World Card Making Day Promotion

It’s time to celebrate World Card Making Day and Stampin’ Up! have once again stepped up and given us a fabulous promotion to share with you all.
I also want to say sorry that I have not been able to post, I was planning on sharing some cards with you all but unfortunately health and family issues have not been on my side.  I will be back again mid October with some more fabulous projects, until then take card and enjoy stamping.
World Card Making Day

Patrice

Swing Card Fancy Fold Blog Hop #FF08

It’s time for another Fancy Folds Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Swing Card.  I love how simple this type of fold is to do but yet it is still so effective.  Make sure you take the time to check out what all the other talented ladies on the design team have come up with this month.
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We have been having a lot of rain here lately but yesterday it snowed lol, can you believe it!! Well not in Hamilton itself but still only about 20 minutes drive from where I live.  I know it is prob not a big deal to most people but it is to me as that just does not happen hehe.  Any way this old duck dressed warm and made a card with a snowman on it lol.
swing card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I was having so much fun water colouring I decided to stamp and colour the inside too.
swing-card-open by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
This is what the card looks like when it is semi-open.
swing-card-semi-open by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Cutting Instructions
Shimmery White card (ideal card if you want to watercolour).
– 16.3cm x 10.5cm (scored at 6.8cm & 9.3cm
– 12cm x 8.5cm (x2) for cutting out centre shape for stamping on
Tips when creating this card
1. I started by cutting and scoring the card as above.
2. I used the 2nd largest Lots of Labels Framelit die to cut out the swing portion of the card making sure that I left the centre portion uncut.  To do this I positioned the framelit die in the centre of the card (as below) and then lined the cutting plate along the edge of the first scored line (as below).
swing-card-cut by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzswing-card-first-cut by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
3. Turn platform around and repeat step 2 except this time you will be lining u[ the cutting plate so that is is positioned on the second scored line (leaving the centre portion uncut)
swing-card-after-cut by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzswing-card-front-stamping by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
4. Using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, stamp the front left portion of the card (as above).
5. Cut out two of the 2nd largest Lots of Labels Framelit Die from the remaining pieces of card.  Stamp the snowman image on one and the North Pole image and saying on the other one.
6. I coloured the snowman by picking up the ink (Sahara Sand) from the lid of an ink pad using an Aquapainter.  I then used the same colour ink to paint the ground snow under the snowman.  To transfer ink onto the lid you need to squeeze the top centre portion of the closed lid of a Stampin’ Up! ink pad (as below).
Simple Aqua Painter ink padSimple Aqua Painter ink pad close up
7. Clean the Aquapainter by wiping it off on scrap paper or on a handy towel between each colour.  Now pick up the next colour ink and continue colouring the Snowman and North Pole images.
swing-card-stamping-2 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzswing-card-screw-up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
8. I allowed the images to dry and then screwed them up in a small ball 😉 (as above).
9. Carefully flatten out image and then adhere to the centre of the card by placing it thru the window (as below).
swing-card-window by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzswing-card-adhere-image by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
10. This is what the front and inside of the card looks like when both die cuts have been adhered.
swing-card-open-1 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzswing-card-other-side by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Monica Gale has come up with this month.

List of ladies taking part with this Months Fancy Folds Blog Hop
1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand – You are hereFancy Folds next button
2. Monica Gale – UK
3. Tanja Kolar – Germany
4. Martha Inchley – Canada
5. Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
6. France Poitras Martin – USA

Swing Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you would like to order any of the Stampin’Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.

