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New alcohol markers soon to be released!

I’m so excited, Stampin’ Up! are releasing some new and improved alcohol markers called Stampin’ Blends. I was able to order them at the beginning of this month and have had a little play, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not that fabulous at it but I am intent of learning the art of colouring in! I hunted for lessons and came across the Kit and Clowder website. It has the most amazing online tutorials with great video lessons, I’m currently working my way through the  free tutorial and can’t wait to get on to some others, this morning I quickly was learning about light sources, but looking at my colouring I think I really need to learn about blending lol.

I can’t wait to share these great markers with you, I’m hoping by the time they are released (which is only 2 weeks away, they will be available on the 1st of November) I’ll be a pro and can pass on my new skills to you lovely ladies!!

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My last technique from last week!

Here’s our last technique we did last Monday night, this one was pretty cool but I’m not sure the actual picture does it justice to be honest!

I have used the dragonfly thinlit and inked it up in versamark and then feed it through my bigshot on watercolour paper but not to cut it out, only to emboss it. I then sprinkled gold embossing powder over it and heat set. It gave it this lovely outline around the image then I watercoloured the image!

How cute does it look? In real life the actual outline is very clear and looks amazing!

Thinlit heat embossing, for more information visit www.stampingwithsteph.com.au

The rest of the card is very simple, but I did use a gold sharpie to colour a few pearls to pop on my card to bling it up a little….you know you can never have to much bling lol!

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An other technique card……an Eclipse card.

If you have been on the internet lately I’m sure you would have seen an eclipse card or 10! It is such a cool technique and looks so effective! Although I don’t have the large alphabet dies I thought I would use the gorgeous Happy Birthday thinlits! I’d seen a few samples and it looked really cool!

What I didn’t count on was how fiddly it was, putting all the cut out bits back in the holes made it a little time consuming!! But it did end up looking pretty good if I do say so myself!!

Happy Birthday Eclipse card in Bermuda Bay! For more information visit www.stampingwithsteph.com.au

I stamped the flowers first then cut out my words, I found this was the easiest way for me! But I did see a few tutorials where they cut first then stamped, so ultimately it’s what you find easiest!

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What you missed last night!

It was technique class last night and we made so pretty cool cards, well I think so anyway!

The first was one of my favourites, I love the leaves in the Colourful Season’s stamp set and although we here in Brisbane don’t get your atypical turn of leaves I still love the colours that I see in pictures! Here we used a few different techniques. Firstly sponge daubers to add our multiple colours ensuring to blend them as we were going, once they were stamped and cut we added some clear wink of stella and some drops of the fine tip glue pen so it looks like dew!

Then onto the main panel of the card, it’s the first time I’ve tried this and I think I’ll do it again. Using word stamps as a background. I literally stamped the Hip Hip Hooray stamp in stamped off smoky slate multiple times along the edge to create a soft background. I then stamped the sentiment on basic black and white embossed! Then punched it out!

Colourful seasons, Stampin' Up! for more details visit www.stampingwithsteph.com.au

It’s a pretty simple card but was super fun to make, I think it would look pretty cool using the same technique with balloons! I may have to go and have a play next chance I get!

Don’t forget the buy 3 get the 4th free designer series paper deal is still on for the rest of the month, I love DSP but tend to hoard it…..my goal is to get in and use some of it up in the next lot of upcoming stamp a stack classes!

Click here  to be taken to my online shop and you can see more details!

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Painted Harvest Tips and Tricks

I’ve been having a play with one of our most popular products: the Painted Harvest Stamp Set. If you’ve ever used this autumn-themed set, you know one of its most endearing attributes is that it gives you the look and feel of painting with watercolours. And, like any work of art, there are many factors that influence your final product. I wanted to take a moment to let you know that this set is designed to help give you a one-of-a-kind feel. Because this stamp set is meant to mimic the nature of watercolour, it’s particularly tricky to produce and can create varying results. As you can see in the card below both flowers are slightly different but have been stamped using the same ink’s and images.

