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 – 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

 

 

 

Inkreations Blog Hop – the new Occasions catalogue

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first Inkreations blog hop for 2016.  I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and spent some quality time with family and friends.  Hopefully you got a chance to recharge your batteries ready for a new year – and sneak in some crafting as well.

Today we are featuring some of our favourites from the new Occasions catalogue.  I say “some” because there are so many fantastic products its impossible to pick just one I like best.

For those of you arriving from LoveLifeLauren  how gorgeous were those cards.  I sooooo love stamp sets with coordinating punches.

So what did I choose – well I settled in the end for the Love Blossoms suite.  I figured with Valentines day almost upon us it would be the perfect opportunity to create for that special someone.

I love how easily the stamp set coordinates with the patterned paper but that’s not surprising it’s one of the things I love most about Stampin’ Up! products; matchy matchy!

So first up is the card featuring the main sentiment from the set.

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Now I don;t mind fussy cutting but for those of you who hate it the Bloomin’ Heart thinlit die makes cutting those small flowers ever so easy.

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The blushing bride ribbon is from the Love Blossoms embellishment kit and finishes off that empty space at the base of the card perfectly.

Next up is little box just big enough for a few chocolates – if you’re anything like me you made the annual resolution to eat less chocolate this year so this will work for you.

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These self closing boxes are really popular right now, you’ll find them all over Pinterest.  A quick google search will bring up heaps of instructions so I won’t bore you with the details here.  The cute little hear under the “it’s in the air” banner features the gorgeous new blushing bride glimmer paper.  This is sure to be a favourite and should go straight on your wish list.

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Thats’s it from me today.  I hope you’ve found a little inspiration in these projects but don’t stop here head on over to Inkreations – I know the lovely Liv Ingle has some great projects for you.

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Don’t forget you can earn yourself free Saleabration product with every $90 spent until the end of March.  If you’d like your very own Occasions or Saleabration catalogue I’m happy to drop one in the post to you or alternatively you can view them online here.

Happy stamping

Michelle

 

End of Year Sale!

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Its the end of the year, so we’re cleaning our inventory to make room for new products – and we’re offering you some great saving while we do it!  We’re adding more products to our Clearance Rack and discounting select items from the holiday catalogue.  Some of the products on the Holiday Retiring List are discounted up to 40%.

During the End of Year Sale you can find all discounted products in one location in my online store under the Year-End sale category.  So don’t stress if you can’t find the Clearance Rack category because it’s been integrated into the Year-End Sale.  But be quick! – these products sell out SUPER FAST and are only available while stocks last.

Also for one week get discounts up to 50% off select annual catalogue product.  This is a limited time offering and will expire on 17 December.  See the full list of products HERE.

So do yourself a favour and add something under the tree just for you!

You can place your order online HERE or email me and I’ll do it for you.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Inkreators Blog Hop – Gift Packaging

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Welcome to another installment of the Inkreators Blog Hop.  This month we are featuring Gift Packaging, just in time for all those Christmas presents.  I especially love to create something special for those little gifts which without the extra fluffing might appear ordinary.

You may have already hopped from the super talented Lauren Matthews at Love Life Lauren who no doubt had something extra special to share with you today.  If you’ve started here then welcome I hope you enjoy the projects I have for you today and are inspired to add that little bit extra when gift giving on those special occasions.  Don’t forget to hop all the way around just click on the button at the bottom of this post.

I decided to go with a 3 piece ensemble with a ‘Kraft’ feel and using the lovely vintage Home for Christmas designer series paper.

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I love the Petite Cafe bags they work perfectly for sweet treats  – both of the chocolate and the cookie variety.  They are the ideal blank slate to be dressed up with stamps, pretty paper or washi and ribbon.

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If you’re anything like me you will have saved lots of the brown packing paper that comes in the box with your Stampin’ Up! order.  With a bit of dressing up it makes perfect wrapping paper for large and small gifts.  I’ve stamped this piece using the small snowflake grouping stamp from the Wonderland set, wrapped a belly band of the Home for Christmas dsp around and tied it with some ribbon.

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The third project in my ensemble is a gift card holder.  Whilst I do love to pick a special present for family and friends I often find myself time poor these days.  This usually results in me resorting to gift cards.  Bujt that doesn’t mean you can’t dress them up and add your own twist to make them special.  I have to thank the lovely Claire Daly over at Art with Heart for this inspiration for this little beauty.  You can get three out of a single piece of A4 cardstock and the opportunities for embellishment are endless.

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I hope you like my projects and if you’d like to create some for yourself just click on the product list below which will take you direct to my online store.

Now it’s time for you to hop on over to the next blog and Laura’s gorgeous project.  Enjoy!

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Inkreators Blog Hop – Hostess with the Mostess

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It’s October!  Can you believe it?  I’ve been so busy this last month I’ve no idea where the time has gone.  I wish I could say that it’s all been stamping but sadly not.  But I did find time to put together some projects for this month’s Inkreators Blog Hop.

If you’ve  arrived from Love Life Lauren then you would have already seen her beautiful work using the Stampin’ Reward set Best Thoughts – weren’t they just gorgeous.  If you’ve started the Hop here then welcome and I hope you see something that gets your creative mojo going.

I don’t have a lot of hostess sets -maybe it’s because they’re at the back of the catalogue which means I’ve already blown my budget by the time I get there lol!  So many beautiful Stampin’ Up! products it’s hard to stay on budget.    But when I saw this beautiful Stampin’ Rewards set  Happy Birthday Everyone I just knew I had to have it.  It’s such a versatile stamp set with lots of coordinating sentiments perfect for everyone.

I’ll be celebrating birthdays with some some wonderful women over the next few weeks so the “to an amazing woman” sentiment was perfect for this gift card holder.

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Here’s a view of what the card inside looks like.  I’ve stapled a strip of the Watermelon Wonder designer series paper across the bottom to form a small pocket for my gift card.  The fancy little Cucumber Crush scroll underneath the pocket is from the Tin of Cards set.

 

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These sentiments work perfectly on their own or paired with the large Happy Birthday image.  Here’s one paired with the “Thanks” from the Hello You Thinlits and the gorgeous butterfly from the Butterlies Thinlits.  I’ve been seeing a lot of cards lately with backgrounds using the watercolour wash technique.  If you’ve never done one before you should give it a go.  It’s very simple and you’re only limited by your imagination.  I just used the one colour here – Watermelon Wonder – but you can use as many or as few as you like.

You can find a complete list of supplies at the bottom of this post.

 

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So there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed my creations and I look forward to seeing you back next month when will be getting into some “Gift Packaging” just in time for Christmas.  Next stop on the hop is Laura.  Enjoy xx

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Happy Stamping

 

Michelle

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