Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Something Lacy Coloured

Greetings Happy Stampers!
Do you like colouring? Well this technique is for everyone who likes the idea but struggles with the concept of staying in the lines! haha. That is ME by the way!

So what I did was stamped my Something Lacy Background Stamp (p.43 Occasions Cat.) on Vellum with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white craft ink.

Then I flipped the vellum over and started colouring in all the flowers and leaves.
I used my Stampin Write Markers.
Tip: I like to give it a blast with my heat gun when I am finished just to make sure the ink is all dried.
 As you can see..not the best colouring. But it doesn't matter when you are on the other side of the vellum! Hooray! Flip it over and have a look...
 Hmmmm...not very clear on the colours with this green background...
 The black is even worse!....

Ahhh.... a bit of white cardstock underneath and you can see all the lovely colours.
I have used Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Real Red and Wild Wasabi.
Strong colours work well.
 And here is the card I made with this.
I kept it fairly simple as I wanted the background to be the main feature.

The oval is embossed with the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder. I used Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon and a little bit of Metallic Bakers Twine. I just love tying this and then loosening the threads so they "float" around. I think that looks very pretty.

I hope you will have a go at colouring on vellum. It is a lot of fun and easy to do with any stamp suitable for colouring.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Something Lacy in Vellum

Hello Everyone,
As promised - absolutely no Butterflies today! hehe.
Instead I wanted to show you some lovely cards made with the Something Lacy Background Stamp.
p.43 Occasions Catalogue.

First up I had this Love is Kindness (p.32 Occasions Cat.) Stamped image on the desk and wanted a background for it.
Something Lacy!Ta DUM!

Stamped on vellum with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Melon Mambo Embossing Powder.
Gorgeous. Instant glamour!

Are you wondering about the flowers?
They were stamped in white craft ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I coloured them with Blendabilities which are unfortunately discontinued (sad face :(
But if you own a different brand of alcohol markers these would probably do the same thing.
Give it a try. The inside of the tulips I coloured with my white chalk marker -($5.95 p.211 main catalogue) and then put the pink over the top.
I want to show you another Something Lacy card next time so please be sure to come again.
See you very soon I hope.
Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Stampin Up Something Lacy

Hello and welcome back,

Do you remember I showed you the Bokeh Background last time?
Well I had some practice pieces left over.

So I thought -
"Why not stamp the Something Lacy Background Stamp on top in White craft ink or Versamark ink. Then heat emboss it with white embossing powder?"

So I did -
I think it turned out rather pretty.
Something Lacy p. 43 Occasions Catalogue
Of course there just had to be a butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies flying around somewhere.
Add a greeting and some Metallic Bakers Twine and I am done!
The finished card in Elegant Eggplant and Melon Mambo.
(click on photo to enlarge)

And while I have you here, I thought I would show you another Bokeh Card I did in Greens and Yellows. Daffodil Yellow, Marina Mist and Pear Pizzaz. With white craft ink Bokeh spots.
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The Ferns and Greeting are stamped in Mossy Meadow from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set - Occasions Catalogue p. 26
The cardstock is Mossy Meadow and Daffodil Yellow (even though it doesn't look that colour in the photo! sorry about that.)

OK - so now I think you may be thoroughly sick of Butterflies...haha!
Next time I promise there will be none! - No - Not One Butterfly!!!
That is a promise. 
So please pop back and see some cards I have been working on with Vellum.
Until next time

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Stampin Up Bokeh Background Butterfly

Have you heard of the BOKEH TECHNIQUE???
It is a really cool technique that has been doing the rounds of the the card craft sites lately.
It comes from a Photography term that describes those blurred images where you get a kind of "dappled lights" effect.
Still haven't a clue what I am on about!? LOL.
Come and have a look.

 Start with a piece of white cardstock and ink it up with a sponge in several colours. I used Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Calypso Coral for the card above.
You can spritz it with a bit of water to help blend the colours if you like.
Dry it with a heat gun.

Then punch out 3 different size circles into some acetate or I just used cardstock.
Circle Punch sizes: 3/4" ; 1" ; 1 3/8"

 Place your circles onto card and using a sponge dauber and white craft ink colour inside your circles.
Start with the largest circle first and place it randomly around your card. Then the second largest circle and finally the smallest.

 With each circle make your ink a bit more intense. So the largest circles will be the lightest shade of white. Keep adding circles until you are happy with your background piece.
Make sure some are overlapping.

Once you are finished make sure you use your heat gun to dry the white craft ink as it takes a long time to dry on it's own.
 Some samples.
For this card I have cut the largest butterfly with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies - Occasions Catalogue.
I have cut the butterfly in Melon Mambo cardstock and Silver Foil and layered them together.
 As you can see I have dropped the Melon Mambo Butterfly just a little below the Silver Foil Butterfly so you can see the Silver Foil below.
I like this technique.

