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#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: , , , , , |4 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: , , , , |6 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,

What Will You Stamp? #123 – Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Yay! Today I get to play along with the amazingly talented ladies from the What Will You Stamp? Design Team for #wwys123. I’ve had a few weeks off from the team as time escaped me and I didn’t have the stamp sets featured, but I’m back and looking at the upcoming schedule, I should be around more often.

Today we’re showcasing the beautiful Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I love so much about this stamp set; the flowers, the balloons, the fonts of the sentiments, I was very excited to use it.. I’m trying my best to use products in my cupboard that I haven’t touched and the Gift Bag Punch Board is something I haven’t used, so I’ve given that a whirl for today’s project too!

I’ve used the amazing new bright in- colour Lemon Lime Twist and paired that with Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo to bring today’s projects to life.

Now… let’s see how awesome they look together!

To get the formation of the balloons on the card, I first stamped them in crumb cake ink on my card base so that they were evenly spaced in a pattern I liked. I then stamped all the coloured balloons on cardstock using the same coloured ink and punched them out using the balloon punch (a favourite product of mine). To give the card a bit of “pop”, I placed each coloured balloon on a stampin’ dimensional and adhered it to the card front. I played around a little bit with the placement of the colours till I found an arrangement I was happy with.

The gift bag was made using the Gift Bag Punch Board. It was so quick and easy, I’ll definitely be using it more in the future. Check out this great video from Meg at Lovenstamps to see how easy it is to use! And the best bit is, you can make lots of different bags in different sizes! Perfect for those last minute gifts you need to give. I punched a small hole in the top of both sides and tied it off with the gorgeous new Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon – it is to die for!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop over to the the WWYS? Blog to see all the creations this week from the team! It is such a fun stamp set… if you don’t have this stamp set on your wish list already, I’ll be surprised if you don’t after today!

Happy Crafting,

Global Design Project #093

Good Morning to you on this fresh Sunday morning in Melbourne! When I woke this morning it was -4.0 degrees! Winter has really hit us this weekend so I was excited to play along with the Global Design Project and use their bright, summery colour combination for #GDP093.

I’ve made a notecard for my project today using the gorgeous “Quirky Critters” stamp set from new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. At first it didn’t catch my eye but on my many looks through the catalogue I kept coming back to it and it hasn’t disappointed me yet!

For a self-proclaimed “non-colourer” this an interesting choice of stamp set, but funnily enough of late, I’m finding colouring very therapeutic and like anything, the more you do it, the more comfortable you become with it!

 

I chose to colour the bird on shimmery white cardstock using an Aqua Painter with Pool Party ink for his body and Lemon Lime Twist for his funky hair-do and chest. I really struggled to add the Berry Burst aspect to him but never fear, a small heart punch added the little bit I needed to make him pop! I punched the heart form the Cookie Cutter punch.

I can’t wait to use this set more and more! I’ve got so many ideas for it! If you’re looking for inspiration not just for this set, pop on over the to the Global Design Project page and see all the entries for the #GDP093 colour challenge. There is plenty there for you to see and be inspired by! I’m off to one of my team member’s catalogue launches now, can’t wait to be inspired there!

Happy Crafting,

 

What Will You Stamp? #117 – Beetles & Bugs

We’ve had a “bugging” good time this week for the What Will You Stamp? challenge (#wwys117) using the Beetles & Bugs stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

I myself have been under the weather with a “bug” (otherwise known as sinus, ear and chest infection!) so Mr. INK and I thought this was a good stamp set for me to be creating with this week. As I’ve been unwell, I haven’t been able to sit at my craft desk to create, so today I have some simple (yet cute!) cards for you using this set and some “bug puns”. Do you know how hard it is to create or find bug puns? I’ll tell you… HARD! I created my “puns” using the Labeler Alphabet and the Brushwork Alphabet stamp sets. I love the ‘look’ of the labeler set; and the fact you have 2 fonts in one set is a bonus!

I love little cards like my project today because you can make whatever size you like! All you need to do is ensure the length of the card is double the width… that way you’ll get a perfectly square card.

The card sizes I created were:

  • “I heard your caught a bug” card – 4″ x 8″ (scored at 3.5″)
  • “Love Bug” and “Bugs & Kisses” cards – 3″ x 6″ (scored at 3″)
  • “Sorry to bug you” card – 3.5″ x 7″ (scored at 3.5″)

Only a quick post from me today but don’t forget to check out all the What Will You Stamp? Design Team Beetle and Bug creations over on the WWYS? blog. There are lots of creepy crawlies waiting for you!

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #115 – Beautiful You

Hi There! This week over at What Will You Stamp?, we’ve been challenged to use the very popular the “Beautiful You” stamp set. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! fan, I have no doubt you have seen many creations made with this stamp set throughout your googling or Pinterest looking ventures. There have been so many wonderful creations with the stamp set, I didn’t quite know where to start or what to create.

For some reason, the lady with the umbrella was the stamp in the set that caught my attention. Initially she made me feel like she was “sad” however, I also wanted to show how versatile stamps could be and used her to create a card and “shower her in love” (you’ll see what I mean shortly!).

I created 3 cards for today’s challenge to show you different ways you can use the same stamp. The cards have the same layouts, I’ve just created them in different colours and with different accompanying stamps to create a different tone or theme to the cards.

              

I love the simplicity of these cards. I did try colouring the lady in, but I found I much preferred her in plain black with the colour focus being on the theme of the card.

A quick post from me today for #wwys115; if you own the Beautiful You stamp set, why don’t you stop by the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created and participate in this week’s challenge yourself. We love to be inspired by you and your creations.

Thanks for stopping by today… I hope you like the cards I’ve created today… would love to hear if the rain, sunshine or heart one is your favourite.

Happy Crafting,