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.

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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

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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Celebration

Regal Peacock

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Peacocks are so majestic.  When I saw our Royal Peacock stamp set I knew I wanted to create a card that allowed the stunning peacock to reign over the page.  A very simple card but very very effective.  


White emboss the peacock image onto the card (don't forget to use an Embossing buddy to stop those stray specs of white from ruining the deep Night of Navy background).  Then using Blends of your choice, colour rhinestones and once dry add them to the feathers of the bird.


Create an interior to match the reason for sending the card, and hey presto, finished!


Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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You've Been On My Mind

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Stampin' Up! catalogues are a valuable source of inspiration for cardmaking.  My card today is an almost exact CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of the card they have included to highlight the Grandma's House stamp set.  It was a tiny bit fiddly but I LOVE the outcome.  I think I will use the shading background effect a lot more now.


The frame is made using two of the Stitched Shapes framelits, one for the inner ring and stitched line, the other to cut around the outside of it.  This is then stuck down on top of the cardstock to give a frame to the circle hole.


The ombre background is achieved by using a sponge brayer.  The house and trees were fussy cut and then gently stuck to the bottom of the layer card and popped up on dimensionals along with the whole top layer.  The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.


Grandma's House is a versatile stamp set that can be used for much more than sending to grandmothers!  I'll definitely be stamping that house and those flowers on the envelope lots more in cards to come!

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Happy crafting,
Fiona x


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The World Needs More of You

Sunday, July 21, 2019

I promised I'd be making more cards with our gorgeous DSP and here you have my first card using the brand new products from the 2019-2020 annual catalogue.  You won't have to wait long to see more either!  I am a complete convert to how beautiful cards are when they draw on the paper in this way, and so effortless to make up, it's a dream.


This card uses the Bird Ballard Designer Series Paper as well as the Free as a Bird stamp set.  I stamped off the bird and coloured him in using Blends which helped me get that shading effect.  The sentiment I stamped on a strip of Whisper White and then cut a banner end with my Snips.


Fussy cut the bird, stick him to the end of the banner, and pop the whole lot up using dimensionals.  HOW EASY IS THAT?

What you need to make this:

Free as a Bird stamp set

Bird Ballard DSP


Blends: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Bronze
Basics: Thick Whisper White cardstock, Snips, Liquid Glue, Dimensionals

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Children's birthdays

1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

When I see this card my head starts singing the 1970s numbers song from Sesame Street. (I just had to look it up on YouTube - it's called "Pinball Number Count." For those of you born in the 1970s and before, take a trip down memory lane and look it up! So many memories!!)  The little 5 year old this was made for will probably have his own numbers song stuck in his head, but one thing's for sure, he's so excited to be turning FIVE!



This card uses the Large Numbers framelits and the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  I used a brayer to colour each of the letters (or the background to them) in: Daffodil Delight, Mango Medley, Poppy Parade, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pacific Point.  Dug out some old enamel dots for extra colour, and popped the whole lot up on dimensionals.


This fun card is a CASE of Fran Sabad's gorgeous card.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Video Tutorial

Fun with Designer Series Paper

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hands up if you hold onto your Designer Series Paper, safe guarding it "just in case"?  It's so pretty!  I don't want to use it up!  What if I need it for another project?  And then the end of the catalogue arrives, and that DSP gets forgotten in a drawer because you've ordered new designs from the new collection.  

No more!  We buy craft materials to craft, right?  So let's get crafty with that DSP!  I'm challenging you to use as much as you can before you order any new packs in the 2019-2020 catalogue.  

I went live on Facebook a few days ago to show you some cards I've been making up in that makes a star of the Animal Expedition DSP.  Use my tips from the video to do the same for any pack of DSP and remember:

1 - make them EASY!
2 - make the DSP do the work for you!
3 - ENJOY IT!


Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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So Happy To Have You In My Life

Monday, May 20, 2019

Create effective and colourful frames for your cards with the Rectangle Stitched framelits and a stamp set of your choice like I have done here with the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.


First cut your top layer so that it is 1/4" shorter and narrower than your base card.  Cut out the centre piece with the die.  Then stamp up your frame - I picked three coordinating colours: Mango Medley, Fresh Fig, and Calypso Coral and used the different flowers from the Bloom by Bloom Set.



Choose a sentiment that will fill your central area such as this one from the Amazing Life stamp set (one of my favs!).  I choose to colour the "happy" in Crushed Curry but do wonder if Mango Medley wouldn't have been a better choice.


