How to Clean Your Acrylic Blocks

How to Clean Your Acrylic Blocks

I have a cute little story for you today. Once upon at time my acrylic stamping blocks were soooo dirty, to the point where they were hard to see through. My husband was curious as to why I didn’t clean them. When I told him I didn’t know what to use, he was dumbfounded.  Don’t laugh, but I really didn’t know what to use that would get the permanent ink off.  Later that day I walk into the kitchen and he was with a stack of my blocks looking perfectly new again. All he used was some household cleaner spray and paper towels to clean them, and then he washed them off with soap and water. I was afraid the chemicals would ruin my stamps. SO EASY RIGHT?!

So,  if your acrylic stamping blocks are dirty, grab your all-purpose glass cleaner and your blocks will look brand new in minutes.

Tip & Technique: How To Create a Glitter Border

Tip & Technique: How To Create a Glitter Border

Today I want to  share one of my favourite techniques—using tear tape with glitter. I just love the extra bling glitter can add to any project. I find this technique is the easiest way to use glitter and let’s face it, we all have jars of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter just sitting around unused waiting to be cracked open. Am I right? (Maybe it’s just me) I use tear tape but you can use any type of tape adhesive for this technique.

First, place the tape where you want it. A tip on laying the tape perfectly straight is to lay your cardstock on Stampin’ Up! Grid paper and line up the ends of the tape. The ends trim off easily with a pair of scissors.


Next, sprinkle the glitter on, tap lightly and then gently brush the excess off with a small soft paintbrush. A tip on collecting the glitter is to use a coffee filter.  For some reason the fibers in coffee filters help with the static and the glitter (and embossing powder) slides easily back into their jars. You can even use different colours of glitter. Since the glitter sticks so well to the tape the colours won’t drop into another container and get all mixed up.

I always use Dazzling Diamonds glitter as its ultra fine but this technique also works with other kinds.

Here is a  card I made using this technique.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you give this technique a try!

Make It Monday #7: Petal Garden Designer Series Paper

Make It Monday #7: Petal Garden Designer Series Paper

Vellum is a beautiful, versatile and fragile type of paper that can add uniqueness to any project. There are lots of ways to use vellum and today I’m going to share with you just one idea.

I love the  Petal Garden DSP, but I find that it is bright and vibrant, and I sometimes struggle to use it.  So I’ve challenged myself to use it.

I’ve started by selecting different patterns from the Petal Garden DSP, the flowers seemed to be to vibrant and bright for me and took away from the greeting which was my main focus on this card. So I placed a piece of Vellum the same size as the floral piece to soften it a bit.

I stamped my greeting from Thankful Thoughts stamp set and cut it out using the Layering Circle Framelits.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Thankful Thoughts
  • Ink –Memento Black Ink
  • PaperRich Razzleberry CS, Whisper White CS, Vellum
  • Other Double Sided adhesive, Paper snips, Layering Circle Dies, Big Shot, Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Rich Razzleberry CS – 9” x 4-1/2” (scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase)
  • Whisper White CS – scrap piece
  • Petal Garden DSP – small circle piece 4-3/8” x 4-3/8”, Large floral piece 4”x 4”, small floral piece – scrap piece
  • Vellum – 4” x 4”

Directions:

  1. Stamp your greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS. Die cut using the layering Circle framelits and Big Shot
  2. Adhere the 4” x 4” large floral piece to the 4-3/8” x 4-3/8” small circle piece leaving equal boarders around all four sides
  3. Place vellum over the top of 4” x 4” large floral piece, adhere the die cut greeting to the bottom right.
  4. Place adhesive behind the greeting piece and stick the vellum over the 4” x 4” large floral piece.
  5. Fussy cut a set of small flowers from the small floral piece of DSP, and adhere to the greeting as shown above
  6. Adhere scattering Rhinestones. You’re done!

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Supplies

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See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature

Tips & Techniques: Adding Colour to Rhinestones & Pearls

Tips & Techniques: Adding Colour to Rhinestones & Pearls

If you’re like me and LOVE to use rhinestones & pearl accents, but don’t always have the right colours, then this tip is for you.  My favourite thing to do is to colour my rhinestones & pearls with a Stampin’ Blends marker!

Yep, you can colour your rhinestones!

