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.

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


















Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Paper Players 375 - Design Team Card

I'm looking forward to a new bunch of challenges at The Paper Players this year. Our first challenge will give you a bit of a giggle. It's a theme challenge: Punny Valentine.


This one is a real mixture of bits and pieces. The flowers are from Touches of Texture. The fabulous bumble bee is from Dragonfly Dreams. The lettering and the hearts are from Labeller Alphabet.


The hexagonal embossing adds some theme-related texture.


The bee has his wings glammed up with some gold Wink of Stella and his white bits with clear  Wink of Stella.



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. 

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
Card: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Gold foil
Stamps: Touches of Texture, Dragonfly Dreams, Labeller Alphabet
Inks: Powder Pink, Early Espresso, Gold versacolour
Other: Hexagonal embossing folder, mini-dimensionals, gold and clear Wink of Stella



Saturday, 6 January 2018

CASology 281

I used to often play at Casology but in the last year, I've been too busy to play much. So, with the summer holidays in full swing, I was very happy to join this week.


I used my latest acquisition, Petal Palette, from the new Occasions catalogue for this one but did have a yearning to play with my favourite retired colours: Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon along with a touch of their in-colour mate, Mossy Meadow. While I was in throwback mode, I used the good old baby-wipe technique for this card. 


This close up shows off the interesting texture to the stamps in Petal Palette.


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. 

Update: Delighted to be the winner at CASology this week!

Ingredients - All products Stampin' Up
Card: Blackberry Bliss (retired), Whisper White
Stamps: Petal Palette
Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow (re-inkers, all retired), Tuxedo Black
Other: babywipes, rhinestones,





Friday, 5 January 2018

Hand Stamped Sentiments 280

One of the many lovely things about the summer holidays is more craft time. The first challenge of the year from Hand Stamped Sentiments is this sketch.


I'm continuing my experiments with the Amazing You stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalogue, along with Stampin' Blends.


The flower was stamped twice in Tuxedo Black and coloured with Stampin' Blends - Daffodil Delight with a touch of Pumpkin Pie. The centre petals were fussy cut out of one flower and popped up on a dimensional on the other. The flower is in a soft pool of Smoky Slate, again created with Stampin' Blends.


The outer edges of the flower have layer of clear Wink of Stella to give some sparkle. The stamen area has been stippled with a black marker and a white gel pen to add some definition to them and the centre completed with a clear faceted gem.



This stamp set is a Sale-a-bration product, available for free with any qualifying order of $110. 

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. 

Update: Delighted to be a Top Artist Pick at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Ingredients
Card: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Smoky Slate,DSP from Petal Passion
Stamp: Amazing You
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends in Daffodil Delight (light and dark), Pumpkin Pie and Smoky Slate
Other: Layering Square framelits, Faceted gems, rhinestones, dimensionals, clear Wink of Stella, black Stamp'n'write marker, white gel pen.


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

SIP 131

Today is the beginning of Stampin' Up's Saleabration and the launch of the new Occasions catalogue.  I was playing around with one of my pre-earnt Saleabration items this morning when I saw the challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper.


Who doesn't love embossing?! As it happened, I'd seen on-line a wonderful card by Gail Davidson which inspired me to try out this card today, using the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You thinlit dies - both Saleabration items.


The flower stamp is gold embossed onto black, then coloured with Real Red watercolour pencil. This is on a gold foil mat, then adhered to a Basic Black cardbase. The gold foil 'Celebrate' is stacked on three black cuts of the same die to give it some dimension.  The 'lets' is black embossed to add some more shine.


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 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
Card: Basic Black, Gold Foil, scrap of Whisper White
Stamps: Amazing You
Inks: versamark
Other: gold and black embossing powder, Celebrate You thinlit dies, metallic enamel shapes, Real Red watercolour pencil, double-sided adhesive sheet.

All products are Stampin' Up.