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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #36 - Blossom Party Die

Pacific Point #1


When I saw this sketch at Less is More, my mind immediately jumped to a creating a layered graphic flower. 

This card is a Color Coach Journey card and it uses Pacific Point, Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie.

I know I have skipped Tempting Turquoise and Soft Sky but I will blog that one soon. :)

I used the Blossom Party Die to make two layers of my flower and one of the Floral Framelits for the base. 

I used one of the Circle Framelits to make my aperture layer....this layer was elevated by some Stampin Dimensionals as is the flower itself. Some metal flower brads & candy dots finished the card. 

I quite like this, it reminds me of the patterns from the dresses that I wore as a girl in the 70's. :)

The Blossom Party Originals Die is a current die and you it is still available for purchase this through me. 

Hope you like my card! :)

Materials used:

Stamps - none
Ink - none
Cardstock - Whisper White (textured), Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo
Tools - Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Floral Frames Framelits, Blossom Party Originals Die, Paper Piercer
Accessories - Flower brads (retired), Brights Candy Dots

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #35 - Fusion! Chevrons! Thinlits!

Tempting Turquoise #2


Fusion have an awesome inspiration/sketch combo happening this week. CHEVRONS!

My card is another step along my Color Coach Journey and it uses Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie....in a bit of an unusual way....

One of my fellow Elite Stampers team members shared this video on Facebook the other day....it uses a couple of techniques combined.....stamping with an embossing folder and misting inks prior to stamping. 

The video is from Audrie Magno-Gordon....she is so clever!

So....I decided to use chevrons in my main panel.....I sponged Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie onto my chevron embossing folder and then sprayed a mist of water over it. I pressed my watercolour paper onto the embossing folder and just as Audrie said, the colours run together beautifully and you get a gorgeous 'arty' image. 

In hindsight, I would have made the turquoise border a lot thinner....I think it competes with the chevron piece too much. 

Anyway....I did a couple of others so maybe I will play with those and make some different cards. :)

Hope you like my card!

Alison xx

Materials used:
Stamps - none!
Ink - Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper, Tempting Turquoise, Tempting Turquoise DSP, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories - Rhinestone Jewels
Tools - Chevron Embossing Folder, Merry Mini Punch Pack (for the smallest star), Circles Thinlits Die, Labels Thinlits Die, Big Shot, Squares Framelits

Stampin' Up! Australia - Stampin' Up! Best of Babies - Farewell Dynamic Duos!


Today I am submitting a card for a couple of challenges....the Deconstructed Sketch, who have a very cool square card sketch this week, and Dynamic Duos, who have announced their farewell. 

So sad to see them go, but I reflected on all the 47 cards that I have made for Dynamic Duos, both as a participant and a Design Team member, and I am happy to say that it has brought out the best in my card making and challenged me to design with some cool colour combos.  Thank you Lesley & Anne Marie for your inspiration and professionalism. xxx

.....in saying that....I have only just realised that I have the colours for this challenge ALL WRONG!! Eeeeeeek!
When I looked at the colours on my iPad, I could have sworn that it said So Saffron, Pistachio Pudding and Smoky Slate...when in fact it should be Pool Party. **sob**

Anyway...I'm submitting my card....I know that it will be excluded from consideration....but since it is the last challenge and I REALLY wanted to participate, the card is going in! I hope the DT understand. :)

I have been itching to break out my Best of Babies stamp set....it is completely adorable....I water coloured the bears in Crumb Cake for the fur and Smoky Slate for their foot pads, the toys were a combo of So Saffron and Pistachio Pudding. 

This isn't my usual style of card...there is a lot of layers and not much white space...but sometimes I think that baby cards need a bit of warmth and 'cosy-ness' on them. :)

So I hope my boo-boo is forgiven.....

Farewell Dynamic Duos....it's been dynamic and fabulous! :)

Alison xx

Materials used:
Stamps - Best of Babies, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink - Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper, Smoky Slate, So Saffron DSP, 
Accessories - Creped Filter Paper, Paper Doilies, Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Stretch Trim
Tools - Big Shot, Banner Framelits, Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, Aquapainter

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - Final Week

Hi there!

Here we are at another long weekend....I must say that I enjoyed the short 3 day week this week at work.....hope you have crafty plans for this weekend!

Here's the final selection of Weekly Deals....

My picks for this week are:

In Color Boutique Details - SO beautiful, you will want to wear them!!

Fun Flowers Bigz Die - essential for building your own flowers .....use it for paper, felt, fabric. 

Modern Medley Designer Series Paper - gorgeous vintage and classic designs in black & vanilla. Looks great on wedding cards and shabby chic projects. 

