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 #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

Stampin’ Up! Happy Hedgehogs

My card today features the Stampin’ Up! Happy Hedgehogs stamp set, without the Hedgehogs!

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for me, I have struggled with quite a lot of what is still going on around the world. I am sure there are many who are also struggling with what has become a long and drawn out situation which none of us would have chosen.

I’m not going to get into politics or even my beliefs, all I am going to say is that while I know there are many who are suffering a lot more than I am, I don’t believe there is a single person on the planet at the moment, who doesn’t need the sentiment on my card.
Happy Hedgehogs is such a cute stamp set, and I have chosen to colour the tree and butterfly with watercolour pencils. The coloured image is combined with a panel which has been embossed with the wonderful Hive Embossing Folder and one of the gorgeous Bumblebee Trinkets.

It’s not always easy to stay positive right now, but that is my message today, just hang in there.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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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 January-June 2022 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, when your product order totals $90 or above.

***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!

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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Stampin’ Up! Friendly Hello with Sunshine and Rainbows

On Friday I received a Big Brown Box full of “new to me” goodies, and I just couldn’t wait to start playing!

I had already coloured some of the images from Friendly Hello with my Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils, it was just waiting for the right additions! I just love the Sunshine and Rainbows Designer Series Paper which is available from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue until the end of February. The issue was, which one of all of those gorgeous papers to use as my background. I chose this one to match the centres of the flowers.

Also in my order were some of the beautiful Opal Rounds, and also a punch which has been on my wish list for a very long time – I am very happy to finally have it – the Detailed Trio Punch. I love it!!!

I hope your weekend is a crafty one!
Happy stamping
Chris

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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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Stampin’ Up! Sweet Talk

A very quick post this evening to share with you a card I made yesterday using the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper.

I have combined it with stamped images from the Sale-a-Bration set Friendly Hello (available when you place an order of $180 or more) which has been very quickly coloured using Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils.
Hope your week has been wonderful!
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! Sentimental Rose Card Kit

I love the gorgeous rose image from the Sentimental Rose Card Kit, just beautiful, and easy to use. And of course, the kit itself makes it so easy to make some gorgeous cards. The cards above are made almost exactly the way it says to in the instructions.

And then this is the box that comes with the kit and decorated as per the instructions.

But then I had to make something different, so this one is my design. And I think I will use the rest of the kit to make completely different card ideas. Or maybe a box. Heaps of ideas, as always. 😁

Hope you are having a crafty day.

Happy stamping!

Chris

Calming Camellia Card Set

Yesterday I shared a single card that I made with the gorgeous Calming Camellia Sale-a-Bration Host set in this post, and today I just wanted to show you the entire set of 5 cards I have made using the same technique, and a little more information.
I’ve often wondered why we don’t decorate the back of our cards, after all, it is part of the card and just as visible to the recipient as the front.
I am also of the opinion that we are now, more than ever, going to be needing to send people letters – as in, real “snail mail” hand-written type letters, sharing our news and our lives. We need the connection it creates.
And so this set of cards is all about those two things. There is no stamping or decoration on the inside of the card, leaving the entire space available for writing a letter.
And the back of the card is decorated.
Here is the card base, Crumb Cake cardstock stamped with Crumb Cake ink:

And then the full card with the front decorated:

And the full set of five cards:

The colours I have used in conjunction with Crumb Cake are from left to right:
Blackberry Bliss, Evening Evergreen, Merry Merlot, Soft Suede and Not Quite Navy. The colours in the photo don’t quite do the depth of colour in the cards justice.
My favourites are the Blackberry Bliss and Evening Evergreen. How about you?

So to achieve this look, I have stamped the gorgeous flower image in the one of the colours mentioned above, and then using the White Craft ink and a Blender Pen, coloured the petals of the flower. The white craft ink over the stamped image changes the shade of the original image, making it a lot lighter, and making it look as though there is a lot more colouring than just adding white over the top.
I have then added some green to the leaves and some Soft Suede to the stem, also using ink and Blender Pen.

I loved making this set of cards, I may just make a couple of sets to give as gifts to family.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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January Host Code:

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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!