Global Stampers Aug 2018: Masculine projects

Hi all,

This month’s theme is masculine & I have to be honest, I do struggle with masculine projects. But this time, I found it a little bit easier, maybe because I already had a layout & technique in mind.

Here are my projects…

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As you can see, I used the same layout for all 3 cards – one for an adult, one for a school-aged/teenage boy & one for a new baby. Let’s take a closer look at each individual card.

First, we have the one for the adult, which features the Black Ice technique…

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I’m sharing two of the same card to show the versatility of this technique & layout. The stamp is from the Rooted in Nature set & the sentiments are from Itty Bitty Greetings. I used two different patterns from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP). A simple change of sentiment and you have a masculine card for any occasion, so easy!

I wanted to keep the rounded edges look across the whole card. So to create the sentiment piece, I used a strip of 5/8″ x 1 1/4″ piece and rounded the corners using the Envelope Punch Board.

I used the ink to paper technique across every element on the card to tie it back to the Black Ice focal piece. I also used the grainy texture image from Timeless Textures set to add more dimension & texture to the Soft Suede card base.

Ok, let’s take a closer look at the Black Ice focal piece…

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This card uses our Champagne Foil sheet & I love the subtle textures in this technique. There are so many samples out there using this technique but I noticed they were mostly square or rectangle pieces. So I wanted to try out a circle piece & I think it worked out quite well.

I’m looking forward to sharing this technique with my ladies in my monthly class this month. So if you live in Hamilton, NZ & would love to try it out, be sure to contact me to book your spot  🙂

Next, let’s take a look at the card for the school-aged/teenage boy…

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I thought this rhino with his little bird friend from the Animal Outing set would be perfect for any boy who loved animals. I changed up the layout slightly by shifting the position of the sentiment and the twine. I chose the colour combo ‘cos I felt the bright colours would be fun & appealing to a young boy.

Ok, last we have the card for the new baby…

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Isn’t the little koala sitting in the kangaroo pouch from the Animal Outing set just the cutest? It’s perfect for a new baby card & I love the little sentiment too. Again, I changed up the layout a little by moving the focal piece to the left of the card this time. I chose the softer colours for this card ‘cos I always associate sweet pastels for babies. But I think this card could work well for a 1st birthday card with a quick change of the sentiment.

The last two cards uses the confetti image from the Birthday Backgrounds set to create a bit of interest and texture on the card base.

I know masculine cards can be difficult for most of us at times so I hope you enjoyed my projects today & they’ve helped inspire you to create some masculine projects of your own.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to hop along and be inspired by the other masculine projects from the rest of the amazing Global Stampers team.

Click forward to hop to Ann from Australia or back to Valérie from France.

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  1. Alicia Yap (you are here)
  2. Ann Lewis
  3. Fiona Whitten
  4. Robbie Rubala
  5. Valérie Perlin

Thanks for hopping along with us today. We’ll be back for another installment next month.

Until next time, sending you lots of crafty hugs!

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Global Stampers July 2018: 3D Project

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Hi there,

Our theme for the hop this month is 3D projects & I absolutely love creating these kinds of projects. However, I have to admit that I almost forgot that this was due today, so it was a mad panic to figure out what to make in a short time. I kinda had an idea & hoped it would work out on paper, which doesn’t always happen for me!

Thankfully, it worked & I’m so pleased with how it turned out. Here’s my explosion box featuring the Follow Your Dreams bundle…

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The explosion box measures 7cm x 7cm x 7cm and features a watercolour wash background on various areas of the box and the baby wipes technique on some elements on the inside panels.

Here’s what it looks like opened…

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It was a lot of fun playing with the 2018 – 2020 In-Colors to create this project. Can you tell I really love these new colours? I just can’t stop creating with them!  😀

Let’s take a closer look at the individual elements, starting with the lid of the box…

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I think the rainbow colours are perfect for the word ‘dream’.

Now let’s take a look at the inside of the box lid that has a dream catcher hanging from it…

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I love how this rainbow dream catcher turned out. It is my favourite element in this project. I added some Fine-Tip Glue Pen to create the shine on it.

Now for the inside of the explosion box…

GSJUL18 3D Follow Your Dreams Explosion Box inside panels

There’s a lot of bright colours on the inside and I love how the black centre panel helps bring them all together & almost softens them a little. The flower crown images were stamped using the baby wipe technique. I coloured over them with my aqua painter to create that rainbow water coloured look.

And now for the final elements, the mini tags that fit inside the pocket panels…

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I kept the tags simple for writing little messages of inspiration to the recipient.

