Channelling my inner arty

I love joining in with Challenge blogs and this week at TGIF, they have set a technique challenge!! Watercolouring!!!

 

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So, I have decided to find my inner “arty”. Apparently, she wasn’t hiding that far away!! I used the retired colour coach to come up with a nice combo of subtle colours, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder and Sahara Sand. I think they look very pretty together.

I then had a look at my stamps. I decided to use the large splat from the Perpetual birthday calendar set. I stamped it in the 3 colours on the watercolour paper and gave it a spritz of water to make the colours blend together. And because I’m impatient, I used my heat tool to make it dry quicker.

I knew I wanted to add a gold embossed sentiment and I couldn’t decide what would go. My fabulous friend, Emma, suggested that I use the flower from You’ve Got This, and I have to agree, that it looks pretty good!! I added some lace, a bow and stamped a small sentiment from Petite Pairs and punched it out with the oval punch.

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When I came to photo the card, I realised that it’s hard to get a good picture of embossing. Let me just say in real life, it looks much better!!

I hope you like my card!! Please leave me a comment and let me know.

Happy Stamping

Rebecca

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9 November 2011 – Brisbane Regional event

Last Saturday I attended the Stampin’ Up! Brisbane Regional training event with some of the girls in my team and a few of my customers.  My upline, Tracy was also able to attend.  It was a great day of catching up, swapping, sharing, learning and laughs!!!  This is why I love Stampin’ Up!  They are such a generous business!!  They had door prizes during the day (I didn’t win one but one of my team members did, Yay Carolyn!!) and gave everyone who attended a container of Champagne glitter glass. Gorgeous stuff!!!

Some of the girls in my team, Carolyn G and Mary R.

 

Here are my guests, Me, Jan S, Lynn W and Sandra (aka Super Mum!!)

One of the best parts of any Stampin’ Up! event, is the swapping!!!  Generally, you make a card front, include a project recipe and make lots of them.  I don’t enjoy making 50 of the same thing, so I usually do a couple of different cards.  This year, I did two card fronts and a bookmark.

I cased this one from another SU demonstrator, Elizabeth Dyson.

Stamp Set:  Elizabeth, It’s Your Day

Ink:  Early Espresso, Rose Red

Paper:  Early Espresso, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White

Accessories:  Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Whisper White organza ribbon, pastels, blender pens.

This one was cased from Heather Klump.  I really love this paper and the colours!!

Stamp set:  Four Frames, On Your Birthday

Ink:  Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder

Paper:  Berry Blossoms DSP, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral

Accessories:  Corner Rounder punch, Decorative label punch, oval punch, scallop oval punch, doily triple layer punch, finial press embossing folder

 

Now when I saw this on Splitcoaststampers, I just knew that I had to make it as a swap.  It’s by Snowteach.  I have to admit that I am addicted to Angry Birds!!!  These were very popular!!

Paper:  Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, More Mustard

Accessories:  Two Tags Die, Scallop circle punch, owl punch, bird punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, slot punch

 

 

26 September 2011 – Class Cards

Hi everyone,

Isn’t spring a lovely time of year!!  Not too hot, not too cold, just right!!

Here are a couple of cards that we did at my recent stamp club.  The girls enjoyed making them!!  The first is a petal card, thanks to a great tutorial on Splitcoaststampers by Beate Johns (click here for the link).  I felt it wasn’t too hard to make and looks pretty good, if I do say so myself!!  I love this paper too!! (and the Perfect Pennants die!!)

Here’s a picture of it open.

Stamp sets:  Happiest Birthday Wishes

Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder

Paper:  Flirtatious Specialty DSP, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight

Accessories:  Circle Scissor Plus, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die,Perfect Pennants Die, 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch, 1″ circle punch, Wisteria Wonder Ruffled ribbon

 

The other card that we made used my other favourite new paper, Mocha Morning Specialty.  I love the velvet feel to a couple of the pages!!

I did case this card but I can’t find where from, but thank you!!

I used markers to ink the stamp and I think it came out really well.  I love this technique!!

Stamp Sets:  Oval All

Ink:  Real Red marker, basic black marker

Paper:  Basic gray, real red, whisper white, Mocha Morning Specialty DSP

Accessories:  Big Shot, Polka dot embossing folder, real red grosgrain ribbon, Scallop oval punch, large oval punch

10 June 2011 – Butterfly Birthday

I have a friend who is having a 21st birthday party this weekend (I’m excited that I still have such young friends!!) and I needed to make a card and a box for the present.  I’ve still got the box to go, but I’m working tonight and need to have a sleep this afternoon, so I’ll be madly making one tomorrow!!  Nothing like leaving it to the last minute!!

