Masking Technique 101 Blog Hop

Hi everyone, this month we are focusing on the Masking Technique.  Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have come up with this month, I know that will have some fabulous ideas for you.
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Well anyone that knows me will know that Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year so naturally, I could not resist making one more Christmas card lol.  The stamp set I have used is called Snow Place and it is from the Annual (main) Catalogue.
masking technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Measurements for card
Thick White Card
– 13.8cm x 21cm – card base (scored in half at 10.5cm)
– 12.8cm x 9.5cm – card front
– scrap for stamping bow
Basic Black Card
– 13.1cm x 9.8cm – mat for card front
Basic Instructions when making this card
1. Create small window square on card front using either Post-it-notes or Post-it Label Roll, I have used the roll.  If unsure how large to make the window you can place the un-inked image on top of the card prior to masking (as below).
masking technique taping by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzmasking technique stamping by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
2.  Stamp the snowman image using black archival ink inside the window and also on the sticky roll or post-it-note (as above).
3.  Cut out the snowman image from the sticky roll and place on top of the stamped image (as below).
masking technique placing mask by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzmasking technique sponging by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
4.  Sponge using small circular motions over the top of the masked areas.  Helpful tip, I always tap the excess ink (off the sponge) on scrap paper first, doing this makes you are less likely to get big blotches of ink on your card (as above)
5.  Stamp the snowflakes on top of the sponged area (as below).
masking technique over stamping by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzmasking technique removing tape by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.n
6.  Remove the Post-it label roll or Post-it-notes to reveal sponged area (as above).
7.  Stamp the arms on the snowman and the saying using basic black archival ink.  Stamp the bow tie on scrap card, cut out and adhere to snowman.  Finish card by colouring the nose, painting the snowman using the clear wink of stella brush (adds a slight sparkle) and add a few rhinestones to the centre of the snowflakes.
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 Leonie Schroder has come up with this month.Techniques 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 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. Carmen Sahadat-Morris – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK
8. Marine Wiplier – France

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.
Please note that you will need to have clear blocks to attach stamp too if you purchase the clear stamp set.

Patrice

Stampin’ Up! year end closeouts

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Stampin’ Up! has been doing a little year-end cleaning, and they have got some great deals to offer you! Our Year-End Closeouts will include holiday catalogue retiring products, clearance rack items and catalogue products.
Don’t delay, order today as clearance rack items are only available while stocks last.

Patrice

Resist Technique Blog Hop #TT13

Hi everyone, it is time for another Totally Techniques Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Resist Technique.  There are a couple of different ways that you can do this technique (heat emboss or crayon) and I have done a combination of the two.
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I started by stamping the flower using Smoky Slate ink and then clear embossed over the top.  I coloured the inside of the flower using a white wax oil crayon and then gently sponged over the top, making sure not to wipe the crayon off.
resist technique card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Then it was just a case of carefully removing the white crayon using a baby wipe making sure not to wipe any other area on the card, you only want to wipe the crayon off.  Allow to dry and then colour the stamen and stem of the flower using a blender pen and ink pads.  I also slightly shaded the flower a little using the smoky slate ink.
resist technique close-up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I kept the inside nice and simple.
resist technique inside 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 or previous 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 – Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand – You are here
2 – Amy Koenders – USA
3 – Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
4 – Nadine Weiner – Germany
5 – Zoe Tant – UK

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

If you live in New Zealand and 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

Online extravaganza

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Online Extravaganza only happens once a year so be sure to make the most of it. For one week only, 21-28 November, you can save up to 40% on select products. To sweeten the deals, we will be having 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special products available for that day only. You can even get a sneak peek AND save on products that will be on the future holiday catalogue retiring list. You won’t want anyone to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save!
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If you have any questions or would like to place an order by email / phone please contact Patrice

If you would like to place an online order please click on the SHOP ONLINE BUTTON at the top/right of this post.

Thanks so much for supporting my business, it means the world to me.

