aWow Blog Hop – The Market

 

Oh my, such a wonderful theme for the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop this month. Welcome, friend to the market place and all the texture that it brings with it. With so many stalls, sounds and products from all over the world, this theme had my mind bouncing all over the place with excitement.

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If you haven’t been around the world with us before, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators representative of all the global Stampin’ Up! markets. Our group was formed by Angie McKenzie who keeps us inspired with fun themes. We hop on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, although in different time zones. I’m in Melbourne, Australia and it’s 9pm on Wednesday over here when this blog hop goes live.

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My favourite type of market is a good old country, craft market with lovely handmade products and baked goods. There’s something welcoming about entering there and finding families together, browsing through stalls.

Today, however, my projects are taking me back to market places in India where I have visited many times. These markets are like no other. The riot of colour from the beautiful fabrics and costume jewellery, brass decor, the crowds (not my favourite), noise, smells of curry and some seriously good coffee, uneven footpaths make for some vivid memories.

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When you visit a market in India, you will notice the many stalls which sell brightly coloured clothes with many specializing in sarees. These 6 metre lengths of silk or georgette which are simply draped around your body (quite adeptly), are adorned with gold stitching and more intricate beaded work. My mum used to wear sarees to church, although these would be the much simpler style without all the ornate work. The gold embroidered silk sarees were kept for celebratory occasions such as weddings and Christmas. There was always a new one each time.

Saree shopping was always interesting because there would be some intense haggling going on. Shopkeepers see a tourist and bump their prices and of course after much negotiation the price drops. I’ve tried to depict the texture of a beautiful silk saree on my projects today with the colour gradation resembling a ‘shot’ saree. All I remember of a ‘shot’ saree was that the colour kept changing so I had to do a bit of Googling to find out how it is created. The saree is made up of threads of colour that are so small that the main colour changes depending on the angle you look at it.

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To create the ‘shot’ look, I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and using my sponge brayer, I added the various colours. Brayering the colours created a smooth finish to depict the softness of the silk. First was Magenta Madness, then Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and a little bit of Blackberry Bliss right at the bottom. I wasn’t sure whether to leave it like this but I felt it needed a bit of a yellow so I added the Mango Melody and blended it in.

Next I wanted to create the beautiful ornate, gold embroidered borders which are on sarees. I ran the bottom section of my sponged panel through the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder for the texture on these embroidered panels which feel quite thick and heavy. Then I added some gold embossing using the mask which created a really lovely detailed embroidered look. To complete my border panel, I added a decorative border from the Ornate Borders dies in Gold Foil which was perfect for my Eastern look.

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To create the tassel, I untied the gold cord and put several strands together adding a Gilded Gem in the centre.

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This card just had to be a wedding card with all the gold detail and I chose the sentiment from the Peaceful moments stamp set.

A wedding card needs a gift and the Gold Mini Pizza Box was perfect to decorate with my theme. A gift card would fit nicely in this which would make a lovely coordinated set for a special couple. The band across the centre was die cut from the Stitched Lace dies and I fussy cut around one of the hearts in the Ornate Border Dies for the centre.

I hope you have enjoyed the projects I have shared with you today and your trip from Australia to the markets of India! Thank you for taking the time to visit me today.

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Next on our blog hop is Cheryll Miller. You can view her her beautiful work by clicking on the Next Blog button. To browse through all the market stalls make sure to follow the hop right through for lots of inspiration.

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Angela Meiritz-Reid – NZ

Tatiana Tobin – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU (you are here)

Cheryll Miller – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Mary Deatherage – US

Shel Anderson – CA

Chris Smith – US

Anne Marie Hile – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Elaine de Montmorency – CA

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

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Remembrance Day CAS Card

Today we set aside to remember those who gave their lives in service for our nation. I am so grateful to those who have served and sacrificed and who continue to serve to give us the freedom we enjoy in Australia.

To commemorate this occasion I thought a card made with our poppies stamp set would be perfect. This double set of stamps and dies are packed with different sized poppies, leaves and sentiments to suit any of your card designs.

I followed this sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches to create a clean and simple card.

The poppy was stamped in Tuxedo Black and coloured with the Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends. This was then die cut and added to a die cut swirl from the Painted Labels Dies.

The Brick & Mortar embossed panel was mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the Night of Navy card base creating depth with tone on tone layering. I used some scrap Mossy Meadow cardstock and Forever Greenery DSP to create the stripes on the sketch.

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Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper – Part 10

Today is the final in my series on Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper. There are several more that I could share but I’ve chosen one to highlight that you would have seen throughout this series. Layer your DSP to create coordinated projects. Use the sheets from the same pack to make it even easier to coordinate. Adding layers can make your focal elements really stand out and also adds depth to projects.

