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Friends are the Sunshine of Life (KaiserCraft)

Hi Everyone,

For a while there I thought this card would never see the light of day. If something could go wrong, it did! The original design concept came together effortlessly but the actual execution – yeah, not so effortless! lol I got ink on my fingernails when inking up the stamp which I transferred onto the card, then I got ink onto the block which I also transferred onto the card. I ruined my masking (there’s a lot of masking!) and ended up with blue and green ink on my pretty pink flowers. The stamps are acrylic (which, to be honest, I’m not a fan of – I prefer photopolymer.) and so they can be quite squishy when you stamp and don’t necessarily hold their shape perfectly so I had some imperfect stamping. Finally, after the fourth (!) start, I managed to get through to the end and I must say I am pretty please with the card. I’m totally loving the bright colours – they’re so happy and fun!

Here’s the card…

Friends Are The Sunshine of Life Materials used:  Stamps - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT), Triplits - Banners (Sizzix); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, Unknown; Distress Inks, Copic Markers, Rhinestones (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

Friends Are The Sunshine of Life
Materials used: Stamps – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT), Triplits – Banners (Sizzix); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, Unknown; Distress Inks, Copic Markers, Rhinestones (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

TIP: I usually recommend colouring the item that you have the most difficulty with first so that you don’t ruin your project after a lot of work if it doesn’t go well. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow my own advice with this card (mainly because I just love colouring those gorgeous flowers) and ended up with the bird as the final part of the card to colour. What I did was stamp up the image a number of times on a separate sheet of cardstock and then tried a number of colour combinations. I roughly trimmed out the image so I could put it on top of my card and get a true idea of how it would look. When I found one I liked, I was then able to finish my card in a way I was happy with. Hope this helps!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

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Hope Your Birthday is Unforgettable (WPlus9)

Hi Everyone,

A super quick post today (mainly because it is getting late and I need to get to bed! lol). I totally forgot it was my boss’s birthday today and I’ve always given her a card for her birthday. I felt so bad even though I did actually wish her a happy birthday in person. So tonight, the plan was to make a birthday card. (Turns out I don’t actually make a lot of birthday cards so I need to remedy that too and put a few away for days like these). At first I thought I would use the WPlus9 stamp set Unforgettable as it has a couple of sentiments related to forgetting birthdays but when I sat down I decided to just make a regular birthday card.

Here’s the card…

Hope your birthday is unforgettable Materials used: Stamps - Unforgettable (WPlus9); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13, Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper - Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn); Distress Inks, Copic Markers and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Hope your birthday is unforgettable
Materials used: Stamps – Unforgettable (WPlus9); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13, Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper – Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn); Distress Inks, Copic Markers and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Hope you enjoyed my card! Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

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You Make Me Smile (KaiserCraft)

Hi Everyone,

I *had* to pop into the KaiserCraft warehouse last week because…well, I was in the area. lol Whilst there I picked up the Fly Free stamp set as I had an idea for using the birds in the set. I thought the butterflies would be fun to use too. Skip to today, and I haven’t used the birds or the butterflies but I have used the flower which also came in the set. I stamped it out just to see what it was like. I scribbled some colour onto it and I *loved* how it looked. Next thing you know I have four cards to share – all have started with the same base but they are all finished differently. I *love* stamps! Just think how many different cards you can make using this stamp. I haven’t even ventured into using different colours (colouring mediums, techniques, papers, cardstock, etc) on the flowers so the possibilities for this stamp set seem endless.

Here are the cards…

You Make Me Smile Materials used: Stamps - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, Unknown; Decorative Paper - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies - Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Rhinestones (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers, Ribbon - Black (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

You Make Me Smile
Materials used: Stamps – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, Unknown; Decorative Paper – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies – Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Rhinestones (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers, Ribbon – Black (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

Card two is my favourite…

You Make Me Smile Materials used: Stamps - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, Unknown; Decorative Paper - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies - Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Rhinestones (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers, Washi Tape (Unknown) and Wink of Stella.

