Always & Forever Ensemble from MDS

This week my MIL put in an order for a wedding card for her Japanese friends who are visiting for only one night.  They have just recently been married, so my MIL just wanted anything :)

EEK!  I don’t actually have any wedding stamp sets, so I turned to My Digital Studio, because I knew I had downloaded the Always & Forever Invitation and Ensemble, and I love the flowers in the kit.  There is also a matching Stamp Set called Bouquet Toss on pg 64 of the Annual Catalogue.

I designed the front panel in MDS and then just printed it out and coloured it in with Blendabilities.  I went for bright and happy, using Melon Mambo, and a string of Rhinestones coloured with the mid tone Blendabilities, and kept the layout clean and simple.  The top panel was layered onto Whisper White, and then mounted onto a Whisper White card base.

Happil Ever After

Sadly we also had some sad news on the weekend with the Death of the Lutheran Pastor, who was also the Pastor of the school my children go to.  I also made this card into a Sympathy Card for the special lady in his life by changing the sentiment in MDS and using Cherry Cobbler for a richer feel and tone.  Instead of Rhinestones, I used Pearls coloured with the darkest Blendabilities

With Sympathy

If you don’t have the stamp sets you’re after, don’t forget to check out My Digital Studio.  If you haven’t had a look at it yet, you can download a FREE 30 Day Trial.  It’s easy enough to use, and the Digital stamps and kits are inexpensive to purchase, and you have them forever.

You can find My Digital Studio in my ONLINE STORE

Cheers for now

Alisa xx

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop 4

Woohoo!! We made it through our first month of Blog Challenges.

This week I set the team a Sketch Challenge, which I have to admit, I’m quite taken with.

Firstly, here’s my card.  Going for a Christmas theme in traditional reds and greens.

Get your santa on

Here’s the actual sketch, incase you’d like to give it a shot yourself.

Challenge 27th October-001

…. and yet another photo of those cute little Santa Outfits

Get your santa on 2

Can you spot my mistake?  I had originally only stamped and coloured one Santa Suit and then had the idea to do two more, only I didn’t realise that I hadn’t picked up the Smoky Slate Blendabilities until AFTER I’d finished colouring.  I did think it was going on a little differently.  I was using Wisteria Wonder!  I’m too lazy to go colour it all again though, to it stayed that way.  I’m sure whom ever gets the card won’t mind too much. :) – I hope!

The Get Your Santa On Stamp Set is a Photopolymer set, which made stamping the ho! ho! ho! on an angle extremely easy and quick.  I’m not too fussed that all my ho!’s aren’t lined up perfectly.

I usually love to add Dimensionals to a few layers in my cards, but this time I’ve only popped up the Santa Suits to really separate them from the card front, and colours of the card.

Anyway….. onto the card recipe, and as always supplies are from Stampin’ Up!:

  • Stamp Sets:  Get Your Santa On
  • Ink: Memento Black, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Versamark
  • Blendabilities: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder (by accident), Colour Lifter
  • Card: Garden Green, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Trim the Tree Designer Series Stack
  • Tools: Heat Tool, Stampin’ Buddy, Hexagon Punch (to cut the banners), Sponges
  • Embellishments: White Embossing Powder, Frosty Sequins

All these supplies and more, can be purchased from my ONLINE STORE

Next on your Blog Hop is the Miss Alison Barclay :)

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Super Star Card Class by Mail

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Super Star Card Stamping Class!

Show off your super star style this holiday season with these elegant cards!

Join me for this Class by Mail and learn a Fancy Fold and several fun Big Shot techniques!

Cost is just $25 including post.

You will receive all precut cardstock, embellishments, envelopes for the 3 cards, and full instructions.

There will be some items you’ll need to have yourself.

  • Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set
  • Stars Framelites Dies
  • Blackberry Bliss Inkpad
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Lucky Stars Embossing Folder
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Big Shot
  • Adhesive and Dimensionals

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And a close up of the stunning star card.

Super Star Close up

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Island Punch Art Card

I received this ultra cool card in the post this week from my Business Development Adviser at Stampin’ Up!

Last month I qualified for the Grand Vacation to Hawaii.   A big THANK YOU to all my customers and team members :)

Now onto this cool card!


Isn’t it such a clever idea?  I’ve gone through the punch section in the catalogue to see what Clare used.

  • Fun Flower
  • Modern Label
  • Ticket Due Builder
  • 2 1/2″ Circle
  • Scallop Edge Border (the reverse image)

I think you can tell from the photo that Clare has also used the Stars Embossing Folder.

This card is going straight to the pool room!

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 3

Welcome back to another challenge from The Artful Stampers Team.

This week I set a colour challenge using 5 colours plus white or vanilla for the team.

Stipple Blossoms

Team 20th October-001

When I have this many colours to choose from, I LOVE to go to my 2-Step Stamp Sets, and my favourite is the Stipple Blossoms Set.

I’ve used Crumb Cake as biggest colour with the base, and then as I’ve added more colour, I’ve decreased the amount at which I use them, to give balance.

Rich Razzleberry takes up the next % of colour use with the 1st Step of the Blossom and the biggest piece of purple card, next is Blackberry Bliss, Garden Green, and then the lowest % of colour is Wild Wasabi with just the base of the Leaf image being stamped.

