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

Mischievous Mice

Mischievous Mice is another of the new Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, this time a Host set, and so adorable.
I’ll be sharing some of the other images in the set over the coming days, but I have made two cards using the same image today, along with some of the Simply Marbleous Designer Series Paper which is one of the free Sale-a-Bration items.

I have stamped the balloon onto the DSP, cut it out, then adhered the cut out balloon over the stamped image.
Aren’t they just so cute?

These are really simple and easy cards to make, great for beginner stampers and heaps of fun.
If you are interested in learning to make cards, stay tuned, I am working on some ideas for a new series of “Cards in the Mail” – it’s been a few years since I did the last one but it was a lot of fun.
I will also be running a Kit “Club” where you can buy one of the Stampin’ Up! kits and we will get together online and make cards, including alternative ideas to make with the kits.
But right now, I am enjoying some down time, so I will have more details in the coming weeks, but feel free to leave a comment if it’s something you would be interested in.
Happy stamping!
Chris

You’re A Peach

Today I have been playing with the Embossing Paste for the first time, trying a few things out and experimenting, which is always fun.

This card is made up almost entirely of the You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper, with the only stamping being the sentiment.

Behind the peaches, on the green background, I have created a little bit of texture by putting some of the paste directly onto the DSP through one of the Decorative Masks. It’s quite subtle but adds just a little extra interest. Here’s a close up…

All the peaches and flowers were fussy cut from the Designer Series Paper.

So there is my first play with the paste. Stay tuned for some more!!

Happy stamping!

Chris

Handmade Notebooks

I made these Notebooks from scratch as gifts for my wonderful customers who have supported me throughout the year.
Each book has Designer Series Paper on the outside and inside of the cover, with stamped pages which can be replaced when the old ones have all been used up.

The papers on the notebook above is the Hand Penned Designer Series Paper, and the one below uses the Host Rewards DSP called Pattern Party.

Both of these Notebooks feature the Friendly Hello stamp set (available 4th January through my online store as a free Sale-a-Bration reward for orders of $180 or more) and the Scalloped Contours Dies.
I hope your Christmas was extra special and that you are having some time to relax and recover today.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Stampin’ Up! Calming Camellia Sketch Challenge

The Calming Camellia stamp set is the Host set in the upcoming Sale-a-Bration catalogue (January 2022) and just soooooo beautiful! I think I need to add a few more “o” to that soooooooooo. It really is a stunning stamp set, and so I had to get it inky!

I have stamped it in Pale Papaya and combined it with some of the Heart and Home Designer Series Paper. Loving this colour as well, so pretty.
The only way to get this set right now, is for you to join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator, and if you are in Australia, I would love to have you in my Stampin family, so reach out to me for more info, or click the link.
The set will be available from the 4th January 2022, with a party or personal order over $500, so start collecting those orders now, and contact me to ask about having an online cardmaking or scrapbook party with your friends and family.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Cheeky Kitty in a Box

This image reminds me so much of the cheekiness that goes on in our house on a very regular basis, that I just had to use it on a card. So very cute!

The card uses some of the Whimsy and Wonder Designer Series Paper in the background – it looks gorgeous and full of rainbows in the photo, and it didn’t matter which angle I too the photo, there were rainbows! In reality it is a beautiful silver. And cheeky kitty comes from the Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper, which I have fussy cut. Both of these gorgeous Designer Series Papers will no longer be available once sold out.
I hope you are getting some crafting time into your week.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Ever Eden for Christmas cards

I’m loving this combination for Christmas cards.

The Ever Eden Designer Series Paper is just beautiful for Christmas cards, and I have combined it with the Stockings Dies and Encircled in Beauty Dies.

I need to keep this short today, our area is in flood watch and we have had massive amounts of rain which is still going on, and is effecting our internet. So hoping this will post now.

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

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

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