Using Watercolour Pencils on Black Cardstock – All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us for this exciting December blog hop with the All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team! We are thrilled to be showing you our work today. You may be starting here or have come from Erica’s blog. You’ll find a list at the end of each post so you can continue around the world to see all these amazing designers’ blogs. You can purchase our brand new tutorial bundle TODAY! It includes 12 incredible designs using products from the brand new Holiday Catalogue. Click on the Buy Now button below. Or how would you like to receive the November bundle ABSOLUTELY FREE? Simply place a minimum $50 order (before tax and shipping) this month using the Host Code for December in my online store* and I will send you the bundle as a gift for shopping with me. You will receive the tutorial bundle PDF via email. * When you log in to my online store, please make sure that my name is at the top right of the store page and check the box that allows me to contact you, otherwise I won’t know where to send your free Tutorial Bundle!




I’ve used the same die that I used in my tutorial bundle project to make today’s card – Happy Birthday Thinlits. I used the large flower image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set to create a gorgeous background using Watercolour Pencils on Basic Black cardstock. I stamped the image in VersaMark ink and gold heat embossed it before colouring. (I also used an Embossing Buddy to prevent powder sticking where I didn’t want it to.) If you love colouring, this is a relaxing technique, and so stunning! I chose to use Crumb Cake cardstock for my card base, but you could also use Thick Whisper White or any other colour.

 

I die cut the happy birthday sentiment from Whisper White Cardstock and simply adhered it to the background using Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive. I added a few gold Metallic Enamel Shapes to finish off the design.

I hope you enjoyed this project. If you would like to follow my blog by email, click here so you don’t miss a single blog post. Next up is the amazingly talented Jacque Williams with some inspiration for you.

Stars ‘n’ Snowflakes Card – – All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us for this exciting November blog hop with the All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team! We are thrilled to be showing you our work today. You may be starting here or have come from Erica’s blog. You’ll find a list at the end of each post so you can continue around the world to see all these amazing designers’ blogs. You can purchase our brand new tutorial bundle TODAY! It includes 12 incredible designs using products from the brand new Holiday Catalogue. Click on the Buy Now button below. Or how would you like to receive the November bundle ABSOLUTELY FREE? Simply place a minimum $50 order (before tax and shipping) this month using the Host Code for November in my online store* and I will send you the bundle as a gift for shopping with me. You will receive the tutorial bundle PDF via email. * When you log in to my online store, please make sure that my name is at the top right of the store page and check the box that allows me to contact you, otherwise I won’t know where to send your free Tutorial Bundle!





I’ve used the same stamp set that I used in my tutorial bundle project to make today’s card – Star of Light. I used 5 images from the stamp set to create my own background. They were stamped in VersaMark ink and gold heat embossed. (I also used an Embossing Buddy to prevent powder sticking where I didn’t want it to.) Simple, but stunning in real life. I just adore the fonts in the sentiments and decided to pair two together (because I couldn’t decide on just one!), And since I was doing a lot of heat embossing, I thought it would be better to use Thick Whisper White for the card front as well as the card base.


Here are the measurements in case you want to recreate this design:

I like to create unusual designs, so I played around with different shapes to accommodate both white heat embossed sentiments, and decided on a scalloped circle cut from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies for the “Merry Christmas” sentiment and a plain strip for the “sub-greeting” (both using Basic Black Cardstock).

I added some Gold Metallic Thread behind the scalloped piece, secured with Tear and Tape, and some of the thin gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape (from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue) each side of the black strip (although you can’t see the strip on the bottom because of the angle of the photo – sorry!). Lastly, I adhered the black strip using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then adhered the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed this project. If you would like to follow my blog by email, click here so you don’t miss a single blog post. Next up is the amazingly talented Jacque Williams with some inspiration for you.

