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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Technique Class Wednesday 7th Sept 7-30 -9.30pm

There a still a few spots left in this week’s Technique Class if you’d like to come along.  This month’s technique is bleaching (no…you won’t be cleaning my bathroom).  We will be making three cards using stamps and simple household bleach.

The class fee of $20 includes all materials, in kit form, and envelopes for your completed cards.  All you need to bring is your own adhesive (snail/tape runner or double sided tape) .  If you have the basic tools (scissors, bone folder, ruler, pencil) then feel free to bring them along and that way you won’t have to wait to share class tools.

Places are limited so please email me michellegrech@netspace.net.au to reserve your spot.  If you would like to come along please let me know by 9pm in Tuesday night so I can make sure I have a kit ready for you on the night.  If  this is your first time attending one of my classes I will provide you with my address when you reserve your spot.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Mini Calendars

Good morning to everyone

Is it hot where you are today?  I’m away with the kids  at the moment for a short break before they go back to school.  We are staying at my Dad’s and honestly it is beyond hot here.  It’s just before 11am and it’s already 38 celcius predicted to reach 42 but I reckon it’s going to be more like 44.  Thank goodness for air-conditioning and the pool.

Now I didn’t bring any of my stamping stuff with me as we will only be here a week but boy am I missing it.  I have been doing a bit of blog surfing on my laptop and am feeling majorly inspired by all the fantastic work I’ve seen.  I just can’t wait to get back to my stamps.

I thought I would post some photos of the mini calendar the girls made at stamp club last week. Calendar projects are a great way to start the New Year and also make wonderful gifts for friends and family.  I was first inspired by the ones I saw here and thought they would be a great way to highlight some of the new Designer papers from the Summer Mini catalogue.

This page features papers the beautiful bright colours from the “Bali Breeze” range which I thought worked well for the summer months.  I used some of the new “Felt Fusion” flowers which coordinate perfectly with the paper to embellish the top of the page.

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For the autumn months I used papers from the “Ginger Blossom” range.  I stamped the large flower from “Embrace Life” on to patterned paper and then cut it out and finished it off with a half back pearl from my Pretties Kit.  I’m a bit of a hoarder and don’t use my embellishments for fear of running out so I have promised myself this year to use them and buy more if I need to (don’t know why I never thought of this before LOL).

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For the winter pages I used the “Wintergreen” papers from the 08-09 Idea Book and Catalogue, these had the cool feel that I was looking for.  The image is from my ‘Lovely as a Tree” set and uses a technique called ‘thumping”.  I just took the long stamp with the five trees on it, inked up the four that I wanted using my Soft sky inkpad and them literally thumped an Always Artichoke marker randomly over the trees.  The trunks were coloured with a “chocolate chip” marker. Don’t worry about your ink drying on your stamp simply give the image a quick “huff” before stamping and the moisture in your breath will be enough to re-activate the inks.  I added some dazzling diamonds glitter with my glue pen toadd some sparkle.

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The final page covered the spring months and I have used papers from the “Afternoon Tea” range which are lovely and soft and remind me of the new growth of spring.  The flowers, butterly and bird are from the “Live your Dream” set and I just inked the images using a combination of inkpads and markers to give the detail I wanted.  There is a little bit of cutting out required on this one but it’s not too detailed.

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Sorry for the long post but I wanted to give you a little detail about each page.  Now that I’ve done that I realise that I don’t have a photo of the whole calendar so that you can see what it looks like all put together.  But basically you cut and score a piece of Kraft cardstock as if you were going to make a standard A2 card and them you adhere your prepared pages to all four sides in any order that you like.  When I return from my holiday I will post a picture of the completed calendar so you can see for yourself.

Talk to you soon.

Bleached Berries

Last night was Technique class and our focus this week was bleaching.  Now I’d always kept bleach out of our household because things always seemed to end up with the colour taken out of them and white patches all over the place (and that was before I’d even begun cleaning).  But that is exactly the desired result in this technique.

This card was inspired by this one from Marelle , I was suckered in again by those cute little berries from the ‘Oh So Lovely” hostess set.  However instead of using the white watercolour crayon to create the blank palette on which to colour as Marelle did, I decided I to bleach the colour from the cardstock and then add it back in using a Blender pen and Inkpads.

The berries were stamped repeatedly on Sage Shadow cardstock using both Versamark and the new Basic Grey ink pad followed by clear embossing powder.  Embossing the image helps to stop your bleach from bleeding and yes, leaving white patches where they’re not supposed to be.

I applied the bleach using my Aquapainter.  If you are going to do this I suggest you keep a designated brush just for this purpose and don’t forget to label it.  I use Domestos as I like the thick consistency which helps me keep the bleach where it’s supposed to be however I  should think any household bleach would be suitable.

Once the colour has faded, a quick blast with a heat gun will help this process and this card is dry I reapplied colours of my choice with a blender pen and classic ink pads.  The image was layered on Not Quite Navy cardstock and then onto a base card of Soft Sky, stamped first with the Baroque wheel in Soft Sky.  The sentiment is from ‘Life Definitions” and is stamped in ‘Not Quite Navy’ ink.