Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Retro Rubber 103 - Design Team Card

What a great selection of rainbows we got for our last challenge! Congratulations to our Top Picks - you didn't make it easy for us to find a winner!

This week at Retro Rubber, it's an Anything Goes challenge. Of course, since this is retro rubber, the rule about using at least one stamp that's at least a year old and telling us its approximate age still applies.


Today's card is honouring Dragonfly Dreams, one of the sets I will miss the most when it retires at the end of May. If this is a set you've had your eye on, make sure to order it from me before the end of May - or ASAP, just in case it sells out.

Having just received my pre-order from the recent OnStage, it was also a chance to try out some of the new In-Colours that will be available at the start of June. I've used three of the five: Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy and Seaside Spray. The card base is Pretty Peacock, the mat is Purple Posy and then I've sponged all three colours onto Shimmery White card before beginning to build the background.


The dragonfly was cut from Sparkle glimmer paper, then sponged with Pretty Peacock. She's mounted on Stitched Shapes circles of Seaside Spray and vellum.


I built up the background. After sponging Purple Posy and Seaside Spray, with a touch of Pretty Peacock around the edges, I stamped the dragonfly in Seaside Spray and added the dots in Purple Posy. Finally, I used a Decorative Mask stencil and sponged white craft ink through it. The pattern shows up in certain light, adding another layer of interest.


If you'd like to see what the rest of the design team have done, be sure to visit them at the Retro Rubber Challenge blog. Then why not get out some of your older stamps and join us? We'd love to see what you do and we'll be sure to leave you some lovely comments as well.

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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Note: Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy and Seaside Spray will be available at the start of June.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 384

I was very lucky in that my box of PPP from OnStage Auckland arrived just before Easter. I carved out a bit of time this morning to play with the new Free As A Bird bundle. For inspiration, I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.


The bundle consists of the Free as A Bird stamp set and a set of Stitched Nested Labels dies.
These dies are a kind of long hexagon and have stitching on both sides of the cut edge, allowing you to not only have lovely labels but also lovely frames. Anyway, I thought that I could use one of these, truncated, for the rectangular element of the sketch.


I'm not usually one for using a lot of DSP in a card. In fact, I went to OnStage telling myself that I would not be buying any DSP. So after getting one set as a gift to all those present and being unable to resist two gorgeous offerings in PPP, here I am - using some of the very pretty DSP from Bird Ballad!

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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The Free As A Bird bundle and the Bird Ballad DSP will be available in the new Annual Catalogue out at the start of June. Here's a list of the other items I used.


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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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