More Flurries

I have seen so many gorgeous ideas using the Festive Flurry Bundle  (Wood #133284, Clear #133285) that I just had to share another project.  I think I will have to use them to make some Christmas decorations this week!

 

I’m not sure if I am keen on this card, I think the stack of snowflakes makes it a little heavy, and you certainly wouldn’t put it into a standard envelope and send it through the post in Australia!  Guess I will be making a special envelope for it 🙂
The colours I have used are Rich Razzleberry and Smokey Slate (which is a very versatile colour!), a piece of the Silver Foil Sheet (#132178) which has been run through the Big Shot (#113439) using the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, (#129984) some silver Glimmer Paper (# 124005) and Silver Ribbon (#132137), and of course some of my all time favourite – Faux stitching.
This week’s SUO Challenge #85 is to use non-traditional Christmas colours in a project, so I will be sharing this card with the ladies there.  And there is heaps of great inspiration on their blog if you are looking for some ideas.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Washi Tape Butterflies

I was really happy when Stampin’ Up! brought out Washi Tape – it’s so much fun to play with!  How cute are these Washi butterflies?  They are just created with some Whisper white cardstock, with Gingham Garden Washi Tape stuck on it, and then the butterflies are punched out.  Simple!

I have made some Quick and Easy 3×3 (that’s inches!) Note Cards, to play along with this week’s challenge at Friday Mashup.  Lots of cool inspiration there this week for ways to use Washi Tape on your cards.
I have been getting some crafting time in today, so will have a few more things to share with you soon.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Convention Swaps

This year’s Stampin’ Up! Convention was just amazing and an experience that had to be seen to be believed.  They are such a special company to be part of.
I have just so much to share, I took over 500 photos – don’t worry I won’t post them all, but I will try to pop a few up over the coming days.  I also have rather a lot of things I want to try out and share with you, but firstly I will show you the swaps that I made.  These are simply card fronts using Stampin’ Up! products that we make in order to exchange or “swap” with the other demonstrators at convention.  I only made 25 this year and had swapped all of mine before the first hour was even over.

My swap uses the Clockworks stamp set in the background and features my favourite “Faux Stitching” along with the Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper.   This fabulous paper is part of the This and That Bundle which is available at a 15% discount, but only until this coming Friday – 31st May 2013.   Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about this bundle and how you can get hold of it, or if you would like to know how you can come along to next year’s Stampin’ Up! convention.
Off to do some stamping and creating now 🙂
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Dynamic Duos #50

Here are the colours for this week’s Dynamic Duos challenge……

This week all the cards from the Design Team are birthday cards, a special celebration for Design Team member Vicki Burdick, whose birthday was a few days ago.  So, Happy Birthday Vicki, I hope you had a fabulous day!

My card uses the Elements of Style stamp set, firstly the swirl is stamped tone on tone onto the base layer.  The beautiful flower image has been stamped using black Stazon ink, and then I have coloured inside the black outline with markers directly onto the Very Vanilla cardstock.  I coloured the leaves in Sahara Sand, the flowers were coloured with Blushing Bride first and then with Calypso Coral over the top to add some depth and shading.  The image and the the Crumb Cake layer have both been cut using the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies, and of course I had to add some paper piercing! The sentiment is an individual stamp called Beautiful Birthday (Page 44 of the Annual Catalogue).

Sadly, this is my last challenge with Dynamic Duos Design Team, it has been a fantastic six months and I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have spent working with this amazing group of ladies.  They are all so incredibly talented, creative and inspirational.  I am sure I will be playing along with the next lot of colour challenges and the new Design Team, so keep an eye out for the announcement of who will be taking over for the next round.
And I hope you will continue to check in here and see what I have been doing, it has been wonderful to get all of the lovely comments and I do enjoy sharing my creations with you.
Happy stamping.
Chris

Dynamic Duos #49

More fun again this week from Dynamic Duos, with an unusual colour combination and the option of making a masculine card with Basic Black and Basic Grey.

