Birthday, Challenges, feminine, Stampin' Up!

Macaron Madness

Dear Crafters,

Well, today I have a very yummy and delicious looking card that I created as part of a challenge with our SU team. Some very worthy demonstrators got to experience the Mediterranean Cruise in May and then extended their time in Paris. This photo of the macaron tower was in a shop window in Paris and wow, who wouldn’t take a photo of it, it’s a beauty! So when Claire returned, she challenged our team to create a project using this photo as inspiration.  I immediately knew what I was going to create!!!!

Macaron Inspiration challenge by Claire D

Using the Build a Birthday & Balloon Builder stamp sets, I began by stamping the cake stand, then layering up my Macarons one by one. Then I added a layer of double sided tape and sprinkled over some gold glitter to create the layers in between.

Macaron handmade card  Balloon Builders, #stampinup, DIY, @cardsbykate

Macaron handmade card, Balloon Builders, #stampinup, DIY, @cardsbykate

I added the clear Wink of Stella to the centre of each macaron, I’m not sure if you can see that in the photo?

I loved this card so much, I decided to make another one using the bigger stamps from the same Balloon Builder stamp set. Who said you had to make balloons? I love to think outside the box!!!!

This time I used made some Peekaboo Peach, Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum macarons!!!! They look so good I could eat them.

Oh and don’t forget to stamp your envelopes to coordinate too!

Products

Stamps: Balloon Builder, Build a Birthday, Thoughful Banners, Made with Love (sentiment)
Inks:  Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip, Winteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry
Card/Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Winteria Wonder
Accessories:  Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Large Oval punch, Small heart punch, Gold Metallic Thread, Softly Falling TIEF, Big Shot, Mint Macaron Lace Trim, Stampin’ Trimmer, Tombo Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Scrub, Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Simply Scored, Acrylic Blocks

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Baby, Challenges, JAI

Sweet little deer

Dear Crafters,

Made With Love Baby Girl Card #stmpinup

Today I enter a challenge at Just Add Ink. The challenge this week is a Sketch Challenge JAI#279.

I am loving using the Go Wild Designer Series Paper at the moment and thought it was perfect to use for this baby girl card using the stamp set, Made With Love.

Made With Love Baby Girl Card #stmpinup

I began with the colour scheme of Tip Top Taupe, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. A variety of circle punches in coordinating colours, helps create the focal point.

I water coloured the image to give it the softness required. Paper Piercing has also added a lovely border around the pink card for added interest.

Made With Love Baby Girl Card #stmpinup

Please leave a comment below, if you think my card met this sketch challenge.

Why don’t you give a challenge a go, they are so much fun. Head across to the Just Add Ink page for more inspiration and see how the designers interpreted this challenge.

 

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Challenges, feminine, JAI

Stippled Blossoms

Hello Crafters,

I have had a wonderful day at home today with the kids home on school holidays, and they sat with me and made some cards of their own. Yes, they did get a bit bored after a little while, so they headed out to watch the movie Frozen. Miss 8 made this card before she went. I was impressed and had to share it with you!!!

Olaf by Annika
Olaf

 

 

Anyway, back to what I decided to make and that was enter a challenge at Just Add Ink, which this week is a Sketch Challenge JAI#233.

I decided to try turning the sketch sideways and see what I could come up with. I chose one of my all time favourite SU stamp sets, Stippled Blossoms and wanted to make a card also using the new I Love Lace background stamp which I find absolutely stunning and I think these 2 sets go very well together!

Stippled Blossoms

I began with a Perfect Plum card base and added the banner. This was created by stamping I Love Lace with Versamark Ink onto Whisper White card stock, then heat embossed with gold. I then added the Baker’s Twine and tied in a bow.

I stamped the flowers in Perfect Plum with Elegant Eggplant, and the leaves in Pistachio Pudding with Wild Wasabi. Then fussy cut them all out!!!! I added each of the flowers with dimensionals and glued the leaves.

I stamped the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant onto the whisper white card and die cut with the framelits before adding with dimensionals.

