Thursday, 20 July 2017

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Caseing the Catalogue

Hello and welcome to the monthly Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Juana Ambida from Australia. I hope you enjoy my card casing the beautiful new Catalogue.

The 'At Home With You' bundle is one of my personal favourites and it's on page 54 of the annual catalogue. Just love the versatility of this set and so much fun to use. I have made several cards already with this set and is also featured in this month's International Tutorial Bundle edition. The interactive door is a great feature in this set, youcan add a sentiment inside or a little critter popping out. Click here to see other examples made with this set. Purchasing the set as a bundle you save 10% and you will want to have the dies. 

I have literally CASE'd the gorgeous Christmas card on page 54, with a few modifications. This card sample is what sold me on this set. It just embodies a lovely Christmas card with a home feel. This set can also be used all year round which is so important to get the most use out it. 

The new 'embossing paste' and brick stencil from 'Party Pattern Decorative Masks' have been used along with the new 'Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack'. 

The images have been coloured in with copic markers and stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink. I find the alcohol based markers such a great way to colour in and copics blend so well. 

To add dimension to the images, I have used the fine tip glue pen to add glossy accents to the lamps and berries. Clear Wink of Stella glitter has been added onto the foliage for an extra shine.

The wreath above the door has been mounted with dimensioals. The images have been doubled up with an extra die cut and layered underneath to give it that extra raise and dimension.

There is also a gorgeous 'Boxwood wreath embellishment', that is used on the sample for a 3D look however, I have kept the layers and bulk down to go in the post. To give in person the 3D wreath would be an excellent embellishment to add. 

I'm so happy how it turned out and will surely be making more of these cards for Christmas. We can never start too early. I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration and hope that you'll give this wonderful set a go. I can see this set make a great Halloween card too hehe. Make sure to follow the list below to see all the amazing creative inspirations from around the world Caseing the annual catalogue. You don't want to miss any!  

Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

This Little Piggy and Weather Together

Hello and welcome. I have been having so much fun with 'This Little Piggy' set that I have teamed it with the 'Weather Together' set. I'm sure that this isn't the fist time this idea has been done to combine a cute critter with an umbrella. Through experimentation and the 'what if' moment, both of these sets came together. 

The clean and simple layout has been greatly inspired and entered in the Global Design Project #GDP096 - Case the Designer Challenge. CASEing the talented Tanja Kolar. I have used the largest square stitched shapes framelits and layered with the largest scallop layering square framelits to emulate the gorgeous framing in Tanja's card. 

Please check out all the creative cards in the challenge and hopefully you'll be inspired to join in the fun. Click here to see visit the challenge.

'This Little Piggy' with the umbrella scene is a continuation to the Thank you theme cards series using this fun set. Click here to see the other 'This Little Piggy' series of cards.

The colouring style and choice of colours has been carried over again to tie in with the series.

Copic markers have been used once again for the little piggy, as well as the umbrella rod and handle.

The sky has been ink blended with Tempting Turquoise and grass with Wild Wasabi inks using Ranger round mini ink blending tool. 

The grass shape is a separate piece and is the negative die cut piece using the wave shape from Swirly Scribbles thinlits. It was the actual off cut from the other card I made using the Seaside Shore card that you can see here. Great way to use up your scraps.

I ran the piece through the Big Shot using the same square framelits die to add the faux stitched edge around it and give it that seamless look.

The umbrella has been stamped with Daffodil Delight and Peekabo Peach using an ombre method.

First stamp image with Dafodill Delight and wipe of the bottom half on the stamp with a paper towel and them re-stamp with Peekaboo Peach and wipe off the top half  to achieve a smooth gradient blend. Using a MISTI tool with this method greatly helps as being able to stamp over the same image over again helps to give that sharpness and definition. 

