Sunday, 21 January 2018

The Paper Players 377 - Design Team Card

There were lots of great cards in the colour challenge last week at The Paper Players. This week, as normal, we have a Clean and Simple Challenge for you and Joanne has chosen 'Love Notes'.


Recently, I had a friend come round and we had a 'play-date' with our respective new SU gear. We'd both got an order on the same day, so got together to play with it all. Interestingly, despite both of us having big orders, we had only one item - a Sale-a-bration set - in common.

So the stamps, Heart Happiness, and the heart framelits that cut them, do not belong to me ... yet.


The card base is from Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes, a Sale-a-bration item: one item with each $110 in an order. What I particularly like about them is the co-ordinating envelopes that come already lined.


We'd love to have you join us at The Paper Players this week. Here's a reminder of the rules of the challenge.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, total. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Sale-a-bration is on and there's a new Special Occasion Catalogue out. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 

And, of course, you can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand.

Ingredients - all products Stampin' Up
Card: Tutti-Frutti Card and Envelope, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Stamps: Heart Happiness, Petal Palette (sentiment)
Inks: Pool Party, Crumb Cake
Other: Pool Party and Crumb Cake markers, Pool Party enamel shape, dimensionals.



Thursday, 18 January 2018

SIP 133 and ATSAM 275

I have a son who is a musician and so when his birthday rolls around I like to make something a bit special and with a music theme. I've played around before with the idea of using acetate as a card base and this is what I've done here. There is a panel for writing on at the back of the card.


I like the way that the front of the card seems to float over the background when it's folded.


It was difficult to photograph the card sitting open as it reflected background things like a mirror from many angles!



The inspiration from this card come from the sketch at Stamp, Ink, Paper and the photo inspiration at Addicted to Stamps and More, where I was struck by the bold black and white against gold and the stripes, which were a bit like lines of music from distance.



Ingredients - Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted
Card: Acetate, Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold foil, unknown music paper
Stamps: Sheet Music, Big on Birthdays
Inks: versamark, Smoky Slate
Other: Layering circle framelits, Stitched Shape framelits, Music Clef die (Darice), gold embossing powder.






Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Retro Rubber 78 - Design Team Card

Jane has some wonderful challenges for us this year and our first challenge of the year is a fantastic one: white on white with one neutral colour allowed.


The only rules for our challenges are simple: use at least one stamp that's older than a year, give us the approximate age of that stamp and don't link up to more than ten challenges.

In fact, the dies and all the stamps in this card are older than a year. Floral Phrases came out in the Annual Catalogue in 2016. Bloomin' Love stamps and dies came out in the Occasion Catalogue in 2016. I've gone for a simple but romantic occasion card.


Here's a closer view...


You can join us up until 26 January, so get out your old stamps and show them some love. We'd love to see what you do!

I'm going to enter this card at Inspire.Create Challenge where the order of the day is a love theme.



If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. If you would like a copy of the new Special Occasions Catalogue or the Sale-a-bration brochure and don't have a demonstrator, then contact me. You can message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 


Ingredients - All products Stampin' Up
Card: Whisper White
Stamps: Floral Phrases, Bloomin' Love
Ink: Versamark
Other: Bloomin' Heart thinlits, gold embossing powder, dimensionals




Sunday, 14 January 2018

The Paper Players 376 - Design Team Card


After last week's Punny Valentine Challenge at The Paper Players, we have an exciting colour challenge for you: three core colours plus one other of your choice.


I had a bit of trouble including a fourth colour but went for using some touches of copper to help accent the sentiment.

I enjoyed using a new set from the Occasions catalogue, Perennial Birthday. Apart from a number of great birthday sentiments,  the other stamps in the set are floral bits and bobs to let you build up a garden or bouquet, so I was pleased to see that it could also create a more masculine offering.


After repeat stamping HAPPY BIRTHDAY in the three colours on the background, I made a cluster for the second part of the wording. The sentiment is in Dapper Denim. There's a scalloped circle in Tranquil Tide on a copper foil circle. That's popped up on dimensionals over a pair of Everyday Labels in Eastern Palace DSP. Then there's a bit of copper metallic thread tucked in behind.


At The Paper Players, we'd love to see what you do with these colours. Here's a reminder of the few rules to keep in mind.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, total. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Sale-a-bration is on and there's a new Special Occasion Catalogue out. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 

If you live in New Zealand and you would like to join my Stampin' Up team, message me for a chat. And, of course, you can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand.

Ingredients - all products Stampin' Up
Card: Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, Copper foil, Tranquil Tide, Eastern Palace DSP
Stamps: Perennial Birthday
Ink: Dapper Denim, Tranquil Tide, Lemon-Lime Twist
Other: Layering circles framelits, Everyday Labels punch, dimensionals, Dapper Denim enamel shape (retired), Copper metallic thread


Friday, 12 January 2018

As You See It 167 - Design Team Card

Welcome to our first 2018 challenge! We enjoyed seeing all the different ways people included some 'sparkle' into our last challenge and selecting our Top Pick and Featured Artist was tough.