I Am Me Designer Series Paper - get this, if only for the gorgeous grey chevron pattern. Essential! :)

Do you have a favourite from the list this week?

Stampin' Up! Australia - Rich Razzleberry Happy Day!


Just a quick blog post to share this card with you. I have managed to squeeze it in just in time for the Dynamic Duos challenge this week. 

It is inspired by an ombre card that Catherine shared on StampNation this week. I don't have the stencils that she used, but I thought I would play with some Stampin' Sponges over a Mosaic embossed layer and get a similar effect. 

I splattered Gold Smooch Spritz over the top of my Rich Razzleberry sponging....it looks VERY GOOD in real life. :)

Hope you like my card! :)

Remember that you can place an order with me any time at my online store!

If you would like a free catalogue mailed direct to you (Australian residents only), then just drop me an email with your details and I'll get one to you! :)

Materials used:
Stamps - Happy Day
Cardstock - Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil 
Ink - Rich Razzleberry, Gold Smooch Spritz - on special right now! :)
Accessories - Gold Bakers Twine
Tools - Big Shot, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Stampin' Sponges, Small Heart Punch, Owl Builder Punch, 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Use up your DSP scraps!


The countdown is beginning for the new Stampin' Up! 2014-2015 Annual catalogue, so I have been thinking up new ways of using some of my stash. 

I gather I am not the only person to have a stack of patterned paper from pre-SU days....I just can't seem to part with it as I am a craft-supplies-hoarder.....don't judge me! :)

Anyway...here's a couple of cards that are guaranteed to inspire you to use up some itty bitty scrap pieces. 

This one was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch (which I am too late to link to sadly)...

It uses little scraps of old patterned paper pieces + some scraps of Melon Mambo, a number '10' that I had previously die cut and discarded, and a Petite Petals flower that I found on my desk. :)

My next card was inspired by the sketch at Clean & Simple Stamping this week. Rather than stamp the horizontal lines, I thought I would use a strip of 12' patterned paper, cut into 3 pieces (4 inches per piece). I thought it was such an effective way to use up old scrappy paper. :)

So, my challenge to you is this....to make room for all the cool stuff from the next catalogue....get in there and USE UP your patterned paper. You will thank me for it. :)

Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter (see my side bar) to get the skinny on the upcoming catalogue. 

Just email me if you would like to go on my mailing list for your FREE copy. :)

Alison xx

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Stampin' Up! Flower Shop - Just Add Ink! Color Coach Card #34

Tempting Turquoise #1


What a groovy little sketch the guys at Just Add Ink have this week!

This card is a Color Coach Journey card using Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Tangerine Tango....which is a bit of a weird combo but nice and bright against a backdrop of white. :)

I don't often do 'get well' cards, but I wanted something to go with the cheery 'drawn' flower and the wavy real red DSP. I saw this sentiment in Sassy Salutations and thought it would be cool. :)

The sentiment is heat embossed with Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder. 

Don't forget to visit my online store if you need anything! :)

Alison xx

Materials used:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stampin' Up + Becky Higgins' Project Life!


This announcement is bound to make scrapbookers and paper-crafters throughout Australia VERY excited!

I am SO excited to let you know that Stampin' Up! have partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal-authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin' Up! colours and designs. If you've somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it's all about, I will fill you in: it's a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It's a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.
Stampin' Up! will offer a complete Project Life product line in the new annual catalogue, available beginning 1 July. You will also be able to order a selection of Project Life products a few weeks earlier than that, but I will let you know more as the date nears.

Here's a video so you can see what it is all about...

Here is a sneak peek at the US site where you can see what will be on offer....please note that it may be different product for the Australia market....but it is worth having a snoop anyway :)

Doesn't it all look fabulous!?

If you are a Project Life devotee and have ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator....now is definitely the time to sign up. We will get sneak peeks and first dibs on all Project Life product....at a discount! Visit my website to read up about the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator....trust me, it is SO much fun....I love it! Feel free to call me for a chat on 0413 405 139 or email me for details :)

Alison xx

Stampin' Up! Australia - Weekly Deals - Week 3 - Merry Mini Punch Pack


Here are the Weekly Deals for the week 16th April - 22nd April....

...or click here to see these products in my online store

My picks would be the Merry Mini Punch Pack....essential for Christmas Cards and ornaments! I use the star punch from that for birthday cards too. 
Your paper collection should not be without the Champagne Glimmer Paper and the Epic Day Designer Series Paper - both seriously cool papers! :)

Don't forget to put your order in by 11.59pm Tuesday 22nd April! 

Call me on 0413405139, email me, or order online

Alison xx