Friday, February 15, 2019

Just Add Ink #444 | Colour Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Ready for another Just Add Ink Challenge? This week at Just Add Ink #444 | Colour Challenge, we have a colour challenge with a twist. We've given you two of the colours and then (insert audience participation) you choose the third. Fun right! You are only limited by your imagination as how you want to add to the colour combination.

I thought the Poppy Parade and Powder Pink would be great for a two-stepped floral image so I added Garden Green to finish off the colour combination.

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

I've used the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Incredible Like You, for my colour challenge card today! This set actually goes with the Incredible Like You Project kit from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. I like to the look of some of the images for my card today and used the stamp set on it's own without the kit.

I started with my all time favourite card stock, Shimmery White, as the base for today's card. Shimmery White just gives every creation that something extra special, with its subtle shimmer. It's very hard to photograph here but the shimmer that it gives is just beautiful. And then under all my layers, I've used the striped image from the stamp set to White heat emboss some lines for some added texture. I went a bit crazy with all my layers and elements so the lines are not as prominent as when I first started creating this card but trust me there are there. One final thing I added to the base layer is a bit of splattering using the Powder Pink Ink. I just picked up a bit of the Powder Pink Ink from the lid of the ink pad using an aqua painter and then just flicked the brush tip end for that fun ink splatter.

The flower and the leaf images use the two step stamping technique for a fun layered look. The flower I started with the Powder Pink and the layered the Poppy Parade over top. For the leaf the lighter layer is Garden Green stamp off once first on scrap paper and then stamped onto the cardstock for the lighter ink colour. The top layer is the Garden Green stamped in full strength ink.  I love the stamping off technique, or as some people call it 2nd generation stamping, as it really give you another whole range of colour and gives so much more versatility to the Stampin' Up! Ink Pads.

It's all about the layers on this card today and there is a lot of them. Oops. The ribbon and trim I used Whisper White Flax Ribbon, Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle, Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon, Gold Mini Sequin Trim and Braided Linen Thread. On top of all that ribbon and trim I also layered the longer die from the Doily Builder Thinlits Dies. To make that die cut piece look longer that it actually is, I just cut it in half and then added it under the Stitched Circle to make it look like one long piece.

All finished off with a frame from the wooden Frames Elements, some Gold Metallic Thread, Powder Pink Sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment and the sentiment from the Incredible Like You stamp set embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Check out the Just Add Ink Design Team to see what the other designers have created using the colour challenge as inspiration. Play along with us!We can't wait to see what you create!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Just Add Ink #443 | Just Choose Two

Hey there stamping friends! Welcome, welcome, welcome. It's is time for a new challenge over at Just Add Ink #443 | Just Add Two. It's a fun Just Add Two Challenge. Choose two from either embossing past, colouring or sequins.

If you've followed my blog for a while you would probably have thought that I would have chosen colouring. I do love my colouring but I didn't choose it this time. I did choose sequins, that of course was a given and I also chose Embossing Paste. I don't tend to use the embossing paste that much and wanted to create with it today.

I actually made my stencil for the embossing paste using the largest die from the Doily Builder Thinlits. I used a scrap piece of cardstock, ran the die through the Big Shot and then once cut used that piece as the stencil for the embossing paste.

I love the white embossing paste on the Shimmery White Cardstock for a classic white on white look. Id you wanted to step up the look of the base you could use the Shimmery Embossing Paste or even the Silver or even still colour the embossing paste with the Stampin' Up! Re-inkers.

The other die cut pieces layered on the card also come from the Doily Builder Thinlits. How gorgeous are the fun, intricate details on each of the die cut pieces? I love the little pops of colour against the white background and how fun are those colours together.  Teamed up with the embossing paste and the doily layers are the Powder Pink sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment.

Why not try using other Framelits or Thinlits to make your own stencils/masks to use with embossing paste? You'll be able to make your own custom embossing stencils to customise your creations. 

There are lot of amazing creations from the Just Add Ink Design Team on the JAI Blog. Go and check out to see what 'two' they all chose for their creations this week and then while your there see how you can enter your creation. Can't wait to see what 'two' you choose.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Global Design Project #GDP175 | What Will You Stamp? #WWYS205 | Lovely Lattice

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to my little part of blogging land. I'm playing along with the challenge over at the Global Design Project #GDP175. They have a gorgeous and fun challenge all about Spring.

