Guest Artist Notebook – Leigh Bourne

I was lucky enough to receive this gorgeous notebook from my team member Leigh at On Stage a couple of weekends ago.  It is so gorgeous and so much work has gone into it that I totally needed to share it with you all

I love the colour combination Leigh chose and the way she has layered up all the different layers and elements – Doilies, Vellum, stamped images, Glimmer Paper and Glitter Enamel Dots, then finished off with the beautiful Burlap Ribbon and Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon along the rings!

Isn’t it amazing how something quite plain and mundane like a notebook can become something so sensational!  Thank you so much for the gorgeous gift Leigh – it is absolutely treasured!

Stamps: Falling Flowers
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Basic Black, Wood Textures DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Vellum, Delicate White Doilies
Ink: Berry Burst, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party
Other: Big Shot, May Flowers Framelit Dies, Celebrate You Thinlit Dies, Glitter Enamel Dots, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, 5/8″ Peek-a-Boo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, 5/8″ Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

The gorgeous Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon is NOT carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue so if you love this ribbon as much as I do get in quick and stock up before it is sold out – you can find it here!



Letterpress Sunshine

I taught the Letterpress Technique in this months technique class and this is the card we created.  This is a great way to stamp & emboss with any of your dies or punches and gives a lovely subtle embossed look!

Have you heard about our Colour Revamp and new style Ink Pad cases?  Do you have questions about how it all fits together?  Get all the answers in this video and start making your wishlist!  Remember if you want to stock up on any of the retiring colours – reinker/cardstock etc – then order as soon as possible as they will be the first things to sell out!

Stamps: Sunshine Sayings
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey
Other: Big Shot, Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies, Silicon Mat, Glitter Epoxy Shapes, Subtles Enamel Shapes, White Perfect Accents



Monday Make – Watercolouring Bird Banter

I completely missed pre-scheduling a post for today SO you get this weeks Monday Make video on the actual Monday!  It’s the school holidays here in NZ and my girls have enjoyed watching the Commonwealth Games the last couple weeks, so today they decided to create a LEGO Commonwealth Games!  They have recreated most of the venues and now are holding competitions – such great imaginations!  Their happy creativity has allowed me to still create a video for you!

I decided to feature the Bird Banter stamp set today because it is so cute and it will be disappearing in just a few weeks time – yes it is on the Last Chance list so if you love this set as much as I do you will need to get in quick to order it!

I realised in the weekend that since the Stampin’ Blends were introduced I haven’t really done any watercolouring!  I LOVE watercolouring so it was time to bring it back!  The combination of Watercolour Paper, Aquapainter and Ink Pads is definitely one of my most favourite things – I love the amount of control I can achieve with the colour, and the way it kind of just glides over the card!

I deliberately let my balloon head over the edge of the card base – it adds an extra dimension to the card and is just fun.  Don’t forget that you can also use the small images in this set as embellishments by colouring and cutting them out – popped up on dimensionals they add great coordinated detail!  The Designer Series Paper I have used is the Tutti Frutti Stack from the Occasions Catalogue and this is also on the Last Chance list so don’t miss out on it’s bright, fun sheets!

Watch how I do my colouring in this weeks video:

Stamps: Bird Banter
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Watercolour Paper, Tutti Frutti DSP Stack
Ink: Pool party, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Stazon Black
Other: Aquapainter, Glitter Epoxy Shapes




Beautifully Simple – Guest Artist Angie McKenzie

Today’s card is another stunner I received all the way from the United States – this time from Angie McKenzie.  I love how beautifully simple this card is – just embossing and a watercolour wash on lovely textured Watercolour Paper.  I shows just how effective a simple card can be – no fuss, no layers, no embellishments – just texture and colour!

Thanks so much for the lovely card and the warm wishes Angie!

Stamps: Floral Statements
Cardstock: Watercolour Paper
Ink: Versamark, Pool Party
Other: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aquapainter



Colouring on Crumb Cake Video

For this weeks Monday Make I shared a great technique for colouring on Crumb Cake cardstock using Whisper White Craft Ink and Watercolour Pencils.  I love this technique as it lends the images an almost 3D effect:

This is such an easy card but I just love the combination of the bright images and the Daffodil Delight & Night of Navy together – it looks so dynamic and fun!  And of course it features my very favourite ribbon – Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon!

How cool does the colouring look in the Crumb Cake?  You could layer up a whole heap more flowers if you wanted an even more botanical look.  Have you noticed how much I have been using the Enamel Shapes lately?  I just love them and haven’t used them nearly as much as I should have so I am making up for lost time 🙂

Check out the video here

Both of the stamp sets I used on this project are on the Last Chance List so make sure you get them before they are gone!  You can find the full Last Chance List here

Stamps: Blooms & Wishes, Orange Blossom
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Whisper White Craft
Other: Watercolour Pencils, Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Brights & Regals Enamel Shapes, White Perfect Accents