Monday, 21 August 2017

Hopping along with The Stencil Specialist

Are you ready to hop along, be inspired and have the chance to win too?

Well you're in the right place!

It is time for the August Blop Hop with Julie and the Design Team at the

The Stencil Specialist is the Australian Wholesaler for Stampendous products and much, much more.

The prize for one lucky winner is the beautiful 
STAMPendous Autumn Points Cling Rubber Stamp

but before you go, I do hope you will check out my projects using the beautiful Stampendous Autumn Points Cling Rubber Stamp and leave a comment for your chance to be a lucky winner.

To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on one or all of the Designers Blogs, one comment equals one entry, four comments equals four entries.  Only one comment per blog please.  Please include what state you live in, as this competition is open to Australian residents only.  Entries close midnight Friday 25th August AEST.

The Stencil Specialist - Julie
Donna
Robyn
Tracy - that's me and you're here
    
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There is so much amazing detail in this stamp, I decided to go with a set of CAS cards.

These three were heat embossed with metallic embossing powders.

These two were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink,
with one stamped again and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

These next two card show that this stamp looks just as awesome in landscape.


This one was heat embossed with clear embossing powder
and have such a rich black shine.

Here are some close up pics to show the gorgeous detail.

Rich gold embossing powder.

Shimmering silver embossing powder.

Precious platinum embossing powder.

~ ~ ~ MORE TO COME ~ ~ ~

Today was sharing my set of CAS cards, tomorrow there will be some other designs.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous Autumn Points Cling Rubber Stamp
MISTI

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Sending a big Thank You to Julie from The Stencil Specialist for supplying the Stampendous Autumn Points Cling Rubber Stamp that I used today.
I know that the lucky winner from this August Blog Hop Giveaway will have wonderful inky adventures with this stamp, so don't forget to leave a comment with your state (Australian residents only) for your chance to win this beautiful stamp and then head on over to The Stencil Specialist blog to complete the Blog Hop.

We have a Blog Hop with prizes every month, so you might want to follow me so that you don't miss out on Stampendous inspiration and more chances to win with The Stencil Specialist.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

. . . more sparkling Christmas stars

You might have already seen these cards in my earlier post.

These card use the Jingle Deer digital stamp from Miss Daisy Stamps,
one of our generous sponsors for
Challenge #136 - Add A Star with the Crafty Gals Corner,
to make a pair of A5 sparkling starry Christmas cards.



This post focusses on this card.


Click HERE (or on the pic below) if you would like to learn more about this first card and Challenge #136 - Add A Star at the Crafty Gals Corner 

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I printed the images on A5 X-Press It blending card, heat set, coloured with Copic markers, then fussy cut them out.  I went around the outer edges with a Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Tip Marker.
I added some vibrant red rhinestones to the holly berry areas on the image and sparkling clear Wink Of Stella sparkle to the bell. Once I had my cheery Jingle Deer, I needed to give them somewhere starry to go.
What better place than on top of a dimensional sparkling star.

The 3D star is a cut file (link below) that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut several out using white textured cardstock, folded, painted with liquid adhesive then smothered with sparkling white glitter and left to dry.

The leafy circle flourish is a cut file (link below) that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut two sets of the leafy circle flourishes using Cricket cardstock.  I curled the leaves for dimension, the bottom layers curled downwards, the top layer curled up and carefully layered each set together 

I made the A5 card base by scoring a sheet of A4 cardstock in half, using my bone folder to make a crisp top fold.  I adhered a panel of pretty Christmas patterned paper to the base.  This was the last scrap left of one of my favourite patterned papers, luckily there was just enough to cover the card base.  The leafy circle flourishes were carefully adhered in place on the middle of the card front.  I put liquid adhesive under the circle and under the stem to the 3rd leaf on each side.  This allows the flourish to be secure and still allow the leaves to keep their dimension.  
 I adhered the sparkling 3D star over the circle portion of the leafy circle flourish.
Lucky last was the super cute litte Jingle Deer on top of the star.  I adhered some cardstock behind the image then used a liquid adhesive to secure him in place, using pressure to flatten the top of the star just a bit, to give him more surface to sit flat and securely. 

Doesn't this dear little deer make you smile?



Here are another couple of pics ...


