Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sneak Peek 2015 ESAD Blog Hop

This week I have decided to take part in another blog hop with ESAD. I have really enjoyed being part of these hops as it is great to see all the other projects that are created by a bunch of like minded Stampin' UP! demonstrators using great Stampin' UP! products. Well what is install for you this time? A sneak peek of new product that features in the upcoming catalogue that is released soon on 2nd June. Exciting huh? If you have travelled to me from Libby Dyson, welcome and I am sure you enjoyed seeing what she created this week. Make sure that you keep hopping through the blog hop to ensure that you get to see everyone's creations. 

This week I am showcasing the wonderful stampset I Think You're Great.
 I was lucky enough to receive this set at the 2015 Sounth Pacific Convention in the Gold Coast at the end of April. We got to play around with it a bit at convention and it is a really fun and versatile stampset. Here is my creation this week:-

I loved the way that the Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo worked so well together. And I love that patterned stamp. I think it can be used in many different ways. Maybe as a bush or splashes or just like I have used it here as a pattern.
 It has been really great being able to play with new product. I can't wait to show you more projects using other exciting things from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue. 
Would you like to see more projects using this stampset? Well I will show one of the make and takes that all the attendees of the convention did as a make and take. I really had fun making this project as it uses a little more of new product and one of the new In-colours.-Mint Macaron.

Well thank you for dropping by and hope you enjoyed seeing a couple of samples of the I Think You're Great stampset. Next up is Narelle Fasulo hope you have fun checking her creation out! Click on the next blog button to head on over. 
Love Cherie


1.Rachael Lewsley

2Andrea Buckland

3.Kelly Kent

4.Nicole Wilson

5. Libby Dyson

6.Cherie Davies- You"re Here!

7. Narelle Fasulo

8. Lou Kitzelman

9.Bernice Collins

10.Monique Fielder

11.Courtenay Heuston

12.Donna Chapman

13.Amity Knight

Sunday, 24 May 2015

INKspired Blog Hop #17

Hello again and welcome to the INKspired Artists Blog Hop #17. I have been having so much fun taking part in blog hops and challenges lately. So happy it is blog hop time again! You may have come to my page from the lovely Barbara Williams or you may have started this blog hop with me, well welcome and hope you enjoy seeing everyone's creations again using the sketch below. That is the best bit for me as well, I love seeing everyone's interpretation of the sketch that we get given each fornight. Here is the sketch:

This week I have set myself my own personal challenge. Trying to use stampsets that I have either not used before or had used very sparingly. So out came Kinda Ecletic and Flower Patch. I do like these stampsets but I haven't played with them much. Have you got one of those stampsets? I challenge you to get into it and design a card. Here is what I have done with this weeks sketch.

I enjoyed playing around with the placement of the flowers and butterflies and the colour combination. I actually really like the end result and is quite a different style of card for me. Here is a close up. Can you see how many stampsets I have used this week? There is a few!!!! See if you can pick them all before looking at my products used list at the end of my post.
Do you like the hearts? A little subtle border using the Heart Border Punch. It is a great little punch that not only creates a border of hearts with ease but also you can use the little hearts that get punched out. I even used it on the inside of the card.

It was great using the Flower Patch set as it is very effective with the 2 step stampin' technique as well as very easy to use with the matching framelits. And how cute is that saying?  Look out in the future for more cards using this great stampset.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my creation this week. Please leave a comment, I love hearing what you think. If you would like to see which products I have used for this project you will find those at the bottom of this blog. Next up the gorgeous and extremely talented Lissa Carter. Can't wait to see what she has been up too!

Thanks for dropping by,

Cherie x

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Up for a challenge? I was!

Well I took part in a challenge this week. I normally don't play in the challenges, well sometimes I do. I just don't enter them. Well this week I did. I have taken part in the Freshly Made Sketches #186
I am pretty excited in taking part in my first one!

Here is the sketch that was provided by Freshly Made Sketches:
I had a lot of fun with this one as I was dying to use a technique that I saw a fellow Australia demostrator showcase in the demo booths at the South Pacific Stampin' UP! convention in the Gold Coast last month. It was a fantastic demo and the use of washi tape with the Beautiful Butterfly Thinlits was really eyecatching. 

So this is my take on it using the above sketch as inspiration.

I really love the effect that is created by having a few layers of different coloured card behind the cut out of the butterfly. I also love the bright complimenting colours of Beach House washi tape. They are the Stampin' UP! colours Pool Party, Real Red and Crushed Curry. They are a lot of fun. Aren't they?!

The idea behind Freshly Made Sketches is to encourage the creation of a clean card which they describe as clean-lined creations that can include detail and embellishments as long as they maintain a "clean" look to the card and to create with lots of "white space" Well I hope I have satisfied the brief! 
There definitely is a lot of white space on my card which is quite the change for me.

I hope you have enjoyed dropping me in and seeing my first official challenge entry!!!

Thanks for dropping by,
Cherie x

Please feel free to leave a comment as I love hearing what people think.

