Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Colour INKspiration 56 - Crew Card


Whether you hopped here from the delightful Denita Wright-Smee or started your hop here, welcome to the latest challenge at Colour Inkspiration. If you haven't played with us before, 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.

Isn't this an opulent set of colours to play with? If you love Berry Burst, make sure you stock up on it before it retires on 3 June.



They shouted floral to me, so I turned to my go-to set for anything floral, Beautiful Bouquet. I was happy to see that it will be carrying over into the 2019-20 catalogue. What I love about it is the huge variety of flowers and foliage the stamp set and matching Bouquet Bunch dies offer. Honestly, you could make fifty cards with it and have every one of them different.

In this case, the furtherest back flowers are stamped on to the card base while the nearer ones are die cut and popped up on dimensionals. The tulips are stamped in mixes of Melon Mambo, Berry Burst and Blackberry Bliss by stamping in one colour and daubing on little bits of a second colour to get the variegation.


I've added in a couple of touches of silver to add to the celebratory mood but toned them down with a more rustic tie for the bouquet. I've used the linen braid trim but frayed out the ends.


This time, you've got three weeks to play with us and we'd love to see what you do with this rich set of colours. Maybe you see something other than flowers?

Next up is Rachel Palmieri who will, as always, have something inspiring for us.



If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas and provide you with Stampin' Up products. Message me by visiting my Facebook page  - there's a link in the sidebar of this blog. Or you can leave a comment below. 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 will take you to my on-line store.


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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Retro Rubber 111 - Design Team Card

This week, at Retro Rubber Challenge, we're having a Tic-Tac-Toe. Choose a row, column or diagonal and use it to make your card. Of course, with this being Retro Rubber, you need to use at least one stamp that's more than a year old and tell us the approximate age of it.


Now that Stampin' Up's retiring list is out, you'll know that Lovely as a Tree is finally retiring this year after being in the catalogue since 2001! So this card is a farewell to that long-serving and truly lovely set. The sentiment is from a newer set - just about to have its first birthday - Rooted in Nature.

I've played the top row: neutrals, ribbon or twine, sponging. 


I've not only sponged the hills for the trees but have used a sponge to distress the edges of the main panel and the Crumb Cake mat behind. This helped the plain Crumb Cake sentiment stand out more clearly. To add to the slightly distressed look, I've coloured the shiny silver leaf trinket with a Soft Suede Stampin' Blend - voila - instant antiquing!


The challenge will be open until May 31, so why not pop over to the challenge site to see what the rest of the team have done and then join in with us? You can visit the site here.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas and provide you with Stampin' Up products. Message me by visiting my Facebook page  - there's a link in the sidebar of this blog. Or you can leave a comment below. 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 will take you to my on-line store.


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Thursday, 16 May 2019

SIP 199 Let's Hear it for the Boys

I've always struggled with masculine cards and the challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper gave me reason to have another go as does the challenge at The Male Room.




The Geared Up Garage suite certainly makes life easier on the masculine card front. I'm also having a bit of a love affair at the moment with waterfall cards, so I thought I'd see if they worked out in a masculine setting.


Up close, you can see the way using StazOn black has distressed the cogs in a very pleasing way.
I like that the sentiment is general enough to lead into either a birthday or Father's Day.


After this, I do think that a waterfall card can work just as well for the boys!

If you've been thinking about getting this set, then don't delay. While it's carrying over to the 2019 Catalogue, it will no longer be available as a bundle. Getting it now will save you 10%. And if you like the look of the Classic Garage DSP, then get it now before it retires.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas and provide you with Stampin' Up products. Message me by visiting my Facebook page  - there's a link in the sidebar of this blog. Or you can leave a comment below. 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 will take you to my on-line store.


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Sunday, 12 May 2019

TGIF211

The challenge this week at TGIF Challenge is a tough one... the dreaded no layer card.


It did however, force me to my desk to try to put into practice an idea that had been percolating for a while. I wanted to use the gorgeous large image from Good Morning Magnolia in a one layer setting, as if it was being viewed through a window. Here's how that turned out...


Good Morning Magnolia will be available for purchase when the new catalogue goes live on 4 June. 

Because it was a no layer card, I couldn't use blends to colour because they would bleed through and look unsightly so I got out my SU Watercolour pencils and blender pen instead. 


The faux frame is sponged in Flirty Flamingo with a touch of Berry Burst. The centre of the flower has a Wink of Stella touch of bling.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas and provide you with Stampin' Up products. Message me by visiting my Facebook page  - there's a link in the sidebar of this blog. Or you can leave a comment below. 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 will take you to my on-line store.

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Good Morning Magnolia will be available in the new catalogue, 4 June.