Techniques

Puzzle Technique in Swallowtail

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 I came across this puzzle technique on Splitcoaststampers, and gave it a try.  It's an easy one, but it does boggle the mind for a minute . . .

Loving this fresh, fun, color combo: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, and Daffodil Delight with a splash of Wisteria Wonder.   I've been using a lot of Pool Party lately, and am so happy this color is sticking around!

stampin up swallowtail emboss resist puzzle loving thoughts beautiful wings
The basics of what we are doing here is stamping the Swallowtail butterfy and then cutting out the nested flower images.  Sponge colour on each of the pieces and then reassemble the butterfly.

stampin up puzzle technique swallowtail pool party embossing

I've also made a matching envelope out of the Calypso Coral Designer Prints as this card is quite a large one at 6×6 inches.  The envelopes are easy to do with the new Diagonal Plate.

If you are loving this Pool Party Coredinations Cardstock, please get it now (in June), as it will no longer be available in single colour packs come July. 

I'll be teaching this project tomorrow 7pm in Nelson and in Auckland by request.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swallowtail, Loving Thoughts

Colours: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder

Other: White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool, In Colour Brads, Butterfly Embosslits, Basic Rhinestones

 

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Swallowtail in Vintage

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This is One of the Two projects I will be teaching at my Vintage Cards Class at SENZ in a few weeks.  Featuring the gorgeous Swallowtail stamp (129216)  in the Seasonal Catalogue and a colour wash technique, you'll find this easy to achieve:

stampin up vintage swallowtail emboss watercolor coredinations wash en fraincais technique idea card

 

The Swallowtail butterfly looks really, really great monochromatic or coloured in – she's/he's a keeper!  I've used very soft colours here for a sweet look.  The very large pearls top it off.

stampin up swallowtail color wash watercolor primrose petals butterfly pearl vintage card

 

 

The background is the Primrose Petals CoreDinations Cardstock, which is really fantastic for distressing just a litte bit or a whole lot:

stampin up vintage wonderful words senz new zealand en fraincais
I won't give too much away about this project as it's a SENZ class.  I'll be teaching this mid day 5th of July.  There will be a second project, but I am waiting on my NEW supplies (released 1 of July) to arrive any day now to design that up.  Cost of the class is $45 and includes $25 worth of product.

I'd love to have you in this Technique Class!

Email me to book in!

 

 

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Elements of Style in Soft Suede

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This is a beautiful monochromatic card I did up a while ago; Love that Elements of Style stamp set.  It was released just as the eclectic collage look was becoming popular – one of the first!

stampin up elements of style sympathy card embossing vintage
Just two colours for this project – Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  I love the Victoria Crochet ribbon, too, for that extra bit of lovely texture!

stampin up elements of style
I've done some clear embossing with the flourish under the floral image, and then added pearls for some 3D.

Simple and lovely!

You can order your supplies directly online or email me!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Elements of Style 120045 $46.95

Colours: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Other: Basic Pearls, Oval Punch, Victoria Crochet Ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

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Lattice Die Pop Up Card

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This was a fun card inspired by several samples I found on the net – featuring the Lattice Die and the Butterfly Punch and the Bitty Butterfly Punch:

stampin up lattice die butterfly pop up
I used the Lattice Die on the front as a layer for a faux dry embossed look, but also embossed with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder on top.

stampin up butterfly punch lattice die
The Bitty Butterflies are embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and the Butterfly is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Folder.  A little Linen Thread and some pearls finish it off!

stampin up lattice die pop up card butterfly
We used the lattice inside as well to make a simple pop up feature.  Cute!!  Add a few more butterflies and Mom will love it!

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Petite Pairs

Colours: Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Basic Gray

Other: Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly PUnch, Bird Punch, Pearls, Linen Thread, Lattice Die, Square lattice Embossing Folder, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Circle Punches, Subtles Brads

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Tint Your Own Custom Paint – My New Chalkboard

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Well, I know I keep saying it, but we are nearly there with the new craft room!  I had my inaugural class in there last night, so we are functioning now.  Just need a curtain for the laundry area, some chairs, a rug, and to paint the two new walls (little ones).  Then I think that's IT!

On Sunday night, Rob painted me a chalkboard and built a frame to go around it. I have pics of him doing this on my Stamp Happy Facebook Page.

stampin up house paint tint
Well we had white paint, chartreuse paint, and the beige wall colour paint. of course, I wanted something else.  Pool Party came to mind as quite nice.

