Sunday, 14 October 2018

The Paper Players 414 - Design Team Card

I'm in love with Jaydee's colour challenge at The Paper Players this week.


It conjures up visions of cosy fireside autumn evenings, sunny autumn afternoons playing in the leaves and of opulent interiors. Wonderful colours! But not ones I use that often...

I've been having a bit of a thing with Very Vintage of late and the colours just seemed to be begging to use that set. I used Stampin' Write markers to colour the beautiful floral bouquet and the bee while I used stamped off Cajun Craze for the tattered lace doilies.


It's perhaps hard to see in the picture, but I used Wink of Stella on the bee's wings and on the flowers. 
This not only gives a pleasing shimmer to them but it smears the inks a little so that you get a kind of water-coloured effect in those areas. I suppose you could call it Wink of Stella painting!


For a finishing touch, I coloured some rhinestones with a dark Cajun Craze Stampin' Blend and added a trio of them. Don't the Stampin' Blends make a great job of customising embellishments?

At The Paper Players, we'd love to see what you do with Jaydee's rich colours. Visit The Paper Players and see what the rest of the team have done with them. 

Here's a reminder of the simple rules at The Paper Players.
  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. Have fun!
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 any of the products pictured below or the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar of this blog or you can message me.

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Friday, 12 October 2018

SUO 209: Holiday Catalogue

At SUO Challenge this week, the challenge is to use things from this year's Holiday Catalogue. What a dream challenge - to play with our new toys!

This year, I set myself the challenge of limiting the number of Holiday Catalogue items I got and trying to maximise the use of each one. It's turned out to be quite tricky, given all the truly beautiful products in this year's Holiday catalogue and I regularly feel envy when I see lovely creations with the sets I 'almost' got! Having said that, it's pushed me into some different directions.

One of my purchases was the Peaceful Noel bundle, papers and accessories. This card was my attempt to get a different look and feel with it. The Joyous Noel specialty papers are so glorious, with the copper accents and rich earthy colours that it's easy to make beautiful things with it. In this case, I was looking for a more country/rustic feel.


The Corrugated dynamic textured impressions embossing folder really came to the rustic party when teamed up with Crumb Cake and so made a great ground for my wreath.


The wreath is made on a ring base of Tranquil Tide cut out by using two Layering Circles framelits.
The sprigs are cut using the Sprig punch. Every fourth sprig is cut from Tranquil Tide Glimmer paper.

Since one of my other purchases was the Merry Christmas to All bundle, one of the dies from that makes a cameo appearance to make a label for the sentiment.

Here's my supply list.
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Colour Inkspiration 43 - Guest Designer

Recently, I had a win at Colour Inkspiration and, as a result, was lucky enough to not only receive a spot in Bronwyn Eastley's online Christmas Extravaganza class but a chance to guest design at this challenge. I feel very privileged to have taken a win here as there are always amazing creations from crafters all around the world. If you haven't played here before visit here and ask to join.

This week's challenge will appeal to lots of people, I think, given that this year's In Colours are so bright, beautiful and bodacious!


In addition to using any or all of this year's In Colours, you can also use the Basics (white, black, vanilla) and metallics in your creation.

Lovely Lipstick is my favourite In Colour but Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch have also made guest appearances in my project, which is a screen card with a customised envelope/wallet.



I am having a bit of a love affair at the moment with Very Vintage, one of the Hostess Sets from the annual catalogue. I think it looks great done in non-vintage colours to make a very special birthday card.

Here's a close up of the envelope and what the card looks like unfolded, as it emerges from the envelope. Although the envelope has a flap that will stick down, I added a ribbon and tag to tie around it, just to make it seem extra special to the recipient.


Isn't that bouquet just glorious, stamped in a single colour? It's fabulous coloured in as well.
If you squint just right, you might see the shimmery Wink of Stella wings on the bee. You don't have to squint in real life. :-)


And here is just the card. The 'feet' are made with the Classic Label punch.


Next up on the hop is the delightful Denita Wright-Smee.

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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. 

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Retro Rubber 97 - Design Team Card


I'm very pleased to be joining you in this week at Retro Rubber, since Jane let me make up the challenge! I don't know about you, but I like to play Tic-Tac-Toe challenges. There's such a lot of scope. Just like the last time I did this, though, I had some trouble deciding which line to play: I liked them all!



I went for the top line: neutrals, texture and ribbon. Remember that since it's Retro Rubber Challenge you do have to use at least one stamp that's older than a year and give us the approximate age.

The two stamp sets that I've used here are the retired Botanical Blooms (2016 Occasions) and the still current Thoughtful Banners (2016-17 Annual).  I really miss Botanical Blooms and the Botanical Builder framelits so was very pleased to be able to play with them again for this.


I created the wreath by cutting three scribbly circles using Swirly Scribbles thinlits and layering them. I used Botanical Blooms stamps to add in the markings on the leaves and flowers -  Early Espresso on Very Vanilla. I sponged them lightly to add more definition.


The pearls were coloured with light and dark Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends - although looking at this photo, I wonder if I didn't pick up the Bronze Stampin' Blend by mistake!

Have a look at what the rest of the Design Team have done with my Tic-Tac-Toe challenge then dig out your old stamps and see what you make....

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. 

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