Saturday, June 24, 2017

Masculine Happy Birthday Card

Hi! My name is Mae Collins and it has been a week since I have last posted on my blog!

Sorry about the gap between posts but as life is busy some week's more than others, I blog as often as I can. You can still follow me on my Facebook business page where I seem to be able to do quicker posts and updates!

This week's post is my contribution to the Colour INKspiration Challenges that I often follow, but do not always get to participate in, via their FB page here

This week the colours were Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Soft Suede. A lovely deep and rich combination inspired from this image...

I was considering using my High Tide stamp set, but then thought why not chop up some of my newly received Wood Textures DSP! This colour combination led me to create a masculine and simple styled card, because I make these few and far between.

Here is my card...

My card base was the Marina Mist as was my die cut Happy Birthday greeting, along with a few Marina Mist stars.

I bordered my wood grained paper with Early Espresso cardstock and the Soft Suede was used to make a shadow effect below the Happy Birthday greeting (see close up below).

I used a piece of Very Vanilla inside my card with a thin strip of wood grain DSP on Early Espresso as a strip on the side to carry through the colours and theme.

I think I need to set up my light tent again somewhere as taking photos late at night in my craft room, although I have daylight globes, the colours do not come out quite true!

I have also been busy tonight making a few more quick and easy birthday cards, however, I will share these with you in the coming days. So pop back in to see what I created, especially if you are new to stamping and need some quick and easy ideas!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and coming week and thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Quick & Easy Thank You Cards!

For me time is precious and I have to plan my commitments and crafting time out each week. What about you?

Also, this weekend I have family staying and so not only do I have limited time to create but also, limited two nephews are camping out in my craft room!

However, while they were out bowling with their father today, I grabbed some time and the small desk space I had left myself, to create these quick and easy thank you cards! 

The idea actually came to me while I was sleeping last you dream up crafting ideas? I think my head flows with ideas and techniques that I see while I am web surfing and pinning. The idea was to make some quick and easy cards using a piece of our beautiful DSP cut up economically. So that is what I did!

I am loving the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) at the moment and so I picked one of the 12 beautifully decorated sheets (the pack includes 2 each of double-sided designs) and cut it up into 6 pieces of 4" x 6".

I then grabbed my coordinating Delightful Daisy Cardstock Pack, which includes 24 sheets: 8 each of 3 colours - Calypso Coral, Old Olive & Pool Party, and cut one sheet of each colour into two card bases. The Calypso Coral I cut length wise to make two top folding card bases while the other two colours I cut in half on the long side to create my two standard card bases.

The 4" width pieces of DSP fit nicely on a card front, however, they need trimming a little to create my front panel piece, with a small border. 

TIP: DON'T throw away this strip of DSP, because that is what you can decorate the inside of your card with!

I then cut a 4" x 1" strip of the coordinating card base colour for the base of my greeting which was stamped on a 4" x  7/8" strip of Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the 'Thank You' greeting from my Daisy Delight stamp set using Black Memento Ink and using Snail Adhesive adhered this to the front of my card.

The inside of my card I decorated with a piece of Whisper White card that was 4" wide so the offcut of DSP would fit nicely across the bottom section, to tie over the front theme of my card. I then stamped another greeting inside the card and voila my card was finished.

I repeated this process six times and within 15 minutes I had made 6 cards.... this post took longer to create than my cards!

The total cost of the supplies to make these projects, PLUS, there is plenty left over for me to create MANY MORE quick and easy cards was only $99!

Thank you so much for coming by today - and a BIG thank you to all my amazing customers. You are helping me to achieve my goals!

Have a look at the products that I used below and if you live in Australia, you can purchase them today simply by clicking on them, which will take you to my online store!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

$45 extra in Host Rewards? Yes, please!

Got a wish list as long as your arm? Putting together an order with a couple friends? Stampin' Up! is making it easy to get extra freebies with an offer of $45 extra in host rewards on any $450 or more order! How fun is that?

All during June, the "We Love Hosts" special will automatically give you the most bang for your crafty bucks. Spend your host rewards on exclusive host stamp sets, or regular catalogue product, or a blend of both----your choice!

Let's set up a host code for you today! Friends from anywhere in Australia can order. Everyone's excited about the new Annual Catalogue, which is full of new products, ideas and inspiration. Now's the PERFECT time to have a book party or workshop!

Got questions? Contact me today!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Memories & More

Our Memories & More memory keeping system come with coordinating packs of cards that make it easy for you to put together projects quickly. Card packs are perfect for card making, memory keeping or any other project you can dream up. This simple, affordable system makes it easy for you to get started with just a few basic products. You can find Memories & More products in the new Annual Catalogue on pages 190-193.

Create breathtaking cards & more using card packs. Each card pack includes 72 double-sided cards, stickers, acetate and more!

