Thursday, 23 November 2017


Ink & Inspiration Group Blog Hop - Sorry/Sympathy/Get Well

Good Evening Creative Peeps!
Thank you for having a look at today's creations!  Today’s the Ink & Inspiration team are inspiring you with Sorry, Sympathy and get well cards.

We all know that the hardest cards to make are those we make for our loved ones troubled times so hopefully you will find the inspiration here to help you create.

I decided to use the Feather Together stamp set today, it's a set I've had for quite awhile but hasn't received a lot of use, but it was perfect for today's hop, I also think these cards are fairly unisex which makes them great to pop in the stash.

All three of these cards are fairly similar this first one uses white heat embossing for an emboss resist type technique and some masking to create a strip of colour.

This second one moves the strip of colour to the side so only a single mask is needed and the feathers are three step stamped

This last one uses a tonal three step stamping around the edge without any background colour.

I hope the projects you've seen here on my blog today have inspired you and brightened your day. You are currently visiting Sandra Mastello in Australia. Please see the list below and hop through all of the people on the list to see all our projects. You don't want to miss any!

Thanks for dropping by, don’t forget if you live in Australia and would like to support me by purchasing any of the items used today just click on the links below and you will be taken to my online store. Use this months’ host code 6KFNQDNH to earn Free gifts! 
Click here to see this Months Rewards

Thursday, 16 November 2017


Stampin Dreams Blog Hop Group November Hop - Favourite Technique

Good Evening!
Thank you for popping by tonight I'm sure this is going to be a super fun hop with members from the Stampin' Dreams group coming together to share their favourite techniques with you.

I couldn't decide on my all time favourite technique so I decided to combine two of my favourites the first is heat embossing and the second is ink blending.

These are the three cards I made for you today.  I used different colours on each to give you a real feel for the technique I also combined both white and clear heat embossing on each of the cards as I have often heard people ask if it matters which one you use and I wanted you to be able to see for yourself,  I used white heat embossing for all the words and clear for the decoration, as you can see (especially on the HI! card) the white packs just a bit more punch.

(BONUS TIP - as you can see on this card I somehow got powder everywhere causing all those little white dots, if you notice that this has happened before you start adding your colour you can use a cotton tip and some rubbing alcohol to remove the excess heat embossing)
The colours I used to do the ink blending on this card are Berry Burst on the outside and Fresh Fig in the center. 

The colours I used to do the ink blending on this card are Lemon Lime Twist on the outside and Wild Wasabi in the center.

The colours I used to do the ink blending on this card are Daffodil Delight on the outside, then Pumpkin Pie and Real Red in the center.

Both of these techniques are really quite easy to do; 
Emboss Resist
Simply stamp your image in versamark and then cover in the embossing powder colour of choice (I used Clear and White) and then heat with your heat tool until you notice it change from a powder to a shiny plastic looking substance.  Once it cools you can then colour over it with daubers, sponges or watercolour and reveal your image (also good for layering and protecting stamping see this post)
Ink Blending
You will want to choose any where from 2-4 colours,  not all colours will work together easily so try and pick ones that are a similar tone or similar colour when starting out and you will need some daubers, ink blending tools or sponges (my favourite is now the Stampin' Up! sponges, I cut one sponge into 6 pieces to use) I find the easiest way to do this is to apply your lightest colour first, work slowly to build it up to the depth you like, then bring in the next colour and do the same and so on, if I have colours that are a little harder to blend once I get to the darkest colour I work backwards to the lightest again, especially over the overlap areas. (For another Ink Blending example click here)

That's all from me today I hope you have found some crafty inspiration, hop on around and check out what the rest of the group has to offer, your currently at Sandra Mastello - Australia.

Thanks for dropping by, don’t forget if you live in Australia and would like to support me by purchasing any of the items used today just click on the links below and you will be taken to my online store. Use this months’ host code 6KFNQDNH to earn Free gifts! 
Click here to see this Months Rewards

New Stampin' Up! Tool: Stamparatus - Reserve Yours On November 17th

I have some super exciting news to share with you about a great new tool from Stampin' Up! coming next year.  It is called the Stamparatus and is a nifty stamp positioning tool with loads of awesome unique features.

What does it do?
The Stamparatus will allow you to:
  • Makes multiples of images with ease
  • Consistently stamps crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression you just re-ink and stamp again - no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement.
Here are just a few of the handy features.
  • Use it with our rubber (clear mount) or photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat included for use with photopolymer stamps
  • A ruler on the base plate and grid lines on the plates to help you line things up nicely.
  • 2 open sides mean that you can use it with larger pieces of cardstock
  • The 2 reversible plates give you a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • You can move the plates along in increments for repeated evenly spaced stamping
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place that store underneath the tool
  • Retail Price:  $85.00 
Keen to have a closer look.  Check out this video to see the Stamparatus in action.

Want a little more eye candy
Check out these product images. 

Love It? Here's how you can pre-order
Stampin' Up! anticipates this will be a high demand product, so they need to introduce it to our huge market in phases. The good news is that customers can participate in  EACH phase of the pre-order if they want more than one though (only one Stamparatus per customer can be ordered in each of the pre-order periods). Here are the pre-order phases and delivery. 
Please note your credit card will NOT be charged until the item is ready to be dispatched to you (you will receive an email). After these pre-order periods, the Stamparatus will be available in the 2018/19 Annual Catalogue due out June 2018.
How do I actually pre-order though?
To pre-order as a customer, you will need to have an online profile set up in my online store. This is the only way it can be done.  Don't worry though as this is super easy to do just go to the Stampin’ Up! website during one of the reservation windows listed above (the first one starts on this Friday 17th November) and reserve using these instructions.



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