Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A challenge with Washi tape feathers.

Each month our Stampin' Up team (The Inksomniacs) have a challenge to keep the creative juices flowing and to inspire us. This month we have a card sketch to use as inspiration.
 
My creative process starts usually with colours, stamp images and then i design the layout.
So this is what's challenging for me, to start at the end and work backwards.
I have been working with Christmas colours lately like real red, old olive and gold ribbons so that was my base.
I added washi tape to create the horizontal element on the background and ran the whole card base through the big shot and dotted embossing folder.
I also like to repeat the colours in the images that I stamp... But I hadn't stamped anything yet!
I was experimenting with putting washi tape on different cardstock colours. 
Gold on elegant eggplant and blue on shimmer white cardstock.
To make it more interesting I die cut some feathers and they came out quite well so I stuck them on the card on an old olive Apothecary art Framelit.
Tied on some gold bakers twine and gold ribbon as per the card sketch and now, all it needs is a sentiment. It's no longer a Christmas card so maybe Birthday, A thank you or thinking of you?


Weekly deals

This week's deals from 15th to 22nd of October are:
See the pictures clearly in the store: 
http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=955

The doily thinlits die for $32.21
Envelope liner dies $34.46
Floral Framelits $34.46
Label card thinlits die $41.96
Moustache die $10.46
Wood mounted Truly grateful stampset $36.71
To place an order you can go to the online store and select Nerida from NSW as your demo or,
Send me an email at nerida_carter@hotmail.com and I will add yours to my next order.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The creative blog hop

This week I was invited to be part of The Creative Blog Hop by the talented Linda Higgins.   This is a fun way for bloggers to "pass the baton" and help showcase the blogs of other's whose work we admire.  Lots of different people both here in Australia and also overseas have taken part in the blog hop.
Part of the task involves answering several questions that let you know a little more about my work.  So here we go...
1. What am I working on now?
Stamping and crafting with paper and ink is one of my favourite ways to relax and zone out from all the realities of life. So I am often working on several projects at once. My dining table is usually covered in unfinished objects, piles of cardstock and half finished cards.

Right now I am working on several Project Life pages featuring photos from the recent school holidays. I love how easy and instant PL recording can be. Just print a bundle of photos, slide them in with a  journaling card, maybe add a sticker or two and you've finished your page. I am planning and designing my projects for upcoming classes and of course making Christmas cards and birthday cards to give, donate and sell.
2.    How does my work differ from others in my genre?
From my perspective, My style changes gradually from season to season, year to year depending upon the trending styles, stamps and products available. I like to dip into different genres. Some crafters have a very distinctive style that you can pick at a glance. Please let me know if you find mine. 
My cards are mostly very simple with very few layers. Sometimes it's a matter of knowing when to stop and my mantra is "less is more" but I don't always abide by it!
3.      Why do I create what I do?
I often ask myself this question. It's an obsession. I have to create, i need to share my creations and it is my time to myself. 
I create because I enjoy the process and the result. I make cards to donate to charities, markets, shops, family and friends. I love giving my cards. Especially the pleasure you know that a handmade card or gift can bring to the person who opens it. I appreciate all things handmade. It has a sense of time well spent, a small gift of oneself which is something to keep and enjoy. 
4.      How does my creative process work?
I do enjoy flicking through paper craft magazines, catalogues and Pinterest on line. I am often inspired by a colour combination in a shopwindow, fabric or home ware. I get home and I just have to create something with that style or colours in mind. My inspiration often starts with a product, tool or colour that I want to feature in a class, but just as often it is a birthday celebration approaching that I need to make a card or present for. When I am presented with a blank canvas I usually go to my Stampin up catalogues and get inspired by a clever layout and combination of products used, then I tweak it up with my own colours textures and stamps. 
Ok.. so now I get to introduce you to another blogger that I admire. Felicity Hawkins. Felicity's blog is called "Felicity's Craft corner" and you can see it here: Felicity.
Felicity  and I met when we both signed up as Stampin' Up! Demonstrators back in 2008 and attended a training event at Darling Harbour. We exchanged email addresses and swapped handmade cards. We've been to several Stampin' up! conventions together and I always look forward to team training events so we can catch up and stamp together. Felicity's stamping style is so pretty, elegant and inspirational and her work has been published regularly in print magazines. I love her work and you will too.
Here is a bit more about Felicity in her own words...

