Sunshine and Rainbows Card Tutorial Now Available!

The Sunshine and Rainbows Card Tutorial is now available to purchase from here.
I’m very excited about this because it is the first full written tutorial that I have done and put up online.
Here is the card:

If you would like to get the tutorial for free during February 2022, you can place an order of $90 or over (Australia only please) from my online store, then you can choose the gorgeous and very versatile Sunshine and Rainbows Designer Series Paper as your free Sale-a-Bration gift, AND get the tutorial for free.

I had so much fun making this card and the tutorial, and I am looking forward to adding more to my tutorial library.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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Stampin’ Up! Friendly Hello with Sunshine and Rainbows

On Friday I received a Big Brown Box full of “new to me” goodies, and I just couldn’t wait to start playing!

I had already coloured some of the images from Friendly Hello with my Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils, it was just waiting for the right additions! I just love the Sunshine and Rainbows Designer Series Paper which is available from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue until the end of February. The issue was, which one of all of those gorgeous papers to use as my background. I chose this one to match the centres of the flowers.

Also in my order were some of the beautiful Opal Rounds, and also a punch which has been on my wish list for a very long time – I am very happy to finally have it – the Detailed Trio Punch. I love it!!!

I hope your weekend is a crafty one!
Happy stamping
Chris

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Stampin’ Up! Wildlife Wonder Quick Card

Sometimes I just need to make a quick and easy card, that allows me to create without too much thought, or stress or time. And that’s what today’s card is. Quick, simple and easy.

The owl, a sentiment and a few sprays of flowers stamped directly onto the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper, which is then mounted straight onto a card base of Merry Merlot Cardstock.
Done!
Now I need to get on with cooking and getting food prepared for the next few days.

Happy stamping!
Chris

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Nasty Biting Bugs!!

I have been very active here for the last few months so you might have noticed the sudden stop!!

I spend all day every Saturday at the lake while my son sails his boat with the club he belongs to, it’s so beautiful, relaxing, and surrounded by nature.

But of course, with nature comes nasty biting bugs!!

I was bitten twice on Saturday, once on each ankle, and it has taken me quite a few days to get back to my usual self. Even yesterday I could only do so much before I had to rest with my feet up.

I’m on the mend and catching up with the backlog of things that haven’t happened for a few days. Hopefully that will include some crafting, maybe later today!

I’ll smother my ankles in some more essential oils, that should do the trick.

Happy Stamping,

Chris

Stampin’ Up! Sweet Talk

A very quick post this evening to share with you a card I made yesterday using the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper.

I have combined it with stamped images from the Sale-a-Bration set Friendly Hello (available when you place an order of $180 or more) which has been very quickly coloured using Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils.
Hope your week has been wonderful!
Happy stamping
Chris

January Host Code:

BTZM4CRW

Use this host code when you order, and if you order $50 or greater you will receive a free gift from me!  If your order is $250 or over, please do not use this code, you’ll still get a free gift – your choice of any item valued up to 10% or your order (excluding shipping costs) from the 2021-22 Annual Catalogue or July-December 2021 Mini Catalogue!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive items. (Australian orders only please).

***Make sure that you can see my name on the final checkout page listed as your Demonstrator when you order so that you know that you’re ordering with me and you’ll get my rewards!

Stampin’ Up! Sentimental Rose Card Kit

I love the gorgeous rose image from the Sentimental Rose Card Kit, just beautiful, and easy to use. And of course, the kit itself makes it so easy to make some gorgeous cards. The cards above are made almost exactly the way it says to in the instructions.

And then this is the box that comes with the kit and decorated as per the instructions.

But then I had to make something different, so this one is my design. And I think I will use the rest of the kit to make completely different card ideas. Or maybe a box. Heaps of ideas, as always. 😁

Hope you are having a crafty day.

Happy stamping!

Chris

Handcrafted Journal

Today I am sharing something I have been working on over the past few days, my very first handcrafted Journal.

I have rather a lot of retired Designer Series Paper – I have a bit of a DSP addiction!! I love it all, and I do use it on my cards and other projects but invariably, there seems to be plenty left over.

