Thursday, 31 January 2019

Butterfly Gala Blog Hop with Talented Friends

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Today I am hopping with fellow South Pacific Artisan Design Team Members Rochelle Blok, Narelle Farrugia, Tanya Rees and Angela Meiritz-Reid.  What is the Artisan Design Team? We are a group of talented and creative Stampin'Up! Demonstrators from around the world selected by Stampin'Up! to blog about projects we create. We participate in monthly Artisan Blog Hops, share Instagram Tips and design for Stampin'Up! Corporate Blog Posts. 

The South Pacific Artisan Design Team members - Rochelle, Narelle, Tanya and myself representing Australia, and Angela being the sole Artisan from New Zealand, have decided to collaborate for this special blog hop to share projects made with the Gingham Gala Suite and coordinating Sale-a-bration products.

Some items from the current Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogues have been so popular they are hitting low stock levels. The Butterfly Duet Punch is one of these items!! It is currently still able to be ordered in the South Pacific market (sold out in the U.S.) so if you are crushing on this bundle, get in quick before they disappear.  If you do miss out, I am happy to advise that the punch will be back in stock in a few months time.

Onto my projects.....I have two creations to share with you today - a little bird cage with matching card.

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Both the card and bird cage feature the Butterfly Botanical DSP which is a free product item that can be earned during Sale-a-Bration. What's Sale-a-Bration you ask? Only the best sale promo ever!!!

Heres a quick "how to" earn freebies during Sale-a-Promotion. (Australian market)

1. SHOP - Your choice of free product from the Sale-a-Bration brochure for every AUD$90 order.
2. HOST - Additional AUD$40 in Stampin' Rewards when your party totals are over AUD$450
3. JOIN  -  Option A. Join for AUD$169 and get AUD$315 in product.
                   Option B. Join for AUD$210 and get AUD$315 in product PLUS exclusive Craft &                           Carry Tote valued at AUD$87

My card measures 5" x 5" and has a predominately black and white colour theme, inspired by the Botanical Butterfly DSP, with a few hints of gold foil and embossing with some blushing bride.

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The little bird cage was made by creating two "box lids" from Thick Whisper White Card Stock.  These measured 3" x 3" when glued together. 1/2" Strips of card stock were adhered to the inside of the bottom "lid", left to dry overnight and then this process was repeated for the other end/top.

Another box lid was created for the bottom stand, this time a little longer in length so that I was able to use the Darling Label Punch to create the legs of the bird cage stand. The top portion of the cage was then adhered to the "stand" with Tombow Multi Purpose Glue. Another 1/2" strip of Whisper White card was used to make the circle handle which has been adhered to the top of the bird cage with strong double sided adhesive so it can be hung with ribbon.

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All the Butterflies have been created with the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and Duet Punch. Gold Heat embossed onto Shimmery White card, water coloured using an Aqua Painter and then punched.

Gold Metallic Thread has been used to suspend the Butterflies from the ceiling of the bird cage. The wooden Butterfly embellishments used are also a Sale-a-Bration item - the outside of the external Butterfly and the foliage for the flowers. I used Tombow to secure them in place as the Glue Dots in the Perth summer heat tend to not be strong enough.

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All the flowers were creating by using a tutorial normally used to make Giant Flowers - the kind used for backdrops of photos etc. These are all over the internet, all you need to do is adjust the concept to a mini version. The sentiments used on both the card and bird cage are also from the Butterfly Gala stamp set, white heat embossed on Black card stock.

The inside of bird cage has been lined with the same dotted DSP used on the left hand side of the card. To finish the card a few little gold sequins have been added.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you have just arrived at my blog or have missed some of the amazing projects shared by fellow South Pacific Artisan Design Team members , you can start at the beginning with Rochelle Blok, by clicking on the image below.

