Stampin' Up! Masculine Card with Mountain Air with Cajun Craze

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Hello friends. This week the Colour Creations ladies in the Art with Heart Team are playing with Cajun Craze. This is one of my least used Stampin' Up! colours, so it definitely was a challenge. Once I got the idea though, away I went.

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I wanted to create a card for a very sick relative overseas. We enjoyed time together on their trip to Australia several years ago, so I wanted to come up with a card that let him know I was thinking of him at this very hard time, and that perhaps reminded him a little of Australia. Cajun Craze definitely is the colour of some of the Australian outback, and the Kimberley region especially.

Masculine Thinking of You card using Stampin Up Mountain Air and Ink Blending Technique. Card by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I have used the Mountain Air stamp set from the 2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, to create several layers of mountains by stamping in Early Espresso onto Cajun Craze and die cutting with the coordinating Majestic Mountain dies. I love the dimension you can achieve with these two products. The trees are from the same stamp set and dies, and my greeting from the Quiet Meadow stamp set.

Masculine Thinking of You card using Stampin Up Mountain Air and Ink Blending Technique. Card by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I adhered these pieces onto a layer of shimmery white which I had applied ink using my blending brushes. The lowest area near the mountain range is Calypso Coral, then I blended in some Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and lastly some Misty Moonlight at the very top and edges. The birds from the stamp set were stamped in Misty Moonlight too.

Masculine Thinking of You card using Stampin Up Mountain Air and Ink Blending Technique. Card by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I then mounted this piece onto some Cajun Craze cardstock, and an Early Espresso base card. I'm really pleased how this card turned out. There was a lot of love put into it, and I think it looks quite peaceful. You can view all of the products I have used in this card using the links at the end of the post.

Masculine Thinking of You card using Stampin Up Mountain Air and Ink Blending Technique. Card by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia
Here's a summary of the Stampin' Up! colour combination I have used today.

Stampin Up color combination Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Misty Moonlight.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing what the other Art with Heart Team girls have made using Cajun Craze. next up we have the lovely Caroline Manwaring who is very creative! Let's see what she has made for us.

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Stampin' Up! Potted Geraniums Birthday Card

Geraniums are one of those plants that evoke happy feelings and memories for me, so when I saw the Potted Geraniums bundle in the 2022 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, it was straight into my cart! Geraniums were my Dad's favourite flower (especially white ones) and they also remind me of Spring, and the gorgeous flowering balconies in Barcelona and Paris.

Here's my first card with this bundle.

Stampin Up Potted Geranium 2022 birthday card by Claire Daly, Melbourne, Australia.

I have started with a Basic Gray base, and used my blending brush to add a little Pool Party to the Basic White card front. There's so many good things to love about this bundle! For starters you can either stamp or die cut the flowers and both give you a lovely two toned effect, which Geraniums are known for. I have used Melon Mambo and Polished Pink for the flowers, Garden Green for the leaves (stamped off for the more solid layer), and Basic Gray for the pot (I love grey pots!).

Stampin Up Potted Geranium 2022 birthday card by Claire Daly, Melbourne, Australia.

Secondly, I love the two step stamping on both the foliage and the weathered pot. There's even a stamp and die to cut out the thin strip of soil you can see. Thirdly, I love the little plant label that has three different words / phrases that fit in it.

Stampin Up Potted Geranium 2022 birthday card by Claire Daly, Melbourne, Australia.

Finally, I LOVE the sentiments in this yet; both the words and the font. There's also a really gorgeous stitched label die included. I finished my card off by embellishing with some Iridescent Rhinestone Jewels. 

Stampin Up Potted Geranium 2022 birthday card by Claire Daly, Melbourne, Australia.

Here's a closer look at the stamp set, dies and bundle.

Potted Geranium Stamp Set (find it here in my online store)

Stampin Up Potted Geranium stamp set. Available in Australia from Claire Daly.

Potted Geranium Bundle (find it here in my online store)

Stampin Up Potted Geranium bundle. Available in Australia from Claire Daly

Hope you liked todays card. You can find all of the products I have used in my online store, or the paper copy of the Annual Catalogue. You can either order online, or direct with me via email, phone or text (you can read about three ways to shop with me HERE).  When you shop online with me in Australia, and use the monthly Host Code, you also qualify for a small thank you gift mid the month after your purchase. My customers love getting these little gifts in the mail. Here's the shop link (individual product links at the end of the post), and this month's host code.

