Wednesday, 23 August 2017

My trip to New Zealand and The Great Welly Paper Caper!

THE GREAT WELLY PAPER CAPER 😍

A few months ago a friend of mine posted an advert for a retreat her and a mate were holding.
As soon as I saw the advert I was going!
certainly know how to hold an event!.

I will share some pics of the event with you plus some 'Holiday' snaps too 😊

I arrived Thursday afternoon to the Wellington Airport, so VERY excited. 
The fabulously gorgeous and talented Paula Dobson was waiting for me at the airport. 
After a quick hug and SOME hello's we then drove into Wellington and around Oriental Bay to the Copthorne hotel. 

#greatwellypapercaper #magpiecreates #stampinantics #stampingsusan #KOCreationscards

 I was in awe of the size of Wellington! And how the houses were tucked into the hills.
That's something that has to be seen to be believed!
There were even stairs leading up from roads below to houses above along the highway! 
I didn't get a picture of that, sorry. But WOW there must be some fit peeps living in those homes!!

#greatwellypapercaper #magpiecreates #stampinantics #stampingsusan #KOCreationscards


WOW .... What stunning views from the Copthorne! The pic on the bottom left has a yellow building with a green torch shape on the front is the Te Papa Museum. I hope to visit there next time around!

I did get to see a little of the area on foot when we went out for dinner on Courtney Place. We found a lovely Chinese restaurant called the Majestic Cuisine...My Goodness the food was delicious!


The next morning we again walked to Courtney Place to another little eatery for breakfast.
We chose Sweet Mothers Kitchen to enjoy the morning in.
#greatwellypapercaper #magpiecreates #stampinantics #stampingsusan #KOCreationscards
What a fantastic choice this was! Gorgeous laid back atmosphere with some cool bluesy tunes playing in the background. Food was great and the coffee was even better!
Then we were off to pick up the Guest tutor for the weekend the ever so talented Susan Wong from  Auckland. Susan is a past Artisan member and I really enjoy her CAS style and creativity.

#greatwellypapercaper #magpiecreates #stampinantics #stampingsusan #KOCreationscards
Paula had her Chauffers cap and Chalk Board ready lol, so Susan could find us. There was quite a humorous reaction. You can't see in the pics but another group were also holding a sign that said Welcome To Wellington. It all worked quite well together actually lol.

Then we were off to the Silver Stream Retreat.
Sharlene had already started setting up by the time we arrived, but we all hopped in setting up tables and display boards and got everything organised in a jiffy ready for the rest of the ladies arrivals.
#greatwellypapercaper #magpiecreates #stampinantics #stampingsusan #KOCreationscards

The room all set up. 
Top pic is of the 'TREATS' table, Sharlene does such a gorgeous job of creating this area, from the buntings to the flower arrangement and food. 
Middle pic is of all the tables set up and ready to go and the bottom pic is where Sharlene & Paula bring along samples for everyone to admire and be inspired by.

There were three classes held over the two days of the event with lots of free time in between to create our own designs plus perfect what we had learnt during classes. 
Each project from these classes were just gorgeous. the classes were a mix of projects, cards and 3D items. I have been wanting to create more 3D items for a while and me being me just procrastinated about it hahaha. So needless to say, I was over the moon!

First up Saturday morning was Susan Wong with a sweet and pretty Mini Album. (I will share the album I created in another blog all set out with pics from my trip)
#greatwellypapercaper #magpiecreates #stampinantics #stampingsusan #KOCreationscards

Then later in the afternoon we had Paula teaching how to create her stunning card design with a matching note pad cover.
And on the last day, Sunday morning, we had Sharlene (MagpieCreative) with a beautifully striking card and box design.
Each project used the Lots of Lovely Stamp set along with some of the DSP from the suite too.
Loads of techniques were included, such as fussy cutting, embossing, following instructions lol and building 3D items, layering plus a cool trick of how to stick Dazzling Diamonds to a card front using Adhesive sheets.

