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Dragonfly Dreams Brayered Background with Inside the Lines

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Today’s share is inspired by a project by Leanne Greff and the Colour Inkspiration Challenge:

Sometimes when you are wanting to make a project, having a colour palette already determined makes the job that much easier!

I pulled out my Dragonfly Dreams bundle and came up with this using the Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, and Garden Green combination:

 

I fussed around with the dragonfly quite a bit, but finally decided on dying the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper in Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder for the wings.  In this case, I simply filled two Spritz Bottles with Isopropyl Alcohol and one with Soft Sky ink refill and the other Wisteria Wonder.   I went through a LOT of the glitter paper before struck upon the right combination, but I am happy with the results!

 

The background is brayered with the new Sponge Brayer in the four colours of Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Wisteria Wonder, and Soft Sky.

The paper is called Inside the Lines, and you can get an entire pack of this FREE with any $110 order!  Each pack contains twelve 12×12’s (three each of four prints).

Thanks so much for stopping in!  I hope this heat isn’t getting to you too much!

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Artistically Asian Part Two of Two! – Shoji Screen Card

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We had a GREAT time yesterday at the Craft Garage Sale/Open House day!  It was fun doing a messy make and take AND seeing people leave with literally boxes of bargains!  (I am the de-clutter queen!)    Four people asked me to make it an annual event, so keep an eye out for the next one!

 

Today’s share is the second project using Artistically Asian.   As you may know, I gifted my Stampin’ Up! direct team members a class kit – 2 projects with 16 kits, two samples, video instructions, and the stamp set in each kit.   (See Part One)  Today’s project is the second Artistically Asian project in that particular class kit:

 

I’ve been wanting to make this Shoji Screen style card for years, and what better images than these for this project?!

 

I’ve used the Artistically Asian stamp set paired with the Seaside Embossing Folder.

The little tassle is made with the Basic Black Baker’s Twine.  It’s easy to make one – I simply wrapped the twine around a little piece of cardboard about four or five times, cut on one edge and then tie near the top (folded edge) with a bit of the Gold Metallic Thread.

 

The images are again inked up using the Basic Black and Real Red Markers.  Easy and striking!

****  Order the Artistically Asian stamp set and I will send you this project and instructions for FREE!  Offer valid until 31 Jan only.

Enjoy the rest of this windy weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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Artistically Asian Part One – Silver Embossing & Sponged Ink Background

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Today’s share is one of two Artistically Asian projects I gave to my team of demonstrators as a Christmas gift. How much fun I had making these for them!

 

I felt that projects with the Artistically Asian stamp set should be kept quite clean and the details unobtrusive.  So although there are a few techniques here, the overall project is “clean”.

These lovely flowers are stamped using markers – colouring directly on the rubber with the brush end of our Stampin’ Write Markers.  It took a little bravery to stamp the stems in Basic Black, but the effect is striking.  I also used Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum markers.

 

The bamboo image is heat embossed in silver, creating another layer of depth without too much distraction.

My FAVORITE part of this project, though, is the sponged background.   You need two tools: Stampin Sponges and post-it notes. I have used the Smokey Slate and the Basic Grey here.  Easy, tidy and perfect for this project.

 

Another element to a professional finish is to stamp inside the card and on the envelope to create a coordinated ensemble.

Come back tomorrow to see project 2!

 

P.S.  Did you get your Colour Inventory Tracker?  Download for FREE!

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In This World in Vintage Faux Patina

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This is my second project using the In This World stamp set, this time using the Faux Patina technique.  It’s a favorite technique of mine because everyone’s turns out quite differently.  It’s fun to see!

Very different from the Vintage Z Fold Card, this project uses darker colours and a has a more subdued look:

 

 

The background is created using the door image, the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, various inks (PeekaBoo Peach, Crumb Cake, Sweet Sugarplum, Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, and Pool Party), and Copper Embossing Powder.

 

I made the flower using both the Pansy Punch and the Botanical Blooms Dies, but you can also use anything you prefer here.

 

Now is a great time to order – get a SaleABration freebie with any order of $110. No limit!  Check out what you can get for FREE:

 

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In This World in Vintage Z Fold

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Happy New Year!

One of the class kits I gifted my team for Christmas centered around the In This World stamp set.  This is something of an eclectic set and fun to use:

 

I used one of the samples in the catalogue as inspiration for this one, but changed up the size, a few elements, and made it a z fold card.  I thought the sample was just beautiful.