You can pop the frame up with dimensionals or leave it flat as I have done.


Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Birthday

Black and White Birthday

Friday, May 10, 2019

 The Happy Birthday thinlits make a card all on their own!  I've put the same design into three different presentations to best suit different personalities of the birthday person, but I think my favouite is the white writing on black cardstock for an elegant masculine card.  How about you?  I'd love to know your favourite - tell me in a comment below.


And here is the card with the colours reversed.  Doesn't the washi tape work marvels?


The central panel is popped up which allows the dies to be cut into the layer of cardstock and then the opposite colour inserted into the cut out area so that the end product is a flush finish.


And just for fun, I created a watercolour one.  Because I wanted these cards to be masculine I choose Pool Party, Pear Pizzaz, and Highland Heather inks.  I think it would also look good with a yellow/orange/red combination.  Note that on this card I didn't cut into the watercolour paper, I just adhered the die cut to the top.


I used rhinestones on the black and white cards and pearls on the watercolour version for variety and to suit the colour themes better.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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A Flowery Hello

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

At a recent card class I showed my group how to achieve multicoloured stamping by colouring directly onto the rubber stamp.  I just love how these cards turned out with their array of colours.  Which colour base is your favourite?


I've used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set for the flower.  Each one has five different shades in it.  The sentiment is from Tabs for Everything.


This Blushing Bride card above is on an Australian card base, the others are on Amercian because I felt the shorter and wider ratio worked better for the design.


The beauty of the Iridescent Sequins is that you can pick out colours to match colour combos as I have done for each card here.


I even made a Christmas themed one, just for fun!


Why not try this technique yourself?  Just use your Stampin' Write Markers to colour directly onto the stamp itself.  Give the whole stamp a good "huff" with your breath to reactivate the slightly dried ink before stamping down and voila!  Gorgeous every time.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Sympathy

With Sympathy Double Up

Sunday, May 05, 2019

I had some requests to share some sympathy cards.  They aren't the easiest of cards to design, are they?  And I'm not convinced one design suits everyone.  So I turned to Pinterest to inspire both of my cards to give you two completely different types of sympathy designs.


This first one is a CASE of a card by Elizabeth Hill Rush.  I love the black and blue combo with the hint of aqua in the watercolour.  And the bits of the dandelion which are just floating away gently is such a lovely, peaceful, thought when someone has died.

Although it's a little hard to see in the photos, the dandelion is stamped first in Stayzon and then again in Versamark and clear embossed.  The aim wasn't to have the clear embossing directly on top of the black ink but just near is that it enhanced the whispy feel of the dandelion.


The second card was CASED from Su Mohr and uses the gorgeous Butterfly Gala stamp set. The sentiment was from the Itty Bitty Greetings double stamp set which isn't retiring thankfully because it has so many great sentiments for a whole range of occasions.


I find the Blends or Markers are good for colour small areas like this butterfly.  I opted for my Blends for this one.  The background Soft Sea Foam layer has been textured using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.  It just adds enough of a touch of interest so that the card doesn't have a large blank space without distracting from the simplicity of the design.


Happily neither of these stamp sets are retiring so no need to panic!  Plenty more cards with them coming to you over the next year because I love them both.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Training Tutorial

My Top 5 Tips for Approaching the Catalogue Changeover Period

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

We are now into the final month of the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, can you believe it!  How you approach this time can have a big impact on your Stampin' Up! business, so take a look at my top five tips for this month to make the most of farewelling the old and welcoming the new in the video below.


I will be highlighting these points over the coming months so if you have't already subscribed to my newsletterFacebook, and YouTube channel, now's the time to do it!  Plus, if you're in my Stampin' Up! team you'll get this training and loads more so if you're interested in joining, click here, or send me a message to chat about it.

Crafty hugs,
Fiona

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Birthday

Ink it! Stamp it! Blog hop: Technique

Friday, April 26, 2019


A few days ago I posted this video on how easy making cards in bulk are with an individual lettering stamp set such as the Hand Lettering Alphabet and the Stamparatus.  Today I wanted to show you firstly how to line the lettering up in the first place, and secondly how to return to that same lettering if you need to clear your Stamparatus plates to do other projects.

Here's the video tutorial:


And this is the card that matches this lettering.  I just love that you can have the same design and mix it up so much by using different colours and DSP.


Blog hop line up:


Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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