Michelle Cards & Stamps

These cards and stamps are really awesome, Its a wonderful experience.

Elizabeth Crafts

Hi Everyone

I’ve never really been into stickers, I’ve always been a ‘Stamping Girl’ but I came across Elizabeth Crafts at CHA and was instantly attracted to their new dies and then saw what they were doing with Copics and glitter – I was like a moth to a flame.

In the April Class, one of our projects involves this technique, but I thought I would give everyone a look, one a different card…..here goes.

Matterials needed:
Transparent Double Sided Adhesive
Silk Micro Fine Glitter
Stickers
Copic Markers

 
Step 1
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Cut a piece of Double Sided Adhesive to be a little larger than your sticker.  Remove one side of the adhesive and adhere it to a white piece of card.  Hold onto to the release sheet.
Remove the sticker by gently wiggling it off the sticker sheet.  This will prevent it from losing it’s shape and lay it sticky side up on the release sheet. 
Now take the double side adhesive piece and lay it on top of the sticker and remove the release sheet.  You now have a very sticky piece of card with the sticker attached to it.
 
Step 2
Dip the sticky card in Silk Microfine Glitter so that it is fully covered in glitter.  ?

 
Step 3
Start colouring your image.  In mine, the background is YG11 and the leaves and stem are YG67,  To lighten the colours, use a 0 marker.?

 
Now colour the flowers, I have used RV69, RV27, YR23 and the 0 marker to lighten the colours.?

 
Step 4
Cut out the image and prepare your card.  I find it best to dip the image in glitter again, as when you cut out the image, some double sided adhesive might be exposed and feels a little funny.
When finished, you will have this lovely sparkly image.
Happy Stamping
Michelle?

 

Create Art – Card 3

Hi Everyone

Here’s my last card for today – again using the new Darkroom Door Create Art Collage Stamp – DDCS013.

The card consists of a base of Bazzill Typhoon, Fawn and then Beetle Black.

On a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, I smudged Distress Paints Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo and Tarnished Pewter and the misted it with water to get the colours blending.

I then smudged an extra piece of Lily White through the paints and allowed them to dry.

Once dry, I stamped the Create Art stamp using an Archival Jet Black ink pad and added extra colour to the jar, brush ends and paint lids using Distress Markers.

On a piece of Fawn card, stamp the squares  
from the Darkroom Door Artist stamp set (DDRS027) and add colour using Distress Markers Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo.

After assembling the card, I added Enamel Accents Black to the words Create Art to really make them stand out.

I hope you like today’s cards, I love this new release, particularly the collage and frame stamps and hope I have given you some ideas for your own play time.

Happy Stamping
Michelle 

Here’s the links to these products
Create Art
http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc-product=darkroom-door-collage-stamp-ddcs013-create-art
Artist
http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc-product=darkroom-door-ddrs027-artist-rubber-stamp-set
Distress Paint
http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc_product_category=distress-paint

Create Art – Card 2

Hi Everyone

Me again!  This morning I posted a card using the new Darkroom Door Create Art Collage Stamp (DDCS013) and here’s my 2nd card.

Starting with a base of Dotted Swiss Surf’s Up and then layered with Lily White and Beetle Black.

On the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, I smudged Distress Paints Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and then spritzed water over them to get the colours blending.  I then smudged 2 pieces of Lily White through them and allowed them to dry.

On the main piece of card, I stamped the ‘Create Art’ using an Archival Jet Black ink pad and then added colour to the jar and paint lids using similar coloured Distress Markers.

On the other piece of white card (now coloured with Distress Paint), stamp the splatters and blotches from the Darkroom Door Artist Stamp Set (DDRS027).

Once the card is assembled, I traced over the words ‘Create Art’ using the Enamel Accents – Black and allow to dry.

There’s 1 more card today, so keep watching.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Here’s the links to these products
Create Art
http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc-product=darkroom-door-collage-stamp-ddcs013-create-art
Artist
http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc-product=darkroom-door-ddrs027-artist-rubber-stamp-set
Distress Paint
http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc_product_category=distress-paint

Create Art – Card 1

Hi Everyone

Over the weekend I was playing with the new Darkroom Door Collage Stamp – Create Art DDCS013.

Today I have 3 card ideas using this stamp:

Card 1
 

The base card is Beetle Black followed by Lily White, Sandbox and then Beetle Black again.  On my Non-Stick Craft Sheet, I smudged Vintage Photo, Wild Honey and Tarnished Brass Distress Paints and misted with water to get them blending.  I smudged some white card through the paint and then set it aside to dry.  I then stamped the ‘Create Art’ stamp using an Archival Jet Black Ink Pad.  I added some colour to the jar that the brushes are sitting in and paint lids with  Distress Markers.

After adhering the layers to the card, I added a Paint Brush from the Darkroom Door Artist stamp set (DDRS027) and covered the letters ‘Create Art’ with Enamel Accents – Black.

Keep watching today for 2 more card ideas.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Here’s the links to these products
Create Art
http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc-product=darkroom-door-collage-stamp-ddcs013-create-art
Artist
http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc-product=darkroom-door-ddrs027-artist-rubber-stamp-set
Distress Paint
http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc_product_category=distress-paint
 

Calendar Project – April 2014

Hi Everyone

My calendars are over for the year and I now handover to Jennifer.

Here’s Jennifer’s first calendar page – April 2014.  Respecting the Anzac spirit, Jennifer Poppy is from the Penny Black 30-155 Blooming Garden which she coloured with Distress Markers and the background blended with Distress Ink Pads Broken China, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

New In Stock

Hi Everyone

Just a quick email to let you know that the 1″ Mini Blending Tools, Distress Marker Spritzer Tool and new Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies are now in stock. 

There are going to be really popular, so I’ve added them straight to our website. 

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Bebunny Baby

Hi Everyone

This new set from Crafter’s Companion – Bebunni Baby is so cute.  The sets are fantastic as they are unmounted, pre-cut stamps and includes a main image, words and borders.

Here I have stamped Bebunni using Memento and coloured with Copic Markers E41, E43, R81, R83, RV95, V15, V01, YG11, YG41, Y00 and Y02.

I started with a card base of Dotted Swiss – Sandbox and layered with Bazzill Lily White and scrapbooking papers.  The border and words are from the stamp set.

After cutting out the image, I adhered it to the front of the card and added some Crystal Stickles to accent the letters and other shapes.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Darkroom Door’s latest release is here!!!!!

Hi Everyone

Darkroom Door’s release has just arrived and we are very quickly unpacking it.

This release includes the Essentials 14 release which has 6 new stamp sets (here’s just a couple), the trees are my favourite stamp set but for some reason, the Carved Houses make me smile.

 
The range also includes a 6 new Collage Stamps and 6 new Frame Stamps?

Lastly there is the new release of Texture Stamps.  To be absolutely honest, I wasn’t too sure about these to start with (sorry Rachel), but they have certainly grown on me.  Perfect for the centre of a card with a lovely quote in the centre or inside one of the Darkroom Door Frame stamps.  These stamps will certainly be making it into my stamping supplies and there are 6 designs to chose from.

All of the stamps are now available on our website and don’t forget, if you would like me to pre-cut your stamps, don’t hesitate to ask.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

 

Darkroom Door

Hi Everyone

Darkroom Door’s latest release is due on our doorstep any minute and I thought it was a timely opportunity to tell you about a service that we offer.

Many of our regular class attendees know that I’m more than happy to help them by cutting out their Darkroom Door stamps and at times, have quite a bundle to do.  Some people don’t feel confident doing so or have problems with their hands cutting something so thick.

We are now extending this offer to our online friends and if you place an order with us, you have the opportunity to have them pre-cut also.


All you have to do, is add a comment to the order or send us an email asking us to do it.  The order may be delayed by a day, so we have time to cut them out, but we will get them to you as soon as possible.

Have a wonderful day and happy stamping
Michelle

March 2014 Class Kits

Hi Everyone

The March classes are over for the month and kits are being posted out around Australia and New Zealand for the pre-orders.

If you’re interested in a kit, we still have some available and you’ll find them under Card Kits.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Impression Obsession – 1 card – 2 ways

Hi Everyone

I came across this stamp when I was at CHA and couldn’t wait for it to arrive, it’s one of the new releases from Impression Obsession called ‘Lanterns’ and is code L13201.

I decided to make 2 cards with it, showing you 2 different ways of colouring it – so I have a colour version and a black & white version.

I’ll start with the colour version.  The card is Bazzill Java and I have layered with Pomegranate and Aloe Vera.  The background for the lanterns is Watercolour paper which I have blended Distress Ink Pads – Old Paper and Walnut Stain around the edges.

Stamp the Lanterns using an Archival Jet Black ink pad and then colour with Distress Markers Dried Marigold, Festive Berries, Bundled Sage, Gathered Twigs, Pumice Stone and Old Paper.  To blend the colours, blend with the lighter colour or with water from an AquaBrush.












Now for the Black and White Version.  I kept the same base card of Java and layered with Pomegranate card.   I then added a layer of Lily White which I stamped Hero Arts Decorative Bamboo (K4900) using Hero Arts Shadow Ink – Field Greens.

On HP Colour LaserJet paper (200gsm), I stamped the Lanterns using a Memento Tuxedo Jet Black ink pad and blended Distress Ink Pads – Old Paper and Black Soot around the edge.

I coloured the Lanterns with Copic Markers Warms Tones W-0, W-3, W-5 and W-7.  This gave the image a vintage look and allowed me to control the variation of shades.

When adhering the top layer, I tilted it slightly and trimmed off the edges that over-hanged the card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle


 
 

Cupcake BFF’s

Hi Everyone

The latest release of Art Impressions stamps are so much fun and this stamp set took my fancy.

Here I have used Cupcake BFF’s (4409) and I coloured her with Copic Markers – E00, E11, R20, E35, Y21, YR23, R81, R83, R85, BG15, BG34 and BG49.

I layered the card with some Kaisercraft papers and the base card is Lily White with the edges covered in Crystal Stickles.

I used the Diemanics Scallop Die cut from Lily White and covered it with Crystal Stickles and ran it vertically down the card.

The hearts are from Penny Black’s new die set – Heart String (51-022) and I also cut it from Lily White and covered it with Crystal Stickles.

I added a Lily White Scallop die which I blended with Distress Ink Pad Squeezed Lemonade and then added the BFF.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Sale – 25% off all Magnolia Rubber Stamps

Hi Everyone

It’s time for a sale and we have 25% off all Magnolia Rubber Stamps.

You’ll see the full range on our website – www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au so get in quick because as the sale is on ‘in stock stamps only’.

The sale starts today and ends on 9th April 2014.

Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Blueprints v3

Hi Everyone

Here’s my last card using the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous butterflies stamp sets.

Starting with a Bazzill Sweetheart card, I layered with Pinecone and 300gsm Watercolour paper.

On the larger piece of watercolour paper, stamp the smaller butterfly (Mini Blueprints 2 – CMS146) all over using a Archival Jet Black ink pad.  On the larger piece of watercolour paper, stamp the main image (Easter Blueprint – CMS144) using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.

Blend around the edges of both cards with a Distress Ink Pad in Walnut Stain.  Colour around the edges of each rectangle with Distress Marker – Scattered Straw and then colour the butterflies with Wild Honey, Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany and soften this colour with a little water.

Add a second butterfly to the top of the main image and adhere only in the centre.

Adhere the images together and die a little twine around the lower part of the card.  The ‘Happy Birthday’ words are from Stampers Anonymous – Simple Sayings (CMS155).

Down the centre of the main butterfly, apply some Glossy Accents and allow to dry.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Penny Black’s new arrivals

Hi Everyone

With our March classes starting tomorrow, the arrival of Penny Black’s latest release couldn’t have been better.

Here’s the ‘Happy Everything’ catalogue
http://pennyblackinc.com/catalogs/2014_Penny_Black_HappyEverything_printable.pdf  and I have added our stock to our website, you’ll find them under the Stamps and Dies & Emboss areas as there are stamps, dies and stencils.

Happy Stamping
Michelle 
 
 
 
 

More Butterflies

Hi Everyone

I wanted to show you a couple of ideas using the Blueprints stamp set, so here’s card number 1.

Starting with Bazzill Typhoon, I then layered with Rope Swing and Parakeet.

On the Parakeet card, I stamped Darkroom Doors Postcards background stamp using an Archival Coffee ink pad.

The smaller butterflies are from Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprint 2 (CMS146) and was stamped on Watercolour paper with an Archival Jet Black ink pad.  I blended around the edges with Distress Ink Pad – Walnut Stain and the butterflies were coloured in with Distress Markers Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Wild Honey.

The larger butterfly is from the Stampers Anonymous Easter Blueprint (CMS144) stamp set and was coloured using the same colours on Watercolour paper.  I added a second butterfly and adhered it in the centre.

In the centre of the butterflies, I applied Viva Décor Pearl Pen – 401 Brown.

Happy Stamping
Michelle


Happy March

Hi Everyone

Here’s my last calendar page – March 2014.

I love the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Blueprints range and here used the Easter Blueprint (CMS144) and the Mini Blueprint 2 (CMS146).

Starting with Bazzill Parakeet and Kisses, I then added 300gsm Watercolour paper and stamped the mini Butterfly blueprint using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.  I then coloured around the edges of the squares with Distress Marker – Scattered Straw and then blended in around the butterfly.  I coloured the butterflies with Distress Markers – Forest Moss, Wild Honey and Walnut Stain.

The larger butterfly was also stamped on the Watercolour paper using an Archival Jet Black ink pad and was mounted up on Pinecone card.  This butterfly was coloured with Distress Markers – Festive Berries and Peeled Paint and I blended around the edges with Distress Ink Pad – Walnut Stain. 

Lastly I coloured the centre of this butterfly with Viva Décor Pen – Brown (401).

Happy Stamping
Michelle

PS. Cheryl – over to you for April.

March Classes

Hi Everyone

Our March classes are ready to roll, here are the dates:

Thursday 6th March
Friday 7th March
Saturday 8th March
Monday 10th March
Saturday 15th March
Sunday 16th March

If you would like to join us, please call Robyn on (07) 3888 2462.

We look forward to see you then.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo

Hi Everyone

Today was the first day of the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo in Melbourne and gees – were we busy.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and with the show continuing for the next 2 days, we look forward to meeting many more people.

Here’s a couple of photos from our stand.

Happy Stamping
Michelle 
 

Hi Everyone
 
We’ll it’s set up day in Melbourne so we are limbering up for what we hope to be a record braking set up but I have to be realistic and if we’re done before dusk, I’ll be happy…. given Melbourne has daylight saving, I think we have a good chance.
Here’s a card I made on the weekend using new stamps from Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning stamp set (HCPC3582).
 
I stamped the image 3 times and used part of it on top of each other.  The first layer is the Vase which has been coloured with Copic Markers E41, E43, E47 and E49.  The next layer is the leaves which were coloured with Copics YG63 and YG67.
The next layer is the background flowers, coloured with Copic Markers R81, R83, R85 and RV69.  The next image is the main flowers, coloured with the same Copics and then the last layer (yes, another) was the inner part of the flowers, finished with a small dot of Yellow Viva Décor Pearl Pen.
 
I mounted the image on Bazzill Aloe Vera which I had pre-stamped with Darkroom Door French Script background stamp in Archival Coffee and then Lily White.
 
I added layers of Pinecone and Fawn, stamped with the French Script and backed with Lily White and lastly the Sweetheart card (also stamped with the French Script) and then onto the A5 Lily White card.
 
Have a great day and I hope to see you tomorrow at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo.
 
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You’re So Special

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday – it’s 1 more day till we fly out to Melbourne for the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo this weekend. 

This card is perfect for ‘girly girly’ regardless of them being little girls or a not so little girl.

These stamps are from Magnolia Rubber Stamps and are Tilda Rose Scent and Tilda’s Dressing Table.

I stamped the images on HP Colour Laser Paper 200gsm (this is my preferred paper for colouring with Copic Markers and is available at Officeworks) using a Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.

I coloured the images with Copic Markers – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, R81, R83, R85, RV69, Y21, YR23, C1, C3, C5 and C7.

The card is layered up with Bazzill – Blissful, Pajama, Lily White and Celtic Green.  After adhering the stamped images, I added Glossy Accents to the mirror and perfume bottles.

The words ‘You’re So Special’ are from the Hero Arts set CL380 and have been accented with Kaisercraft Rhinestone Strip in silver.

Have a wonderful day
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Just Arrived – Artistic Impressions

Hi Everyone

Woot woot, the parcels keep arriving from CHA and today was the Artistic Impressions order.  All stamps are unmounted and are a set including words that ‘match’ the image.

I’ve just finished adding them to our website, but they will be heading to Melbourne with us.  If there is any that you would like set aside, to either pick up at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo, back at the Studio or order, please drop us an email at michellescards1@yahoo.com.au

Here’s a couple of sample images – just to tempt your tastebuds.

Have a great night
Happy Stamping
Michelle
Michelle 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 

You Make Me Smile

Hi Everyone

It’s me again.

I’ve been playing again with the Penny Black Dahlia’s stamp set (30-159) and created this card. 

Starting with a Bazzill Leapfrog card, I layered with Lily White, Kisses and Sandbox.

On the Kisses card, I stamped the words ‘You make me smile’ from the Hero Arts – Made with Love stamp set (CL491) using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.

On some HP Colour LaserJet paper, stamp 3 small Dahlia’s using a Memento ink pad and colour with Copic Markers G21, G24, G28, RV69, R37 and R32.

Using some ribbon, tie a double knot around the base of the flowers and adhere the card as shown.

Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Friends Always

Hi Everyone

It’s time to dust off some of my favourite Penny Black stamps and give then a new lease on life.

This is Penny Black’s – Butterfly Suite stamp which I stamped on HP Colour LaserJet Paper.  The music in the background has Distress Ink Pads Faded Jeans and Scattered Straw blended over it.  I then stamped it again on the Creampuff card and coloured the leaves and stem with Copic Markers YG63 and YG67.

On another piece of HP Colour LaserJet paper and coloured the butterflies with B32 and V06 on the edge.  I started flicking the B32 from the centre of the butterfly and then V06 from the outer edge.  This will create a new colour in the centre.  I then added some E37 in the centre and after adhering them to the card, applied Glossy Accents to highlight them.

On the last piece of HP Colour LaserJet paper, stamp the Mum’s The Word again and coloured each flower individually.  I started with Copic Marker B32 in the centre and then added some B18 to add depth.  Around the edges of each flower, I coloured V06.  I then mounted this flower and adhered it to the front of the card. 

The card is made up of Bazzill Typhoon, Creampuff and Burgundy card.  On the last piece of Creampuff, I blended Distress Ink Pad – Wild Honey and then stamped Darkroom Door’s French Script to add texture.

On the lower left, I added a postmark from Hero Arts – Untitled Postmark (AC001) and coloured it with the same Copic Markers.

Lastly and after the card is fully assembled, apply Glossy Accents to the centre of the butterflies and the centre of the flower on the Untitled Postmark and then using Viva Décor Pearl Pen – Gold, apply little dots to the centres of the flowers.  It looks gorgeous when this has been done.

Have a great day
Happy Stamping
Michelle 

You Make The World A Better Place

Hi Everyone

Happy Monday, I have been playing with the Penny Black Dahlia’s stamp set (30-159) and can be used as an ‘any occasions’ card.

The card layers are Bazzill LilyWhite, Leapfrog and Sweetheart card.  On the Sweetheart card, I stamped the Hero Arts CG Lattice Background (331065) which I embossed with White embossing powder.  In alternating lines, I coloured in the lattice using a Copic RV34.

On the HP LaserJet paper, I stamped the My Favorite Things – Vertical Greetings words using an Archival Jet Black in pad, followed by the Dahlia flower.

I trimmed the paper to size then used a Crop-A-Dile to round the corners. 

I coloured the Dahlia in using Copic Markers RV69, RV34, R83, G24 and G28 and adhered a second one on top to add dimension.

This card makes a great ‘all occasion’ card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

 

Mum’s The Word

Hi Everyone

Here’s a really easy card design, which can be made for any occasion.  Starting with Bazzill Leapfrog, I then added Creampuff and then Flamingo.

On the Creampuff cards, I stamped Hero Arts Looped Flower (CG504) using Distress Ink Pad – Wild Honey.  After layered with Pinecone, I added the last layers of Creampuff, one with Looped Flower stamped on it and the other with Happy Birthday from Hero Arts – Birthday Sayings (CL340).

On some HP Colour LaserJet paper, I stamped Penny Black ‘Mum’s The Word’ (4234K) using a Memento Ink Pad and coloured with Copic Markers – YG63, YG67, G99, E15, YR23, Y21, R05 and R29.  I cut out the flower and added it to the Creampuff card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Mini Blueprints

Hi Everyone

Here’s a quick and easy Valentine card, but something that can be tweaked to use any of the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprints stamp sets.

This is the Mini Blueprints 2 stamp set (CMS146) which I stamped on 300gsm Watercolour paper using an Archival Jet Black ink pad and coloured with Distress Markers Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries and Scattered Straw.

The card is a Bazzill Kisses card, layered with Pinecone, Sweetheart and Creampuff flags cut from the Dienamics die.

The words and frame are from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp set ‘Simple Sayings’ (CMS155).

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Wishing You A Very Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone

This Raindrops on Roses release from Hearfelt Creations has been one of my favourites.  This card is a really simple, but sometimes simple can be elegant.

Starting with a Bazzill Dotted Swiss Berry card and layered with Dotted Swiss Celtic Green and then HP Colour LaserJet Paper.

Start by stamping the Raindrops on Roses – Birthday background (HCPC3586) and then colour with Copic Markers – YG63 and YG67.  With the roses, I coloured with Copic Markers R85 and R83, but didn’t colour the whole flower, I left the edges white..

On the ‘Happy Birthday’ banner, I flicked the R83 and R81 Copic Markers around the edges, again leaving the centre white.  With the circle, I coloured with Copic R83 and R85.  The edges are RV69.

I edged the 4 corners with May Road white organza ribbon with silver trim and then wrapped another layer around the lower part of the card.



I hope you enjoy this card.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo

Hi Everyone

Phew, no sooner are we back from CHA we’re then into classes and then off to Melbourne – please, I need a holiday.

The Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo starts Friday 21st February and runs until Sunday 23rd February and you’ll find all the important details here – http://scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook/.

We are stand number C15, so please drop by and say “Hi”, we’d love to see you all.  I’ll also be demoing and have some great techniques to show you.

In terms of our store and website, we start packing next Tuesday and courier our stock next Thursday (13th February), so if there is anything you are after, please let us know before then.  If we receive any orders after this time, we will post them from Melbourne after we unpack.

Have a great ‘hump’ day.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Gift Ensemble

Hi Everyone

Ok, yes I love the Darkroom Door – Bright Blossoms vol 2 stamp set and I’m attending therapy.

In our Christmas classes last year, we created a Christmas gift box using the Heartfelt Creations ‘Gift Ensemble’ die and here is a Valentine’s version.

I have cut the box from 4 pieces of Bazzill Dotted Swiss – Rope Swing card and layered it with Pinecone.

I stamped the Roses on the 300gsm Watercolour paper using Distress Ink Pad – Fired Brick and blended the colour out with a waterbrush.

