Friday, 31 August 2018

Same, same but different!

Happy Friday. Just a quick post today. I wanted to show you some recent card class cards. They are all based on the same layout. Sometimes using the 'same, same but different' technique is a great time saver. And yes I totally made up that technique name.


I have shared 3 of these cards already - top L, top R, bottom L - but I thought you might like to see this cute little guy too.


These cute creatures are from the Animal Outing bundle. 


I loved the embossing die from the Garden Scene Framelits set that I used on my card top L so I decided to use it as foliage at the top of this card. See! Same, same but different!


If you are short on time to create a card try this 'same, same but different' idea. Use the layout of one of your cards that you have already made or take a look in the Stampin' Up! catalogue - it is fabulous resource for inspiration. Have a great weekend.

Lou

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Monday, 27 August 2018

A few more pocket cards - Share What You Love!

I just wanted to pop into to show you a few more pocket cards that I showed my class ladies how to make a few weeks ago. I have used this tutorial from AddINKtive Designs.


They are easy to make but really pack a punch. It is a lovely way to make a really special card for someone. I have used the gorgeous Share What You Love designer series paper. This fold is the perfect way to make use of both sides of the paper.


I've fussy cut out some of the flowers to add to the design.


Inside there is a slide out message panel. The Love What You Do stamp set coordinates with the DSP and makes it easy to decorate this panel.


This DSP pack has so many pretty designs in it. Here is another version. On each card I have used some retired thick twine - they were the perfect colours for the cards. It is helping with my unhoarding effort!


Check out the shine on those flowers! Such a pretty design!


Once you start making pocket cards you will be addicted! You can see more of my pocket cards here.

Lou

If you love colouring and want to learn some tips and tricks to get fantastic results you might be interested in our new module at Stamp In Confidence. It includes videos and written info to get you colouring like a professional. Read all about it here.



Thursday, 23 August 2018

Just Add Ink #423 - Just Add a colour combo



Happy Friday! Time for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a colour combination for you to use. You need to use all 4. In addition you can also use Basics (Whisper White, Very Vanilla or Basic Black) and Metallics.


I used the colours to make this fun and fresh floral arrangement sitting in that cute jug from the Country Home stamp set (available from September 5, 2018).


I did use Soft Suede but I got a bit carried away with my white flowers. You can see little bits of the stalks peeping through. Promise!


The jug is stamped with Basic Grey ink and coloured in with a Wink Of Stella pen to give it a metallic shine. To add some shading, I picked up some of the ink with the WOS brush and used on the edges.


I've added some dimensionals under the frame and floral arrangement so that the different die cut leaves could stick up a bit. I only adhered the end of each one and let the tops stick up freely and do their own thing. If you are wondering where that ribbon is in the catalogue, it is retired. I have 2 rolls of it for some reason and decided that I need to be an unhoarder! So I am using up some of my retired ribbon. This Bermuda Bay ribbon was one of my faves!


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

Lou

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Colour INKspiration Challenge #40 Blog Hop



Welcome to our 40th Colour INKspiration challenge. As usual we are starting things off with a blog hop to get your creative juices flowing. Here are our challenge colours.


I love all of these colours but really, really, really struggled to make a card using them all together. I struggled so  much that I nearly pulled out of the hop. I just could not get my head in the game! I did come up with something but I am not that happy with it. It's a bit daggy and will need a facelift at some stage!


But my crafting session was not all doom and gloom! I did get to use a new stamp set and punch from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue that will be live from September 5. I love this Christmas Bulb builder punch. It has 2 stamp sets that coordinate with it. Here I have used the Making Everything Bright stamp set.


There are a lot of different bulbs in this set. I thought the flowers were really cute and paired really nicely with the sentiment from the Perennial Birthday stamp set.


Time was against me to start again. Fortunately for you the rest of the crew have come up with fabulous cards to show you. Make sure you check them all out.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 3 weeks from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. You can also use Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as Metallics. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Next up we have Rachel. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!

Lou




Monday, 20 August 2018

Stamp Review Crew - Varied Vases



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! Currently you are visiting Lou Kitzelman on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Hi!

For this hop we are featuring Varied Vases. It comes with a coordinating punch .... which is awesome. It was designed by Mary Fish when she reached $1 000 000 in sales. Thanks Mary ...... this is one of my favourites!

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There is so much scope with this stamp set. The flowers and vases are just fabulous. I decided to not be my normal crazy self and think inside the box today instead! Okay I did poke 1 toe outside the box! Can you see what I did? (Apologies for the blur on this photo - I won't tell you how long I have played around with it! The cyclonic winds didn't help! Squint and it goes into focus!) 



I used the Vase Builder punch to extend the vases so I could fit more flowers in. Look it might not be creative genius but I thought it was worthwhile showing you how to get more out of your punches and stamp sets. I cut a strip the width of the each vase and poked one side in and punched just that side. Then I poked the strip in as you can see below and punched the other side. It just allows you to make larger shapes and the same idea can be applied to lots of punches.



This was the perfect way to make a bigger orchid pot.



The pots are punched out of Gray Granite cardstock and I used the matching ink to add some shading in with my aqua painter.


Each card has the same elements - embossed card front, matted stitched shape panel, overhanging pot and mini sequin trim. You get a different look by changing the embossing folder and panel shape.


I love these poppies. The stamp has 2 flowers so I just stamped it at different heights and angles to get an arrangement. A few hand cut flowers add some interest and depth.


This is such a versatile stamp set, especially if you purchase the punch as well. I am sure you will get so many great ideas from the crew. Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up is Debra. Can't wait to see what amazingness she has to show us.

Lou
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