I hope you enjoyed this project today. Please hop along to see the other amazing projects & be inspired to create your own 3D project.

Click forward to hop to Ann from Australia or back to Valérie from France.

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  1. Alicia Yap (you are here)
  2. Ann Lewis
  3. Fiona Whitten
  4. Robbie Rubala
  5. Valérie Perlin

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Global Stampers June 2018: Our favourite new Annual Catalogue products

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Hi there,

This month we’re showcasing our favourite new products from the 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalogue. And as always, I can never just choose one so I’ll be featuring the Share What You Love Suite (again, I know but I really do love it!) & the 2018 – 2020 In-Colors.

Here’s what I came up with…

GSJUN18: Fav 2018-19 Products

Let’s take a look at the individual projects, starting with the Statement of My Heart card…

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Unfortunately the Statement of My Heart stamp was an exclusive free item during the Suite’s early release last month & is no longer available. But when I saw a layout shared by Cindy Schuster on a Demo only Facebook group, I thought it would be a great way to show off some of the gorgeous Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). The Statement of My Heart was the perfect focal image for it but it is a fairly large image, so I stamped it on Vellum which stops it from blocking off too much of the DSP.

Here’s a close up of the focal piece…

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Since adhesives tend to show behind Vellum, I placed it strategically behind the flower embellishment. The silver mini paper clip holds the other side of the Vellum to the card.

Next, let’s look at the Best Wishes card featuring the  2018 – 2020 In-Colors & Pick a Pennant stamp set…

Pick a Pennant Best Wishes

I thought this stamp set was the perfect way to showcase how fun & bright these In-Colors are & I love how it turned out. This card was quick & easy to create using the Stamparatus, which also happens to be another favourite product of mine from the new Annual Catalogue! 😉

I used the Hinge Step Technique for the buntings & the Mirror Technique for the bird on the left.

Lastly, we have the In-Colors Note Pads…

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These little note pads will be going into the survival kit for my customers attending my upcoming Catalogue Launch Party. If you’d like to get one, sign up for my newsletter for details of all my upcoming events.

I used the Love What You Do & Birthday Backgrounds stamp sets for these note pads. Let’s have a look at each of them…

 

The photos show the combination of colours I used for each one. You can click on each photo tile to have a closer look at them. I seriously love how fun & bright these colours are, which is weird for me ‘cos I’m normally a Subtles girl!

I hope you enjoyed these projects today & they’ve inspired you start creating with these new products from the 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalogue. If you live in New Zealand & would love a copy of the catalogue, contact me today & I’d be happy to provide you with one.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to hop along and check out the rest of the projects the other amazing Global Stampers have for you this month.

Click forward to hop to Ann from Australia or back to Valérie from France.

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Here’s a list of the Global Stampers in case you get lost:

  1. Alicia Yap (you are here)
  2. Ann Lewis
  3. Fiona Whitten – she’s taking a break this month
  4. Robbie Rubala
  5. Valérie Perlin

Thanks for hopping along with us today. We’ll be back for another installment next month.

Until next time, sending you lots of crafty hugs!


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Global Stampers May 2018: Feminine/Mother’s Day

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Hi there,

The Global Stampers are back & our theme this month is Feminine/Mother’s Day. I have opted to use products from the Share What You Love Suite that is currently available as special bundles during the early release promotion.

Here’s what I came  up with…

I created a Mother’s Day card as well as a Note Cards set. The Note Cards set is held in the envelope at the back, more details and pictures below. For the card, I created a simple layout that can be adjusted for a birthday card as well. Let’s take a look…

The sentiments on both cards were created using the letters from the Make a Difference set. I love that there are so many different combinations you can create with the images in this set. The font is also very forgiving so you don’t have to be perfect when lining them up. The simple layout is also a great way to show case the gorgeous Specialty Designer Series Paper. This pattern I used has a pearlised finish but is hard to capture on camera.

Here’s a closer look at the focal points…

 

Now let’s take a look at the note cards set…

All three note cards have a wreath on them and I created them by stamping around a pencil marked 2 1/4″ circle. Let’s have a look at each note card individually…

I stamped the floral image from the Make a Difference set in our Basic Black Archival ink. I coloured in the images with my aqua painter using Rich Razzleberry & Pear Pizzazz inks. TIP: Be sure that your aqua painter is only just damp enough to spread the colour around.

