Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bloom with Hope and a work of art.

Bloom with hope is a hostess stampset. I love it stamped in black on crumb cake cardstock.
The background is the brushstroke from a Work of Art stampset.
I have stamped the incolours Coastal cabana, Pistacio Pudding, crisp Canteloupe and strawberry slush behind and touched up the front flower with whisper white ink on an aquapainter. I think this makes the flower pop.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sheer Perfection velum and Natures Perfection flip card

Saleabration is still on! 
It doesn't end til 31 March! So I'm still celebrating my free stamps and free papers. Saleabration is the best time of year for free products and this year is even better than ever before.
This card is made with the "thinlits-circle card" die using only two stamps from the "Natures Perfection" Stamp set. I love rich deep colours: so today I've used 
One of my old favourites Elegant eggplant and a touch of Coastal cabana.
I've created a white papered panel and attached the "Sheer perfection" velum over the top. I love this grey on white effect!   
I've embellished with pearls on the flower and butterfly,then embossed the side panel with the Spring Flowers embossing folder. ( from the current occasions catalogue).
Place your order quick if you wish to put an order in this week, as Saleabration ends on 31st of March. For every $90 you spend you get to choose one of these free products.
Give me a quick call if you need to see a Saleabration brochure in paper from. Need I say be quick?
Nerida  on 0468877125.

Three new technique videos from stampin Up!

Follow these links to view three great technique videos.

And here's a really cool idea for using dryer sheets to help with the butterfly thinlits 
and remove those little intricate pieces easily.

If the links don't work, you know you can copy and paste them into your browser.

Baby Bumble bee

Cute as a button or a bumblebee? 
My card is a CASE ( that means Copy and Share Everything) of Shelli Gardener's card. You can find it and others like it all over Pinterest.
I just loved the idea of the pocket envelope with a baby bee peeping out of it.
Well that's my interpretation anyway.
Little bumble bee comes from the Occassions catalogue and lends itself to water colouring techniques.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Four NEW Saleabration FREE products released

Stampin' Up! has given us 4 NEW Sale-a-Bration items to earn for free during March. 
Every time you spend $90, you choose an item for free. 
The only problem is, which one to choose? Let me help you with that ... Here are my favourites:
The stamp set matches the printed velum paper...
And there's more.
These buttons and thick twine matches our current in colours.
Great for tying on tags to gift boxes and buttons to the centre of butterflies.
Don't wait too long... Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31st. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

ESAD occasions Catalogue blog hop

Welcome to the ESAD Occasions Catalogue blog hop.
“What is ESAD?
 ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
 We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.
So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.”
My cards all contain products and stamps from the Occasions and Saleabration catalogues:
This first project is a gift card holder made with some gorgeous Coastal Cabana cardstock and Saleabration patterned paper. Have a close look at the tag on the front it is punched with the newest Tag topper punch. Top and bottom of the 2" wide piece is punched so that there is a hole top and bottom to thread a ribbon through.
Pull on the ribbon at the top and out comes the gift card. A very simple gift card holder.
My second project uses the bow builder punch this is a favourite as is so easy to punch out a few pieces and stick them on with glue dots.
As you can see the tails of the bow can fold behind or below the bow. The words say Many Thanks, and are from the "Crazy For you" stamp set.
On my late night creative adventures I found a beautiful flower made with the build a bow punch. I had to have a go at it using some pretty floral paper like the Painted blooms DSP. My sentiment is also from the "crazy for you" Framelit and stamp bundle.
This morning I put my Butterfly Basics bundle to work to create this CASE of Deb Valder's acetate window she calls laser cut technique.
I've used some of the delicious Sahara sand lace ribbon and a "Something borrowed" embellishment to the ribbon.
So there are my four projects using stamps and products from the Occasions Catalogue and Saleabration catalogue.
When you're finished here please hop along to Mel Pagano's blog:

If you've lost your way just jump in anywhere and hop onto any of these creative blogs-

1. Libby Dyson -
4. Leonie Schroder -
7. Helen Williams -
11. Keryn Campbell -
12. Clare Mcilhatton -
14. Kathryn Ruddick -
17. Nerida Carter -
19. Rachael Lewsley - 
22. Norelle Targato -

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Bokeh technique

Recently I've seen quite a few YouTube videos showing cards with the "bokeh technique" as a background. So I just had to give it a go.
"Bokeh" is a photographic effect when the background points of light are out of focus and appear as circular shapes.
So as you do, I decided to have a play at this technique and came up with these.
The paper used is thick water colour paper, coloured with stampin up inks, water and white craft ink sponged on with a mask of punched circles.
To start I sprayed the water colour paper with water, just a fine mist. 
I added ink with a sponge dauber using crisp Canteloupe, Coastal Cabana and Blackberry Bliss.
Let it dry a bit. Sunshine and a breeze does the trick.
 Then i cut circles in a piece of plastic/ acetate and sponged the holes with white craft ink.
Then using the sponge dauber I added a few spots of white. Maybe I did too some spots.
The craft ink takes a few hours to dry so you can hit it with the heat gun or leave it overnight.
Then I stamped some leaves from the "Butterfly basics"  stampset and the happy birthday.
Lastly I added the butterfly Framelit die cuts on dimensionals.
Ta dah! the Bokeh effect!!! Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sale-a-bration favourites

Saleabration is my favourite time of year. Why wouldn't it be?
For every $90 spent on anything from any catalogue you get to choose something Free from the Saleabration catalogue.
Free product Includes the gorgeous Specialty paper "Irresistibly yours".
A white paper with a glossy white pattern embossed so that when you sponge, spritz or ink it your colouring reveals the amazing pattern underneath.
I've combined it with the free SAB Lotus Blossom stamp. 
I quite like the painted look of this three step stamp and words. 
The irresistably yours paper is special because You can stamp over it and then wipe the ink off the white shiny bits. There's a list of techniques to use it with.
My fave is to use a mask to sponge lines or shapes. This one is patterned with tiny stars perfect for a baby birthday. This next photo shows the before and after papers. Un-stamped and stamped.
There are lots of free stamps offered. 
The "Big Day" stampset is another firm favourite as it fits perfectly on the new Ornate Tag topper punch. 
We made these three cards last week at a mini launch party at a friends place.
Would you like to make some too?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stampin' Up! Party time - amazing!

Everyone loves a party!
Stampin' up! demos celebrated at Olympic park, Sydney to share, inspire and create together.
This was just part of the beautiful display put on by our Sydney demonstrators. So many ideas to photograph and inspire the creative crowd of about 140.
Linda Higgins and Aaron entertained us on stage. 
During the day we had three make and takes to complete using the gorgeous "Choose happiness" stampset.
I love what you can do with this set.
Linda demonstrated the coffee bag. An appropriate choice. It could contain Tea or biscuits, chocolate or a small gift. We decorated a notebook and a card.
We were asked to make our own name tag. So here's mine made with glimmer paper and some BlackberryBliss cardstock. The letters are cut out with Bigshot Framelits using the negative shape.
And three layers of butterfly Framelits. And I've used another of those Something Borrowed embellishments and some chevron ribbon.
We caught up with friends we haven't seen for months...
And the ones from 'round the corner too.
Plenty of new product ideas to play with ...
Do you have the latest Occasions catalogue? 
Have you seen whats offered for free during Saleabation this year?
Send me a message or give me a call 0468877125 if you'd like a free set of catalogues, 
or thinking of hosting a party-time at your place.
Enjoy, Nerida