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial today. Any questions feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email.
Happy Stamping Vx

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Butterfly be free!!

Hello again everyone, Are you ready for a WOW technique using the Butterfly Thinlit Die?!
I found this great video by Deb Valder (just click on her name to see it), that showed how to cut your butterfly wings out of cardstock while leaving the centre intact.

 How cool is that!!!
As you can see I sponged my butterfly using the Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Calypso Coral Inks again. Same as my previous butterfly.

TIP: Deb suggests making a template out of window sheet for the butterfly sponging. But I just used ordinary cardstock and it worked fine.

I placed a piece of dazzling diamonds glimmer cardstock underneath with just a little showing at the top and bottom of the white cardstock. 
You can't really see here but I have embossed the Blackberry Bliss cardstock using the new Spring Flowers Textured Embossing Folder. p. 19 Occasions Catalogue.
I coloured some diamantes with Blendabilities in pink and blue.

The card base is Soft Sky.

This card was sent to a very dear friend who was diagnosed with Terminal Stage 4 Lung Cancer at the beginning of last year. She wasn't expected to live and she is still here with us. Even more wonderful is the fact that she is nearly completely recovered from it!
Here is her amazing story.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon. Vx

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Friday, March 6, 2015

multi-coloured butterfly.

Hello everyone! Just a quick card today using the butterfly set from
p.26 Occasions Catalogue. 
Have a look at this pretty butterfly card I made recently for a friend who is recovering from an operation.

The base card is Melon Mambo with Tempting Turquoise border. I added a Melon Mambo fern leaf from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set p. 26 Occasion Catalogue. 
Whisper White card is embossed with the Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder p. 227 of the Main Catalogue, after stamping. Washi Tape and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch finishes it nicely.

Using the Butterflies Thinlits die I cut out the large butterfly in Whisper White. Then I sponged liberally in Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Calypso Coral inks.
I felt the butterfly needed some extra sparkle so used my two way glue pen and some dazzling diamonds glitter. Pretty!

I did add a sentiment "hugs and kisses" to the bottom corner of the card afterwards.

Thanks for "flying" by today. Hope you can come again soon. Vx

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lotus Blossom Love

Hello Stampers! Only a month left for Saleabration rewards (click here) so I thought I would share some cards today using one of the stamp sets you can choose for free if you purchase AUS$90 worth of product. There is even better news as for this month only Stampin Up have released additional Saleabration Products. (click here)

The Lotus Blossom Stamp Set has been a real winner this time and one of the most popular stamp sets in Saleabration for 2015. It can be found on page. 7 of the Saleabration brochure.
It is a 3 step stamp in photopolymer.

 I am not usually that keen on this kind of stamp but I have to say that even I could use this set because Stampin Up have taken all the guess work out of lining up the images for you!! Bless their little cotton socks!

As you can see each flower section is numbered. You need two ink colours. Tone on Tone is good.

 Starting with no. 1 you stamp in your first colour. I used Strawberry Slush. 

Then number two. This time use the same ink colour but stamp off first so you get a lighter image.

Then Stamp with No. 3 in your lighter tone ink - I used Blushing Bride. You don't need to worry if the coverage isn't perfect as this is stamped on top of the other flowers, as you will see.

Here is them all lined up.
And the finished flower if they had been stamped on top of each other.
Now I don't like seeing a perfectly good stamped flower go to waste so I cut this out and popped it onto a card.
Added a greeting.
And then it was all done.

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Lovely, quick and easy.
So while I had this stamp set out I thought lets have a little more play.
Using the same colours Strawberry Slush and Blushing Bride with Mossy Meadow for the stem and greeting. I stamped off the Mossy Meadow for a lighter green stem.

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I added a butterfly with silver foil card and one stamped in Strawberry Slush ink and some Blushing Bride Ribbon. 
The background paper is from Adventure Bound Designer paperstack p.40 Occasions Catalogue.
Base Cardstock is Smoky Slate.

I liked this so much I did one in blue.
This time my colours were Lost Lagoon and Pool Party.
I only had Bermuda Bay ribbon. So I used that and stamped the little butterfly in Bermuda Bay and edged it with Bermuda Bay cardstock. I didn't stamp off the Mossy Meadow flower stem this time.

Isn't this background paper from Adventure Bound Designer paper stack great! I love the fact that it can be feminine or masculine. Bonus points for that!

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Well that is a long, long post today!! Phew. Quite a bit of sharing. I hoped you liked it. Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment. I love hearing from you and appreciate you sparing the time to say something.
Until next time. Vx

p.s. if you have trouble viewing the Saleabration brochures above, you can go to the Stampin Up Customer Home Page. Scroll down to the bottom where it says "Catalogues". Click on that and then the two Saleabration Brochures will be in there.

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