Monday, 28 May 2018

Delightfully Detailed with Colour!

Good evening! Here in Christchurch, New Zealand it's a cold cold evening.  Both my sons (aged 11 and 9) have been outside for the evening at their respective scout meetings - I'm happily inside wrapped up warmly!

I saw this idea on a Facebook page - I didn't make a note of who's idea it was sorry, but it does open up a whole new realm of possibilities!

This was a little fiddly to put together, due to the colouring, but I love the effect!

What I've done here is colour one of the panels from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper.  I used Blends. My initial idea was to try and do some shading.  You can see that a little on the yellow flowers (and in real life you can see it on the pale pink flowers as well).  I tried it on the leaves, however it didn't work the way I wanted it to, so I just darkened all the leaves. 

I felt it needed colouring around the frame of the panel as well, so I used the Ivory Blend to do that.

Next I sponged the back of the piece of Detailed Paper with Liquid Multipurpose glue, and adhered it to the black cardstock.  I think I need to experiment with this some more, as I find the sponging quite difficult - one area adheres to the backing paper before I've got it all covered.  I saw someone on Facebook say they used the Silicone mat when gluing, as the paper doesn't stick to it...guess what's going on my next order!?

I chose not to put a sentiment on this card as I didn't want to hide any of the detail.  So it's a card for any occasion!

I hope you enjoyed this card - I certainly enjoyed making it!

Take care,

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Friday, 25 May 2018

With Gratitude

I keep seeing so many gorgeous cards made with the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper, and it inspires me to make lots of cards!

There are so many facets to this paper, and so many different looks.  Todays card was one of the easiest, yet I just love the clean and simple look of it all.

See what I mean?

I've used Night of Navy cardstock as the base card, then Very Vanilla to layer.  The Delightfully Detailed paper is in Very Vanilla, so it goes perfectly.  The whole piece of paper is one of the panels - all you need to do is cut it out.

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set - available 1 June.  The sentiment is cut out with an oval Stitched Shape.  The scalloped Layering Oval is also in Very Vanilla.  I couldn't decide what colour to do the scalloped oval as I wanted it to contrast.  If I did it in blue it would blend too much with the background, if I did it in black I was concerned it wouldn't show either, and if I did it in another colour I decided that wouldn't work either.  So I went with Very Vanilla and I really like it!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!


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Monday, 21 May 2018

My Pinterest Wanderings this week

I do enjoy looking at all the creations on Pinterest.  I annoy myself with it too, as if I spent a little less time on there and actually creating, I'd get a heck of a lot more done!

Here's the gorgeous samples I found in the last week

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my Pinterest viewings!

Take care,


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Tranquil Textures

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The brand new Designer Series Paper, Tranquil Textures is just beautiful.  This will be available to buy from 1 June (only 13 days away!)

I chose to do this card as I think it showcases the paper really well

This paper uses colours like Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and heaps more.

I chose to make the card base from Tranquil Tide Cardstock, and used a Basic Black layer.  I used Tranquil Tide underneath the paper again.

The Tailored Tag punch was easy to use to make that distinctive shape.  It's carrying over to the new catalogue, so I'm a happy stamper!

I find placing things so carefully on the cardstock quite stressful, so I made it slightly easier on myself and took the paper out to the very edge of the card.  I just couldn't figure out how to do it to have a 'frame' around the outside, and I decided the Basic Black layer was acting as a frame.

Then came the sentiment.  This really was tricky.  Masking is something I find quite hard, and this took heaps of masking.  Here's what the sentiment looks like if you stamp it normally:

I was very lucky to get this stamp set at the latest Stampin' Up! Convention (called OnStage) - it's called Around the Corner, and as you can see, it's designed to go around the corner of your project.  It took me numerous tries to get it in a straight line.  I really must practise my masking!

