Sunday, April 25, 2021

ESAD Farewell Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello stamping friends. Welcome to this ESAD Blog Hop to farewell some of our favourite retiring products from the Stampin' Up! 2020 - 2021 Annual Catalogue. Some of our favourite products from this past years annual catalogue are coming to an end so some of the demonstrators in the ESAD facebook group thought it would be a great idea to give these products a final send off. 

There are some amazing products that are retiring and this blog hop may give you some more ideas to use these products for much longer in the future. Or this bog hop may finally inspire you to purchase these products before they are gone.

There are so many amazing retiring products to highlight and its hard to choose just one but I thought I would give one of my most favourite stamp sets one last hurrah, Good Morning Magnolia.

I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it when it was released a few years ago and this will also be one that I will hold onto for a long time to come. I've used this stamp set with Stampin' Blends and watercolouring in the past but today I decided to colour the big Magnolia image with the Stampin' Up! Watercolour Pencils but to use them just like a normal colouring pencil.

I've kept my cards quite simple today as I wanted the magnolia image to be the main focal point. I've also combined on each card some of the other retiring products that have been some of my most favourite - Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Rococo Rose Scalloped Linen Ribbon and the Braided Linen Trim.


With both of my cards I've layered different pencil colours to get a different look and a bit more depth of colour. Once each stamped panel was coloured I then embossed it with the Subtle 3d Embossing Folder to give it a more textured look.

Pencils Used

White Card
Leaves - Garden Green, Granny Apple Green
Petals - Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Stamen - Daffodil Delight
Stem - Early Espresso

Crumb Cake Card
Leaves  - Old Olive, Garden Green
Petals - Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo
 Stamen - Daffodil Delight
Stem - Early Espresso


 Make sure that you snap up these products before May 3rd 2021 because as the saying goes 'When they're gone, they're gone!' Click on the list of products at the bottom of this post to go straight to my online store to purchase these products.

Next up on the hop is Mandy Depiazzi! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us.



 

Here is a full list of the blog hop participants
 1. Sue Vine
2. Rochelle Laird-Smith
3. Narelle Sim
4. Nicole Wilson
5. Narelle Fasulo
6. Monique Fielder
7. Lou Kitzelman
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
9. Sharni Haines
 10. Cheryl Algie
 11. Jackie Aitken
12. Tracy Held
  13. Tanya Rees
 14. Denise Buetler 
  15. Maree McIntosh
 16. Rochelle Blok
  17. Mandy Depiazzi   
 
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Friday, April 23, 2021

Just Add Ink #551 | Just Add 3D Challenge

Hello there stamping friends. I hope that you are having a fantastic week and a fabulous Friday. Because it's Friday, that means that is time for another Just Add Ink challenge - Just Add Ink #551 | Just Add 3D Challenge.


 This week we are all about the 3D projects. I don't normally make the 3D projects so it was fun this week to do something out of the norm. I started by consulting my favourite place for 3D tutorials, Splitcoast Stampers, and came across a tutorial for a Slider Box. I hadn't made one of these before so I thought it would be fun to give it a go.

When the box is all closed and embellished it looks like a normal gift box....


 But once you pull the ribbon tab on the side to pull out the box a hidden message card pops out to the left at the same time with enough room on it for you to write a simple greeting. Super cute and super fun!

I made the actual box part and the slider mechanisim with Basic White Cardstock and then I've the gorgeous products from the new Pansy Petal Suite that features in the new Stampin' Up! 2021 - 2022 Annual Catalogue, that go live for customers to purchase from on 4th May 2021.


 How gorgeous are the DSP patterns in the new Pansy Petals DSP? And with the gorgeous Pansy Dies to finish off the box you really don't need much else to embellish it as they are a statement on their own.

I've finished off the box with a square vellum doily, Linen Thread, White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and the gorgeous 2021 - 2023 In Color Jewels.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration for this week's 3D theme. Please head on over to the Just Add Ink Blog to see all the variety in the JAI Design Teams Projects and then come and join in the fun of this week's Just Add 3D challenge. Can't wait to see what you create.
 
