Category: Techniques

Colour INKspiration #3 – CI03

Welcome to our third Colour INKspiration Challenge! And WOW do we have a colour challenge for you this week!

You may have come from Elizabeth Gross and here stunning project, or you may be starting here. So hop around to get some inspiration and ideas for this unusual colour combo, and then pop in to our Facebook page and play along with your very own creation!

We are using 5 colours for this INKspiration challenge – Marina Mist; Peekaboo Peach; Soft Suede; Whisper White and Soft Sky.

A gorgeous, but I’m not going to lie, a bit of a tricky challenge.  I really enjoy colour challenges to stretch me out of my comfort colour zone, but I had to play with this one in my head for a few days before I decided what products I wanted to use for this combination. I was quite happy with the end result.

A simple watercolored background was the base for this card.  I used the Stamp Off technique to soften the colours of soft suede and peekaboo peach, with a full coloured flower behind the stamped off one.

I love removing the white background on the White Perfect Accents and then using them on watercolour backgrounds.  I also added the little ‘leaf’ shape pieces that I cut in vellum from the long border framelit to create a bit more interest on the background.

Don’t forget to keep hopping around to see what everyone else has created with this challenge! Next on the hop is Paula Dobson with her amazing project!

Play along too by Joining our Facebook Challenge Page HERE.

Happy Crafting

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Colour INKspiration Challenge #02 – Jar of Love

Welcome to our second Colour INKspiration Challenge! We had some amazing entries to our first challenge – thank you all for playing along! It’s truly hard to choose a winner with so much talent to choose from! The top 5 for the first challenge will be listed on the Facebook Page so make sure you pop on over and take a look!

If you missed last week – here’s all the information –

The Colour INKspiration Crew consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

There’s also a Facebook group for Stampin’ Up! ® enthusiasts who would like to share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations.

Here’s the deal – Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Members of the group have the option to join the Colour INKspiration ‘Challenge’ by uploading photos of their projects and can link back to their personal blog if they wish to.
Make sure you click on the link below and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.

Hope to see you there!

This week we have another gorgeous colour combination.  I love how images can be the inspiration for our colour choices – it inspires us to use colour combinations we may never have thought of!  This weeks colours combine Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, Whisper White and Garden Green – and does that image remind you of anything! Just our succulent set in the Occasions Catalogue!

I don’t have the succulent set myself – but I had an upcoming class using the Jar of Love Bundle – so I thought these colours would be perfect to inspire my class project!

I used the Stamp Off method to create my flowers, giving the appearance of two different colours so they had more depth.  Its such a great method to use when you have a limited supply of colours – or only have certain colours to work with – like a colour challenge! The class ladies loved it too!

Hop on over to the amazing Simone Bartrum to see what gorgeous project she has created for this challenge by clicking on the image below!

And don’t forget – you can easily play along too without a blog – just post your pic over on the Colour INKspiration Facebook Page – HERE.  We are looking forward to seeing your amazing creations.

You can purchase all your supplies in my online store anytime and have it delivered directly to your door!  Don’t forget to take advantage of the fabulous Saleabration rewards on offer for every $90 you spend!

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CTC112 – Cupcakes and Carousels

We are back this week for another CASEing the Catty Challenge!  We have had some fantastic entries over on our Facebook Page – so keep them coming – we are so glad you are enjoying the new way to play along!  This week for our challenge we are taking inspiration form the Cupcakes and Carousel section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 8 – 13.  Remember, you don’t have to have any of the stamps sets to play along, you just use the images in the catalogue to spur your creativity! It may be the paper, colours used, images, designs or layouts that you use to inspire you to create your project!

I cannot tell you how much I love this suite (I know – I love just about all of them! Lol) – but this suite makes it easy! And it has a real vintage feel about it! I love the DSP paper stack (I just wish they were 12×12!), the colours that are used in the suite and the stamp sets! It made it so easy to create my projects…and I guess I took inspiration from it all!

The one thing that really caught my eye in this picture were the Rosette’s . I used to love making these, but had forgotten about them – until now! So I knew I had to use them for this challenge.

