Friday, January 27, 2012

Sail Away birthday card for Grandpa.

It was my Dad and Noah, and brand new day old, Oliver's Grandpa's birthday this January. As I knew I'd be in hospital I made this card in December.

This is a retired ala carte stamp, but I would recommend the Open Sea set which is in the current Summer Mini Catalogue (p.18) as a perfect substitution.

The base of the card is Very Vanilla as I did start off with Whisper White but found it to be too stark. I used my Big Shot machine and the square lattice embossing folder to add some texture. The three strips of cardstock from top to bottom are Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze and Pacific Point. They are simply attached using the snail adhesive and overlapped a little when I added them.

I stamped the image on Very Vanilla cardstock in Basic Black ink as it is waterproof so watercolouring isn't a problem as nothing bleeds or runs. Using Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Bashful Blue inks and the aqua painter I water coloured the boat and the waves. The easiest way I have found to watercolour is to apply some pressure to the ink pads while they are still closed which enables some ink to be on the lid part when opened. This is normally enough to watercolour quite a large area. Using the aqua painter you then just pick up some of the ink on the lid and colour the area. The blender pen can also be used the same way for watercolouring. Make sure you allow suitable time for your image to dry as it can easily be smudged!

To accent the Cajun Craze watercolouring I mounted the stamped image onto a piece of the same colour cardstock and using the papers piercing kit I made a border.

The happy birthday sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Senitments stamp set - one set I use on a nearly daily basis. It's also stamped in the Cajun Craze. I used the word window punch and the large oval punch to highlight the sentiment, attaching it with dimensionals.

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Sets: Sail Away, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Bashful Blue
Cardstock and Paper: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, snail adhesive, paper snips, clear stamping block, Paper piercing tools, word window punch, large oval punch, dimensionals.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sale-A-Bration 2012.

It's my favorite time of the Stampin' Up! Year. It's free product time or as we know it Sale-A-Bration time. This year it's a little different as you can choose from stamp sets, of which there are four amazing sets, designer papers or a ribbon & brad pack.

Getting these freebies is easy. All you have to do is spend $100 on products from the Idea Book and Catalogue or the Summer Mini Catalogue. Or of course you can buy something from both. Plus it's not just one free item. You are entitled to get a free product for EACH $100 you spend, so spend $200 get two products, spend $300 get three products etc.

All of the Sale-A-Bration products are limited releases and are only available between the 24th January and the 31st March, unless they sell out sooner - which did happen with two stamp sets last year - so be quick to make sure you don't miss out on your favorite.

The stamp sets, available in both wood and clear mount, are French Vintage, Sprinkled Expressions, Outlined Occasions and Elementary Elegance. The difference this year is the designer paper pack which is called Everyday Enchantment and coordinates with Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Pech Parfait, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede. It's a pack of 12 beautiful double sided papers all 12" squared. To coordinate with the papers are the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad pack. This contains 2 spools of organdy ribbon, 1 Lucky Limeade, 1 Calypso Coral well as 30 1cm circle brads (6 of 5 designs) in the colours Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede.
To see the Sale-A-Bration products available click HERE.

You can also earn additional Sale-A-Bration sets by hosting a party, though at present as the Mum of a newborn baby I can only do parties in March.  Consider holding a catalogue party with family and friends and still get the additional benefits. If you'd like to know more please send me an EMAIL.

Don't worry if you're not local as I can have any SU item sent directly from the warehouse to your front door!

Missing in action! But for a very worthwhile reason.

Well you would have noticed that I've been missing in action for some time but I am back now albeit spasmodically for a little while longer.

With Christmas I was super busy having family decend on us, but it was being pregnant that was the actual stamp and craft stopper. Funny as it was I couldn't even reach my Fiskars paper cutter on the table as my belly got in the way - lol!

But it was so worth it as on the 6th January my husband, Noah and I welcomed baby Oliver into our family. We are so thrilled to have him with us safely after such a long awaited time. He's made me fall in love all over again.

I'll hopefully get some time now to do some craft as I can't wait to start my scrap layouts of Oliver and his big brother.

Enjoy - Julie