Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Seaside Notions and So Sentimental for CI86

 


Welcome to a new challenge at Colour Inkspiration. We've got a lovely, refreshing natural palette for you this time around: Coastal Cabana, Shaded Spruce and Pacific Point.  Isn't it lovely?


If you haven't played with us before, we are a group of Stampin' Up Demonstrators from the South Pacific. Challenges are shown and entered via our Facebook Group page. If you don't belong, and would like to, click here. Don't forget to answer the two easy questions you'll be asked when you ask to join the group.

Each challenge, Top Picks and a winner are chosen by the crew and the winner offered a chance to Guest Design with us for a future challenge.

If you don't have an exact challenge colour, feel free to replace it with whatever you have that's closest. Black, White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and metallics are free colours, as are flesh toned Stampin' Blends.

These colours got me thinking a little nautical this time. I created a rich background so that the bold sentiment would shine out.


I started with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and sponged it with Pacific Point, Shaded Spruce and Coastal Cabana, progressing from darker to lighter as I moved up the page.  Then I gave it a fine mist of water with a spritzer. After adding in a little more colour in places, I splattered it with larger drops to lift some colour. To complete the background, I stamped three images from Seaside Notions in the three colours.

The lovely sentiment is from So Sentimental and cut with the coordinating Stitched So Sweetly dies. Isn't it great the way the stitched edged label wraps around the sentiment like this? I've sponged very lightly around the edge in Pacific Point. The finishing touches are three of the stunning new Blue Adhesive-backed Gems: there's a hint of gold and of a rich Pacific Point blue and some strands of  frayed Braided Linen Trim.

We'd love to see what you make of these colours. You can add your project, see the other entries and look at the Design Team inspiration by clicking here.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Itty Bitty Birthdays for Retro Rubber 144

This week at Retro Rubber, we have an 'Anything Goes' challenge. Of course, since this is Retro Rubber it's not quite anything goes. You still have to use at least one stamp that's a year or more old AND give us an approximate age for it.


I've made a quick, easy card that is very dramatic because of the black background and brightly coloured die-cut.  However, the design could be made in any colour - maybe Petal Pink on Whisper White for a baby girl?

A couple of years ago, I held a card class where we coloured a white glimmer paper using Brusho and then cut the resulting coloured paper using the Butterfly Beauty dies. The results were spectacular but oh my, it was so, so much easier to just use the new Rainbow Glimmer Paper! Isn't it lovely, the way it moves from colour to colour?


While the Butterfly Beauty dies have been around for a couple of years, the Ornate Floral embossing folder is new as are the 2020-2022 In-Colour enamel dots.




The greeting is from Itty Bitty Birthdays, one of my favourite sentiment sets which came out in the Occasions catalogue, January 2019. The pretty little stitched banner is from Tasteful Labels.

You can see what the rest of the team have done with this challenge, and link up your entry, by visiting the Retro Rubber Challenge site. We'd love to see what you do and what stamps you have in your stash.

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Sunday, 20 September 2020

In the Pines for Fab Friday 197

 I was playing around with my fantastic new bundle, In the Pines, yesterday. I think I'm going to love this bundle! I always like it when, in addition to dies to cut out the stamped images, there are other exciting extras. In this case, some gorgeous trees.

I took inspiration from the sketch at Fab Friday to get me started.


I started by repeat stamping the smallest group of pines onto the honeycomb design from the In Good Taste DSP, using Early Espresso. I like that one of the stamps in the set lets you add in some ground, so that the trees don't end up floating on the page. 



I die cut the two 'extra' trees in Copper Foil.  They coordinate with the outline dies for the stamped images too, which is a nice bonus. So I mounted the smaller one onto an outline cut from Early Espresso and popped it up on dimensionals so that it wouldn't merge in with the trees behind.


The 'Season's Greetings' is just the right width for the stitched banner die from Tasteful Labels and just requires a tweak to extend the dies to get the right length. I mounted this panel on a piece of woodgrain paper, also from the In Good Taste DSP pack and used an Early Espresso card base.

The finishing touch was to add a Star Designer Element to the skyline.