I set about creating a scrapbook page using the Carousel Birthday Set – it came together so quickly for me, which surprised me, because I am not a natural scrapbooker!  It just goes to show…when you have the right products its easier to create!

Do you see the stamped Carousel Horse Image on my page?  I took inspiration from one of the actual papers in the DSP stack- this one –

I love the way they looked, so I made my own.  Its easy to do – just stamp your image in the lightest base colour (in this case peekaboo peach) and the ink up other ares using a sponge dauber with your stronger colours (calypso coral and early espresso). See – easy and SUPER effective!

I didn’t stop there with this suite either.  I decided to have a bit of fun and made this 3D carousel, well, just because I could, using a large rosette for the roof! And if you are wondering how the centre is made – it’s from our empty ribbon spools – I never throw them out! Lol.

I hope you enjoyed these creations this week!  This suite is LOADS of fun, so I encourage you to have a play and join the challenge.  Simply upload a picture of your creation to the album on the Facebook page HERE.

Now it’s time to hop on over to the wonderful Julia Quinn and see what she has created for you all!

Keep crafting!

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CTC111 – Saleabration of Hey Chick

Its time for another CTC challenge and this time, we can CASE anything from the Saleabration Catalogue! How fun is that… there was sooooo much to choose from but I knew exactly where to start!

From my first sneaky peak of the Saleabration Catalogue at On Stage I knew that I had to have the Hey Chick Stamp set.  Those chickens are so darned cute I couldn’t help myself.  It was the first Saleabration set I added to my order.  Apart from the chicken with the crazy hairdo, my other favourite was they way the chicken had been coloured on page 17 –

She is so bright and colourful and not really what you expect your chicken to be! So I just had to put her on a card! So on she went – Ready in time for my new product play day this week, so others can make her too!

I love how our stitched Framelits really set off images! And the great news is – they will be back in stock and ready to order from the 16th of January! The cool chicken wire background was created using the new hexagons dynamic embossing folder.  Simply pat your ink on the raised edges, lay your card stock over the top and rub gently with your bone folder or sponge brayer and voila…instant background from any embossing folder! And it coordinates perfectly with our little chickens!

Hope you like her!  Now pop on over to Julia Quinn’s blog to see what she has created for us this week!

And don’t forget – you can play along too on our Facebook Page by clicking HERE!

Watch my video at My Paper Oasis to see how this was created.

Card Base – crumb cake

Card Layer one – real red 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″

Card Layer two – whisper white 5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″



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Bokeh Technique using Beautiful You!

Hi everyone.

It is lovely to be back creating again after my break!  But I can tell you – some of my mojo seems to disappear when I haven’t been in the craft room for a while! So I started with something that I have wanted to create since seeing the Beautiful You Stamp Set in the New Occasions Catalogue.

I wanted to create a stormy effect to use with the lady carrying the umbrella.  I have used the Bokeh Technique in the past, and new I would be able to create the background I was looking for – so off I went!

I demonstrated how to make this card Live on Facebook this week, so you can easily make it too! Take a look at my video at My Paper Oasis – and scroll down for the card measurements.

Here’s another one using the same technique, but this time I used Blushing Bride and Rose Red to create the background.

This set is truly lovely.  So many possibilities for lots of occasions! And that FONT!!!!!  But if you don’t feel like creating your own Bokeh Backgrounds, our new Designer Series Paper – Falling in Love – has made it truly easy for you! With not one, but three different Bokeh Backgrounds to choose from, creating this card has never been simpler!

I hope you like these examples of this technique and that they encourage you to have a go at creating your own!

Card Details –

Card Base – Marina Mist – cut on long side at 14.9cm and folded in half.

Layer one – smokey slate – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″

Layer two – Shimmery White – 5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″

Sponged colours – Soft Sky; Smokey Slate, Marina Mist and White Craft Ink.

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Creating with paper scraps!

Hi everyone!

I hope the fast pace to Christmas isn’t too insane that you are not getting any craft time in!