It was Sunday night.

Sooooo, we got the white paint and played with the Stampin' Up! Ink Refills!  Fun!!  Mostly Pool Party, but also some Island Indigo and Always Artichoke were put in. It's still relatively pale, but it worked great!

stampin up custom chalkboard ink refill tint
I LOVE IT!  I have the best husband ever!!!  (Well, he's my personal favorite anyway!)

stampin up custom color ink refill tint paint
This was easy to do, if you want to do one as well. We just got some light mdf board and painted it with chalkboard paint (see pics on my business page on facebook), and then framed it.

Hope you've enjoyed and are inspired to use your creative tools in a new way!

 

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Core’Dinations Vintage Scrapbooking Layout

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I love how Stampin' Up! is continually giving us brand new product!  We all fell in love with the sand-able Core'Dinations cardstock last Seasonal Catalogue, and in this catalogue we have it in three more colours.  (Primrose Petals, Real Red, and Pool Party).  What a yummy combo those three are, too.

My scrapbooking group requested a vintage layout, so I went sort of mid-way.  My photos I wanted to use are quite "clean", and I wanted to keep them that way.  But you/I can still add some vintage elements without going 100% antique.

stampin up coredinations scrapbooking

I used a Nic Howard layout ( see below) as the inspiration for my layout, although mine did not turn out a great deal like hers, just the basic layout of the photos and elements is the same.

I find it quite fun to use something as a springboard, but using your style, your supplies, and your colours, the finished product can be quite different!

stampin up vine street embossing layout

I used the Pool Party Core'Dinations cardstock and the Vine STreet Embossing Folder here to ceate a small accent element.  Also the words from Sweet Essentials were perfect for me here, but there are plenty of other sayings in the set to suit other photos.  I realize not many will be necessarily scrapping wedding photos!

stampin up flowers pearls embellishments scrapbooking layouts antique

The details here on the lower left hand corner were so fun to make. The flower is made using the Blossom Party Die, some glimmer spritz, and a bit of Pink Pirouette ink.

The ribbon flowers are the best value and the most fun in the Seasonal Mini – just $14.50 for 100 of them!  And so fun to spritz and colour to suit your project.  I've already gone through one or two or three packs  . . .

stampin up butterfly vintage rock roll papillon potpourri layout
Love the butterflies . . . always a spot for a butterfly.  I did this using the Rock & Roll technique to achieve the multi-coloured look to the babe.  Lots of pearls to finish this off.

And here is the original artwork by Nic Howard

 

What do you think?  Love it?

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Create A Scene with Paula Dobson

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I was fortunate enough to be invited to take a quick class from Paula Dobson while in Palmerston North last week.  We only had 50 minutes start to finish, and look at the amazing work of art she taught us!

Brayering sponging Forever Young stampin up
I can very confidently say everyone in the class was pleasantly surprised they could achieve this.  A bit of ink and some masking, and away we went.

stampin up michelle zindorf paula dobson bloomin with kindness forever young
The lovely tree image is from Forever Young, a sentimental stamp set perfect for this technique.

Thank you, Paula, for making me feel like an artist for an hour!  🙂

Supplies Used:

STamps: Forever Young

Colours: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze

Other: post it notes, neutrals brads, Word Window Punch, sponges, scallop circle punch

 

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Oh Hello! and Tea for Two

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I had fun making this project for my swap yesterday at our Stampin' Up! Creative Inkers team training.  Okay, maybe i was still making them as the ladies arrived. . . . but it did go together quickly and was fun!  I just love those new Vanilla Flower Trim flowers in the Seasonal Mini – so fun to spray and colour!

This idea came directly from Jenny Peterson.

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I did this up with a few different patterns from the Tea for Two DSP:

stampin up tea for two
The really fun bit was, as I said above, the flowers! I love these babies and will be ordering more tomorrow.  I spritzed them with my own potion made up of water, rubbing alcohol, and some drops of Calypso Coral ink refill.  Fun!  I love the spritzers, too, and for only $3, they are sure worth having.

stampin up technique flower trim
Enjoy!  To order any products, please contact me here!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Oh, Hello!

Colours: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake, So Saffron

Other: VAnilla Flower Trim, Ovals Framelits, Tasteful Trims Die, Basic Rhinestones

 

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