Friendship

Warming Cups of Tea

Friday, November 15, 2019

I had an afternoon of colouring-in therapy recently and these two pretty cards are the result. Do you have a favourite?  I can't decide whether I prefer the natural looking one with only water colour paper, or the one where the watercolour paper has been mounted onto coloured cardstock...


These cards actually took a lot longer to make than you'd perhaps think.  But using a heat gun to set the ink would speed things up if you don't have the leisure to let the water dry between each different colour as I did.


Instructions for the watercolouring:

1) Mask off the area that you want to colour using washi tape.  I added wide washing to all four outter edged and thin washi tape in the middle for the two clear lines.

2) Stamp your images in Stayzon Ink (Memento ink will run when you add water to it).

2) With an Aqua Painter, add clear water to the water colour paper only in the area you'd like the colour you're about to use.  

3) Ink up the tip of the aqua painter with as much or as little ink as you'd like and drop that ink in coloured water droplets onto the wet area of the card.  This creates a bubble of water which eventually dries.  It is this method which gives the finished result that hard edge which I so love with watercolouring.  If you don't want that edge, just colour straight onto the paper and don't allow the water to pool.

4) Allow paper to dry (use a heat gun tool if you are short on time).

5) Repeat steps 2-4 with each remaining ink colour.



For the first card I flicked ink onto the plain watercolour paper so that it wasn't so plain.  In the second card I've mounted the watercolour paper onto coordinating cardstock.  I like the look of both - how about you?


Remember to use Stayzon Ink when watercolouring as it is alcohol based and so won't bleed when you add water on top.  (I'll make up a video tutorial on this in a few week's time so if you don't already follow me on YouTube here's the link to go to my page and subscribe.)

Stamp Set: Tea Together
Dies: Tea Time Dies

Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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Christmas

Happiest Christmas Wishes Deer

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Our Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper provides a beautiful border to this card and is offset nicely with the Gold Foil Sheets and the Golden Glitz Metallic Ink.
 

This is a super easy card to make up.  The DSP does all the work for you!  Just cut your top layer of cardstock and then cut out the deer using the Detailed Deer Dies.  Stamp on a sentiment of your choice and some gold stars/flowers (I used the Dashing Deer stamp set).  Adhere onto Gold Foil sheet.  Adhere the DSP directly onto the base cardstock before finally sticking down the top layer.


And it's as simple as that!  I have left my card without embellishments so that it will go through the post more easily, but you may wish to add some rhinestones for an extra bit of bling.

Happy crafting,
Fiona


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Birthday

Birthday duck

Friday, November 01, 2019

A cute card for my cute goddaughter! She loves emus but all I've got is ducks, oh well!  Maybe Stampin' Up! has an emu stamp on the way for her 3rd birthday. 


I watercoloured the duck from Fable Friends (using Shimmery White cardstock) and added a strip of Night of Navy at the bottom before popping it up on dimensionals over some of the Balmy Blue Gingham Gala DSP.


Few bits of bling and done!  Can't wait to celebrate with her.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

3D

Ink It! Stamp It! Blog Hop: 3D Christmas Tree Garland

Friday, October 25, 2019


I LOVE Christmas and I love being able to decorate my home in preparation for the festive celebration.  My 3D project for the Ink It! Stamp It! blog hop this month is a gleaming garland of Christmas trees.


Below is a quick video of how to put them together:


I've used: Pine Tree Punch, Brightly Gleeming Designer Series Paper, liquid glue, gold thread, hole punch (you could also use a needle).

Here's what the finished product looks like strung up:



I hope you enjoy seeing what the rest of the design team have made for this hop!  Here's the line up:




Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Magnolia in Shadow

Saturday, October 19, 2019

There's a little trick to getting an image to pop out a bit more on the page.  It's achieved by creating a soft shadow around the outline in the darker areas of the image.  I've done it before with pencils, but did you know you can also do it with Blends?  I filmed this project so that you can see it in action - look for the video at the end of the post.


 If you look carefully you can see the Smoky Slate shading in both of the cards.  The one above was made using Blackberry Bliss light, Flirty Flamingo light, and Petal Pink dark & light.  The card below is made using Calypso Coral light & dark, and Petal Pink light & dark.


The leaves and stem for both were Granny Apple Green light & dark, and Crumb Cake light & dark.


Do you have a preference for colours?  Which one's your favourite?


Click the video below to watch how to make these cards yourself and use that sneaky little shadow tip.



Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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Friendship

Three in a row

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Blackberry Bliss, Lovely Lipstick, or Bermuda Bay?  I can't decide which way I like this card best.  So what do you think?  Leave me a comment and help me pick one to make more of!

Bermuda Bay:

Blackberry Bliss:

Lovely Lipstick:

Fun cards to make up.  1) Watercolour onto Shimmery White cardstock, let it dry. 2) Stamp, colour, and cut out three flowers from the Botantical Bliss stamp set. 3) Cut a strip of Shimmery White cardstock and pop the flowers up on dimensionals and adhere. 4) Stick down all layers (Base = Whisper White, thick, matching coloured cardstock, watercoloured layer, bar with three flowers) and stamp the sentiment at the end.


Cards CASEd from Janneke de Jong with thanks!

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Crafting forever with friends

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

No one appreciates a handmade card more than a fellow crafter so they are always my favourite cards to make.  Here's a bunch I made up for a recent team day which I hosted for a few other demos in Melbourne.


