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.  I did not dauber as much ink as I got closer to the blocks to create a shaded out effect.
Stencil technique sample by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Then it was just a case of removing the stencil, cutting the blocks out and adhering them using the fine tip glue.
Stencil 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.
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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 – Lee Conrey – USA
4 – Shelagh Freemantle – Canada
5 – Marine Wiplier – France
6 – Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
7 – Heather Wright-Porto – USA
8 – Nadine Weiner – Germany

Stencil 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

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.
Peekaboo Peach – small flower (coloured with marker) large flower (water coloured)
Flirty Flamingo – large flower (water coloured)
Sweet Sugarplum – small flower (coloured with marker)
Emerald Envy – leaves (water coloured)
Dapper Denim – did not use
I stamped the flowers and leaves on scrap Shimmery White card, coloured and cut them out.
Tunnel card close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I added some silver thread before shaping and adhering the flower with glue dots.
Tunnel card inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The tunnel fold is so easy to do and the end result is fabulous, a neat surprise when you open the card.
I thought the side panels looked a little plain so I embossed them.
Tunnel card inside 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 cards Sandi MacIver 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. Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Monica Gale – UK
4. Tanja Kolar – Germany
5. Delphine Lorelli – France
6. Martha Inchley – Canada
7. France Poitras Martin – USA

Tunnel 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.  The latest products will not be listed below as they are not available until the 1st June.

Patrice

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.
Techniques Blog Hop - Punches close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Rather than throwing away the punched circle (from the front of the card) I stamped the lion towards the top left corner, adhered it to the inside bottom corner of the card and cut the excess edges off.
Techniques Blog Hop - Punches inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Whisper White Thick Card measurements
– Base 21cm x 11cm (scored in half at 10.5cm)
– Mat 10cm x 9.5cm
Quick Tips / Recipe when making card
1. Punch 1-3/4″ circle from mat card (10cm x 9.5cm) making sure it is centered (as below)
Techniques Zoo Babies Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzTechniques - Zoo Babies Card 1 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
2. Position mat (do not adhere) on top of base card and stamp lion image inside punched circle shape (as above).
3. Stamp lion image on punched circle and scrap card (stamp images as below).
Techniques Zoo Babies Card 2 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzTechniques - Zoo Babies Card 3 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
4. Stamp saying on mat card and cut lion head out from scrap piece of card (as above).
5. Put dimensionals behind mat card and lions head (as below) and adhere to front of base card.
Techniques Zoo Babies Card 4 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzTechniques Zoo Babies Card 5 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
6. Stamp saying inside of card and adhere stamped circle on bottom right corner (as above) and then cut excess edges off.
7. Add a little sparkle to lion mane using a Clear Wink of Stella Brush (as below).
Techniques Zoo Babies Card 6 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzTechniques Blog Hop - Punches 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.
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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 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

All about Punches Techniques Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

I have only listed the clear blocks that I have used to make this card, you will require larger blocks to use the other stamps.

 

Patrice

Floating Re-Inker Watercolour Technique

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I can’t believe it is nearly the end of April already, but the good news is that means it is time for another Totally Techniques Blog Hop.  This month we are showcasing the Floating Re-Inker Watercolor Technique, which is a lot of fun to do.  Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have come up with, I know you will not be disappointed.
Floating Re-Inker Watercolour Technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Now you may be wondering what the Floating Re-Inker Watercolor Technique is, well it is a fun technique that you have no control over lol.  I started by white heat embossing the flower on Shimmery White card and then spritzed the card with water.  You want to wet the card enough that the ink will run when you apply it but don’t saturate it, just enough water so that you get small pools inside the embossed area.  Then it is a case of picking up a small amount of re-inker using an aqua painter (or small paint brush) and putting the ink inside the embossed image.  The ink will spread out due to the water and you end up with a really cool effect, now you see why you have no control over where the ink goes lol. I used three different colour on the petals and two different colours on the stem and leaves, here is a close up of the end result.  I created the mottled background by inking the stamp using Sahara Sand ink and then daubered the top part of the stamp using black ink, spritzed the stamp with water and then stamped the image on the card.
Floating Re-Inker Watercolour 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.
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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 – Lee Conrey – USA
5 – Shelagh Freemantle – Canada
6 – Marine Wiplier – France
7 – Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
8 – Heather Wright-Porto – USA
9 – Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
10 – Nadine Weiner – Germany
11 –  Alison Solven – Canada

Floating Re-Inker Watercolour 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

Farewell to the following products

FarewellIt is time to say goodbye to some fabulous stamps and accessories to make way for some new and exciting products.  Make sure you get these while you can, these will only be available while stocks last, order NOW to avoid being disappointed.

