IT’S YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SHOW 2018 SOME LOVE!

 

The Year-End Closeout is our chance to do a little inventory cleaning—and your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals on retiring and surplus items. Why not save on select items. Remember: Some items are last-chance and limited-inventory, so remember to place your orders while supplies last!

Receive up to 50% discount on selected items.  Download a list of current items HERE.  View and shop online HERE

Kids Craft – Santa’s Workshop

Kids Craft – Santa’s Workshop

My 4 yr old daughter LOVES to craft.  Every afternoon after kindy the first thing she wants to do is make a card.  I love it how she is so interested in what I do, and wants to create alongside me.  In today’s post I’m sharing with you a quick and easy craft activity that you can do with your children this Christmas period.

This project uses Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card pack, includes 50 double sided card in two sizes plus sticker sheets.

Pair the Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card pack with the Memories & More Card & Envelopes.  The red colour is perfect match the the card pack and the best part.  They’re sized perfectly to use the Memories & More Card packs.

With these 2 products in hand and my favourite adhesive, Bianca was set.  She had lots of fun creating holiday cards for all her friends at Kindy.

 

Here are the projects she made, I love seeing where her creativity takes her.

 

Here’s a list of products that were used. Purchase any of these via my online store (click the link to shop online)


Share with me what you’re creating this Christmas?

Limited Time Only – Snowflake Showcase

 

Currently it’s 46°C here in outback Australia not quite sure what happened to spring, but summer sure is here, some snow would be good right about now.  Wait!….. it doesn’t snow in Western QLD (bummer).  The new Snowflake Showcase (limited time) will sure to cool things down this month.

Snowflake Showcase includes the following items

Here are some great project ideas using all items from the Snowflake Snowcase

 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Snow is Glistening
  • Ink – Pear Pizzazz, Balmy Blue, Soft Suede, Versamark Ink
  • Paper – Thick Whisper White, Shimmer White, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate CS, White Velveteen sheets
  • Other – Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Snowfall thinlits, Snowflake Trinkets, Stampin Dimensionals, multipurpose Liquid glue, Aqua Painter, paper snips, White embossing powder, heat tool, rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Thick Whisper White CS: 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Shimmer White CS:  3-7/8” x 5-5/8”
  • Pear Pizzazz CS:  5″ x 4″
  • Whisper White CS: Scrap piece
  • Smoky Slate CS: Scrap piece
  • White Velveteen Sheets: scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Create a wash with Balmy Blue Ink and Aqua painter on Shimmer White CS
  2. Stamp background with dotted image, using the stamp off technique
  3. Stamp the tree image onto Pear Pizzazz CS using Pear Pizzazz Ink, cut around the tree using paper snips
  4. Stamp the truck of the tree onto a scrap piece of whisper white cs and soft suede ink, cut around the truck with paper snips
  5. Stamp greeting onto scrap piece of Smoky Slate CS and versamark ink. Heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Die cut greeting with stitched shape framelits
  6. Die cut multiple snowflakes with Snowflake thinlit dies and White Velveteen sheets
  7. Add your tree to the shimmer white CS using Stampin’ dimensionals.  Add the tree trunk with liquid adhesive
  8. Add a scattering of snowflakes as shown in the picture
  9. Embellish with snowflake trinket
  10. Add your greeting with stampin’ dimensional.  Finish with a scattering of rhinestones.  You’re Done!

Order your supplies from the Snowflake Snowcase via my online store.

{24 HOUR SALE}15% off Selected Stamp Sets

Put on your party hats, and get ready to save. It’s time for It’s Our Birthday Stamp Sale! For 24 HOURS ONLY, you can save 15% on select stamp sets. This sale will be gone in a flash, so why not celebrate with us?