You Make Me Smile
Materials used: Stamps – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, Unknown; Decorative Paper – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies – Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Rhinestones (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers, Washi Tape (Unknown) and Wink of Stella.

With card three, I had the idea of adding ribbon across the panel but I didn’t have the perfect match. Went looking through the stash and found some older Mrs Grossman Design Lines stickers – perfect!

You Make Me Smile Materials used: Stamps - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, Unknown; Decorative Paper - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies - Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Pearls (KaiserCraft); Stickers - Soft Shades Design Lines (Mrs Grossmans), Copic Markers and Wink of Stella.

You Make Me Smile
Materials used: Stamps – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, Unknown; Decorative Paper – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies – Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Pearls (KaiserCraft); Stickers – Soft Shades Design Lines (Mrs Grossmans), Copic Markers and Wink of Stella.

For card four, I had thought a banner in black with a white sentiment might look good. Decided to keep the rest of the card very simple.

You Make Me Smile Materials used: Stamps - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, Unknown; Decorative Paper - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies - Pierced Rectangle Stax, Blueprints 13 (MFT); Pearls (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers and Wink of Stella.

You Make Me Smile
Materials used: Stamps – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, Unknown; Decorative Paper – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies – Pierced Rectangle Stax, Blueprints 13 (MFT); Pearls (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers and Wink of Stella.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy seeing my cards! I’m off to try and make a card using one of the birds in the Fly Free stamp set! Hope you all have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

(P.S. I’m sorry the photographs are a little blown out. I usually create at night after work so I have trouble with lighting and the photographs look dark. Today, since I had daylight at my disposal, I took the photographs outside but I think the white blew out the colours. Sorry!)

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Life is Good (Lawn Fawn)

Hi Everyone,

Usually when I make ‘scene’ type cards I fussy cut out my stamped and coloured images and pop them onto the base cardstock. My cards tend to have a lot of layers and dimension. This also gives me the flexibility to move items around. As it had been quite a while since I experimented with masking, I thought it was time to give it another go and this time my goal was to create a one layer scene card. The Lawn Fawn set Year Five was still on my table so I decided to create another card using this image. The logical pairing (in my mind) was the Life is Good stamp set, also by Lawn Fawn. I had a rough idea of my design before I started but I still mixed up my layers twice before I finally stamped them all in the correct order. The scene turned out to be super cute, I think. The scene itself is flat but I couldn’t help myself – I *had* to pop the panel up using mounting tape! lol

Here’s the first card…

Life is good Materials used: Stamps - Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, American Crafts; and Copic Markers.

Life is good
Materials used: Stamps – Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; and Copic Markers.

I couldn’t just stop at one card though as it was just too much fun to colour. I made another card which was almost identical to the one above so I won’t share that one. I then decided I wanted to spice the card up a little more.

Here’s the second card…

Life is good Materials used: Stamps - Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper - Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design), Twine (Stampin' Up!) and Copic Markers.

Life is good
Materials used: Stamps – Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper – Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design), Twine (Stampin’ Up!) and Copic Markers.

Of course, I couldn’t stop with this design so I had to make another. Whilst this card does have a few layers, I didn’t pop up any of them – how unusual! lol

Here’s the card…

Relax Materials used: Stamps - Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Designer Paper - Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design), and Copic Markers.

Relax
Materials used: Stamps – Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Designer Paper – Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design), and Copic Markers.

I had so much fun creating these cards and I really hope you enjoy them too. I had recorded a video to go with this post but it went a little wonky. Hopefully I will have another video to share soon. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

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Have an OTTERLY great birthday (Lawn Fawn)

Hi Everyone,

As you all know Lawn Fawn make some of the cutest stamps and it is a sheer delight to create with them. The Year Five stamp set made it onto my *must have* list as soon as it was released and I couldn’t wait to have it in my hot little hands and start creating with it.

The design for this card popped into my head the minute I saw the stamp set. Originally, I had pictured the middle panel sitting on a white card base but when I placed it down it looked rather bland. I decided it needed a pop of colour! The Doodlebug Design paper pad (Sunkissed) I had used for the water had a lots of really bright background sheets and I thought I might try the beachball/sun page. There were a couple of reasons for choosing this paper – firstly, it matched the existing paper choices. lol Secondly, you might recall from my haul video I mentioned I really struggle using such busy patterned papers and I thought it was time to see if I could make it work. I think it works reasonably well.

