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.  I then stamped another bird on scrap paper but this time in colour, punched out the head of the bird using the 1″ circle punch, then popped it up on a dimensional.
Spotlight Technique close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
To give the card a little more life I coloured a strip of the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper using daubers and the same colour inks that I used on the head of the bird and then adhered to the card base.
Spotlight Technique background 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.
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Here is a list of all the ladies taking part with this Months Totally Techniques Blog Hop
1 – Sandi MacIver – Canada
2 – Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand – You are here
3 – Amy Koenders – USA
4 – Shelagh Freemantle – Canada
5 – Marine Wiplier – France
6 – Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
7 – Heather Wright-Porto – USA
8 – Nadine Weiner – Germany
9 –  Alison Solven – Canada

Spotlight 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.

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Baby Bear Card Stampin’ Up!

One of my favourite things in the new catalogue is the Baby Bear stamp set, you may be wondering why?? well, the main reason is it is just so darn cute lol. Another reason why I love it is because it is that it is a two-step stamp set (meaning you layer the stamped images on top of each other) it is a super quick way to add multiple colours to one image and the end result is amazing (this set has 3 stamps to layer).
Baby Bear card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I have found rather than stamping the images in order I tend to stamp the darkest colour image first and then the lighter images on top as it is easier to line them up that way (well it is for me, maybe it is just because my sight is not as good as it used to be lol, oh the joys of getting older).  I then stamped the ribbon (which is also a two-step stamp) using Dapper Denim, I just stamped the more solid image off on scrap first before stamping on the card, then cut it out and adhered with a glue dot.
I sponged the Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper using Black Memento and Dapper Denim ink, then wiped the excess ink off using a handy towel.Baby Bear close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
You may be wondering how I got the marbled effect on the mat behind the bear, well pretty easy really, all I did was use one of the bear images and randomly stamped the background.
Baby Bear Background by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz

Baby Bear 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.

 

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Center Step Card Fancy Folds Blog Hop #FF05

It’s time for another Global Fancy Folds Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Center Step 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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I must admit one of my favourite folds is the Center Step fold, the great part about this fold is how it displays your art work on the front of the card.  It is a super quick and easy fold to do and is very effective.
Center Step card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The stamp set I have used for today’s share is a hostess set called Gift of Love.   This is a two step stamp set but  I rather than using the solid image I stamped the outline image on Shimmery White card and used my Aqua Painter and ink pad lids to add colour.  While the flower images were drying I used the Timeless Textures stamps to create the background.  After cutting out and shaping the flowers I adhered them using dimensionals and the fine-tip glue.
Center Step card close up by Patrice wwwcreatewithstamps.co.nz
and lastly here is a side view of the card.
Center Step card side view by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Shimmery White Thick Card measurements
– 21cm x 13.5cm – base (scored and cut as per photo below)
– 10cm x 9.5cm – card front
– Scrap card for stamping flowers
Basic Black Card measurements
– 10.5cm x 10cm – mat for card front
– 13.5cm x 2cm – strip for adhering ribbon to front base of card
– 8.4cm x 2.4cm (x2) – optional side panels
Center Step Card template 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 Tanja Kolar has come up with this month.

List of ladies taking part with this Months Fancy Folds Blog HopFancy Folds next button
1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand – You are here
2. Tanja Kolar – Germany
3. Delphine Lorelli – France
4. Martha Inchley – Canada
5. France Poitras Martin – USA

Center Step Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

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.

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Love You Lots for #GDP039

I thought it was about time that I played along with the Global Design Project Challenge again.  This week’s challenge is “Get Well Soon” which is perfect as I know so many people that are having issues with their health at the moment.  I wanted something fun and a little funky so I used the Love You Lots (hostess stamp set) and this is what I came up with.