Here’s a closer look at the focal point…

The word friend is from a sentiment in the Love What You Do set, which I stamped using the new Grapefruit Grove In-Color. I then fussy cut out just the word ‘friend’ & adhered using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The new Whisper White Tulle Polka Dot ribbon is so lovely and will be available to customers in June when the 2018 – 2019 catalogue is released. As a demonstrator, we get perks to see and purchase new products early. So if you’d like to enjoy this perk, contact me to find out how you can join my team and become a demonstrator   🙂

Let’s have a look at the next one…

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This card was inspired by my friend & Artisan Designer Susan Wong’s card. I used different floral images & sentiment for mine, this is called a CASE (Copy & Selectively Edit). The image used for this wreath was not quite curved enough, so I curved it slightly while placing it on the block. This is one reason why I love the photopolymer stamps, they are flexible enough to bend and makes them more versatile.

Let’s take a closer look at the focal point…

I cut my sentiment stamp in half to have them in two lines. This was quite daunting for me at first, but once it was done, I was so pleased! Another benefit of the photopolymer stamps which allows more versatility of your images. You should give it a try one day  🙂

Let’s have a look at the last one…

This card was inspired by Artisan Designer Jessica Winter’s card. Her card was a full sized card, so again I had to change things up to fit it on my note card. The sentiment was stamped on a small label from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit.

Let’s take a closer look at the focal point…

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The flowers are fussy cut from the Specialty DSP. I love the DSP as it’s so versatile & is slightly thicker than our regular DSP & is great for creating 3D items. The little metal flower is also from the Embellishment Kit & has an adhesive backing, making it so easy to attach to your projects. The Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon feels really soft & luxurious.

The envelope that holds the note cards is a one sheet wonder with two pockets. There are no adhesives required for creating it & you can find the instructions on Jan B Cards’ YouTube video.

I hope you enjoyed these projects today & they’ve inspired you take advantage of the early release bundles. There are also discounted/FREE products within each bundle as well.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to hop along and check out the rest of the projects the other amazing Global Stampers have for you this month.

Click forward to hop to Ann from Australia or back to Valérie from France.

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Here’s a list of the Global Stampers in case you get lost:

  1. Alicia Yap (you are here)
  2. Ann Lewis
  3. Fiona Whitten
  4. Robbie Rubala
  5. Valérie Perlin

Thanks for hopping along with us today. We’ll be back for another installment next month.

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Global Stampers April 2018: Happy Easter

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Hi there,

Welcome back to another month of Global Stampers’ hop. I took a break last month but I’m back with some cute Easter projects for you.

Here are my projects…

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I don’t own any of the latest Easter sets so I had to improvise. First, let’s take a look at the bunny card…

GSAPR2018 Easter Bunny

The bunny & sentiment are from the Sweet Little Something set. I thought he made a gorgeous Easter bunny. The eggs were made using the balloon punch & the Balloon Celebration stamp set. The speckles on the card were added by flicking the brush tip of my Stampin’ Write marker on its lid.

The middle egg was created by swiping the solid balloon stamp across my ink pad. I got this tip from Stamping Susan Wong, a dear friend and Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team member. You can see her tip here on Stampin’ Up!’s Instagram post. Thanks for sharing Susan!

Next is the matching Easter note card & basket. I CASEd the bunny punch art from Joanne James, The Crafty Owl. She used slightly different punches and you can see her version here.

GSAPR2018 Easter Bunnies Note Card

The bunnies were created using Powder Pink, Crumb Cake & Soft Sky. You can see the punches I used for the bunny in the product list below. I thought having the sentiment stamped on the inside & showing on the front added a different feel to the note card.

For the Easter Basket, I embossed the Crumb Cake cardstock with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This was a free Sale-A-Bration item which ended yesterday but don’t despair if you missed out on earning it. You’ll be able to purchase this item when our new Annual Catalogue goes live in June.

I hope you enjoyed these projects today & they’ve inspired you to look at your sets differently.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to hop along and check out the rest of the projects the other amazing Global Stampers have for you this month.

Click forward to hop to Ann from Australia or back to Robbie from USA

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Here’s a list of the Global Stampers in case you get lost:

  1. Alicia Yap (you are here)
  2. Ann Lewis
  3. Fiona Whitten
  4. Robbie Rubala
  5. Valérie Perlin (she’s taking a break this month)

Thanks for hopping along with us today. We’ll be back for another installment next month.

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Magical Day Shaker Charms

Hi there,

I missed out on the latest Global Stampers blog hop as I have been unwell & busy with my girls while hubby was away for work. I thought I’d share with you instead the table gifts I made for my fellow Demos at a recent Stamp Camp I attended.

I was inspired by some charms made by Tiffany Almeida. I recreated them using the Magical Day stamp set and here’s how mine turned out…

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Aren’t they the cutest?! The mini embroidery hoops in our 2018 Occasions catalogue are so versatile. I stamped the images using Basic Black Archival ink, then coloured them in using our Stampin’ Blends on the reverse side. I cut tiny strips of Whisper White Thick cardstock to seal up the hole at the top & inside of the hoops.

