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Carousel Birthday Gate Fold Card with Free Video Tutorial!

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Today’s share is a vintage-style birthday card, including a video tutorial for you.  I hope you will give this project a try!  I’ve used the Carousel Birthday stamp set here, along with the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack.  I just loved these the moment I saw them:

stampin up carousel birthday card gate fold vintage

I’ve stamped and cut out the little cupcake icings and topped with a pearl for sprinkles.   I just love this vintage carousel image and cool fonts that also come in this set.

 

 

A gate fold card is a card that opens in the centre rather than at the side.  It doesn’t take any more cardstock and is easy to do.

I chose to use the more colourful prints in the Cupcake and Carousel stack because I kept the main image fairly neutral.

 

And this is a Bermuda Bay version, something more neutral than the pink version.

Both the stamp sets and the printed papers are being discontinued as of the end of May.  Please check out the discontinuing items (some discounted) in my Online Store.

 

 

And here is the card opened up. As you can see, the card opens like a garden gate, rather than a front door.  I used a bit of the leftover Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack for a border along the inside bottom and added the gorgeous carousel horse as well.

And I’ve made for you a little step-by-step tutorial on how to make this fun birthday card:

 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

P.S. If you live in New Zealand and are someone who would enjoy gathering with like-minded people to enjoy some crafting, I’d love to have you along to a class or two!  I’ll be in Hamilton this Saturday and Tauranga this Sunday.   You can see the full calendar HERE.

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It’s Here! Order the Eastern Palace Suite Early!

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Happy Monday!  Good news to start off your new week: You can now order the Eastern Palace Suite (including three of the five new colours!) as of today! That’s a full month before the new catalogue is live!

eastern palace new zealand

 

You can choose between two bundles:

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!

Bundle: 147196

DESCRIPTION PRICE
Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $104.75 AUD/ $125.75 NZD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New!) FREE!

 

 

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter!

Bundle: 147209

DESCRIPTION PRICE
Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $178.25 AUD/ $214.25 NZD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
Mini Tassels Assortment
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes FREE!
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (New!) FREE!

 

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Thanks for stopping by my stamping world!

 

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Altered Clipboard in new Lemon Lime Twist!

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Hi friends and happy Sunday!  I hope you’ve had a great weekend.  Today’s share is featuring one of the NEW five In-Colours being released 1 June: Lemon Lime Twist.   And the good news is you have an opportunity to get your hands on this colour 1 May – fully a month before the new catalogue comes out!   I think this colour will be a great one to pair with many of our existing colours – think of yummy, bright summer colours:

 

So I was asked to teach a class to a group of young tweens and they wanted to make something for their bedrooms and requested a clipboard.   I thought the new Lemon Lime Twist would be the perfect colour for a young teenager.  I’ve paired it here with the Dapper Denim, which seems to tone the colour right down while still keeping its vibrancy.  I think this colour is going to be just stunning with both darker, vibrant tones and with similar, lighter colours.

 

Each board had a pin board, which I cut out of cork tiles.  We also altered some inexpensive pens by adding the printed paper inside.  This is to keep the pen from going wandering!   It was also fun to do a little bit of stamping right on the cork!   The girls did a great job with this.

stampin up lemon lime twist altered clipboard eastern elegance

 

I also included some clips (embellished, of course) and post-it notes.  I hope the girls get a lot of fun and use out of their creations.   I’d be happy to teach this in classes this month by request (I did wonder if this project would appeal to those out of their teens.  Gift, maybe?)

The paper I used here (the accent strip)  will also be available as a special pre-order as of tomorrow, 1 May!   Check back tomorrow for more details and/or check out the ONLINE STORE in the morning!

Thanks for stopping in – you make me so happy!

 

 

 

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Four Panel Beautiful Card – Complete with a Few Small Gifts!

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Happy Friday!   Today’s share is a lovely Four Panel Card shown to us at a recent Stampin’ Up! Training Event (OnStage) by fellow South Pacific Demonstrator, Pam Jorgenson.  I’ve taken her design and modified into a card that incorporate a couple of small gifts – perfect for Mother’s Day or any birthday!

stampin up four panel succulent birdcage gift and card bookmark

 

I’ve used the GORGEOUS Succulent Designer Series Paper here, one that has such a great colour combination and nice prints.

I’ve also paired up with the printed papers the Birdcage Builder stamp set, one that I bought right out of the gate.  We gold embossed the birdcage here for a metallic look.

stampin up succulent four panel mother's day card

 

I wanted to create something that had a few little gifts inside for Mother’s Day or any occasion where a small gift would be suitable.   So on panel 2 I had everyone make a bookmark using the mega giant paper clips and the Succulent dies.   I just love how it both adds to the project and is a gift for later, too.

On the third panel, we made a little pocket and tucked in a cup of tea.  This would such be the perfect card to give along with a new book!

 

One fun thing about a card with this many surfaces is one can feature all the pretty prints in a designer series paper pack.  This is where that coordination really shines!  Everyone’s was a bit different, but all working and all looking great.

