Tuesday, 25 June 2019

International Highlights June Winners Blog Hop | Theme: Encouragement


Welcome and thank you for joining me in a special International Blog Hop for the winners of Kylie Bertucci's June International Blog Highlight. Our theme for this highlight was Encouragement.

Anyone and everyone was able to vote for their favourite cards and based on the total votes received, the top 10 winners were announced and I came 3rd (well actually equal 2nd) - YAY :) A big THANKYOU to all those who voted for my card.

Below is the Free As A Bird encouragement card I entered. If you would like more details or information on this card, click here or on the below image to be taken to my post.



All 10 winners were invited to participate in this special International Highlight Blog Hop. Our theme for this hop is also Encouragement.

My latest Encouragement themed card was also created using the Free As A Bird stamp set (which is a new favourite of mine).

The layout for my card today was inspired by the latest Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge #462. My colour palette was inspired by the rainbow VW Combi image in the latest Fusion Challenge.


Plus I added some ribbon so it fits in with our latest Aussies Who Love Stampin' Up! Facebook Group "Add Ribbon" Challenge #AWLSU033. So I have a bonus Admin Inspiration creation :)


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The colour palette for my card uses the 2018-20 In Colors: Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.

I am a big fan of BRIGHTS, so this In Color group is my favourite. The new 2019-21 In Colors are pretty, but a little pale for my liking however I am sure they'll grow on me.

I started off by stamping the bird image from the Free As A Bird stamp set in Memento Black Ink on some Whisper White cardstock, cut it out using a large square from the Stitched Shapes Dies set and then coloured it using my Stampin' Blends. The colours used were to tie in to the In Colors I wanted for my colour palette, where I didn't have a matching In Color Blend, I went with colours that were close. So I have used my Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Call Me Clover, Soft Suede, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch and Calypso Coral Blends.

The sentiment, which comes from the Let It Ride stamp set, is stamped in Blueberry Bushell ink.

My card base is Crumb Cake and I layered strips of the 2018-20 In Color cardstock on top. I attached some small pieces of the 2018-20 In Color 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon to the back of my Stitched Square before adhering to my card base using some Mini Dimensionals.

Hope you like it..... I know I do. The bright rainbow of colours just makes me happy :)




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Just scroll to the bottom of my post, leave your comment and you will put a smile on my dial :)


Don't forget to continue the hop all the way around to see what the very creative winners of Kylie's International Highlight have come up with.

You are currently visiting me - Kirsten Aitchison, so checkout the list below to see who is next in the hop.




You too can make this ....... 
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Free As A Bird Stamp Set
(Cling 149468)

Let It Ride
Stamp Set
(Cling 148765)

Stitched Shapes Framelits
(145372)

Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain Ribbon (146950)

Call Me Clover Grosgrain Ribbon (146951)

Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon (146954)

Lovely Lipstick Grosgrain Ribbon (146952)

Pineapple Punch Grosgrain Ribbon (146953)
Stampin' Blends: Balmy Blue (Dark & Light), Call Me Clover (Dark & Light), Calypso Coral (Light), Lovely Lipstick (Dark & Light), Night of Navy (Light), Pineapple Punch (Dark), Soft Suede (Dark & Light)
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Clear BlocksScissors/Paper Snips


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Monday, 24 June 2019

All The Best Ribbon Card | Aussies Who Love Stampin' Up! Challenge #033


Hi and thanks for visiting :)

Today marks the start of our latest fortnightly challenge over on the Aussies Who Love Stampin' Up! Facebook Group.

Our latest challenge #AWLSU033 is an "Add Ribbon" challenge. So all you need to do to enter is just add some ribbon to your project. Easy as :)



Myself and the other group admins will share our creations to start off each challenge and hopefully help kick-start and inspire your creativity.


If you live in Australia and are interested in participating in our fortnightly challenges, click here to join the group :)


The layout for my card today was inspired by the new Paper Players Sketch Challenge #447.


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Our new challenge theme of "Add Ribbon" was my suggestion, because I am sure there are a lot of you out there who, just like me, have a HUGE stash of ribbon that you either just forget to use on your projects and/or you only use a little bit so it takes forever to use up a roll.

So, if you are a ribbon collector like me.... then this challenge is for YOU!




As you can see I added some ribbon.... a lot of ribbon in fact, well actually it is pretty much the only thing on my card :)

I have such a large collection of different ribbons in a huge range of colours, I decided to make my card a rainbow of changing colours. For this card I have gone from pink to purple to red to orange and then yellow. I am planning on whipping up another using yellows, greens and blues.... so keep an eye out over the next week (provided my studies don't get in the way).

To create my card I cut a strip of Whisper White cardstock and pretty much covered one side in Fast Fuse. If you don't have Fast Fuse, Snail or Double-sided tape would work as well (I wouldn't recommend using Multipurpose Liquid Glue as it will seep through the ribbon).