The wonderful thing about this is that you can pair the traditional scrapbook page with pocket pages! We have 12×12 page protectors as well as 12×12 variety photo pocket pages and 6×8 variety photo pocket pages. I love how simple it is to create a wonderful looking scrapbook with a few cards and some photos. Truly, not much product is needed to create something beautiful.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Step It Up!

If you are new to stamping then I would strongly suggest you use the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue as your inspiration and source of tips and techniques. It is not simply a catalogue to order from! Although that is helpful to, to get your crafting supplies!

Whether you are a beginner stamper or an experienced stamper our catalogue is full of beautiful projects and ideas on how to use the stamp sets, dies and embelishments. The catalogue is also full of hints and tips on what to do, what is quick and easy and many of the images have little "tip" taglines to inspire you further!

I wanted to join in with the current Just Add Ink colour challenge and decided to take my own advice and look through the catalogue for inspiration. Here is the colour palette that I was starting with...

This is the process I went through tonight to create my projects. I got my corresponding ink pads out and sat them on my craft table. Next I flipped through the new catalogue looking at the images and deciding which stamp sets that I had and what I thought would work well with this colour palette.

I chose page 66 of the catalogue and decided to show how you can stamp from a basic design (for the beginner stamper) up to a more embellished look (for a more experienced or detailed stamper). I also wanted to show how you can switch things around based upon what inks and crafting supplies you have on hand.

I started with the basic layout first and this was simply a matter of stamping with the Peekaboo Peach stripes onto Whisper White Card. I wrapped around some Pool Party Baker's Twine which I had and that matched to colour combo (as I don't have any of the 'new' Peekaboo Peach Baker's Twine, page 199, #144357) and tied off a bow. I stamped my thank you (realised after there were two styles in the stamp set!) with Basic Black ink on Bermuda Bay cardstock and the banner stamp, and then using my coordinating Duet Banner Punch (love coordinating punches & dies to stamp sets, makes creating so much quicker and easier!) punch out my greeting and adhered it directly to the card panel with snail adhesive. I then stamped my 'so much' on the stripe below. This front panel was adhered to my Pool Party card base and voilà my first basic card was made!

To make my second card, stepped up a little, I recreated my front panel but this time used all three of the colours for my stripes. I again tied around some Pool Party Baker's Twine around my card front and tied a bow, but this time my thank you banner was all stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White cardstock. I also adhered this to my card front with some Stampin' Dimensionals to lift it off the card a little. I again stamped the 'so much' on the stripe below my banner but added the 'sweet friend' as in the catalogue example. I then used some of our gorgeous new Glitter Enamel Dots (page 196, #144200) to add some bling similar to the sample in the catalogue where they used metallic sequins.

Before adhering this front panel to my Pool Party card base I used my Timeless Textures stamp set to stamp some gridlines on to the card first with Pool Party ink, creating a bit of textured and tone on tone stamping. Adhered the front panel and voilà my second stepped up card was made!

My third and final card, the one that had the most detail and more embelishments, did not take that much longer to make. Especially since I had made my first two and knew what process I was taking. The Pool Party card base was stamped again with gridlines from the Timeless Textures stamp set and the front panel also stamped like the second card.

As I didn't have the new Climbing Orchid stamp set or coordinating dies (page 21) and I wanted to stick to my chosen colour palette, I chose my Flourish Thinlits Dies (page 216, #141478) and cut out with my Big Shot (a great tool for the avid crafter, can't do without mine!) some Bermuda Bay leaves and Peekaboo Peach flowers, two big, one small. It is a good idea for layout and design to work in 'odd' numbers and to vary sizes and/or placement.

As in the catalogue I stamped the greetings in the same manner and placed my flowers accordingly.

Tip: I could have used our Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere these intricate flowers and leaves, however, I simply used our Mini Glue Dots by using the tip of my Paper-Piercing Tool to roll the sticky dots onto themselves and this also gave a bit of dimension under the flowers. 

I then again used some of our new Glitter Enamel Dots to add some bling to the flower centres and voilà my third and detailed card was made!

Here are my three cards side by side. So whether you want a quick and simple card or right through to a more detailed design you only have to look in the catalogue for ideas and inspiration. 

If you don't have exactly what they have used, improvise and make the card your own design. This is also often called CASEing, where you Copy And Share Everything, or by simply changing the colour palette, switch around stamp sets on the layout or add a few extra layers or details you make it you own!

Haven't got a catalogue yet? If you live in Australia and don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator then I am happy to help you out with your stamping and crafting supplies, contact me today - You can order through my Online Store 24/7 and have the items shipped direct to your door! Don't forget before closing your order to add my Host Code for June - KXMW4ZDW - so that I can send you a thank you card and little gift! Also, don't select No Contact because then I can't send you this and I can't keep you up-to-date with what great specials we have from time to time.

If you want to get a few friends together, and you live in Tasmania, then I would love to come to your place and stamp with you!! In June, any workshop with $450 in sales, earns the Host EXTRA Stampin' Rewards to redeem on Stampin' Up! products.

Happy shopping and creating!!

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