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Friday, 28 April 2017

Totally Techniques Water Colour Spritz Blog Hop

 Welcome to our blog hop. You're now in the UK having jumped from Shannean down under in Australia.  You can continue the hop from here down under my post.
Water colour spritz with Swirly Bird stamps from Stampin' Up!

It's technique time and another Totally Techniques blog hop with Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the globe.  Today we are sharing the water colour spritz technique.  You can stamp onto shimmery white card stock for a more blended look, but I went with water colour paper which reduced the blend of colours a little, but has created a fun back ground for my new die Happy Birthday available from 1 June.

To create the background you first need to stamp images and then liberally spritz with water using a stampin' spritz bottle.  These come in packs of 2.  Allow the colours to blend and bleed into each other and let your paper dry.  Once dry you can stamp onto it again perhaps with black ink to add images that will pop from the back ground or in my case I've added two layers of the die cut Happy Birthday with the black one adding shade and depth to the top layer in the soon to arrive Berry Burst card stock.  To make it pop even more I've added a layer of fine tip glue to give it a glossy coating and make it shine.  The fine tip glue is perfect for this as it dried clear, but shiny and also as its name suggests it has a fine tip to make application easy and controlled.

I've layers the piece onto black card stock and then on whisper white.  It's actually a 6 x 6 card and the colours used for the stamping include Wisteria Wonder, Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Perfect Plum.  A little touch of silver thread and some new very sparkly Color Theory accents keep my bling fetish under control.

Enjoy our hop we've got some great ideas and inspiration for you. Next stop is with Barbara in Austria.

Happy days and if you get lost the hop list is below.

Thanks for stopping by Zx

1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand) 2. Amy Koenders (USA) 3. Nadine Weiner (Germany) 4. Shelagh Freemantle (Canada) 5. Marine Wiplier (France) 6. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 7. Zoë Tant (UK) 8. Barbara Meyer (Austria) 9. Mathilde Kortekaas (Netherlands)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Moving Along with the Times Challenge - Fairies

Stampin' Up! Fairy Celebration for MAWTT DT entry

This fortnight team A design team are sharing cards featuring fairies.  They are popular with young and old and always make me think of one of my favourite lines

"All you need is faith, hope and a little bit of fairy dust"

If only life was that simple!  Olivia and I are big fans of Disney's Tinkerbell and these cute fairies from the Stampin' Up! Fairy Celebration set remind me of her.  So my DT card is very simply stamped onto water colour paper with permanent black ink and then I have used an aqua painter, water colour pencils and some ink from ink pad lids to colour the images.  Using inkfrom the lid of  a Pool Party ink pad I created a wash background and let the images do the rest of the talking.

You can also see a couple of sneak peeks from the upcoming annual catalogue as I've used a card base of Fresh Fig and also some new cute embellishments that sparkle and regular readers know I'm a bit of a bling fan!  The matting layer of card stock is embossed using Softly Falling embossing folder although I've used the de-bossed side and some ruched Sweet Sugar Plum ribbon.

Do take a look at the other DT cards over at MAWTT and please do join in our challenge using the link tool on the MAWTT blog.

Thanks for stopping by.



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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Stampin' Up! Thailand Achievers Blog Hop

Our Stampin' Up! Thailand Achiever's blog hop this month is all about sharing our highlights of recent Onstage events.  I was lucky enough to be in Amsterdam at the live European event and had an absolute blast.

Amsterdam is such a fabulous city with of course tulips, bicycles (EVERYWHERE!!) and it was a super conference centre.  I travelled over with my family a little early so that we could tour the city and was thrilled to share the trip with them. Here's me and my gorgeous girl enjoying the sights. 

As with all Stampin' Up! events we share swaps and I took two. The first was a design by my friend and downline Paula who not only shared her design with me, but also helped me make these lovely sparkly cards with the now retired Lucky Elephant stamp.  I did two colours in shades of pink i.e. melon mambo and blushing bride with dazzling diamond glimmer paper and silver or blushing bride sequin trim.

The second was made using the Stampin' Up! set Happy Celebrations and Celebrations Duo embossing folders which I'm pleased to say are going to be around for the next year.  Fun set which works well with any colour combo and the 'deboss' folders are fun and really pop with the spot stamping over the top. I used pool party, crumb cake, soft suede, early espresso and first and second generation chocolate chip.  The duo banner punch is great with photopolymer stamps as you can 'bend' them on the blocks to fit the punched shape.  

