Wednesday 14th February

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to everyone … thanks for popping by to see this week’s blog hop.

Sorry that I missed joining in last week but I am very pleased to be back for today because we are featuring the perfect suite of Stampin’ Up!® for making cards and projects for someone you love – PAINTED WITH LOVE.

I made this card for a work get-together that I hosted last Tuesday, after school finished … this is the second time I’ve held a Valentine’s card making activity for my colleagues to join in.

Here’s a photo of two teachers making their cards … Luke actually made a birthday card, for his partner, as well.

The card was so quick and easy to make, which was great for my mixed ability group … and they loved the way the small heart sentiments linked the card to the envelope … ‘I’m yours’ … ‘Always’.

The second card … which is even easier … was a great way for me to use up the hearts that we had cut out to create the raised card front for the first card. Several loops of gold metallic thread and some pearl basic jewels coloured using a Stampin’ Blends marker made a basic card so much prettier.

I don’t often stamp a sentiment onto Designer Series Paper … but I really liked the effect for this super simple card … definitely worth trying more often.

I have included a product list for you to see what I used to create these cards … I also used my Bigshot, which always sits on the bench beside me when I’m paper crafting … I cannot live without it [actually I have more than one].

Product List


Let’s see what the other Latte Girls have created for you this week using the Painted with Love Suite:





Wednesday, January 31st

Thanks for dropping by for this Latte Girls’ Blog Hop\Challenge.

Today’s Freshly Brewed Projects features the elegant Petal Passion Suite from the 2018 Occasions’ Catalogue. There are five products in the suite, as well as a coordinating Memories & More Card Pack … aren’t they simply stunning!

      Petal Palette Clear-Mount Bundle   Petal Passion Designer Series Paper
    Petal Passion Embellishments   Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Organza Ribbon   Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
With so many inspiring elements in the suite it can seem overwhelming … for this blog hop, I decided to showcase the Designer Series Paper and Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon.
The DSP is made up of 12 different handpainted watercolour designs in shades of black and white. This means that you can use your favourite colouring techniques to customise the paper for your project. I chose Powder Pink and Old Olive and simply coloured some of the DSP squares using either a Stampin’ Write Marker™ or Stampin’ Blends in the corresponding colours.
I decided to create a ‘sampler card’ by using each the 12 designs and colouring most of them … I really like the finished product.
I love using the Stitched Shapes Framelits … they give that special stitched finish to your project elements.
As you can see, I did use one of the stamps for the card insert and envelope.
The Organza Ribbon helps to create a balanced focal point for the card.
I hope that you enjoy this project … and the other projects posted for this blog hop. Visit them now!



Wednesday, January 17

This afternoon, I am joining the Latte Girls’ Blog Hop for the first time … thank you for joining in as well. Today’s Freshly Brewed Projects feature two of the amazing Sale-a-bration products that you could also add to your creativity collection.

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The Amazing You Stamp Set and coordinating Celebrate You Thinlits Dies will allow you to create a wide variety of cards, tags and so many other paper-craft projects.

  Celebrate You Thinlit Dies

I decided my card would say “Let’s Celebrate You” and realising that we had recently celebrated New Year’s Eve, all I could ‘see’ were dazzling fireworks!

I stamped each burst of colour multiple times, rotating the stamp each time, layering the colours – Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Night of Navy and Real Red. Generous strokes from the Wink of Stellar Glitter Brush added the glimmer that I wanted.

The technique used is what I call a reverse eclipse … ‘celebrate’ is adhered to the Night of Navy mat and the remainder of the stamped card front has dimensionals to lift it up. For a little added layering, the two semi-circular ‘fireworks’ are also raised. After the Thinlit was used, I then stamped the ‘Let’s’ in Night of Navy and heat embossed the ‘You’ using silver embossing powder.

The finishing touch was adding some of the new Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes.

Both the Amazing You Stamp Set and the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies are FREE … during Sale-a-bration, while stocks last. You can earn these products each time you order $90 of goodies from any current catalogue [before shipping and handling].

Each $90 spent earns you one Sale-a-bration item, accompanied by the Pool Party icon, in the catalogue. To earn products with a Calypso Coral icon you need to spend $180.

You can place an order any time you like … just visit my online shop … and if you would like suggestions or assistance, contact me … I look forward to helping you!
Now it’s time to hop over to what the other Latte Girls have created:
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