New Product

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

If you love Stampin' Up! products, then you will know that a new catalogue was launched in New Zealand and Australia at the beginning of this month.
I have been so busy with classes, training and preparing for two big all day craft extravaganzas that I have not posted any of the new products yet. So here are three cards that I have made recently featuring some new products.
The theme throughout is Blendabilities. They are alcohol based marker pens, which make colouring in so easy.

Giggle Greetings:
The stamps are not new but everything else is - Lost Laggon card, Moonlight paper stack, Tiny triangles embossing folder and little pieces embosslit.

For You Card:
Another card made to show the ease of using the blendability markers. The Hello Honey coloured centre of the large flowers is made using a stamp from the new Beautiful Bunch stamp set. The stamp set contains some large flower images which match a new Fun Flower Punch.

Life is an Adventure:
New stamp set - So Very Happy, new in colour sequins, new ribbon in Hello Honey colour, little pieces embosslit and blendability markers to colour in the owl and flag.
The life is an adventure is a pre diecut card from the Project Life Card Collection.




Artist Trading Cards Selection

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Thursday, 03 July 2014

It has been ages since I have posted any Artist Trading Cards(ATC's) so I have taken a small selection from my collection to show you today.

I have been involved with a few different ATC groups in the past but the cards I am showing you today are all swaps from the Crop 'n' Shop group which is based in Tauranga, New Zealand.

These ones below are just a few from the "In the Garden" swap.
Garden seat by Yvonne Coulte and Brown bird by Rhonda Fawcett. (I actually don't know who made the I dig you ATC as there was no name on the back).

This next lot is a few selected from the"Under the Sea" swap.
Green fish by Rhonda Fawcett, Mermaid by Tasha Westbury and Red Fish by Sue Hewat.

Below is some of the swaps from the "England" theme ATC swap.
London bus by Beth Laugesen, Map by Yvonne Coulter, Postage Stamp by Bev McKay and Telephone box by Rhonda Fawcett

The last lot are a mix of cards.
Two are from a "Vintage Celebration" swap and one is from another group - Crafters Anonymous and it was a "Travel" swap.
Hot Air Balloon was the first card I made for the vintage celebration swap but I never ended up using it and designed a completely different ATC instead. Bicycle is a vintage celebration swap by Sue Hewat. Airplane is a travel swap by Rhonda Fawcett.
If you are interested in being part of a swap group and you live in New Zealand, please contact me and I will give you more information and tell you how you can join up.
Happy creating from Rhonda


Mini Animals

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Little Fox
My daughter loved this card I made featuring a fox punch art (designed by Avery Murphy). She requested a gift card holder to go with it; to give to her friend for her birthday. She wanted a mini fox, to look the same as the original fox created by Avery. It was a challenge but I worked it out using some retired Stampin' Up! punches...

Gift Card Holder
I made a mini envelope using whisper white card and the wonderful envelope maker that Stampin' Up! sells. The measurements I found that worked were, a 5" x 5" square card to start with - put it in the envelope maker at the 2" mark to begin making your envelope. I decorated the front and secured the sides of envelope but not the flap. To hold the envelope closed, I made a belly band. This way the gift card holder can be used again and again.

I had fun creating this little guy from our punches.
Head: small oval
Muzzle: bird wing
Nose: cupcake builder
Ears & Tongue: heart from owl punch
Eyes: owl punch
Body: large oval
Arms: owl punch (double punch the side of the owl body)
Hands: circle from owl punch and claws are feet from owl punch
Feet: word window and claws from owl punch
Tail: word window

Happy creating from Rhonda



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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

I have only just discovered that this sort of doodling is actually a recognised art form called Zentangle. True Zentangles are done in black ink on white card, usually on a 3.5" square tile. They are a meditative and focused, building up patterns within the "strings" or curved lines.
It is good fun and works well with our Stampin' Up! products.

Perfect Blend Coffee Card
Use stamps with blank spaces to create your zentangle patterns inside, like the coffee cups from the Perfect Blend stamp set:

Happy Birthday Birds
Use punches, like these birds, to create your zentangle patterns on OR make your own freehand shapes and designs, like I have done with the green leaves. You may even find stamps that have a zentangle element to them, like the patterned pansy stamp from the Flower Shop stamp set:

Maple Leaf Kindness Card
Use the negative image from a die cut as a stencil to draw your outline image and fill it with a zentangle designs:

You may notice a sneak peek of a new stamp set coming out next month. The stamp "A little kindness goes a long way" comes from the new set called "Kinda Eclectic".
Keep checking in every couple of weeks to see some more new stamps and products.
From Rhonda


Natural Composition Paper

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Saturday, 31 May 2014

I love this Natural Composition Paper by Stampin' Up! I used it in our card making class last month and my customers loved it too.
Almost half of each class purchased a packet for themselves. It is now on the retiring list though, so if you like it, then order it asap.