To make this box, fold back the decorative edges and adhere them together.  While still flat, adhere any decorations and then fold in the bottom and adhere together.  To secure the top, fold one in after the other.

Happy Stamping
Michelle 

My Wish For You

Hi Everyone

I’ve had heaps of fun playing with the new Heartfelt Creations – Floral Keys & Locket stamp set and the Magnolia Lost & Found stamp set.

Here’s the first of my play cards.  The Floral Keys & Locket stamp set are code HCPC3572 and the Magnolia stamp I have used is – For You Tilda.  The background stamp is True Friends (CG420) from Hero Arts.

Ok, so that’s the stamps, now down to business.  Starting with a Bazzill Lily White card, I layered with Bazzill Pajama and Pinecone.  True Friends was stamped on the Pinecone card with an Archival Jet Black ink pad.

The fence in the background is Magnolia’s Heart Fence Doo-Hickey and then I added For You Tilda.

I coloured Tilda with skin with Copic Markers – E00, E11 and R20.  Her hair is with E40, E43, E47 and E49. Her overalls are coloured with E40, E43 and E47, the heart with R81, R83 and R85 and lastly the roses with R81, R83, R85, YG63, YG67 and YG03.  Super cute.

The ‘My Wish for You was coloured using the same markers but it’s actually 3 layers.  Layer 1 is just ‘My Wish For You’, coloured with E40 and E43, the roses and leaves.  The second layer is the ornament top and bottom (the centre of the oval has been cut out so the words show from the first layer) and then the 3rd layer is the oval on the top, coloured with Copics E40, E43, E47 and E49 and then covered with Glossy Accents.

Have a wonderful Monday
Happy Stamping
Michelle

New Range – Woodware Clear Stamps

Hi Everyone


We stumbled across ‘Woodware Clear Stamps’ at CHA and our order has just arrived.  The range has some really great words and lovely images.

Here’s a couple of the words – to tempt your tastebuds and you’ll find them all on our website under stamps.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

1st February

Hi Everyone

It’s now February and I get to share my February Calendar page. 

February being the month of Valentine’s Day, I stuck with the theme colour of red and roses.

Many of you know that I LOVE Darkroom Door’s Bright Blossoms Vol 2 stamp set (DDRS108), particularly the rose image.

Here I stamped it 3 times on 300gsm Watercolour paper using Distress Ink Pad – Fired Brick and gently blended the colour was a waterbrush. 

This is a really simple technique but really effective.  It is particularly easy when you do it with Watercolour paper.  The thickness is really important, so look for a 300gsm.

The calendar page has a base of Bazzill Dotted Swiss – Pepper, followed by Pinecone and Creampuff.  On the Creampuff, I stamped the Darkroom Door Postcards background stamp with Versamark and blended Perfect Pearls – Plum over it.  The letters for ‘February’ were cut with my Cricut and the 3 roses adhere the to the top with the middle on mounted up.

Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

February Classes

Hi Everyone

We’re back with our classes for 2014 and here’s a reminder of our upcoming dates:

Saturday – 1st February
Sunday – 2nd February
Thursday – 6th February
Friday 7th February
Saturday 8th February
Monday 10th February

If you would like to join us, please call Robyn on (07) 3888 2462.

In February, we are also exhibiting at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo in Melbourne, so if you are around, drop by and see us at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February.

We look forward to catching up with everyone.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Thinking of You

Hi Everyone

I have had some time to play with Penny Black’s Petal Party stamp set (30-113) which I haven’t had a chance to do before.

Here I have used one of the images from the stamp set, but had to give it a little ‘plastic surgery’ first.  I wanted the flower to curve around to the left a little and so I trimmed some for the backing from it so I could make the bend.

The main image is stamped on Watercolour paper with Archival Jet Black and coloured with Distress Markers – Seedless Preserves, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint and Ripe Persimmon and blended with a waterbrush. 

To add some shadow, I around the lower part of the image with Old Paper and blended out with a waterbrush.  I then stamped ‘Thinking Of You’ from the Hero Arts – Made with Love stamp set CL491. To finish the image, I stamped the Darkroom Door French Script with a Distress Ink Pad in Old Paper and then blended around the edges.

The card is Bazzill Pansy and then Creampuff.  The green paper is a scrap of Kaisercraft papers and the purple was blended over with Distress Ink Pad – Dusty Concord and then the French Script was stamped over it again.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Just arrive – Magnolia Rubber Stamps

Hi Everyone

We’re home and the orders are starting the come in.

Just arrived is Magnolia Rubber Stamp’s latest release – Lost and Found.

This release is simply lovely and will be a favourite of anyone who loves Tilda and flowers. 

Here’s a couple of images from the release, you’ll find them here – http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc_product_category=magnolia-rubber-stamps-stamps-by-designer

Have a lovely long weekend.
Happy Stamping
Michelle





You’re simply the best!!

Hi Everyone

We’re ready for the start of our 2014 classes and one of our cards includes a number of Penny Black hedgehogs and I just had to play with them a little more.

Here I have used this little cutie from the Penny Black Tiny Wishes stamp set (30-026).  I stamped her with a Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and coloured her with Copic Markers – E50, E31, E37, E37, E59, YR23, Y21, R05, R17, R46, G24, BG10, BG15 and BG49.

I stamped the image 3 times with the base being the shoes, tummy and backpack.  The second image being the shirt and the last being the arm and head/hat.

The card started with Bazzill Lily White, Pomegranate and Dragonfly card.

The words are from Penny Black’s – Edge to Edge (30-164) and the flags are from My Favorite Things Dienamics.

Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

CHA 2014 Mega Show is over (sniff, sniff)

Hi Everyone

CHA is over for another year and I’m sitting back in our apartment resting my very, very tired feet, drinking Diet Coke and eating a bag of M&M’s.  I’m completely exhausted.

There was sooo much to see, sooooooo many classes to do and we have soooooooo many things to show you when we get home. 

If you are interested in seeing some of our photos, jump over to our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/MichellesCardsAndStamps to catch some our pictures.  We have taken around 500+ photos, so I have only selected a few.

We’re now on holidays for a couple of days and fly back to Australia on Friday night, landing on Sunday morning.  Hope you see you all again soon.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Greetings from CHA Mega Show 2014

Greetings from Anaheim!!

Phew, it’s Sunday night and we have just finished day 3 at CHA – OMG!!! So many ideas, so many new products, so many stands,  – and we’re only 1/2 way through the stands.

Tim Holtz and Ranger have a fantastic display.  They are releasing Mini Distress Ink Pads, Mini Ink Blending Tool, longer scissors but my absolute favourite new product is the ‘Distress Marker Spritzer’. 

The Distress Marker Spritzer turns your Distress Markers into an Airbrush and has a screw in the top to hold the pen in place.  You just bump the ‘bulb’ to press the air through (think of a doctor taking your blood pressure).  The reason this is also my favourite product is that you can use it with your Copic Markers as well – goodness, it was interesting watching Tim use a Copic Marker whilst on the Ranger stand.

(Vince stop reading now).

We also have orders in with May Arts, Stampendous, Hero Arts, Petaloo, Stampers Anonymous, Sizzix, Heartfelt Creations, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Impression Obsession and Craft Companion and more to come over the next 2 days.

It’s so exciting being here again and I can’t wait to show you what we have found.

Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn




USA – Here We Come

Hi Everyone

After much planning and 9 months of keeping it a secret from my niece and nephew, tomorrow morning Robyn, Kristy, Tahlia, Damian and I head off to the US for a combination of CHA/Disneyland holiday.

Robyn and I are booked in for lots of classes at CHA and will have lots to share with you.

The studio will remain open, with Vince manning the fort, so please give him a call if there is something that you are after.  Web orders are also welcome and will be posted as soon as possible.

We arrive back on Sunday 19th January and look forward to catching up with you then.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Enjoy Today

Hi Everyone

This image just looks so relaxing.

Using Kaisercraft’s Paradisco Collection paper P1380 Sunsets, I used this jetty scene to create this lovely card.

I started with Bazzill Lily White and layered with Typhyoon card followed by the jetty scene.

The words ‘enjoy today’ are from Penny Black’s stamp set ‘Sweet Wishes’ (30-104).

The Magnolia girls I used are Bikini Tilda and Hula Hula Tilda which I coloured with Copic Markers – E00, E11, R20, E35, YR23, Y21, G24, G28, R27, R46, E43, E47 and E49.

Have a lovely day and
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Wonderful Day

Hi Everyone

Keeping with my ‘Summer’ theme, here is a card sample for you.  Combining with Kaisercraft’s Paradisco Collection, I have used a scene from P1379 Getaway paper.

I started with Bazzill Parakeet card and layered with Lily White and Typhoon card.

I added the words from Penny Black’s Gratitude stamp set (30-105) which I stamped with Archival Jet Black ink pad.

Lastly, I have added Magnolia Rubber Stamps – Hula Hula Tilda which I coloured with Copic Markers – E00, E11, R20, E35, YR23, Y21, G24, G28, R27 and R46.


Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Just Arrived – Penny Black’s latest release

Hi Everyone

Our deliveries continue with the Penny Black release just arriving.

Here’s just a sample including clear stamps, cling stamps and dies.  You’ll find the release on our website.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Just Arrived – Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous Stencils

Hi Everyone

Just a quick message to let you know that the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous Stencils are now in stock.

Drop by our store or website where you will find them under Dies and Emboss.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Happy New Year!!!

Hi Everyone

Welcome to 2014!!  I can’t believe how fast 2013 went and I’m sure 2014 will be just as fast.

My friends Cheryl, Linda, Jennifer and I will be completing our Calendar Project again this year where we each decorate 3 months of a calendar and give each other a copy.  We rotate who does what months, so in 2013, I had October-December so in 2014 I get January-March.

The calendars are 18x18cm and are a lot of fun to work on as a group (and a little easier than having to make 12 pages).

Here’s my January contribution.  I focused on the fact that it’s Summer in Australia and created this little beach scene.

The base card is Bazzill Typhoon followed by Rope Swing and then HP Colour LaserJet Paper where I coloured it with Distress Stains – Tumbled Glass and Scattered Straw.

On the HP Colour LaserJet Paper, I stamped the Magnolia Rubber Stamps ‘Vintage Swedish Coast Cottage’ and coloured with Copic Markers B93, B95, B99, E41, E43, E47, E49, R27, R46, R59.

Now, the little girls – again I have used Magnolia Rubber Stamps and here I have Bikini Tilda and Hula Hula Tilda.  I also coloured these girls with Copic Markers E00, E11, R20, E35, YR23, Y21, G24, G28, R27, R46, B93 and B95.

The letters ‘January’ was cut from my Cricut.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Christmas Eve

Hi Everyone

Christmas is just hours away and we would like to with you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

 Hi Everyone

WOW – it’s December and Summer has started.  I can’t believe where the year has gone and it’s only 24 days till Christmas – Woot Woot!!!

Here’s the last month of our Calendar Project – my December page.

As many of you know, I love Penny Black and these lovely cling stamps by Mo Manning are favourites.

Here I have used Little Elf Finn (40-088) and Little Elf Mim (40-089) and have them swinging from some ferns cut from the Magnolia Doo-Hickey dies.

I have coloured my Elves with Copic Markers – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, R27, R59, G21, G24, G28 and the baubles were coloured with YR23, Y21 and Y000.  After cutting out and adhering the Elves to my page, I added glitter to the baubles and fir trims on Finn and Mim’s clothes.

Have a wonderful day
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Magnolia Tilda

Hi Everyone

Here’s another card that I made from the new Little London Collection from Magnolia Rubber Stamps.

This little cutie is ‘Magnolia Tilda’ which I stamped on HP Cour Laser Jet paper and coloured her with Copic Markers E00, E11, R20, E43, E47, E49, R81, R83, R85, G21, G24, Y21 and YR23.

The pot plants are also from the Little London Collection and is called ‘Afternoon Tea Plant’ and was coloured with G21, G24, G28, E31 and E35.

The words across the bottom are from Darkroom Door’s Simple Sayings stamp set (DDRS119).

Happy Stamping
Michelle

London Calling

Hi Everyone


Magnolia Rubber Stamps and Darkroom Door stamps don’t normally go together (apart from word stamps) but this was just tooo easy.

Here I have used Darkroom Door’s London Vol 2 (DDRS074) and London Vol 1 (DDRS073) as my background.  I stamped the scene (from Vol 2) and coloured it by blending Distress Ink Pads – Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw and Walnut Stain.  As I wanted to colour the bus’ red, I coloured them with Distress Marker – Festive Berries.

The word ‘London’ is from the London Vol 1 stamp set and was stamped using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.

The ‘Vintage Phone Booth’ and ‘Guard of the Castle’ are from Magnolia’s new Little London Collection 2013 release.  I stamped the images on HP Colour Laser Jet paper (200gsm). 

The ‘Vintage Phone Booth’ was coloured with Copic Markers R02, R05, R27, R59, Y21, YR23 and C3.

‘Guard of the Castle’ was coloured with Copic Markers E00, E11, R20, R27, R59, C3, C5, C7, 100 and YR23 and was them adhered to the card with mounting tape.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calendar Project – November 2013

Hi Everyone

It’s time for me to show you my November calendar.

As November is the month of ‘Remembrance Day’ on the 11th, I took my theme from there and used the Penny Black ‘Field of Poppies’ 4308K and stamped it 3 times.

The images were stamped on Bazzill Creampuff using Memento Tuxedo Black and then coloured with Copic Markers R02, R05, R27, R59, G21, G24, G28, Y21, YR23 and E35.

In the centre of my poppies, I added a badge that I purchased last November but removed the back from it.

I layered the card on Bazzill Leapfrog, Sunbeam and Pomegranate.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

 

November Classes

Hi Everyone

Wow, I can’t believe it’s November already.

Here’s our November class dates, if you would like to join us, drop us a call on 3888 2462 and put your name down.

Thursday 7thNovember
Friday 8thNovember
Saturday 9thNovember
Monday 11thNovember
Saturday 16thNovember
Sunday 17th November

Happy Stamping
Michelle

New Magnolia Release – Winter Wonderland Collection 2013

Hi Everyone

Wow, the latest Magnolia Christmas release has just arrived and I can’t wait for the weekend so I can play with them.

I have just added them all to the website, so check them out under Stamps > Christmas > Magnolia Rubber Stamps.

Here’s a couple of images to ‘tempt the tastebuds’.

Happy Stamping
Michelle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

New Penny Black Christmas Stamps

Hi Everyone

We have just completed day 3 of the Craft & Quilt Fair and when we arrived home, there were some new parcels waiting for us.

Today we received the latest Penny Black Christmas release.  Here’s a sample of the new stamps, my personal favourite are the 3 new Slapstick Cling stamps by Mo Manning – Little Elf Ava, Little Elf Kit and In The Manger.  You’ll find all of these stamps on our website under Stamps > Christmas > Penny Black.


In this order, we also received some of the Penny Black dies which you will find under Dies & Embossing > Penny Black.

Our other parcel is from Darkroom Door and includes some stock of Dylusions – sorry for selling out so fast and THANK YOU to Rachel and Stewart from Darkroom Door for sending them to us super fast.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Kaisercraft – Scrapping Organiser

Hi Everyone
 
I love playing with Kaisercraft products and the Scrapping Organiser was just calling me.
I painted all surfaces black and covered the timber and drawer with the Kaisercraft 75 Cents Collection papers.
I have some paper kits available at the Brisbane Craft Show using these papers and others, if you would like one, stop by and grab one.  I’ll have some more kits available on the website next week.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bright Blossoms Cards

Hi Everyone

My ‘Spring Theme’ is continuing with Darkroom Door’s beautiful Bright Blossoms Photochips (I love these images).

I’ll start with the Yellow card.  I cut the Bazzill Lily White card to 8cm wide with the fold at the top.  I layered them with Bazzill Beetle Black and Sunshine.  On the Sunshine Card, I stamped the French Script background stamp using Wild Honey and stamped the String Sentiment stamp ‘Thinking of You’ down the left side.

I layered the flower on Lily White and Beetle Black and them glued it so that the card was it’s normal 10.5cm wide.

I added some Swirl White ribbon and adhered all of the layers together.

My next card starts with a base of Bazzill Palm card, layered with Pomegranate and then some Kissing Booth paper. 

On the background of the Palm card, I stamped the French Script Background stamp with Distress Ink Pad – Forest Moss and the words ‘Warmest Wishes’ are from the Bright Blossom Vol 1 stamp set.

My last card starts with a base of Bazzill Lily White followed by Pansy and Wisteria.  The paper is from Kaisercraft and I stamped ‘Thank You’ from the String Sentiments stamp set across the middle.

Have a lovely day, today we are setting up at the Brisbane Craft Show which opens tomorrow.  Web orders will be accepted this week, but we won’t be able to post them until next Monday.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

 

That’s not a tulip, THIS is a tulip

Hi Everyone

Seeing we are currently in Spring (although, living in Brisbane, it feels a lot like Summer), it’s perfect to show off a little fun with Tilda and her Tulip pot plant.

Here I have used Magnolia’s Tilda with Big Tulip Pot and coloured her with Copic Markers E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, R81, R83, R85, G21,G24 and G28.  I cut her out using the Nestabilities Labels 4.

I layered the card on Bazzill Sweeheart, Lily White and Aloe Vera and layered with some Kaisercraft striped papers.

The words are from Hero Arts stamp set Find Joy CL497.

Have a wonderful Sunday and hope to see you on Wednesday at the Brisbane Craft Show.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Final Countdown to the Craft Show

Hi Everyone

Phew, where has the year gone.  It’s now Friday afternoon and there is only 4 days left until the Brisbane Craft Show opens at the Brisbane Convention Centre, South Brisbane.

Find out all of the details on the show’s website http://www.craftfair.com.au/wp/Brisbane/

We will definitely be at the show and our stand is G13.  We have lots of things to demo to you and plenty of stock for you to buy.

We look forward to seeing you, so don’t forget to stop by and say “Hi”.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

2013 Calendar Project – October

Hi Everyone

Happy October and Summer has certainly hit Brisbane.

Here is my first calendar page for this year.  I started with a Bazzill Creampuff background, layered with Beetle Black and then lastly a layer of HP Colour LaserJet paper.

On the HP Colour LaserJet paper, I blended Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans Distress Ink pads.  I then stamped the Hero Arts Lotus Background with Versamark and then dusted with Perfect Pearls – Pewter.

I cut the letters for OCTOBER and covered with Distress Stain – Pewter. 

The butterflies are from Darkroom Door Butterflies stamp set with Archival Jet Black and coloured with Distress Markers – Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey.  After I adhered them to the page, I applied some Chocolate Pearl Pen down the centre of the body.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Kaisercraft Butterfly Tower

Hi Everyone

I’ve continued to play with some of the new Kaisercraft range and here’s my Tower Storage unit.

The unit, of course, is called Tower Storage and is code SB2174.  The papers are from the Enchanted Garden range.

I covered the unit and trays with Black Kaisercraft paint. 

On the sides, using the Charm paper (P1219), I created a top and bottom section 7cm deep and then edged it with a thin strip of Bazzill Beetle Black.  I then adhered the sheet of the Glitter Specialty Paper – Fly PS292 (glitter butterfly paper) and sanded the edges back to the timber.


On the top, I used the Charm paper again and sanded back.

On the drawers, before assembling them, I adhered a piece of the ‘Fly’ paper and cut around the half circle.  I then assembled the boxes by gluing up the sides and holding them until they dry…. due to the number of drawers, find a good TV show to watch before starting this step.

Assemble the Tower and then add a little black around the edges – just a tip as it removes any white edges when you sanded back the edges and insert the drawers.

I hope you enjoy making this and if you would like the supplies, drop by our website and you can buy the timber and paper kit under Card Kits. http://michellescardsandstamps.com.au/?wpsc_product_category=card-kits

Happy Stamping
Michelle

August 2013 Class Kits – Now Available

Hi Everyone

Sorry for not posting this earlier, but we still have a couple of class kits left over from our August classes.

You’ll find them on our new website – www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au under Card Kits.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Our new website has (finally) been released

Hi Everyone

Our new website has been getting developed for the past year and has finally been released.

The web address is still the same – www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au and includes all of the products that you are familiar with and new discounts like buying a combined Copic and Reinker or Distress Ink Pad and Reinker for a discounted price.

If you have our website saved in your favourites, you may need to ‘Refresh’ the page to see the new website.

Happy Stamping (and shopping).
Michelle

Calendar Project – September 2013

Hi Everyone

It’s Cheryl’s last page of our 2013 Calendar project (my set start in October).

Here’s Cheryl’s ‘Spring’ page using a now retired PSX Sunflower scattered around the outside of the calendar.

Mounting this page is on Bazzill Ivy, Sunshine and Aloe Vera card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

August 2013 Class Kits

Hi Everyone

Our pre-stamped August Class Kits are now available online.  The kits come with all of the materials you need and colour instructions.

All you will need is scissors, glue, colouring markers such as Copic Markers and time.  You’ll find the kits on our website – quick as the kits are limited

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All Year Long

Hi Everyone

Here’s another card that I created from Magnolia’s Sea Breeze Collection 2013.

This is Bikini Tilda who I have mounted on some Magnolia Memory Shells (from a previous release).  I coloured Tilda with Copic Markers – E00, E11, R20, E33, Y21, Y17, R22, R46, R59.

The background paper is HP Colour Laser Jet paper in 200gsm and I applied a Distress Stains Tumbled Glass to the top and then Wild Honey and Scattered Straw to the lower half.

Once dry, I then stamped Magnolia’s Vintage Swedish Coast Cottage using a Memento Ink Pad and coloured them with Copic Markers B93, B95, B97, B99, R22, R46, R59.  The roof and doors was coloured using E41, E43, E47 and E59.

The words are from Hero Arts – Yummy Treats (CL489) stamp set.

Ahhhh – roll on Summer.
Happy Stamping
Michelle 


 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


  

 

Best Wishes

Hi Everyone

I fell in love with Magnolia’s new ‘Summer Flower’ stamp when I first saw it on their website and was really excited when the latest release arrived. 

I created this first card using Bazzill Lily White and Leapfrog and used some pink Kaisercraft paper (sorry, I don’t have the code).

I stamped the background Lily White card with Darkroom Doors – Postcards Background stamp using a Distress Ink Pad – Bundled Sage.

I stamped 3 Summer Flowers using a Memento Ink Pad and coloured them with Copic Markers – Y11, YR04, G29, G24 and G21.  I then cut out the flowers with a slight halo around the outline.

After preparing the card, as shown, I then applied glue to the stems of the flowers and then mounted the flowers.  These are one piece, I just put mounting tape on the back of the flowers.

Now – the words.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Darkroom Door new stamp set ‘Simple Sayings’.  Here I have used the ‘Best Wishes’ words.

Not only does this stamp set have a great range of words and font – each word comes in 2 sizes – soooo, I then created a gift card (10x20cm) using the same flower and background but used the smaller size ‘Best Wishes’.

Until next time…Happy Stamping
Michelle



 
 
 

15% off TODAY!!!

Hi Everyone

Just a reminder – we have 15% off EVERYTHING today.

Drop by or put an order in online (prices will be adjusted after we receive the order – sorry I can’t adjust the prices on our current website) – just don’t miss out.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

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EKKA Sale – Wednesday 14th August

Hi Everyone

This Wednesday is the EKKA holiday in Brisbane and it’s time for a SALE (woot woot).