If you're looking at this post before the 1 June, you won't be able to purchase the paper or the stamp set early.  The stamp set isn't available yet to even demonstrators (unless you were at OnStage), so I can't put the picture below.  After 1 June though, if you click on the pictures below, you'll be able to shop for these products.

As I type, the pre-wedding show is on television (Prince Harry marrying Megan Markle).  I must go, as I don't want to miss that first glance of the dress!

Have a happy Sunday!


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

This is how you make a card!

I'm a bit embarrassed by my offering last time I blogged - and so I thought I would make another card in a similar style, but do it properly! This card is again in the style of Laura K Fiorelli-Allen.

So what are the differences between my last card and this card?  The main difference is layers - they make the card look like a professional, gorgeous card you would be proud to send someone.  Another difference is I made an effort to get the photo much more representative of the colour, which pleases my eye heaps more!

This card is made with a new colour in the Stampin' Up! range, and it's called Merry Merlot.  I see plenty of this colour in my future!

I used Very Vanilla for the layers (as well as Basic Black), and that's because the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper is in Very Vanilla, 

The sentiment is (again) from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set - a small greeting for every occasion! The Very Vanilla that the sentiment is stamped on was cut out with Stitched Shapes, and the Basic Black scalloped piece is from the Layering Ovals.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Using Delightfully Detailed again

Welcome to my blog!  I hope you enjoy my card today - leave me a message if you've tried something similar.

Today's card is CASE'd (Copy And Share Everything) from the very talented Laura K Fiorelli-Allen. I made a couple of mistakes on mine though, that I'll share more about a bit later on.

Here's today's card:

This card would definitely come under the 'genre' of 'Clean and Simple'.  In some respects I like the simplicity, but in others I know this would have been more effective had I put some layers on the front.  Oh well, we live and learn, don't we!

Ok, that got what I should have done out of the way, now lets look at what I did do!

The card colour is Lovely Lipstick, one of the new InColours. It is actually redder than this, but no matter what I did I couldn't get my phone to take a red picture, it kept looking very pink. Having said that, my husband said it's pink, so maybe it's just me thinking it's more red!

The gorgeous pattern is from the new Stampin' Up! Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper - there are lots of different panels and some full 12" x 12" paper that are these amazing fine cut patterns - I carefully cut out this section.  I then sponged the back with Liquid Multipurpose Glue and carefully placed it on the card.  It's all a very delicate process, as it's so fine it's easy to rip.

I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock, using the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set - this is a set from the new Catalogue, and it's got heaps of small sentiments. I cut the sentiment out using the smalled Stitched Shapes oval.  The scalloped layer in Basic Black was cut out using one of the Layered Ovals framelits.

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Have a great Wednesday!

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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Graceful Glass

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Well, here in New Zealand today it was cold and drizzly - and both my sons went on separate sleepovers last night!  The reason I mention this is because we had two very tired children today, and we let them watch an awful lot of television! This meant I had time to sit down and do some colouring with my Stampin' Up! Blends,

I coloured each of the panels on a sheet of the new Graceful Glass Designer Series Paper, which is actually a vellum!  I played with my technique a little as I'm brand new to colouring on vellum, however nothing I did (or didn't do) made much difference.  As long as I coloured on the back of the vellum, it came out looking great.

There are heaps of different patterns in this pack, and I chose one that had four panels on it.  I chose to colour only the panel, there was decoration between the panels, but I discarded that on this occasion.  I did attempt to do some shading, but it didn't show up in these photos.

Once I had coloured all of them in, I carefully cut each panel out.  I think I should have left them in one piece, however I'll talk more about that later on.

The Irises on this panel are just beautiful.  I also really liked that there was a little less busy-ness in this panel.  Once I had cut all the panels out, I then cut Whisper White cardstock to the same size.  I then used a sponge to sponge some Liquid Multipurpose Glue to the back of the vellum, and adhered the vellum to the cardstock.

