Tea and Cards

I hoping to make a regular time to go live on my Facebook page, and eventually to link it up to my YouTube channel as well, but one step at a time.

And I’m calling it Tea and Cards. I’m hoping you will make yourself a cup of tea and join me. Here’s what I will be making live on my Facebook business page.

I plan to go Live tomorrow morning, Monday 30th January at 10am Sydney time, for the first of my version of Tea and Cards.
Make yourself a cup of tea (or coffee) and join me for some crafting fun. You can choose to just sit back and watch, or have all your materials ready, and create along with me. Here are the measurements and materials you will need to create this easy fun fold card.
I hope I have the Imperial conversion correct.
The card I am making tomorrow will be in different colours to the one pictured.
I would love to have you join me for some crafting time together.
See you then,
Chris

One piece of Designer Series Paper or other patterned paper of your choice: 30cm x 14.4cm (12 in x 5 3/4in) – I’ll be using the Dandy Designs DSP from the Sale-aBration catalogue.

One piece of matching cardstock: 14.9 x 10.5cm. (5.5 x 4.25 inches),
plus two more pieces of cardctock in the same colour: 11.5 X 8.5cm (4.5 X 3 3/8 inch), these two pieces are to layer under the white Die cut pieces.

Two pieces of white cardstock diecut using the Scallop Contours Dies, using the second largest of those Dies.
Plus some large scraps of white cardstock to fussy cut the flowers.

Beautifully Happy Stamp Set (from the Sale-aBration catalogue, or stamp set of your choice.

Ink pads in colours of your choice, to match or contrast with your patterned paper.

Glue, Dimensionals, scissors, clear blocks and other tools as needed.

Embellishments if your choice.

I hope you will come and join me, so that we can craft together. Here’s the link to my Facebook page, and there’s also a link in the side bar.

https://www.facebook.com/dotdotstamping?mibextid=ZbWKwL

Happy stamping!

Chris

A Special Thank You

Today’s card is a Birthday Card, made for a very special lady, who single handedly allowed my Stampin’ Up! business to stay afloat in 2022.

Not only did she consistently place orders with me, but she collected them from a neighbour as well. Enough orders so that I could continue as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator into 2023 and beyond.

So, Anne, thank you is not enough, thank you with all my heart, for all that you have done to help me in the last year. And Happy Birthday.

Every demonstrator needs an Anne!!

The card I made for Anne uses the Abigail Rose Designer Series paper, this time coloured with Watercolour pencils.

The stamped panel uses stamps from the Sentimental Rose kit. And one of the things I most love about Stampin’ Blends is being able to change the colour of the pearls.

The inside of the card features a fold over of the DSP with a separate pull out card underneath for words.

Happy Stamping everyone,

Chris

It’s been 10 months…??

I can’t believe it has been ten months since I last blogged. Ten months or more really, of being without the slightest bit of inspiration, totally mojo-less, and really struggling with everything creative.

Thankfully the urge to create started returning a few weeks ago, yesterday I started de-stashing my crafting space with the intention of sending out a heap of cards to people, and finally, finally getting back into stamping and creating again.

So, without further ado, here it is….

I started with a piece of the Abigail Rose Designer Series paper from the current Annual catalogue, which I have coloured using Stampin’ Blends, the flowers in Mango Melody. The centres of the flowers were coloured with Real Red and Mango Melody blended over the top to change the colour.

I fussy cut two of the flowers, one raised on Dimensionals on the front, the other on the inside of the card.

I love how vibrant these colours have turned out.

If you are still here, and have been patiently waiting for me to return, thank you, I am very grateful.

Let’s hope this year is one of creativity, love, laughter and fun.

Happy stamping,

Chris

Try Stampin On Tuesday Sketch #543

Here is the sketch for this week’s challenge for Try Stampin On Tuesday, along with an extra challenge to make something see through.

I am using the Stampin’ Up! Calming Camellia stamp set for this card, along with some of the Heart and Home Designer Series Paper.

It’s always difficult to take photos when there is Window sheet involved, however, the right hand side of the front of my card is Window Sheet which the small squares have been adhered to.
The Camellias have been stamped in Fresh Freesia ink and then coloured with White Craft Ink and Blender pen. I love the subtle look of this technique.

The inside is stamped with leaves and swirls in the lovely soft green Soft Sea Foam which you can see behind the Window Sheet panel.

And I have also stamped on the back of the card.

The small squares and ovals have been die cut with the retired (unfortunately) Stitched Shapes Dies.


Such a fun sketch!
Why don’t you make a card using this sketch and share it with us at Try Stampin On Tuesday, we love to see all your ideas.
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

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