 

What fun I’ve had making this project!  Sadly, so many of the products used here are being discontinued!   It’s that time of the year.  Please do check out the discontinuing list as well as the Clearance Rack to not only get some good deals, but also to make sure you get what’s on your shopping list before they are no longer available!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monochromatic Watercolouring – Colour Inkspiration 08 with Helping Me Grow

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Happy Wednesday!

Welcome to another blog hop for the Colour Inspiration Crew!  This fortnight’s colour challenge is a subdued monochrome using Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso:

 

I chose to use the retiring Helping Me Grow stamp set, one that I have used so many times while it’s been around.  What a great set for techniques!   My first version of this used more of the Delightful Dijon to make happy, sunny flowers:

 

I’ve used a Soft Suede base and watercolour paper as the mediums.   The Watercolour Paper adds both a nice weigh to the project, but is also the most excellent choice for blending colours.  A simple ribbon and a few pearls accent the watercoloring.  It also felt a bit bare when I was finished, so I added a few black splatters, which somehow just really finishes it off.

 

 

I’ve used our four challenge colours for the image in varying degrees.  The Delightful Dijon is actually quite a nice yellow – not overly bright and with a tinge of brown to it.   As you can see, I did a bit of mixing of the colours.  My watercoloring tends to be a bit on the messy side, but I quite like it that way.  Try it!  And don’t be afraid to leave a bit of white space in your images, either.

 

stampin up helping me grow monochromatic watercolor technique color inspiration vintage

 

I made a little tutorial video for this project and tried another version of the same colours – this time colouring the flower petals directly in Soft Suede.  LIke my post from yesterday, brown flowers can actually look quite good!

I do hope you play along with our colour challenge.  Just create using the colours above, and post your project to the Colour Inspiration Facebook page!

I know you’ll enjoy what Kelly Kent has in store for you next!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. If you’re in New Zealand, and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!  Please request a free copy of the latest catalogue HERE.

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Touches of Texture with Stitched Shapes Framelits

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HI friends!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful, relaxing, sunny weekend!  I was able to spend some hours with some of my team of demonstrators this Saturday, which always leaves me feeling energized and part of “something bigger”.

I was struggling with a migraine much of last week, so I apologize in being a bit tardy in posting.  Today’s share is a remake of a project I made during SaleABration, but this time using the Touches of Texture stamp set.  This set has a lovely mix of all sorts of images designed to layer together.

stampin up touches of texture hexagon watercolor pencils vintage real red

 

Although this set is great for layering, I kept this project relatively “clean”.  The squares are cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits (such a useful set of dies!) and then stamped with the flower image from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

stampin up touches of texture watercolor pencils vintage hexagon stitched framelits

 

Each square was then watercoloured using the new Watercolour Pencils.  I absolutely love working with these!  You can make the colouring light, dark, variegated, shaded or you can mix and blend the colours. It’s so much fun and so easy!  All you need are the pencils and an Aqua Painter.

stampin up touches of texture monochromatic card hexagon

 

I had a few leftover kits, so I played around with the colours a bit.  On this one, I made a monochromatic card with just that pop of Real Red.  I like the look of the brown flowers and grey leaves.  It’s quite vintage looking.  I will use this as an inspiration piece for my May Online Class (Free with any order or $14.95), which will be all about Monochromatic projects.

 

The background was created using the ever-popular Hexagon Embossing Folder, which is carrying over into the next catalogue (yay!).

I’m teaching an awesome Mother’s Day (or can be made general) project this week in both Pakuranga on Monday evening and in Papakura on Wednesday evening.  Please join us!  You can see my full listing of classes for 2017 HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mini Egg Cartons for our Easter Dinner

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Hi friends!  I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing Easter weekend whilst celebrating the season.  I know Easter is over and gone, but I wanted to share with you anyway what I did with a few of the Mini Egg Cartons for our Easter table:

stampin up strength and prayers easter mini egg carton religious

 

We had four women and four men attending, so I made four like this using the Strength and Prayers stamp set.  I have always loved this dove and regret not finding use for it earlier in the year!  What a beauty for Christmas, too.

 

Inside the box I stamped the scripture that comes with the set, embossed in Copper.   I’m one who tends to be a little more private about my religious feelings, but the inside of a box felt comfortable.   And isn’t it nice to open a box and find that little bit more – a bit of colour, printed paper, a saying, or anything a wee bit unexpected.

 

After copper embossing the dove, I added just a whisp of the Watermelon Wonder to give the bird a bit of coordinating colour.    The leaves are from the gorgeous Flouishes die set.

 

We had four male guests, and I decided a pink bird might not appeal to them so much.  So they got this bird instead!  I’ve used the goose here from the Wetlands stamp set, added a bit of colour with an Aquapainter and our Classic Inks, and adhered him to a simple background.  I just used strips of the Urban District paper and the coordinating Washi Tape.

 

Sadly, almost everything I chose to use on these projects is being discontinued!   The discontinued list will run through the end of May or while supplies last. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can do so HERE.  (Plus grab some great discounts and bargain, too!)

Thanks for stopping by,

P.S. Would you enjoy coming to a class for some “time out”?  Please join us!

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