Friday, 6 December 2019

So Many Stars for AYSI 215 - Design Team Card


It's hard to believe that this is the last challenge for the year at As You See It. We'll be back with a new challenge on 3 January.

This time, it's 'Fill in the blank' week so all you have to do is create something that brings you holiday joy.

There were so many ways to fill out this blank but I decided that stars and wishes bring me joy at Christmas.

I like the Swirls and Curls embossing folder paired up with stars because it always reminds me of Van Gogh's Starry Night paintings. 

Here's the card flat, as it comes out of the envelope...


... but it's got a surprise when you stand it up. Doesn't the Mercury Glass Acetate give a pretty shine, layered up in the centrepiece and backed with some Seaside Spray?


We hope you can find a quiet moment or two in the hurly-burly of the next couple of weeks to show us how you see this challenge. You can join us until Wednesday 18 December.

You can see what the rest of the team have done, and link up to play, at the As You See It Challenge site.

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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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Merry Christmas to All for Retro Rubber

Welcome to the final challenge of the year at Retro Rubber. We've got a festive colour challenge for you and as always, we ask you to use at least one stamp that's a year or more old and to give us the approximate age of it.

Our retro challenges are a great chance to get out some old favourites and to give them a different look when you mix them up with new products. This card is definitely playing with old favourites. 

One of my favourites from the 2018 Holiday Catalogue was the Merry Christmas to All bundle, which is still available - just no longer as a bundle. I enjoyed the mix, and range, of the stamped and die-cut greetings.


The Tin Tile embossing folder, also from last year, is another favourite and I'm pleased it's still available. I've given it a light coating of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to add some shine.


New items that give a different look are the Wrapped in Plaid DSP, the Shimmer White embossing powder (a pretty mix of white and glitter) and the gold Designer Element embellishment.

You can see what the rest of the team have done, and link up your entry, by visiting the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. We'd love to see what you do with these colours!

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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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Christmas Gleaming for CI68 - Crew Card


It's hard to believe that it's almost December and that Christmas is just around the corner. To help get you in the mood, we have a Christmas-inspired palette for you to play with this fortnight.


Isn't it lovely? If you haven't played with us before, we we're a group of Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up Demonstrators. You can play with us by joining in our Facebook group here which will let you play along, comment and vote for your favourite from the top 5 selected by the crew.

In addition to the challenge colours, you can freely use Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, metallics and skin-tone blends. If you don't have the exact challenge colours, you can substitute with your nearest-to colours.

I'm very much into Christmas card mode at present. My favourite set at the moment is the Christmas Gleaming bundle, mainly because the two punches that co-ordinate with the stamped baubles are so easy to use.

I loved these rich and inviting colours but decided to tone them down a little by sponging the colour onto the baubles, which had been embossed in silver first. I used a blender pen and Silvery Shimmer ink pad to paint the bauble hangers.


The holly leaves are coloured using Shaded Spruce and Pretty Peacock Stampin' Blends. I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to draw some of the Shaded Spruce from the stamped holly images to colour the berries a little.


I added texture to the Silver Foil mat by running it through the Subtle embossing folder first. Doesn't it give the foil a super new look?

Next up on the hop is Rebecca Scurr who will have some more inspiration for these luscious colours.
We'd love to see what you make with them. You have two weeks to play along with us and show 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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