The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 17

Happy Australia Day!  If I’d thought about it properly we would have been doing an Australia Day Theme instead of a Colour Challenge this week.   I guess then I wouldn’t be able to use Stampin Up Lotus Blossom :)

Lotus Blossom

I started off stamping the Hardwood Background stamp onto Whisper White with Baked Brown Sugar, I stamped off twice before stamping onto the card so it was nice and light.

I’ve stamped my 3 step Lotus flower in Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz.  I’ve then sponged around the edge of the card with Soft Suede Ink.  Layered onto another piece of Whisper White card.  The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.

The Baked Brown Sugar panel is stamped in matching ink, sponged around the edges with Soft Suede, and layered onto Calypso Coral Card, then mounted onto Crisp Cantaloupe Card Base.

The flower panel is also mounted with dimensionals, but I’ve tied on some ribbon first.  Wink of Stella has been added to the flowers and the edge of the Crisp Cantaloupe base.

A fairly quick and easy card today :)

Team Challenge

Next on our Blog Hop is Anna Foster

Stampin Up Love is Kindness

I have another Swap Card to show you today.  Ann Wilcox Schach has used the Stampin Up Love is Kindness single stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue and a simple technique to create this card.

Stampin Up Love is Kindness

Ann has started out by stamping the image onto the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper in black.  She’s then stamped the image again onto Lost Lagoon and maybe Calypso Coral paper from the Designer Series Stacks, and cut out flower head and the newspaper wrapping.  Those pieces have then been adhered over the image on the Something Borrowed DSP.  The leaves have been coloured.  This simple technique is called Paper Piercing.

The card base is Lost Lagoon, and the ribbon is also Lost Lagoon.  The Thank You sentiment comes from the Painted Petals Stamp Set.

A simple layout but resulting in a very effective and great looking card.

Card Recipe:

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  • Stamp Sets: Love is Kindness, Painted Petals
  • Ink: Black
  • Card: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Something Borrowed DSP, Designer Series Paper Stacks
  • Embellishments: Lost Lagoon Stitched Ribbon, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine

If you’d like to recreate this card, you can grab all your Stampin Up Supplies from my ONLINE STORE


The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 16

Monday has rolled around again, which means it’s time for another Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge.  This week we have a Sketch Challenge. I’ve used A Happy Thing Stamp Set which is a FREE Sale a Bration set (pg 19)

A Happy Thing

I’ve tried to go Clean and Simple with this card, not sure if I’ve managed to pull it off though.

I’ve first stamped in Black Memento Ink and have used the same colours as in the Sale a Bration Catalogue.  Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

I’ve cut out my image using the Circle Framelits, and sponged around the edge with Bermuda Bay Ink.

On a Whisper White panel I’ve used Washi Tape from Beach House (the Crushed Curry one) and the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack ( the Bermuda Bay one).

I’ve then used Dimensionals to adhere the Bird over the Washi Tape.  I stamped Just for You (From the Herd) in Bermuda Bay Ink.

The rolled rose is made from Cherry Cobbler Card, edged with a 2 Way Glue Pen and then dipped in Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (still a bit wet when I took the photo).

This whole panel is then mounted onto a Whisper White card base with Dimensionals.

The sparkle you can see on the bird is from Wink of Stella.

A Happy Thing

Card Recipe

  • Stamp Sets: A Happy Thing, From the Herd
  • Card: Whisper White, Cherry Cobber
  • Ink: Black Memento, Bermuda Bay
  • Blendabilities: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate
  • Embellishments: Washi Tape
  • Big Shot: Circle Framelits

Here is your graphic to play along at home

Sketch Challenge

Next on the Blog Hop is Anna from My Little Creative Nook.

All your Stampin’ Up! purchases can be made from my ONLINE STORE. $90 will get you A Happy Thing for FREE woohoo!

Stampin Up Sheltering Tree

I’ve seen some really pretty cards using Stampin Up Sheltering Tree Stamp Set, I’ve not yet bought the set, but I do have a card I can show you from the Swap I was in.  This card was created by Jill Cameron Hilliard.

Stampin Up Sheltering Trees

It’s a very simple card layout wise, but it definitely caught my eye.

It’s time for our guessing game with colours as swaps didn’t come with a recipe, but I think we can make a pretty good assumption with this card :)

The Sheltering Tree Set comes in Photopolymer and consists of 14 stamps.  The main tree image here has been stamped in Chocolate Chip.  The main cluster of leaves I would say is Pear Pizzazz.  The set then has a little stamp with a cluster of little leaves so that you can add a second colour easily.  The sprinkle of leaves here has been done with Garden Green.