(Oh, and you might also remember from the haul video where I purchased the foam paper to use to pop up my images instead of the mounting tape. Turns out I prefer the mounting tape. I can definitely understand why people might like to use the foam but at this stage, once I have used up the foam paper, I am going to be sticking with (no pun intended) the foam mounting tape.)

Here’s the card…

Have an OTTERLY lovely birthday Materials used:  Stamps - Year Two, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Spring Showers, Ocean Waves Borders (Lawn Fawn), Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Designer Paper - Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Wink of Stella; Distress Inks; Copic Markers and Enamel Stickers - Blue (Francheville).

Have an OTTERLY lovely birthday
Materials used: Stamps – Year Two, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Spring Showers, Ocean Waves Borders (Lawn Fawn), Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Designer Paper – Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Wink of Stella; Distress Inks; Copic Markers and Enamel Stickers – Blue (Francheville).

I hope you enjoyed this card. I’m off to use this same stamp set in a one layer card… well, I say one layer but you all know that I rarely do true one layer cards. Wish me luck!

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

SUPPLIES:

If you are interested in the supplies I have used to create my projects, I have linked to some of them here. Disclaimer: I have signed up for an affiliate program with scrapbook.com but will only link to products I actually use and like. They have not asked me to use or promote any products. I will also make them less intrusive (when I work out how!).

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New Heights (Gorjuss)

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a bit of a long post as I got a little carried away colouring the Gorjuss stamp set New Heights. I totally love this stamp set and it is SO fun to colour! I am also super excited and scared to share with you my first card making process video and hope you will enjoy it! I really salute people in our industry who make such polished videos as they aren’t easy! I don’t think it is *too* bad for a first effort. I hope you enjoy it! :)

Here’s the video…

Here’s the card…

New Heights Materials used: Stamps - New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts); Copic Markers and Cardstock (Knights Smooth).

New Heights
Materials used: Stamps – New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts); Copic Markers and Cardstock (Knights Smooth).

I decided the above card was nice but I wanted to make it more like my usual style. I was also really enjoying colouring this image. Anyway, next thing you know I have four more cards using this same stamp set. I was so happy with the finished cards.

For this first card, I decided to add the cute little butterfly stamp which comes in the set. I also tried to do the hair a little differently. TIP: If you don’t have the right colour cardstock, use your copic markers to colour white cardstock to the correct shade. I didn’t have the right shade of brown but my copic markers came to the rescue (and for those who watched the video, yes, it is E71. lol).

Here it is…

Hello Sweet Friend Materials used: Stamps - New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Six-Sided Sampler (Stampin' Up!); Copic Markers; Cardstock - Doodlebug Design, Knights Smooth and Wink of Stella.

Hello Sweet Friend
Materials used: Stamps – New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Six-Sided Sampler (Stampin’ Up!); Copic Markers; Cardstock – Doodlebug Design, Knights Smooth and Wink of Stella.

For the next card, I decided to cut out the image and layer it on patterned paper. (And woohoo me, I actually used the paper I shared in my haul video!) I *love* this paper. I also finally used the Thanks stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.

Here’s the card…

Thanks a million! Materials used: Stamps - New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Thanks (Simon Says Stamp); Copic Markers, Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper - Black & White (Glitz) and Circle Craft Punch (Fiskars).

Thanks a million!
Materials used: Stamps – New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Thanks (Simon Says Stamp); Copic Markers, Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper – Black & White (Glitz) and Circle Craft Punch (Fiskars).

The next card design came about because I accidentally splattered some ink on the design. I have found ink sometimes pools slightly on the edge of the lid of the copic markers. I usually give them a little clean with an alcohol wipe when this happens. Unfortunately, I missed this lid (yes, the E71 again) and it splattered on my work as I was colouring. At first I tried using the blender pen to remove the colour but it was unsuccessful. I decided to embrace the splatter and added more of my own.

