SWEET HOME HOUSEWARMING!

I have a special card to share with you today. My niece and her partner recently bought their first home.  It is a very big deal and I wanted to make a card to share in their excitement.  The pressure was on though as my niece makes cards and comes to my classes.  Here is the card I made for them.

When I was going through my stamps I realised I didn’t have a lot for housewarming cards.  They are not cards you make too often but I came across the Sweet Home set and the Home Sweet Home  Thinlits.  I thought they would work well.  The colours are Old Olive, Soft Sky and Sweet Sugarplum.  The card layout was using the card sketch from CASE THIS SKETCH #193.

The paper I used was from the Merry Little Christmas DSP.  This paper doesn’t have to be used just for Christmas.  It has some great prints either Black and White or the Old Olive.  It really doesn’t do it justice in the catalogue. (p 12 Holiday Catalogue). When I sat the house on to the paper I thought it was a little plain so I added a Vellum circle and some loops of the Silver Thread. This was a fun card to put together. 

My niece really loved it.  It passed the test I think. 🙂

Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

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STOP THE PRESS! FREE PAPER OR 15% OFF STAMPS!! WHY NOT BOTH!

So what would you like?? Free paper or 15% off stamps?? Hard decision isn’t it.  Well, to make life a little easier why not get both.  There are 2 fantastic specials for this month.  Let me tell you all about it.

**SPECIAL NO. 1

There are select papers available from both the Annual and Holiday Catalogue.  See the list below and you can check them out pictured further below but you can see them even closer in the catalogue. The papers include 12″x 12″ and paper stacks.

Mmm! Now what would you choose?  I am glad you can get 4 choices here.

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SPECIAL NO. 2

 

World Cardmaking Day is officially celebrated on Saturday October 7th this year.  Stampin’ Up! doesn’t want you celebrating for just one day.  Why not celebrate from 1st – 10th October with 15% off select stamps and also on notecards. AND if you choose to buy a Fast Fuse Adhesive you can get 2, yes 2, Refills for free!  Here are the details.

 

 

Is there a stamp set there that grabs your attention?  YES! Be sure to grab them between now and October 10 to get 15% off. Grab the notecards and envelopes too while you are at it.  They make up quick cards in no time.

 

All these can be seen in my store now -> HERE and orders can be made via my store and sent directly to you.  (psst! They don’t take long to arrive either when you order online!!).  If you are ordering online please use the Host Code: PW7NDBKF         

OR

You can contact me directly to order.  I love to chat to you anyway. 🙂

Thanks for visiting.  Now go and have fun choosing what you will get.

Jenny

BUBBLES AND BALLOONS FOR A BIRTHDAY BOY!

I was asked by a friend to make a special birthday card for her 1 year old grandson.  The birthday theme was Red, White, and Blue and bubbles and balloons and if I could incorporate those.  Or at least either the balloons or the bubbles with the colours.  My mind started ticking over.  What to do???

So here is the card that I made.

What do you think??  

The colours were Real Red, Pacific Point and Whisper White.

The Balloons were stamped with the Balloon Celebration set and punched with the co-ordinating Balloon Punch. The number 1 is cut with the small letters alphabet dies which is now retired but they are a useful size when you need small numbers.  I added some Snail Adhesive behind  the balloons, then added a length of White Baker’s Twine.  The three strands were then adhered down near the bottom of the card and then the sentiment was added over it.

The sentiment was from the Lift Me Up set.  I went over the “Happy Birthday” with the black marker and then stamped it on to white card.  It was then cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.

For the bubbles effect I used the Bokeh Technique.  Have you tried that technique before?  It has been a while since I have done it.   You can find other samples HERE. with this technique. I thought I added a tutorial back then but hadn’t.  So I will add a quick one below.  There are a number of different tutorials on the internet but to be honest I find them messy.  I am so not a messy stamper.  Maybe occasionally a little inky techniques but usually I need quick and clean – and done!!

So here is a non-messy Bokeh Technique Tutorial for you.  Hopefully soon I will create a video to share with you.

Firstly, You need a piece of acetate the size of your card front and cut 3 circles of different sizes over the card.  This creates a mask for the sponging.

On a piece of Whisper White card the size of your card mat, (This piece was 10.1 cm x 14.4 cm) sponge your chosen ink colours randomly over the card.  For this I used Real Red and Pacific Point. Sometimes it can look pretty ordinary at this point but persevere.

Once your card is covered with ink then place your acetate template over the card.  Sponge Whisper White craft ink over the circles.  You will want to dab or pounce the white ink on DO NOT RUB THE INK. Move your acetate template, if you are using a smaller piece over the card to different places to sponge more circles on. If you like, overlap some circles and have some going off the edge of the card for a good effect.   Let the card dry before you finish off the card.

