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Friday, 16 October 2020

Stampin' Up! Warm & Toasty Polar Bear Card

 I don't know about you but I am a complete sucker for a cute polar bear stamp. When I saw the Warm & Toasty stamp set in the Stampin' Up! August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue I knew it would be coming to live with me.  All the images are very cute!


         

When it arrived I sat & looked at it & moved it to the back of my shelf. I picked it up a few times but nothing was coming to me, so it went back on the shelf again. This past week I had a stamping session with a friend over FaceTime (which is about all we can do right now due to Covid lockdown) & we chose to create with this set. 

I had an idea on what I wanted to do but wasn't sure it would work.  Here is what I came up with. We had a great time creating each other's cards over FaceTime & this set finally got the ink it deserved.   



I started with a thick Whisper white base. Next I used the Stitched Rectangles to cut a layer then cut out a circle.  I used a square of Snowflake Splendour DSP on the base then stamped the big polar bear in Momento black. I used the light Night Of Navy & the light Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends to colour in the scarf & hat & some Wink of Stella on the bear's body. It's hard to see or photograph but he looks very sparkly! Both the stitched rectangle & polar bear are popped up on some dimensionals to give a 3d type look.  



Next I flicked some Wink of Stella randomly over the card & added a few Snowflake sequins.  For the sentiment I have used Itty Bitty sentiments.  It may horrify you but this stamp actually said Blessed Christmas wishes, however I didn't like that & knew I wouldn't use it if I left it like this so I snipped of the blessed part!  

I used the new Lovely Labels Pick a punch to make the sentiment strip. This is a great punch but does take a bit of fiddling to get a good result. The ribbon is  Seaside Spray 1/4" Metallic ribbon from the Annual catalogue. 

I look forward to our next online creating session, & really hope this stamp sets sees some more ink in the future. 





Happy Crafting

Tricia 



Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Stampin' Up! No Stamping Trimming The Town Cards


 I recently came across a couple of cute cards by Bree from Craft-somnia Momma & was drawn to the layout & colours she used in her cards.  These cards are lovely & bright & really showcase that stamp set with what I feel is a modern twist.

When the Trimming the Town DSP came out I could instantly see its use in this card layout, so I set to work CASE-ing these designs. I discovered that the Coming Home Bundle is a really great set to use for these cards.  I stamped the little house stamp in Misty Moonlight ink onto Misty Moonlight card stock for that colour on colour look.  For the left card I pulled out my Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set 


 

 Now lots of people are in lockdown at the moment due to Covid, & we cant run our usual craft classes. With this in mind I wanted to create these cards using no stamping.  As you can see this layout really works.  The OCD in me had trouble with that left sided mounting of the DSP, but I ran with it & it looks great. The Real Red dots are a happy modern addition to the Trimming The Town DSP. Instead of stamping on the whisper white piece, I embossed it using the Winter Snow embossing folder to add a bit of texture.  I also added some Misty Moonlight pieces of 2020-2021 Incolour DSP to both cards & a bow in Dapper Denim (retired) twine


So there you have it 1 design adapted 2 different ways.  After I finished these cards I came up with a few other ideas to use this set with no stamping, which I will share with you all at a later date.  This Trimming the Town DSP is available in the Stampin' Up! DSP sale during all of October so if you want to get this or any other of the DSP's on offer they are 15% off all month!  My shop is linked in the sidebar or you can head there via this link 
                                      



Happy Crafting
Tricia 



Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Stampin' Up! 15% Off Designer Paper SALE!

 



We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from our current catalogues! Now is a great time to stock up and save on some of our most popular paper designs!




Lots of great bargains including my favourite Trimming the Town DSP!  Here is a list of all the DSP included in this sale.




Head to my online store to order your Designer Series Papers, or contact me & I can organise to have them delivered direct to your door. 





Happy Crafting

TRICIA








Monday, 21 September 2020

Stampin' Up! 24 hrs Sale - 23rd September!

 


The Hottest Stamp Sale of the Year!