Here’s the card…

Thanks  Materials used: Stamps - New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Thanks (Simon Says Stamp); Copic Markers, Distress Ink - Walnut Stain; Cardstock - Doodlebug Design, Knights Smooth..

Thanks
Materials used: Stamps – New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Thanks (Simon Says Stamp); Copic Markers, Distress Ink – Walnut Stain; Cardstock – Doodlebug Design, Knights Smooth..

The last card was a hybrid of the other cards. I loved the punched sentiment and the patterned paper but didn’t want to cut out the entire image. I think it turned out super cute.

Here’s the card…

Thinking of You Materials used: Stamps - New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Thinking of You (KaiserCraft), Making Frosty Friends (Lawn Fawn) ; Copic Markers, Cardstock - Doodlebug Design, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper - Black & White (Glitz) and Circle Craft Punch (Fiskars).

Thinking of You
Materials used: Stamps – New Heights (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Thinking of You (KaiserCraft), Making Frosty Friends (Lawn Fawn) ; Copic Markers, Cardstock – Doodlebug Design, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper – Black & White (Glitz) and Circle Craft Punch (Fiskars).

I love how you can use the same image and make such different cards, even if they are coloured in a very similar way.

If you actually managed to stick with me through to the end, thank you! :) If you watched the video all the way through, I thank you for that too. :)

Hope you have an amazing day!

Happy Stamping!

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Rambling Catch Up

Hi Everyone,

Wow, has it really been that long since I have blogged?! Sadly, it has been almost that long since I have created too. There has been so much going on lately.

The biggest news is I recently completed the Standard and Intermediate Copic Certification courses. Yes, that’s right I am a Copic Intermediate Certified Designer! The courses were run over two days and they were really informative. I had a lot of the basics down prior to the course (particularly the Standard course) but it was great to learn lots of tips and tricks from an expert. I think I have learnt a great deal about taking my colouring to the next level. Unfortunately, I haven’t had any time to practice so I think it will be a while before all this new knowledge makes a difference to the cards I’m creating. Practice is definitely the key to success!

Here’s a look at my certificates and the badge they awarded us at the end of the course:

Copic Certicates

Copic Certicates

Copic Intermediate Certified Designer Badge

Copic Intermediate Certified Designer Badge

The second exciting bit of news is that I have recently enrolled to do some further study. I have had the bug to return to study for a while but have been trying to ignore it! The University of Tasmania advertised an “Introduction to Family History” course and I felt powerless to resist the urge to enrol. lol I’ve actually been researching my family history, on and off, since 2002. There have been occasions where I have toyed with the idea of becoming a professional genealogist, so this course is a perfect fit for me. It started on Monday and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it. Unfortunately, this is also a reason I might be even more sporadic in posting on my blog.

The third exciting bit of news is I have launched a channel on YouTube – Studio4490. I have been thinking about doing videos for a long time not but I’ve always been way too shy to do so. When I returned home with a rather large haul of goodies recently, I decided it was time to start my channel. lol How did I make that link? Easy! My first video is a craft haul video. My thinking is I can use the videos to hold myself accountable and ensure I actually use my new goodies and not just hoard them. Plus I really love seeing other crafters haul videos and thought maybe people like might to see mine. The one unexpected benefit I have received from recording this video is that I really looked at the items as I was filming. You might notice the odd pause – this is where my brain was thinking “ooh, I could do X”. lol I would like to try making more videos down the track, as time permits. I would eventually like to do some process videos as well as craft hauls and reviews. Will just wait and see where this leads. I watched the video again after I uploaded it – argh! That’s a bit scary! I’ve realised the sound is rather low so you might need to put it allll the way up. I also realise I use the words beautiful, lovely and gorgeous a lot. haha

Without further ado, here’s my very first video…

Hope you enjoy it! I am so very sorry for this long absence. I’ve missed seeing all of your creations and I feel very much out of the crafty loop. I hope you are all happy, well and crafting up a storm!

Happy Stamping!