I am definately loving the Elements of Style stamp set.  I have cased this card from Tania Gould, and haven’t changed it much.  It’s amazing how you can make a mistake work for you!!  As I was putting the tape on the back of the very vanilla piece, when I turned it over, I had a black spot right in the middle of the top which wasn’t going to be hidden by the butterfly!!!  So out comes the spritzer tool and the black marker and away we go!!  You can get really carried away with spritzing if you’re not careful!!

I also love bling so after colouring the butterfly, I drowned it in Champagne mist shimmer paint which has been mixed with Isocol.  So much glitter, just beautiful!!  Because the paper was a wee bit damp, I dried it with my heat tool and then scrunched it a bit.  And then added such a bit more shimmer paint, this time with a sponge dauber.  You really can’t have too much glitter!!  Honestly!!!

I have also rediscovered shrinky dink plastic.  I couldn’t find a birthday greeting small enough for my punches so I used the large oval punch to punch out the greeting, which I had stamped with Staz-on ink and then heated it with my heat tool.  It’s fun watching it melt and hoping it will end up flat!!  I added a touch of lace as well.  I hope you like it!!

Can you see the glitter!!

Stamp Set:  Elements of Style, On Your Birthday

Ink:  Basic Black, Wild Wasabi marker, Rose Red marker, Pretty in Pink marker, Black Staz-on

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla

Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Large Oval punch, Shrinky Dink plastic, heat tool, Victoria Crochet ribbon

1 June 2011

It’s the first day of winter already!!!  And it was cold enough too!!!  I didn’t defrost until about 2pm!!

Although I was cold, I did manage to make a couple of gorgeous cards today.  My new favourite stamp set is Elements of Style.  I love the flowers!!  I have cased this card from Rachael Hecker, a fellow SU Demonstrator.  I inked the main flower stamp using the markers.  I love this technique, looks great and is so easy to do.

I have also fallen in love with black satin ribbon.  It looks so glamorous and silky and shiny!!  I’ve done it in two colour combinations, Real Red and Basic Black, and Certainly Celery and Rose Red.  I hope you enjoy!!

 

Stamp Set:  Elements of Style

Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red and Certainly Celery and Rose Red markers

Paper:  Basic Black, Real Red and Certainly Celery and Rose Red

Accessories:  Oval punch, Black satin ribbon, certainly celery satin ribbon, sponge dauber

(Wow, a card where I didn’t use the Big Shot, miracles do happen!!)

8th March 2011

I’m at Stanthorpe today baby sitting my nieces for a few days, so I’ve pre-scheduled this post.

I’ve cased this one from fellow SU! demonstrator, Annette Sullivan.

I love the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder but I don’t use it often enough.  When I saw this card of Annette’s, I loved it!!

Stamp Sets:  Well Scripted

Paper:  Elegant Soiree DSP, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake

Ink:  Crumb Cake

Accessories:  Big Shot, Manhattan Flower embossing folder, Extra Large Oval Punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlits

There is a very talented SU! Demonstrator who does amazing things with punches!!  She has done a rose using the Owl punch.  Check out her video here to see how to make it.  I did end up with glue all over my fingers but the results are beautiful!!  I did spritz my rose with champagne mist shimmer paint but you can’t really tell in the photo.

Stamp Sets:  Word Play

Paper:  Whisper White, Pear Piazzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Greenhouse Gala DSP, So Saffron, Old Olive

Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Old Olive

Accessories:  Big Shot, Top note die, owl punch, scalloped edged punch, 5-Petal flower punch, Champagne Mist shimmer paint.

17 February 2011

I meant to post earlier today but my niece, Leah, had to have emergency surgery today to have her appendix out so I went to visit her in Toowoomba.  She’s doing much better now but the doctor said it was pretty bad.  I made her a cute card this morning, inspired by Kerry Bunting.  Looking at Kerry’s blog, I think she likes the owl punch!!!  It is pretty cute!!!

Stamp set:  Word Play (one of my favourites!!)

Paper:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Brights DSP pattern stack

Ink:  Melon Mambo

Accessories:  Owl Punch, two-way glue, small oval punch, large oval punch.