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Put these products on your Wish List to Purchase on May 4th 2021
155810 Pansy Petals Suite $123.00
155674 Pansy Patch Bundle $90.00
155807 Pansy Petals 12" x 12" DSP $20.00
155571 2021 - 2023 In Color Jewels $12.25
155614 Fresh Fresia Cardstock $15.25
155575 Evening Evergreen Cardstock $15.25
155777 Soft Succulent Cardstock $15.25
155576 Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad $13.00
 
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Friday, April 9, 2021

Just Add Ink #549 | Just Choose Two

 Hello stamping friends. Welcome to the newest challenge for Just Add Ink. We have a Just Choose Two Challenge which are super fun! I haven't done a Just Choose Two for a while so it's nice to have a change up in the challenge schedule.

If you've not seen our Just Choose Two Challenges they are super fun and offer a whole range of inspiration to get creative. How they work are is that we suggest 3 different elements that we want to see in in your challenge project and then you choose two of them to work with. It's as simple as that!

With the choices on offer this week Feathers - Leaves - Petals, I've gone for Leaves and Petals, but if you've been following me for a while you would know that leaves and petals was a bit of a given. I can't resist creating with anything floral.

I'm using the True Love 12" X 12" DSP again and some coloured flowers that you may have seen before. I made a card with these coloured flowers way back in January (you can see it HERE) and I had some of the flowers left over to use for another day. And today was just that day!

I coloured the flowers in using Copic Markers and used a flicking technique rather than blending each colour. Hold your marker right near the nib and gently and quickly flick the marker away from you to make 'streaks' of colour. I like to start with the darkest colour and then graduate to the lightest. I love the 'streaky' effect and the look of texture that this Flicking Technique gives. Gorgeous!

 Copics Used

Pink Flowers - R85, R83, R81
Purple Flowers - BV04, BV02, BV00
Leaves - G99, G94, G21

I've layered Shimmery White, Basic Black and some of the True Love DSP for the base layers of the card and then added an embossed Basic Black panel embossed with my favourite embossing folder, Subtle 3D (super sad that is retiring 😭). I've then finished off the card with the Elegant Faceted Gems, Gold Trim from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and the Happy Birthday from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set.

There are lots of AMAZING creations from the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team on the JAI Blog. Go and check out to see what 'two' they all used this week and then while you are there you can see how you can enter your project. Can't wait to see what 'two' you choose.  

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Just Add Ink | JAI #547 Inspiration Challenge

Hello stamping friends! Happy Friday! Another Friday means it's time for a new Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Ink | JAI #547 Inspiration Challenge. We've got a fun Easter wreath as our inspiration this week, so you could make an Easter inspired project, use some of the colours from the inspiration or even a fun wreath. Whatever inspires you from the picture.

 I picked out some of the colours from the inspiration picture for a pretty striped butterfly birthday card. I've used mostly colours from the Stampin' Up! Subtles colour family with one or two others to make a soft rainbow look and then layered the stunning butterfly dies, Brilliant Wings, for a gorgeous butterfly card.

I cut 1cm strips of the coloured cardstock for the fun striped background. From left to right the colours I used are - Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron, Petal Pik, Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral. How gorgeous are al those colours together? Pretty!!!

To make the Basic White Frame I placed two of the Stitched Rectangle Dies inside each other and then ran them through my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine together so as they both cut at once. The stitched elements on the bordering frame really give that little bit of added interest with out adding more layers and elements.


 I've finished off the card with a simple Gold embossed 'Happy Brithday and then a scattering of the Basic Rhinestones. I love the beautiful soft colours in this and then the layering of the crisp and bright white. 

The Just Add Ink Design Team have lots of amazing creations for you and to show you what inspired them. You'll be surprised at all the different projects we came up with. We hope that you'll join in this weeks challenge. I can't wait to see you join in and to see what has inspired you this week.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

TGIF Challenges | #TGIFC308 Inspiration Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Today I'm playing along and entering my card in the challenge over at TGIF Challenges | #TGIFC308 Inspiration Challenge. I've not had much motivation to create the last few weeks. I find with the summer/warmer months I'd rather be outside enjoying the great outdoors and then once I've had my fun outside I've run out of time to get crafty. 
 

 When I saw this week's challenge, though, over at TGIF, I just couldn't resist. This week they have a gorgeous inspiration challenge. From the picture, you could incorporate some watercolour wash, use some of the pretty colours or even add some florals. I've gone for some pretty florals. Any opportunity to add some florals to a card and you've got me.

I'm creating again with the Beautiful Brushstrokes dies, as I did in my last post, but instead of layering three colours from dark to light, I've just used the one colour for the layered roses. How pretty do the roses look? Gorgeous.