I usually colour clear rhinestones because I tend to buy these in bulk, especially since I always run out of the smallest sized ones.

Here is a picture of the coloured pearls for my card.  I wanted the colour to complement my crumb cake flourish on my card.  So I recommend colouring your pearls or rhinestones with the darker shade of Stampin’ Blends

When colouring your rhinestones and pearls, here are a couple of important things to keep in mind:

  1. Apply the colour evenly as the colour can come off if you run the Stampin’ Blend back over it.  I usually smoosh my Stampin’ Blend on the top and circle my way down all the way to the plastic sheet
  2. Choose a Stampin’ Blend with a darker colour than you want it to be.  The rhinestone and pearls take colour, but it ends up lighter than if the marker is colouring white paper
  3. I “test” my Stampin’ Blends colours on the larger rhinestones and pearls as I don’t use them often.
  4. You can easily change your shade of colour by taking another Stampin’ Blend and colouring over it
  5. Let the ink fully dry and lightly tap the rhinestone or pearl with your finger to make sure all the extra ink is off.  Otherwise, you can end up with a mark on your paper if you move your rhinestones around like I tend to do

Here is my final card!

I hope you found this tip useful.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tips & Techniques: Why Use Baby Wipes!

Tips & Techniques: Why Use Baby Wipes!

Why use baby wipes while your crafting?  Today and I am going to share a little secret with you. My secret is this—my daughter is nearly 4 years old and I often frequent the baby aisle. Why? It’s because of these glorious little cloths known as baby wipes.

I use them for cleaning just about anything—stamps, for one. Yes, I have the Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Cleaner I use those when baby wipes won’t cut it, but 90% of the time the wipes do the trick and then I don’t have a scrubby pad to clean after I clean the stamp.

My workspace, my hands, spilled glitter, bits of paper from fussy cutting, etc. all can be cleaned quickly with a baby wipe. Got some tape residue on a die from taping it to the right spot on the paper? A baby wipe will get that cleaned right up. An inked brayer can sit on a baby wipe until I make it to the sink.

They are mild, and leave no residue. One wipe can clean a lot, so I don’t feel wasteful either. I could go on and on about how much I love baby wipes. The generic brands are what I usually use. They work just fine and they are super affordable. Now you know my secret, maybe you will use it too! Have a fantastic day.

Tips & Techniques: Carve A Little Time

Tips & Techniques: Carve A Little Time

My best tip for any card maker (new and old) is to practice. Carve out a little time in your busy life each week to get creative. It’s good for you. Every card you make is a learning experience. You might be trying a new colour combination, a technique or a challenge of some kind. I prefer challenges without a prize because I don’t want to compete—I’d rather just play when I create.

Challenges are a great way to learn because they stretch you to try new things or look at things you’ve done before in new ways. If I get in a slump and need a jump start I usually create myself a challenge. Here are couple challenges I like to create for myself

  • Colour Challenge – punch out 1/2″ circle of each colour cardstock place them in a bowl.  Randomly pick out 3-4 colours and create project using them
  • Sketch Challenge
  • Limited Supplies Challenge – Select 3-4 items from stamp sets, paper and embellishments and create project using just those items
  • Stamp Set Challenge – Create a project using a stamp set that you haven’t used yet or haven’t used in a long time.

I always seem to find something that wakes up my creativity. Like everything else in life you need to work at your craft a bit to get better. Make a card in a different shape than you normally do. Try new techniques. Try new colour combinations.

Relax and have fun while you create. Through the process you will become a better card
maker

Here is a look back at a card I made in 2013 when I first started my blog. Not Bad!

Birthday Basics, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Here’s one I created just last month, a great improvement.

Whole Lot of Lovely
Don’t give up, keep creating and challenge yourself.  You can only get better.

Non-Traditional Christmas Card

Non-Traditional Christmas Card

Today’s card features the Watercolour Christmas Stamp Set  from the current Holiday Catalogue, and we’re using non-traditional colours.  The Watercolour Christmas stamp set has lots of word and element stamps that you can combine to create your own sentiment design.

I stamped my greeting on vellum and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder I love that it’s not too yellow. It’s a nice even gold colour.

