Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges Theme: Embossing

Hello and welcome I am Karen Farquhar from Australia and thank you for joining me today for Inspire.Create Stamping Challenge #045. The challenge theme for #045 is embossing.


Embossing is a great method that can be used to add texture and dimension to a card or scrapbook page. The term embossing  is used to describe techniques that result in a raised design on a surface, creating a subtle yet effective design feature.
There are many ways of achieving this effect ranging from methods that require the use of other materials or simple 'dry' techniques that raise the surface of the paper.
The finished surface can be left as is or enhanced further by rubbing inks, chalks and other colourants into the surface to emphasis the embossed design. Some methods include dry embossing, wet embossing, embossing paste and wet paper emboss. 
I have included two methods today.

The first is the 'dry' emboss technique. You will notice the button design on the white card stock. This is simply achieved by passing the Button Button embossing folder through a Die and Embossing Machine. Also note the buttons are not only cut precisely but also embossed. This is achieved with Stampin' Ups! new Arts & Crafts die set that not only cuts the dies but embosses them as well with just one feed through the machine. How clever!
The sentiment has been stamped using the wet emboss method. This gives a glossy finish to the wording which probably can't be seen in the photo image.



  My second card shows the heat embossing technique. I have sprinkled some clear embossing powder onto my card stock surface after first stamping with a pigment ink called Versamark.
 After shaking off the extra powder that hasn't been picked up by the pigment ink I have heated the surface with the craft Heat Gun. The embossing powder melts forming an effective glossy, dry stamped image. Illustrated by the scissor background design.





At the moment I am busy preparing for our exhibition at the Annual Craft and Quilt Fair I do hope you will pay us a visit and be inspired by our creations from the latest products from Stampin' Up! Take a load off your feet and pull up a chair at our 'Make and Take' table, go in the draw to win a big stash of Stampin' Up! products just by answering a simple question- one drawn daily. We will have classes and workshops running daily. You will however need to book early so as not to miss out. 


Thank you for visiting me today. Please, you are more than welcome to enter your projects for the Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges here. We really would love to see your creations. Please note we need your projects in by 10am. (UK time) Sunday. 
Also pop over for a visit to see the projects of other talented stampers.

To purchase products I have used today just click on the product thumbnail below to take you directly to my Online Store.
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Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenges: Challenge #044


Hello and welcome I am Karen Farquhar from Australia and thank you for joining me today for the Inspire.Create Stamping Challenge #044.
Challenge #044 is a Sketch Challenge
And I have a little sneak peck today from the soon to be released 2019-2020 Annual Stamping' Up! catalogue. 
I have used the It Starts With Art Bundle and some of our new 2019-2021 in colours for this card. I am sure this stamp set was created for the little group of stampers I belong to. Once a year we get together for a weekend away. We call ourselves the PJ Stampers, mainly because we stay up all night chatting, eating chocolate and stamping to our hearts content.




     My next project is a 3D framed item which will probably take pride of place on my craft room wall. Created also with the It Starts With Art Bundle. 



I have chosen the colours from the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper: Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry and Pacific Point. I just love it when Stampin' Up! do all the work for me. There are 12 cling stamps in this bundle and 15 dies. The buttons, press studs and ink refill bottles dies are so cute.

Thank you for visiting me today. Please, you are more than welcome to enter your projects for the Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges here. We really would love to see your creations. Please note we need your projects in by 10am. (UK time) Sunday. 
Also pop over for a visit to see the projects of other talented stampers.

Sorry you will be unable to purchase the Follow Your Art Suite until the 4th June 2019  to purchase other products I have used today just click on the product thumbnail below to take you directly to my Online Store.
Have a fun time shopping. 
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Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges: Challenge#043


Hello and welcome I am Karen Farquhar from Australia and thank you for joining me today for Inspire.Create Stamping Challenge #043.
Challenge #043 is a Colour Challenge


Last Sunday we celebrated Mother's Day in Australia and I thought I would create some Mother's Day projects with a set from the Stampin' Up! soon to be retired 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue. 
I just love the Apron of Love Stamp set with its coordinating Apron Builder Framelits. This set will definitely join the other never to be parted with retired sets on the shelf in my craft room.



I had purchased the oven mitts and a cook book to give as gifts to my daughter and daughter's-in-law. So this set coordinated perfectly with my gifts. 
The apron gift box contains a jar of relish. To make this you construct a box in a size able to accommodate the jar, then adhere an apron die cut to the back and front of the box. Decorate as you wish using the sweet little utensil die cuts. A simple but impressive gift I think.







The little gift card was made by using the negative piece of the utensil die cuts, punched out using the 2 1/4" circle punch then mounted on a 3"x 3" card front.  With a darling little die cut oven glove to decorate the inside.

Thank you for visiting me today. Please, you are more than welcome to enter your projects for the Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges here. We really would love to see your creations. Please note there has been a change in the time submissions are to be made: we need your projects in by 10am. (UK time) Sunday. 
Also pop over for a visit to see the projects of other talented stampers.

To purchase the products I have used today just click on the product thumbnail below to take you directly to my Online Store.
Have a fun time shopping. 
(Sorry Australian residents only).


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Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenges #041

Hello and welcome I am Karen Farquhar from Australia and thank you for joining me today for Inspire.Create Stamping Challenge #041.
Challenge #041is a Sketch Challenge



For this challenge I have kept my card simple. I have mounted a side strip of one of the papers from the Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Papers onto a Whisper White card stock base which I have embossed with dies from the Stitched Labels Dies. This is to coordinate with embroidery in the Designer Series Paper. These papers depict actual photographs of hand-stitched embroidery. Amazing!
The little daisies have been punched from Bitty Blooms Punch Pack. Just to continue my floral theme.




I have created this card for Cindy to welcome her to my team. Don't forget you too can share in the many benefits of becoming a demonstrator by joining my team just like Cindy.

What are the benefits in becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator?
  • Exclusive designs (highly sought-after and not available in other stores), 
  • The opportunity to start your own business for a minimal investment, 
  • Great discounts (20% – 38%),
  • Generous rewards (free stamps, all expenses paid holidays, commissions, pre-order opportunities, gifts and mementos),
  • Amazing suppor(loads of online resources, a monthly magazine and of course wonderful Demonstrator Support staff are there for you to help you succeed),
  • The part I love the most is to become a member of a community of like-minded global demonstrators. I have meet and made so many lovely friends since becoming a Stampin' Up Demonstrator.
Find out more by clicking on this link. 

Thank you for visiting me today. Please, you are more than welcome to enter your projects for the Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges here. We really would love to see your creations. Please note there has been a change in the time submissions are to be made: we need your projects in by 10am. (UK time) Sunday. 
Also pop over for a visit to see the projects of other talented stampers.

To purchase the products I have used today just click on the product thumbnail below to take you directly to my Online Store.
Have a fun time shopping. 
(Sorry Australian residents only).


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