For 1 day only, we’re taking 15% off all stock in store.

Web orders are included (although we can’t take 15% off the postage – Australia Post might not be happy) and will adjust the sub-total before posting it to you.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

New Magnolia Rubber Stamps – Sea Breeze Collection 2013

Hi Everyone

The latest release from Magnolia Rubber Stamps has just arrived – here’s just a sample of some images from the Sea Breeze Collection 2013.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

New Darkroom Door Releases

Hi Everyone

WOW – The new Darkroom Door release has just arrived and it’s fantastic.

The release includes 6 new stamp sets, 6 new Photo Stamps, 6 new Eclectic Stamps and 5 new Quote Stamps.

Check out some of these images (to tempt your tastebuds) and you’ll find the stamps on our website www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au under Stamps > Darkroom Door, Words > Darkroom Door and Christmas > Darkroom Door.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calender Project – August 2013

Hi Everyone

Our Calender Project continues this month with the second of Chery’s pages – August.

Cheryl used the wonderful Hero Arts Garden Bouquet stamp set to create this amazing page.

With a base of black card, Cheryl added a layer of white card and stamped the French words from the Stampers Anonymous Papillion (CMS106) stamp set using Versamark and dusted it with Perfect Pearls Sunflower powder.

The coloured cards are coloured with Distress Ink Pads – Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.  Cheryl then stamped the French words with Versamark and dusted it with Perfect Pearls Sunflower powder.  Cheryl then stamped the Garden Bouquet on the 3 pieces of card using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.

A wonderful addition to our Calender Project.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

New Penny Black Christmas Release

Hi Everyone

(insert party dance) – Penny Black’s Christmas catalogue has just been released with the stamps being released in mid-August.

Let me tempt you, just a little with this catalogue…
http://pennyblackinc.com/catalogs/2013_Penny_Black_Christmas_printable.pdf

If there is something that takes your fancy, drop us an email or give us a call and we’ll add it to our order.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

July 2013 Class Kit

Hi Everyone

We’re back in classes this month and our July class was very popular.

Our pre-stamped class kits are now available on our website under What’s New.

The kit includes 5 projects and makes 6 cards.  It comes with colour instructions and all of the card and ribbon you need to make these cards.  You will need your basic stamping supplies like glue, paper trimmer and scissors together with colouring pens such as Copic Pens and Distress Markers.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

French Country

Hi Everyone

I love the new Graphic 45 – French Country papers and when I combined it with the Kaisercraft Stationery Organiser I created this great organiser.

I started by painting the Stationery Organiser with Kaisercraft Black paint.  I covered the back with the Grandeur paper, sides with French Country paper and then the inside with Grandeur and Promenade papers. 

The two front dividers were made using the A La Carte papers which is a page with 6 labels on it and is the perfect width for these dividers.  I selected the Sunflowers and Bonne Chance pieces.

The drawer at the bottom is painted in Kaisercraft Black paint (inside and out) and then I cut a piece from the French Country paper.

The Graphic 45 papers are $1.30 each and are available instore and will be on our website shortly.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Butterfly Post Collage Stamp – Card 2

Hi Everyone

I’m back with my second Butterfly Post Collage Stamp.

I have made a Pansy square card (10.5×10.5cm) and stamped the Happy Birthday Word Block stamp all over it.

I layered the card then with Parakeet and Lily White card (edges distressed).

I stamped two sets of Butterfly Post Collage Stamps on the Lily White card. 

On one set, I coloured the squares with Distress Markers – Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Mustard Seed and Dusty Concord.

I then took the second image and didn’t colour in the butterflies.  I then cut out the butterflies and adhered them to the squares.

I used 4 squares in the background and then mounted another image on top.  Lastly I applied some Viva Décor – Black Pearl Pen to the bodies of the butterflies, just to finish them off.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

 

Butterfly Post Collage Stamp – Card 1

Hi Everyone

Wow, what a wonderful weekend full of sun and great temperatures in Brisbane, more of that please.

I was reading the Darkroom Door blog and got all inspired by a post they had with the Butterfly Post Collage Stamp and wanted to tweak it a little.

I started by stamping the Butterfly Post on two pieces of Bazzill Lily White card. 

I stamped the image with Archival Jet Black and coloured the butterflies and squares with Distress Markers – Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.

On the first stamped piece, I cut out the squares and adhered them to another piece of Lily White card and then with the other stamped image, I cut out the butterflies and adhered them to the card only around the body of the butterflies so I could lift up the wings.

I then adhered the card onto Bazzill Parakeet card and the base card is Admiral with I had stamped the Happy Birthday Word Block stamp over.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calender Project

Hi Everyone

Our Calender Project continues this month with Cheryl’s July page.

Using the Darkroom Door Seashells Stamp Set (DDRS055) and a mix of brown ink pads, Cheryl stamped the seashells out, cut them out and created this mix.

Layered on pearlescent card and dark brown card, this is a lovely card which could be made into a card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

New Magnolia Release – Special Moments Collection 2013

Hi Everyone

The latest release of Magnolia’s arrived on Friday and I have been busy colouring the tags to put with our display.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the images.

 
This release, being called ‘Special Occasions’ includes wedding, Mum-to-Be, baby and there is even a stamp called ‘Tilda with Cross Necklace’ which would be perfect for Confirmation/Communions.
 
You will find the release on our website – www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au under Stamps > Magnolia Rubber Stamps.
 
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 
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Time Travellers

Hi Everyone

Phew, we are finally unpacked from the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo and life is getting back to normal.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and welcome to our new friends on Facebook.

It’s time for the creative juices to start flowing and I started to play with the Stampers Anonymous ‘Time Travellers’ (CMS157) stamp set.

The large images are all masked, so on HP Colour LaserJet paper (200gsm), I started with the Gent at the front right and stamped him with a Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.  I them made a mask on a Post-It note and laid it over him.  I then stamped the other Gent to the left, made another mask and then stamped the Cogs in the background.  All of these images were stamped with the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.

I then started colouring with Copic Markers E00, E11, E41, E43, E47, E49, 100, W3, W5 and W7.  I blended around the edges with Distress Ink Pads Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain.

I stamped the numbers from a Stampers Anonymous word set and then the Lock and Key (Stampers Anonymous set Mini Blueprints 3 – CMS150) were stamped on some scraps of paper and coloured with the Copic Markers E41, E43, E47, E49, then cut out and adhered to the front of the card.

I layered the card on Beetle Black, Java and Dotted Swiss – Rope Swing.

A great ‘Gent’s card.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

We’re ready to rumble – Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo starts in 12 hours

Hi Everyone

We’re set and ready for the doors to open tomorrow at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo.

We have a large stand this year with lots of goodies and specials.  Here’s a couple of photos from our stand.

Special thanks today to our ‘Logistics Manager’ – Vince for getting everything in safely and to our ‘Stock Merchandiser’ – Kristy who’s OCD came in handy when sorting the Distress Stains and Reinkers.  We all worked very hard and the stand looks fantastic so THANKS to everyone.

I got to have a sneak-peek at the projects that Rachel Greig is teaching in Classroom 5 – BEAUTIFUL!!!

Hope to see you all at the show.

Happy StampingMichelle
 

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo

Hi Everyone

Phew, where has this week gone…..but it’s nearly time for the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo.

Our orders have arrived, are priced and currently sitting in a very large Budget van ready to transport us into the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo tomorrow morning for set up.

The show opens at 9am on Saturday 8th June at the Brisbane Convention Centre, South Brisbane and promises to be a fantastic show.

This year we are sponsoring one of the classrooms and the incredibly talented Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door will be teaching 3 classes a day (I hope she doesn’t lose her voice) over the 3 days.  There are still spaces available on Monday, so make sure you book in at the show.

We have received our orders of Viva Décor 3D paint and Ranger’s Dylusions sprays which Rachel will be using in the class together with the fantastic new range of Darkroom Door Collage, Background and Frame stamps.  I’m rather jealous that I won’t get to use these before the show but will promise to have samples on the blog soon. 
If you are coming to the show and would like anything set aside for you, drop us an email and we’ll have a bag ready for you.


We have some great demonstrations done by the talented Cheryl, Linda and Jennifer so please stop by and have a look.

Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you soon
Michelle

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo – Next Weekend

Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!!!

WOW!! This time next weekend, the doors will have opened and the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo will be filling to capacity.

We have lots of stock arriving this week including orders from the US, re-stocking all of our Copic Markers and a mammoth order from Darkroom Door which includes all of the new background and collage stamps.

Darkroom Door’s classes at the show are nearing capacity, one of the classes is sold out but there are still some spaces in the other classes.  I’m rather jealous that I don’t get to do the classes, so please come past and show me what you make.

We have a 1 hour workshop each day at 11am – a Grungepaper Technique class, showing you lots of things you can do with Grungepaper.  The classes are $20 and all you need to bring is a Non-stick craft sheet.

 
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the show, so please come by and say HI.
 
Happy Stamping
Michelle?

Heartfelt Creation – Roses

Hi Everyone

More playing with the Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret Frame Precut Set (HCPC3522) this weekend where I went a little insane (more about that shortly).

I stamped the image on HP Colour LaserJet paper (200gsm) with Memento Tuxedo Jet Black and coloured with Copic Markers E43, E47, E49, YG63 and YG67.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the background, colour it?  distress it? no, I had to make it hard for myself and hand cut background away from the vine and leaves…. crazy I know!!!


I know that there is a die that does this, but I wanted to get a little closer and I love seeing the texture from the Bazzill Creampuff behind it.

The words in the frame are from Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 2 (DDRS004) and were stamped on Bazzill Mauve.

Anyone who attended our classes this month, would be familiar with the Roses from Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret stamp set.  Stamped with Archival Coffee and coloured with Distress Ink Pad – Victorian Velvet.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Heartfelt Creations

Hi Everyone

This weekend I have been playing with the Heartfelt Creations – Vintage Floret Frame Precut Set (HCPC3522).

I stamped the image with a Memento Tuxedo Jet Black ink pad and coloured the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.

I coloured the frame with Copic pens E43, E47 and E49.  The vine was coloured with YG63 and YG67 and then the flowers with B93, B95 and B97.

I cut out the centre circle and stamped the Darkroom Door words (from Full Bloom Vol 2 DDRS004) on Creampuff and inserted it behind.

The card was then mounted on Bazzill Dotted Swiss Rip Tide.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Playing with Roses and Distress

Hi Everyone

As many of you know, the Darkroom Door – Bright Blossoms Vol 2 (DDRS108) is one of my favourite stamp sets, especially after our April class where we stamped and coloured the image with Distress Ink Pad Picked Raspberry.

On Saturday night, I was preparing some more ATC’s for demos at the June Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo and started to play some more….. the results were….

 
a collection of Roses.  In this collection, I used Distress Ink Pads – Wild Honey, Barn Door, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.
 
 
To colour the roses, stamp the image on 300gsm Watercolour paper using your chosen Distress Ink Pad (here I used Barn Door).  You’ll notice that the image is a little patchy because of the texture in the watercolour paper…no problems, a little water will fix that.?

 
Colour over the solid parts of the rose with a waterbrush and allow to dry a little.  Bring your brush a little further out into each petal so that the colour is slightly diluted.?

 
Keep moving the colour out until there is only a little white around each petal.  ?

 
To see this in person, stop by our stand at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo at the South Brisbane Convention Centre 8-10 June.
 
Happy Stamping
Michelle?

May 2013 Class Kits

Hi Everyone

Our May 2013 Class Kit is now available – enjoy making our 5 cards with all card materials and colour instructions provided.  You’ll need some basic craft supplies and colouring pens (we use Copic, but you can use anything).

The kits are $25 and you’ll find them on our website under ‘What’s New’.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

A Bouquet of Good Wishes

Hi Everyone


Happy Monday everyone!!! 

This card was made using Magnolia’s Bouquet of Love stamp and Penny Black’s Gratitude word stamp set.

On Bazzill Creampuff, I stamped the Bouquet of Love with Memento Tuxedo Black and then coloured the flowers with Copic pens RV10, RV34 and RV69.

The leaves were coloured with Copic pens YG63 and YG67 and lastly the vases with Copic Pens E40, E43 and E47.

I blended Distress Ink Pad Tea Dye around the edges.

I layered the card on Bazzill Pinecone, Cream Puff and Dotted Swiss Romantic Mauve.  I added Kaisercraft Rhinestone strips to accent the card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo – 8-10 June 2013

Hi Everyone

As many of you know, we are sponsoring the wonderful Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo on 8-10th June at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

I just wanted to give you a quick update, incase you haven’t already booked your seats, a number of Rachel’s classes have sold out.

Saturday 
Viva La Spring – a couple of seats remain
Spread Your Wings – Sold Out
Distressed and Dylusional – a couple of seats remain

Sunday
Viva La Spring – Sold Out

Spread Your Wings – Sold Out
Distressed and Dylusional – Sold Out

Monday
Viva La Spring – a couple of seats remain
Spread Your Wings – Sold Out
Distressed and Dylusional – seats remain

To find out all of the details on these classes, follow this link to the class page
http://scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook/?page_id=1040
Have a wonderful weekend
Happy Stamping
Michelle

It’s Your Day To Celebrate

Hi Everyone

Dahlias are lovely flowers and this card has been made with Penny Black’s Dahlia’s unmounted stamp set (30-159).

I stamped the two Dahlia images using Memento Tuexdo Ink Pad and then coloured it with Copic pens RV29, RV21, RV14, YG67, YG63 and YG11.

When colouring the petals of the flowers, colour the darker pen colours to the centre of the petals and lighter colours to the outer tips and then repeat the same with the leaves.

I used Bazzill Fawn and Lily white card.  The blue paper is white paper covered with Peacock Feathers Distress Stain and then stamped with Hero Arts Looped Flower CG504 with Distress Ink Pad Salty Ocean.

The words ‘It’s Your Day To Celebrate’ is from Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages (CL611) stamp set.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

 

Field of Poppies

Hi Everyone

This stamp is Penny Black’s Field of Poppies 4308K and when stamped in a line, form a lovely card.

I have used Bazzill Pomegranate, Sunbeam, Pear and Creampuff card to form the base.  The Poppies were stamped and coloured on the Creampuff card.

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and heat set it a little so that the ink was fully dry in the textured parts of the card.

I coloured the images with Copic pens R02, R05, R27, R59, G21, G24, G28, YR23, YR31, YR68.


I then wrapped black ribbon around the layers of Creampuff, Pear and Sunbeam and adhered it to the Pomegranate card.

I stamped the words from Stamp It on circles cut from Dienamics Mini Doily Circles.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

G’Day from Sydney

G’Day Everyone

I have been playing with the Darkroom Door Sydney Vol 2 collection and made this card using the Sydney Harbour Bridge image.

To colour the image, I stamped two images on HP Colour LaserJet paper (200gsm from Officeworks) an using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 

On the first image, I coloured the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.  Using Distress Markers – Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass I coloured the Harbour waters and then using Pumice Stone and Forest Moss, I coloured the city landscape.

On the second image, I coloured the bridge with Pumice Stone and then cut out the bridge and mounted it on the other image.

I layered the card on Bazzill Creampuff, Admiral and Dotted Swiss Rope Swing card. 

I stamped the words G’day from Sydney!’ using an Archival Jet Black ink pad and then wrapped it around the top right of the card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

May 2013 Calendar Project

Hi Everyone

Our calendar project continues this month with Linda’s May page.

Linda’s new favourite stamp pad is Hero Arts Bubblegum dye ink pad and created this page using this stamp pad.

Using Penny Black’s Glory of Modesty (40-206), Linda stamped the left side with the Bubblegum ink pad.

On the right side, Linda stamped Glory of Modesty with Versamark on white paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Linda then coloured the flowers by blending the Bubblegum ink over the stamped image.

The flower in the centre is Hero Arts Three Dotted Flowers (CG291) which was stamped on white card with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Linda then coloured the flowers with the Bubblegum ink pad and Distress ink pads for the leaves.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

April 2013 Class Kit

Hi Everyone

Our April Class Kits are now available for sale on our website. 

The kit includes the materials and colour instructions to make these 5 cards.

You’ll need some basic stamping supplies such as scissors, glue/tape and colouring pens such as Copic.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Recipe – Red Velvet Cupcakes

Hi Everyone

Yesterday I spent a wonderful day with the Cameo Papercrafts Club at Lawnton where I demo’d 3 Darkroom Door cards using the Bright Blossoms stamp sets.

I bought with me my ‘world famous’ (ok, maybe not world famous, but many of you who have been to the weekend classes have tasted them) Red Velvet Cupcakes and I have been asked for the recipe many times.

Credit must be paid to www.taste.com.au where I found the recipe and it is a very easy recipe… pull out your mixing bowl and here goes.

Red Velvet Cupcakes
350g (2 1/3 cups) Plain Flour
2 Tab Cocoa powder
1 tea Bicarbonate of Soda
1 tea Baking Powder
315g (1 1/2 cups) Caster Sugar
250ml (1 cup) Buttermilk
185ml (3/4 cup) Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
3 tea Red Food Colouring
2 tea White Vinegar
250g packet Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
100g butter (at room temperature)
195g (1 1/4 cups) Pure Icing Sugar
1 tea Vanilla Extract
Sprinkles

Preheat your oven to 180’C.  Line muffin pans with paper cases. 
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl.  Sift in the sugar.

In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, oil, eggs, food colouring and vinegar until just combined. 

In the dry ingredients bowl, make a well in the centre and add the buttermilk mixture and stir until just combined.

Divide the mixture among the prepared pans and bake for 20-25minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean.  Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Using a electric beater, beat the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.

Pipe the frosting over the cupcakes and top with the sprinkles. 

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Baked with Love

Hi Friends

Magnolia’s last release included two stamps that work perfectly together ‘Tilda with Love Cake’ and ‘Baked with Love’.

I created 2 cards, a normal A5 size card and a square card that is 10x10cm.

The A5 card
On HP Colour Laser Paper (200gsm), I cut out a circle using a Nestabilities die and then blended Scattered Straw over it, before I removed the die.  I then stamped the ‘Baked With Love’ with a Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.

Colour with Copic Pens E31, E35, E37, R81, R83, R85, RV29, B00, B02 and B05.  Cut a scallop circle from Rip Tide Dotted Swiss card and adhere.

Stamp Tilda on the HP Colour Laser paper using a Tuxedo Jet Black ink pad and colour with Copic pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, R81, R83, R85, C0, C3 and C5.

Layer up and stamp ‘Happy Birthday’ from Darkroom Door’s All Occasions stamp set.

The Gift Card
Stamp ‘Baked with Love’ on the HP Colour Laser paper and cut out.  Colour with Copic pens E31, E35, E37, R81, R85, RV29, C0, C3 and C5.

Stamp the words from Hero Arts stamp set CL611 Many Birthday Messages.  Pop some clear Stickles on the top cupcakes and adhere the card as shown.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo Class Bookings open today

Hi Everyone

The class bookings for the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo open at 10am TODAY!!!

Here’s a copy of the class program to get you started http://expertiseevents.net.au/scrapbook/2013/brisbane/classprogram/#/1/

You can also visit the website – http://scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook/ to find out all of the details on the show.

We are very excited to be sponsoring a class room this year featuring the very talented Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door who is holding 3 classes.  I have seen a sneak peak of the projects you will be making and am rather jealous that I can’t be in the class.

http://scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook/?page_id=1040

We are definately at the show this year and you’ll find us on stand number 7.  Mark your diaries now for the 8-10th June at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Bright Blossoms Photochips

Hi Everyone

I was inspired by a card I saw on Darkroom Door’s website showing the Bright Blossoms Photochips and have created my own.

Starting with a Bazzill Walnut card and then stamped the French Script background using an Archival Coffee ink pad.

Using the new Darkroom Door Lace stamp set (DDRS112), I stamped one of the pieces with Versamark and them embossed it with Seafoam White embossing powder. 

By using the Seafoam White embossing powder, the lace looks like real lace.

The words are from the Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms vol 2 (DDRS108), stamped with Versamark and embossed with Seafoam White embossing powder.

Finish the card with layers of Fawn, Creampuff and Pinecone and add an image from the Bright Blossoms Photochips page.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Cupcake Strut

Hi Everyone

I like this stamp as it can be used for lots of occasions from birthdays, valentines through to Christmas.
It’s Penny Black’s Cupcake Strut (4318K) and is a wood mount stamp.
The background is Hero Arts Heart Background (CG505) which has been stamped using Distress Ink Pad – Picked Raspberry and the words are from Penny Black’s Sweet Wishes cling stamp set.
I have coloured the image with Copic Markers E00, E11, R20, E35, E37, R81, R83, R85 and R37
The cupcakes hearts have been topped with a little Stickles – Rock Candy the accent them.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

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Calendar Project – April 2013

Hi Everyone

I have just spent a fantastic day crafting with my friends Cheryl, Jennifer and Linda, eating lots of … well, I’ll call it ‘craft food’ (Biggest Loser might have another name for it), making cards, chatting and more chatting.
This is the first of Linda’s Calendar being April 2013 made using Graphic 45’s Bird Song papers.  Linda made a combination of blue or red and here is the blue version.
Have a fantastic April and Happy Stamping.
Michelle
 

Easter Trading

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all enjoying the Easter break and for those, who like me, are having a crafting weekend, get to create some fantastic projects.

Incase you are running low on supplies, give Robyn a call and drop over.  We are open Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope the Easter Bunny finds you all.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Bright Blossoms vol 1 (part 2)

Hi Everyone

Here’s another card that I created using the Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 1 stamp set.
I started with a base card of Bazzill Pansy and stamped the Damask Background Stamp (DDBS011) over it using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.
Layering up with Bazzill Creampuff and Pear (also stamped with the Damask Background Stamp) and stamping the words from the stamp set on a scallop circle.
I stamped the flowers on the HP Colour Laser paper and coloured it with Copic Markers V000, V12, V15 and V09.  I then blended a little Distress Black Soot ink pad around the edges and then mounted it on Bazzill Beetle Black and Cream Puff.
This stamp set is certainly lots of fun to play with.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Bright Blossoms Vol 1

Hi Everyone

I got so excited when Darkroom Door released their latest release of stamps – because I fell in love with the Bright Blossoms vol 1 and 2.
I started by playing with Bright Blossoms vol 1 (DDRS107) and have created 2 cards to show you – this being the first.
I started with a Bazzill Criss Cross Princess card and stamped the Darkroom Door Damask background stamp (DDBS011) using a Versamark ink pad and then applied Perfect Pearls over the top. 
Stamp the words ‘Warmest Wishes’ to the lower left corner using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.
On White card, I stamped the Damask image again with Archival Jet Black and adhered it down the side. 
Using a scallop Dienamics, cut an edge and then adhere ribbon around the card.
Stamp two Gerberas on HP ColourLaser paper and colour using Copic Markers RV10, RV13, RV14, RV69, E37, E49 and E57.  With the petals, I kept it darker towards the centre of the flower and lighter on the edges.  Also, pay attention to petals that are behind another and create shadows with a darker pen.
I applied some C5 to the background of one of the images to darken it a little more.  Cut the other Gerbera out and mount it on the bacse image.
Happy Stamping (and warmest wishes)
Michelle

Easter Egg Gift Box

Hi Everyone

So, back in February, I showed you my Valentine’s gift box and with Easter approaching, here’s my Easter version.
I have used Magnolia images ‘Hello Tilda’ and ‘Fantasy Flower’.  The words are from Penny Black.