Then it was finally home time for all of us.
We packed our belongings and headed off to our homes and for myself and Susan, towards the airport.

Paula took Susan and myself to the airport, along the way we took a diversion to the Peter Jackson Digital studios in Wellington and the WETA Cave where all of the props are displayed that were used for the Lord Of The Rings movies.
I quickly snapped a few pics outside the building as we didn't have alot of time.

#greatwellypapercaper #magpiecreates #stampinantics #stampingsusan #KOCreationscards


I spent an hour or so with Susan Wong at the airport before we went our separate ways where I found even more bits and pieces from the LOTR movies.
SMAUG!

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I had a fabulous little holiday mixed with a crafting retreat and met some gorgeous ladies along the way. 
I made new friendships and a learnt little bit about New Zealand and the lovely and talented people living there.

#greatwellypapercaper #magpiecreates #stampinantics #stampingsusan #KOCreationscards

 I can't wait for the Great Welly Paper Caper 2018!
Like what you see? Do you want to go next year? Then you must contact Paula Dobson or Sharlene Meyers to find out all details! 
I had a blast 😊

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop - Tabs For Everything












Welcome to  the Stampin Sunday blog hop, Every month on the first Sunday we all get together and showcase an item from the current catalogues. It could be a stamp set, a bundle or a whole suite!
 
#KOCreationscards #Tabsforeverything #Gracefulgarden #Sheetmusic #Vintage #Roses #Garden #Cardmaking #Stampinup
Today we are using the versatile Tabs For Everything stamp and punch set. This set is currently available in a bundle. I love bundles, they are awesome because you get to save 10% percent on the total purchase price when you purchase these items as a bundle.

You can purchase your bundle HERE

Tabs For Everything bundle.

I combined this fabulous and versatile bundle with the Sheet Music background stamp and the Graceful Garden stamp set to create a little gift set with.
 I created a card and matching Pillow box

I have also added this set to Kylie Burtuccis International Highlights with the theme Teachers Gifts. Votng for this goes LIVE from the 16th August at 8am.
You can vote for my project my by clicking on the button below, My Project is number 11. Just click the little heart in the top right corner to vote.
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Love Tabs Gift Set

#KOCreationscards #Tabsforeverything #Gracefulgarden #Sheetmusic #Vintage #Roses #Garden #Cardmaking #Stampinup


My card base is thick Whisper White card stock with a layer of Chocolate Chip card stock.
I stamped my Sheet Music onto normal whisper white using the stamping off technique.
This gave me a faded and patchy look which lent itself more to the vintage feel I was after.

Using the stamp-a-ma-jig so I could stamp 2 colours on the same stamp I stamped my rose in Rich Razzleberry first cleaning off any excess colour from the leaf area before stamping. I then cleaned my stamp and inked it in Lemon Lime Twist again wiping of any excess only this time from the petals.
Once completely stamped I water coloured the whole flower, stem and leaves. Blending Rich Razzleberry, Lemon Lime Twist Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. I added clear Wink of Stella around the highlights of the rose plus 3 clear Perfect Accents..I made them clear by removing the white backing!
When all of the colour was dry I stamped the rose outline again in Rich Razzleberry to redefine the image and then fussy cut it out.

Pillow Box

Basic Directions.


You can down load a free template for 3 different size pillow boxes HERE
I decorated my pillow box to match my card. I used the same elements from the card just on a smaller scale.

Open and Angled View of Card Only

#KOCreationscards #Tabsforeverything #Gracefulgarden #Sheetmusic #Vintage #Roses #Garden #Cardmaking #Stampinup
I have also added this gift set to the Global Design Project challenge this week #GDP099 with the theme of Wedding/Anniversary, this gift set fitted their theme to perfection!

