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An Old Truck Card – One for the Guys

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Today’s share is a masculine card that has sat on my desk; I’ve enjoyed it every time I sit down to work.   This colour Cajun Craze . . . . it’s really a great one to mix in with the darker colours, especially for masculine projects.  I really like it here on this old truck in the Country Livin’ stamp set:

 

I’ve stamped this cool truck using the Archival Black because it doesn’t bleed when watercoloured.  Then coloured this guy in with Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, and Smokey Slate.  I used an AquaPainter here; you could also use a Blender Pen, but it won’t have the watercoloured look quite the same.  

I used the Shimmer White cardstock here; it’s far superior to Whisper White for watercolouring.   If you haven’t seen the resource sheet for our cardstocks, please feel free to download. I hope it will be very useful for you.

 

It’s very faint in the photo, but I also did  a was in the background using Soft Sky (how appropriate).  All you need to do here is use a lot of water and just a little ink and keep it moving.  Just “wash” it around the background area for soft colour.

I also added a bit of the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the windows and let dry. Did you know it works like a clear lacquer as well?  Great stuff!

 

I’ll be sending this card to my father who is a real collector of old junk . . . I mean antiques.  There is quite a charm about old trucks, though, especially when they have as good of a paint job as this one on the card has!

I’d love to have you in a class with me during May!  Please check out my Calendar for this month and see if anything fits into your schedule.   Don’t forget we also have our Extravaganzas coming up before we know it!

 

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Bookcase Builder Altered Notebook – Cute Small Gift Idea!

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My personal favorite projects are taking something rather ordinary and making them extra special!   All you need is an inexpensive notebook.  I’ve used the small 1B4 notebooks and cut them in half here.   I’ve shared something like this before, but I’ve done up some leftover kits with current images and came up with these cuties:

 

I used the Bookcase Builder stamp set to embellish these little purse-sized notebooks for something a bit different.   I love how one can put various little things on each shelf, perhaps making the images and project personal to a particular person or to yourself.  Plus it’s fun!

I was thinking these would be a nice little book for writing down those funny things kids say, memories, keeping lists, spiritual thoughts, inspiration, creative colour combinations as you see them . . .

I also made up a more pastel version using the Subtles colour palette.

I simply cut a notebook in half and then covered it with the Kraft cardstock (you could use any colour, of course).   Then stamped the images on white, matted and adhered to the front.

 

I really enjoyed making this and love how they turned out!   Fortunately, this Bookcase Builder is staying with us for another year, and I look forward to using it on more projects!

Don’t forget to check out the Retiring LIst and the Clearance Rack before those items on your wish list are gone – and grab a bargain while you’re at it!

And if you’re in New Zealand and are my customer or don’t already have a demonstrator, let me know if you’d like a copy of the new catalogue. I can’t wait to share all the new, exciting colours, images, tools, and products with you!

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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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Masculine Urban Underground 5 Photo Double Layout

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Today’s share is a Masculine Double Layout using the new Urban Underground Suite – coordinating paper, stamp set, washi tape, embossing folder, and embellishments help make this project come together beautifully.

Well we are getting the tail end of a tropical storm here in Auckland at the moment; I’m pleased I’m tucked in at home warm and dry while the storm outside does its thing!

stampin up Urban Underground double layout scrapbook 5 photo masculine

 

I kept this layout relatively simple; I wanted the photos to tell the majority of the story and everything else to just support the love on display.    Plus – masculine layouts don’t always call for fine details.

I have used the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper as the foundation for this project.  I crumpled them up and sanded a little to bring out the creases.  I found as I taught this last month that some loved that look and others really “didn’t want to ruin a perfectly good piece of paper”!   I embrace either philosophy!  As long as you are happy with the end result, that’s all that matters.

 

 

The Urban Underground papers also feature a few prints that have foil in them, so we used those as accents.   We also used a strip of the actual Silver Foil, a product I’ll admit has never taken my fancy UNTIL I saw it embossed!  It goes from ho-hum to amAzing!   Here I’ve used the Sparkle folder.

 

My title reflects the truth of the relationship between my husband and my youngest daughter, Sofie.   I’ve found that the Crazy About You stamp set and Hello, You dies have been just invaluable in my scrapbooking projects.  I’ve hand cut the words for a more casual look, too.