I love getting together with teammates and chatting away while we craft.  Joining Stampin' Up! has been one of the best things I ever did because aside from all the obvious crafting (and financial) benefits I have met some fantastic people who I call friends.


We crafted (see the photo below for what we made a few dozen of), chatted, had a yummy afternoon tea and bubbles and the time just wizzed by.  Why don't you join us?!  If you join my team then you can!  And don't worry, if you aren't in Melbourne, we have lots of fun in our private Facebook group area and still get to meet up at the annual Stampin' Up! days.


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Forever crafting card CASEd from Carolina Evans with thanks.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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Ink It! Stamp It! Blog Hop: Inspired by my home decor

Friday, September 27, 2019


One of my favourite things about my flat is that my office has a window on either side of one of the corners of the room so that it floods that room with natural light.  I have positioned my desk underneath these windows and it makes the perfect place to peacefully sit working when I'm studying or working at home.  The slats of the blinds allow me to angle the sun so that when it shines straight in it doesn't disturb my work.  Perfect set up!


When I saw this month's theme for the blog hop I knew instantly that I wanted to draw inspiration from this part of my home and along came this card.


It's a bit reversed - instead of seeing nature through the slats I have made them the slates.  I have a magnolia tree outside my bedroom window and it's the most beautiful thing in the whole garden when it blooms.


I coloured this one using Blends (Calypso Coral L&D, Old Olive L&D, Petal Pink L&D) and once the image was coloured I cut the cardstock into strips.

Whisper White thick goes best with blends and also provide stable strips.  I popped the pieces onto dimensionals and stuck them on a Crumbcake cardbase.




Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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Dashing Deer Christmas Card Kit

Friday, September 06, 2019

This year I have changed up my Christmas Card Kits a bit to give you more designs from each stamp set.  There are two options for kits so that you can choose based on what products you currently already have.  You will still need some basic items which I will list separately.

CLICK HERE to order your kit.
Orders close 14th September 2019.


Option 1 includes:
  • Dashing Deer stamp set
  • Precut and scored cardstock to make 12 cards (4 x 3 designs)
  • 12 Pre-punched deer and a template to aid with your stamping
  • Embellishments (Rhinestones and sequins)
  • 12 envelopes
  • 1 sheet of Dimensionals
  • Video tutorials for each design
Cost: $55  + $5 postage (regular post)  


Option 2 includes:
  • Everything in Option 1 (minus the pre-punched deer because it's easier for you to stamp and then cut them out)
  • Detailed Deer Dies
  • FREE bonus card kit with everything pre-cut to make 4 extra cards of a new design
  • FREE Gold Ink pad
Cost: $104 + postage ($5 regular post)


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Orders close 14th September 2019.


Just because

Colourful peacock

Saturday, August 24, 2019

You may recall my very regal peacock a few blog posts ago.  Here's a more colourful version for a more casual (and less dramatic) occasion.


I used the baby wipe technique to stamp the peacock.  Place drops of the colour you wish for the body of the peacock in the upper section of the wipe, and then dot randomly with colours below that.  Then make sure you stamp down so that the body is predominantly in the block of colour and the tail is in the dots of colour area.


To finish it off I used my aqua painter to flick drops of ink and water onto the page, and added some rhinestones to the tail.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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Thank you for your order

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Adding a slight shadow around an image can help give it dimension on the page.  That's what I've done in these cards to the postman and his parcels. 


To break up the white of the circle and the base cardstock I also added a light shading to the edge of the circle.  It's not so pronounced as if I'd used a sponge dauber - I was after a subtler look.  (Although, it's much more visible to the naked eye than the camera I'm afraid.)


Take a look a the video below to see how I created this look using a watercolour pencil as well as how I coloured the images in with my Blends.


I'm getting good at remembering to decorate the inside of my cards!


Here's my video (which was originally a Facebook live - if you want to catch me in action, be sure to follow my Facebook page.)


I'm so happy with these cards!  They warm my crafty heart up.  Hope you love them too.


Materials Used
Stamp set: You Always Deliver
Dies: Circles Framelits
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Whisper White, Pool Party/Flirty Flamingo
Inks: Memento Black, Blends

Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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Blends on Crumbcake Tutorial

Sunday, August 11, 2019

It's nice to mix up card designs by choosing a background cardstock that is not Whisper White, however, it's difficult to get colours to pop off the page in the same way.  I've got a neat trick for you to get Blends looking more vibrant on Crumbcake cardstock.


In my video below I have also explained my suggested card dimensions when layering the Rectangular Stitched Shapes framelits like I've done in this card here.


The video below also gives step by step instructions on achieving this bolder look and for suggested Blends colours for the skin tone, water, and hair in this stamped image.


Video tutorial:  


What you'll need if you'd like to make this card yourself:
Crumbcake cardstock (folded card = 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" scored in half), the largest of the Rectangle Stitched Shapes framelits, Beautiful You stamp set, Black Memento ink, Whisper White watercolour pencil, Blends of your colour choice, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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Thanks for Being You

Monday, August 05, 2019

Have you noticed that one side of Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper has a detailed pattern and the other is more of a background kind of pattern?  It's such a help when coordinating colours with a design.


Here I've used Bird Ballard DSP and I've taken one of the background patterns to match my circle with the little bird in the flowers.  So effortless!  I used my Layering Circle dies and selected coordinating colour Old Olive as my border colour.  


The sentiment is from the Free as a Bird stamp set.  A quick, easy, and cute card!  Give it a go yourself.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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