 

This box would easily fix 1 medium egg or a pack of mini eggs.  Yumm!!!

If you would like a template for this box, please email us and we’ll send it through.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Thank You Melbourne

Hi Everyone

We’re back from our trip to Melbourne where we exhibited at the first ever Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo outside of Brisbane.

The show started on Friday and finished on Sunday and ‘what fun we had’.  During the days we met lots of people and demo’d lots of products and then at night off to Haighs Chocolate and Ganache Chocolate for some serious hits of chocolate.

We were also fortunate to have the help of Darkroom Door who sent their latest release to us in Melbourne so that we had them there to sell.   The only problem I have now is that I forgot to set some aside for myself and they are on the pallets, currently on route home to Brisbane — I’ll just have to wait.

Speaking of the pallets, as they are currently heading home to Brisbane, we are rather low on stock in the shop so web orders will be held until we have unpacked.  We hope to have the pallets arrive by the end of this week and will unpack over the weekend. 

Also a reminder that there are no classes this weekend.

Lastly, I want to thank Cheryl for her fantastic demoing over the weekend.  Cheryl demo’d for the 3 days straight and provided our visitors with ideas for their next project.  Thank you for giving up your weekend, we really appreciate it.

I hope to see you all in Brisbane from the 8th – 10th June at the Brisbane Convention Centre, South Bank. 

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calendar Project 2013 – March

Hi Everyone

The 1st of March is here and is very exciting for us.  Today the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo starts in Melbourne and we are set and ready to go.
Today also continues our 2013 Calendar project and is the last of Jennifer’s pages. 

Jennifer loves Steampunk as a theme and I love this page.  Using a Steampunk theme background paper, Jennifer accented the page with gears, balloon, clock parts and the Hero Arts Newspaper Skyline (S5573).

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Classic Tea Flower

Hi Everyone

Our bags are packed and we’re off to Melbourne.

Here’s a card I wanted to share using Hero Arts Classic Tea Flower (H5577), Darkroom Door’s background stamps – Floral and French Script and Stampers Anonymous – Simple Sayings (CMS155).

I cut the tag from Dienamics Traditional Tag Stax and the border from Heartfelt Creations – Decorative Blossom Corner (HCD729).

On the Pear card, I stamped the Darkroom Door Floral stamp using Distress Ink Pad Bundled Sage.  On the Creampuff tag, I stamped the Tea Flower using an Archival Jet Black ink pad and then made a mask of the flower and then stamped the French Script using Distress Ink Pad – Old Paper.  I smudged the edges (and the script a little – oops, but I liked the effect) and then coloured the flower with Distress Markers Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint and created shadows using Old Paper.
The Decorative Blossom Corner was cut from Bazzill Walnut and adhere to the front of the card using glue. 
I added some ribbon and twine to the top of the tag and adhered the front to a Creampuff card.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Reminder: Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo starts 1st March

Hi Everyone


Just a reminder that the first ever Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo starts on Friday, 1st March and we’d love to see you all there.

The show is at the Royal Exhibition Building in the beautiful Carlton Gardens and runs from Friday 1st March to Sunday 3rd March from 9am to 5pm.

Here’s the website that tells you all the details – www.scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook

Our stand number is 110, so if you are coming, please drop by and say “Hi”.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Penny Black’s new release ‘Spring Edition 2013’

Hi Everyone

It’s not normal for me to post twice in one day, but – this is a small exception.

Penny Black have just emailed out their Spring Edition 2013 catalogue and here’s the link to the PDF.

http://www.pennyblackinc.com/catalogs/2013_Penny_Black_springEdition_printable.pdf

I will have an order going over to Penny Black on Tuesday next week, so if you would like anything added, please let us know.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

‘Sew’ Much Fun

Hi Everyone

With our stock on it’s way to Melbourne, this weekend I had a play in my stamping room and created lots of cards using new stamps that I picked up at CHA.

The latest release from Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz) arrived last week and was quickly added to the pallets going to Melbourne. 

This card was made using the CMS147 Sewing Blueprint stamp set and I have used all 4 images on the one card.

 
I layered the card on Bazzill Java, Dotted Swiss Romantic Mauve and Sandbox card and stamped the images on the HP Colour Laser paper (200gsm) and coloured the images with Copic Markers E40, E43, E47, E49, C0, C3, C5,C7, R81, R85, RV95, YR23 and Y21.
Happy Stamping and we look forward to seeing you in Melbourne next weeked
Michelle

Tall Flower Gift Cards

Hi Everyone

I have used the Hero Arts Tall Flower (K5431) a number of times in the past but I love to create sets of gift cards and love this set.
I have used Bazzill White, Beetle Black, Bluebell, Princess and Wisteria and stamped the Tall Flower on the right side of the card.  I then stamped the Tall Flower on the HP Laser Color paper and colured the buds with Copic Markers (V12, V15, V17, R81, R83, R85 and B00, B02 and B05) and then cut them out and adhere them to the front of the card.

 
For words, I used Darkroom Door String Sentiments (DDRS066) and Hero Arts Yummy Treats (CL489).
Happy Stamping
Michelle

She Sells Seashells By The Seashore

Hi Everyone

The Darkroom Door Seashell’s set (DDRS055) is a great set to create cards for any theme and for women and men.
This cards I created with a ‘Thinking of You’ card (using Darkroom Door set ‘All Occasion’ DDRS035).
I started with a Bazzill Parakeet card and layered with Pinecone and Creampuff card.  On the Creampuff, I stamped some images using Distress Ink Pad – Old Paper and then the words using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.
I then added some Bazzill Stonewash card which I stamped with Weathered Stripes (DDBS008) using an Old Paper ink pad.
I stamped the Seashells on HP Color Laser paper and coloured with Copic Markers E50, E31, E35 and E37.
Happy Stamping  

Michelle

Valentine’s Treat Box

Hi Everyone

In December 2010, our class included a little gift box that could be used for Rum Balls and Christmas presents.

I have been playing of this year’s Christmas break and created a Valentine box and Easter box – but you’ll have to wait to see the Easter box.

Here’s my Valentines box, on the outside.

I have used Magnolia rubber stamps – Tilda with Christmas Hearts and LOVE Heart and coloured them with Copic Pens E00, E11, R81, R83, R85, E40, E43, E47 and E49?.

Inside the box, you can put anything you like, having just been in the US, I picked up a pack of Hershey’s Kisses for this box.

I have created this template for the box, if you are interested in a copy, please drop us an email.
Happy Stamping
Michelle?

Magnolia’s ‘Little Easter Collection 2013’

Hi Everyone

Magnolia’s Little Easter Collection 2013 has just arrived and I couldn’t wait to start colouring in these lovely Easter images.
You’ll find them all on our website – www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au under Stamps > Magnolia Rubber Stamps and here’s a couple of images to tempt your tastebuds.
Happy Stamping
Michelle 

Valentine’s tag-ish (part 3)

Hi Everyone

Here’s my last Valentine Easel Card using Penny Black’s ‘Piece of my Heart’ 30-042 stamp set.
This little mouse is enjoying a box of chocolates and is resting with a full tummy.
The tags have been cut from Bazzill Dotted Swiss Sandbox, Pomegranate and White with some decorateive pink paper.
The chocolate box image was coloured with Copic Markers E50, E31, E35, R85, R81, R27, R59, YR23 and Y21.
Happy Stamping
Michelle 

Valentine’s tag-ish (part 2)

Hi Everyone
Earlier this month I showed you how to make an Easel Tag with my Valentine theme.

On this tag, I started with Stardream Ice Gold card and layered with Bazzill Pomegranate, White and lastly with some decorative papers.

I have also added some hearts cut from Nestabilities Hearts and Scallop Hearts.
This tag continues to use the Penny Black ‘Piece of my Heart’ stamp set 30-042.  The cat and mice were coloured with Copic Markers E50, E31, E35, R85, R27 and R59.
Happy Stamping
Michelle 

Penny Black’s ‘Take Flight Collection 2013’ has just arrived

Hi Everyone

Our first delivery of Penny Black’s new release has just arrived.  Here’s a couple of images from the release – just to tempt you.
For everyone who placed pre-orders, we will be in touch with you shortly, otherwise, you can see them on our website – www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au and go to Stamps > Penny Black or drop by our store.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

 

Valentine’s tag-ish (part 1)

Hi Everyone

I have been playing with Dienamics ‘Tag, You’re It’ and Penny Black’s ‘Piece of My Heart’ 30-042 stamp set and created 3 tags with a difference.

Here’s my first tag-ish – 2 Hedgehogs with a heart jigsaw.

The reason I call it a tag-ish is that I turned it into a Easel card.

I started by cutting out 3 tags from Bazzill Pomegranate.  The front and back tags are left flat but have the same layers of paper.

On the last tag (which will go into the centre), score a line across the top, around 1cm from the top and make a valley fold.  Now fold the whole tag in half, a mountain fold, texture side up.

Adhere the thin scored part of the tag to the back tag and then the lower folded part to the front tag.
Stamp the words on the front and inside of the card as shown.  These words come in the stamp set.
The hedgehogs were coloured with E50, E31, E35 and E37 and the hearts in R81, R83, R85, R27 and R59.
Keep an eye out over the next couple of days for more tags and Valentine ideas.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

 Hi Everyone

I loved this Magnolia stamp ‘Charming Edwin’ and created this card especially for Valentine’s Day.

I have used Kaisercraft papers, Nestabilities Heart and Scallop Heart and the words are from Hero Arts CL491 ‘Made With Love’ stamp set.

The Copic Markers used were E00, E11, R20, E43, E47, E49, E31, E35, E37, R81, R83, R85, R05, R29, R59, G24, G28, C0, C3, C5, C7, 100.  I also accented Edwin’s shoes by applying Glossy Accents.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo – Melbourne

Hi Everyone

The first ever Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo starts on 1st March and we’d love to see you all there.

The show is at the Royal Exhibition Building in the beautiful Carlton Gardens and runs from Friday 1st March to Sunday 3rd March from 9am to 5pm.

Here’s the website that tells you all the details – www.scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook

Our stand number is 110, so if you are coming, please drop by and say “Hi”.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calendar Project 2013 – February

Hi Everyone

The 1st of February is here already and it’s time to unveil Jennifer’s February calendar page.
Layered on Bazzill Pomegrante, gold pearl card and red / gold foil paper, Jennifer stamped Penny Black’s Love Is the Message (4023K) with Versamark and then brushed Perfect Pearls – Sunflower over the top.
A lovely calendar page.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

CHA Catalogues

Hi Everyone

I collected sooo many catalogues at CHA that I had to post them home and on Friday, they finally arrived.

Yesterday I flicked through them with Robyn and showed her some of the items I’ve ordered. 

We thought, that if you live close by, you might also like to have a look through.

If you are interested, give Robyn a call and organise a time to come over.  We will take pre-orders on anything in the catalogues and set them aside for you when they arrive.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Aussie, Aussie Aussie!!

Hi Everyone

Happy Australia Day!!! 
I have used Magnolia’s Tilda and Her Kookaburra and Hero Art’s CL491 Made With Love to create this card.
I have backed the card with Kaisercraft’s Great Southern Land papers and Bazzill Admiral and Pinecone card.
Colour with Copic Markers E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, YR23, Y21, B93, B95, B97 and B99.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

CHA Wrap up

Hi Everyone

I arrived back in Australia on Tuesday after a quick trip to the US for Winter CHA, Disneyland visit and Las Vegas.

It was my first trip to CHA and I was blown away – not only by what I saw but also the size of the show.

Tim Holtz was there (of course) and released some new stamp sets, Sizzix dies and Distress Paints.  If you have a look around Youtube, you’ll find some videos of the Distress Paints and I have to say, I’ll be getting the full set for myself when they arrive.

Spellbinders had a large display featuring their new ‘Media Mixage’ range which is the new evolution of Spellbinders dies and embossing folders.

I also bumped into the lovely Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door and caught up with her – please don’t send me emails or phone me about the next cruise, I know nothing!!!

There were lots of smaller companies to see and I have placed some orders which will be arriving in the coming weeks (how exciting, it will be like Christmas).

I know a lot of your love Penny Black and they released their new catalogue at CHA. 

http://pennyblackinc.com/catalogs/2013_Penny_Black_spring.pdf

I have a rather large order coming, so if there is anything you would like set aside, please drop us an email.  I expect delivery of this late next week and will have them on our website then.

Have a wonderful Australia Day weekend and hope to see you all soon.
Michelle

Butterflies, Butterflies and more Butterflies

 Hi Everyone

Here’s heaps of Butterflies to brighten your day.

The butterflies are cut from the Dienamics Butterflies set, but only using the 2 larger dies.

I started with Bazzill Jacaranda, Petunia and White for the card base.  On the Bazzill White, I stamped Hero Arts S5601 Newspaper Background using an Archival Jet Black ink pad and then blended a little Distress Ink Pad – Worn Lipstick around the edge.

The butterflies were all cut from the same card colours – Petunia, Sunbeam and Jacaranda.  On the larger butterfly, I blended Distress Ink Pad – Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean to create a contrast.
After adhering the butterflies to the front of the card, I placed some Stickles glitter glue through the centre of each butterflies.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Our Friendship is Special

Hi Everyone

I was playing with Penny Black’s Gossamer stamp (3865K) and created this card.  It’s perfect for a landscape, portrait or even square card, all using the same layout.
I started by stamping the flowers over the Bazzill White and then stamped the words from Hero Arts Fancy Friendship stamp set (CL295).  I then coloured the flowers with Copic Pens RV10, RV13, RV69, G24 and G28.
Layer the card on Bazzill Leapfrog and Dotted Swiss Blissful and trim with some ribbon.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

SMILE

Hi Everyone

I love making gift cards and square gift cards are my favourite.

I came across this Hero Arts stamp set CL491 ‘Made With Love’ and just a hint ladies, you will be using it in our February class.
I started with a Bazzill Fawn card cut the 10cm x 20cm and then layered with Pinecone and Bazzill White.
I cut a Nestabilities square from another piece of Bazzill White and blended Distress Ink pad – Peeled Paint over it.   I then stamped Tim Holtz Papillion words over it to create a background using an Archival Coffee ink pad.
I stamped the words ‘You make me’ on the lower right corner and then stamped it in the same place on the white card so that only ‘Smile’ appears on it.
I used a butterfly from the Darkroom Door ‘Wings’ stamp set stamped on HP Color Laser Paper 200gsm (my new Yes paper) and blended Distress Ink pads Walnut Stain and Wild Honey over it and adhered to the top left corner.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Lucky Me…..

Hi Everyone

This Asian theme card has been used Hero Arts stamps

On the Bazzill Pomegranate card, I stamped the fans from Hero Arts CL373 Good Fortune using a Archival Jet Black ink pad and then layered with Beetle Black and White.

On the White card, I stamped Hero Arts K4900 Decorate Bamboo, inked with Distress Ink Pad – Forest Moss and then I coloured over the bamboo trunks with Distress Marker – Walnut Stain.  The words are from Hero Arts unmounted set CL267.

The lanterns are from Hero Arts set CL297 Four Dolls and coloured with Copic Markers R59, R27, R05, G28, G24, G21, Y17, Y15 and Y11.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

“Thanks”

Hi Everyone

I created this ‘thanks’ card after playing with the My Favorite Things Alphabet Dienamics.

I started with a Bazzill Ivy card base and layered with White, Candle and Chiffon card.

On the Chiffon card, I stamped Hero Arts Dots & Flowers stamp (S5213) using Distress Ink Pad Squeezed Lemonade.  I then layed the letters for the word ‘thanks’ on the Chiffon card and used a rular to straighten them up.  I then placed a strip of sticky tape over the letters to hold them in place.  I then run them through the Cuttlebug / Big Shot and then removed the tape and letters.  I then adhere the layers in place.
The flowers have been created using Dienamics ‘Prima Donna Petals’ die and have been cut from Bazzill White, Chiffon and Candle.  After adhering the to front of the card, I applyed some Stickles glitter to the centre.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Garden Bouquet (card 2)

 Hi Everyone

My play time continues and so does my time with the Hero Arts – Garden Bouquet stamp CG172.

The base card size is 10cm x 20 cm and I have kept the same colour scheme of Bazzill White, Pinecone and Aloe Vera but this time made a small gift card.

On the main layer of the card, I stamp the Darkroom Door French Script with an Archival Coffee Ink Pad and then stamped the Garden Bouquet with Versamark and embossed with Seafoam White embossing powder.

I coloured some thin ribbon with a Copic E15 pen and tied it around the card.
After assembling the card, I adhered some white pearls to accent the centre of each flower and coloured the pearls with Copic pen E15. 
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Garden Bouquet (card 1)

Hi Everyone

Over the Christmas / New Year break I have had lots of play time and have lots to share.
Here’s the first card for the year using Hero Arts CG172 Garden Bouquet.
The card is layered on Bazzill White, Pinecone and finally Aloe Vera.
I lightly stamped Darkroom Door’s French Script background stamp using an Archival Coffee Ink Pad and then stamp the Garden Bouquet using Versamark and emboss it with white embossing powder.
I allowed the embossed image to cool and then blended Distress Ink Pad – Tea Dye around the image. 
I added some ribbon, card cut from a Dienamic die and words from Penny Black’s Gratitude setmp set 30-105.

To accent the centre of each flower, I adhered a white Kaisercraft Pearl and then coloured them with Copic Pen E15.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calendar Project 2013 – January

Hi Everyone

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  We hope 2013 is a fantastic year for everyone.
This year Cheryl, Linda, Jennifer and I have continued our Calendar project and 2013 kicks off with Jennifer’s January calendar.
Jennifer picked an Australian theme for the January page and used the Darkroom Door’s Old Car (DDPS016) and used a white wax crayon to highlight areas of the car before blending over the card with Distress Ink Pads Peeled Paint and Broken China.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Pansies Part 2

Hi Everyone

Like I said on Friday, I have been playing with a Christmas present – Darkroom Door’s Pansies Photostamp (DDPS018).

Here’s my second card using this stamp where I have stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Copic Markers RV10, RV13, RV29, RV69, Y11, Y17 and YR04.

I have layered the card on Bazzill Leapfrog, White and Dotted Swiss Romantic Mauve and Blissful.
The words across the bottom of the card is from the Hero Arts CL295 Fancy Friendship unmounted stamp set.

When adhering the Pansies to the card, I wraped the edges around the back of the card and adhered another piece of Leapfrog to the back to secure the ends (as they only just make it) and to tidy up the back of the card.  I also ran some clear Stickles along to top and bottom of the Pansies as an extra trim.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Darkroom Door Pansies

Hi Everyone

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa visited with some lovely surprises.
One of my Christmas presents was a Darkroom Door Photostamp called Pansies (DDPS018) which I have been playing with and have created 2 cards.
Here’s the first of my cards, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Copic Markers V12, V15, V17, BV08, Y11, Y17, YR04. 
I have layered the image on Bazzill White and Leapfrog and in the background have run a strip of Garden Inchies (DDRS083) and String Sentiment ‘Thank You’ (DDRS066).

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Christmas Magnolia Frame 3

Hi Everyone

This is the last of my three Kaisercraft / Magnolia Christmas Frames.
In the background, I have used Magnolia’s ‘Edwin’s Town’ and in the front ‘Wrapped Presents’, ‘Tilda with Wedding Gifts’ and ‘Tilda with Fir’.
Across the top, I used My Favorite Things Dienamics ‘Vine Border’ and turned them into glittery lights.  I cut the Vine Border from Bazzill Ivy, Marashino and Beeswax.  Take the Beeswax card and cut ever second ‘light’ off.  Do the same with the Marashion (alternativing from the ones you cut from the Beeswax.  Lastly take the Ivy card and cut all ‘lights’ off.  Adhere the three together.  When you have them on the frame, apply Stickles to the ‘lights’ and Glossy Accents to the ‘cord’.  Wah-la – glittery lights.
The images have been coloured with Copic Markers – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, C3, C7, G21, G24, G28, R05, R27 and R59.
I also added Glossy Accents to the wax seals on the presents and both of Tilda’s shoes.
Given it’s Friday, have a great last day of work and a wonderful weekend.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Magnolia Christmas Frame 2

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by again.
Here’s the second of my three Kaisercraft / Magnolia frames.
Here I used the Magnolia ‘Winter Forest’ in the background, stamped on Yes paper and coloured with Copics.
The three Tilda’s are ‘Tilda with Gift Tags’, ‘Something For You Tilda’ and ‘Christmas Tilda with Cat’.
All of these have been coloured with Copic Markers – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, R05, R27, R59, Y21, YR23.
The stars have been cut from the My Favorite Things Dienamics Star Border.
Have a great day
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Magnolia Christmas Frame 1

Hi Everyone
Earlier this year I created three frames with a Magnolia girls theme which many have loved seeing.
I was thinking – wouldn’t it be great to have a Christmas set…. so here’s my first frame.

The frames are from Kaisercraft and this frame features Magnolia’s Jingle Jangle Tangle in the background, Fireplace with Stockings and Tilda Santa’s Little Helper.  All of these have been coloured with Copic Markers – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, R05, R27, R59, Y21, YR23.

Around the front, I have used Magnolia’s Doo Hickey ‘Spruce Twig’ cut from Bazzill Ivy and Leapfrog and My Favorite Things Dienamics ‘Many Hearts’.

I hope that this inspires you to pull out a project and make a Christmas decoration. 

Stop by again on Wednesday to see my next frame.

Have a wonderful day
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Christmas Cooking

Hi Everyone

Each year at work, we celebrate Christmas week and tomorrow is our first day and it’s the Christmas Bake Sale.
This year I have made Pistachio Fudge, Macadamia Gingernut Balls, Coconut Ice (traditional and Christmas colours) and Christmas Bark.
To top each, I made a label using the My Favorite Things ‘Stocking Trio’ cut from Bazzill Ivy, Leapfrog and Pomegranate and accented with a small star cut from Bling (MFT Star Stax).  On the back, I wrote the name of each product.
Fingers crossed, we sell everything.  All money goes to charity.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Michelle’s Cards & Stamps 1 day 15% off sale – TODAY!!!!

Hi Everyone

Just a quick message to remind you that our 1 day – 15% off Sale is TODAY!!!

Our shop is open from 9am to 3pm, we are taking orders via email, web and phone. 

We’ll even take calls from desperate husbands anxious to get you the perfect Christmas present for you (just give him our number and a couple of hints.)

The sale is on stock in store only and excludes postage.

Happy Stamping  Shopping
Michelle & Robyn

PS.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBYN!!!

Michelle’s Cards & Stamps 1 Day Sale – Sunday 9th December

Hi Everyone

We are having a 1 day sale on Sunday 9th December where everything will be 15% off – yep, everything in stock.

The shop will be open from 9am to 3pm, so drop by, pick up some bargins, buy Christmas presents or even better, send your loved ones over with your Christmas Wish List.

Online orders can be placed from 1am to midnight (sale excludes postage).  Unfortunately we can’t reduce the prices on our website, but credit card transactions will be reduced before processing and Paypal transactions total will be refunded for the difference.

