Saturday, 25 March 2017

Cool & Tasty Treats ...

Seeing as the Tasty Treats papers are now a Sale A Bration item you can earn for free with a £45+ bundle... I thought I should share the lovely cards we made at our last Quarterly Training... all designed for us by Julie...

These all use the scrummy Tasty Treats Speciality papers and the Cool Treats stamps and Frozen Treats dies bundle... a great fun bundle to use... lots of potential... and at £43 you have almost got the papers for free in one swoop!! Just add a Tombow!! Or the Tasty Treats A4 cardstock pack... or the Tasty Treats Washi Tape
Cool Treats Photopolymer Bundle
Here are some close ups of the 4 cards... 
This last one was actually Julie's swap card...
And here is a Tasty Truck card we made at an earlier training that also uses these papers... Tasty Truck is another Sale A Bration item you can earn for free with a £45 order... 
And here are some SU! designed projects to further tempt you if you like these.... what's not to love?
Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series PaperCool Treats Class
Cool Treats Photopolymer Stamp Set

Friday, 24 March 2017

Watercolor Pencils # 11 - Damp & Stamp Technique Parts 2 & 3

Another card made with the Watercolor Pencils Damp & Stamp Technique (as shared earlier here)... but a little more controlled this time... 

First the background... Pacific Point and White pencils scribbled onto plastic (Stamp A Ma Jig sheet perfect! Clear blocks not...)  Spritzed (or added drop of water from the Aqua painter) and then Aqua painter washed the sky on the Watercolor Paper. Same but with Old Olive pencil for the grass... left to dry...
Then onto the Damp & Stamp technique Part 2... I used the Aquapainter to cover the leafy areas of the stamp with water... then coloured those areas with the Old Olive pencil... then I went back with the Aquapainter and applied the water to the trunk and branch areas... then coloured those areas with the Early Espresso pencil. Then spritzed and then stamped... (Note to self for a remake! Don't add water to those long grass bits in the centre of the trees!!)

And then onto the Damp & Stamp Technique Part 3... using the grass stamp in the In the Meadow set... wet just the bottom of the grass stamp (see image top right).... add Old Olive pencil... Spritz and stamp upside down... perfect grass length!
In the Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set




Thursday, 23 March 2017

Angry Bird....

And from the Easter Chick.... was born the Mini Egg Carton Angry Bird! Nice one Andrea....

Though I think some of you may have guessed at this one from the batch spray job photo I shared yesterday....

But a tip if you want to make one yourself... you need a lot of Real Red refill drops in the Spritzer... think we did about 22 drops before we were happy! It was all a bit pink up till then... 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mini Egg Carton... Easter Pig!

Before I start for today... please don't miss the news about the third release of promotional Sale A Bration items... scroll down or click here....

We had such fun with our Mini Egg Cartons in classes last week...

Take a cow... add a class of ladies in a creative mode... and up pops a cute little pig! Amongst other things!!
I adore the pig that Heidi came up with... though I was particularly happy to have the Sprinkles Punch on hand to create that curly tail.... eureka moment!!!
And you will have to wait to see what else we came up with.... but maybe some clues here.... 






Tuesday, 21 March 2017

New Sale A Bration promotional items - Third Release

Second post today... Scroll down or click here for my earlier creative share...

Ooh how exciting! Just popping on to share eight more items just released by Stampin' Up! that you can select for free when you order £45+ Stampin' Up! products during the Sale A Bration promotion which ends 31st March.

These are items in the Annual or Spring Summer catalogues... but please enter the item codes shown below to get them for free... ie not the item codes shown in the catalogues!
Need the full picture of what you can select? Click here for the round up on the first and second release Sale A Bration items

And for those of you new to Stampin' Up! and/or Sale A Bration... this is how the Sale A Bration promotion works...  
Earn Free Product in any (or all) of 3 ways... until 31st March 2017...

SHOP: For every £45 you spend (before shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. Spend £90 get 2 free SAB products... and so on... with no limits...  Choose now from a total of 15 items.

JOIN:- Get an extra TWO STAMP SETS for FREE. Choose the standard £130 product plus 2 more free current stamp sets (could be an extra £93 for free!! Yes...up to £223 product). Pay just £99. Ships for FREE too...

HOST:- Order over £200 or... host a qualifying party with at least £200 in sales... and you'll earn £20 more Host/Stampin' Rewards. You can even use the Host/Stampin Rewards towards a Demonstrator Starter Kit. Example: For a £200 order... earn £40 total Host/Stampin Rewards during Sale A Bration 



Watercolor Pencils #10 - Back to Lovely as A Tree...

