Sick of these dragonflies yet? I’m not :)

While researching different watercolour cards I came across this one by Chantal.  I still prefer Chantal’s version however here is the one we have been making at my recent classes.

You can ink up the stripe background stamp and then spritz water directly onto the stamp before stamping onto the paper (in this case it is Whisper White Cardstock)  The colours of the ink should separate a bit (that isn’t really obvious in the photo and each card will be different due to the differing amounts of water you get onto your stamp).  The splotches from Gorgeous Grunge have been spritz after they were stamped onto the paper.  Many of my guests added a Dragon Fly in Island Indigo instead of the white pictured, it looked lovely too.

As always if you have any questions please let me know.

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Big Shot

$159.00

 

Gold Dragonflies!

I saw this beautiful card on Pinterest by Vikki, I changed it slightly…

You’ll find this gorgeous Designer Series Paper in the “Pop of Pink” pack.  Don’t forget to use your Precision Base Plate to get an excellent cutting result with your Dragonfly Thinlit, more information about the Precision Base Plate is here.

I’ve used an embossing folder on the Gold Foil, I love how well our foil embosses with the Big Shot, this folder has now retired but lots of others would look wonderful on this card.

 

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Big Shot

$159.00

 

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

It’s wonderful to get inspiration from Pinterest, it is certainly my favourite place to go and collect ideas.  If you are not yet confident with how to use Pinterest please let me know and I’ll run you through the basics.

I found this card from Fanny and loved it.  I made a few changes and here is my version…

A full list of supplies are here, please let me know if you have any questions!  Not listed are the retired Framelits “Apothecary Accents” and the retired Stampin Up! Washi tape from my stash.

Product List

Bitty Butterfly Punch

$28.00

Elegant Butterfly Punch

$28.00

Watercolor Paper

$8.75

Watercolor Pencils

$27.75

Aqua Painters

$20.00

Gold Metallic Thread

$5.25

Gold Sequin Trim

$8.75

Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper

$22.75

Basic Black A4 Card Stock

$14.00

Shimmery White A4 Card Stock

$14.00

Large Numbers Framelits Dies

$54.00

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

$50.00

Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

$8.75

The joy of giving!

Welcome back to the school term for 3 out of 4 of my kids!  My eldest starts University this year, how crazy is that?

I’ve loved Scrapbooking for a long time but the main thing that hooked me into Stampin’ Up! was the ideas for gift packaging.  With four kids in school I’m always keen for inexpensive thoughtful gifts for teachers and support staff.  My fudge recipe is my typical gift but I love to have a new way to package it.  (Find my fudge recipe here)  I had a pile of Stampin’ Up! chevron bags (now retired) and I found an idea for the tag that I modified to suit the supplies that I have.

This particular group was given to our Tuckshop staff at each of our schools.  If they wanted to they would be able to regift the bags and the tags. Also retired are the little clothespin pegs, our other clips would work well too.
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A beginner crafter….I begin projects but don’t seem to finish them!

I came across this meme on Facebook and it really resonated with me, unfinished projects are most certainly something I’ve been known to collect!  Hopefully this year I’ll be able to finish a heap of them off!

I decided to tackle one area of the house that was unfinished.  I started brightening up this wall around the middle of last year.  Our lounge room is really dark as it doesn’t have any windows, it has also been painted quite a dark colour so I thought a lighter wall would help.

I was doing pretty well, I got the wall painted, put up some picture shelves from IKEA, found this awesome clock (also at IKEA) and recovered some cushions.  I got started on selecting the pictures and then BAM my external hard disc drive (holding all my photos) crashed.  The photo issue has now been rectified (thanks to Zero Alpha, located at Boondall Qld, absolute legends).

So here it is all done, some of my all time favourite photos are featured here;

 

 

A tutorial! Sponge brayer on vellum with a stencil!

This card has been my most popular one on Pinterest and a tutorial was well overdue!

Here’s a slightly updated version of the card…

For this card I have used inks in colours Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (you could also use Peekaboo Peach) and Flirty Flamingo.  I’ve cut a stencil with the Detailed Floral Thinlit and some Window Sheets.  My step by step tutorial explains it all in a lot more detail, I have a full product list and some other colour combinations are shown afterwards.  Enjoy!

Your Tutorial

Using the Precision Base Plate and your Big Shot cut your stencil using the thinlit of your choice (I think the Detailed Floral one is perfect for this technique).  To get the stencil how I wanted it I offset the two thinlits from each other, this reduced the space between the two of them.  I’ve used a piece of Window Sheet for my stencil, depending on the tension of your Big Shot you may even need a shim to get nice deep cuts in the window sheet as it is thicker and harder to cut than cardstock).

Once the stencil has been cut brush out the cut pieces with your roller brush.  Be sure that all the pieces have been removed.