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Carols of Christmas Gift Tag Box Set – All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us for this exciting October blog hop with the All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team! We are thrilled to be showing you our work today. You may be starting here or have come from Erica’s blog. You’ll find a list at the end of each post so you can continue around the world to see all these amazing designers’ blogs. You can purchase our brand new tutorial bundle TODAY! It includes 12 incredible designs using products from the brand new Holiday Catalogue. Click on the Buy Now button below. Or how would you like to receive the October bundle ABSOLUTELY FREE? Simply place a minimum $50 order (before tax and shipping) this month using the Host Code for October in my online store* and I will send you the bundle as a gift for shopping with me. You will receive the tutorial bundle PDF via email. * When you log in to my online store, please make sure that my name is at the top right of the store page and check the box that allows me to contact you, otherwise I won’t know where to send your free Tutorial Bundle!

I’ve made a Christmas tag gift set using the same stamp set and dies that I used in my tutorial bundle project – Carols of Christmas bundle.

Measurements for boxes and tags are listed below.

Boxes

Finished box sizes: Metric – 8.5 cm wide x 6 cm high x 5.5 cm deep; Imperial – 3-3/8″ wide x 2-1/2″ high x 2″ deep.

Boxes will easily fit 15-20 gift tags!


Black and White Box

I covered the black and white box with some paper from the Merry Music Specialty DSP pack using adhesive sheets (these are fabulous!) after I scored the thick Whisper White cardstock. The extra layer makes this box very sturdy. Some scraps of Lemon Lime Twist and Crumb Cake Cardstock for the trees and deer (popped up with dimensionals) and a little clear Wink of Stella (WoS) on the trees finished off the front. I punched a hole in the top and threaded some Whisper White Sheer Ribbon and tied a knot on the inside to form a finger loop to open the box.

Deck the Halls Box

For this box I masked off the front after I scored and cut but before I constructed it, and stamped poinsettias and leaves in Real Red and Old Olive. Then I used my anti-static pouch before stamping “Deck the Halls” in Versamark ink and gold heat embossing. I used a scattering of Old Olive enamel shapes and clear WoS on the flowers. The opening is the same as the black and white box and uses Old Olive Sheer Ribbon and a stitched felt star. If you make these boxes, I recommend using Tear and Tape double-sided adhesive for strength.

Gift Tags

The “To:” and “From:” were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and are from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set; all other stamps and dies are from the Carols of Christmas bundle. All tags are made from layering weight Whisper White Cardstock. I used Whisper White Sheer Ribbon on a couple of tags and Real Red Solid Ribbon on the others. There is plenty of room to add a message inside these tags – bonus!

Tree Tag

I stamped and gold heat embossed the stars at the top, added some washi tape at the bottom, and die cut a tree in Lemon Lime Twist and ran it through my crimper just for fun. Isn’t it adorable?

Deer Tag

The deer were stamped in Crumb Cake and the centre one is gold heat embossed. The little accents (berries?) were stamped in Real Red.

Christmas Ornament Tag

I used my markers for this tag in Basic Black, Old Olive, Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist. The Real Red Cardstock border was punched with the Ticket Tear Border punch and adhered with SNAIL adhesive. WoS was added to the ornaments.

Poinsettia Tag

Some simple stamping is all that was used on this pretty tag; Real Red for the flowers, Old Olive for the leaves and Crumb Cake for the accent dots with WoS on the flowers.

Mistletoe Tag

A scrap of Merry Music Specialty DSP was adhered with SNAIL. I then stamped the mistletoe in Old Olive and Real Red before die cutting it, and adhering it with mini dimensionals. I wrapped some Real Red Solid Ribbon around and tied a bow, securing it with a couple of glue dots.

I had heaps of fun making these boxes and tags. With just a little creativity and the gorgeous stamps in this set and coordinating dies, the possibilities are endless! Or you could change it up and use one of the two Christmas DSPs in this month’s DSP Sale, or one of the two Christmas stamp sets in the World Card Making Day Sale. And who wouldn’t love to receive a gift of handmade Christmas love?! I hope you enjoyed this project. If you would like to follow my blog by email, click here so you don’t miss a single blog post. Next up is the amazingly talented Jacque Williams with some inspiration for you.

