Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Another Scrappy Peacock

Hi!

I mentioned in a previous post that instead of tidying my craft space, as I usually do each summer, I got sidetracked by some DSP, a peacock and my new Stamparatus. I used the Stamparatus to stamp the peacock, but I had so much fun that I decided to stamp it in backwards order.

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What do I mean by backwards order? Well, usually you'd stamp the body, then the tail, then the flourishy bit, and finally the dots. To do it backwards, I simply started with the dots. It was fun seeing the image form that way.

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One of the key benefits of the Stamparatus is that it stamps in exactly the same place, over and over again. In this case, the Pacific Point tail didn't stamp fully, so I was able to reink the stamp and try again. Yay! How many times have you stamped a sentiment that doesn't all stamp so you have to try to fix it, and it ends up blurry or looking worse than it did before you tried? No longer a problem!

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There are a few cute little sequin type stamps in the Beautiful Peacock SAB set. It's sometimes easy to over look these. I used them on the front in the circles that were embossed using the Polka Dot Basics TIEF, and also on the inside to add some more colour.

Am I selling you on the Stamparatus yet? LOL

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, January 15, 2018

CASEing The Catty #161

Hi!

I happened to be checking out Facebook last night when the CASEing The Catty crew posted their new challenge. This week they are challenging us to CASE anything from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. After a quick browse, I decided on the card on the top right of page 16.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, CASEing The Catty, Epic Celebrations, Colour Theory, Embossing Paste, Blends

I don't have the stamp set that was used to create the card in the catalogue (Amazing You), so I decided to use another SAB set, Epic Celebrations. I'm totally loving this set!

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I started by applying some Silver Embossing Paste through the brick wall mask to the Old Olive card base. The trainers, headphones and guitar were stamped and coloured with Blends. A little trick with the trainers is to go around the outside of the rage with a light marker. In this case I used the Light Crumb Cake Blend. This makes the white on the trainers stand out more.

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Don't the dots make a great background for the rest of the images in this set? I think so!

Bye for now,

Tina

Friday, January 12, 2018

Picture Perfect Party Blowers

Hi!

I received this stamp set, Picture Perfect, when I attended last November's On Stage event in Melbourne. It's a really cute set that you can mix and match the images to create candles, cakes and even party blowers. You know - those really annoyingly sounding whistles that have a roll of paper that unfurls when you blow on it?


Thankfully, there's no sound component with this card! There are four different stamps that make up these blowers - a plain 'body', a patterned stamp to go over the top of the body, the fringing piece, and finally the roll of paper bit.  Oooh, I just realised this would be a great set for the Stamparatus!


I stamped the confetti image. many times underneath where I wanted the blowers to sit. They were fussy cut by hand - no framelits for this set! I also curled some silver thread behind the blowers for a bit of extra bling.


It was fun mixing and matching the colours to create the four different party blowers. It did mean lots of cleaning of the stamps though!

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CASEing The Catty #160

Hi!

EDIT: I was so excited to be awarded the Crew Pick for this card! Thanks to the CTC Crew!



Often when the school year kicks into full gear I have way less free time on my hands. So over the summer break I try to enter a few challenges. Today's card is for CASEing The Catty Challenge #160, which is to CASE a card from pages 4-9 of the new Occasions Catalogue. I also had two team members celebrating their first anniversaries with Stamping' Up!, so I thought I'd kill two birds by using the challenge as a launch point for making them a card each.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, CASEing The Catty, Sunshine Wishes, Sunshine Sayings, Tutti-Frutti DSP

The card that caught my eye was the card on the left on page 7 - the front of the roller coaster card. I don't have that bundle, it was more the layout of the card that inspired me. I also had a few panels of card that I'd used embossing paste with the could stencil on that were laying around on my desk ready to use. Bonus!

