Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour Sponged Card

My card today features the flower outline stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour Stamp Set. The card is quite simple and a great way to introduce beginner stampers to the joy of easy stamping. The white centre panel has been sponged using the Blending Brushes, using Polished Pink, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight. You can see the live demonstration of me making this card here.
And don’t forget you can place your order for any of your Stampin’ Up! necessities any time on my online store.

Happy stamping!
Chris

The Male Room

I am very excited to be able to announce that I am once again a member of The Male Room Design Team. I was a part of this fantastic team in the past, and am so happy to be back on the team and taking part in sharing masculine project inspiration every month.
This month, the theme is Food.

This one certainly challenged me, simply because I don’t have a lot of food related crafty stuff, at least not that I can use for masculine projects. So I have used the Forever Grapevine stamps set, and since I personally love, love, love grapes, especially around Christmas, grapes are my food choice!!

I wanted to create a more vintage style look for this card, so some tearing and sponging, and the leaves have been brushed with some water to blur the vein lines.

And those gorgeous metal corners, are unfortunately retired, but I still have some in my stash!!

So I hope you will pop over the The Male Room and say hi, maybe share a masculine project you have made. We are also on Facebook and Instagram, so make sure to like, comment and join us for all the inspiration there.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Stampin’ Up! Prized Peony Sponged Artwork

I spent most of my morning creating this piece, which I’m not quite sure what to call. It’s not really mixed media because it’s all the same techniques we would use on cards.
I have made it for a local art gallery which is having an exhibition where everything that is displayed must be 8 x 8 inches.
So I started with a piece of very heavy card, the type that sometimes comes in with the Specialty Designer Series Papers, which I cut to 8 x 8 inches, and also cut one of my pieces of Basic White cardstock the same size (the very same Basic White that I am trying not to use too much of right now!!). I have sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink, and then a heap of sponging with daubers over a decorative mask which was actually the front of a retired laser-cut card.
So heaps of sponging and stamping, and then watercolouring the Prize Peony. For that I have used Stazon Black ink onto Watercolour Paper, then coloured with ink and the Water Painter. The ink colours are Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Polished Pink.

I have also used some retired Designer Series Paper and ribbon, the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder, Very Versaille Stamp Set and Beauty of Tomorrow Stamp Set and matching Dies.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Masculine Monday Meadow Card

Today was the first of my Facebook Live streams that I am calling Masculine Mondays, my plan is to make a masculine project live at 10am every Monday morning ( Eastern Australia Daylight Savings time). Masculine Cards and projects seem to be something that many people struggle with so I hope I can share some ideas and inspiration.

I realise that many people are unable or unwilling to get out to cardmaking and scrapbooking classes right now, so I will be sharing more online.

I would love to go live on my YouTube channel but I need 50 followers there first, so jump on and subscribe to my channel, get your friends to as well, and then I will be able to share more with you on YouTube.

In the meantime, here is the link to this morning’s Facebook live.

And here is the card, featuring the Meadow Dies and Cork Speciality Paper.

The colours I have used are Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla, and the label is from the Tasteful Labels Dies.
Here is a link to order the gorgeous Meadow Dies from my online store so that you can create this card.

Happy Stamping!

Chris

Do you Love Stampin’ Up! ?

I do! I can admit it. I love the products. I love the community. I love the culture. I love the acceptance. I love that everyone helps each other.
And I would love to find some new team members to add to my Stampin’ Up! family, so that you can experience it, too.
And it’s a fantastic time to join us, for the next two days it costs just $130 to join and get your choice of Stampin’ Up! products to the value of $235. What’s not to love?

If you don’t want to run a business, that’s ok too, you can join to get a discount on your products, after all, paying $130 to get and an extra $105 of freebies is definitely worth it! Especially when you get to choose which products you want.

Unfortunately I can only accept Australian team members, however if you are anywhere in Australia and would like to know more, please reach out to me by email at dotdotstamping@gmail.com or if you just want to jump straight in and join up, here is the link to do that online.

Jump in and make the most of this fantastic special.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Saturdays are for Sailing!

My son started learning to sail a few years ago, and loved it straight away. He’s a natural and sailing is the highlight of his week. So every Saturday we head to the nearest lake where the club get together for some races, or sometimes just a friendly sail.

Today wasn’t the best weather for it, in fact we’ve had a few weeks in a row where it’s been cold, raining and very windy, and today was no exception! But they go out anyway.

Needless to say, I don’t get any time for crafting in a Saturday, although sometimes I take some crochet to do.

But I will share a quick and easy card that I made using the BlackBerry Beauty Ephemera Pack.

The card uses just four elements from the Ephemera Pack with some of the matching Designer Series Paper behind them. Cardmaking couldn’t get any easier than that!!

Hoping your weekend is sunnier than ours!!

Happy stamping,

Chris

Christmas Puppy

I just thought this little fellow and his companions were the cutest ever, and since we have three four legged family members, it was a must have from my wish list for Christmas cards.

I have quite a few Christmas cards made now, but none sent!! Somehow, it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas yet. Is it just me or are you feeling like that, too?

Since there are some fairly serious delays in shipping and postage times I really had better start sending them out. Who would like a Christmas card? I think we all need some happy mail this year!!

This cute fellow comes from the Sweet Little Stockings stamp set and matching Dies, and I’ve used some of the Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper in the background.

Happy Stamping,

Chris

Blackberry Beauty

Just a quick post today to share a card that I made, using this tutorial from Mary Fish.
When I saw the card on her blog, I just knew I had to create one. So simple yet stunning.

And it uses my all time favourite of all of my favourites, the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Simple Christmas Tags

I really love the shape of the Elegant Tag punch but I have to admit that it has been sadly neglected, so I pulled it out this morning and used it to make some Christmas tags.

I kept them quite simple but sometimes simple is good!!

The tree is from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set, and the “Merry” is from A Wish For Everything.

I did share my crafting of these Tags this morning on my Facebook page here, where I have been going live most Wed mornings (Sydney time), depending on internet working and no technical hitches.

These are also a great way to use up scraps of cardstock, patterned paper and ribbon. I seem to have a stash of little bits of retired ribbon and twine!!

Happy stamping,

Chris

Black and White with a pop of colour!!

In my post yesterday I shared some cards using Designer Series Paper, including a bright and cheerful birthday card. Today’s card uses the reverse side if that same paper, from the Host DSP called Pattern Party.

The black and white flower patterned paper has simply been coloured using Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends. Another quick and simple card.

I might pop a rhinestone or two on this one, just to add some bling!!

Happy stamping,

Chris