Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Coffee Café July Card Kit


Hello and welcome. I'm introducing a special card kit for each month as a way to help with expanding your stamp collection in a cost effective way. July's card kit, is featuring the fabulous new Coffee Café bundle. If you love coffee and have friends and family that love it too, then this set of cards will be perfect to make. 



The card kit includes all the components that you will need to create three cards. 

• Coffee Café photopolymer stamp set
• Precut cardstock base and insert panels
• Die cut pieces
• Precut Coffee Café designer series paper for each card
• Corrugated Elements
• Stampin' Dimensionals
• PDF instructions with photos will be emailed. 

Most of the work is done for you and is such a great way to use this set and create three gorgeous cards. All you need are inks to ink the stamp set and adhesives.

Inks and clear blocks are not included but can be purchased separately.

If you would like the associated inks and clear blocks, please send me a message. I would be more than happy to help.

The cost of the kit is $49 AUD and is only available for Australian residents only.

Thank you so much for stopping by and if you have any questions, please let me know. 

Till next time - Happy Crafting! :)







Thursday, 15 June 2017

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Carry Over Products




Welcome to the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop, running monthly. You are currently visiting Juana Ambida from Australia. I hope you enjoy my project showcasing one of my favourite 'Carry Over" products from the old catalogue to the new one.

The Lift Me Up bundle is a personal favourite from the Occasions catalogue and have created another card in a box creation. Its looks cool to see the balloons floating among the clouds. Thanks to the coordinating dies in the set help make it so easy to construct.

Here it is... 



The new Color Theory dsp blue gradient patterned paper is perfect sky backdrop and have used both patterns to give a seamless gradient effect. The darker striped panels help to add contrast and set off the sentiment.

To be honest, I made a mistake with measuring the dsp at the beginning as the lower part of the box is slighty taller. I wanted to have the gradient flowing as per the patterned design from top to bottom. However, I just went ahead with the already cut pieces and trimmed to fit so there was no wastage. Somehow it still turned out and glad I went ahead with it. 

By having the lighter stripe pattern at the base of the box helps to extend the sky background of the back panel rather than the darker panels which is now on the flaps. The darker blue stripes on the front flaps/panels also help to accentuate the white heat embossed sentiment. Some mistakes can still turn out fortunately, and no one would really notice in the overall picture hehe.  



The design is kept pretty simple using the same monochromatic colouring with the hot air balloons. It's a great way to add a pop of colour and still in keeping with the design. Copic markers have been used and stamped with Copic safe Memento Tuxedo black ink. Whisper White cardstock is used for the base card in a box to tie in with the Color Theory dsp striping and the overall clouds. Soft Sky ink used for the clouds to keep the light and airy feel.


Strips of window sheets have been used to prop up the balloons and clouds and is a great way to use up all the small off cuts/scraps from your stash. Tear and tape has been used to adhere them or mini glue dots would also work well. Foam dimensionals used for the cloud on the front panel for extra dimension.



The back of  the card has ink blending using Dapper Denim and a bit of Soft Sky ink for a gradient ombre effect. The large magenta/pink hot air balloon from the front is used again with the two clouds to help create the scene. The remaining space can be used to add a personal message.


The card in a box folds flat and creates another design element and perfect to post out.




I hope you have enjoyed this card in a box featuring the hot air balloon from the marvelous Lift Me Up bundle. The creativity is endless and so glad it has been carried over to the new catalogue. Make sure you continue to hop around and see all the amazing projects - you don't want to miss any!

Thank you so much for stopping by, till next time - Happy Crafting!




Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Coffee Cafe bundle : June ColourINKspiration #11 - Guest Designer.



Hello and welcome to the Colour INKspiration blog hop. I'm so excited to be the guest designer for June's #CI11 and what a challenging colour combination it is. 

Here are the colours: Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Soft Suede.


The new Coffee Cafe bundle was a perfect set to go with this colour combination and the suggestive colour inspired photo. This set is available to order now and by purchasing it as a bundle you save 10%.



