Just a Quick Reminder

I just wanted to take a few minutes to remind you that Sale-a-Bration ends in around 12 hours.  If you’ve been thinking of taking advantage of the fabulous joining offer (get $295 worth of product of your choosing for only $169, and there’s no obligation to sell or do anything more) or grabbing some freebies (see below) for simply placing an order of $90 or more, NOW is the time!

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If you would like to place an order click here.  You will be prompted to add your Sale-a-Bration freebie/s to your cart once you reach the $90 threshold (before shipping and handling) and click “Next”.  Please don’t forget to use the Hostess Code for this month – GGBMVPQ4 – copy and paste into the box once you proceed to checkout.  And please remember to allow contact so I can send you a thank you gift for ordering with me.  I would love to treat you like the VIP you are too!

If you do decide to join as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be honoured if you would join my team.  You would become a part of Australia’s best and fastest-growing team, the Crazy Crafters!  We have an inspirational leader in Kylie Bertucci and the fun and giveaways never stop!  You will love being a Crazy Crafter!!  If you’re ready, click here to join now.

If you have any questions about anything at all, don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected] or phone me on 0435 782 009.  I’d love to hear from you!

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Honeycomb Happiness Easter Card

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Happy Easter everyone!  It rained here in Brisbane last night and we woke up to an overcast day, so we had an indoor Easter egg hunt this morning.  I hope you’re all enjoying your Easter break wherever you are. So onto today’s project – an Easter card of course!

 

I’ve paired that adorable chick from the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set (which I stamped once with Basic Black Archival ink, masked, then stamped twice more) with some beautiful DSP from the It’s My Party stack.  I stamped the chick again on Whisper White, watercoloured it with a mix of So Saffron, Crushed Curry and Hello Honey inks for the body and Tangelo Twist for the beak and feet, fussy cut it and adhered it with dimensionals.

 

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The sentiment I’ve used comes from one of my much loved and oft used stamp sets, Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  I hope this one doesn’t retire for a while!  Doesn’t it look super cute enclosed in the banner from the Project Life Moments Like These stamp set?  Love it!  I backed that with some Crushed Curry and used the Washi Label punch to clip the ends. I felt that the Burlap ribbon would suit the “country” style of this card best, so I included it at the top (I just cut a narrow strip) and the bottom, where I pulled some threads to give it a bit more texture and interest.  I added a 4-thread bow of linen thread at the top to finish it off.  What do you think? Here’s the card with a visual of all the products used:

 

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This was a really fun card to put together, and I hope I’ve inspired you to get more out of your ribbons and trims by doing something different and unusual with them. If you like http://nygoodhealth.com/product/lipitor/ these colours, feel free to save this image or pin it.  You can find more colour inspiration on my GaGa Papercrafts Colour Inspiration Pinterest Board.

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DO YOU LOVE FREE PRODUCTS?  Of course you do!  With Sale-A-Bration ending in just 4 more days (March 31), it’s the perfect time to stock up and take advantage of FREE product offers!

  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift for every $90 you spend (total retail before shipping).  This is what you can get!Sale-a-Bration_Freebies
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  • Spend $400 (before shipping and handling) and you’ll earn 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration products PLUS $80 in Stampin’ Rewards (includes a $40 bonus only available during Sale-A-Bration).

The Ultimate Stampin’ Up! Bundle & THE BEST VALUE OF ALL!  The starter kit allows you to build a customised bundle of your favourite Stampin’ Up! products up to $295 in value for only $169!  That’s up to $126 FREE (includes a $60 free product bonus that ends when Sale-A-Bration ends) and it ships FREE for another 10% savings.  I welcome personal shoppers to my team when you purchase the kit and join Stampin’ Up! through me!  There’s no risk and no obligation to spend another cent!  Kit does not qualify for Sale-A-Bration gifts.   Read more about the benefits of being part of my team.

I love hearing from you.  If you have a question or thoughts to share about today’s post, please leave me a comment below.

XOXO GailShop Now Banner You can make today’s project.  Just click on the products below to shop on-line!


Birthday Blooms Dear Friend Card for GDP028

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  Team_Project_Highlight_Banner Today’s post is a special one because I’m so excited to be casing a fellow Aussie demo – Jess Williams – in this week’s GDP challenge AND the lovely Kylie Bertucci is highlighting some of the Crazy Crafters’ projects on her blog tonight (7.00pm Queensland time) including this one!  Woo hoo!!  So you can click on the GDP image below to view all the amazing and inspirational projects over there, and be sure to check out Kylie’s blog to see the awesome Crazy Crafters’ projects and vote for your 3 top faves by clicking on the banner at the top of this post.  I hope mine will be one of your faves! GDP028 I took inspiration from Jess’s card and included a soft and pretty floral image as well as embellishing with a trim.