Layer it up

Use your Designer Series Paper as a matte layer or on top of a cardstock layer. Layering different patterns which complement each other creates beautiful effects.

On this Christmas card I used the classic gingham design as my background and then matte a layer with all the woodland animals in the foreground.

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A deer from the North Pole Wonder die cut from Cinnamon Cider Velveteen Paper was added to match the DSP.

This is another simple card which, this time, uses the In Good Taste DSP as the matte layer. I added a bold sentiment from the fun Ridiculously Awesome stamp set.

A bit of sponging in Balmy Blue, a bow, a few sequins and this is a quick make card. Don’t miss out the DSP sale which ends 31st October. Grab yourself a bargain, shop a gift for a friend, stock up and save. All orders over $50 are eligible for Stamping Flair Loyalty Points.


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Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper – Part 9

Some images of Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper coordinate with our cutting tools. A couple of days back I showed you how to use your DSP with punches. Part 9 of my Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper shows you how to use your dies with your DSP to simplify your creative process.

Die Cut it

I’ve used one of the leaf dies from the Forever Flourishing Dies to die cut the Forever Greenery DSP. These have been layered on top of more layers of this beautiful paper and some of the special Gold Laser Cut paper to create this card. Although it looks like it would take some time to make, it was really simple as the only stamping on it is the sentiment. I really let the Designer Series Paper do the work for me.

This cheerful Christmas card uses the Trimming the Town DSP on it’s several layers. The house and the trees have been die cut from the Designer Series Paper.

I’ve added a stamped sentiment along with other elements from the Trimming the Town Suite. Using coordinating products from one suite makes creating cards so easy as Stampin’ Up! have already done the hard work of colour matching and product coordination for us crafters.

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Fun Ways with Designer Series – Part 7

From our childhood we have learned the art of folding paper, whether it be paper planes or paper boats. The fun of floating precisely creased paper boats in rain water form fond memories of my childhood. Today we are much more sophisticated and during this series of Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper, we are looking at folding beautiful paper.

Fold it

I used the beautiful Ornate Garden Specialty DSP to create this card. With one simple cut and a couple of folds on the DSP, this card goes from simple to having extra interest.

Measure halfway down the DSP panel and then cut about 5cm in. Fold each side back to reveal the other side of the paper. Then adhere this to embossed cardstock.

The daisy was punched out 3 times from Very Vanilla cardstock and coloured using a combination of Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. Once adhered together, I coloured the joins so it looked like a continuous flower.

This next card uses the curtain or drape fold on the Designer Series Paper for an interesting look. I’ve combined it with some ornaments from the Cherish the Season stamp set coloured in with Old Olive and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.

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I created this card on my Facebook Live this afternoon in which I share measurements and tips.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed this fun way of using your DSP. Please leave me a comment if you are enjoying this series and if you have tried any of these techniques as I’d love hearing about your creativity.


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Ink. Stamp. Share Blog Hop – Gilded Autumn

Welcome to the Ink. Stamp. Share Blog Hop for October. Our theme this month is Autumn or Halloween. I have chosen the beautiful Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP to showcase autumn today.

My card started off with my concept of wanting to use the curtain fold on my card. Over this past week, I’ve been showcasing a series called Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper on my blog. Throughout this series, I’ve been sharing ideas and tips for making the most of your DSP.

The curtain fold is great because it shows both sides of our beautiful Designer Series Paper. Particularly with specialty paper such as this, it’s a shame not to be able to see both sides.

I folded the paper at 3cm, 4.5cm, 7.5cm, 9cm, 12cm and so on continuing on a length of DSP which was 26cm long. This gave me sufficient to go across my cardstock. I made a mark with a pencil at 4.5cm from the top on the right side and 2.5cm from the bottom left. Then I cut my paper across at these 2 points. Mountain and valley fold your score lines to form the curtain fold.

I added a pumpkin from the Harvest Hellos which I coloured with Stampin’ Blends. This stamp set also has an apple in the set which coordinates with the matching Apple Builder punch. A few extra leaves were added, including some Brushed Metallic leaves.

This beautiful paper is a must have as it’s copper and gold foil accents adds a richness which enhances the autumn colours of this suite.

You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith of Stamping Flair in Australia. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I have listed all the products I have used at the bottom of this post. If you have any questions about this technique or any products I have used, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Click on the next button to view Jo Blackman’s beautiful project and follow the blog hop through for lots of inspiration.

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Annette Elias

Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Tracie St-Louis

Alison Carter

Karen Egan

Kirsty Pattrick

Kristie Meeker Wilson

Libby Fens

Susan Simpson

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Gez Carpenter

Tricia Butts

Jill Chapman

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If you live in Australia and currently don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love the opportunity to help you with your crafting supplies or business enquiries.


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