Starting 11:01pm TONIGHT (22 Oct) receive 15% off selected Stamp Set.
but hurry as this offer is only available for 24 hours.  Close tomorrow at 10:59pm (23 Oct – QLD Time)
Here’s a list of items that will be on sale


Remember Sale starts 11:01pm tonight and ends tomorrow at 10:59pm (QLD time)

Make It Monday #14 Colour Blocking

Make It Monday #14 Colour Blocking

Colour blocking is a quick and easy way to create cards with some great bold colours.  Once again I’m sharing with you this years new In-colours (Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Blueberry Bushel and Call me Clover).  Check out another project using these colours HERE

Colour Blocking, Thankful Thoughts

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Thankful Thoughts
  • Ink – Memento Black Ink
  • PaperWhisper White CS, 2018-2020 Incolour, Thick Whisper White CS
  • Other Double Sided adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensional’s, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelit, Linen Thread

Dimensions:

  • Thick Whisper White CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – 3-7/8” x 5-5/8” scrap piece
  • 2018-2020 In colour CS – 4” x 3cm (1 for each colour)

Directions:

  1. Stamp the greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS in Memento Black Ink. Die cut greeting using Stitched Framelits dies and Big Shot machine
  2. Place each colour strip under each other onto the 3-7/8” x 5-5/8” Whisper white CS using double sided adhesive. Flip over and cut an overhang off
  3. Create a messy string using the Linen Thread and adhere to the bottom right of your colour blocking card front.
  4. Adhere greeting using stampin dimentionals over the messy string
  5. Adhere the colour blocking piece to your card base using double sided adhesive. You’re done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.

Tricks & Tips

  • Change up the stamp set or colours for a different look

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

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

Thank you for stopping by, see you next week for another Make It Monday feature

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.

Make It Monday #13 – “It’s A Beautiful Day”

Make It Monday #13 – “It’s A Beautiful Day”

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy card ideas using “Love What You Do” stamp set and coordinating Pattern Paper.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Love What You Do
  • Ink – Memento Black Ink, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive Ink
  • PaperShare What You Love, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry CS
  • Other Double Sided adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensional’s, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelit

Dimensions:

  • Rich Razzleberry CS – 4-1/2” x 9” scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – scrap piece
  • Share What You Love DSP – 4” x 5-3/4” piece and 1-3/4” x 5-3/4” piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp the greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS in Memento Black Ink. Die cut greeting using Stitched Framelits dies and Big Shot machine
  2. Stamp the floral image randomly using Rich Razzleberry ink. Stamp the leaf image randomly using Old Olive Ink
  3. Adhere the 4” x 5-3/4” piece of DSP to your card front. Adhere the 1-3/4” x 5-3/4” patterned paper piece to the card front approx. 1” from the right side as shown in picture
  4. Adhere the Greeting panel using Stampin’ Dimensional’s. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below.

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

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


See you next week for another Make It Monday Feature

Bonus Coupons From Stampin’ Up! Start Today!

 

Starting today, you can shop now and get free products later with Stampin’ Up!’s new bonus coupons through Bonus Days!  It’s so simple it’s genius and you can really rack up some savings with one great tip (below).  Here’s how it works: for every $90 you spend on product between today and August 31st you will get a Bonus Days coupon for $9.00 from Stampin’ Up! which you can then apply to almost every order from September 1st to September 30th  There is no limit to the number of coupons customers can receive per order or throughout the promotion period AND there is no limit on the number of coupons customers can use on an order during the redemption period.

This means that now is a great time to pull out your wishlist, take a good look at what’s on there and figure out how much you want to SAVE in September and work backwards!

And here’s a tip for how you can save even MORE.  When you purchase a bundle from Stampin’ Up!, whether it be a stamp set with a die cutter or a punch or anything else, you save 10%.  When you purchase a bundle today through August 31st, you will save ANOTHER 10% when you factor in the Bonus Days coupon you will get.  Now that’s a GREAT deal!  And there’s nothing more fun than shopping “for free” so stocking up now on anything you use all the time or realize you just have to have from the new catalogue makes a lot of money sense when you start accumulating those $9.oo coupons!

Three VERY important things to remember:

  1. Bonus Days coupon codes will arrive to you via email so double check that your email address is correct when you submit your order.
  2. Bonus Days coupon codes CANNOT be resent!  I suggest you save the emails AND write your codes down, perhaps right on your wish list or on a sticky note on the front of your catalogue.  Don’t lost them!  They cannot be replaced!
  3. Bonus Days coupon codes can be used on ANY type of order with the exception of Starter Kits

So get your catalogues out, go through them, mark down anything you need or have been eyeballing for a while, be sure to check out the bundles (they really are awesome!) and get your order in.  Then get excited all over again figuring what you will buy with your Bonus Days bonus coupons!  Hint:  new Holiday catalogue is available September 3rd.