I’m Felicity and I live on the Central Coast of NSW (Australia). I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
I started making cards 14 years ago with my daughter. I then discovered scrapbooking and have enjoyed all types of papercraft since. My first introduction to Stampin Up was a party I attended with Linda Higgins as the demonstrator.  When I arrived home and spent hours looking through the catalogue I knew I wanted to join, as I wanted everything in the catalogue. I have made so many wonderful, lifelong friends through my journey with Stampin Up. It is so nice to have something I can call mine. Something I enjoy and I create with my own two hands and to share with loved ones.

Thank you for visiting my blog today as part of the Creative Blog Hop. I am always interested to know what kinds of cards and projects you'd like to see more of so feel free to comment below.
 Don't forget to visit Felicity's blog next Monday too! 

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The busy woman's Christmas card collection.

Happy World card making day! 
Most people wouldn't know that 4 October is celebrated world wide for card making. It's an opportunity for us all to make a few cards to give away and share the love.
To help us celebrate Stampin' Up! is offering a great special for WCMD, its a good excuse for us to get some great products at a discount to celebrate the day! 
And hopefully you'll get a chance to make a card for someone, too.
This is a quick sale - it's only available until Monday, October 6th
To celebrate World Card Making day, we are offering various specials. 
There's 15% off all Classic inkpads - all colours! 
Also 15% off mixed cardstock A4 packs, Whisper White cardstock, envelopes and Fast Fuse Adhesive.
Even better, there's 20% off 5 different stamp sets. !!!
To see what's on sale, the best way is to look at the online shopon the website here.
 You can order directly online or if you prefer email nerida_carter@hotmail.com and let me know what you'd like and I can organise it for you.
Ok so where's the card you ask?
I've just realised its like October and I am very short of Christmas cards which I like to start sending out in November.
Solution: create a bundle of cards that can be made up at night in less than an hour.
It must have fewer than 5 steps. ( stamp, punch, cut, and stick).
Here's my first attempt. 
Step 1. Emboss the lost lagoon cardstock with polka dots embossing on lost lagoon cardstock.
Step 2. Punch a tag top onto a 2" piece of whisper white CS. 
Step 3. Stamp "Holiday Home" in Mossy Meadow and trees, reindeer, snowman in Lost Lagoon ink.
Step 4. Cut strips of silver glimmer paper for the chimney top, roof and base of tag.
Step 5. Cut ribbons, attach and glue it all together with Tombow liquid glue.
You could easily make ten or more of these cards in a night and be well on your way to a nice pack of Christmas cards to send out to friends and family next month.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

A work of art with Festival of Trees

 This is a card I designed for a stamping party last week. I really enjoyed creating my little landscape inside the photo frame. It reminds me of the instamatic photos my mum used to take in the seventies.
I think you can get a retro modern version these days. You take the picture and it develops before your eyes.
Such a simple design. 
I've "painted"my clouds with the smaller "work of art" stamp in Soft Sky and hills with pear pizazz.
The Festival of trees is photopolymer so you can bend the words to shape your sentiment to fit into a smaller shape. As I did on the label punch accented with a glimmer paper star.
The cherry cobbler frame is one of the "on Film" Framelits.
Give me a call if you'd like to book a party and make some miniature works of art.
Nerida 0468877125.


Celebrate, stamp, Stock and save!

Did you know World Cardmaking Day is on the 4th October
So, to celebrate Stampin' Up! is holding the Stamp, Stock, and Save Promotion from 1-6 October
For this very limited time, you'll be able to purchase ALL Classic Inkpads 15% off
Thats right All Ink pads are: $8.46 each!
Select cardstock, envelopes and adhesive 15% off
Mixed cardstock packs are $10.16 and whisper white card is $12.71
Oh yeah, lets stock up!
Plus 5 great stamp sets are 20% off
It's the perfect opportunity for us to stock up on some Stampin' Essentials.
Here's the list of stamps on sale at 20% off
Big News (Clear)
Was $55.95
Now $44.76
Playful Pennants (Clear)
28.95
Now $23.16
Choose Happiness (Clear)
30.95
Now $24.76
Petite Pairs (Clear)


Was $39.95     Now $31.95
So Very Happy (Clear)
 Was $30.95
Now $24.76
 

Choose Happiness now $24.76 ( in clear ).




To take advantage of this offer, just email me at nerida_carter@hotmail.com and I am happy to place an order for you. 
But hurry - this offer ends on Monday 6th October

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Holiday Catalogue ESAD blog hop!

