Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sunday's Class - Gift Boxes and Cards

I, just like a lot of hobbyist who signed up Stampin' Up, am rather reserved and self-content when it comes to promoting and selling Stampin' Up! products.  The majority of us make cards for special occasions, or by request of friends or colleagues.  Sometimes we make cute gift boxes and that's it.

Having said that, it's always encouraging to have people who genuinely like the products and buy them through me.

For example, my friend Suryani and her daughter, who are interested in crafting, have been a great support and customers in the last two months.  In the first Kid's craft class, they placed an order of ink pads, stamp sets and some tools back in July.  And in August, they came again for my one and only monthly class.  They bought a die-cutting machine this time, and were ready to venture to the very addicting world of diecutting and embossing!

But most importantly, I am happy that we all really enjoyed the class and the projects.  It is such a therapeutic hobby, and the world is just much simpler when you do crafts.

Suryani and Shana 

We made some gift boxes and an invitation card with the Foxy Friends Stamp set and others, as Shana's birthday is coming.

 The Happy Birthday Die!

A simple invitation card like this is easy to make with the Foxy Friends stamp and Foxy Builder Punch.  The stamp set is versatile in that you can create a fox, deer, racoon, bear, cat, or squirrel etc using different elements.  This is a must have stamp set for kids or adults alike.

You can buy the supplies that I used for my projects here:

Thursday, 24 August 2017

AWHT AUGUST BLOG HOP - Holiday Catalogue

Hello! It's the Blog Hop Post again! 

Tonight some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls are sharing some fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new Holiday Catalogue available on 1st September until 2nd January 2018. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

What I'm showing you today are the creation of two bundles that I highly recommend for their unfiddliness (is that a word?)  and impressive results.  These, in my own opinion, are most suitable for those who don't have time to distress and glue a hundred paper roses onto a card, or 57 die cut pieces to assemble a decorated mantel but can still make beautiful cards. 

For the first bundle, I'm sure a lot of you have already seen it as it has been released already on the Stampin' Up! website - The hugely popular Carols of Christmas Bundle.   Today I'm showing two cards below. 

The second bundle is my favourite stamp + punch bundle - Painted Harvest Stamp set. + leaf punch, which I'm showing as the third card. 

Card #1 

With some simple diecutting and gluing, I also use the champagne foil sheet and the DSP - Colour Theory  (the one in gradient blue) for the back of the trees though it's not very obvious from this picture.

Card #2  

Can it be any easier?  And if you don't like it that plain you can always add some sparkles or sequins.  

The point is, this is such a great Christmas bundle that you can make it as simple or complicated as you'd like.  And the end result will still look impressive.


I only use the stamp set to make the card (didn't use the leaf punch) and it is SO COOL!    

Next, if you haven't seen the very talented  Alisha Watson's work, you should now! Click on below button to enjoy. 

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Climbing Orchid - Enjoy Today!

I've finally got time to sit down and play with stamps today.  With my job I have to work on Saturdays too, and therefore, Sunday is the only day when I can really sit down and do some real business- crafting!

And when I finished this card it just made me wonder why it took me 3 weeks to open the bundle.

Yes, it is the beautiful Climbing Orchid Bundle.  It was fairly easy to assemble and the result was amazing.  So strikingly beautiful when the card was finished that nothing else much needs to be added.

To make the card, I choose the most simple colours combination and paper to achieve an oriental look -  the 2017-2019 In Colours, the Designer Series Paper,  and some scraps.  Simple as that.

This time I don't look at any Pinterest for inspiration, as sometimes that can interfere with my imagination.

I match a piece of the Naturally Eclectic DSP with the watercolour + brushing effect to go with the orchids, plus a small piece of the Berry Burst scrap, another Lemon Lime paper and Crumb cake card base.

With the colour combo, I first plan a Lemon Lime Twist + Burst Berry (both from the current In Colours)  + Crumb Cake combo.  Then I add a Crushed Curry ribbon to see if it adds richness to colour and texture.  I think it does visually.  I didn't place it artistically enough though so it looks a bit slouchy on the card.

It's still a lovely card. and I'm pleasantly surprised by the Lemon Lime Twist.  (First impression was BAH!  But then it grew on me, slowly...)

I use the following items to complete my project:

Thursday, 27 July 2017

AWHT JULY BLOG HOP - Favourite Colour Combination

Hi crafters!  It's the time of the month again - the AWHT blog hop!

When it comes to colours, let me just say, there is no colour that's not workable.  In other words, every colour is a good colour, depending how you utilise it.  (I got this from my teacher at the colour design course taken a few years ago)

Stampin' Up is an expert in colour combinations and therefore it is so easy to find the colour combos you like.  For me I have quite a few favourites, and I must say Pool Party / Blushing Bride / Crumb Cake and the In Colours are my favourites.   However, due to time issue I am only able to produce this card.  But I'm quite happy about result anyway.

And you would have hopped from Rachel's page. Rachel Woollard is so good at producing cards with quality and details, and she is just as crazily perfectionist as my good friend Kate Morgan!

Below is the blurb from our team, but you'll see my card below.

The Art with Heart Team ladies are selecting their favourite colour combinations to share with you tonight. Choosing the right colour scheme can be essential to your design and with Stampin’ Up!s stunning collection, there are 50 colours to choose from. There’s sure to be some combinations that work really well together and you can take inspiration from.

Now sit back and enjoy some time out of your day to cruise through our blog hop and soak up some colour explosion eye candy!

With the third photo I use my photo to take it and found it truer to the actual colours than my camera.  And it's crisper too.    

Next you'll be hopping to lovely Ros Davidson.  Ros' projects usually use a lot of bright colours and I'm sure you'll enjoy what she made.  Be sure to check it out! 

List of Participants (in no particular order):

1. Catherine Proctor

2. Sharon Davern

3. Tina Gillespie

4. Kathryn Ruddick

5. Andrea Roberts

6. Rebecca Jacovou

7. Monika O’Neill

8. Caroline Manwaring

9. Rachel Woollard

10. Kimberly Hern  (ME!)

11. Ros Davidson

12. Amie McIlroy

13. Kate Morgan

(Now let's go to Ros' page!)