The layers beneath the rose are wide black dotted white Washi Tape, Linen Thread, Black Mini Sequins and a doily cut in half. I placed the rose on top mounted on Mini Dimensionals.
I used the Tabs For Everything as a means to attach my sentiment and placed it beside the rose with multipurpose glue.
 For the inside of my card I simply stamped the smaller rose and quickly gave it a colour wash to match the front.


Please click on the next name after mine to continue through the hop.







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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

International Top 10 Winners Blog Hop - Gratitude Inspired by Thailand

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Welcome back everyone 😊
You are here visiting Kim Oliver of Australia and this is the International top 10 Winners Blog Hop.

Every month Kylie Berucci holds an International Blog Highlights event. This is for people from all over the world to create and enter there projects for all the world to see, then people vote.
 Last month the theme was, Gratitude - Inspired by Thailand.
My projects were voted as part of the top 10.
You can see the winning project HERE
For this Blog Hop I once again chose flowers, but this time I thought I would water colour my own design.


This is the photo I chose to work from.

Parrot Flower - Impatiens Psittacina. 
This flower grows in Thailand, it gets it's name from the fact that it looks alot like a parrot.

Here is my project.

Parrot Flower

#KOCreationscards #Orangeblossoms #Gratitude #Parrotflower #Thailand #Watercolour #Watercolor

A little about me adn how this came about.
As a child I would spend hours sketching, drawing or painting. I loved art and creating in almost every form. That was right up until the time I had a brain aneurysm. After months of recovery I found I had lost all inclination to draw, paint or even create....It was like a light was switched off, I felt like this for many many years.
I started scrap booking as a way to bring back some light and have that creative outlet. Scrap booking naturally evolved into card making. Then that evolved into being a demonstrator for Stamin' Up!
I have been water colouring Stampin' Up! stamped images for a little while now as my need to create developed once again..
Then this morning, I felt a really overpowering urge..... I hadn't felt this for 18 years!
I actually WANTED to sketch and paint from scratch!!
AND
I am elated with how this turned out!
This being my first real effort in 18 years!

Close Up View

#KOCreationscards #Orangeblossoms #Gratitude #Parrotflower #Thailand #Watercolour #Watercolor


After roughly sketching out the general shape, I started applying layers of ink using our Aqua Painters.
I did this using the technique called dry water colour. That is when you apply the water colour to a dry surface with a wet brush.
Leaving each colour to dry between layers I slowly built my Parrot Flower until I was happy. When finished I used the fine tip end of my black Stampin' Write marker to define some lines and areas.
I used the Orange Blossom stamp set as my back ground leaves and buds.
Using a wide soft brush I washed Daffodil Delight over the area to finish.
I trimmed the watercolour to size and backed onto a Basic Black card stock base.

Angled and Open View

#KOCreationscards #Orangeblossoms #Gratitude #Parrotflower #Thailand #Watercolour #Watercolor

Well I do hope you have enjoyed my project today. I know I really enjoyed creating it to share with you all.

You may have just started here with me on my blog.
To keep moving through the hop please click the name after mine.





If you would like to purchase any of the items I used to create this card project with today then look no further than the carousel below. It has all items listed and is linked directly to my store.
When ordering on line with me please remember to use the
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Thank you so much for visiting. 
If you have any questions please use the comment section to ask them. 
I always reply! 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Vintage Leaves -Tabs For Everything - GDP098


Welcome back everyone 😊

#KOCreationscards #Vintageleaves #Smooshing #Cardmaking #Gold #Autumn #Tabsforeverything #Embossing #Enamelshapes #Coffeebreak #Stampinup #GDP098

I am sharing with you all today a new set I have recently purchased called Vintage Leaves.
I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it in the Annual Catalogue.
The Autumn season has finished here in Australia and we are now in mid Winter.
But Autumn for me means brisk chilly days filled with a riot of colour.
My daughter and I love collecting leaves of all different colours over Autumn during our walks. She glues them to absolutey everything! lol. Me I just keep a couple and put them between the pages of a few heavy books where I keep other special flowers I have been given or found over my lifetime.

