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Global Design Project #097

Yep, I’m having one of those weeks where I’m being super productive so am back today with another challenge entry. This time I’m having some fun with a colour challenge (#GDP097) over at the Global Design Project. This week they’re challenging us with this cool colour combination:

How delicious does it look? And speaking of delicious, all the colours today are named after foods! Cake, Berries & Wasabi. Yum, Yum, Blah! Wild Wasabi is not my “go to” green for projects but I really think it complements the Berry Burst colour in this combination.

For my project today I focused on using Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi for the card and used a Crumb Cake card base to include all 3 colours in my project. I had some fun making a cute shaker card for this week’s challenge.

I love polka dots and spots so focused my card on using them on the outside and on the inside of the shaker.

I threaded some silver sequins off the Silver Mini Sequin Trim to add a bit of bling to the card… then added them on some of the polka dots on the outside of the shaker to make it sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you’ve got time, why not pop on over and the the Global Design Project challenge yourself! Or if you can’t create for this one, be sure to pop back early next week to see what their next challenge is.

Happy Crafting,

#tgifc117 – Summertime Blues

I’m so excited! Yesterday I had such a productive crafty day yesterday that I was able to participate in another card challenge this week. I’m playing along with the TGIF Challenge this week to cure the summertime blues for #tgifc117. The Design Team created some gorgeous creations to get you inspired, so why don’t you pop by the blog and join in!

For my project today I was inspired by the colours that the DT had used in their cards; the blues and the yellows caught my eye. The great thing about this challenge was for you to interpret it any way you see fit but try and get a little smidge of blue on your card. You might have been inspired by the watercolour wash background, the font, the embellishments or the actual word “summertime”. That’s why challenges are great, you can interpret it to suit your style!

I ummmed and ahhhhed so many times about getting the stamp set I’ve used today, but I finally bit the bullet and I’m so glad I did. I absolutely love using it.

I chose Night of Navy and Marina Mist for the blues on the card base and I mixed the embossing paste with a Marina Mist re-inker to create the blue clouds. Crushed Curry was the regal yellow tone I chose to use to watercolour the moon and a quick colour using the Calypso Coral watercolour pencil to give little mister’s skin a bit of colour.

I covered the stamped star with a small star punched out of gold glimmer paper to add some bling to the card. And a few more stars amongst the clouds to “twinkle”.

I’m enjoying using my Aqua Painter to colour at the moment whereas I used to be a Blender Pen kinda gal. I’m finding colouring quite therapeutic at the moment… a good chance for the brain to stop ticking for a little while.

Now… just to wait until a very special Little Mister joins us to receive this card.

Happy Crafting,

 

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Baby, Blog, Cards, Colouring, Stampin' Up!, TGIF Challenges|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Just Add Ink #369

Today I’m joining in the fun over at Just Add Ink and being inspired by this gorgeous photo for the #JAI369 challenge.

The best thing about photos like this is that everyone can play along with the challenge and be inspired by different aspects of the photo. For me I was mainly inspired by the colours, then the scenery (trees, water) and lastly how the photo made me feel. I quickly wrote down the colours I felt I would use, the stamp set I would use and the texture my card would have. Quite often I think of a design or idea, forget to write it down and never ever remember it! I’m trying to get better at that.

The photo made me feel a sense of adventure and holidays, so I chose to use the hostess stamp set Dare to Dream for my card today.

The colours I chose were Emerald Envy (trees), Bermuda Bay (water), Crushed Curry (sand), Pool Party (on the balloon) and then for inspiration of the mountains I chose to use some burlap ribbon.

I’m obsessed by the new Ruffled 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and chose to use this as my background to reflect trees blowing in in the wind and the waves of the water. I ran my Wink of Stella pen along the edges of the ripples to make them shimmer just a smidgen. I chose to pick up the yellow again by using the Crushed Curry Glitter Enamel Dots.

You’ve got until 10am each Wednesday to join in the weekly Just Add Ink challenge. A new challenge is posted each Friday so come on over and join the fun!

Happy Crafting,

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Just Add Ink, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

What Will You Stamp? #125 – Cool Treats

Finally I get a chance to play along with the What Will You Stamp? challenge (#wwys125) for this week. I’m a week late due to a house full of germs but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to play with the Cool Treats stamp set as it is one of my favourites. Over on the WWYS? blog, you can see all fantastic creations by the Design Team to get you inspired when using this set.

This stamp set makes me think of bright, tutti fruity colours and flavours when I look at it, so I chose to use Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach for my card today.

I chose to do some tone on tone stamping today (where you stamp the same coloured ink onto the same coloured cardstock) for the backgrounds of the card. These two colours are a match made in heaven!

I used a little bit of the gorgeous Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to hide the join of the two pieces of cardstock and to add a little bit of bling. I used the Layering Square Framelits to cut the cardstock and then stamped the sentiment and icy poles on the insert so they peek through the square.

A super quick post from me considering I’m miles behind when the challenge actually went live! I hope you pop on over to the What Will You Stamp? blog and to see the DT creations and the awesome creations of those that have entered the challenge.

Happy Crafting,

Quriky Critters & Ronald McDonald House

A little background on today’s card… Each quarter, some of my team members and I head into the Ronald McDonald House at Monash Hospital and participate in their Make-A-Meal program for which we make a 3-course dinner from the families staying at the house. We absolutely love being able to provide these families with some home cooked food during a challenging time. We also donate our cards as well for the families and staff to use, but we wanted to do more and that is how we started participating in the make-a-meal program.

