Painted Acrylic Handle Technique

Hi stampers, this month we are going to be focusing on the Painted Acrylic Handle Technique.
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You may be wondering what on earth the Painted Acrylic Handle Technique is (also known as the Clear Block Background Technique).  This is a quick and easy technique where you add colour to a clear block using markers, spritz the block with water and then place on top of watercolour paper.  When you remove the block you will be left with a fun background.
Painted Acrylic Handle Technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I have used tempting turquoise and daffodil delight markers to create the background but you can use as many different colours as you like.  I adhered the dragonflys using glue dots and finished the card off by adhering some black rhinestone jewels to the body.
Painted Acrylic Handle 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.

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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 Martin – USA
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand (you are here)
3. 
Leonie Schroder – Australia
4. Carmen Sahadat-Morris – Netherlands
5. Michelle Last – UK

Painted Acrylic Handle 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

World Card Making Day Specials

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Stampin’ Up! didn’t come up with World Card Making Day, but they think it is a fabulous idea and as always have a fantastic promotion just for you.
If you are not sure what World Card Making Day is then let me explain, it’s a day dedicated to doing what you love most—making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection handmade cards create between loved ones.
So why not make some cards of your own to send to your family and friends.  Stampin’ Up! would love to help make this happen by offering you this wonderful promotion.  For ten days (1–10 October), you will get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! These items will help you and your customers celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking!
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If you would like to take advantage of these fabulous specials then contact Patrice today and place your order.  This promotion finishes on the 10th so your order must be placed before then to receive the discounts.

Patrice

Black Magic Technique Blog Hop #TT23

Hi stampers, it is time for another Totally Techniques Blog and this month we are focusing on the Black Magic Technique.  This is a fun technique showing you how you can easily add colour onto black card.
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I have decided to use the technique for the background rather than making it the focal point on my card.  I stamped the background image (swash x3) using white craft ink and put it aside to dry, you can also use a heat gun to speed the drying process up.
Black Magic Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I added colour to the background using watercolour pencils and a blender pen.  You can continue adding colour until you have the desired effect you are after.  I then added the flower outline and inner petals using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
Couple of tips when making the card
– Colour a piece of scrap Shimmery White card using the watercolour pencils and blend using an Aqua Painter, make sure you allow the card to dry before you die cut the flower out.  The colouring does not have to be perfect as you can add more colour after you have glued the pieces in.
– Add highlight to the card by using a white gel pen, this is optional.  I have added a few dots around the edge of the flower and also on the coloured petals.
– Create a few splatter on the base card by placing the tip of the marker just inside the lid and then give the marker a quick flick.
Black Magic 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 Nadine Weiner has come up with this month.
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Here is a list of all the ladies taking part in this Months Totally Techniques Blog Hop, just in case you get lost along the way.
1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
2. Nadine Weiner (Germany)
3. Marine Wiplier (France)
4. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia)
5. Zoë Tant (UK)
6. Barbara Meyer (Austria)

Black Magic 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

Kids Theme Blog Hop DT#12

Hi everyone, it’s time for another Dream Theme Blog Hop and the theme for this month is all about kids.
Firstly I want to say a quick sorry for being absent from my blog for a while.  I had to take some time out for a family emergency BUT I’m back and excited to be creating again.
DT-DreamTheme-DT2The project I am sharing with you today is using the Birthday Delivery Bundle which includes a very cute stamp set, matching dies and a packet of designer series paper.
Don’t you just love the cute little fox, I know I do, I had a blast colouring this little guy in.  You will be pleased to know if water colouring or fussy cutting is not your thing, then you can always cut the little fox out from the designer series paper pack.
kids blog hop card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Tips when creating this card.

