Cookie Cutters & Candy Canes!

Happy Monday everyone!  On Saturday we had a gathering of Wellington based demonstrators to learn about the new Holiday Catalogue and to play with some of the new products!  It was a great morning and everyone went home with loads of new ideas, as well as being inspired and invigorated by sharing with other demonstrators.

This is one of the projects I created on the day featuring 2 new stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue – Candy Cane Christmas & Cookie Cutter Christmas!
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How cute is that little gingerbread man?  The great news is that he is just one of the cute images in the set that works with the coordinating punch (and it’s bundled in the catalogue for a 10% discount too!)  Here is a closer look at him:

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I’ll have several other sneak peeks to share over the coming week before the Holiday Catalogue goes live on Thursday so be sure to check back often! Don’t have a copy of the Holiday Catalogue yet? Request your copy now!

Materials
Stamps: Candy Cane Christmas, Cookie Cutter Christmas, Oh, What Fun
Cardstock: Real Red, Garden Green, Thick Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Delightful Dijon, Garden Green, Basic Black Archival
Other: Metallic Gold Thread

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Spotlight on Sheltering Tree

Today’s project is the card we created at this months technique class featuring the spotlighting technique.  This one is a bit of a different variation on the traditional spotlight technique I shared in this post as it uses a 2 step stamping set to achieve the spotlight, rather than colouring a line art image.

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I love the clean fresh look of this card – it feels a bit like spring to me!  This same design could easily be changed to a Autumn theme just by changing the greens to oranges & browns, and it is also so easy to mass produce if you require a stack of cards in a hurry!

Materials
Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Jar of Love
Cardstock: Cucumber Crush, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Cucumber Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black

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Celebrate with Balloons

Happy Monday!  It was another dance weekend for us, but it ended on a great note with Miss 9 earning a 3rd place in her competition.  And of course it was a great weekend for the New Zealand Olympic team too with another few medals – it was especially exciting to watch Eliza McCartney win an unexpected Bronze in the Pole Vault, a really wonderful achievement at only 19 years old!  I love the Olympics and in New Zealand where our sports coverage is almost entirely dominated by rugby it is so great to see coverage of lots of other sports!

Righto onto the crafting!  As promised last week, here is the card I created for my hubby’s birthday.  I find it really hard to create cards for him but had a great idea for a star shaped shaker card – until I spotted the last 3 years cards I have made him all featured stars!  With stars out, I went for balloons instead:

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Materials
Stamps: Celebrate Today
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Cucumber Crush, Rich Razzleberry, Thick Whisper White, Vellum, Pop of Pink DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Cucumber Crush, Rich Razzleberry
Other: Big Shot, Balloon Framelit Dies, Hello You Thinlit Dies, Whisper White Bakers Twine, 2016-2018 In Colour Enamel Shapes

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Colour Your World August Blog Hop

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Yippee!  It’s time for the Colour Your World Blog Hop again where you can hop right round the world visiting demonstrators in 8 different countries! You may have just arrived from Sophie Prestrelle in France or you could just be starting your hop right here – either way, be sure to check out everyone’s posts!  This months colour combo is super sweet:

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How lovely are all those colours together!  The rules of our blog hop allow us to use only some of the colours if we wish, but I went with all of them this month as they were just so lovely when I lined them all up on my desk!  I broke in another new stamp set for my project (well it’s actually not THAT new but it is the first time I have used it) Falling Flowers.

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I just love the flourish image in this set, so I started with that to create my emboss resist background before layering up all of my other images and elements

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That is all I have for you this month, but I am already looking forward to sharing next months project with you all – I LOVE IT!  To continue with the hop you now need to head to Sam Hammond in the UK.  Have fun on your travels!

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Alison Solven – Canada
Alisa Tilsner – Australia
Patsy Waggoner - USA
Sophie Prestrelle – France
Sharlene Meyer- New Zealand <<< YOU ARE HERE!
Sam Hammond – UK
Barbara Meyer – Austria

Materials
Stamps: Falling Flowers, Watercolour Wishes
Cardstock: Peek-a-boo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Subtles DSP Stack
Ink: Peek-a-boo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Other: Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, May Flowers Framelits, Big Shot, White Enamel Accents, Basics Rhinestones, Peek-a-Boo Peach Ruffled Ribbon, Silver Metallic Thread

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Butterfly Basics Spotlight

Back to Monday again – I had a great 3 day weekend celebrating my Hubby’s birthday – we managed to enjoy both lunch out & a movie on Friday which was such a treat.  The rest of the weekend was spend catching up on chores, supporting the New Zealand Olympic Team for various events, building Lego, and I also managed to fit in a yoga class – perfect!

This months Technique Class was focusing on the Spotlight Technique.  We learnt 3 different ways of spotlighting and this was the sample I created to demonstrate the most common version – colouring a small part of a line image and layering onto your project.  I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set, which I haven’t used for ages – it was nice to pull it out and show it some love again – and this particular image was just perfect for the technique.

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The collage images in this set are so nicely coordinated and can be used in many ways – I really enjoy using them to add subtle textures and backgrounds.  This card features 2 colours that are old favourites but which have also been neglected lately – Rose Red & Old Olive – they are such a good classic combo don’t you think?

Materials
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Cardstock: Rose Red, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Vellum, Brights Patterns DSP Stack
Ink: Basic Black Archival, Rose Red, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Stazon Black
Other: Layering Circles Thinlit Dies, Big Shot,  1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Basics Pearls

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