Both the white heat embossed hearts and die cuts ties in with the sentiments from 'Weather Together' set reflecting the style of Tanja's card. The scripty 'love' sentiment has been stamped with Versafine Onyx black pigment ink and have clear heat embossed it to heat set and give it that raised embossed finish and shine. The whole front panel has been mounted on to a top folding Crumb Cake cardstock base.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. It's great to find ways in which to create a scene using 'This Little Piggy' and I'm sure there are plenty more complimentary sets in the Annual catalogue that will surely work with a desired theme in mind. Can you think of any? Love to see what you can come up with.  Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore

Hello and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew blog hop. We are featuring the fun 'Seaside Shore' set which appears on page 53 in the Annual catalogue. Fortunately it has been carried over to the new catalogue as it has so much creative potential and works well both on it's own or combined to compliment with other sets. My first ever creation with this set was a card in box that you can see here

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

It's so great to be able to use this set again and create another fun underwater scene. To help create the scene, I have incorporated the wavy shape die cut from 'Swirly Scribbles Thinlits' dies, as a fun and interactive way to have the fishes swimming within it. Only the ends of the die cut waves have been adhered with Tombow mono liquid glue and a few in the centre to allow pockets for the fishes to be tucked in between.

The background has been ink blended with Pacific Point ink using a round mini ink blending tool. This is a great tool to get that smooth seamless blending. I worked from the outside edges first and in towards the centre to create a radial gradient effect, and adds a softer and lighter glow in the centre. Adding more ink around the edges creates contrast and interest and can get the most out of using just one ink colour.

The die cut waves has also been ink blended with Pacific Point ink. As the die cut is very delicate a pouncing or dabbing motion is best used to add colour. It's good to allow some dark and light areas to give some depth. Shimmery White cardstock was used for that perfect shimmery finish.

The bubbles have been stamped in VersaMark ink and clear heat embossed. Ensure that the ink blended background is completely dry before clear heat embossing. Love the subtle embossed effect finished it gives.

The sentiment has been white heat embossed on vellum and die cut out with the 'Layering Circles framelits dies'. It has been tucked in the waves following the shape and resembles a large bubble but most of all it is a subtle spotlight on the sentiment. Being vellum, you're able to see through it and having the fish behind it adds interest. 'Glitter enamel dots' added to give that water droplets look reflecting the similar shades of the background.

The images have all been stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured in with Copic markers. Simple colouring has been done in a gradient fashion and looks effective on these fishes, the black markings makes the colour pop. Surprisingly, the copics I had on hand B18 (Lapis Lazuli) and B16  (Cyanine Blue) used on the negative space of the seaweed is a similar colour gradient effect as Pacific Point. It blends in flawlessly and thank goodness it does as it's so hard to cut that area out lol.

All images have been fussy cut leaveing a white gap around as it looks more forgiving hehe. It would have been great if the set came with matching dies but if you don't mind fussy cutting then it wont be as bad as it's still a good practice hehe. The fishes have been adhered with Stampin' dimensionals to give a raised effect.  The whole front panel has been adhered on to a side folding Pacific Point card base to perfectly coordinate. Lastly, Clear Wink of Stella glitter added over all the fishes for that extra shimmer though can be hard to see on the photos. It adds a great subtle finish to them.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. The 'Seaside Shore' is a great set and would look great used with some of the new underwater themed sets in the new catalogue or even an aquarium shaker card - so many possibilities.  Next up on the hop is the wonderful and talented Kelly Kent. What she has created with this set will surely be amazing!  Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :)  

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest Jay Soriano

Hello and welcome to the Crazy Crafters blog hop with a very special guest Jay Soriano. I'm so excited to be CASEing Jay's awesome works as he's extremely talented and highly creative. Jay is based in the UK and is so wonderful to see a fellow Filipino sharing the same love of papercrafts.

I have chosen to CASE Jay's gorgeous card below using the new "This Little Piggy Set". It has been created as part of  CAS Colours and Sketch challenge. I just love the Clean and Simple style and yet is still so effective.

Click here to see Jay's card post.

This Little Piggy set is so much fun to use, that I have created three cards to show the cute little piggies in different settings. Here they are:

It's perfect set to build a scene with and have used a few other sets to create each scene.

On  this card they include the new, 'Grown With Love' bundle for the vegetables and cart. They have been coloured in with Stampin' Write markers and added  glossy accents on the vegetables to add dimension.

'Basket of Wishes' set for the large wooden basket. Coloured in with copics and fussy cut.

'Sheltering Tree' set, the tree trunk stamp and clear heat embossed over the top for ink resist blending. Leaves have been white heat embossed over the top. Tempting Turquoise has been applied in the background with ink resist technique. 