Well if it is, let me help you create some super fast cards whilst clearing the craft room of scraps of DSP.  The best bit about these cards is that you can use any scraps you have lying around ( and generally I have LOADS) and team them with any shape you want!  I created some quick christmas cards to help me clean up my Presents and Pinecones scraps!

This one was super simple using the Santa’s Sleigh Framelits! Just between you and I – It has been one of my most favourite bundles this year!

Here’s another using the Embellished Ornaments framelits.

How cute are they!

And everything coordinates so easily when you let the designer paper dictate your card colours!

Take a look at my video over at My Paper Oasis to see how simple they are to create!

Here are the measurements to make your own –

Card Base – cherry cobbler, cut on short side at 4 1/8″

Card topper – Emerald Envy 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″

Whisper White – 5 1/4″ x 3 1/2″

Scraps of DSP approximately 3″ long (or longer depending on framelit) by approximately 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide.

Happy Crafting

Mel xx

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Twist and Pop Panel Cards – Wow for any occasion!

Hi everyone!

Well it’s definitely drawing closer to Christmas and the rush is definitely real!

Every year at Christmas, I like to have at least one ‘WOW’ card to give to special people – my nan in particular – she LOVES a special card and has requested that I make one for her daughter (my Aunty) this year.

Now I had seen quite a few of these Twist and Pop Cards for a while – they are currently very popular – so I set about finding a tutorial from someone who had made one.  I came across a few that used a full A4 piece cut and scored and inserted into the card.  But when you are trying to run a class, unless everyone remembers to bring their paper trimmers, its a little impractical and time consuming to have everyone take turns scoring and cutting  their cardstock.  I came across a tutorial from Sincerely Rina.  She made a card using 12″ cardstock.  The majority of my card is A4 size, so I altered my card to that so it could fit in a regular envelope for posting. I made one Christmas design and one birthday design, and my youtube clip is another birthday card design.

This first design was using our Blooms and Bliss DSP and Flourishing Phrases Bundle.

 

The Christmas design was using the Presents and Pinecones DSP and the Tin of Tags Stamp Set.

 

You can learn how to create your very own over at my You Tube Channel by clicking here.

Measurements are :

Card Base – A4 cardstock cut on short side at 4 1/8″ (4 1/8″ x 11 3/4″)

Card Panel – 3 1/2″ x 10″ scored at 2 1/2″, 5″, and 7 1/2″ and folded from the left – valley, mountain, valley (mountain fold needs to be in the middle)

Folding Mechanism – 3 1/2″ x 8″ scored on short side at 1 3/4″ and mark on long sides at 2 1/4″ and 5 3/4″

Card front base cardstock – 5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″

Card front DSP – 5 1/8″ x 3 3/8″

Insert squares Cardstock – 3 5/8″ x 3 1/2″

Insert Squares white 3 3/8″ x 3 1/4″

Original post from Sincerely Rina can be found here

Happy crafting!

Mel xx

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Merry Mice Christmas Bauble Card

Hi everyone!

I am a bit excited to share with you today another trick I learnt at on stage using Stampin Up’s Fine Tip Glue Pen! In my last post I mentioned that it dries faster than dimensional magic, but did you know it can be used like dimensional magic! Neither did I! So, on my Stamp It Sunday Facebook Live Video this week, I set about to show you how it was done!

I absolutely love the shimmery christmas bauble effect – if I do say so myself!

Making Baubles with Merry Mice and the Fine Tip Glue Pen by My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, Christmas Cards, Christmas Bauble, Christmas Card

How cute are the mice out of that set! I held off getting it for a while – but with the brilliant discount until the end of November I just couldn’t resist any longer!  And they are super simple to colour with a little bit of ink and an aqua painter!

Here’s a closer look at that effect!

Making Baubles with Merry Mice and the Fine Tip Glue Pen by My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, Christmas Cards, Christmas Bauble, Christmas Card

Isn’t it pretty! And it doesn’t dry sticky AT ALL! I can see so many new projects happening with this now I have had a play – so be warned – you may see a few more tips and tricks with the Fine Tip Glue Pen in the future!

