Friday, 19 July 2019



Hello and welcome to my blog. Today my card is for the latest Paper Players Colour Challenge and these just happen to be some of my favourite colours! These colours are so fresh and work perfectly together. 

The flowers in the Perennial Essence Stamp Set look great in any colour, and for the lighter flowers I've stamped off in the Balmy Blue.

To create the layered look I made a mask and stamped over it. To make my mask I stamped the flowers on photocopy paper and cut it out - right to the edge. Photocopy paper is good to use as it is thin and doesn't create a gap when you stamp over it, although I do pull it back slightly over the already stamped image to help avoid this!

One card has the "Beautiful Inside and Out" sentiment from the Band Together Stamp Set stamped directly onto it, the other has been embossed with White Emboss Powder on Blueberry Bushel Cardstock. It's then die cut with a Rectangle Stitched Framelits Die and embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

A twist of Linen Thread and a sprinkling of Woven Threads Sequin Assortments complete my card. Now to pop my message in and post it!

It's the last day of the school holidays here so it's off for haircuts and lunch! 

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Welcome to the July Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team's Blog Hop. This month we are sharing projects featuring products from the Perennial Essence Suite. Make sure to hop around everyone's blog for lots of inspirational ideas ... you won't want to miss them!

Isn't this Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper pretty? Teamed with all the other products in the Perennial Essence Suite there are endless ways to create feminine floral projects.

The flowers on this card have been embossed in Gold Emboss Powder on Shimmery White Card stock and water-coloured with Flirty Flamingo and Crushed Curry Ink. I've also water-coloured the background with Crushed Curry Ink and added a few splatters.

The sentiment has been Gold Embossed on the Petal Pink Vellum from the Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock pack.

The hand-painted imagery on this Designer Series Paper makes it almost too pretty to cover up!

The die from Stitched Labels Framelits Dies has a Crushed Curry wash over it and is layered up over a piece of the Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon - it's so sparkly and delicate.

These flowers have been stamped in Petal Pink and fussy cut - I always leave a little white border around anything I fussy cut, I think it gives a softer look.

My cards all have a few Iridescent Sequins sprinkled around and a bow tied in Linen Thread.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous and super-talented friend Ashley Van Camp. Please click on the link below to continue on the hop.

And here's a sneak peek of the amazing collection of projects the team have created!

Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Product List

Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
Linen Thread
Heat Tool

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Friday, 28 June 2019


Welcome to the Ink It! Stamp It! Blog Hop. This month we are sharing projects that are kids/male inspired. You may have arrived here from my lovely team member Kirsten, if you're hopping along already. If you started here, welcome and please make sure to visit all the Design Team's blogs, the full line up below will guide you through all the projects.

Have you got the Come Sail Away Suite? This Suite makes it so easy to create gorgeous male cards.
For this card I've used the Note Card from the Note Cards & Envelopes pack as a guide but cut it to open up so I could tie the twine around it. These make a great sized card and means you don't have to write too much inside!!!
I covered the front with the striped designer series paper, Come Sale Away and layered a couple of strips of the different patterns. The twine has been wrapped around and tied at the side with one of the cute anchors from the Sail Away Trinkets.
The next layer is a Stitched Nested Label which I've coloured using a Sponge Dauber and Balmy Blue ink. The birds add a lovely little touch and balance to my card.

The lighthouse from the Sailing Home Stamp Set  has been stamped in Sahara Sand to co-ordinate with the twine and cut using the co-ordinating die set - Smooth Sailing Dies.
"Thanks" is heat embossed in White Stampin' Emboss Powder and cut using the co-ordinating die on Night of Navy Cardstock.
Enjoy the rest of the hop - there'll be lots of fabulous inspiration to get you creating!
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Thursday, 27 June 2019


Hello and welcome to this month's Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Angela Meiritz-Reid from Christchurch, New Zealand. The complete list at the bottom will guide you through all the inspirational projects the team has to share.
This month our theme is "Focus on Tools" and I've chosen a couple of my favourite tools to create my cards using the gorgeous new Bloom and Grow Bundle.
Heat embossing was one of the first things I was introduced to when I started making cards and I still love it. The flowers have been embossed using the Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and this creates a great edge to keep your water colouring inside. The Stampin' Up!® Heat Tool has two settings, one for drying ink and one for heat-setting powder so it's quick and easy to use!

Water colouring is another favourite and the Aqua Painters are the perfect tool for this. I love how they hold their own water! For each of these cards I've created a co-ordinating layer of colour under the Designer Series Paper - Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride and Mossy Meadow. I wanted something a little more subtle than the cardstock so I simply water-coloured a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock and layered it between the Gold Glimmer Paper and the DSP.

I love fussy cutting so my Paper Snips are well loved! I created an extra layer under the flowers with vellum. To do this I traced around the framelits of each of the floral images onto a piece of vellum and fussy cut it.

To complete my cards I added sentiments from the Well Said Stamp Set and Well Written Dies, swirls of Gold Metallic Thread (I still have a little stash of this!) and a sprinkling of sequins from the Woven Threads and Iridescent Sequin Assortments.

Thanks for visiting today and be sure to continue on the hop to visit my lovely talented team members to check out their favourite tools. 
Product List

Gold Metallic Thread
Gold Metallic Thread
Heat Tool
Paper Snips

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