Whether you are starting with me or have hopped over from Mandy, get comfy, grab your 'wish list' and hop away!


My talented friend Jackie Aitken designed a tutorial for AddINKive Designs for a Pocket Card and as soon as I saw it I knew that it would be the perfect card fold to show off gorgeous DSP. Each pocket has a pull out card inside for you to write your message on.


Blueberry Bushel may just be one of my favourite new Stampin' Up! colours. It is bright and fun and looks fabulous on this DSP from the Best Route pack.


This DSP is part of the Best Route suite of products. It makes coordinating your projects so easy but you don't have to limit yourself to that suite. Here I have used one of the new hostess stamp sets, Artfully Folded. It is another new favourite! (PS my favourite list is quite long!).


I love that you can arrange the origami cranes to suite the card dimensions. 


One of the other suites to make it to my rather long favourites list is the Tropical Escape suite. The Tropical Escape DSP is 15.2 cm x 15.2 cm (6" x 6") so I just scaled down the design to make a smaller pocket card.


The coordinating Tropical Chic stamp set and Tropical Thinlits made decorating the front of the pocket easy.


The thinlits even match the images in the DSP so you can cut out leaves from it like I have here. Makes it quick, easy and perfectly coordinated!


Millie, my ever-present 'assistant' has missed me while I was overseas for 6 weeks. She excels at keeping my work flat but as you can see it gets awfully tiring being the assistant!

 

Let me know if you would like to take advantage of this fantastic promotion. Next up is one of my stamping besties, the one and only Kelly Kent.

Lou

Blog hop participant list:
1. Lou Kitzelman - That's me!


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