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Friday, 18 September 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Hop - Poinsettia Place

 


This month, the Artisan Design Team is sharing with you projects made using either the Poinsettia Place suite or Trimming the Town suite.  Both are an absolute must-have for your craft stash, for Christmas and beyond.
It's my pleasure to share with you three projects made using Poinsettia Place suite.


I've made a card, a table cracker and a tree decoration, focussing on an elegant, traditional look. I've kept to using white and red with accents in Brushed Brass, one of the components of the Brushed Metallic Foil pack.



One of the most exciting elements of the suite for me is the gorgeous Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper, which is a sturdy flocked vellum and it features in all three projects. 

Christmas Card


This card demonstrates how very easy it is to make a fabulous card with this suite. To heat emboss to match the Brushed Brass foil, I mixed equal quantities of gold and silver embossing powder.
I have simply heat-embossed and die-cut one of each sized set of petals and arranged them, along with some die-cut leaves and a small flower, over a panel of Plush Poinsettia DSP. Then I've added in one of the absolutely stunning Beaded Pearl embellishments and a couple of Champagne rhinestones. I embossed a layer of Whisper White cardstock with the Subtle embossing folder to add some more texture.

While the card looks complicated, it's really so straight-forward with this set you'll want to pinch yourself!

Christmas Cracker Table Decoration


A set of these, one at each place on the Christmas dinner table would look great! Here's how I did them.
  1. Cut piece of Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper 15cmx15cm. You'll get 4 from a whole sheet.
  2. Score in one direction at 3.5cm, 7cm, 10.5cm and 14cm. This creates the four sides of the cracker and a 1cm overlap.
  3. In the other direction, score across the sheet 3cm in from each end. This gives you the fold line for the ends.
  4. Use your bone folder to gently, but firmly score the lines.
  5. In turns, fold over each of the first set of score lines you made and use the Classic Label punch to take a small notch at each of the places where the horizontal and vertical score lines intersect, as in the picture.

After you have notched all the intersections, use Stampin' Seal+ on the overlap to join the four sides. It should look like this.


Once you have the basic shape, you can decorate it as desired. I used more of the Brushed Brass to create leaves and foliage with the Poinsettia dies. The Red Velvet paper is great because it holds the impressions of dies. I used the smallest petals die to cut two flowers from Red Velvet Paper and used Red Foil Sheet to cut a small centre and added in another of the luxurious Beaded Pearl embellishments.

One word of caution. It pays to pop the contents of your cracker into a cellophane bag to keep them safe. 😀 

Christmas Decoration


You can really see how beautifully the Red Velvet paper holds an impression in this decoration. The dies from this set not only match many of the images in the Poinsettia Place DSP but also in the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper. I've used the dies to cut out some bunches of berries to add in around the edges of the cluster along with the Brushed Brass foil foliage.

Here's how I made it.
  1. Die cut or punch out two circles of Whisper White cardstock approximately 6 cm in diameter.
  2. Cut a piece of Real Red 1cm Sheer Ribbon 18cm long. Loop it in half and attach the ends onto one of the circles. Glue the other circle in place to conceal the ends of the ribbon and hold it firm. This is the base of your decoration.
  3. Use the largest scalloped edge Layering Circle die to cut a piece of Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper and attach it to the circle base using Stampin' Seal.
  4. Die cut 5 leaves in Brushed Brass Foil. Attach them to the base, spacing them evenly around the circle.
  5. Die cut 5 sprays of berries in Brushed Brass Foil. Attach them to the base, evenly spaced into the gaps created by the first set of leaves.
  6. Die cut 3 sets of berries from the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper and add them to the base, evenly spaced.
  7. Create your flower. Cut from Red Velvet paper one of each sized set of petals. Cut from Red Foil one of the small flowers. Layer up and add a Beaded Pearl embellishment to the centre.
I hope you've seen something here that you'd like to try. For more inspiration, keep hopping around. Next up is the fabulous Lauren Alarid, aka The Crafty Peach.


If you get lost around the hop, here's a list of everyone along with a link.

Caroline van der StraatenEmma GoddardHelene den Breejen, Jan ClothierLauren Alarid,  Leah FedynakManuela GeiswinklerMarine WiplierMartha GrogerMartin StoneNarelle FarrugiaNina WaldschmidtRochelle BlokStesha BloodhartTammy Wilson,  Zsuzsanna Balazs 

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