You can watch my video over at You Tube at my channel –  My Paper Oasis – don’t forget to subscribe!

And here are all the measurements so you can make your very own!

Card Base – Night of Navy Cardstock cut on short side at 4 1/8″

Gold Foil Piece – 5 1/4″ x 3 5/8″

Shimmery White Cardstock – 5′ x 3 3/8″

I used the second smallest circle shape from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and Shimmery White Cardstock for the bauble.

I hope you enjoy creating with this new technique!

Mel xx

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Jolly Friends and the Fine Tip Glue Pen!

I eluded to a cool trick on my Facebook page last week that I had learnt at Stampin’ Up!s On Stage event this year.  I put up two images of the Santa from the Jolly Friends Bundle to see if people could Spot the Difference,  and asked people to vote on their favourite and tell me why.

Here are the two images I showed…

Jolly friends Bundle tip with Fine tip glue pen by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, jolly fun, santa card, christmas card

Jolly friends Bundle tip with Fine tip glue pen by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, jolly fun, santa card, christmas card

Can you spy the difference?

Apart from the darker green background and the gold ribbon?

Does this help a bit more?

Jolly friends Bundle tip with Fine tip glue pen by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, jolly fun, santa card, christmas card

Can you see just how thick and glossy that beard and ruffle are???? And its created with something I just hadn’t thought about using until I saw something at on stage.  It was one of those ‘aha’ moments.

I have ‘coloured’ the beard and ruffle with our Fine Tip Glue Pen and then sprinkled with dazzling details glitter and let it dry.  That glue dry SO fast in contrast to dimensional magic or similar.  We made these in class.  The ladies made the santa first and by the time they had made the card – he was bone dry!  It’s wonderful I tell you! And opened up a world of possibilities for me!  I am looking forward to playing a bit more with this technique!

So I encourage you to go ahead…have a play and make your santa all bushy like he is supposed to be!

Mel xx

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Quick and Simple Window Cards

Hi everyone!

I am back from my Stamp It Sunday live video broadcast! I am having so much fun doing these – I hope you are enjoying them as much as I do!

This week we took a look at making quick and simple window cards using our Stampin Up Designer Papers and a simple stamp or two! So easy everyone! I would love you to play along and create a card or two and pop the pictures in the comments!

Here’s what I created this week –

Quick Window Card with video tutorial by My Paper Oasis using Grateful Bunch from Stampin Up; Designer Paper; Blooms and Bliss; Female Card; Birthday Card; Thank you card

This card features our Blooms and Bliss Designer Paper and our Grateful Bunch stamp and coordinating punch.  I love this stamp and punch set as you get three flowers from one stamp and punch. So easy!

By using the Designer Paper and creating a small focal point, you create stunning cards with minimal effort.  These cards are a fantastic way to build your stash or make a lot of one design – such as Christmas cards.

Here’s one for the boys!

Quick Window Card with video tutorial by My Paper Oasis using Seaside Shore Suite from Stampin Up; Designer Paper; By the Shore; male Card; Birthday Card; Thank you card

How cool is that Designer Series Paper for the background! And that little blue fish….cut from the designer paper too! You could make a whole aquarium cutting out those fish!

And just a Christmas Idea too!!!

Quick Window Card with video tutorial by My Paper Oasis using Presents and Pinecones DSP from Stampin Up; Designer Paper; By the Shore; male Card; Birthday Card; Thank you card; Christmas Card

Well I hope you have enjoyed these cards and you get to making some of your own.

Here is the video link at My Paper Oasis on Youtube so you can see how it’s done.

The measurements for this one are very simple:

  1. Card Base (A4 card stock cut on short side at 4 1/8″, folded in half).
  2. Designer Paper piece measuring 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″.
  3. Whisper White Card stock measuring 5 1/2′ x 3 3/4″.
  4. 2″ circle punch or any punch or frame lit of your choice.
  5. Coordinating Ribbon and stamps.

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Happy Creating

Mel xx

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