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 – New Annual Catalogue

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Hello again!  Well we are a full month into the new 2016 Annual Catalogue and how good is it!  Fabulous stamps, gorgeous papers and some incredible new dies and thinlits plus some really cool tools.

So a new catalogue means a new blog hop to show them off.   You may have started here or are joining me from the wonderfully talented Lauren Matthews.  Either way welcome and enjoy this month’s hop.

For my projects I decided to showcase the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set (pg 156) and the Playful Palette paper(pg 174) and washi tape (pg 179).  I may of snuck in the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits too!  I love that this paper features 3 of the new in-colours – Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.

Being the owner operator of two teenage boys I find lots of my gift giving these days is done in the form of gift cards – who knows what to buy teenage boys right!  So first up is a neat little double pocket pouch perfect for gift cards and a simple note.  I first saw this project featured on Dawn Olchefske’s blog last year and I’ve been making them ever since.  You can find her post and instructions here.

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For my second project I’ve made a card to go with the gift card.  I give lots of cards in person these days so the Mini Treat bags make perfect envelopes for a single layer notecard.   I wanted to add some pattern and texture to the notecard without adding too much bulk and what better way to do that than with Washi tape.  Did I already tell you how muck I love the range of colours featured in the Playful Palette paper stack.

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All the sentiments from the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set (pg 159) work just as well for cards as they do for gift giving and packaging.  I’ve added the swirly die from the Swirly Scribbles thinlits (pg 196) cut from Basic Black cardstock as a highlight to the Happy Day sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you found something to spark your creative mojo.  Please leave me a comment I’d love to hear what you think.  Make sure you hop on over to the fabulous Liv Ingle I’m sure she has something super in store for you.

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Happy Stamping

Michelle x

 

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The Inkreators Blog Hop – Scrapbooking

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Happy Monday and welcome to another blog hop from the Inkreators team.  Our theme this month is scrapbooking.  You may be starting here or have come here from the talented Lauren at LoveLifeLauren either way you can follow your way around be clicking on the “next” button at the end of this post. That way you won’t miss a thing.

Now to say I am a “scrapbooker” would be stretching the truth, not to say I don’t love it I just never seem to have the time to finish a complete layout.  That’s why I love Project Life from Stampin’ Up! it’s quick and easy.  All you need is your photos, some pocket pages and  your Project Life card collection and you’re up and running.

Today I’m sharing some photos from my son’s recent birthday and I’m using one of the 12X12 pocket pages.  But instead of a Project Life Card Collection I wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own cards using stamps and embellishments you already have at home.  So I went about collecting up a few of my birthday sets, including one of my favourites Amazing Birthday – soon to be retired, .

I printed my photos in black and white and just used the pop of colour to add contrast.

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I was surprised at how quickly it all came together.  You will be pleasantly surprised author much you can accomplish in a short space of time.  Maybe it won’t be such a daunting task to tackle the huge backlog of memories I still have waiting to be “scrapped” lol!

In some of the pockets I adhered stamped images directly to the photo.  However for some of the smaller 3×4 pockets I printed photos 2 to a 4×6 print and then created my own card to add to the pocket.  This gave me much more artistic freedom to say way I wanted with my images.

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I know you will love seeing all the other creative ideas from the girls sharing with you today so hop on over to see what the talented Liv at Inkreations has created for you.

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Happy Stamping

Michelle x

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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

 

 

 

Oh What Fun….the Inkreators Blog Hop

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It’s the 1st of September and I’m excited to be back with another Inkreators Blog Hop.   If you’ve hopped on over from the lovely Lauren Matthews at Love Life Lauren then I’m sure you’re already inspired but if you’re starting here then welcome.

This month  features our favourite products from the Holiday Catalogue which goes live today.  I’m sure you will fall in love with some of the beautiful holiday products as you hop along today.  Make sure you have pen and paper handy so you can start a wish list of your own.

There are so many fabulous products available in this catalogue I really had trouble deciding which ones to use.  I finally settled on the “Oh, What Fun Tag Kit” and coordinating stamp set.  I love Stampin’ Up! kits – everything you need is right there at your finger tips so you can get straight down to crafting.