Start your lists now – don’t forget Bazzill card stock, Copic Markers, Stamps, Dienamics, Nestabilities, Sizzix, Distress Ink Pads, Markers and Stains, Papers, Ribbons, Kaisercraft timber, just to get you started.

Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Calender Project – December 2012

Hi Everyone

Here’s the last page from our 2012 Calender Project which Jennifer created.

Here Jennifer has created a vintage coloured page using papers, Sizzix Reindeer and some great stamps.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

New Hero Arts Stamp & Emboss Sets

Hi Everyone

Wow, it’s only 33 days until Christmas, hasn’t this year flown by.
Our latest order of Hero Arts stamps have just arrived and included in this is the new Basic Grey Lucille and Serenade stamps but also some Hero Arts/Sizzix Stamp & Emboss sets and Stamp & Die Cut sets.
These stamp and emboss sets are great for fast card making, which, given there’s only 33 days till Christmas, might just be what you need.
Here’s a couple of images from our order and you’ll find them on our website under Stamps > Christmas > Hero Arts.
Happy Stamping
Michelle 
 

Surfing Christmas

Hi Everyone

My third and last Darkroom Door Surfboards card is a Christmas card.  I have stamped the surfboards using an Archival Jet Black ink pad, coloured the sky with a Tumbled Glass Distress Stain and then coloured the background with Distress Markers .
I coloured the Surfboards with the green Distress Markers and mounted them up to create a little dimension.  I have added a gold star brad to the top of the largest surfboard, topping my surfboard Christmas Tree.
The words are from Darkroom Doors All Occasions stamp set (DDRS035).  I layered the card on Lily White, Leapfrog, Pomegranate and Admiral card and on the Leapfrog card, stamped one of the Christmas Inchies using a Forest Moss Distress ink pad.
  

A very Australia Christmas card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Darkroom Door – Card Number 2

Hi Everyone

Following on from my card on Monday, here’s my card number 2 using Darkroom Doors – Surfboards Photo Stamp – DDPS021.
I wanted to make this into a portait card, so I trimmed the image down to 9.5cm wide and this time I coloured the image with Distress Stain (Tumbled Glass for the sky) and Distress Markers.
I have coloured the image 3 times, once for the background, next for all five surfboards and lastly the two surfboards that stand in front. 
I have also used the Seashells (DDRS055) stamp set for the words and coral along the bottom of the card.  The background texture is background stamp – Mesh.
Assemble the card on Bazzill card and tie twine around to accent the card.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Darkroom Door – Surfboards

Hi Everyone
When Rachel sent me an email with the latest release of stamps, one stamp hooked me from the start – Photostamp – DDPS021 Surfboards.
Today I have been playing with this stamp and have come up with 3 card samples to tempt you.
In today’s card, I have stamped the Surfboards with a Memento Tuxedo Jet Black ink pad and coloured it with Copic Markers.  I coloured two images and adhered the surboards over the background photo stamp.
As the image was a little bright for the card colours I selected, I coloured over the top of the image with Distress Stain – Picket Fence.  This gave a great white-wash over the image.
Combine with some Montage images and adhere to Bazzill card.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Christmas Gift Idea

Hi Everyone

I was playing around with some ideas for Christmas gifts you can give family and friends and came up with these cut cards.
I used Bazzill card stock cut into 10x20cm rectangles.  The flower is Magnolia’s Fantasy Flower and I coloured the flower to match the card using Copic Markers.
The words are a mix of Stamp It and Hero Arts words, stamped with an Archival Jet Black ink pad.
HINT: As I stamped the words on Bazzill, sometimes the inked stamp leaves gaps.  Fill these gaps in with a Copic Multi Liner pen in either a 0.3 or 0.8 pen size.
Tied with a bow these cards will make a great gift.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

New release from Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps

Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a great weekend.  I’ve been busy with class kits but fortunately had a break last night and went out for ‘dinner with the girls’.
On Thursday I received an email from Rachel from Darkroom Door with a sneak peak at their latest release.  I immediately placed an order and am anxiously waiting for the order to arrive.  Fingers crossed, it will arrive early this week.
I have added all of the stamps to our website, as pre-orders and will post any orders as soon as they arrive.
Here’s a look at the release.
Happy Stamping
Michelle 
 
 
 

Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show

Hi Everyone
We have completed 3 days at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show and are gearing up for day number 4.  Given the Brisbane is going to be 33’C with storms, I’m happy to say I’ll be inside in air-conditioning.
Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and said “HI”, I hope you had a wonderful visit and if you are at home, pulling out your purchases and having a play.
We are currently sold our of Archival Black ink pads and the Perfect Pearl Powders which Jennifer and Linda did a fantastic job demonstrating.  I have placed the order for more, please drop us an email if you would like us to set some aside for you.
Here’s a couple of snaps from our stand at the Brisbane Craft Show.
Happy Stamping (and stay cool)
Michelle

Kaisercraft Advent Calender

Hi Everyone

Over the past couple of weeks I have been playing with the Kaisercraft Advent Calender.

I painted the Calender with a mix of Raw Umber and Black paint (I like the brown a little darker).

The papers I used are from the Twig and Berry paper range.  The numbers are also from this release and I covered each with Glossy Accents.

If you are dropping by to see us as the Brisbane Craft Show, come by and have a closer look.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Brisbane Craft Show & New Magnolia Rubber Stamps

Hi Everyone
The Brisbane Craft Show starts this coming Wednesday and we are all packed ready to go – phew!  If you are coming to the show, please drop by and see us on stand G17.
Last Friday we received a delivery of the latest Magnolia stamps and last night I finished colouring my tags.
I have just added them to our website, but here’s some samples to give you a sneak peak.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

 

Card Number 3 – Penny Black Sundial

Hi Everyone
Here’s the last card in my set of 3 using Penny Black’s Sundial 4159K.
This time I made it into a Christmas card and added the ‘Merry Christmas’ from the Darkroom Door Reindeer stamp set.
The papers are from a new paper company called ‘Simple Stories’ and I have taken to it with my At You Spica Clear pen and highlighted parts of the snowflakes and dots.
Coloured using Copic pens R59, R27, R05, Y21, YR23 and E31.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

More Penny Black Sundial

Hi Everyone

Well here’s card number 2 using the Penny Black’s Sundail 4159K.
Here I have coloured it to be a pink Cosmos, Gerbera or something flowering (Mum, help!!).
I used the new MFT Dienamics Large Leafy Flourish to add the leaves in the background and the word stamp is from a Stamp It unmounted stamp set.
I have coloured the, well, I’ll call it flower, using Copics pens R81, R83, R85, E31, E35 and E37.
Have a wonderful day.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
PS.  Don’t forget that we’ll be at the Brisbane Craft Show from 17th to 21st October on stand number G17.

Don’t Forget – Kaisercraft Play Date – This Weekend

Hi Everyone

Just a reminder – pull out those Kaisercraft projects and get the Christmas presents started, our next Kaisercraft Play Date is this Saturday (6th October) from 9am.

BYO project or pick something up on the day.  $10 for the day including pizza lunch.

Seats are limited, so call us on 3888 2462 to book your seat.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Don’t Forget – Kaisercraft Play Date – This Weekend

Penny Black – Sundial

Hi Everyone

Sorry it’s been so long between posts – the last month has been flat out.  We have been preparing our new website (not yet released), demoing to the wonderful ladies at Stampin’ Daze Stamp Club and preparing for our craft show in from 17th to 21st October… phew!!!
Today I have been playing with Penny Black’s Sundail stamp 4159K have thought I would bring you 3 ideas using the same stamp.
Here I have coloured the stamp as a Sunflower using Copic pens Y00, Y17, YR23 and YR04.
I have mounted it on Bazzill card stock and stamped the background with Hero Arts Lattice Background 331065.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Hero Arts – Large Flower Background

Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!!!
In this month’s classes, we are using the Hero Arts Large Flower Background (CG403), so I decided to continue playing with it and came up with this card.
I have only used one of the flowers and coloured it using Copic Pens R59, R85, R83 and R81, G28, G24 and G21.
Using the My Favorite Things Dienamics Stax Flags cut from Juneberry, Ivy and Leapfrog.  The background card is Bazzill Dotted Swiss Ropeswing.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Welcome Baby Boy

Hi Everyone

The My Favorite Things Onesie Stamp and Die set is great for making great baby cards and are not necessarily for boys or girls.  Last month I showed you a baby girl card, so this time it’s the boy’s turn.
I have layered the card on Bazzill Lily White, Bluebell and Lemon and the stars (also from My Favorite Things Dienamics) from Bazzill Amber, Sunshine and Chiffon.
All of the paper edges have been distressed using the Tonic Distresser.
The Onesie has been cut out of Bazzill Lily White and Bluebell and then trimmed to form the outfit.
The dotted background paper is from Kaisercraft.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Hampton Arts – Cupcakes

Hi Everyone

I have been playing with the Spellbinders/Hampton Art Die and Stamp set. 
This set is made up of 7 stamp and 5 dies, saving you the time it takes to cut out the cupcakes.

I have layered the card on Bazzill Lily White, Watermelon, Pinecone and Dragonfly.

The cupcakes have been coloured with Copic Pens Y00, Y21, YR23, E41, E43, E47, R00, R22, R32, R35, BG10, BG13, BG15 and BG49.

The background lattice stamp is Hero Arts – 331065 Lattice Background.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

2012 Calender Project – September

Hi Everyone
Here’s the last of my calender projects (Jennifer created October to December) and I focused on September being the start of Spring.
Here I have used Tilda’s Heart Flowers and Tilda with Daisy coloured using Copic Pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, YR16, Y17 and Y15.
I have cut out SEPT from my Cricut machine and layered the card using Ivy and Sunbeam.
Happy Stamping (and Spring)

Michelle

New Magnolia Stamps – Australiana

Hi Everyone
Magnolia’s latest release has just arrived – and the them is Australiana.
Here’s the images from this release and you’ll find them all on our website under Stamps > Magnolia Rubber Stamps.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

 

Latest Release from Darkroom Door – Essentials 10

Hi Everyone

Here’s the last release (phew) from Darkroom Door – Essentials 10.  This combines a release of floral, teenager, vintage, words and Christmas stamps.
Congratulations to Rachael and Stewart from Darkroom Door for 3 fantastic releases and this release includes their 100th stamp set (actually, it takes them to 104). A fantastic achievement!!!



As usual – you’ll find all of these stamps on our website.

Happy Stamping
Michelle


 
 
 
 

Latest Release From Darkroom Door – Kimono

Hi Everyone


The latest releases from Darkroom Door have just arrived – here’s the Kimono Release.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the third release – Essentials 10.
You’ll find all the stamps and paper products on our website.

Happy Stamping
Michelle


New Release from Darkroom Door – New York

 Hi Everyone


The latest releases from Darkroom Door have just arrived – here’s the New York Release.

Stay tuned tomorrow and Friday for the Kimono and Essentials 10 release.

You’ll find all the stamps and paper products on our website.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

 

Mark Your Diaries – Kaisercraft Play Date – 6 October

Hi Everyone

Christmas is coming and it’s time to get start the Christmas gifts so dust off those projects from the cupboard or pick something up on the day, our next Kaisercraft Play Date is Saturday 6th October.

The day kicks off around 9am and is $10 including a pizza lunch.

Book early as seats are limited.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Christmas Magnolia Release

Hi Everyone

We have just received the latest release from Magnolia called the ‘Little Christmas Stamp Collection 2012’.
There are 6 stamps in this collection and I can’t wait to get my Copic’s out this weekend and have a play.
You’ll find these stamps (and some new Mini Magnolia’s) on our website under our Stamps > Christmas > Magnolia Rubber Stamps.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy stamping
Michelle

 
 

2012 Penny Black Christmas Collection has arrived!!

Hi Everyone

The latest release from Penny Black stamps has arrived and it’s ‘Christmas Stamps’. 
Here’s a little sample of some of the new stamps (and to start you thinking about this year’s card).
You’ll find all of the stamps on our website under Stamps > Christmas > Penny Black.
You can order them online or if you are dropping by to pick them up, give us a call and we’ll have them set aside for you.


Happy Stamping
Michelle

 
 
 

2012 Calender Project – August

Hi Everyone
Here’s my contribution to our Calender project for 2012 – my August page.
I have started with the Darkroom Door Garden Greetings Daffodil and stamped it using Memento Cantaloupe ink pad.
Next I coloured with Copic Pen YR16, YR23, Y15, Y11, Y00, G94 and G24.  I have layered on Bazzill Creampuff, Ivy and Sunbeam and cut the letters ‘AUGUST’ from my Cricuit.
As August is the Cancer Council Daffodil Day, I have attached a pin that I purchased from last years Daffodil Day.

Happy Stamping and don’t forget to donate on Daffodil Day.
Michelle

Mr Bright Ideas

Hi Everyone
It’s now my time to play with Darkroom Door’s Mr Bright Ideas.
As you know, I love playing with Copics and layered so my card has been coloured with Copics, layered and accented with Glossy Accents and Crackle Accents.
Use Copic pens C00, C3, C5, C7, Y11, YR23, B93, B97, E50, E31, E35 and E37.
The background has been stamped from a Hero Arts time stamp.  The word ‘Steampunk’ is from the Darkroom Door stamp set DDRS068 (Steampunk).
The clock in the background has been edged with Glossy Accents and when dry I applied Crackle Accents.  Crackle Accents looks like Glossy Accents and as it dries, it crackles – all by itself. 
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Garden Inchies

Hi Everyone
Cheryl created this great card using the Darkroom Door Garden Inchies and String Sentiments.
Cheryl coloured the images with Copic pens V17, BV02, G24 and Y11.
Knowing Cheryl, the card is Bazzill Pansy (Cheryl’s favourite card) and layered with Bazzill Leapfrog and Aloe Vera and trimmed with purple ribbon.
This card design is a fantastic design as you can use it for any theme especially as the Garden Inchies are not specific to a theme and the String Sentiments have a number of options.
Have a great weekend
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Baby Onesie

Hi Everyone
I have been playing with the new Dienamics Baby Onesie Die/Stamp set to create this little Baby Girl card.
The set is made up of the onesie die and a lot of baby them logos to decorate the onesie with.
I cut the oneise from Bazzill Petunia, Romance and Lily White and trimmed around the fold lines to decorate the onesie.
I stamped ‘Little Girl’ using Versamark and embossed with White embossing powder.  I also added some White Liquid Pearl dots across the bottom of the onesie for the buttons.
Layer on Petunia and Lily White card and Kaisercraft papers and trim with ribbon.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Garden Bouquet

Hi Everyone
Jennifer has been playing with the new ‘Spring’ and ‘Summer’ Distress Ink pads and Hero Arts ‘Garden Bouquet (CG172) to create this great range of cards.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

London Calling

Hi Everyone

Joc showed me this card at our classes on Saturday that she had made – just in time for the Olympics.
It’s a great birthday card, made using the Penny Black ‘London Calling’ stamps and is a gate fold card opening top the bottom.
Thanks Joc for allowing me to share.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Spellbinders are back in stock!!

Hi Everyone

The ever popular Spellbinders are back in stock – check out some of our new sets.  You’ll find then all on our website under Tools > Nestabilities
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 
 

Hi Everyone

This little Tilda has been a favourite of mine since the release last year. Coloured using Copic Pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G24, G28, R81, R83 and R85.
Layer on a Nestabilitiies and Dienamics oval.  The words a from the Hero Arts Friendship words unmounted stamp set and were stamped using Archival Coffee ink pad.
The card is Bazzill Aloe Vera, Leapfrog, Lily White and Dotted Swiss – Blissful.
Happy Stamping
Michelle 


Popcorn The Bear’s ‘Party Time’

Hi Everyone

‘Popcorn the Bear’ is a favourite bear of many people and these stamps are a lot of fun to play with – particularly as they are not necessarily overly female and are suitable for little boy cards.
Here I have coloured the Popcorn’s ‘Party Time’ image using Copic Pens E31, E35, E37, V12, V15, V17, B00, B02, B05, YR23, Y12 and Y17.
Layer the cards on Lily White A5 card followed by Dotted Swiss Deep Blue and Poolside.
Accent with a little Stickles and wa-la.
Happy Stamping
Michelle 

Penny Black – Gossamer

Hi Everyone
I’ve been having a play with the Penny Black ‘Gossamer’ stamp (3865K) which we used in our May 2012 class.
Here I have stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Copic Pens R59, R85, R83, R81, G21 and G24.

I have layered the card on Pinecone followed by Juneberry and used Basic Grey ‘Kissing Booth’ paper as the final layer.

After adhering the layers and satin ribbon, I added a pearl in the centre of each flower.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

…Wishes

Hi Everyone

Cheryl has been playing around with the Penny Black unmounted stamp set ‘…Wishes’ and making some great mini cards.

Start by stamping on the inside of your card and colour.

Place a circle Nestabilities over the image, with masking tape sticky side up and close the card.  When you open it again, the Nestabilities will be attached to the front of the card.  Run through a Cuttlebug or Big Shot and the circle will be cut for the front of the card.

Decorate the outside of the card with card and ribbon.  Compliment the circle on the front of the card by cutting out a My Favorite Things – Mini Doily Circle from co-ordinating card.

Thanks Cheryl for sharing.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Mr Bright Ideas

Hi Everyone

Jennifer has been busy putting together some cards using the new Darkroom Door Mr Bright Idea’s stamp using Distress Ink pads, Wax Crayon and embellishments.
Thanks Jennifer for sharing.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

 

New My Favorite Things Dienamics

Hi Everyone

We were unpacking the heaps of new My Favorite Things Dienamics today, they are all on our website under Tools > Dienamics but here’s a couple of images to tempt you.

Happy Stamping and have a wonderful weekend
Michelle

 

 
 

Mr Bright Idea

Hi Jennifer
This card was made by Jennifer Morris for her husband’s birthday (which is today – Happy Birthday Geoff). 
Made using Darkroom Doors new Collage stage – Mr Bright Idea and coloured using Distress Ink pads.
Thanks for sharing Jennifer
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Just Arrived!!!

Hi Everyone
The orders are arriving quickly and we will have them to you as soon as possible.




Just arrived is lots of new Tim Holtz stamps, bags and boxes along with re-stocking of 7 Gypsies shadow boxes and Scrap-Ma-Bob.


We have Magnolia stamps arriving this week and Kaisercraft.

You’ll find them all on our website – www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au


Happy Stamping
Michelle


Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo

Hi Everyone

We are slowly recovering from the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo on the weekend – what a wonderful weekend.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said Hi to us, it was lovely to meet you all.
Here’s a couple of snaps from our stand, firstly there is the “we’ve just unpacked the truck” picture followed by the finished stand (thank goodness the unpacking finished).
 This year, we had our expert demonstrators Cheryl and Linda to show you a couple of new things and my sister Kristy and Dad Vince working with us.  Thanks team, you all did a fantastic job.
We have already booked again for next year, so we’ll see you there!!
Don’t forget to check out our website to find all the latest products and have them delivered straight to your door – http://www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au/
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo starts tomorrow

Hi Everyone

We are completely exhausted but have finished setting up at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo which opens tomorrow for 3 days of papercraft heaven.

Just to let you in on our specials, watch out for:
Darkroom Door stamp sets – 2 for $60
Darkroom Door background stamps – 2 for $40
Magnolia Stamps – buy 5 get 1 free (of equal of lesser value)
Distress Stains – 3 for $20
Copic Sketch pens – 10 for $80
Copic Ciao pens – 10 for $55
Distress Markers – 10 for $30

We look forward to seeing you all there – stand number 9

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Hearts a Plenty

Hi Everyone
It’s the final countddown to the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo and today is set up day.  I am not a fan of set up day, we normally arrive around 10am and leave around 8pm with very few breaks.  Fingers cross it looks fantastic when the show opens tomorrow at 9am. 
This is my last card I have created for the show and had to share it with you.  I have used the Darkroom Door Hearts set a couple of times to accent other cards but this time tried to create a ‘lots of hearts’ card.
The base card with Sweetheart and layered with Romance and White with all edges distressed with the Tonic Distresser.
Ok, well we’re out of here, fingers crossed we get out a little earlier that 8pm.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
The hearts were stamped using Versamark and embossed with Seafoam White embossing powder.  I have stamped of Bazzill card Sweetheart, Romance, White and Fawn.

Viva La Paris!!

Hi Everyone

I’ve been playing with the Darkroom Door Paris stamp set and created this card.
I have started by stamping the framed Eiffel Tower on Yes paper and blending Distress Ink pads Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain over it.
I coloured the post marks with Copic pens G24, G21, YR23 and Y11 and the stamp with B95.
The Paris background was created by stamping the postcard words on Creampuff card using Faded Jeans and then stamping ‘Paris’ across the card using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.
As always, I have edged the frame with Adirondack Espresso to finish the frame.
Happy Stamping (and looking forward to seeing you all at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo).
Michelle

New York Style

Hi Everyone

I don’t use a lot of Stamps Happen stamps, but Cheryl gave me this for my birthday last September and this was my first chance to play with it.
I have stamped ‘New York Socialite’ 80426 on Yes paper and covered the background with Distress Stain Antique Linen and then blended around the edges with Distress Ink pad Wild Honey.  Once dry, I coloured in the letters in the background with Copic pen C5.
On two other stamped images, I coloured in the lady and puppy with Copic pens E00, E11, E37, R05, R81, R83, R85, 100, C1, C3, C5 and C7.  I also added some E04 on her face under the hat and chin for extra shadow.
I have started with a Bazzill White A5 card and layered with Bling colours Black Tie, Tiara and In The Pink.  The flags that were cut with Dienamics Fishtale Flag Stax.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Tilda with Winter Flowers

Hi Everyone

I have been wanting to play with this card idea for a while, I just had to pick the right image.  Whilst Tilda with Winter Flowers is a Christmas stamp, no one would know given there is no ‘Christmasy’ accents to the design.
So here goes, I have started with Pinecone followed by Lily White and Dotted Swiss Sandbox.  I have added 3 strips of Lily White down the centre then layered with Dotted Swiss Blissful, Criss Cross Princess and Lily White.
The scallop circle has been cut from Dotted Swiss Blissful and then Tilda cut from the Yes Paper.
I have coloured Tilda with E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, E50, G21, G94, R59, R37, R14 and YR23.
The words are also from Magnolia and are nice touch along with the Silver Rhinestone strips.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo

Hi Everyone

It’s now soooo close – The Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo starts in 8.5 days.
I hope to see you all there – especially at stall number 9, I hear they have a great stand this year (LOL).

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Kaisercraft Kits

Hi Everyone

Our order of Kaisercraft has arrived and I plonked myself on my loungeroom floor and surrounded myself with papers, paints, ribbons, flowers, brads and ALL THAT TIMBER.
But why…so I can organise some fantastic kits for sale at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo.
These kits are perfect for a quick project or gift to make and includes lots of supplies.  All you need is glue and a sanding block.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tilda with Teddy Bear

Hi Everyone
I created this card using a Bazzill Safari card layered with Sweetheart and decorative papers.
I created with swirls from the Die-namics Decorative Swirl and cut them from Leapfrog and the flower was a number of layers of single flowers from my embellishment stack (we all have one of those).
I stamped Magnolia’s Tilda with Teddy Bear on Yes paper and coloured her with Copic Pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, E50, R81, R83 and R85.  I also stamped the image again and cut out the Teddy Bear so he looks like he is sitting up a little.
‘Happy Birthday’ is also from Magnolia and the tab that it is sitting on is also a Die-namic.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo

Hi Everyone

We’re on count down now until the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo opens on the 9th June at the Brisbane Convention Centre….how exciting!!!

