12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 10

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 10!

Don’t forget to visit next Tuesday, when I will continue my “12 Weeks of Christmas” series.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts.

Thanks

Carly

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 9

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 9!

A totally non traditional Christmas Card this week.

At OnStage, Shannon West from the Home Office showed a technique to create a Sunset image. This is what inspired my card this week.

To create this card, I used what I am calling the ‘Ink Pad Swipe’ technique, with only four colours. By overlapping the colours it naturally creates more.

I stamped the images from Waterfront Stamp set in Night of Navy.

I used Wink of Stella to highlight the trees and moon.

To finish, I used the Celebrate framelit and stamped the Christmas, again in Night of Navy.

Don’t forget to visit next Tuesday, when I will continue my “12 Weeks of Christmas” series.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts.  The Product List is shown below if any of these items are of interest to you.

Thanks

Carly

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 8

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 8!

This week I have cracked open some DSP (Designer Series Paper) to use as the background.

Stampers by the Dozen – November Hop – All about Christmas

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Welcome to the next Stamper’s By the Dozen Blog Hop.  This little group is made up of 12 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world.  I feel very privileged to be part of this group of inspirational and talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators and look forward to sharing my creations.  You may have started your Blog Hop Journey here with me or you may have joined from Tashana Lundy.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  If you have been following my blog, I have been doing a 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog.  This was a challenge I set myself but I have been having so much fun!  So lets continue with the Christmas theme.

At OnStage, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators event, I was introduced to simple stamping – Ink, Stamp and Paper.  I am not too good at simple!  I also added Water Colour Pencils, Aqua Painters and Blender Pen!  Each Santa is coloured using a different tool, but in the same Stampin’ Up! colours.  I used Old Olive, Real Red. Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Basic Grey.  Each of the Surfin’ Santa’s has been stamped onto Whisper White using Staz On Jet Black Ink.  I used the Layering Square Framelits to frame each of the images before mounting them on a four inch square card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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This first one is coloured using an Aqua Marker and our Ink.  I simple squeezed the stamp pad together to gather some ink on the lid and used the Aqua Painter to pick the ink up.  I used quite a dry Aqua Painters so the colour is more intense.

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The second one is coloured using the Water Colour Pencils and I used a Blender Pen to blend the pencil.  This colour is much softer.

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The third card I again used Water Colour Pencils however this time I blended the colour with an Aqua Painter.  I found this method was much less forgiving, however, I don’t mind when the colour goes outside the lines of the stamp.

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I finished each of the cards off with some Winks of Stella for Santa’s beard and hair.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you are inspired to get your stamps out over the weekend.

Your next stop on the Stampers by the Dozen Blog Hop is Sharleen

Stampers by the Dozen Blog Hoppers:

Karie Beglau

Judi Anderson

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12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 7

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 7! it seems my blog didn’t work last week, so here’s fingers crossed this goes live with my words and photos.

I’ve spent this weekend at Stampin’ Up! OnStage surrounded by like minded and inspirational demonstrators.

Well, here is my project for this week. A cute little packaging idea.

Don’t forget to visit next Tuesday, when I will continue my “12 Weeks of Christmas” series.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts.  The Product List is shown below if any of these items are of interest to you.

Thanks

Carly

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 5

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As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 5.

This is a fun card to make.  Although I have owned my Stamparatus since they were released, I am sad to say this is the first time I have used it!  I cannot work out what took me so long – one should not be scared of new things.

Anyway, I used the Stamp Set First Frost, which is not traditionally a Christmas stamp set, but does have a sentiment which I think works really well.

Card Stock Measurements

Cherry Cobbler: 11.5cm x 22.5cm

Whisper White:  10cm x 10cm & 9cm x 9cm and scrap for sentiment

On the larger piece of Whisper White, I painted on Frost White Shimmer (unfortunately, this doesn’t photograph well).  I used the Tape and Tear tape to adhere this piece, due to not wanting it to curl with the shimmer.  I then layered both other stamped pieces with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I am really happy with the result.

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Don’t forget to visit next Tuesday, when I will continue my “12 Weeks of Christmas” series.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts.  The Product List is shown below if any of these items are of interest to you.

Thanks

Carly

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Stamparatus

$85.00
Stamparatus® Accessories Pack

$41.50
First Frost Clear-Mount Bundle

$85.50
Whisper White A4 Card Stock

$17.00
Cherry Cobbler A4 Card Stock

$14.75
Frost White Shimmer Paint

$14.00
Aqua Painters

$20.00
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00
Tear & Tape Adhesive

$9.00
Stampin' Dimensionals

$6.00

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 4

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As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 4!

