Sale-a-Brations 2022 Be Inspired Blog Hop

26 January 2022


Hello and welcome to the first Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop for 2022. I'm excited to be playing along! You may have hopped here from my lovely and talented friend Angela Meiritz-Reid from New Zealand. Please hop around by clicking the next button at the bottom of this post. 

The theme for this months hop is 'Sale-a-Bration', with the team highlighting new products from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration brochure. 

I have to come clean and tell you that I didn't place my order early enough this month to receive my Sale-a-Bration goodies, so my very lovely friend Denita kindly gave me some 6x6'' Sunshine and Rainbows Designer Series Paper to create something with.  And I came home a stared at it. Ugh. I was going to admit defeat with the certainty that my creative mojo had well and truly left my body. But with the power of some 90s music and some dancing I finally came up with a bright and fun card to share! 



I created with the Sunshine and Rainbows DSP paired with the Create With Friend Stamp Set. I used my the co-ordinating Stampin' Write Markers to shade the paper rainbow and the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add some sparkle and then cut it out. I also fussy-cut the word 'Friend' and added some Wink of Stella to that too. 

Create With Friends

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is the very talented Tanya Rees, who I know will have something gorgeous to share. Hit the Next Button: 

 


Happy Crafting Friends, 
Louise xo 

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Sending Hugs for the Be Inspired Blog Hop

30 June 2021


Hello, it really is me! First let's get the formalities out of the way....

Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop, you may have just arrived here from my lovely and talented friend Angela Meiritz-Reid from New Zealand. If you are starting here please make sure you 'hop' around by clicking the next button - but only after reading my blog first of course! 😉

The theme for this months hop is 'New Favourites', with the team highlighting new products from the latest 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalogue. 

Here's my card using the Sending Hugs stamp set. And with what is going on in the world I think it's perfect - I really would love to give so many of my friends hugs right now! 


Sending Hugs

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my wonderful friend Janneke Dijkstra - de Jong from the Netherlands. Oh how much I miss my international friends - it's nice to be able to hop with some of them! 

 



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Sharp Family Update:
My last post was back in 2019PC *pre-covid (boy-oh-boy how blissfully unaware we all were of what was approaching us!). For those of you who might be visiting for the first time here's a very quick rundown of our lives for the past two years....

We sold our very cute suburban home in Kiama NSW and purchased 50 acres of land with nothing on it - no power, no water, no house - we had to start from scratch.   

In one of my previous posts I wrote: "My intention is to start sharing other things that I enjoy like decorating, cooking, sewing, gardening and of course crafting. Plus the joy of moving, building, fencing and all the things that come along with owning a paddock - I may even be looking for some advice! Stay tuned for more."

I had really good intentions, I promise. However this journey has proved to be much harder than I (we) ever intended - or appreciated! We lived in a caravan for most of last year - yes the four of us through freezing Winter and Covid lockdowns and all our worldly possessions were boxed away sitting on shelves in our shed. 

We are a little bit more settled now because we have been able to unpack and have create 'zones' in shed for our things. We have an office for our air conditioning business and I have a craft room, which of course I am over the moon about! Here's a sneak peak of the pink gingham door I painted....it's my firm belief that every craft room in a shed needs a pink gingham door!! 🤣

So what can you expect from me now? I don't want to make any promises on how regularly I post, but I am definitely back crafting again - which feels amazing!    


Thanks for reading and I hope you and your family are safe and well. 
Much love, 
Louise xo 
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Be Inspired Design Team Hop

25 September 2019


Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from the lovely and amazingly talented Stesha Bloodhart from the USA. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around. 

The theme for this hop is 'CASE the Catalogue'. The definition of CASE: Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit! For my creation today I think it's safe to say I went with the Copy And Selectively Edit definition as I've CASE'd the card from page 91 of the Annual Catalogue and put my own spin on it.


Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my lovely Australian friend Tanya Rees. I'm sure you'll agree she's awesome! 
 

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Be Inspired Design Team Hop

28 August 2019


Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from the lovely and amazingly talented Stesha Bloodhart from the USA. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around. 

The theme for this hop is 'Embossing'. There's a few different ways to add embossing to your project which can include using embossing folders, embossing paste, partial embossing using the metal dies or heat embossing using embossing powder, like I have done with my project today. I use the heat embossing technique in white for a lot of my watercolouring projects as I like the soft and subtle outline it creates. 


Heat Embossing: To create this effect you will need the following items:
  • Heat Tool 
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Stampin' Emboss Powder in White
  • Embossing Buddy
The heat embossing technique is loads of fun and can create variety of different effects. Below is a video from Stampin' Up! demonstrating how to use Heat Emossing Powder. 

I have had the Piece of Cake Stamp Set for a little while now and for some unknown reason I have neglected to use it. It was excited to get out of it case - it told me! Is it just me or do you actually just want to eat this cake for real...I'm imaging chocolate mud or red velvet, either way I'm sure this cake would hypothetically taste as good as it looks!  

Piece of Cake


Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my lovely stampin' friend Nadine Hößrich from Germany and Nadine's blog is as dreamy as beautiful as she is.
 

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Global Design Project Challenge #203

19 August 2019

"I see the moon and the moon sees me, down by the shade of the old oak tree. Please let the light that shines on me, shine on the one I love." This is a song that was sung to me as a child and I also sing to my kids. I remind them that wherever they are in the world we all look at the same moon. We all sleep under the same stars and we all feel the warm from the same sun. The theme at the Global Design Project this week reminds me of that. Too deep? Possibly. Maybe I'm feeling a little anxious about watching my children grow older! You know what's not deep...today's card! It's fun and playful and has childlike feel of 'Old McDonalds Farm' about it. It's not my typical style of card, but I had fun with it! 



I honestly didn't know what to create for this weeks theme until I opened this stamp set, which is perfectly named Over The Moon. My friend Paula Dobson created this card >here< and I she needs to take full responsibility for the purchase of this set and she deserves a medal for all the colouring on that card!

I used Watercolor Paper and Aqua Painters to create the background. I taped off the bottom using washi-tape and it still managed to bleed a little, however I was ok with that and was going to cover it up completely with the sentiment but I actually liked it in the end. We are our own worst critiques aren't we?! 

Over The Moon



I hope you are having a great start to the week, now head over to the Global Design Project and see what the amazing Design Team have in store for you this week.

Much Love,
Louise xo
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