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Touches of Texture with Stitched Shapes Framelits

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HI friends!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful, relaxing, sunny weekend!  I was able to spend some hours with some of my team of demonstrators this Saturday, which always leaves me feeling energized and part of “something bigger”.

I was struggling with a migraine much of last week, so I apologize in being a bit tardy in posting.  Today’s share is a remake of a project I made during SaleABration, but this time using the Touches of Texture stamp set.  This set has a lovely mix of all sorts of images designed to layer together.

stampin up touches of texture hexagon watercolor pencils vintage real red

 

Although this set is great for layering, I kept this project relatively “clean”.  The squares are cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits (such a useful set of dies!) and then stamped with the flower image from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

stampin up touches of texture watercolor pencils vintage hexagon stitched framelits

 

Each square was then watercoloured using the new Watercolour Pencils.  I absolutely love working with these!  You can make the colouring light, dark, variegated, shaded or you can mix and blend the colours. It’s so much fun and so easy!  All you need are the pencils and an Aqua Painter.

stampin up touches of texture monochromatic card hexagon

 

I had a few leftover kits, so I played around with the colours a bit.  On this one, I made a monochromatic card with just that pop of Real Red.  I like the look of the brown flowers and grey leaves.  It’s quite vintage looking.  I will use this as an inspiration piece for my May Online Class (Free with any order or $14.95), which will be all about Monochromatic projects.

 

The background was created using the ever-popular Hexagon Embossing Folder, which is carrying over into the next catalogue (yay!).

I’m teaching an awesome Mother’s Day (or can be made general) project this week in both Pakuranga on Monday evening and in Papakura on Wednesday evening.  Please join us!  You can see my full listing of classes for 2017 HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mini Egg Cartons for our Easter Dinner

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Hi friends!  I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing Easter weekend whilst celebrating the season.  I know Easter is over and gone, but I wanted to share with you anyway what I did with a few of the Mini Egg Cartons for our Easter table:

stampin up strength and prayers easter mini egg carton religious

 

We had four women and four men attending, so I made four like this using the Strength and Prayers stamp set.  I have always loved this dove and regret not finding use for it earlier in the year!  What a beauty for Christmas, too.

 

Inside the box I stamped the scripture that comes with the set, embossed in Copper.   I’m one who tends to be a little more private about my religious feelings, but the inside of a box felt comfortable.   And isn’t it nice to open a box and find that little bit more – a bit of colour, printed paper, a saying, or anything a wee bit unexpected.

 

After copper embossing the dove, I added just a whisp of the Watermelon Wonder to give the bird a bit of coordinating colour.    The leaves are from the gorgeous Flouishes die set.

 

We had four male guests, and I decided a pink bird might not appeal to them so much.  So they got this bird instead!  I’ve used the goose here from the Wetlands stamp set, added a bit of colour with an Aquapainter and our Classic Inks, and adhered him to a simple background.  I just used strips of the Urban District paper and the coordinating Washi Tape.

 

Sadly, almost everything I chose to use on these projects is being discontinued!   The discontinued list will run through the end of May or while supplies last. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can do so HERE.  (Plus grab some great discounts and bargain, too!)

Thanks for stopping by,

P.S. Would you enjoy coming to a class for some “time out”?  Please join us!

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Auckland Extravaganza Project Parade!

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Hi friends!  These have been sitting on my desk for a while, but I’m excited to share some of the projects our lovely guests created at the Auckland Extravaganza in March.  We had such a pleasant day together!   I think you’ll find some great birthday card ideas here:

 

 

 

Barbara Bicknell and her team presented and taught this fun “stuffed card” using the Cupcake and Carousels suite, a suite that is now being discontinued and is at a reduced price!  I absolutely love these papers!

This project inspired my Mother’s Day card (will be posted soon).  How fun to have a card with little gifts included. Here, they have included sugar, tea, a stamped spoon, some coloring in pages, a cupcake topper, a pinwheel, and a biscuit. Wow that’s a lot!

Angela Palmer, Kylie Burke, and Kathryn Tyrrell taught this subdued project using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and the Copper Foil.  The inside features an effective peek-a-boo design that is easy to do.

Sally Williams, Heather Stewart, and Michelle Pepper shared this pop up box card project with the group.   Great for any age or gender, this project uses the Birthday Blast dies for that bit extra.

 

Judith Ferguson, Rachael Knight, and Christine Gedye taught everyone how to make a fun pull-up birthday card featuring the Balloon Adventure bundle. Who wouldn’t love to receive this card?!  This could also be used for wedding projects.

We had such a great day; we love our guests and the enthusiasm they bring to the room and to each table.  I know as one of the teachers, I really appreciate all the guests and their encouragement.

Please be careful this evening with Cyclone Cook hitting New Zealand.  And have a wonderful Easter weekend!

P.S. Want a free class?  Please any order with me (in person or online or email), and I’ll send you a Masculine Projects class absolutely free!

P.P.S  Book in for our next round of Extravaganzas in July!

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Otahuhu Class Postponed

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Due to Cyclone Cook hitting Auckland this afternoon and evening, we’ve decided to postpone our cardmaking and scrapbooking class in Otahuhu tonight.

