Cardz 4 Guyz

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Firstly today, I am very excited to let you know that I am now a member of the Design Team for Cardz 4 Guyz, and so will be posting heaps more masculine cards for you.  The challenge is fortnightly, and I hope you will share your projects with us and pop in and check out what is going on.  Here is the link to the challenge blog: https://cardz4guyz.blogspot.com/
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Today I am sharing my first card as a member of the Design Team, and fittingly, the theme is Music.  You may not be aware that I was a professional musician in a former part of my life and still play a lot of music, these days as an amateur in support of my son who also plays an instrument.

Cardz4Guyz Music Card

The only stamping on this card is the sentiment.  Everything else is from various sets of Designer Series Papers.  The music and wood background papers are both from Pressed Petals Designer Series Papers, and the gorgeous little bird has been fussy cut out of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Papers.
The sentiment is normally straight but since it is a photopolymer stamp, I have curved it onto the clear block, to create some nice shape.

Why not come on over to Cardz4Guyz and check out what the rest of the Design Team have been doing with this challenge.
Happy stamping!
Chris

CASE-ing the Catalogue

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My card today is CASE of the card that is on Page 76 of the Annual Catalogue.
If you don’t know what I mean by “CASE”, it means Copy And Share Everything, and means to use the card layout as inspiration, to copy some or all aspects of the original card.
This is the card that I have copied from the catalogue:
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And here is my version:
Very Versailles Green Card

I have kept the green theme for colours, only I have used Old Olive and Pretty Peacock, the same as the colours in the gorgeous ribbon, and copied the layout.
The leaves from the stamp set were coloured using Markers, Old Olive for the leaves and Soft Suede for the branches for a subtle difference.  Then I have double stamped, so instead of re-inking the stamp for the second lot of leaves, I have just stamped again for a lighter colour.
The stamping at the top and bottom of the panel were stamped using my Stamparatus – my new favourite tool!  I’m wondering how I lived without it.  I have used other stamp positioners in the past, some quite similar, but this one is absolutely the best!

Have a crafty weekend,
Chris

Purple Magnolia

Another card using the gorgeous Magnolia Lane Suite.
Purple Watercoloured Magnolia Card
Not sure that this is a colour for a Magnolia in real life, but it still looks pretty.

I stamped the gorgeous Magnolia using Stazon ink, onto Shimmery White cardstock, and then cut it out using the matching Die, from the Magnolia Memory Dies.
I used an Aqua Painter to spread a thin layer of water over each area before adding colour.  The colours I have used are Old Olive and Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, and Highland Heather, with some So Saffron for the centre of the flower.

As a background I have combined a piece of Whisper White cardstock, embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder, and some of the gorgeous Garden Lane Designer Series Papers, layered over a Soft Seafoam card base.

I didn’t think it needed anything extra, so left it just like that.  Of course, you could add some twine or rhinestones.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Art With Heart Blog Hop – New In Colours


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Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring an In Colour theme. Check out the new 2019 – 2021 In Colours and lets not forget the current 2018 – 2020 In Colours. If you would like a copy of the 2019 – 2020 annual catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

We have been showcasing the newest In Colours one at a time over the last few weeks, now it’s time to see even more inspiration from the Art With Heart team.

I have made a card using each of the 2019-21 In Colours, since I can’t decide which is my favourite of these colours, I really love each of them.  My cards also feature some of the new Designer Series Papers, Woven Threads DSP, and also the Pressed Petals DSP.

First up, the gorgeous Pretty Peacock.
Tasteful Textures Card 1

Lots of sponging and distressing on this card, and I have combined the Pretty Peacock with Very Vanilla cardstock and Crumb Cake ink.  The stamp set that I have used in the background is Tasteful Textures, and the Dies are the Tasteful Backgrounds.

Next is Terracotta Tile.
Another versatile colour that will be great for creating masculine cards!!
Woven Threads DSP 1
Again, I have used the Tasteful Textures and Tasteful Backgrounds, combined with the Woven Threads DSP, and used Very Vanilla cardstock with Crumb Cake ink.
It may be difficult to see in the photo, but I have stamped on the DSP with the line stamp from Tasteful Textures to give the DSP a little more, well…. texture!
And I have also stamped with the same stamp behind the die cut area.

Next, Rococo Rose.  So pretty!
Pressed Petals DSP Card 1
I have gone with a different DSP this time, Pressed Petals DSP.  All of the gorgeous flowers on my card are just panels of the DSP.
Again, heaps of distressing and sponging, and layers but only a very little stamping.

A quick and easy card using Seaside Spray.

Woven Threads Card 1

The Designer Series Papers make it so easy to create gorgeous cards with very little effort.  This card has a layer of  the Woven Threads DSP over some Seaside Spray, which is mounted onto a white card base.  Just a little Bakers Twine and some Metallic Pearls. Too easy!

And last but definitely not least, the beautiful Purple Posy.

Tasteful Backgrounds Daisies Card

I have used Purple Posy cardstock as the base for this card, then a layer of Woven Threads DSP, and then the white has been die cut using the Tasteful Backgrounds Dies. The pearls in the centre of each flower have been coloured with Stampin’ Blenders to match.

