Paper Craft Crew #280

Time for another fun Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge and this week I will admit to being a little stumped with my creation.  I knew I wanted to use the Cake Soiree Suite from Stampin’ Up! and I was able to get my colour combo from the Sweet Soiree Speciality DSP – Powder Pink, Marina Mist, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive …. and for most part the card was coming together really well.  I stamped the cake image in Powder Pink, cut it out with the matching die from the Cake Soiree bundle added trim using the die to trace two bands using Silver Foil Sheets and embossing them.  I placed the cake on a circle I cut with the Layering Circles die from Vellum, I used a Marina Mist marker pen to colour the back side of the circle to give a faint Marina Mist background for my cake.  Adding the leave in Old Olive and the sentiment in Marina Mist all was going well.  

My big problem started with stamping out three lovely flowers in Rich Razzleberry ink and using my Blends to colour them in before cutting them out with the coordinating die …. now to decide where to place them!  I alternated between the top of the cake, in a line across the middle of the cake, just one, one on each tier ….. oh my!  I finally settled on the placement you see but honestly still not 100% convinced it works. It really is a great sketch though and would love to see you play along this week. 


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Colour INKspiration #27

This week on the Colour INKspiration Facebook challenge page we have a stunning colour combination for you including Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Island Indigo and Pool Party. This combination really made me want to ink up my new Beautiful Peacock Stamp Set (a FREE stamp set available during Sale-A-Bration) and I was inspired by Lou Kitzelman’s fabulous background here in the last colour challenge that I decided to try and create a background with this week’s colours using a different punch – the Classic Label.  I was so pleased with how this card turned out that I decided to use this one as my Craft-T-Crew Make-N-Take card this quarter.  So simply to create but such a get final look don’t you think?

The only really fiddly part of this card was hand cutting out the peacock body to put on to the marble-look feathers but gives a little pop to the card.  I hope my team had as much fun putting their cards together as I did creating this one.  

There are so many amazing projects again from this colour combination and to continue with the inspiration head over to the wonderful Elizabeth Gross’s blog to see what she has created.


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Paper Craft Crew #279

Welcome to another fabulous Paper Craft Crew Challenge for this week.  This time we have a theme to inspire you – ‘Mardi Gras’. 

I decided it was well and truly time to open up my Large Letter Dies and have a play.  I made the words party and decided to use my sponge brayers to colour the words in using a ‘Mardi Gras’ inspired colour palette of Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry and Emerald Envy.

Once the letters were coloured I flick small drops of water over the letters to create some the ‘spots’ and break up the colours a little.  My background also features some flicking – this time using the colour palette to add a little interest.  I decided that after adding a touch of glitter behind my word panel that tI didn’t want to add any other elements – let’s the words really pop!

So few supplies used for this card and no ‘stamping’ at all but loved how easy and fun this one was to create.

I hope you will join in the challenge this week and be sure to check out the other design team creations this week, they are so fun!


Paper Craft Crew #278

Time again from another fabulous and fun Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge!  This week I decided that I really really really wanted to play with my new A Good Day stamp set and finally decided on using the cute little bird from this set as my feature image.  I used my Night of Navy and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends to colour this little guy in … I will admit it took me far to long to finally decide on how best to colour him in LOL!

I actually got my colour combination for card based on the strip of DSP that I chose as my side trim, they are the colours in the Myths & Magic Specialty DSP – Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.  I decided to add a touch of Rose Red to add a little extra boost for my card.

Such a fun layout and can not wait to see all the fabulous creations … here is the sketch for you to play along with us.


Paper Craft Crew Sketch #277

I am back again with another wonderful Paper Craft Crew Challenge and this time it is a super fun sketch challenge and I had a blast creating this Thank You card.  There are loads of little elements on this card but all of them are from the Petal Passion Suite in the current Occasions catalogue from Stampin’ Up!

I decided to stick to one suite for this card and see what I could create with the sketch and choosing a colour combination a little different to what is offered in the catalogue.  Now don’t get me wrong I love the catalogue inspiration I just wanted to see what Soft Suede, Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum, Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla could turn out like …. and I love it!

Everything is pretty self explanatory with the elements I used but you will probably noticed that my two flower elements, which are from the Thinlits for the suite, are in two colours.  To do this I cut out two sets of each element in Very Vanilla cardstock and cut away the leaf portions on one of the sets.  I adhered the remaining flowers from the second set onto the full base and cut out leaves from Wild Wasabi card stock to fill the design in.

Here is the sketch so you can join in the fun too!

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Colour INKspiration #26

Oh my if you thought that the first challenge for the Colour INKspiration year was amazing just wait to you try out this one.  This time we have a lovely sea of greens to play with and I decided to keep it really simple and create a little notecard for a friend.

The colours we have are Emerald Envy, Bermuda Bay, Tranquil Tide and Sahara Sand which just seem to work so effortlessly together.

For my card I used the little feather image from the Hello Color stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to make three panels, one in each of the greens and used dimensionals to adhere these to the card front.  I finished off the card with a little sentiment from the Color Me Happy stamp set inked in the Sahara Sand and hand cut out.  A really simple card for me this time around but I actually really like the finally look.

