Wednesday, 7 March 2018

In Praise of Sunflowers

Hi Everyone

Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers and colouring them is an opportunity to play with colour and shading.  This stamp set from Power Poppy is called In Praise of Sunflowers (PPAUG1601) and features this lovely large Sunflower.

My first card is a square card which I stamped the Sunflowers over the Colour Copy (200gsm) card using a Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad.  When colouring, I always colour the background first, so I traced the petals and leaves with Copic Markers E40 and E41.  This creates a slight shadow behind the flowers so that they look like they are slightly off the page.

I then coloured the leaves and stems with Copic Markers YG61, YG63, YG67 and G29 and then started colouring the petals with Y35, YR24, E35, E37 and then the centre of the Sunflowers with E29, E49 and E35.

When I finished colouring the Sunflowers, I adhered it to Bazzill Beetle Black (the darkness makes the centre of the Sunflowers pop), added some Dark Brown Twine and then onto the Bazzill Ivy card.  I then added some words from Impression Obsessions stamp B13615.

My second card is a standard A5 card starting with layers of Bazzill Guacamole, Pinecone, Creampuff and Simple Stories paper.  I added the words from the Power Poppy set - Everything's Even Rosier and some twine across the bottom.

With this Sunflower, I stamped it two times on Colour Copy card using a Rich Cocoa Memento Ink Pad (dark brown).  I halo cut one full stamped image and the second image was also halo cut, but this time just the top petals.

I  then coloured the leaves and stems with Copic Markers YG61, YG63, YG67 and G29 and then started colouring the petals with Y35, YR24, E35, E37 and then the centre of the Sunflowers with E29, E49 and E35.

When I finished colouring the Sunflowers, I adhered the full image to the front of the card and mounted the inner petal layer up with mounting tape.

Hope you like the cards.
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Monday, 5 March 2018

March Classes

Hi Everyone

Robyn has recovered from her surgery and our classes are back to their normal timetable. 

Our March classes include a variety of cards to make featuring Pop-up, Stencilling and Colouring (no surprise there). 

With the Altenew stamp set - Sewn with Love, there was the temptation to give you all a needle and thread to cross-stitch the Tulip, but fear not - it's all done with ink (because, quite frankly, we want to see you come back again).

Our Classes are from 9am to 3pm and this month's dates are:
Thursday 8th April
Friday 9th April
Saturday 10th April
Monday 12th April
Saturday 17th April
Sunday 18th April
Our classes are all $25 including light lunch and refreshments.  If you cannot make the class, our kits are available on our website -
Hoping to see you all soon
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Calendar Project - March 2018

Hi Everyone

March has arrived along with Autumn.  With the incredible heats of Summer that we have experienced, Autumn is a welcome season.

Today our calendar features Autumnal colours using the My Favorite Things - Layered Leaves die set.

I started with a base of Bazzill Lily White and covered it with Antique Linen Distress Paint and then added layered of Orange and Smoky card.

The Layered Leaves come in three sizes and each set has a solid base and then a top layer with just skeleton of the leaf.

I cheated when cutting out the leaves and put double sided tape on the card, making them easier to adhere together.

After they are together, I blended Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twig Distress Ink Pads (phew, just a couple of inks).

After assembling the leaves on the page, I added the calendar page and 'March' which was coloured with Antique Linen Distress Paint.

Hope you have a great March
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Catherine Pooler ink pads have arrived!!!

Hi Everyone

We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new ink pad range from Catherine Pooler - YAY!!!!

The Catherine Pooler ink pads are premium die ink pads and have solid, bright colours giving you a perfect stamped image.  We were very impressed with the ink pads when we were at Creativation and have been tracking there arrival from the US.

The ink pads are sold separately for $8.00 each or in sets of 8 for $60.00 (a saving of $4.00).

The sets of 8 come in collections including:

Party Collection: Life Of The Party

Party Collection: Spring Fling

Spa Collection: Paradise Found

and the newest collection: Spa Collection: Zen Garden

Finishing the collection is the Neutrals set of 3 ink pads.

You will find all these ink pads and the collections in store or on our website -

Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy [Heart] Day

Hi Everyone

Happy [Heart]Day!!  Thought I would share this little cutie with you today.

This is Penny Black's Heart You stamp (30-458) which has been stamped on Colour Copy 200gsm paper and coloured with Copic Markers E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, E49, B93, B95, B97, B99, R287 and B59.  I also outlined the image in B00 and B000.  When I finished colouring, I added some Dark Pink - Wink of Stella pen.

The card base is Bazzill Typhoon with Lily White and lastly some Graphic45 paper. 

I added Penny Black's Hearts Border (51-408) cut from Lily White to the bottom for a trim.

Hoping you have a great [Heart] Day.
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Friday, 9 February 2018

Valentine's Gifts

Hi Everyone

As a kid, I loved Cadbury Furry Friends as a treat and thought these would make a great Valentine gift for at our classes this month.

They were quick and easy to make, so thought I would share them on our blog incase you would like to make some before Valentines day.

I had some Doodlebug Valentines papers (anything red, white or pink will work fine, but paper will work better then cardboard) left over from last year and wrapped them around the Furry Friends bars.

I then cut some Bazzill Lily White into 1cm lengths and wrapped then long ways around the bar.  This will prevent the paper from sliding off.

I wanted to decorate the tops of the Valentine bars and cut heart shapes using Tim Holtz's Sizzix die set - Heartfelt (660233) using Bazzill Lily White, Petunia, Pomegranate and Gold Glitter card.  I thin layered them up with the glitter hearts on top.

Hoping you have a great day.
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Altenew Summer Swirl

Hi Everyone

The best thing about summer, for me at least, is Ice Cream - yum!!!

This is the Altenew Summer Swirl stamp set in two different ways.

Starting with the Happy Birthday card, I have a base of Bazzill Lily White, Pinecone and Whirlpool cards.  On the Whirlpool card I started the Darkroom Door Plaid Background stamp using the Peacock Feathers Distress ink pad.  I added two layers of Whirlpool and Lily White cut from Spellbinders dies and the words 'Happy Birthday' from the Darkroom Door Happy Birthday stamp set.

How for colouring the Ice creams - for this I used Copic Markers E40, E41, E43, E47, E49, R20, R22, R35, R37 with R59 and R27 for the cherry on top.  I halo cut out the ice creams and mounted them onto the card.

The second card started as a "I wonder if..." as the images are larger in size, I wasn't sure if stamping them all over a page would work, but it did.  On the Colour Copy (200gsm) paper,  I stamped the ice creams with a Memento Toffee Crush ink pad.  Once I had all the ice creams stamped, I traced around the outside with Copic Marker B00 and B000 for just a hint of colour in the background.  I then coloured the images with Copic Markers R81, E83, R85, R39, R27, R59, E50, E31, E35, E37.
When I had finished colouring, I added the background layers of Bazzill Sweetheart, Pinecone and Dotted Swiss Sandbox.  I added the words from Impression Obsession's new Macaron stamp set (CL808), embossed with WOW Opaque Bright White embossing powder and another ice cream from the Altenew stamps. 
Hoping you have a great day
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

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