Try Stampin on Tuesday Sketch # 547

This week at Try Stampin on Tuesday, we are using this sketch for our projects, with the option of adding some Metallics.

For the background of my card I have used some of the Symbols of Fortune Designer Series Paper which has the gold foil embedded in it.
The circle element is a die cut from the Encircled in Beauty Dies, with a strip of the Layering Designs Vellum to the right.

The main stamped image I have kept soft and subtle by using Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the stamp from the Elegantly Said stamp set. The colours I have used are Fresh Freesia for the flower, Soft Succulent for the leaves, and then some Basic Grey and Smokey Slate.
Make sure you come over to Try Stampin on Tuesday blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created with this sketch, and please join in, we love to see your creations.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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Stampin’ Up! Crane of Fortune – Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop March 2022

Thank you for joining us for our Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Training Program Monthly Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today for this blog hop for ideas and creative inspiration. We are a group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin’ Up!® business and reach some goals we have set. We really appreciate your support.

You may be starting here or have come from another blog – either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post today.

For my card today, I have chosen to feature the Crane of Fortune Stamp Set paired with the New Horizons Designer Series Paper in a Book Fold Card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As mentioned at the top, this is a blog hop so make sure you ‘hop’ around to all the amazing projects on this hop! Click on the links below to visit them.

1. Kylie Bertucci – Australia  
2. Beth McCullough – Stamping Mom – USA  
3. S. Kelli McConkey – InkyHandsWarmHearts – USA  
4. Angie McKenzie – USA  
5. Julia Zimmer – Germany  
6. Rachel Aziamadi – Scrapinium – France / Germany  
7. Jessica Hart – Australia  
8. Dawn Bourgette – Dawn’s Creative Chalet – USA  
9. Beverley Evans – Australia  
10. Nancy Reynolds – USA  
11. Diane Evans – Stampin With Diane (Canada)  
12. Angela Meiritz-Reid – Stamping Beauty NZ  
13. Anne Marie Jakubiec-Canada  
14. Robbie Rubala – USA  
15. Rookaya Parak – Canada  
16. Theresa McEntee-Theresa’s Treasures-USA  
17. Mo Rootes – UK  
18. Tracy Held – Trace Of Creativity, Australia  
19. Cheryl Hurst – Australia  
20. Christy Gridley – Christy’s Stamping Spot – USA  
21. Sandie – stampwithsandie.blogspot.com – UK  
22. Trish Soliman – Australia  
23. Diane Gardner – DeeDeesDazzles.com – USA  
24. Melva Peters – Stamping With Melva – Canada  
25. Janice Piechowiak – USA  
26. Kelly Taranto – The Late Night Stamper – USA  
27. Judith Patterson – USA  
28. Candace Birch, Knotty Birch Studios, Idaho, USA  
29. Jenna Moore – Jenna’s Crafting Studio – Canada  
30. Denise Cox – Birdsnest Designs – Canada  
31. Laurie Bellard – Lauriebstamping – USA  
32. Rebecca Nutley – Australia  
33. Leonie François – Prulleke – the Netherlands  
34. Verna Mullen – StampinNotes – USA  
35. Mandy Witherby – Australia  
36. Laurie Bradshaw  
37. Julie Brown – USA  
38. Jessica Brigden -JessBCreativeCardiology – USA  
39. Sue Sanders, USA  
40. Bonnie Sanche – Bonnie Creates – Canada  
41. Teah Woodward – Stamp with Teah – US  
42. Jan Bassett – USA  
43. Theresa Conway-Hayes – USA  
44. Lesley Seabrook Canada  
45. Heidi Collins, On Y Go! Stamping – USA  
46. Marilyn Pearen-Creating Art With Marilyn -Canada  
47. Robyn Lawton – Australia  
48. Kate Bolt U K  
49. Jennifer Blaschak-Card Zen by Jen- USA  
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Stampin’ Up! On The Horizon Masculine Card

I am loving experimenting with the Layering Designs Vellum right now. Have you seen it? It’s one of those items in the Mini Catalogue that is kind of hiding in plain sight, on Page 33, and which is a gorgeous addition to all sorts of projects.
My card today is a simple masculine card, featuring the trees from the On The Horizon Stamp set, paired with the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper.

That strip of Vellum changes the entire look of the card but is such a simple addition.
Vellum can be difficult to stick down, you can see tape or glue through the Vellum, but in this case, I have used the tiniest dab of glue in the corners, just behind some of the pattern, as well as some glue in the area behind the main image. And that is enough to keep it in place.
You could always add some brads, or twine to hide glue, but this has worked really well.

