Colour INKspiration CI08

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Welcome to you all and thanks for visiting and hopping with the Colour INKspiration crew. I can’t believe another fortnight has zipped by. I was all ready for a breather once the kids went back to school – nope hasn’t happened, time is flying by way to quick.

It’s been dreary weather here in Melbourne this week, so our colour palette for this challenge is so well suited at the moment. It’s a largerly neutral palette of Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Tip Top Taupe. Then we have a zing of colour with Delightful Dijon.

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I have to say, I am a late bloomer with Dijon, I just couldn’t get into the swing of it. It’s only been more recently I have played with it and of course we only have one more month before it retires. I haven’t been in the head space of neutrals for a little while, so I was challenged getting back into them. Here is what I came up with.

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I’m still on the “Fond Farewell” bandwagon, so am playing with a number of retiring items. I never did use my host exclusive Time of Year stamp set as much as I would have liked. I love how you have a  tiny decorative graphic stamp to coordinate with the theme of the sentiment you need. Here I have gone with a simple birthday card, with these colours they lend themselves to an Autumn feel – so I coloured the acorn and left stamp with markers and stamped a little accent.

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Here I have teamed it up with some foliage from the Botanical Builders framelit set which is also retiring.

I topped it off with some mini striped ribbon in Delightful Dijon and a Classy Designer button with some Linen thread tied in a bow.

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For more inspiration, head on to Lou Kitzelman. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her creativity with these challenge colours.

 

I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. Head over to our Facebook challenge group here and load up your creation. Remember entries close Monday, May 8th.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour Challenge – CYCI#154

Happy Easter everyone! Is everyone chocolated out yet? Is that even possible? I hope not as the colour chocolate features in this weeks’ colour challenge over at Can You Case It?

We have another gorgeous colour combination for you to create with. Take a look – Chocolate, Sky Blue, White and Light Gray.

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This is such a lovely combination that could be suited to any number of occasions. Here is my inspiration…

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Starting with a standard size card base in Soft Sky, I layered a piece of Chocolate Chip. Then I water coloured a background on with my aqua painters, to create a wash.

I did this by adding a two drops of Marina Mist ink to a small container and 3 – 4 drops of water from my brush and mixing. Before washing my Shimmery White cardstock, I dabbed my brush off on some scratch paper, to lighten the colour. Starting from the middle of my cardstock I painted outward to the edge creating a semi-circle. After rotating my cardstock, I repeated this motion until I had a circle of light blue wash.

I allowed about 10 minutes of drying time before adding my flecks. I did this by dipping my aqua painter in to my ink and then, using my cap, I flicked the brush across my cardstock, allowing the flecks to settle randomly. I let this dry for several hours before returning to complete the card.

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In the meantime, I inked up the Hello stamp, from the Vertical Garden stamp set, in Chocolate Chip and stamped on some Whisper White. Using the corresponding hello stamp and Smokey Slate ink, I created the light shadow. I trimmed flag ends by hand and applied dimensionals to the back. Wrapping some Silver thread around the back, I adhered this to the card front.

I finished off with a some little flowers from the Grateful bunch stamp set and the coordinating Blossom punch.

I hope you enjoyed this little project and hope you find all the design teams projects inspiring too. Visit our Facebook challenge group for their inspiration. This Challenge will run for two weeks, as our North American friends enjoy their spring break and will close Midday, Saturday April 29th (AEST). Looking forward to seeing what you create.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration – CI07

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Welcome to colour challenge number 7 for the Colour INKspiration team. Can you believe it? Time if flying by too quickly.

We have another yummy colour combination for you. Check them out… Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe and Daffodil Delight.

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Here is my inspiration.

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Here I’m using the dancing girl from Beautiful You stamp set. I must say, I was very very pleased it did not make the retiring list. Yay… we get to dance away for another year at least!

I am really sad about Mint Macaron though, it just the best shade of green, which is huge for me to say as I am not usually a green girl. But here we are celebrating the last months of this colour, so I used it for my card base. I stamped the sentiment in the same colour, giving that lovely tone on tone we love.

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I stamped my little dancer on shimmery white cardstock with Basic Black archival ink. Using aqua painters, I lightly colour in her hat, dress and added some sand beneath her feet in the challenge colours.

Trimming and framing her using the layer circles, I added some cardstock strips with flag ends for decoration and finished off with some bling.

Simple but nice.

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For more inspiration, head on to our guest designer for this challenge… Jo Stubbings… I’m sure you’ll be dazzled by her spot in our blog hop this fortnight.

 

I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. Head over to our Facebook challenge group here and load up your creation.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Retirement Day

Well not for me personally… just for some of our much loved stamps and accessories that have graced our amazing projects for the past year or so.

Yes, that’s right… the Retiring List for Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogues is out.

