Colour INKspiration – CI55

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Wow… just look at that inspiration image…

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There is so much to like in this image, from that gorgeous bed head (I’m sure it’s the colour!), that cute “coconut” cushion that just make me what to jump on, or that gorgeous little bunny sitting quietly on the side table.  Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Denita.

For this challenge, we have the following challenge colours to play with – Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Grapefruit Grove, Rich Razzleberry and Smokey Slate. We can choose 3 or more to play with. So I went with Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo and Smokey Slate.

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Here I created a simple Mothers Day card for this weekend. Using the Just Because stamp set, I stamped my image in Memento Black and coloured it a little with Flirty Flamingo and Smokey Slate Stampin’ Blends. I used the Colour Lifter to push out some of the gray to lighten it. I fussy cut this image out so that I could make it a floating feature.

I layered this over some Whisper White cardstock which I cut at an angle. This sat over a coloured paper doily in Flirty Flamingo and these over the cardbase in Coastal Cabana, which I embossed with the Subtles Embossing folder.

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I stamped a simple sentiment, this one is from Tea Together stamp set and the hearts from Nine Lives. I finished off with a couple of small rhinestones for a little bling.

Next up in the hop is Rachel Palmieri.

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Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until 6pm Monday, May 20th. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC227 – Favourite Retiring Bundle

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Okay, so I always find it really hard to choose favourites, I mean, really, isn’t everything a favourite one way or another. This week the Caseing The Catty crew are focussing on favourite bundles. So sit back and grab a cuppa for some last inspiration using these retiring favourites.

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For this challenge I decided to go with this bundle – Floral Frames. It’s made up of the Floral Frames stamp set and the Foliage Frame framelit dies. I’m really sad they are retiring, they were new additions to the current catalogue and I kind of feel like they haven’t had enough time to shine. I love the stamp designs, they are just so lovely, you can create a simple stunning card, But my favourite things is the way the stamps and dies overlap making it really easy  to create depths with layers. My inspiration came from the card featured on page 135 of the Annual catalogue.

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Here is my card.

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I love the die with the foliage that emerges from the side of the circle. It’s just so lovely and creates a great frame for a circle centre feature. Whether that be a sentiment or more imagery.

Here I decided to create window to peak through. With the sentiment stamped on the inside, a window brings to the front of the card too.

First, I stamped the large circle stamp with foliage on the card front in Tranquil tide. I coloured some of the leaves with my Lemon Lime Twist marker and then overlayed the die-cut, but offset the foliage so that you can still see many of the elements.

Using one of the layering circle framelits, I punched the window through the centre of the layers. This allowed me to stamp the sentiment through the window so that it aligns nicely in the centre.

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Then I decorated the top with some stamped, punched and coloured flowers plus a couple of additional leaves punched from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers and to the Lime leaves (it’s always hard to photograph!), which adds a lovely shimmer. To finish off, I scattered some pearls from the Share what You Love Artisan Pearls pack.

This design works for many occasions, I have even made a Mothers Day card.

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Next up in the hop, is the amazing Elizabeth Gross.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, May 12.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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ESAD 2018 Retirement List Blog Hop

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Welcome to the ESAD blog hop featuring items on the Stampin’ Up! retiring list. You may have joined me from my stamping friend, Fi Cobbin, or if you are starting here, you are in for a real treat.

You may be wondering what ESAD is? It’s a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand. If you are demonstrator, not part of the ESAD group – more info is located at the bottom of this post.


The theme is all about retiring products from the 2017-18 Annual and 2018 Occasions catalogues. Today I am sharing with you A Mothers Flair stamp set, the Lots to Love Box die set and that ever so gorgeous Painted with Love Specialty Designer Paper.

Here I have made a simple but elegant card to match with a gift card holder, made using an alteration to the Lots To Love Box die.

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First up – the card. I’m so in love with the design style in the A Mother’s Flair stamp set. It was a set I had to have when I saw it in the Occasions catalogue – it was the hat stamp, I had to have that hat. But then, once I started playing with these stamps, they all grew on me. I just love the feminine style and the multitude of occasions these can be used for.