Birthday_Blooms_Dear_Friend_Card-1 You can never have too many friend cards on hand ready to pop in the post and this one is so sweet. It uses an image and sentiment from one of my favourite Occasions Catalogue sets (of which I have many!), the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  The images are absolutely gorgeous and just beg to be watercoloured (so I did!).  But the sentiments in this set are also soooooo pretty with their curly font style.

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Birthday Blooms Stamp Set © Stampin’ Up!®

I started by making a mask from the Decorative Label punch for the sentiment and then embossed the images using clear embossing powder.  Because the watercolour paper I used is not a bright white, I didn’t want the image outlines to look harsh.  I used Blushing Bride and Rose Red for the petals and Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  A dash of Daffodil Delight in the centre of the main image looks so pretty!  I then took the negative of the mask and sponged inside with Crumb Cake so the sentiment would stand out on the card.  It wasn’t quite defined enough so I traced around the edge with a Crumb Cake marker. I think these colours are perfect for soft and pretty watercoloured blooms.  Feel free to download and save this image.

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  Birthday_Blooms_Dear_Friend_Card-2 A few of the dotted image from this stamp set stamped in Crumb Cake and some of the clear sequins from the Metallics sequins pack sprinkled around filled in the white space nicely.  The finishing touch was some Very Vanilla thick baker’s twine wrapped around the panel before it was adhered to a Rose Red base. Before I go – just a reminder:  Don’t forget time’s running out to get Sale-a-Bration FREEBIES!  Get one FREE with every AU$90 you spend!   This promotion finishes on March 31 – that’s 6 days away!  Click on the Shop Now button in the sidebar and don’t forget to use the Hostess Code at the top of this page to receive an extra gift from me!  Happy shopping!Sale-a-Bration_Freebies I hope you like today’s project.  Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!  Thanks for stopping by. XOXO Gail

Rose Wonder Thank You Gift Set for GDP027

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I just love making handmade boxes to go with handmade cards. It’s so nice to give a gift to say “thank you”, whether it be a friend, a family member, or a work colleague. And it’s doubly nice because people appreciate the time and love that goes into a handcrafted gift. I get a kick out of it. So today’s gift set will be going out to a very special person, but I can’t tell you who yet – I’ll have to do a post update later as they haven’t received it yet! This set is also my entry into this week’s Global Design Project challenge, the theme being “thank you”. There are already loads of amazing projects entered this week, so make sure you go and check them out. Just click on the image below.

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And here’s my little gift set:

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The dinky little box has a flush fitting lid and is lined inside so you can’t see any tabs – wonderful!  The box was designed by an uber talented paper crafter from the UK – Caroline from Crafty Caroline Creates.  Click here to see Caroline’s version and video tutorial.  Thanks Caroline!

My clever readers out there would recognise that all five of the products on the Weekly Deals list this week have been used in this project – but only until this Wednesday – eeek!  Better hurry if you want to grab a bargain!   Yes, I was going to post this project as a Weekly Deals Wednesday project, but time just got away from me.  Check out the Weekly Deals in the sidebar and click on them there to buy, or you’ll also find them by clicking on Special Offers in the main menu at the top of this page and selecting Weekly Deals from the dropdown list.

Just on that note, I also wanted to let you know that the 2014-2016 In Colours, of which Lost Lagoon is one, will sadly be retiring at the end of May.  Although Stampin’ Up! may incorporate any of these colours into the Colour Collections, we have no way of knowing this until the new catalogue is released in June.  So if you want any of the products in these colours, please get in quick, as they are the first to sell out when the retiring list is released.

Getting back to my project, the “thank you” comes from the Rose Wonder stamp set which you’ll find in the Occasions Catalogue.  I love this font!  It’s casual, like handwriting and is perfect for a handmade gift.  I’ve repeated it on the top of the box as well as on the sweet little 3 x 3 card.  The butterfly on the box is from the Bold Butterfly Framelits dies and the small butterfly is punched using the Bitty Butterfly punch.  The gold pearl accents were coloured using a Sharpie.

I hope you like my project (and I hope the recipient is going to love it too!).  And I hope I’ve inspired you to give a little love and thanks to those in your life who deserve it.  🙂  Thanks for stopping by today.

 

UPDATE:  I promised an update as the recipient of this gift set had not received it at the time of posting.  I’m pleased to say that Kylie, my fearless team leader, has now received the gift – it had two little handmade soaps inside – and she was thrilled.  You can see her post here.  The Crazy Crafters team actively participates in Kylie’s #imbringingRAKcardsback campaign.  RAK means Random Act of Kindness and we’re on a mission to share the kindness through the giving and receiving of handmade cards to people all over the globe.  You can participate too; you’ll find the link to put your name down in Kylie’s post.