That’s it from me for today.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented Tina Gillespie

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Thanks for hopping along!
and Happy Stamping,
Chris

Watercoloured Magnolia

The Magnolia Embossing Folder is one that is going to get a lot of use here, there are so many ideas and uses for it.  So many ideas in my head that I don’t know which one to choose first!
My card today was inspired by one that the talented Vicki Boucher has on her blog here, which I just loved and thought I would have a go at making.
Watercoloured Magnolia EF Card 1

My colours are similar to the ones Vicki used, I have used Smokey Slate as a background colour to help the flower pop, along with Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Old Olive.  And since I really wanted the flower to be the focal point with nothing to distract from it, I have just added “Hello” from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, in Smokey Slate.

First, I have embossed the Magnolia onto Shimmery White cardstock.  I didn’t have any watercolour paper to use, and while it’s not as good as our new watercolour paper, the Shimmery White does hold water quite well, so it’s great as a back up.

To get a really good overall watercolour effect, I have used the Aqua Painter to wash a layer of water over each petal or leaf before I added any colour, then added ink from an ink pad to the areas I wanted darkest first, pulling the colour out.  Then just added more layers of colour if I wanted it darker.

I hope you are having a crafty day,
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Colour Creations – Seaside Spray

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Seaside Spray is our colour today, and yes, it’s another pretty colour.
Magnolia Dies close up
My card uses the Magnolia Memory Dies combined with the Scripty Embossing Folder.
Magnolia Dies and Scripty

Another favourite, I love the Scripty Embossing Folder, it creates a lovely, subtle texture to the background.  I am starting to sound a bit repetitive, they all seem to be my favourites!  So many beautiful new things, it’s hard to choose just one favourite.

If you would like to see more ideas using Seaside Spray, head on over the Catherine’s blog where she has a list of everyone taking part.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Pink Embossed Magnolia

Just a quick post today to share one of the cards we will be making at my upcoming Big Shot Basics class on the 6th. 7th or 8th of July.
Pink Embossed Magnolia
Such a beautiful embossing folder, it is just so elegant, and works for any occasion.
I will be sharing some other ideas for this one at the class and also here in a couple of weeks.
The Petal Pink layer of this card has been run through the Big Shot with the Magnolia Embossing Folder, and then sponged with Whisper White craft ink to give the white areas of the petals.  The centres of the flowers have been coloured with Blender pens and So Saffron ink.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin kits have only been available in North America, but this month we have been able to get the May 2019 edition here in Australia.
And I am so happy about it, because it is beautiful!
I held a class on Saturday, and we made the four different cards that are in the kit.
I have slightly modified them from the originals, adding some layers to them, but keeping them at the smaller gift card size, so that they can still go inside the gorgeous envelopes.
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Such gorgeous colours, and I love the font used for the words.
Here are the cards individually…
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All of the ladies doing my class loved this kit, well, what’s not to love?  It’s just gorgeous!
It’s a one off in Australia, and only available while stocks last, so if you would like to order one, just pop over to my online store.
I have heaps more cards that I have made using this kit, so stay tuned.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Hugs and Tissue Paper!

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Have you seen the May 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit, called Hugs From Shelli?
We don’t normally get the Paper Pumpkin kits in Australia, so this was extra special for us, and I have been enjoying making some different cards using the various elements that are in the kit.
The kit was beautifully packaged, with some tissue paper wrapped around everything.  Tissue paper that was coloured to match the kit.
I had to use it, it’s just too gorgeous to throw out.
It would be lovely for gift wrapping, of course, but I love the challenge of finding a way to use it on my cards.
Hugs and Tissue Paper Card
So, I have taken a piece of the tissue paper, big enough so that it can be wrapped around to the back of the first layer of your card, in this case, my layer was 9.5 x 13.8 cm, and the tissue paper about 3 cm bigger on both sides.

I have then stamped all over the tissue paper using the flower stamp from the kit.  Since I don’t own a Petal Pink ink pad (yet!), I have stamped the image using Blushing Bride ink, and stamped randomly all over the tissue paper.

Then I have crumpled up the tissue paper (once the ink was dry!) and then flattened it out again.  This gives the tissue paper some lovely texture and some added interest.

I have popped a tiny bit of glue around the outside edge of the Whisper White cardstock which I used for this first layer, and then laid the tissue paper over the white, using the glue to keep it nice and straight and flat.

Then I turned the whole layer over, and using some Tear and Tape, pulled the edges of the tissue paper over to the back of the cardstock and stuck it down on the back.
Then I have simply layered it onto some Crumb Cake, and then Soft Suede cardstock, and added the stamping and embellishments as you can see, from the kit.
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Such pretty colours, and a totally gorgeous kit to enjoy some creative time with.

I’m going to add this one in for the current Global Design Project sketch challenge, #GDP190.

Send me a message if you live in Australia and would like to get your hands on one of these Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin kits, I believe there are still some available.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Everything is Rosy

Oh my goodness!
This is soooooo gorgeous, and I don’t know about you, but I want this!!

The Everything is Rosy Product Medley is being released on the 1st of May, and is only available until the 31st of May unless it runs out before that (which is highly likely).
Here is a sample made using this Medley.

Everything is rosy Sample 1
So much gorgeousness.
And the variety of products that is going to be included in the Medley is extensive, filled to the brim with coordinating products for endless creative possibilities.
Suitable for cardmakers, scrapbookers, gift box makers, it has everything you could want.
The cost is $139 and looks like it will be well worth saving your dollars for this one.

Everything is rosy products
I will post up a reminder closer to the date, but in the meantime, save those dollars because this is a one off, you can only get it in May, and only while stocks last. (In other words, order it on the 1st of May, because it will probably sell out fast).
You will be able to order your Everything is Rosy Product Medley through my online store.

Happy stamping!
Chris