So my Journal uses all retired Stampin’ Up!items other than some photocopy paper which I have combined with DSP for the pages, and the Muesli Bar box which was upcycled to form the cover of the Journal.

Each page is different, some are stamped, some have hand cut birds, most are sponged, spritzed and splattered. I had a lot of fun!!

And all the pages are properly bound into the cover.

I absolutely loved making this project and I can see a lot more of them happening in the future, incorporating some mixed media techniques as well .

I think I’ll start on the Jatz box tomorrow!!

Happy stamping, sponging, spritzing and splattering!!

Chris

Try Stampin on Tuesday Sketch

This week’s sketch at Try Stampin on Tuesday is one that didn’t sit well with me for whatever reason, so I decided to turn it on it’s side!

I have used the gorgeous Heart and Home Designer Series Paper for my card, along with one of the Doilies that goes with it.

The Designer Series Paper has all been embossed with the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder, and then a heap of distressing and sponging.
The gorgeous Bee is fussy cut from the Designer Series Paper.
I hope you will play along and share your creations with us at Try Stampin on Tuesday.
Happy stamping
Chris

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January Host Code:

BTZM4CRW

Use this host code when you order, and if you order $50 or greater you will receive a free gift from me!  If your order is $250 or over, please do not use this code, you’ll still get a free gift – your choice of any item valued up to 10% or your order (excluding shipping costs) from the 2021-22 Annual Catalogue or July-December 2021 Mini Catalogue!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive items. (Australian orders only please).

***Make sure that you can see my name on the final checkout page listed as your Demonstrator when you order so that you know that you’re ordering with me and you’ll get my rewards!

Calming Camellia Card Set

Yesterday I shared a single card that I made with the gorgeous Calming Camellia Sale-a-Bration Host set in this post, and today I just wanted to show you the entire set of 5 cards I have made using the same technique, and a little more information.
I’ve often wondered why we don’t decorate the back of our cards, after all, it is part of the card and just as visible to the recipient as the front.
I am also of the opinion that we are now, more than ever, going to be needing to send people letters – as in, real “snail mail” hand-written type letters, sharing our news and our lives. We need the connection it creates.
And so this set of cards is all about those two things. There is no stamping or decoration on the inside of the card, leaving the entire space available for writing a letter.
And the back of the card is decorated.
Here is the card base, Crumb Cake cardstock stamped with Crumb Cake ink:

And then the full card with the front decorated:

And the full set of five cards:

The colours I have used in conjunction with Crumb Cake are from left to right:
Blackberry Bliss, Evening Evergreen, Merry Merlot, Soft Suede and Not Quite Navy. The colours in the photo don’t quite do the depth of colour in the cards justice.
My favourites are the Blackberry Bliss and Evening Evergreen. How about you?

So to achieve this look, I have stamped the gorgeous flower image in the one of the colours mentioned above, and then using the White Craft ink and a Blender Pen, coloured the petals of the flower. The white craft ink over the stamped image changes the shade of the original image, making it a lot lighter, and making it look as though there is a lot more colouring than just adding white over the top.
I have then added some green to the leaves and some Soft Suede to the stem, also using ink and Blender Pen.

I loved making this set of cards, I may just make a couple of sets to give as gifts to family.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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January Host Code:

BTZM4CRW

Use this host code when you order, and if you order $50 or greater you will receive a free gift from me!  If your order is $250 or over, please do not use this code, you’ll still get a free gift – your choice of any item valued up to 10% or your order (excluding shipping costs) from the 2021-22 Annual Catalogue or July-December 2021 Mini Catalogue!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive items. (Australian orders only please).

***Make sure that you can see my name on the final checkout page listed as your Demonstrator when you order so that you know that you’re ordering with me and you’ll get my rewards!

Stampin’ Up! Calming Camellia

My card today features the beautiful Sale-a-Bration Host Stamp set, Calming Camellia, which I have stamped onto Crumb Cake cardstock with Night if Navy ink. Then using a Blender Pen I have coloured it with White ink on the petals, Old Olive on the leaves and Soft Suede on the stem.

I plan to make a set of these and some tags as well. They will make a beautiful gift.

I hope you are having a crafty Sunday!

Happy Stamping!

Chris

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Blender Pens
[102845]
$21.00

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