Catalogue Sneak Peek

Hello everyone,

Very soon, in just 10 short days, we have our Holiday Catalogue going live. I have a creation with some of those goodies to share. I used a technique I have seen a lot lately and I love how it turned out and you will laugh when you realise how easy it is….not too mention you have probably accidentally done it before and thought “Well that’s ruined”, because I know I have. LOL!

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See those splotches in the ink? Well that’s just plain old water. Now I will have to back up a few steps first as I am sure a lot of you will want to know what colours I used for my evening sky.

Jingle All the Way

I started down the bottom with So Saffron and I sponged it on quite liberally, then Calypso Coral, be careful to leave a little Saffron showing. I did go over again with the Saffron to blend the two together better. These two coulees were only put on the bottom. I then sponged Perfect Plum over the rest of the card stock and blended that with the Calypso as best I could. I then splotched Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo over the purple. I finished it off with Blackberry Bliss and Night of Navy last to get that deep night sky. It’s my first attempt and I am sure I will find more colours to add or swap some out for different depths and tones.

So now the sponging is done, grab your Stampin’ Up! Aqua Painter, make sure the reservoir near the tip is full of water and flick it over your night sky. Stop and mop up the water with a tissue and repeat (This is what I was talking about in regards to stuffing past cards up by accidentally wetting them!! haha). I found the longer I left the water on the whiter the spots. I did ones that were left on for 10 seconds and some left on for 2. It gave me quite a few different tones.

Now you could have done the emboss resist technique with this, but I think the water droplets would have turned out differently. I covered it liberally with the Embossing Buddy as you could imagine this piece of paper is quite wet being full of ink and water. I am sure a zap with the heat tool would help too. Using the Versa Mark I stamped the sentiment and stars and used white embossing powder. I nearly used gold but on a scrap of paper it was too dark. Silver might be nice though.

I then added the die cut along the bottom on Dimensionals to have that beautiful shadow effect.

If you do CASE it please let me know in the comments with a link so I can check out your creation.

Thanks for dropping by!

Kirsty xx

P.S. The Stamp Set and Die cut is not listed below as it is not available yet.

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Birthday Bash!

Hello everyone,

For quite a while now I have seen many people create screen cards. I thought I would create one and use it my Cards with a Difference workshop. It was a very popular addition and I may create some more at a later date.

Celebrate Today

I used a few different stamp sets to create the final result but the main set used was Celebrate Today which is in the current Occasions Catalogue.

 

Celebrate Today

 

Celebrate Today

I used the paper from the Birthday Bash SDSP, also from the same catalogue. I love this paper. Its one of those ones you would like to hoard and never use. I have quite a few of those. I really do have to change my ways and start using them, otherwise they will never see the light of day and be used in some very special projects.

I used a 12″x6″ piece of Whisper White CS. I scored it at 3″, 6″, & 9″. Super easy but very effective. What do you think?

Thanks for dropping by,

Kirsty xx

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You Amaze Me!

Hello everyone,

Again it’s long time no post. I struggle to find the time to blog these days. I don’t even create as often as I used to. Things have changed in the Brown House, that’s for sure. The girls have become heavily involved in horse riding. They attend various clinics and competitions and our usual Pony Club rally days. So most weekends and some weekday afternoons are busy with that. I have this year become Treasurer of our local Pony Club and Vice President of the Primary School my youngest attend. I also volunteer in the Prep-2 classroom once a week, plus I am the uniform shop lady at the same school. I am also on the High School’s tuckshop roster. If that’s not enough, the boys will be starting soccer soon, so there is another item to add to the list. I really do need to organise myself better though, I have been known to triple booking my self on occasion. I now actually have two, yes 2, diaries on the go. One for my business and one for everything else. Maybe I should start putting in designated crafting time!!

I have still managed to hold workshops here from home. I have missed a couple last month, but I am now back in business. I thought I would share with you one of the creations from last week. I have totally fallen in love with it and I hope it inspires you to create one too.

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I had a play with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die and turned it into a card pocket. I also created a little coordinating gift box with the Tiny Treat Box.

you amaze me

I used the Crazy About You Bundle to create the title and the delicious Indescribable Gift flower stamp for the image. We used our ‘blendies’ to colour it in.

treat flower

The beautiful Bouquet Bigz Die was used to create the flower.

you amaze me

you amaze me

These could easily be turned into beautiful invites with a few changes….. I can imagine some pretty special wedding ones, just change the sentiment on the front and put the details on the card inside. I will post below the list of all products used in case you would like recreate these one, or if you are just curious as to what I used

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Big Shot Bundles!!