The backgrounds were watercoloured and then embossed using Holly Embossing Folder 

 

Tricks & Tips

  • Run an embossing buddy over the vellum before stamping your greeting this will ensure the Embossing Powder only sticks the areas you need it to
  • Tape your watercolour paper to a solid surface (eg Clipboard) this will prevent the watercolour paper from warping

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it on this link HERE.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.

Supplies

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Paper Crafting Inspiration at Your Fingertips

Paper Crafting Inspiration at Your Fingertips

Looking for paper craft tutorials? My free Resource library is a video-tutorial-based library that was created in order to provide an in-depth and easy-to-navigate learning solution for paper crafters of all levels. 

Whether you’re looking for project ideas by theme, technique or even by stamp set, my free Resource Library has you covered.   My aim  is to provide you with a library of information to help you use and make the most of your products.  

Here is an overview of what the Resource Library has to offer.

  • Project Ideas are sorted in to Catagories so you can search from project tutorials by Theme, Technique or Stamp Set
  • Stamping Tools & Products learn about the great products Stampin’ Up! have to offer as well as some Tips & Tricks for getting most out of your tools
  • Online Classes are available to help your creativity soar!

Each Category will display a gallery of projects  featuring the Theme, Technique or Stamp Set you’ve selected.  Simply click the image and you will be taken directly to the project including any video tutorials, PDF handouts, template or even Tips & Tricks for helping you get the most out of your supplies.

Be sure to check out the free Resource Library for Inspiration in your next project.

What are you making for Father’s Day?

What are you making for Father’s Day?

This project was featured in my “Ultimate Guide to Masculine Cards” that I posted earlier in the month, if you missed it you can view it HERE.

Coming up with the right colour combination can be tricky.  I like to look at the pattern paper I have and pick my colour combinations from that.  In today’s project I’ve used the Coffee Break Patterned Paper, and the colours I have selected from this paper are

Masculine Colour Combination


From the colour combination I have selected, I’ve decited to use the Crumb Cake and my cardbase with a pop of colour using the Pear Pizzazz.  I didn’t want to make my card to busy with a lot of patterned paper so add texture I went with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.  Now, one may look at the Petal Burst Embossing folder and think that would look great for a girly project , the certainly suggests gardens, colours, outdoors.  But by changing the colours it makes a great background piece for my Father’s Day card

Masculine, Father's Day, Lovely as a Tree

My Image has been stamped from the Lovely as a Tree Stamp set, and my greeting is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments

DID YOU KNOW that Lovely as a Tree Stamp set was in the very first Australian Stampin’ Up! Catalogue?  Yep, this stamp set is so popular that it has been around for over 12 years in Australia.

Masculine, Father's Day, Lovely as a Tree

To finish my card, I’ve added a piece of Twine across the top and tied it into a bow.

Masculine, Father's Day, Lovely as a Tree

Video Tutorial

Will show you how to create a Father’s Day card.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

Product List

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My Top Five go to items to create masculine cards

My Top Five go to items to create Masculine Cards

For some reason, many of us come up with a creative block when it comes to masculine cards, therefore, today I want to share with you my Top five (5) go-to items to Create Masculine Cards

Cardstock 

Often the first stumbling block is colour. Colours for guys, especially in clothing, have truly evolved! Check out the men’s clothing department for inspiration. While you are there, take a moment to explore the different patterns in the fabrics. Here are some of my favourite colour combinations for Masculine Cards

Masculine Colour Combination #1

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Masculine Colour Combination #2

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Punches & Die Cuts

Punches and die cuts are a fun way to add interest to your projects.  Try looking for punches that you can use for a duel purpose.  For eg Fox builder punch will be great for a Masculine card but change the colours to soft subtitles and it will also be great for as a baby card.  This gives you flexibility and also helps you get the most out of your supplies .

I like to use border punches and the Ticket Tear border punch is perfect to add that interest for a masculine card.

My go-to embossing folders are the Pinewood Planks and Brick wall as these give the outdoor feel to a card.  But try using some of the other folders as well and think outside the box.  Like Polka Dot Basics and Petal Burst Embossing Folders.  When paired with correct colour combination these to will also give you texture for your masculine card

Patterned Paper

Patterned Paper is my first go-to item when creating Masculine projects, and Stampin’ Up! make it so easy for us by providing a Cardstock pack to match their Patterned Paper packs.  Currently in the 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalogue there are 3 patterned Paper packs that I like to use for Masculine Cards.