World Card Making Day Sale

October 7 is World Card Making Day, and you can celebrate by grabbing a bargain in the WCMD sale from 1-10 October. Pick up some Note Cards and Envelopes or choose from 12 gorgeous stamp sets. And as a bonus, if you purchase a Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get 2 refills, absolutely FREE!

We all love to make handmade cards and send them and WCMD is the perfect reason to make and send more. So grab a bargain and get crafty!

Here’s all the details. Click here to shop now!

All Star Tutorial Bundle September Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us for this exciting September blog hop with the All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team! We are thrilled to be showing you our work today. You may be starting here or have come from Erica’s blog. You’ll find a list at the end of each post so you can continue around the world to see all these amazing designers’ blogs.

You can purchase our brand new tutorial bundle TODAY! It includes 12 incredible designs using products from the brand new Holiday Catalogue. Click on the Buy Now button below. Or how would you like to receive the September bundle ABSOLUTELY FREE? Simply place a minimum $50 order (before tax and shipping) this month  in my online store* and I will send you the bundle as a gift for shopping with me. You will receive the tutorial bundle PDF via email.

* When you log in to my online store, please make sure that my name is at the top right of the store page and check the box that allows me to contact you, otherwise I won’t know where to send your free Tutorial Bundle!





Here is the card that I made using a stamp set I used in my tutorial bundle project. I’ve used two images from the Labels to Love Stamp Set to create a Christmas https://laparkan.com/buy-accutane/ card with a rustic handmade flavour.


Using an “oldie but goodie” technique – acrylic block stamping, I added several ink colours to my E block (Bermuda Bay, Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist), spritzed with water and stamped it down over white heat embossed images on watercolour paper. This technique is super easy but the results are quite lovely. I added some wonky red stitching, and trimmed the panel down to 9.5 cm x 11.9 cm, making sure I had enough room for the sentiment which was also white heat embossed.

The panel was adhered with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to a Real Red top-folding card base measuring 29.7 cm x 10.5 cm (scored at 14.8 cm). I adhered one of the adorable felt shapes from the Stitched Felt Embellishments to the centre of the watercolour panel with a dimensional, and added some silver stars from the Metallic Enamel Shapes for a little sparkle.

If you would like to follow my blog by email, click here so you don’t miss a single blog post. Next up is the amazing Jacque Williams with some inspiration for you. You will love her work.

This Little Piggy Encouragement Card for WWYS #131


The This Little Piggy Stamp Set is adorable and the sentiments are sweet. I’ve used it to create an encouragement card for this week’s What Will You Stamp? Challenge.

On a card base of Powder Pink Cardstock, I attached a layer of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate and cut a circle through both layers using the second largest plain die from the Layering Circle Framelits. I backed the card front with a piece of Gold Foil and then cut a frame from Basic Black Cardstock using the same circle die as well as the largest of the scalloped dies from the same set. To give the focal point a little something extra, I adhered some Gold Metallic Thread to the back of the frame before adhering it down.


The little piggy and the sentiments were stamped in black ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. I watercoloured the piggy using Powder Pink and Blushing Bride, a little Smoky Slate for her wings, and Crumb Cake for her hoofs. I added some Clear Wink of Stella to her wings, and then fussy cut her out. I punched the sentiments out with the Classic Label Punch. I cut a strip of Gold Foil slightly wider than the sentiments and trimmed it at both ends to match the point on the white pieces, then ran it through the Big Shot with the scalloped circle die. So I had two pieces with a point on one end and scalloped on the other end; I thought they resembled wings. Cool huh? I offset the sentiments and adhered them using SNAIL and attached them (and the piggy) to the card using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Thanks for visiting my blog. If you’ve left me a comment, thank you! You’ve made my day. Be sure to hop on over to the WWYS blog to see what everyone else has made and enter your own project. You could be our next guest designer!


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Redeem Your Bonus Days Coupons in August

It’s time to treat yourself by cashing in the Bonus Days coupons you earned in July, starting tomorrow until the end of August! Wahoo!


