Friday, 31 January 2020

Bloom & Grow Class Cards

Bloom & Grow cards at


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The cards I'm showing today are from a recent class I held using the Bloom & Grow bundle from the annual catalogue.

For the first card I stamped one of the images multiple times on the top portion of a panel of Whisper White in Grey Granite ink after masking off the lower third of the panel with post-it tape.

I stamped the image again on a small piece of Whisper White in the same ink colour and then used my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers to colour in the image. I had only recently realised that you can use any of our Classic inks to stamp outline images and then colour them with the alcohol markers. This gives a softer look than when you stamp the outline in Memento Tuxedo black ink.

I stamped the sentiment from the set in Grey Granite ink at the bottom of the panel after removing the post-it tape. The black ribbon separates the top and bottom portions of the panel. This ribbon was just wrapped around and secured on the back of the panel with tape before adhering it to the card front.

To make the coloured image pop I raised it on Dimensionals and added it to the card front. A few pearls adds a little bling to finish off the card.

I also stamped the same image to the inside of the card:

For the next card I was inspired by Julie Kettlewell from the UK.

For this card I stamped the floral outline image in Versamark ink on the top and bottom of the Crumb Cake card stock panel and sprinkled White embossing powder over it and heat set it with a heat tool. I also stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat set White embossing powder on it.

It's been a while since I've coloured with Blender Pens - which are different to Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. Blender Pens have a clear liquid inside and you pick up ink colour from a palette or the inside of a stamp pad lid and then colour on the card stock.

After I finished colouring with the Blender Pen I used Wink of Stella on the central rose to add a little sparkle. The feature panel was then matted onto Whisper White and then adhered to the card front.

To finish off the card I added a few pearls. I stamped the same outline image in Crumb Cake ink on a panel of Whisper White which I adhered to the inside of the card.

For the last card I used a watercolouring technique with Aqua Painters.

I stamped the floral image twice onto Shimmery White card stock in the new Saddle Brown Stazon ink. This gives a softer look than when using Black Stazon. Whenever I'm watercolouring an outline image I use an archival ink like Stazon or Versafine so the outline doesn't run.

I used Aqua Painters to pick up the colour from a palette - this time I put a couple of drops of Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz ink refill into an actual paint palette that I picked up at a discount store. The yellow blossoms are coloured in with a Crushed Curry Stampin' Write marker. I die cut the floral images with the matching die before I watercoloured them.

The background panel is Whisper White and I stamped the Breathtaking Bouquet background stamp on it in Sahara Sand that was stamped off (second generation) first. Then I stamped the greeting from the Happy Birthday to You Sale-a-Bration stamp set in Saddle Brown Stazon ink.This was then embossed using the Subtle 3D embossing folder before adhering to the Flirty Flamingo card base. A few Gold Glitter Enamel Dots on the front finishes off the card.

Like the other cards I stamped the same floral outline image on the inside of the card, on a Whisper White panel using Sahara Sand ink.

I enjoyed making these cards, and the class ladies had fun too.

If you'd like to make these cards and need some supplies, here is a list of supplies I used. Just click on the image to buy from my online shop.
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Happy Stamping,

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Painted Poppies class projects

Painted Poppies class


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I run craft classes in my studio on Mondays at 10am, Thursdays at 1.30pm and Saturdays at 2pm, every second week.

This week we will be making 2 cards and a gift bag using the Painted Poppies bundle plus a few other items from the Peaceful Poppies suite from Stampin' Up!

Painted Poppies class
For the first card I created the background with our sponge brayers and flicked on water to create the splatter effect. You can't see in the photo, but I used Wink of Stella on the poppies and also a little Shimmery Crystal Effects.

For the second card I used one of the gorgeous sheets of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper on the card front and used one of the dies to cut out the wreath. Another of the dies was used to cut the white decorative circle for the sentiment.

For both cards I created an insert panel with Whisper White cardstock and stamped one of the poppy images in the corner to finish it off.

Painted Poppies class

For the third project I was inspired by a presentation at the Stampin' Up convention in Sydney in November, where the presenter (I forgot to write her name, sorry) made a box in a bag. Mine is a bit different in that I added the birthday sentiment on another die cut label. This uses one half of another sheet from the gorgeous Peaceful Poppies Designer Series paper. You can make 2 of these from one sheet.

If you are local to me at Park Holme, South Australia, you might like to check to see if I have any spots left in one of my classes this week.

If you'd like to make these projects yourself and need some supplies, here are the supplies I used:

Product List
Just click on the images to be taken straight to my online shop.

Happy Stamping,