Thursday, 24 October 2019

Just Add Ink #480 - Just Add a Technique



At Just Add Ink this week we are challenging you to add a Technique. Oooooh I love a good technique!


I have used a technique using heat embossing and stencils. It doesn't really have a name. I just wondered if it would work, so played around with it. And as you can see it did work. You can find a video here showing how I did this. The video also shows how to colour the background but I didn't think this card needed it.


The copper embossing powder has such great depth and the texture you get when you use the Versamark ink through the stencil adds to the tree-y-ness.


I tend to make masculine cards using blues so wanted to try a different colour combination today. The Cajun Craze base looks great with the copper embossing and I added in some Champagne foil for the cogs.


The Geared Up Garage stamp set and coordinating Garage Dies have the perfect elements to use with a collagy card like this. I thought the sentiment that I used on the inside went perfectly with the 'You're a classic' that I used on the front. It is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set


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


Lou

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Colour INKspiration Challenge #66 Blog Hop



Hey guys. Spring is well and truly happening here in Australia so why not really get Spring-y with some gorgeous colours for our Colour INKspiration challenge? You can use 3 or more of the colours.


As we are in the middle of Summer over Christmas I thought that these colours would be great for a fun, fresh Southern Hemisphere Christmas card. I've used all of the colours except Coastal Cabana.


The background was created using a fun technique using stencils and heat embossing. You can see a quick video on how I made it in this post. This background was actually left over from a class I held on Monday using this technique. It just happened to be in Pineapple Punch .... the perfect base!


The baubles and holly are from a really fabulous bundle called Christmas Gleaming. As it gets closer to Christmas (and time quickly gets away from me) I know I will be using this stamp set and the 2 coordinating punches a lot. You can quickly make 3D baubles by stamping and punching 3 baubles, folding in half and gluing the halves to each other. Once dry, I used a hole punch so I could attach the twine. Love quick and easy projects that look more complicated! Minimum effort, maximum effect all the way!


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 my lovely and creative friend Nicole Wilson. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!

Lou

To purchase the products I've used today you can click any of the direct links in the text above or click the 'Shop Online' tab at the top of this page. Both ways will get you directly to my online store, where you are only minutes away from getting products delivered straight to you door.


Monday, 21 October 2019

Stamp Review Crew - Still Scenes



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 the Still Scenes stamp set.


It is a really lovely stamp set that coordinates with the Snow Globe Scenes dies. I must say I have used this bundle a lot already and most of my cards have not been Christmas ones. You can see some other ways I have used this stamp set here and here. And as I just can't seem to get Christmassy yet ... well to be fair ... it is still October ..... I have used this stamp set for a wedding card!


I have been asked lately to make some traditional wedding cards and as soon as I saw the Snow Globe Scenes dies I knew that the church dies would be fab for this. I've added some silver foil behind the windows and layered them with some Soft Sea Foam trees (another die in the set).


These die cut pieces look great when raised with dimensionals. Dimensionals are like the high heels of the craft world don't you think? Behind the main panel I have added a piece of Whisper White cardstock embossed using the Scripty 3D embossing folder. I love how raised that embossing is!


So far I have told you all about how I used everything but the stamp set! Well I did use one of the sentiments. Well part of it anyway. With a bit of masking so that a few words were deleted and some were rearranged, I got a lovely wedding message! I am always really pleased when I can use a stamp set for lots of occasions, especially more than were intended. I know that I will make many more Christmas cards with this set .... just a little closer to December!


Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up is Heidi. I can't wait to see what fabulous things she did with this stamp set.

Lou

To purchase the products I've used today you can click any of the direct links in the text above or click the 'Shop Online' tab at the top of this page. Both ways will get you directly to my online store, where you are only minutes away from getting products delivered straight to you door.


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Just Add Ink # - Just Add a 'H'




Happy Friday. At Just Add Ink this week we are all about adding H! We love seeing your entries so why not get your crafty on over the weekend and enter your creations!


This week I was asked to custom make a card to give to someone who has just bought their first house. So how fortuitous was it that it was H week at JAI! So Happy Housewarming!


I must say .... I was really chuffed with how this card turned out. My door mat with the fringing is probably my favourite part! You see, I was wondering what to use to prop up the easel part of my card ..... so a door mat seemed obvious! The Stitched Rectangle Dies set has the perfect door mat shape (as well as other sizes that I used to make my card mats with) but it needed a fringe! Solid Whipser White Baker's Twine to the rescue!