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I loved the layering of ribbons on the front, so I did the same on this card. I have a bad habit of buying the sequin trim and not using it as it's too pretty to cut into. Sound familiar? This was a great time to bust it open, as I wanted these cards to be special for my team girls. I also blinged up the die cut sentiment by running my Wink Of Stella pen over the top. Instant shimmer!

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Thanks for checking in with my blog. I'm off to look for some other challenges to participate in before the summer holidays are over and life turns crazy again!

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Scrappy Peacock

Hi!

I'm back for another year of blogging!

One of the things I try to get done each summer is a huge tidy up of my craft space. I got a little bit done before I came across some scraps of Birthday Memories DSP. I straight away thought that the colours would work well with the new Beautiful Peacock stamp set. Given that my new Stamparatus had just arrived, stamping won over more cleaning!

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Do you agree? I think the bright, cheerful colours work nicely! My favourite paper from the Birthday Memories DSP pack is the striped sheet, so I wanted to make it a secondary feature of the card.

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The peacock was so easy to stamp using the Stamparatus. You simply place the stamp where you want it, use the plate to pick it up, ink it and then stamp it exactly where you want it. If you're local to me and want to have a go, just get in touch! If you aren't, there are a heap of videos online showing how to use it.

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The peacock in the middle was stamped free hand - no Stamparatus. You can definitely tell, as it's not lined up as well as on the front. Oh well!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, December 21, 2017

JAI #391: Just Choose Two

Hi!

Can you believe that this is our last challenge for the year? I guess all good things must end - but not for long, as we will be back in 2018 with a heap of fun weekly challenges.


This time around Kim has set our challenge, and it's to Just Choose Two. These have been popular challenges this year at Just Add Ink.


OK, I will admit that I'm a little over making Christmas cards by this time of year, so when Alex got invited to his best mate's 16th birthday, I was more than happy to create a teen boy's birthday card.

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There's quite a few sneak peeks on this card. The DSP is from the new Tutti-Frutti suite. It's such a fun, colourful suite, but I love that the DSP has some not-so-bold patterns too.

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It's difficult to see in the photo, but the twine is also new. It's silver and white twisted together, and it's very cool. Finally, the stamps are from a new Sale-A-Bration set called Epic Celebrations - absolutely perfect for those hard to make teen cards. If you have teens in your life, you'll definitely be wanting this set!

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I've used another stamp from the set on the inside. The birthday boy is musical, so I went for the two stamps in the set that related to music.

As this is the last Just Add Ink challenge for the year, you have two weeks to get your entry in. The linky list will close on the 3rd Jan. If you're like me, the few days after Christmas when everyone else is playing with their new toys is a great time to get some stamping in!

This will be my last blog post for the year, so thanks for taking the time to stop by during 2017, and I look forward to sharing more of my cards and scrapping with you next year. Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year to you all!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, December 14, 2017

JAI #390: Just Add A Sketch

Hi!

This week we have our second last challenge for the year. It feels so weird saying that- just a minute ago it was February!


This time round at Just Add Ink, Narelle has designed this really cool sketch for us to work with.

I think it's fab - chock a block full of ways to interpret.



I'm sure I said in a previous post that I'd had no intention of buying the Painted Harvest stamp set. Somehow, it found it's way to me and I've enjoyed playing with it. I hate it when I'm wrong!! LOL!  I certainly didn't come up with this cutie-pie hedgehog, but he sure was fun to stamp.


The circular panel involved masking and stamping and sponging, and more masking and stamping and sponging, but the end effect was well worth it


So worth it that I decided to give him a little friend on the inside. Hahaha, that sounds a bit like he's in jail. Oops! This little friend (accidentally) has a darker face than the hedgehog on the front. Serves me right for having too many open ink pads on my craft desk!

I hope you find time in your no doubt busy December to play along with us this week. Hopefully the sketch and the cards the Design Team have created are great inspiration for those last minute Christmas cards! You can see the ret of the cards over at the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also link up your card.

Bye for now,

Tina