Thursday, July 27, 2017

LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING - STAMP TO SHARE

One of the most popular stamp sets and bundles from the new catalogue amoungst my ladies has to be Colorful Seasons.  I am thrilled that the Stamp to Share blog hop this month features that very same bundle!


I created two completely different cards for today's hop.  The first is a sympathy card, little realising when I made it that I would be giving it away almost at once, sadly.

I absolutely love the new Very Vanilla Thick card.  It's perfect for card bases and for embossing on.  To create the texture I have on the little leaves, I simply inked up my stamp as normal, then before lifting off the ink pad to stamp, I slid it off instead, creating this fab texture!  I recently featured this technique at my local Techniques classes and it as a huge hit!


The second card is bright and fun, completely opposite to the neutrals of the first card.  I was dreaming of summer when I made this card - can't you tell?  Winter is making itself felt right now and a beach chair is certainly holding some big appeal!


Colorful Seasons is a photopolymer stamp set, so even though there is a ton of repeat stamping on this card, I didn't need to use a stamp placement tool to make it.  I could see exactly where I was stamping.


I was going to make this a single layer card, but in the end, it was begging for a bright sunshiney bow and the sentiment was a great size to place over the top.  Don't you just love the Glitter Enamel dots?  They make the perfect accents!

Next on the hop is the lovely and very clever, Caroline van der Straaten in the Netherlands!


Monica Gale - UK
Amy Koenders - USA
Rochelle Blok - Australia
Sandi MacIver - Canada 
Paula Dobson - New Zealand (You are here)
Caroline van der Straaten - Netherlands
Barbara Becker - Austria
Nadine Koeller - Germany
Moira McIlroy - France

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator! When you shop Online with me, please the current host code (in my side bar) and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can invite you to my exclusive VIP Facebook Group and thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Friday, July 21, 2017

JUST BREATHE HOME DECOR - STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN BLOG HOP

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan blog hop.  You have probably just arrived from Miriam van Eyden's beautiful blog.  I just love everything Miriam makes!  If you are just starting here, hit the "Next" button at the end of this post to continue on the hop.

This month the Artisan Design Team are featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set and suite of products.  This beautiful stamp set is proving to be so popular with a ton of card ideas on Pinterest already!  Is it any wonder, with all seasons covered in this set.  I thought I would try my hand at a home decor piece so I could admire it in my office/craft space for months to come!


We are in the middle of winter in the South Pacific, a season I actually love.  I find it easier to warm up than to cool down, lol.  While typing up this post, it is howling with wind outside, the rain is coming in sideways, and I am sitting in front of my heater all toasty warm.  You probably think I am mad for creating a winter scene when I could be creating warm sun and sandy beaches!


I love winter because it is time to hibernate and just take time to slow down a little.  The "Just Breathe" sentiment is also a perfect reminder to do this!  I love the large, flowing font.  The photo above shows how I have masked and sponged this background.  I have only used two colours to create this scene as well - Old Olive and Dapper Denim.  The masking has helped to create an ombre effect which also makes it look like I have used a ton of different shades, when in fact I haven't!  This background took me less than 5 minutes to create!

After sourcing a shadowbox frame, I removed the picture mat and used a Dapper Denim sheet of paper from the Color Theory Paper Stack to cover the mat.  The mat was a lot larger than the 6" length of the paper stack, but this crackle paint effect hides all the joins really, really well!  I used some of the fun dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits to create a more 3 dimensional look to my work.  These stamps and dies have been conveniently bundled to save you 10% too!  Honestly, Stampin' Up! think of everything.

It would be so easy to change the look of this piece, simply by stamping and die cutting some blossoms and adhering them to the branches.  You could use your sponge brayer and masks again to create a new summer background.  Stamp a deck chair and a glass of lemonade and you could be sitting in the Bahamas!  This suite is just THAT versatile.

The rest of the Artisan Design Team have yet more inspiration for you.  Click on the "Next" button to visit with my good friend in Australia, Rochelle Blok.



Paula Dobson - You are here!

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator! When you shop Online with me, please the current host code (in my side bar) and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can invite you to my exclusive VIP Facebook Group and thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Friday, July 7, 2017

PEACE ON EARTH AT CHRISTMAS - STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN BLOG HOP

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan blog hop.  We have an extra exciting hop for you this month as we feature an upcoming Christmas bundle from the Holiday catalogue - Carols of Christmas.


As a demonstrator, you can order this bundle NOW and make a saving of 10% when you do.  Get a start on planning your Christmas classes around this versatile set and pair it with product already available in the Stampin' Up! Annual catalogue!

As a customer, you can get the Carols of Christmas bundle early too, beginning August, and use your Bonus Days coupons to get even more of a discount!  You are surely going to want to get a head start on your Christmas cards with this beautiful bundle of product.


I had so many ideas swirling in my head on how I would love to use this beautiful stamp set and those amazing dies, it was hard to know where to start and I absolutely adore the large fonts in the greetings!!  I really couldn't help but create a scene (in a good way lol), it was the first thing I thought of when I got this set!

Christmas in New Zealand is Summertime, so no snow on those gorgeous pine trees on my card!  I used a Sponge Brayer to create the graduated colours in my evening sky before die cutting the moon and stars out, then I layered this panel on a mat of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  The sparkle is just gorgeous, but so hard to capture in a photo.


After heat embossing my sentiment in White embossing powder, and while it as still warm, I poured Dazzling Diamonds over the top to make it sparkle too, and then heat set it again.  I die cut a heap of trees from Garden Green cardstock and used a sponge dauber to add the same colour ink around the bottom of each tree to add depth before adhering to my card front with Dimensionals.


I brayered the inside of my card exactly the same as my card front.  While there isn't a tree stamp in this set, I simply die cut the trees from a Post-it-note and used that as a mask to daub the Garden Green ink through.  Job done!

Next stop is my good friend Rochelle Blok in Aussie and you are going to faint when you see what she has for you!!


Paula Dobson - You are here!

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator! When you shop Online with me, please the current host code (in my side bar) and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can invite you to my exclusive VIP Facebook Group and thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.