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Retirement Lists

It's almost time for the new catalogue and that means a SALE.  Everything that's retiring is discounted - many items up to 40% off.  It's strictly while stocks last so if there is something you have your eye on I suggest you grab it straight away.  You can check out the retiring products and place an order at any time at my online store here.

Happy shopping... I mean crafting.


#techniquethursday - emboss resist

Just like I promised on Tuesday I'm back to show you how I did the emboss resist technique on the card I made.  This is another great way to use embossing.  If you've not heat embossed before I suggest you check out my post here which will demonstrate the first 3 steps in this card.  

Step one.  Pick your colours (make them either complimentary like I did today, or clashing like I did on Tuesday), your stamp & get your embossing powder (clear) and heat gun ready.
Step 2.  Heat emboss your stamped image on whisper white or very vanilla card.  Don't know what head embossing is?  You can learn how to do it here.  
Step 3.  Using a sponge dauber and your lightest ink first start sponging over the top of your embossed image.  The ink will stain the card but resist the embossed areas which will appear as white.  Gradually build up the shades you want and use the darker inks on specific areas to define the image further.
Step 4.  Assemble your card.
That's it.  Pretty ea…


Today's card used one of my favourite stamps at the moment - Swallowtail.  I also used a technique that I'm going to show you on Thursday - emboss resist.  Yep - more embossing... can you believe it?
This one was fun to make.  Lots of colour.  Lots of ink.  Lots of sponging.

It's great to use a stamp that covers the whole card. It really becomes a focal point and you don't need to do much else to it.  I didn't even bother to add a sentiment to this.  Although if I was going to I could stamp on inside at the last minute after I decided who to give it to.  Another great way to make your cards go further ;-)
Happy crafting.
Ingredients Stamps: Swallowtail (129213)
Card: Whisper White (106550); Early Espresso (126974); Crumb Cake (121658)
Ink: VersaMark (102283); Daffodil Delight (126944); Melon Mambo (126948); Pumpkin Pie (126945)
Other: Clear emboss powder (109130); Heat tool (129056); Snail adhesive (104332)


Today I'm showing you something a little different.  I'm showing you how I used My Digital Studio (MDS) to take something that I usually use online to create something offline.  Yep I made something using MDS that you can actually hold in your hand.  And guess what?  It's Tuesday so it was #tooeasy! 
First I downloaded the Packed for You digital download.  Want another surprise.  Right now it's free to download.  And if you don't have MDS it doesn't matter you can download it for use in other edit software or better yet download the free MDS trial and see if you like it.  (I downloaded my free trial and purchased it fully about 2 days later as it was so easy to use and came with so many free templates, tools, stamps and accessories... oh and it was only $24.95).  If you want to get you hands on either this template check out my online store here.  
Anyway I simply printed out the 2 pages, cute it out and assembled.  Too easy right!  This is what the first page…

#techniquethursday - more embossing

I'm back with another twist on embossing today.  I've already showed you how to dry emboss with a  bigshot machine and to emboss with embossing powder and a heat tool.  This time I'm going to show you a twist of dry embossing with ink to really make the texture pop.  All you need is an embossing folder, ink (water based) and a big shot machine.... oh and some card.

 I chose the Honeycomb embossing folder, whisper white card stock as my base and Daffodil Delight as my ink pad.  I inked up the flat side of the embossing folder.  This is the side that will have the pattern indented rather than raised.  After ensuring the ink covered the folder well I carefully prepared the sandwich of whisper white in the the folder and ran it through the bigshot.  It's important to try and not slide the card  around on the ink - or you might miss out on some of the base card colour coming through.  Once you run it through the bigshot you'll find that the raised image stands out that…


This card may look like there was a lot involved but really it was very simple.  Some layered DSP & card on crumb cake base.  A sentiment stamped repeatedly.  And a cupcake stamped, punched and mounted using dimensionals.  A little ribbon and some sparkles finished it all off.  Too easy :-)
Happy crafting.
ingredients: stamps: create a cupcake ink: crumb cake; early espresso; pink pirouette; primrose petals punch: cupcake builder card: crumb cake' whisper white other: retired DSP; scallop circle bigz die; summer starfruit stitched satin ribbon

Monday MDS fun

I've been practicing my MDS skills (that's My Digital Studio in case you didn't know).  I'm finding it a great way of getting creative when I'm tucked up on the couch watching tv, with a glass of wine and a blankie.  It's not that I don't love getting into my craft room - I do.  But sometimes the winter weather gets the best of me and I just want to be cosy.  Using the MDS platform I'm getting to do both things at once so it's a winner for me.  I'm still learning though so expect to see my trials and errors here.  I'm pretty happy with this effort though. What do you think?  What do I need more or less of?  This is a new craft for me so your thoughts are welcome.
Happy crafting.