 

It’s one of those projects that takes a little bravery, but following just a few techniques, you let the ink run where it may and create a unique piece each time.

 

To create the Z fold, simply score a strip of cardstock into thirds (or approximately thirds), and adhere between two panels.  So easy and fun!

Tomorrow is a big day in Stampin’ Up! world with the release of the new Occasions catalogue and the start of the SaleABration period.  Check back tomorrow for all the details!  (If you want to order In This World, best to do it after 4 Jan).

In addition, I will be sending out my January Customer Newsletter tomorrow, in the which will be an “newsletter only” embellishment bundle offer. If you aren’t receiving my newsletters, please sign up below:








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Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop – Inspired by OnStage

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Welcome to our second Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop!  Right now you are visiting Jacque Williams in New Zealand.

Our brief today was to share highlights or inspiration from OnStage.

The Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award is awarded to one person globally each year who exemplifies the values of Stampin’ Up! : sharing, making a difference, team spirit, morals, ethics, generosity, and the list goes on.   We were SO pleased and honored to have fellow team member, Barbara Bicknell, deservedly chosen for this award in 2016.

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I was so touched and really wanted to make Barbara a special gift from me to celebrate and remind her of her contributions.

Barbara LOVES vintage, and don’t we all make use of a notebook or diary, so this was the perfect gift for her.

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Of course I was also inspired by the new product we saw at OnStage, so I have used the new Falling in Love Embellishments and the So Detailed Thinlits dies here.  (The Occasions Catalogue will be live 5 January)

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I paired the new goodies with the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set, one that I absolutely love!  I used the honeycomb pattern on Barbara’s monogram and the brick stamp subtly here under my Faux Patina technique.

Barbara was presented with her notebook on Saturday at our team Extravaganza here in Auckland.  I love my job!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here in New Zealand and continue on the rest of the hop!

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Mediterranean Achiever’s Blog Hop – Thankfulness

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Welcome to the final blog hop for the Mediterranean Achievers!  (Next month is the start of a new Stampin’ Up! year, and therefore we will be celebrating those who have earned the Thailand trip).

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You have now landed in Auckland, New Zealand and are visiting Jacque Williams.  Our theme this month is gratitude, and my share is a scrapbooking layout I made of the girl I grew up with like a sister:

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I’ve used the fabulous Copper Embossing Powder for both the title and for virtually all the edging in this layout.   These words (and all the stamps on the page) are from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set.

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Each of the flowers was made with the Pansy Punch and the Petite Flower Punch, as well as the Paisley Framelits.

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One of my favorite new products int the Holiday Catalogue is the Kraft Rope Trim – just love the look of this!

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I’ve also added a bit of the clear Wink of Stella to the printed paper for subtle interest.

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Thanks for stopping by!   I know you’ll enjoy the rest of the participants in the hop, too!

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Thoughtful Branches – Hydrangea Layout

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Scrapbooking is one form of crafting that I find very rewarding.  I sure love showcasing my daughters and other special relationships; I find these emotions very creatively inspiring!

Today’s layout features the August exclusive Thoughtful Branches.  This is a gorgeous set with such versatility:

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I was pleased with how this one came together after much fun mess-making!

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The Thoughtful Branches die designed for cutting out the tree leaves can also be used for a flower bunch!  Here I’ve made my personal third-favorite flower: hydrangeas.

I’ve also used the much-beloved Hardwood background stamp.  A must!

stampin up thoughtful branches watercolor hydrangea glitterStamp over the top of the petals with the “leaves” stamp image and use a bit of Heat and Stick plus Dazzling Diamonds to add some sparkle.

stampin up thoughtful branches birds on a wire watercolor washMy favorite element on this page is the birds .. . . . they are just so so so adorable!

stampin up thoughtful branches birds ona wire flourishing phrases watercolorI also can’t get enough of the copper.  Copper Metallic Thread, Copper Embossing Powder, and Copper Foil coming soon!

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This panel features the Faux Patina technique.  Again, elements of copper are just stunning.

stampin up thoughtful branches copper emboss hydrangeaMy journaling panel here is embellished with more of the stamps from Thoughtful Branches, in the perfectly coordinating Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, and Pear Pizzazz.

I am really happy with how this layout turned out and would love to share it with you!  And remember this bundle is only available during August!

20 August Tauranga – 3 layouts $45

24 August Titirangi – 7pm  $15

17 September Nelson – 3 layouts $45

Private class bookings available

Thanks for reading!

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