Thursday, 16 September 2021

Intricate Leaves for Stampin' Fancy Friday September

The Stampin' Fancy Friday team is made up of current and past Artisan Design Team members. Each month we have a theme for the month and examples are released on Instagram each day of that month. If you'd like to follow us, look for stampinfancyfriday on Instagram.

This month, we were given a gorgeous sketch to work with. We were all free to interpret it as we wished and to use any current Stampin' Up! products on it. Have a look to see what the rest of the team have done - you'll be amazed at the variety!

For those of you who don't use Instagram, here's my project. I've used the Intricate Leaves dies with a sentiment from Art Gallery.



The background is embossed using the Timber 3D embossing folder. The three stitched panels are vellum and an alcohol ink background made using Stampin' Blends and isopropyl alcohol. 


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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Prized Peony for Retro Rubber 167

 It's with a tinge of sadness that I share with you the latest challenge at Retro Rubber, the challenge that encourages you to show your older stamps some love. After several years on the Design Team, this is my last challenge with this lovely, talented crew. I felt I needed to make a bit of extra time in my life, so sadly it was Retro Rubber that has gone to make the space. You never know,  you might see me back in their gallery from time to time!

Anyway, this time it's a sketch challenge from the wonderful Claire Grantham. 


I felt in the mood for some colouring, so got out Prized Peony. This set made its first appearance in January 2020. After stamping the large image in Tuxedo Black, I coloured it using Stampin' Blends.

The lovely scalloped edge die is from the matching Peony dies. 

It's always great to mix up old and new products, so I've used some of the 2021-2023 In Colours: Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent. 


The white panel was embossed with the Tasteful Texture embossing folder. It was also stamped in Soft Succulent with the small diamond splatter stamp. 


The sentiment is from Prized Peony and the die is from Tasteful Labels.

We'd love to see how you see Claire's sketch. You can play along with us until 24 September. 

You can see what the rest of the team have done, and link up your entry, at the Retro Rubber Challenge site. 

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Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Around the World on Wednesday September 2021



Welcome to this month's Around the World on Wednesday blog hop. If you've not visited us before, we hop on the second Wednesday of every month with a theme to inspire you. It's 'around the world' because we represent each time zone that Stampin' Up! operates in: from New Zealand (me) all the way around through Australia, Europe and North America to Hawaii. 

This month's theme is 'Changing Seasons' which I think is a great theme since it's open to so many interpretations. It it literally changing from winter to spring for me and for others around the world, summer to autumn. But it's the seasons of life that interest me most at the moment. Partly, it's because of the recent sudden death of a beloved brother. But mostly, it's the prospect of becoming a grandmother for the first time soon. Both those things both remind me that maybe summer's revels now are ending but that a new season is beginning.

So that's what's lead me to this trio of baby cards. A new beginning, a new season as my girl becomes a mother and I become a grandmother - fittingly, in the New Year.

I've used the lovely All for Baby bundle from the 2021 Annual Catalogue for these cards, all with the same layout but with variations.


The baby girl card uses Blushing Bride, the heart die cuts for accents and Tasteful Textile 3-D as the background embossing folder. The embellishments are Elegant Faceted Gems.


The baby boy card is done in Balmy Blue, uses the star die cuts as accents and the Macrame 3-D embossing folder in the background. I like the Macrame 3-D folder for this as it looks to me like a lovely warm baby blanket. 


The gender-neutral one uses So Saffron as the main colour. All three use Sahara Sand as an accent colour.

All three cards use the Tailor Made Tags dies and the Subtles DSP stack.


For more inspiration on the Changing Seasons, keep hopping. Next up is the wonderful Leonie Stuart in Australia. 



Should you get lost around the hop or encounter a broken link, here's a list with links for you.

Jan Clothier - NZ  - You are here

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

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


If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar or clicking on any of products below.



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