Fresh Freesia Blossoms in Bloom

I made this card on my weekly Wed morning Facebook Live, featuring the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle.
I seem to be having one of those weeks where things just don’t quite turn out how I had imagined they would or even how my practice one did. Ah well, I have to start embracing the imperfect.
Except in this case, I managed to get glue on the back of the card during the live, so I have trimmed the original cardbase, and attached that to another cardbase in the same gorgeous Fresh Freesia colour (so pretty!!).

The flowers have been inked with Fresh Freesia and Blushing Bride using sponge daubers to keep the colours soft and subtle. I have then stamped the centres using some Pale Papaya ink.
I’m still not happy with it, but yes, embracing the imperfect!!
Don’t forget…. free shipping on orders over $45 today, you can pop an order through for all those goodies you will need to create with over the holidays while you are recovering from Christmas!!
And don’t forget the Clearance Rack!

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Global Design Project Colour Challenge

I do love a challenge, especially a papercrafting challenge. So my card today uses the colours from the Global Design Project’s current colour challenge.

Definitely Christmassy colours, however I have had enough of making Christmas cards, so decided not to make a Christmas card with these colours!
I’m not entirely happy with how my card turned out, sometimes the idea in your head just doesn’t quite translate to cardstock and ink. I have tried watercolouring this image before and then threw it in the bin. I’m not sure I am much happier this time, but, sometimes we just need to accept that things are not perfect!

My card features the Quiet Meadow bundle, watercoloured with ink and Aqua Painter (I think I will try it with pencils next time) onto watercolour paper, and the sentiment is from the Tasteful Touches stamp set.

I hope you are having a successful day with your creating.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Stampin’ Up! FREE Shipping!!

If you are thinking of putting in a last minute order before Christmas, for some holiday crafting, tomorrow would be a great time to do that, with FREE shipping on all orders over $45.
You can place an online order from my store here, or maybe something from the Clearance Rack, where there are some new items to choose from.

Don’t forget I will be running some fun stamping and cardmaking in the Dot Dot Stamping Kit Parties Facebook Group from late December, where we will be making cards from the Sentimental Rose kit, so now would be a great time to buy your kit (you will need to add something else to make it up to the $45 for free shipping though). I will be sharing some different ideas for using the gorgeous kit and the stamp set that comes with it, so please feel free to join us, even if you are outside of Australia.
Purchases from my online store are for Australian residents only. Thank you for understanding.

Happy shopping!
Chris

Stampin’ Up! Sweet Little Stockings

This gorgeous stamp set was at the top of my wish list of Christmas stamp sets when the current mini catalogue came out. I will admit it hasn’t had enough use yet, so hopefully after this crazy busy weekend, I will be able to make some Christmas cards and other items for family and friends.
This inspiration comes from Stampin’ Up! Enjoy!

They have definitely inspired me to have more of a play with this bundle next week.
Happy stamping
Chris

Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour Sponged Card

My card today features the flower outline stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour Stamp Set. The card is quite simple and a great way to introduce beginner stampers to the joy of easy stamping. The white centre panel has been sponged using the Blending Brushes, using Polished Pink, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight. You can see the live demonstration of me making this card here.
And don’t forget you can place your order for any of your Stampin’ Up! necessities any time on my online store.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Stampin’ Up! Prized Peony Sponged Artwork

I spent most of my morning creating this piece, which I’m not quite sure what to call. It’s not really mixed media because it’s all the same techniques we would use on cards.
I have made it for a local art gallery which is having an exhibition where everything that is displayed must be 8 x 8 inches.
So I started with a piece of very heavy card, the type that sometimes comes in with the Specialty Designer Series Papers, which I cut to 8 x 8 inches, and also cut one of my pieces of Basic White cardstock the same size (the very same Basic White that I am trying not to use too much of right now!!). I have sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink, and then a heap of sponging with daubers over a decorative mask which was actually the front of a retired laser-cut card.
So heaps of sponging and stamping, and then watercolouring the Prize Peony. For that I have used Stazon Black ink onto Watercolour Paper, then coloured with ink and the Water Painter. The ink colours are Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Polished Pink.

I have also used some retired Designer Series Paper and ribbon, the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder, Very Versaille Stamp Set and Beauty of Tomorrow Stamp Set and matching Dies.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Masculine Monday Meadow Card

Today was the first of my Facebook Live streams that I am calling Masculine Mondays, my plan is to make a masculine project live at 10am every Monday morning ( Eastern Australia Daylight Savings time). Masculine Cards and projects seem to be something that many people struggle with so I hope I can share some ideas and inspiration.

I realise that many people are unable or unwilling to get out to cardmaking and scrapbooking classes right now, so I will be sharing more online.

I would love to go live on my YouTube channel but I need 50 followers there first, so jump on and subscribe to my channel, get your friends to as well, and then I will be able to share more with you on YouTube.

In the meantime, here is the link to this morning’s Facebook live.

And here is the card, featuring the Meadow Dies and Cork Speciality Paper.

The colours I have used are Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla, and the label is from the Tasteful Labels Dies.
Here is a link to order the gorgeous Meadow Dies from my online store so that you can create this card.

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

Simple Christmas Tags

I really love the shape of the Elegant Tag punch but I have to admit that it has been sadly neglected, so I pulled it out this morning and used it to make some Christmas tags.

I kept them quite simple but sometimes simple is good!!

The tree is from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set, and the “Merry” is from A Wish For Everything.

I did share my crafting of these Tags this morning on my Facebook page here, where I have been going live most Wed mornings (Sydney time), depending on internet working and no technical hitches.

These are also a great way to use up scraps of cardstock, patterned paper and ribbon. I seem to have a stash of little bits of retired ribbon and twine!!

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