Get Well Classic

Hi Girls and Happy Sunday!

Thanks so much for stopping by today – I’d like to share a card created for a friend who hasn’t been feeling so crash hot this last week – at the time this post goes live, I will be lunching at Jane Brook Estate with said friend and co, and enjoying a beautiful meal, funny conversation, and a great afternoon!

Anywho, yesterdayLaurenz (6) asked if we could do “a little class together” which involves picking colours from the colour lab (see my new link on the sidebar) and a sketch which we keep on screen and then follow along using our own stamps…Cute idea eh? In this case the sketch inspiration comes from Stamping a Latte – check out Jodi Collin’s card here 

The colour combo we chose from the Colour Lab was Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla (was supposed to be white but I go for VV every time at the moment!).  I just love the Blushing Bride Polkadots – this DSP is from the 6 x 6 Hostess Set of Papers.  My Baja DSP is from Greenhouse Gala.  Here is a closeup of the details:

My stamp is from the fabulous Fun and Fast Notes and I stamped in Stazon Black, then coloured using Blender Pens and Ink pressed in to the lid of my Stampin’ Pads.  I chose the three main colours Baja, Blush Bride and NQ Navy to colour in the flowers and coloured the Vase with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  It is so easy to dip the Blender Pen in the lid of the Paint and colour straight to card.

Stamping Elegance TIP: Mark one end of a Blender pen with sticky tape wrapped around and keep this one dedicated to shimmer paint.

My embellishment also features Shimmer Paint – I simply assembled and then coloured in the scalloped section to give it extra shine.  My Butterfly Embosslit is responsible for the stacked butterfly – I love the dimension you get from stacking it together – I’ve secured with a brad through all and topped the brad off with an adhesive rhinestone for some extra bling.

Hope you enjoyed this project and find time to craft for yourself soon!

Just a side note - something I don’t mention very often is that I am always available if you need help in getting the most out of your SU products – often we fall in love with something on-line or at a workshop but when it comes time to create at home we have forgotten the method or can’t quite get the technique right – just give me a call or drop me an email on stampingelegance@live.com and I would be delighted to help!

Have a fantastic day!

Fantastic Fun at Christmas Stamp-a-stack

Hi Honeys,

It was a fabulous bunch of girls who attended my Christmas Stamp-a-stack on Friday Night… I’d just like to say a big thank you to Lou, Ness, Jo, Kim, Melissa and Zelda – for your enthusiasm and energy – I had a great time flitting between designs and embossing stations and the bigshot (with a little stamp cleaning in between!)

The evening started off with a little pillow box treat for each stamper – This little gift was so easy to create. I used entirely Jolly Holiday DSP and Very Vanilla Card with Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Inks.  The stamp is from the Perfect Punches set – definitley a fave of mine!  And the box? One swipe of the Big Shot with Pillow Box Die and a strip of coordinating DSP and away we go! And inside? A mini pack of maltesers!

 

I have shared several of the card designs with you on previous posts, so here are the two outstanding designs offered as part of the “Buffet” on Friday:

I love this little Christmas tree from Fun and Fast Notes – just another reason why this stamp set is one of the best investments you can make!  I’ve stamped the tree a second time onto watercolour paper and then cut him out and placed it on top for a cute 3D effect.  I’ve coloured with stampin pastels and blender pens.

Another of my favourite designs this year is my Marina Blue and Night of Navy card:

I’ve stamped the Christmas Tree from Contempo Christmas and really went to town trimming the tree with pearls, brads and a rhinestone star.  I love that the tree is trimmed to match the sentiment (also from Contempo Christmas) I’ve wheeled down the side of my top note with the matching Contemp Wheel.  Love non traditional Chrissie colours!

I also promised to share my Christmas candle display, created for pride of place on my lowline tv cabinet this festive season.  I’ve lined my three designs up on a beautiful Christmas Dish:

 

Here are a few of the finer points:

Instead of securing my hodgepodge hardware with brads, I added a rhinestone each side – bling!

See my 3D ornament bauble? I picked that up from blogland but later noticed that it is on display in the SU Catalogue too!  Created simply by punching two ornaments, folding them and placing them side by side…

Will I ever tire of this scallop flower? Sigh… I’ve used ten scallops to create this one with a fancy brad from my hodgepodge Hardware as it’s centre. Love the polkadot DSP from Jolly Holiday!

And 7 matching sized loops created this ribbon rosette – with my favourite Button from the Buttons Big Shot Die for it’s centre with a sweet linen thread bow.

