Sunday, 19 August 2018

Freshly Made Sketches 350

I've been relishing a quiet weekend which has given me a bit of time to play with some of the items I got on pre-order from the forthcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue. Being able to pre-order is one of the best perks of becoming a demonstrator.

For inspiration, I looked to the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.


One of the new season sets is So Santa. I had to have this set once I saw the Santa at the beach with a surfboard - just perfect for a New Zealand Christmas! Here he is on his first outing....


In keeping with the summery theme, I've used some of the bright new In-Colours: Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover paired up with my old favourite, Cherry Cobbler. I think Lovely Lipstick could have been used just as well, though.


I think he's a smart Santa in his tropical shorts but he comes with friends: a scooter Santa and a chef Santa. 

The countdown to the Holiday Catalogue is on. So Santa will be available on 5 September, so keep your eyes peeled for him and his friends.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Retro Rubber 93 - Design Team Card

I'm very excited by today's challenge at Retro Rubber, since I had the pleasure of creating it.
I hope you enjoy Tic-Tac-Toe challenges as much as I do. Don't forget that since this is Retro Rubber Challenge, you do need to make sure you use at least one stamp that's older than a year and tell us your stamp's approximate age.


When I made it, I remember thinking that I was happy with it as I could visualise several cards that would fit the bill. It turned out that was the problem when it came to making a team card! I couldn't quite decide which line to play!



I set out to play the diagonal: birds-green-masculine. Looking at it now, I seem to also have played the top line: die-cut-washi tape-masculine; the right hand vertical: masculine-one word-leaves and the other diagonal: die-cut-green-leaves. If you count the planks as stripes, I've played even more! 

So, I'll be really interested to see what line - or lines - you play in this challenge.


In this challenge, I've used Best Birds, which is still current but premiered in 2016-17 catalogue. The sentiment is from Crazy About You, which is now retired, from the 2015 Occasions catalogue.

Pop over to the Retro Rubber Challenge site and see what the rest of the team have done, then join in with us. You have until 24 August to play with us. Just remember to use stamps older than a year, give us an indication of age and please don't link up to more than ten other challenges.

Inspiration for this card also came from the sketch at Fab Friday Challenge.


Update: Delighted to be the Fab Fave at Fab Friday!


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 the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar of this blog or by clicking on any of the products listed below.



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Note: Crazy About You and the washi tape are retired, so are not in this list.

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All my classes are prepped and design team cards made, so it was with pleasure that I turned to my brown box of preorder goodies from the soon-to-be released Holiday Catalogue. For inspiration, I used the sketch at Just Add Ink.


The Peaceful Noel suite is stunning beautiful and was my first port of call for a play with new toys.



Gorgeous colours, gorgeous papers, gorgeous stamps, a gorgeous punch and also from the Holiday catalogue, a beautiful new embossing folder. This Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions folder creates a rich, symmetrical design reminiscent of the Victorian pressed tin ceiling. 


 I think this will be the first of many cards that I'll make with these delicious products! The catalogue is live for ordering on 5 September.

Update: Delighted to get an Honourable Mention at Just Add Ink this week.





Sunday, 12 August 2018

The Paper Players 405 - Design Team Card


I enjoyed all the humorous cards submitted last week at The Paper Players. It was such pleasure seeing them all but much harder to choose someone to be Cut Above! Let's see what you all do with LeAnne's lovely colour challenge.


Of course, autumn is the first thing those colours brought to mind. The opening lines of  Keats' To Autumn, "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness," popped into my head and never left - which is why this card has such an autumnal look and feel. Blame the poet!


I began by white embossing the leaf outlines onto some shimmery white cardstock. Then I blended over it Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody and So Saffron. A quick spritz of water lifted some of the colour then I stamped over it using the small stamen stamp from Colorful Seasons. I like the way it looks likes seed heads blowing in the wind.


I blended together the three shades of ink on a scrap of card then stamped and cut out the solid leaf. The skeleton leaf, I cut from Mango Melody then sponged on some Pumpkin Pie.
Autumn is such a season of endings, with the promise of new beginnings, so to turn this into a sympathy card seemed apt.

Inspiration for this card also came from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.


LeAnne's colours can be used many ways and we look forward to seeing what you do with them.
Have a look at The Paper Players to see what the rest of the team have done, then why not join in?

Here's a quick reminder of the challenge 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 note of these few rules as entries that do not comply will be deleted from the gallery. 

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 the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar of this blog or you can message me.


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