   

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Miss Daisy Stamps - digital stamp -  Jingle Deer
Copic markers - deer - E33-35-37-39
Copic markers - ears - E30-31-33-35-37
Copic markers - antlers - E70-71-74-77
Copic markers - nose - R21-22-24-27-46
Copic markers - bell - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23
Copic markers - holly leaves - YG03-25-17
Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush - clear - to add sparkle to bell
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - WOW! - white glitter
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - Primary
also available as individual sheets - Cricket
Kaisercraft - 12x12 cardstock - Mint Twist Collection - Trimmings
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - 3D Holiday Star Card
Design ID #209036 by Jennifer Rush
red rhinestones
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Helmar Acid Free Professional Liquid Glue - to adhere glitter to the star
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere flourishes

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Sending a big Thank You to Miss Daisy Stamps for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge # 136 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
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Click HERE if you would like to learn more about this first card and
Challenge #136 - Add A Star at the Crafty Gals Corner 

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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I'm seeing stars, sparkling Christmas stars

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #136 - Add A Star

The sponsors for this challenge are:
Prize: 3 Winners!!
1. $10 Gift Certifcate
2. 1 Digital Image
3. 1 Digital Image
Join us at Miss Daisy Stamps Create & Share Facebook Group to meet the artists, 
share fun & inspiration, receive freebies and special deals. See you there!

Prize: 2 Digital Images

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Today I have used the Jingle Deer digital stamp from Miss Daisy Stamps, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a pair of A5 sparkling starry Christmas cards.

This post focusses on this card.


I printed the images on A5 X-Press It blending card, heat set, coloured with Copic markers, then fussy cut them out.  I went around the outer edges with a Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Tip Marker.  I added some vibrant red rhinestones to the holly berry areas on the image and sparkling clear Wink Of Stella sparkle to the bell.
Once I had my cheery Jingle Deer, I needed to give them somewhere starry to go.
What better place than on top of a dimensional sparkling star.

The 3D star is a cut file (link belowthat I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut several out using white textured cardstock, folded, painted with liquid adhesive then smothered with sparkling white glitter and left to dry.  The bow is a die cut by Winnie & Walter.  I cut out the pieces from Crimson cardstock, used a small paint brush to curve the loops and tails then adhered with liquid adhesive.

The holly flourishes are a cut file (link below) that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I duplicated the image and flipped it before cutting two sets of both versions, one in Splice cardstock, the other in darker Evergreen cardstock, both colours matching the pretty patterned paper on the card base.  I curled the flourishes for dimension and layered each set together then added some vibrant red rhinestones to the holly berry areas on the flourish.

I made the A5 card base by scoring a sheet of A4 cardstock in half, using my bone folder to make a crisp top fold.  I adhered a panel of pretty Christmas patterned paper to the base then adhered the sparkling 3D star to the middle of the card.  The holly flourishes and bows were adhered in place then the last piece was the super cute litte Jingle Deer on top of the star.  I adhered some cardstock behind the image then used a liquid adhesive to secure him in place, using pressure to flatten the top of the star just a bit, to give him more surface to sit flat and securely. 



Here are another couple of pics ...


   

Click HERE (or on the pic below) if you would like to learn more about this second card


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Miss Daisy Stamps - digital stamp -  Jingle Deer
Copic markers - deer - E33-35-37-39
Copic markers - ears - E30-31-33-35-37
Copic markers - antlers - E70-71-74
Copic markers - nose - R21-22-24-27-46
Copic markers - bell - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23
Copic markers - holly leaves - YG03-25-17
Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush - clear - to add sparkle to bell
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - WOW! - white glitter
Kaisercraft - 12x12 weave cardstock - Splice
also available as individual sheets - Crimson
Kaisercraft - 12x12 cardstock - Santa's List Collection - Jolly Man
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - 3D Holiday Star Card
Design ID #209036 by Jennifer Rush
Silhouette Design Store - Holly Flourish
Design ID ##70157 by Lori Whitlock
Sizzix Big Shot
Winnie & Walter - Take A Bow Cutaways
red rhinestones
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Helmar Acid Free Professional Liquid Glue - to adhere glitter and bow
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere flourishes

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Sending a big Thank You to Miss Daisy Stamps for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge # 136 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Morgan's Artworld - Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - PIP Challenge 1733 -Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #256 - Inspired By Music / Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Blog - Work It Wednesday - July 2017
Add sparkle, glitter, sequins, glimmery paper etc.  Just add some bling!
My star is smothered in sparkling glitter, the golden bell sparkles,
so do the rhinestone holly berries
Star Stampz - Hand Colored Image

The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #32 - Anything Goes
Optional Theme - Traditional Christmas Colours
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Challenge August 14-22

Inky Christmas wishes

Yes, it is looking very Christmassy at our house at the moment.
At this rate I will have all our Christmas cards ready to be posted on time this year!

