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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:

Thanks for stopping by,

 

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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!

Upcoming Events

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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Vintage Background Bits – Colour INspiration 11

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Welcome to another Colour Inspiration Colour Challenge!  You are now visiting Jacque Williams in New Zealand.  This fortnight we have #11 – a yummy mix of Soft Suede, Marina Mist, and Early Espresso.

Please join us over the next two weeks uploading your own projects in the above colours (plus black, white, vanilla or any metallics) by joining us on the Colour Inkspiration Challenge Page.  It’s also quite fun to see what others create!

I chose to use one of the new host sets, Background Bits.  I just love the versatile and vintage feel to this set:

The main image is heat embossed in Clear Embossing Powder and then inked over the top in all three of the challenge colours.  I used a circle out of scrap cardstock to mask off the moon image while sponging, too.

This is such an easy to way to create a wow background!

I also used the script stamp in the set to do a little bit more stamping onto the background.

Finish off with a bit of glitter. And just a bit in keeping with the vintage style!

 

Background Bits is a host set, meaning you can receive it free when you host a Stampin’ Up! workshop OR when you/you and some friends place an order of $300 or more.  It’s a truly gorgeous set!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you’ll enjoy the rest of the hop.  You’ll be visiting the talented Lou Kitzelman next!

If you live in New Zealand and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!   I’m having a Free Open House for the new catalogue 17 June 10-1pm.   Come along and make some projects, take photos of new displays, and have a cuppa!   Feel free to bring a friend, too.   Free gift for the first five registrants.  Register HERE.

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous – with Free Video Tutorial!

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Happy first day of June and the first day of our new Annual Catalogue!  I had a great deal of fun putting through orders (mostly for myself!) this morning. There is nothing quite inspiring like a few new toys!

Today’s share is a fun Double Front Window Card using the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle:

 

Please also note the gorgeous, fantastic, versatile Wood Textures papers used here!  How I love these!  Wonderful with flowers, masculine, teens, baby — just anything at all!  I encourage all of you to put these beauties on your first order!

 

The front panel of the card features a window, which I encourage you to watch the video below to see just how I did that to create the matted frame.  The second layer of the card showcases a second wood print with a bit of stamping.

 

The Happy Birthday Die makes for a more interesting window here, but also consider you can cut the two words apart and use them separately for even more versatility!

Please take a few moments to watch my video and see how to make a card like this:

 

Thanks so much for stopping by – I appreciate each and every one of you!  I hope you are enjoying the new catalogue and I look forward to another Stampin’ Up! year of inspiration, laughs and fun!  Please join us for a class!

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Cool Treats Pocket Page and Scrapbooking Layout – and Last Day for Retiring Stock!

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And it’s already the last day of May!  I am surely glad it’s been a mild winter so far!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to order from the Retiring List (and check out the Clearance Rack while there).   Good bargains to be had and there are always items that are sorely missed.  Please do have a look before midnight tonight.

Today’s share is a scrapbooking layout I designed months ago and never posted.   These yummy papers are being discontinued as of tomorrow, so today is the day to post:

 

I’ve used the Cool Treats Bundle along with the Sprinkles Embellishments and the coordinating Designer Series Paper.   How I adore these fresh, miniature ice blocks!   It’s easy to create the different shades of the same colour even with one ink pad:

  1. Stamp off (onto a scrap) and then stamp your project for a lighter colour.  You can even stamp off multiple times
  2. Or stamp over the same spot twice for a darker colour.  So easy!

 

 

The design for this layout came from the Demonstrator-Only magazine, Impressions.  They had a sample done in different papers and images, and I adapted to what I wanted to use.  We are very inundated with inspiration being Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators – finding ideas is no problem at all!!!

With the new catalogue launching tomorrow, it’s a great time to join my team, enjoy a discount, attend team gatherings and trainings, and start your own small or big business!  Find out more HERE.

 

I forget to to this, but using die cuts and tone on tone paper is a great look.  And what an inexpensive and easy way to embellish or create a background, too.

 

I also created up a simple Pocket Page to go along with the layout, seeing as it was only a single page layout.  Pocket Pages are a great way to add in a lot more photos; you can just slip these pages in with your standard 12×12 pages.    I’d put a lot more photos on this than I have here; I just put all the embellishments facing one way for ease of my students and the photography.

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you tomorrow in a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue year!

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