Stampin’ Up! blocks

One of the things that got me hooked on Stampin’ Up! was the amazing blocks for the clear stamps. I had never held another stamp block in my hands and have it feel so right.

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They have been designed so the contour of the along the side fits perfectly in you fingers. They are really amazing. I love them. Here is me holding block D.

They come in a variety of sizes but if I was going to recommend a starting size I would Block E would be the best as if fits most stamps onto it and is reasonably priced at $19.95. If you are looking at a bundle to start with I would recommend the Clear-mount Starter Bundle as it contains 3 blocks and comes with a 15% discount. 

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Don’t they just look fantastic stacked up like that? Would you love some of your own. Contact me for more information about ordering these.

Project Life Stampin’ Up! style again

If you haven’t heard me bang on about Project Life yet you obviously haven’t been near me for the last 6 years. I have been a huge fan since Becky Higgins brought this system out.

I was ecstatic when Stampin’ Up! announced they were introducing Project Life as part of our line. As a busy mum of 5 Project Life has helped me keep up to date with memory keeping for our family.

You will have arrived here from Kelly’s blog, hopefully you will continue on the blog hop and be inspired to create something yourself.

Everyday Adventure Project Life kit

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This is a really simple version. This system is so awesome because you just print the photos and slip them in, add a bit of journaling and slip in some filler cards to make it all pretty. All I’ve added is the stamps from the Project Life Day to Day stamp set for the “April and the black arrow comes from the set Project Life Point & Click. Both of these sets are photopolymer and stamp just beautifully. 

Just a few bits of stamping from your stamp stash and you make a beautiful layout.

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This one is totally plain. Nothing but the photos and the Project Life kit.

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With this one I stepped it up a bit. I used the Everyday Adventure kit and the Everyday Adventure accessories kit. Just a little layering and some stamping add a whole other level to this layout.  I even stamped on the wood veneer. They are really cute.

I am leaving off the journaling until after I post this because it’s a bit mushy and I get a little embarrassed which is a little stupid because I like to read others’ mushy journaling.

Now you’ll be wanting to head to the next blog post. Next up is Christie. If you get lost I have a list of all the blogs at the bottom of the page for you to refer back to. Have fun being inspired by these wonderful ladies.

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1.   Emily Campbell

www.tinykiwicards.blogspot.co.nz

2.   Kelli Gordon

www.kelliskards.blogspot.com.au

3.   Sharlene Meyer

www.magpiecreates.com

4.   Delys Cram

www.delysc.wordpress.com

5.   Keryn Campbell

www.kerynscards.com

6.   Monique Fielder

www.stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com.au

7.   Kathryn Ruddick

www.katlodesigns.com

8.   Narelle Hoggard

www.handmadebynarelle.wordpress.com

9.   Ann Gerlach

www.discoversu.com

10.   Libby Dyson

www.libbystampz.com

11.  Kelly Kent

www.mypapercraftjourney.com

12.  Amity Knight

www.stampinamity.com.au

13.  Christie Kunkel

www.christiescreativecorner.blogspot.com

14.  Louise Layton

www.inkyloulou.blogspot.com.au

15.  Andrea Buckland

www.creatingcardswithandrea.blogspot.com

16.  Yvonne Walker

www.yvonnescreativecorner.blogspot.com

17.  Sally Williams

www.sallystampingdelights.blogspot.co.nz

18.  Debbie Lamb

www.debstampinstyle.blogspot.co.nz

19.  Nerida Carter

www.stampingjoy.blogspot.com

20.  Richelle Fletcher

www.stampingwithrichelle.blogspot.com

21.  Norelle Targato

www.rellspaperink.wordpress.com

22. Rochelle Blok

www.rochelleblok.blogspot.com.au

23.  Clare Mcilhatton

www.crafty-cow.com

24.  Tracy Speight

www.handmadewarratahstree.blogspot.com.au

More Blendabilities

Everyone loves learning new techniques right?

Today and Everyday stampset

 

Another Stampin’ Up! home office video. If you like what you see I highly recommend you subscribe to their YouTube channel. It will keep you up to date with all the latest product and techniques from Stampin’ Up!

If you would like to attend my Blendabilities class or participate in my colouring club please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss these with me.

If you have a favourite YouTube channel why not let me know so I can subscribe to it too.

