Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO A FOXY VALENTINE

It is the very last day of 2014 and I would like to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

What better way to see out the year than with another sneak peek from the Hey, Valentine set in the upcoming Occasions catalgoue, which will be released January 6th, 2015!

This is one gorgeous Fox!!  I used my Blendabilities to colour this image (loving Blendabilities!).  This set is fabulous for colouring in.  I don't normally use a lot of designer paper on my cards, but the Valentine theme suited this new paper stack, Stacked with Love.  I also embossed the front panel with a new embossing folder, Happy heart textured Impressions embossing folder.

Instead of using a strip of DSP on the inside of my card to carry the heart theme over, I used my hearts mask to create my own "DSP".  It also meant that I could introduce the Soft Sky blue to tie in with my card front.

I achieved the same cross hatch effect by using the narrow end of my markers and just scribbling back and forth within the mask.

Am I convincing you to add this set to your wish list yet??  If not, I still have another card to show you, lol!
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Monday, December 29, 2014

A-HARRRR - TO THE BIRTHDAY BOY!!

I wanted to share a sneak peek with you of a gorgeous wee stamp set about to be released on the 6th of January, in the new Occasions Catalogue.  The set is called Hey, Valentine and as you can see, I have used it for a Birthday card instead!

This card is for a special wee boy who is turning 1 on the 5th of January.  I kept it simple and clean, but I did pop the wee pirate up a layer to make him look more three dimensional.

This wee guy was perfect to use my Blendabilities on!  Instead of using the sentiment that is part of this particular stamp, I masked it off and swapped it out with a birthday sentiment from Amazing Birthday.

I can't wait to show you other cards I have made with this adorable set, so make sure you pop back in the next few days for a look.

If you would like to order one or more of the items I used to create today's project, simply click on the items above to be taken to my Online Store.  If you live anywhere in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator.   Please allow "Demonstrator contact" so I can thank you properly when you place your order!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT!

Seriously, the shock of my actually updating my blog might just blow the hat of your head!  What with one thing or another, November AND December have managed to fly by without a post from me.  I haven't stopped creating, just posting.


So before December and the tail end of Christmas have gone, I thought you might like to see a little Tag Trio I sent out to my regular Online shoppers, as a way of thanking them for shopping with me throughout the year.

The first tag uses a retired set (Come to Bethlehem) and Iridescent Ice embossing powder on the star.  The star has a subtle shimmer on it and is so pretty! It also has a sponged background of Crisp Cantaloupe and Marina Mist.  The main image is stamped in Early Espresso.

Tag number two features Santa's sleigh.  I used White embossing powder to make the "Joy" from the Endless Wishes stamp set "pop" on the tag, after I sponged it with Soft Sky and Perfect Plum ink.  I splashed water over the inked surface to create the stars. Santa and his team come from the Holiday Home set and were stamped in black ink.

The last tag (but by no means, the least) had to be Rudolph!  This tag features the white Christmas stamp set, with just a hint of sponged grass.  I used Blendabilities to colour both Rudolph and his nose!

I hope my ladies enjoyed their surprise gift when they received them in the mail, and were able to use them on their gifts to others.  After all, Christmas is all about giving!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

CHRISTMAS IN 10 MINUTES

Not exactly Christmas in 10 minutes, but a card at least. I haven't had much time to play with this adorable set, so when I finished work today, I was determined to get at least one card made!

I pulled out a little used card stock called Shimmery White to work on.  I don't know why I don't use this more often, as it has the loveliest shimmer on it and makes a great background for a snow scene like this one.  Just simple stamping, a piece of Trim the Tree DSP, and some Early Espresso Bakers Twine and my card was done!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOKEH EFFECT CHRISTMAS CARD

I recently taught this card at the Great Welly Paper Caper 2014 stamp camp in Silverstream.  This is an annual camp that I run with my good friend and fellow demonstrator, Sharlene Meyer.  Just so you know, we are doing it all again Oct 16-18, 2015.  Mark your diaries!

Anyway, the Bokeh technique is not new to me, as it is popping up all over the internet, but it is a real favourite of mine!  I enjoyed showing our camp ladies how to achieve this soft, out of focus look on a card.  A bonus of attending the camp is the exclusive tutorials you get, this card being one of them.  You can see another sample of mine HERE.

The Bokeh technique is very easy to achieve.  This is how I do it:

1.  Sponge colours of choice on Whisper White cardstock.
2.  Punch two or three sizes of circles from a Window Sheet.
3.  Using a sponge or dauber, apply White craft ink through the circle mask you have just punched.

Take care no to smudge the white ink as it takes some time to dry.  I also used the tip of the dauber to apply ink in a more concentrated area.

If you would like to order one or more of the items I used to create today's project, simply click on the items above to be taken to my Online Store.  If you live anywhere in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator.   Please allow "Demonstrator contact" so I can thank you properly when you place your order!