The grass has been ink blended with Wild Wasabi ink.

'This Little Piggy' with 'At Home with You' set is so adorable as he's stepping out from the door.

I have used the Thanks sentiment and motifs from the 'At Home With You' set and used the new embossing paste for the brick stencil. I can't get enough of these two new products! A little clear glossy accents added to the lamp post to denote glass.

Tempting Turquise is used again on the door and have been applied with a round mini ink blending tool for a smooth blending.

Lastly, 'This Little Piggy' on 'Bike Ride' set sentiment from 'Thankful Thoughts'.

This cheerful little piggy image is so versatile and looks so cute on the bike. 

Tempting Turquoise added in to keep the same colour theme throughout. 

These cards will come in handy to give out as Thank you cards and we'll make a cute token of appreciation.  I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. I love the bold, graphic style of Jay's card and works so well with this new set. Make sure to continue to hop around and see all the fabulous creations that have been inspired by Jay's amazing talent. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

This Little Piggy Birthday

Hello and welcome. Today I'm sharing a card using a new stamp set called 'This Little Piggy' and it's just so cute and adorable. The inspiration is from the Global Design Project #GDP095 Theme:  Kids where the card has been entered and combining it with the Birthday Delivery stamp set makes for a cute children's birthday card.

It's so great to be able to combine stamp sets and create a custom made scene. The little piggy holding the balloon from 'Birthday Delivery' is just an example of this. Fussy cutting the piggies allows more flexibiliy to build a scene as they are all separate elements layered together in a pleasing grouping. Although the Birthday Delivery set comes with matching dies, I have trimmed the base of the party hats so that the white edges are not showing.  

All the images have been stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink on whisper white cardstock and coloured in with copic markers. Copics is favourite go to medium for quick and easy colouring. To add texture, I've added little dots on the cute piggies in the medium shade tone of pink used.

The white dots on the balloon and hats have been done with a white gel pen and the eyes have been done with a black gel pen to add more dimension. Both the balloons and banner have been raised with dimensionals. The green grass has been ink blended with Wild Wasabi ink by masking with a strip of post it note.

The card is kept clean and simple so that the focus are on the cute piggies and the birthday party scene. The front panel is mounted onto a side folding Crumb Cake cardstock. I hope you have enjoyed and inspired you to try this wonderful set. This Little Piggy set has grown on me and the creativity are just endless - will surely be making more. Make sure to check out the Global Design Project card challenge for more inspirations and hope you join in the fun! Thank you so much for stopping by until next time - Happy Crafting!

So happy and thrilled to find out that 'This Little Piggy Birthday' card that I entered in the Global Design Project #95 Theme: Kids challenge was one of the winners. Yay! :) #GDP095 #GDPwinner.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

July Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Tutorial Bundle Design Team July blog hop. This is the last installment of the exclusive tutorial bundle that I have had the privilege of taking part in. It has been an absolute delight working with all the talented demos on this amazing team and a Big Thank You to Kylie Bertucci for organising and working tirelessly to make this all happen. Thank you to everyone who have purchased the bundles and your support is greatly appreciated. I hope you have enjoyed every edition. This month's bundle is another winner and contains so many amazing projects.  

12 exclusive tutorials for $20 AUD. Tutorial will be emailed within 24-48hours upon receiving payment. 
All currencies accepted. PayPal will do the conversion for you.

Here is the sneak peek photo of the tutorial I made in this month's tutorial bundle using the fabulous new "At Home With You" bundle.

The "At Home With You" bundle, is such a great set with many sentiments that can be used all year round for every season. The outlined images is perfect for colouring in too and adds so much more creative techniques. 

Today's card is using the same technique as used in the tutorial but in a different style. I have chosen to do a Fall/Thanksgiving theme card using the grateful sentiment and the pumpkin and sunflowers from the set. This set just looks great in every season and the use of colour plays a big part in the creative expression of this set. I just love the Fall colours of yellow and orange and creates this warm sunset feel.  

The new embossing paste is just fabulous and have used a new technique that I have learned from Case'ing Tanya Boser in a recent blog hop. You can check the card and blog post here.
Spritzing the embossing paste with ink colour is just fantastic technique and the results are just amazing! 

