I’ve always been a massive fan of alcohol markers. One of the benefits of our markers is the are colour matches with their blending buddy. It’s takes the guess work away and you don’t have to decide which colours you’re going to buy to go with which.
Welcome from Monique‘s blog. Thanks for your fabulous work Monique.
I have created some cards for this bloghop and I used my recent technique class as inspiration for these cards. Remember to use the cards you love as inspiration for new cards.
These pens blend really well. The key is more ink rather than less. Here is my reflection card inspiration.
My next blends card.
Many years ago I created a similar card for a stamp-a-stack but I love the detail the pens offer. I’ve included it below so you can see how effective both versions are. I am pressed for time constantly but using a design you know works is very helpful in cutting down time wasting.
Hints for using blends:
Make sure you go back over your image with the lighter colour to ensure everything is blended well. Use a circular motion so the colours all blend well together.
Use smaller amounts of the dark colour. You can always add more.
Flick with your brush end.
Use the small end for detailed, smaller areas.
Next you off to Maree. Enjoy her delightful creations and if you get lost please use the links below to make sure you get around to everyone.
How many 6×6 paper stacks do you own? A few? Possibly like me you have a bit of an addiction to buying them. I buy them because they are so good for scrapbooking pages but also because I think I’ll use them for card classes. More often than not I don’t or if I do I’m stuck with bit a pieces. This layout uses those bits and pieces of a 6×6 paper stack.
One of my signature styles according to my husband is the pen border around my paper pieces. Well what can I say? I love doing it because it gives each piece a bit of definition.
Another favourite of mine is to create 3 embellishment clusters. I love that these co ordinating papers give me the ability to make cheap embellishment clusters.
It wouldn’t be a layout of mine without some journaling either and this time I’ve included a clise up of the story.
I loved making this layout. It came together very easily because everything co-ordinates and I was able to stick to what I love and what feels right to me.
Christmas supplies have always been my weakness. I normally buy so many papers and embellishments and stamps. Do you just go all crazy for Christmas supplies too?
There was one set that completely captivated me in the holiday catalogue. With a ballet loving 10 year old how could I pass up Suagrplum Dreams? I mean it’s not just a Christmas set. Check out Jessica’s 10th birthday card.
A very simple card using only 2 colours, Powder Pink and Berry Burst. I love the tone on tone stamping for the background and the cardstock strip across the card. The strip is simply using the flower and leaves from Number of Years. The only thing that was tricky with this card was fussy cutting the ballerina. I think totally worth it for the effect it has.
Every year I create a December Daily type Christmas album and I love to look over how our Christmases have changed over the years so I am very pleased with the inclusion of the Merry Little Christmas Memories and More this year. It looks great and so easy to use. Be sure to check back in October after my retreat to see how I’ve started the album ready for assembly in December.
Off to Courtenay now for some more wonderful creations. Enjoy the rest of the hop.
I have so many cards I have photographed and not uploaded. My goal for the next 6 months is to upload them. These cards feature retired products
I was inspired by a post I saw where someone had created a black and white background using a flower centre. In all honesty, even though this set is one of my most used sets, this is the first time I have ever used the flower centre. Now remember when you’re creating a background you nees to ensure the images also go off the page. If you don’t the background looks broken up and un-natural.
The rest of the card is fairly self explanatory.
This next card was created using Blended Bloom. Oh, my goodness what a beautiful stamp.
I love tone on tone and that’s why Stampin’Up! are just brilliant. Wisteria Wonder goes so well with Elegant Eggplant and when you stamp with Elegant Eggplant onto Elegant Eggplant cardstock it is simply stunning.
My most used embossing folder is Decorative Dots and it’s retired too but guess what? There are some equally beautiful and versatile embossing folders that have come in so have no fear.
Is it even possible to have favourites? This catalogue has some amazing products.
I am always one for a scrapbooking page or two. That’s what I usually do on these hops. I rarely post photos of my cards even though I hold at least 2 classes a month. I should make sure I do that.
As many of you know I love pocket scrapbooking and am an admin to a large facebook group. Of course using the new Memories and More I had to create a few layouts. Let me know what you think.
These two pocket pages were using the Perfect Days Memories and More set. I love to use anything with and black and white base. It makes it so easy to use. So much more versatile.
This side is of page is the Louvre. I used a a more colourful selection of cards. You will see on the reverse side there are cards from the same kit however I have used black and white only so they would match my photos of Notre Dame.
With a few embellishments these can be stunning pages but of course you can ALWAYS just use the cards as is. No need for embellishments.
What do you think? Would you like to pocket scrapbooking for your memories?
The few embellishments.
For this page I used the Designer Series Paper Coffee Break to create a page about our trip to Europe last year. These photos are from our first day adventuring around Paris. Coffee was a must and these papers were perfect for this page.
I fussy cut the cups, coffee pots and plunger from paper in the set. I like the way I was able to create some beautiful embellishment clusters using this paper. I don’t mind fussy cutting. It is a mindless task and easy to complete when you want to craft but are a little bit tired or lost for direction.
I hope you enjoyed all my creations.
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Ever see a product in a catalogue and thought, “What were they thinking? How could you use that?” This is one of those suites that the catalogue just doesn’t do it justice. Even the promotional material by Stampin’ Up! isn’t that inspiring BUT when you see samples by fellow demonstrators it is a set with limitless possibilities. Don’t you agree?
Of course I had to do a scrap page with this set. How could I not?
My initial thought with this set was to create a background with all the dies and of course I had to stamp the background and use these amazing sentiments for my page. Who else thought they screamed, “Scrap with me!”?
See how beautiful the layers of stamping and dies looks together?
A few pieces of the Eastern Palace Speciality DSP. I used a strip at the bottom and the top because I felt it finished it off. I fussy cut the flowers from the paper for some added interest and a strip of the same paper to ground my photo.
Of course some enamel shapes and the beautiful tassels from this suite.
Just add Alphabet Labeler and you’ve got a title and the date.
I love to create but lately I just haven’t had the mojo or I’ve had it at completely the wrong time, you know like when we’ve got some place to be or it’s late at night and I’m about to go to bed and I have to get up early. There is also the fact that it has been Christmas and New Year’s and my birthday and our wedding anniversary and the return of work and, and, and.
I’ve started my Friday night crafty gathering again in the hope that having a designated crafty time will make me do something even if it is just sorting out photos while I chat to my friends so if you’re local and free on a Friday night come along.
This is the last layout I created. Last year some time. It was meant to be part of a blog hop but I got sick and couldn’t finish my post. It was after that when I fell off the creative wagon. Here’s hoping I get back on it.
I used to create a lot of layouts using patterned paper backgrounds and I hadn’t done so in a long time. I was inspired by Shimelle who mainly creates with patterned paper backgrounds and I’ve followed her for years and loved all her work for a long, long time. Check her out and register for one of her online classes if you can. They are amazing.
These bright papers are available only during Sale-a-bration and are a free set of papers. For every $90 you spend on product you recieve a free item from the sale-a-bration catalogue. Pretty cool right.
If I was a bit organised in my craft room I would have my sewing machine set up and I’d add a bit of stitching around the edge instead of the pen but I do love the way the pen outlines look.
This stampset is called Lift Me Up and I love the versatility of this set and the coordinating dies, Up & Away. They are even bundled for 10% off. Pretty good.
I was also challenged by my husband to not create a round the border journaled layout as I am so fond of doing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my page. Stay tuned for more of my travel album.