The team over at the Global Design Project want us to share products that take us down a garden path - in the garden or from the garden, with all things plants and beautiful flowers.

While its crazy hot here in Melbourne at the moment, with us here in Australia right in the middle of summer, I had to take part in this challenge as Spring would have to be my favourite season. When the colder weather slowly starts to warm up and all the Blossom trees start to bloom it really is a beautiful sight to behold.

I'm playing, again, with the amazing Sale-a-bration stamp set, Lovely Lattice, for a spot of water colouring on water colour paper. I usually ,of late, when water colouring use the stunning Shimmery White paper with the beautiful, subtle shimmer. But this time I though I would water colour on actual water colour paper, because I could use a little bit more water when colouring and because I wanted the texture of the watercolour paper to be a feature of the card and the water colour layer.

I started the whole process of the card with stamping the Lovely Lattice image with Versamark and the heat embossed the image with White Stampin' Emboss powder. I like to emboss an image when water colouring as it provides a 'border' to each piece of the image and you don't have to be as careful when colouring the image in.

I used Old Olive and Mossy Meadow for the leaf pieces and Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie for the flower images to create an orange/pinky/peachy colour.  The two colours together almost look like the retired Peek-a-boo Peach colour when water coloured together like that.

To finish off the card I used Smoky Slate as an outline around the whole image to give the stamped image a little bit of definition on the paper, so it doesn't look so flat. It almost give the image the look of a shadow and lifts it off the cardstock. I probably could have added more of the Smoky Slate colour to give a bit more of a darker outline but I really like to subtle-ness (if that's a word) of it.

Just remember if you want to get the Lovely Lattice set for free, place a $90 (not including P&H) with me HERE and you can choose this gorgeous set for FREE!!

I'm also entering this card in the challenge over at What Will You Stamp? #WWYS205 as this weeks chosen challenge stamp set is - Lovely Lattice. Check out the projects by the design team at What Will You Stamp? They have lots of creative inspiration on how to use this stamp set and I'm sure it will get you inspired.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | Sale-a-bration Coordination

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration Coordination Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. 
We are showing you today the products on offer for the Sale-a-bration Coordination Promotion. For a limited time now (1st - 28th February 2019)  demonstrators can pre-order these exclusive products now before they go live 1st March for customers to order. So grab yours now so you can start planning your Sale-a-Bration Coordination Classes.

The Sale-A-Bration Coordination promotion features brand new products that coordinate perfectly with select Sale-A-Bration items. These products are only available for a limited time. 

Have you seen the amazing Distinktive Sale-a-bration stamp set Lasting Lily? How stunning is this stamp set? It really helps you with the moments you can't put into words. Spend $180 (not including P&H) on any Stampin' Up! products, and you can get this amazing set for FREE!

I'm showing you today some amazing products to to with this amazing stamp set. Well, now with the Sale-a-bration Coordination promotion there is now a set of Framelits Dies, Lily Framelits Dies (150071) to go with this beautiful stamp set. All I can say is YAY, YAY, YAY! No more fussy cutting!! 

The Framelits Dies Set consists of 7 dies, 5 to go with the Lily images and then two shapes to outline some of the sentiments.
For my projects today, I really wanted to convey a more serious look to my cards starting with a Basic Gray card base. I also wanted to let those Lillies to be the 'hero' to my cards thus eliminating a lot of the 'fluff and stuff' that I usually add to my cards. There is still a little bit of ribbon and trim. Just enough to go with the CAS classic look.

I really think starting with the Basic Gray base as opposed to white or another colour has really given the lily images a whole different look and creates a stunning contrast. If you are having trouble getting a good stamped image of the Distinktive type stamps, try to use an ink pad that is 'juicy'. The more juicy your ink pad is the more 'bubbles' you'll get on the stamp and it will make it so much harder to get that beautiful Distinktive stamped image. 

Imagine how much more easier it would be if you were making lots of cards using the Lasting Lily Stamp Set and then just cutting them out with the Lily Framelits Dies rather than fussy cutting. Winning in my book! 