– Create the brick background by brayering Sahara Sand ink onto the Brick Wall embossing, before running it thru the Big Shot.
– Shape the little fox and adhere to card base using dimensionals and glue dots.
– Cut strips of the Wood Textures designer series paper (DSP) to create the little chest.
– Adhere the presents behind the lower portion of the chest before adhering down using dimensionals.
Kids card inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I kept the inside nice and simple by just colouring and adding some balloons, I did draw an extra line to attach one of the balloons too.
Kids Blog Hop Crate by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I don’t know about you but I always find kids so easy to create for, after all just give them something sweet and you will get a smile on their dial every time lol.
Tips when creating the crate
– Adhere the Wood Textures DSP to card before using the dies to cut out the crate, this will make the crate studier.
– Stamp saying on crate before adhering together.
– Watercolour fox before adhering to the front of the crate.
– Adhere flag so that it is positioned between the ears, I have adhered the front of one ear and back of the other ear to the flag to hold it in place.
Kids blog hop crate side view 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 in this Months Dream Theme Blog Hop, just in case you get lost along the way.
1. Teneale Williams (Australia)
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
3. Amy Koenders (USA)
4. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
5. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
6. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)
7. Sarah Lancaster (France)

Kids Card & Box 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

Sympathy Blog Hop DT#10

Hi everyone, it’s time for another Dream Theme Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on Sympathy cards.  It is always a sad and difficult time when you or someone you care about have a loved one that has passed away. There is not a lot you can do to ease the pain but a handmade card is a nice way to let the person or people left behind know that you care. DT-DreamTheme-DT2The project I am sharing with you today is using the Flourish Thinlits Dies, Embossing Paste and Decorative Masks.
Sympathy Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I created the background on the watercolour card by adding colour using an Aqua Painter and picking the ink up from the lid of the ink pad.  While the background was drying I worked on the flourish, I die cut out 3 (one of each colour) cut and daubered early espresso on to the leaves and flowers before adhering to flourish.  I then went back to working on the background and added a thin layer of embossing paste using the brick decorative mask.  Allow paste to dry (can use heat tool to speed process up) and then add some more colour over the top of the bricks using the aqua painter and ink.
Sympathy card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I finished the card off by adding some pearls, crystal effects to the flowers (fine-tip glue pen) and splattered some early espresso ink over the entire card.
Sympathy 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 Amy Koenders has come up with this month. DT-Dream-Theme-Previous2                                        DT-Dream-Theme-Next Here is a list of all the ladies taking part in this Months Dream Theme Blog Hop, just in case you get lost along the way.
1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
2. Amy Koenders (USA)
3. Sandi MacIver (Canada)
4. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
5. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

Sympathy 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

Cling Wrap Technique Blog Hop #TT20

Hi Stampers, it is time for another Totally Techniques Blog and this month we are focusing on the Glad® Cling Wrap Technique.  This hop is only going to be a tiny one this time around as most of the ladies have not been able to take part but I am sure they will be back next month with some exciting projects for you.
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This is the first time I have ever tried this technique and I will def be doing it again.  Don’t you just love the mottled effect it creates in the background, I know I do 🙂 But you do have to be a little patient waiting for it to dry lol, kinda like watching paint dry, just a little quicker hehe.
Cling Wrap Technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
When creating the background I placed a bit of glad® cling wrap on the table.  I then used my lightest colour ink pad in each colour and pushed it onto the glad® cling wrap to build up the base colour.  I then used the darker blue and green and just tapped the corner of the ink pad on areas to create a two-toned effect.  Lightly spritz with water and place watercolor card on top.  Turn the card over so it is face up making sure glad wrap is still in place and then gently scrunch the glad wrap and leave to dry.  Doing this will create the mottled effect, pretty cool aye.
I finished the card by stamping the stems and leaves directly onto the watercolor card and then coloured used a blender pen to spread the colour to ensure any areas missed were coloured.
I then stamped the flowers twice and hand cut them to create a layered effect.  I finished the card by painting the petals using clear Wink of Stella, unfortunately I could not get a photo showing the dazzle but I can assure you,  it is there.
Cling Wrap Technique 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 Nadine Weiner has come up with this month.
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Here is a list of all the ladies taking part in this Months Totally Techniques Blog Hop, just in case you get lost along the way.
1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
2. Nadine Weiner (Germany)
3. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia)