View list of Retiring Stamps and Products

 
Patrice

Shutter Card for Fancy Folds Blog Hop #FF03

It’s time for another Global Fancy Folds Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Shutter 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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Here is the Shutter Card that I have come up with for this months Fancy Folds Blog Hop.
Shutter Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I decided it was about time I inked up the Picture Perfect stamp set, after all, I have had it for a while now lol.  I guess that is what happens when you have so many things that you want to play with.  Anyway back to telling you a little about the card.  The Picture Perfect set is a two-step stamping 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 (this set has 4 stamps to layer).  After stamping the Bird image I used one of the images from Timeless Textures and stamped around the bird so that the white card was not so stark and then lightly sanded all the areas excluding the words and bird, and finished by lightly sponging it.  I also stamped and sanded the background Designer Series Paper as well to create the same effect.  Adding a little Wink of Stella to the bird gave the image a little life.
Shutter Card Close Up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Rather than making a belly band for the card I decided to close it with a magnet 🙂 which is placed on the back of the square piece of card and under the right panel of DSP.  Here is what it looks like partially opened.
Shutter Card semi-open by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The really cool thing about this fold is when you open the card you have a hidden message, it is just like a shutter opening.  This is what it looks like partially opened, do you notice part of the saying is showing.
Shutter Card semi-open inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
…..and when you fully open the card you see the hidden message, pretty cool huh.
Shutter Card open by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The Shutter Card is a really fun fold to make, you should give it a try.  Unfortunately, I have not had time to make the video just yet, I hope to do that soon.  I know some of the other ladies involved with the blog hop have (Sandi & France), so make sure you take the time to watch their videos, I am sure they will inspire you to have a go.
Card measurements:
Thick White card
– Base card 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 2-1/8″ & 6-3/8″
– Front piece 3-1/8″ square
Navy Blue
– Matting 3-5/16″ square
– Inside piece 5-1/2″ x 3″
– 2 pieces for cutting large banner die for inside of card (cut and score as per photo below)
English Garden Designer Series Paper
– Outside panel (x2) 5-1/4″ x 1-7/8″
– Inside panel 5-1/4″ x 2-3/4″

I used the largest banner die for the shutter and the 5th smallest circle die for the opening.
Like I said I have not made the video yet but here is a picture showing you the measurements and how I cut the banner.
Shutter Card Banner 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 cards Sandi MacIver 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. Sandi MacIver – USA
3. Monica Gale – UK
4. Tanja Kolar – Germany
5. Delphine Lorelli – France
6. France Poitras Martin – USA
7. Shannean Moncrieff – Australia

Shutter 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

Watercolor Technique for #TT07

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I can’t believe it is time for another Totally Techniques Blog Hop already, but I guess time always flies by when you are having fun lol.  This month we are showcasing the watercolor Technique, make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have come up with, I know you will not be disappointed.
Watercolor Technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I must admit this card did not turn out exactly how I imagined it to look but I still kinda like it lol.  I started by white embossing the flower from the Helping Me Grow stamp set on watercolor paper and coloured the background using an aqua painter and re-inkers (Island Indigo and Night of Navy).  I wanted to try and create a bit of a denim look to the background, not really sure if I managed to pull it off or not lol, what do you think.  Now on to colouring the flower, I  wanted to use bright colours to make the flower pop so I went with Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango and coloured the stems using Garden Green ink.  I then white embossed the corners and saying and finished the card off by adding some clear Wink of Stella>
Watercolor 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.
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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. Lee Conrey – USA
5. Shelagh Freemantle – Canada
6. Marine Wiplier – France
7. Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
8. Heather Wright-Porto – USA
9. Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
10. Nadine Weiner – Germany
11. Alison Solven – Canada

Watercolor 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.


Here is a photo of another card I did recently using the watercolor technique, if you want more information about this card or to watch the video I made click here.
Gate Fold Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz

Patrice

Gate Fold Card for Fancy Folds Blog Hop #FF02

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It’s time for another Global Fancy Folds Blog Hop, and this month we are showcasing the Gate Fold card.  The Gate Fold card is super quick and easy to make and is different from the standard card as it opens from the middle.
Gate Fold Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I wanted to make the flower the focal point of this card so I did this by only cutting the card height (14.8cm) and not the width.  I then scored the card at 5cm & 15cm, and put a small mark at 20cm on the top of the remaining panel (rather than cutting the card at 20cm).  I then inked the flower and leaf image using StazOn ink and stamped on the front of the card so that the top of the leaf lined up with the small mark.  After colouring the image and around the image using an aqua painter and ink from the lid of my ink pads (same technique as Monica used last month) I added a little Wink of Stella to make the image pop.  I cut out the Rose Wonder flower and leaf outline (from Shimmery White card), adhered it on top of the stamped image and then cut along the right side of the outline to create the edge the card.
Gate Fold card side on by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I love how the Gate Fold card opens from the middle, it is just a little different, here is what the card looks like partially open.
Gate Fold Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Here is a quick video showing you how I made this card.

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

Gate Fold 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

Playful Pals Penguin

Playful Pals Penguin is pretty darn cute even if I do say so myself lol.  I must admit I was a little unsure about getting the Playful Pals bundle but when I got a cute cow swap from my lovely friend Delys Cram that was the final straw lol, yip that’s right I added that bundle to the next order.  One of the great things about purchasing the bundle is you get to save 15% and that’s pretty cool.  Anyway enough rambling on from me, here is the cute little Penguin I made.
Playful Pals Penguin by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I love how this set has so many different stamps and dies, which means you have a lot of options. You can make anything from pigs, bears, dogs, ducks, lions, frogs, angels etc the list goes on and on. Talking about frogs the penguin feet is the frogs leg die lol, pretty cool huh.  Pop a little triangle M&M bag inside and you have a perfect little gift.  You can purchase the little M&M’s in a bulk pack, perfect if you need to make up a few for a party.   I did not put adhesive on the back flap so that you can get the treats without wrecking the little penguin box, you can see how it is slightly open in this photo.
Playful Pals Penguin side view by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I recently had an Extravaganza at my house and I gave everyone who attended one as a little gift, everyone thought they were adorable, well that seemed to be the general response lol.  Here is part of the penguin march that was happening at my house lol.
Playful Pals Penguin march by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz

Playful Pals Penguin 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

Weekly Deals – 9th to 15th March

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Fantastic products at a fantastic price, to take advantage of these great prices you must purchase these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals by the 15th March.

How to order Weekly Deals items

If you would like to order any of these products, please  contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more information about the product by clicking on the image below that interests you.

Patrice