Hey everyone! I had such a lovely day, yesterday.
My very special friend Julie (my daughter’s mum-in-law and MY FIRST RECRUIT) came down from Sydney and we had a PLAY DAY! It is so long since I have just sat and had a good play! It was exceptionally satisfying just being able to sit and stamp to our hearts content! Julie taught me a “2-step watercolour effect” technique … and I taught her “emerging colour”. We swapped stamp sets & stamped a heap of line stamp images on our watercolour paper (so we can go back later and watercolour them). Julie showed me how to make the little tote bag & the little love note pack she made at regionals. (Remember, I missed regionals this year!) And … I also showed Julie how to do some “black magic” and how to make the “bagalopes” with the SU! envelopes! Are you all jealous??? We had sooooo much fun! I will share some of our projects in my posts soon! But … here are the bagalopes that Julie, me & Steph (Julie’s daughter arrived from uni around lunch time and joined in the fun – doing some scrapbooking … then also “playing” with us!) did. We decided to use the jumbo wheel stamps to stamp the envelopes … DON’T FORGET THE SEPTEMBER PROMO THAT ONLY HAS 3 MORE DAYS TO RUN! It is a great bargain! FREE JUMBO WHEEL STAMPS! … All the details are on my SU! PROMO page! Feel free to email me (ASAP) if you want to take advantage of this great offer! I have decided after playing with Julie’s Bodacious Bouquet … it definitely HAS to go on my “wish list”.
Julie has emailed me a photo of her finished “emerging colour” card this morning. So … I thought it was so lovely I just had to share it with you. We chose these colours from samples in the 2006/07 IB&C. Make sure if you need some colour inspiration that you get your IB&C out … I constantly am amazed at the gorgeous colour combinations in the IB&C. The colours used for this card were: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Pale Plum & Certainly Celery. Julie has also stamped the “Warm Words” happiness phrase onto some ribbon and attached a pretty silver buckle from the “Hodgepodge” set in the Spring Mini Catalogue! I have to admit to being very envious of her Silver Hodgepodge! It is a really nice set of embellishments! Perhaps I need to add that to my wish list too!!!??? (Only available until Nov 30)
Here are some quick instructions for the Emerging Colour technique …
- You need to choose a large solid image stamp for your main images. Julie has used the Bodacious Bouquet flowers. (One of the stamp sets / jumbo wheel combinations on special JUST DURING SEPT) This is a fantastic set for this technique! We were both thrilled with the result!
- Plan where your main images are going to go on your card
- Randomly stamp some smaller images (we used the Bodacious Bouquet small flowers & leaves) in a few different colours. Overlap your images if you like!
- Using VERSAMARK … stamp the large bold images over the top of the coloured ones
- Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder onto these bold images & use your heat tool to “set” the embossing powder. (The embossing powder will go from grainy to shiny.)
- Use a brayer to pick up colour from your stamp pad (Elegant Eggplant used here – a dark colour gives the best result) and roll across your whole white card … working more and more ink onto the card until you have an even colour across the card. Voila!
Isn’t this just beautiful!!! Now … I will have to go and mount my sample sometime soon … but I am sure that it won’t be a patch on Julie’s lovely design! Go Julie!!! 😀
Anyway … am off to … hhhmmm … maybe do some reading on the swing seat on my front verandah (my very favourite place in the whole wide world) … or perhaps I might put on a chick flick & have a coffee … I can do anything my heart desires … cos I am now officially on holidays!!! 😀 (The kids & Gav have gone off to play touch footy with friends from our two church teams … they are practising for the start of the summer season next week …
so … ALL IS QUIET HERE! BLISS!!!!!)
Not sure when I will get here next …. but I hope you all have as lovely a weekend as I am planning to have! 😀
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