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Download your copies here:

PDF to view

or if you’re OCD like me, here is an Excel version to adjust.

Better still view them online here, with all the images too.

 

It’s always a mixed emotions kind of day… sad when you see what is leaving us. Like Gorgeous Grunge… it’s been a favourite since the day I saw it at Convention in Brisbane four years ago! I know… that long. And the banner framelits… Remember this beauty from 2015?

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And other products like the 2015-17 In Colour collection. You know they are going to retire eventually… but you just wonder how you’re going to go without tops up for colours like Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder. They have both been such staples in my stamping diet for all that time. Now is the time to pick up your ink refills and extra cardstock.

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Then of course little gems like – the adhesive remover, the owl punch and the Crumb Cake Note cards and envelope packs.

But today brings opportunity too… a chance to pick up some last minute wishlist items – and some of those are on sale at up to 60% off.

Don’t forget the bundles… bundles change over with each catalogue. Whilst some stamps and framelit/punches are not retiring, being able to buy them in a bundle now saves you 10% on the combined individual prices. Check the bundles here.

Remember, whilst the retirement list is around until May 31st, items are only available while stocks last. Once they are gone, they are really gone.

So be sure to shop or contact me with your order soon.

I’ll be back with inspiration from our retiring list over the coming weeks…. plus, I’ll have sneak peaks leading up to the launch of the next annual catalogue, using some exciting new stamps and products to coordinate. The future is bright…

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Sketch Challenge – CYCI#153

You know I’m a big fan of sketch challenges and this week at Can You Case It? we have our next sketch layout to follow along with.

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Here is what I made.

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I went dramatic and bold this week with black and gold colours, but it’s always simple and elegant at the same time.

I dry embossed the background cardbase with the Softly Falling embossing folder and used a black square framed slightly with the gold one over the top.

The cute little bee is from the Detailed Dragonflies thinlit dies. Those Dragonflies are just so gorgeous, that poor little bee gets left behind a little. So used I punch one out in gold foil and popped him on and added the “just a note….” sentiment, from the Better Together stamp set, embossed in gold to coordinate.

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I added some gold sequins dotted along closely to the sketch to finish off.

Sketch challenges are a great way to start off playing with challenge groups like this. So why not play along, they are another way to get some crafting done, make that card on your “to do” list and have some fun along the way.

This challenge is open until Midday next Saturday, April 15th (AEST). I can’t wait to see what you create with this sketch, once you’ve created your project, head over to the Facebook Group and load it up in the comments of the Sketch image.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Colour Challenge – CYCI#152

As I was rummaging through my drawers for the combination of colours for this challenge, I found some pre made element in my drawers – like the embossed Mint cardstock, a precut and scored cardbase in Sahara Sand, the strip of Designer series paper in Turquoise and the ring in Melon Mambo. Obviously left over elements from previous creations, so I added those in to my challenge this week to see how I could incorporate them.

I liked the colour combination this made and was close to the Can You Case It? #152 challenge colours for this week. Amber always has a colour combo up her sleeve. Check them out.

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Here is what I created with these elements. A simple but colourful Hello card.

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I have missing a few of my stamps of late – you know those ones that sit quietly and patiently on your shelf waiting for you to notice them again. The cute little flower is from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set, which is about a year old now but haven’t used them lately.

Here I inked up the little flower using markers to get that coloured in look. I stamped it on some whisper white, which I had pre-punched with my Stitched Shapes framelits and adhered my Melon Mambo ring too. That gave me my boundaries for the stamped images. I added a little hello stamp in Tempting Turquoise to finish off.

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Too see more inspiration using these colours – join the Design Team over at the Facebook Challenge Group. I’d love to see what you create with these colours. So why not enter the challenge? Entries close Midday Saturday 8th April (AEST).

Until next time… Stamp creatively,
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Sketch Challenge – CYCI#151

Over at Can You Case It? #151 this week is another great sketch created by our amazing Eva. Check it out.

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Here is the card I made using this layout. Again, I rotated the layout to make it work with a landscape card.

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This special occasion card I made for my hubby. We celebrated our 15th Wedding anniversary this weekend.

I choose black and copper for the colours as they are very masculine plus they just suit a special occasion like this.

My card base is Basic Black and over the top I used a piece of Urban Underground Designer Series Paper. The main element is a square piece of copper foil from which I punched out the 15 using my Large Number framelits.

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Behind them is some black glimmer paper which I had left over in my supplies. It can be a little tricky sticking to the front glittery side of glimmer paper, but it can be done. I use the Fine Tip Glue pen, the glue in that is very strong, and normally you don’t need alot, but when using it on the front of glimmer paper I use a bit more and then I apply pressure to it and hold that pressure for maybe 3 to 5 minutes – a looooong time. This gives me success each time. Then I adhered this on to my card base with dimensionals for extra height.

