Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Remarkable You

Remember last week I said I was ordering a new stampset?
It arrived yesterday and its already seen ink.
Magnolias are everywhere when you walk or drive around here in the beginning of Spring.
I absolutely love the deep pinky purple colours they display.
And so now I can have them all year round on cards, and you can too.
I've added some half pearls as "dew" drops and Mint macaron lace ribbon because it adds a level of sophistication when only pearls and lace will do.
This card sketch was inspired by a challenge on our stampin up team forum, The Inksomniacs.
Watch this space because this stampset is so beautifully easy to watercolour and very versatile too.
You can order this stamp set through my online Stampin up! Shop.
Everyone who purchases through my online store this month
(When you select Nerida in NSW)
will receive a gift from me.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Stamping on Embossing folders

Today's card is a new technique that I have discovered and is directly inspired by AnnCraig
You will need the Woodlands embossing folder and the Big
shot machine plus ink pads for this technique.
First step is to open up to the inside of your embossing folder
 with the crease at the bottom.
2. The next thing is to swipe the lighter coloured ink pads 
across the plastic. Only on the negative parts (between the
 tree branches) and leave a little bit of plastic clear.
3. Stamp the fir trees near the base of the folder in the darker 
4. Place a piece of white cardstock face down onto the ink 
(you can sort of see what it will look like, if you turn it over). 
Now roll It through the Bigshot as normal using tab 1.
Ta da thats it! The ink accentuates the lines on the trees 
in the foreground. 
I just love this folder. Embellished here with Flurry of Wishes stamps.
These are three of my favourite colours: Soft sky, Wisteria 
Wonder and Blackberry Bliss.
And silver is just perfect with them! 
Lastly, here is another sample using Mint Macaron, Crumb 
Cake and Early Espresso ink pads.
I've edited this post to add a few hints to stamping on embossing folders:
* light colours work best for the sky and clouds with white space
* you can be really messy with the background swiping of ink.
* the main image stamp stamps best in a dark, wet ink
* run the embossing folder through twice if the image isn't clear
* every single one looks different, like a unique painting
* if your image is still unclear touch it up with an aquapainter pen
You can order the Woodland embossing folder for $15 through my online 
Shop. When you select a demo make sure you choose Nerida in NSW.
Note: If you spend over $50 this month I'll post you a gift in the mail.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Remarkable you ... On the weekly deals

This week's deals feature sequins, mini pegs, framelits and a fabulous stampset called "Remarkable you" which has been on my wish list since the start of the catalogue. now its 25% off and i am so excited!
also on the weekly deals is the gorgeous "Lucky stars" Embossing Folder - Which is an essential item for card making especially  on christmas cards, male and boy cards. I just love my embossing folder collection. This Week's Deals from Stampin' Up! are a great way to build your craft supplies at a discount.
You can purchase these products by emailing or message me and I'll place your order. But remember they are only available for one week until Tues 29, September.
On Friday, I visited my fellow crafter, Wanda and we made two cards for Christmas. The first uses the lovely brickwork embossing folder and the window from hearth and home thinlit die from the holiday catalogue.
Our Second card was very simple using real red cardstock and a slash of whisper white card.
The stamp is from "Peaceful Wreath" page 21 of the Holiday catalogue.
The holly sprig is stamped with Basic grey archival ink and water coloured with Mossy Meadow and Real Red classic ink. I think the 5 silver sequins sets it off perfectly.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Silver glimmer and gently falling

This card was totally inspired by the weekly deals from Stampin' up! 
When the glimmer paper is on sale I buy it. I just love the glimmer paper on anything.
Christmas is obvious,  because it makes even the simplest card special.
Embossed back grounds are my simplest and absolute favourite way to dress up and embrace the white space of a card. How perfect is the "Simply Falling" embossing folder?
And to top it off there's silver cord to tie the card together and a punched silver star.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bendi card fold

