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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The Male Room Animals Challenge

For the month of March at The Male Room Craft Challenges, the focus is on projects featuring Animals.
The Stampin’ Up! Wildlife Wonder stamp set fits the bill perfectly!
And I have gone a little different with my card, and used the Book Fold design, which is quite easy but a little different to a standard card.

The Wolf is stamped directly onto some of the New Horizons Designer Series Paper, along with some very soft and subtle images of the flower spikes. The strip of wood-look paper on the left is from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.
If you have been following along with my projects recently, you will know that I have started stamping the reverse side of the card:

And decorated the inside of the card with some strips of the same Designer Series Papers but left quite a lot of room for writing a message to the recipient.

I have left my card without a sentiment. For some reason I am feeling the need to create blank cards, cards that can be sent without a specific reason or sentiment attached, but more as a way of staying in touch.

Happy stamping
Chris.

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Try Stampin on Tuesday Sketch #545

Here is this week’s sketch at Try Stampin on Tuesday.

I have used the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper for my card for this sketch, the only stamping is the sentiment.

The flowers have been fussy cut from the Designer Series Paper and then coloured. There are so many different ways to colour images but I thought I would try something a little different with these flowers because I wanted them to pop out from the card, so I wanted some nice colour intensity, but because it’s DSP, I didn’t want to be doing too much blending or brushing.
So I have used the Wink of Stella, and some Polished Pink ink, which I put onto the smallest of our clear blocks. The liquid in the Wink of Stella makes it easy to put the colour down and also adds that lovely glittery shimmer at the same time.

Pretty!


I hope you will pop over to Try Stampin on Tuesday to see what the rest of the Design Team have done with this great sketch. And maybe you will share your own creation with us.
Happy stamping
Chris

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

February Host Code:

CHY3YYAM

Use this host code when you order, and if you order $90 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).
And don’t forget to add your FREE Sale-a-Bration item, only available until the end of February.

***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!

Sunshine and Rainbows Card Tutorial Now Available!

The Sunshine and Rainbows Card Tutorial is now available to purchase from here.
I’m very excited about this because it is the first full written tutorial that I have done and put up online.
Here is the card:

If you would like to get the tutorial for free during February 2022, you can place an order of $90 or over (Australia only please) from my online store, then you can choose the gorgeous and very versatile Sunshine and Rainbows Designer Series Paper as your free Sale-a-Bration gift, AND get the tutorial for free.

I had so much fun making this card and the tutorial, and I am looking forward to adding more to my tutorial library.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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NEW! January Class in the Mail

With global shipping issues starting to effect all businesses, including Stampin’ Up! especially here in Australia, we need to start looking at ways to continue creating beautiful cards and projects, both for our own enjoyment and creativity, but also to help others who may be needing something to smile about.

My class is designed to show you how you can use any Designer Series Paper you have (or can get) to make beautiful cards, and how one design can look completely different using different Designer Series Papers.
This class has 4 different designs, and you will make 2 cards from each design with different Designer Series Papers.
This is one of the projects using the gorgeous Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper “Friendly Hello”.

Since this is the first Class in the Mail that I have done for about 10 years!! please be patient with me, I am still figuring out how to get everything working smoothly.
More details are here, and if you are keen to get going, please email me at dotdotstamping@gmail.com or leave a comment below.
The class is only available in Australia (apologies if you are outside Aus!) however I will be offering PDF only soon, and will keep you posted.

And here is my challenge to you today, send or give a card as a Random Act of Kindness (RAK), and put a smile on someone’s face, you just never know how much of a difference that could make. Go for a walk around your neighbourhood and put a card in someone’s letterbox, just saying hi, even if you don’t sign it. We need to come together and support each other and our individual communities to get through this difficult time, so let’s make a card, and then give a card.

Happy stamping!
Chris

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!

Stampin’ Up! Friendly Hello CASE

Have you noticed just how much inspiration you can get from the Stampin’ Up! catalogues?
The artwork is next level, and it’s all there, for you. For your inspiration and ideas, and for you to CASE. So what does CASE mean? It means to Copy And Share Everything (meaning to copy the exact card), or to copy elements of the card, such as the layout, the colours, or anywhere in between. And here is an example….
I wanted to CASE the gorgeous card on Page 13 of the Sale-a-Bration catalogue, on the far right, which uses the Friendly Hello stamp set and DSP, but I didn’t have all of the items.

So firstly I realised I had run out of Fresh Freesia cardstock (uh oh, I can feel another order coming on!!), which the original uses as a cardbase. So instead, I used thick Basic White as my card base and added an extra layer of the DSP in the Fresh Freesia colour (from the Friendly Hello DSP).
I don’t have that ribbon, so instead I have used some of the Silver Simply Elegant Trim.
I’m not sure what pearls or rhinestones were used in the original but again, I am using what I have in my stash, so I added some of the gorgeous Pastel Pearls.
And lastly, I am not a fan of the black sentiment panel (just personal preference), so I stamped my sentiment (from the Sale-a-Bration Special Moments stamp set) in Fresh Freesia ink.
They are only small changes, but they have made the card mine.

The stamp set and gorgeous DSP are available from the 4th January. Don’t worry, I won’t let you forget!

Happy CASE-ing!
Chris
PS, if you are feeling stuck and unmotivated, lost your stamping Mojo or just don’t know where to start, CASEing is the way to get through that, in fact, that is how I learnt to make cards and to stamp when I first started out. Have fun!
PPS, Also remember, it is only ink and paper!!