You can also add a Broom, or a Bike or in this case, a Swing under the tree, done in Chocolate Chip, and a swish of grass, also in Pear Pizzazz.

The stamped panel has been layered onto a piece of Chocolate Chip Card, and then onto a Crumb Cake base.  The set comes with 4 sentiments, one of which has been stamped in Garden Green, made into a banner and then adhered under the tree.

A great card and stamp set with loads of options for making trees for all the seasons.

Card Recipe:

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  • Stamp Set: Sheltering Tree
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green
  • Card: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

You can purchase all your Stampin Up supplies from my ONLINE STORE

Don’t forget orders of $100 will get you my FREE Video Tutorials and orders of $90 will get you FREE SaleaBration Items.  You may also like to Join My Team

Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenges 33

Okay, so I’ve been a bit caught up in other things and haven’t played my turn for the Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenges for a month or two, but I have one today WOOHOO!!

Painted Petals

Love Love this set, and these colours together.  And they were all still sitting on my desk from my Stamp by Mail cards.

I’ve started by stamping the flowers stems in Wild Wasabi, and the flower heads in Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Blackberry Bliss.  I then cut them out with a Circle Framelit, and stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss.

The Painted Petals comes with two great stamps for backgrounds, the dots and stripes.  I’ve stamped them on Rose Red and Soft Sky card with their matching inks.  I’ve also sponged around the edges with their matching inks, and also sponged around the circle with Soft Sky.

The Circle has been mounted with Dimensionals, then Whisper White Bakers Twine wrapped around the card a few times, and tied in a bow.  Topped off with a large Rhinestone.

TIP: you know how sometimes you get kinks in your ribbon and twine where it’s been wrapped around the card in the packaging?  A hair straightener on a low temp works wonders to get them out ;)

I’ve finished the card off by using Dimensionals again to adhere the top panel to the card base.

Painted Petals

I’d love for you to head over to the Challenge Blog, check out the other works of art from the Design Team Members, and have a go at this challenge yourself.  We’d love to see more crafters having a go :)

Don’t forget that all your supplies can be purchased from my ONLINE STORE



The Artful Stampers Blog Hop – Challenge 15

It’s time for me to get back into The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenges.  I’ve taken two weeks off, but the girls kept going.  I’ve been thinking what to make for the last week and came up a blank so I’ve used an idea from Dawn Perry Derrick who got the idea from Julie Davison.

Mine is a wee bit different tho, as I discovered (after I cut the card front) that I had NO Window Sheets!!  I had to use Vellum instead.  I think the window sheets would have been better. And it makes it hard to photograph!

Painted Petals

The card base is Blackberry Bliss, scored and folded as usual.  I then cut 4cm from the spine of the card.  Vellum is stuck to the inside edge of the card, and then another 4cm piece has been adhered to the bottom of the vellum.  I’ve tied some Wild Wasabi Cotton Twine around the top section, and cut Hello from Wild Wasabi Card using the Hello You Thinlits Dies.  These dies can also be purchased as part of a bundle with the Crazy about You Stamp Set.  I then finished off the front with Rhinestones (even tho they look like pearls in the photo)

The inside of the card looks like this

Painted Petals

The stamp set I’ve used is Painted Petals (the set we are using in Stamp by Mail).  The leaves are Wild Wasabi. The roses have been stamped with two colours each.  The lighter colours are Rich Razzleberry and Blushing Bride.  I then sponged on some darker colour being Blackberry Bliss and Rose Red respectively.  The sentiment has been stamped in Black Memento.

So when the card is closed, it sort of looks like this (Window Sheets would have been much better!)

Painted Petals

Here’s the Colour Challenge Graphic for you to play along with at home

Colour Challenge

Card Recipe:

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  • Stamp Set: Painted Petals
  • Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Black Memento
  • Card: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Vellum, Wild Wasabi
  • Big Shot: Hello You Thinlits Dies
  • Embellishments: Rhinestones, Painted Blossoms Cotton Twine

Next on our Blog Hop is Nicole Wilson.  I wonder how many of us will use the Painted Petals set, those colours are pretty well part of the Designer Series Paper that match the set.

