Friday, 27 September 2019

12 Week of Christmas Ideas starts next week!



It's that time again, for my annual 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas! Starting next week I will be sending 12 weeks of Christmas crafting ideas to my newsletter subscribers.

The ideas will include Christmas cards, gifts, tags, bags and wraps, and will include instructions and a list of supplies used. They may even include videos!

If you are not on my mailing list by Wednesday October 2 at 1 pm Adelaide Australia time, then you will miss out!

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Happy Stamping,
Tina

Christmas Cardinal card

Hi there,

Have you started making your Christmas cards yet? I've made a few so far, and have lots to do, so I'm spreading the production of Christmas cards over a few months.

Here is a recent card, made with some products that are in the Holiday Catalogue.


The stamp set is called Toile Christmas, and features the gorgeous cardinal bird, a branch and some greetings for the front of the card as well as for the inside.

There is a coordinating die set called Christmas Cardinal dies, which contains dies to cut out the bird, branch, banner greetings, plus a couple of extra leaf/branch shapes.

I used Thick Whisper White for the card base, and Whisper White for the other panels. The measurements are:

Card base: A5 (14.8cm x 21cm), scored and folded to 14.8cm x 10.5cm
Whisper White: 14.3cm x 10cm, 13.8cm x 9.5cm, plus a scrap for the greeting banner.

I stamped the bird and branch in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them in using Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. I then die cut them out using the matching dies.

I then used that panel as a mat for the embossed piece. To change the colour from white to red I used a dauber to heavily sponge Cherry Cobbler ink around the edges, this saves cardstock.

I did do a video on this but I've had so much trouble trying to edit it that I've given up for the moment. I may do another one if I can find the time, and if I get enough requests for one.

If you'd like to make this card, here are the supplies I used. To order, just click on any image to go to my online shop.

Product List
Happy Stamping,
Tina

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Bleached Birds for Kylie's Demonstrator Training Group Blog Hop


Hi there,

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

It's time for another blog hop with Stampin' Up Demonstrators from around the world in Kylie's Demonstrator Training Group.

I've been playing with the Free as a Bird stamp set and was inspired by a video by Gail O'Neill on painting with bleach.



For this card I tried the smooshing background technique where I scribbled Stampin' Write Markers onto some clear plastic wrap, put water drops onto a piece of Shimmery White, and then laid the wrap on the wet cardstock to transfer the ink. It gave a lovely watercolour background which I left to dry naturally.

I stamped the bird image in an archival black ink and then used a dry Aqua Painter to paint the thick gel bleach from Aldi onto the bird image, including the branch, leaves and flowers. As an afterthought I put the watercoloured and bleached panel in the Subtle 3D embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot machine. I matted the finished piece onto Bermuda Bay cardstock, and wrapped a short piece of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon that I coloured with a Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blend alcohol marker. I then adhered the panel to a thick whisper white card base. I stamped the greeting in Memento black ink and trimmed it to a narrow banner, then sponged the edges in Bermuda Bay ink using a dauber.

I was really happy with how it turned out I tried a couple more with different backgrounds. I decided to use an easy watercolour wash background in Blueberry Bushel for my classes last week.




I think I'll be trying this technique with other images and background colouring techniques to see what happens!

Here's a link to the rest of the blog hop, so grab a cup of your favourite beverage and get some inspiration from all of the lovely creations.


If you're in Australia and looking to buy any of the supplies I used to make these cards, please click on an image below to be taken to my online shop.

Product List
Happy hopping and shopping,
Tina

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

First Christmas card for 2019 for Kylie's Demonstrator Training blog hop

Hi,

Thanks for stopping by my blog today for another blog hop with Stampin' Up Demonstrators from around the world who are part of Kylie's Demonstrator Training group.

Here's my card:

Making Christmas Bright - Tina's Creative Studio

My card is the one I created for my Aussie Crafters Team challenge for June - we were to create a card using this colour combination:


My first thought was red and green = Christmas, so I decided to use the Making Christmas Bright stamp set to create a Christmas card. I know Lovely Lipstick is a slightly pinky red, but I thought it could be a Christmas colour, don't you?

I used the versatile Buffalo Check stamp with Lovely Lipstick ink on the same colour cardstock to create the background piece. I used one of the Stitched Nested Labels dies to cut a label from Whisper White cardstock. I then stamped the images on the label in Granny Apple Green and Pool Party, and the bulb images on scraps of Whisper White in all three colours. These I then punched out using the Christmas bulb punch, and mounted them with Dimensionals on the card. The label is also raised on the card front with Dimensionals.

I'm happy with the way this turned out, and will be using this as one of my cards in my upcoming Christmas in July card classes.

So now it's time to hop around the blogs of everyone in the blog hop, so grab a cuppa and have a look around to see what everyone has come up with.


Here's a list of the supplies used to make the card. If you need anything, just click on the image to go straight to my online shop.

Product List
Happy Stamping,
Tina

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Rainbow background Cat card for Kylie's Demonstrator Training Blog Hop May 2019


Hi,

Thanks for stopping by my blog today for another blog hop with Stampin' Up Demonstrators from around the world who are part of Kylie's Demonstrator Training group.

Here's my card:


I was creating cards for my card class this week using the fun set Nine Lives, which has two-step stamps of the cat and different markings, along with cute greetings and cat paraphinalia.

The rainbow background for the card was created using off-cut strips of cardstock that had been accumulating in my scraps tub. I cut a 13.8cm x 9.5cm piece of cardstock (I used an old retired colour I can't even remember the name of) and covered one side with an adhesive sheet. I removed the paper backing to reveal the sticky side, then I started from the bottom and worked my way up, laying down the strips in (sort of) rainbow order. When that was completely covered I trimmed off the overhanging bits with scissors. Then I put the 3 images of the mouse, ball of yarn and Meow! together on a block and stamped them with Versamark ink. I sprinkled white embossing powder over and heat set with my heat tool. I then flicked a bit of White Craft Ink refill (diluted with water) on the panel for some splatter effects.

For the greeting I created a rainbow stamp pad using one of the retiring Uninked Spectrum stamp pads and stamped the greeting onto a stitched circle of Whisper White.

I'm very happy with how this came out, what do you think?

Here is a list of everyone joining in the hop today, so grab a cuppa and have a look around to see what everyone has come up with.


Here's a list of the supplies used to make the card. If you need anything, just click on the image to go straight to my online shop.

Product List
Happy Stamping,
Tina