Here, I have used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight reinkers diluted with water using the spritzer. I have created an ombre gradient effect for a clean and simple yet effect layout. The more ink colour you add intensifies the tone and makes it darker. It is so much fun playing with it.

I have used Shimmery White cardstock as it can withstand water better than the regular Whisper White. Watercolour paper would also be great with this technique and can really add more intense colouring. Though less is more as adding too much water/ink can seep in between the stencils if left too long. 

A bit of sprirtzing and ink smooshing was done on the door as I used every last drop of ink, by dabbing it on there lol. Heat setting with the heat tool helps to dry the ink quicker and allows you to build up the colour layers.

White heat embossed images have been done to all images and gives this card a lovely bright finished look. I also love using this technique with watercolouring as it's so forgiving. The images have been coloured loosely and it adds to the effect.  I have used both an aqua painter and brush to apply the ink colours. Smoky Slate used on the pale and Old Olive on the leaves, the rest is Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie. The Grateful sign against the black adds so much contrast and makes it stand out.

Inside of the door die cut panel, I have done an ink blending gradient with Pumpkin Pie ink to continue the ombre colour scheme. I have used the lovely sentiment that makes this set so charming with "I feel at home when I'm with you", stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink and this helps to make it pop against all the bright colour. The card front is mounted on to a side folding portrait A2 card using Crumb Cake cardstock.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. The "At Home With You" bundle. is a set that I'll be reaching for to make unique homemade cards and will also be great to make this year's Christmas cards with using the Christmas imagery in the set - so stay tuned for that one. Next up on the blog hop is the wonderful and super talented Kimberly Van Diepen, she has an absolute stunner install for you. There is also a list below of the design team members on this hop, so just follow that for more creative inspirations. Thank you once again for all your support and for stopping by my blog, Have an amazing day, till next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Angela McKay
Cornelia Janssen
Erica McCarty Cerwin
Janneke de Jong
Juana Ambida .......You Are Here
Kimberly van Diepen
Kylie Bertucci
Louise Sharp
Lorri Heiling
Rachel Tessman

Monday, 3 July 2017

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Café Bundle

Hello and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew. Today we are showcasing the fabulous new Coffee Café photopolymer set. It has coordinating framelits and by ordering it as a bundle you get a 10% saving! 

I have had so much fun with this set and to show the versatility, I decided to pair it up with the Mini Treat bags thinlits dies and You're So Sweet stamp set. The elements from both sets compliment each other and is perfect gift to give with a treat and note card inside. It's also great way to showcase the gorgeous Coffee Break designer series paper, which makes a smart and personalised treat bag. 
The colour theme is centred around the Coffee Break designer series paper pattern and can help with the overall design planning.

Here it is... with a ribbon pull tab for the note card inside.

All it needs is a small treat or even a gift card inside hehe. :) 

• You're So Sweet sentiment - double stamped by masking areas with washi tape to achieve the two colour seperation. Ink used are Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz. Using a stamp positioner tool was handy for this, to get a crisp impression.
• Coffee Cup framelits used for the large coffee to go cup.
• Heart, For You and Vellum banner die cuts are from the Mini Treat Bag thinlits dies.
• The woodgrain image on "For You" die cut piece is the woodgrain cup image from Coffe Café set, stamped in Pear Pizzazz.
 • Adding vellum was a great way to add a subtle layer. White heat embossed sentiments always look great on vellum.
• Doubling up the die cuts also help add dimension and make them pop.
• Fun foam was used on the large coffee cup for an even raise, so it doesn't collapse in transit lol.

Note card: 
• The remaining reversed patterns used from Coffee Break dsp to create the cup and label. It's a great way to utilise every piece, including the ribbon, even though it's retired, it still looks great.
• Ink blending strip added in Garden Green gradient to tie in with the colour scheme.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. The Coffee Café bundle is truly versatile and looks fabulous on it's own or with other existing sets. The creativity is endless and will surely be creating more with this fun set. Next on the blog hop is the wonderful Valerie Moody and be sure to check out her awesome project. Thank you so much for stopping by, till next time - Happy Crafting!