Guest Artist – Kate Gardiner

Today I am sharing a project created by the lovely Kate Gardiner from my team.  I was lucky enough to receive this card from Kate for my birthday at the end of last year, and it is so good that I thought you all might like to see it too!

Birthday Balloon_Kate_MagpiecreatesThe card features the Lift Me Up Bundle and the coordinating Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper.  How awesome is that balloon die-cut?  The intricate detail adds so much dimension and an almost vintage vibe to the balloon.  I love how Kate has layered it straight over the DSP  – it’s so effective!
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Thanks so much for the lovely card Kate!

Stamps: Lift Me Up
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Carried Away DSP
Ink: Watermelon Wonder
Other: Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlit Dies, Enamel Accents


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Colour Your World – Who Wants Ice Cream?

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It’s the third Tuesday of the month so that means it’s Colour Your World Blog Hop time, and it’s our 1st Birthday!  A whole year of colour inspiration from around the world – thanks so much for joining us each month, we love inspiring you! This month we also say WELCOME to Anna Sposato to the team as the representative for Germany. It’s good to be back into it after taking a break last month, especially when you have a nice bright colour palette like this one:

I had so many ideas of what I could do with these colours, but in the end I settled on the super cute Tasty Trucks stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.  I coloured the van using the fab Watercolour Pencils – now the pencil colours I used to colour the van don’t exactly match the palette but I took a little artistic licence and got them as close as possible.

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Some textured stars in the background and a few Enamel Shapes were just the finishing touches I needed – I LOVE the Enamel Shapes and have been using them more and more recently, you should definitely try them out if you haven’t already!
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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
Patsy Waggoner -USA
Sophie Prestrelle – France
Sharlene Meyer - New Zealand   <<——- You Are Here
Sam Hammond – UK
Barbara Meyer – Austria
Anna Sposato – Germany


Oh So Succulent Decor

A couple of weeks ago I had a fun “Battle of the Bundles” vote on my Facebook page and poor Oh So Succulent came last with only 1 vote!  It seems to be quite a polarising bundle with people either loving it or hating.  I am hoping that today’s project will change everyone’s mind to LOVE it!  This white frame has been on display in my entrance way for several years (ever since we received them as a gift from Stampin’ Up! at a managers event) and I regularly update the display in it with the latest Stampin’ Up! product.  Well it was a few months overdue for it’s latest facelift and the succulents were the perfect option:

I created several sizes of succulent using the Succulent Framelit Dies and then added lots of sponging to give them that depth of colour and tone I wanted.  They are all sponged with Sahara Sand, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry ink- surprisingly these took very little time to create and are the perfect thing to make while you watch something good on TV (I personally recommend Outlander – massive fan of this series!).  Once all the sponging was done I used Multi-purpose adhesive to put all the layers together and once dried I squished and tweaked the petals until I had them each looking just the way I wanted.
The dried moss came from my local florist and is simply hot glued to cardstock cut to fit the frame.  I also used hot glue to adhere the flowers to the piece.

I LOVE how this piece turned out and have ideas for a couple of other succulent decor items for my home – they are flowers that I can actually keep alive (I am well known for my lack of ability at keeping house plants alive!)

Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake
Ink: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum
Other: Big Shot, Succulent Framelit Dies, Stampin’ Sponges, Moss, Frame


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Love is in the Air

It’s Friday and that means tomorrow is my Occasions & Sale-a-Bration Catalogue Party!  Haven’t booked your place yet? There’s still time, just email me!  Now that Valentines Day has been and gone I can share the card that I gave my hubby – we aren’t really big on celebrating Valentines Day as it is our wedding anniversary next week so we mark that instead.  While I created this card for Valentine’s, it could easily be used for an anniversary or any other time that you want to share the love!

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I used the Window Shopping stamp set to heat emboss the hearts and the sentiment comes from the Suite Sentiments set (I used a Stampin’ Write marker and some omitting to get the sentiment just how I wanted it).  There is also a little of the Sending Love Glassine Sheet and a couple Sending Love Embellishments.

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Speaking of our wedding anniversary – I still need to create a card for that – better get going on that one!  I’ll be sure to share it soon.

Stamps: Window Shopping, Suite Sentiments
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack, Gold Glimmer Paper, Sending Love Glassine Sheets
Ink: Real Red, Versamark
Other: Sweetheart Punch, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sending Love Embellshments


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