Fresh Freesia Blossoms in Bloom

I made this card on my weekly Wed morning Facebook Live, featuring the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle.
I seem to be having one of those weeks where things just don’t quite turn out how I had imagined they would or even how my practice one did. Ah well, I have to start embracing the imperfect.
Except in this case, I managed to get glue on the back of the card during the live, so I have trimmed the original cardbase, and attached that to another cardbase in the same gorgeous Fresh Freesia colour (so pretty!!).

The flowers have been inked with Fresh Freesia and Blushing Bride using sponge daubers to keep the colours soft and subtle. I have then stamped the centres using some Pale Papaya ink.
I’m still not happy with it, but yes, embracing the imperfect!!
Don’t forget…. free shipping on orders over $45 today, you can pop an order through for all those goodies you will need to create with over the holidays while you are recovering from Christmas!!
And don’t forget the Clearance Rack!

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Global Design Project Colour Challenge

I do love a challenge, especially a papercrafting challenge. So my card today uses the colours from the Global Design Project’s current colour challenge.

Definitely Christmassy colours, however I have had enough of making Christmas cards, so decided not to make a Christmas card with these colours!
I’m not entirely happy with how my card turned out, sometimes the idea in your head just doesn’t quite translate to cardstock and ink. I have tried watercolouring this image before and then threw it in the bin. I’m not sure I am much happier this time, but, sometimes we just need to accept that things are not perfect!

My card features the Quiet Meadow bundle, watercoloured with ink and Aqua Painter (I think I will try it with pencils next time) onto watercolour paper, and the sentiment is from the Tasteful Touches stamp set.

I hope you are having a successful day with your creating.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Stampin’ Up! FREE Shipping!!

If you are thinking of putting in a last minute order before Christmas, for some holiday crafting, tomorrow would be a great time to do that, with FREE shipping on all orders over $45.
You can place an online order from my store here, or maybe something from the Clearance Rack, where there are some new items to choose from.

Don’t forget I will be running some fun stamping and cardmaking in the Dot Dot Stamping Kit Parties Facebook Group from late December, where we will be making cards from the Sentimental Rose kit, so now would be a great time to buy your kit (you will need to add something else to make it up to the $45 for free shipping though). I will be sharing some different ideas for using the gorgeous kit and the stamp set that comes with it, so please feel free to join us, even if you are outside of Australia.
Purchases from my online store are for Australian residents only. Thank you for understanding.

Happy shopping!
Chris

Masculine Monday Intricate Leaves Dies Card

Stampin’ Up!s Intricate Leaves Dies are a definite favourite of mine from the current mini catalogue, and are also on the Last Chance list, so will no longer be available after the 3rd January.

The combination of the Intricate Leaves Dies, with the Cork and the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper, makes for an easy masculine card.
If you would like to order the products to make this card, you can use this link which will take you directly to my projects, where you will find this card. Simply click on the card and all of the products you would need will be listed.
Don’t forget to join me live every Monday morning (Eastern Australian time) on my Facebook page, for Masculine Monday. I am hoping that I might have some new goodies to use by then. Crossing fingers!!
Happy stamping
Chris

Stampin’ Up! Sweet Little Stockings

This gorgeous stamp set was at the top of my wish list of Christmas stamp sets when the current mini catalogue came out. I will admit it hasn’t had enough use yet, so hopefully after this crazy busy weekend, I will be able to make some Christmas cards and other items for family and friends.
This inspiration comes from Stampin’ Up! Enjoy!

They have definitely inspired me to have more of a play with this bundle next week.
Happy stamping
Chris

Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack has been updated

Heaps of new goodies added to the Clearance Rack so hop over to my online store to see what lovely goodies you can buy yourself for Christmas at a reduced price.

New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in my online store! Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly!!

I’ll post again soon with some more crafty inspiration!
Happy stamping
Chris

Stampin’ Up Color and Contour You’re Amazing Card

Another card that features the Color and Contour Bundle today, and just a very short post because it’s been a huge and very full on day!!

I’m loving this stamp set, so versatile and works for quick and easy cards, more complex projects such as this one, and great for colouring as well.

That’s enough from me today, I need to get some sleep! 🛌

Happy Stamping,

Chris

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