Sunday, 27 May 2018

New Catalogue Products - Part 1 Sea of Textures Bundle

After a turbulent week of work, I've finally sat down and had a crack at the new 2018-2019 catalogue products that arrived a few days ago.

I didn't splurge on the order, to be honest.  I've only bought the 2018-2020 In Colours ink pads and A4 cardstock, as well as some other papers and two bundles.  I figure there's a whole year to go I'll have to place more orders along the way.

But as usual and as soon as I was sitting down and starting to get busy last night, my eight-year-old girl would nudge over and tell me she wants to make "something".  Before I realised I've spent all my hour and a half making two mini table calendars with her.  Although, watching her carefully wrote down messages on each of the calendar, then put the calendars in each of the cellophane bags and  sealed them up were like a picture to frame. .  She told me she would hide them in her best friends' desk tubs in the classroom because she wanted them to be surprised after Monday's assembly.   It is things like this that make you forget about work, and focus on what's more important in life.

So back to the table.  Today I'm showing one of the stamp+die bundles from the latest 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, and the card I made with.   I also use some of the In Colour inks and they work out great for this card too. 

It really is a joy to work with the stamp set as the octopus image is simply stunning, and all the other elements were easy to use and compliment each other.  I also use Soft Sea Foam, one of the latest colours in the Subtles collection from Stampin' Up.   It is a great colour, just as I imagined when I placed the order.

I use Wink of Stella to add some shimmer to the purple shell.  I also shimmered the school of fish, and the frame is a stacked double diecut from a retired DSP so I can use foam tape to adhere it.

All in all this is a great bundle, and I'm sure with the various interpretations on Pinterest you'll be abundantly inspired and make something of your own.  Keep crafting!

(Product links to be uploaded after product is online on 1 June 2018)

Thursday, 26 April 2018

AWHT April 2018 Blog Hop - Retiring products!

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring products from the last chance products list. There is lots of products to choose from with retiring stamp sets, inkpads and ink refills guaranteed to be available until 7 May (and all other products while supplies last). Contact anyone on the blog hop to place your last chance order today.

Of all the retiring products, my all-time favourite is without a doubt the Butterfly Basics, and the Watercolour Wings. It comes in stamps and coordinating dies, and can make the most impressive cards or projects you can ever imagine.

I have made a few cards and projects with these stamps and dies along the past two years.  But today I'm showing two more here - one card and one window box

#1  is a Birthday card. I saw something similar somewhere and decided it was a fun card size to CASE.  I must have done the size wrong because it was very long when completed.  :-P    It also gives a wedding feel too which is quite cool but still lovely.

I love heat embossing.  It makes everything looks more expensive and everyone think you do something technical.

#2 is actually a window box card using current window box die.  I thought about putting a dragonfly die but it just seems be too big. (seeing some of the Pinterest ones with dragonflies)   And also the dragonfly one is not retiring!  Ha ha!  

The box is easy to make, but I unintentionally added those square cutouts trying to make it look more delicate, which basically added another 30 minutes in between my coffee and snacks yesterday.  

 Look how pretty it is! Yes, I made it!  I die cut the butterfly after stamping, and made another layer with velum.

Oh yes, I forgot I spent another thirty minutes looking for a battery-powered tea light and couldn't find one.  So I had to grab an IKEA string light and chuck it inside the box. Hence the cord behind the box.  but it looks very nice too.  

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, Rachel Woollard.  Rachel's work is always very balanced and detailed to perfection.  I love her card styles too and am sure you'll be inspired by her creative works.

You can also jump to any team member's blog from the list below:

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sale-A-Bration 2018 - Amazing You Stamp Set and Celebrate You Thinlits

A week ago, when Andrea and I went to craft with Kate, I saw their stamp sets and freebies with the Occasions Catalogues, and some of the Sale-A-Bration items.  Since then for some reason I just couldn't help thinking about them. Now I know why, it's because I DON'T HAVE THEM!

So I bought them.  Now I have them and I am happy. :-)

So I'm showing two Sale-A-Bration 2018 exclusive items - "Amazing You" stamp set and "Celebrate You" thinlit die set.   Both of the sets are straight forward - no layering stamps or putting fiddly elements together to create something else, and can create impressive results easily.

Here's the Youtube video of the stamp set and thinlits by Stampin' Up!

And here are my quick and easy creations -

#1 You are Simply Amazing

 The first card can't be any easier. I stamp the flowers and use The Stampin' Blends pens to blend both dark and light Daffodil Delight colours.   I kind of wish I had put another layer of paper under the flowers panel. Que sera, sera.

Love the "amazing" diecut, which stands out nicely on the card. 

By the way blending is not my forte. :-P

#2 Celebrate You

Again so easy to make. And great result too for a masculine card.  I diecut two pieces of "Celebrate" and "YOU" just so they look more dimensional on the card.

I strictly follow the rule when it comes to heterosexual guy's cards - no frills, no bows.  So that know with just one loop is intentional. 

Hope you enjoy the stamp and die sets as much as I do. And if you like any of the supplies I use for the projects, check out the links below.

PS: The AmazingYou stamp set and Celebrate You thinlits may not be available after 31 March 2018.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Occasion 2018 - Cake Soiree

Gee, it seems like forever since last time I posted on my blog.  But it is finally here and I can't be happier to be posting something new and refreshing.

Going back to the beginning of the release of the 2018 occasions catalogue products, I, just like everyone else, was engulfed again in the vast selection of stamp sets, bundles, kits, twines and ribbons, and all kinds of mesmerising products in the catalogue.  Eventually I have chosen Cake Soiree as my bundle of the season, and I'm telling you it is not disappointing at all! 

(Not like the other die thing with the train tracks. Ack! It almost killed me)

So with the Cake Soiree I decided to make a proper card for Justin.

This is a beautiful and elegant bundle, with two stamp set boxes, coordinating dies, and other ribbons and embellishments perfect for a wedding card that is, not as casual or eclectic.  Besides, you can easily add texture with the new stencil and embossing paste to show off some technicality (which is in fact very easy.)

Below is the card I just made.  Oh by the way did I mention this can also be a birthday card too?

Besides the embossing background, I also diecut the old Sending Love glassine sheet and glue it on top of another diecut cake base, which is the doily-looking one below the case. I also diecut the rose and leave on top with the same bundle.  All in all it is not complicated and looks lovely.

I hope you like my creation and if you would like to purchase the bundle, just click on the links below (links are valid until 31 March 2018 as this is from the occasions catalogue)