Masked Ice Blocks

What? Ice Blocks wearing masks?

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Of course, I mean Masked in the stamping sense!  On this card I masked both the strip through the middle of the card, as well as masking some of the ice blocks to stamp the ones next to it.  This is a really easy technique but it always has such impact – especially when it allows you to create bold, single layer cards like this one!

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Just don’t look too closely at where my very juicy inkpads caused my stamps to soak right through the mask – oops!

Don’t forget that Sale-a-Bration wraps up THIS Friday!  That means you can not get any FREE gifts after that date, so don’t miss out on these great products:

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You can choose any one of these gifts for every $110 you spend!


Stamps: Cool Treats
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Basic Grey


Triple-Time Succulents

Happy Monday everyone – I hope you all had a great weekend!  It was a busy couple of days for us with dancing for Miss 10, baking for both girls ready for The Big Brownie Bake Off at their school fair.  Sunday was The Big Sunday Lunch at their school – a fun day of food, games, performances etc  Miss 7 performed in her middle school Kapa Haka group – she was so excited & proud to take part.  Miss 10 took out 2nd place in the Seniors Brownie Bake Off so she was rapt (and I’m stoked cos there are now 2 batches of brownie in the house to eat :) )

Today’s card was the project from my February Technique Class featuring the Triple Time Stamping technique.  This is a great technique for quick cards with impact – once you have done all the cutting you can just stamp, stamp, stamp!

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If you haven’t tried my technique classes yet, you should really give them a go!  They are a great way to extend your crafting skills and also give you get new ways to use the products you have in your collection to their maximum potential!  The next class will be the Faux Bleaching Technique with classes on Saturday 1 April at 1.30pm OR Thursday 6 April at 10.30am.  The Saturday class also has the option of staying for a catch-up session on the Black Magic Technique from last year.  Email to book your place!

Stamps: Oh So Succulent
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Calypso Coral, Old Olive
Other: Big Shot, Succulents Framelit Dies, Pearls




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Faux Beaching Technique Class
Saturday 1 April, 1.30pm
Thursday 6 April, 10.30am




Stamped-off Avant Garden + MORE Sale-a-Bration Gifts!

There is now only 1 week of Sale-a-Bration left!  We have already given away thousands of FREE gifts but now, to put the cherry on top of the final days of Sale-a-bration, Stampin’ Up! have released another 8 products that you can earn FREE!  That gives you a total of 20 great products to choose from!  Check out these great new options from the Occasions & Annual Catalogues:

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The Avant Garden stamp set for the Sale-a-Bration catalogue has been VERy popular and you can see why with today’s card.  I designed this card for a Stampin’ Party I demonstrated on Saturday, and it is just perfect for showing how versatile just stamps & ink can be.  The layout is very simple and replicable making it great for mass producing if you need a heap of cards in a hurry, and you can also easily keep the layout and just change the stamp set that you use. Avant Garden_Stamped off_Magpiecreates
I shared how to ‘stamp-off’ to achieve multiple shades of colour from just one inkpad – did you know you can get 5 (6 if you are lucky) shades from one inking of your stamp?  Simply ink your stamp once from the inkpad and then stamp it 5 times without re-inking – for best results, ‘huff’ over your stamp between each impression.

If you want to add this great Avant Garden tamp set to YOUR collection you will need to get in quick as there is only a week of Sale-a-Bration left and this set WILL NOT be available after 31 March.  Get your set FREE with any order over $110

Stamps: Avant Garden
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Serene Scenery DSP
Ink: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Other: Whisper White Bakers Twine



Colour Your World March Blog Hop!

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Yep, it’s the third Tuesday of the month so that means Colour Your World Blog Hop time!  Check out this killer colour combo for the month:

Yikes! What on earth am I going to do with this combo is what I have been asking myself all month while I quietly procrastinated making today’s project!  In the end I decided to choose the Remarkable You stamp set and make something work with that – watercolouring to the rescue!

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I was really happy with how the colouring turned out on this so decided to keep the rest of the card quite minimal so as not to detract from the main image. The strip of Razzleberry directly below the sentiment is just the off cut from the watercolour paper I stamped the main image on.  I washed it with Razzleberry ink and my Aquapainter – it softened the bold colour nicely and just seemed to work better than a strip of solid cardstock.  I finished off with the Blushing Bride Enamel Accents – in case you can’t tell these are my ‘go to’ embellishments at the moment!

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If you would like to learn how to do this style of watercolouring, I will be teaching it at my May technique classes so keep an eye out for details about that!

Did you know YOU can now join in our colour challenge each month?  Head over and check out our Colour Your World Challenge Group here, and then get creating – we would love to see what you create with these colours!

Well that’s it for me this month – be sure to hop around the world and check out all of the other great projects to inspire your crafting.  You can start with the lovely Sam Hammond in the UK.

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Alison Solven – Canada
Alisa Tilsner – Australia
Sophie Prestrelle – France
Sharlene Meyer - New Zealand   <<——- You Are Here
Sam Hammond – UK
Barbara Meyer – Austria
Anna Sposato – Germany

Stamps: Remarkable You
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Watercolour Paper
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey
Other: Aquapainter, Subtles Enamel Accents



I got Carried Away!

I got a little carried away making a wedding anniversary card for my hubby this year.  I knew I wanted to create a suspension card with the hot air balloon from the Lift Me Up stamp set, but then I decided to suspend some hearts from the balloon as well – lets just say getting the hearts right took longer than creating the rest of the card!  It was worth the effort though as the card looks great and hubby loved it!

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I’ve created suspension cards before and although they look fantastic they are actually quite easy to create.  The Layering Circles Framelit Dies certainly make it a lot easier too!
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I used the free Sale-a-Bration Carried Away Designer Series Paper as the starting point of my colour combo and just switched a couple of the colours out.

Stamps: Lift Me Up
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Carried Away DSP, Red Glimmer Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Real Red
Other: Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Layering Circles Framelit Dies, Brights Enamel Accents, Silver Metallic Thread, Dental Floss

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