Back to the "Trees mini series" within the Watercolor Pencil series! Can't believe I am already on number 10...

Here is another quick & simple little landscape care of Lovely as a Tree and the Watercolor Pencils...
Pacific Point & water wash of the sky... by which I mean... Scribble pencil on a plastic sheet (such as your Stamp A Ma Jig sheet - unfortunately the clear blocks don't work so well...)... add a few drops of water from your Aqua Painter- and mix for a watery wash to subtly colour in that sky area...

Old Olive pencil & Aqua Painter colouring of grass and leaves on the trees...
Real Red dots on the 2 smaller trees to represent apples (Note- no water applied afterwards so as to ensure a "hard" dot...)

3 ticks in the sky for the birds... using the Basic Black pencil
SU! Products Used
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Helping Me Grow
Watercolor Pencils & Aqua-painter on Watercolor Paper
Ink - Staz On Black



Monday, 20 March 2017

Mini Egg Carton - Moo on Monday!

Following on from the Easter Chick and the Easter Bunny... I then moved onto a cow!

I can hear some of you asking... why a cow!? Probably something to do with the fact that Milka Chocolate is probably my favourite chocolate - especially those very big bars I used to bring back from many a French ski holiday!!

And when you have seen a "purple cow" skiing (and handing out chocolate... to kids!!! Cough!) around the French Alps during the Easter holidays... then it all becomes a logical choice... though I couldn't go the whole way and actually make my cow purple... maybe next year!
Ano hey...guess what! The cow was the most popular make here for Easter!!! But I forgot to take the photo of the herd!!!

SU! Products Used
Stamps - Playful Pals, Perpetual Birthday Calendar (blobs), Basket Bunch (flower)
Dies - Stitched Shapes, Baker's Box (nostrils, mouth), Playful Pyramid
Circle Punches - 1 3/4", 1/2"
Embellishments -  Subtles Enamel Shapes (So Saffron)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Watercolor Pencils #9 - Lovely as a Tree - Sky at Night...

Well you didn't expect just the one did you!!? Told you I was enjoying Lovely as a Tree now I have got it out again...

A circular mask for the sinking moon...
Then a more blending of the pencil colours with this one... Pacific Point and Basic Grey above the horizon... Basic Gray below

Finished off with Wink of Stella to the moon area and ground...
And local ladies...the last scheduled Watercolor Pencils class is this Wednesday... and 12am tomorrow (Monday) is your deadline to register as I do happen to have a couple of spare boxes of the pencils ready and waiting! But I do need to have time to prep!

SU! Products Used
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Rose Wonder
Watercolor Pencils & Aqua-painter on Watercolor Paper
Ink - Staz On Black
Wink of Stella Clear

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Watercolour Pencils #8 - Lovely as a Tree

Quick share today... just using the Watercolor Pencils to colour on the Watercolor Paper and then using the Aquapainter to drag out to a wash... for a lovely little sunset scene...

Starting with Calypso Coral on the horizon... moving up to Daffodil Delight at the top. Ground with a light dusting of Basic Gray with a teeny tiny bit of Daffodil Delight...
And I have to say... thoroughly enjoyed using Lovely as a Tree again... still as good as it ever was...

SU! Products Used
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Wetlands
Watercolor Pencils & Aqua-painter on Watercolor Paper
Ink - Staz On Black






Friday, 17 March 2017

Happy Celebrations Hoppy Easter

Delightful duo for you today!

Not that I can take any credit for the main event... the stamped panel is the brainchild of Brian King in the USA... click here for more details and his original version (in Watermelon Wonder & Pear Pizazz colourway and with a much "prettier" EASTER word!) ... but I was so inspired and just couldn't resist CASEing and making some of my own (within 30 minutes of seeing Brian's post I think!!)... Too cute Brian! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome idea!

First up ...a simple standard A6 card... spot the detail of the marker pen coloured wording in the paper... highlight whatever words you see fit...
And second up... my new A6 Double Z Joy Fold card... based on my (very popular!) Large Square one but reconfigured for the standard A6 size... (Square Card Tutorial here and other samples here, here and here
Love this... it just makes me smile all round!!
SU! Products Used
Stamps - Happy Celebrations, Basket Bunch, Crazy About You
Dies - Basket Builder Framelits Dies
Card & Papers - Thick Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Subtles 12x12 Paper Stack (Wild Wasabi)
Ink Pads  - Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, Island Indigo, Memento Black
Marker Penss - Bermuda Bay, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron