Thursday, November 25, 2021

Crafty Colour Challenge


This month we were challenged to use the combination of Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.  What a lovely choice for Christmas cards!  

I've chosen a simple layout with plenty of these colours to layer, including this great dot DSP from the Heartwarming Hugs collection.  

I loved colouring this one in using just the 3 colours, the watercolour skirt is probably my favourite part of the image.  

Thanks for popping by and checking out my take on the challenge.  Don't forget to hop along to the other blogs, this is a colour combo not to be missed!
Happy Stamping, Rach xx

Monday, November 15, 2021

Lets Get Hopping #48 -CASE it for Christmas

Welcome to our Let's Get Hopping blog hop, where each month a group of demonstrators from around the world, work on a theme. 

I'm Rachael Merrick, from Queensland in Australia; welcome to my blog!

This month the idea was to CASE a previous card or project but make it Christmas.  This was a fun one to do, looking back through my cards and making a choice of which one to use because I have plenty of favourites.  I chose this birthday card, using some of my favourite DSP and the ever fun Birthday Chick stamp. 

I took inspiration of the strip pieced DSP and instead of using it for the background, I created a matted central piece for the card.  
I started by cutting half inch strips and layering them over a pre cut piece of cardstock.  
Next I wanted to add interest to the background so clustered all the images I could from the Merriest Moments set onto a larger block then using VersMark ink, stamped the entire Garden Green background.  
I then sponged garden green to the edges to give it more dimension.  Don't you love how effective this is!  
I trimmed back the strips block and matted it with Real Red cardstock before adding a sentiment and some embellishments stamped from the same stamp set.  I also cut some Evening Evergreen ribbon in half to be able to add a dark green bow element to finish off the card.
The SaleABration Be Dazzling papers, although no longer available, really had to make an appearance on this card as a nod to the original too but could easily be replaced with the red or silver foiled cardstock currently in the mini catalogue. I used my real red blender pen to colour the paper to match in better too - a great tip!
Like most of my Christmas cards, this one has a real WOW impact in real life, lots of embellishments and things to look at.  I've used plenty of dimensional dots too so that there is layer upon layer.  
TIP: when using sentiments, ink up your stamp with one colour then use a scrap to 'stamp off' a few times on only some of the words then use a dauber to add a second colour to the cleaner words.  Looks lovely when stamped.  

Thanks for popping by my blog for the hop, I hope you have found something to inspire you.  
You are now off to  the next blog with Tanya..... she is bound to have something fabulous waiting for you.  
Happy Stampin,
Rach xx

Sunday, November 14, 2021

You can't miss this!

 Starting in just a few days, is a deal that you shouldn't miss!  Its the seasonal sale, with great discounts on Cardstock, ink pads and dies.  All the essentials!  Don't forget to add the hostess code (over in the side bar) to earn an extra prize from me too.  The Sale is only for a few days so be sure to have your list ready!

If you aren't sure or need more information, contact me .

Want over $100 of product for free?  Want free shipping on your order?  Then you need to join as a demonstrator this month!  There is still time to take advantage of the fabulous Start with Savings joining offer.  Not only will you get a great bundle of goodies but you will be supported, by me and my team, to take advantage of discounts, early bird offers and more.  There is no pressure to build a business with Stampin up, in fact they encourage hobby stampers!  How great is that.  

Happy Stamping,

Rach xx

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Technique Tuesday Hop - Designer Series Paper

Welcome to our blog hop! 

Designer Series Paper (DSP) is probably one of the best buys a crafter can make.  Not only is it pretty and  and made from sturdy heavy weight paper, its double sided.  The 'B' side is often a plainer pattern which is where my inspiration began for todays hop.

I've used one of our recent FREEBIE papers from the SaleABration.  If you are like me, you have a huge stack of DSP that doesn't get touched.  I decided to embellish my DSP for this card using a few techniques.  Below is a series of photos of how I created my distressed and layered background for my card, altering the DSP.  It really pimps it up!

Cut your DSP to the size of your card base, leaving only a small gap for a border.  
Choose a stamp set that has both a larger detailed stamp as well as plenty of sentiments. I chose Words of Cheers for a Christmas card. 

Using heat and stick powder, emboss the large image, using versamark ink.  
Rub in some of the gold flakes with your finger, really working it in to get the details to shine and show up.

Use the versamark pad along the edges of the DSP to add extra blocks of the gold foiling.  
Take the collection of sentiments as well as some of the smaller images and mount them on one side of the block, inking these with versamark also.