Ok are you seriously Christmassed out yet?  Check back later for details about how you can score some free ribbon from Stampin Up to Dress up Your Christmas!

Bye for Now – it’s my babies 4th birthday today so I am off to play with his pressies!

Sharing Time!

Hi Girls, 

WOW I have so many things to share with you today. Firstly, I am so happy to say that I have been selected as one of the new Design Team Members over at Just Add Ink! Check out my badge –> 

I’d love to see you all over there – if you’ve never joined in on a JAI challenge this is the perfect opportunity! It is so much fun and the sketch challenge this week is really interesting! Click on my badge to check it out!

I would also like to share a few projects that I recently demonstrated at a workshop (Hi Amanda!).  The first is a really cute pillow box using the Big Shot Die and a Window sheet – both featured in the Autumn Winter Mini: 

      

After first making one pillow box out of the Window sheet, I cut out half of another pillow using Cottage Wall DSP and slipped it in as a printed lining to the pillow.  One end of the pillow is punched using my horizontal slot punch and I’ve fed a little Rich Razzleberry Ribbon through and secured with a styled silver brad.  A contrasting scallop circle out of Cottage Wall is attached with one of my favourite sentiments from the Best Yet Hostess Set.  My hostess (Amanda) at the workshop suggested the great idea of popping a matchbox car in there for a kids party – how cute would that be? The kids could see right through to the surprise inside! 

The next project I demonstrated was a keepsake box featuring a scrapbook layout as the lid: 

         

I used one 12 x 12 textured cardstock in Tempting Turquoise from my Simply Scrappin Kit Hoppy Memories , and another Chocolate Chip 12 x 12 for the base of the box.  Most of the embellishments are from Hoppy Memories and the stamps are from Life’s a Breeze.  All of the sides are wheeled with my Nursery Letters Wheel – and the letters for Kyan’s name are cut using my Bigshot and the Timeless Junior Alphabet dies. I created this box to keep Kyan’s booties, umbilical cord clip, hospital name card etc nice and safe and in one place. 

The girls had a great time with the make and take – I really took it back to basics and love the result:

Stampin’ Pastels, a choice of stamps from the  Fun and Fast Notes set, the fast flowers wheel, and my small heart punch – simple and effective!

 The next thing I would like to share with you is the current special offer from Stampin’ Up! valid for the entire month of July and it’s a beauty! 

  

Stampin’ Up!’s Two-Step Stampin’ sets allow you to quickly and easily take your creativity to the next level. And from 1-31 July, you’ll get 20% off select Two-Step Stampin’ sets from our current catalogues–no limit, no minimum purchase required! Choose from any of the stamp sets listed below:

Item   Page   Description   Regular Price   Sale Price  
116386   39   Loads of Love   $39.95   $31.96  
116342   42   Big Bold Birthday**   $53.95   $43.16  
115860   78   A Rose Is a Rose**   $66.95   $53.56  
116332   86   Playful Petals**   $52.95   $42.36  
115770   98   Cheep Talk   $47.95   $38.36  
115946   115   Wonderful Favourites   $39.95   $31.96  
119187   14*   Tiny Tags (wood-mount)   $38.95   $31.16  
118592   14*   Tiny Tags (clear-mount)   $28.95   $23.16  
119163   31*   Cottage Garden (wood-mount   $32.95   $26.36  
120003   31*   Cottage Garden (clear-mount)   $24.95   $19.96  

*From 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue **Retiring stamp sets! 

 There are a few of my absolute favourites in there! If you would like to get your hands on any of these stampsets, give me a call on 0400 220 177 or drop me an email stampingelegance@live.com 

If you would like to book a workshop during July where I can demo some of these great sets on special get in quick before I head off to sunny Coral Bay at the end of July! 

Now another thing I would like to share with you is that I am now available for Stamping Elegance Craft Parties:

 – just check out the Craft Birthday Parties Page on my Blog or facebook for details.

I think that is enough for one post don’t you??? Come back tomorrow I’ll have some more projects to share with you!

Hedgehog thanks!

Hi Girls!

I needed to send a thank you card to my Uncle Bobby in Scotland, and thought this little combo would do just nicely…

Don’t ya just love this little hedgehog? He is from the very useful Fun and Fast Notes – I chose not to use the sentiment section and let the little fella speak for himself…

I’ve coloured him in with my Stampin’ markers (Chocolate Chip and More Mustard), and stamped him on Whisper White.  The DSP is Basic Grey Patterns from the Hostess Level 1 Paper Pack. 

