Sunday, 18 March 2018

Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop - March - Sketch

Welcome to Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop...
This month we have a wonderful sketch to create a Scrapbooking Layout.
We are a group of Stampin Up demonstrators from all over the world
who use Stampin' Up products only to create Classic 12"x12" pages
and Memories and More Pocket Pages.

I absolutely LOVE this sketch <3 It is very eye-catching.
Sooo is my layout (in my humble opinion).
Yesterday I had not even started my design,
BUT I woke up at stupid o'clock!!!
So no time like 4am to start on this sketch.

I don't know how you start to design a page, BUT
I mostly start with a photo or photos that I want to scrap.
This is a photo of my Brother John and his girlfriend <3
It was a colour photo BUT I didn't like it in colour,
soon with a quick edit in Photoshop it was Black n White.

Next thing I do is find a background Cardstock or
Designer Series Papers (DSP)
Black n White photos go with almost anything.
I chose Black 12"x12" Cardstock for this photo.

So I decided to use Petal Passion DSP 145589 and
Petal Passion Memories and More Card Pack 145592
I really wanted to have a play with a Sale-A-Bration set called Amazing You
which I got for FREE... YES, FREE 
I will tell you how at the end of the post.

Here is another sneak peak of some of the layout...pretty isn't it?
 I have seen this set used with heat embossing so I wanted to give that a go.
Not too many products can be used on black cardstock...
Craft Whisper White or Versamark Ink with Stampin' Emboss Powder
So I used both White 109131 and Silver 109131 on the black cardstock.
You will also need a Heat Tool 129056 for this product
so that the fine powder gets heat set so to a shiny finish.

Here's a tip for you, I use and Embossing Buddy 103083 to rub over my cardstock
before I stamp with ink or add embossing powders as it prevents
extra powder sticking to your project where you don't want it to.
Firstly you stamp your image onto the black card and
then you add embossing powder immediately while ink is still wet
Then heat set with a heat tool/gun...
You know that it is set when it changes from powder to a shiny finish.

Here is a quick video I found on YouTube about how to heat emboss.

Once I heat embossed all my flowers I then sat at the Dr's
and fussy cut them all out... Some of the flowers I cut off their leaves
saved them to
add for layering as this gives dimension to the layout.

I used Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 145656
on White Cardstock in the Bigshot to create dimension behind my photo.
I also added a very small amount of Silver Embossing Paste 145646.

Next I started to piece my layout together using scraps of
Petal Passion DSP, Embossed Cardstock and Flowers.
I used some Silver Thread between the flowers and leaves.
I used Silver Foil Sheet 132178 behind my photo.
To create depth and dimension in your floral accents
I used leftover scraps of black cardstock  folded over
underneath the flowers or leaves.
Stick that to the flowers and then your layout
Depending on how high or low you want your flowers,
add as little or as much as you want.

Finally I add the title and a few more embellishments
such as Clear Faceted Gems 144142
and Metallic Enamel Shapes 141678

Here is the finished layout, I am really happy with the way it turned out.
Just wish you could see the difference between the white and silver
embossing on the flowers...It looks so beautiful in real life.
TRUST ME, it does...

Here is a close up of the flowers, trying to show you the details.

So would you like this Amazing You Stamp set for FREE too??
Simply place an order with me over $90 and you can choose this one
or many more options for you FREE Sale-A-Bration product.
ALSO $180 product options too...

Up next is Pam Staples, who I am sure will have a stunning creation
for us to look at and drool over.

I truly hope that I have not bored you with all my instructions
for those who would love to CASE it, please go right ahead.
I would be honoured
Thanks for popping by, please check out everyone's designs.
Please leave me some love in the comment box below
Cheers Shaz 


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop March - Easter Theme

"Welcome to the monthly Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. This month's theme is Easter Theme.
You may have just visited Anna Krol's blog, weren't her projects SIMPLY DELIGHTFUL.
You are currently visiting Shaz from Australia I hope you enjoy my card.
Easter has so many traditions for people all around the world,
for me it is all about the Eggs...especially the candy ones....
Hence why I chose the background for my card.

Of course I used everyone's GO TO for ideas... Pinterest
This idea comes from Michelle's blog

So I had a search through my new products from Occasions catalogue
as well as my FREE Sale-A-Brations products and decided to use these products 

to recreate this or something similar.
Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set 145519  $30
 Picture Perfect Party 6" x 6" DSP 145559  $17.50
We Must Celebrate Stamp Set Clear Mount 145898  $35
Tailored Tag Punch 145667  $31
If you purchased all these products from my store you could choose
FREE Sale-A-Bration Ribbon 147143

From Jan 2-Mar 31 any purchases over $90
you can choose
FREE Sale-A-Brations products

I did something that I have never done before I chopped,
very carefully with your sharpest snips....
YES I could hear you all saying DON'T CHOP the Stamp Set up!!!

I was a lil bit scared, BUT I wanted to use them all individually
So I really had no choice right???

Then I grabbed the Tailored Tag Punch and cut 4 shapes out of Whisper White cardstock.
Then I inked up the bunny with Archival Basic Black and stamped the images strategically.

I used Archival basic black because I wanted to add
colour to the images with ink pads and aqua painter.

Why I used what ink I did, it's all explained so accurately here in this visual
from Katrina Duffill (Ink Paper Girl).
I got permission from Katrina before posting...Thank you <3
BUT I am sure she will love the exposure.
Her blog has so many beautiful examples of her cards. She is very talented.

OK, Sorry I am easily distracted.... back to the card directions....
I used Blushing Bride and So Saffron ink pads
and Aqua Painter to colour his ears and nose. 

I did exactly the same on the bunnies as I did to the lil piggy
Try to make sure that you aqua painter is not dripping with water
as it will make your paper very soggy. You will need to put them aside to dry completely.
Now add black ink to the edges, see HIND SITE TIP below

Next I punched 3 Tailored Tag shapes from Coastal Cabana(retired) 
as I was out of Bermuda Bay.
As well punch 3 shapes out of Lemon Lime Twist too.
Next I cut down the images with the bunnies on inside the punch
as I wanted a border of Coastal Cabana behind the bunnies...
See photo tip

 Once you have done this to all images we are ready to put the card together.
HIND SITE TIP - I had to outline the white tailored tag punched pieces with black pen
as they didn't POP when the card was already together....that was fun NOT!!!

For the card base Whisper White Thick - 4-1/4″ x 11″ folded in half at 5-1/2″
Lemon Lime Twist mat.
 Peekaboo Peach mat with Picture Perfect Party DSP.
Added some Sale-A-Bration FREE ribbon to the DSP on a diagonal.
I placed the tailored tags
strategically on the DSP

I used Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set 145519 for the 'Treat Yourself' sentiment

I  hope my card brightened your day and hopefully inspired you
to try to recreate or CASE (copy and selectively edit).
Thanks for popping by, please check out everyone's designs.
Please leave me some love in the comment box below
Cheers Shaz 

PS... I need your help, here is my unfinished crazy idea that I had yesterday
and it took me all day yesterday to create...
Who loves paper piecing???
Starting with this

Mid construction

Is this the final card or Not??? Sorry bout the quality :(

Up next is Sue Vine - MissPinksCraftspot
with what will be nothing short of AMAZING!
Please see the list below & hop through all of the people
on the list to see all our projects. You don't want to miss any!