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Craftie Café: Wplus9 Encouraging Words.

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I’m back again sharing a whole bunch of cards that I made for Craftie Café! The theme this month is graduation but I couldn’t pass up this WPlus9 stamp set – Encouraging words. So these cards are probably more pre-graduation… something I’d give to someone about to take their exams or even about to have their first job/interview. Either way – they’re very empowering cards meant to encourage a person in whatever they need to achieve.
I’ve also been meaning to make a rainbow series of cards– everyone seems to be jumping on this colour scheme and there are a few ways to achieve this look – I’ve used distress inks and simple repetitive stamping but I’ve seen a few cards where these colours have been blended using a blending tool and also love the look of this technique. Certainly a technique I wish to explore more. These cards are bright and colourful – and rainbows seemed appropriate for this type of card.
Below you will find a list of supplies (with links) used to make these cards, along…

Ink Road Stamps: Design Team! (Yippee!!)

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BIG Announcement! I'm designing with a whole bunch of very talented crafty girls for... 
(drum roll!!)
Ink Road Stamps!
I'm super excited and can't wait to share my cards, and new video tutorials with you showcasing these stamps! Extremely over the moon about their new release coming out soon too!
Come and check it out (here)! Oh the possibilities...look at that Unicorn!
For now - here are a few important links. Trust me! - you won't want to miss out on the inspiration! 
Ink Road Stamps Instagram Ink Road Stamps Facebook
This design team is super talented! I look forward to being part of this team and will be sharing my crafty creations with you all soon.
Happy Crafting!
Samantha

Craftie Cafe: A Wedding Card 2.0

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Today I am sharing two wedding themed cards I created using WPlus9 stamps for Craftie Café design team.  I’m really into flowers at the moment – I especially love colouring flowers which is what I did with my last wedding themed card (see blog post here). This time I decided to use WPlus9 Happy Wishes stamp which meant playing around with inks. I decided to use my Altenew inks – but you can use what you have in your stash – for me I really wanted three shades of pink and two shades of green as well as a few greys to complete the look I got in this card.

To replicate this card - I first traced a large heart (in pencil) to guide where my flowers and leaves needed to be stamped. Once I finished stamping around the pencil marks, I die-cut the heart. I added tulle and twine in between the heart and card base for added interest and finished the card off by heat embossing the sentiment on grey card and some My Little Paper World sequins. 
The second card uses the same card making process except…

Craftie Café: A WPlus9 Wedding Card + Video

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I’m back sharing a few cards I made for Craftie Café. Though it may not be wedding season here in Australia, it is in many other parts of the world – hence a whole bunch of really beautiful flower stamps and dies currently available.
So I’ve made a few wedding themed (congratulatory/best wishes) cards to add to my stash for those special moments where I really don’t need to be rushing to create a card. The first card I made is very simple whilst the other two cards require a little more time. But this card series is a great way for me to share how I generally start creating. The first card is a single layer card and probably my go-to design for cards in terms of layout. I pretty much stamp a small area to see what it will look like – colour choices, medium choices, card focal point are decided here. If I have more time (which is an amazing event with three kids under 5) then I like to challenge myself by adding more to the layout of the card. In the video I share how this was done. The…

Yay! For the Weekend...

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Who's glad its the weekend - ME!
It's been crazy busy - add three sick kiddies and I haven't stopped or slept. So this will be a super quick post to share a card that I've been trying to write up since Monday...
I recently shared a card I made using some watercolour cards from a Simon Says Stamp kit. (Blog post here). This card was made soon after that - this time testing out some new Jane Davenport pens I got from Paper Flourish! I'm in love with this new watercolour medium. It was really easy to work with and the colours are so vibrant!
Anyways here is the card and hope you all have a wonderful weekend! (Fingers crossed I'll get some much wanted craft time - I've posted a few goodies on Instagram I received during the week and really want to make a few cards).



Happy Crafting!
Entered into this weeks Simon Says Stamp Challenges - view here and here.
Samantha