Let’s Get Hopping 19: DIY Background

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The Let’s Get Hopping team are creating DIY backgrounds today. You may be starting here with me or arrived from the talented Eva Pottsova, either way, be sure to continue hopping along to see all the amazing projects we have in store for you.

I am showcasing a background technique using our Stampin’ Blends. Here are my projects…


I’m unsure what this technique is called but I’m calling it the Stampin’ Blends Smooshing technique ‘cos that’s exactly what you do to create the background! You scribble the colours you want on a piece of Window Sheet. Spritz it with some isopropyl alcohol in our Stampin’ Spritzer to get the inks moving and blending. Then smoosh a piece of glossy white cardstock (glossy side down) into the pool of colours – voilà! A unique & beautiful background everytime ❤️

Let’s have a closer look at the Birthday Wishes card first…


I love how the blue and the red inks blended and created some additional purple hues on the glossy cardstock. I punched some Vellum cardstock using the Pretty Label punch for my sentiment so that my background can still be the star of the project.

Here’s the Heartfelt Wishes card…


I splattered some additional drops of isopropyl alcohol over my dried background piece to create extra interest.

This background technique is great to showcase another way to use our amazing Stampin’ Blends. I hope you enjoyed this simple but beautiful technique today. Please give it a try & share your creations in the comments below. I love seeing how different they all turn out  😊

Next up is Mikaela Titheridge. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

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Until next time, sending lots of crafty hugs! 😊

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Country Floral for Someone Inspirational

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Today I’m sharing with you one of the cards we created at my March monthly class. I showcased some of the 2nd release Sale-A-Bration products & the coordinating products that are currently available.

Most of you know I’m not a big fan of florals but I’m absolutely in love with the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder. Here’s what I created with it…


I coloured in the embossed florals using our Stampin’ Blends. I decided to keep the rest of the card simple so the embossed piece can shine.

Remember to spritz the cardstock a little before sending it through the Big Shot. This will reduce the likelihood of the cardstock cracking 😊

I couldn’t decide what image to stamp on the inside of the card. I decided to try embossing the inside & colour it like I did the front. Here’s what the inside looks like…


I think it came out perfect, what do you think?

This card will be going to someone who has recently inspired me. I hope she loves it as much as I had fun creating it.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be posting the other card we created in class tomorrow, so be sure to come back to check it out!

Until next time, sending lots of crafty hugs! 😊

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Let’s Get Hopping 18: CASE Yourself

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I’ve joined a new blog hop team & today is my first hop with them. We hop once a month on a Thursday & you’ll love all the inspirational projects from the creative ladies in the team.

This month our theme is CASE Yourself. CASEing someone is something lots of crafters do but it’s not often we opt to CASE our own projects. This theme was lots of fun for me & full of nostalgia looking back at all my previous projects. It was really nice to see how much I’ve grown as a papercrafter as well 😊

So for this hop I opted to case this card I created in August 2017…

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I really liked the layout of this card. Here are the two projects I created for today…


Let’s take a closer look at each one. First up we have the “Thanks” card…


This card uses the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impresssions Embossing Folder, which you can earn for FREE with a $110 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. The flowers are from the Amazing Life set & I coloured it with the No-Line Watercolouring technique.

The texture you get from this embossing folder is divine! TIP: Remember to spritz the back of your cardstock a little before sending it through to avoid cracks/tears.

Next is the “World’s Greatest Father” card…


My embossed piece was created using the cogs dies from the Garage Gears Thinlits & our embossing mats. I frayed the edges using my Paper Snips then sponged with Cajun Craze ink.

I also created a bit of a faux leather look for my sentiment piece. Here’s a closer look…


I frayed the edges of the punched piece & scrunched it up, which gave me the faux leather look with the wrinkles in the cardstock. I also dropped my cog die cuts onto my Versamark pad & embossed them with clear embossing powder to give them a bit of that grunge feel.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today! Do consider CASEing yourself one day as you’ll never know what forgotten gem you’ll find.

Next up is Shelly Wadge from Australia. I’m excited to see what she has in store for us!

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Colour INKspiration CI49 – Amazing Life

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I’m playing along with the latest Colour InkSpiration Challenge #49. This is a Facebook group that has fortnightly colour challenges that will inspire your creativity. You can check them out on Facebook here.

Here’s this fortnight’s colour challenge…

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I love the bright and fun colours chosen for this challenge. I knew immediately that I was going to use the Amazing Life stamp set from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. I CASEd the layout Krista Frattin (Stampin’ Dolce) used on her Amazing Life project, which you can see here.

Her project was monochromatic & my project looks totally different to hers using this colour combo. Here’s my project…


Doesn’t the card look super bright & fun?! I absolutely fell in love with Krista’s layout the moment I saw it and had to recreate it! I love how easy it is to make someone else’s design your own by adding your own style or ideas.