Next up is the uber-talents of Lou Kitzelman who has an amazingly clever background for her creation.  As always we would love you to join us for our challenges, all you have to do is pop over to our Facebook page to join in the fun. 

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Paper Craft Crew Sketch #276

I am so excited about my post today and that is because I am joining the Design Team of one of my favourite challenges – the Paper Craft Crew Challenge. For those that follow my blog you will know that this challenge is one of my ‘go-to inspiration’ places and I have been participating in the weekly challenges for a while now.  So nothing was more exciting when I received a lovely message from Pam asking if I would like to jump on board the DT.  

So the challenge this week, which you all should play along with, is a colour challenge.  

From the four colours I finally settled on Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Smoky Slate for my card and added a small touch of Basic Black as I stamped those fun little sneakers from the Epic Celebration stamp set (which you can get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration) and thought I need to just tie the black in a little more with a touch of card stock behind the greeting and some fabulous mini sequins.

I created this card using the Post Script background stamp for my background and two of the stamps from Epic Celebrations – the sneakers and the fun greeting.  The little binder clips available in the current Occasions catalogue were the perfect embellishment for this card.  The one little tip I have is that because they can be quite bulky I attached it to the Smoky Slate layer, to hold my embellishments, and then used two Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach this layer to the Berry Burst.

I hope you join in the challenge this week I look forward to seeing what you create with this fun colour combination.


Colour INKspiration #25

Time for the first Colour INKspiration Challenge of 2018 and this one is a super fun and fresh one to start our challenge year.

Whilst there are only three colours in this combination: Night of Navy, Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist – remember you can also add a Neutral or Silver/Copper/Gold tones to make this one your own.  I chose to add Basic Black to this combo and am so so so pleased with how this card turned out.

I used only one stamp set too which is always a challenge for me!  I inked up the Perennial Birthday stamp set for the first time and decided I was in the mood for a little fussy cutting so after I stamped out several images in Memento ink and coloured them with Blends and Markers I set about cutting each of them out individually.  I embossed the background of my card with the new Scattered Sequins embossing folder and it is soooooooooooo pretty.  Now I didn’t happen to have any Night of Navy ribbon on hand for my creation but that is another thing I love about my Stampin’ Blends – I can now colour my Whisper White ribbon any colour I want. I added a little extra ribbon on my project by fraying some of the Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon and adhering it to the back of my “Happy Birthday” greeting.

It took me a little while to decide on the final placement of all my elements by I certainly had a blast making this card.

There are so many wonderful creations from the Design Team this week with this colour combo so be sure to continue to hop around all the amazing creations where I just know you will get so much wonderful inspiration and Kathryn Mangelsdorf is up next with her gorgeous card – you need to check out her sequin trick!


Bubble Over – Beer

I knew I loved the Bubble Over stamp set from Stampin’ Up! the moment I saw it at OnStage in November … this stamp set and the coordinating framelits were bound to end up on my demonstrator preorder (and they did!).  I have a load of birthdays in my family over the first half of the year and first cab off the rank is my FIL. 

With an Australian mid-summer birthday my FIL will be enjoying a few cold XXXX Gold beers on his birthday for sure so I thought I would try and fashion him a card featuring his favourite brew.

The “soda” bottles and matching framelits are super easy to turn into anything that comes in a bottle – beer, cider, pre-mixed spirits etc. In case anyone (particular in Oz) wants to make a XXXX bottle of your own I have a few tips for you – use Soft Suede to stamp the bottle and Crushed Curry for the labels.  The “x’s” are from the Labeler Alphabet set, stamped in Real Red and the top is made from Gold foil. Now that I started with a pretty easy XXXX Gold I reckon I can try my hand at a few other bottle drinks.

There are a few NEW products in this card and not sure if you will spot them all so be sure to look at the Supplies list at the end of the post for all the details – there is even a Sale-A-Bration FREEBIE featured on this card, the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  These are one of the MANY items you can get for FREE this year during SAB and, oh my, they are AMAZING!

I used the upcoming sketch from Paper Craft Crew #275 as my inspiration for the card lay out and loved how it all came together -here is the sketch ….


Christmas Gift Giving

With Christmas Day fast approaching I thought I would share the little Christmas gifts I have been handing out to friends and work colleagues in the lead up to the holidays.  I have made a few of these little chocolate holders in a couple of different themes but all based on the same basic design idea.

I have a very traditional colour combination with Garden Green, Real Red and Whisper White.

A wintery Christmas colour combination with Dapper Denim, Whisper White and touches of silver and gold.

And finally a natural look using Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black and Kraft.

All the basic boxes are made using the Envelop Punch Board from Stampin’ Up! and have a little Cadbury chocolate inside.  The belly bands all slide off to make accessing the chocolate even easier.

I hope you have had some time to do some Christmas crafting and if you are looking for a last minute gift for friends and family who might pop around I can recommend this as a quick and easy fix.