 

The new Annual Catalogue is out! Woohoo!!! Along with some old favourites there are loads of beautiful new products, including heaps of 10% off bundles and some exciting new products like embossing paste and double-sided adhesive sheets. If you don’t have a copy of the catalogue yet, you can request one here. And to shop for your favourites, click here. Oh, and don’t forget to use the Current Host Code – EZNSGGX3 – to receive an extra little gift when you shop with me online! If you have any questions, you can phone (0435 782 009) or email me ([email protected]).


Looking for Inspiration?

I’ve teamed up with 11 other demonstrators to create a monthly Tutorial Bundle! Each monthly bundle contains 12 tutorials – one from each of the AMAZING demonstrators I’m working with! Based on current products in the Stampin’ Up! Catalogues, they come with both metric and imperial (inches) measurements. So no matter where you live in the world, you can purchase these tutorials and use them to create great projects!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Once payment goes through you will be emailed your tutorial bundle right away to the email address listed on your PayPal account. If you don’t receive it please check your junk mail just in case. If it still isn’t there – please email me to let me know. Thanks for your support purchasing these bundles.




 

 

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Bike Ride Fabulous Friend Card for WWYS #129


The Bike Ride Stamp Set and coordinating Build a Bike Framelits dies from the Annual Catalogue have oodles of options for customising a cute bicycle, from flowers and fruit to books and a little dog. And Stampin’ Up! have designed the set so you can stamp the solid images with the outline images to create super fast and easy images and then die-cut them. Then all that’s left is to assemble them to create a little “cycle scene”! You can also purchase the stamps and dies as a bundle and save 10%.


I started with the Brick Wall embossing folder and to a small amount of embossing paste added one drop of Crumb Cake ink and mixed it on my silicone craft sheet. I applied this to the raised brick side of the folder very thinly and ran it through the Big Shot, and BOOM! instant texture! I used the stone die from the die set (which embosses rather than cuts) to make my cobbled path in the foreground. I added a few tufts of grass from the High Tide Stamp Set in Wild Wasabi (two of which got covered by the bike wheels!) and sponged the path with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso using Sponge Daubers.

I wanted the bike to be shiny, and although you can’t see it in the picture, I clear heat embossed the bicycle frame after stamping it in Bermuda Bay ink. The pedal and bicycle rims were silver heat embossed too. The basket and the rack at the back were die-cut from Silver Foil cardstock so they shone as well. All the black “bits” were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, the handlebars in Crushed Curry and the cute sunflowers in Daffodil Delight with a Sweet Sugarplum wrap. I used Tombow multipurpose liquid glue and dimensionals to assemble the bicycle.

For the sentiment I die-cut the “friend” word from the Lovely Words Thinlits and trimmed out the word from the centre of the oval. I adhered it using dimensionals above the bike. Then I used a combination sentiment “you are a fabulous” from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set. This set is great for mixing and matching to make up your own phrases. I stamped them in Versamark onto a thin strip of Basic Black cardstock and then white heat embossed them. The strip was adhered using dimensionals. For a finishing touch I added some silver Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Using Tombow glue, I adhered the card front to a Basic Black panel, and then mounted it onto a Thick Whisper White card base.

Thanks for visiting my blog. If you’ve left me a comment, thank you! You’ve made my day. Be sure to hop on over to the WWYS blog to see what everyone else has made and enter your own project. You could be our next guest designer!


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Redeem Your Bonus Days Coupons in August

It’s time to treat yourself by cashing in the Bonus Days coupons you earned in July, starting tomorrow until the end of August! Wahoo! AND I have a special surprise to sweeten the treat even more, but you’ll have to come back and visit my blog on Thursday, 3 August from 2:00 am AEST to find out what it is!


 

The new Annual Catalogue is out! Woohoo!!! Along with some old favourites there are loads of beautiful new products, including heaps of 10% off bundles and some exciting new products like embossing paste and double-sided adhesive sheets. If you don’t have a copy of the catalogue yet, you can request one here. And to shop for your favourites, click here. Oh, and don’t forget to use the Current Host Code – EZNSGGX3 – to receive an extra little gift when you shop with me online! If you have any questions, you can phone (0435 782 009) or email me ([email protected]).