The reason I sponged the glue on the back of the vellum was that it can be really difficult adhering vellum so that you can't see the adhesive under it.  This was perfect though, as you can't see it at all.  What I would say though is that when I put the glue straight on the vellum, it made the vellum curl, which I then found harder to use.  After that I put the glue on the piece of cardstock - exact same outcome, but I found it easier to manage.

Next time I undertake a task like this, I'm going to adhere the whole sheet to cardstock, then cut it up once the glue is dry.  I don't necessarily think it's going to look any different, I would have just found it easier.

Once I had completed that, i prepared my Basic Black cardstock and I picked the main colour I had used in the flower to be the card front coloured layer.  I really liked how that pulled it all together. I stamped the crosses in the same colour as the cardstock, and the crosses are from the same stamp set as the sentiment.

Next I stamped the sentiment (from the new Stitched All Around stamp set, which is in the new Annual Catalogue which is released to customers on 1 June 2018) Then...wait for it...I cut it out using a new set of framelits called Stitched Labels - you can't see it properly on these photos, but there is a line of 'stitching' around all of the detail on this label! I then adhered it all together, and used dimensionals to put the sentiment on with.

I took my time with the colouring, partly because I am a slow colourer anyway, and partly because I had some time today.  Once I had done that though, the cards were really quick to make.

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Take care,

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

More Delightfully Detailed

Oh my gosh - this Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Designer Series Paper (there's a mouthful for you!) is just divine - here's another card I made with it, and it's just as gorgeous as my last card was.

I love the delicate look of this paper.  Again, it's the 'ombre' look of the card underneath that makes this look like it's a little overexposed to the right of the card.

A reminder that you have to be very careful when cutting the Delightfully Detailed paper, and to adhere it I used Liquid Multipurpose Glue and sponged it over the whole piece of paper. I didn't want to run the risk of the some of the detail getting scuffed as it was slipped into the envelope.

I used the Perennial Birthday stamp set to stamp the sentiment.

This was an easy to make card.

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Monday, 7 May 2018

Delightfully Detailed

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I've used a couple of items from this suite for the first time - and they really are super easy to use, as long as you're careful.

Check this card out:

The Delightfully Detailed Note Cards are a great buy - they match sizewise with the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper, and they come already coloured. The area to the top right of this photo is not over exposed (although it looks a little like it could be), but that's the way the card is. There are several different colours and styles of note card. They come with matching envelopes in Very Vanilla as well - ready to go!

I finally got brave and cut into the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper. This has gorgeous lacy patterns - and there are some that you can use on these notelets, some you can use as borders. They are white on one side and Very Vanilla on the other.  You could always sponge some colour onto them as well.

I found the cutting very nerve racking, however once I got started it was fine.  You do have to be quite careful, and I did find that when I went to take the rest of the DSP out of my cutter I had to be very careful as it kept getting caught.

I decided to sponge the Liquid Mulitpurpose Glue (also known as Tombow) onto the back of the piece I was using and I went all over with this piece as I could see pieces getting bent as I put them into the envelope.

The sentiment and flower were out of the Perennial Birthday stamp set, and I used the Triple Banner Punch to cut the 'flag' end of the sentiment.  I stamped in Rich Razzleberry Ink, and I used the Light Rich Razzleberry Blend to colour the flower.  I then adhered the sentiment using dimensionals.

As you can see - most of the work is done for you, and with care, it's easy to create masterpieces!

Enjoy the rest of your day!


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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Pinterest Favourites for this week

Welcome to my blog!

Today I'm going to show you what my favourite Pinterest saves were this week.  I have to be very careful on Pinterest as I can waste heaps of I've learned to put a timer on, and then actually stopping when the timer goes off!

Anyway - without further ado, here are my favourite picks:


I was thinking about this as I put this blog together, and it's a really nice way of showing you projects made with products that I don't own.  As much as I would love to 'have it all', that's not possible.  Also good to show you different styles to my own.

I hope you enjoyed my selection

Take care,