This is an Easel Card fold. I know I tend to use this fold a lot but you know what ..... people love it so I'm going to stick with it! It folds flat to fit into an envelope .....


..... then stands up for display. The 'congrats' is from a retired set called Sunshine Wishes and I printed out the 'on your new home' on my home printer. Of course as soon as I delivered the card, I arrived home to find my Stampin' Up! order waiting at my door, complete with the Delightful Day stamp set, which has this sentiment in it. Next time I can use it! And don't you love the texture on the house wall? I have used the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder. I love how high the embossing is.


I wonder if you spied the pocket that I created in the shape of a house! I have used the Pocket Dies to create it. I added the roof to the top of the pocket and covered the pointy bottom of it with the sentiment. The Budding Blooms Dies has the cut scallop edging and flower dies for a little bit of house decorating!


The pocket makes the perfect place to pop some money or a gift card as a  house warming present!


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


Lou

To purchase the products I've used today you can click any of the direct links in the text above or click the 'Shop Online' tab at the top of this page. Both ways will get you directly to my online store, where you are only minutes away from getting products delivered straight to you door.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Colour INKspiration Challenge #65 Blog Hop



I just don't know how Wednesday rolled around again so quickly! Does it creep up on you too? So how about a Colour INKspiration challenge to get you over that midweek hump? Check out these sultry colours we have for you.


I was at a bit of a loss as to what to create and left it to the last minute. I really wanted to make a card for a friend but wanted it to be fun and not too sappy. Not how I roll! So penguins it was ..... of course ..... what else would you use! My mind is a mysterious thing people. It comes up with strange things. Even so, I love this fun card. Says what I need it to without having to agonise over the words!


Isn't she just so cool! The images and sentiments are from the Playful Penguins stamp set. How great to be able to use it for more than just Christmas! As I said previously, I was a bit stumped as to how to use these colours as they were a bit dark for what I had in mind. Then it occurred to me that dark colours are just perfect for watercolouring. They really allow you to get a depth of colour. I have used Merry Merlot to colour her fabulous feathery frock and added Blackberry Bliss toenail (do penguins have such a thing????) polish and lipstick. My Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Blends were just perfect to colour in her Pearl necklace!


And to show off how special my friend is, I really wanted to make this cool chick sparkle. Some Snowflake Sequins dotted around did that job!


On the inside I was able to use another great sentiment from the stamp set. Isn't that lovely!


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 your are off to New Zealand to visit my very creative friend, Jan Clothier. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!

Lou

To purchase the products I've used today you can click any of the direct links in the text above or click the 'Shop Online' tab at the top of this page. Both ways will get you directly to my online store, where you are only minutes away from getting products delivered straight to you door.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Creating Kindness Design Team October 2019 blog hop - Colouring



The year is just zipping by isn't it! Welcome to the October Creating Kindness Design Team blog hop. Our theme for this month is colouring and we welcome the fabulous Cathy Caines as our Guest Designer. Check out her great blog here

I love so many forms of colouring and my favourite type changes regularly! I decided for this hop that I would show you an easy way to get great watercoloured backgrounds. It is also the perfect technique to show off great images like the ones I've used from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set. The Gleaming Ornaments punch pack make punching out the baubles so quick and easy. 



I've used one of the masks from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks and Shimmer White Stampin' Emboss powder and watercolouring to form my background.


It is so much easier to show you how I did this rather than type it, so check out my video.


The Shimmer White Stampin' Emboss powder really does add a lovely sparkle to cards!


Watercolouring backgrounds this way really adds a softness to your cards and helps bolder images stand out. For this card I have used Rococo Rose and Night of Navy.



On my video I demonstrated the technique using the polka dot mask and Pretty Peacock and Pineapple Punch.


I hope you give this technique a go. It is fun and effective and the perfect way to while away a bit of time.


Make sure you continue both the video and blog hop. Next up is my lovely and incredibly talented friend Jenny Hall. Can't wait to see her take on colouring!

Lou

Blog Hop Participants
1.      Cathy Caines - Guest Designer – Canada
2.      Charlet Mallett – USA
3.      Tanya Boser – USA
4.      Lou Kitzelman – Australia
5.      Jenny Hall – USA
6.      Paula Dobson – New Zealand
7.      Marcy Denning – Canada
8.      Cheryll Miller – Australia
9.      Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
10.   Jay Soriano – UK
11.   Sandi MacIver - Canada

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