Painted Harvest tips and tricks

For the perfectionists among us…..come on admit it I know I am (or those simply looking to master your craft), I thought I’d give you some tips and tricks for stampin’ like a pro!

  • Stamp all layers of the image
  • Make sure your ink pads are well inked
  • Use nice, even pressure when stamping
  • Use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat
  • Keep in mind that lighter colours won’t show up as deeply as darker colours
  • Play around with saturation levels (e.g., stamping full strength vs. stamping off) to get your desired look
  • The stamp is not supposed to match the flowers on the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.

Have you used the Painted Harvest Stamp set yet? What do you think have you got any other tips to share?

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World Card Making Day Specials!

World Card Making Day special start Sunday, October 1st!

This year the world celebrates World CArd Making Day on the  7th of October, but one day wasn’t enough for Stampin’ Up! So for ten days (1–10 October), they are offering 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets.

And if that wasn’t enough when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! These items will help you celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking!

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Don’t forget to use this months hostess code if you are placing an order under $250 to earn some hostess benefits from me!!

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Ink and Inspiration Blog Hop #5

Ink & Inspiration Blog hop - Masculine Cards

Hi All,  Welcome to another ink and inspiration blog hop I’m Stephanie and you are visiting my blog in Australia! Today’s theme is Wedding or Anniversary cards!

I wasn’t sure where to go with the one, believe it or not I have not done a huge amount of wedding or anniversary cards recently……but I’m really happy with how this turned out!!

It’s really pretty in real life it’s soft and romantic, well I think so anyway!

Sunshine sayings - Congratulations card

The card itself is super simple to put together, to start I mounted up a panel of the gold foil paper attached to a piece of whisper white cardstock and popped up on dimensionals. Next i grabbed a piece of water colour paper and smooshed some Pink Pirouette and Flirty flamingo ink all over it. I had watered it down a fair bit so it was nice and runny! Once it was dried I cut out a piece using a square stitched shape framelit.

While I was over at my big shot I cut out the heart from the gold foil and the congrats our of pink pirouette cardstock. I edged it in Flirty Flamingo and then went over the whole thing with my wink of stella pen so it looks really sparkly in real life!

I then gold embossed the sentiment on a strip of whisper white cardstock and cut like a banner on both ends. Of course once I finished the card it needed a little bling so I added a few rhinestones to finish off the card!

I hope the projects you’ve seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting (your name). Please see the list below & hop through all of the people on the list to see all our projects. You don’t want to miss any!”

 

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Sunshine Sayings Clear-Mount Bundle

Sunshine Sayings Clear-Mount Bundle
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Elegant Eggplant Dragonflies!

A lovely friend asked me to d a special birthday card for a friend of hers, it was the perfect opportunity to make me get back into the craftroom! I tell you know I struggled a bit to start with and I spent far longer then I would like to admit to fiddle around and come up with this card!

But I am actually really happy with how it turned out!

Dragonfly dreams in Elegant Eggplant!

The brief was pretty easy purple, and dragonflies so I had lots of freedom to play with!

The card itself was pretty easy, I simply mounted some whisper whtie cardstock on the the gold foil card. I stamped the splotches in elegant eggplant. I then cut out the smaller dragonfly and usesd a sponge dauber to add some versamark and gold embossed. Super simple but looked pretty cute!

Hopefully I’m back in my craftroom on Sunday to get ready for my stamp a stack on Monday night!

If you would like to join us RSVP now and I’ll book you!

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MOJO MIA!

So I have been trying to get all my ducks in a row after being sick and unfortunately I have been very unsuccessful in achieving my goal! Between work, kids, Stampin’ Up! and getting to the gym I have been pretty unsuccessful at all of them! I am currently on school holidays so have done up a massive calendar for all the kids dates, races and other important details so that’s one thing sorted.