I enjoyed this challenge, but then I also enjoy making masculine cards!
Nothing too exciting about my card, I have used the Woodgrain Embossing folder for the black background, the Serene Silhouettes stamp set, lots of paper piercing (of course!) and the the patterned paper comes from the Twitterpated DSP.
Lots of gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team can be seen here.
Hope you are having a crafty weekend. Happy Stamping!
Chris

Monochromatic Pinks

Definitely a “girly” challenge this week at Dynamic Duos,

and I have combined the pinks with black and white.

My card uses the Blooming With Kindness stamp set, which is a bit of a favourite at present.  The main flower image has been stamped twice, slightly off-set, once in Pretty in Pink and once in Regal Rose.
The ribbon is gorgeous but unfortunately retired quite a few years ago!

I apologise for the short post today, I have spent most of my day at a local model train exhibition with my family, it was fantastic, but I am feeling a little weary, so time to rest and recover!  Maybe some stamping 🙂
Lots of inspiration again this week from the rest of the Design Team, and please share your wonderful creations with us at Dynamic Duos.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Dynamic Duos #44

This week’s colours can be used in a lovely subtle, pretty way, or used in a bold or modern way.  I have chosen pretty and subtle this time, but I am loving some of the bold ideas I have seen.

My card uses the Bordering on Romance stamp set again, the images have been stamped in black Stazon ink, and then I have used So Saffron and Sahara Sand markers and drawn around the inside of the stamped image, giving a very subtle colour to each area.

The pretty flowery brad is one of the new Designer Builder Brads in the Seasonal Catalogue (Page 12) and the gorgeous ribbon is unfortunately a retired one.

Make sure you check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and feel free to send me an email if you have any questions about my card.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

 

 

Easter Bunny is coming…..

….so I thought I had better get on and make some Easter cards.
Again, I have used the Oval Framelits along with the very cute Everybunny stamp set – too cute!
I am a bit addicted to banners and flags on my cards at the moment, so I have used the gorgeous Tea For Two Designer Series Papers to create them here, and some brads to “secure” them at the top.  Little bunny has been heat embossed using black embossing powder and then coloured using inks and a blender pen.
You can contact me if you would like more information about any of the products I have used for this card, and since Easter is less than a month away, contact me also to order your Easter stamps and papers now so that you have some time to create something special for someone special! 🙂
Hope you have a crafty weekend.  Happy Stamping!
Chris

Oval Framelits

I have to apologise for my lack of posts recently, things have been rather busy in our household.  I have been doing a little crafting so I will try to catch up and share some of them with you.
Today I will share a card that I made using the new Oval Framelits.  I just love oval shapes, especially on cards, but have only just had the chance to try them out.  Need a few more hours in the day, I feel.  Or perhaps I just need to sleep less 🙂

This card uses the Everything Eleanor, Papillon Potpourri and Apothecary Art stamp sets, along with the colours Bashful Blue and Midnight Muse and a half of one of the pretty doilies.

Promise to be back soon with more of my creations.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Bright Blossoms

This is one of “those” stamp sets… you know the ones, you see it, imagine all the great things you could do with it, and then don’t use it!  Yes, for me Bright Blossoms has sat on the shelf for quite some time, unused and unloved.
But… I received a package in the mail during the week with some bits and pieces for a challenge, and amongst it, some patterned paper from the Summer Smooches DSP – one that I don’t yet own.  So, perfect opportunity to get Bright Blossoms off the shelf and use it!


Ok, so my challenge was to use the colours in the card stock I had been sent, which were Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo, add some whisper White card stock if needed, use only the ribbon included along with one other type of embellishment, which in this case is the rhinestones (must have bling!).
I have some the patterned paper left over now, so I might just have to work out how to use it for another card.  You never know, Bright Blossoms might get a bit more of a work out! 🙂
Hope you are having a crafty weekend.  Happy stamping!
Chris