Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Free as a Bird for CI 88

Welcome to a new challenge at Colour INKspiration. Isn't this a gorgeous inspiration picture to work with?



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.

I used the challenge colour of Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Just Jade and Pretty Peacock with a favourite set of mine, Free As A Bird. I stamped the image in StazOn Ink onto Fluid100 watercolour paper then used the inks and waterpainters to colour it.


Then I broke out the Stitched Triangle dies, which I've not used nearly enough yet, to cut the coloured image up.

Then I cut two largest equilateral triangles in Pretty Peacock and Just Jade to provide a backing. 
I also used the Bricks and Mortar embossing folder on Whisper White, to enhance the idea that we are looking at a piece of art on a gallery wall.


To begin with, I stamped the 'thank you' - also from Free As A Bird - directly onto the Just Jade triangle but it got a bit lost, so I stamped it onto a scrap of the Fluid100 watercolour paper and cut it using the Stitched Rectangle dies.

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.

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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Monday, 26 October 2020

Playing Around with Curvy Celebration

Demonstrators around the world have been able to order the Curvy Celebration bundle since the beginning of October. Did you know that one of the advantages of signing up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is early access to new products? If you're interested in finding out more about joining my team, message me or click on the Join My Team tab at the top of the page.

Next week, starting on 3 November anyone can order this bundle. You can order all of it or parts of it.

There's the Quite Curvy bundle. This is an early release from the January-June Mini Catalogue.


Especially for your Christmas crafting pleasure, there is the limited edition Curvy Christmas - which also coordinates with the Curvy dies.


And... there's also this awesome Classic Christmas 15cmx15cm DSP stack in the luscious Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce and Sahara Sand.


The Stampin' Up Artisan Design team hopped using items from Curvy Celebrations and if you missed it, you can join in with me right here.

Today, I'm sharing with you a couple of other cards I've made using these products.

Curvy Christmas

First up, here's a simple Christmas Card made with the Curvy Christmas set, Curvy dies and Classic Christmas DSP. There's nothing magic here - just the stamps, dies and DSP working together perfectly, as they were intended to do. 



I've cut the white paper into a curvy swoosh, using my favourite die: the eyelet edge. I've slipped a piece of coordinating DSP in the gap.


Then I've simple stamped the sentiment and star swoosh stamps in Tuxedo Black, added in a couple of small Cherry Cobbler stars around the sentiment and used a dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend to colour some of the stars in the star swoosh. 

Don't you love it when a simple card looks as though you've lavished hours on it?

If you like the look of these, order as soon as you can. They are only available while stocks last.


Quite Curvy Bundle

This card did take a little more time because of the colouring of the vine and the birds as well as the building up of the background. However, since those things were both fun and relaxing, it didn't matter at all and the card itself is simply put together.


The vine is coloured with Stampin' Blends in Just Jade, Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green with some touches of Crumb Cake. Isn't is fantastic that such a pretty image can be die-cut so easily and popped up on dimensionals?


The background is really very easy. I simply sponged Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green and a touch of Shaded Spruce on Shimmery White Card, starting with lightest in the middle and working to the darkest. Then I gave it a very fine misting of water using a Stampin' Spritzer and left it for a few seconds so that some of the colour lifted before drying it off with the Heat Tool.

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Quite Curvy Bundle
Curvy Christmas
Classic Christmas DSP
Available to order 3 November 2020

Friday, 23 October 2020

Gift Wrapped for AYSI 237

 Not so many people took up our speed challenge last week but the entries we did get were superb and they made choosing a winner difficult. This week, we're back to a sketch challenge.


I had Gift Wrapped out on my desk after prepping a card for my next class with it. It's a set that's really grown on me. It's easy to overlook in the catalogue but once you start playing, it opens up many options especially since it bundles with a punch that matches (along with some other things) the largest bows.

I took the diagonal of in the sketch to be a ribbon across a parcel. To help the idea that it's ribbon, not card, I embossed it using the Subtle embossing folder which gives it a lovely fabric grain. I'm not a big user of DSP but it's hard not to like the pretty vintage Christmas images in Toile Tidings, so that's standing in for the wrapping paper on this 'gift'.


I'm also very fond of the sentiments in Gift Wrapped, especially this Christmas salutation with its pretty font. I've added it as if it was a gift tag on my parcel. Finally, some fancying up of the cluster courtesy of the Poinsettia dies and some In Good Taste Elements.


You can visit the As You See It Challenge site to see what the rest of the team have done and to link up your entry. 

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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