Hello everyone,

There is a super exciting offer for the month of August 2014. If you don’t already have a Big Shot now is the time to get one.

Big Shot Bundles

If you purchase a Big Shot in the month of August you can select a FREE BUNDLE, but if you already have a Big Shot that’s okay, you can purchase these bundles at a 15% discount. How awesome is that?!

Check out the FLYER to see which bundle takes your fancy.

Sumthin’ Sumthin’ with Word Bubbles Framelits

Daydream Medallions with Floral Collection Framelits

Oh My Goodies with Deco Labels Framelits

Day of Celebration with Chalk Talk Framelits

Bright & Beautiful with Stars Framelits

All sets are available in either wood or clear stamp sets. The Bright and Beautiful stamp set is part of the brand new Holiday catalogue going live at the end of this month. The Big Shot and bundles cannot be purchased with hostess credits or 50% off hostess discount or purchased in starter kits to qualify for the promotion. There are no limits to how many bundles you can purchase.

Here is a quick video on why you need a Big Shot!

Thanks for dropping by,

Kirsty

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Live the Life You’ve Imagined!

Hello everyone,

Since I did the big move to Southbrook I restarted some workshops and quickly found that a scrapbook workshop is the popular choice here in this quaint little town. I haven’t shared any of these projects on my blog and thought I should start. This particular page I am sharing today was this weeks workshop.

Live the Life You've Imagined

I used quite a few stamp sets, six in fact. It is one of the reasons I love Stampin’ Up! The stamp sets coordinate well with each other. Another item I love about Stampin’ Up!, and it is totally free, is the brown packing paper in the Big Brown Box that is filled with your goodies. I use it on my projects as a DSP (designer series paper). You can tear it, scrunch it, stamp on it, spritz ink on it, anything you can think of really. It’s a great neutral ‘filler’ for your layout. It especially looks good on boy themed layouts. Can you tell I love it?!

Live the Life You've Imagined

I sprinkled Whisper White ink in one of my Stampin’ Spritzer bottles over the layout and added a few Candy Dots for a pop of colour. I also outlined some pieces including the DSP with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. I use this technique to make that particular element stand out, but it’s not too much that it takes away from the photo. I used Dimensionals to lift the photo off the page and slide my three tags beneath it. I will use the white for journalling and the other two will be fillers or you can put some smaller photos on them.

Live the Life You've Imagined

It’s a great simple layout anyone can do and the ladies attending loved the workshop. It  also gave me a good excuse to crack open the NEW KRAFT CARDSTOCK!! This stuff is awesome. It is heavier than our regular CS and this is a more natural Kraft colouring. Be sure to check that stuff out, plus any of the other gorgeous products I used.

Thanks for dropping by,

Kirsty

Brand New Annual Catalogue!

Hello everyone,

IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE!!

New Catty

2014-2015 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue (click on catalogue image below or in my sidebar to view the catty),

2014-2015 Stampin' Up! catalogue

and she is BE YOU (TIFUL)! lol Just one of the sentiments in my favourite stamp set in this catalogue. Ordering goes live at 8am AEST this morning. I cannot wait.

But first, some information to share….

Blendabilities

Blendabilities are live today, some colours are available now with the rest available 1st August Check out this PDF to see what is available now.

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Fine Feathers!

Hello everyone,

I just held my retirement workshop yesterday and I have one of the cards to share. I used my most favourite stamp set that is retiring from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue this year, Fine Feathers. I definitely didn’t get enough use of this set, so I might just hang onto it for hobby use.

Fine Feathers

There is a lot going on on this card, but I think well worth it. After creating a circle mask with the circle framelits, I stamped the Hardwood background, followed by gold embossing the feathers. I sponged with Crumb Cake ink and then splattered the background with Calypso Coral and Whipser White.

The sentiment piece consists of Burlap ribbon, Modern Medley DSP, paper doily, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Vellum clear embossed stamped feathers, Linen Thread, the Oh, Hello stamp set, punched with the decorative label. All this on the base of Naturals White card stock. I told you there is a lot going on, right?!

I love how this one turned out. I must say there are few of its sisters sitting in the bin all crumpled up. We won’t go there……all I’ll say is I’m rusty.

Fine Feathers

The girls enjoyed making this one, which was good news. I love working them hard. LOL!

Thanks for dropping by!

Kirsty