I used the Global Design Projects weekly challenge for my inspiration point and started creating.


Here is my card

Celebrate Love

#KOCreationscards #Vintageleaves #Smooshing #Cardmaking #Gold #Autumn #Tabsforeverything #Embossing #Enamelshapes #Coffeebreak #Stampinup #GDP098

My card base is Crumb Cake card stock with a layer of wood grain DSP from the Coffee Break suite.
To create my leaves began by smooshing an A4 sheet of thick Whisper white with Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie. 
I let it dry and then stamped my leaf images over the top.

#KOCreationscards #Vintageleaves #Smooshing #Cardmaking #Gold #Autumn #Tabsforeverything #Embossing #Enamelshapes #Coffeebreak #Stampinup #GDP098
When the leaves had all been cut I chose three of roughly the same shade and gold embossed over the  already stamped images. As I wanted gold highlights for my card.
I used metallic Gold Thread and wrapped that around the stems of the leaves. I wrapped this also around the DSP twice and coiled it under the leaves. 
The leaves are held in place with glue dots.
For my sentiment I chose to use the Tabs for Everything stamp and punch set. 

#KOCreationscards #Vintageleaves #Smooshing #Cardmaking #Gold #Autumn #Tabsforeverything #Embossing #Enamelshapes #Coffeebreak #Stampinup #GDP098

To finish this card off and carry through the gold just that little bit more I added 5 metallic enamel shapes.
For the inside I added a small die cut leaf with gold thread looped behind and 1 metallic gold shape.



If you would like to purchase any of the items I used to create this card project with today then look no further than the carousel below. It has all items listed and is linked directly to my store.
When ordering on line with me please remember to use the
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All those who use the code and enter their contact details go into the draw for the 2 monthly prizes that are available. 1 prize is for orders up to $100 and the other prize is for orders $100 and over




For the month of August everyone...Demo's Customers absolutely EVERYONE can pre-order this fabulous set that will be available in the new Holiday Catalogue set to be released in September!
To order your Stamp set, Die set or 
EVEN BETTER 
save 10% and buy the bundle! 
Then just click HERE



Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. 
I hope you have enjoyed my creative efforts 😊
If you have any questions please feel free to use the comments section to ask them. 
I always reply!


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Daisy Delight , Lovely Words and Layered Leaves

#KOCreationscards #Daisydelight #Daisies #Embossing #Cardmaking #Masking #CI14 #Flowers #Garden #Nature #Layeredleaves #Detailedfloralthinlits
Welcome back everyone 😊

Yesterday I shared a card created using the fabulously versatile Daisy Delight bundle and using a colour palette from the Colour INKspiration challenge. 
You can see that card HERE
These are the colours that make up the challenge for  #CI14 Love creating? Love Colour and different palletes? Just click the challenge number and ask to join the Facebook Group to be able to take part yourself.
These colours are Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky and Night of Navy.

Here is Today's card.

Lovely

#KOCreationscards #Daisydelight #Daisies #Embossing #Cardmaking #Masking #CI14 #Flowers #Garden #Nature #Layeredleaves #Detailedfloralthinlits

For this gorgeous card creation I started by cutting a rectangle of thick Whisper White using the Detailed Floral Thinlits edge die . 
I sponged Rich Razzleberry on my thick Whisper White card base in the area that I was going to leave a gap.
I LIGHTLY spritzed both of my die cut pieces with water and ran them through the Layered Leaves dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder ( or TIEF for short) As I wanted to deboss the leafy image I made sure I had the card the right way round.
I really like the effect of the debossed leaves behind my daisies.

Do you think that the sponged colour gives this card the illusion of 3D?? 

I punched out 3 daisy images and coloured them by using a dauber and Rich Razzleberry. I then added Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry card stock using the Blossom Builder punch. 
Another versatile punch and a must have if you enjoy building your own flowers like I do!
I finished my flowers by adding a Faceted Gem to each centre.
The sentiment is from the centre cut out from a Lovely Words diecut and layered in Night of Navy and Smoky Slate to create a shadow effect
The leaves behind the Daisy have been cut using the leaf die from the eclectic layers thinlits in Smoky Slate card stock.