Patrice

Simple Aqua Painting Technique 101 Blop Hop

Hi everyone, this month’s technique is focused on Simple Aqua Painting, another fun and easy way to add a pop of colour to your project.
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One of my favourite techniques is water colouring, it makes me feel like an artist lol.  The great thing about this technique is that anyone can do it.  It is not uncommon for someone to say “I can’t believe how easy it is to do”.
Simple Aqua Painting by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Gosh, can you believe it is September already.  Time is just flying by.  I guess the good old saying “time flys when you are having fun” is true, because that is exactly what I have been doing in my craft room today.  I know some of you love to start getting ready for Christmas early, instead of having the last minute rush so today’s share is a Christmas card.
Simple Aqua Painting close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Measurements for card
– Shimmery White card 10.5cm x 21cm (scored in half at 10.5cm)
Basic Instructions when making this card
1. Stamp snowman image on card front using black StazOn ink (this ink will not run when watercolouring).
2. I coloured the snowman by picking up the ink (Sahara Sand) from the lid of an ink pad using an Aquapainter.  I then used the same colour ink to paint the ground snow under the snowman.  To transfer ink onto the lid you need to squeeze the top centre portion of the closed lid of a Stampin’ Up! ink pad
(as below).
Simple Aqua Painter ink padSimple Aqua Painter ink pad close up
3. Clean the Aquapainter by wiping it off on scrap paper or on a handy towel between each colour.
4. Now pick up the next colour ink and start colouring again.
5. I let the card dry and then finished it off by adding some clear Wink of Stella.

For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Leonie Schroder has come up with this month.
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Just in case you get lost along the way here is a list of all the ladies taking part with this Month’s Techniques 101 Blog Hop.
1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2. Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand (you are here)
4. 
Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Heike Vass – Germany
6. Michelle Last – UK
7. Sonia Benedetti – France

Simple Aqua Painting Techniques Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you would like to order any of the Stampin” Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.
Please note that you will need to have clear blocks to attach stamp too if you purchase the clear stamp set.

Patrice

Thoughtful Branches Bundle Blog Hop

Hi everyone, it is time for another Totally Techniques Blog Hop but this month we have decided to do something a little different.  Rather than sharing a technique with you, we have decided to share some wonderful ideas on different ways that you can use the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  If you do not already have this bundle I recommend you get it ASAP as it is only available until the end of this month or while supplies last.
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The first card that I am going to share with you today is a nice, quick and easy one.  I guess you can call it a 10 minute wonder 🙂
Thoughtful Branches Bundle simple by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Rather than stamping the leaves image first and then die cutting, I did the reverse and started by die cutting out the leaves and then stamping.  Doing it this way I created a more random effect on the leaves by using Wild Wasabi and Always Artichoke inks.  After cutting out the tree trunk I thought the trunk looked a little plain.  Easy fix – all I did was stamp the tree trunk image over the top to give it a grainy effect.  To finish the card I stamped the grass, roughened the edge of the card, added some linen thread and a few staples.  I told you it was a nice simple card to do.  You should give it a go!!
Thoughtful Branches Bundle simple close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I was having so much fun I decided to carry on playing with the Thoughtful Branches Bundle and made a stepped up version, and yes by the end of it I had very inky fingers lol.
Thoughtful Branches Bundle by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I repeated the same process that I used above by cutting out the leaves first and then I stamped multiple colour inks over the top to create an Autumn effect (one of my favourite times of the year, yep this old girl can’t hack the heat any longer lol).  I stamped the grass and then sponged over the top for a softer look.  Then it was time to create the sky and puffy white clouds.  I started by sponging the sky making sure it was darker at the top and then lightening the shade as I got closer to the grass.  Now are you wondering how I created the clouds?  If so I am going to let you in on my little secret.  I started by daubering random patches of Whisper White Craft ink on different portions of the sky, sprinkled white emboss powder on top and heat set.  I then adhered the tree and leaves.  It still needed something else – hmmm lightbulb moment, I created a little pile of leaves.
Thoughtful Branches Bundle close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and see what some of my friends have come up with.  You can do this by clicking on the next button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Amy Koenders has come up with this month.
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Here is a list of all the ladies taking part with this Month’s Blog Hop
1 – Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand – You are here
2 – Amy Koenders – USA
3 – Shelagh Freemantle – Canada
4 – Shannean Moncrieff – Australia

Thoughtful Branches Bundle Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you would like to order any of the Stampin’ Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.