    • Wood Textures Paper Pack – This pack screams Masculine to me.  Those wood textures look amazing
    • Coffee Break – and I love the coordinating Cardstock pack as well.
    • Pick a Pattern – Took me a while to love this, but the patterns that have been used are great for masculine projects.

Embellishments

Picking embellishments can sometimes be a bit tricking as the go to flower elements and bows will not work here.  Try looking for embellishments and ribbon that have a natural feel to them.  Buttons are always a favourite of mine.  Here is a list of my favourite items from our 2017-2018  Annual Catalogue

    • Corrugated Elements – try changing the colour by sponging ink over the top
    • Hearts & Star Elements
    • Touches of Nature elements
    • Burlap Ribbon
    • Linen Thread

Stamps

I love Background stamps they’re so easy to use and if I can’t find the perfect patterned paper than Background stamps is my next go-to item.

There are not a lot of Masculine Themed stamp sets available in the current Annual Catalogue but my go-to everytime is Lovely as a Tree.  This stamp set has been around forever, in fact it has been in every annual catalogue since Stampin’ Up! first opened in Australia back in 2006.

When searching for greetings, look at the fonts.  You don’t want curvy fonts for a masculine project, but some nice straight characters are best. For example, the fonts int eh “Guy Greeting” stamp set and “One Wild Ride” are perfect for your masculine project.  You can also create your own greeting using the Labeler Alphabet Stamp set

If you’re looking for more masculine project ideas be sure to check out this month’s Class-To go featuring Lovely as a Tree HERE

Happy Birthday to a Special 3 Year Old

Happy Birthday to a Special 3 Year Old

This past week our little girl Bianca, turned three (3).  She has brought so much joy to our lives, and after trying for many years to start a family we will finally blessed with our only child Bianca. Although it has taken me many years to come to the grip that our family will no longer grow, but I have in turn learnt to be grateful for the wonderful daughter I do have and how she has blessed our lives.

Amongst all the winging and tantrums that are normal toddler would display, Bianca is has a gentle, kind, natured heart.  You will hear her often say “Are you OK Mummy?” which I reply “Yes, are you OK?”  She is so happy, and loves to sing, dance and play outside.

Her favourite things is Minnie Mouse and Bows.  She loves Minnie Mouse so much that she has just about everything Minnie Mouse you can think of, including her Bedroom suite, toys, dolls, bags, clothes, even her underwear.  You will often find her dressed as Minnie with a cute Bow in her hair.

For her Birthday cake this year, I wanted to recreate Minnie’s Red Bow and create cake toppers.  But, sadly I noticed there was no Red with White Polka dot patterned paper available in the current 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalogue. So I decided to create my own.

STEP 1: – to create the polka dots, I used the eraser end of a pencil and inked it in Versamark ink and randomly placed the polka dots onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock

STEP 2: Apply Clear Embossing powder and heat set with a Heat Gun

STEP 3: Using the Direct to paper technique, take your Real Red Ink pad and drag it across the Cardstock.  Once you have a good coverage of ink, wipe excess ink off with a Tissue and the dots will pop

Using my Bow Builder punch I was able to create little bows to use a cake toppers for Bianca’s Birthday Cake

Why not create your own patterned paper for your next project.

Ultimate Masculine Cardmaking Guide

Ultimate Masculine Cardmaking Guide

Many people find it difficult to create masculine cards.  If you are one of them, then this “Ultimate Masculine Cardmaking Guide ​”  is for you.  Masculine cards are not just needed for Father’s Day, but throughout the year as well.  However, with Father’s Day approaching it is the perfect time to discuss this topic.

 

Creating cards for guys can be easy if you follow a few basic tips and keep it simple.  The items that are always in my card-making collection are cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, ribbons & Punches.  When designing a card for one of the guys in my life, I use the same basic supplies but with a little creative twist.

 

Cardstock

For your cardbase, select a neutral colour cardstock such as  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White or Early Espresso.  These colours have a natural or organic feel to them and are versatile enough to use for any card design.  To create additional texture or interest, try dry embossing your cardstock.

