Carousel Birthday Card

Carousel Birthday Card

Another of the February class projects using watercolour pencils this time with the Carousel Birthday stamp set. I was commissioned to make a card for a young girl using pink and this is what I came up with. The design was cased from Holly Stene in America, I changed the colours, added the scalloped circle, background stamping and sequin trim. I love how it came out.

Handmade Card Carousel Birthday Delicate Texture Stampin Up Confetti Design

Tips & Tricks 

    • Card base is Blushing Bride cardstock cut at 14.8 cm x 10.5 cm
    • I stamped a lace background from Delicate Details using Blushing Bride at the bottom of the card
    • The patterned paper is from Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack cut to 7.5 cm x 10.2 cm
    • The vellum has been embossed using the Sparkle Embossing Folder
    • I stamped the pony using Archival Black ink and coloured using Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Basic Gray pencils
    • I used a blender pen to blend and soften the pencil
    • For the sentiment I used Archival Basic Gray ink
    • Use the Layering Circles Framelits to cut the circle and scallop circle
    • Adhere the Vellum layer with glue under where the pony goes so it will not be seen

Finishing Touches

    • The Blushing Bride Sequin Trim was adhered to the back of the Blushing Bride Scallop Circle using a glue dot. Then dimensionals were used to adhere it to the card.
    • Add some Solid Bakers Twine in Blushing Bride to the top of the card and tie in a bow
    • Run your bone folder along the length of the sentiment to make it curl 2 different ways then add to the card using dimensionls

This completes the projects made in February classes, view the other 2 projects here, Tasty Trucks , Beautiful You Calendar. I hope you have enjoyed all these projects using the Watercolour pencils, if you would like to order them you will see a Shop Now button on the right hand side of this post, simply follow that to place an order in my Stampin’ Up! shop. To join a class simply follow this link to register for my March classes.

Beautiful You Watercolour Calendar

Beautiful You Watercolour Calendar

Images can speak volumes, this girl from the Beautiful You stamp set looks like she’s dancing or about to perform a cartwheel on the beach. Just the type of uplifting image to see you through the year on a desk calendar. Also the sentiment is a lovely reminder each day to live life to the fullest.


Beautiful You Watercolour Calendar Confetti Design

We made this project in class this month and everyone loved it. The design was cased from Anke Heim in Europe. I purchased the small calendars from Teacher Direct (the link shows an image of 2015 but the description is correct and that’s what I received).

Tips & Tricks 

    • Card base is Basic Grey cardstock cut at 25.5 x 10.5 cm and scored at 6.5 and 13cm
    • Next layers are Basic Grey 12.58cm x 10.5cm, Bermuda Bay 12.2 cm x 9.9 cm and Shimmer White – 11.8 cm x 9.5 cm. Bermuda Bay under calendar measures 9cm x 9.9cm
    • I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the girl in the centre of the card and for the sentiment.
    • Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray and Pacific Point are the watercolour pencils I used.
    • An aqua painter was used to blend and soften the pencil, therefore the girl looks like a watercolour painting .
    • For the sky I just dabbed the Aqua Painter on the tip of the pencil to get a small amount of colour.
    • Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut and detail the sentiment and mount on dimensionals
    • Put a brad through the corners to hold the calendar pages in place.

Finishing Touches

    • The layered card front it adhered to the folded section to create the triangular stand.

All this month’s projects used the watercolour pencils, we used either aqua painters or blender pens to get the look of watercolour. This depended on the type of look we were trying to achieve and also the size of the image. It’s easier to do small areas with the blender pen’s finer tip. But for large areas and backgrounds there is more colour variation and it’s quicker with the aqua painter.

I have posted the Tasty Trucks card already and I’ll add the Carousel Birthday card tomorrow. To create your own cards and 3D projects come along to one of my March classes.

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set

This cute Tasty Truck Stamp Set with it’s various food items is available free with an order of $110 + shipping during Sale a Bration. I will be teaching this card in my February classes, it showcases the Tasty Trucks Stamp Set, the Stitched Framelits and the Watercolour Pencils!

Tasty Trucks Sale a Bration Confetti Design

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set | Stitched Shapes Framelits | Watercolour Pencils

I’m including the Stitched Framelits in a lot of my projects at the moment, they really do give a lovely finishing detail. (These Framelits are now available! Click HERE to purchase)

Tips & Tricks 

    • Card base is Pool Party cardstock – 14.8 x 10.5 cm
    • Next layers are Calypso Coral 7.5 cm x 10.5 cm and Whisper White – 7 cm x 10.5 cm
    • I used Smokey Slate ink to stamp the flags on the card base.
    • The truck, ice-creams and flags were stamped in Archival Black ink on Shimmer White cardstock.
    • I used Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray and Basic Black watercolour pencils. Then I gave them the watercolour look using a blender pen. Due to the small areas I chose the blender pen as the tip is finer.
    • The truck, flags and ice-creams have been fussy cut.
    • The embossing folder on the Whisper White layer is Falling Petals. I used only the top section of the folder so there are only a few hearts shown.
    • The Stitched Shape circle was cut from Smokey Slate cardstock and mounted on dimensionals.
    • Finally Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine is wrapped 3 times around the Whisper White layer.

