Friday, June 22, 2018

Just Add Ink #414 | Just Add A Window/Frame

Hello stamping friends! Friday has come again and it's time for the new challenge over at Just Add Ink. This weeks challenge is Just Add a Window/Frame. A fun challenge that might make you think outside the 'square' to create a window or a frame.

I've used the products from Stampin' Up! s Graceful Glass Suite. This suite has that 'Stained Glass' look and feel and is perfect for this weeks challenge. I search through Pinterest for some 'traditional' colours for my 'Stained Glass' window and then coloured in the pieces of the window using Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers.

In the traditional stained glass windows there were lots of Reds, Greens, Yellows, Blues and even touches of Pink. So the Stampin' Blends colours that I used were - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy, all in the Dark and Light colours and the Lovely Lipstick Light Marker, which I was lucky enough to pick up in Sydney at the Stampin' Up! On Stage Event held recently in April just been. The Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Blends Markers aren't available to purchase yet but as soon as they are I'll be here to let you know!

Some of the Dark Stampin' Blends Markers came out quite a lot lighter than what I expected when initially colouring each section. To get the dark colours lighter on the Graceful Glass Vellum I just kept going over each section till I achieved the colour that I wanted. To make the vellum look as much like real stained glass as I could I left some of the sections blank like it would be on a real stained glass panel.

The frame around my 'stained glass' panel is cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and then then inner part of the Stitched Square cut out with the Laying Squares Framelits. The pattern on the black cardstock is one of the Stained Glass Thinlit Dies. I cut 5 of the long 'gate' looking die and then adhered each die cut for a repeating pattern adding to that stained glass look and feel.

I hope you’ll pop over to the Just Add Ink Blog Site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Global Design Project 142 | #GDP142 | Sketch Challenge

Hey there stamping friends! After spending a good couple of days in the craft room after a short hiatus, I've managed to 'pump' out a few cards, playing with some of the new products that I recently purchased from the new 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. I'm also to playing along with this weeks challenge over at Global Design Project 142 | #GDP142 and it's my favourite type of challenge - a sketch challenge!! Whoop, Whoop!!

I've been playing with products from the super gorgeous Tropical Escape Suite from the new catalogue. This is one of the suites that I had to have every products from the suite and I couldn't wait to create with it all. Its gorgeous, its fun, it's summery, it's tropical, it's just and all round amazing suite!

I've layered some of the Tropical Chic images with the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies for a fun and eclectic look. I started the card with the two prints from the 6"x6" Tropical Escape DSP stack and then the card grew from there. I'm a real sucker for black and white and anything with pink and this DSP has all that as well as two new colours Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green. It's so gorgeous!!

How stunning is the Shaded Spruce colour??!! I'm not usually one to go ga-ga over greens but as soon as I stamped that large leaf in the Shaded Spruce I was like 'WOW'. It's deep and rich and I can see it being a real hit with those Christmas Creations for that traditional 'green' colour.

 I just love the super gorgeous images from the Tropical Chic Stamp Set. They are taking me away to to those stunning islands in the South Pacific like the Cook Islands and making me wish I was there right now instead of this dreary, cold winters day that we have here in Melbourne.

Go and check out the stunning inspiration from the Global Design Project Team. There is lots of amazing creations and talent there and lots to be inspired by!

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Just Add Ink #413 | Colour Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! It's been a couple of weeks since my last creation. I had my birthday, having a 'special' birthday that falls between 30 and 50 😉, it was a long weekend here in Melbourne over the weekend and I've just been busy with kids and life stuff that sometimes takes over and makes the creating and crafting come second. I've just been busy an that hasn't allowed me to get into the craft room.

I've been able to put aside some time and get crafting for the Just Add In Design Team and this weeks newest challenge. And do we have a fabulous challenge for you! A gorgeous colour challenge suggested by fellow team member Di. It's bright and fun and even incorporates one of the new colours from the Colour Revamp - Granny Apple Green

Click on the colour name to see all the Stampin' Up! products in these colours

Even though these colours are bright and vibrant, I've used them today in a soft, muted look by water colouring the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set.

I first heat embossed the butterfly with White Stampin' Emboss Powder to create an 'outline' and a barrier to the open line work of the butterfly image. The embossing of the image makes it so much easier to watercolour and separates each section of the image.

