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Retiring items blog hop with Janet Wakeland

Hello and welcome! I am super excited to be joining this Retiring Blog Hop hosted by Janet Wakeland - I admire her so much, not only her paper crafting, but her photography, one day I hope to be able to take amazing nature shots too!
This is always a strange time of year with mixed emotions - joy at the new stamp sets and products coming in the new catalogue, but sadness as it's time to say goodbye to some our our much love sets.

Today I am showcasing the retiring Flying Home set, inspired by my daughter love animals, she is always pointing out birds when we are out, and she has a special friend at Grandmas - here she is with "Happy"

My first card also highlights 2 of my loves = pink and pastels. I coloured the image with Stampin Blends, but you could easily use many other mediums - watercolour pencils, aqua painter or Stampin Markers

I layered the image on Pink Pirouette, also retiring, and added some "bling" with retiring Bakers Twine - if you can be "bow ch…

Ahoy There Seaside Shore

Ever start off with a plan in your head and your card turns out totally different?

Well, that's what happened today, this was going to be a somewhat simple card with my trying a new technique using Glycerin for blending sponged backgrounds that I saw Gail O'Neill demonstrate - and it is amazing, the Glycerin just makes the sponge glide on the cardstock, and keeps the ink damp a little longer making it perfect for blending your second colour, I used Soft Sky then Marina Mist  - this technique is amazing!

I was inspired to try the new technique when I saw this weeks challenge at Stamp Ink Paper, and it does say you can use any colour medium - I may have used more than one... and ended up with a Shaker Card!

I started the project by stamping the underwater plants and then used an Aqua Painter to fill in the colour with Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and Calypso Coral, next I stamped a fish in Daffodil Delight and added So Saffron shading with the Aqua Painter. 
This is where things…

Ghosting with Cake Soiree

Hello, welcome to the April Go for Greece Blog Hop which is a part of the Go For Greece demonstrator training group. A supportive and sharing community has built up and is led by Kylie Bertucci.  As part of the Go For Greece group are all working towards achieving the Stampin’ Up! annual trip this year, which is a trip to the Greek Isles for two people, wouldn’t that be just amazing!!!!!?
I'm working with one of my favourite suites today - sentimental as I did a presentation of the Sweet Soiree Suite at the Melbourne OnStage event in November, so very close to my heart as whilst doing a presentation in front of 100's of demonstrators was way out of my comfort zone, the "personal stretch" to do so was so rewarding.
My card today features the "ghosting technique", what's that you say? In a nut shell you create the illusion  of a  lighter shadow behind  a main colour focal point by stamping with white craft ink first and then with colour over the top, slightl…

Around the Corner - not just for corners!

It's that time again, the "Enjoy the little things in life - Design Team Video Blog Hop" is here to help you to be more creative and give you some great ideas and tips.
This month you are in for a treat/sneak peak - we are going to be giving you inspiration with the stamp sets we won from Prize Patrol at Onstage earlier this month! I won the Around the Corner stamp set, it contains 18 photopolymer stamps, and today I am going to show you that there is more about this set than just cormers!

To change up the stamping I have used "masking" one of my favourite techniques, and I use it all the time..... and as I had a little "planning mishap" with my balloon stamping I have a tip in my video of what do do when you stamped images don't fit in your punch.

I'm pleasantly surprised with this CAS card, not my normal style, and I did have to stop myself stepping it up - told myself leave that for another card!

Anyway, here is my tutorial of creating this car…