I then went to my ribbon collection and just added 1 piece of ribbon at a time, starting in the top left hand corner, working my way down. Make sure you leave enough overhang to be able to tuck and adhere the edges to the back of your cardstock strip. For this I added more Fast Fuse around the edges on the back of my cardstock piece and folded the ribbon around and stuck it down.

My card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock and I adhered my ribbon panel using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment comes from the First Frost stamp set and is stamped in Poppy Parade ink on a thin strip of Whisper White cardstock. I have adhered it over the top of the ribbon using Stampin' Dimensionals (as they are just a little thicker than the Mini ones) and I added a little double sided tape in the middle to stick it to the ribbon (probably not needed, but I didn't want it to move or lift up).

If you are interested to know the ribbon colour rainbow/order I used, here it is: Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Fig, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Grapefruit Grove, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry and Hello Honey.

Most of the ribbons I have used are retired and so are some of the colours, but you could create this using any ribbons you happen to have at home.




Thanks so much for your support and for visiting me today :)
If you enjoy what I do, I would love you to Like and Follow my Facebook page, and Pin my cards on Pinterest (or you can follow me on Pinterest). 

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If you like this card, it would make my day if you left me a comment. 
Just scroll to the bottom of my post, leave your comment and you will put a smile on my dial :)


You too can make this ....... 
Here is a list of the supplies and tools used:

If you need any of these supplies, I would love to be able to assist you and would really appreciate your business. Just click on a product link below to head on over to my Australian online store.
Australian customers: Join my free Customer Rewards program by making a purchase through my online store. Click here for more details.
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First Frost Stamp Set (Cling 148913)

Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon (146954)

Lovely Lipstick Grosgrain Ribbon (146952)





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Monday, 10 June 2019

Rainbow Thank You | Aussies Who Love Stampin' Up! Challenge #032


Hi and thanks for visiting :)

Today marks the start of our latest fortnightly challenge over on the Aussies Who Love Stampin' Up! Facebook Group.

Our latest challenge #AWLSU032 is a technique challenge. Our technique for this challenge is sponging. It could be applying ink using sponges, sponge daubers or sponge brayers (or anything else you can think of that uses sponges).




Myself and the other group admins will share our creations to start off each challenge and hopefully help kick-start and inspire your creativity.


If you live in Australia and are interested in participating in our fortnightly challenges, click here to join the group :)


My card was also inspired by a few other creative challenges. The layout was inspired by this weeks Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge #206, my colour palette is from the latest Fusion Rainbow Birds Challenge and I teamed our AWLSU032 Sponging Challenge with the latest Just Add Ink Emboss Resist Challenge #406.








I started out by cutting a large stitched rectangle and the butterfly from the Springtime Impressions dies using some Whisper White cardstock.

Then I inked up my Thank You sentiment (from the Abstract Impressions stamp set) using Versamark, stamped it in the top corner of my rectangle and clear heat embossed it.

Using a few tiny drops of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the back of my die cut butterfly, that I let dry first so it was tacky (but still removable), I placed my die cut butterfly on my stitched rectangle. 

From here I grabbed my ink pads and sponge daubers. I have used the same rainbow of colours in this card, that I used on my Springtime Impressions Birthday Butterfly card, to see the an image detailing the colours in order, check out my post by clicking here.

Starting in the middle with Daffodil Delight, I sponged ink on my stitched rectangle and on top of my butterfly using sponge daubers. From there I moved out to the edges blending each colour as I went.

Once done, I carefully removed my die cut butterfly to reveal a white butterfly underneath. Using a piece of paper towel, I carefully removed any extra ink that was sitting on top of the clear heat embossed Thank You sentiment (to make it look more white).

To finish off, I added a layer of Basic Black cardstock underneath, before adhering it to my Whisper White Thick card base.

The awesome thing about this card is that I now have a gorgeous rainbow die cut butterfly that I can use on another card. Win Win.....woo hoo!




Thanks so much for your support and for visiting me today :)
If you enjoy what I do, I would love you to Like and Follow my Facebook page, and Pin my cards on Pinterest (or you can follow me on Pinterest). 

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If you like this card, it would make my day if you left me a comment. 
Just scroll to the bottom of my post, leave your comment and you will put a smile on my dial :)


You too can make this ....... 
Here is a list of the supplies and tools used:

If you need any of these supplies, I would love to be able to assist you and would really appreciate your business. Just click on a product link below to head on over to my Australian online store.
Australian customers: Join my free Customer Rewards program by making a purchase through my online store. Click here for more details.
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Abstract Impressions (Photopolymer 147513)

Springtime Impressions Thinlits (146326)

Rectangle Stitched Framelits (148551)

Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109130)
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Clear BlocksEmbossing BuddyHeat ToolSponge Daubers


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