I hope your start to March and autumn here in Australia has been nice. I had a team get together at a clients house on Sat which was lovely, then a catch up with a friend which is always great. Work today was busy, I went for a walk and now I am getting a chance, to post about a couple of Ring-bound Albums I am making.
First up I wanted to show you that you can use Stampin’ Up! products not just for cards. I am an avid memory keeper and I have created one of my Memory albums using all SU products. Our biggest Sale-A-Bration of the year is happening now and this gorgeous brand new Peaceful Poppy Dsp (Item # 151324) is available to purchase.
To make my albums, I used cardboard from the backs of some of my old paper pads and cut them 20x23cm. I then covered them with the lovely new designer series paper and inked around all the edges with Soft Suede Classic Ink. (Item # 119982) I then stamped the Large Crackle Paint Background stamp (Item 3 148752), with the same ink. I layered some Dsp on the top, then I tied around it with some of the Linen Thread (Item #104199). I stamped the flowers from the Floral essence stamp set (Item # 149450) and punched them out using the Perennial Flower Punch (Item # 49522) I stamped the sentiment from the Crafting Forever stamp set (Item # 15231) I used our retired Crop-O-dile to punch the holes and set the Jumbo eyelets to finish it off. this has really come up lovely and I hope it has given a bit of a peek into this wonderful company I am a part of 🙂
This shabby/vintage style album above I created using my stash. It is for a very special lady who was my mums best friend for 66 years. Aunty Helen has always been a big part of our lives and we grew up with her son and daughter. She is a beautiful sewer, so I added the tape measure and stitching embellishments to the cover. I will be putting some up to date photos of us all in it for her.
I am hoping now to start some much-needed scrap layout therapy and catch up on some family events etc. I will post them later in the week as I get some done.
I am feeling a lot better today than I have the last week or so. I started back to work this morning which was nice, as my client said he missed me 🙂 Yesterday, I went for a drive with my son and it was great to get outside.
I have completed a few more prompts on the JJ I am following along with Linda Israels January challenge on Youtube and in her FB group.
PROMPT 7 – Find a Poem that inspires you and create a page with inspiration from the poem you found. Journal about why the poem inspires you.
I used some watercolour paper and painted some ink on to it. I then added water droplets for some texture. I stamped the butterfly, with Stazon ink so it wouldn’t bleed, with my Stamparatas twice and cut one wing out, to use for the journaling. I attached it at the body so it would flip up. I added the poem and a smidge of embellishment.
PROMPT 8 – Write a compliment to yourself abut something you accomplished recently. Centre your journal page around that.
I made a tag and covered it with a napkin. I just added a coffee dyed doily and a quote. I bit trim to finish it off.
This prompt was a little out of my comfort zone………..
I journaled that I do receive a few compliments from my friends usually about my hair or something I am wearing. To me, it feels a little funny and I think I get a bit anxious.
The compliment that I would make to my self would be…………….” that I am a good friend” A couple of friends have been through rough patches and they were there for me when we lost mum and dad, plus my broken arm. It was nice to return the favour and be around for them to talk to if needed. I am pretty easy going and I feel most people can open up to me and feel at ease.
PROMPT 9 – Pick three colours for your journal age and only use them to create your page. Write about your favourite colour or why you picked these colours for your page.
For this prompt, I picked the colours gree/pink/cream. I have been a blue girl all my life and I still love it but thought I would do something different as I made a complete Blue Journal last year.
For this page, I wanted to make a flip out so I used some napkin with sealer over and under it to adhere it to a piece of cardstock. I then added a bit of lace trim when dry.
I then added taped to a small folded section on the left so it would open up to my journaling. I just added some pattern paper in those shabby chic colours that I liked. The paper under the journaling will stick out of the journal but that is just a fun element, like tabs you can use n your journal.
PROMPT 10 – Use an image from a book or magazine. Use it on your journal page and write about something that happened today that made you feel good………………
I found this cute little kitty image in one of my Daphne’s Diary magazines and I thought he would look nice on the front of the little pocket I made for the journal tag. I just layered a few diff papers underneath and stamped the quote on the bottom. I journaled about the lovely day I had out with my son.
I hope you are enjoying the Prompts as much as I am. Hoping to get a few more done this week 🙂
Who loves to watercolor? I do and I have most of today off, so I have been playing with a few different pens and inks, using the Smooshing Technique, which is easy and lots of fun!!
There are some great YouTube videos out there and I decided to do a sort of Step x Step for you.
Supplies Needed – Any water-soluble media like pens, crayons, ink pads, mists, etc that you have in your stash. A sheet of clear acetate or any clear packaging would work also, a spray bottle with some clean water, watercolor paper which is designed to hold wet mediums, any stamps or embossing powder you have to use for finished papers. I cut mine to A2 card front size which is approx 14 x 10cms, a non-stick mat or work surface, A heat gun if you have it.
STEP 1 – Using your piece of acetate on your work surface, lay down some different colored inks, mist, etc, then spray with some water. You will see it change or bubble.
STEP 2 – With your piece of watercolor next to you, turn the acetate onto the paper and with your fingers smoosh the ink over the paper. You will see the ink move through the acetate and you can move it to where you want your color.
STEP 3 – Lift the acetate off your paper and you will see the color and water blended on the paper. If you have a heat gun dry it before continuing. Just watch what colors you put together as some of them will go muddy!
STEP 4 – Continue these steps, to add layers of color to your paper until you are happy with the result. You can see above the different layers from letting each application of ink dry.
After I made mine and they are fairly dry I put them under some heavy books or punches which helps flatten them out a bit.