 

Every single one of my layouts has a heart, either prominently or hidden.  I’ve used them on this double layout as a bright red accent against all the black and silver.  Not too much, though.

stampin up urban underground layout masculine district

 

stampin up urban district underground masculine layout silver foil

 

I do try to give my students options when doing scrapbooking so that everyone has something that really fits their own style and needs.   This double layout could be used as two single layouts if someone wanted, too.

Do you need more masculine project ideas?   Place an order with me during April and receive an online Masculine Card Class FREE!

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Cake Crazy Birthday Card Club – Kits Available and Video Tutorial!

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Everyone loves a fun, happy birthday card that is quick to put together!   I loved this Cake Crazy stamp set from the moment it was introduced to us at our Stampin’ Up! OnStage training last November.

Today I want to share with you a bright birthday card that I think just about anyone at any age would enjoy:

 

Oh how fun it was to build up that cake in different colours!   I had several goes at it – all of which look great, but this version is my favorite for now.

The Cake Crazy cake layers are designed to be on a lean, so you can create your cake to be somewhat straight or go deliberately on a lean.  It definitely has a Dr. Seuss look to it.

I chose to go bright and rainbow, but of course,  this project could be done in more subdued colours to create an entirely different look. I think I will give that a go soon.

 

Please watch and enjoy the video below!  This is just me stamping at home sharing with my fans!

I have made up some packs for kits which include the card base, the whisper white panels, the basic black panels, the strips of black and white paper (may be some different prints too), black twine, and the black sequins. You need to provide the stamps and the inks (or order them).

I do hope you enjoy!  Happy creating!

 


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Hamilton Extravaganza Project Parade

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Today’s share is four of the five projects our lovely guests completed at the recent Hamilton Extravaganza. We had such a great day, despite the weather being uncommonly muggy!

stampin up nailed it tool box punch art shaped card masculine

 

Sarah Roche and Christine Palmer did a great job with their project – I love the fun shape and the use of the Nailed It bundle.  So perfect for the guys!

 

Ella Warren and Kristine McNickle taught a shaker card using the Balloon Adventures bundle.  I know everyone enjoyed learning how to make one of these!

stampin up dragonfly dreams fancy fold wedding vintage

 

Irene Wardlaw and Rayleen Baker shared with the group this pretty dragonfly card using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle. This one is such a winner!

 

And finally – Ruth Hickey and Alicia Yap showed everyone now to make the Window Box larger and created this fun carousel-like box.

And tomorrow, Friday 31 March, is the LAST DAY for SAleABration gifts with purchase!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tauranga Project Parade – March SaleABration Extravaganza!

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We’ve had such fun at the recent Extravaganzas in various locations around New Zealand!   We love to share Stampin’ Up! with our friends, both existing friends and new ones!

Today’s share is two of the projects recently taught at the Tauranga Extravaganza:

 

Rhonda Fawcett taught this tool box punch art card using the Nailed It bundle.   Who wouldn’t love to receive this little work of art?! Perfect to have on display, too.

 

These fun tools are great for tricky cards for the guys in our lives.  You can colour them in or paper piece them, as Rhonda has done here.

 

Anne Lord taught a joy fold card featuring both the Watercolor Pencils and the Dragonfly Dreams bundle.   The SaleABration gift, the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, is the black and white background.  It makes a nice, neutral compliment to many of our images.   (You don’t have to color it in!)

 

stampin up dragonfly dreams watercolor pencils joy fold

 

Anne created this background using the Watercolor Pencils – everyone’s turned out quite differently!   What fun they had being artists that afternoon.

Join us for the next events!

 

 

 

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Custom Tee Congratulations Card

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We have had a fantastic weekend at both the Auckland and the Hamilton Extravaganzas – thank you all who were there either teaching or participating.  These events are only great because you are there!

I must admit I had a nap today!

Today’s share is a leftover card kit I redesigned to use current products. I had a demonstrator on my team achieve her QuickStart bonus and wanted to send her a little pat on the back:

stampin up custom tee bundle congratulations card

 

I used the Custom Tee bundle here. This could be easily made into a more masculine birthday card, for example, by using T-Shirts instead.

 

I tried a few different things and decided coloured paper with the white embossing worked best. I also inked over the embossing just a little bit to bring it out more.

I sure am proud of my team when they achieve their goals!

If you’ve thought about becoming a demonstrator or if you wish list is longer than your grocery list, read more about it.  Receive two free stamp sets on top of your starter kit as a bonus through March only!

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