Patrice

Peek A Boo Hidden Message Card Blog Hope #FF07

It’s time for another Global Fancy Folds Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Peek A Boo Hidden Message Card. Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have come up with, the cards are amazing.
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We have been having a lot of rain around here lately, with the odd bit of sun peeking thru from time to time, so I decided to base my card around the weather theme lol.  Naturally, the ideal set for that is the Weather Together Bundle, it is such a cute set.  Anyway here is the card that I have come up with for this month’s challenge.
Peek A Boo Hidden Message by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I coloured and shaped the umbrella, but to maintain the shape I really needed to pop the centre portion of the umbrella up using dimensionals.  The problem was I wanted to adhere the umbrella partly over the window hole which meant there was no cardstock behind the umbrella sooo that was not an option.  Hmmm lightbulb moment, I could rectify that problem by stamping and cutting out a second umbrella and adhering that behind the window.  I then adhered the second umbrella on top by using dimensional in the centre and the fine tip glue pen around the edge.  Here is a close up of what I have done.
Peek A Boo Hidden Message Card close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
and here is a close up of the cute little ladybugs that needed the shelter from the storm 😉
Peek A Boo Hidden Message inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
This is what the card looks like when it is fully opened, it has now changed from the ladybugs to a saying, pretty cool huh.
Peek A Boo Hidden Message changed inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
and here is the card when it is semi-opened, notice how the background piece of card is sliding into place.
Peek A Boo Hidden Message semi-opened by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Here is a top view of the card so that you can see how the front layer has been scored and folded so that it slips in between the inside and back layer of the card.
Peek A Boo Hidden Message top view by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Cutting Instructions
Shimmery White card (ideal card if you want to watercolour).
– 21.2cm x 10.5cm – scored at 14.5cm (front)
– 22.5cm x 10.5cm – scored at 11.25 (centre)
– 14.5cm x 10.5cm – (back)

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Tips when creating this card
– Make sure you do all the stamping, the wash background and punching before assembling your card.
– Create the wash background on the card front by using an Aqua Painter and Smoky Slate ink.  Allow to dry and then blend a little more by lightly sponging over the top using the same colour ink.  Stamp the words and raindrops using Smoky Slate ink.
– Stamp two umbrellas using Black Archival ink, watercolour and cut out with dies.
– Punch window using 2″ Circle Punch from the card front, line up side edge with centre card, trace thru window and punch the second circle.  Fold centre piece in half, trace thru window, open and punch out the third circle.
– Line up the side edge of the centre card with the back piece of card, stamp ladybugs thru window.  Watercolour image and sponge background.
– Adhere card front and centre by lining up the side edge, the windows circles should line up.
– Open card front so that the inside panal slips into place, stamp saying thru window.  Open card and stamp the hearts and sun.  Colour hearts using your Aqua Painter and sponge background.
– Adhere umbrella behind window and then adhere the second umbrella on top (over the front window) by using dimensionals in the centre and the fine tip glue pen around the edge.
– Put a strip of tape down the front right-hand side edge of the back card and adhere to the back of the folded inside card by lining up the side edges.
– Use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to create the raindrops.

For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Monica Gale has come up with this month.

List of ladies taking part with this Months Fancy Folds Blog Hop
1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand – You are hereFancy Folds next button
2. Monica Gale – UK
3. Tanja Kolar – Germany
4. Delphine Lorelli – France
5. Martha Inchley – Canada
6. Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
7. Anne Granger – Canada
8. France Poitras Martin – USA

 

Peek A Boo Hidden Message Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you would like to order any of the Stampin’Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.  Please note that the Love You Lots stamp set is only available thru hostess benefits (orders or parties over $300).

Patrice

Using Ribbon Technique 101 Blog Hop

Hi everyone, this month’s technique is focused on using ribbon which is a great way to add a pop of colour to your project.
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When making a single layer card I always put the adhesive directly onto the card and then stick the ribbon on top of the adhesive.  I have found that putting the double sided tape directly onto the ribbon can make the ribbon go wonky (just going from my past experiences lol).
Using Ribbon by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Today’s share is using the Watercolor Words stamp set, it has some fantastic outline images and sayings making it is a pretty versatile set.  I coloured the flowers by picking up the ink from the lid of an ink pad using a blender pen.
Using Ribbon close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I kept the inside nice and simple by just stamping and colouring some flowers and leaves.
Using Ribbon inside card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Measurements for card
– Whisper White Thick card 14.8cm x 21cm (scored in half at 10.5cm)
– White Thick Bakers Twine 45cm
Basic Instruction when making this card
1. Put the adhesive directly onto the card and then stick the ribbon on top of the adhesive.
2. Stamp flowers and leaves on the front and inside of the card.
3. Colour flower and leaves by picking up ink from the lid of the ink pad using a blender pen.  To transfer ink onto the lid you need to squeeze the top centre portion of the closed lid of a Stampin’ Up! ink pad (as below).
Using Ribbon c olouring flowers by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzUsing ribbon colouring flowers close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
4. Stamp the saying onto the front of the card making sure to use a darker coloured ink so that it stands out.
5. Add some sparkle by adhering some rhinestones to the centre of the flowers.
6. Wrap white thick bakers twine around the card and tie a double knot at the front.

