Artisan Inspired Sweet Pear

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend – I was lucky enough to enjoy a weekend with loads of crafty friends at our latest Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Auckland!  There is nothing else quite like spending creative fun time with like-minded people – we got to see the new Annual Catalogue and boy oh boy is it amazing!!  I can’t share any details with you just yet as it is all still under embargo, but I will share later this week – in fact I may even do a Facebook Live to share it all!

Today’s card was inspired by Artisan Design Team Member Susan Wong – she shared a card on Instagram with sponged embossed background using the Fruit Basket stamp set and I really loved how she had layered lots of different elements on the card, so this is my interpretation of her card!

I started by sponging a little Pool Party ink towards the centre of some Shimmery White cardstock before stamping some pears in Pear Pizzazz (funny that!) and also heat embossing some with the awesome Copper Embossing Powder (which I really need to use more often!).  Then I layered up several other elements including some Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper, cardstock strips, Linen Thread and of course a stamped focal point.  And did you see the little half circle notch onthe right side of the card for the thread to sit in – isn’t that such a cute detail – thanks for the idea Susan!

I really love the small relaxed style font of the sentiments in this set – it’s casual, fun and just seems to suit the fruit images so well!  The DSP circle was cut with the Layering Circles Framelit Dies and I like how just that little bit of scalloping adds so much more interest to the card than just a plain circle would – it’s all in the little details right?

Materials
Stamps: Fruit Basket
Cardstock: Pool Party, So Saffron, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Versamark
Other: Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelit Dies, Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, 1/2″ Circle Punch

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Guest Artist – Terry Hamilton

I was so lucky to receive a couple of pieces of happy mail over the weekend from fellow crafters around the world!  Both cards a stunning so it’s only fair that I share them with you as well.  Today’s share came all the way from Canada from the lovely Terry Hamilton.

How stunning is this combination of the Petal Palette image with the Brusho colouring?!  I love how the colours combine – deep intense colour in patches and more washed colour in other areas!  Did you also notice the extra heat embossing tucked around main panel – extra spots & dots for added texture!

The main panel is set off so nicely with the touch of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to add extra interest and provide a nice contrast.  Thanks so much for your beautiful card Terry – it is treasured!

Materials
Stamps: Petal Palette
Cardstock: Powder Pink, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Watercolour Paper, Petal Passion Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Other: Brusho Crystal Colour, Big Shot, Petals & More Thinlit Dies, Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder

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Perfect Birthday Bows

A quick and simple card today for your holiday Monday.  This card features the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and I know that a few people have wondered what these 2 images in the stamp set are for – well you combine them to make these perfect gift bows!

I went for a fairly gender neutral colour scheme of Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist & Peek-a-Boo Peach with a darker coordinating colour for the detail  stamp, but this same design could be used in any colour combo for young and old!

Materials
Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink: Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist & Peek-a-Boo Peach, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Adhesive Backed Sequins

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Beautiful Day Brusho Butterfly

It’s Friday and it’s a holiday – you can’t get much better than that!  I should probably have an Easter themed card for you today, but I don’t – we don’t really send cards for Easter here.  Instead I have one of my favourite cards ever!  This card happened purely by accident as I was experimenting with different ways for using the Brusho Crystal Colour.  The butterfly was originally a mistake as I used WAY too much of the Prussian Blue powder and it originally looked looked almost black all over – I was about to throw it in the bin when I wondered what would happen if I sprayed it with water and then blotted it with a paper towel.  Turns out it worked and I was left with this great image!

The background also uses Brusho, combining both a wet to dry method and a dry to wet method.  And those red jewels?  Our standard Rhinestones coloured with Stampin’ Blends – perfect colour match everytime!

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Materials
Stamps: Beautiful Day
Cardstock: Real Red, Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Watercolour Paper
Ink: Versamark, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend
Other: Brusho Crystal Colour, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Celebrate You Thinlit Dies, Aquapainter, Rhinestones

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Stamparatus Splat Video

It’s Wednesday of a short week so only 2 days to get through before a nice long Easter weekend!  Do you have plans for your weekend?

Today’s video uses the new Stamparatus for a fun splattered look with your solid image stamps – it’s always fun to try new ways of using your tools, especially when it’s as easy as this fun idea!

I really like the slightly rustic look achieved with this method. Plus it’s a great way to let off steam if you’ve had a tough day as you can slap that stamp down as hard as you want!

Watch the video to learn the Stamparatus Slap!

Don’t forget there are only a few days left to get your FREE gifts with Sale-a-Bration!  You can see all of the great free offerings here!

Materials
Stamps: Garden in Bloom
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Emerald Envy
Other: Stamparatus, Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

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