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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!

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Thanks (KaiserCraft)

Hi Everyone,

I am still totally crushing on the Stained Glass die from KaiserCraft that I used yesterday. Yesterday, I used the cut out shape as a stencil and sponged over the top using Hero Arts Shadow Inks. After I had finished the sponging the image, I put the stencil to the side to finish creating the card. A bit later I picked up the stencil with the idea of throwing it away, but oh wow, the colours had smoothed and looked so very pretty. I decided to finish colouring in the shape. After I had finished I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do – and then the ideas hit! So, today, I have four very similar cards which I totally love.

Here’s the first card…

Thanks Materials used:  Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock - American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thanks
Materials used: Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock – American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

So sweet! And look how the colour pops when you use black instead of white.

Thanks Materials used:  Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock - American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thanks
Materials used: Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock – American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

I thought another little sentiment might be fun to add another pop of colour.

Thanks, you're the best Materials used:  Stamps - A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock - American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thanks, you’re the best
Materials used: Stamps – A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock – American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Then I thought it might be fun to move the sentiment into the centre of the card.

Thanks, you're the best Materials used:  Stamps - A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock - American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thanks, you’re the best
Materials used: Stamps – A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock – American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

And there are four quick and simple cards! Can you imagine just how many different looks you could make with this die? Use different colours, patterned papers, trim parts of the die cut away, stencilling…oh wow, so many ideas! I love it when dies (and stamp sets) offer so many different ways to use them.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

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Hello (KaiserCraft)

Hi Everyone,

Just a couple of super simple cards to share today. I went to a Quilt Show with my Mum yesterday and afterwards we decided to head to Spotlight to see what sort of quilting things they had. (She’s interesting in quilting; I’m sticking with papercrafting!). Unfortunately, we didn’t see anything for her but we did see a couple of things of interest to me…uh oh! lol The Stained Glass die by KaiserCraft jumped out at me and straight into my basket! When I got home I decided to use it as a stencil and I love the effect.

Here’s card one…

Hello, I Love You Materials used:  Stamps - A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted), Cherry Blossom (KaiserCraft); Cardstock - American Crafts; Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Project Life (Becky Higgins); Hero Arts Shadow Inks  (Hero Arts).

Hello, I Love You
Materials used: Stamps – A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted), Cherry Blossom (KaiserCraft); Cardstock – American Crafts; Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Project Life (Becky Higgins); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts).

Whilst I really like the simplicity of the above card, I did wonder how it might look if I stepped it up a notch or two.

Here’s card two…

Hello, How are you? Materials used:  Stamps - A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted), Cherry Blossom (KaiserCraft); Cardstock - American Crafts; Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Project Life (Becky Higgins); Rhinestones (KaiserCrafts); and Hero Arts Shadow Inks  (Hero Arts).

Hello, How are you?
Materials used: Stamps – A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted), Cherry Blossom (KaiserCraft); Cardstock – American Crafts; Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Project Life (Becky Higgins); Rhinestones (KaiserCrafts); and Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts).

I like the extra bit of pizazz on the second but really I do like them both. I ended up using my MISTI tool to stamp out the sentiment on the second card. I used textured cardstock for both cards and the sentiment didn’t quite stamp completely for the first one. I used a black marker to colour in any spots. For the second card, I used the MISTI and it was so easy to re-stamp the image in exactly the right place ensuring complete coverage!

I’m still playing with the die this afternoon so you can expect to see another couple of cards using it very soon.

Hope you are all happy and well!

Happy Stamping!

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You Rock! (Lawn Fawn)

Hi Everyone,

Do you ever look at a stamp set and think…yeah, I know it is supposed to be used in a certain way but all I can see is it being used in this different way? That’s what happened with me and the monkey from the Critters in the Jungle stamp set from Lawn Fawn! I know he’s supposed to be swinging through the jungle but to me, the little guy has the urge to get down and boogie. lol

Fortunately, I also have the Stay Tuned stamp set which has a radio in it and which had also been crying out to be used. I’ve had it for a while but I’m not very good with solid images so kept putting it aside in favour of stamps to colour. The scale of size between the radio and the monkey had me slightly concerned at first but then I realised there are so many different sized monkeys and it really wouldn’t matter.

I also really wanted to stamp the little guy a friend to dance with but I just could not master reverse stamping. I’ve tried many times over the years but that is one thing which I have just never been able to do successfully. Anyway, enough chitter chatter. Let’s get onto the two cards I made today.

Here’s the first card…

You Rock Materials used: Stamps - Texture: Sheet Music (KaiserCraft), Critters in the Jungle, Stay Tuned (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights; Copic Markers; Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 7, Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT); Pearls - Black (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

You Rock
Materials used: Stamps – Texture: Sheet Music (KaiserCraft), Critters in the Jungle, Stay Tuned (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights; Copic Markers; Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 7, Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT); Pearls – Black (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

Here’s the second card….

You Rock! Materials used: Stamps - Texture: Sheet Music (KaiserCraft), Critters in the Jungle, Stay Tuned (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights; Copic Markers; Dies - Creative Cuts - Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant),  Pierced Rectangle Stax, Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT); and Mini Pearls - Spring Assortment (Doodlebug Design).

You Rock!
Materials used: Stamps – Texture: Sheet Music (KaiserCraft), Critters in the Jungle, Stay Tuned (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights; Copic Markers; Dies – Creative Cuts – Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant), Pierced Rectangle Stax, Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT); and Mini Pearls – Spring Assortment (Doodlebug Design).

So cute! Can you imagine the little monkey on one of those action wobblers? I don’t have any but I think it would be the cutest thing ever.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping!

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You’re Dino-mite (Lawn Fawn)

Hi Everyone,

Today marks the last, for now, of my cards using the Critters from the Past stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I still have lots of stamped and coloured images in my stash (and now have a little container to store them for future use!) but thought I’d use a few other stamp sets so they don’t feel unloved. lol

Here’s the card…

You're Dino-mite Materials used: Stamps - Critters from the Past (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Custom Panels Die (Avery Elle), Project Life (Becky Higgins), Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn), Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Embossing Folder - Waffle (Sizzix); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights Smooth, Unknown;  Copic Markers and Wink of Stella.

You’re Dino-mite
Materials used: Stamps – Critters from the Past (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Custom Panels Die (Avery Elle), Project Life (Becky Higgins), Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn), Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Embossing Folder – Waffle (Sizzix); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights Smooth, Unknown; Copic Markers and Wink of Stella.

Just a super simple scene. I don’t know if you can see it in the photograph but the white edge was stamped with the dinosaur footprints. It’s subtle but adds just a little bit more interest.

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

Happy Stamping!

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You’re Dino-mite Shaker Card (Lawn Fawn)

Hi Everyone,

Today I’m sharing another card using the super cute dinosaurs from the Lawn Fawn stamp set “Critters from the Past“. I stamped and coloured so many of the images the other day. You can expect to see another dinosaur card again very, very soon.

For today’s card I decided it was time to make a shaker card. They have been all the buzz in recent months but I kept resisting joining in. It has been *years* since I last made a shaker card. It’s so fun though and I won’t leave it so long until I make another. I cut out lots of leaves to go in the centre to shake around. I really like the look.

Here’s the card…

You're Dino-mite Materials used: Stamps - Critters from the Past (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Custom Panels Die (Avery Elle), Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights Smooth,; and Copic Markers.

You’re Dino-mite
Materials used: Stamps – Critters from the Past (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Custom Panels Die (Avery Elle), Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights Smooth,; and Copic Markers.

And another view…

You're Dino-Mite

You’re Dino-Mite

That’s all for today. Hope you have had a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!