Saturday, 17 November 2018

Cas(e) this sketch 298

There's ever such a pretty sketch this week at Cas(e) This Sketch which I found when looking around for some inspiration for one of the sets we were given at On Stage last week, Amazing Life.




It's such a sweet set with images for birthday and good luck all in one. For this card, I made it for a birthday.


I gave the sketch a bit of a twist by making cutting the front narrower than the back and making the right hand vertical of the sketch a decorative feature of the inside of the card. The very pretty decorative edging stamp from the set made for the narrow vertical element of the sketch.


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NB: The stamp set Amazing Life will be available in January in the Occasions catalogue.

Friday, 16 November 2018

As You See It 189 - Design Team Card


This week at As You See It, Amanda has given us a sketch to play with.


When I looked at it, I saw lots of DSP. DSP is something that usually scares me off. I don't often use it, and certainly not in large amounts. More than one pattern really frightens me! So I'm amazed that this is what I came up with.


It's just as well Stampin' Up makes coordination so very, very easy. I bought the luscious Share What You Love DSP paper from the 2018-19 catalogue. Like all our DSP packs, the papers play well together. I needed something to tie them all together, so I picked four papers that used Blackberry Bliss/Rich Razzleberry somewhere in the design. Blackberry Bliss became the base colour and colour for the sentiment. I used the neutral Crumb Cake to mat my four pieces of DSP as it appeared in most of them too.

I used the large die from Stitched Labels so the sentiment had room to breathe against the busy-ness of the background. Then just a couple of Blackberry Bliss faceted gems finished things off.

We'd love to see how you see this sketch. Pop over to As You See It to see what the rest of the team have done, then why not join us. You have until Wednesday 28 November, 11.55 p.m. PST to play along with us.

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Colour Inkspiration 45

It's hard to believe that it was a week ago I left for OnStage Auckland, complete with a baggage of butterflies that didn't leave me until my presentation was over! I came home with a parcel of new goodies, from the prize patrols and gifts at On Stage, but I didn't get to play with any of them until today.

I wanted to use the beautiful new set, Incredible Like You and I found inspiration at the colour challenge at Colour INKspiration. This is a fortnightly Facebook Challenge and the challenge this time is to use any or all of the 2017-19 In Colours. If you've never played with this crew, jump over and ask to join. You'll be inspired!


This set has some encouraging sayings and a bunch of floral doodads that you can play around with and combine. It will be available with the Occasions catalogue in January. The lovely poppy is a two step stamp and is almost like a lithograph in the way it's crosshatched. It's hard to pick a favourite, but the stripy lines look like they're going to be endlessly useful.


Another inspiration for this card was a personal challenge to not use the Big Shot to make it. It's so easy to go to the Big Shot for some wow factor but it's good to go back to basics from time to time and see what you can do.


This set of In-Colours is a favourite of mine and I've managed to get the whole five into this card, one way or another.

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The stamp set, Incredible Like You, will be available in January. Put it on your wish list.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Forever Lovely On Stage Auckland 3

In addition to the four cards I presented during the Product Spotlight at On Stage Auckland, I had a display board with an additional six samples of Forever Lovely bundle, part of the All My Love suite.
I've shown you the presentation cards and three other samples already and here are the final three from the board.

This bundle is perfect for any romantic occasion, special feminine birthday or even Mother's Day.

This pretty card is a breeze to make with the edgelit and with a different sentiment - or even with this one - would make a lovely invitation to an engagement party, or special wedding anniversary.


This is the inside but those repeat stamped DistINKtive roses would look great anywhere.


This card is for the unashamed romantic! I loved how easy it was to use the sentiment to create a background with Stamparatus. My favourite thing is the extra foliage and flower die cuts that work so well with the stamped images to let you build up delightful clusters.


And those single rose stamps with the matched framelits are so easy and have such a lot of impact.


For my final card, I chose one that showcased the DSP. Regular readers will know that I'm not much of a paper user but the paper in this suite is so very pretty that I HAD to use it. Thanks to my team mate at The Paper Players, Anne Marie Hile, who gave the team a sketch challenge a few weeks ago that I adapted very slightly to show off the paper. I especially like the vellum circle. Again, Stamparatus came to the fore letting me stamp, then clear emboss, the sentiment to get a bit of shine happening.


So now you've seen all the cards I either spoke about or showed at On Stage Auckland. Perhaps another day, I'll share a couple that almost got on to the board but ended up being left at home...


Monday, 12 November 2018

On Stage Auckland 2 Forever Lovely

As well as presenting Forever Lovely at On Stage Auckland, I also had a board to display other samples for people to look at. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here are some of the other ways you can use Forever Lovely, whether you are an avid, casual or beginning crafter.

The edgelit in the Forever Flowers die set matches that pretty floral fretwork spray, so it was just begging me to use in with an acetate window.


Inlaying die cuts can be a demanding task but the new Take Your Pick tool made manipulating those tiny pieces easy-peasy.


Something less demanding is to stamp the two-step spray twice, with a 180 degree rotation. The flowers have a coat of clear Wink of Stella that really sets them twinkling when they catch the light. If you're not a Valentine's day person, grab out Itty Bitty Greetings and change it to what you want: You're Engaged, Happy Anniversary, Many Thanks... you choose.


For something really quick and easy, how about these lunchbox love notes or briefcase billet-doux? That little distinKtive heart cluster is a quick, sweet background to any sentiment.


If you're liking the look of the Forever Lovely bundle, it will be available in January and there will be more to see in tomorrow's post.








Sunday, 11 November 2018

The Paper Players 418 - Design Team Card


This week at The Paper Players, it's colour challenge time. Laurie's chosen an interesting trio of colours.


Timeless Textures is one of my favourite sets, so it's the basis of this card. I love the way the different elements combine together to create a shabby chic kind of look. I paired it up with a new acquisition of mine - the Stitched Label framelits. Aren't they pretty? They give you so many more options for glamming up the sentiment on any card.



I used the dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend to colour a few rhinestones to pop in amongst the grunge spots.


Visit the rest of the Paper Players team to see what they've done with this trio, then why not join in with us?

Here's a quick reminder of our few rules.
  1. Create a new paper project.
  2. Upload your project to your blog with a link back to The Paper Players.
  3. Provide a direct link to your blog post for your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than FOUR challenges (including ours).
  5. Enjoy!
Please take not as entries that do not comply will be deleted from the gallery. 

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