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…

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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.

Until next time, sending you lots of crafty hugs!


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Magical Day Shaker Charms

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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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Global Stampers Jan 2018: Occasions Catalogue 2018

Happy New Year!

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I trust you all had a lovely Christmas & New Year’s celebrations with your family & friends. Today I have for you some projects for our first Global Stampers hop in 2018. We are all featuring our favourite product(s) from the latest Occasions Catalogue that went live earlier in the week.

I’m featuring products from the Petal Palette suite…

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I am loving this suite so much right now! Florals are not normally my style but for some reason, this set just calls out to me. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s being a mum of two girls who love all things floral or maybe it’s just me getting older hehe 😀

Either way, this suite is so gorgeous & versatile. Let’s take a closer look at each project.

First, let’s look at the calendar…

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I created these for Ella’s (my 5 year old) teacher gifts for Christmas & they loved it. Here you also see the bird version I created for her male Principal (he received one with a Pool Party base instead). I love how even though the set is very floral oriented, there are still images that can be used for masculine projects.

Here are more photos of the calendar…

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The background for the sentiment was created using the swiping technique on Glossy White cardstock. The flowers are heat embossed with white emboss powder on Shimmery White cardstock then watercoloured using reinkers & an aquapainter.

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Side view of the calendar, which folds flat for ease of posting in our standard C6 envelopes

Next we have the floral card…

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The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) makes for an easy way to feature the spotlighting technique. One of the sheets feature large bold floral images & all you need to do is cut the DSP, choose one of the flowers to colour in & voila – instant focal piece!

I’ve also included another piece of DSP that I cut to show you that it doesn’t  have to be one big flower & you can use 2 smaller flowers instead. This DSP is also an easy way to practise blending with your Stampin’ Blends since there’s already shadowing in the image.

Here are some close ups of the Calypso Coral flower card…

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This flower was coloured with Calypso Coral & Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. I also highlighted the flower by going over it with Wink of Stella. I’m pleased the photo captured the sparkle but it’s still so much more sparkly in real life  🙂

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The floral diecut behind the sentiment is cut from the Petals & More Thinlits with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper. The sentiment is stamped on Shimmery White cardstock. The ribbon is the new Whisper White 1/4″ Organza ribbon which I coloured with the light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend.

Last but definitely not the least, is the Foliage note card…

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I wanted to show the versatility of this set so I thought this card would be more gender neutral. You can easily change up the colours to suit the recipient of the card. This is also a fairly quick & easy card to mass produce.

Here’s a closer look at the sentiment…

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The leaf charm from the Petal Passion Embellishments add a small touch of elegance. I also added a couple of the small circle Clear Epoxy Shapes to add subtle texture.

I hope you enjoyed these projects today & they’ve inspired you to create with this lovely floral suite.

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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  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 Dec 2017: Colour Challenge – Blue, Grey & Silver

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Hi there,

Welcome to the Global Stampers’ final hop for 2017! This month we’ve got a colour challenge – blue, grey & silver.

Here’s what I came up with…

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I used only one stamp set & one layout but produced 3 cards for different occasions. Shall we have a closer look at them?

Here’s the first one, it had to be a Christmas card of course as we’ve only got 22 more sleeps till Christmas!

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If you haven’t finished your Christmas cards yet then this should be pretty easy to mass produce. It’s some quick stamping of the snowflakes finished off with silver embossing. I clear embossed with colour for the circle image but you could skip that part if you’re short on time  🙂

Next up is the New Year card, which can be used for the upcoming New Year celebrations or as a birthday card…

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I coloured in the clear enamel stars with the light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends. The silver doily is actually one of our white doilies, which I embossed with silver emboss powder.

We’re in the peak of wedding season in NZ now so of course I had to have a wedding card too. But the sentiment is also useful as a congratulatory card for any milestone achievements such as graduations, new job or even a new baby…

GSDEC2017 Cheers to the Year 3 ways Story

Again, I did the same thing to the enamel hearts & the doily. A tip when colouring in the enamel shapes, make sure to colour them while they’re still attached to the plastic they came on & give them a minute or so to dry. This is so you don’t accidentally transfer any wet ink to your project while you’re working out exactly where to place them.