Glad® Cling Wrap 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

Birthday Blog Hop #DT09

Hi everyone, it’s time for another Dream Theme Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on a Birthday theme.  I don’t know about you but I love being able to spoil the ones love on their special day, I think there is no better way to start their day off than with a handmade card.
DT-DreamTheme-DT2The project I am sharing with you today is using the Sweet Cupcake stamp set, I know it is not one of the new sets but I love it just the same.  
Birthday card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
One of the things I have been hanging out to play with in the new catalogue is the Embossing Paste 🙂 Rather than using stencils with the paste I decided to make the icing for the cupcake instead.  It was easy to chance the colour, I just added a couple of drops of re-inker to the paste, gave it a quick mix and then spread it on the cupcake.  I wanted to add some extra sparkle so I sprinkled a little Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on top of the icing while it was still wet.  Don’t you just love the extra dimension the paste creates?
Birthday card close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Now for the yummy part lol, I brought a cupcake from the Cakebox (they really do make the most delicious cakes) and it came in the cutest little box, so I could not resist making a matching little gift tag for it.
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Hmmmmm doesn’t the cupcake look devine 🙂 shame I will not be getting it, my daughter already has her eyes on it lol.
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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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Here is a list of all the ladies taking part in this Months Dream Theme Blog Hop, just in case you get lost along the way.

1. Teneale Williams (Australia)
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
3. Tracy May (UK)
4. Amy Koenders (USA)
5. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
6. Sandi MacIver (Canada)
7. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
8. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

Birthday 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. The Sweet Cupcake set does come in a bundle but I cut it out freehand since I watercoloured the background.

Patrice

Markers Technique 101 Blog Hop

Welcome to another exciting blog hop, this month we are going to be focusing on using markers. The Stampin’ Up! markers are fantastic because you can use them in so many different ways but today I decided to focus on adding colour to a stamped image.
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I love using the markers on the new glossy white card because the marker colour glides on perfectly giving a nicely coloured image.
Markers card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The biggest thing you need to do is allow a little extra time for the stamped image to dry when you stamp on glossy card.  I coloured the entire image first and then created a little shading by recolouring some portions of the skirt etc.
markers 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.
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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 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

Thumping 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

New Catalogue has arrived

Hi stampers, firstly I want to say sorry for not be able to post lately but between injuring my knee and being on complete rest and then getting the flu things have been very quiet around here.  I am feeling a little better now so hope to start posting weekly again soon.  In the meantime, take a look at the fabulous new catalogue, I am sure you are going to love it.
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Patrice

Fathers Day Blog Hop #DT08

Hi stampers, it’s time for another Dream Theme Blog Hop and this month it is all about Fathers Day.  I know it is not Fathers Day in New Zealand until September, but it is time to spoil your Dad’s in other parts of the world.
DT-DreamTheme-DT2The project I am sharing with you today is a little gift card holder but it is also ideal for popping some money or a lotto ticket inside.
Fathers Day card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I am a firm believer that you should always show your parents how much you love them, after all, if it was not for them you would not be reading this post right now lol.  I kept this project nice and simple and as much as I was tempted to add some clear Wink of Stella, I didn’t lol.  I love sparkles but as the saying goes “men are from mars and women are from venus” is so true, they think so differently, they don’t seem to like the glitz as much as we do hehe.  So I added some Burlap Ribbon and stamped speckles on the background instead.
Fathers Day close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I kept the inside nice and simple as well.
Fathers Day gift card holder 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 Tracy May has come up with this month.

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Here is a list of all the ladies taking part in this Months Dream Theme Blog Hop, just in case you get lost along the way.

1. Teneale Williams (Australia)
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
3. Tracy May (UK)
4. Amy Koenders (USA)
5. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
6. Sandi MacIver (Canada)
7. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
8. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

Fathers Day 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