Monday, September 19, 2016

Stampin' Up! Botanical Blooms KISS

For the launch of the Stampin' Up! 2016-17 annual catalogue, I decided to theme it KISS, Keep It Simple Sweetheart ;-).  I wanted to ensure that my customers would go home with a handful of cards, but still learn a technique or two!  The ever versatile Botanical Builder thinlit dies was used to create this gorgeous layouts I cased from Pinterest created in the 2016-18 in colours...  
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Botanical builder

Above Stampin' Up! in colours of Denim Dapper, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Botanical builder

Above Stampin' Up! in colours of Peekaboo Peach and my favourite - Sweet Sugarplum
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Botanical builder

Sweet Sugarplum in a thank you above and a sweet thinking of you below...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Botanicals for You

I just love the simplicity of the side die cut coloured card stock, Which was stamped with a greeting in the coordinating coloured ink, and then mounted on the base card of Whisper White.  The three flowers were cut from the Botanical Blooms, sponged from the centre in coordinating ink, and mounted with glue dots and a rhinestone in the centre of each.
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Botanical builder

Or a pearl... Denim Dapper...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Botanical builder

The petals of each flower were softened and shaped a little with a bone...  gives great dimension...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Botanical builder

Love the concept of KISS cards, then stay posted for more....
Thanks for dropping by,

Yours in paper craft,

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird masculine cards

Hello crafters, welcome to another KISS (Keep it Simple Sweetheart) post for the awesome set "Swirly Bird" x Stampin' Up!  I'm having an amazing time creating with this versatile set and today the focus is for the men.  Masculine cards for any occasion...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Swirly Birds
This is a lovely layout, simple and colourful and with the sentiment, says all you need.

A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Swirly Birds
Browns, Night of Navy and a Gorgeous Grunge (CM Stampin' Up! stamp set) splatter to highlight the blue!

A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Swirly Birds
Bermuda Bay, Whisper White and Night of Navy - Love it!  hello was created from Hello You thinlit dies...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Swirly Birds
Such a simple but stunning layout, that can be dressed up if you wanted.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look, I look forward to your company at the next post.
Yours in paper craft,


Friday, September 9, 2016

Stampin' Up! Fox Builder Punch Fun

The Fox builder punch is soooo much fun to play with.  First up this post will showcase Heather Payne's beautiful card collection featuring the Fox builder punch and the coordinating Foxy Friends stamp set.
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Fox builder punch
Heather's first card sees the fox in a woodland scene. The background was created using Woodland embossing folder brayered in Soft Sky and the trees embossed in White embossing powder - WOW
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Fox builder punch
The Mushroom is just amazing and works well on the sponged DSP.  The next card is just as beautiful with the fox in a ring of leaves, part of the stamp set that coordinates with the Fox builder punch.  purchase both in a BUNDLE buy and save yourself 10%!
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Fox builder punch
 Heather has stamped the feature panel with "Lovely as a Tree"
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Fox builder punch
Heather's third creation is simply gorgeous with the fox sitting up on the stump, water coloured back ground and a highlight of DSP as a banner and panel on the bottom of the card.
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Fox builder punch
That retired DSP is just gorgeous!! 
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Fox builder punch
Heather turned the Fox into a skunk and what a lovely card this is... 
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Fox builder punch
These are truly gorgeous - Yes Heather I LOVE THEM....
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Fox builder punch
A huge thank you to Heather for allowing me to showcase her beautiful cards, the next post will be cards created by myself and the a crafty cat team.

Yours in paper craft,

Monday, September 5, 2016

Stampin' Up! "Lovely as a Tree" water coloured, masculine card

Father's Day was a great day and many of my customers gave cards of love to their Dad's or made them for their children to give to their Dad's.  Today is another example of a nice simple Men's card using Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree (also available in WM)and water colouring the trees simply with an aqua painter.
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree
Once the water colour paper is stamped with the "Lovely as a Tree" image, inked in Old Olive,  I ran over the image with an aqua pen and carried the ink to colour the grass.  I used a little ink from the ink left on the stamp too.  I then stamped over the image again in Early Expresso to give the appearance/definition to the tree trunk and branches.
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree
 The water paper was then mounted on a mat of Early Expresso...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree
Then mounted on pre-embossed base card of Old Olive... 
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree
Add a greeting and you have created a quick simple masculine card!
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree

No greeting, but use of retired Natural Chevron ribbon and embossing folder...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree
Lots of similar cards, using the same wonderfully versatile "Lovely as a Tree" on Water colour paper...
 
Yours in paper craft, 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stampin' Up! Wetlands masculine cards

This is a gorgeous layout for a masculine card, one I have cased off pinterest thanks to Amanda Bates.  I recreated the card in two colours, Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and Pool Party.  I used Stampin' Up! rubber set Wetlands, (available in CM and WM) a wonderful little set with birds, reeds and scripted greetings.
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! "Wetlands" masculine cards

I love the use of Designers Series Paper from the Serene Scenery paper stack by Stampin' Up! which  I stamped when it was on the base card.  I then matted the DSP and embossed it with the Seaside embossing folder using the Big Shot.
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! "Wetlands" masculine cards

I created one matted on Night of Navy on a base card of Pool Party and the other is matted on Early Expresso on a base card of Crumb Cake.  I lined up the stamping so I maintained the continuation of the stamping...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! "Wetlands" masculine cards

Two different salutations, one for father's day (Teeny Tiny Sentiments CM), the other for Birthday (Wetlands CM)
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! "Wetlands" masculine cards

I love the cards and how they turned out.  Isn't it wonderful how social medial allows us to share beautiful ideas!  Thanks again Amanda, my son has chosen the crumb cake version to give to his Dad. 

Love what you see and want to come to a class or purchase product, then please contact me and let me be your personal Stampin' Up! demonstrator (Australia).

Yours in paper craft.