Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Perennial Birthday for Retro Rubber 124 - DT card

Welcome to a new Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at Retro Rubber. Simply choose a row, line or diagonal and make sure your creation uses all three features. Easy! Of course, since this is Retro Rubber the requirement to use at least one stamp a year or more old AND to indicate the age of it still stands.


I like a good tic-tac-toe challenge and especially this one, since Jane gave me the job of creating it! So I really hope you enjoy playing it too.

I played the diagonal line: birthday - die or punch - patterned paper.
This was a challenge for me as I seldom use DSP in my card making. I've used it in two ways: both as a background paper and to paper piece some parts of the foliage.


I've paired up Perennial Birthday, from the 2018 Occasions catalogue, with some of the lovely Magnolia Lane DSP from the 2019 catalogue. I like that using old favourites with new products gives them a new lease of life and a new look.


I've used both a die - Stitched Rectangles - and the Leaf punch.

To see what the rest of the team have done, and to link up your entry, pop over to the Retro Rubber Challenge site.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Friend Like You for PP467 and InspireCreate56

Here in New Zealand, it's examination season. I've been engaged as an exam supervisor at a nearby school for the last few days. As I've been watching students slaving over their papers, I've had plenty of time to think. Today, I was thinking about the bright and vibrant colour challenge at The Paper Players along with the great sketch at Inspire.Create. 


Of course, I've also been late to the Pigment Sprinkle party and I'm also having a bit of a love affair with my latest set, Friend Like You. So, three hours in an exam room thinking about all these things got me here...


Believe it or not, I lightly sprinkled Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape pigment sprinkles onto wet watercolour paper. I like the way they bloom in unexpected ways when you just leave them to do their own thing on the paper. In this case, there was a lovely sense of upwards movement, rather like clouds.

I'd sprinkled them so that Granny Apple Green was at the bottom, like grass, while the Bermuda Bay and touches of Gorgeous Grape were like a moody sky.


Then I stamped some reeds across the bottom in Bermuda Bay and added one of the super die cuts from the Friendly Silhouettes dies.

There's still a few weeks of exam season left, so I'm hoping for even more future inspiration. 😀

Update: Delighted to be A Cut Above at The Paper Players!

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Butterfly Gala for CI 67 - Crew Card


Welcome to a new 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.

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.

The colours this time are rich and inviting. We'd love to see what you do with them.


I thought the rich colours were like butterflies in a tree and went with that idea. Gold seemed a natural pairing with the opulent Merry Merlot and Pacific Point so the butterflies, from Butterfly Gala, are gold embossed then coloured with Merry Merlot, Pacific Point and Balmy Blue ink.


The lovely leaf stamp from Very Versailles was the perfect resting place for them. In the end, this card is a variation of one I'd made before but in different colours and some variations. You can see it here.


The butterflies are popped and the largest has a Balmy Blue shadow. I used the Scripty embossing folder to give some texture to the Balmy Blue mat and am happy with the effect of that.

Next up on the hop is Cathy Pinchbeck and she'll have more interesting things to show you using these colours.


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