Monday, 29 January 2018

Stamp Review Crew - Bonus hop - Happy Wishes

Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop. The 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! This is a bonus hop - lucky you - where we will be featuring stamp sets from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. Whether you are starting with me - Lou Kitzelman on the Sunshine Coast, Australia - or have just hopped over from the other side of Australia after visiting my uber-talented friend Kelly Kent, you really are in for something special!

Normally I start off by telling you about what stamp set I am using but I was a bit indecisive this week! Too many great Sale-a-bration stamp sets to choose from! What a lovely problem. So let's look at what my indecision and I came up with first!

The card bases are also in the Sale-a-bration catalogue. You can get 4 of each card with matching envelopes (16 in total!) with qualifying orders. How great is that? I wanted a card fold that made the most of the gorgeous patterns and colours of these card bases and remembered a card fold I taught in a class years ago - an upright Z fold card. I love those oldie but goldies!

They are so easy to make and I just added a few tweaks to update it a bit. That is if you can call skewwiff mats an update! To make, simply fold the card base with the patterned side inwards then fold one edge back towards the centre fold. The card is propped open with a small shape that has a Stampin' Dimensional under it. Make sure to position it at the top of the shape so that your flap has enough room to tuck under. As easy as that. Such a great way to show off these great card bases.

First up I used Happy Wishes. This is an amazing set that has so many phrases that you can put together.

This stamp set makes it so easy to put together a card for specific occasions (or unspecific like this card!).

I used the very ends of the 2 large word stamps to add some little details to the card.

Stampin' Markers are perfect for colouring all of the little details in.

When you open each card up you find a little message panel. I added some details from the stamp edges for decoration.

 I thought the Daffodil Delight card base would make a nice Anniversary card.

So I said I had too many Sale-a-bration stamp sets to choose from - I had to make up the other 2 colours of card bases using the Amazing You stamp set and coordinating Celebrate You thinlits - both free with qualifying orders until the end of March.

This might just be my favourite - maybe because I have made if for someone special! Don't you just love that die cut?

I thought I should actually show you how the card stands up!

And how about a card for celebrating just about anything?

I hope that has spurred you on to place an order and earn some of these free products. I should mention that these cards do fold flat to fit into the coordinating envelopes (which I stamped to match the cards).

Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with the free stamp sets from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue. Next up is Holly Krautkremer. Can't wait to see what she has made!

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Just Add Ink #393 - Just Add a Colour Combination

Hi Everyone. Happy Australia Day! Hope it is a good one for all who share this gorgeous country with me!

Something terrible happened this week! I was down to my last piece of Crumb Cake cardstock! Definitely a first world problem I know! Luckily I had enough for this week's colour challenge at Just Add Ink.

I had so much fun playing around with sponging, Shimmery White Embossing Paste and this cute Sweet Soiree Decorative Mask.

All I had to do to create the underwater plants was sponge Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide inks through the mask, clean and then preposition it slightly across and slightly up to create a shadow effect. Then I used my palette knife to create the sparkle that every self-respecting mermaid needs!

The mermaid is painted with an aqua painter and ink from the ink pad lid. She has some Wink Of Stella so she is not outshone by her surroundings! I overhung the front panel a touch for no other reason that I liked it that way! I did make sure it would fit into the envelope before I adhered it down with foam adhesive strips though.

The Shimmery White embossing paste is quite raised and adds a lovely detail to your cards. This is definitely one of those 'it is way better in real life' cards!

To get the 2 tone sentiment I inked with Lemon Lime Twist then carefully inked just the bottom in Tranquil Tide. It gives a bit of depth and interest with out being too fussy.

Make sure you pop on over to the Just Add Ink page to see how all the other Design Team members have used these gorgeous colours. Why not enter your own creation? We always love seeing them!

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