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Why don’t you give a challenge a go, they are so much fun. Head across to the Just Add Ink page for more inspiration and see how the designers interpreted this challenge.

Stamp Sets:  Stippled Blossoms, I Love Lace, Itty Bitty Banners  Papers:  Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding  Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi, Versamark  Accessories:  Bitty Banners Framelits, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Baker’s Twine, Tombo Glue

 

 

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Challenges, Gift Ideas, JAI

Easter box for JAI#210

Hello Crafters,

At Just Add Ink the challenge for this week is “EASTER BAGS,BOXES or BASKETS”….

It’s perfect timing for getting some Easter packaging done for next week!

Because I have already shared with you my Easter Treat Box that I created a few weeks ago (my tutorial is also on that link),

I needed to come up with something new!!

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I decided to downscale, as we really don’t need too much chocolate (well that’s what I try and tell myself lol) and so I came up with this cute little gift idea.

Each side has an opening created with the oval punch and scalloped oval punch to make the borders.

The coordinating Designer Series Paper is Watercolour Wonder (#132994) from the Occasions catalogue, available until 30 June.

Easter Box

I stamped the bunny, from the Baby We’ve Grown Stamp Set (Wood #133086, Clear #133089) in Island Indigo on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the Large Oval punch. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamped the same colour. I punched a small hole and added some of the Baker’s Twine through the hole and tied it in a knot on the inside.

Here it is without the chocolate bunnies inside!

Easter Box

Why don’t you have a go at some of the weekly challenges too on the Just Add Ink page!

Be sure to visit the Just Add Ink page to view the rest of the Design Team samples, they are just gorgeous!

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Challenges, feminine, JAI, Occasions & Sale-a-bration

Love, So Very Grateful (JAI#207 )

Hello Crafters,

At Just Add Ink this week, it’s a sketch challenge!

The minute I saw this challenge I knew what I was going to do, it was just the colours that I wasn’t sure about. Because I wanted to use the ‘love’ die from the expressions thinlits, I thought I should do something with pinks!

So Very Grateful

Some of the items used in this card are from the Sale-a-bration & Occasions Catalogues:

So Very Grateful

To create the banner edges, I placed the pink pirouette card stock into the side of the Decorative Label punch. Isn’t it a cute result?!!!

I didn’t have any ribbon in coordinating colours, so I used the Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and coloured it by placing it onto the Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Ink pad and let the colour soak in. I used my heat tool to dry it so the ink didn’t run onto the So Saffron tag.

I think the pearls just finish this card off perfectly.

Be sure to have a go at some Challenges, they are great fun to play along and see what others design, so head over to Just Add Ink for more inspiration from the Design Team!

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Products Used:
Stamp: So Very Grateful
Card: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, So Saffron
Ink: Crumb Cake, Stazon Jet Black, Pink Pirouette
Punch: Decorative Label, 1-3/8″ Circle, 1-3/4″Scallop Circle, Scallop Tag Topper
Other: Big Shot, Expression Thinlits Dies, Decorative Dots TIEF, Beautifully Baroque TIEF, Stampin’ Trimmer, Dimensionals, Tombo Glue, Glue Dots, Basic Pearls, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Scrub & mist, sponge daubers, Doilies, Markers (not SU)

Happy crafting,

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Challenges, Masculine, Occasions & Sale-a-bration

Two in One Challenge!

Hello Crafters,

Today I share a card that I have submitted for two card challenges, the first at Just Add Ink ~ just add a sunburst, and secondly at Pals Paper Arts ~ colour challenge (PPA194).

It’s Friday and the long weekend is about to begin, but my time off started yesterday (lucky me!) so I wanted to put some time aside today to enter some challenges and it just happened that these two challenges I was able to combine.

I began with an A5 size card base, measured the middle of either end and slid the card into the Scallop Tag Topper Punch, then trimmed off the excess. From the left side I scored at 3-1/4″ and folded in. Then decorate.

Sunburst PPA194

I have used the colour scheme from the colour challenge and at first, I wondered how it would turn out. Not colours I would normally think to combine, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The embossing folder was the only non SU item I used.

