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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

I have only just discovered that this sort of doodling is actually a recognised art form called Zentangle. True Zentangles are done in black ink on white card, usually on a 3.5" square tile. They are a meditative and focused, building up patterns within the "strings" or curved lines.
It is good fun and works well with our Stampin' Up! products.

Perfect Blend Coffee Card
Use stamps with blank spaces to create your zentangle patterns inside, like the coffee cups from the Perfect Blend stamp set:

Happy Birthday Birds
Use punches, like these birds, to create your zentangle patterns on OR make your own freehand shapes and designs, like I have done with the green leaves. You may even find stamps that have a zentangle element to them, like the patterned pansy stamp from the Flower Shop stamp set:

Maple Leaf Kindness Card
Use the negative image from a die cut as a stencil to draw your outline image and fill it with a zentangle designs:

You may notice a sneak peek of a new stamp set coming out next month. The stamp "A little kindness goes a long way" comes from the new set called "Kinda Eclectic".
Keep checking in every couple of weeks to see some more new stamps and products.
From Rhonda


Natural Composition Paper

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Saturday, 31 May 2014

I love this Natural Composition Paper by Stampin' Up! I used it in our card making class last month and my customers loved it too.
Almost half of each class purchased a packet for themselves. It is now on the retiring list though, so if you like it, then order it asap.

The paper is already embossed with nice shiny patterns and images so when you sponge ink over them, it highlights the embossed areas and gives a very classy, almost regal look to your cards.
Here is the card we made in class -

The layout for this card was inspired by a card made by Amy Storrie ( a US demonstrator). I really loved the way she used the label shape and butterfly together and so I incorporated it on my card also. I added banners to my card to balance out what was above the ribbon with what was below. Both the papers used on this card are from the Natural Composition Paper pack but the one above the ribbon has been left untouched, while the one below has been sponged with night of navy ink.

Using the same layout and different papers from the Natural Composition pack, I made a masculine card -

Here is a card I made using the floral embossed paper (as shown on the top section of the first card) but this time I have coloured the flowers in using markers.

There are twelve sheets of 12 x 12 paper in the Natural Compositon pack (2 of each of the 6 different designs) Four of the designs are featured on the first two cards. The fifth design is music notes, like sheet music and the 6th design is a wood grain pattern. When I went to use the woodgrain in my next card, it reminded me of a sandy beach with shimmery wet sand and so I ended up making a black backed gull on the water's edge -



So Fruity

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

I have been wanting to use this cute stamp set, "giggle greetings" for awhile now and I decided to add some punch art cherries.

Inside the card... The designer paper (DSP) is from a retired Christmas pack.

I think the card above would make a good 'Get Well' card but so would this fruity one below.
What do you think?

Finally here is a strawberry birthday card that was made for my husband's workmate. It uses retired DSP and the retired blossom petal builder punch to make the strawberries.

Thanks for visiting from Rhonda


Kaleidoscope DSP

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

My post this week features the bold and stylish Kaleidscope DSP from the current "mini" catalogue - Celebrate the everyday.
This first card also features the "cool kid" stamp set and the new metal buttons. I made this card for my swaps when this mini catalogue was first released at the beginnning of the year.

I love the black and white print on the reverse side of this Kaleidoscope DSP. I reckon it works well for this card, which I CASE'd from a picture I saw on the net. I made my own punch art nail polish bottles with the owl punch and the modern label punch. I think I like these wee nail polishes better than the last one I did, which used the retired blossom petal builder punch (posted Friday 10th May 2013). What do you think?

As you may know, Card in a Box - 3D style cards, are very popular right now. The great thing about these cards is that they fold flat for posting but open out for display. If you have not seen them before, you should search 'card in a box' on google images to see heaps more of them. They really are such clever little cards.
I recently taught one to my regular group of card class ladies and it featured a ton of birthday candles popping out of the box. My husband saw it and commented that I should make one with a Jack in the Box, popping out. So here it is...

And a close up of "Jack"...

It was not a hard punch art to make. Contact me if you want the punch art instructions and I will email them out to you free of charge.
from Rhonda


Off The Page

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Mostly I use my stamps on cardstock to create greeting cards or scrapbooking pages but occasionally I use them to stamp on things around the house. My daughter made me a cute birdhouse at school, (in wookwork) and I stamped flowers around the bottom.
I also stamped flowers from the "Fabulous Florets" stamp set on this box...