For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Leonie Schroder has come up with this monthTechniques blog hop next button
Just in case you get lost along the way here is a list of all the ladies taking part with this Months Techniques 101 Blog Hop.
1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2. Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand (your are here)
4. 
Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK
8. Sonia Benedetti – France

Using Ribbon Techniques Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you would like to order any of the Stampin” Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.
Please note that you will need to have clear blocks to attach stamp too if you purchase either the photopolymer or clear stamp set.

Patrice

Masking Technique Blog Hop #TT11

It’s time for another Global Totally Techniques Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Masking Technique.  Grab a coffee, sit down and relax while you check out what the rest of the design team have come up this month.
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The masking technique is when you cover a stamped image using a mask (post it note) so that other images can be stamped over the top.
Masking Technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Shimmery White Card measurements
– Base 21cm x 14.8cm (scored in half at 10.5cm)
– Card front 13.8cm x 9.5cm
Quick tips on how to do the masking technique.
1. I started by stamping and cutting the flower out on the sticky end of a post it note.  I then stamped the center flower on the card front (as below).  As you can see this set is one of my favourites, it is pretty stained and has been very well loved lol.
Masking Technique step 1 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzMasking Technique step 2 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
2.  I then placed the post it note flower on top of the stamped image (as a mask) and stamped a couple more flower images, one on each side (as above).
3.  One of the things I love about this stamp set is it has a solid flower image which allows you to add colour, make sure you stamp this before taking the mask off (as below).
Masking Technique step 3 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzMasking Technique step 4 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
4.  I finished by removing the mask from the center flower and stamped the solid flower image in a different colour (as above).

Masking Technique close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Amy Koenders has come up with this month. Totally Techniques Next Blog
Here is a list of all the ladies taking part with this Months Totally Techniques Blog Hop
1 – Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand – You are here
2 – Amy Koenders – USA
3 – Shelagh Freemantle – Canada
4 – Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
5 – Heather Wright-Porto – USA
6 – Shannean Moncrieff
7 – Alison Solven – Canada

Masking Technique Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you would like to order any of the Stampin” Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.

Patrice

Lever Card Fancy Fold Blog Hop #FF06

It’s time for another Global Fancy Folds Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Lever Card. Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have come up with, the cards are amazing.
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Don’t you hate it when you have a brainwave in the middle of the night and just can’t get back to sleep until you get up and do what you are thinking about lol.  Well that is exactly what happened to me a couple of nights ago hehe, end result is the card that I am about to show you.
Lever Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
After stamping the motorbike image (using black archival ink) onto thick white card I used the Lots of Labels Framelits to cut it out. (more…)

Patrice

Stamp in black and color Blog Hop 101

Hi everyone, back again with another fabulous Technique 101 Blog Hop, this month’s technique we are focusing on stamp in black and color with markers.
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I don’t know about you but when I colour with my markers I always find it nice and relaxing 🙂 I guess it brings back the memories of when I was little and I would spend hours colouring in with my Mum.  OK so rather than making a full-size card this month I decided to make 2 small gift cards instead, as they are always handy when you want to give a small gift like a box of chocolates.
Stamp in Black and Color by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I stamped the anchor using basic black archival ink I and coloured the image in using Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate markers (sold in the colour family packs) and finished the image off by adding some Clear Wink of Stella.  (more…)

Patrice

Spotlight Technique Blog Hop for #TT10

It’s time for another Global Totally Techniques Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Spotlight Technique.  Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have come up with, their cards are fantastic.
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I will start by giving you a quick run down on what the Spotlight Technique is for those that have never heard of it before.  Well, it is a quick and easy technique where you cut or punch out a portion of the stamped image.  You then highlight the punched or cut out portion only by adding some colour, leaving the rest of the stamped image plain.
Spotlight Technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I started by stamping the bird using different colour browns on the front portion of the card. (more…)

Patrice