It was fantastic to spend   some time with some of my dutch downline who are quicker to reach in Amsterdam than travelling from sunny Lincolnshire to London by car, but nonetheless a North Sea   hop away and so I don't get to see them too often.   

This is an example of my team gifts.  The Radley pouches had treats inside, of course including chocolate! I decorated tags and bags which travelled flat and were put together once we arrived. For the tags I used Timeless Textures stamps, lace doilies, burlap, natural trim, fabulous foil designer acetate, in colour doilies and gold binder clips.  

I also enjoyed meeting some of the other european members of the Totally Techniques design team in real life.  
Here's from left to right Nadine (Germany), Barbara (Austria), Me and Marine (France).  We missed seeing Matilde (The Netherlands) who was unable to attend.  

Our next blog hop is 28 April and the technique is Watercolour Spritz. Hope you'll pop back to take a look. 

Being a demonstrator is so much fun and offers so many opportunities whether you want to benefit from the discount on your own stamp shopping or build a little business.  If you'd like to know more about the benefits please do contact me for more information or take a look at my join Stampin' Up! page.

Enjoy the hop you can follow it from the list below. Currently you're here with me, Zoe Tant in the UK.  

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Christmas Card Club - Humourous

Stampin' Up! Sneak Peeks - This Little Piggy

I can't quite believe a fortnight has passed since our last Christmas Card Club challenge and more importantly since my last blog post, but time has not been wasted as I've been busy with the end of Sale-a-bration and attending the Stampin' Up! European Onstage Live Event in Amsterdam last week.  It was a fun few days with my family, who joined me, and we all did lots of great things.  Me I stamped and swapped and learned lots and got my hands on my copy of the new annual Stampin' Up! catalogue.  Martin and the children walked and cycled most of Amsterdam I think and I joined them as much as I could around my schedule.  I even got to cycle a little!

I also won a stamp set whilst there called This Little Piggy and I've given it, its first inking today for my humourous Christmas Card Club challenge set by Valery.  This little piggy is so so adorable and wait until you see his friends.  I've made an aperture in my card and framed it with real red card and then stamped inside the card, adding a Santa hat using last season's punch and a bow on the outside from the  returning holly punch.  I've used sentiments from the Piggy set and also from the soon to retire Designer Tin of Cards set.  The classic label punch is a great replacement for the popular word window punch and simple Christmas card is born.

Remember all the ladies in our challenge group make fab cards with styles and techniques various, so please do go visit them for more ideas.

I'll be back soon with photos from Amsterdam with Onstage highlights, swaps and a Totally Techniques blog hop too!

Easter Blessings to you all.



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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Christmas Card Club - Christmas Flowers

Stampin' Up! Botanical Builders Framelits have been my got to dies this week with my Totally Techniques post a couple of days ago with the Bokeh technique and now today for our fortnightly Christmas Card Club challenge set this time by Carol who has two super cards to share with you so please  do visit her and the other other lovely ladies by clicking on the link at the top of my blog.  

I've gone for white and silver and whilst I've made this a Christmas card by adding a simple 'Happy Christmas' you could turn it just as easily into a silver wedding card or card for a special birthday just by changing your sentiment.

As a base for your card you can use the stitched shape framelits to add the white circle and some organza ribbon and the silver thread ribbon is from the now sadly retired SAB freebie gifts.  I've used the dies to cut various flowers and leaves and a bone folder to add little touches of dimension to create veins on the two centre leaves.  You can also just see some of my lifetime supply of silver thread to just life the sentiment which I stamped with individual words from Designer Tin of Tags stamp set in Memento black ink.

It's a peaceful day here although I'm enjoying thinking of my wonderful  hubby who is on a spa, yes a spa, day with his colleagues.  I'm intrigued to hear how his day has gone when he gets home.  Olivia is out watching Beauty and the Beast with the Brownies and Charlie is, he tells me, doing his homework, but I'm sceptical as I don't think the teachers usually set computer games for home study!!! Me I'm typing for you and then making delicious gift wrap for my teamie presents as I'm off to Amsterdam for a big Stampin' Up! event later in the week.

Enjoy your Sunday and don't forget to visit the other ladies blogs for oodles of lovely inspiration.

Hugs Zx