Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sparkly Tulle Windows. Stampin' Up! Australian Demonstrator

Hello, and welcome to my blog! 
There is a video tutorial for this set of cards at the end of this post.
I have three special cards for you today, and I know you're going to love this technique.
I have used the stamp set "A Little Wild " to create a set of Tulle Window Cards that are as cute on the inside as they are on the outside!
I have floated the images on a sparkly tulle window that is sandwiched between the layers.

This technique is also suitable for acetate sheets if you don't have any tulle handy, although tulle is readily available in any fabric store and is inexpensive too. I found this soft white tulle with silver sparkly glittery pieces embedded in the fabric, at Spotlight.

I cased this idea from the very talented Jennifer McGuire, and have put a link to her post in the video.
The stamp set I have used really suits this technique, since it not only has matching framelits, but also has an image of the back of each of the cute little animals that match perfectly.

See how cute the inside of each of the cards looks! Aren't they just darling?  I REALLY love this technique.

I hope you give these a try. You can purchase the stamp set and framelit bundle, as well as the Stitched Framelits that were used to cut out the windows,  from my online Stampin' Up! Store

A Little Wild Bundle
145327 Wood Mount $85.50
145328 Clear Mount $73.75 

     Stitched Shapes Framelits 145372 $50.00  

Other supplies Used:
Thick Whisper white Card Stock
Soft Suede Card Stock
Smokey Slate Card Stock
Sahara Sand Card Stock
Stampin' Write Markers
Aqua Brush
Wink of Stella Pen
Tear and Tape adhesive
Tombow Multi Adhesive
Stampin' Dimensionals 
Mettallic Enamel Shapes
Balloon Celebrations Stamp Set
Balloon Punch
White Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Fine Tip Glue

Here is the Video Tutorial.

Have a good weekend, thanks for visiting, and happy crafting! 
Vicki x 💝

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Freddo Frog Treat Box. Australian Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Hello, and thanks for visiting. I trust you are enjoying your Saturday. It is rainy outside, but cosy in my craft room She Cave! 
Don't you just love a quick and simple treat bag?
I am giving away this stamp set as a part of my BOGOF Sale, or maybe I should be calling it my EOFY sale?
Anyway, how it works is, for every $50 in product you spend in my online store at  during June, you can choose a retired stamp set from my stash of goodies for free!
This is strictly first in first dibs, so hop over to my AussieStampers Facebook page and see the sets that are still available. If you spend $50 it's one stamp set or framelit set, $100 is 2 sets, $150 is 3 sets and so on. Simply write SOLD under the photos I have posted of the available retired, gently used sets, and I  will send them to you in the post as a thank you gift!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderfully creative day.
Vicki x💝

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Birthday Blooms Two Ways. Australian Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Hello, and thanks for visiting my blog today!
Here are 2 cards I put together using different techniques. I made the first card  on Stampin' Up! Shimmery white paper, which I had lightly spritzed with water and matted it to a DSP background

I stamped a separate piece of card stock with the sentiment and popped it up on dimensionals, then added 3 small rhinestones that I had coloured with Copic markers and left to dry.

For the second card I used a vellum overlay, after stamping the image as a background . I white embossed the vellum, then added a Tempting Turquoise piece of card underneath so the greeting would show through. I attached the vellum to the top of the card using Washi Tape and I mounted it all onto a thick white card stock base. I fussy cut another bloom I had stamped and lightly spritzed and adhered it to the vellum as the focal image. I love how the background peeks through!

 I hope you enjoyed today's project. Have a great weekend.
Thanks so much for shopping with me1
Vicki x 💝

Saturday, June 3, 2017

At Home With You Bundle: Australian Stampin' Up!

                         Hello, and welcome back to another NEW CATALOGUE blog post.
Here is another lovely product bundle from Stampin' Up's! New Catalogue. Have a look at the video as Brandy explains all the features for you.
You will find these items on page 56 of the catalogue. Make sure you download your copy from my blog (it's posted in the top right hand corner).
At Home with you Bundle (save 10%) Photopolymer #145351  $85.50
The 3D wreath is made from the Boxwood Wreath embellishments  #144176  $10.50 on page 197.

You can purchase these items from my online store  

                                       Have a wonderfully creative day!  
                                   Thanks so much for shopping with me!  Vicki  x 💝

Friday, June 2, 2017

Grab your FREE retired stamp set from me! Stampin' Up! Australian Demonstrator

Hello, I have BIG NEWS for you today! I am giving away all my Retired Stamps and Framelits as a thank you gift to my online customers. Here is a video of what's available. Once you have placed an order of $50 or more in product (excluding postage and handling) you qualify for free stamps!