If you would like to purchase any of these products that I have used in this sample or interested in classes please don't hestitate to Contact Me or shop with me by clicking on the link here!
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Sunday, 17 May 2015

ESAD Retired Product Blog Hop

I decided to take part in another blog hop this week. This time it is with ESAD and with retired products. I have been making so many cards with retired product lately for my classes so this blog hop was perfect for me to take part in. You may have come from Donna Chapman or maybe you have started with me. So welcome and hope enjoy everybody's creations using products that are only available until the 1st June!  
At the bottom of my post and everyone's else post there will be a link to the next person so just keep going until you come back to where you started.

  Well with the excitement with a fantastic upcoming new catalogue and seeing terrific new products we also have the sadness of having to say goodbye to some of our favourites. And the one that I am going to miss alot and has always delivered the 'wow' factor is the stampset "Stippled Blossoms".
 If you have followed my blog or have been to my classes you will know how much I love this stampset.
 I have also included three of my favourite colours from the 2013-2015 In-Colour collection which also need to step aside to allow the 5 next exciting new colours that will make up the 2015-2017  In-Colour Collection. 

Here is my card showcasing Stippled Blossoms. This card has been made for a friend who had just been through a really tough patch and I hope to brighten up her day just a little.
The retired products that I have used are Strawberry Slush Ink, Pistachio Pudding Ink, Crisp Cantaloupe Ink and Cardstock, Crisp Cantaloupe In-Colour DSP and of course Stippled Blossoms stampset.Other products used are Wild Wasabi Ink, Whisper White Cardstock, Wetlands Stampset, Dazzling Diamonds and the Stampin' UP! glue pen.
 I fussy cut ( cut out by hand ) each flower and each leaf and then added Dazzling Diamonds with a glue pen to give the card some bling and dimension. I really do love how the darker colour makes the whole image pop. Here is a close up of the flowers:
And a simple flower inside the cards to continue the floral image throughout the card.

Thanks for checking out my creation. Feel free to leave a comment. I would love to know what you think! Next up is Amity Knight . I am sure you will enjoy seeing Amity's addition to the blog. Click here or on Amity's name to head over to her post. 

Thanks for dropping by,
Cherie x

The participants of this blog hop:

1.  Kelly Kent

2. Rachael Lewsley

3. Keryn Campbell

4. Rebecca O'Gorman

5. Nicole Wilson

6. Leonie Schroder

7. Donna Chapman

8.  Cherie Davies

9. Amity Knight

10. Narelle Fasulo

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A card given to me

I had to write a post about this! Just recently on Mother's Day I woke up to my beautiful 3 year old daughter eagerly handing me my card and present. I was presented with a cute little picture book titled 'Dear mum, I love you.', a lovely necklace ( admittedly purchased by me the day before ) and a hand made card created by my hubby. Now for more than 3 years my husband technically has had access to a bunch of Stampin' Up! products but this is the first time that he has had a go making me a card. And I loved it!!!
It was so unexpected and I am still in disbelief that he had a crack at stamping!!! It proves that anyone can create a card! Well done hubby. I just had to share it with you all. Here is a picture of the lovingly handcrafted card by my husband, Simon.
 He even embellished it with some ribbon. What is even more impressive is how much he had taken in about stamping inside a card to make it more interesting.
Here is a picture of my beautiful daughter and I first thing in the morning on Mother's Day. ( This was followed by a lovely cooked breakfast- I was a lucky mummy! ).
Thanks for dropping by,

Love Cherie.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

INKspired Blog Hop #16

Welcome to the INKspired blog hop. We haven't had one for a little while due to Anzac weekend and also because of the South Pacific Stampin' UP! convention which was held in the Gold Coast, QLD. Those of us who attended the convention have been busily making our swaps for it which have kept us very occupied indeed over the past couple of weeks.
Welcome back to my blog. Hope you enjoyed visiting the talented Barbara Williams before hopping onto my blog.
With the excitement of a upcoming new annual catalogue ( and boy is it exciting! ) comes the sadness with the loss of some of your favourite stamp sets and in-colours from the previous catalogue.So this sketch today featured one of my favourite stamp sets which never failed to provide the wow factor with every use. It is floral, it is perfect for Mother's Day and it uses the effective 2-step stamping technique. Have you guessed which one it is yet? If you guessed Stippled Blossoms then you are correct!!!
Here is this week's sketch:
So I made two versions of this only by changing the sentiment. I made one for my mother in law using the mother's day stamp in the occasions catty and I also made an exact copy for a friend's birthday using a happy birthday greeting which I will show you here. That is what I love about owning sets with lots of different sentiments. You can change the occasion with one little stamp without having to design a brand new card each time.
Here is my finished product. Hope you enjoy the use of the beautiful stampset Stippled Blossoms.

I have also used some of my favourite ribbon on this card. Unfortunately this is retiring soon as well. It is is the 3/8" Stiched Satin Ribbon. Although it is sad that it is retiring it actually only the ribbon in the 2014-2106 In-Colours that are retiring not the actual type of ribbon. Excitedly the ribbon still features in the upcoming catalogue but in other colours. Isn't that cool? Don't forget you have up to the end of 1st June, 2015 to order any of these items that are retiring while stocks last!!!

Next up the wonderfully talented  Kabrina Piirlaid. Click on the Next Blog button to see what she has come up with this week. Thanks for dropping by,

Cherie xx

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