All products used here can be purchased from my ONLINE STORE

Butterfly Basics Bundle

I recently took part in a Virtual Swap, so I’ll have oodles of cards to share with you, created by various artists :)  The first share I have for you is a card created by Kay Kalthoff who has used the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and the Butterflies Thinlits Dies

Butterfly Basics

I don’t have all the details on what’s been used, but we can take a guess going on the photo :)

Starting from the base up, we have Basic Black as the card base.  The next layer up is some of that gorgeous Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper that is a FREE Sale a Bration item.  Only part of it has been sponged with Wild Wasabi (taking a guess there).

Next comes a piece of Basic Black Chevron Ribbon.  Another layer of Black, and the beautiful Flower Image from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set.  The Butterfly cut out is done with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and would be in Wild Wasabi to match the sponged background.

The Butterfly Basics Stamp Set consists of 11 Stamps and comes in all 3 Mounts, Wood, Clear and Photopolymer.  The Butterflies Thinlit Dies comes with 3 dies, 2 very intricate dies, and one outline die, which matches a Butterfly image from the stamp set.  You can also save 15% on these items by purchasing them as a Bundle.

You can purchase all your Stampin’ Up! items from my ONLINE STORE

A few reminders for you:

Stamp by Mail Closing Very Soon

Catalogue Shares

Join The Artful Stampers

Stampin Up Big Day

The other day, I enjoyed some time with my youngest son.  I coloured in images from the Stampin Up Big Day Stamp Set (FREE Sale a Bration Item) while he painted up a Volcano from a kit he received for Christmas.

Big Day Stamp Set

Lots of new goodies in this card, as well as lots of Freebie items :)

I started by stamping the images from Big Day.  There are actually 4 separate images on this card (5 stamps in the set).  I did use my Stamp a Ma Jig to line them all up.

I then coloured with some of the NEW Blendabilities that are in the Occasions Catalogue.  LOVE the new colours we have now.

The stripy paper in the main panel is another Sale a Bration Freebie and is the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It’s a white paper with a glossy white pattern on it.  I’ve sponged on some Pink Pirouette ink to give it’s colour.  I then splattered on a little Strawberry Slush ink with a wet Aquapainter, and simply wiped off any excess ink with a tissue.

The layout is a fairly simple one.  My stamped banner in Whisper White is layered onto a piece of Strawberry Slush card.  The Irresistibly Yours panel is layered onto a piece of Whisper White card, with a slight border around it.  I then stapled a piece of NEW Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim to the edge of banner.  This entire panel is then adhered to the card base with dimensionals.  I’ve used Bermuda Bay card for the base.  I had planned to use a fair bit of Pink Pirouette, but sadly my drawer was only full of card scraps and not full A4 pieces!

Big Day Stamp Set

Here’s the card recipe for you:

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  • Stamp Set: Big Day (Free Sale a Bration item)
  • Ink: Memento Black, Pink Pirouette
  • Card: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Irresistibly Yours DSP (Free Sale a Bration item)
  • Blendabilities: Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate
  • Ribbon: Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim
  • Other: Stapler, Staples

For every $90 you’ll receive a FREE Sale a Bration Item of your choice, orders over $100 receive access to my January Video Class, and VIP Rewards.  Products can be purchased from my ONLINE STORE


Occasions Catalogue Shares

Want ALL the Papers, Ribbons and Accessories that are in the new Occasions Catalogue, but can’t stretch that far?  How bout taking part in my Occasions Catalogue Shares?  You’ll get a little bit of everything to play with.

Catalogue Shares

I have 3 Shares running, take one, take two or take them all!

Paper: Receive 1/4 Pack of each Paper (6″ x 12″ size) – Cost $30

  • Something Borrowed
  • Stacked with Love
  • Birthday Bash
  • Painted Blooms
  • Chalkboard Paper
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Adventure Bound

Ribbon: Receive 1/4 Roll of each Ribbon – Cost $15

  • Calypso Coral Pom Pom
  • Bermuda Bay Sequins Trim
  • Hello Honey Quilted Ribbon
  • White Jute Ribbon
  • Sahara Sand Lace Trim

Accessories: Receive 1/4 Pack of each – Cost $12

  • Washi Sheets
  • Itty Bitty Epoxy Stickers
  • Sweet Dreams Buttons
  • Something Borrowed Embellishments

Postage is $8.40 in a pre paid satchel for all Shares.

BONUS OFFER:  Take part in Two Shares and receive a Best Year Ever DSP Sample, take part in all Three Shares and receive a Best Year Ever DSP AND Best Year Ever Accessory Pack sample.

I’ll be closing the Shares on the 15th January, to sign up, please fill out the form below and mention which shares you’d like to take part in.