To watercolour the image I first wet each section of the image and then pooled the colour in each section and let the water do the work to colour each section. The water 'pulls' the ink to 'watercolour' the image. The ink will only 'pull' and move across the image to where there is water, so if you don't wet the image properly then the colour wont move.

I love when water colouring this way that there is a concentration of colour in one part of the image and then in the other part of the image the colour is so faint that it almost looks white, seeing the graduation of colour from dark to light, almost giving it an ombre look.

The card is then finished off with the Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon, Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and some Black Sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

Make sure that you check out what the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team created with these fabulous colours and their take on this weeks colour challenge. While you are there check out all the details on this weeks challenge and the come and join in the fun! I can't wait to see your take on these gorgeous colours!

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

ESAD 2018 Annual Catalogue Launch Blog Hop | Introducing the 2018 - 2020 In Colors

Hello there stamping friends! I'm super excited to be taking part in a blog hop with my Australian and New Zealand friends from the facebook group, ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators). Grab a cuppa or your favourite beverage, put your feet up as there is lots of new Annual Catalogue inspiration to show you today.

Our hop today is showcasing products from the ALL NEW 2018 - 2019 Annual Catalogue, which went live June 1'st!! I'm super excited that this catalogue is now officially live to purchase from as there are LOADS of amazing products in this catalogue and I for one and I'm love with this amazing catalogue!!

I'm showing you the stunning 2018 -2020 In Colors. They are fun, bright and vibrant and really on trend with the colours out there in everything from fashion to home decor. They are just fabulous!! Have you seen them yet?

The cards are all the same and using the same products, just changing up the In Colour for each different card. They are amazing colours in their own right but don't they look fabulous all together too. 
For each card I cut 1/4" strips of the in Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. There are 2 double-sided designs in the 5 In Colours of this fabulous paper so if you wanted to change up this look just use a different pattern from the DSP to change it around. I then cut a strip of the In Colour card stock and added the heat embossed letters from the new alpha set - Lined Alphabet. 
The cards are then finished off with some Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, to continue that Polka dot theme and then a piece of the 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon in the co-ordinating In Color.

 Lovely Lipstick

 Grapefruit Grove

 Pineapple Punch

Call Me Clover

Blueberry Bushel

Which one is your favourite new In Color? I think I'm loving Lovely Lipstick at the moment and Blueberry Bushel. Might have to try them together for a fun and bright creation. What do you think your favourite In Color Combination might be? Might have to try using them all on one creation for a fun and bright look.

Now on to the fabulous Nicole Wilson in Western Australia to be inspired by her 2018 -2019 Annual Catalogue creations.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Just Add Ink #411 | Sketch Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month! Can't believe its the 1st June already! This year is flying! Time flies when you're having fun I suppose!

This new Friday brings a new challenge over at Just Add Ink. A sketch suggeted by fellow Design Team Member Jan McQueen. A fun sketch that can lend itself to lots of layers and lots of different elements.

Yes, I've got another creation for you today using the Share What You Love Suite. My card is actually a full sized card based on some 3" x 3" cards I made a few weeks ago here. I really loved the DSP and the embossing of the Stitched Shapes square in the smaller cards and thought they would lend themselves fabulously to today's sketch!

The 'Thank You' I stamped in a returning colour, Blackberry Bliss, and then cut it out with my ScanN Cut. That thing makes light work of fussy cutting, that's for sure!! And then around the ' Thank You' I scattered the ever beautiful and Oh so pretty Share What You Love Artisan Pearls. I need to get me some more of those pearls as I've run out already! They are just too pretty and I've put them on everything!! 

Again using my favoutire ribbon, the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. It is one of those all rounder ribbons and it just goes with everything! Get yourself a roll of it today! You wont be dissapointed! And I've finished off todays card with a few elements from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit. Fabulous kit with fabulous elements! How pretty are those Silver Die-Cast Roses? Super, Super gorgeous!

While my card is pretty simple in its execution today the Share What You Love Suite elements really don't need much else to go with them as they are a stand out on their own!! If you haven't gotten any of the products from this suite you really should. They are just stunning, stunning, stunning!!

Make sure you check out all the fabulous creations from the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team as there is lots of inspiration for this weeks sketch challenge! While you are there check out all the details on this weeks chalenge and come and join in this weeks fun! Can't wait to see your creations!