Blendabilities Stampin’ Up!s alcohol markers

You’ve heard about alcohol markers so what’s the hype?

Blendabilities by Stampin’ Up!

 

If you would like to know more about Blendabilities why not join my monthly colouring club?

You will receive a new set of Blendabilities and a new project sheet for $20.95.

If you are local why not come to my classes to learn how to colour with these amazing markers?

Contact me for more information.

Undefined

Ever wanted a stamp or an image and just couldn’t find the right one?

Undefined is just what you need.

I really like the look of leaves which look a bit like petals but couldn’t find one so I created my own.

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Here is the stamp I carved. It is very easy to carve. The material is very easy to carve.  I really like the fun look it creates.

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This is a rather large image. I have not used the wooden blocks that come in the Undefined kit.

If you would like to carve your own stamp why not give Undefined a go?

Until next time. Happy crafting.

Stamp-a-stack class

WHAT is a stamp-a-stack? Stamping a stack of cards. In my case I run my stamp-a-stack classes so participants make 12 cards for $25. Participants get to make 4 each of 3 different designs. That’s what usually happens. Normally you also get to choose your own sentiments to stamp too incase you don’t want 12 birthday cards.

This class was slightly different. Participants made a box using the envelope punch board and only got to make 10 cards. They made 2 each of 5 card designs.

Want to see the cards?

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This was made using Papaya collage and is on the retirement list. So if you like this card and want to make it don’t forget to purchase this stamp set while you can still get it.

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This has to be one of my favourite sets. This is The Open Sea and it is just gorgeous. Easy to use and very versatile.

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I just think this card is so effective. I don’t know whether it is the basic black that makes the card pop or something else. I Just love this card. This uses Zoo Babies as the main stamp set.

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I don’t think you can get any more effective or simple than this card. Three ink pads to colour the leaves (I think it would be just as effective with one colour) and another colour to add the detail to the top. This is called 2-step stamping and it is one of my favourite (and effective) stamping techniques. Unfortunately this is another set which is retiring. Gently Falling is a stunning set and I’m very sad it’s retiring. I use it a lot especially in my scrapbooking.

And finally,

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The die used to cut this set is just amazing. What a stunning card. So simple. Sticking with one colour really makes a difference and the fact that all the paper, cardstock and ink co-ordinate takes all the work out of it for you. Don’t you just love this embossing folder. This is beautifully baroque. I love it.

If you would like to attend one of my stamp-a-stacks please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Until next time,

Happy crafting.

Star card technique class

Last week’s card class was a bit different. Not much stamping and lots of patterned paper.

I call this a star card. I know that’s not the name of it. Do you know the name?

 

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This is a very easy card to make. I know it looks a little complex but it isn’t. The kids in my kids’ class did this card. They are aged between 6 and 10. If they can do it so can you. Give it a go.

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I just love this DSP,  Birthday Basics . It’s retiring so if you would like to use it please order it before the 30th of June so you don’t miss out.

Please see below for instructions on how to make this card.

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This is exactly the same design using a different colour scheme and a different pack of DSP. This is Modern Medley.

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This is the same design except on a smaller scale.  This is using the polka dot parade DSP.  Each of these squares are only 3cm x 3cm.

 

Instructions:

Cut 2 pieces of cardstock at 10.5x 10.5cm

Cut 8 pieces of patterned paper 5x5cm. You could use all different patterns or just 2 like in the picture.

 

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Place the pieces of cardstock on top of each other so they form a star shape. Try to make it as even as possible.

Glue or staple the 2 pieces of cardstock together.

Using your patterned paper lay a piece in the corner of the top piece of cardstock. Only put adhesive on half the square along the diagonal which will be covered by the next piece of paper. If you put adhesive over the whole piece it will be difficult to slip the last piece of paper in once you have completed the spiral.

Keep adhering pieces of paper until you come all the way back to the start.

Embellish the middle of the star as little or as much as you’d like. It helps to cover the centre which can be a little messy.

 

For the smaller star card cut 2 pieces of cardstock 7cm x 7cm and cut 8 pieces of patterned paper 3cm x 3cm. Repeat the same process as the larger star card.

 

I hope you enjoyed this. If you’d like to attend one of my classes please let me know so I can book you in.

Happy crafting.

Amity