Stay home, ladies, and keep safe.
Thank you for your understanding and we will let you know of a replacement date asap.

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Colour Inkspiration #07 – Cake Crazy Birthday Card in Soft Vintage!

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Welcome to another Blog Hop with the Colour Inkspiration Crew!  This challenge I chose to use a stamp set, Cake Crazy, that is typically used with bright, fun colours (see here) and tone them right down with our colour challenge combination:

 

I hope you will also play along!  You can join the Colour Inkspiration Challenge Group HERE.

 

stampin up cake crazy vintage birthday card CI07

 

I incorporated all the colours into the cake layers, but focused on the Pink Pirouette for the card base.   I embossed the base with the Hexagon Embossing Folder.   Do you notice a bit of Tip Top Taupe ink in the grooves of the hexagons?   I sponged a little bit of ink directly onto the folder before embossing so it embossed and inked all at the same time.

stampin up cake crazy birthday card vintage hexagon CI07

 

I wanted to go a little more vintage with this project, just for something a little bit unexpected with the Cake Crazy stamp set.  All the edges are inked lightly with the Tip Top Taupe ink and I roughed up a few edges with my scissors.   I also really love to incorporate that Vanilla Lace Trim!

 

And don’t forget the inside of your card (and your envelope!) to create a “whole package” card!   While you have your stamps and ink out, it’s easy to just add a few more coordinating images in the same colours to the rest of your project.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here at my blog! If you live in New Zealand and don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!

Enjoy the rest of your hop! Your next stop is the talented and generous Rebecca Scurr!









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Retiring Product List – Get Them Before They Are Gone!

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We’re getting ready to retire products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogues. While supplies last!

 Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items 31 May!

Download and Print the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual and Occasions Catalogue Retiring LIst

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Mini Egg Cartons with Special Reason – Ready for Easter!

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It’s Friday! One easy-to-miss item in the Occasions Catalogue is the Mini Egg Cartons. Think Easter and beyond Easter – these are so cute!   I’m imagining lip glosses, real eggs, Ferrer Rochers, bath bombs, or soaps in these little cartons.

My share today is inspired by my friend, Pam Jorgensen, who made up a similar box in blues:

 

First, I sprayed the box in Sweet Sugarplum,  Clearly, it was very dilute as it came out more of a pale pink instead of a purple colour.  Just be careful when colouring these boxes to not get them too wet all at once. If you want more colour, then let it dry and add another layer.   Like “real” egg cartons, these are made out of pressed paper and the seams will disintegrate if they are soaked and handled roughly.

 

The top of our beautiful egg carton is embellished with the Special Reason Bundle.  I’ve layered flowers and leaves for a bouquet effect.

The ribbon here is a SaleABration ribbon, so it’s no longer available.  My apologies for being tardy in blogging this project. (But I still wanted to share before Easter!)

 

Tips:

  1. You can create dimension in your flowers in many ways. Here, I’ve sliced down the petals and used my bone folder to curl the petals downwards.
  2. The Classic Label Punch is great for adding that little tag.
  3. Everything is built upon the Crumb Cake Stitched Circle.  So in theory, someone could toss out the box when it was time to do so and remove and reuse the top portion on a card or a gift packaging.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful weekend. I’m off for a haircut in preparation for the CentreStage dinner (Leadership meeting) tonight and OnStage (new product training) all day tomorrow!

P.S. Want to join us for the next OnStage?  Click HERE for more details on being part of my team!

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Adhesive Tips – Tutorial Video and PDF File for your Reference

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Do you ever wonder which adhesive to use?  Or how to use it?

Stampin’ Up! offers a range of adhesives, and each has its advantages and purpose. I’ve created two resources that I hope will be of use to all adhesive users:

  1.  A video tutorial on how to use each of the STampin’ Up! adhesives.   I admit it – I’m a bit OCD and I want you to get the best value out of your resources.  I held an event recently and was surprised to find all three pairs of my scissors absolutely stuck shut by improper use of adhesives. I hope this video will answer a few questions and help you get more value out of your products:

 

 

 

2. I’ve also created a downloadable PDF file all about Adhesives. Here I’ve detailed out the pros and cons of each as well as provided a chart with suggestions for “best use” situations for each adhesive.   Of course, this list is not 100% comprehensive, but I think will cover the general paper crafter’s questions:

Stampin’ Up! Adhesive Reference Sheet

 

I hope you find both of those resources useful and helpful!   I do keep my ears open when I am teaching.  I want to know what you want to know!  If there is a resource you’d like to see, please feel free to let me know and I will put it on the list.

 

Thanks for stopping in to see me today!    If you need any adhesives, you can order them at any time by emailing me or by using my Online Shop.

P.S. Tomorrow I am heading over to Tauranga for an Egg Carton Box Class – I have 3 spots that could be filled. Please join us!mailto:mail@stamphappy.co.nz

P.P.S. This weekend is our big OnStage training days. This is where Stampin’ Up! corporate offers training and new product introduction for the upcoming catalogue in June!  We are all so excited to see what’s coming – can’t wait to share with you when we are allowed to share publicly!

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