Friday, 15 October 2021

Gorgeous Leaves for AYSI 261

It's time for a new challenge at As You See It and as always, straight after the sketch challenge comes the Colour Challenge. Don't forget that the Featured Artist from this challenge will be offered the chance to Guest Design in our next Recipe Challenge. 


The Bark 3D Embossing folder had just arrived at my house so, of course, I had to try it out. From there, it was just a short step to add some leaves from the Intricate Leaves dies - part of the Gorgeous Leaves bundle.


For the background, I die cut the Vellum panel with one of the Ornate Layers dies. Then I scribbled on it with Blackberry Bliss and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends and dribbled some Isopropyl Alcohol with a Water Painter to make the inks run. I put it out in the sun to evaporate the excess alcohol and voila - you're left with this random alcohol ink pattern. Very simple to do but never expect the same result twice. Like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, you never know what you'll get!


The sentiment, white embossed on Blackberry Bliss card, is from Ornate Thanks. A few rhinestones finished things off by adding in some more silvery tones.

I used the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set to decorate the inside of the card.

We'd love to see how you see these colours. You can see what the rest of the team have done and link up your entry at the As You See It Challenge site.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Festive Foliage for Around the World on Wednesday


Welcome to the latest Inspiration Hop from Around the World on Wednesday. In case you haven't visited us before, we hop on the second Wednesday of the month, with a theme to inspire you in your craft rooms. We're 'Around the World' because the team includes people from all the markets Stampin' Up! is available in. I'm here in New Zealand then there's people from Australia, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Canada and the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii).

The theme for this month's hop is "10 in 30". Now, I like a speed challenge as much, and probably more, than most but this one almost got the better of me! Usually, I can't do ONE card in 30 minutes, so how on earth was I going to manage TEN in 30 minutes?!!

Well, with the help of Stamparatus, Stampin' Seal, some very careful planning, and a pinch of luck, I managed it... but I have more to say on this at the end of this post. 😀

Here are the 10 in 30: a simple Christmas card made using Festive Foliage and Best Year stamp sets.


And a closer look....


As you can see, I was very close to running out of time!


You need only read the following if you would like to know how I managed it.

Fortunately, our blog instructions allowed us to cut card and prepare equipment before the 30 minutes began. It took me just shy of 12 minutes to cut:
*10 Shaded Spruce bases 21cm x 13.5cm and scored at 10.5cm
*10 Basic White 10cm x 13cm for the fronts
*10  Basic White 10cm x 13cm for the inside of the card
*10 strips of Metallic Mesh ribbon 13cm long
*Die cut 10 medallions from Silver Foil using Stitched So Sweetly dies
*Die cut 10 medallions from Basic White using Stitched So Sweetly dies for the sentiment

It took me about 3 minutes to set up Festive Foliage and Best Year on Stamparatus, ready to use.

So, I spent around 15 minutes getting set up, then went and had a cup of coffee before the sprint began.



I painted some of the foliage with Wink of Stella for sparkle and to give a faux water colour look. Without this step, I'd have easily made the time limit but I really wanted to include it and was prepared to sacrifice adding rhinestones to get it.


Another thing that speeded things up was using Stampin' Seal instead of glue for the ribbon and to attach the sentiments.


The rhinestones got thrown on in the final minute! 

A Final Note
I stamped and assembled these cards just inside the 30 minute time limit. However, I really don't recommend trying it! This design is great for making  multiples and is quick and easy. There's no need to make life hard by trying to complete it in 30 minutes. If you did the cutting, went away and had a cuppa, then came back and gave yourself 45 minutes, I think you'd easily get yourself a set of cards you'd be happy to send or give away, with much less stress. 

I also like to decorate the inners and the 30 minute deadline didn't give me that luxury but 45 minutes would have. 

Next up is the ever fabulous Leonie Stuart in Australia. I'll bet she cooked up something wonderful with her 30 minutes!



Here's a blog roll of participants so that you can revisit, or find your way if you encounter a broken link.

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Nature's Harvest for CI109

 


A fortnight goes by very quickly, because it's already time for a new challenge at Colour INKspiration!
We were delighted by both the number and quality of entries in the last challenge and we look forward to seeing what you all do with this one. This gorgeous graphic was chosen 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 three 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. This time, we have Yvonne Spikmans - Van Bruggen joining us as Guest Designer.

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.

This colour combo got me thinking of nature and it seemed a perfect mix for the Nature's Harvest bundle - another of my many favourites. 😀


The card base and branches are Early Espresso, as is the sentiment and the shadow under the sentiment. The mat and the wheat are Cinnamon Cider. 

The flowers are stamped and coloured in 'Crushed Curry', Cinnamon Cider and Pool Party. I confess to using a Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend. It's so very close to Crushed Curry and there is no Crushed Curry Blend to use. 


For the background, I stamped the splotchy, moss-like stamp in Pool Party onto the Very Vanilla card base. Then I cut a piece of Vellum and embossed it using the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder - another favourite, must-have item.

When you visit the Colour INKspiration site to enter, don't forget to check out the album of Crew Cards for further inspiration.

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 on any of the products below.

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