As you may have noticed by past blog posts, I have loved playing with the Scallop Tag Topper punch, as it is so versatile. You do not have to just keep it for making tags, but so many other things!!! See some of my other posts using this punch to make boxes, treat boxes, card in a box, chocolate treats, and more! The Scallop Tag Topper punch is available in the Occasions Catalogue, click here to view it online.

Here it is open. I stamped the Simply Stars stamp set on the inside for a bit of interest as well as on some card stock and cut out for the front of the card. These were adhered with Stampin’ dimensionals.

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Tied together with a piece of Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon.

Here is a close up of the embossed background and the stars showing the 3D effect created using Stampin’ Up Dimensionals and the gorgeous large rhinestone gives it that little sparkle!

Sunburst

Be sure to have a go at some Challenges, they are great fun to play along and see what others design, so head over to Just Add Ink and Pals Paper Arts for more inspiration!

Don’t forget there are only a few weeks left to place your orders before Sale-a-bration ends. Any orders of $90+ can earn free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure (pgs 11-17). But if you place an order of $180+ you get to choose 2 free products!!! Be sure to check them out now!

To Shop Online 24/7, click here.

Happy crafting,

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Challenges, Gift Ideas, JAI

JAI#204 ~ Easter Treat Box

Hello Crafters,

The minute I saw this Colour Challenge at Just Add Ink I knew straight away what I wanted to do, but it’s not a card!

As this year is passing by so quickly already, I have had to think about Easter super early. I have been watching many YouTube videos on different styles of Easter Treat Boxes, but they were either too small or not quite what I wanted, so got creating and came up with my very own style Easter Treat Box with perforated tear opening!  This uses 1 sheet of A4 cardstock for the base!!!

Easter Treat Box  Easter Treat Box

The box is Crumb Cake cardstock with Pistachio Pudding DSP from the In Colours Paper Stack. The clear window is punched with the Extra Large Oval punch with a sheet of acetate behind. A perforating tool was used to create the perforation after the DSP was glued down.

I stamped the bunny, from the Baby We’ve Grown Stamp Set (Wood #133086, Clear #133089) in Crumb Cake Ink on Pistachio Pudding cardstock and fussy cut. The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments is stamped in gold encore on Whisper White, punched with Word Window and mounted onto Crumb Cake punched from the Modern Label punch. I added some of the Gold Baker’s Twine around the bunny’s neck.

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Here it is close up where you can see the acetate window!

Easter Treat Box

This treat box can hold more than 150g of chocolate easter eggs (I have put in 25 eggs)!!!

A few people have asked for instructions on this or for me to make a video…. that would be a challenge in itself, but here goes, Easter Treat Box Tutorial!

Why don’t you have a go at some of the weekly challenges too on the Just Add Ink page!

Yay, I got an Honorable Mention for this at Just Add Ink.

Be sure to visit the Just Add Ink page to view the rest of the Design Team samples, they are just gorgeous!

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Happy Crafting,

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Challenges, Gift Ideas, JAI

JAI#202 ~ Just Add Stripes

Hello Crafters,

If you saw my blog post yesterday, it was of some gift card holders and so I thought I would create another one today for the Just Add Ink ~ Just Add Stripes Challenge!

I used the Envelope Punch Board to create the tabs for closing this gift card holder. I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create the background stripes, stamping one way and then the other, giving it more of a tartan look. I stamped the Five Way Flower stamp in Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi ink on white card and punched out with the scallop circle punches. Then used dimensionals to give them a lift between the layers and a brad on the top. 

The ribbon is Whisper White Taffeta and I coloured it with the Wild Wasabi ink pad before adhering to the card and making a bow to stick on the front.

JAI#202

Here it is open!

JAI#202

Did you see the embossed stripes of the insert holding the gift card?!!!

Why don’t you have a go at some of the weekly challenges too on the Just Add Ink page!

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Be sure to visit the Just Add Ink page to view the rest of the Design Team samples, they are just gorgeous!

Happy Crafting,

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