My main card is Basic Grey and the Baja Breeze patterned paper is Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP (sadly now unavailable :(

I have used my new favourite Vintage Labels FREE SAB (yes free!) to stamp the lovely Scallop Circle Frame in Baja Breeze, and the sentiment is from the Hostess Level 1 set Best Yet. I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip to match my wee hedgehog.

I really liked this effect of a slightly larger mat than normal – and the rounded corners just finished it off.  I’ve tied my bow with Grosgrain 5/8’s ribbon in Whisper White.  Sweet as!

Oh and think twice before you throw away the offcut strip once you have punched with the Scallop Edge Punch – I’ve added it at the bottom of my card for some extra interest. 

Stay tuned – I will be back soon with a card using my sale-a-bration Good Neighbours stamp set – just putting the finishing touches on now!

Jan xxx

Valentines and Romance is in the Air

I had a great bunch of girls over this afternoon for a Valentines inspired Stamp-a-stack… We had fun making the following projects to the soundtrack of a bit of Shaggy here, a bit of Justin Timberlake there – you get the picture!

The first project was a lollipop card – I saw this lollipop idea created with flowers on one of my blog travels but for the life of me can’t track it down – so if you are reading this sorry! But thanks for the inspiration!

The large hearts were cut using my Fiskars cutting system, and the small heart was first stamped with two step stamping from Simply Said and then punched with SU’s Full Heart Punch. I really wowed the girls with my Stamp-a-majig for this two step stamping – it really never fails to position the stamps JUST RIGHT! The lollipop stick was created with a black drinking straw.

The I LOVE YOU sentiment is from the Outlined for Fun stampset,  I really like this layout – you could easily adapt this for little girl birthday cards is fin bright colours.

The second project was  a pocket card with a slide out piece – perfect for writing a private  love note to that special person in your life!

 

Ruby Red cardstock, a little Raspberry Tart DSP, a heart stamp from Simply Said, and Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon creates this cute slide out pocket. 

The Valentines sentiment is from the hostess set Occasions for All and the tag to help you slide out the insert card is punched using the Large Tag Punch.  Janie varied the DSP to show the gorgeous Kiwi Kiss colours and changed the sentiment up for another occasion and this looked great too!

For project number 3 we made a square patchwork card:

We started with a black base and added Ruby Red squares topped with the many patterns from the Raspberry Tart DSP.  One of the squares is folded down and secured with a brad to show the cute Kiwi Kiss colour from underneath. 

The stamp used is from Fun and Fast Notes and is coloured in using Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pens.  Vanessa actually chose the Together Forever stamp with a Wedding cake for a friend’s upcoming wedding which looked fantastic!

And finally for the 3D project – some of you may have seen it previously as I couldn’t resist entering it into the Just-Add-Ink, Just Add Hearts Challenge – but here it is again:

This Treat Basket was created using the Thank You box template from the SU demonstrator website – I added an elegant handle and the sentiment at the back of the basket to give it more substance (and to help hold in the Ferrero Rochere for my hubby)

Again it is Ruby Red Card with Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip Accents – a colour combo inspired by Kerry High at our “A Klass Act” Team Day last week.  The heart is stamped in versa marke and then embossed using gold embossing powder and a heat gun. And of course we can’t forget my favourite So Swirly Wheel!

If you would like to get your hands on this template why not drop me an email?

So there you have it – the four projects featured at my Valentines Stamp-a-stack. Thanks for dropping by, and if you are interested in coming along to one of My Easter Classes, check out the Upcoming Classes page for a sneak peek of the projects we will be making.  I have one spot left on the 7th of March and a few still available for the 14th of March.

Happy Crafting!

Jan x

sweet sunday sketch #52

 
My dear friend Amanda celebrates her birthday this week and as her computer keeps crashing I feel safe enough to post a preview of her birthday card! I used Karen Giron’s sweet sunday sketch challenge as my inspiration and couldn’t resist using my Kaleidescope DSP from Stampin’ UP!
 
Orchid Opulence, Pink Passion, White, Yoyo Yellow, Pretty in Pink DSP, Kaliedescope DSP

   

I love this colour combo and as Amanda is quite a girlie girl I think she will love it too! The accessories I have used are Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon.  I love the Fun and Fast Notes Stamp set as it gives you all the great sentiments to use on their own as well – just stamp the sentiment on the edge of a stamp set (I’ve used the Whisper White Craft Ink Pad here) – The size and style of font is perfect for a simple no-fuss sentiment.  