Amanda has given us an interesting sketch this time around.


It seemed to me that this sketch was calling for the sentiment to be centre stage, so I used a new set, Happy Wishes. This set is one of the new Level 2 Sale-a-bration rewards, so is free with any qualifying order of $220. This is the first time I've played with it and the first choice was which of the many different combinations of words to use. In the end, 'Best Wishes' gave the most open-ended option.


First, I stamped 'best' in Lemon-Lime Twist, then daubed on some Emerald Envy on the top portion, then uses a Berry Burst marker to highlight the flowers and finally - stamped it! I coloured some of the white dots on the letters in Berry Burst to carry to colour through and added in 'wishes'.


This lovely, fresh colour combination comes from this week's challenge at Fab Friday and I will enter this card there. If you're liking these colours, there's still time to join in there too (before 18 January).


At As You See It, we like to see what you do with the challenge. You can join in with us up to 11.55 p.m. on Wednesday 24 January PST. Link up and show us how you see it!

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Sale-a-bration is on and there's a new Special Occasion Catalogue out. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 

If you live in New Zealand and you would like to join my Stampin' Up team, message me for a chat. And, of course, you can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand.

Ingredients - all products Stampin' Up
Card: Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Fresh Floral DSP
Stamps: Happy Wishes
Inks: Emerald Envy, Lemon-Lime Twist, Berry Burst
Other: Stitched shape framelits, Lots of Labels framelits, dimensionals, Berry Burst marker, Emerald Envy enamel dots (retired), Petal Burst embossing folder.





Inkspire Me 333


I am delighted to be able to play with Inkspire Me because I loved the idea of being able to add my own colour to the neutrals.


I chose a colour that I seldom ever use - Pumpkin Pie. I found myself colouring in the flowers from Amazing You, a Sale-a-bration set, in the bright orange almost against my will!



I started with a sponged stencilled background in Smoky Slate. I stamped the flower from Amazing You in Tuxedo Black and stamped extra leaves around it. The spray is built up with Pumpkin Pie blooms, and die cuts in Smoky Slate and vellum from Bouquet Bunch framelits.


The sentiment is from Perennial Birthday, a new set from the Occasions catalogue. The Pumpkin Pie sequins are also from the Occasions catalogue and I've added a small rhinestone in the centre of them and one in the flower centre to make three.

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Sale-a-bration is on and there's a new Special Occasion Catalogue out. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 

And, of course, you can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand.

Update: Utterly delighted to be the Top Pick at Inkspire Me!

Ingredients
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, scraps of Smoky Slate and vellum
Stamps: Perennial Birthday, Amazing You
Inks: Smoky Slate, Tuxedo Black
Other: Stampin' Blends in Pumpkin Pie, Bouquet Bunch framelits, dimensionals, Pattern Party decorative mask, sponges, Tutti-Frutti adhesive backed sequins, rhinestones.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Colour Inkspiration 25 - Guest Designer




Welcome to the bloghop for Challenge 25 of Colour Inkspiration. I'm feeling very excited at being the Guest Designer this time around and I hope you'll find the time to play along with us this fortnight.

Colour Inkspiration is a Facebook challenge group that offers a new colour challenge on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. You can find the page for this group here.

The challenges are always beautiful combinations and this one is no exception: so fresh and vibrant!


I knew right away what I wanted to do with these delicious colours. I wanted to make an album card for a special birthday.

I'd stored away on Pinterest a design for a fold-up scrapbook album that I thought would scale down to make a special birthday card. The design and instructions, by Canadian demonstrator Tamara Bertram, are here. I've scaled it down by cutting one piece of 12x12 DSP into 4 6x6 squares. 

So, folded up, it looks like this.


Untied and opened, it's like this.


I've added in some pictures of the family to fit the occasion and more DSP but you could also add in extra messages, if it was an occasion where lots of people wanted to leave a message.

Here's a look into each quadrant.




And, a place to write...


I had such a lot of fun making this and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I can see myself making more of these and in different sizes, too.

I'm looking forward to seeing what amazing things other people make with this wonderful set of colours.

Next up on the  hop is the wonderful Nikki Spencer.



All products used in this project are Stampin' Up and all current items are available for purchase through my on-line store. Just click the SHOP NOW button in the side-bar.

Ingredients
Card: Floral Boutique DSP (retired), Fresh Floral DSP, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Lemon-Lime Twist
Stamps: Happy Birthday, Gorgeous, Floral Phrases, Petal Palette
Inks: Night of Navy, Lemon-Lime Twist
Other: Layering Circle framelits, Stitched shape framelits, white organza ribbon