This is an old style but newly discovered card fold. 
I was inspired by searching bendi cards and a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.
I am not sure about you, but I often find following tutorials with measurements difficult, so usually I end up rewriting them for my own use later. Adjusting measurements and simplifying steps as I go.
So this one is as much for me, as it is for you!
Step 1. 
You will need a piece of cardstock in your favourite colour ( this one is mint Macaron).
Start with a piece 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and Cut this into three pieces, so you have:
5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
5 1/2" x 2 1/2"
5 1/2" x 1 3/4"
Step 2. Score the two smaller pieces at 1/2" from one end. (This will be the tab that wraps around the back of the card.)
Step 3. Score the other end of these pieces at 1/4". 
Step 4. Cut a small tab from the 1/4" side, on the two smaller pieces.
Step 5. is to measure 4" on the large back piece and draw two dots either side where your tab will insert.
Step 6. And using your blade make a cut / slot the size of your tab.
Step 7. Next take the larger of the flaps and measure 2" .
Place 2 dots where the smallest tab will insert and cut with your blade to make a slot.
That's how they look ! We are almost ready to glue and construct the card.
Step 8. Cut a gentle curve in the two small flaps.
Step 9. Add some strong "tear and tape" adhesive on the scored tabs ( I think the tape should have gone on the other side). But you get the idea.
Step 10. Construct and decorate your card.
The tape adheres to the back of the large piece and the tabs slot into the slits (as above).
This part is the creative bit where we begin to decorate with die cuts, patterned paper, vellum and stamping.
I love this brand new wreath stamp it looks lovely stamped or water coloured to make the holly leaves and berries pop in green and red.
The products I've used are all exclusive to stampin' Up! 
Stampset: Peaceful wreath (Seasonal catalogue 1 Sept 2015).
Printed velum: Winter wonderland designer stack
FramelitsWonderful wreath Framelit dies, Sleigh ride edgelits
Aqua painter, Mossy Meadow and Real Red ink pads.
The snow can also be made to sparkle with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter!
Did you want a copy of the Seasonal catalogue?
Send a message to Nerida on 0468 877 125 or contact me at Stamping joy's facebook page.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sneak peek for the Seasonal catalogue:

Did you realise that in just ten, no nine days it will be Spring?
And right here I am beginning to plan my Christmas card classes!
Don't look so shocked ... Christmas is only 4 months away!
So bring out the glimmer, the sparkle and shimmery papers - its time to open the Seasonal Stampin' up! catalogue with all things bright and shiny inside!
This is my first Chrissy card for the year... 
Firstly colours: the card base is Mint Macaron with Real red  on the sentiment banner. How about the white Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper. Doesn't it look like snow?
The gorgeous background is made of velum - I know how you love vellum... Printed gold velum!
There's gold cord and wooden snow flakes.
The one horse open slay is a new edgelit thinlit die. 
But wait there's more... My second card is made using the negative of the die cut.
Mossy Meadow green with Real Red and white.
Who's up for a Christmas card class? A stamp a stack of cards?
In a few days I will have a box of new Seasonal Catalogues to share!
Who wants one?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Butterfly "Best Thoughts" gift cards

I love a simple gift card. Whether its a simple thank you or a "for you" sentiment.
How easy were these cards to whip up? 
Lots of white space, a butterfly stamp and splash of colour.
And the gifts?
The gift bag punch board is my go to tool. I can make bags in small medium or large widths as well as any height up to about 30 cm high. They make nice rectangular boxes too!
Add a bit of ribbon, Thank you card and I am ready to celebrate!

By the tide ...

We live twenty minutes from the beach so it's not surprising many of my friends and relatives are into fishing, swimming, surfing and walking along the sand collecting shells.
My friend Jo has a fabulous aquarium in her lounge room and so she didn't have to look far for inspiration for the theme of her card making class. 
I have used a decorative mask to sponge the blue green background. I think it resembles the seaweed like the beads of Neptune necklaces that you find at the beach.
This one is a triangular mask that I've sponged in Pool party, Mint Macaron and Soft sky ink, with a touch of wild wasabi. It is almost an ombré technique where the colours blend from light to dark.
Another card using the same stamps came together with the colours crumb cake and Mint Macaron. I've added a piece of twine and some sequins for embellishment, all in the nautical sea side theme.
I've used crumb cake, soft suede and Minrptmacaron inks to create depth on the sandy base of my ocean.
There's also the stamping technique of the acrylic block on there too.
Stampsets featured: By the Tide. Gorgeous Grunge.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ronald McDonald house charity stamp - sprinkles of Life

Each year Stampin' Up! brings out an exclusive stamp set, which raises funds for Ronald McDonald house charities.
This year the stamp set is "Sprinkles of Life".
I love that the set has 22 stamps. With words: Happy Birthday, thanks, every cloud has a silver lining, Hope your day stacks up to be one good thing on top of another, that kind of thing...
Isn't it a versatile set? I made this triangle easel card using four stamps from the set.
It has images of Ice cream cones for birthday cards, cupcakes, trees, clouds, apples, a candle and bunches of flowers.
To top it off "with sprinkles" $3 from every sale is donated to RMHC Australia which is used to purchase supplies and food for the families of sick children.
It is a clear mounted photopolymer set which means the stamps need to be used with a clear block.
 There is also a matching tree builder punch... I'll show you that next time :)