Friday, July 21, 2017

JUST BREATHE HOME DECOR - STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN BLOG HOP

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan blog hop.  You have probably just arrived from Miriam van Eyden's beautiful blog.  I just love everything Miriam makes!  If you are just starting here, hit the "Next" button at the end of this post to continue on the hop.

This month the Artisan Design Team are featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set and suite of products.  This beautiful stamp set is proving to be so popular with a ton of card ideas on Pinterest already!  Is it any wonder, with all seasons covered in this set.  I thought I would try my hand at a home decor piece so I could admire it in my office/craft space for months to come!


We are in the middle of winter in the South Pacific, a season I actually love.  I find it easier to warm up than to cool down, lol.  While typing up this post, it is howling with wind outside, the rain is coming in sideways, and I am sitting in front of my heater all toasty warm.  You probably think I am mad for creating a winter scene when I could be creating warm sun and sandy beaches!


I love winter because it is time to hibernate and just take time to slow down a little.  The "Just Breathe" sentiment is also a perfect reminder to do this!  I love the large, flowing font.  The photo above shows how I have masked and sponged this background.  I have only used two colours to create this scene as well - Old Olive and Dapper Denim.  The masking has helped to create an ombre effect which also makes it look like I have used a ton of different shades, when in fact I haven't!  This background took me less than 5 minutes to create!

After sourcing a shadowbox frame, I removed the picture mat and used a Dapper Denim sheet of paper from the Color Theory Paper Stack to cover the mat.  The mat was a lot larger than the 6" length of the paper stack, but this crackle paint effect hides all the joins really, really well!  I used some of the fun dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits to create a more 3 dimensional look to my work.  These stamps and dies have been conveniently bundled to save you 10% too!  Honestly, Stampin' Up! think of everything.

It would be so easy to change the look of this piece, simply by stamping and die cutting some blossoms and adhering them to the branches.  You could use your sponge brayer and masks again to create a new summer background.  Stamp a deck chair and a glass of lemonade and you could be sitting in the Bahamas!  This suite is just THAT versatile.

The rest of the Artisan Design Team have yet more inspiration for you.  Click on the "Next" button to visit with my good friend in Australia, Rochelle Blok.



Paula Dobson - You are here!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

PEACE ON EARTH AT CHRISTMAS - STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN BLOG HOP

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan blog hop.  We have an extra exciting hop for you this month as we feature an upcoming Christmas bundle from the Holiday catalogue - Carols of Christmas.


As a demonstrator, you can order this bundle NOW and make a saving of 10% when you do.  Get a start on planning your Christmas classes around this versatile set and pair it with product already available in the Stampin' Up! Annual catalogue!

As a customer, you can get the Carols of Christmas bundle early too, beginning August, and use your Bonus Days coupons to get even more of a discount!  You are surely going to want to get a head start on your Christmas cards with this beautiful bundle of product.


I had so many ideas swirling in my head on how I would love to use this beautiful stamp set and those amazing dies, it was hard to know where to start and I absolutely adore the large fonts in the greetings!!  I really couldn't help but create a scene (in a good way lol), it was the first thing I thought of when I got this set!

Christmas in New Zealand is Summertime, so no snow on those gorgeous pine trees on my card!  I used a Sponge Brayer to create the graduated colours in my evening sky before die cutting the moon and stars out, then I layered this panel on a mat of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  The sparkle is just gorgeous, but so hard to capture in a photo.


After heat embossing my sentiment in White embossing powder, and while it as still warm, I poured Dazzling Diamonds over the top to make it sparkle too, and then heat set it again.  I die cut a heap of trees from Garden Green cardstock and used a sponge dauber to add the same colour ink around the bottom of each tree to add depth before adhering to my card front with Dimensionals.


I brayered the inside of my card exactly the same as my card front.  While there isn't a tree stamp in this set, I simply die cut the trees from a Post-it-note and used that as a mask to daub the Garden Green ink through.  Job done!

Next stop is my good friend Rochelle Blok in Aussie and you are going to faint when you see what she has for you!!


Paula Dobson - You are here!

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator! When you shop Online with me, please the current host code (in my side bar) and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can invite you to my exclusive VIP Facebook Group and thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Friday, June 30, 2017

FANCY FRIDAY BLOG HOP - TOP 5 CATALGOUE PICKS

Welcome to the Fancy Friday Blog Hop for July.  Thanks for joining me for my first blog hop with these amazing gals.  You have probably just arrived here from the fabulous Cindy Shuster.  She is a pretty hard act to follow! We are a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisans who love to bring bring you inspiration each month!  This month it is all about our personal top 5 new catalogue products.  Like, how am I going to narrow THAT down, right?!

I am not even going to try and list them in order of most loved, but here are a few of my favourite things (did you just sing that?  You did, didn't you?)


Pattern Party Decorative Masks - I am a techniques girl, so I was always going to love these new masks!  Great for sponging or daubing over to create fabulous backgrounds on your projects.
Embossing Paste - Add a touch of texture to your projects and while you are there, add colour and mix!  Glitter it up!  So many possibilities!  Oh, did I mention the masks too, lol?
Daisy Delight Bundle - So popular that it practically went into back order on release!!  But it is back in stock now for the US market and little ol' South Pacific should be available again mid July.
Multi Purpose Adhesive Sheets - if you need to add adhesive to delicate die cuts or want to layer them up, this is a must have product.  Fabulous for the inlaid die cut technique too.  Watch my project video HERE featuring my use of these sheets on a project.
Mini Dimensionals - What can I say?  So darn ca-ute but super versatile!  No more cutting regular Dimensionals in half for those fiddly projects!


The project I am sharing today features the Daisy Delight suite of products and it is a scrapbook page!!  I know!  Scrapbooking is not normally my thing.  But my daughter is on her big OE at the moment and this was her last visit home before she headed overseas.  It needed to be recorded.


I have thrown the entire suite at this page - the Designer Paper, the ribbon, the faceted gems, the stamp set AND the punch.  I have also included a hidden journal card and used the daisy as the pull tab.  It normally sits out of sight behind the DSP panel with just the daisy showing.


My page heading was created with the lovely words thinlits which I stacked three layers of card thick, using the Multi Purpose Adhesives sheets to adhere them all together.  Love these sheets as I could die cut with the cardstock at the same time!

Next stop on the hop is the wonderful Jennifer Timko!


All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator! When you shop Online with me, please the current host code (in my side bar) and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can invite you to my exclusive VIP Facebook Group and thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.