Welcome to the ESAD holiday catalogue blog hop!
To celebrate the amazing range of stamps and products in the Holiday catalogue some extra special Australasian demos have created a wonderful array of cards and projects for you to view this weekend.
All you need to do is settle back and hop from one creative blog to another. 
Please leave a little comment-love with each blog that you visit and enjoy a relaxing creative journey of ideas to inspire you.

I've selected the Holiday home stamp set to feature on my step of the blog. There are three cute little houses that you can stamp and decorate. 
With words and images for a Merry Christmas, Halloween and Happy new home owners too.
The stamp set is made of photo polymer so they will stick to your clear blocks really well!
And you can bend them!!!  Take a look at the merry Christmas that I stamped on the label punch.
I've curved the photopolymer around the wreath. It is so cool how they do that. 
My card is kept closed by bending the house under the Curly Label punch. Just loving the slate grey with Coastal cabana and soft sky. I painted my house with the Coastal Cabana and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities. Then added some dazzling diamonds glitter to look like moon light.
My second card is a square format which was quick and easy to make.
This one is to wish some friends a Happy new home !
I stamped the three houses in mossy meadow, cherry cobbler and blackberry bliss then water coloured the mossy meadow house in Hello Honey ink.
I love all the little details in this set, hearts stars and magic sparkles, lamp posts and trees with leaves  for autumn and a snow man for winter scenes.
My third project is a CASE (copy and share everything) of a card from Stampin' Up!'s impression magazine. As usual I made it my own with a different greeting, colours and textures.
Here it is close up to show a different way to use the Homemade holiday Framelits. By cutting off the chimney you have an arrow that makes great masculine designs.

I've put the arrows through the textured embossing folders: Arrows, Large Polka dot and Woodgrain.
The stars are from "Holiday Home" and the Happy birthday is from "Tag Talk" stamp set.

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.
Now head on over to the next blog which is: Rochelle
 
1.   Keryn Campbell

2.   Narelle Hoggard

3.   Gail Kirby

4.   Libby Dyson
http://www.libbystampz.com

5.   Emily Campbell

6.   Debra Spijers

7.   Kelly Kent

8.   Monique Fielder

9.   Andrea Buckland

10.  Debbie Lamb

11.  Sally Williams

12.  Christie Kunkel

13.   Paula Reid

14.   Amity Knight

15.   Ria Kaire


16.   Nerida Carter
 
 
18.  Tracey Speight

Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog as you go!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekly deals

This week's deals include Framelits and paper piercing packs.
The circles collection Framelits are usually $45.95 and are only $34.46 this week until Tuesday 30th September. On film Framelits are just $37.46 and normally they're $49.95.
Email me your order to nerida_carter@hotmail.com   :)

Holiday homes cut out Card

In case you are not aware it is school holidays here. My favourite way to spend a day is with my family just hanging around at home. Perhaps watching a movie if its raining, riding our bicycles if its fine or walking along one of our amazing beaches.
But best of all I like to relax and make some cards at my dining room table.
This is a CASE ( copy and share everything) of a cut out card by "Stamping T" Tanya Bell.
This one features the  Holiday home stampset and framelits but you can make a similar thing with punched shapes like the Festival of trees.
This card is a very simple concept and just needs a steady hand with some multipurpose glue and a ruler to keep it all square. Here's the steps I used to put it together.
I cut a card base at 3.5cm, and 7 cm off the top flap of the card.
Then added a piece of DSP patterned paper to the cut off piece.
I attached the stamped and cut out houses on top to bridge the gap between the card top and bottom. I found Tombow multipurpose liquid glue to be perfect for the job.
I opened the card and turned the card upside down to stick the red bits on the back. This strengthens the card so the houses stay firmly stuck top and bottom.
On the inside panel I placed a white piece of cardstock and stamped a row of lights across the centre.
If you write at the top it won't be seen when the card is closed.
Next step was to add a gold star, heart, Santa's sleigh and merry Christmas, all these stamps are part of the Holiday home stamp set.
And then to colour in the houses with either an aqua painter, stamp'n write markers or Blendabilities.
I've used Real Red, sky blue and Hello Honey markers with my aquapainter on this one.
Just love this set of houses...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Random Good greetings