We’re on stand number 9 (first aisle on the left), so drop by and say “HI” and we also have a class at 2.30pm each day called ‘Get Inky With Distress Stains’ where you will make 5 cards using Distress Stains for $20.

We are also offering a pick-up service.  We know that the Magnolia Rubber Stmaps are very popular, along with all of our other products, so if you would like any put aside for you, just send us an email.

Have a great day and Happy Stamping
Michelle

Soccer Edwin

Hi Everyone

This card would be perfect for any boys who love soccer.  This is Soccer Edwin, coloured using Copic Pens E00, E11 R20, E35, E37, B93, B95, B97, B99, C5, C3, C1, Y17, Y21, Y38, YR04 and YR68.
If I’m using a specific scrapbooking paper, I find it easiest to start by selecting the paper and then working my card and colouring around it.  This scrapbooking paper is from ‘Three Bugs in a Rug’ and is called Zoo Animals.  It has stripes of blue, gree, brown and orange – so there is my colour pallette.
I have layered the card up with Bazzill cardstock including Dotted Swiss Night Water, Fawn, Parakeet and Lily White.  I cut the grass from Ivy and Leapfrog using Die-namics grass.
The words ‘It’s Your Birthday’ is from a Stamp It unmounted stamp set.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Tilda with Cozy Heart

Hi Everyone

I coloured this image whilst on the Stamping Cruise in January but just couldn’t work out what to do with her.  I played around with some idea until I finally came up with this idea (thankfully I didn’t lose her in the meantime).
I had stamped Tilda with Cozy Heart on Yes paper and coloured her with Copic pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, B95, B97, R59, R27 and R85.  The words ‘Just Because’ are from the My Favorite Things Tag You’re It die and stamp set.
I started with a Bazzill Juneberry A5 card and layered with Basic Grey Kissing Booth papers (I used the Die-namics Perfect Bracket to create the edge) and Bazzill Lily White.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Explorer Tilda

Hi Everyone

I have never been one to crawl around the ground and look at bugs but for some reason, I have liked this stamp for some time.
This is Magnolia’s Explore Tilda and I have coloured her with Copic pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G24, G94, G99, R27, B93, B95, B97, B99, Y17, B000, B02, C5 and YG03.
I have cut the top two layers from Nestabilities Labels Seventeen and the Rolled Daisy and Rolled Rose are from Die-Namics.
The card is made from Bazzill Dotted Swiss Night Water followed by Lily White and lastly Kaisercraft Rainbow paper (P831 from the Fine & Sunny Collection). 
Tilda’s magnifying glass has been covered in Glossy Accents to make it look authentic.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

Kisses

Hi Everyone

This little girl just makes me smile… Kisses from Penny Black (cling) 40-097.
I have coloured Kisses with Copic Pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, RV10, RV02, RV34, RV69, Y17, YR04, G28, G24 and At You Spica pens Crystal and Gold.

 
Kisses ribbon around her dress and heart necklace have been covered with the At You Spica pens along with details in her dress for that added ‘bling’

I coloured the ribbon (previously white and silver) with Copic pen G69 to match it to the card.

I have used Bazzill cardstock Dotted Swiss – Blissful, Fawn and Lily White and the words are from Stamp It Especially For You 2931C.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Etched Medallion

Hi Everyone

I love colouring this Hero Arts stamp ‘Etched Medallion’ S5356 as you can use any combination of colours and get lots of opportunities for shading.
In this card, I started with Bazzill Dotted Swiss Night Water and layered with Leapfrog, Cream Puff and Aloe Vera.
The new Die-namics ‘Fishtal Flag Stax’ have created the great flags down the left of the card.
I stamped the Etched Medallion 4 times, coloured the first layer with Copics G21, G94, G99, the second layer with B93, B95, B97 and B99, followed by Y000, Y11, Y17 and YR23 and the last centre with E35, E37, Y17 and YR23.  This last layer I covered with Glossy Accents after assembling the card.
The words are from a Stamp It unmounted stamp set.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Flutter-Bye

Hi Everyone

I have used the stamp a number of times when making greeting cards as it a great ‘all-rounder’ stamp.  A thinking of you, happy birthday, get well, etc.
This is Penny Black’s stamp ‘Flutter-bye’ 4057K.  I have stamped the hedgehog and butterfly on two pieces of Yes paper.  On the background I had sponged Distress Ink Pad – Tumbled Glass and created grass along the bottom with Copic pens G28 and G24.
I have coloured the hedgehog with Copic pens E000, E50, E31, E35, E37 and the butterfly with YR68, YR04, Y15 and then adhered these on the background image.
I have used Bazzill cardstock Pomegranate and Creampuff and layered with Kaisercraft papers. 
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tilda with Butterfly Dress

Hi Everyone

I have created this birthday card using Bazzill Bling Flirty, Criss Cross Blue Bell and Sunshine.
The butterflies in the background are Magnolia’s Butterflies and I have also used Tulip Walkway and Tilda with Butterfly Dress (of course).
I have cut out the Doo-hickey Heart Fence from Bazzill Creampuff and blended the bottom of the fence with Distress Ink Pad Tea Die.  I have also used to Dienamics Grass along the bottom of the fence.
The Happy Birthday is also from Magnolia.
Copic Pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G99, G94, Y11, Y21, YR23, G21, B000, B02, V01, V12 and V15.
Happy Stamping

Michelle

The new Magnolia release has just arrived

Hi Everyone

Just a quick post to let you know that the new Magnolia Ink and Rubber Stamps are now in stock.  Here’s a couple of sample images from this release, you’ll find the full release on our website http://www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au/ and go to the Stamps > Magnolia Rubber Stamps section. 
If you are attending the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo from 9-11th June at the Brisbane Convention Centre and would like us to put aside an order for you (saving you postage), please drop us an email with your shopping list.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Tilda with Wrapped Heart

Hi Everyone

I coloured this image on the stamping cruise in January and tucked her away for the right card.
This is Tilda with Wrapped Heart and the words are from a Stamp It unmounted stamp set.
I have started with a Pinecone card, layered with Juneberry and scrapbooking papers.  The oval is Die-namics Oval Open Scallop Doily cut from Pinecone and then layered with a Nestabilities Oval cut from Lily White. 
The three roses are Dienamics medium rolled roses cut from Sweetheart and Juneberry and the swirl is also from Dienamics cut from Leapfrog.
Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, R81, R85, RV69, E41, E43, E47
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tilda Playing Hopscotch

Hi Everyone

This is a fun little card, perfect for a little girl. 
Here I have stamped Magnolia’s Tilda Playing Hopscotch on Yes paper, coloured the background with Distress Ink Pad Tumbled Glass and created grass using Copic G94 and G24.
I have used Copic pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, B93, B95, B97, B99, Y08, Y11 and Y000.
The card starts with Bazzill Dotted Swiss Night Water and layers are from scrapbooking papers.

The words ‘Party Time’ are from a Stamp It unmounted stamp set.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Sunflowers A Plenty

Hi Everyone

This card was created using Magnolia’s Tilda with Daisy and Tilda’s Heart Flowers. 
I’ve used Bazzill Ivy card layered on Sunbeam and then Yes paper.  I have stamped Tilda’s Heart Flowers twice and coloured with Copic Pens G28, G24, YR16, Y15, Y17, E35 and E37. 
I have used Doo-hickey’s Heart Fence and Die-namics Grass at the base of the flowers.
Tilda has been mounted up so she looks like she is standing in front of the fence and coloured with Copic pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, YRg16, Y15 and Y17.
I have embellished with some ribbon at the bottom of the card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Just Sitting Here…

Hi Everyone

I’ve been playing with my Magnolia stamps this weekend and created some new sample cards.
The new Charlotte’s Dream paper inspired by colouring of this card ‘ Just Sittin’ Here Thinking Of You’.
I have used Magnolia’s Rose Scent Tilda and Just Sittin’ Here.  I have used the Kaisercraft Deja-Vu paper P820 in the background and layered with Bazzill card Safari, Mud Pie and Dotted Swiss Poolside.
I have used Doo-Hickey – Vintage Lace, Nestabilities Ovals, Die-namics Oval Open Scallop Doily and Scalloped Scallop border.
For colour, I have used Copic pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, B000, B02, YG95, YG91, YG67, YG63, YR02 and YR000.
Add some bling with Kaisercraft Rhinestone Strip.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Kaisercraft Craft Caddy

Hi Everyone

I have been playing with the Kaisercraft Craft Caddy (SB2161) for the past couple of weeks, doing a little here and there.  I have now finally finished it.
I liked the Paris Shadowbox I did with the green card and Darkroom Door Photochips, etc, so I continued that theme but this time changed it to the Viva La Flora range.
I started by painting all surfaces with two coats of Kaisercraft Black paint and followed by Kaisercraft Gloss allowing each coat to dry fully in between.
I have used Bazzill Ivy, Leapfrog and Aloe Vera.  I have stamped the card with Darkroom Door’s French Script using Distress Ink pad Forest Moss and blended the edges with Forest Moss.  Each piece of card has been cut to the same size as the piece it is covering but distressed the edges before adhereing it. 
I have accented the caddy with Photochips and Montage pictures from the Darkroom Door Viva La Flora range, black grosgrain ribbon and Sizzix Elegant Flourishes cut out from black Bazzill and covered with Glossy Accents.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Flower Sweet

Hi Everyone
I’ve had my eye on this Penny Black set since it arrived and finally bought it home last weekend.  It’s called Flower Sweet, code 30-096.
I particularly like the large flower in the set and wanted to play with a colour combination that I don’t normally use – apricot. 
I have used Bazzill Ivy card layered with Hopi, Leapfrog and Pear.  On the Leapfrog card, I stamped the daisy swirl usign Versamark ink pad.  In the lower right corner, I have stamp the words from the Stamp it unmounted stamp set.
I have used Copic pens G21, G94, G99, Y21, YR20 and YR02.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Bicycle

Hi Everyone
I have had this little card stached away for an upcoming class but realised there may be riots for suggesting you colour the 3 layers to this card. 
This is a beautiful Darkroom Door stamp and although Rachel hasn’t named the location, it looks like Amsterdam to me.  The stamp is a photo stamp by Darkroom Door called ‘Bicycle’. 
Anyway, back to the card.  I have started with Bazzill Bahama the Lily White and then Fawn.  On the Bahama and Fawn card, I stamped Darkroom Door’s Postcards using Distress Ink pad Chipped Sapphire and then smudged the edges.

I have used Copic pens – B000, E31, E35, E37, C1, C3, C5, BG09, BG10, BG13.

Stamp the ‘Bicycle’ on 3 pieces of Yes paper.  On the first piece, colour the pavement, bicycle  and the background upto the top rail.  Cut out and adhere to the next layer.  Colour the buildings, bridge and water and cut out, adhering to the last piece.  Colour the sky and trees and adhere tot he Fawn card.  Wrap some ribbon around the layers and adhere to the front of the card. 

Have a wonderful day
Happy stamping
Michelle

Butterflies

Hi Everyone
I have to admit, I’m not such a fan of ‘Orange’ and the Tigerlilly Collection of papers from Kaisercraft didn’t excite me that much – until I came across the butterflies specialty paper (PS195). 
This paper is thicker than the normal double sided paper and has butterflies all over it and they have been glossed.
I created this card using 7 of the butterflies which I cut out and adhered to Bazzill Lily White, Marmalade and Beetle Back card.  I smudged the edges of the Lily White with Distress Ink pad – Spun Sugar and the stamp the words from Darkroom Door String Sentiments.  I only adhered the body of the butterflies to the card and left the wings so they could be lifted when they are dry.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Penny Black …..To You

Hi Everyone
I have had the ‘To You’ unmounted stamp set from Penny Black in my collection for a while now, but just haven’t had a change to play with it.

I have coloured the large flower from this set using Copic Pens RV69, RV29, RV14 and R81 with the centre coloured in YR07 and Y06.  The base of the flower is adhered to the circle and the centre of the flower has been mounted up with mounting tape.

The words stamped in the lower left corner are from Stamp It’s unmounted stamp set siset031 stamped in Archival Jet Black on the Lily White Bazzill card.

The card layers include Bazzill’s Brandywine (you could also use Sweetheart if this isn’t available) and Leapfrog.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Hi Everyone

Quick and easy cards are essential in anyone’s collection, but sometimes having some male cards (yes, the dreaded male cards) can sometimes be a problem.

Here I have created a gift card which could be given to a male or female using Darkroom Doors Seaside Photochips and Montage along with the Art De Fleur wordstrips.

The base card – Sandbox is 10.5×10.5cm and layered up with Neptune and Lily White Bazzill.  I have added a triangle of netural corrugated card in the top left corner.

This card is quick and easy and you can make a similar selection with other 5 Photochips in the range.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tilda with Ballet Shoes

Hi Everyone

I created this card to show off Tilda’s with Ballet Shoes from the latest Magnolia range and the words are from Stamp It’s unmounted stamp set siset031.

I have coloured Tilda with Copic pens – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, C0, C3, C5, R81, R83 and R85 and accented the image with At You Spica pens Clear and Silver.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tried, Tested Tim’s Tip

Hi Everyone

On Friday, I had a play date with my friends Cheryl and Linda and the topic of stamping on polymer came up and how certain inks create a blotchy stamped image (eg Memento) but when colouring with Copics, it’s the best ink.  See the left stamped robot.

We have been following Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 101 (sorry to say that it has just finished) and Linda tested the following:

Firstly, Linda inked the stamp with Archival Jet Black and allowed it to dry.  Next, ink the stamp with the ink you want to use – Memento, Distress, etc.  You will get a much clearer image.  See the robot on the right.

This technique is now TRIED, TESTED and TICKED!!  Thanks Tim.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

PS.  Linda now refers to herself as Dr Linda Wait MBBS, FRACGP and SATTT Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners and Self Appointed Timmy Technique Tester.   

Kaisercraft – Memo Board

Hi Everyone

On Saturday’s Kaisercraft Play Date, I had lots of fun and made two projects. Here’s my second project – the Kaisercraft Memo Board.

I started by painted the timber in Metallic Gold, then covered it with Basic Grey’s ‘Pucker Up’ paper from the Kissing Booth range.

After sanding off the edges (and all the swirls) I adhered it together and added Romance card behind the Memo pad.

Add the hooks, 3 Mulberry flowers and rhinestone silver.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Kaisercraft Play Date – My First Project

Hi Everyone

We definately had fun on Saturday during our Kaisercraft Play Date.  We started at 9am with Tara being the last to leave around 4pm meant that there were lots of projects being completed.

Here’s my first project – the Kaisercraft Desk Caddy.

I painted the box using dark brown paint (a mix of Burnt Umber and a little Black) and used the Basic Grey – Kissing Booth range of papers to cover the box. 

After sanding off the edges and assembling the caddy, I attached flages from My Favorite Things – Dienamics, ribbon, rhinesones and Creampuff card around the top.  I added flourishes from Sizzix and lastly the heart from Sizzix Heart Wings cut from chipboard, coloured with brown paint and then Glossy Accents.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone

I hop-hop-hope the Easter Bunny found you all.

Have a great Easter and stay safe
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo Classes now out

Hi Everyone

The Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo (visit stall 9) is on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June at the Brisbane Convention Centre (visit stall 9) and the classes have just been released.  You’ll find all the details at http://www.scrapbookexpo.com.au.

The workshops haven’t been released as yet, but we have a fantastic 1 hour class at 2.30pm called ‘Get Inky with Distress Stains’ where we will make a number of cards using this great product.  (visit stall 9).

In case you have missed my suttle hints, we are at stall 9 (LOL), so don’t forget to drop by and say HI! 

Happy stamping (visit stall 9)
Michelle

Reminder: Kaisercraft Play Date this Saturday

Hi Everyone

Just a reminder that our Kaisercraft Play Date is this Saturday from 9am.  Bring the project you have tucked away in a cupboard or pick something up on the day.  $10 including lunch + anything you buy on the day.

There are only a couple of seats left, so call Robyn asap on 3888 2462 to reserve your seat.

Hope to see you there.
Michelle

Viva La Flora Montage

Hi Everyone

I got inspired by an ATC that I saw on the Darkroom Door blog and created these 3 gift cards using the Darkroom Door ‘Viva La Flora’ Montage.

I have used the ‘Postcards’ background stamp and word strips to accent the cards.

These are great ‘quick’ cards to have on hand  or to give as a gift set to some (Mother’s Day is only a month away).

Happy Stamping
Michelle

SALE TIME Continues

Hi Everyone

We have a 12×12 paper special for the month of April – ALL PAPERS ARE $1.00.

Drop by to check out the papers but give us a call first on (07) 3888 2462 to check we’re home.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calender project – April 2012

Hi Everyone

Our calender project continues this month with Linda’s April calender.

Here Linda has used a Elzy Bell’s Happy Easter stamp, coloured with Copics and Tombows.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Viva La Flora

Hi Everyone

I’ve been playing with the Darkroom Door Viva La Flora Vol 2 set and wanted to create something with these flower that I haven’t used before.

Here I have stamped the image with Archival Coffee ink pad and layered up the flower with a second stamped image.

I have adhere the image to Creampuff and Pinecone card.  I have stamped Stamp It’s ‘Wishing Happiness’ using the Coffee ink pad on Creampuff and layered it on Sweetheart and Pinecone card.  Wrap dusty pink ribbon around the card and accent with silver rhinestones.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Darkroom Door – New Release

Hi Everyone

Darkroom Door’s newest release has just arrived.  This release includes stamp sets and background stamps.

This release included background stamps, you’ll find them all on our website under Stamps > Darkroom Door.

 The release also include’s stamp sets and you’ll also find these on our website under Stamps > Darkroom Door.

SALE TIME!!!

Hi Everyone

It’s time to have a clearance sale at Michelle’s Cards & Stamps.  Starting today we have 2 clearance tables with prices reduced up-to 50% on embellishments, wooden stamps, Kaisercraft Timber and more.

Drop by to have a look – but phone us first on (07)3888 2462 to ensure we are home.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Sending Bear Hugs

Hi Everyone

I love the Penny Black stamp ‘Wishing You Well’ designed by Mo Manning.  What a little cutie.

Here I have coloured the Nurse with Copic pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, E50, R85, R000, R02, R05, R27, R59, B000, B12, B05, B24, C0, C3 and C5.

The words across the bottom are from My Favorite Things ‘Fred Bear Gives Comfort’.

Happy Stamping (and stay well)
Michelle

Penny Black ‘Big Wish’ vol 2

Hi Everyone

My card making continued using the Penny Black ‘Big Wish’ unmounted stamp set.

Here I have used a littly lady sitting on a present with a cupcake in her hand.

I have used the same Bazzill Bling ‘Feather Boa’ and ‘Swimming Pool’ card and some different decorative paper which used the same colour pallette as my last card.

I have coloured this image with Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, BG49, BG15, BG10, R81, R83, R85, Y11, Y15, Y17, RV29.

I have embellished with Stickles and added some extra bling to the yellow colours by colouring them with a yellow At You Spica glitter pen.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Penny Black – Big Wish

Hi Everyone

Tonight I have been playing with the Penny Black unmounted set called ‘Big Wish’

There are 3 lovely ladies in the set along with extras such as a cat, cupcake, butterfly and words.

Here’s one of the lovely little ladies ready to blow out her cake candles.

I have started with a Bazzill Bling ‘Feather Boa’ card and have layered it up using Lily White and some decorative paper.  There is a thin blue line in the paper, so I have used this when layering up Bazzill ‘Swimming Pool’ card and then co-ordinated the Copics when colouring her.

Copics used were – E00, E11, R20, E35, E31, YR23, Y21, BG49, BG15, BG10, Y17, Y15, Y11, R81, R83, R85 and then accented with Stickles.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Kaisercraft Play Date – book your seat

Hi Everyone
With Easter approaching, it’s time to pull out the Kaisercraft projects you have tucked away and come on over for a Kaisercraft Play Date.  Mark your diaries for Saturday 7th April from 9am.  Bring your projects or buy them on the day, it’s up to you.  $10 including pizza lunch, call us to book your seat as places are limited.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tim Holtz Distress Markers are now in stock

Hi Everyone

Tim Holtz’s latest release from CHA has just arrived – Distress Markers.

The product description is:

Tim Holtz Distress Markers are water-based inks for coloring, journaling, stamping and more. The dual tip markers are ideal for many coloring techniques.

Distress Markers are available to match the Distress palette of 36 color and White Picket Fence.

At $3.50 each, they are well priced and will work perfectly with your Distress Ink Pads and Distress Stains.

You’ll find the collection on our website www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au under What’s New.

Happy Stamping (and colouring)
Michelle

Darkroom Door Paris

 Hi Everyone

I loved the ‘Seashell’ printer tray that we made on the Darkroom Door cruise (yes, I’m still talking about it) and couldn’t wait for some to arrive so I could make another.

Here’s my tribute to Paris.

The green in the background is a mix of Bazzill card stock Ivy, Leapfrog and Aloe Vera which I have stamped using Darkroom Door Postcards stamp using Forest Moss Distress Ink Pad.

All of the images are Darkroom Door Paris Photochips, Film Strips, Word Strips and Montage.

I have accented the drawers with Idea-ology Pen Nibs, Word Keys and Ornate Plates. 

The word ‘Paris’ was cut out of Beetle Black Bazzill card using a Cricut font and covered with Glossy Accents.  I have also accented the lamps and Ornate Plate with Glossy Accents.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Hi Everyone

Here’s a little Get Well Soon card that I created.

This is Nurse Tilda, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G28, R59, R27 and R05.

I have mounted the card on Bazzill Pomegrante and Lily White card. 

The background stamps are Darkroom Door Plaid and Strips stamped with Fired Brick Distress Ink Pad.

The Get Well Soon is a Stamp It stamp 4347C Get Well Soon.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calender Project – March

Hi Everyone
This month, Cheryl created our Calender project.  Cheryl has used the Darkroom Door Garden Inchies stamp set and Cuttlebug alphabet.

The Garden Inchies have been accented with Glossy Accents and Adirondack Acrylic – Butterscotch

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Paris Awaits

Hi Everyone
I love the release of Kasiercraft papers called Bonjour, a lovely mix of Paris, butterflies, flowers and post marks.

Here I have mixed the Provence paper with Mulberry flowers and an Eiffel Tower cut by one of our new Dienamics and covered in Glossy Accents

The card is Bazzill Vintage Pink followed by Creampuff and Java. 

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Viva Inka Gold

Hi Everyone

Our latest shipment of Inka Gold has arrived….what’s Inka Gold you ask???  Here’s what Viva say:

Viva Decor’s Inka Gold is a revolutionary product that produces an amazing metallic finish without any toxic chemicals. With beeswax as one of the main ingredients, Inka Gold is safe and easy to use in all crafting and home decor projects. Just rub it on and polish! Inka Gold comes in 20 brilliant high opacity colors. One jar of Inka Gold can cover up to 80 square feet. Excellent for refinishing or accenting furniture. Also great for paper mache boxes, chipboards, paper crafting and much more.”