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


I’m sooo in love with the Stitched Rectangle Framelits! They are so versatile & creates the most perfect frame ❤️

I stamped the flowers in Versamark & then heat embossed with White Embossing powder. Then I watercoloured them in Coastal Cabana & Melon Mambo. The card front, sentiment & flowers are done on Shimmery White cardstock. I felt the flowers needed more sparkle, so I added more with my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.

I hope you enjoyed my project. This card will also be taught at my class this month, so be sure to contact me to book in if you live in Hamilton.

Also, feel free to join the group and play along with their fortnightly challenges. It’s a great way to kick start your creative juices, especially if you’re having a bit of a slump like I was 😉

Until next time, sending lots of crafty hugs! 😊

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Beauty Abounds Free Standing Tea Pouch

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I hope the New Year has been treating you well so far. I honestly can’t believe that it’s February already, the year is definitely flying by fast!

Today I’d like to share a project I created for a team swap. I used the Beauty Abounds bundle to create a free standing tea pouch. The pouch was inspired by Sam Donald’s (Pootles) project, which you can find here.

Here’s my version…


I love the flourish image from this stamp set & I thought it made a really elegant background for this project. The butterflies were cut out from the big butterfly dies from the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits. Since I made multiples of this project for my swap, I only needed to run the big dies through a few times. I love that I can trim away the smaller butterflies from that big die 😊

My team voted it as the project with the “Most Wow Factor”. I was totally blown away! Everyone loved the bow, so I’ll share how I did it 😊

I used the Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon. I cut the ribbon in half width ways. I wrapped it around my project & tied a bow. Once tied, I frayed the strands in the bow & removed the plastic bits that hold the strands together.

Here’s a couple more photos to show you how to open the pouch and the inside…


The ribbon slides off the side and you open by sliding the flap out. This was what I had inside the pouch…


I love these Red Seal individually wrapped tea bags, they make such great gifts.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Please leave me a comment about your favourite element of this project, I would love to hear from you.

Until next time, sending lots of crafty hugs! 😊

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Global Stampers Dec 2018: Sketch Challenge

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Hi all,

Welcome to our final hop for the year. This time we have a sketch challenge as our theme. Here’s a look at the sketch that Fiona came up with…

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And here’s what I came up with based on this sketch…


We were challenged at On Stage November 2018 to create simple cards that used mainly paper, stamps & ink. I accepted this challenge as I find it difficult to keep things simple at times & I’ve been loving it as it’s been helping now that I’m back working part time again! #simplestamping for the win 😊

Here’s a closer look at the Christmas Wreath card…


Checks and plaid are in right now & I thought I’d have a go at a rustic Christmas Card. This sketch made it so easy to create this simple but effective card. The wreath, which I love & have used countless times already, is a great focal piece.

I added some rhinestones to create the berries & I coloured them in with both the Dark Cherry Cobbler & Dark Blackberry Bliss Blends to match the Merry Merlot ribbon & cardbase.

Now let’s take a look at the Butterfly card…

This card uses some sneak peek products that will be available in January 2019 when the new Occasions Catalogue goes live. The butterfly was cut out from a sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) only available as part of next year’s Sale-A-Bration (SAB) promotion. If you don’t already know, SAB is our annual promotion & the products on offer this time is not to be missed. So if you’d like to get a copy of the new Occasions & SAB catalogues, be sure to sign up to my mailing list.

Anyway, I digress, so let’s come back to the card – I created the Lemon Lime Twist background with tone on tone stamping. A quick fussy cut of the butterfly & you have a pretty focal piece. I then stamped the sentiment on a strip of Whisper White & flagged the end.

I popped the butterfly & sentiment up on some Stampin’ Dimensionals to add interest. Here’s a close up of what I mean…


The wings of the butterfly are off the card with Dimensionals only in the centre of the body. I curled the sentiment slightly with my bone folder and then popped one side up with two layers of Dimensionals. You can easily step these cards up with more embellishments by adding some metallic thread or rhinestones.
TIP: To create the triangle pieces, I cut a 10cm x 10cm square piece of DSP/cardstock to start with. Then I cut it in half on the diagonal to create the triangle pieces. If you are using a note card (or any other size) instead, just measure the width of the card front & cut a square piece that’s approximately 0.5cm or 1/2″ smaller.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope these projects have inspired you to create some projects using our sketch & also to give #simplestamping a try 😊

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

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 (not taking part this time)

Thanks for hopping along with us today. Valérie will no longer be hopping with us & we want to thank her for her commitment to us over the past 2 1/2 years. She has been an inspiration to me & I wish her well for her future endeavours & know that we will stay in touch 😊

We will also be taking a break next month & will be back again in February 2019 with some changes and a fresh new look, so be sure to check back in again then!

Until next time, sending you lots of crafty hugs!

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