The set was so much fun to use that I have created two cards in the end. Marina Mist works well with this set and the wood grain patterned paper from the Coffee Break designer series paper. 


The dies in the set are fabulous and can create many coffee to go cups with added textured details and complete with coffee beans.  The sentiment used is so cute, that I have created two coffee cups to go to compliment it. To go with the 'friend' theme, I have added the friend window frame using both the Lovely Words thinlits and Stitched shaped oval dies nested together. It adds a great interest in the background and have used the reverse side of the same patterned paper. A piece of vellum was also used to layer on top to help soften the patterned paper.

Marina Mist cardstock used for both the die cut friend window and taller coffee to go cup and then added ink blending with Marina Mist ink to add some definition. 

White heat embossed resist ink blending used for the sentiment and this helps to make it stand out. Also the coffee lids have been white heat embossed to help give a realistic look to them.

The smaller cup uses the woodgrain cup image and stamped with Soft Suede ink.  Soft Suede cardstock used for the textured die cut band from the set and this adds a great detail. 

'Thanks A Latte' image is another one of the sentiments from the set and comes with a coordinating oval die to cut it out. It has been mounted with Stampin' dimensionals.  

What's coffee without coffee beans? The coffee beans stamped images and die cuts are great way to fill up the background and help create a scene. To add depth and dimension, I have added clear glossy accents on the top. Early Espresso ink and Soft Suede cardstock used for the coffee beans. 



The second card is a lighter version using a clean and simple composition.

The background uses the larger sentiments from the set and have been white heat embossed in a staggered pattern for interest.

Marina Mist ink has been used for the ink blended background, and helps reveal the embossed sentiments. It creates a lovely subtle textured background.

The iced coffee to go cup has been added for fun as the Marina Mist straw was a great way to bring in this colour.

The lid and cream has been white heat embossed on vellum to give it that authentic sheer see through look hehe. The cream would look weird stamped in brown don't you think? - just not a good look lol.

"Thanks A Latte" sentiment and same cup used again but this time added a stamped Early Espresso lid.
  

Both cards make a perfect Thank You card. I hope you enjoyed and found inspiration. This set is so versatile and can be interpreted in so many ways using the colours in the challenge. It's been such an honor to have been a guest designer and had so much fun creating these cards. Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop for more inspirations. Next up on the hop is the talented Rose Packer, make sure you check out what she has created. :) 

Thank you so much for stopping by, till next time - Happy Crafting!



Click on the banner below to take part in this month's colour challenge. 
I can't wait to see what you create. :) 




Wednesday, 7 June 2017

June Tutorial Bundle Design Team Stampin' Up! Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to June's Tutorial Bundle design team blog hop. This month's tutorial bundle is full of great cards and project ideas highlighting some of the new goodies from the new catalogue. There is plenty of inspiration that you'll want to get your hands on. Click here to purchase.



Here is the sneak peek photo of the project I have made in the tutorial bundle. To give you another way that this awesome die can be used, I have teamed it up with a gorgeous Tuscan Vineyard stamp set. 


Fortunately it has been carried over in the new catalogue and for very good reason, the illustration is just exquisite and so detailed. It's just perfect for colouring in and to use for a range of other techniques.  I have framed the picturesque Tuscan vineyard image using three oval shaped dies, the 
Lovely Words thinlints 'Friend' die, the layering oval and the oval stitched shape framelit die. 

Here are all the panels used to create the card...


The nested die cut window frame,  frames the entire scene beautifully.

The images have been stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink as it'a perfect to use with alcohol based markers. It was so much fun and relaxing colouring in all the images with Copic markers and just love the finished result using these quality markers. 

The stamped image would also look great using any other mediums you have on hand such as, colour pencils, and ink watercolours using an aqua painter for example.

The 'Toscana Vigneto' label image has been punch out using the coordinating 1" circle punch and mounted with foam dimensionals. I have trimmed it off to fit on the card front.

The sentiment is from the Lovely Inside and Out stamp set and has been white heat embossed on Elegant Eggplant cardstock. The purple hue ties in with the grapes and wine bottle.