Thanks for visiting me.  I love that you stop by.  I see lots of people stop by from all over the world so don’t be shy.  Do say HI. 🙂

Jenny

 

WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #5 – BLENDER PENS VS AQUAPAINTER!

Welcome to Watch It Wednesday #5 edition.  I have been playing a little with watercolouring lately.  (still much to learn!).  I have had a few questions from customers asking what the difference is between the Blender Pens and the Aquapainters.  I came across this video from Stampin’ Up! so thought I would share it with you.  Perhaps it will help you too with your watercolouring.  Don’t miss the fun tip at the end.

NB: If you receive this blog post update via your email the video link may not show up.  Just click on the blog post title in your email and it should take you to the blog post and you can view it there.

What did you think??  I liked the tip with the Reinkers.  Must try that sometime.  I think the effect looks great.

What do you prefer to use when you are watercolouring?  I prefer the Aquapainter but it also can depend on what you want to colour and how you want it to look.  The Aquapainter gives a lighter, washed look whereas the Blender Pen gives more a look of colouring with Markers.

Just a note too:  In the video she stamped with Stazon.  Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry Stazon any longer.  You could use the Black Archival ink pad. Be sure to let that dry a bit or give it a blast with the Heat Tool. Also, she suggested stamping on Watercolour Paper.  That is very important to stop pilling but you can also use the White Shimmer paper or even the Thick Whisper White if there is not too much water used.  I mostly use the White Shimmer paper.

The Aquapainters and the Blender Pens are available in my store now for your watercolouring.  The Aquapainters are $20 for 2 available HERE.  The Blender Pens come 3 per pack and they are dual ended (even more value).  They are $21 available HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by today for this week’s edition of Watch It Wednesday.  If there is something particular you would like to know about or to see a video of then drop me a comment and I will see how I go.

Jenny

FRESH COLOURS FOR CI17 COLOUR CHALLENGE!

I had a little play today with the Colour INKspirations Challenge (CI17).  I have missed a few rounds lately so it was good to take time out to play.  I really like to have a go at these challenges as it really extends your creativity.

The Colours for this week are: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Flirty Flamingo.  What fun, fresh colours!

I had in mind to use the Beachy Christmas set in the Holiday Catalogue.  I hadn’t got around to using this set yet.  And you don’t need to use this just for Christmas …

For this card I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #261

I was going to watercolour the houses with just a wash but then saw the Work of Art set.  One of the larger “block” type stamps covered over it nicely.  I did do a test run on scrap card to mist the colours after I stamped but I liked it better just to leave them.

The Flirty Flamingo card mat was embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  I added a strip of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I love that Lemon Lime Twist!  The sentiment I used was from Better Together set.

The clouds were from the Lift Me Up Bundle stamped in Pool Party.  I wouldn’t have necessarily stamped them in that colour but had to add it somewhere.  I did add some sparkle with the Wink of Stella pen.  It’s a bit hard to tell though.

Now when I made this I first used the Peekaboo Peach instead of the Flirty Flamingo.  So I had to put that one aside and redo it with Flirty Flamingo. Once I had finished the card I then went back and finished this one.  I thought I would show you that one too.

I used more of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I played around with the sentiment a bit to cut angles and all kinds of things but ended up just trimming it down and adding some doily underneath.  The sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams.

I think I like this version better.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking.  I hope your weekend has been great and you have had a chance to be creative,

Jenny

SINGLE STEP CARD TUTORIAL WITH NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM!

Yesterday I shared my Step Card I had created for the Stampin’  Dreams Blog Hop.  As time was limited yesterday as you were all on the Hop I thought I would share the tutorial for you in a separate post.  So here it is for you.

Firstly,  to refresh you this is the Single Step Card.  I have used with the Night In Bethlehem Bundle.  

The original card design I found on Patti’s blog HERE.  While it has the Imperial measurements I have worked out the Metric for you and added the Imperial measurements for you also.

SINGLE STEP CARD TUTORIAL

** Cut card to 28cm x 10.5cm  (11″ x 4 1/4″)

On the long side score at 3.2cm, 6.3cm, 10.8cm 15.2cm and 21cm     (1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 4 1/4″, 6″ and 8 1/4″)

For back panel piece: Cut card 10.5cm x 10.5cm (4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″)

** The White mat pieces are:

Back mat piece – 10.1cm x 10.1cm (4″ x 4″)

Middle mat piece – 10.1cm x 4.1cm (4″ x 1 5/8″)

Front mat piece – 10.1cm x 2.8cm (4″ x 1 1/4″)

** To fold the card:

With the narrowest scored section on the left end start folding it concertina style.  On the score lines fold into a mountain fold, then next one a valley fold, then a mountain fold, then a valley fold, then a mountain fold.  See the photo below.