Stock up on stamp sets at a stellar price! For one day only on Wednesday September 23rd, you can purchase select cling and photopolymer stamp sets at a 15% discount. This short, stamp-tacular sale only happens once a year—you won’t want to miss out on these super savings!



There’s HEAPS on the list. On Wednesday 23rd September from 12am to 12pm Sydney/Melbourne time, there will be a specific place in the online store you’ll be able to shop directly from. Head to my online store HERE

If you would prefer me to place the order for you please contact me with your list prior to the 23rd so I can place the order on the day. 

Download the full list of stamps on sale  HERE


Some of my favourites are:

  • Zany Zebras
  • Itty Bitty Christmas
  • Family Party
  • Whiskey Business
  • Many Mates
  • Snowman Season
  • Grace's Garden


If you are shopping via the online store, be sure to add this month's 

HOST CODE  ABBYBRBK



Happy Crafting

Tricia 

Monday, 24 August 2020

Trimming The Town Suite by Stampin' Up!

 I wasn't a huge fan of this suite when I first saw it but after seeing the DSP I decided I would give it a chance.  Not only is this suite fun & creative, it's a "Making  A Difference set".   Stampin' Up! will donate $4.25AUD from every Coming Home stamp set sold to charities devoted to adoption, foster care & infertility.  Boy, am I glad I did buy this suite as it is now my most favourite suite in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue! 

I ordered the full suite collection using the code#155105.  Did you know this is a thing?!  You can order a whole suite in one go! I figured I would use all of these things so hey, why not get it all & I am so glad I did. 

The colours are really bright & fun but subtle in a cool kind of way. Misty Moonlight has a muted tone that really brings this suite to life. 

As always when playing with a full suite I like to CASE the catalogue. I started with what I thought was a simple card using the snowflake DSP & the red house pictured below on the right. 


Boy was I wrong! This card is actually quite time consuming to create. Not only are there 3 layers of snow but 3 houses & 2 trees to colour in.   I got there in the end & must say it does look really lovely in person, so well worth the time it took to create. 


I love how the Trimming The Town DSP has 2 full sheets of words for you to cut out & use on your cards.  Many are in other languages, but there are still plenty in English to use. I've added Wink of Stella to the trees & edges of the snowy hills but its a bit hard to see in the photo. I used a sponge dauber to sponge around the snowflake DSP using Misty Moonlight ink as per the original creation.

Next I felt like another challenge & chose the top right card.  Looks simple enough, but once again there were quite a few layers on this one too. 

I really like these houses in the DSP & the best part is those genius designers at Stampin' Up! made it so the dies cut out these houses - YAY!   You get 2 full sheets of houses to create with, but sadly these particular colours are not featured as much. The Home Together Dies (#153515) cut out not only the houses in this DSP, but also the trees, the wreathe, & create the snow hills, plus there are extra dies to create cute packaging & other decorations for your cards.  For instance when I CASED this next card I used the car die & how cute is it?! 

We've had terrible weather these past few days so it was a great opportunity to dig out my Stampin' Blends & colour in some of these cute houses. To my horror I don't own that punch that is on the original card, so this will need to be rectified soon! The ribbon comes in a combo pack called All The Trimmings with old love & real red. In real life this ribbon is so shiny & sparkly with the gold edging. It's going to be very versatile to use on many Christmas projects.  The sentiment isn't actually from this stamps set. It is from one I used in my last post, Tag Buffet. I've heat embossed it in white as per the original card. 

This next card was the easiest of all the cards to CASE.  This card is a piece of the DSP & I have changed the sentiment to one I wanted to try.  Once again you get 2 full sheets of this fun scene DSP & these would look lovely framed as is or highlighted with more houses. It took a lot for me to cut into this sheet as it is so lovely.