Today I have used the Pine Sprig digital stamp by QKR Stampede,
a recent addition to my digital stamp collection.



I printed the image on A5 X-Press It blending card using a laser printer, heat set, trimmed to size (3 1/2" x 5") then coloured with Copic markers.  I took the image panel, used my MISTI to align the sentiment perfectly before stamping it twice to give a solid dark result.  I confess that I have developed a strong love of my clear and unmounted rubber stamps since getting the MISTI, it makes getting a clean, crisp result so easy, each and every time.

I printed another set of images on plain cardstock, applied some X-Press It Mask It over the image, then fussy cut the image out using micro tip scissors.  I cut the mask slightly smaller by trimming into the outer edge smaller.  Having the mask slightly smaller ensures that you don't get any white zones around the image after it is removed.  I peeled the mask off and carefully aligned it with the image and smoothed it down firmly.  I applied Bundled Sage Distress Ink to the image panel using a small round blending tool, being careful around the edges of the mask.
Once the ink blending was complete, I wiped off the mask and carefully peeled it off.
I added a touch of Wink of Stella sparkle to the golden bells.






I adhered wood panel patterned paper to an A5 top folding card base, trimmed off the paper edges and the excess card from the bottom.  I know it makes for an odd size card but it allowed me to use most of the 6 1/2" wood panelled patterned paper.

I trimmed a length of burlap to be slightly larger than the image panel and applied a dollop of liquid adhesive to the middle at the back before aligning it on the card front.

Lucky last came the image panel.  I applied quite a bit of liquid adhesive to the back and aligned it over the burlap.



*** INGREDIENTS ***
Copic markers - bells - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23
Copic markers - pine cones - E55-57-59
Copic markers - ribbons - R22-24-27
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
MISTI - THE Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Fiskars - Simple Stick Repositionable Rubber Stamps - Holiday Hooplah
X-Press It - Mask It
Distress Ink - Bundled Sage
Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
burlap
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" paper pad - Basecoat
I LOVE this collection and confess that I was thrilled to find another pad
to add to my stash today!  I highly recommend you try and search it out.
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers & burlap

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I hope I have inspired you to get creative.
You still have time to enter Challenge #166 - Add Some Stamping with Team Lou with us at the Southern Girls.  Full details can be found HERE.
I look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery and remember, we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Getting Inky to Add Some Stamping with Team Lou

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge





Our generous sponsor for this challenge is
KC

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Today I have used the Pine Sprig digital stamp by QKR Stampede,
a recent addition to my digital stamp collection.



I printed the image on A5 X-Press It blending card using a laser printer, heat set, trimmed to size (3 1/2" x 5") then coloured with Copic markers.  I took the image panel, used my MISTI to align the sentiment perfectly before stamping it twice to give a solid dark result.  I confess that I have developed a strong love of my clear and unmounted rubber stamps since getting the MISTI, it makes getting a clean, crisp result so easy, each and every time.

I printed another set of images on plain cardstock, applied some X-Press It Mask It over the image, then fussy cut the image out using micro tip scissors.  I cut the mask slightly smaller by trimming into the outer edge smaller.  Having the mask slightly smaller ensures that you don't get any white zones around the image after it is removed.  I peeled the mask off and carefully aligned it with the image and smoothed it down firmly.  I applied Old Paper Distress Ink to the image panel using a small round blending tool, being careful around the edges of the mask.
Once the ink blending was complete, I wiped off the mask and carefully peeled it off.
I added a touch of Wink of Stella sparkle to the golden bells.




