Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop - September

Hi everyone, bit of a long time between blog posts for me, whoops! 

Welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop for September. This month our theme is the Thankfulness as it is our last hop for the Mediterranean Trip. Next month those that have earned the trip to Thailand in 2017 will be hopping each month. 

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog (Bec Ross) or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. 

I have a lot to be thankful for in my life - a happy and healthy family, a fun job that takes me on awesome holidays, loads of wonderful friends I've met through my time as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator... lots be grateful for.

I'm super grateful to have wonderful demonstrators in my team who are also enjoying their hobby and businesses.  This past week I sent out some extra little" thank you"s to them.  Without them I would not have achieved my goal of earning the 2017 Grand Vacation to Thailand!  

I sent them some of our super cute Metallic Enamel Shapes and a little thank you note. I used Petals & Paisleys DSP for the striped accent pieces and the stamp comes from the "Better Than Email" stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.

Another thing I am grateful for is how easy Stampin' Up! makes my life!  I love all of our kits for when I need cards in a hurry or don't feel like making up my own design.  
Designer Tin of Cards is pretty cool - I love how simple they are to make.  
I always need Thank You cards and often need them made in a hurry so I copied the Thank You card from the kit! Can you spot the difference??

The top one is my copy, the bottom one is from the kit.  I simplified by leaving off the embellishments but I think it still looks pretty good!  I've used the Moroccan designer series paper and the Designer Tin of Cards stamp set to complete the look.

Thank you for visiting my blog - I'm grateful for your visit!  I look forward to sharing more with you soon as I get back into the blogging habit :-)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop - Baby Love

Hi everyone and welcome to the blog hop for April. Our theme this month is Baby Love.

I was very excited to win the Baby Bear stamp set as my prize at the recent On Stage event on the Gold Coast. This event is for demonstrators only and it was a great weekend. We were given an advance copy of the next Annual Catalogue as well as some cool new product!!

So here's a sneak peek for you of the Baby Bear stamp set with my project:

Isn't he cute?  Baby Bear is a 3-step stamp set - there are 3 layers of stamping to make this bear.  I find it MUCH easier to stamp in reverse order - i.e. start with the darkest colour first and work back towards the lighter colours over the top.  It is much easier to see through the stamp this way.
You do need to be quite precise when stamping with these types of images, otherwise you can get a blurry image.  So just take your time and have a  few tries on some scrap paper first to get the hang of it.
I am just loving these Photo Realistic stamps.  If you like this look, another great stamp set I can recommend is the Picture Perfect stamp set currently available in the Occasions Catalogue.

Stamps: Baby Bear (will be available from June 1st in the new annual catalogue)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Another Botanical Card Sketch

This was a fun sketch to follow:

I've used:
Paper - Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Botanical Gardens DSP
Accessories: Expressions Natural Elements, Rhinestones

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Carrot Treats

I just wanted to quickly share these fun Easter Carrot treats with you today.  These were a bit of a last-minute creation as I had actually forgotten that I'd purchased the Polka Dot Cone Cellophane Bags from the Occastions Catalogue!

So last minute that I didn't have time to go very far looking for orange treats to go inside my carrots.  Best I could come up with was a couple of bags of Darrel Lea "jaffas" and a giant bag of Smarties from which I picked out all the orange ones! LOL!
Then my eldest child reminded me that carrots can be purple too so we picked through the Smarties and made a purple carrot as well.

The bags are tied closed with Cucumber Crush lace and a little tag popped on, stamped with the And Many More stamp set.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Simple Sketch with Perfect Pairings

Here's another very simple card I made on the weekend retreat:

I've used Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey and Whisper White cardstock, Botanical designer vellum, Perfect Pairings stamp set and Mossy Meadow ink.   I also used the Project Life corner punch.  That's it! Super simple and easy to make lots in one go.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop March

Welcome to another Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop - our theme this month is "Wedding Dreams"

My eldest child's former teacher got married last weekend and since she was his teacher for 2 years in a row, we really wanted to give her a congratulations card.  When she returns from her honeymoon he can take this card to school to give to her.  She is such a sweet young lady and we loved having her as his teacher.

Since she is young and trendy, I didn't want to go too old-fashioned or shabby chic etc.  I wanted to keep it clean and simple and include some bling!
I also didn't really have too much in the way of specific wedding stamps so I actually did NO STAMPING on this card! OMG!

I've used the Expressions Natural Elements for the sentiment.  I tried out a few different options for colouring it and adding some sparkle. I settled on the bottom option - emboss with Whisper White embossing powder and then add Clear Wink of Stella over the top.

It is a little difficult to capture the sparkles on camera - always much prettier in real life - but hopefully this photo below gives you an idea of how each option looks.

The materials and tools I used for this card were:

* Gold glimmer paper (layer and heart)
* Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack (earned free with a $90 sale-a-bration order)
* Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies (for the heart - the sweetheart punch was too small for what I wanted)

I hope you enjoyed my project. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Botanical Gardens - Card Sketch

Just recently my team and I spent a lovely weekend away at our annual team craft retreat.  I'm never sure what I'm going to make at these weekends so I take ALL my stuff (well, just about!) and just see what happens and what mood takes me.  This time I mostly created cards using sketches for the layouts.  I'll share them all with you over the next few posts but here's one to get us started.

It's a very simple card using just stamps, inks and papers.

I've used the following supplies:

*Mossy Meadow card stock
*Whisper White card stock
*Botanical Gardens DSP
*Perfect Pairings stamp set (sale-a-bration item)
*Mossy Meadow ink
*Cajun Craze ink