#techniquethursday - dimensionals

Today's technique is really more of a quick tutorial about a product I use in lots of my cards - dimensionals.  Dimensionals are double sided sticky foam dots that help raise elements of your card to give it extra depth and texture.  They are often used to pop up sentiments and other elements of a card you want to highlight.  Today I've used them as more of a foundation for the main object of my card - the stamped background.

I used several stamps in the Printed Petals stamp set, and 3 colours of ink - Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie to stamp flowers over a base card stock.  I then cut the card into uneven quarters and used a corner punch to round the edges of the external corners.  Placing 4 dimensionals in the corner of each rectangle of cardstock I positioned them on the card with about a 3-4mm gap between the adjacent pieces.  After this I decided to add a simple little bow to highlight the placement of the "hello" stamp on once rectangle.

It's …


Today's #tooeasytuesday card really was too easy to make.  It only involved 2 stamped images, some embossing powder and 3 pieces of card.  Really simply hey?!?  I simply used VersaMark ink to stamp the Swallowtail image onto Lucky Limonade card.  I used silver embossing power & my heat gun to get the beautiful shimmery effect of heat embossing.  I layered that on a piece of Soft Suede card, and then onto a Crumb Cake base.  The sentiment I stamped came from the Loving Thoughts stamp set.

This is a super easy card to make because the main image is so large and detailed you don't need to add much to it.  You could easily vary it by using different colours of card or embossing powder or both.  It's the sort of card that is great to make if you have a large number to send to people for invites or thank you cards.  I only just bought the Swallowtail stamp recently because I'd seen some lovely cards popping up all over the place.  This was the first time I've used i…

Monday MDS happiness

I've been slowly getting into this MDS thing.  That's My Digital Studio in case you didn't know.  It's downloadable software that helps you scrapbook and papercraft online.  It's pretty easy to get the hang of, but I must admit it's taking me a little while to find my mojo - just because I'm still learning where everything is.

I wanted to share with you a quick project I made to day for my blog today for #motivationmonday.

This probably took me about 10 minutes... tops.  I used a lot of the free items available and a couple from some online sets I bought.  I'm going to have to remember to write down which one for next time I post.  Anyway my point is it's really easy to use and very intuitive.  I think it's going to be my new toy of choice when I'm on a long haul flight to create things, because I feel like I'm getting my chance to create while I'm on the road.  I was using the trial version until a few days ago…

This and that

Remember I told you there was a sale on My Digital Studio Downloads on Wednesday?  Well it gets event better.  Stampin' Up! is introducing a new product line in the annual catalogue but right now you can get it at a discount.  It's like a pre-release sale.  Check on the video and see what you can do with this.

I'm thinking it might make a good present for a girlfriend who's getting married, or just had a baby, or someone graduating or traveling.  Personally I'm going to get it to use it as my inspiration journal for my other blogs.  Sometimes having something that is pretty and looks good helps to inspire my thoughts in other areas.

ItemDescriptionPrice 131268 Epic Day This and That Journal $18.95 130814 Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper $18.95 131463 Remember This and That Rotary Stamp $9.95 131271 Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers $8.95 131269 Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape $8.95 133905 Epic Day This and That Bundle
Includes the …

#techniquethursday - layered sponging

Ok it seems like I'm a little obsessed with sponging.  I've posted so many times about different ways to use this technique.  Today I'm going to continue on an show you a technique I'm calling layered sponging.  Layered sponging is essentially just want it sounds like.  Layers of sponging and stamping to create a unique effect.  All you need is some stamps, a shape or cut out to use as a mask, some stamp pads of different shades and a sponge or two.

In the card I'm showing you today I used 3 colours of ink - Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  First I used a mask cutout from the Labels Collection framelits to sponge a background in Sahara Sand.  I then layered a subtle word stamp from the retired stamp set Strength & Hope in Crumb Cake over the background.  I finished off stamping a butterfly image in Early Espresso from the same set over the top and added two more smaller butterflies from the stamp set Papillon Potpourri.  After removing the mask I a…

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Right now you can get 25% off digital downloads.  The sale lasts until June 15, and you don't even need to get of your pj's to place an order.  Just click here and shop online.  Also... pro tip - there are a few freebies around.  Right now you can download the Be Yourself May Wallpaper for free.  Just search for product code 133427.
Happy online crafting.