Happy stamping
Chris

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Stampin’ Up! Crane of Fortune

Hello again and welcome back.
The Stampin’ Up! Crane of Fortune stamp set is the set I have used for my card today, in particular the pretty flower image.
I stamped the flower with Fresh Freesia ink, and then to add some vibrancy and intensity to the colour of the centre of the flower, I have added some Rich Razzleberry ink using a Blending Brush, just gently and with a very small amount of ink, but it makes that colour pop out just a little more.


In the background I have used a layer of the Sale-a-Bration Simply Marbleous Designer Series Paper, and one of the Heart and Home Doilies.
The sentiment is from another Sale-a-Bration item, the Special Moments stamp set.
My card was inspired by this week’s Just Add Ink sketch challenge.


Happy stamping!
Chris

New Horizons

Stampin’ Up! New Horizons is the most beautiful and amazing Designer Series Paper, and when it finally arrived here in Australia I popped an order through for it as soon as I could. And I am certainly not disappointed.
I made a very quick and easy card earlier today, and decided to just let the paper speak for itself, it really doesn’t need anything else. I haven’t even added a sentiment, although of course it would still look great with any sentiment you choose.

On the topic of new horizons, I have been offered a position in a local retail outlet, selling some of my other craft items, which is an exciting prospect for me, since I don’t only love paper crafting, but also sewing and crochet. Paper craft were the one thing they have plenty of, so I had to be satisfied with selling other items, such as my crocheted cuffs and button bracelets and octopus, and hand sewn and hand embroidered cuddly bunny. There is plenty more that they will be selling so I am busy getting everything prepared for the start of next month.

Oh, I almost forgot to remind you, if you are in Australia, Sale-a-Bration has been extended by an extra 2 weeks, so you have until the 16th March to get some of those gorgeous free goodies that weren’t available here in the first two weeks or so.
Happy stamping, and happy crafting!
Chris

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Try Stampin on Tuesday Sketch #541

The sketch for this week’s challenge at Try Stampin on Tuesday is this one, perfect for Valentine’s Day if you are into celebrating it, or you could change the heart to another shape. There is also the option of making it a little more challenging by using the colours Red, Pink and Gold.

My card features the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper, along with some retired gold bits and pieces. Sometimes it’s good to hold on to some of the retired stuff!

I don’t have any heart dies (I must fix that situation!!) so I have fussy cut one of the bigger hearts from the Designer Series Paper and then cut a white one to frame it. The “stitching” around the hearts is done with a Stampin’ Write marker.
This is a great sketch, if you don’t have any patterned paper, you could colour block and use two different coloured cardstock, or two different embossing folders. So many ideas!! We love to see your creations so please share with us at Try Stampin on Tuesday.

Happy stamping!
Chris

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And don’t forget to add your FREE Sale-a-Bration item, only available until the end of February.

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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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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

Stampin’ Up! Awesome Otters in Party Hats!

The Awesome Otters Sale-a-Bration set is just so cute that I had to make another card with it today, this time combined with some of the gorgeous Abstract Beauty Designer Series Paper from the new Mini catalogue.

They look like they are having a lot of fun!
The hats have been stamped separately in Basic Gray and then coloured very quickly using a Blender Pen with Just Jade and Pumpkin Pie ink, and then fussy cut with scissors and adhered with dimensionals. There is some Wink of Stellar on the pompoms.
And don’t forget to decorate the inside as well…..

I hope they give you something to smile about today!
Happy stamping
Chris

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Stampin’ Up! Flowing Flowers – Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights

My card for today is one that I have made to take part in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights for January 2022. Make sure you check out Kylie’s blog to see all the inspiration from talented stampers from around the world who are also taking part.
And while you are there, I hope you will vote for my card.
You can vote for your top 5 cards.

I’ve gone with a very pretty, feminine card today, featuring the new Flowing Flowers stamp set on page 36 of the new January to June 2022 Mini Catalogue, and have paired this with the new Abstract Beauty Designer Series Paper on page 49.
While a lot of this DSP is quite contemporary, I wanted to show some of the pretty pastel colours that can be used on less contemporary projects.
The flower was coloured using Stampin’ Write Markers, and I used the Stamparatus so that I could re-ink and re-stamp until I was happy with the colour intensity.

These gorgeous products are available now in my online store.

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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!

Happy stamping!
Chris