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A Masculine Card with Colourful Seasons

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Today’s share is a quick card perfect for sympathy or masculine birthdays!  I’ve used both the High Tide and the Colourful Seasons stamp sets, combined to make a tranquil scene:

The sky is washed with Soft Sky and when dry, the birds from the HIgh Tide stamp set stamped on.

The water is stamped in Tranquil Tide and the grasses in Old Olive.

 

That deck chair (I’m sure you’re seeing it all over the net) is from the Colourful Seasons bundle, and wow, it’s a winner!  That die set contains so many little goodies!

I’ve die cut the chair here from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.

Just a quickie for today – enjoy and check back in a few hours for the All Stars Design Team Blog Hop!

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Colour Inkspiration 14 – A Gift Set for a Wedding

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Welcome back to another Colour Inkspiration Challenge!  The next fortnight’s colour challenges are:

And today I am long overdue making a wedding card for a dear friend from high school, so I decided this colour combo would be my inspiration.

Now this card is for a guy friend whom I haven’t seem for decades, so I didn’t want it to be too gushy or too feminine:

 

This card was inspired by a design from LeAnne Pugliese.   The wedding is at an Aquarium and is definitely nautical themed, so I wanted to run with that.

 

 

The Stitched Circle is watercoloured to create the beach scene, and I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the water for sparkle.  But not tooooo much!

Removing the Rich Razzleberry and going along more with his wedding colours, I made a little set of coordinating thank you cards to include in his gift.  (I’m sending him a lambswool blanket).  I know four isn’t nearly enough, but thought he could use these for those extra special friends.

These are essentially the same design, but with a bit more colour and texture.  Possibly considered a “mistake”, but I quite like how the ocean here bled into the sky a bit.  It looks like the water is misting or moving, at least.

 

 

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I hope Jamon loves these; I sure enjoyed making them for someone special. I do wish I could be at his wedding after all these years, but alas it lands right when the Hamilton Quilt & Craft Show is and the wedding takes place in the USA.  How excellent we can make things from the heart, especially for times when our hearts want to be with someone.

Thanks for stopping by my blog in New Zealand!  Please join this colour challenge over the next fortnight on the Challenge Page!  I know you’ll enjoy the hop. Next stop, Mel Pagano!   

 

 

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Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop – Bench Fold Bookcase Builder Card!

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Welcome to another blog hop for worldwide demonstrators who have achieved the Thailand Grand Vacation!  (16 days until we go!!).  You have landed in New Zealand on the hop!

 

Today’s share is a fun Bench Fold card using the new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack:

 

I thought this could be a great little card for masculine themes, teenagers, or babies!

 

I loved the Cable Knit folder used here for a little table runner.   Cute!

All the images are from the Bookcase Builder stamp set – so you can mix and match both colours and images to create anything you want on the little shelves.

 

And like magic, the card folds down flat (or relatively flat) to fit inside a standard envelope.

The new product here is also one of my top three picks for the new catalogue – the Wood Textures Designer Series Stack.  These are FABulous papers perfect for the guys, kids, flowers, vintage  . . . . just love them!

If you live in New Zealand and don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of the hop!


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Brand New! 2017-2019 Five New In-Colours! Comparion and Inventory Charts!

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I hope you are enjoying the long weekend!  Today’s share is a long one, but with lots of resources and goodies!  Please have a read all the way to the end.   All the card samples are using the new Colorful Seasons Bundle.  

I want to introduce you to the five new Stampin’ Up! colours:

Please meet Fresh Fig:

 

From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The flowers are in Fresh Fig as well.     Fresh Fig is a very rich, dark wine sort of colour.

 

Please meet Tranquil Tide:

From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tranquil Tide, and Always Artichoke.   As demonstrated in the video below, Tranquil Tide is very much an “in between” colour.  It will definitely change character depending on which colours you use it with!

 

Please meet Berry Burst:

From top to bottom we have Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The chair is also in Berry Burst.   This colour is a purple-pink with a good amount of vibrancy.

 

Please meet Lemon Lime Twist:

I predict this will be the most popular colour of the five!  Think fresh granny smith apples here.  From top to bottom, I have used Lemon LIme Twist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke.   The leaf is also out of Lemon Lime Twist.

 

Please meet Powder Pink:

Colours from top to bottom are Pink Pirouette, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, and Rose Red.  Powder Pink is soft purpley-pink, perfect for subtle projects or perhaps baby cards.

Please keep in mind that you can buy all five of these ink pads in a bundle for virtually the same price as buying four of them individually. This is your best deal!

 

Please also download your Free In-Colour Inventory Chart and Free In-Colour Combination Idea Chart!

Enjoy the video below:

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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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!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay dry tonight,

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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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