I kept the card simple, the paper is so busy, a simple design complemented it. Here I stamped the shoe, in Fresh Fig ink, and coloured the flower using the Peekaboo Peach marker, topping it off with a simple pearl. The sentiment is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink and I used some thin strips of Peekabook cardstock to edge the stamped element. I added a strip of the Painted with Love Specialty paper to the cardbase and adhered the stamped element with dimensionals.

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I was thinking about what package to make to go with this Mothers Day card. I have used the Lots to Love Box Die to make the boxes as they were designed to create, but this time I wanted something flat to hold a gift card.

I give gift cards a lot for a range of occasions – birthdays, Christmas, and Mothers and Fathers day are always gift cards or money. So when I was thinking about giving a gift card, this idea came to mind.

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Here, I extended the bottom edge to create a longer panel, that is scored and closes over the card securely. I decorated the front by fussy cutting the hat stamp from the A Mothers Flair stamp set. I adhered this with dimensionals to a Whisper White 2” circle layered with Peekaboo Peach Starburst punched cardstock. If fussing cutting isn’t for you, there are stamps in the set that fit that size, so it can be a simple stamp and punch creation. Again colouring the flower in Peekaboo Peach and topped off with a simple pearl.

I decorated a panel to go inside the holder so that it’s not so plain once the gift card is removed. This set has two little dies that cut out the semi-circle notches which I used to for two purposes – one so that the holder can close over securely; the second to hold the gift card in place inside the holder. For extra security, I wrapped some of that blingy coordinating Love Mini tinsel in Sweet Sugarplum around the front half of the holder and tied in a bow to finish off the front.

I’m so glad I have these stamps and dies even though they retiring. I will continue to use them quite a bit!

Next up in the blog hop is Cathy Pinchbeck.

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Colour INKspiration – CI32

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Welcome to this colour challenge with the Colour INKspiration crew. Welcome if you have joined me from Rachel or if you are starting here with me. We have an awesome colour combination for you to play with this time, they are:

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Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Gold.

Here is my inspiration. I have gone with a Mothers Day themed card, using the A Mothers Flair stamp set.

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I have always found Pink Pirouette to be a very light shade of pink so when I want to use it for watercolouring backgrounds, getting a dark enough coverage, can be challenging. Obviously, water colouring washes out the colour, so this is how I went about achieving a darker background:

  • I used the ink pad and lightly tapped it directly on the cardstock, I used Shimmery White cardstock;
  • Next, I used an aqua painter and blended the ink together, providing a smooth appearance;
  • I repeated this process again, building up the depth in colour. This allowed for a more intense pink, than what the tradition ink would give; and
  • Lastly, I squeezed a few drops of water from the aqua painter and allowed them to drop on to the cardstock in different spots. This moved the ink around the surface of the cardstock, allowing it to pool in other places to create that watered edge look.
  • I dried it off with my heat tool, just for speed. But this can be air dried if time permits.

I love how it came together. Now to finish my card.

I overlayed the water coloured background onto Pink Pirouette cardstock, which was adhered to a Night of Navy cardbase.

The embellishments over the stop featured a flourish in Gold Foil from the Petals & More thinlit die set, a cut square using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, a 1 ½” circle punched from Whisper White cardstock. This was layered with a Scallop Circled punched shape from Pink Pirouette cardstock. Off the top right, featured a dragonfly in Gold Foil from the Detailed Dragonflies thinlit set.

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Lastly, my stamped images – I just love all the sweet girly style imagery that feature in the A Mother’s Flair stamp set. They are just so delicate and so very useful for many different occasions. There are a couple of sentiments that can be used for other occasions also, and a few that are Mother specific.

Here I stamped the hat in Night of Navy ink and fussy cut it. I coloured the flower with a Pink Pirouette marker and used dimensionals to adhere this over the circle punched shapes. I added my sentiment to the bottom right and finished off with a couple of gold faceted gems.

I really like how this turned out and look forward to giving this one away in a few weeks. I hope that I have inspired your Mothers Day projects. I know there are many out there who may not have their own mums along side them just now, but there are still a lot of Mums out there, many who are doing it tough. Stop and look around you and bless them with one of your lovely creations.

Next up in the hop is the amazing Kelly Kent.

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Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until 7pm, Monday 7th May. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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