I created the black watercolour for the background on this one and added some extra stamping and some lace to finish his card off for a black and white challenge for a FB group that I am in:)
This is a fun, quick technique with a great result and for quick cards! I hope you have a go at ‘smooshing” and I would love to see some of your creations also. If you would like any info on the products I used, please feel to message me and I can help you.
Apologies for being a little absent, but I have been flat out with work as I probably told you and my oldest son Cody had a bit of a brush with a kangaroo last Wed nite coming home from work, on his motorbike. I am feeling pretty drained, but the main thing he wasn’t too badly hurt and his bike will be fixed!
In between everything and having most of today off work, I have been trying to get some cards made but not much luck. I thought I would make a One Sheet Wonder to show you, which is great for anyone to use and you can make some quick cards with it.
3. Some set/sets of stamps with a few different size images.
STEP 1 – With a larger stamp, randomly stamp a few images over the cardstock, leaving a lot of space in-between. I used for this OSW the Floral Essence stamp set which has a few different size stamps in it. I just used ink colours that I thought looked nice together.
STEP 2 – Next I used a few more stamps, a little smaller, with different colours to fill in some of the gaps. Make sure to stamp off the page also, so it is covered around the edges. I used a few stamps from the Pop Of Petal stamp set for this step.
STEP 3 – To finish off filling the sheet of cardstock with stamped images, I used a bee image from a retired set of stamps to fill in the other areas and used two different toned inks. The more stamping you have on your page the better for this technique the better your finished cards will look 🙂
STEP 4 – (optional) I really like the look of the open images, but I decided to go a bit further and give some of them a tint of colour. Instead of using a water brush to paint over them and draw some of the ink into the open parts of the image, I used a Wink Of Stella glitter pen which gave them a lovely shimmery, bling look. I didn’t use any extra ink on these so it just gave the flowers a soft coloured look.
As I also need to make a few masculine themed cards I thought I would get out my grungy and background stamps and create another sheet using the above stamps. I just stamped the large Crackle Paint, Handwritten and Birch backgrounds partially over the cardstock first. I then filled in with the smaller images from the Artisan Textures set. I just used random brown and blue inks and layered them for a bit of depth. Backgrounds would have to be my favourite stamps that I use the most, as you can do so much with them.
STEP 5 – Once you have finished stamping your One Sheet Wonder backgrounds, you can go ahead and cut them up to your desired pieces to add to your cards. Above are a few cutting templates to guide you or you can cut it up as you like.
I found this image on Google just to give you an idea of how you can use your stamped sheet of paper or use a piece of pattern paper also. You can make them Clean and Simple, or add embellishments etc to them. It’s up to you………………….
All of the stamp sets I used can be purchased from me and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me here or over @ my online shop “HERE”
I hope you enjoy my little Step x Step on how to make a quick background, to make some quick cards for your stash, to have on hand.
Stay tuned as tomorrow, I am hoping to create some cards to show you using the two I have made today 🙂
This last week has been a huge one at work with two of the team away and starting on a new team. I am really enjoying the challenge of the new team but will be happy next week not filling in extra shifts.
My SU Kit arrived, Friday but I have only just opened it! The weather is as cold and horrible as yesterday, so hoping today to get some craft done
I was able to pick $235 worth of any products that I wanted for $169 and all my catalogs and business supplies are free as well as postage!
The new Annual Catalogue is absolutely gorgeous with so many new products and I am happy to send you one from the warehouse to your door or if you are local I can pop one around to you! You can also click the catalog image in the sidebar to the right and it will take you to my online shopwhere you can browse. As I have been a demo before I still have some current products already 🙂
When I first started. I ordered items to enable me to create cards and scrapbook-like stamps, cardstock pattern papers and my adhesive, inks, etc. I am happy to help you even if you are a beginner or a seasoned crafter.
I hope you have enjoyed a little sneak peek at what I am going to e playing with and stay tuned to see the cards I create. Have a lovely Sunday 🙂
I am not good with change as it is scary and I always doubt myself!!
I have just started on a new team at work that is going to challenge and get me out of my comfort zone! I do need to keep challenging myself and setting goals. I think I am realizing this more as I get older.
My boys always say to me – “Mum there is nothing you can’t do if you want to” Yes, they are right and they support me all the time as I support them. x
After talking with a lovely friend on FaceBook, Jessie Holton, I thought to myself “there is nothing stopping me, just me” from joining Stampin’ Up! again and doing what I love, which is stamping and sharing it with others!!!
I have always been a stamper first, and SU stamps were the very first ones I had ever used……………… It is just what I love doing. I carried that into my scrapbooking, card making and journals……As I have been a demo a few times and it hasn’t worked out, due to bad timing and different things happening in my life, I thought JUST DO IT!! if that is going to make me happy!!!
“I WANT TO BE THAT GIRL AND life is too short not to follow my heart and do what I want to do”
I am part of Jessies’s Team, the Possum Posse and with Kate Barnade and The Wild Cards!!
The SU Statement of the heart says it all……………..
To LOVE what we do and share what we LOVE
As we HELP others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments
In this, we MAKE a difference…
I know there will be some out there that think I’m mad, and yes I probably am, but that’s ok!! My cards are selling very well at the Muray Street Market and I am in the process of building up my stock there again. I want to stay as a demonstrator and build up my card making business and share my love of stamping along the way!!!!
I will still be making my Junk journals here and sharing my Stampin’ Up! with you also, I have a Demonstrator website “HERE” if you are interested in purchasing any items, having a peek at the catalogs or contacting me with anything that I can help you with!!
Of course, I would love to expand my business and recruit, but all in good time! I still need a good balance of work and home, as I work split shifts in Disability Support also, and I love my day job!!
You are by all means very Welcome to join me if you want to!!
If you would like any information or I can help you in any way please feel free to contact me on Facebook or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂 I am just waiting for my kit to create some fun cards to show you!