The craft desk cleanup continues... Very slowly as you can see, as I am making new cards with the pieces I find in my scrap pile. Reuse, recycle, repurpose as we say.
The base of this card is naturals white cardstock and I've lightly sponged the edges with Lost Lagoon ink on a sponge dauber.
Everything about this card is random: the card stocks, the textures, words and idea.
I stamped the "good Greetings " words by placing them on a clear block together in a random pattern. They make a nice background and then I stamped the star and snow from "Festival of Trees" over the top. I continued to Sponge randomly all over it with soft sky ink for that mottled look.
The card base is half an A4 piece scored in a gate fold. My crumb cake piece is actually called Kraft and comes in 12x12" packs for box making and really nice cards. I like how the Mossy Meadow trees look stamped on Kraft cardstock.
I placed a piece of random printed velum over the centre tree and gave it a gold star for added emphasis. The little green bird l cut out with the 1cm circle punch and it helps to keep the card closed.
Flip open the card and you have heaps of space to write your message.
Merry Christmas, peace and joy, happy new year are just 3 of the 19 stamps from the Good greetings stampset.
This is the one you get for FREE if you hostess a party between now and 31 October, WITH a qualifying order. (Over $300 worth of product).
Would you like to make this card? 
Give me a call on 0468877125  to book yourself a class or party.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Festival of trees

Occasionally one gets to have a few hours to oneself on a Sunday afternoon. What to do?
Firstly I decided to begin cleaning up my craft table... Aka dining table.
I got well about half way through sorting: half made cards and left over cardstock pieces.
Not sure why but the leftovers consisted of lots of whisper white, crumb cake and Pool party.
I've been looking at cards in the holiday catalogue and on Pinterest using the Festival of trees
Stampset and made a card literally from the scraps on my table. 
I used my stamp n write markers for the colours on the tree.
Then just Stamped the tree, snow and words onto whisper white.
It was looking pretty simple so I added a silver star on top of the tree and dazzling details glitter.
The card holds shut by putting the edge of the Framelit under the punched words.
When it's open it looks like this.
Just  a little different and there's still room to write on the inside of the card or on the back too.
I love how this photopolymer stampset has a variety of trees plus lots of little details that you can add to the tree. A little trick you may have noticed you can bend your photo polymer stamps into any curved shape when placing it on a clear block.
Don't forget anyone who holds a stampin' up! party between now and 31 October can earn the free stampset "Good Greetings" when their sales reach $300. Give me a call or message to book your stamp a stack, class or party. Nerida 0468877125.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A Project Life page for a princess

I completed a new project Life page today.
How easy is this to create a book to store the many photos I 
have taken this year?
My daughter went to a Princess, Faery and Mermaid party.
Taking the photos was so much fun.
They hardly need any explanation.
A few stickers and letters and the page was done.
The title and stickers came from the Everyday Adventure 
Accessory Project Life pack.
It contains letter stickers, plus wood and acetate accents.
Ok, I did stamp some words from "Good Greetings" in silver 
embossing because princesses do Sparkle and celebrate with 
hugs and kisses.

Still not sure about How Project Life works as a photo storage system?
Take a look at the video here:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=em-subs_digest&v=ecSfRDHurQ4

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Box Tutorial

Yesterday's  "Notched Edge" Gift box tutorial:
You will need:
Two pieces of patterned paper-
The Lid: 6" x 4"
The base: 6 7/8" x 5"
Step 1. Score the smaller piece ( the lid) at 1" on all four sides. ����
2. Place this piece on the Envelope punch board.
Punch a notch at 1" on all four sides.
Note the 1" mark is right beside the edge of the punch.
3. Then turn your paper over and punch another notch at 1" on all 4 sides.
So that you have 2 notches on each edge.
4. With your sharp scissors cut from the notch up to the 1" score line.
Do this on the long sides only. These make the corners of your lid.
5. Fold up your box lid on the scored lines and Add some Sticky 
Strip on the edges of each tab.
6. Fold it up and create your box lid.
7. The base is even quicker.
Score at 1 5/8" around on all 4 sides.
8. Then with scissors cut up to the first score line.
9. Add sticky strip and fold up the sides into a box base.
Your box is finished and now ready to decorate!
Father's Day is coming up next weekend, so how about...
... a big manly paper bow and some hugs and kisses.
I whipped up the bow quick as a snap on the Envelope punch board
And the hugs and kisses come from the gorgeous new 
"Good Greetings" Set.