Love You Lots by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Here is the theme challenge for this week  (more…)

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Love You Lots card

I am so excited, my box of NEW goodies arrived today so naturally I could not resist getting in and having a play.  The first set I inked up is called Love You Lots (hostess set) as the images are just so darn cute.  I have always had a thing about hedgehog stamps (I know, call me crazy) but hopefully after seeing my card you will agree lol.
Love You Lots card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I stamped the hedgehog on Shimmery White card and coloured the image using ink pads and an Aqua Painter. (more…)

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NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalogue

Well the day that we have all been waiting for has finally rolled around, that’s right the NEW Stampin’ Up! catalogue has finally been released.  I must admit my wish list is pretty long, but I have a whole year to get thru it lol.  If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in New Zealand then I would love the opportunity to be yours, just send me a message and I will add you to my mailing list or even better meet you in person when you pop along to classes.
You can view the new catalogue by clicking on the picture below or contact Patrice if you would like to place an order or would like me to pop a catalogue in the mail for you.
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Heat Embossing Technique 101 Blog Hop

I am so excited that today has finally rolled around for 2 reasons.  Firstly the catalogue has just been released AND the second reason it is time for the design team to share another fabulous technique with you all, this month we are focusing on Heat Embossing.
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Now the exciting thing about this blog hop is these cards are ideal if you are just starting out on your creative journey or if you just want to create a quick, easy but effective card.
For today’s share I will be using 3 of the new in-color inkpads, I could not resist using something from the new catalogue lol.  I don’t know about you but I always feel like a kid in a candy store when I get a new catalogue lol, it is hard to decide what to get first as there are always so many exciting new goodies in it, as well as being jammed packed with fabulous ideas.  If you do not have a copy (and live in New Zealand) then make sure contact Patrice to order your copy today.
Heat Embossing by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I always like to decorate the inside of the card as well, it is a great excuse to keep stamping lol. (more…)

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Stencil Technique for #TT09

It’s time for another Global Totally Techniques Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Stencil Technique (anything goes as long as it involves a stencil).  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 must admit I love playing with stencils as you can create some pretty fun and cool effects, the one I am sharing today is quick and easy to do.  I started by stamping the block images on watercolor paper and coloured using an aqua painter and re-inkers.  I then lightly sponged Crushed Curry ink on some of the background, excluding the area where the blocks are.  The stamp set and stencils are both retiring in the next few days so if you want them, make sure you get them while you can.
Stencil Technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I then placed the stencil over top (securing it using washi tape) and used my dauber to apply the different colours thru the stencil. (more…)

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Tunnel Card for Fancy Folds Blog Hop #FF04

It’s time for another Global Fancy Folds Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Tunnel 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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I am so excited that it is the middle of May already, you may wonder why.  Well for two reasons the first is it is time for another Fancy Fold blog hop where you get to see some fabulous cards.  This month we are focusing on the Tunnel Card fancy fold.  The second reason is that it is not long to go before the new catalogue is released and believe me there are some exciting things in it.  I bet you want a bit of a sneak peak, well that is exactly what I am going to be doing today.
Tunnel card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Don’t you just love the new in-colors 🙂 I know I do, let’s start by letting you know the new in-color names and how I used them. (more…)

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Techniques 101 Blog Hop – Punches

What an honor to be asked to participate on a Global Design Team that focuses on different techniques the first Wednesday (my Thursday) of each month.  This means that you can be inspired by taking a look at all the great examples using the same technique that have been created by the fellow design team members.  All you need to do is click on the “Go To Next Blog” button towards the bottom of this post and that will take you to the next blog, enjoy the hop.
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OK let me tell you a little more about our first Techniques 101 Blog Hop, one of the exciting things about this blog hop is that these cards are ideal if you are just starting out on your creative journey, but also perfect if you want to make an effective card in a hurry.  Every month we will be focusing on a different technique and this month it is all about Punches.
Techniques Blog Hop - Punches by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
To give the card a little dimension I stamped the lion on scrap card and cut out the head, popped the head up on a dimensional and added a little sparkle using the clear Wink of Stella Brush. (more…)

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