Colour INKspiration #14

Welcome to a fantastic challenge this week for the Colour INKspiration Facebook group. This is a super combination with rich and warm colours just perfect for winter.

You may have arrived here from the uber talented Kelly Kent’s blog but if not be sure to keep hopping around to see all the amazing inspiration the crew has for you with this gorgeous combination.

I decided to break out two new products that I hadn’t used yet from the new Annual Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! for this challenge – the Coffee Cafe Bundle and the Embossing Paste.  I knew I wanted to make my own background for this card as the coordinated Coffee Cafe DSP from Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have all the colours I needed for this challenge -embossing paste was my solution and I am happy with how it turned out.

There are a load of little details on this card including the fun dots along the bottom of the DSP which are from the Mini Treat Bag Dies but I will quickly show you my stencil I made using Stampin’ Up! Window Sheet.

My stencil is a little messy but you can see I simply used the small coffee cup framelit die to cut out loads of cups from a 6″ x 6″ square of Window Sheet.  This is something you could do with loads of the framelits from Stampin’ Up! meaning that embossing paste background possibilities are endless!

Please be sure to continue on over to the amazing Nicole Wilson’s blog where you will see her totally adorable project for this colour combination… you will love it!


Feathery Friends

I have a super quick post for you today to show you all the card I sent my the girls in my Craft-T-Crew this quarter.  I didn’t get a lot of good photos of these cards as I was running late to post out the crew packs so snapped only a couple of shots (in poor light) before I put these in the post to my wonderful Stampin’ Up! team members.

I did however have so so so much fun making their cards using the Feathery Friends stamp set and a colour palette of Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso.

Each of the cute birds was hand coloured using the ink pads and my trusty blender pen then they were mounted onto a Flirty Flamingo circle which I used a paper piercer to place holes around the border of before handing stitching the borders using the Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine.  Yes the hand stitching did take a little while but I totally love how it turned out.

Each card is a little different but I kind of like it that way. Hope all my girls enjoyed their cards and yes each and everyone one of them is AMAZING!


Colour INKspiration #13

Time for another fabulous and fun colour challenge with our fortnightly Colour INKspiration – if you are following our blog hop around you will have arrived here from the amazingly talented Nicole Wilson’s blog and seen her amazing card.  If not be sure to keep hopping around as we have loads of wonderful creations using this simply gorgeous colour combo…

Now I am sure you will agree that this combo is just sooooo stunning and I simply couldn’t resist using it for my June customer thank you cards.

I decided to pull out a couple of favourite stamp sets that I haven’t used since all the new goodies have enter my house with the new catalogue but I think you will agree that Remarkable You and Work of Art work a treat with this colour combo.

I used the lighter colours of Sweet Sugarplum and Lemon Lime Twist to create my background using some of the Work of Art swooshes the overlaid the flower using Fresh Fig and Wild Wasabi.

I just loved putting these cards together there are loads of little details with Brick Wall embossing, punched trim and Baker’s Twine.  I also found the perfect greeting in the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  My customers will all have these now so hope they like them as much as I LOVED creating them.

Now you must head on over to the amazing Nikki Spencer’s blog to see her stunning card.


Gift Card Pockets

I have some fun Gift Card holders to share with you today using the new Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and the fabulous new Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I made these cute gift holders with some lovely ladies a couple of weekends ago at a class and they are so adorable.

There are four colours in the Foil Frenzy paper stack – Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist , Soft Sky and Tangerine Tango.  So of course I had to make one in each of the colours.

The Foil DSP is perfect for holding a gift card as it is a little thicker than other DSP and cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″ and folded in half to a 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ card, it fits perfectly in the little pocket.

I just love that you can use the stitching in the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set to decorate your pockets however you like and if you cut out two pockets with the coordinating framelits you can adhere them together to form a pocket (just remove the tabs from one of the pockets first).

The little greeting on the front is cut out with the Stitched Circle Framelits and the stitching coloured with a coordinating marker pen.

When you remove the gift card holder from the pocket you can see that the greeting is actually attached to the gift card part (use one dimensional just at the top of the greeting).

There are so many little features with this stamp set and coordinating framelits that the decoration optionals are endless ...


Colour INKspiration #12

Welcome to another wonderful Colour INKspiration challenge blog hop.  You may have arrived from the uber-talented Kelly Kent’s blog and have seen her gorgeous creation, if not don’t worry just keep hopping around and you will see some amazing projects with our challenge colours this week!  

This challenge has a little something in it for everyone with eight lovely colours to choose from – you only need to choose four to play along but of course you can use all eight, which is exactly what I have done!

I had quite a lot of ideas and a few card designs in mind to showcase these wonderful colours but finally decided to settle on this simple design featuring the Paisleys & Posies stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

I was so excited to have nearly all the coordinating enamel shapes too so I just had to incorporate them for a little added bling.

