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Just Add Ink #393 – Colour Challenge

To keep my mojo flowing… or starting to flow, I played along with the colour challenge over at Just Add Ink for #jai393. I was so pleased to have the time to create as one of my downlines, Rochelle was the DT member who chose the colours for this week’s challenge.

Green is one of my favourite colours however I find Tranquil Tide a little tricky to work with whereas I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lemon Lime Twist.

I’m a little behind in January Birthday cards, so I thought this challenge was a good one to use the super cute Quirky Critters stamp set again. The sloth stamp is perfect for those times you’ve forgot to send a card! I needed to create a “leafy” scene for my sloth, so I used the fern leaf from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, stamped in Tranquil Tide & Lemon Lime Twist.

I used the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in Mr. Sloth. I used the light & dark crumb cake and then smoky slate for his eye area. I snuck the bronze marker in to colour the branch. These markers are so easy to use! The branch in the stamp set is a little shorter, so I lengthened to reach within the leaves by drawing an “extension” with a black fine point marker. EASY!

If you’ve got time, head on over to Just Add Ink and see what their design team created to inspire us this challenge. Challenges are a great way to create when you’ve got a creative block, need a new inspiration or idea… or just for fun!

Have a wonderful, creative week.

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,

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,