Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Retro Rubber 91 - Design Team Card

This week at Retro Rubber Challenge we have a sketch from our own Claire Grantham of Ham'n'Mule Designs. Isn't it full of delightful possibilities?


This being Retro Rubber Challenge, your only restriction is that you must use at least one stamp older than a year and to tell us an approximate age of that stamp. This is important if you want to be considered for our Top Picks. Also, don't link it up to more than ten challenges in total.

I'd been playing around with some shaving foam backgrounds which were still sitting around on my desk. I used a portion of one of them for the background then stamped over it with the tiny stamen stamps from Colourful Seasons, which was released in the 2017 Stampin' Up catalogue. I thought they looked like seed heads blowing in the wind. The sentiment is from the same set. The wee edging stamp was a Saleabration item in 2017, Delicate Details.



These gorgeous leaves are from the coordinating die set, Seasonal Layers. Released more than a year ago, Colourful Seasons and Seasonal Layers are both still current products although they are no longer available as a bundle.



We'd love to see what you do with the sketch. You can join up with us until 27 July. Why not pop over to Retro Rubber Challenge and see what the rest of the team have done with it to get your ideas flowing?

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NB - Delicate Details is now retired.

Monday, 16 July 2018

The Flower Challenge 22

Vintage is a style I don't often do but I recently purchased Stampin' Up's new hostess set, Very Vintage. I been giving it a run in the last couple of days and used the inspiration at The Flower Challenge for this simple vintage card.


I'm usually a little more technique-driven in my card making but sometimes all a really pretty stamp needs is a setting. I used a panel from the Delightfully Detailed specialty paper for the frame and underlaid it with a piece of Rich Razzleberry. Cutting out a central oval allowed the colour to show through the dots while letting the stamp have centre stage. I used a large oval framelit that I had in my stash for this as the current layering ovals are too small for this aperture.



This stamp is just so pretty, with its etching-like look! It colours up well too. So, a sweet and simple vintage style card QED!

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

The Paper Players 401 - Design Team Card

What an amazing two weeks it's been at The Paper Players! So many of you joined in with our 400th Challenge Celebration and the gallery was chock full of the most delightful cards. I could have chosen a dozen winners quite easily. So a hearty congratulations to our winners last week. Be sure to come back on 18 July to see who was randomly selected to receive the prizes. Good luck, everyone!

So, back to real life! This week, it's Joanne's colour challenge and she's chosen three brand new colours from Stampin' Up. It doesn't matter if you don't have the exact SU colour as long as you use similar colours. 


This colour combination got me thinking of florals so it seemed a good chance to try out something I'd been wanting to do for a while - use the Stamparatus to stamp a wreath. Since this is a technique that seems to work well with small stamps I turned to Beautiful Bouquet

I don't know what it is about that set but it sends me over the top everytime. I pull it out and every CAS bone in my body goes into hiding! I don't usually use much red but Lovely Lipstick, one of this year's in-colours, has really grown on me so in the spirit of over-the-topness out came the DSP as well. These little 15 x15 cm pads of DSP in colour families sit quietly in the catalogue, without any fanfare, but are actually incredibly useful.

I made a z-fold card with a circular front and with a matching circular piece hiding in behind it.


Opened out, it looks like this.


We'd love to see what you do with Joanne's colours. Pop over the The Paper Players and see what the rest of the team have done with them, then join in with us.

Here's a reminder of the few rules we have.
  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. Enjoy!
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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Freshly Made Sketches 345

I'm enjoying having some time to play along with challenges. The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches was inspiration for the first outing of my latest stamp set, Very Vintage. This is a hostess set.


Very Vintage was a set that I was havering about, until I saw a gorgeous card made by my Canadian on-line buddy, Heather Cooper from Plays with Papercrafting. I was also exploring some of Stampin' Up's new colours - Lovely Lipstick and Granny Apple Green. 


This fabulous floral image coloured up beautifully with Stampin' Blends. The new catalogue has a whole lot of new colours in these amazing alcohol markers and in this card I've used Lovely Lipstick, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo and some touches of Soft Sea Foam. Ever reliable Crumb Cake was used for the stems and a touch of Daffodil Delight for the flower centres.


I think I'll be using this set quite a bit. It's so very pretty.

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