Sunday, 30 July 2017

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Susan Wong - July 2017

Hi Crafters!

Welcome to the latest Crazy Crafters Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely Kylie Bertucci.  Each month we feature a special guest, and select one of their projects to CASE (Copy & Selectively Edit).  This month I would like to introduce you to our special guest, Susan Wong.  

Susan Wong - Stampin' Susan

Susan is a fellow kiwi who resides in Auckland, New Zealand.  She has featured as a Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team twice in the past 8-9 years, and works collectively with some fellow Artisan friends on a customer rewards program called "The Crafty Carrot Collective".  You can view her blog here.

Susan's card I selected to CASE is as follows:

Bold, elegant and colourful.. the word "grateful" jumped out at me from the moment I first saw this card.  Teamed with the stamped star pattern behind the main image, and I knew this was the card I wanted to CASE! With everyone creating Christmas in July projects this month, I took inspiration from Susan's card to create this Christmas-themed card:

I love the traditional Red & Green colour palette when it comes to Christmas, and I wanted something unique to differentiate it from the many others out in the stampin' world.  What better than to use the NEW Embossing Paste! I gotta admit that this new textured product initially intimidated me as I have never used other mediums in this manner before, but after using it last weekend at a fellow friend/ demonstrator's home, I felt more at ease experimenting with it.  This fabulous paste can be mixed with liquid ink to create the colour & tone you desire, making it incredibly versatile.  On this card, I opted to keep it white but added sparkling glitter to add a wow factor without detracting from the main red & green theme and the stamp & framelit used.

The base cardstock was Cherry Cobbler, topped with Whisper White that had the sparkling glitter embossing paste layered for a textured effect.  To learn more about using embossing paste, please refer to my previous blog post here.  The main stamped image was taken from the Hello Friend stamp set, and inked using Stampin' Marker Pens in Garden Green & Cherry Cobbler.  It was placed on a Garden Green cardstock border, and the centre was cut out using the Wonderful Wreath framelits dies (retired).  The card front was then finished off with a Cherry Cobbler "Hope" that was cut from the Sunshine Wishes framelits dies using the Bigshot machine, and a gold trim bow.  

The card interior was edged in Garden Green at the top and bottom, and then Whisper White was centrally placed with the sentiment stamped on, coordinating with the Hope word on the card front.  The sentiment used was a retired one, but you can easily substitute this with one of the lovely Christmas sets on offer in the catalogue.  

I hope this Christmas card has put you in the Christmas spirit, and inspired you in your crafting journey.  If you haven't tried the new embossing paste, definitely give it a try.. it is super easy to use and creates a wonderful effect without the effort! You can purchase this in my Stampin' Up! Store.

Thanks for checking out my creations today - you are currently on Seeds of Thoughtfulness with Lorin Goodchild in Australia.  To continue hopping with the Crazy Crafters Team, make sure you click on the next person in the list - as always, I'm sure you'll be blown away by everyone's creativity!

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You can purchase these items from my Online Store 24/7.  Remember to use the July Host Code F6ABE2YX at the bottom of your shopping cart to receive free rewards for shopping with me (only available in Australia).

Also be sure to check out the NEW July Craft Kit released this month - $55 including postage & handling within Australia!  

See you next time,

Lorin xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Playing with Paste

Hi Crafters,

Toothpaste, tomato paste & wallpaper paste are some types of pastes that come to mind when I hear the word "paste".. but today I am going to introduce you to a fabulous product that is going to take your crafting abilities to a whole new level!  

Embossing Texture Paste

Stampin' Up! have released this amazing embossing paste in the latest annual catalogue, along with the tools and bits & bobs to successfully create a range of crafty creations that pop.  So what is this paste? It is a white thick paste, used in small quantities, that can be mixed with ink and/ or glitter, and is then added to cardstock by smearing it over a mask or applying it for added texture.  It sets relatively quickly, and tools must be rinsed or washed immediately after use.

There are two packs of masks available at present - each pack contains approximately 4 different patterned masks/ stencils - one in the clearance section of the online Stampin' Up! Store, the other through the general annual catalogue shopping section. 

But the great news is that you are not limited by using the masks available through Stampin' Up! You can create your own reusable masks or stencils using clear acetate sheets and framelits/ thinlits dies! This means your options are endless! Great hey :)

These two cards were designed by fellow demonstrator & friend, Irene Rahman, and created at a Christmas in July card class I attended last weekend... 

The starry night card featured the embossing paste, accentuated with sparkling diamond glitter and looks stunning! Irene had made the mask using the new Christmas framelits set just recently released.. do check this product out, including the matching stamp set.

The next two cards I created by mixing Pink Pirouette ink (I didn't have the liquid ink refill so just scraped a bit of ink off the ink pad using the palette knife) & some glitter...

The minute I saw the result on white cardstock, I knew it would look spectacular with the Carousel Birthday stamp set.  

The second card I opted for the Sealed with Love stamp set. My apologies for using retired stamp sets on both these cards.

Products Recommended:

I hope I have inspired you to try using this awesome product  - once you have tried it I am sure you'll be hooked!  

Well thanks for joining me today.. have a great day & I'll see you again soon :) 

Lorin xx