Thursday, 18 April 2019

Sneak Peek at the 2019 In Colours

Big excitement at my house today! My box of Premier Product Purchases arrived in time for Easter!
There were many things in the box but the first thing I got out and played with were the new In-Colour inks and card.

I had to try them out ASAP. So here's some quick note cards / gift tags I made to try out each colour. As an added bonus, I also got to have a go with the new set, Good Morning Magnolia. The sentiment and tiny magnolia flower are from it. I'm sure I'll be showing you more of them in the near future.

So here they are: Purple Posy, Seaside Spray, Pretty Peacock, Rococco Rose, Terracotta Tile. Can you tell which one is which? Do you have a favourite?


Here's a close-up of my favourite new colour: Rococco Rose.


Add these colours to your wish list today! If you live in New Zealand and would like me to be your demonstrator, message me or leave a comment. The new catalogue will be available in early June so let you know if you'd like one.

Friday, 12 April 2019

As You See It 198 - Design Team Card

I can't believe it's time for a new challenge at As You See It already! This week, we have a sketch for you to get your mojo flowing.


With Mother's Day coming up quickly, I went a bit OTT and used the gorgeous Lace Dynamic Impressions Embossing folder to give a lot of texture to the background. Then I used it again on the Mossy Meadow horizontal element.


I've always liked the Beautiful Day set but haven't used it for a while. It was a pleasure to use Stampin' Blends on it. With three different shades of red, the rose looked really three-dimensional before I started adding the layers over the top of it! Stamping, colouring and fussy cutting a few extra leaves really lifted it too.


At As You See It, we love to see how you interpret our challenges. You have until April 24 to join up with us. You can see what the rest of the team have done with this sketch by clicking here.

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. 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 by clicking any of the products pictured below or the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar of this blog or you can message me.


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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Swaps for OnStage Auckland

Today was the first day of OnStage Auckland. It's so exciting to be at the big three-day event, rather than on OnStage Local. So exciting, that I made swaps for this one! And along the way, I found a new use for my Stamparatus.

Because I was making a lot, I kept things simple. Sponging is one of my favourite techniques, so I updated an old card with new product. I used the leaves from Rooted in Nature, the butterfly from Butterfly Gala and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings. I've previously made it in Night of Navy and Melon Mambo using Kinda Eclectic, Papillon Potpourri and Endless Birthday Wishes. This design is very easy to update and to make an 'any occasion' card by simply choosing a different sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings. If I was using this in a class, I'd let my people choose their own.


I chose Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive as my base colours just because I like them. I've added Crushed Curry in the sponging but again, this design will work in any colour combination.

Some of the butterflies I coloured with Stampin' Blends and some I sponged with a dauber. Choose the colouring method that suits you and your group.



I found a new way to use Stamparatus in the making of this card. Always for me the finicky part of sponging is lining up the mask over the card front in just the right place and in making sure that there is no card front accidentally left exposed to get an unwanted swish of colour.

Because Stamparatus hold everything so firmly, it's perfect for positioning masks.


1. Put your card front into the Stamparatus, place the mask over the top and use the magnets to hold it all together. The mask and card front are the same size - so no mix up on where to position the circle and no bits hanging out to get accidentally coloured. NB - The broken magnet worked out really well in holding the small corner. 😀



2. Sponge on the colour


3. Stamp the sentiment using the hinge plate.


4. Voila - done!


Add in the leaf stamp.
Because I was using the leaf stamp twice, I stamped them in afterwards but if it had been a single stamp, I could have set it up on the second hinge plate.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Colour Inkspiration 53 - Crew Card


Welcome to a new challenge at Colour InkspirationIf you haven't played with us before, we're a group of Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up demonstrators. You can play with us by joining in our Facebook group here which will let you play along, comment and vote for your favourite from the top 5 selected by the crew.

This time it's another pretty combination: Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Whisper White and a touch of metallics.



I've created a concoction of bubbles using Playful Backgrounds, repeat stamped and embossed in gold. Then I've used Stampin' Blends in Petal Pink, Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron - both light and darks - to colour the bubbles.


The 'celebrate' is stacked three deep. I used some gold shimmer paint mixed into a spray to give a touch of bling to it. The 'lets' and 'you' are masked out of one of the stamps in Itty Bitty Birthdays and the 'Happy Birthday' is from the same set.


I stepped things up a bit by creating an easel card. Here it is closed up for the envelope.


Next on our inspiration blog hop is the lovely Julia Quinn, who also has a fancy fold to show you.


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. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 


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NOTE: Gold shimmer paint is now retired