Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SUO 89 - One-Layer Challenge

It's time for another Stampin' Up! ® Only Challenge (SUO) and this week we're asking you to create a one-layer card.  The idea is to use just a single card base and embellishments are allowed.

I actually made a set of tags.  They certainly have only one layer of card stock but there are many 'layers' of ink - I think the technical term is 'collage stamping'.

SUO 89 - One-Layer Challenge

These litttle beauties were made using a brand new product (only just released TODAY in Australia) called the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  You just cut your card stock 2" wide and it slides through the punch and cuts the scallop bit at the top.  This allows you to cut the tag to the length you need - brilliant!

My one-layer tags were made using a variety of stamp sets (please refer to the 'Labels' below) and stamped with Metallic Gold, Crumb Cake, White StazOn, Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky and Marina Mist inks onto Soft Sky Core'dinations Card Stock.


Some extra 'dots' were added with a Stampin' Chalk Marker, Crystal Effects squirted onto the 'bubbles' and all the stamps from the 'By the Seashore', were painted with a mixture of Dazzling Diamonds and Crystal Effects.  Some tiny Basic Pearls and Linen Thread were the only embellishments used.  Lastly, I roughed up the edges of the tags and sponged them with Crumb Cake Ink.

Here's a close up of each one -

So what one-layer project will you create?  Make sure you play along at SUO over the next fortnight and share your creativity with us!

Design Team Blogs -

Monday, January 27, 2014

Oh! Seriously ... How Easy was this? A Gift Bag for FMS #120.

Don't you love it when a creative thought in your head is transformed into a project that requires very little effort?  I'm 'chuffed' at how simple this was and how happy this little gift bag makes me feel!  Not to mention the fact that I'm also pleased that my light box is working again ... I thought a globe or connection was in serious need of repair until I discovered last night that one plug wasn't pushed in at the switch properly!  Duh ... truly a 'blonde' moment. Apologies for a week's worth of 'ho hum' photography.

Ok .. onto this little gift bag ...  When I'm out and about being a 'tourist' and wandering through various gift shops that our beautiful state of Tasmania has to offer, I often pick up bits 'n' pieces to add to my craft stash that I keep for a 'rainy day'.  Most of my collection consists of things that I can 'alter' by jazzing them up a little with Stampin' Up! ® product.  I've got zillions of these wooden chalkboard tags/clips and when I saw the new soon to be released, SALE-A-BRATION set called, See Ya Later, I thought one of the stamps would be perfect for this cloud shaped clip.

The sentiment was stamped with White StazOn Ink and the cute tiny little banner is punched from Retro Fresh DSP using the SAB Banner Punch (both released tomorrow).  A couple of flowers (Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack) and pearls were added to complete the clip/tag.

Chalkboard Cloud Tag/Clip

Back View

This hessian (burlap) gift bag was another item in my stash and I added the clip and a couple of banners made from the same DSP and die cut them using the Banners Framelits Dies (also released tomorrow).

It's all ready to go for a special someone.  The best thing is that the bag, along with the tag, are recyclable and can be passed on by the recipient.  Gotta love environmentally friendly gift wrapping.

My project is based on the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Not quite sure if this type of project can be included but we will see how it goes.

Thanks for stopping by my blog,

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Koala Card

G'day mate.  Happy Australia Day!

I've been busy in my Craft Studio today designing a Koala Card to coincide with our Australia Day Celebrations and to 'share the love' I've written a tutorial so you can go ahead and make one for yourself!

It's based on the Owl Card that I recently made.  The response to that project was beyond amazing so I thought it would be fun to make a Koala equivalent.  Enjoy!  

 Kevin the Koala

Tutorial for Kaitlyn the Koala

The above photo shows all the Stampin' Up! ® punched and Big Shot Die pieces you will need to make this Koala Card.

1.  Cut out all the pieces ready to assemble (Card Stock - Basic Gray (BG), Pink Pirouette (PP), Very Vanilla (VV), Basic Black (BB), Pool Party (PP) ).