Each new annual catalogue, Stampin’ Up! creates one specific stamp set, where they donate $3 from each set purchased to Ronald McDonald House Charities. To date, they have donated over 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS worldwide. AMAZING! This year’s stamp set is Sharing Sweet Thoughts found on page 233 of the annual catalogue. Unfortunately, I forgot to add it to my recent order (it was late at night!), so I’ll definitely have to add it to my next one!

Considering I forgot to order it, I had to use another stamp set for my surprise thank you cards to the team members who participate with me, so I chose my the fun Quirky Critters stamp set.

When I saw the Narwhal stamp I was SO excited. They’re amazing animals and lets be honest, you’ll probably never find another Narwhal stamp anywhere! I wanted to create an “ocean” look for the background of my card, so I used the “faux woodgrain” technique I used on the piggy and wreath cards but switched the colour tones to blues…. I think it works a treat! See for yourself…

I coloured the Narwhal in using an aqua painter and Smoky Slate ink. I added a little Wink of Stella pen to his horn to make him “shine and sparkle”.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you and your friends or work colleagues are interested in volunteering at your local Ronald McDonald House, check out their Make-a-Meal program. It really is a small commitment that can make sure a difference. You can see what some other business and community groups have been doing at the Ronald McDonald House in Monash by following their Facebook page.

Happy Crafting,

Christmas in July…

Today I’m back to spread a little bit of festive cheer! Yep, I know it’s only July but it is never too early to think about your Christmas projects as before we know it, the big red man will be here and he’ll checking his naughty or nice list… which one will you be on?

I’ve got quite a few projects for you today… some cards, a few 3D/ gift packaging items and then a scrapbooking page! I don’t get to scrapbook anywhere near as much as I used to but had a wonderful time preserving a very special memory. There are a lot of photos in my post today… so curl up on the couch with your cup of tea (or coffee or hot chocolate), relax and enjoy my projects knowing you’ve still got a few more months ahead of you to finish your Christmas shopping!

My first card today is using the cute reindeer from the new Merry Mistletoe stamp set. I can never go past a reindeer, particularly when I can add a gorgeous red glimmer nose to make him like that extra special reindeer we all know!

I stamped the reindeer in crumb cake ink and coloured over his antlers with the early espresso watercolour pencil to make them darker and to add some contrast. I also sponged around the reindeer using crumb cake ink to take away the “white edges’ from cutting him out which gave his coat a bit of contrast too. The matching red reindeer paper at the base of the card is from the new Be Merry Designer Series Paper. Great DSP for your festive projects and I loved that the reindeer is the same style/ shape as the stamp. The “merry” sentiment I created using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and randomly stamped that on the card base in crumb cake ink (I didn’t want them to be exactly straight).

I don’t deny that I love “matching” cards and gift packaging, so I made a gorgeous treat bag to match my reindeer card. The new striped treat bags are to die for!

                 

My next card is using my new favourite technique – faux woodgrain. You make the woodgrain background purely by using ink! I used crumb cake and soft suede for this background, like the card I made here. The new Boxwood Wreath embellishments were too good to not use on a woodgrain look card.

I used the cookie cutter punch (again!) to punch the bow in red glimmer paper and adhered them to the top of the wreaths with a small glue dot

My last card is based around the new sheet music background stamp.

I distressed the edges of the stamped very vanilla cardstock and sponged them with crumb cake ink to give them a bit of a vintage feel. I used the “Christmas wishes” sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and embossed it in gold and combined it with the “to you” from a stamp in the Mixed Drinks stamp set.

Part of the fun for me at Christmas is watching the suspense on my boy’s faces all through December as they stare at the Christmas tree wondering what is waiting for them underneath and that is what inspired me for my next little gift box.

I made the gift box using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch board and again featured the Be Merry DSP as “ribbon” wrapped around the box. I used the new circle tab punch to create a little “clipboard” look for my “don’t peek” sign!

Lastly, I created a scrapbook page. Master INK loves meeting up with Santa every year and I can’t get enough of the amazement and mesmerising look he gives him… like he just can’t believe he is touching Santa!

           

      I used the ruffled dynamic textured impressions embossing folder to create the effect of Santa’s beard down the side of the page. This adds great texture to the page.

Phew! Told you it was a big post with lots of different techniques. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I’ve inspired you to get your “Santa hat” on and start thinking about your Christmas cards and projects.

Happy Crafting,

Fidget Spinner Card

I’m back today with a super cool, very “in” card (and quick post!) for all those kids (and adults) obsessed by…. the fidget spinner! As a parent, whilst they are not my worst nightmare, it puzzles me how toys become a “craze” for kids. How does it happen? And how can it happen so quickly? One minute they don’t exist and then pow, somehow I have 4 different fidget spinners in my house!

Where possible, I like to make interactive card’s for Master INK’s friends and today’s card is no exception. I got the awesome tutorial from Caroline Bennie to create this interactive fidget spinner card! Yes, it actually spins!!!!

The fidget spinner was made using punches as you’ll see in Caroline’s tutorial. It is just a clever, genius idea!

 

Now watch it spin…

I have no doubt this is not the last time I will be making one of these cards! You should give it a go too!

Happy Crafting,

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By | July 6th, 2017|Categories: Birthdays, Blog, Cards, Male Cards, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments