Monday, 14 June 2021

All Squared Away for TGIF320 and Inspire. Create 92

 I've treated myself to some extra craft time today and have combined two challenges for inspiration.Inspire. Create. Challenge has a colour challenge.


Since I'm really enjoying this year's In Colors, this was no hardship to use!

I also used the sketch at TGIF Challenge.


The beautiful square die cuts from the All Squared Away bundle seemed perfect for the sketch. I like the way the stamps set offers various backgrounds that fit behind the die cuts perfectly and that the die set includes the extra little matching flowers so you can layer up.


I also think it's very cute that the larger of the 2021-23 In Color Jewels perfectly fits into the centre of the rounded flower. đŸ˜€

The Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder made a for a clean background for the bright floral squares.

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Sunday, 13 June 2021

All Squared Away for Stampin' Fancy Friday

I'm lucky enough to belong to the Stampin' Fancy Friday Inspiration team. We're a group of current and past Stampin' Up! Artisan Design team members who put together an inspiration hop once a month on a theme. This is not a blog hop. Instead, a post appears daily on the stampinfancyfriday Instagram account throughout the month.  If you don't want to miss any of the inspiration, go follow it right now!

The theme this month is 2021-23 In Colours. I have to admit that technically we were supposed to include one of the new In Colours into another colour combination. Due to the fact that I did not read the instruction post properly AND that I couldn't get enough of the five new In Colours together, my project includes the whole five: Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. 

I used the new All Squared Away bundle to create a set of note cards and envelopes plus a gift box for them. The tiny label on the gift box uses the Quiet Meadow bundle.


I'm particularly fond of the way the two greens work together so well. 


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Friday, 11 June 2021

Friends are Like Seashells for AYSI252

It's time for THEME week at As You See It and this time around, it's Masculine. 

I've chosen a set that at first glance doesn't seem particularly masculine. Friends are Like Seashells originally came out as part of a suite that included some very pretty, quite feminine papers but I think that if you move towards earthier colours, it fits the bill as a masculine card. I'd quite happily give this to any of the men in my family, who all enjoy the beach.


To give the seashells their 3D appearance, I first stamped them in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla. I fussy cut them out (because I wanted a narrower edge than using the dies would have given me), then inserted them into the Seashells 3D embossing folder to given them texture. Finally, I added to the illusion of depth by sponging the edges with Early Espresso ink.


I added some touches of Coastal Cabana because it's not only an ocean colour but because it highlights the Early Espresso.

The sentiment is from Handsomely Suited

We'd love to see how you see this theme. You can see what the rest of the Design Team have done and link up your entry by visiting the As You See It Challenge site.

I took inspiration for this card from the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches



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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Quiet Meadow for AWOW June

 


Welcome to this month's Inspiration Hop from the Around the World Team. We're a group put together by Angie McKenzie representing every Stampin' Up! time zone around the world. I'm coming to you from New Zealand.




On the second Wednesday of each month, the team hops on a theme. This month's theme is to 'Step it Up.'

Here's an overview of my beginner, casual and avid crafter projects.



I was excited by this challenge as I've always meant to plan a project for a Beginner, Casual and Avid crafter - but somehow, I just never have!  It was harder than I thought because I kept wanting to add just a little more to the beginner and casual projects until they were ... well,  avid projects. 

So what I did was to start roleplaying. I started by imagining that I was new to stamping and had a few basics such as a cutting board, adhesives, Basic White card and rhinestones. In my imaginary world, I've treated myself to a mixed pack of 2021-23 In Color A4 card and a set of the matching inks plus the stamp set Quiet Meadow. This limits me to pretty much stamps, inks and paper which is true of most stampers in the beginning. Here's a close up of the beginner's project.


For the Casual Crafter's project, my imaginary stamper has added in a 2021-2023 In Color DSP stack and a set of Stampin' Write markers. They've used the markers to directly colour the stamp, so there's a bit more technique involved too. Here's a close-up of the Casual Stamper's project. 



For the Avid Crafter's project, my imaginary stamper has gone for gold. Now they've got themselves a Stampin' Cut and Emboss machine so they've added in the Meadow dies. They've got some blending brushes  and subtly coloured some white die cuts to layer on. They've replaced the basic rhinestones with the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels. The Meadow dies also include a lovely label for the larger sentiments.


Like most of us, my imaginary stamper has learned the joys of 'having it all!'

Carry on around the hop for more Step It Up inspiration. Next up is the wonderful Leonie Stuart in Australia. 



Should you get lost on the hop, or encounter a broken link, here's a list of all participants.

Jan Clothier - NZ --- You are here

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Satomi Wellard

Pia Gephardt - DE

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Emma Goddard - UK

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US


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