Here are the angle shots of the card to show the die cut window frame. The lovely words thinlits are just marvelous to create this effect and adds so much dimension to a card.




Here is the inside of the card, showing the reverse of the die cut window. I have die cut another piece to cover the back and hide the initial inner oval die cut window. This helps to reinforce and strengthen the die cut word frame.


Here's a close up of the coloured Tuscan Vineyard image. Adding colour just brings it to life thanks to the realistic drawing. All props to the artist who drew this. :)


I hope you enjoyed and found inspiration. The Lovely Words thinlits and bundle is just so versatile and would compliment many sets in the new catalogue.  It makes the perfect framing to add to your cards. 



Make sure you continue to hop all around to see all the wonderful inspirations from our team. Next on the hop is the talented Kimberly, you are going to love what she has created.

Thank you so much for stopping by, till next time - Happy Crafting! :)




Blog Hop List

Allison Okamitsu
Angela McKay
Erica McCarty Cerwin
Janneke de Jong
Juana Ambida
Kimberly Leggett Van Diepen
Kylie Bertucci
Louise Sharp
Lorri Heiling
Rachel Tessman
Wendy Cranford


Monday, 5 June 2017

Stamp Review Crew - Colorful Seasons Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew blog hop and we are highlighting the brand new Colorful Seasons stamp set. I have been having so much fun playing with this set and wanted to make a summer thematic card. It's officially the start of winter here in the southern hemisphere and creating this card is reminiscing the warmer weather. 


I have made two cards and just couldn't help myself but to try and make a beach scene card in a box using the wonderful Seasonal Layers dies in this bundle. The scallop border edge die was perfect to create the waves using both the positive and negative die cuts. The Color Theory designer paper stack in Dapper Denim gradients has been utilised using the entire sheet both front and back to cover all the panels on the card in a box.  The card base is Dapper Denim and coordinates well. Staggering the scallop border on the front panel as well as the waves on the top is an effective way to create visually interesting layers.


The background panel has been ink blended using a round mini ink blending tool in Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight for a warm sunset backdrop. The white heat embossed sentiments just pops against this ink blended background. 


Crumb Cake cardstock used for the sand landscape. I have used a retired Stampin' Up! Sleigh Ride edgelits die to create it, but you could easily cut one out freehand. I have mounted this on with a strip of fun foam on  the back to give an even raise.

The black frame of the beach chair, has been stamped with Versafine onxy black pigment ink and then clear heat embossed. The white fabric image has been stamped in Versamark ink and white heat embossed. The chair has been hand cut out and mounted on top with Stampin' dimensionals for added dimension.



For the back, I have done white heat embossed ink resist for the sentiment and added the same ink blended colours used on the front with the addition of Dapper Denim.

The additional die cut chair from the Seasonal Layers thinlits has been added and ink blended to help tie it in to the colour scheme. 



The card in a box folds flat and creates another visual layered look both front and back.



This is my second card, a spin off the first one using the scallop border. This time using the entire Daffodil Delight gradient sheet from the Color Theory dsp. The scallop border edge is facing up and represents a stylised sand base. The die cut chairs has been inserted in between the scallop edge borders and ink blended with Dapper Denim. The base scallop has been ink blended in Daffodil Delight ink to intensify the colour and make it pop even more. 


The sentiment has been white heat embossed on vellum and die cut out using the Layering Circles dies. It has been adhered with both tear and tape and Tombow mono liquid glue on strategic areas such as under the glitter enamel dots and scallop edge so that the glue wont be seen.

This was a fun card to make, clean and simple and thanks to that scallop border die helped jazz it up.  


I hope you have enjoyed both cards and found inspiration. The Colorful Seasons bundle is such a versatile set and can be used all year round - the creativity is endless! Purchasing it as a bundle is a great way to save 10% and you'll want the dies set for sure. 

Make sure to hop all around so you wont miss anything. There are so many wonderful inspirations in stall. Next up on the hop is Valerie Moody, you're going love what she has created. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, till next time - Happy Crafting! :)