The second card uses a similar layout but I've just changed the orientation of the card for a different look. How beautiful do the sentiments look die cut using the two shapes from the Framelits Die set rather than just straight cutting them with your trimmer and creating a banner end on them. Really adds to the whole beautiful and stunning look of the Lasting Lily Stamp Set and the Lily Framelits Dies.

These dies really make it easy for any type of crafter - beginner, casual and avid. A few quick stamped images and then being able to quickly die cut them out, put all together on a card front and you've got yourself a beautifully created card. Perfect to achieve for any beginner. The casual and avid crafters can then step it up from there adding ribbon. trim and embellishments to add more accents and texture. 

How stunning would these lilies look stamped 'en mass' and then put in a frame or made into a home decor piece? Super easy to do now with the Lily Framelits Dies.

Make sure you as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator you get these exclusive dies on your preorder NOW! The sooner you get these fabulous products in your hands the sooner you'll be able to make beautiful samples and cards. 

Just a reminder to the Stampin' Up! Customers, you'll be able to get your hands on these Lily Framelits Dies from March 1st. But if you as a customer, can't wait and want these products NOW, how about you join my team and you can put them in your starter kit. Just ask me how you can join TODAY!

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration with these fabulous products to create some stunningly simple but beautiful cards.

Now on to the amazing Stesha Bloodhart and her 'hoppy' creations!
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Friday, February 1, 2019

Just Add Ink #442 | Just Add a Sketch

Hello, hello! Welcome to the new Just Add Ink Challenge #442. A fabulous sketch suggested by fellow team member, Kim Badelt. It's an awesome sketch with so much scope for interpretation.

I've pulled out the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration set, Lovely Lattice, for my take on the sketch. Lovely Lattice is one of the items, on offer, that you can earn for FREE in the 2019 Sale-a-bration promotion.

 How gorgeous is it? I love this stamp set, not only because it's super pretty but also because I can do one of my favourite card making techniques, colouring with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. Yay! Got to love stamp sets where you can add some colour!

I only stamped a portion of the larger lattice image in the corner of the Thick Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then coloured the images with the Daffodil Delight (Dark and Light) markers and the Old Olive (Dark and Light) markers. 

Because there are no sentiments in the Lovely Lattice stamp set I used the sentiments from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. It would also look good to maybe use the new Well Said Stamp Set and the Well Written Framelits Dies to add some sentiments with this Lovely Lattice stamp set.

I was really enjoying the colouring process with this stamp set that I stamped the larger lattice image again to give another idea as to how you can use this stamp set. Love the partial stamping of this image. Might have to try it with different colours. Will give it a whole different look and feel.

To go with the cards I've teamed up with the Whisper White Flax Ribbon, Botanical Butterfly DSP (SAB free item),  Daffodil Organdy Ribbon (SAB free item), Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies and Black Sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortment.

I really love the bright white background and then the bright pops of colour from the Daffodil Delight and the Old Olive, and then the gorgeous contrast of the black elements. Pretty! 

If you want to get the Lovely Lattice set for free, place a $90 (not including P&H) with me HERE and you can choose this gorgeous set for FREE!! 

There are plenty of other gorgeous and amazing designs by the team this week with their take on the challenge sketch. Do pop on over to the Just Add Ink Blog and check them out! 

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Butterfly Gala | South Pacific Blog Hop

Hello there stamping friends! Some of my Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team friends from Australia and New Zealand - Narelle Farrugia, Angela Meiritz-Reid, Tanya Rees, Jackie Aitken and myself,  are having a special blog hop showing the Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Bundle, which includes the Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Butterfly Duet Punch.

Some of the products from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalouge and Sale-a-bration Promotion have far exceeded expectations and are flying out the door. This includes the Butterfly Gala Bundle and the Butterfly Duet Punch. These products are very low in stock here in Australia, currently still avaliable, and will be put on back order once the inventory of these products has been depleted. 

If the bundle or the punch is on your wish list, then make sure you grab this NOW to ensure you get you hands on these beautiful products. It will be back… but not for a few months.

 If you are on the fence with this stamp set here are a few projects for you today that may whet your appetite to give you are few more ideas, showing you how versatile this bundle really is.

My projects today are combining the gorgeous colours of Mango Melody and So Saffron with the my favourite DSP at the moment, Botanical Butterfly DSP, which is a Sale-a-bration FREEBIE at the moment. Spend $90 (not including P & H) with me and you can get this stunning, stunning paper. How gorgeous is that black and white gingham? If you've been following me for a while now you know that a Black and White DSP is my favourite. It's such a classic look.

To get the two tone colour on the butterfly I used the Stamparatus and some sponge daubers. First the Mango Melody was sponged on the middle of the solid butterfly image, stamped on the butterfly black outline, and then leaving the stamp in place on the Stamparatus plate I kept adding the colour with the daubers until I was happy with the colour on each butterfly.

Are you loving the wooden butterfly accents throughout my projects today? These too are a Sale-a-bration FREEBIE! Got to love FREE products! One of the wooden Butterfly Elements is a butterfly outline. This outline looks fabulous on its own or the larger butterfly punch out from the Butterfly Duet Punch fits perfectly inside this outline! Don't you just love it when these different products all fit in together.

Have you ever wanted to use a piece of DSP to cover the whole base layer of your card but thought that it was too 'busy'? Why not cover a portion of it with some vellum. The vellum really tones down the pattern but still allows it to show through. It might be a bit hard to see here but I did die cut this piece of vellum using the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies.  I could have just cut a piece of the vellum with my Stampin' Trimmer but I think the stitching on the rectangle really just gives that something extra and special.

If you think that a card needs that something else, why not add some splatters or embossing paste or even both. It's hard to see here but I used the Shimmery White Embossing paste to give that little bit of sparkle, and then using a Stampin' Write marker flicked the brush tip end to create that splatter.

I really hope that I've given you some more inspiration using this amazing Butterfly Gala Bundle. Remember that if you want this Bundle or the Punch on it's own you need to get it NOW or you'll have to wait a couple of months before there is more product back in stock. 

Click HERE to order these products from me TODAY! (Australian Residents) Any order placed online here with me, any where in Australia, will be delivered straight to your door! 

Now on to the fabulous Narelle for her amazing Butterfly Gala creations. That girl is amazing with her layers and you wont be dissapointed with her projects.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Just Add Ink #441 | Just Add Inspiration

Hello stamping friends. I hope you are having a fabulous week. It's still summer school holidays here in Melbourne, so we are having lots of days relaxing, chilling out, enjoying the summer sun, lots of time in the pool but also getting school books, school shoes and uniforms all organised so every one is all set to go back. 6 more sleeps to go (I'm not counting much, Ha!) and they go back to school for the beginning of a new school year.

It's time again for a new challenge over at Just Add Ink #441 | Just Add Inspiration. We've got a super gorgeous inspiration picture for you with lots of gorgeous colours.

I was naturally drawn to the colours in the cupcakes and wanted to use the new Piece of Cake Stamp Set with coordinating punch to keep with cake theme.

While using the inspiration picture as the basis for my card today, I was also inspired by some real cakes that I had seen on Instagram. The fondant icing around the outside of the cakes was all in strips creating beautiful ruffled edging all around. Super fun and so gorgeous! If you haven't seen these cakes before google Ruffled Cakes and you'll be able to see what I mean

The base of the card was trying to replicate, as best I could, that ruffled look. Using the colours Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana and Flirty Flamingo I measured 2 cm strips on a 10.1cm wide piece of card stock and riped the strips to give that 'ruffled' look. Each strip I then sponged the edge with a sponge dauber to highlight the edge more.

To go with my 'Ruffled Cake' background I continued the cake theme by colouring one of the images from the new Piece of Cake Stamp Set from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. This is such a versatile set and has cakes for for any occasion and a fabulous thing about this set is the coordinating punch! Love it!

How gorgeous is that cake? And it looks super pretty coloured with the Stampin' Blend Markers. Would look fabulous with some Watercolour Pencils or water colouring with the Stampin' Up! Classic Ink and an aqua painter.

To finish off my cake card I've used the Well Said Cling Stamps and the Well Written Framelits Dies to create a Happy Birthday Sentiment. This is such an amazing bundle and I love that you can put all different words together to create your own sentiments. I'm loving the colours of this card and the elements and embellishments that bring it all together. So fun!

Be sure to stop by all the Just Add Ink Design Team members blogs for more inspiration HERE with this weeks Just Add Inspiration Challenge. While you are there checking out the design team members creations, check out the details on how you can enter your creation. We would love for you to play along! 

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