I finished off this card with heat embossing the sentiment in copper powder and topped off with a couple of those gorgeous wooden elements in the Sending Love embellishment pack.

I can’t wait to see what you create with this sketch. Head over to our Facebook group and look for the post with this Challenge sketch image. Our Design team inspiration will be posted in the comments, so be sure to soak up their inspiration. When you make your creation, upload it in the comments to play along.

Last entries are Midday, Saturday 1st April (AEDT). Top picks and next challenges are announced on the Facebook fan page too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration – CI06

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Here we are back with Colour INKspiration challenge blog hop, with another challenging but beautiful set of colours to inspire you.

Welcome if you are joining me from Rachel or if you are starting here – the team has another lovely set of projects for you.

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The colours on the menu this fortnight are:
Pool Party,
Night of Navy,
Calypso Coral and
Gold Foil.

A great match for this amazing photo.

 

 

 

 

Today, I’m all about quick, simple and easy, but fun, creative and lovely. Here is my card:

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It’s great when we have time to play, but sometimes we have a few things on our “to do” lists which means project like these are great to have up your sleeve.

Quite simply, the card base is Calypso Coral. The flag from the Subtles pack of Designer Series Paper Stack, okay so I couldn’t resist inking up another Lace Doily – LOL, I think I’m on a roll with that now! Over the top is a gold foil doily and it’s all topped off with “hello” sentiment from the Hello You thinlit dies in Coral.

Not much stamping today… but it’s great to see what else you can create with your supplies isn’t it?

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For some more yummy INKspiration, Julia Quinn is next in the hop and I’m sure her project wont disappoint.

 

 

Once you’ve finished the hop, I hope you feel inspired to join in on all the fun and head over to our Facebook Challenge group and share your project created with these colours.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour Challenge – CYCI#150

This week over at Can You Case It? CYCI#150 we have a cool set of colours to challenge you with. They certainly challenged me… Navy is not a colour I reach for often, so it always gets me thinking. Which is good, isn’t it?

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Here is what Kevin come up with… Mint, Navy, Copper and White.

 

 

 

 

Once I got going with them, this is how it all came together.

Photopolymer stamps are really great for lining up stamps so easily. This is what I did with the lace border stamp in the Delicate Details stamp set – which is a Sale-a-bration exclusive. I lined them up to mirror each other, leaving a tiny gap between. I think it worked out pretty well. I topped it off with one of the A-Ma-Zing dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly thinlit set in Copper foil, using a dimensional to

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It was looking a little clean, it needed something else plus I wanted to add some more navy into the mix too. I decided adding a little texture was the way to go. I have many texture stamps but they all felt a little too structured, I wanted something more organic for this.

Reaching for one of my acrylic blocks, I dabbed it into the ink pad, and smeared it across the corners of my white background. Adding a mix of Mint and Navy ink, some times straight on to the card in a stamping motion, sometimes I dabbed off some of the excess ink and smeared what was left on – giving this nice grungy feel.

It occurred to me, while doing this, this technique could be good to use when you “accidently” catch the corner of your block when inking your stamp and some of it makes it over to your cardstock…. Hmmmm, food for thought!

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I finished off with a little sentiment “Just a note…” from the Better Together stamp set in some Navy ink.

I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. Head over to our Facebook group and look for the post with this Challenge colour image. Our Design team inspiration will be posted in the comments. When you make your creation, upload it in the comments to play along.

Last entries are Midday, Saturday 25th March (AEDT). Top picks and next challenges are announced on the Facebook fan page too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Holiday crafting

I have a quick little share today. Last weekend here in Victoria, Australia, we had a public holiday, so off our family headed for our annual extended long weekend camping trip with our group of friends.

It was lovely time away, with 11 kids swimming in the river for nearly 3 days, and generally keeping themselves occupied. Most friends got some down time to relax and catch up – me… well for the most part I was chasing our 2 year old around making sure she didn’t get into mischief. But I did manage to find some crafting time. Yes… out in the middle of nowhere… me, my stamps and I….

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This holiday generally falls close to our friends boy’s birthday. So we often celebrate while away. I had his pressie ready to go, but just needed a card to go with it.

To make things a little easier for myself, I CASEd this card from Stampin’ Up! Artisan design team member, Holly Stene. Her card came across my Pintrest feed and I loved it and through it would be perfect for our little friend. I did some prep at home, so I didn’t have to take absolute everything with me, but allowed myself to create enough while out there to give me some of the down time I love.

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As soon as I saw the Everday Hero stamp set in the Occasions catalogue, I just had to have it. I have so many little friends, including my boy, this stamp set would be perfect for. Who doesn’t like a super hero? Now we can create our own with this little beauty. With all the cleverly coordinated scenery stamps that come with it, means the possibilities are endless.

I’m sure I’ll be back with some more inspiration using this set at some point soon.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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