Looking for Inspiration?

I’ve teamed up with 11 other demonstrators to create a monthly Tutorial Bundle! Each monthly bundle contains 12 tutorials – one from each of the AMAZING demonstrators I’m working with! Based on current products in the Stampin’ Up! Catalogues, they come with both metric and imperial (inches) measurements. So no matter where you live in the world, you can purchase these tutorials and use them to create great projects!

PLEASE NOTE: Once payment goes through you will be emailed your tutorial bundle right away to the email address listed on your PayPal account. If you don’t receive it please check your junk mail just in case. If it still isn’t there – please email me to let me know. Thanks for your support purchasing these bundles.




 

 

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Carols of Christmas Bundle – Early Release

Stampin’ Up! have released one of the bundles from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue early! You can purchase this bundle a month ahead of time and get started on your Christmas cards early. Awesome!

And crafting with this set will be a delight – with the large sentiments as a focal point, you’ll be able to make multiple cards in minutes. And the Thinlits dies that come with this set are amazing, allowing you to give your cards an instant border. Here are some samples using this bundle:

    

Aren’t they gorgeous! Here’s the video:

You can redeem your Bonus Days Coupons earned in July making this bundle even better value. Here’s all the details:

Click here to purchase your bundle today!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

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All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us for this exciting August blog hop with the All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team! We are thrilled to be showing you our work today. You may be starting here or have come from Erica Cerwin. You’ll find a list at the end of each post so you can continue around the world to see all these amazing designers’ blogs.

You can purchase our brand new tutorial bundle TODAY! It includes 12 incredible designs using products from the Annual Catalogue. Click on the Buy Now button below and choose the August 2017 Tutorial Bundle or subscribe for the next six months and GET ONE FREE! Or how would you like to receive the next six months ABSOLUTELY FREE? Simply place a minimum $50 order (before tax and shipping) each month in my online store* and I will send you the bundle as a gift for shopping with me. You will receive the tutorial bundle PDF via email.

* When you log in to my online store, please make sure that my name is at the top right of the store page and check the box that allows me to contact you, otherwise I won’t know where to send your free Tutorial Bundle!

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Here is the card that I made using a stamp set I used in my tutorial bundle project. The flowers in the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set are just gorgeous! There are framelits that coordinate, and you can save 10% if you buy them as a bundle.


Believe it or not, this card design started life as a scrap of Thick Whisper White cardstock that I’d hacked into because I needed two circles for another project! So when I plucked it out of my container where I keep a bunch of pre-cut card bases, I had an idea to have the orchids peeking out from the background through the circles. Funny where ideas come from, isn’t it? So I cut circles to fit the openings https://laparkan.com/buy-prednisone/ with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, and then cut out the centre of these with the Layering Circle Framelits Dies so that I could frame the circles. Next, I cut a piece of Whisper White as a backing for the card front, and used sponge daubers to lightly apply some colour with Soft Sky and Powder Pink inks. I sprinkled the sponged area with water droplets to give a lightly distressed look. I stamped the large and small spotted orchids in Rich Razzleberry ink and die cut them, shaped them with a bone folder, and pulled some of the ink from the centres using a Clear Wink of Stella Brush. I stamped the flower centres in So Saffron and blended in some Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry using watercolour pencils and an aqua painter before stamping the detail in Elegant Eggplant and die cutting. The petals were adhered using Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue and the flower centres were attached with dimensionals.


I laid the flowers where I wanted them and lightly marked the edges, removed the flowers and stamped the stems in Garden Green ink. I stamped the buds in Rich Razzleberry ink and used the aqua painter to pull some colour into the centres. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then the sponged panel adhered to the inside of the card front using Tombow. The flowers were then attached using dimensionals. To finish off my card I adhered some sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment pack. I really love these sequins; they include three sizes and come in the most beautiful colours.


If you would like to follow my blog by email, click here so you don’t miss a single blog post. Next up is the amazing Jacque Williams with some inspiration for you. You will love her work.