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Introducing NEW Stampin' Up! Tahitian Tide with Paradise Palms stamp set

Hello friends. It' time to dee dive into another one of the 2022 new Stampin' Up! InColors. Today we are looking at Tahitian Tide.  Just 10 days until Annual Catalogue launch day and the maunch of these fabulous new colours - woohoo!

Tahitian Tide is a bright turquoise blue. Here is how it looks with some of our other current Stampin' Up! colours. As you can see, Tahitian Tide has similar tones to Pacific Point.

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For my card, I have used Tahitian Tide and a blending brush to create an ocean background for my beach themes card. I love this blue!

Stampin Up Tahitian Tide with Paradise Palms Stamp Set. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator, Melbourne, Australia.

My focal image is from Paradise Palms stamp set. This debuted in the 2022 January to June Mini Catalogue, but will also be carrying over to the new 2022 Annual Catalogue (but the bundle pricing won't be available, so if you want the bundle, grab it before the end of June so you save 10%). I originally stamped the greeting directly over the palm trees, but it got kind of lost, so I cut out a separate piece. I like the way the ripped edge exposing the white cardstock looks like the wave foam. Did you notice I have also used the 'coming soon' Stylish Shapes dies for the stitched circle?

Stampin Up Tahitian Tide with Paradise Palms Stamp Set. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator, Melbourne, Australia.

I have used the direct to rubber marker technique to colour the palm trees, with the trunks in Soft Suede and the branches in Garden Green. For the ground, I have used Soft Suede stamped off once. This year we also have bi-colour bakers twine in each of the InColours. I have combined the Tahitian Tide and White one, with Linen Thread for the embellishment on my card. Unfortunately one of my Champagne Rhinestones fell off before photographing, so you will just have to imagine there is another one there to the bottom right of the sentiment.

Stampin Up Tahitian Tide with Paradise Palms Stamp Set. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator, Melbourne, Australia.

Here's a look at the colour combination for this card.

Stampin Up Tahitian Tide, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Garden Green Color Combo

Here's a look at the Paradise Palms bundle. Perfect for beachy cards!

Stampin Up Paradise Palms. Available from Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I hope you like today's beachy card! The Paradis Palms bundle is available in my online store now, and the rest of the new items will be available on May 3rd. I am happy to place orders direct if you call / text / email (o412 120 498) and you can also shop online. When you shop online with me in Australia, and use the monthly Host Code, you also qualify for a small thank you gift mid the month after your purchase. My customers love getting these little gifts in the mail. Here's the shop link (individual product links at the end of the post), and this month's host code. You can read about three ways to shop with me HERE.

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Colour Creations Week 34: Petal Pink

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Today's card is inspired by my water bottle! It's a lovely ombre pattern in shades of Petal Pink, Polished Pink and Melon Mambo.

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Here is my card. I really love how it turned out, even though I kind of made it up as I went along!

Stampin Up Blessings of Home watercolour on blended background technique. Birthday card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Melbourne Australia.

 

My base card is Petal Pink, and the second layer is Petal Pink embossed with the Timeworn Type embossing folder. 

Stampin Up Blessings of Home watercolour on blended background technique. Birthday card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Melbourne Australia.

Step by Step Instructions for Stamped Piece

  1. I started with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and I used my blending brushes to lay down some Polished Pink ink in the bottom half, and Petal Pink ink in the top half, with lots of blending at the intersection.
  2. Next I blended a little Melon Mambo right at the bottom.
  3. I embossed the small floral image from Blessings of Home stamp set (in the 2022 January to June Mini Catalogue) in white over the top of the blended ink.
  4. Next I used a water painter (the fine tip one) to remove a lot of the ink colour from the leaves and petals. You just brush with water and it lightens the ink lots as it dries.
  5. Finally I added additional ink colours onto the image. I used Polished Pink and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers and Old Olive for the leaves.

Stampin Up Blessings of Home watercolour on blended background technique. Birthday card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Melbourne Australia.