Then you can decorate the card as you like.

I hope you like it.  It’s a very simple card. I would love to see your version if you create one.  Do send me an email. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny

STAMPIN’ DREAMS BLOG HOP – SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

I am joining in with the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop today.  You would have come from Jenny Hall’s blog (HERE) coming all the way from the US. Or you have just started here. Thanks for stopping by either way.

The theme this month is Something Different.  A fold, a technique, something we have been wanting to try but haven’t as yet.  Really! That’s an open minefield.  I like doing different card folds so thought I would try a different.

This Fun Fold really is simple but I think it is fun.  This is a Step card and  I haven’t done a Single Step card before.  For this I used the Night In Bethlehem Bundle.

I love how you have the stamps and the matching dies in the bundle making it so easy to create your images.  No scissors required Thank you very much. 🙂  I lightly sponged around the edges of the white card to soften the edges.

The sentiment on the bottom panel has been heat embossed in Gold. For the ground under the figures I used a stamp from the Timeless Textures set.  I like the effect that created.  Edited to add: The base card and the stamping is Cherry Cobbler.  It is a bit hard to tell in the photo. 🙂

As you are all busy hopping today I don’t want to take up much of your time.  Stop by tomorrow and I will have a tutorial for you to create your own step card.

For now you need to continue on with the Hop.  You can head off now to Sue’s blog HERE.  She creates amazing projects so be sure to stop by.

See you tomorrow for the Step Card Tutorial.  

(Edited to Add: The tutorial is now available at the next post.  You can find that HERE.)

Jenny

WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #4 – TYING THOSE PESKY BOWS!

#4 WATCH IT WEDNESDAY is all about tying those bows.  If you come to my classes you can hear the groans every time I say we have a bow! 🙂 🙂

If you are groaning at the mere mention of tying bows yourself then never fear. I have put together a short video to show you how I tie my bows. I hope it is helpful.

NB: I am just starting out on this video venture so be patient with me.  I do appreciate your feedback though (good or bad) and hope that I can share more videos with you with a little more practice. 🙂

TYING BOWS THE EASY WAY!

Did you find that helpful??  Yes / No / Maybe / Perhaps stop this video gig before you get started???  😉

Thanks for stopping by today,

Jenny

 

 

NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM CANDLE CLASS THIS WEEK!

I have a special class for you this week if you are a Wollongong local.  We are making a lovely Tent Card and a stamped candle using the Night in Bethlehem Bundle.  I am sure this would look lovely sitting on your shelf over the festive season.  This would be a special gift to give someone too.

Here are the details.

NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM CLASS

WHEN: This Friday 22nd 10am or Saturday 23rd 2pm.
Can’t make this time?? Let’s make another time to get together (or invite your friends along too).

COST: $20.  Please bring your own scissors and adhesives.

RSVP:  Wednesday 20th.
It’s important to RSVP early to be sure there is enough candles.

I hope you can make it.

Jenny

 

SWEET SUGARPLUM DAISY!

Another Daisy Delight card for you today.  This one was CASED again (from Anne’s blog HERE).  Time was running out to get my samples made for the Craft Show.

This was my version. I made a few changes to the original.

I like how some of the other flowers from the set are used.  For my card I matted the white on black and the base is Sweet Sugarplum.  I stamped and punched out 2 Daisy flowers in Sweet Sugarplum.  I like the fuller flower.

Along the bottom I stamped the little stems and flower heads.  I was a bit worried how they would line up but really that is they style and it doesn’t matter if they are a little off-set.  I have sponged Pear Pizzazz (I am pretty sure it was) along the bottom and up into the flowers.  I like the softness it brings.

Have you got this set yet?  I have to say I really didn’t need this at first.  I have lots of flower stamps. Then I just bought the punch because you know, I saw some great cards with it. But….Well it’s great having the punch but there are so many options to the flowers. So I had to buy the stamp set then. Don’t be a silly nong like me (an Aussie term for being a twit or an idiot).  Get the bundle straight up and save 10%.

Here is the Daisy Delight Bundle for you if you haven’t already checked it out.

If you are in Australia you can buy the bundle (don’t resort to just the punch!!) by contacting me directly or see it in my store HERE now for $54.75 in Photopolymer.  Please use the Host Code: YN7BVYYQ

ALSO, I always seem to neglect to tell people that you can collect one punch out on my VIS (Very Important Stamper) Loyalty card for every $50 order.  Once you collect 10 you get free products up to the value of $24.95.

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope your weekend is going awesome.

See you again tomorrow,

Jenny