I am not sure I like this sentiment. I played around quite a few times & left it at this, but will most likely change it out again once I find a combination I like.  The original card uses Tag Buffet once again, however I chose the striking Wrapped in Christmas stamp set (#153481) as I wanted to try out highlighting the word JOY & bring a bit more Real Red to the card.  How cute are those Adhesive Snowflakes?!  They are not part of this suite but are available from this catalogue (#153545) & give this card a bit of extra bling.  

I haven't made the last card featured in the original catalogue photo, perhaps you might like to?   You can order all of these products from my online store or contact me to order for you. 

There are so many fun combinations using this DSP.  Next time I will show you another couple of creations made using this suite, but in a very different way. 

Until then, 

Happy Crafting 

Tricia





Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Introducing the new August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue & Tag Buffet Kit


 We have a new catalogue that I know a few of you have been waiting eagerly for. I call it the Christmas catalogue but Stampin' Up! have renamed it the August -December 2020 Mini Catalogue. It's packed with Christmas cheer to take you all the way to the end of the year plus lots of products you can use all year round too.


I will be sharing a few projects over the next few months that I have created using some of my favourite products from this catalogue.  

Today I am sharing some cards I made using the TAG BUFFET KIT on page 5.  This kit was the first thing I added to my collection as I could see just how versatile it was.  I am not a tag person but I knew I could make all of the tags into cards.

You could just make tags like the kit suggests & I have to say they are really lovely. The images are crisp & bright and the gold foil adds a bit of luxury. 

Here is the contents of the kit:
As you can see it comes in a cute little box that you could reuse to house a gift.  You get 5 of the 6 designs so it makes 30 tags.  The coordinating colours are Garden Green, Pool party, Real Red, Shaded Spruce & White.  By adding card bases in these colours it is easy to adapt the tags into standard size Christmas cards. 

For these two cards I have added Garden Green as a card base.


For the rest of the cards I have added Real & Shaded Spruce card bases. I have used the coordinating stamp set TAG BUFFET which has some lovely sentiments as well as some Christmas images like a stocking, bauble & holly. 



After I made these I decided to try a different image to see how it looked using the tags as a base.  I chose to use the cute little reindeer in WARM & TOASTY stamp set on page 42 & have coloured him in with Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake & Real Red. 


If you are after some fun, quick cards then this kit might be just the thing you are looking for.   Stay tuned for some more Christmas themed projects I will be sharing next week. 

There is so much more to see in this catalogue.  If you would like to see more click here to download a PDF or head over to my online store HERE.  As always you can also download by clicking the picture of the catalogue on the right of my blog.




Happy Crafting, 
Tricia 






Sunday, 5 July 2020

Flowers For Every Season Suite By Stampin' Up!


Today I thought I would share some fo the cards I have been making lately.  It's been a long time since I sat down & created at my own pace.  During COVID isolation I've had the time to sit & craft which has been a nice change from the fast pace of normal life here. 


Page 10 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue 2020-2021 shows 4 cards using the Jar of Flowers stamp set (#154064) which comes as a bundle with a matching jar punch.  I thought I would try to recreate them in my own way.  




Here's what I came up with. I've used different sentiments & some slight changes here & there.  I have tried to stay pretty close to the original to showcase the new In Colours, from left to right - Just Jade, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness & Misty Moonlight.  I didn't make one using Cinnamon Cider, but feel I should now! 




Here they are separately.  

Misty Moonlight Roses


                                                                   Just Jade Wild Flowers 


                                                                  Magenta Madness Tulips 


                                                                Bumblebee Sunflowers 

I have used the Stampin' Blends to colour in the flowers.  I was delighted to see 4 of the new In colours come in this range.  I've used daffodil delight for the yellow shades as Bumblebee is not available in the blends.  The sentiments from the Well Said stamp set (#148796) are heat embossed in white.  Backgrounds are using the very pretty Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper (#152486)which comes in the 6"x6' size. For the Magenta card background I used one of the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More cards (#153101).  I have created quite a few cards with these so stay tuned for my next blog post where I will share those  

I really enjoyed creating these cards & hope to make many more with this really lovely stamp set. 

Happy Crafting, 
Tricia