All the stamps available are listed on my Facebook page, and many of the sets have coordinating framelits, which are also up for grabs.

This is an exclusive offer from me personally, and is a way for me to thank my loyal customers.
Simply go to my Aussie Stampers Facebook page and write SOLD under the sets you would like me to send you.
A spend of $50 = one stamp set or Framelit set.
A spend of $100 = 2 stamp sets or Framelit sets
A spend of   $150 = 3 stamp sets or framelit sets
and so on.

I will post them to you free of charge, anywhere in Australia. (You will still need to pay postage on your Stampin' Up! order us per usual ).    

Have a wonderful day, and Happy Stamping.
Vicki x💝

More Goodies from the New Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue: Designer Series Paper.

Hello! Thanks for joining me today on my blog. 

Here is a video of the lovely papers in the new catalogue. I have seen these papers and they are just as lovely as the papers in last year's catalogue. 

You will find all the Designer Series Papers on pages 189 to 191 of the catalogue, which I have posted at the top right of my blog. Make sure you download a copy to your phone and iPad for easy reference, or else copy to your PC. (I keep mine in both my phone and iPad in iBooks ).

There are so many lovely goodies in the new catty.
Purchase from my online today!
                                                  Have a great week,

                  Thanks so much for shopping with me!  Vicki  x 💝

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Oh So Eclectic Video

Hello, and welcome to my blog.
The Oh So Eclectic suite is very trendy, and you can make some fun cards with it. Have a look at the video and see some examples of what you can make.
The Oh So Eclectic Bundle is on page 132 of the new catalogue, which you can find in the top right hand corner of my blog.
Here are the order codes and prices in Australian Dollars:

Oh So Eclectic Bundle (save 10%) includes stamp set and thinly dies #145355 Wood Mount $93.50
#145356 Clear Mount $81.00

or to buy them individually, if you only wanted one or the other,

Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set #143937 Wood Mount  $54.00 #143940 Clear Mount $40.00

Eclectic Layers Thinlit Dies #143774 $50.00

Also available in the suite are Designer Series Paper, a card stock pack in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Soft Sky, and coordinating ribbons.

Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper #144185 $19.25

Naturally Eclectic Card Stock Pack #144187

Naturally Eclectic Overlays #144188 $12.25

5/8" (1.6cm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon : $14.00 each
Night of Navy #144189
Peekaboo Peach #144192
Berry Burst #144191
emerald Envy #144190   

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                                 Thanks so much for shopping with me!
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The New Catalogue is Here! Have a look at the new goodies!

                                               Hello, and thanks for stopping by today.

Don't you just love a fully coordinated suite of products to help take the guesswork out of making impressive hand made projects? The Wood Textures suite has a coordinating paper stack, perfect for the men in your life! The adorable little crate is the perfect size for treats. Hop on over to my store to purchase yours now!
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack #144177 $17.50
Wood Words Stamp Set and Wood Crate Framelits Dies Bundle (save 10%)
Wood #145315  $91.75
Clear #145316  $79.00
1/4"  (6.4mm) Copper Trim #144179 $10.00 (4.6 metres)
5/8"  (1.6cm) Burlap Ribbon #141487 $12.25 (4.6 metres)
7.6 x 15.2 cm Gusseted Cellophane Bags #141704 $8.00 (25 bags)

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sneak Peek: Soft Sayings Card Kit.

Don't you just love a sneak peek! Here is one of my favourite things in the new catalogue, which is only a few days away!

It's a brand new all-inclusive Card Kit called Soft Sayings. 

In the kit are 20 Cards, 2 of each design, in 3 different sizes, with matching envelopes. Everything comes in a neat presentation box so you can take it on the run and work on your cards at your own pace. Everything you need will fit inside the box. The stamps, ink spot and acrylic block are provided, all you need to supply is adhesive.

Here is a video showing you what's inside. The all-inclusive kit will be available in my online store from June 1st.

Item # 145466 $61.00

Thanks for shopping with me!
Have a wonderful day.

Vicki x 💝

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Grab a Cafe Bag To Go. Australian Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

The very practical Petite Cafe Gift Bags #135826 have been a big success in my classes, as I love to include a surprise Goody Bag for everyone who comes to my classes Sutherland Shire.