You can find all the products used to create today's Card and Bird Cage projects in the list below:

Product List

Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Gingham Gala Card Collection

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you have had a great week. I have a few cards to share with you today. They all feature products from the Gingham Gala Suite - the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, Punch and the Gingham Gala 6" x 6" DSP Pack.

The Gingham Gala DSP comes is five beautiful colours - Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Lemon Lime Twist.

I made three sets of cards - I am on a mission to make and send loads of cards this year and to do so I need a huge stash ready and waiting for when things pop up.

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The first set of cards also uses the diagonal striped DSP from the FREE Botanical Butterfly DSP Pack which is part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion. I have stamped the right hand side of the card front with the little butterfly stamps. I just adore the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, actually, I adore anything with stitching lol This card design uses these Framelits to cut the DSP, White White panels as well as the sentiment.

The butterflies for all today's cards have been punched from shimmery white card stock that had splashes of coordinating ink which was then stamped with the butterfly images in black ink.

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For the next set of cards I have omitted the rectangles and replaced them with die cut circles. The Gingham DSP orientation has been flipped and the card front and white white circle die cut have been splattered with black ink.

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The final two cards have had the DSP cut on a diagonal for something a little bit different from the other collection of cards. I intended on making this collection in more than two colours but realised I didn't have the matching clips so stopped at just the two.

The stitched label framelits were used for the die cut which holds the sentiment. And a FYI, this stamp set has been designed to coordinate with a punch and has two images - a large and small butterfly which is so handy. I did cut mine apart - every so gently as I wanted the option of stamping one image at a time.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I appreciate the time you have spent in visiting my blog. Wishing you a fabulous day. Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Just Add Ink #441 - Inspiration

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to Just Add Ink Challenge #441.  One of our Design Team members, Jo Stubbings,  has chosen the most divine Inspiration Photo for us all to play along with this week. 

Would you like to join us? Use the photo below as inspiration behind a new creation and share it with us at the Just Add Ink Challenge Blog. 

Aren't the colours in that photo just yummy....and those cupcakes....oh my!!!! I have taken inspiration for my cards from the soft pastel colour palette of the cupcakes icing/frosting. A rainbow of delicate pretty colours that reminds me of unicorns, or something a unicorn would eat lol.

I love the Subtle colour family - it was the first collection of Ink Pads and Card stock I purchased when I started stamping a few years ago. I just adore Pink - especially pastel Pink. And I love it teamed with Soft Sea Foam (swoon). This collection of cards uses colours from the Subtle colour family.

The first card I made was a little 4"x 4" note card. I had a piece of Soft Sea Foam left over from a previous project which I decided to score, fold in half and use as a card base.

Such a little cutie, but it looked so small and insignificant when I was taking the photos for this blog post, so I put the camera down, went back upstairs and quickly made two other cards that could accompany the little note card.

The water coloured hearts were left over from a project I didn't end up using - these were created using the Meant To Be Bundle.  I whipped the whisper white card front through the Big Shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder before adhering the Blushing Bride Stitched Rectangle die cut frame with foam strips.  A heat embossed sentiment from the Butterfly Gala has been added over the frame and die cut hearts.

I liked the colours and frame from the second card, I decided to repeat these elements in the third card. This time I used the Tufted Embossing Folder for the card front, which has been slightly cut down and lined with Gold Foil Card stock before adhering to the Whisper White card base. The gold heat embossed and water coloured images have been created using the Floral Frames Bundle and the heat embossed sentiment is from the Amazing Life Stamp Set.

Be sure to stop by all the Just Add Ink Design Team members blogs for more inspiration using this weeks Just Add Ink Inspiration photo.

We would love for you and your crafty friends to play along, if you have a blog you can add your creation to the Just Add Ink gallery here. Don't have your own blog? No problem! Just send us an email  to with a photo attachment. We will upload it to our challenge entry blog for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time stay awesome and stay crafty.
Everything I used to create the cards in today's blog post can be found in the supply list below.

Product List
Heat Tool
Big Shot