 

Colour Theory Part 2

Colour Theory Part 2

In a recent blog post I shared some basic guidelines about how colours work in relation to each other, you can read all about it HERE

Today we are going to put this information together into some practical applications.  Please remember that in using some of these colour combinations, you are applying it to the whole card or project, not just a section.  So combine these within the image, the cardstock, and the embellishment.

Do’s

colour theory

  • Do use strong contrasts in your card.  Whether this is used within the paper image relationship, or just the image or just the paper.  Strong contrasts can create bold eye catching designs whereas using all the same value (such as everything done light or everything dark) can create a visually boring creation. Highlighting with a gel pen emphasises this idea of highlighting with a light colour to emphasise and bring forward a certain area.
  • Do use complementary colours, but not necessarily with the same intensity.  Two bright complementary colours are definitely vibrant, but often, can be too vibrant.  They become hard to look at after a period of time.  Instead try pairing a bright hue, with a toned down version of its complementary companion.  This can be done either with sponging or picking a duller version of the same hue.  (its is not to say that the all bright never works, just that it may not be the most ideal).
  • Remember that cool colours visually appear to move back within a composition, and warm colours visually appear to move forward.  When colouring, this can be an important trait for emphasising your image.  In terms of CS choice, it is prefered to stay within the same temperature range (so all cool, or all warm)
  • Try out a monochromatic colour scheme, where you are using the different values of one hue within the same composition, and then pair it with some sort of neutral
  • Do try Analogous colours, or colours which are located next to each other. So for instance Red, Red-Orange and Orange-Yellow would all look great together, as would other colours which lie next to each other.
  • Do rely on the colours used within Designer Paper, they have chosen out harmonious colour combinations.
  • Do pick up a colour wheel which can show you interesting ways of using triangles and rectangles to create harmonious colour combinations. These combinations are known as Triad’s (triangle) and Tetrad (square). By drawing a Triangle which touches three colours, and a square or rectangle which touches four colours, you will achieve successful combinations.

Analogous Colour Scheme

Analogous colour schemes use colors that are next to each other on the colour wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous colour schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. Make sure you have enough contrast when choosing an analogous colour scheme. Choose one colour to dominate, a second to support. The third colour is used (along with black, white or gray) as an accent.

Triadic Colour Scheme

A triadic colour scheme uses colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel. Triadic colour schemes tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues. To use a triadic colour scheme successfully, the colours should be carefully balanced – let one colour dominate and use the two others for accent

Rectangle or Tetrad Colour Scheme 

The rectangle or tetrad colour scheme uses four colours arranged into two complementary pairs. Tetrad colour schemes works best if you let one colour be dominant. You should also pay attention to the balance between warm and cool colours in your design. It is a rich colour combination.

Designer Series Paper Sale!

This Designer Series Paper sale is one of my most FAVOURITE promotions in the year!

I LOVE patterned paper! I love the colours, the patterns, the different styles, the abstract designs, the photographic prints…..ALL of it!  I love how using patterned paper on a project can do almost all the work, how using little pieces of it here and there can add so much to a card with zero work other than cutting it, I love how you can modify a patterned paper to make it your own, and that you can use it for more than just cards.

especially love getting patterned paper on sale!  And now through the end of July, the Designer Series Paper sale means when you purchase three packages you can get a fourth package FREE! You can use this great deal to stockpile your favourite collection, fill your lineup of Designer Series Paper selections or try one out you weren’t quite sure about and can get it risk free.

Here are the packages eligible for the Designer Series Paper sale:

Here is a close up of what patterns and designs are included in each package:

So let’s talk really honestly here – heart to heart – no lies, all truth. Do I think Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper is “worth it”?

Without a doubt – I think it’s one of the best if not THE best patterned papers out there. Why do I say this? A few reasons. First, this paper is of extremely high quality with a weight that is strong enough to hold creases without cracking and stand up to 3-D projects. Second, despite its strength, it’s fine enough to take ink beautifully. Most papers are one or the other but Stampin’ Up! tweaked their paper for a long time to be able to give us both. Third, it’s patterned on both sides with NO bleed through, even if you DO stamp or colour on one side. And fourth, lots of companies claim their patterned paper “coordinates” with their base colours but Stampin’ Up!’s printed patterned paper colour matches come closer to their base colours than any other company I have checked out. And I DO check them out continuously. Because I want to be able to always be honest with you.

