Friday, 25 December 2015

Stampin' Swaps!

I thought that it was about time I shared the swaps I made for Onstage local (a one day Stampin' Up! event for demonstrators). As the name suggests, swaps are card fronts or small projects that you swap with other people. Not everyone does swaps, some do hundreds and others only a few, there is no set rule. I found them fun. It gave me an opportunity to talk to heaps of other demonstrators and I also received lots of swaps in return.
This was my design.

It was definitely a card with lots of steps to it.  The colours were cut in five centimetre strips.

Then stuck down and added the bottom half. I love bright colours and I think it showed in my choices.

I made a total of 30 card fronts for this event.

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Crazy Crafters and Pootlers December Blog Hop

This month our blog hop is extra special. The Crazy Crafters (an Australian team) are combining forces with the Pootlers (a UK team).

If you are not familiar with these guys I suggest that you take a look sometime soon as they all do some amazing blogging and some fab tutorials. A huge thank you to Kylie Bertucci and Sam Donald for organising this across the sea hop.

Our Blog Hop for December will be a Sneak Peek from the 2016 Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogues. I am sure you are going to find some amazing projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog - Rosalie Desmond or may have come from Fiona Badley's blog. If you get off track at any time, the list of the full lineup is towards the bottom of this post.

For my project I created a wedge box out of basic black cardstock. The DSP I choose for this box is a sheet from the "It's My Party" designer series paper stack from the 2016 Occasions Catalogue which will be available for purchase from the 5th of January.

I then decorated the box using the "Botanical Builder Framelits" to create the flowers. These framelits are amazing. As you can see in the picture below the flower pops out. This is all done by the framelit I did nothing special to create this effect. So quick and simple.
I then used the silver mini brads to hold the flower pieces together, at the same time adding a touch of silver to the flower centres.
The leaves were also part of the Botanical Builder framelit set. However with these I heat embossed the veins in silver, using the "Botanical Blooms" stamp set. These two items will be available either individually or as a bundle.

PLEASE NOTE: These new items will be available for order from 5 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 

Thank you for stopping by. Please continue on and see the remainder of the blog hop. 


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Time to celebrate

Some days it takes a huge effort days its like - wow! Today was one of those wow days.

I had a spare 5 minutes and thought I would check out this weeks challenge at Global Design Project - this weeks theme is "Celebrate". Todays creation just happened. Well my 5 minutes turned into 20, but that's pretty good, right?

Todays post doubles as a sneak peek from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalogue. These products will be available for purchase from the 5th January 2016, unless like me, you happen to be a demonstrator. We get our hands on these goodies a little early.

I am loving the new It's My Party DSP stack. Love the colours, love the styles and I also love that there is a piece of DSP within it for almost anything. I am finding it very versatile.

My 20 minute card did have some help. I already had my sentiment sitting on my desk. At the time it had no other purpose besides - "oh I wonder what this would look like". To create my sentiment I used an Expressions Natural Element (138395), inked it up with black memento. I then added a new product for the 2016 Occasions Catalogue, the clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. Now this did take awhile to dry, but I think it was worth the wait.

PLEASE NOTE: These new items will be available for order from 5 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop - Theme: My Most Used Stamp Set

Welcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop for November. This month we are excited to show off our "Most used stamp sets". We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog - Rosalie Desmond or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup towards the bottom, will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

This months blog hop is even extra exciting as we have a guest stamper joining us - Brain King!!!! He is a totally amazing stamper. Even before I joined Stampin' Up! I stalked his blog and learnt so much. Thank you Brian for sharing your lovely creations for all to see and take inspiration from. It is a privilege for him to be joining us today. A huge thank you goes out to Kylie Bertucci for setting this up for the Crazy Crafters.

My Most Used Stamp Set - this is actually a hard one as a number of sets get a pretty heavy workout at my place. Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge, Flowering Flourishes and Sassy Salutations all tend to feature heavily in one form or another.

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But currently my most used stamp set is - Sheltering Tree. I love both the images and the sentiments in this stamp set. Sometimes I will make a card only using this set and other times I will combine it with other stamp sets to create my project.

This first card uses no sentiments at all, so can be used for any occasion.

I wanted to give the tree a little pop, so I added some leaves which I heat embossed in silver.


As I already had the stamp set out I decided to make a second card with a slightly different look.

The banner has been bent to give it a wave effect. I used stampin' dimensionals to support it in the raised areas.

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop.


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Leave it 'til your birthday

Inspired by colours from a card I made a few days ago, which also happened to be inspired by a design Kylie Bertucci made for Global Design Project, I decided to pull out my Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and see what I could come up with.

I felt a little like a big kid while colouring this in. Heaps of fun, I suggest you give it a go.

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

A Happy Birthday - #GDP009

It was certainly an interesting weather day in Melbourne. Rain, thunder storms and just now at 6.20pm we have sun. So I decided to make the most of it and craft.

It's been awhile since I pulled out my Butterfly Basics stamp set, so I thought I would ink it up and see what would happen.

When added a little something to my butterflies I usually use rhinestones, but this time I decided to add some pearls.

I used the colours in this week's Global Design Project for this card. I really love how these challenges force me to use colours that I normally over look.


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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Happy 16th!

Another day, another reason to celebrate.

I made this card recently for my nieces 16th Birthday. I find teenagers are interesting to create for. They are no longer kids and need something a little grown up. I love this stamp set for this reason. Elegant, sophisticated  but not overly girly.

I must admit I am a bad Aunty when it comes to knowing her tastes. So not knowing if she was a fan of pinks or purples, I decided to use Bermuda Bay instead. I love this colour, I hope she does too.

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Saturday, 31 October 2015

A 3D Dream...

Awhile back I found some 3D words in one of our local stores on special, so I picked up a couple. They had been sitting on my desk waiting for me to get a chance to do some magic.

Stamps are not just for paper. You can use them on fabric, glass and wood as well.

This is what I started with.

I painted it white.

Then stamped some stars using black stazon.

A nice and simple project. Now to work out who I am giving this to for Christmas!

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

A little sparkle for Christmas

Well it seems I'm on a roll this week with playing along with challenges. This inspiration for this card has come from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #292.

As I am madly creating for Christmas, with plans of actually sending them out this year, I thought I would use this challenge today as an opportunity to create another one.

I love Bermuda Bay and I think it shows as I use it so often. The DSP for this card is from "Cherry on top "paper stack. It goes to show that you don't need to stick to DSP that is sold for Christmas. Often you will also find that many of your Christmas DSP can be used for other times of the year as well. I love it when things are versatile.

Please note: Unfortunately I am unable to load a copy of the sketch on to my blog as it is telling me that it is not in the correct format. I will attempt again at a later date as I like to have a picture of the challenge with the project. Until then, please follow the link to Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and take a look at the wonderful creations that this sketch has inspired.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

A stary Christmas - #MOJO421

Today's card uses the non-traditional colours of black, white and silver.

One of the images I think of when I think of Christmas is stars. So I carried this star theme throughout my card.

The small banner on the front is out of Whisper White and stamped using the stars from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set in memento black. The white piece of card on the front was stamped with a sentiment, then embossed using the lucky stars embossing folder.

My inspiration for my card today came from this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

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