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!

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!

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


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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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


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!

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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


Berry Perennials!

Happy Monday!  It’s a short week as we rapidly approach Easter weekend – yippee!  I am so looking forward to an extended weekend – we have had so many activities on in our weekends recently that it will be really nice to have one at home and to fit in some fun activities too!  What do you have planned for your long weekend?

Today’s card was CASE’d straight from the Occasions Catalogue (page 17) – I only made 1 small adjustment to the design but it’s still essentially the same card and that’s what I love so much about our catalogues – if you are stuck for inspiration you can simply start by copying one or two until you are ready to head out on your own!

I love how pretty the images are in this set and how you can layer them up together.  There are also so many ways to add colour to them – colour them with blends, watercolouring, watercolur pencils, markers or simply stamp the images straight onto coloured cardstock – so many options!  On this example I coloured using my inkpads and an Aquapainter.

How gorgeous is that Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon – it’s worth making this card just for the opportunity to use that scrumptious ribbon! The main panel is also stamped on Shimmery White cardstock which lends this card a beautiful subtle shimmer!

Stamps: Perennial Birthday
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Pool Party, Shimmery White
Ink: Berry Burst, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black Archival
Other: Aquapainter, Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon


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