Monday, 16 July 2018

Tropical Chic week!


It’s time for another themed week, this time – in honour of our tropical weather – I am focussing on Tropical Chic.

This is a really fun and on-trend bundle of products. There’s a stamp set and dies, but you could easily work with one or the other. 


I had just the dies to work with for my OnStage display projects and had lots of fun. But the stamps went on my first catalogue order, to increase the project possibilities. 


This week I will be showcasing five projects using these products – but the possibilities don’t end there, far from it. My head is teeming with more ideas that I just haven’t had time to make just yet. I will be revisiting this bundle in the future, I promise. 


This project uses a totally tropical colour combo and involved splashing ink onto wet watercolour paper to create a pretty random effect. When it was dry, I cut it out using the square die you see in the photo above. And can you spot the Subtle Embossing Folder? It’s very well named but I promise you’ll love it. Lots of my customers have ordered this after seeing it on my sample projects – a photograph really can’t do it justice. Just trust me and buy it – you won’t regret it!


Saturday, 14 July 2018

Caturday: A ginger baby!


There’s a new cat on the block - I bumped into this little ginger baby (about six months old, I suspect) on a walk around the neighbourhood. He was delightfully friendly, which is why the picture is so bad - you can’t photograph a cat that won’t stop rubbing around your legs! I hope we meet again soon.

Friday, 13 July 2018

One simple kit: three different cards


A bit of a stamping mash-up today, from a play session using Love What You Do, the absolutely stunning Share What You Love Designer Series Paper and the Vertical Greetings stamp set.

These three cards just show how the same simple kit – Poppy Parade card blank, Whisper White layer and a strip of DSP – can make such a variety of projects. The only limit is your imagination!


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Dragonfly Dreams - busy bees and the rubber band technique


Here’s another example of the rubber band technique. I love the bright cheeriness of this project, and the fact that, despite using the exact same ink pads as for Monday’s project, this is a completely different effect. 


The only difference of this effect is that we masked just the bottom of the card, which allows you to create this lovely grassy effect. It’s definitely a technique I will be revisiting again and again.


The bees are simply stamped and coloured in – we were running out of time at our class, so we skipped the embossing this time. The flowers are from the Love What You Do stamp set... I’m way too pedantic to allow the bees to fly around the grass without some flowers to attract them.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Dragonfly Dreams, rubber band technique and embossing with the Stamparatus


Here’s what we got up to at Crafty Friday last week; the rubber band technique. I think the effect is quite watery, so we used the beautiful stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams.


It’s a very simple and satisfying technique. We began by masking off the area you want to stamp, using sticky notes.

For the technique itself, you wrap elastic bands around a clear block, or even a block of wood would do the same job. But let’s face it, we’re stampers... so more likely to be able to lay our hands on a clear stamping block!


You use the banded block like a stamp, inking it up as normal; for this watery effect, you spritz the bands lightly with water before stamping. In our case, we also kept stamping without re-inking, to get a variety of shades.

We stamped in three colours: Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green and Mint Macaron. When this was dry, we sponged the same area in Pool Party. You could sponge first, it really doesn’t matter. It’s so hot here at the moment that the wet ink dried almost instantly.


Next we stamped our Dragonfly using the Stamparatus, so we could emboss it in Bermuda Bay. These are the simple steps to follow:

  1. Position cardstock into the Stamparatus and hold down with a magnet
  2. Stamp the dragonfly in Bermuda Bay
  3. Clean off the stamp, without removing it from the Stamparatus
  4. Stamp on top in Versamark
  5. Sprinkle on clear embossing powder and heat. 
What do you think? Do you love the rubber band technique? If so, come back on Wednesday for another example, this time to represent a grassy meadow.




Saturday, 7 July 2018

Caturday: Tiger



This is Tiger, proud owner of Aussie demonstrator Jo Weedon who says Tiger is a “nutter”. The evidence is in the following photo... apparently he climbed into this bag himself and was completely unfazed by his new superhero costume.


Tiger enjoys climbing into bags, luggage, shoes and boots... and likes to leave marbles in shoes as a surprise! You can take a look at Jo’s blog here.


Friday, 6 July 2018

Dandelion Wishes - two colourways


I’m finishing off my Dandelion Wishes week with the same card in two colourways – but which do you prefer? The pink or the green?

This was the first time I’d cracked open the Merlot... the Merry Merlot, that is. I used it to stamp the ‘thank you’ (from Tropical Chic) on the card on the left.

These are the first cards I’ve made with Bokeh Dots, too. This is from the new Distinktive range, which are highly detailed stamps. They give you lots of depth and texture but I do have a few tips for you:


So, what do you think? Which colour combo do you prefer? Green or pink?

I hope my week of Dandelion Wishes projects has convinced you that this is an excellent stamp set to add to your collection. I absolutely love it, and can see me using it frequently.



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