To me, Inka Gold is a bit like ‘Rub n Buff’ that we used back in the 90’s.  You can apply it using a paint brush, but my preferred method is via Cut n Dry foam.  Dip your foam in the Inka Gold and rub (and buff) it onto cardstock, timber or anything you are applying it to.

There are 17 colours and the consistancy of Inka Gold is a thick paste and a small amount goes a long way.  The pots are 50gms and are $9.30 each

Happy Stamping
Michelle

OldGold
Gold
Violet
Silver
Lava Red
Yellow Green

New My Favorite Things

Hi Everyone

Our latest order of My Favorite Things has just arrived, here’s a sample of the new items in stock. 

Too Many Cupcakes (is there such a thing?)

Hi Everyone

Is there such a thing as too many cupcakes???

Here I have used the Mini Magnolia Love Muffin, Kitchen Tilda and words from a Hero Arts unmounted stamp set.

Stamp 17 Love Muffins and colour using Copic Pens ….  Cut out and adhere to some Lily White Bazzil card stock layered onto Pajama and Bank Roll card stock.

Stamp Kitchen Tilda and colour using Copic Pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, R81, R83 and R85.

Cut out and adhere using mounting tape onto the front of your card.

Red, Red Roses

 Hi Everyone
I hope everyone had a fantastic week and is ready for an even better weekend.  This weekend we have back-to-back classes so I’ll have my hands full.

Seeing this week was Valentines Day, I thought I would share this card with you.  It isn’t necessarily a Valentines card, it could be a birthday, Mother’s Day or just a general card.

This card was inspired by a card Jenny Webster made while on the stamping cruise, so thanks Jenny for the inspiration.

This card was made using the Darkroom Door Roses photostamp and was stamped onto Yes paper using an Archival Jet Black ink pad.  I have used a white wax crayon to highlight areas of the roses and then using Distress Inks and a blending tool, coloured the whole image with Victorian Velvet and then around the edges with Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany and lastly Walnut Stain.

After you have finished colouring the paper, use a paper towel to buff the wax crayon areas to remove any excess ink.

The words are from a Hero Arts word set and the flowers are from Mulberry Street Roses.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

PS. Don’t forget about our Darkroom Door (tin) sale, they are going fast and at $25 (incl Ezi-mount) they are a great buy.

Tilda’s on Bracket Frame

Hi Everyone

While I was on the Darkroom Door Stamping Cruise I created this picture using a Kaisercraft Bracket Frame.

I painted the frame with a mix of Kaisercraft Red and Hot Pink paint and then covered the front with Bazzill Creampuff card and background with Blue Jean.

I have used a mix of new and not as newish Tilda’s including:
Dot Butterflies
Tilda with Daisy
Tilda with Peony Tails
Explorer Tilda
Tilda with Ponytail
Watercan Tilda
The background has – Mushrooms with Snail and Welcome To A Lovely Home.
I coloured the images using Copic Pens – E00, E11, E31, E35, E37, R02, R05, R27, B02, B05, B24.  I have also added some grass cut out from My Favorite Things – Grass from Bazzill Leapfrog and Ivy card stock. 
Before adhering the front of the frame to the back, I threaded through some white stain ribbon so that it is ready to hang on a wall.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
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Darkroom Door (Tin) Sale

Hi Everyone

Darkroom Door are re-packaging their stamp sets into DVD cases and we would love to clear our stock of tins – so, it’s time to have a Darkroom Door sale.

All tin stamp sets are now $25 (including Ezi-Mount) but be quick because after the stock is gone, it’s back to the normal price in the DVD sets.

See our range of stamps at www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au and go to Stamps & Darkroom Door and don’t forget about the Christmas stamps too.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Darkroom Door – Country Cottage

Hi Everyone

The unpacking is slowly getting done from the Darkroom Door Stamp Cruise.  Being back at work is a bit of a shock to the system, but I have some photos around my desk to remind me where I was just last week.

Here’s one of my creations from the cruise – using the Darkroom Door Country Cottage Photostamp.

Here I have stamped the Country Cottage using Archival Jet Black.  I have blended Distress Ink pads – Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain.

I like to make the tree pop-up from this card so I have drawn over the tree with Adirondack Acrylics Espresso and Mushroom and allowed to dry.

I have layered the card up and on the Fawn card stamped the Postcards background stamp and edged in Distress Ink pad Walnut Stain.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Darkroom Door Stamping Cruise 2012 – The Review

Hi Everyone

We’ll I’m back from the South Pacific, a little weary and still wish I was on holidays but I guess I have to go back to work tomorrow (gotta earn money for the next cruise).

The cruise was hosted by Rachel and Stewart from Darkroom Door who ran some of the best classes I have ever attended.  Here’s a quick look at what we made and I’ll have them on display in the shop.

During the cruise we visited the Isle of Pines, Suva and Denaru in Fiji, Vila Vanatu, Lifou Loyalty Islands and sailed out of Sydney so we had beautiful harbour views.  We were very lucky with the weather, if we were two days earlier we would have had wet weather in each location or two days later would have meant we had 7-8m swells (not good for sea sickness).

THANK YOU Rachel and Stewart for organising this cruise.  I will definately be on the new cruise, my pick is Hawaii!!!

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calender Project – February

Hi Everyone

Our Stamping Cruise is on it’s final day, I can’t believe the 12 days have gone so fast.  I have heaps to share over the coming weeks and will also be organising some new classes from what I have designed and learnt in the classes. 

It’s Linda’s turn again to design our calender project.  Linda has used some speciality papers, Cuttlebug embossing folders and die cuts to create this Valentine themed page.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

2012 Stamp Cruise – 3 sleeps to go

Hi Everyone

I wanted to make something special to store my pens, scissors, etc in while I was on the Stamp Cruise, so I jazzed up a Kaisercraft Pencil Caddy with the Darkroom Door Garden Inchies.

I have painted the caddy with Kaisercraft Olive paint and layered up using Pinecone and Creampuff card.  I have stamped the Garden Inchies on Yes Paper and coloured them using Copic pens (E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, YR23 and Y21).  Each image is two layers glued on top of each other, to add dimension and then once they are adhered to the Creampuff card I covered them with Glossy Accents.

Allow each side to dry before you turn to the next side so that the Glossy Accents dries evenly.

Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

2012 Stamp Cruise – 7 sleeps to go

Hi Everyone

I can’t believe it but the stamp cruise that I booked back in June last year is now only 7 sleeps away – I am sooo excited.

I have been assembling my supplies for a couple of weeks now and the dreaded task of packing it has begun – how am I going to fit it all in?????

During the cruise, we will be exchanging ATC’s.  The theme is ‘About You’ and as many of you know – I love bears.  With 50 ATC’s to make, it took me a while to stamp, colour and assemble the ATC’s, but at least I’ll know I’m not the only one with so many to do.

In my ATC’s I’ve only used Darkroom Door stamps.  I’ve used the bear from the ‘Hello Baby Vol 1’ set and coloured her (I think she’s a girl) with Copic pens E31, E35, E37, R85 and R59.  I have stamped the background using the Plaid background stamp, stamped in Versamark and them using a blending tool applied Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet on top.  I have added my words from the String Sentiments set, trimmed with ribbon and a heart brad and here they are.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

 

Our new puppy has arrived

Hi Everyone

We have finally received our new puppy – Ruby Rose.  She’s only 8 weeks old but already has picked her favourite place in the studio.  I’ve told her all about the lovely people who will be coming to visit her and she replied with a lick – always a good sign!

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Magnolia Photo Stamps 3

Hi Everyone

Here’s the last of my Photo Frame collection. 
Here I have used Magnolia stamps ‘Rose Scent Tilda’ and ‘Tilda’s Mure’.  I have also used the Penny Black words ‘There is You’ and My Favorite Things Dienamics – Mini Rolled Rose.
I have used Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, E31, YR23, Y21, E35, B93, B95, B97, RV10, RV13, RV29, C1, C3, C5, C7, G28 and G14.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Magnolia Photo Frames 2

Hi Everyone
Here’s the second frame that I created on New Year’s Eve.  I think this one started around 11.30pm.
I’ve used the double frame and have used 3 Magnolia stamps along with the Doohickey Heart Fence and My Favorite Things Dienamics grass
The Magnolia stamps I have used include ‘Tilda Loves Flowers’, ‘Tilda with Winter Flowers’ and ‘Tilda with Peony Tails’.
I’ve used Copic pens – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, RV0000, RV10, RV13, RV29 and RV69.
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 

Magnolia Photo Frames

Hi Everyone
Kaisercraft have a set of 3 photo frames which have always called out to me (those little voices talk sometimes, but I’m not crazy – honest) but I have never had the project in my mind for them.
On New Year’s Eve – they jumped off the shelf, slapped me senseless and the project came to mind (ok, maybe it didn’t happen exactly like this, but I would like to add here that I don’t drink).
All three frames were painted with the Kaisercraft Olive paint and the fronts covered with Cream Puff Bazzill Card.
Here’s the first of the three frames – I’m calling it my ‘Sunny Frame’.  I’ve used three Magnolia stamps – ‘Tilda’s Heart Flowers’, ‘Tilda with Daisy’ and ‘With All My Love’.
 
I’ve coloured the images using Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y38, G28, G07, YG11, G24, E31, E35 and E37.
I’ve added the Magnolia Doo Hickey Heart Fence and My Favorite Things Dienamics Grass to make it a scene. 
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Calender Project – January

Hi Everyone

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend, I personally will be heading back to work tomorrow (already???).  I had a quiet new years and got hit by some creative energy around 10pm so you’ll see the outcome of this over the next couple of days.

Each year my friends Cheryl, Jennifer, Linda and myself make a calendar and we each have 3 months of the year to do.  This year, we are using the Kaisercraft Calendar timber product and decorating the pages.

Anyone who comes into the studio see the pages, but for those people who only get to see us via cyber land or at shows, I thought you might like to see them here so each month.

This month – obviously is January and was created by Linda.  Linda’s theme is summer and of course ice cream comes to mind.  Linda created the ice cream using the My Favorite Things Dienamic – Cloud set, a triangle of card scored to look like a waffle and a Kaisercraft Sparklet to top.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Sweet Crazy Love Collection 2012

2 Days before Christmas the latest release of Magnolia Rubber Stamps arrived and we have just had a chance to open the boxes and have a bit of a play.
This release is called the Sweet Crazy Love Collection 2012 and is a mix of Valentine and floral designs.  Here’s some images that I coloured today to tempt you. 
You will see the full range on our website under Stamps > Magnolia Rubber Stamps and don’t forget the words section too.
Hoping you had a wonderful Christmas
Happy Stamping
Michelle
 
 

Merry Christmas 2011

Hi Everyone

With Christmas now only 2 sleeps away, I have spent the afternoon with my niece and nephew cooking Christmas treats and they are now snug in MY bed.  We’ll continue cooking tomorrow and I can’t wait.

Thank you for all your support of the past year and we look forward to inspiring you in the new year.

Have a safe, happy and Merry Christmas
Big Christmas kisses and hugs
Robyn and Michelle

Magnolia Christmas Doohickeys top-up has arrived

Hi Everyone
We have just received another shipment of the popular Christmas Doohickeys from Magnolia.
If you are not familar with Doohickeys, they work exactly the same as Nestabilities and Dienamics as a die cutting tool that you can use in your Cuttlebug and Big Shot machines.
Here’s a couple of images from the Christmas release.
 Happy Stamping
Michelle

SALE – CUTTLEBUG EMBOSSING FOLDERS

Hi Everyone

Looking for Christmas Gifts for your papercraft friends?  We have reduced the price of all Cuttlebug Embossing folders until 25th December!!!
HURRY and order now or drop in to pick up your favourites!
All Single Embossing Folders are now $5.00
Sets of 6 Embossing Folders that were previously $40.00 are not $25.00
 
Sets of 4 Embossing Folders that were $27.00 are now $15.00
 
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Christmas Present Ideas

Hi Everyone

Christmas is fast approaching and given we have just unpacked our lastest deliveries, how about adding this to your wish list or pick up some great buys for your friends.
We have just received a top-up order from Magnolia Rubber Stamps so favourites such as Cool Edwin, Tulip Wheelbarrow and Sitting Tilda with Teddy Bear are back in stock.
We have also received Tim Holtz’s new Ideology District Market Tote bags, Distress Stains Picket Fence, Sizzix dies and Sizzlets.  See the all on our website http://www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au/

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By Popular Demand ….

 Hi Everyone

At each Craft Show we are asked for templates for our cards.  We don’t have templates, but we do have classes where you can learn these cards and if you can’t attend our class, you can order the pre-stamped kits via our website.

This card was from our class at the 2010 Craft Show and here are some notes on how to make it.

You’ll need – Bazzill Pomegranate Square Card and 13.5 x 7.5cm, Bazzill Parakeet and Lily White card.

Stamps – Penny Black 3551F Special You
Magnolia Stamps – Tilda with Wedding Gifts, Wrapped Tilda, Basket with Presents

Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, R59, R27, G94, YG03, Y11, Y15 and Y17
 

Colour the stamped images using the Copic Pens.  Always start colouring using the lightest colour first, shadow with the darkest and then blend with the lightest.

Open the Pomegranate card to the smooth side and place it portrait in front of you. Measure 3.5cm from the top and bottom of the card and rule a line.
From the left of the card, measure in 6.5cm and draw a line between the 3.5cm lines. Cut this line with a craft knife.

On the right side of the card, measure from the bottom of the card – 3cm, 7cm, 14cm, 18cm, 21cm and 24cm. Score each of these lines on the right side of the card only. Fold each of these lines, starting with the 3cm line being a mountain fold and alternate after this.

Adhere each of the layers of card as per the image.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Little Elf Finn

Hi Everyone

Here’s the last of the Penny Black elf’s ‘Little Elf Finn’ (40-088).

I have continued with the same colours as I have used in the past 2 cards so that they form part of a set.

I thought I would touch on the colouring of the bauble that Finn is swinging on.

Start by colouring the full bauble using the Y00 pen and in doing thing you have created a base for the rest of the colours to be applied to.  Now look for where the shadows will be on the bauble, I have applied the Y28 pen along Finn’s left, around the right side and bottom of the bauble.  Now blend further in with the YR23 and Y21 leaving on area without colour so that it is where the light on the bauble will hit.  Once you are happy with the rest of the bauble, colour the lightest area with the Y00 pen again so that it blends with the Y21 Copic pen.

Add some glitter to Finn’s hat and trim and edge with Viva Glitter Liner – Peridot.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Little Elf Present

Hi Everyone
Here’s my second Elf image from the Penny Black recent release ‘Little Elf Present’ (40-090)
I have used the same Copic pens and card so that the stay as part of the card range. 
You’ll need a Lily White card, Phoenix border and Leapfrog centre.
I have used Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, R05, R27, R59, G07, G28, YG06, C1, C3, C5, Y00, Y21, YR23 and Y28.
Don’t forget to add glitter to the fir on the hat.
Around the edge of the Leapfrog card I stamped Ho Ho Ho from the Darkroom Door Christmas Sentiments stamp set using Distress Ink – Fired Brick.  Now edge with Glitter Liner – Peridot and allow to dry.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Playful Elves

Hi Everyone

Penny Black have released 3 wonderful Elf stamps that have been so much fun to play with.

I have created 3 cards using them as a set, here’s my first card.

This stamp is ‘Little Elf Mim’ 40-089 (cling stamp) and was coloured using Copic Pens E00, E11, R20, R59, R27, R05, E31, E35, E37, G07, G28, YG06, C1, C3, C5, Y00, Y21, YR23 and Y28

The card is a Lily White card, the border is Phoenix from the Dotted Swiss range and the Leapfrog in the centre.  I edged the Leapfrog card with Viva Glitter Pen – Peridot.

I applied a small amount of glitter to Mim’s hat and dress by smudging it over the area with my finger.

The words are from a Hero Arts unmounted set.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Snowflake & Holly

 Hi Everyone

I was playing around with the Penny Black stamp ‘Snowflake & Holly’ 4206L for our classes this month (sorry, I just gave away one of the stamps we are using) and wanted to make a blue version of this card.

The card is a Lily White card mounted on Leapfrog and Admiral.  I created the background on Yes Paper by blending Distress Ink Pads – Broken China, Faded Jeans and edged with Chipped Sapphire.  I then used my Mini Mister and squirted the water into my fingers and then dropped the water onto the Distress Ink to create droplets.

To add another shimmer to the design, I sprayed Perfect Pearls Mists over the top.

Once these are all dry, I stamped my the Snowflake and Holly one the Yes paper and coloured it with Copic Pens G21, YG67, E50, E35, E37, B24 and B39.  After securing some brads into position and Glossy Accents onthe Snowflake, my card is finished.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tahlia’s 6th Birthday Party

Hi Everyone

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the Brisbane Craft Show, we had a fantastic time and have booked again for next year.

The unpacking of the studio took some time together with the shock of losing our ‘little puppy’ Coco who had a cyst around her stomach on Tuesday. 

All the sadness was set aside on Saturday for my niece, Tahlia’s 6th Birthday Party at the studio.  This was the first time we have hosted a craft birthday party and coming up with a project for 4-6 year olds was a little hard but I think they enjoyed it.

We used the Pencil Caddy from Kaisercraft, painted it with Dusty Pink or Mauve paint and decorated with matching papers.  I pre-coloured the Hero Arts ‘Girl Holding Flowers’ and the little ladies coloured the cupcakes. 

There was much excitment when the girls returned from cutting the cake to find the pencil caddies full of lollies and pencils.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tilda with Fir

 Hi Everyone

Here’s Tilda with Fir ready to take her Christmas Tree home and start decorating it.
I’ve backed this card with Kaisercraft Christmas Papers from the December 25th Collection.
Tilda was coloured with Copic Pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, R05, R24, R28, R05, R27, R59, YR23 and YR31.
Have a wonderful day and happy stamping
Michelle

Magnolia’s Sweet Christmas Collection 2011 has just arrived

Hi Everyone
I’m sitting here at the Brisbane Craft Show madly unpacking the newest release of Magnolia Rubber Stamps that just arrived.  Here’s a couple of sample images to tempt you and the full range is on our website – http://www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au/ and go to the Stamps > Christmas > Magnolia Rubber Stamps.
Have a wonderful day
Michelle

Brisbane Craft Show Starts TODAY!!!

Hi Everyone

We had a very big day yesterday setting up our stall at the Brisbane Craft Show.  It is finally done – phew!!!

The show starts today and runs until Sunday at the Brisbane Convention Centre at South Brisbane.  The show is open from 9am to 5pm and our stall is G17 so don’t forget to stop by and say hello!

Happy Stamping (and shopping)
Michelle

Happy Birthday Winnie

 Hi Lovely Ladies
I love Winnie by Magnolia, she’s such a cute bear.
Winnie was VERY popular at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo and we have lots of stock of her ready for the Brisbane Craft Show (in 2 more sleeps).
This birthday card was made using Magnolia Stamps – Winnie (of course), LOVE Heart and Happy Birthday.
I have coloured the images with Copic pens – E31, E35, E37, V12, V15 and V17.  The ribbon was white satin ribbon and coloured using Distress Stain – Peeled Paint.  If you haven’t done this before, stop by our stand at the Brisbane Craft Show and we’ll show you how easy it is to colour ribbon with this great product.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

 Hi Everyone

Here’s Tilda hanging on an ornament.

I’ve coloured her with Copics E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, YR23, YR31, Y11, R05, R27, R59.

I have coloured the ornament with Glosssy Accents to make the ornament look like a glass ornament and have coloured the lace of Tilda’s clothes using Clear ‘At You Spica’ pen to add a little more sparkle.

Have a wonderful day and happy stamping
Michelle

Tag You’re It

 

Hi Everyone
I’ve just started to play with the new My Favorite Things ‘Tag You’re It’ stamp set and Dienamic tag.

The stamp set includes words such as these and ‘Homemeade from the Heart’, ‘A Little Treat For Someone Sweet’ and ‘For You’ plus solid images like the star in the background of ‘No Peeking’ plus hearts, butterflies, cupcakes, and ladybugs.

The set is $38 including the stamps and Dienamic tag.
Happy Stamping – Michelle

Christmas Party Tilda

Hi Everyone

Here’s a little Gift Card using Christmas Party Tilda.

I’ve made the card using Maraschino card, Lily White and Sandbox card.

I’ve coloured Tilda with Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, R59, R27, R05, G21, G24 and G28.

The words come from the Darkroom Door stamp set All Occasions which has heaps of words and a great for gift cards.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Brisbane Craft Show – 1 hour class

Hi Everyone

The Brisbane Craft Show starts next Wednesday and hears a sneak-peak of our project.

This year’s project is a trinket box made by Kaisercraft which could be used to hold Christmas lollies, gift cards or just be part of your Christmas display.

The class will focus on colouring using Copics and homework (yes, there’s homework) will be to paint the box and assemble the card.

Our class is at 1.30pm each day and is 1 hour long.  The class kit is $20. 

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Vintage Tilda

Hi Everyone

Here’s another card to inspire this year’s Christmas card collection.

I’ve used Vintage Tilda coloured with Copic Pens E00, E11, R20, G21, G24, G28, R59, R27, R05, YR23, YR16.

I’ve accented the card with Tim Holtz – Elegant Flourishes from Sizzix cut out of gold stardream card.

The card is layered up on Maraschino and Ivy card.

The Merry Christmas is a Stamp It stamp ‘Go Round’.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

 Hi Everyone

Darkroom Door keep releasing great stamps and I LOVE the Garden Inchies from the Essentials 8 Collection.

Here I have coloured Bazzill White card with Distress Stains – Tea Dye (folded card) and Distress Stains – Antique Linen with a layer of Beetle Black between.

The Garden Inchies were stamped on Yes Paper using Memento ink pad and coloured using Copic Pens – G28, G24, G21, E31, E35, E37, YR23, YR16 and Y11.

I also layered each picture up by one so that there were dimensions to each inchie.  I then covered each inchie with Glossy Accents and allowed them to dry.

Wa-la, here’s my inchie card.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tilda gets ready for Christmas

Hi Everyone

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to start our Christmas card collection.

Here we have Tilda starting to decorate her Christmas Tree.

The stamps are both from Magnolia – Christmas Tree and Tilda Hanging Ornament.

I have coloured the Christmas tree lightly with Copics given it is in the background and Tilda a little brighter.

I have used Copic pens E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, R59, R27, R05, YR23 and YR00.

Although you can’t see this in the picture, I have accented Tilda’s lace and the ornaments with At You Spica pen – Clear to add a little sparkle.  If you are dropping by the Brisbane Craft Show, you can see the card up close.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Sooo Many Tulips

Hi Everyone

What a beautiful spring day it was today.   After yesterday’s hail, rain, wind, etc, I was a bit worried it was going to be a wet weekend all round… I’m happy to be wrong.
I had another play around with the Magnolia Tilda with a bunch of Tulips and Tulip Wheelbarrow stamps and created this card.
I’ve coloured the images with Copics (of course) and used E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, RV10, RV34, RV29, G21, G24, G28, B00, B02, B05.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Halloween 2011

Over the past couple of years we have been asked about Halloween stamps, so this year we decided to bring some in from the US. You’ll see them all on our website, but here are a couple of sample images from Magnolia Rubber Stamps, Penny Black and Hero Arts which we have in stock.