As for the doily, they will curl slightly after being embossed. Just place an acrylic block on top once it’s cooled down to flatten them before placing it onto your project.

I hope you enjoyed these projects today & they’ve inspired you with your Christmas & other 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 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 crafty hugs!


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Global Stampers Nov 2017: Christmas Fun Fold Cards

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Welcome to the Global Stampers’ November blog hop. This month we’re featuring Christmas Fun Fold Cards. I love interactive cards, so fun folds are one of my favourites.

I’ve got two projects to share with you today & here’s the first one…

GSNOV2017 Christmas Fun Fold Merriest Christmas Wishes

This is a really quick and easy fun fold & a good way to use up those Designer Series Paper (DSP) that we all love to hoard  😀

Here’s a look at it partially & fully opened…

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I copper embossed the snowflakes from the Cheers to the Year stamp set that coordinates with the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP I used on the front. I’m loving the subtlety of the foil elements on this paper and card.

Here’s my second project…

GSNOV2017 Christmas Fun Fold Deck the Halls

This is a Panel Pull-Out card that is simple but has a great ‘wow’ effect & another card to help encourage us to use up those DSPs. Here’s a look at it partially and fully opened…

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Eventhough it’s only a panel card, there’s still plenty of room for you to write your message for the recipient in the pull-out section. There are endless ways to embellish this fun fold card, keep it simple like I did here or go all out – either way, it’s going to impress the recipient!  🙂

I’m loving the Fresh Fig for an alternative Christmas colour & I hope you are inspired by my colour choices today. I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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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  2. Ann Lewis
  3. Fiona Whitten
  4. Robbie Rubala
  5. Valérie Perlin

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Global Stampers October 2017: For the Men

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Hi there,

Welcome to our monthly Global Stampers blog hop. This month we’re featuring projects specifically for men. We’re also showcasing the Designer Series Papers that are currently on our Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale. For more details about the sale, click here.

I chose to feature the Color Theory Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack. I don’t use DSP very often but when I do, I love stamping on them & the Color Theory DSP stack is great for this!

Here’s my first project, a gift card holder birthday card…

GSOCT2017 Birthday Gift Card Holder

I used the Old Olive ombre paper & stamped it using the “bubbles” image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set. I thought this created a really fun background on the DSP. I also added a line of them to the inside of the card.

The candles were decorated using the Dapper Denim & Old Olive crackle pattern. Here’s a close up of the candles…

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I thought this made them look like camo candles hehe  🙂

And here’s a look at the inside & the gift card holder part…

GSOCT2017 Birthday Gift Card Holder inside

The holder was created by scoring at 1/2″ & 2 1/4″. Then I punched an opening using the Classic Label punch. I also extended the opening to fit a credit card sized gift card. It was then a matter of adhering the flap but making sure to not seal off the punched opening.

My next project is an any occasion card…

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Again, I used the ombre paper but this time in Dapper Denim & stamped it with the Hardwood stamp. My focal piece, the motorbike art, was created using the faux metal technique & I thought it looked like a nice piece of art that would hang in a “Man Cave”. Here’s a close up…

GSOCT2017 Born to Ride faux metal close up

The motorbike art piece is only attached with the silver Enamel Shape so it can move freely like a proper wall art. As for the sentiment piece, I decided to make it look like a plaque that would also be suitable to hang in a “Man Cave”. Here’s a close up…

GSOCT2017 Born to Ride plaque close up

The sentiment was embossed in Copper emboss powder onto Basic Black cardstock. I stamped the Hardwood stamp onto a piece of Champagne foil using Versamark first then Soft Suede ink. Then I clear embossed it & punched it with the new Everyday Label punch. I think it looks amazing if I do say so myself haha  😀

I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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.

Until next time, sending you crafty hugs!


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