Friday, 13 September 2019

As You See It 209 - Design Team Card

It's week 3 of our challenge rotation at As You See It, so that makes it a 'Fill in the Blank' challenge.


This challenge was a hard one to answer because I have a solid base of several 'go-to' items. So I went for the newest addition to the group: Stitched Nested Labels Dies. They're go-to because their unusual shape adds elegance, because they layer so well, because the variation in sizes means you can use them for sentiments as well as images, and because the stitched detailing is just fabulous. 

I'll also put a plug in for the Gleaming Ornaments punch pack because their sweet size and variation of shapes might well make these the 'go-to' of Christmas punches.

Here they both are, along with the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and the Hammered Metal embossing folder for a Christmas card that I'll be teaching next month.


There are many ways this super sprig of holly could be coloured but I've gone for water colouring them with using the ink pads and an aqua-painter.


So what is your 'go-to' punch or die set? We'd love to know.
You can pop over to the As You See It blog to see how the rest of the team have filled in the blank and to link up your entry.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Colour INKspiration 63 - Crew Card


One of the things I've always loved about this challenge - even from before I was part of the crew - was the awesome graphics for each challenge. The colours excite, while the image entices, you into wanting to play along. This week is no exception. I hope you'll join us.


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.


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.

This week, I fought the urge to use Very Versailles which seemed to go with the challenge graphic perfectly. Instead, I went for one of my more recent purchases, Beautiful Friendship. This set lets you be a watercolourist without even having a brush!


Images © Stampin' Up! 1990-2019
This new Golden Glitz pigment ink, available from the Holiday Catalogue, is an impressive product. It inks up thickly but without blobs, giving a rich metallic impression. It's also available in Shimmery Silver and Celestial Copper.
Images © Stampin' Up! 1990-2019
Next up on the INKspiration hop is Cathy Pinchbeck and I'm sure her creation will inspire you even further.



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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Retro Rubber 119 - Design Team Card

Welcome to the latest challenge at Retro Rubber, the site that gives you a reason to get out your old favourites. This week, we have a colour challenge for you. In New Zealand, we're heading into Spring but these autumnal colours are lovely any time of the year to me.


As always with Retro Rubber, the rules are simple. Use at least one stamp that's a year or more old, give us the approximate age of it, and don't link up to more than ten challenges.

The graphic put me in mind of one of my favourite sets from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, Colourful Seasons. I took the solid leaf stamp from it and stamped it onto watercolour paper. Then I wet the paper to get the ink moving a little bit which has given the images a soft, watercoloured look.


The sentiment is from A Big Thank You, which is still current, but premiered in the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue.


Why not pop over to the Retro Rubber Challenge blog, have a look at what the rest of the team have done with these colours and then join in with 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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