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Growing in Unity: Day 1

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Yippee!! After waiting 11 months, 10 days, it's finally my week to share my Unity cards. 5 whole days of inspiration is coming your way...oh! and lets not forget the sponsored giveaway by Unity at the end of my week - a grab bag with 25 random stamps!
My first card I decided to use one of my favourite sets - I actually combined two (no, three!) Unity sets that really go well together. How do you use your Unity stamps? Would you mix and match them? When I first starting stamping (15 years ago) the thought of mixing sets would make me cringe - but now... no problems! I think it's a great way to make the most of your stamp collection.
Here are my cards using Unity: Tumbleweed Houses, On My Way and Gypsy Journal (sentiment only)




I coloured the images using a few of my ZIG brush pens and cut them out with my silhouette (for those who are visiting me for the first time - I try to avoid fussy cutting!) I added a few sewing machine details and adhered the houses and cars to the card fron…

Ink Road Stamps: Dear Santa...

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Hoping to inspire you with some fun cards I very recently created using Ink Road Stamps latest releases -  Happy Holla Days as well as my favourite alphabet stamp set - Block Party. Now don't get me wrong I absolutely love the sentiments that come with this stamp set and I could have quite easily coloured in my Santa's and added any one of those sayings - but the one thing I've noticed in my craft stash (and I'm sure I am not the only one) is a large collection of unused (mint condition) alphabet stamps!!! So today I'm hoping that these cards will inspire you to grab those Block Party stamps and start creating your own sentiments - because the possibilities are endless.


When I got these stamps and saw the Santa image I knew I had to partner it with this sentiment.  I first started by creating my background - which is a simple (yet long and tedious) masking technique using masking paper (or a post-it note if that's all you have).  I decided to leave Santa black a…

Craftie Cafe: It's a jungle out there...

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So…Craftie Café’s theme this month is summer – which aside from being my favourite season of the year also happens to have endless possibilities in terms of card ideas! I thought sea (water, seagulls, beach, sand, sun, & hats) which then moved to sea animals (fish, whales, & dolphins). I then thought ice-cream and fruit…which…then lead me to BANANA’S (my son’s favourite fruit!) which quickly reared off course to Jungle Safari and MONKEY’S!!!
Yup – that’s how my crafty brain works!
I used Wplus9 – Whimsy Alphas and Eline’s Monkey die (by Marianne Designs) to create these fun bright and interactive cards (their heads wobble).




I also happened to video the card process – which you can view below. I speed it up quite a bit during the stamping of the background as that part is quite repetitive.
VIDEO
https://youtu.be/DdKA6koSGB0


Below are two more card examples – using the same process but creating different background sentiments. I don’t use my alphabet stamps enough – but having a fe…

Ink Road Stamps: Call Me Maybe

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Just a quick share of some cards I made for Ink Road Stamps using Call me Maybe stamp set. I used the small heart bubble stamp and the multiple heart stamp and decided to take these two small images and make them the feature of my cards. How does one make such a small stamp 'pop'? Repetitive stamping - I love it! I use the stamps to create my background and stamped the sentiments on black and heat embossed them in white.
Here are my cards:


Thanks for stopping by - you can also see me on the Ink Road Stamp blog here!
Happy Weekend...
Samantha



Ink Road Stamp: Did you say coffee???

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Not sure about you...but coffee is my best friend these days! 
It's also something I enjoy doing with my friends (going to a kid friendly cafe, drinking coffee - baby chinos for the kiddies and eating as much cake as I/we want!)... so these cards are perfect as a little invite and thank you to my extended 'tribe' - because aside from coffee my close friends are always there for me and my little family.   
I created two cards below using Ink Road Stamps - The Struggle is Real. I played around with repetitive stamping of the word 'coffee' for the background and used a coffee cup die negative and pattern paper as my feature in the centre of the card. I added some hearts and heat embossed the sentiment in black on vellum. Lastly I added black twine and some black sequins.



The second card uses the same process just in a slightly different layout. 



Thanks for stopping by - you can also see me on the Ink Road Stamp blog here!
Happy Crafting...
Samantha

Craftie Cafe: Trying something new...

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I’m back again for Craftie Café – this time trying a new (for me) stamp brand! I generally stalk the Craftie Café website – waiting for new stock, or checking if I’ve missed something that I’d love to add to my stash. I saw this stamp a few times while browsing and was quite hesitant at first to try it. Being Christmas themed this month – I figured I’d give it a go and I’m really happy I did!
I’ve not heard of Nellie’s Choice brand – but Craftie Café stock a few of their stamps and I thought it worth a try to share with you what they’re like and how I use them. I decided to stick pretty close to the example shown on the packaging in terms of colours – using tradition Christmas colours,  with what Lawn Fawn ink I had (supplies list below) and I created a video tutorial of the process I used to create these cards.
Here is my card using Nellie Snellen’s (Nellie’s Choice) stamp set – Christmas Wreath.
The three layering stamps fit together really easily with the help of the guide that is pa…

Ink Road Stamps: Friday Feature

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(I'm a little late sharing this post - I thought I had scheduled it, but it obviously didn't happen as it's now Sunday!) 

It's Friday Feature over on the Ink Road Stamps blog!
Here are my cards using the featured stamp set: #beautifulmess


I created three simple cards using a rainbow colour scheme. I though it fitting for the stamp set...




Wanna see what other members of the Ink Road Stamp design team created? Check their projects out here.

Happy Crafting.

Samantha

Craftie Cafe - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! Just this week at our local shopping mall, my boys noticed all the Christmas decorations up – and though no Santa – his chair is ready and waiting!
With Christmas just around the corner I’m hoping to inspire you with my reindeer card using a Poppystamp die that I got from Craftie Café. I’ve listed all supplies below with a few instructions on how I created this card…





I started by die-cutting the reindeer’s antlers using brown cardstock. I did this quite a few times as I wanted to create some dimension. It took a bit of juggling around on the card front, but it was at this point I realised that I had too many reindeers and that Rudolph wasn’t going to fit! (Don’t worry – I resolve this!) The reindeer’s faces were created with my fingerprint using Lawn Fawn Inks Doe and Walnut. Once I had finished inking up my finger and creating their faces I adhered the antlers. Next using the alpha block stamps I stamped out each of their names and finishe…

Craftie Cafe: An extra baby card...

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Last week I shared a few cards using WPlus9 - Banner Love stamp set. I made a few extra banners and thought I'd create two more baby themed cards...Click here to see the previous cards I created...
Here are the (new) cards.



Quite a simple card using left over banners that didn't get used. I adhered them to my card front, followed by a machine stitched line. Next I stamped the sentiment from Wplus9 - Happy Gang stamp set and I finished it off by embellishing it with some My Little Paper World sequins.
Since I also had left over blue banners I couldn't help but make the same card in blue...




I'm quite happy I was able to use up my left overs - normally they get put aside for 'just in case' moments and don't actually ever get used! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting...

Samantha