To create my card, I’ve stamped the large flower and leaves in all 4 colours, the lightest colour goes down first, then using your Stamp a Ma Jig, stamp your detailed image in the darker colour.  A little bit of fussy cutting, but well worth it.

I’ve stamped the layer of Crumb Cake with Dictionary and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets and have sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake Ink.

The next layer is Rich Razzleberry and then Blackberry Bliss.  The Blackberry Bliss was a piece of scrap lying on my table, which was 3cm wide, the perfect fit to cut a V into the end with the Hexagon Punch.

Hexagon Punch

I then punched a circle from Garden Green, and pricked holes around the edge.  Celebrate from Good Greetings was stamped onto Whisper White card with Blackberry Bliss Ink and given the same Hexagon Punch treatment  on the end.

The Blossom is popped up with Dimensionals as is the entire top panel.  I finished off my card with a few of those tiny tiny Basic Pearls.

All these product are from Stampin’ Up! and can be ordered in my ONLINE STORE.

So now it’s time to move on to the next creation by Annette Sullivan to see how she has used her 5 colours :)

How to Colour on Vellum with Blendabilities

This month for the Around the World Challenges we’ve been playing with products.  The first round was buttons, and this round is to use Vellum.

For my card I’ve embossed an image, and coloured it with Blendabilities.

Partridge & Pears

Here are the steps I used to create the image:

  • Stamp tree image from Partridge and Pears Stamp Set onto Vellum with Versamark Ink.
  • Emboss the image with White Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool.
  • Turn your image over and colour from behind with your Blendabilities.

You could colour the image from the front, but don’t forget that Blendabilities can also colour items such as buttons and pearls, so if you colour from the front, you’ll need to be very careful not to go over your white outline.  You won’t be able to buff the colour off like other inks.

I also found that you need to colour over the area a few times depending on how dark you would like your image, and allow time for your inks to dry on the vellum.  The image looks quite blotchy from behind, but lovely from the front.

Resting your vellum on a dark piece of card helps you to see your outline, but also have a piece of white card or paper so you can see what your image looks like from the front.

Colour Vellum with Blendabilities

The colours of Blendabilites I used were:

  • Old Olive
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Night of Navy
  • Coastal Cabanana

All these items can be found in my ONLINE STORE.

We’d also love for you to play along with us at Around the World Challenges.  Check out some of the amazing work other members of the Design Team have created.



The Artful Stampers Blog Hop – Challenge 2

I hope you enjoyed checking out our first Challenge that was set last Monday.  This week I’ve set the team a Sketch Challenge.

Here’s my card.

Christmas Bauble

And here’s the sketch, incase you’d like to play along too.

Team Challenge Oct 13-001

I’ve used the stamp Christmas Bauble for the circle in my sketch, coloured with Rich Razzleberry, Coastal Cabana, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities.  My card base is also Rich Razzleberry, with a double layer of Rich Razzleberry, the top layer has been embossed with the Stars Embossing Folder through the Big Shot.  The banner layer is Bermuda Bay as I find it gives a richness to the Coastal Cabana colour in the bauble.

After I’d finished colouring the bauble, I did go over the image outline again with a Black Marker, just to give it back its depth.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Good Greetings Stamp Set which is FREE until the end of October.

The next person on our team Blog Hop is Alison Barclay, the Queen of Clean and Simple!

Don’t forget to leave some comment love for the ladies, I’m sure they’d appreciate it :)


Perfect Peacock

This stamp WAS NOT on my wish list, until I started seeing card with it everywhere, then I just HAD to have it.

More fun playing with Blendabilities, I find it very relaxing (especially while hubby is cooking dinner!)

Perfect Peacock

No Embellishments either!!

I’ve used the Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities for the Perfect PeacockOld Olive for the leaves, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral for the flowers, and Wisteria Wonder for the Faux Layer behind the peacock.

I then stamped Celebrate from the Good Greetings stamp set in Bermuda Bay.

The base card is also Bermuda Bay, with a 5mm strip of Wisteria Wonder under the Whisper White.  (can you believe that’s the first time I’ve use Wisteria Wonder?)

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The Artful Stampers Challenge Hop

This week I set a challenge for my team.  I’m hoping we can do one each week, and blog about it.

I had those butterflies that I had coloured so set the challenge around the colours I used.

Here’s a look at my card.

First Edition Butterfly

The colours I picked were

As I mentioned in a previous post, the butterflies are from a My Digital Studio Stamp called First Edition Butterfly

I resized them in MDS and then printed them out, coloured them in with the Blendabilities and then cut them out.

The layout is kept fairly simple.  Daffodil Delight is my base and is cut long ways instead of a regular A5 size.  The layering panels are Bermuda Bay, with the top layer stamped with Dictionary and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets.  I then sponged around the edges of the top layer with the same ink.  The smaller layer is Coastal Cabana, it has been stamped with the FREE Hostess Stamp Good Greetings in Memento Black Ink.  To finish the card off, I placed a few Coastal Cabana Sequins around the butterflies.

I’m hoping to be back with a video to show you how I coloured the butterflies.

Now being a Blog Hop Challenge, your next stop will be Tamsin Adams from Tassie :)

I hope you’ve had fun checking out our creations, and feel inspired to have a go at the colour challenge too.