Cut a piece of vellum approximately 13cm x 10 cm.  You will trim it down afterwards so it doesn’t have to be precise now. Lay the stencil over the top of the vellum.


Start with your lightest colour, in my case Daffodil Delight.  Ink up your Sponge Brayer and roll it over one end of the stencil.

Tips:

  1. Make sure that you roll the brayer all the way through the ink pad, don’t just go back and forth as you will not ink up the brayer evenly.
  2. Don’t push too hard with the brayer as the edge of the handle will dig into your foam ink pad and damage the surface (sadly I did do this to one of mine, I was pressing too hard on an ink pad that needed reinking).
  3. Make sure your ink pad is well inked and use your refills to top them up if need be (a great tip is to buy the refills when you buy your pads, they can be used for so many other techniques, if you do buy our InColor range the refills are always the first thing to sell out once they go into retiring status).

Continue with your second colour (mine was Pumpkin Pie or a well inked Peekaboo Peach will work well too), overlap and blend the two colours slightly.  Remember that when working on vellum it may seem that you are not achieving a good depth of colour however once you place the Whisper White underneath it will pop more.  I used a different sponge brayer for each different colour.

You’ll see that this stencil has too much blank space in the top third, offsetting your thinlits when you cut your stencil will prevent this.

Finish with your final colour (Flirty Flamingo for me, I changed the sponge brayer again).  Do not remove the stencil.

Sponge Brayers come in a packet of four sponges and two handles so they’re fantastic value and have plenty of sponges to easily make this project.

The sponges can be washed under the tap, I add a little dishwashing liquid to mine and squeeze and rinse them under warm water until the water runs clear (the sponge may remain stained, this does not affect their use).  Remember these sponge brayers are a consumable product, they have not been designed to last forever.  In saying that these ones have been extensively used in my classes and they’re holding up beautifully.

The next step is to keep the stencil in place and use your Versamark pad directly on the vellum.  If you don’t want to do this you could put some Versamark reinker on the lid and pick it up with a sponge dauber and then dab it over the inked sections.  Work from light to dark.

Remove the stencil and dump some Clear Embossing Powder over the top, flick off the excess and heat set with your heat tool.  This helps set the ink and give the ink a beautifully glossy finish.  Be careful with the heat on the vellum, only heat the powder until it melts, no longer.

Add your sentiment on the bottom of your base card (I love the Thick Whisper White Cardstock that we now have for my card bases.  If you want it to have the same glossy appearance stamp your sentiment in Versamark before your colour, quickly add clear embossing powder and then heat set.

(The other option is to stamp your colour, clean your stamp and stamp over the top with versa mark then add powder and set (it can be harder to line up your stamps doing it this way)).

You’ll now want to assemble your card.  You will need to trim your vellum piece down.  Yours may be slightly different to mine depending on how you lined up your thinlints to make your stencil.  Trim around your image to get a nice solid image, for me it is pretty much always around 8.3cm x 11.2 cm.  You will need to cut a piece of Whisper White to exactly the same size.  (You may prefer to adhere your Vellum to your Whisper White and cut them both at the same time – I have a guillotine style trimmer that works well for this).  I suggest using Fast Fuse to adhere the two layers together, I find that it doesn’t show through.

You will need to cut a mat in a coordinating colour, I used Flirty Flamingo.  My mat is 8.6cm x  11.5cm (so I’ve only made my mat 0.3cm bigger, you could make yours bigger if you wanted).    The mat is mounted onto the card base with dimensionals.

I’ve added a Dragonfly cut in Whisper White and then a solid Dragon Fly cut in Vellum.  I’ve put some metallic thread behind the dragonfly and scattered some rhinestones.  More samples are featured after this product list.

Product List

Big Shot

$159.00

Heat Tool

$50.00

Additional Samples

I’ve made a few more cards with similar supplies and simply changed up the colour combinations.

This one uses Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Inks, the coordinating cardstock is Island Indigo.

This card has been made with Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler Inks.  The coordinating cardstock is Cherry Cobbler as the mat and Melon Mambo (for the Butterfly thinlits).  I added some Wink of Stella over the butterfly for that shimmery sparkle.  I hand cut a sold vellum butterfly to adhere under the thinlit (and attached it with the fine tip glue pen).

This card is also Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler.

This card features blue hues in the colours of Night of Navy, Island Indigo and Marina Mist.  The coordinating cardstock is Island Indigo, the sentiment has been stamped with Night of Navy ink (plus versamark and clear embossing powder).  Some pearls have been added for some extra interest.

This following card is so much prettier in real life.  I’ve used Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.  The Butterfly is three layers of cardstock (Bermuda Bay, Vellum and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper).  The cordinating cardstock is Bermuda Bay.

Finally another card hard to photograph well.  This Dragonfly was cut with our Stampin’ Up! Silver Foil.  The colours are Soft Sky and Pool Party, the coordinating cardstock is Pool Party.

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Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits

Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits
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$25.00

 

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