From Basic to Brilliant

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I have, once again, been very quiet on the crafting and blogging front, but with so many gorgeous new Stampin’ Up! goodies, I couldn’t resist having a play today.

And since we are about to have a heat wave in this part of Australia, it may well be a good time to stay inside, in the cool, and do some stamping and creating.

One of the things I decided I would like to share with you this year, is that you don’t need a lot of products to make gorgeous cards. Many of us have financial challenges right now, and it’s always good to find ways to make the most of what we already have.

And I also want to show how to take a simple card, and to dress it up in various ways. 

So, my first card for 2021 uses the gorgeous new Designer Series Paper called True Love DSP, I can see myself using this a lot.  This was at the top of my list from all of the beautiful new things in the January – June Mini Catalogue.

I started out with just a black and white card – elegant and quite easy to make, and all you need is the True Love Designer Series Paper, some white and some black cardstock.

The flowers have been cut from the Designer Series Paper using paper snips.

So then to make it different, I coloured the flowers using Stampin’ Blends in Rococo Rose colour, with Old Olive for the leaf.

It’s lovely just like that, but I have some of the Forever Gold Laser Cut accents that were calling out to be used, so I have added one behind the flowers.

The gold accent adds some lovely depth and texture to the card.

I felt it needed a little more Old Olive, and had some spare leaves from another project, which I have added in, and I am happy with the end result. I’m sure there is more that could be added but I like as it is.

It looks like a gorgeous, cheerful bunch of flowers to brighten your day!

Here is the same card with the flowers coloured in Rich Razzleberry.

The words come from the Posted For You stamp set (but you could use anything that you already have), and the lovely curved edge is the Curvy Dies.

I hope the weather is not too extreme wherever you are in the world. And I hope you are able to get in some crafting time, just for yourself.

Happy stamping!

💜 Chris

Card Swaps

I recently took part in a card swap with a group of ladies who are all Australian Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and I thought it was time I shared what I had made for them.
I have used the Attic Boutique DSP and Rue Des Fleurs stamp set. To make the dress, I have stamped the bodice part straight onto the Very Vanilla Top Note and heat embossed then coloured it.  I have then cut the V part using a craft knife.  I have then stamped and embossed the Umbrella from this stamp set onto a different piece of card stock, cut it out without the handle and watches which come off the bottom, and then popped it under the V of the bodice, creating a dress.  The dress was heat embossed using Soft Suede and Versamark ink with clear embossing powder, and has been coloured using a blender pen and very light shadings of Poppy Parade ink, with just a touch of Daffodil Delight and Pool Party on the flowers at the top of the bodice.
Doesn’t it make you just want to travel back 100 years so that you wear one just like it?
Happy stamping.

Gift Tags

I have recently been commissioned by a florist, to make some gift tags.  These are some of the ones she wasn’t interested in 🙂  but I thought I would share them with you anyway.   I have a few of these that were experiments until we found exactly what she was looking for.  I will have these for sale at the Marion Indoor Markets tomorrow, along with lots of goodies for Mother’s Day.
Not sure about you but I absolutely adore these little die cut butterflies!  They get used for a whole heap of things around our house, in particular some of my son’s craft activities! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day, to all the Mum’s out there for tomorrow. Hope you have a very special day.
Happy stamping.

