The INKreators Blog Hop- One Sheet Wonder

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We’re back for another INKreators Blog Hop and rather than showcasing particular stamps or product we’ll using a technique – One Sheet Wonder.

If you’re already on the hop then you’ve arrived here from LoveLifeLauren and I’m sue she had something wonderful to inspire you.  If you’ve started here then welcome I hope you enjoy today’s showcase.

With this technique we had the option to either use DSP or make our own – I chose to make my own background paper using this month’s new exclusive and limited time bundle Thoughtful Branches.

I’ve used the single leaf and I think it’s a small branch, a bit like holly berries, and a sheet of A4 vanilla cardstock to make my own DSP.  The leaf was stamped in Wild Wasabi ink and the branch in Real Red.   Now I got a bit ahead of myself and chopped up my stamped background before I photographed it but here is a small piece I had left over.  You should still be able to get an idea of what the whole piece looked like.

 

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From there it was just a matter of cutting up the sheet to fit my cards.

My first two cards feature some more stamps from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  There are a total of 23 stamps in this set with a great mix of images and sentiments.  It also lends itself well to Christmas projects with some great tree images and those cute little birds.

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For my third project I decided on a Z fold card.  These are incredibly popular right now, I’ve been seeing them all over the Pinterest.  The stamp set is a new hostess set from the Annual Catalogue called Time of Year.  

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Once again thanks for stopping by and make sure you hop on over to Liv Ingle to see what great projects she has to created for you this month.

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Don’t forget the gorgeous Thoughtful Branches bundle is only available this month or while stock lasts so get in quick to be sure you don’t  miss out.  Onee stock has depleted it will no longer be available for purchase.  If you earnt Bonus Days coupons in July you can use them towards this bundle.  Click here and order yours now before they’re gone.

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Happy Stamping

 

Michelle xx

 

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The Inkreators Blog Hop – all about the Balloon!

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Welcome back to another Inkreators Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived here from Lauren at Love Life Lauren then I’m sure you’ve already been treated to a dose of inspiration.  If you’re starting here with me then hello I hope you enjoy this month’s blog hop.

I have to say I was quite excited when I discovered the theme for this month’s hop- Balloons.  Now who doesn’t love a balloon! There is definitely something magical that happens when you hold a balloon and then let it go and watch it fly away into the sky.

Choosing a stamp set was a bit of a challenge the current Occasions Catalogue has some gorgeous sets featuring balloons.  I finally settled on two – Balloon Builder and Balloon Celebration.  I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of the Balloon Builder set when I first received it.  Other than the obvious balloon shapes all the rest seemed to be just a bunch of odd shapes I couldn’t imagine using. However with a bit of imagination and lots of inspiration from Pinterest I’ve grown quite fond of all the cutesy animals you can create with those “odd” shapes.

My first card today features a balloon animal inspired by the “Easter Bunny” but as Easter has come and gone (and so has all my chocolate) I decided the soft pink bunny would work perfectly on a baby card.  I used both the small and large balloons to create the bunny body and the small bean shaped one for his feet. The soft pastel inks Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron will work for either boys or girls.  I’ve used the Layered Letters set to spell out the word “BABY” on four balloons punched from the new balloon builder punch.

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My second card today has the cutest cuddly balloon bear holding tight to a bunch of pink balloons.  These balloons come from the Balloon Celebration set and are stamped in directly onto a card base of “thick” white cardstock.  A small strip of patterned hearts dsp from the ……… stack adds a layer and some dimension to an otherwise one layer card.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today and are inspired to create your own range of “balloon animals”.  From here you can hop on over to the wonderfully talented Liv Ingle at  Inkreations for some more balloon magic.  I’m sure she has something gorgeous in store for you.

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Until next time – Happy Stamping.

 

Michelle x

 

 

 

Wild…….about you!

Every stamper needs a good alphabet in there collection…. for me it’s the new Layered Letters Alphabet.  One of the things I like the most about the set is the fun circle and rectangle splotches which you can use on their own or combined with the letters for a funky art look.

I think I have already used this set more than any other alphabet set I’ve ever had in my stash.

Today’s card was a bit of a whim.  I have been itching to use new Go Wild paper stack I picked up from the Weekly Deals a couple of weeks ago but didn’t have a project in mind.   Layered Letters was still on my craft desk from a previous project so I decided to combine the two.  This card has a distinctly masculine feel  (look out Mr Mac) but  would work just as well in softer colours for a feminine look.