To finish my card, I mounted the stamped piece onto a piece of Basic Gray cardstock, and tucked one of the Heart and Home Doilies underneath (the Basic Gray one). I adhered this with Dimensionals. I stamped the long birthday sentiment from the Blessings of Home stamp set in Basic Grey onto Shimmery white, cut it into strips and adhered with Stampin' Seal. I finished off with a double bow of Grey Granite bakers twine.

Stampin Up Blessings of Home watercolour on blended background technique. Birthday card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Melbourne Australia.

I hope you like today's card. Now it's time to check out what the rest of today's participants from the Art with Heart team have been making with Petal Pink. Next up we have the lovely Diane Furniss.

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2021 Stampin Up Heart of Christmas Week 3: Whimsy and Wonder Sneak Peek

Heart of Christmas Header 2021 Hello stampers. Today I am bringing you some Stampin' Up! Christmas cards for Week 3 of Heart of Christmas 2021. This is also a sneak peek of a new suite in the 2021 Stampin Up July to December Mini Catalogue. My strategy for my Christmas cards is to make 4-5 cards each week, so I can keep on top of the ones I would like to send, and have them completed in time to write in by mid November. Then I can concentrate on tags, hand-made gift wrapping and ornaments. Sometimes this will mean quite simple cards and this is what I have gone with this week.

Whimsy and Wonder 2021 Stampin Up Christmas cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

These cards use a brand new suite coming in the July to December Mini Catalogue (you can request your free catalogues HERE, as I have them to mail out now ahead of the catalogue start date on August 3rd). The suite is called Whimsy and Wonder and it's really cute - non traditional colours and a fun take on Christmas.

For this card I have used a 3cm strip of the DSP, and paired it with Blushing Bride cardstock. I have used my blending brushes to blend a little Blushing Bride ink under the whimsical tree die-cuts in Mint Macaron cardstock.

Whimsy and Wonder 2021 Stampin Up Christmas cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

All that was needed to finish these cards was some clear Rhinestone jewels and a greeting from the stamp set in this suite. I stamped that in Smoky Slate to coordinate with the soft colour palette.

Whimsy and Wonder 2021 Stampin Up Christmas cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

Whimsy and Wonder 2021 Stampin Up Christmas cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

Next it's time to check out what the next Art with Heart team member has come up with. We are heading to the blog of Ros Davidson, who has been with my team for nearly 14 years! Ros always thinks outside the box, so I am looking forward to see what she comes up with.

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Claire Daly

 


Stampin' Up! True Love DSP and So Sentimental Bundle Sponge Brayered Thank You Card.

Hello friends.

A quick post today as I just want to show you the last card (for now) in my series of 4 cards showing different ways to colour neutral patterned paper with ink and other Stanpin' Up! supplies (using the lovely black and white floral themed True Love Designer Series Paper as our base). I will link to the other 3 cards below.

Today's card is super simple, as I have just used one colour in my colouring (Flirty Flamingo) and a sponge brayer.

Stampin Up 2021 sponged True Love DSP thankyou card using So Sentimental Bundle. Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

Sponge brayers are a really affordable tool in your papercraft tool box. The Stampin' Up! sponge brayers are great value. For $14, you get 2 handles and 4 inter-changeable sponge roller heads (the die base inks wash out with water too). I like the soft effect you can get with them. I just start with a gradual slow build up of colour and add more as I go (I demonstrate the technique of using our Stampin' Up! sponge brayers in THIS VIDEO on my You Tube channel, if you would like to see them in action on a different card).

Sponging ink to recolour DSP using Stampin Up Sponge Brayers.

Here's what I have done to put my card together after I completed the sponging:

This card was easy and fun. By mixing up the colours, and using different sentiments, you could easily make up a batch of these cards in a stamping session.

Stampin Up 2021 sponged True Love DSP thankyou card using So Sentimental Bundle. Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

So to summarise, here are the four ways of colouring the True Love patterned paper I have blogged about.

  • Colouring with Stampin' Blend Markers (find that post HERE)
  • Colouring with the new Stampin' Up! Blending Brushes including a video tutorila (find that post HERE)
  • Colouring with Watercolor Pancils (find that post HERE)
  • Colouring with sponge brayers (this post)

 

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