Angled and Open View

#KOCreationscards #Daisydelight #Daisies #Embossing #Cardmaking #Masking #CI14 #Flowers #Garden #Nature #Layeredleaves #Detailedfloralthinlits

For the inside I used the ink and wipe method for the daisy stamp. Firstly inking in Night of Navy, wiping and then inking in Rich Razzleberry. Stamping once turning and without re-inking stamping again.


If you would like to purchase any of the items I used to create this card project with today then look no further than the carousel below. It has all itmes listed and is linked directly to my store.
When ordering on line with me please remember to use the
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All those who use the code and enter their contact details go into the draw for the 2 monthly prizes that are available. 1 prize is for orders up to $100 and the other prize is for orders $100 and over.


For the month of August everyone...Demo's Customers absolutely EVERYONE can pre-order this fabulous set that will be available in the new Holiday Catalogue set to be released in September!
To order your Stamp set, Die set or 
EVEN BETTER 
save 10% and buy the bundle! 
Then just click HERE


Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. 
I hope you have enjoyed my creative efforts 😊
If you have any questions please feel free to suse the comments section to ask them. 
I always reply!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Daisy Delight #CI14


#KOCreationscards #Daisydelight #Daisies #Embossing #Cardmaking #Masking #CI14 #Flowers #Garden #Nature

Welcome back everyone 😊
Today I have been working with a colour palette from Colour INKspiration
 Every fortnight they choose a different Colour challenge for everyone to have try their hand at, You can join the FB group by clicking HERE and asking to join.
Here is this fortnights colours.

 They are Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky and Night of Navy

As just recently the Daisy Delight bundle has become orderable again in Australia! - Jumps for joy lol I adore this bundle, it is perfect for soooo many occasions and is really great value for money.

 If you purchase the Daisy Delight Stamp and Punch set ( 145361) as a bundle then you will save 10% as with all bundles available from Stampin' Up!® 

So,  in honour of being back in stock I chose the Daisy Delight bundle to use for this gorgeous colour palette.

AND
Here is my card.
I actually made two cards. 
But I will share the other card tomorrow  though 😉

Thank You....for your kindness

#KOCreationscards #Daisydelight #Daisies #Embossing #Cardmaking #Masking #CI14 #Flowers #Garden #Nature
For my card base I used thick Whisper White card stock with layers of Night of Navy and Whisper White. 
I made a circle mask using my layering circles framelits and softly sponged Soft Sky and Night of Navy inside.
I then mixed embossing paste with a drop of Smoky Slate ink refill and using the clouds mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. I let the clouds be outside the circle area.
When this was dry I stamped the stem of the daisy in Night of Navy.
I punched the daisy with the Daisy punch and whisper white, then daubed Rich Razzleberry over the centre and ends. I cut this in half and doubled over. Chopping out a couple of petals and arranging them in a falling manner below the main flower.
I added a large faceted gem to the centre.
To finish the front I used the Iridescent sequins from the metallics sequins.

Open and Angled View 

#KOCreationscards #Daisydelight #Daisies #Embossing #Cardmaking #Masking #CI14 #Flowers #Garden #Nature

For the inside I used the ink and wipe method for the daisy stamp. Firstly inking in Night of Navy, wiping and then inking in Rich Razzleberry.


If you would like to purchase any of the items I used to create this card project with today then look no fi=urther than the carousel below. It ahs all itmes listed and is linked directly to my store.
When ordering online with me please remember to use the
Hostess Code for August
VSF96XYM
All those who use the code and enter their contact details go into the draw for the 2 monthly prizes that are available. 1 prize is for orders up to $100 and the other prize is for orders $100 and over.



Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and
I hope you enjoyed my creative efforts 😉