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All products used are available from the current Annual Catalogue and can be purchased from my online store by clicking on the product thumbnail.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

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Inkreators Blog Hop – Pretty Petals

Welcome to the first ever Inkreator’s Blog Hop.  If you’re joining me from Love Life Lauren then no doubt you will have already been inspired by the uber talented Lauren Matthews or if  you’re starting here then make sure you hop all the way round just follow the link at the end of this post.

Each month we will be showcasing one particular product, tool or theme using current Stampin’ Up! product.

First up this month is the Pretty Petals designer series paper.  I love the bold flower patterns but if you prefer a smaller more generic pattern then the reverse side of these papers will be right up your alley.  It comes in the new 15.2 x15.2 cm stacks which are perfect for card making and have a coordinating cardstock pack – and this week your in luck the Pretty Petals stack is on sale in the Weekly Deals.

My first card for you today features the paper in a wide banner behind my stamped image.  I’ve kept the layout simple which allows the flower, from the set Remarkable You, to be the focal point.  The flower was stamped in Staz-on on watercolour paper then coloured using Calypso Coral ink.   A custom envelope finishes it all off.  How I love that matchy matchy feeling when you  line the envelope with coordinating paper.  I think it satisfies my OCD tendencies!

 

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This next card definitely didn’t turn out like I saw it in my head.  Does this ever happen to you?  I’d planned to use one of the bolder floral patterns but to be honest it was just too busy.  So I just turned the paper over and used the reverse pattern which in retrospect I think I like more.  The flowers are from a 2-step set called Wild About Flowers and coordinate well with several of the Pretty Petals designs.

 

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That’s it from me today.  Make sure you hop on over to Laura Browning’s blog, I’m sure she has something fabulous to inspire you.  Don’t forget to leave a little comment love on the way.

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Under the weather

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This card will be heading off to a friend who is feeling a bit “under the weather” after recent surgery.

I love how easy this card came together with just some patterned paper and a few punches. The letters were cut using my Big Shot and the Timeless Type alphabet die which is the perfect size for cards. I’m not sure if you can see from this photo but some Crystal Effects on the rain drops works perfectly for that “wet” look.

I’ll be heading off for a well earned break next week. Not sure if I’ll have Internet access but hopefully I’ll have time to schedule a few posts before I go. Otherwise I’ll be back on board at the end of the month.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

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Every Easter needs a bunny!

Today I wanted to share with you the Easter projects made last week by my Stamp Club ladies.  Everyone got to choose their own colours and I’m always amazed at how different each one turns out to be.  Unfortunately I forgot to photograph their finished projects so you’ll have to be satisfied with the ones I made.

I usually try and design a project “set” and generally include a 3D item.  This month we used the gorgeous Everybunny easter set.  This set has a great selection of bunnies and is perfect for watercolouring.

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The little 3×3 card (actually I think mine ended up being 9 x 9cm) is called a “twisted easel” and is a super easy.  It folds flat for posting but adds a quirky feel to what might be an otherwise run of the mill notecard.  I used the larger square on the scallop duo die for layering my card front and it co-ordinates well with the scallop oval behind the sentiment.  The little rabbit was stamped with black Staz-on and coloured with markers.  However I did use my aquabrush (very sparingly) and a Crumb Cake ink pad to add some shading to the bunny’s body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I just need to package up some eggs for the box and I’ll have a cute gift for a special someone this Easter.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

It’s raining men…….Hallelujah

Do you ever get a song stuck in your head and just can’t get rid of it. Well that’s how I happened upon the title of today’s post. It’s not really raining men but they are the focus of my stamp-a-stack this week.
This month’s cards all use the Nautical Expedition paper range and Open Sea stamp set from the current Summer mini catalogue. This range is perfect for masculine or travel themed projects and is my latest go to set when I’m designing for men.

We will be making two each of the three designs (envelopes included ) for just $20. You will need to bring along your own adhesive or you can purchase some from me on the night.

So if you struggle with this genre or would just like to have some cards on hand for the man (or men) in your life then email me to reserve  your spot for the class next Wednesday 21st March @ 7.30pm.

Till then……..Happy Stamping

Michelle

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