Happy Haunting
Michelle 

What’s New

Well Vince and Robyn are back from Sydney although they couldn’t find Haighs chocolates and arrived home empty handed (sigh).   Coco and I headed over to Nudgee Beach on Saturday afternoon for her first trip to the beach.  I don’t know which one of us ended up more wet but it couldn’t have been too bad as we went back again on Sunday.
This weekend was so much fun, not only did I have fun with Coco but there were 4 parcels when I got home to unpack and play with.
Two boxes were top-up orders from Magnolia Rubber stamps including Christmas stamps (see them on our website), Penny Black and Hero Arts.
Here are a couple of new images from our orders.

 

Brisbane Craft Show 19-23 October

The Brisbane Craft Show is just around the corner and we’re so excited.  The latest releases from Darkroom Door, Hero Arts and My Favorite Things have just arrived and Penny Black is just around the corner.

Vince and Robyn are off to Sydney this weekend so I’m puppy-sitting Coco (yes, I think she’s still a puppy even thought she’s 2) and checking out all of the new deliveries.

If you are coming to the Craft Show, it’s at the Brisbane Convention Centre between 9am and 5pm and we are stall G17.

If you would like to do some pre-shopping, drop us an email with a list of the items you would like set aside and we’ll have them ready for you.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Darkroom Doors new release is about to arrive

Hi Everyone
Happy Sunday!!!
The TNT guys have our latest release on their courier trucks and we eagerly await the latest releases from Darkroom Door – Dear Santa, London and Essentials 8. 
Here are some sample images (I love how DRD provide these images for us) and I have them on our website for you to order.
The courier will arrive Monday or Tuesday, so we’ll post any orders as soon as they arrive.
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

New Dienamics – Just Arrived

My Favorite Things keep bringing out fantastic dies to embellish your cards. The new tags are going to be very popular with Christmas coming.

 

Chocolate Dreams

Grab your favourite chocolate bar and check out Magnolia’s latest magazine – Chocolate Dreams.

This magazine is choc-full (sorry, I’ll stop now) of fantastic cards, colouring techniques and boxes all with a sweet theme.

Anyone who pre-ordered the magazine will find it in their letterbox shortly or it can be ordered on our website under What’s New.

Happy Stamping
Michelle and Robyn

Tulips Galore

 Hi Everyone

With spring just around the corner, I thought of this Tulip card.

I have used the Tilda with Armful of Tulips and Tulip Wheelburrow inside.  The words are part of Stamp It’s unmounted set.

To make the card, take a A5 card, folded along the short end.  Trim the front of the card so that it’s 10cm and then fold at 5cm. 

I’ve used Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, G21, G24, G28, RV10, R85 and RV29.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

The Winner Takes It All Collection 2011

We LOVE opening parcels from Magnolia Rubber Stamps and this collection is no exception.
The Winner Takes It All is the theme for this release and secretly I think Tilda and Edwin are in training for the Olympics next year.

Here’s a couple of the stamps, just to tempt you and you can see the full range on our website under Stamps > Magnolia Rubber Stamps (and don’t forget the words too!!).

Happy Stamping – Michelle & Robyn

Penny Black Christmas Release – available end of August

Hi Everyone

As you know, we love Penny Black stamp and we were very excited to receive the new Christmas catalogue, here’s a link for this catalogue.

 Penny Black 2011 Christmas Catalogue

We have placed a pre-order but it won’t come until the end of August.  If you would like to have something put aside, please send us an email and we’ll let you know when it comes in.

Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

New Stamp Kits

Hi Everyone

We have had a busy month in July getting back into our class routine.  Today we added 3 new kits to our website.  For the people who like/loved our Recipe Box and Card box at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo but couldn’t make our class, you can now make them at home with just a couple of simple supplies.  The kits are $55 each plus postage.
We have also added our July class kits which are 5 card making projects for $25 plus postage.
Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

The Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo

Sadly the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo is over for another year.  We love being at the Expo to catch up with lots of people and also see what is new on the market.
Here are some of the photos from our stand.
Special thanks to our fantastic support team – Vince, Cheryl, Jennifer and Kristy who worked with us for the first time.  Without this talented group we would not be able to participate in the expo.
We have re-booked for next year and we are extending our stand by another third – YIPEE!!!
The most popular item at the show was the brand new Scrap-ma-bob.  This great tool clamps onto your desk and holds your drink in one container and then a rubbish bin is off the side.  We sold our early Sunday morning and promised everyone to have more in shortly — they have just arrived and you will find them on our website under ‘Whats New’.
Have a great weekend and happy stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo – it’s nearly HERE!!

Hi Everyone

The annual Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo is nearly upon us, although I don’t want to start counting down – we have tooooo much work to do.
Stock is arriving daily and we have lots of new items to show you. 
We have a class each day in the new Make and Take area (directly opposite our stall) at 10am and 11am, here’s a little sample.  The class is for 1 hour each and is $20.  The class is Colouring Magnolia’s with Distress Ink Pads and I hope it inspires you to use your Distress Ink pads as a new colouring medium.
The show is at the Brisbane Convention Centre from Saturday 11th June to Monday 13th June. Our stand is in the first aisle and is stand number 8.
We can’t wait to see you all again this year.

Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

New Magnolia Stamps Now In Stock

Hi Everyone
The Butterfly Collection from Magnolia has just arrived and we are starting to ship our pre-orders.
See the full range on our website – http://www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au/.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Hmmmmm Chocolate!!!

We have just received the latest release from Darkroom Door – Sweet Treats or as I’m calling it ‘The Sugar Hit that doesn’t add to the waist line’.

Included in the range is Photochips, Montage, Film Strips and two sets of rubber stamps.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Mini Magnolia’s Have Just Arrived!!!

Just when you thought you have seen all of the Magnolia, Magnolialicious from the US has released Mini Magnolia’s.  The images are around 1/2 the size of their Swedish cousins and come as a rubber die only – no mounting.
We recommend mounting the stamp on Ezi-Mount and cutting around the image for a great stamp.
We have our range on the website, see then under Magnolia Rubber Stamps and all descriptions start with Mini Magnolia.  Some of the stamps in stock include these images.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Australian Stamp Cruise 2012

Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door is organising a stamp cruise in 2012.  Imaging this – cruising from Sydney through  New Caledonia, Fuji and Vanuatu all while there is a 24 hour stamp room available, classes and heaps of surprises.

This is like the ultimate stamp camp!!! 

Find all the details for the cruise on this pdf and book early. 
http://www.darkroomdoor.com/downloads/forms/Aust-MarStamp2012.pdf

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Easter stamps by Magnolia

Tonight I got home and had a lovely parcel of Magnolia stamps waiting for me to unpack.

In this order was heaps of Easter stamps, here’s just a sample to get the creative juices flowing.

2011 Hero Arts Release

Our second parcel of new Hero Arts stamps have just arrived, I can’t wait to play.
Here’s some of the new stamps and you’ll find more on our website.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Product Review – Enamel Accents

This month I have had a play with Inkssentials Enamel Accents.

Enamel Accents is a pack of two colours – Black and White.  This product is different to other ‘accent’ products like Adirondack Acrylics or Pearl Accents as these are not pearlescent, just glossy.

The white is perfect for accenting dark coloured card like the black flower on the packaging.

The black is being used in this month’s class kit but I can’t wait to play with the Hero Arts Asian Girls stamps and gloss their hair. 

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Savannah’s Birthday Card

Today my beautiful niece Tahlia was attending a 5th birthday party for her friend Savannah.

I made this card using with Sweet Magnolia, Decorative Swirls from Sizzix and the Savannah letters are from Cuttlebug’s Alphabet set ‘Olivia’.

I’m told Savannah has dark brown hair, so I coloured her hair with E35 and E37.  Her skin was coloured with E00, E11 and R20.  I coloured her dress, pini and shoes with Y11, Y15, RV10, RV34, YG06, YG67.  Of course, Crystal Stickles was added to accent Sweet Tilda’s shoes and pini.

I hope Savannah had a great birthday (and loved the card).

Happy Stamping
Michelle

A La Modes – Cheers

 I love the new A La Modes stamps from My Favorite Things, Cheers in particular.

Here I have stamped the girl on Yes paper and coloured using Copic Pens – E00, E31 and E35.

The dress was coloured using Copic RV10 and the covered with Stickles Cotton Candy.

The Champagne glass was coloured using Cotton Candy and then the top of the glass with Glossy Accents.

I accented the card with stars in Beetle Black, Ice Gold and Posie Pink.  The pink star at the bottom is also covered with Cotton Candy.

The papers are all from Kaisercraft.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Kaisercraft Cupcakes

My second card was coloured with Kaisercraft Hot Pink paint and backed with Parakeet and Posie Pink card. 

The circles have been filled with Stickles – Cotton Candy.

The card has been layered on Lily White, Petunia and Parakeet card and Kaisercraft Strawberry Sundae from the Candy Lane paper release.

A white double bow was added to finish the cupcake.

Kaisercraft Cupcakes

 I have had a play this week with the Timber Cupcakes from Kaisercraft.

With this first card, I coloured the cupcake with Adirondack Dabber – Sail Boat Blue and once dried I inked it with Versamark and clear embossed it.  It makes it really shine.

Layered up with Blue Jean, Parakeet, Lily White (embossed with Swiss Dot embossing powder) and Sunbean Card.

The birthday message is from Hero Arts.

Card Box

After making my Recipe Box with Magnolia images, I had to create a Card Box.

Here I have used the images –
Love Sealing Tilda
Unwrapped Tilda
Tilda Writing Diary
Tilda with Christmas Letters
Wildma with Rose
Secret Tilda
Basket with Presents
Wood Pallet

Inside the box I have made tabs to separate the cards and on the inside of the lid I have a small envelope to store the postage stamps.

This box could be a great gift for someone special, especially when filled with cards made by you.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Just Arrived – New My Favorite Things

 We are in the process of un-packing our new order from My Favorite Things.

My Favorite Things have increased their stamps designs and Die-namics range.

I love using the Die-namics in my Cuttlebug or Big Shot.  They cut beautifully and best of all, the borders are long enough to edge card that we use in Australia…you may have noticed that some of the Cuttlebug borders are shorter than our A5 cards.
Anyway, here are a couple of images.  To see the rest of the range, go to our website – http://www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au/ and look under Stamps > My Favorite Things and Tools > Die-namics.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Tilda’s Recipe Box

 Using the Kaisercraft Recipe Box, I created this Magnolia Recipe Box.
The images used include:
Kitchen Tilda
Tin Boxes
Sugar Bag
Love Muffin
On the lid is
60′ Tilda
Tea Cup
Love Muffin
Tin Boxes
I have used the same Copic Pens through the project, E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, B93, B95, B97
Happy Stamping
Michelle

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Cheryl’s Macadamia Ginger Nut Balls

Due to popular demand, here is the recipe for the Macadamia Ginger Nut Balls.

Ingredients
200g crushed Ginger Nut biscuits
100g Macadamia Nuts
3 Tablespoons of Margarine or Butter
1 Tablespoon of Golden Syrup
1/3 tin of Condensed Milk
Coconut

Roast and crush the macadamia nuts (10mins in the oven or 2mins in the microwave).

Melt the butter, Golden Syrup and condensed milk.  Mix all ingredients together and roll into small balls.  Roll the balls in coconut and refrigerate.

Keep in fridge, suitable to freeze

Tilda With A Hug

I created this card using the Kaisercraft
‘Toffee Apple’ paper. 

This paper has these lovely flowers down the left side of the card, so the front of the card is the lower left and the insider is the upper right.

Stamps Used: Magnolia Rubber Stamps – Tilda With A Hug and Stamp It – Circle For You.

Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Christmas Cards 2010

I know it has been a while since I posted on the blog, my apologies, I’m building a house and with full time work, it has been a bit hard to get some time to play.

Here are our Christmas cards for this year using Tilda with Christmas Letters, Tilda with Star and Secret Tilda. 

?Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

The Craft and Quilt Show

Angel Tilda
Thank you to everyone who stopped by at the Craft and Quilt show last week at the Brisbane Convention Centre, it was lovely to meet everyone.
As promised, the Magnolia Christmas release was somewhere between Sweden and Brisbane, little did we know that it had already arrived and was waiting to clear Customs – this finally happened today and the stamps are now in stock.  We have added them to our website, see them under Stamps > Christmas > Magnolia Rubber Stamps.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

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Reindeer Tilda

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Tilda and Snowy

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Today’s Kaisercraft Class

Today’s class was small, but we definately got through some projects.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get some photos of Cheryl’s work, but here are some from Tara, Bev and Laura.

Bev used the Utopia range of papers for her Memo Board and Storage Drawers with Mauve paint.

Tara created three projects – the Memo Board using Kaisercraft’s Sakura Park – Kanzan paper and red paint.
Tara’s next two products are the Storage Drawers and Large Desk Organiser using the Kaisercraft Elegance paper and Soft Moss paint.

Last but not least, Laura created this Large Desk Organiser using the Hey Birdie range of Kaisercraft paper and Hot Pink paint.

I had a fantastic day and loved being able to help everyone select their papers and position them.
Happy Stamping – Michelle

Ladybug Tilda

Ladybug Tilda has been looking at me saying ‘colour me, colour me’. 

To add texture to this card, I used the Bazzill Dotted Swiss Card – Phoenix card.

Copic Pens: E00, E11, R20, R59, R46, Y11, Y15, Y17, C1, C3, C5, C7.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Tilda with Three Flowers

While playing around on the weekend I made this card using Tilda with Three Flowers and the Pink Bench.

Copics used are: E00, E11, R20, E50, E31, E35, E37, RV34, RV10.

The words are from Hero Arts set CL295.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

My Favorite Things – Who’s That Chocoholic

It’s no secret that Michelle’s a chocoholic – big time!!!


This being said, this set of My Favorite Things was bound to be a new favourite.


‘Life is Sweet’,  the card on the left is a gift card, perfect to accompany a box of chocolate.  The background is stamped with Hero Arts – Antique Flower Background to give some texture.


‘Here Today – Gone Today!’ (sounds like Michelle), is co-ordinated with Kaisercraft’s Duchess Paper range.

Magnolia Stamps – Captain Edwin

Captain Edwin has been one of my favourite Edwin stamps for a long time and I have been dying to use him.

On Sunday I had a little play session with some images that I had stamped.  Here I have used Captain Edwin and Barroll, Skull and Anchor.

The background papers are from Kaisercraft and work perfectly with this range of Magnolia’s.  The papers here are from the Old World range – Meridian and Northern Star.

Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, R59, R46, B29, B24, B32, E31, E35, E37, C1, C3, C5, C7, Y11, Y17.

Kaisercraft Flowers

In this month’s classes we made flowers using the Kaisercraft paper flowers.  Today I made this card using some sample flowers I made in yesterday’s class.

Using Bazzill Angel, Lizard and Blue Bell.  The scallop was made using a My Favorite Things Die-namics – Small Scallop border.

The flowers were made using two medium Baby Blue and two large Lavender flowers.  The instructions on making these flowers can be found on the Kaisercraft blog – http://www.kaisercraft.net/blog/category/tips/.

On the Angel card, I stamped the Darkroom Door – Star Background stamp using Distress Ink Milled Lavender and the words are from Stamp It.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

New Magnolia Stamps

Hot off the Australia Post truck last week was the latest release of Magnolia Stamps including the Bon Voyage range. 

Here I have used Tilda Goes Shopping and co-ordinated the card with the Hey Birdie papers from Kaisercraft.

The words are from the Hero Arts unmounted stamp set Share Laughter.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

New Releases from Darkroom Door Stamps

Wow, another fantastic release of stamps from Darkroom Door.  This release includes themes of Paris, Seaside and Essentials 6. 

The release includes stamps (like these), photochips, wordstrips and montage.

A fantastic release that will be hard to resist (especially ‘Chocolatier’).  See them all at our website – http://www.michellescardsandstamps.com.au/

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Darkroom Door Montage Collage Cards

I have been playing with the Darkroom Door
Montage pages and created these two cards. 
In this first card, I have used the Art De Fleur Montage and Wordstrip pages.  
Each picture has been distressed using the Tonic Distressor and then the edges run through an Archival Jet Black ink pad (not too heavy, just to add a border). 
The background papers were Yes papers with covered in Distress Ink Pads Victorian Velvet and Forest Moss and then stamped with the Darkroom Door French Script stamp.  
The card is layered on Bazzill Beetle Black and Lily White.
On my second card, I have used the Vivia La Flora
Montage and Full Bloom Wordstrip. 
The images were again distressed using the Tonic Distressor and edged in Archival Jet Black.
The background has been created on Yes paper
covered in Distress Ink pads Wild Honey and Forest Moss
and then stamped with the Darkroom Door Dots
background stamps.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Magnolia Rubber Stamps – Happy Tilda

At camp, I loved playing with Happy Tilda, so here’s another sample.

Here I have used the Kaisercraft ‘Hey Birdie’ collection papers with Bazzill Leapfrog, Sweetheart and Dotted Swiss card Sandbox.

Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, R85, RV10, Y11, Y17, G94, YG07, YG11

I have added Glosssy Accents to the darker dots in the Hustle paper for a bit of texture.

Don’t forget the Kindy Glitz for some bling.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Magnolia Rubber Stamps – Happy Tilda

Happy Magnolia – she just makes me feel ‘Happy’ 
Here I have layered the card on Imaginisce – Lucy Bird
papers and Bazzill cards Chiffon and Java.
Coloured using Copic Pens – E00, E11, R20, Y11, Y15, Y17,
E31, E35 and E37 and don’t forget some Stickles to
add some bling.
Happy Stamping
Michelle

Darkroom Door – Rockstar

During our recent Darkroom Door Tag Technique class, I was inspired by Deborah’s tag that she made using the wax technique.

Here I have used the Rockstar set from Darkroom Dorr and Distress Inks – Frayed Burlap and Faded Jeans.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Darkroom Door – Frangipani

I have just returned from the Women In Rubber Stamp Club which was co-ordinated by Maureen.  I had an amazing time and created lots of cards.

I played with the Frangipani Photo Stamp and words from the Full Bloom Vol 2 stamp set.

Stamp the Frangipani on Yes paper using a Archival Jet Black ink pad.  Edge the flowers with a white wax crayon and then using a blending tool, apply Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain.  Rub over the image to remove the excess ink from the wax crayon.

Stamp the words on another piece of Yes paper and smudge Wild Honey over it.

Trim the images and adhere to Java, White, Amber and Irish Eyes Bazzill.

Happy Stamping
Michelle

Magnolia Stamps

As Magnolia stamps don’t have an image on them, we have taken some of the guess work out of our display in our store to include a small coloured tag on the images I have or images generously given to us by friends.

Here is a couple of them, to see the rest, go out our website and see them under Stamps > Magnolia Rubber Stamps

More Hero Arts – Hydrangea

Here’s another Hydrangea idea.  In the background, I have stamped the Hydranga again using Distress Ink – Peeled Paint to add an interesting background.  Add Adirondack Acrylic Butterscotch to the centre of the flowers to highlight them.
Stamp: Hero Arts S5376 Hydranga
Copics – R85, RV10, G94, G21 and YG03
Adirondack Acrylic – Butterscotch
My Favorite Things – Die-namics – Open Scallop Border
My Favorite Things – Framed Greetings

Hero Arts – Hydrangea

Sorry for not posting for some time, it’s been hard getting some time to play. 
Today I have been working on the August classes cards including the Hero Arts Hydrangea stamp.  I couldn’t help myself and had to make a couple of extras. 
Here we have the purple Hydrangea layered on Nestabilities Labels 8. 
The words ‘I’m so Grateful for you’ is from the new My Favorite Things set – Framed Greetings.

Details are:
Stamp: K5376 Hydrangea
Copics: V17, V12, G94, G21 and YG03

RECIPE: Thai-Styled Red Curry Pumpkin Soup

By popular demand, here is the recipe for Robyn’s soup at this month’s class:

2tbsp peanut oil
1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
2-4 tsp red curry paste
3 cups vegetable stock
1.3kg butternut (or JAP) pumpkin, peeled, seeded, coarsley chopped
2 kaffir lime leaves
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves
Optional: 20 green prawns, peeled, leaving tails intact

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring for 3 minutes or until soft.  Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until aromatic.

Stir in the stock and bring to the boil.  Add the pumpkin and lime leaves.  Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.

Transfer half the pumpkin soup to a blender and blend until smooth.  Transfer the soup to a clean saucepan.

Repeat with the remaining pumpkin mixture.

Place over low heat and add the coconut milk.  Stir for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

If using prawns – heat the remaining oil in a large frypan over high heat.

Add the prawns and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until they curl and change colour.

Ladle the soup into shallow bowls.  Top with the prawns and coriander and serve.

Magnolia Rubber Stamps – Christmas Eve Tilda

I Love Christmas

I have used Bazzill Ivy and Desert Sun card with Kaisercraft paper.

The images were stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad and coloured using Copic Ciao pens.

Copic Pens used: E00, E11, R20, R59, R46, E31, R35, R37, G94, G21, YG03, Y17

I Love Christmas is a Penny Black stamp 3760E ‘…love xmas’ and was stamped using Distress Ink – Aged Mahogany.

Magnolia Rubber Stamps – Christmas Eve Tilda

Today I wanted to play with two Tilda stamps, making one a birthday card and the other a Christmas Card.

This is Christmas Eve Tilda and Basket with Present from Magnolia Rubber Stamps.

The Birthday Card
I have used  Bazzill Sweetheart and Desert Sun with Imaginisce paper.

The images were stamped using Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad and coloured using Copic Ciao pens.

Pens used: E00, E11, R20, E31, E35, E37, E85, RV34, YG03, G21, G94, Y17, Y11.

Penny Black – Bunny Friends

This little card is prefect for a special baby card.


Using Penny Black’s – Bunny Friends (1927K) and Bazzill Dotted Swiss card – Irish Eyes, Poolside and Neptune.


The bunnies were coloured using Tombow Pens and stamped onto Yes paper.

Magnolia Rubber Stamps – Sparkling Tilda

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We love the Magnolia range of Tilda stamps including this special girl – Sparkling Tilda.


The base card is A5 Ice Gold, and layered onto Sweetheart and Posie Pink Bazzill Card.


The ‘Cherish’ word is coverboard and covered in Distress Crackle Paint – Picket White and edged in Copic E31.


Tilda is coloured using E11, E00 and cheeks of R20.  Her hair is E31, E35 and E37.  Her top is R85 and RV10, Y11 and Y17.


We used Stickles – Crystal to accent her wings and halo.


Happy Stamping
Michelle & Robyn

Hero Arts Cling – CG115 Thank You

Continuing on from our class this month where we created this card with the main flower out of ribbon, I have created these two cards.


In this card, I used KaiserCraft Elegance – Elizabeth paper and Bazzill Bling card
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last but not least, using a couple of my favourite Bazzill cards in Leapfrog, Sweetheart and Pear, I have replaced the ‘Thank You’ with Penny Black stamp ‘Enjoy the little things’.

Magnolia Rubber Stamps – Dragonfly Tilda

 Hi Gals

We’re loving our new range of Magnolia Rubber Stamps.

Here I have used Dragonfly Tilda and Fairy Tale Dragonflies coloured using Copic markers.

I have accented the wings with Peeled Paint – Distress Stickles.

Copic Ciao Pens used – E00, E11, E31, E35, E37, R59, RV34, RV000, G94, YG03, YG11.