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Team Colour Challenge

Every fortnight I provide my team with a challenge to get their mojo flowing… all team members are welcome to join in and a random winner is chosen from the entries to win a Stampin’ Up! prize. One fortnight a month is a sketch challenge and the other is a colour challenge. In the past, I haven’t “played along” with the challenges because I’m normally posting about them at the last minute… but I’m trying to be more organised and I’m excited by today’s post as it is my first card in a team challenge.

This fortnight is a colour challenge, inspired by the fun my boys have jumping in puddles during the winter months.

Also part of my organisational plan is to create ONE card for more than one purpose. For example, today’s card will be used as my example for the above challenge, but it was also used as a birthday card for one of Master INK’s friends.

I tried desperately to include all six colours from the challenge but when it came to the crunch, I didn’t have any Wisteria Wonder cardstock for an extra banner on the card and I thought stamping purple on the card might make it lose its male tone.

I’m obsessed with the Stitched Shape framelits and have used 2 of the larger circles in Real Red and Night of Navy on my card. I’ve then used the Labeller Alphabet stamp set (again!) to personalise the card for the birthday boy!

Would LOVE it if you would play along with our colour challenge. It is a great masculine colour theme and with Father’s Day just around the corner, it might be just what you need to get your mojo going.

Happy Crafting,

By | August 10th, 2017|Categories: Birthdays, Blog, Cards, Male Cards, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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,

Oh Happy Day Kit!

It is a rare novelty that I get to sit and just craft “for fun”… however that is how I spent my raging Saturday night this week! LOL!

Unfortunately this week, Baby INK was unwell which meant I couldn’t go to work so I had an extra day at home to potter, do housework, catch up on things which in turn allowed me to have some free time on the weekend. With no stamp clubs or classes for a few weeks, I took the opportunity to do some crafting just for fun. I had no ideas or themes in mind, so instead I grabbed the Stampin’ Up! Oh Happy Day Kit, that I have had for AGES! and proceeded to create the cards. What I love most about the kits is that everything you need to create 20, yes 20 cards is in the kit, besides a little bit of adhesive! In the Oh Happy Day Kit, you receive the following:

  • 20 card bases
  • 20 kraft envelopes
  • 13 piece photopolymer stamp set
  • die-cut glittered chipboard shapes (these was gorgeous!)
  • embossed sheets
  • printed die-cut images
  • die-cut gold foil sheet
  • die-cut white sheets
  • Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
  • coloured doilies
  • baker’s twine
  • glittered dots (I want more of these!)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals and;
  • an acrylic stamp block.

HOW AMAZING IS THAT!! Plus, you also receive a full set of instructions to create the cards or you can go your own way and make the cards however you like! For the ease of my crafting last night, I followed the instructions 99% of the time to create the cards. I switched a few sentiments up here and there but the designs of the cards are as per the instructions.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this kit so much I couldn’t wait to show you all the cards I made!

How awesome is that! So many different cards for so many different occasions. The stamps that came with the kit are so versatile, I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of them in a hurry!

There are many benefits to the Stampin’ Up! card kits; they’re great as a gift to your crafty friend, the perfect product to start with for a beginner (old or young!), if you love to craft but feel you’re time poor, kits have everything prepared so you can hit the ground running and create 20 cards in a few hours to keep your stash stocked for the months ahead… or the one I love the best, split the cost of a kit with your friend and spend a day crafting the kit together!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed seeing the Oh Happy Day Kit as much as I enjoyed making it!

Happy Crafting,