The images were then punched out and adhered to the hoops using our Fine-Tip Glue Pen. I filled the hoops to create a shaker, you can see below for individual fillings that match each image, then sealed off with another punched piece of Window Sheet.

The trick with these shaker charms is patience & lots of it! There is a lot of drying time involved, so if you want to recreate them be sure to plan ahead and allow yourself plenty of time. I wouldn’t rush it with heat setting either as the Window Sheets will warp.

Let’s have a look at each individual image & their fun shaker fillings. A tip before adding the filling, dust the inside of the hoop and window sheets with the Embossing Buddy to avoid static.

First up we have the Knight in the larger hoop…

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I filled this up with the Gold Glitter Flakes, keeping it nice and simple  🙂

Next we have the Wizard, also in the larger hoop…

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I stamped the ‘sparkle’ image a few times in White StazOn (retired) & coloured them in with the Stampin’ Blends & added them with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Next up is the Dragon in the smaller hoop…

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I stamped the ‘flame’ image a few times in Basic Black Archival & coloured them in with the Stampin’ Blends & added them with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Next is the Unicorn, also in the smaller hoop…

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The Unicorn also has a few of the ‘sparkle’ images with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Last is the mermaid in the larger hoop & is my favourite piece…

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It’s a little hard to see but I stamped the ‘seahorse’ & ‘bubble’ images a few times & coloured them in with the Stampin’ Blends. Then I added them with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

These shakers were so much fun to make & the ladies that received them loved them.

I hope you were inspired to create some cute shaker charms using these new embroidery hoops. Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time, sending you lots of crafty hugs!  🙂


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Global Stampers Feb 2018: Love/Wedding Theme

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Hi all,

Can you believe it’s February already?! This year has started with a bang and it’s sure moving fast. Our Global Stampers February Blog Hop is featuring the Love/Wedding theme this month. In NZ, Valentine’s Day isn’t celebrated in the large scale like in the USA but we’re in the middle of wedding season right now, so the theme still fits. Let’s have a look at what I’ve created this month.

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I haven’t purchased any of the love themed sets in the Occasions catalogue yet, so I decided to show you some projects using other sets.

I recently saw the Pop Out Card technique shared on Splitcoast Stampers & I knew I had to try it out for this month’s project. I put my own spin on it & came up with this clean and simple ‘celebrate’ card.

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This project is the perfect card to congratulate a happy couple on their nuptials or even on their engagement. To create the pop out effect, I cut two of the word ‘celebrate’, one using the Champagne Foil & another from Whisper White Thick. I adhered them both together, leaving the first & last two letters of the word unattached to allow it to pop out the oval opening. Then I adhered the entire base piece of the word to the inside of the card.

I used the second largest one from the Layering Ovals Framelits set. Here are some close ups and the inside of the card.

I kept the rest of the stamping simple so that the word ‘celebrate’ pops out more, no pun intended hehe  😉

Next, lets have a look at the cute love birds card.

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This is another clean and simple card that’s handy as a Valentine or a just because card for your loved one. I’ve prepared a photo tutorial on how to create the circle with the branch poking out from it.

GSFEB2018 Punch tutorial

Here are the steps:

  1. Stamp your image & using a pencil, mark where you would like your circle to be punched
  2. Roughly trim around the area of the branch you want poking out from the circle, then place it into the punch with the branch out
  3. This is what the image looks like after it is punched
  4. Trim around the branch again to finish

Here is a close up of the focal piece and the inside of the card.

I absolutely love the texture of  the new Simple Stripes embossing folder. It adds so much texture but still allows the project to keep the clean and simple look. I also softened the Whisper White cardstock for the focal & sentiment pieces by sponging a bit of Soft Sky ink. I’ve kept the inside simple too with only three little hearts in the corner.

I hope you enjoyed these projects today & they’ve inspired you to look at your sets differently & to find them useful for love/wedding themed projects.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to hop along and check out the rest of the projects the other amazing Global Stampers have for you this month.

Click forward to hop to Fiona from Wokingham, England or back to Valérie from France.

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Here’s a list of the Global Stampers in case you get lost:

  1. Alicia Yap (you are here)
  2. Ann Lewis (she’s taking a break this month but will be back with us next month)
  3. Fiona Whitten
  4. Robbie Rubala
  5. Valérie Perlin

Thanks for hopping along with us today. We’ll be back for another installment next month.

Until next time, sending you lots of crafty hugs!


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