Happy New Year and welcome to the first challenge for 2022!
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 three 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. T
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, Sahara Sand and metallics are free colours, as are flesh toned Stampin' Blends.
I know many of you are in winter, but in the Southern Hemisphere it's the height of summer so we've kicked off the year with a tropical colour palette for you. This photo was chosen by crew member, Lou Kitzelman and is of her local beach. How lucky is she?!
Of course, with the new January-June Mini Catalogue out, this was a great chance to try out one of my new acquisitions, the Artfully Layered bundle.
The stamped images and die cuts compliment each other so well and the set has a lovely selection of sentiments.
I started with a piece of shimmery white card and added Pacific Point, Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green with blending brushes to form a base for the background. Then the fun began, adding in some stamped images: some Balmy Blue open leaves, some Coastal Cabana script and some small Granny Apple Green leaf clusters.
I cut a large frond in Granny Apple Green and two of the smaller leaves: one in Coastal Cabana and one in Sahara Sand. Then I used the centre of the Sahara Sand leaf to inlay into the Coastal Cabana skeleton. I like this effect, although the skeleton leaf is totally gorgeous on its own. I die cut some of the small leaves in Granny Apple Green (the die lets you cut several at once) and layered them over the similar stamped images.
My favourite of the sentiments, 'Happiest Birthday Wishes', fits perfectly into one of the Stitched Rectangle dies.
A Sahara Sand mat on the Pacific Point base completes the card, along with a Linen Thread bow.
The finishing touch was the addition of some of the new Faux Sea Glass shapes.
I really like this tropical creation and can't wait to see what you do with these colours.
Visit the Colour INKspiration site to check out the album of Crew Cards for inspiration. You can also add your entry there.
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 on any of the products below.