Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Colour Inkspiration 57 - Crew Card


There were some truly beautiful creations in Challenge 56 and I enjoyed seeing them all. This time round we have a lovely combination of Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green. You are free to use Basic colours (white, black, vanilla) and metallics.


 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.

I've paired up the bright colours with black and white to make this trifold, angled card. For the card front, I embossed black panels with the Pinewood Planks folder then lightly skimmed over it with Whisper White ink to highlight the pattern.

The coloured butterflies are stamped in Tuxedo Black ink using the Butterfly Gala photopolymer stamp set, then coloured with Stampin' Blends. The tiny butterflies are cut using the Butterfly Beauty dies, as are the Granny Apple Green vines.


I double sided the butterflies in the middle section so it would look good from both sides. I've added in a plain panel for writing on but this is optional - or you could add one to the back. I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to tie in with the Stitched Shape on the front but you don't have to.


I was going to add in a 'Happy Birthday' greeting to the inside but decided not to because it occurred to me that this would make a great anniversary card as well.

The other nice thing about this card is that it folds up easily to fit into a standard envelope.

If you'd like to try this, I've cut the card base from a piece of Basic Black lengthways so that it is 15cm at one end (any taller and you'll have trouble fitting it in an envelope) and the short end at 7cm but you can alter that to whatever height you like. If you cut it at 6 cm, you can get two from the one sheet but I wanted it a bit taller than that. Then I scored it at 9.9 cm in from each end to get the three sections.


Next up on the hop is the fabulous Bronwyn Eastley.



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Friday, 7 June 2019

As You See It 202 - Design Team Card


Time for a new challenge at As You See It and as part of our new rotation of challenges, the week after sketch is COLOUR! I've had the pleasure of picking the colour challenge this time round, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.




I've resisted the temptation to play with butterflies and have instead gone for one of my favourites from the new 2019-2020 Catalogue, Free as a Bird.


The set bundles with the Stitched Nested Labels, which are fabulous to work with. You can us them to stamp on, for sentiments, to make frames or to make tags. I've made on into a tag by punching a hole in and adding some Mossy Meadow twine, part of the Magnolia Lane ribbon combo.


The three colours of the challenge all have Stampin' Blend combos, which made colouring in for this card a breeze.

I hope you'll join in with us over the next fortnight. We love to see how you see the challenge.
You can see the rest of the team's inspiration here

I also took inspiration from the challenge at Global Design Project. As part of the CASE, I used the general layout, a coloured card base and a textured white card front.


UPDATE: Delighted to get a Special Mention at Global Design Project!

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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Retro Rubber 112 - Design Team Card

Time for a new challenge at Retro Rubber! This time around, we have an embellishment challenge.


It's very easy: use buttons, bows (or both) on your card. As always at Retro Rubber, use at least one stamp that's a year or more old and give us an approximate age for it.

By the time this post goes live, the new 2019-20 Annual Catalogue will be live and  you will be able to add to your stash with all the wonderful things in it. However, I'm always a little sorry when favourites retire and the stamp I've used is one such set. Sunshine Sayings is a wonderful collection of sentiments with a strong, unfussy font, that first appeared in 2016-17 Annual Catalogue.



It was also fun to make this challenge a masculine one when buttons and bows seemed to be steering us towards feminine. The Wood Textures paper stack is another retiree which is excellent for adding a male vibe to a card. Luckily, I have a stash of it!


The Pinewood Plank embossing folder gives a strong, deep impression but I've given it a light sponging with Sahara Sand ink to bring out the texture even more.

All of us on the team at Retro Rubber would love to see what you do with this challenge. You can see what the rest of the team have done here. Why not have a look, then join in? You have until June 14 to play along with 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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NOTE: Sunshine Sayings, Wood Textures DSP and True Gentleman buttons will be retired from 3 June.