 

Patrice

Small Gifts Theme Blog Hop #DT02

We are a team of International Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, who have come together to showcase a different theme each month. The theme today is all about small gifts, so grab a coffee and enjoy hoping around the world to get some fabulous ideas.
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One of the things I love about Christmas is making my own gifts.  My hubby and I love to give our daughters teacher (or teachers) something special every year, it is just our way of saying thanks for everything they have done through’ out the year.  Don’t worry Anita will not see it, she is far to busy teaching our daughter lol 😉
small gifts candle and card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Have you ever wondered how to put a stamped image on a candle, well if you don’t know I am going to share with you just how quick and easy it is to do!
The biggest tip is to make sure you stamp on the shiny side of the tissue paper, this will prevent the ink from bleeding.
1.  Sponge the background using Sahara Sand, Pool Party and Marina Mist inks (this step is optional)
2.  Using the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp set, stamp the speckles on the sponged sand using Sahara Sand ink.
3.  Cut tissue using the Layering Circles Framelits.
4.  Stamp the saying and starfish using Basic Black Archival ink (allow ink to dry).
5.  Colour the starfish using a Sahara Sand Maker.
6.  Position tissue on the candle and then wrap a long piece of waxed paper over the top so that it holds the tissue in the correct position (make sure the wax paper is sitting nice and flat).  You want to cut the wax paper so that is wide enough to cover the tissue and long enough that it wraps around the candle with extra to hang on to (you will be holding on to the excess wax paper not the candle).
7. Use a heat tool on the lowest setting and heat the tissue/candle.  You will see the tissue melting into the candle, this does not take long at all (do not to overheat candle otherwise it will melt and could form ridges).
8.  Remove the wax paper and you will have your own personalised candle.
small gifts candle by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
And here is the matching card 🙂
small gifts card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I stamped the starfish on a separate scrap card, coloured, cut out and adhered to the card front. I love my cards to sparkle so I painted the starfish using clear wink of stella and added a few random rhinestones.
small gifts card 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 or previous button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Tracy May has come up with this month.
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List of ladies taking part in this Month’s Dream Theme Blog Hop.
1. Teneale Williams (Australia)
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand) you are here
3. Tracy May (UK)
4. Delphine Lorelli (France)
5. Amy Koenders (USA)
6. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
7. Sabrina Radeck (Canada)
8. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)

Small Gifts and matching card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you live in New Zealand and 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

Pop Up Book Card Blog Hop #FF10

It is time for another fabulous Fancy Fold Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Pop Up Book Card.
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I decided to keep the card front nice and simple this time around after all the magic happens when you open the card.
pop up book card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I must admit I never really use to be a fan of the foil card but once I started using it I was addicted. Don’t you just love the effect of it, I do 🙂 and the funny thing is when I die cut out an image I usually get somebody ask if it is metal or has it been heat embossed.
pop up book card close-up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Now the inside took me a little more time to make even thou I still kept it pretty simple lol.  I guess the hardest part (apart from the cutting) was figuring out how to decorate the little Pop Up Book Card portion.   Originally I was going to keep an area in the book to write on but it just did not look right, and I figured you can always write on the back of the card.  I also added a couple of small strips down the side of the book to make the image pop a little more.
pop up book card inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Lastly here is view of the top of the card so show you what the actual fold looks like.
pop up book card top view by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Here is a copy of the cutting template for the inside of the card.
pop up book card cutting template by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Cutting Instructions
If you prefer to work in cm then use this converter http://www.inches-to-cm.com/cm-to-inches.php
Thick White Card
–  8-1/2″x 5-1/2 ” card base
–  3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card front
Whisper White Card
–  8″x 5-1/2″ inside of card (cut and scored as above)
–  3-1/4′  x 2-3/16″ (x2) book page inside card
Night of Navy
–  3- 3/8″ x 2-5/16″ (x2) mat for book page
–  3-1/2″ x 1/2″ (x2) side strip of book
Silver Foil Card
– Scrap to cut star

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
2. Martha Inchley – Canada
3. Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
4. Anne Granger – Canada
5. France Poitras Martin – USA

 

 

Pop Up Book Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you live in New Zealand and 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

Stitched from the Heart Promotion

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Stitches are a classic trend on cards at the moment and I am excited to let you all know that Stampin’ Up! have just released some Stitched Shapes Framelits so that you can create stitches within seconds.  I know that is pretty exciting but wait there is more.  Stampin’ Up! have also announced that they will be giving you 25% off the coordinating stamp sets, that’s right 25% off when you purchase these during the month of Nov.  That give you plenty of time to get creating and make some wonderful Christmas cards.
Stitched Shapes Framelits will still be available for purchase after 30 November.

