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All Stars December Blog Hop – Beautiful Bouquet!

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Welcome to another Blog Hop around the All Stars Design Team!  You have landed in New Zealand at Jacque Williams’ blog!  This month we are featuring bundles from both the Holiday and the Annual Catalogue, and I’m choosing to feature the Beautiful Bouquet bundle:

 

The card design itself is simple, but I had a lot of fun creating those flowers!

 

Isn’t this just a fun look?  Each and every flower is different thanks to a little magic using the Subtles Ink Refills, Watercolor Paper, and the Aqua Painter brush.   Basically I just created my own washed paper, let dry, and die cut from there.

 

Assemble your beautiful bouquet and adhere to a Stitched Shape Oval. Now if you don’t have the Stitched Shape Framelits yet, I strongly encourage you to make that investment. They are just SO useful!

All these pretty elements are paired with the darkest wood print in the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack for a striking contrast.

 

I have made another project with this gorgeous bundle, which you can find in our December All Stars Tutorial – FREE with any $50 order through me during December or you can order below:

 




Shopping list below.And enjoy the rest of the hop!  Next stop: Jenneke De Jong! 

 

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Stampin’ Blends are Here! Birthday Blooms Video Tutorial!

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We’ve been ready and waiting for Stampin’ Up! to release their new and improved alcohol-based markers, and they are finally here!  Stampin’ Blends are available in light and dark pairs, single markers, or as a whole set!

I’ve been playing around with these for a little while, and today I want to share with you a video tutorial for a quick birthday card using these new, fabulous coloring tool:

 

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Night of Navy Cat – Eclipse Technique

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The Eclipse Technique is all over Pinterest at the moment, and using the new Cat Punch is a quick and easy way to make a card with this fun technique. Here is my version, inspired by the talented Susan Campfield:

 

The colours are simple Night of Navy and Whisper White, a truly classic combination.

The embossing folder is the new Quilt Top from the Holiday Catalogue.  I don’t know if this one will stay around – please order it before end of December!

 


There are a few different way to achieve this look, but I have done it this way:

  1. Stamp the flowers on the Whisper White panel
  2. Punch out the cat from the same panel
  3. Punch out three cats from Night of Navy scraps
  4. Adhere the white “outline” piece from the punch onto the Night of Navy mat
  5. Layer the three Night of Navy cats into the “hole”.
  6. Finish with the Whisper White cat on top.

 


 

The new Crinkle Seam binding is just so nice to tie; it’s soft and drapes nicely. It comes in four colours, too!

Thanks for stopping by – shopping list below. Just a few days left for the All Stars September Tutorial Bundle – Free with any order of $50 or more!

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You’ve Got Style Birthday Card – Video Tutorial!

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You’ve Got Style has been a very popular set in the recent Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and today’s project features these funny old ladies!   Watch the video below to learn how to put together this quick and fun birthday card for someone who’d appreciate a laugh:

I chose Melon Mambo as my accent colour for the black and white base, but of course, you can choose any colour you think your friend would love.

 

Take a few minutes to see how quick this one is to finish and how to colour her up in no time:

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All-Stars Tutorial Bundle Now Available!

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Are you looking for fresh inspiration?   All new tutorials from 12 talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators on the All Stars Design Team:

 

Each month we will be collaborating to bring to you twelve exclusive tutorials, complete with photos, supply lists, and step by step instructions so you can easily recreate the projects.

Check out the sneak peek for August:

 

Tomorrow we will also have a Blog Hop (different projects!) using the same tools for more inspiration to compliment the tutorial bundle!

This awesome tutorial bundle is FREE with any $50 order through me (online, email, or in person) during August or you can purchase on its own.

You can buy one month at a time, or buy a six month subscription:

 


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A Series of Vintage Cards using the New Embossing Paste!

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Happy Monday!  Today’s share is my project taught at the recent run of Winter Extravaganzas (Tauranga, Auckland, Nelson and Hamilton).  I must admit teaching this one because it was SO much FUN!  It was amazing to see what people created.

By the way, this card was also my Swap for Thailand.

The “background” paper is the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, so each project had a different wood grain as a foundation. But as you can see, they all look great!  I love these papers!

We started by stamping the Sheet Music background stamp onto the Wood Texture paper and had a little lesson is how to make sure the music is right side up.

 

 


Next everyone coloured and used the Embossing Paste in a variety of masks. Between the different printed papers, different colours, and different embossing masks – each card was truly unique.

Here I have mixed Night of Navy and Fresh Fig to come up with this RICH purple colour. I love the contrast with the Night of Navy Ribbon.

On this card, I used a very dark wood pattern, skipped the Sheet Music step, and used the Brick Mask.  I think in this case I just used some leftover bits and pieces after a group had done their Embossing Paste, so I have a mixture of blue paste with some Berry Burst highlights around the edges.

 


This version also features more of a two-toned look using the Medallion Mask.  I like the texture left in the paste, too.

And the Diamond Mask is also quite beautiful.  I’ve covered the entire card front here, using more of an ombre technique, adding more and more ink to the paste as I went.   But you can also “fade off” the diamonds like in the brick sample above.


It’s hard to pick a favorite!  I think they are all gorgeous and I look so forward to playing with the Embossing Paste even more in my August classes!

Thank you to all who were able to attend our team Extravaganzas – we appreciate your support and love to bring you joy!

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You Mean So Much Emboss Resist Scrapbooking Layout

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This month’s scrapbooking layout features the Emboss Resist technique – a FUN and different way to use your stamped images!

I love the colour combination of blue and green, and the new Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist are a fresh duo:

 

I will confess this is one of those projects that just looks like a big mess until it’s all put together and finished!  Even my daughter told me it was ugly when I was “in process”.

The background is done with just a sheet of Whisper White, which I’ve stamped and clear embossed with various images.   Then I took three inks: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pool Party and sponged colour in a diagonal “line” across the page.

The die cuts are from the Flourishes die set, one of those “must haves” if you like pretty details!   I gently inked them up.

I used the Stitched Shapes dies to create the two circles on the page. (Quite honestly, the Stitched Shapes die set is another “must have” – I use these so much!)

 

 


I designed this page in May when I didn’t have access to the new papers and the existing ones were all being discontinued, so . . . .I made my own!   The element above with the dragonfly is just a sheet of Whisper White stamped up using the Awesomely Artistic set so create a unique “printed paper”.

This is a great little tip for anyone – when you just don’t have that quite right paper, with inks and stamps, it’s easy to make one to perfectly coordinate.

Hmmm this piece across the bottom of the layout is a bit different!   This is also emboss resist, so it perfectly ties in with the main page, but is different enough to be visually interesting.

And although almost nobody in class gets this part done, sometimes I like to include a coordinating pocket page with the layout.  I hope it shows how easy it is to get a few more photos in using the same bits and pieces one probably already has out doing the first page.  And it’s a good way to use up any little leftover scraps.

And that’s me for this Thursday evening.  Thanks for stopping by!

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22 July Auckland Stamp Extravaganza 12:30-5:30  $45

24 July Pakuranga Stamp Class 7pm  $15

26 July Titirangi Card OR Scrapbooking Class 7pm $15

27 July Birkenhead Class 10am $15

 

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