Punches

Border punches are a fun way to add movement and dimension to paper.  For masculine cards, swap your favourite Decorative Ribbon border punch for a Ticket Tear border punch instead. And don’t forget that simple rounded corners can help make a design a bit more interesting as well

Patterned Paper

In selecting patterned papers, go for basic designs such as grids, stripes and check.  Also, subtle prints that are tone-on-tone make the colour pop instead of the design on the paper.

You can also reach for themed products that lend themselves to male topics or themes that relate to the person for whom you are creating for.

Embellishments

No card design is complete without embellishments.  A flower might be your typical go-to embellishment but that won’t work here. Consider using circles, stars or other geometric shapes.

For a really dynamic card, create a shape that is textured, using corrugated paper.

Embellishments such as these can be painted or inked to match your project perfectly.

Instead of adding rhinestones or basic pearls as a finishing touch, reach for buttons, which work perfectly on masculine cards.

Finally, swap our silk ribbons and laces for linen thread, burlap or baker’s twine.  wrapping twine around a card multiple times and tying into a simple bow finishes off a card as beautifully as ribbon.

Ultimate Masculine Card Making Guide
As you can see there are truly many options for creating masculine cards, and this was just a small sampling of the possibilities.  I hope this has helped nudge any creative block you might have with regards to masculine cards and that you are now inspired to create!

 

View more Masculine Project ideas in my FREE Resource Library HERE

Masculine – Die Cut Inlay

Masculine – Die Cut Inlay

A Die cut inlay is not a new technique it has been around for some time.  Die Cut Inlay is when you cut an image or shape and put it back in the same place, this give it a bit of dimension as appose to leaving your image just stamped.

I’ve created my background using a sponging technique and various colours (Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler & Cajun Craze).  Sponging is one of the most easiest and cheapest ways to add contrast and character to your project.  Learn more about Stampin’ Up! Sponges HERE

Vintage Leaves, Thankful Thoughts

I’ve stamped my image from Vintage Leaves Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and Gold Embossing Powder.  Next I Die cutted the image using my coordinating Framelits Leaflets Framelits. After adhering my sponged cardstock to my Cajun Craze Mat I replaced my die cut image with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tricks & Tips

  • Hold your sponge tightly and start my sponging off the cardstock to remove any excess ink and then gradually in a circular motion sponge onto the cardstock til you have the desired effect.

Vintage Leaves, Thankful Thoughts

Video Tutorial

Will show you how to create this card, including supplies and trick and tips on creating a Die Cut Inlay effect in your project

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

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Masculine Thank You Card

Masculine Thank You Card

In today’s project we’re creating Masculine Thank You Card.  I always have to stop and think when I need to create a card for a guy as the usual flowers and pretty ribbons are not going to work when creating masculine cards.

Vintage Leaves, Hardwood, One Big Meaning

I wanted to use the Hardwood Stamp for my background however, the stamp is smaller than the standard size card so to make things easier I just cut a piece of Always Artichoke CS 28 x 10.5cm scored and folded in half to create my cardbase.

I stamp my leaf image from Vintage Leaves onto scrap pieces of Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Old Olive CS using Versamark ink and heat embossed the image using Clear embossing powder and a Heat tool.

The greeting comes from One Big Meaning Stamp Set and coloured using Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Markers.

Tricks & Tips

  • Don’t have Stampin’ Write Markers?  Mask off bottom part of the greeting and stamp the top part with Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink, Clean the stamp and mask the top part of the greeting and ink the bottom with Always Artichoke Classic Ink, using a stamp-a-ma-jig stamp the bottom part of the greeting

Video Tutorial

Will show you how to create this card, including supplies and trick and tips on stamping a multi coloured greeting

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

I have included the Stampin’ Write Marker colour families in the product list below as they cannot be purchased separately
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You Are Too Kind

You Are Too Kind

You don’t need to have all the embellishments in the world for your card to pack a punch.  As the saying goes “Less is More”

You are Too Kind

For today’s project, I’ve masked off a section (approx 4 cm) in the center of my Whisper White Card-stock. Then lightly sponged my background in Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo Classic Ink.

You are Too Kind

Video Tutorial

View video tutorial below

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store
 
Product List

Looking for more project ideas? Check out my Resource Library for other project ideas and techniques