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Global Design Project 140 | #GDP140 | Case the Designer

Hello there stamping friends! I do hope your having a fabulous week and have even managed to get some creating and crafting in. I've managed to get some 'Me' time in at my crafting desk to create to play along, this week, over at the Global Design Project 140 | #GDP140.

This week is a challenge is to CASE the designer - Brian King. Brian is fabulous at clean, layered creations and he has a fabulous eye for colour. When scrolling through Pinterest I can always spot a 'Brian' creation before I've looked properly to see who has made it just by his stunning sophisticated cards and his attention to detail.

If you're not sure what CASEing is, CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit. So use the creation as your starting point and then change it up to make it your own. I've used the layers and the florals as my starting point for my card today and then my creation grew from there.

I've used the stunning and beautiful hostess set, Very Vintage. It's an eclectic mix of vintage things like flowers, doilies, beautiful fonts and sentiments. It really is a gorgeous set.  I'm loving it lots! How gorgeous are those flowers? Super pretty right? Either hold a Stampin' Up! Party with me and have $250+ AUD in sales at your party or place a $250+AUD order with me and you can choose this set from the offerings of the Hostess only sets from the 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up Annual Catalogue beginning June 1st.

I stamped the flowers in Jet Black Stazon ink and then used my Aqua Painter to colour the image, using the colours Old Olive, Blueberry Bushel, Mango Melody and Cherry Cobbler. Blueberry Bushel is a new In Colour from the 2018 - 2020 In Colour Collection and Mango Melody is one of the new colours from the colour revamp. They really look fabulous together here. 

For a subtle look I heat embossed the doily image on the Shimmery White cardstock using White Stampin' Emboss Powder. Just a little bit something extra to add to the card while not detracting from the bight colours in the flowers. To keep with the clean look, (well clean for me, Ha!) I added some of the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, some Linen Thread, heat embossed the sentiment on Basic Black cardstock and dotted some beautiful Basic Pearls for more of that white on white look. 

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Fancy Friday Blog Hop | True Gentleman Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! It's come to the end of the month and time for the Fancy Friday Blog Hop. This hop has a very masculine feel and the theme has been INSPIRED by the True Gentleman Suite from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue for us to either use the products from the suite or the rich and gorgeous colour combo of  Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, and Very Vanilla and team them up with another stamp set. There is just one rule for this hop and one I've found very hard - No Flowers. My MO is all things pretty and flowers and all that's so lets see if I can make a card without them!

The Fancy Friday team is a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Members. We still love blog hopping together so have a blog hop once a month with everything fun and fancy and showing what we love!

Even though these products are on the Retiring Products list and in some markets have even sold out, here are some ideas for you for those that have a full pack of the DSP and not sure how to use it yet. Or you could use some of the card layouts and other elements to make some masculine cards maybe using just the cardstock colours from this suite or changing up the colours entirely to suit what you need.

I've made two different cards today using some of the products from the True Gentleman suite while incorporating some products from the 2017 - 2018 Annual Catalogue.

While I'm not usually a fan of masculine cards, only because they don't have enough 'pretty and sparkle' for my liking, I really like how these two cards turn out with their 'stripped back' look.

The first card I made I just cut 4 x 1/4" strips of the True Gentleman DSP and arranged them on the card front. If you really wanted to you could add the 1/4" strips the whole way up the card for a different look, that way too by you'll be using up your DSP instead or hording it #loveitchopit

The second card I started with the Very Vanilla base and flicked the brush tip of the Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker for some fun splatter and some more added elements than just a plain card stock layer. I then arranged pieces of the True Gentleman DSP with some Wood Textures DSP for a fun layout.

How fabulous are those True Gentleman buttons??!! Don't you just love the rich texture of them. And that Corduroy Ribbon just adds to that classic and rich textured look.

This card I teamed up the Corduroy Ribbon with some of the Burlap Ribbon and the Tranquil Tide Baker's Twine comes from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit which is so the opposite of all things masculine but goes well with the colours of today's creations!

I hope that I've given you some more inspiration of using the products from this suite. Make sure you get your DSP out that you love and use it!! A lot of the True Gentleman Suite Products are still avaliable here in Australia so click on products below to get your hands on these products before they are all gone and it's too late!!

Next on the stop is newbie to the Fancy Friday Team, Lauren Alarid, who is part of the current 2018 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. If you haven't seen her work, click on the next button now to see her amazing creations! I just love Lauren's work!!

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