Welcome to the ESAD 2016 Blog Hop featuring items from the new Occasions Catalogue ‘Handmade from the Heart’ and the 2016 Sale-a-bration Catalogue. You may have hopped here from Nicole Wilson, or you may be starting here. I hope you enjoy the projects we have all created for you!
I had lots of fun creating for this blog hop. I am IN LOVE with just about everything in the new Occasions Catalogue!
Water colouring is BIG at the moment and fun to create as you never get the same effect twice. I love it. I had a special card to make for my niece’s 16th birthday – so I set to work creating a card that looked a bit special using some of our new products in our Handmade from the Heart Catalogue.
I find water colouring directly onto card difficult. So my favourite technique for watercoloring is by using reinkers and dropping them onto my largest clear block. I add a drop or two of water from my aqua painter and swirl it around on my block. I then add more colours as I desire until I am satisfied. I then pick the block up and tilt it slightly from side to side (this makes the colours run a little) and then stamp it on to my paper. You will need drying time with this method, or dry with the heat tool.
I used pool party, blushing bride and watermelon wonder for this card as I was originally going to combine it with the Birthday Bouquet DSP. But I had a bit more fun with the watercoloring by dropping more ink onto the card and using a straw to blow the ink around – like what we used to do in art in primary school. It was a bit of fun!
I then splattered the card base with some gold glitter, framed it with the largest scallop square framelit, added our newest ribbons and cut the numbers from the Number of Years framelits (loving these!). I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment ‘Dream Big’ from the ‘Enjoy the LittleThings’ Stamp set and cut out the ‘dream’.
Here’s a close up for you –
And don’t forget the inside of the card! I added a smaller piece of the watercoloring to the inside of the card too!
I hope you enjoyed this project. I would love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment for me 🙂
Hop along to the next blog by Richelle Fletcher for more inspiration by clicking on the image below.
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I haven’t played along for a while, so I thought it was about time to tackle another Global Design Project Challenge.
This week was a sketch challenge –
When I saw it, I immediately knew what I could do. I had been playing around with one of the stamps from the Party Wishes set, all I had to do was give it a background. Here’s what I came up with :
When I saw this cake, I was inspired to ice it ‘ombre’ style from an amazing local cake decorator. I love her work, so I replicated it here on the cake using pool party, bermuda bay and pacific point inks. You will need your stamp-a-ma- jig to get this one right, or have a go with colour markers.
I also added glitter to the cake using the clear wink of stella brush (how amazing is that tool – I think I’m in love!) which you can see a bit of in this next pic. It’s sooooooo pretty!
And of course, you can’t have a gorgeous card without the inside with a bit of decoration too. It makes it all that more special!
Why not have a go and play along with the design team!
We will be playing with loads of new products just like this in my upcoming classes – so take a look at the class page and come along and join the fun.
Don’t you love giving personalised gifts? Birthdays, thank you’s, babies and of course Christmas all allow you to create some lovely personalised gifts sets and tags.
I sometimes struggle with gift tags. I want them to look really good, but in such a little space to work with i often find it difficult to create the effect I am after.
This Christmas however, I found it reasonably simple. Our gorgeous ornate tag topper punch and scallop tag punches made tags very simple, along with our lots of labels framelits and beautiful stamps and DSP.
Pull out your gift bag punch board and make a matching card, and you have a complete gift set! You can also use gift tags to decorate card fronts too!
Happy Stamping 🙂
I have loved playing with the Peaceful Pines stamp set this year and am excited that it is carried forward into the new occasions catalogue.
I had to design a card that I could make a lot of, without driving me insane, for all of my fabulous customers this year. But my personal requirement was that it still had to have some pizzazz!
So a simple couple of trees stamped in Old Olive and a single gold embossed tree in the centre to stand out and add that pizzazz came to mind. Aren’t I happy that we have framelits to match, so I didn’t have to handcuff all those trees! I am still loving our metallic gold thread – I use it on SOOOOOOO much – and have multiple rolls on the go at the same time!
Here’s a few of what I created….and now I have run out and need to make some more!!!!!