Please continue on the blog hop and head over to Elizabeth Gross’s blog she has a stunning card using these colours that you are totally going to need to see!


Just Add Color

I have a lovely simple card to share with you today but oh boy is it gorgeous!  This card features quite a few NEW Stampin’ Up! products that just work magically together to create a really feminine card.  The greeting is from the Climbing Orchid stamp set and was just the perfect style for my card.  I have kept the colour combination simple using just Whisper White and the new Powder Pink In-Color – with a touch of Wild Wasabi to colour the leaves.

So let’s get to that coloured image straight away, this cute teapot is from the Just Add Color Specialty DSP from Stampin’ Up! and this paper has loads of wonderful images to colour using whatever technique you like.  I grabbed the teapot page and used my blender pen with my Powder Pink and Wild Wasabi ink pads to colour the teapot in.  I then cut it out of the paper to use as the focal image for my card.

I have adhered the pot to a Powder Pink circle cut using the Stitched Framelit and then layered it onto a Scallop Circle from the Layering Circles Framelits (yes I do use these two sets of framelits a lot!).  It may be hard to tell but the background for the card front is embossed with the NEW Ruffled embossing folder and adds just the right amount of texture.  I love having coordinating ribbons and cardstock and the Powder Pink ribbon adds a delicate finish for this card.


Colour INKspiration #11

Time for another fabulous Colour INKspiration challenge and this time we have a gorgeous warm collection of colours to inspire you.

I decided to team these three lovely colours with Very Vanilla to keep the warmth in the combo and even better I was able to use our Very Vanilla Note Cards which are a new product from Stampin Up! in the 2017-18 catalogue.

I have been wanting to try the repeat negative die-cut background look and thought that this challenge  was the perfect opportunity to play around with it an see what I could create.  I ended up making two note cards and switched the colours around a little so you can see how they work together.

This technique is perfect for stamp sets with matching dies – which fortunately Stampin’ Up! has loads of.  I used the new Bike Ride stamp set and the coordinating Build a Bike Framelits with the first of my two cards featuring the super cute little stack of books – which made the perfect ‘end of term’ card for my daughter.

The Bike Ride stamp set doesn’t have any greetings but fortunately I have loads of stamp sets that do, so found a perfect ‘celebrate’ stamp in the Tabs for Everything stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I also used the little pebbles embossing plate in the Build a Bike Framelits set to emboss the little banner for under the greeting and also just had to use one of the new Corrugated Elements too.

I have two wonderful children so of course I had to also make a card for my son. So using the same basic stamp sets I made him a card using the same technique but with the little dog from the Bike Ride set as the feature image.  I also decided to add a little more interest the background so inked up the new Burlap stamp from Stampin’ Up! to create the background.


The greeting is the same, just mixing the colours and instead of the corrugated element I cut a tag from the Window Box Thinlits and added a little length of twine.

I has such fun with these colours this week and I hope you will too.  Don’t forget to join us on our Facebook group and share your creations with everyone.

Now you continue on the Blog Hop and head over to the talented Rebecca Scurr who has another fabulous creation to share with you.


Lovely Words

As you may be able to tell I am having an absolutely blast playing with all the new products in the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  I also love finding ways to mix the new with some of my existing collection which is what I have done in today’s card.

I have used the Lovely Inside and Out Bundle from Stampin’ Up! and teamed it with some of the greetings in my Happy Celebrations stamp set which I got from the Occasions Catalogue (it is also in the new 2017-18 cattie too) to make the perfect card for a friend of mine.

I have used the Paper Craft Crew Sketch for this week for my inspiration – with a little twisting and turning.

This card was super quick to put together and just so sweet.  I can’t wait to see what other stamp sets I can used with these darling framelits …


Jar of Love Shaker Card

This past week was my 19th wedding anniversary and so I set about making a card for my wonderful husband and this is what I made – a shaker card.  In fact the first shaker card I have made in over two years !

This card features the adorable Jar of Love set from Stampin’ Up! but I have used a number of other sets to get my final card design and you may be able to tell which ones.  The greeting is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and the little love heart and notes are from the Lift Me Up stamp set.  The new Wood Textures DSP created the perfect background for my shaker card and gave me a ‘not too girl’ look (yes that is definitely a thing!).


Flower Pot Congratulations

I have a super quick card share for you today using three new stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!: Crafting Forever, Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Fabulous Flamingo.  This card used different elements from each set to create a unique look but such a simple card.

The flower pot is the pot from the Crafting Forever stamp set stamped in black ink onto Cajun Craze cardstock and cut out by hand.  The stems are from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set stamped in the NEW Tranquil Tide ink and the flowers are from the same set stamped in Rose Red.  Finally the greeting is from the Fabulous Flamingo set – this is an amazing set with so many fun greetings to use.

Hopefully this card has arrived to my good friend by now … Congratulations and well done!