I had a lot of fun creating this card.  This was a challenge by my Stampin’ Up! Great Great Grandma (my uplines, uplines, upline!).  The challenge was to make a card using every stamp in the set.  And I cannot believe how hard it was to choose a stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! really have too many to choose from!

I decided on Stylish Christmas – why not kill two birds with the one stone – and the sentiments all matched nicely without being over the top.

I stamped the poinsettias and holly leaves on Whisper White and then fussy cut these out as I wanted to pop them up on the page with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I used the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals for the holly leaves.  I really love the effect of the Dist-ink-tive stamp design.

There is a stylish ‘swirl’ stamp which I stamped onto the Whisper White card base in Soft Sea Foam.  The sentiments are actually three different sentiments, however, I used the masking technique to just stamp the word “and” to wish Seasons Greetings and Peace.  I used my Stamparatus to ensure the placement of the word was perfect.

The final stamp I needed to use to meet the challenge was the tiny snowflakes.  I used this to fill some of the white space, stamping in Smoky Slate.

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Don’t forget to visit next Tuesday, when I will continue my “12 Weeks of Christmas” series.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts.  The Product List is shown below if any of these items are of interest to you.

Thanks

Carly

Product List

Whisper White A4 Card Stock

$17.00
Merry Merlot A4 Cardstock

$14.75
Merry Merlot Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00
Soft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00
Stampin' Dimensionals

$6.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

$6.00
Stylish Christmas Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$37.00
SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$10.00
Stamparatus

$85.00

SBTD October Blog Hop – Colour Challenge

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Welcome to the next Stamper’s By the Dozen Blog Hop.  This little group is made up of 12 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world.  I feel very privileged to be part of this group of inspirational and talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators and look forward to sharing my creations.  You may have started your Blog Hop Journey here with me or you may have joined from Tashana Lundy.

This month our group was challenged to a Colour Challenge using Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron and Pool Party.

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This is certainly not a colour combination I would generally turn to, so I found this a good challenge.  I actually created two cards for this colour challenge.  🙂

I used the colour challenge and used the following thinlits:

  • The small leaves/branch from Animal Friends Thinlits
  • the flower from Eclectic Layers Thinlits
  • The Birthday from the Happy Birthday Thinlit

I stamped the word happy in Poppy Parade from the Friendly Expressions stamp set, masking off the other words.  I then cut the word Happy from the Happy Birthday Thinlit, leaving the word Birthday. I used Tombow Multi Purpose Liquid glue to mount to my card front.  I placed the flowers with the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and as you could see them, I added some of the Share What you Love Artisan Pearls (although they do not meet the colour challenge).  Again, for the leaves/branches, I relied upon Tombow to adhere to my card front.  Finally I mounted my card front onto a Pool Party card base.  My message from this card is not to be afraid of white space, I was going to load flowers on the opposite top corner too but it was way too much, it looks much better with vacant space.

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For the second card:

I stamped the jars from Jar for Life stamp set in Stazon and also stamped the stems in Mossy Meadow, but was able to incorporated all the other specified colours.  Even though the stamp set is a photopolymer set, I find using my Stazon cleaner and then immediately cleaning the stamp with the Stampin’ Mist and Stamp n Scrub to condition and remove any trace of the Stazon Cleaner.  My stamps are still in perfect condition, although slightly stained.

I left this card sentiment free until I find a use for it!  I think it will make a sweet Thank You card.  What do you think?

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Thanks for joining me and I hope you are inspired to get your stamps out over the weekend.

Your next stop on the Stampers by the Dozen Blog Hop is Sharleen Luciano

 

Product List Eclectic Layers Card

Friendly Expressions Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$33.00
Pool Party A4 Card Stock

$14.75
Pumpkin Pie A4 Card Stock

$14.75
Poppy Parade A4 Cardstock

$14.75
So Saffron A4 Card Stock

$14.75
Whisper White A4 Card Stock

$17.00
Happy Birthday Thinlits Die

$35.00
Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies

$50.00
Animal Friends Thinlits Dies

$50.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

$6.00
Liquid Multipurpose Glue

$7.00
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

$10.50

Product List for the Jars of Love Card

Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set

$47.00

Whisper White A4 Card Stock

$17.00

Poppy Parade A4 Cardstock

$14.75

Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00

Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00

So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00

Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad

$13.00

Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad

$15.75

Stazon Cleaner

$9.00