The cafe bags are retiring soon, so I thought I would show you what I gave away in my last class. One of the fun techniques we tried was embossing on vellum, then scribbling over it with a marker to reveal the greeting, in this case "You are remarkable" from the Remarkable You stamp set.

The bags are lined with food-safe paper so they are perfect for giving baked goods too!

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               Have a creative day, and thank you so much for shopping with me.  Vicki x 💝

Monday, May 29, 2017

Artisan Watercolour Technique

Hello, and thanks for visiting today. I promised I would show you some of the water colouring techniques I have been studying at the Regional Gallery.

This gorgeous stamp set Touches of Texture is just so easy to work with.
I used Arches Aquarelle paper for this technique, as it has a real tooth and soaks up the colours so thirstily. I generally use the Stampin' Up watercolour paper, but this technique works best with a really heavy paper.
I have a selection of different papers I use, and the results differ greatly, depending on the result you want to achieve.

To achieve this look I stamped in Memento tuxedo black ink, then took my thick brush and did a water wash over the area outside the stamped image in the places where I wanted a background effect.
I then applied the background colours by drawing a line with my Stampin' Write markers, without touching the stamped image, but staying close to the flower. 
I used a number 4 round brush for this, and came in with a number 2 round brush in the finer areas, dragging the colour out towards the edges of the background. 
When I had achieved the desired result I heat set the ink.

To colour the flowers I used the number 2 round brush dipped in water, then picked up colour from the lid of the ink pad. The stripes were made by simply leaving some areas bare. 

   I did the same technique with the centres and the leaves, and used a white Jellyroll marker to make a stippled ring around the middle of the petals, which gives a real 3D effect, as though the petals are curving outwards.

You can see in this close-up how I kept the background colours outside the stamped image.

The colours I used were Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green and Melon Mambo.
I stamped the words I Love You. You Are Fabulous, using the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set onto Melon Mambo Cardstock.

Here you can see the stippled white ring I made with the white Jellyroll pen. 

I was absolutely thrilled with the result, and am looking forward to using this technique with all my large floral stamps.
I mounted the card onto Tempting Turquoise Cardstock, and used the same watercolour paper for the inside layer of the card.
Mission Accomplished!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Touches of Texture   Wood Mount 141934   Clear Mount 140517

 Thanks so much for shopping with me!  Vicki  x 💝

Sponging Irresistibly Floral Specialty Paper Part 2.

Hello, and thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Sometimes a card comes together that feels just right, and when I saw how much the sponged background looked like a trellis, I knew some simple Whisper White framelits were all that was needed to bring it to life.

 I combined the Pretty Pines Framelits with Paisleys and Posies, and voila! ... all that I needed was a greeting, so I made a custom greeting from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp set. With a total of 54 stamps, this set has just about any greeting you can think of, and it was fun putting together a phrase that suited the card.

Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer 141614

The colours I used were Daffodil Delight, Tempting turquoise and Rich Razzleberry, and I mounted everything onto a Rich Razzleberry card base. The sentiment was heat embossed in white on Rich Razzleberry.

           Bundle and Save 10% Thoughtful Banners Stamp set plus Duet Banner Punch 142330
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The stamp set comes as a bundle with a handy dandy punch (gotta love that!), which makes stamping a breeze. For my card I cut a simple banner from Rich Razzleberry and adhered it to the very edge of the card.

I enjoyed whipping up this project, and I can't get enough of this gorgeous Designer Series Paper , Irresistably Floral 141644 ,which is retiring soon.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I will have more projects tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend.

                                       Thanks so much for shopping with me!  Vicki  x 💝

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Canvas Art with Felt and Birthday Blooms. Australian Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Hello, and thanks for stopping by my blog today.
I love working on canvases. The work we do as card makers and paper crafters is often more art than card, and in this case I wanted to try something that I could use as a home decor piece. 

The stamp set Birthday Blooms is one of my absolute favourite sets for colouring. I used Shimmery White card stock, and stamped half of the blooms in Tempting Turquoise ink, and the other half in Dapper Denim ink.

I coloured inside the petals using a number 2 round brush and used the squeezed-together ink pads as my palette, drawing some of the colour from the stamped lines to soften the edges.

After the flowers had dried, I added some Crushed Curry with my marker to the centre of the two large blooms.

I cut out all the blossoms, and used some olive green felt to cut out the leaves with the Pretty Pines thinlits dies.