The paper is already embossed with nice shiny patterns and images so when you sponge ink over them, it highlights the embossed areas and gives a very classy, almost regal look to your cards.
Here is the card we made in class -

The layout for this card was inspired by a card made by Amy Storrie ( a US demonstrator). I really loved the way she used the label shape and butterfly together and so I incorporated it on my card also. I added banners to my card to balance out what was above the ribbon with what was below. Both the papers used on this card are from the Natural Composition Paper pack but the one above the ribbon has been left untouched, while the one below has been sponged with night of navy ink.

Using the same layout and different papers from the Natural Composition pack, I made a masculine card -

Here is a card I made using the floral embossed paper (as shown on the top section of the first card) but this time I have coloured the flowers in using markers.

There are twelve sheets of 12 x 12 paper in the Natural Compositon pack (2 of each of the 6 different designs) Four of the designs are featured on the first two cards. The fifth design is music notes, like sheet music and the 6th design is a wood grain pattern. When I went to use the woodgrain in my next card, it reminded me of a sandy beach with shimmery wet sand and so I ended up making a black backed gull on the water's edge -



So Fruity

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

I have been wanting to use this cute stamp set, "giggle greetings" for awhile now and I decided to add some punch art cherries.

Inside the card... The designer paper (DSP) is from a retired Christmas pack.

I think the card above would make a good 'Get Well' card but so would this fruity one below.
What do you think?

Finally here is a strawberry birthday card that was made for my husband's workmate. It uses retired DSP and the retired blossom petal builder punch to make the strawberries.

Thanks for visiting from Rhonda


Kaleidoscope DSP

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

My post this week features the bold and stylish Kaleidscope DSP from the current "mini" catalogue - Celebrate the everyday.
This first card also features the "cool kid" stamp set and the new metal buttons. I made this card for my swaps when this mini catalogue was first released at the beginnning of the year.

I love the black and white print on the reverse side of this Kaleidoscope DSP. I reckon it works well for this card, which I CASE'd from a picture I saw on the net. I made my own punch art nail polish bottles with the owl punch and the modern label punch. I think I like these wee nail polishes better than the last one I did, which used the retired blossom petal builder punch (posted Friday 10th May 2013). What do you think?

As you may know, Card in a Box - 3D style cards, are very popular right now. The great thing about these cards is that they fold flat for posting but open out for display. If you have not seen them before, you should search 'card in a box' on google images to see heaps more of them. They really are such clever little cards.
I recently taught one to my regular group of card class ladies and it featured a ton of birthday candles popping out of the box. My husband saw it and commented that I should make one with a Jack in the Box, popping out. So here it is...

And a close up of "Jack"...

It was not a hard punch art to make. Contact me if you want the punch art instructions and I will email them out to you free of charge.
from Rhonda


Off The Page

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Mostly I use my stamps on cardstock to create greeting cards or scrapbooking pages but occasionally I use them to stamp on things around the house. My daughter made me a cute birdhouse at school, (in wookwork) and I stamped flowers around the bottom.
I also stamped flowers from the "Fabulous Florets" stamp set on this box...

I used Black Staz On ink and it worked really well. The border around the sides was stamped with the retired Artistic Etchings stamp set.

I used Staz On black ink to stamp this butterfly from the "Papillon Potpourri" stamp set onto a glass jar. The Staz On ink won't rub off if you treat it carefully; ie you can only clean it with a soft cloth, you can not immerse it in soapy water, but if you are only using the glass for decorative purposes and not for food and drink, then it shouldn't be a problem.

I was given the pieces to make a clock for my craft room recently and I decided to jazz it all up using the "Daydream Medallions" stamp set. I stamped the white background piece in basic black ink and I used versamark and white embossing powder to stamp on the black canvas and the black clock shape. The clock hands, I outlined with a white gel pen.

I hope this inspires you to broaden the use of your stamps.
From Rhonda


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