I am getting my eating back on track so hopefully I won’t feel so sluggish in the near future so the other things start to fall into line! I’m hoping my mojo returns soon!

Lately I hyst haven’t had the interest to get down in my stamp room, I’d rather lie on the couch and watch TV instead of creating, and that’s not like me! So help a girl out where do you do for inspiration! Link below in the comments so I can go check it out!!

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Another from technique class on Monday

Sometimes a technique doesn’t have to be difficult to be effective. This particular technique will work with any 2 step stamp set! Depending on the look you are going for you can either stamp in versamark for a soft, subtle look or in the colour matching your cardstock for a more vibrant, obvious look!

I’ve used versamark on my sample and I love the way it worked out!

Peekaboo peach monocromatic background technique

It was so simple to create this card, I simply used a big clear block and placed all my images on it in a cluster. inked it up and stamped 2 or 3 times to cover the entire front panel. I then grabbed the 2nd step stamps and inked up in whisper white and stamped. I had a few open spots and wasn’t sure what to fill them with so I improvised and stamped with the lid of one of my markers and the lid of my reinker bottle….anything can be a stamp!

The rest is super simple, I just white embossed my sentiment on velum attached it to the card and added some rhinestones cause you’ve got to have some bling, right?

What have you stamped with that’s not a stamp?

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Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad

Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad
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A card of many techniques!

We had technique class on Monday night, I pulled out the embossing paste once again! Gosh I love that stuff! For something a little different I made a mask using the die out of Oh So Eclectic and some thick acetate! It worked an absolute treat!

Oh so Eclectic technique card! see more at www.stampingwithsteph.com.au

We also did a little splattering on the card front, I am still missing my gorgeous grunge stamp set terribly but this technique worked really well to get some fine splatter on my cardstock, I actually used my markers to do it and the marker came out unscathed! Pretty effective hey? Then to finish it off I inked up the leaves with Lemon Lime twist and then inked around the edges with a sponge dauber and Tranquil tide ink.

It all came together so easily and i just love the how it turned out!

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Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker

Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker
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Merry Patterns Host Promotion

We all love free stamp sets don’t we? And hosting a holiday catalogue event is always fun—and Stampin’ Up! just sweetened the deal with the exciting Merry Patterns Host Promotion. If you host a party with $450 in sales by 31 October, you’ll earn the FREE Merry Patterns Stamp

Check out some of the samples from Stampin’ Up! to help you get a head start on making beautiful Christmas cards and projects with your ‘merry’ new set. You don’t have to host a traditional party, if you’d like to collect orders from friends and submit a catalogue party that’s fine to! If you are interested contact me and we can work out how it will work for you!

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Bec’s Projects from launch day!

As you know our  launch days are usually run by Bec, Lou and myself. This time Lou couldn’t be apart of it as her daughter was away representing Queensland in a fencing competition. So Bec and I ran this one together this time! We did 4 projects each. My 4 were cards and if you missed that blog post you can find it here. Bec did 3 cards and a 3D item which was so cute!

Here are Bec’s 4 projects from launch day. For her 3D project she used the little test tubes from the holiday catalogue, they are so cute and are food safe so you could fill them with some M&M’s or other small treats!

Aren’t they just so super cute? I love them all!

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What you missed…..

I as I mentioned yesterday our launch day was a big success! We had a few less ladies then normal as there were quiet a few grandfinals on and the dreaded flu kept some away as well! But we still had a great time and as per usual the food was divine. Yes I know some of you only turn up for the food lol!

Holiday Catalogue Launch day 2017

As you can see there was heaps to do and lots of samples to look at! We also had a table of cards to make up for a very special friend who is battling leukaemia, I’ve had a few ladies ask if they can also add a card to our board so I am holding it open a little longer. If you are coming along to class on Monday night the cards will be set up there ready to make or if you’d prefer you can make your own and send it to me and I will make sure Piper gets them!

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