Stamp then emboss with white over the 'gaps' on both sides of the DSP.  You don't want the entire sentiment on these edges, so stamp over the sides of the DSP.  
Ink using matching darker inks.  I've used Cherry Cobbler and Early expresso.  The ink will stain the white slightly.  Don't forget to buff over the gold foiling with a tissue to remove excess ink residue.
Add a few embellishments and large labels and your card is done.  So much texture, interest and layers all from one plain 'B SIDE' of DSP.  I love all the little details the layering of stamping has given.  I used the "A side" to cut out the cute deer and add it to the card - it matches perfectly of course.  
Thanks for joining me on the hop.  Don't forget to join everyone else and leave some feedback. 
Happy Stamping,
Rachael xx

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Packaging blog hop

Welcome to another months blog hop where we have a 'packaging' theme.  
I initially thought I would do a cute box but decided to create this one instead - a box of gift tags ready for Christmas gifts.  So its a double dip on the theme because my box is a package for tags that finish off packages.  
The box I created was a hinged lidded rectangular box.  Inside, I have a dozen tags complete with silver trim for attaching to presents.  

I've used Heartwarming Hugs and Garden Green for this project.  The DSP was a repeat from last year and I was thrilled to see it back again because its the only DSP that I've ever used an entire pack and had nothing but a few strips left!  The patterns are cute and make for great backgrounds to add a simple sentiment and embellishments to. 
I used a few cut out holly leaves for decoration and the same sentiment in Pear Pizzazz on all the tags.  It made it easy to mass produce these.  

This will make a great gift for someone in early December.  Thanks for popping along to my corner of the hop.  Don't forget to visit everyone else to be inspired.
Happy Stamping,
Rachael xx


Thursday, October 28, 2021

Crafty Challenge Blog Hop

This months Crafty Challenge blog hop is a wonderful sketch.  Everyone knows how much I love a good sketch, its not only a great starting point but usually its something that I love to change up a bit to make it my own.  
I've used a mixture of Christmas and non-Christmas for this one and a lot of gold accents.  It made for a traditional colour scheme but not all Christmas trees or snowmen!
Thanks for popping by, I look forward to hopping along and seeing what everyone else has done with the sketch.  Please visit the blogs and leave some comments for the lovely participants.  I hope you find inspiration in the posts. 
Happy Stamping, Rachael xx

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Youtube Colouring Series Part 4 - chicken

Come on over to my YouTube to watch the next part in my colouring series.  This week we are adding colour to the chickens from the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set,

 Happy colouring,

Rachael xx

Monday, October 18, 2021

Non Traditional Christmas Blog Hop


Welcome to another blog hop with the Let's Get Hopping crew.  
This is a fun one, with Christmas fast approaching, who doesn't love creating cards!  And this hop is all about pushing the boundaries and choosing something 'non-traditional'.  I've chosen Polished Pink and Evening Evergreen as a colour combo.  I gravitate towards red and green at christmas so this is just a little left of centre on this idea.  
I also wanted to spruce this card up with a fun fold and was inspired by a recent card swap with this one.  Its an easel card but one where the main sentiment panel pops up off the folded easel.  Fun!

Here is the aerial view to better explain what I mean. I love how it also means the card can stand up tall!  
I've added a peek a boo panel for inside the card, complete with a very pink Delivering Cheer colouring image.  

Thanks for popping along with the hop - I can't wait to read the comments and jump along to see what everyone else has created.  
In case you are keen to give this style of card a try, here is what I created behind the sentiment panel to allow for the pop up feature on the fold.  I may just have to do a quick video in the future too.

Happy Stamping, Rachael xx

Jump over to see Alicia's fabulous project

Friday, October 15, 2021

Unboxing for Dear Santa tag Kit with Rachael from Merrick Makings

Stampin Dreams blog hop....

 .....and the theme is kids and babies!

Welcome to the Stampin Dreams blog hop, I'm Rachael Merrick from Queensland, Australia. 

I chose Penguin Place for this card because nothing could be cuter for a kids birthday card with balloons and a pile of presents.  

I've used dimensional dots to pop up the balloons and some of the presents which gives more life to the scene.  I also chose bright fun colours including granny apple tree, flirty flamingo, balmy blue and pumpkin pie.  

Thanks for coming along on the blog hop.  Don't forget to jump on over and follow the hop to see what all the others have done.  I'm sure there will be plenty of inspiration. 
Happy Stamping,
Rachael xx

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

What did I create???

Did you catch my YouTube colouring?  
Here is what I created using the finished coloured image.  This is my niece, and she is turning 2 this week.  This frame will find its way to their house soon, I hope they like it.  She is adorable so the image as easy to use as an embellishment. 

I used a combination of the hydrangea suite and some other items to create this.  
I hope this inspires you to look beyond the page (or card front) and use images for embellishing something as simple as a layout in a frame.  
Happy stamping (and colouring)
Rachael xx