Take a look at your Designer Series Paper collection, think about the projects you will be making for the next few months and make your list. Even if you don’t do all your shopping at once, be SURE to get your patterned paper from Stampin’ Up! during this very timely Designer Series Paper sale!

How to Make a Standard Card Base for Greeting Cards

How to Make a Standard Card Base for Greeting Cards

To make a greeting card, you first need a card base. This is a plain piece of cardstock that’s been cut and folded into the shape of a card. It’s called a ‘card base’ because it’s the base onto which you stamp images, layer papers, etc. to create your greeting card.

Although you can buy pre-made card bases, they’re also very easy to make! Today I’ll show you two (2) ways to  make a standard card base from a sheet A4 cardstock, using just a few basic tools.

What is a Standard Card Base?

standard card base — also sometimes called an ‘A6’ card base — is one that measures 105 x 148mm (10 x 15) when finished. This size of card base is the most common one that stampers use to make greeting cards.

Once you learn how to make a standard card base, you can apply the same technique to make card bases in any size you like.

Watch this short video while share with you 2 ways to cut your cardstock to create a cardbase

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Smart Shopping

Smart Shopping 

Do you consider yourself to be a smart shopper? I have one thing I always keep in mind when I do my smart shopping and it’s a secret I call  “5 before I buy”.  Before I buy something I make sure I can think of five (5) ways of using it.  This way I can make sure I make wise choices plus it also helps me with my creativity.

So here’s the secret, whenever I get a new catalogue and find a stamp set that I  like … I often will put a sticky note on it with some ideas including sketches on how I want to use it.  So this is great for when my creativity is just out of whack  I can grab this off the back and I know where to start.

Smark Shopping

I put the sticky note on the back of the product before I put away, so that when I’m ready to create I just grab it out and I have some ideas ready.  Again, I don’t always do the post-it note trick but I find that when I do it, it really helps me to use that product, so I’m trying to get into the habit of doing it every time I receive my order to add a post-it note with ideas.

5 Before I Buy

Here are 5 tips to help you come up with 5 ways to use a stamp set or product before you buy.

  1. Can I alter?  The first one is can I alter this product, can I do something to change the look of it or can I use it to alter something I already have?  Then I can get more uses from it and other products.
  2. Can I use with a tool? Can I use this in combination with a tool I already have.  Can I use this in combination with my die cut machine, or an embossing folder, a punch or my Stampin’ Blends.  I find I can get more uses if I combine my tools.  Because tools never go away.  Say the product I’m considering is a tool for example a die, I try and think of different ways to use that die.  If I can use it with things other than paper, like maybe felt or fabric, so I try  to get multiple uses out of it.
  3. Can I use a technique?  I love techniques, they’re a great way to stretch your product and stretch your creativity, so I try to think if this product would be good to use with a technique
  4. Is it my style? Sometimes its fun to buy things that ain’t my style but sometimes that limits me creatively.  Or if its something that feels like it works with me, I know I will use it alot more in the future.
  5. Do I LOVE it?  Sometimes you just gotta get something because you absolutely love it.  But this tip I usually put on the back burner I try to think about how I can use my stamp set with the other tips I’ve given.

So what better way to show this than with an example.  I’ve taken one stamp set and share with you five (5) different ways to use it.  The stamp set I’m using today is “Birthday Wishes for You”  

 

Creating a Watercolour Wash with ink pads and aqua painters.

 

Colour blocking – stamping across two solid colours of cardstock

 

Colouring image using Stampin’ Blends

 

Stamping directly on patterned paper

 

Watercolour Pencils and Blender Pencils

 

Next time you’re looking to purchase a new item, brainstorm multiple ideas.  Use the five tips I’ve shared to help come up with new ways to use your stamping products.