2.  Score one Top Note piece lengthwise.

3.  Sponge around the edges of the above pieces with the corresponding ink colour.

4.  Punch off 3 scallops from each Scallop Circle piece with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch.

5.  Glue the PP circles onto the scallop circle pieces (Front view shown on LHS).

6.  Turn the 'ear' over and punch off the excess piece of the PP card stock.

 Back View

7.  The above photo shows the back of the card base.  Glue the lower half of the scored Top Note piece to the top half of the back piece.

 Inside View

8.  With remaining single Top Note piece, glue on the embossed belly (Square Lattice Embossing Folder used in this example) and the front feet (underneath body).  Add the arms and claws using Dimensionals (foam dots).

9.  Sit the body piece you have just assembled on top of the bottom Top Note piece and line up.
10.  Attach it to the top of the card with three Dimensionals (as shown above).

11.  Glue the back 'feet' onto the back of the card base.
12.  Assemble the 'nose', 'eyes' and 'ears' to the top front section as shown below.
13.  Lastly, attach Basic Pearls to the eyes.

Kevin and Kaitlyn

 Finished Back View

We don't have a Gum Tree in our garden so Kevin posed for a photo shoot in our Jasmine Bush!

I think I have found the perfect 'swap' if I ever fulfil a dream to go to Stampin' Up! ® Convention in the USA!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

UNDEFINED Vespa Flip Card and Gift Card Holder

I've always wanted a 'scooter' stamp so I got really brave and pulled out my UNDEFINED Stamp Carving Kit and set about making one for myself!

My drawing skills 'suck' so I 'Googled' 'free svg files, scooter' and found this really cool silhouette image of a 1960's Piaggio Vespa, then printed out the image to the size that I wanted, traced around the outline with a pencil and transferred it to the piece of rubber from the UNDEFINED Stamp Carving Kit.  The tools were so easy to use and I was able to produce a slightly modified version of the clip art image (In other words, I left off all the little fiddly bits).

I absolutely LOVE the Thinlits Card Dies and decided to make a flip card to feature my newly stamped scooter image.  It was meant to go in the previous challenge at Just Add Ink but I got a bit busy this week on the work and home front and never got to finish it in time.


There's also lots of sneak peeks of some, soon to be released goodies, on this card and it was so much fun finally putting it all together.  The inside of the card actually has a couple of extra flaps and the far right hand side is a pocket which can hold a gift card or some money.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The AddINKtive Designers

I got to have my first 'team' craft night on Monday and two of my down line came along to make a SAB card (previous post), view the new pre-order goodies from the Occasions and SALE-A-BRATION Catalogues and get to generally hang out, craft, chat, eat, drink and enjoy each other's company.

Jo's Stash

After we had finished the Make 'n' Take, De Arn and Jo had the opportunity to have a bit of a 'free play' with some new and old products.  Jo wanted to learn how to emboss on Vellum Card Stock so we stamped one of the beautiful 'Festive Flurry' stamps with Versa Mark and heat embossed it with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  Then we just couldn't resist having a play with the retired Cherry Scented EP - yum!

Next, the Spiral Flower Die got a work out and Crystal Effects was added to the paper rose to form the 'dewdrops'.  Lastly, both ladies wanted to make their very own SAB Owl from various punches and the Top Note Die.

Overall, it was a fun night.  The best part about having a craft room with lots of goodies to use, is sharing it with others.

The table got quite messy by the end of the night.  Some 'stuff' that you can see in the photo had to be 'blurred' out as they haven't been released yet.  Not long now though ... only 5 days until some gorgeous new SU products will be released in Australia.

Jo hard at work on her owl card.

De Arn's Stash

Jo's SAB Owl

De Arn's SAB Owl

The Complete Trio

(See post #61)
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  If you would like to join my team, purchase some SU products or host your very own workshop, feel free to drop me an email or visit my SU Website to find out more.  I'd love to hear from you.

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