Thursday, 24 June 2021

Plentiful Plants for CAS Colours and Sketches 425

 I've taken inspiration for today's card from the sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches.



I'm enjoying playing around with the Plentiful Plants bundle this week and today, played around with the many small die cuts and the Paper Lattice that is available to coordinate with this set.

I started by cutting three of the smaller pots from Cajun Craze and some grasses from Evening Evergreen. 
The snake plant was stamped in Evening Evergreen and die cut. 


I cut the Paper Lattice down to size and adhered it to the Basic White card front, then added in the plants.  Then I cut 0.5cm wide strips of the Brick pattern DSP to create some floating shelves for the plants.


I think the strong earthy colours make this card suitable for a masculine recipient as well as a female one. 

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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Tasteful Touches for CI102

 



Welcome to a new challenge at Colour INKspiration! We have this lovely image to get you thinking, chosen for you by Crew Member Lou Kitzelman.



If you haven't played with us before, we are a group of Stampin' Up Demonstrators from the South Pacific. Challenges are shown and entered via our Facebook Group page. If you don't belong, and would like to, click here. Don't forget to answer the two easy questions you'll be asked when you ask to join the group.

Each challenge, Top Picks and a winner are chosen by the crew and the winner offered a chance to Guest Design with us for a future challenge.

If you don't have an exact challenge colour, feel free to replace it with whatever you have that's closest. Black, White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and metallics are free colours, as are flesh toned Stampin' Blends.

I loved the bright pop of the Polished Pink against the neutrals and it got me thinking of a bright flower against leaves. In turn, this lead me to Tasteful Touches because of the bold bloom and the lovely eclectic mix of other stamps in the set. 


I started by stamping the big bloom in Basic Gray, then colouring it using Polished Pink Stampin' Blends before fussy cutting it out.  I stamped the tattered lace in Smoky Slate and the foliage in Basic Gray. 

I used the Basic Borders dies to cut the stitched curved edge of the Basic White card front and another matching layer in Polished Pink.


I used the foliage stamp in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate for the bottom layer. The sentiment is from Best Years, stamped in Basic Gray. A few Polished Pink gems finished off the design.

We'd love to see what you do with these colours. You can add your project, see the other entries and look at the Design Team inspiration by clicking here. We'd love to see what you do with these tranquil colours.

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Sweet Strawberries for Paper Players 546

The latest challenge at The Paper Players was just meant to be. I have been in possession of the Sweet Strawberry bundle for most of this year and have never got around to opening it. So the Clean and Simple Berry/Fruit Challenge seemed to be there just to make me take the leap!


I like to make things CAS, and this set was an easy one to CAS-ify. The strawberries really dictated the colours: red, green, white and a touch of yellow and gold.


Although the set provides outline stamps and lovely filler stamps, I chose to colour the outline stamps with Stampin' Blends for a richer colour.


The punched strawberries and flower are popped up on dimensionals to give more sense of depth. A trio of Gilded Gems completes the clean and simple design.

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Plentiful Plants for FMS490

 Well, it's one of those wet, miserable winter days today. Perfect for an afternoon in the craft space! Literally the clouds had a silver lining. 😀

I opened up a new bundle, Plentiful Plants, and was keen to give it a run. Inspiration came from the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.


Normally, I'm not someone who uses a lot of Designer Series Paper in my cardmaking. However, the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP is something special. One side is botanical: leafy patterns along with plants  and pots that can be cut out and used as is, while the other side contains wonderful natural textures like wood and stone. These tempted me into using them as a base for the card. 

I really enjoyed playing with the plants and pot stamps. The DistINKtive technology really gives the images a sense of depth. The die cut macrame hanger is lovely and such a blast from the past. I remember as a young newly-wed teaching myself macrame to make some hangers for our first house.



While not part of the suite, the Macrame 3D embossing folder makes a great companion to this bundle and I've used it on the background circle behind the plant. The embossed circles I saw used recently by the very talented Aurelie Fabre here.

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