Finishing Touches

    • The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and has been curled using a bone folder then mounted using 2 dimensionals together underneath the raised part.

To create your own version of this card come along to one of my February classes.


Stitched Framelits Watercolour Butterfly Card

Stitched Framelits Watercolour Butterfly Card

This pretty stitched framelits watercolour butterfly card was inspired by one made by Susan Wong in the grey, white and copper colour pallete. I needed something pink and girly for a friend so I changed the colours and used a pink butterfly.

Stitched Framelits Watercolour Butterfly Card

If you love to create and love the small added details that really finish off a project, the Stitched Framelits are the perfect solution. Not only do they cut the perfect shape every time, they also add the oh so cute stitched details, while you run it through the big shot.

The Stitched Framelits will work with the stamps that you already own, giving them a new lease on life and allowing you to create beautifully detailed cards in a flash.

I’ve always been a fan of stitching and it’s very trendy in the crafting industry right now.

(These Framelits are now available! Click HERE to purchase)

Tips & Tricks 

    • Card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock – 14.8 x 10.5cm
    • Card front is Whisper White cardstock – 14.2 x 9.9cm
    • I used an aqua painter and Blushing Bride Ink to create the watercolour background on Shimmer White Cardstock and on the 2 circles cut with the Stitched Framelits.
    • The stamp over the watercolouring on one of the circles is a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge using Blushing Bride Ink.
    • The doily is folded in half but left intact, I love this idea as it creates softness while adding texture as opposed to cutting the doily and only using half.
    • The Washi Tape above the doily is from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape. This tape with the copper dots is my firm favourite.
    • I coloured the butterfly by sponging Flirty Flamingo Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. The colour is more intense in the centre and faded it out from there. I placed the Butterfly Thinlit over the sponged card and cut it out using the big shot. I love the look and by sponging first you won’t tear the delicate die cut image.

Finishing Touches

    • Metallic Thread in Copper and Blushing Bride Sequin Trim behind the butterfly, 2 extra girly elements.

I love this card and my friend loved it to. To create your own handmade cards come along to one of my classes.

Classes are small, fun and relaxing and suitable for all abilities. Best of all I provide all the tools and supplies therefore you can just relax and create, following my samples and simple instructions for each step.

Do something different this year and JOIN a class.

On Stage – Celebrating You

November and April are both special months in the Stampin’ Up!® calendar as that’s when On Stage is held.  The theme for On Stage Live 2016 in Brisbane was ‘Celebrating You’ and it set the tone for what was the best Stampin’ Up! event I have attended. It was wonderful to have so many of my team there and be part of a large group, it was much more fun than ever before.

What is On Stage? – It’s a gathering of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and staff around the world. We craft, talk business, share ideas, celebrate achievements and launch new catalogues. Getting to go to On Stage is definitely one of the best “perks” of being a demonstrator – they’re not open to anyone else! If you’re keen to get to the next one in six months time, talk to me about how! I’d love to have you in my Team and join me at On Stage Local next April in Auckland!

On Stage - Celebrating You was a gathering of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and staff around the world. I can hardly wait for the next event in April!

The Whole Team at On Stage Live 2016

On Stage Perks

As a demonstrator at On Stage we get to see, use and purchase product from the new Occasions Catalogue ahead of other demonstrators. Then as we order more during December we earn an unlimited amount of free Sale-a-Bration product as well! If you want this opportunity too then you can Join Stampin’ Up! now and order the new products from 1 December too!

During the event we saw many presentations of new products and techniques, there is always so much inspiration to be gained from the presentations. I am always blown away by the creativity shown by the demonstrators, and people are so willing to share which is one of the great things about being involved with Stampin’ Up! and whether a customer or demonstrator we are always learning new techniques and tricks.

We also got to use the products ourselves during special Product Suite Presentations. We tried the new Watercolour Pencils, new Framelits and Thinlits new Designer Series Paper and Embellishments. While making these projects we met new people at the tables and big shots and shared a little of our story or just chatted about the event or what we were making.

On Stage – Celebrating You Make and Takes

I love this part of the event, we get to use the brand new products and fall in love with so many must haves for our wish list.

Here are the 4 projects we made during this part of On Stage – Celebrating You

Watercolour Pencils by Stampin' Up!

Watercolour Pencils by Stampin’ Up!

Falling in Love Suite by Stampin' Up!

Falling in Love Suite by Stampin’ Up!

Party Animal Suite by Stampin Up!

Party Animal Suite by Stampin’ Up!

Sending Love Suite by Stampin' Up!

Sending Love Suite by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! events are always welcoming, professional, educational and fun! It’s great to see ‘old’ friends and meet new ones too! And On Stage – Celebrating You was no exception. I can hardly wait for the next one which is a local event in Auckland in April 2017.