I adhered everything onto a 6" x 6" piece of Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper with the lovely Bokeh Pattern, which I had adhered to an 8" x 8" pre - primed canvas.
I  popped up a sentiment, "Thankful Grateful Blessed" from the Paisleys and Petals stamp set, which I had white heat embossed onto an old olive piece of card stock.

To give everything a shimmer, I added accents with a clear Jelly Roll gel pen.

This art piece now has pride of place in my entry way, and I love it!

Thanks for visiting. I hope you like this project idea.
Vicki x  💝

Sponging Irresistibly Floral Specialty Paper Part 1

Hello, and welcome to my blog.

Today I have made a card for you using the Irresistably Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper 141644. At  $22.75 for 12 12' x 12' sheets you will have enough for plenty of cards! Look how pretty this paper is when ink is sponged over the top. You can do this with sponge daubers or a sponge, or even a thick paintbrush.

Here is what the card looks like on the inside. I love making the inside as pretty as the outside, and I love the sentiment from the Paisleys and Posies Stamp set.

 The sentiment on the front is from Remarkable You, heat embossed in white on Basic Black card stock.

I have added the Paisley Thinlits Die as the focal image for the card, and mounted everything onto a Basic Black card base.

The colours I chose were Flirty Flamingo, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, and Tempting turquoise. I feel it has turned out to be such a pretty card. What do you think?  
Have an awesome day, and I will be back tomorrow with more cards using this technique.
 Thanks so much for shopping with me!  Vicki  x 💝

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Irresistably Floral Embossing Specialty Designer Paper. Australian Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by today.
I am really enjoying this paper, and the easy embossing effects you can get with it. I have paired it with the High Tide Stamp Set, and used some of the retiring doilies, as well as the stitched Framelits, which will be carrying over into the new catty.

Here is a close up of the coloured embossed image, using versa mark, Emerald Envy ink and clear embossing powder.

The colour combo is the same for both cards, and I used sponge daubers to blend the ink. Retiring Watermelon Wonder is the card base for this card, and Daffodil Delight is the card base for the other one. The other colour I used was Emerald envy, and I love how they turned out.

Have a great day, and make mine by leaving a comment. Thank you so much for visiting,

                                                            Vicki x     💝

Coloured Embossing Powder Technique. Australian Stampin' Up Demonstrator.

Hello, and welcome! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I am busy crafting away, and playing with this super easy embossing technique.

The Irresistibly Floral Specialty Paper #141644 will be retiring soon, and I wanted to play with some more techniques using this paper. I just can't get enough of it!

Using my sponge, I blended some rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise onto my focal piece, then wiped away any residue with a tissue. Easy!

I cut a very fine strip of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper #140550 (also retiring) and punched out some teeny tiny stars with the retired star banner punch. I heat embossed the sentiment from the High Tide stamp set #143006  onto Whisper White Card stock, then cut it out using the stitched framelits.

                                                     High Tide Photopolymer #143006
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Can you figure out how I made Rich Razzleberry Embossing powder?

Simply stamp into the versa mark pad, and then immediately stamp into your Rich Razzleberry inkpad.  Use clear embossing powder over the top and heat set with your heat tool.

Isn't that a neat trick? You can make ANY COLOUR embossing powder using this technique. Just make sure you clean your stamp well.

I made a matching envelope, and mounted my art piece onto a tempting turquoise top fold card.

                      Have an awesome day, and thanks for shopping with me, 
                                                              Vicki x💝

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Best Birds Simply Rendered. Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Sydney.

Hello, and thanks for visiting by blog today.
These two cards received a lot of comment at my stamp class, so I decided to post them for you to show how simply rendered cards are often the best. The rule of threes applies here....3 colours for the card: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black. The birds are cut out using the Birds and Blooms thinlits and the netting and sentiments are from the Best Birds Stamp Set. 
3 small rhinestones  were coloured using Copic Markers (or you could use a black Sharpie) and the cards were trimmed with black washi tape.
Simple and fast!
I have made a video for you to see how simple these cards are to make.

My Youtube Tutorial

Birds and Blooms Thinlits  141477
Best Birds Stamp Set  141525

Have a wonderfully creative day.
 Thanks so much for shopping with me!  Vicki  x 💝

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Soft Watercolours Technique

Hello, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Today I have a card for you that is softly watercolored using an easy technique with your Stampin' Write markers and the Best Birds stamp set.

Using the branch stamp, colour directly onto your stamp using old olive for the leaves and soft suede for the branch.
Spritz some water (not too much) onto the stamp and stamp your image onto a piece of whisper white card stock. Have a paper towel handy to blot any excess, and then heat set with your heat tool.