 

 

Make It Monday #12 – In Colours

I’m so loving the new in colours (Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Blueberry Bushel, Grapefruit Grove & Call Me Clover) featuring both primary and secondary colours.  They remind me of the rainbow and there are so many possibilities with these colours.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Thankful Thoughts
  • Ink – 2018-2020 In colours
  • PaperWhisper White CS
  • Other Stampin Dimensional’s, Stapler, Incolour ribbon, silver sequins, Layering Circle Framelits, Big Shot

Dimensions:

  • Whisper White Thick CS: 8” x 4” and scored at 4” to create a card base
  • Whipser White CS: Scrap piece
  • In colour ribbon: 3” piece
  • Silver Sequins ribbon: 3” piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS with Lovely Lipstick Ink
  2. Die cut using the largest circle from laying Circle Framelit Dies and Big Shot machine
  3. Attached ribbon using a stapler to the left side of the greeting circle
  4. Attach the greeting to the bottom right card base using stampin’ Dimensional’s
  5. Embellish with a scattering of rhinestones. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.

Tricks & Tips

  • Change up the stamp set or colours for a different look

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

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

See you next week for another make it monday feature

New Stampin’ Up! Catalogue for 2018!

It’s here!  The new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue for 2018 is here and it is AWESOME!

Seriously, this is one of the best offerings yet and Stampin’ Up! has really hopped on some trends that are just starting like super intricate and gorgeous die cuts, those hot hot hot In Colours, LOTS of mixed fonts within sets and seriously beautiful accessories and ribbon.  Pick up any papercrafting – or just crafting, for that matter – and you will see all these things coming on the scene.

If you don’t have a catalogue yet, just email me at kristy@kristycoromandel.com and I will get one to you.  You can also see the whole thing in all its online glory here and when you have your list all made out, go here and order and get it delivered right to your door!

The new Stampin’ Up! catalogue for 2018 is truly your gateway to all things papercraftalicious!

Colour Theory

Colour Theory

There are so many important decisions to make when it comes to card making, but one of the first most important decisions that you need to address once the theme has been decided upon is colour. Now there are a lot of things to consider when choosing colour, and the purpose of this post is to direct you on some ways to choose your colours as related to paper, embellishments, and colouring of images. First we will be addressing some key terms, next we will move on to the relationships between colours, and we will finish off with some great tips to achieving a winning colour combination.

Key Terms:

  • Hue: refers to the purest form of the colour ( for instance red, orange, magenta are all hues)
  • Temperature: the temperature of a colour is classified as either warm or cool. Any amount of blue in a colour will give it a cool classification. The rest are considered warm. There are warm and cool reds, warm and cool yellow’s, and by the nature of its colour, blue will always fall to the cool side, even when it has the characteristics of a warm colour (anything with the smallest amount of blue is considered cool).
  • Intensity: This refers to the brightness or dullness of a colour. The brightest of any intensity of a colour is called its Hue (so ink or watercolor crayon with little dilution). As you darken or grey down the color, you are dulling it down and reducing its intensity.
  • Value: refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour. The lightest form of the colour is the tint, and the darkest form of the colour is a shade. Shades are achieved by adding more black or darkness to a colour.

Primary Color Wheel:

The primary colour wheel shows the most basic hues in our colour system. All colours can be made from these three hues (Red, Yellow, Blue), but no colours can create these three hues.

 

Secondary Colour Wheel:

The secondary colours are the colours which are created when you mix two primary colours together. So Red and Yellow create Orange, Blue and Yellow create Green, Red and Blue create Violet. These secondary colours are also called hues. Now if you look at the colours represented in this wheel, you will notice that specific colours lay opposite each other. These opposing colours are called Complementary Colors, and they are the colors which intensify each other. So if you look at all the complementary pairs, you will see that Red and Green are complementary, Yellow and Violet, and finally Blue and Orange. Each of these combinations will make the other seem brighter and more vibrant.

Tertiary Color Wheel:

The next hues we are going to look at are called the Tertiary colours. These colours result when we mix a Primary colour with one secondary colour which lies directly to the Left or Right of it. In this photo, we have shown the names inside of the corresponding colour. The complementary colour theory tightens even more over here as we view for instance the Blue-Green being complementary to the Red-Orange.

Here is the final view of the completed colour wheel, which shows the different values along all the colour relationship. Remember, the value refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour. This will be a visual guide when viewing the complementary relationships. You will also see a dividing line which shows off the cool vs warm colours. The colour labelled Crimson, can also be referred to as Magenta.

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