This gorgeous kit makes 3o tags – 3 each of 10 designs and features Mint Macaron, Real Red and Garden Green as the coordinating colours.  I think the Mint Macaron and Real Red will be my go to colours this festive season.

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Not only will these tags work perfectly with your Christmas present wrapping they’d also make quick last minute gifts for friends and family.  I’ve whipped up a small box using my Gift Box Punch Board and embellished the front using one of the gold glitter snowflakes from the kit and the  Merry Wishes stamp from the coordinating stamp set.  One full set of 10 tags fits perfectly in the box.

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The great thing about these tags is that they make wonderful additions to other types of packaging.  Here’s one paired with one of the cute dotty glassine bags – filled with lollies of course.   These will make perfect gifts for the kids teachers at the end of the school year.

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Here’s a pic of my two extra projects together.  The different options for using the kit are endless I’m sure you can come up with lots more or your own.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on this gorgeous kit and are inspired to try it for yourself.   Now it’s time to hop on over to Laura and see what she has in store for you.

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If you’d like your own copy of the new Holiday Catalogue to drool over let me know and I’d be happy to post you one.

 

Happy Stamping

 

Michelle xx

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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ESAD 2013-14 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog and thank you for joining us for the ESAD 2013-14 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue Blog Hop.  Today the ESAD girls are excited to introduce to you a range of projects designed to inspire you with ideas for the products available in our new catalogue.

Today I am first on the hop so you should be starting from here, if you get off track the full blog lineup below will help you move in the right direction so you don’t miss any of the amazing creations.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship, and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, leave me a comment with your email address and I’ll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

My projects today showcases the new Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper, coordinating Washi Tape and the fabulous pressed clay and silicone moulds.  When I first saw this paper I was reminded of two things, picnics on a sunny day and washing blowing in the breeze.

Check out those fabulous little clothes pegs from the Tag a Bag Gift Tags and the Gingham Garden Washi Tape holding up my clothes line.  I love Washi Tape – you’ll be seeing lots of it in the future I’m sure there are so many ways to use it.

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Keeping  the washing theme I’ve used some plain wooden clothes pegs here to construct a fridge magnet for bills or notes.  I covered the pegs with you guessed it ……..Washi Tape.  The sweet little flowers were made using Stampin’ Up!’s new pressed clay, a moulding clay you press into a silicone mould then leave to air dry.  Voila –  your own embellishments.  They make the perfect addition to your projects especially since you can make them in coordinating colours using reinkers.  I had so much fun I couldn’t stop making them.  I have tons of flowers now they will last all year.

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My next project were these sweet paper lanterns.  You might remember making these in primary school….I do.

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As I mentioned earlier the first thought to come to mind when I saw the Gingham Garden DSP was picnics.  I suspect it has something to do with the melon mambo gingham stripes which reminds me of tablecloths you might put down under a picnic basket.  I thought these cute little lanterns would look perfect hanging around the garden on a summers day.   I had every  intention of photographing these all strung up in my garden but unfortunately the weather here in Melbourne today was not that kind.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today.  Remember products from the new annual are available to order from today.  If you’d like to order drop me a line or alternatively you can order through my on-line store.

The next stop is the talented Juliette Chapman at Jules Krafti Krafts stop number 2 on the ESAD blog hop.  Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you here again soon.

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1.   Michelle Grech (you are here)

2.   Juliette Chapman

3.   Michelle Halling

4.   Keryn Campbell

5.   Kylie Clemmence

6.   Sharlene Meyer

7.   Anne Wills

8.   Gail Kirby

9.   Rochelle Blok

10.   Andrea Buckland

11.  Delys Cram

12.   Chloe Evans

13.   Monique Fielder

14.   Christie Kunkel 

15.   Jenny Humphreys

16.   Tayna Bell 

17.   Marsha Hulland

18.   Richelle Fletcher 

19.   Libby Dyson

20.   Anna Mathieson 

21.  Corina Beyer

22.   Emily Campbell

23.   Narelle Hoggard

24.   Amity Knight

25.   Angie Jones