I adhered wood panel patterned paper to an A5 top folding card base, trimmed off the paper edges and the excess card from the bottom.  I know it makes for an odd size card but it allowed me to use most of the 6 1/2" wood panelled patterned paper.

I trimmed a length of burlap to be slightly larger than the image panel and applied a dollop of liquid adhesive to the middle at the back before aligning it on the card front.

Lucky last came the image panel.  I applied quite a bit of liquid adhesive to the back and aligned it over the burlap.



*** INGREDIENTS ***
Copic markers - bells - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23
Copic markers - pine cones - E55-57-59
Copic markers - ribbons - R22-24-27
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
MISTI - THE Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Fiskars - Simple Stick Repositionable Rubber Stamps - Holiday Hooplah
X-Press It - Mask It
Distress Ink - Old Paper
Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
burlap
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" paper pad - Basecoat
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers & burlap


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I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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ABC Christmas Challenge - P, Q and R for People, Quick and/or Red
Anything Christmas Goes
Anything Christmas Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #255 - Make It Humorous/Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog - Challenge #122 - Anything Goes
option Summer ... we have a hot, summery Christmas Down Under
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Challenge #78 - A Festive Sentiment
The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #32 - Anything Goes
Optional Theme - Traditional Christmas Colours
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD week commencing 8th Aug
Time Out Challenges - Challenge #89 - Home Sweet Home

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Blue roses filled with love - Happy Birthday Dad

You may have seen these two A5 top folding birthday cards,
His & Hers Roses HERE.



This post is to focus on the blue rose I made for my Father's birthday.


Yes, I know there is no such a thing as a blue rose.

The "blue rose" is something that rose growers all over the world dream of
and are trying to grow.  My Father really loves his roses, so I have made
one-of-a-kind blue rose from my beloved, one-of-a-kind Dad.

The inside of the card is matted and finished off with a die cut sentiment.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Valentine 12 digital stamp from Morgan's ArtWorld
the sentiment on the card front is Papyrus
X-Press It - A4 blending card
Copic markers - roses - B0000-91-93-95-97
Copic markers - foliage - YG61-63-67-99
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - Ocean
(this colour comes as individual sheets or as part of the Winter pack)
A5 top folding card base
Sizzix Big Shot
Couture Creations - Intricutz Dies - Script Happy Birthday
Kaisercraft release paper
this makes die cutting delicate sentiments a pleasure
Helmar 450 Quick Dry liquid adhesive - to adhere layers
Tombow Mono Multi liquid adhesive - to adhere sentiment & frame
there is a frame over the image panel


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You can read all about the pink rose card and 
Challenge #134 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner HERE.
I do hope you head on over, get inspired and join our challenge.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Roses for Him, Roses for Her

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge 134 - Celebrate

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Morgan's ArtWorld
Prize: 3 Digital Images

Prize: 1 Bundle of your choice - no combo packs

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Today I have used the Valentine 12 digital stamp from Morgan's ArtWorld, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make two A5 top folding birthday cards, His & Hers Roses.



The rose image is so elegant that I went with a CAS style to celebrate its beauty.


Do you think I should add some sparkling clear sequins to the "hers" card?
I was thinking of a cluster of 3 or 5 down on the RHS of the sentiment.


Before you say anything, yes, I know there is no such a thing as a blue rose.
The "blue rose" is something that rose growers all over the world dream of
and are trying to grow.  My Father loves his roses, so I have made a 
one-of-a-kind blue rose from my beloved, one-of-a-kind Dad.

The inside of each card is matted and finished off with a die cut sentiment.

   

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Valentine 12 digital stamp from Morgan's ArtWorld
the sentiment on the card front is Papyrus
X-Press It - A4 blending card
Copic markers - pink rose - RV0000 + R81-83-85-89
Copic markers - blue rose - B0000-91-93-95-97
Copic markers - foliage - YG61-63-67-99
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - black
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - Ocean
(this colour comes as individual sheets or as part of the Winter pack)

A5 top folding card bases
Sizzix Big Shot
Couture Creations - Intricutz Dies - Script Happy Birthday
Kaisercraft release paper
Helmar 450 Quick Dry liquid adhesive - to adhere layers
Tombow Mono Multi liquid adhesive - to adhere sentiment & frame

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Sending a big Thank You to Morgan's ArtWorld for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #134 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):