My card started with some soft colours from the Subtle and Neutrals Stampin' Up! colour families, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Crumb Cake, and then I added the beautiful contrast of the bold Night of Navy.

For some added interest when layering up the card base I added one of the super pretty Ornate Layers Dies. I kept the die cut layer the same colour as the other layers so that it blends in with the rest of the Crumb Cake cardstock but you can still see the pretty detail of the border with out it overtaking the whole card. 

I've finished off the card with the Night of Navy ribbon from the Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack, some of the Gold Metallic Thread from the Forever Greenery Ribbon Combo Pack. A few of the Pearl Basic Jewels is the final finishing touch. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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Friday, March 5, 2021

JAI #544 | Just Add 'L'

Hello there stamping friends. I hope that you are having a fantastic week and a fabulous Friday. Because it's Friday, that means that is time for another Just Add Ink challenge - Just Add Ink #544 | Just Add 'L'.


This is one of our fun letter challenges that seem to be quite popular. I love to use these letter challenges to embark on a new to me technique or a fancy fold that I've not tried before. This challenge I've made a Lever card. If you've not seen a lever Card before the middle panel of the card front 'levers' through the window portion of the card. For a tutorial on how to make a Lever Card, I used this one HERE.

The inspiration for my card today came from one that fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Teneale Williams made a few weeks ago. I loved her mix of using the True Love DSP with Crumb Cake Cardstock and also the addition of the layered floweres from the Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies.

I love the mix of the two different DSP patterns on the front. Don't be afraid to mix patterns or prints. The Polka Dots and the Stripes both in Black and White work so well together and make for a fun look. I was going to sponge the Polka Dot panel with Blushing Bride Ink but felt that it didn't look right and the pop of colour from the die cut flowers was all the colour that I needed against the neutrals.

When the card is fully open there is some DSP layering and some embellishment with the Brushstrokes Dies on the greeting panel. Can't have a blank card on the inside!

The colours used on the flowers are, from darkest to lightest, Merry Merlot, Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride. For the leaves I used Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.


 The white panel on the inside leaves more than enough room to write a message to the recipient. I've finished off the card with some basic ribbon, trim and embellishments for a beautiful classic look.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration for this week's letter theme. Please head on over to the Just Add Ink Blog to see all the variety in the JAI Design Teams Projects and then come and join in the fun of this week's Just Add 'L' challenge. Can't wait to see what you create.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Stampin' Fancy Friday | Mini Catalogue Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome, welcome! It's so good to have you here. I have a project for you for the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team. This month we are all about the 2021 Jan - Jun Mini Catalogue.

 
While we were supposed to pick a favourite bundle or stamp to use for this challenge I couldn't pick just one so I went with my favourite product from the Mini Catalogue. And that is the True Love 12" x12" DSP from the Love You Always Suite.


If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I love anything in the classic Black and White colour combo and when this fantastic combo is combined with floral images and geometric prints this DSP was and is a MUST have item.

For my card today I've used this floral print to colour in with Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers. I cut the DSP down to a 6' x 6"I was actually inspired for my card today from an ad on Facebook advertising phone covers. They were stunning covers and when I saw them, I was immediately inspired  to create a card. I love the way inspiration can hit you, and it can be from the most random things.


I've started the card with Crumb Cake base layers, but I thought after I put the card together, White or Sahara Sand might look good for the base layers also.

To colour all the flowers I've used a mix of Petal Pink and Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers. The leaves I've used the Old Olive blend and then the longer branches So Saffron Dark and Light.

Stampin' Blends Markers Used
Light Flowers - Calypso Coral Light, Petal Pink Dark, Petal Pink Light
Dark Flowers - Calypso Coral dark, Calypso Coral Light, Petal Pink Dark
Leaves - Old Olive Dark and Light
Branches - So Saffron Dark and Light
Background - Crumb Cake Light


Because colouring the DSP is a statement on its own I felt that the card didn't really need much else to go with it. I've added a little bit of Stampin' Emboss splatter using the White Stampin' Emboss Powder and then finished the card off with the Guilded Gems, White Twine, and an Embossed Happy Birthday Sentiment.

Check out the rest of the favourite mini catalogue creations that the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team has made on the Stampin' Fancy Friday Instagram Account. This is where all their creations will be shared throughout the month, so make sure that you are following them to get all of the amazing ideas!
 
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