Use the same technique for the bird image, using mint macaron marker for the wings, soft suede for the body, and so saffron for the beak and feet.

When your paper is completely dry, finish the card by adding some copper dots washi tape to a mint macaron card base, just under your art piece, then use glue dots to adhere some fine copper thread above the bird and to the right.

Use copper embossing powder for your greeting, then cut out using the tags framelits,  and add 3 white sequins to complete your card.

                                             Best Birds Stamp Set #141525 Photopolymer
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Have a wonderful day.  Thanks so much for shopping with me!  Vicki  x 💝

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Intense Graduated Wash and Hand Made Bubbles!

Hello, and welcome to my blog.
I have been experimenting with different watercolour papers to see how they respond to the Stampin' Up! inks, and I was blown away when I saw the intensity of colours you can achieve with Arches Watercolor 300 GSM Medium.

I stamped and heat embossed the images from  the Seaside Shore Stamp Set #141625 Clear mount, using clear embossing powder. You could also use white embossing powder and the effect would be very similar.

                                    Seaside Shore Stamp Set  Wood Mount #141622   #141625 Clear Mount

The key to a great watercolour card is to tape your work to something thick. I have plenty of backing sheets from all the 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper stacks I have purchased over the years, and find these are also handy when copic colouring, as the colour will bleed through onto your work surface if it is unprotected.

Back to the watercolour project... I used 3M low tack painters tape, which you can buy from any paint store. You may even have some already in the garage if you have been working on painting projects around the house, as Paul and I have!
Once you have taped down your watercolour paper you can get it as wet as you like. I always keep some folded paper towel handy for blotting up any excess once I start laying down my colour, and it is helpful for cleaning my Aqua painter as well.

Look at the intensity of Tempting turquoise! Wow!

The fish are practically jumping right off the page with such a strong contrast!
I let my project dry naturally, but you could speed it up with your heat tool.

For some added pizzazz I made 3 fun bubbles in large, medium and small, coming out of each of the fishes' mouths. Fun! 
I put 3 large, 3 medium, and 3 small dots of Crystal Effects onto my silicone craft mat and let it dry overnight. You have to be patient with this, as they have to be perfectly dry when you attach them to your finished card.  

I figured since I was allowing the art panel to dry naturally (and it was getting quite late in the evening as I love night-time stamping!) I would wait for morning to see the results...and...Hey presto! Home made bubbles!

                     I hope you enjoyed today's project. I really love to hear your comments,  and have a wonderfully creative day.
                                            Thanks so much for shopping with me!  Vicki  x 💝
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Masked Dauber Dotting Technique. Stampin' Up! Australian Demonstrator.

Hello, and thanks for visiting my blog today. I trust you are enjoying the weekend. We have had some rain here in Sydney today, and I have spent the day in my Happy Place, crafting my little cotton socks off!

I have created a project for you with a technique called Dauber Dotting.

Rather than blending from one shade into the next as you normally would do with a sponge dauber, this technique celebrates the dottiness!

Start by creating the inside of a circle mask using the largest stitched framelits circle. I use Express It Transparent Masking Film, but you could use scrap paper and tape it down with some washi tape. Just be sure to rub your washi onto your clothing first to remove some of the tack, or it still may tear the Shimmery White card stock when you try to remove it.

Start with Daffodil Delight. Blend as usual, but add extra strength dots on top by pounding slightly when you finish blending.  Next add the Peekaboo Peach  and blend as usual, then add pounded dots to the top. Melon Mambo is next. Be sure to start blending off the circle as this is a stronger colour. I did less blending here and more pounding. With Wisteria Wonder blend in from the edge and then pound on top.

Remove the mask and allow to dry. You can speed up the process with your heat gun.

Assemble your card onto a Basic Black card base, and add a Shimmery White layer to the inside, so a message can be written to the recipient of your card.

I stamped the smaller flower from Birthday Blooms #140658  onto the inside layer as well as onto the art piece sponged circle. I do love the inside of my cards to look as lovely as the outside!

                                                          Birthday Blooms  Photopolymer #140658  

I adhered a strip of washi tape from the Pop Of Pink suite down the side edge. Next I stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Blooms Stamp set onto Shimmery White card stock and cut out using the oval framelits. I popped this up on dimensionals and the card was done!

                                I hope you give this a try. Have a good weekend.
                              Thanks so much for shopping with me!  Vicki  x 💝 
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