I used Black Staz On ink and it worked really well. The border around the sides was stamped with the retired Artistic Etchings stamp set.

I used Staz On black ink to stamp this butterfly from the "Papillon Potpourri" stamp set onto a glass jar. The Staz On ink won't rub off if you treat it carefully; ie you can only clean it with a soft cloth, you can not immerse it in soapy water, but if you are only using the glass for decorative purposes and not for food and drink, then it shouldn't be a problem.

I was given the pieces to make a clock for my craft room recently and I decided to jazz it all up using the "Daydream Medallions" stamp set. I stamped the white background piece in basic black ink and I used versamark and white embossing powder to stamp on the black canvas and the black clock shape. The clock hands, I outlined with a white gel pen.

I hope this inspires you to broaden the use of your stamps.
From Rhonda


Road & track card candy

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

I wanted to make some car punch art and construction type vehicles for my son's scrapbook album.
I started with the stamps from 'Rev it up' stamp set and added a couple of extra bits as well...

The chequered flags are made from one of the six sided sampler stamps and punched out with the banner punch. The traffic lights are punched with the half inch circle punch. The red and yellow light have a vellum circle laid over top to tone down the colour and the green light is highlighted with a white gel pen.
Making the traffic lights made me think of loads of other road signs so this is what I made next...

Punches used: hexagon, 1 1/4" square, 1 3/8" square, 1" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, cup cake builder, pennant (each side was trimmed slightly) and banner punch to make the black arrow in the 65 sign.
I got carried away making signs and I didn't use them all on this card candy embellishment pack. I put some onto cards that I made, like this arrow on my next card.

Concrete Mixer
Uses 1 1/4" square for the cab, owl punch for the mixer and 1/2" circles for the wheels.

Dump Truck
I was pleased how this turned out and it was very easy to make...

Uses 1 3/8" square real red card - (you can use a word window punch to punch out a "bite" into one side of the square and then round edges to make truck bonnet), 1 1/2" high x 1 3/4"" wide piece of crushed curry card, trim one of the 1 3/4" sides to 1 1/4" wide and taper it to meet the top edge. Add some diagonal score lines. Adhere a 2" x 2/8" strip of card to the top. The overhanging piece should be opposite the tapered edge. 1" circles make the wheel arches, 1/2" black circles make the tires and boho blossom flowers (with the petals trimmed) make the hubcaps.
Stamp sets used are Gorgeous Grunge and Banner Blast.



Undefined Stamping

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Stampin' Up! has a kit for sale that lets you create your own rubber stamps.
I must admit I was nervous to try this, as it sounded tricky to do but it is not at all.
In fact it is a lot of fun and takes me back to my school days of making lino tiles for printing.

The hardest thing is coming up with the ideas of what image to carve your rubber block into. The rubber is easy to carve with the tools provided in the pack.

This is the first one that I did at Stamp Camp.

I was rather proud of my creation and had it out to show my class ladies, but I neglected to put it away safely afterwards and the dog got it! He ate the beak off and put teeth marks in the kiwi's bum! I was not happy!

Here is the culprit. Looking very innocent...

Starting over, my next attempt was an easter chick:

I made a bit of the mess with the pupils in it's eyes so I added them with a black marker afterwards. Which worked fine, thankfully.

Here is another example of undefined stamping, made by my sister and fellow demonstrator, Delwyn McPherson:

Pretty cute turtle, I reckon.

Finally, here is a stamped image that my daughter-in-law had carved for her wedding invites. If she had known about undefined stamping 18 months ago, then she could have carved her own.

If you live in the Waikato or Bay of Plenty area in New Zealand and you would like to have a go at making your own personal rubber stamp, then check out my classes for undefined stamping this month.
From Rhonda


Versatile Vellum

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

You can treat Stampin' Up's vellum card just like ordinary cardstock. You can dry emboss it, heat emboss, stamp on it, sponge it and colour it with markers. The only thing that you need to remember is that ink takes a little longer to dry on vellum.

Easter Card
The vellum flowers give a nice soft touch to this card, which could easily be turned into a wedding, sympathy or baptism card, by just changing up the words.

Wedding Invitation
This is a simple card to make, yet the vellum gives it an elegant touch which makes it suitable for a wedding invite.
You can see more vellum ideas on my post from the 18th November 201.

Thanks for visiting from Rhonda


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