Well Christmas is not very far away now. I truly hope you have most of your Christmas cards done. But if not, this is a super quick card that we made at a stamp a stack class. This card is great to get a whole heap done and sent!
Using Garden Green and Soft Sky, this is my take on the card in the 2015 Holiday Catalogue. Instead of using our snowflake embellishments, I punched a star from gold foil sheets and used the stamping off technique for the trees, making sure to alter the height of the trees.
It’s a bit hard to tell in the photo, but i then touched the 2 way glue pen to various points on the tree and sprinkled with dazzling diamonds glitter to give the look of snow.
Simple, quick and effective!
Happy Stamping 🙂
The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on! So is the card making!
This was one we made at a recent card class for a stamp a stack. The original design I saw was from Chaiki Haverstick – but I changed it up a bit for my own class. Its relatively quick and simple to create, so great for a stamp a stack so you an get loads done in time for Christmas!
And I love Night of Navy teamed with silver for Christmas.
Hope you are all well and truly on your way to having your cards completed and sent now.
I have loved the sleigh ride edgelits since I first saw them. They are so versatile and add depth and scenes to any card easily and quickly.
Here is one of my favourite cards I created this year using the edgelits. It’s simple, but pops off the page. I cannot remember where I saw someone layer back behind the sleigh, but it makes such a difference to the depth of white on white. Teamed with silver glimmer paper and silver glitter – it turned out just gorgeous. We made these quite a while ago in a special christmas class and the ladies loved them, albeit having a little trouble removing the paper from the edgelits.
My tip – place baking paper between the cardstock and the edgeless to help it slip out more easily. And even though they look delicate – you can still give them a strong pull to remove them from the edgelit without damaging them.
I even made a smaller version for a money card – perfect for Christmas!
I hope you like them 🙂
It has been so nice to take a quick break from Christmas cards to create something different. This card was created for a customer order. I regularly complete customer orders and work with the customer to achieve the result they are after.
I was very happy with how this card turned out. It is my version of the card on page 32 of the 2015 Annual Catalogue. It is so sweet using the Sweet Li’l Things designer paper and Zoo Babies Stamp Set.
And I don’t know about you – but I really cannot get enough of that metallic thread. I use it on soon many projects. I LOVE it!!!!!
I have been trying to choose my favourite item from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue. I have to tell you, I found it pretty tricky to select a favourite! There are so many to choose from! But I had to narrow it down and I have to say – even though this cards took me AGES, and yes by that I mean HOURS, it is still by far one of my most favourite cards I have ever created. So I thought it was most appropriate choice!
I love our red foil paper and our cording trim in Gold or Silver – I can’t get enough of it! But most of all I love our delicate ornament thinlets dies.
I made this ornament by cutting out the same ornament in black card stock, and then in our gold, red and silver foil sheets. I popped out all the black pieces and adhered the bauble to a piece of white card stock. I then painstakingly popped pieces back in from the foil sheets like a jigsaw puzzle. Trust me – this is the ONLY time you don’t want all those little pieces to pop out of the piece you just cut! I adhered them with our new fine tip glue pen – a definite must have for this kind of project and another favourite of mine.
It has then been cut out as a whole by the plain ornament die of the same shape and adhered onto a piece of window sheet.
I have to say that it is absolutely stunning to look at, and looks even more amazing with a small electric candle behind it!
I hope you have enjoyed my project and that it inspires you to get your creative thinking caps on using this bundle. I would love to see what you come up with 🙂
So yes – I am playing along with ANOTHER global design challenge. This week it’s a colour challenge.
But I HAD to play along, because this colour challenge includes all of my favourite in colours from this year. I use the colours together in my cards quite a bit, so it was easy to play along this time as far as the colour combination went.
Unfortunately, I had to create a sympathy card for some relatives overseas. Thats not such an easy task, and my least favourite kind to make. So I pulled out our Best Thoughts Stamp set for this challenge.
I like to keep my Sympathy cards fairly neat and clean. So I used some simple layers with card and designer paper for the base and then stamped three of the flower images and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I then coloured them using Watermelon Wonder Ink and an aqua painter. Cut out layers, then layer them up with some dimensionals.
Now I know my card is for a sympathy card, but you could use this any other occasion too.