 
Be sure to check out the other challenge entries on Karen’s blog (link above)!
 
If you would like to get yourself some of this really summery and versatile Kaleidescope DSP, it is available now in the Summer Mini… Team it with an A4 pack of Bold Brights Stampin’ UP! card and you can create this kind of look easily…
 
Be back soon with a scrapbook layout or two – so be sure to check back over the next few days
 
Jan x
 

 

On a Roll… And now a Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!

My husband thinks I am addicted to this craft “stuff” and he would be right! I have spent the better part of this afternoon having a “play” at my craft table and feel relaxed and happy! Our friends recently had a wee baby girl so I took the opportunity to create a bright colourful Baby Girl Card using the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

Here is the sketch from Karen Giron:

Karen Giron's Sketch Challenge

And here is my “Happy New Baby” Card:

I think I need some practice at this sketch following bizo as I have deviated a little from the sketch (woops) but I am still happy with the way this has worked out.  I’ve used a combo of Pixie Pink, Pink Pirouhette and Vanilla Card, with SU!’s fab new kaleidescope DSP from the Summer Mini (love it!!). 

The stamp is from Fun and Fast Notes and the inks used are Pretty in Pink and Only Orange.  I’ve always been a fashion fan of this colour combo and it definitely translates to paper craft!

The cute little bow is Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon 1/4″

Make sure you pop over to Karen’s site to check all the other great creations!

How Versatile Can One Stamp Set Be???

Hi there and a very Happy New Year to you all!

Over the next week while I am still on holidays from work I am hoping to post quite a few new things for you – particularly a few scrapbook layouts that I have had so much fun creating recently! Stamping really does open up a whole new world of handmade embellishments – no need to stop by the craft shop every two seconds when you have a few simple supplies on hand!

I created these cards and scrapbook pages for a December Workshop and I think they really highlight how versatile one stamp set (life’s a breeze) can be with a little change of colour and stamp choice…

It all started with a 12 x 12 layout set around some gorgeous photos of Laurenz I have been itching to scrap…

 

Pacific Point, Summer Sun and Whisper White

 

My scrapping style is definitely “simple with clean lines” – It think this is probably a result of mostly scrapping pictures of my two boys – I love the shabby and antique looks that are so popular but when I combine these with pictures of the bruisers, it just doesn’s add up!

After completing this layout, I went ahead to create a 9 x 9 layout to demo at my workshop, along with a boys birthday card…

Using the same colour combo as the 12 x 12 layout, I’ve played around with placement of the images, and added a little Pacific Point DSP to the scrapbook layout as added interest…

For my birthday card, I’ve used the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet Stamp Set with the sentiment from the bottom of one of the Fun and Fast Notes Stamps (stamped on the edge of the stamp pad so that only the sentiment is inked)… The effect is a card wishing “Six happy birthdya wishes) – I now have a template to use for any age – and as you can see below – girl or boy!

For my girls card, I have used a colour combo of Pretty in Pink, Whisper White and Riding Hood Red on the Kraft Card Base.  I’ve girlied the sentiment up a little by stamping on the edge of the Life’s a Breeze sentiment to only ink the scroll and of course chosen a different combination of images.

Basically what I have here is a template for my kids birthday cards this year – mixing colours and possibly stamp sets to come up with any age or sex – as I play with my template I will post each new combo for you…

If you like what you see here – this stamp set is on special as part of the Inventory Clearance Sale – Check out the link here!

Summer Brights Fun

I am having so much fun with my Bold Brights card stock and Stampin’ Pastels at the moment and couldn’t resist sharing my latest birthday card with you – how good do these colours look together?

I’ve used Pink Passion and Tempting Turquoise Cardstock and Stampin’ Pastels as the main colour theme, and repeat stamped the Happy Birthday Wishes from Fun and Fast Notes in Chocolate Chip, missing out the sentiment (stamp on edge of stamp pad) for the end images.  Then using applicators I have pasteled the images with Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore and Not Quite Navy.  You might notice that the strip of Eyelet Border at the top is raised on dimensionals – this just gives the card that all important 3rd dimension.

Now I know that colouring with Stampin’ Pastels can be time consuming but I find it soooo relaxing and really satisfying when the end product looks like this! As my husband shook his head at me – I just smiled and said “If only I could do this as my full time job I would be in heaven!” Alas mayby one day….

Jan xxx