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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:

 

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

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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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Bonus Days and Christmas in July Nearly At an End!

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I do have a project to post later today, but first wanted to send out a reminder that the Bonus Days and the Christmas in July Promotions are on offer for only a few days more!

Bonus Days: For every $110 you spend in July, you get an $11 voucher to spend in August!  That’s a 10% rebate, so it’s a great time to tick a few things off your wish list!

 

 

And Join My Team during July and receive an EXTRA $145 Essentials Pack!    The join fee is $189 and you can choose your own starter kit to the value of $285.  PLUS you get the extra $145 Essentials Pack on top.    Now this is also only the beginning – we want you to stay on the team and enjoy team events, swaps, socials, Demonstrator Only training and product launches, pre-order opportunities, and of course, an ongoing discount. You can take the opportunity as small or as large as you’d like!

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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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Coffee Cafe – Thailand Grand Vacation Swaps – Altered Notebook

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One of the many fun benefits to the Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation trips is the opportunity to swap with other demonstrators around the world. I participated in three different swaps, and today’s share is one of them:

 

 

Although it’s not obvious from the photo, this is actually a notebook.  One of my favorite projects is to alter notebooks!  (Those who come to my classes know we do one at least once a year!).  I use notebooks and I love to take something rather ordinary and make it extra special.

Here I’ve used the Coffee Cafe bundle to create a fun, warm cup of hot chocolate (or whatever!) during this winter cold here in New Zealand.

For the background, I stamped and clear embossed using the new Tree Rings background stamp.  I really like this one . . .  it looks more like fingerprints to me than anything, but I think it’s fun and whimsical.      I then inked a tiny bit of colour in Soft Sky.

Make a coordinating pen and it’s a cute little gift set for yourself!

All the images and shapes are in the Coffee Cafe die set except the heart came from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.

 

We had such a great time at the Auckland Extravaganza on Saturday. Other than my feet hurting by a very poor choice of shoes, the day could not have gone any better.  You can see all the events for 2017 HERE and also sign up for my newsletter for promotion updates, tips, videos, and newsletter only bundle offers:








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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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South Pacific Thailand Grand Vacation Swap

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I’m back in the land of winter and freezing!  Well after super hot Thailand, New Zealand certainly feels freezing!  We had such a fantastic time. I was lucky this year and was able to take my two youngest children, Sofie and Kjirsti.  It was the first time we’ve taken “extras” on the trip with us, which sure made the trip even more fun and also more logistically tricky.  However, I do thoroughly enjoy that all three of my daughters have now been on a trip and all three of them can see a tiny bit of the “big picture” of Stampin’ Up! – that there is SO MUCH more than just papercrafting to this team and business.

Phi Phi Island

The South Pacific Achievers decided to have a smaller swap between ourselves, something we’ve done for the last few years.   We decided to have a Memories & More (Pocket Page) swap, so we could all take home not only fun samples, but use them to create an album right away with our Thailand photos.  I love this idea!

Here is my submission, a 3×4 inch card for slotting into the pockets of the Memories & More pages to enhance photos:

I used a card design from my Open House as inspiration.  These go together so quickly – even those who aren’t “into” scrapbooking could totally get into this!

And here are the swaps from the other South Pacific Achievers:

The variety is neat! We all stuck with one colour theme, though, so they will all work in together. Each one is a mini piece of art.

Clever girls. Some even worked in a wee elephant!

I saw with sincerity that the other demonstrators in the South Pacific have become like family over the years.  When we had the smaller Grand Vacations (just New Zealand and Australia), it gave us a chance to become really close.  I so appreciate their warmth and friendship.  And now our trips are global, which although there is less intimacy, there is also greater opportunity to expand our circles of friends.  How I love Stampin’ Up! and all it stands for and all the opportunities it provides and good people involved.

Feeling greatly blessed tonight.

Love,

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