Freshly Made Sketch #33

Rich Razzleberry is my absolute favourite of all the Stampin’ Up! colours but it has been a little neglected of late, so I decided it was time to make up for that!! The card is based on this week’s Freshly Made Sketch challenges, and uses Simply Soft stamp set (hostess set) which I have stamped with Stazon and then water coloured using a blender pen. The DSP I have used is another much neglected one, called Pocketful of Posies.  I have dragged out the very last (sob…) of my precious Rich Razzleberry satin ribbon (retired) and matching button.  The greeting comes from Field Flowers stamp set and I have popped some half back pearls on either side for a little added bling. I thought I would put this card in for the latest Just Add Ink challenge as well, which is to create something for Mother’s Day.  As many of you would know, my beloved Mum passed away just over two years ago, so I can’t send this card to her, but I know she would love it if she were still here.  She is the person who encouraged me to be creative and enjoy my crafts, so this one is for you Mum. xx.
I like this particular sketch, so just had to make a second card! 🙂 This one is in a completely different style, with lovely bright, cheery colours.  It uses the gorgeous Sweet Shop DSP from the Autumn / Winter catalogue along with Sweet Cake stamp set.  Just loving these colours too, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder.  I have stamped the image onto Shimmer White card stock which has given it that really lovely motley sort of look (not sure how to explain that one! 🙂 but I like how it turn out )  Oh, and don’t forget that cute brad, also available from the Autumn / Winter catalogue. I’ll be back shortly with some exciting offers from Stampin’ Up!. Hope you have a crafty weekend!  Happy stamping! Chris

More Boxes

Yes, I have been making lots of boxes with the scoring tool. Can’t help myself… the tool makes it all so easy!
I have made this slider box to hold four tealight candles, and used the new Framelits to create a clear window so that you can see the candles inside.  I am going to make a stack of these to sell at the next markets stall in a couple of weeks time, they would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift.
Cheerful Treat is the name of the DSP, and I have combined it with Concord Crush cardstock.  You could add more decoration to this, of course, perhaps a flower and a tag, or a lovely piece of matching ribbon around the box.
Happy stamping!

Pretty Pedals

I received some new goodies in the post yesterday and couldn’t wait to use them!  I think this stamp set is just gorgeous and had to ink it up straight away.  It’s a hostess set called Pedal Presents, which I have stamped in Black Stazon ink, and then coloured with markers.
The DSP are new from the now current Autumn / Winter mini catalogue, and is called Sweet Shop – lots of ice cream and cake designs, but I have gone with some of the reverse sides of these because I just love the colours and the hearts.
The layout for this card is inspired by this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but I have turned the sketch on it’s side.

Happy stamping!

Mojo Monday 233

Warning: This post contains materials that may prove to be highly addictive!

On the 1st of April the new Autumn / Winter Mini Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! will be released here in Australia, and I can tell you that it contains some of the most beautiful things ever!  So I thought I would give you a bit of a sneak peek.
The card is also my entry for this weeks Mojo Monday sketch. 

The stamp set is called Apothecary Art.  I have coloured the images using a combination of markers and blender pen. 
I have also used the new Twitterpated DSP and Buttons.  I have put one of the mini brads through the button to give the flower a centre, and have used some of the Seam Binding Ribbon.  The other new item that I have used here is one of the set of Framelits Dies, also available on the 1st April.  Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous – I want it all! 🙂  But you have to wait…… unless you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator of course.
But feel free to contact me if you live in the Adelaide area and you would like to learn how to use the tools and gorgeous products I have shown you today.
Happy Stamping!

Sweet Treat Cup Bunnies

These cute little fellows are ready for the markets.  I have put a few small eggs inside the sweet treat cups since I took the photo, and they look very cute!

Again, they use mainly retired cardstock and DSP, along with lots of punched out shapes and layers.  They were a little bit time consuming, but heaps of fun to make.

Just a short post tonight as I still have a bit to do for the markets on Sunday.
Hope you have a crafty weekend.

Happy stamping!

Marion Indoor Markets

If you live in the Adelaide area, make sure you come along to the Marion Indoor Markets at the Marion Leisure Centre on Oaklands Rd, this Sunday, to check out all the goodies!

I have been busy making lots of Easter things to take to the markets to sell, including this really easy basket.  It just takes one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock, a few folds, some ribbon and decorate! Done!
For me, this has been an adventure in using up heaps of retired cardstock and DSP, so I hope to sell heaps.  Then I can buy more! That’s how it works, isn’t it? 🙂
So yes, this uses every thing retired, including the stamp set, ribbon, DSP and even the cardstock colour.  Never mind, you get the idea and you could always make one using current stuff.

Happy stamping, and I’ll be back with more Easter ideas soon.