Saturday, 21 September 2019

Cling wrap background snow globe

Gee time gets away! A few weeks ago I showed you a technique to make fun backgrounds using cling wrap and re-inkers. You can see the post and the video here. In the video I promised to use my demonstration piece on a card. Well, it  may be a bit overdue but better late than never right?

I love the vibrancy that you get when you use this technique. Add in some Champagne Mist shimmer paint - and well see the results for yourself! It is just so sparkly and lovely!

I thought that the background would be perfect in a snow globe. I am really loving using the Snow Globe Scenes Dies. I've used them a lot already - but this is my first Christmas card using them! Check out some other occasions that I used them for in this post.

I was reading a post recently written by my good friend Kelly Kent. I've tried to sum up her post but have deleted several attempts. Best read it yourself! I also have a huge stash of products, lots now retired. And as Kelly says lots of my projects featuring retired products don't often make it onto my blog. Kelly's refreshing rethink on her blogging and creative adventures really got me thinking too. Of course I will continue showing you new products but I'd love to include more projects, such as this one, where I throw in retired products. Why force something new to work if you have a retired product that is just perfect? The Softly Falling embossing folder was just perfect for this project. So embrace all of your products - old and new!

Have a great weekend!


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Monday, 16 September 2019

Stamp Review Crew - Dino Days

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 Dino Days.

This is a really fun stamp set that comes with the coordinating Dino Dies. You can quickly whip up fun cards in no time. Which was handy seeing as I have been super busy this week. This set also lends itself to lots of creative and inovative techniques - I have so many ideas running through my head to try when I get time!

So seeing as this is my first inking of this stamp set, I thought I'd do something simple,  bright and fun. 

Aren't those dinosaurs just the cutest! I love that you can stamp and die cut the spikes separately.

Did you notice the spots on the Pretty Peacock dinosaur? They were die cut using one of the dies and stuck on. I love the added dimension. Top tip - add dots of glue where you would like the spots to be and then use your Take your Pick tool to easily position the spots.

I have used the coordinating Dinoraur Designer Series Paper as well. If you get a bit stumped at the start of a project do what I did - use the colours in the DSP. It is perfect for those times you have trouble starting a project. Someone else has done the thinking for you! The scattered triangle die adds some interest and mirrors the design in the DSP. There is so much in the bundle!

I love this sentiment! I'm not sure who this card will be for but I think it would equally suit both adults and children. The message you write inside will make it perfect for anyone!

Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. I can't  wait to get more time to use this set more. Next up is my stamping bestie, Kelly Kent. She is sure to have all sorts of fabulous to show us!


Product List
Dino Dies

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Just Add Ink #474 - Just Add a colour combo.

Happy Friday. As usual I am asking myself how did that roll around so quickly! At Just Add Ink this week we have a great colour combination for our challenge.

I have been having fun in my new craft studio and last week I was all about cling wrap backgrounds. You can find out how to do this in this post. It is just a really great way to get a vibrant, variegated background. However ....... things did not do well for me in the creating of this background! Let's just say it ended with a tiny (okay medium) tantrum that involved me thumping bits of scrunched cling wrap covered in reinker over my attempts. Turned out pretty well in the end!

This card design is inspired by my creative friend from New Zealand, Angela Meiritz-Reid. Check out her card here. I loved the layout and have used a similar one for this card. I love the layers.

The Bloom and Grow bundle is really fabulous. I have only just bought it and know it will get a work out! Don't you love that sentiment!

Silver embossing makes everything better!

Even though it was the result of a little tanty, I really love my background. The Rococo Rose and Blackberry Bliss inks just mix so beautifully. There is a bit of Champagne Shimmer Paint in there too.

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


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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Colour INKspiration Challenge #63 Blog Hop

So it's Wednesday! Let Colour INKspiration get you over the hump and inspire some creativity. We have a regal colour combination for our latest challenge.

I think I have to change my name to Last Minute Lou! I finished this card just in the nick of time to get the photos and post done! These colours were perfect for a custom order that I had.

Gold heat embossing teamed with this bold magnolia was the perfect way to celebrate a milestone birthday. I used Seaside Spray to lightly watercolour around the magnolia and added hints of Rococo Rose on the petals.

I know that easel cards have been around for a long time but I really do think they are a great card fold that folds flat to pop in an envelope but then easily stands up for the recipient to admire.

I've raised the sentiment so that the easel part has something to rest against.

Some ribbon, gold foil and numerals completed the design. 

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 12 days 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 Denita. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!


PS - you know you can contact me to get your hands on any of the products that I have used right? Or click the Shop Online tab at the top to ... well ... shop online through my store!

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Creating Kindness Design Team September 2019 blog hop - Re-inkers

Well Spring has sprung here in Australia! Suddenly is it warming up and I saw (thanks to my cat madly running around) my first snake of the season. It was only a small green tree snake but I still had visions of it swallowing Millie whole. Who knows why weird things run through my mind! Needless to say, Millie is enjoying the outside through glass at the moment! #veryoverprotectivecatmother!

So it is our September Creating Kindness Design Team blog hop and we are welcoming Tami Hewlett as our Guest Designer this month. Make sure you check out her amazing blog here. Our theme for the month is Re-inkers. The little bottles of ink that you use to ink up your inkpads when they dry out can be used for so many other things. I can't wait to see all of the techniques that the team come up with.

I have a simple technique to show you using cling wrap. The clear plastic wrap that you use to wrap sandwiches etc is so useful in the craft room! Used with reinkers, it allows you to create lovely, deep and variegated backgrounds.

Make sure you check out my video, where I show you how to do this fun technique. It is quite addictive and a brilliant stress reliever!


Now that you have seen how to do the technique, let's have a closer look at each card. The coloured pieces look great die cut.

And the sparkly veins you get when you use shimmer paint is just gorgeous.

I love the that pieces look great as a whole panel. The Well Said stamp set and Well Written dies are the perfect size to compliment cards like this.

If you use a larger piece of Shimmery White cardstock, you can try to leave some edges bare. I love the dry lines that you get on the edges.

I quite simply ran out of time to make up the piece I coloured in the video into a card, so make sure you come back in a few days to see how it turned out and what I did with it ..... I'm thinking a snowy scene!

Make sure you continue both the video and blog hop. Next up is Marcy. Can't wait to see her reinker technique!


Blog Hop Participants
1.      Tami Hewlett - Guest Designer – USA
2.      Charlet Mallett – USA
3.      Tanya Boser – USA
4.      Paula Dobson – New Zealand
5.      Lou Kitzelman – Australia
6.      Marcy Denning – Canada
7.      CheryllMiller – Australia
8.      Jay Soriano – UK

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