XOXO Gail

 

 

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop and CASEing Allison Okamitsu

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CCBH w Allison OkamitsuWelcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper Allison Okamitsu. This month we are excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any project that has been created by Allison.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Gail Davidson, or may have come from the person previous to me.  Be sure to click on the person listed under me further down the page to continue your journey on this blog hop.  We are thrilled that Allison said yes to playing along with the Crazy Crafters this month.

I chose to CASE this card from Allison:

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Two things I love about Allison’s card are how she has used only the outline of the flower image and heat embossed the sentiment.  I love the idea of just using the outline image of the bloom from the What I Love stamp set.  Even though there are two more stamps you can use to add shading to this image, I think it looks just as good using just one.  It’s a very versatile set.  You can still earn this stamp set for free when you spend $90 on any current catalogue products, but only until March 31, so get in quick!

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The other thing I love about Allison’s card is “that” sentiment!  Isn’t it just gorgeous?!  It’s big, bold and casual – and really good for letting someone know how special they are, don’t you think?  The Botanicals For You stamp set – another one you can earn free with a $90 purchase until March 31.

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So here’s my take on Allison’s card:

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I switched up the colour to Real Red card stock (which I just adore!).  I kept the white embossed sentiment and the single layer outline image of the flower, but I  “painted” them with bleach to pull some of the colour out of the card stock.  This gives the illusion of shading, but is much quicker than laying colour down.  I heat embossed them in black first as I didn’t want to risk the outline being faded by the bleach.  I left the parts of the flower where you would normally see a shadow and just applied the bleach to the parts of the petals that I wanted to appear lighter.  I also added a dash of clear Wink of Stella to the centre of the flowers.

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The sentiment I used on the inside of the card comes from the Botanicals For You stamp set and is so versatile too.  You could use this for any occasion that is special to the recipient.  Gotta love that!

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I hope I’ve inspired you to try this technique and just have fun with it.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Remember to click on the next person after me (Gail Davidson) on the list below to continue hopping.

 

XOXO Gail

 

You Are Loved

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Wow!  It’s Tuesday already?  Where did the week go?  Honestly, I’m having so much fun now that I’m a Crazy Crafter, I think the time goes by twice as fast!😀

As some of you might already know I’ve just moved house, and also just recently joined Kylie Bertucci’s Crazy Crafters (best team ever!), so my feet haven’t had a chance to hit the ground.  But I’m loving it!

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Anyway, on with today’s card.  Because of all the stuff I’ve had going on with the move, I missed last week’s Global Design Project challenge, which was a colour challenge.  This was the card I was going to enter, but it never quite made it.  I wanted to share it with you today anyway.

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Design on a Whimsy

Sometimes the design process begins with a single thought or idea and grows from there.  This is very much my “normal” creative process.  I know, weird huh?  I think if the process were any more mechanical than that, I would feel “cheated” out of that creative spark.  I adore these colours together – cool greys and warm sunny yellow are a perfect match and complement each other extremely well.

When I was thinking about what card to make the yellow kept saying “flower” to me, so that was decided.  But grey flowers…?!  Why not?  Cards are meant to be whimsical and artistic, so they don’t have to be true to reality.  So I grabbed a few punches and went to town.  Of course you can’t have a spray of flowers without some splats and Gorgeous Grunge got a workout in all three colours.

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Because this card was already a bit “over the top” in the flower department, I decided to go the whole hog and totally bling it up!  Small, medium and large Basic Rhinestones and Iced Rhinestones all over – what fun!  I think it turned out quite lovely in the end, and the sentiment from Grateful Bunch stamp set gives this card a sweet feel, don’t you agree?

Grateful Bunch Bundle imgThe Grateful Bunch stamp set (photopolymer) and Blossom Bunch punch are available as a bundle (saving you 15%) from now only until the end of March, after which time the catalogue ends.  So if you really, really need them, better get in quick!  Click on the image above to purchase.

Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail

 

You’re the Best for GDP026

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Over at the Global Design Project this week, the talented Teneale Williams has challenged us with a sketch:

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I love Teneale’s sketches (thanks Teneale!).  They’re always stylish and mostly CAS, although you can make it your own.  I usually stay pretty true to them though, and today’s card is pretty close; I’ve only substituted the heart for another image.  Here’s my card for this weeks Global Design Project challenge:

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When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to incorporate a technique I haven’t used in a while – kissing.  I’ve used the lovely leaf/swirl image from the I Think You’re Great stamp set in Pink Pirouette and “kissed” it to a solid flower stamp image from the Flower Patch stamp set inked with Bermuda Bay.  I love the effect you get with this technique.


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The sentiment is from the Sunburst Saying stamp set, white heat embossed on Basic Black.  The striped DSP from the Neutrals Collection DSP Stack frames the image and completes the card.


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I stamped the same solid flower image inside the card in Pink Pirouette.  I think I’m getting better at the CAS thing!