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Patrice

Monochromatic Technique 101 Blog Hop

Hi everyone, this month we are focusing on the Monochromatic technique (meaning tone on tone). Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have come up with this month, I know that will have some fabulous ideas for you.
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The colour I have decided to use today is one of the new in-colours called Dapper Denim and I have created the different shades by stamping some of the images off first.
monochromatic card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The Picture Perfect set is a 2-step stamping set (meaning you layer the images on top of each other)  You can use multiple different coloured inks or the same colour but just stamp the image on scrap first before stamping to create a lighter shade.  I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to highlight some areas of the bird to bring it to life a little (you can’t really see it in the photo but it is there lol).
monochromatic card bird by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
After stamping the saying I scrunched up a piece of glad wrap (cling wrap) into a small ball and then pressed it onto the ink pad to pick up a small amount of ink.   I then lightly tapped it onto the card a few times (without reinking) to create the background pattern around the base of the card.
monochromatic card close-up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Measurements for card
Thick White 
–  14.8cm x 21cm (scored in half at 10.5cm)
–  13.3cm x 9cm – card front
Dapper Denim
–  13.8cm x 9.5cm – mat for 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 month.
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Just in case you get lost along the way here is a list of all the ladies taking part in this Month’s Monochromatic 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. Carmen Sahadat-Morris – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK
8. Marine Wiplier – France

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

If you live in New Zealand and 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

Ombre Technique Blog Hop #TT12

It’s time for another Global Totally Techniques Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Ombre Technique.  There are so many different ways that you can do this technique so make sure you check out what the rest of the talented design team have come up have come up with.
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Now you may be wondering what the Ombre Technique is, well it is when you create a lighter to darker effect.  The cards I have made to share with you today are nice, quick and easy ones.  I created the Ombre Technique by stamping the top (background) image, then moved the image down slightly before restamping (I did this 5 to 6 times before reinking).  If you want the background colour to be a little darker then just re-ink the stamp and stamp over top of all the stamped images again.
I have used some of the new in-colours inks to stamp the background starting with Sweet Sugarplum.
ombre technique sweet sugarplum by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The next colour I used was Peekaboo Peach.
ombre technique peekaboo peach by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Then l used Dapper Denim for the last card.
ombre technique dapper denim by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Cutting Instructions for card
Whisper White Thick
–  12.5cm x 21cm (scored in half at 10.5cm) base card
–  11cm x 9cm – card front
Basic Black
–  11.5cm x 9.5cm – mat for 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 or previous 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 – Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand – You are here
2 – Amy Koenders – USA
3 – Marine Wiplier – France
4 – Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
5 – Nadine Weiner – Germany

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

If you live in New Zealand and 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

Christmas Dream Theme Blog Hop #DT01

Hi everyone, I am so excited to let you all know that today is the premiere of the Dream Theme Blog Hop!  We are a team of International Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, who have come together to showcase a different theme each month. The theme today is all about Christmas, so grab a coffee and enjoy hoping around the world to get some fabulous inspiration.
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I must admit one of my favourite times of the year is Christmas, for 3 reasons.  I love watching the excitement on our daughters face when Christmas morning finally arrives.  I love spending time with family and last but not least I love making Christmas cards 🙂 so today I am going to share 2 cards with you.   The first one is using the Santa’s Sleigh Bundle and was a little more time consuming to make.
christmas santas sleigh by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I started by sponging the background to create an Ombre effect using Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Dapper Denim and Night of Navy inks. (more…)

Patrice