To see all the amazing projects this week, click on the GDP image above.  Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail

 

UPDATE: I’m excited to tell you that this card was a GDP challenge winner! I’m so honoured to be selected by my peers. Thank you to the fabulous Design Team who keep the challenges coming each week, and a huge thank you to all who participate each week, without which the GDP would not exist. You all provide me with endless inspiration and friendship!

One Big Meaning and a Very Special Blog Post

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A Very Special Blog Post

Today’s blog post is a verrrrry special one!  I told you a few months ago that I’d have some exciting news to share with you.  Well now I can finally share it!  I’ve been absolutely busting to let you know … I’m a Crazy Crafter!!!!!!!  Yep, I’ve joined Kylie Bertucci’s amazing team and I can’t be more happy!!! Can you tell?  I’m absolutely ecstatic about joining this team.  Kylie is an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING leader, and I am so excited for the future of GaGa Papercrafts.

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So today’s card is special too, as it’s the first one I’ve posted since joining the Crazy Crafters AND it’s being highlighted on Kylie’s blog along with some amazing projects from other Crazy Crafters as well as other talented crafters from around the world!  Woo hoo!  All the fun happens from 6 pm AEDT tonight, so make sure you have a look at all the amazing inspiration on Kylie’s blog and vote for your favourites.  The theme for today is “thank you”.  I made this card for my beautiful daughter Sam who helped tirelessly during our house move recently.


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The sentiment comes from the One Big Meaning stamp set.  I masked off the words above the thanks and embossed it in black.  I did a watercolour wash over the sentiment and then stamped the splats from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.


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Framing it Up

I paired some DSPs to frame the sentiment.  The green paper comes from the Cherry on Top stack and the black and white striped paper comes from the Neutrals stack.  Behind that some Basic Black cardstock to finish it off.  The smaller rounded rectangle framelit from the PL Cards and Labels framelits was used to cut the centre from the DSPs.  This is one of my favourite framelit sets as it’s so versatile; definitely not just for scrapbooking!


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I hope you get some inspiration from today’s card.  If you have any questions, please feel free to post a comment or email me at [email protected]  I’d love to hear from you!  Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail

 

 

 

Celebrate Today for GDP023

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Phew!  I wasn’t sure if I would make the deadline for today’s Global Design Project challenge.  We’re in the midst of moving house at the moment!  So this post will be short and sweet.  Anyway, it’s a balloon theme challenge this week.  Woohoo!

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Hop on over and check out the awesome inspiration by clicking on the link above.

Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

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The balloon was cut from Tangelo Twist cardstock using the Balloons Framelits and sponged with the same ink.  The other colour used was Real Red.  The bunting and bow were also cut with the Balloons Framelits.  The “happy” was cut from Real Red cardstock and black craft foam (for something different), layered and adhered to the balloon front.

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The “birthday” part of the sentiment is from the Party with Cake stamp set – I masked the happy.  And the sequins come from the Love Blossoms Accessory pack.

Everything was raised up on dimensionals.  I hope you like it.  … now back to packing!

XOXO Gail

Masculine Valentine Card for GDP022

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Sketch Challenge

With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day and a sketch challenge on over at Global Design Project this week, I thought I’d put together a Valentine’s card, but one that could be given to a guy – no flowers, no “feminine” colours, but still expressing love.  I think it’s still sweet and lovely (but don’t tell him that … shhhh).

Here’s this week’s sketch. Click on the image to head over and see all the fabulous inspiration from the design team and entrants, or to submit an entry of your own.

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And here’s my interpretation:

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Something Old, Something New

I set out to create a card with a bold design and when I was looking through my stamp sets the wavy line and dotted line images from the Sunburst Sayings set made me think of Australian Aboriginal art.  So I began with the band across the top layer.  I wanted a bold sentiment for the front as well and after searching through my collection decided on the “you & me” image from the Perfect Pennants set.  Embossed in clear over Early Espresso it is strong and bold – just perfect!

Non-traditional Valentine Colours

Usually the first colours that spring to mind when you think of Valentine’s cards are red and pink.  Well I made a conscious decision to not include red or pink on this card (or flowers either!).  I love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Early Espresso and teamed with Sahara Sand I think they work very well.

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Theme

The wavy lines and dots were carried through in the use of the dotted DSP (from the Neutrals DSP Stack) which I trimmed with the wavy blade on my Stampin’ Trimmer and the dots around the sentiment.  These were pierced using the Updated Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack and then accented with a Stampin’ Chalk marker.  A few hearts from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers pack, backed with Mint Macaron cardstock provided the finishing touch.

Using Layers as a Design Element

Adding layers with differently sized borders can be utilised to add interest without “cluttering” a card with embellishments.  Used deliberately here, I wanted to highlight the colours on this card without overwhelming the other elements.  I think I succeeded.  What do you think?

XOXO Gail