Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge 69 - DT card

This week at The Retro Rubber Challenge, we have a great sketch challenge for you. It's a great sketch because it's got an interesting asymmetric element but still has lots of open space that lets you do pretty much whatever you want with it.


One of the nicest things about Retro Rubber Challenge is that you get a chance to go re-introduce yourself to all your old favourites. One of my favourite sets is Butterfly Basics (2015 Occasions) and my favourite background stamp is Dictionary (2013-14 Annual) and this card uses both of them. I've used Timeless Textures (2016 Occasions) to give texture to the card base and I like the way it makes it looks antiqued. The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners (2016-17 Annual)


I used an aqua-painter to colour the floral image. After I'd stamped the background in Smoky Slate, I lightly distressed the edge and stamped the net around two sides.



As always with Retro Rubber, there are just a couple of simple rules. You must use at least one stamp that is older than a year. You must give us an approximate age for your stamp and you must link to no more than ten challenges in total.

We'd love to see what you make of this challenge and you have until August 25 to join us.

This card was also inspired by the challenge at House of Cards this month: to use a floral image and/or the colour palette. The colour palette was the basis for the card as well as the floral image.


Ingredients
Card: Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Dictionary, Timeless Textures, Thoughtful Banners
Inks: Smoky Slate, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Other: Elegant Eggplant enamel dot, Elegant Eggplant Stamp'n'write, dimensionals






Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Paper Players 357 - DT card

Last week, I was stunned by the wonderful entries in our Great Outdoors Challenge. It was very hard to pick a winner! This week, we have a bright and cheery colour challenge for you and I'm keen to see what everyone does with it.


During the week, I got a box of goodies from Stampin' Up, so I was really keen to start playing with some of my new things. First out of the box was Lovely Inside and Out, bundled with the Lovely Words thinlits. The summery colours got me thinking of the beach and the stylised floral images in the stamp set got me thinking of the flowers on the pohutukawa tree, so often seen on the coast around Christmas time.



It's great the way that the thinlits co-ordinate with the Layering Oval framelits. I cut the word out of the white card base, then an oval out of the card front that had been stamped with the Hardwood background stamp. On a separate piece of Bermuda Bay, I cut the word 'friend' out again and this time used the oval framelit to cut it out with a border. I've layered those three pieces together, which gave some extra strength to the cut out and gave a wee white outline shadow to the Bermuda Bay 'friend'.



When it's shut, it looks like this:


If you'd like to join us at The Paper Players, there are a few simple rules to keep in mind.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
Pop over to The Paper Players and see the inspiration from other members of the design team to help get your ideas flowing.

Ingredients
Card: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Harwood, Lovely Inside and Out
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Lovely Words thinlits,  Layering Oval framelits, dimensionals





Saturday, 12 August 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 234

I love this sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch.


I'm certainly going to file it for future reference, although I think that anyone who knows me would be hard pressed to believe that I made this card. Very seldom do I use so much designer paper as I much prefer unadulterated space or backgrounds that I've stamped or sponged, or created in some other way, myself. In this case though, the ingredients seemed to call each other in that mystical way that craft ingredients sometimes do.



The Lovely Inside and Out set and matching thinlits only arrived at my house earlier this week. I almost didn't get them but I've now made two things with them. After the second date with them, I think I'm falling in love! 

The Berry Burst has played nicely with Copper. I toyed with adding more touches of copper such as metallic thread or copper embossing, or some Berry Burst ribbon, into the sentiment but decided not to as I like the starkness of it contrasting with the busy background.

Ingredients
Card: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Copper foil, Fresh Florals DSP
Stamps: Lovely Inside and Out
Ink: Berry Burst
Other: Lovely Words thinlit dies, Layering Circles framelits, Glitter enamel dots, dimensionals







Freshly Made Sketches 300

I'm so happy to finally get a quiet day in the craft room, especially since my box of wonderful goodies from the Holiday Catalogue preorder arrived during the week. That's one of the benefits of joining as a Demonstrator - early access to new catalogue items.

I was drawn to the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. It's not only a great sketch but a pretty big milestone for the team there - 300 sketch challenges under their collective belts! Congratulations and a big thanks to them for constantly coming up with interesting and diverse challenges for the rest of us to enjoy.


So, pretty much everything in this card is from the forthcoming Holiday Catalogue, except the Whisper White card, the metallic gold thread, the gold embossing powder and the metallic enamel shapes. The rest is from a super suite called Year of Cheer, which includes stunning white and metallic papers, a versatile stamp set and lots of interesting embellishments. 

There's even a new colour foil card, Champagne, that will be available after 1 September. I've used it in this card. At first glance, in this photo, it might look silver but it's actually a warm, soft colour somewhere between gold and silver. 




I couldn't resist tucking in some gold thread around the sentiment to echo the lovely scribbly circle stamp, even though I know less is more.



This card is really the result of my first play with some of the delicious products in the Holiday Catalogue. Make sure you contact your demonstrator so you don't miss out on one - ordering begins on 1 September. 

If you live in New Zealand and you don't have a demonstrator, please contact me by clicking on the link to my Facebook page on the sidebar and messaging me, or you can leave a comment. I'd love to be your demonstrator.

Ingredients
Card: Whisper White, Champagne foil card, Year of Cheer Specialty DSP
Stamps: Cheers to the Year
Ink: versamark
Other: Year of Cheer embellishments, foil snowflake, metallic gold thread, gold embossing powder, metallic shapes

As You See It 156 - DT card

Welcome to another challenge at As You See It. Our last challenge - how to restore your mojo - produced some great cards and some even better ideas on what to do when your mojo deserts you.
This week, we have a striking colour challenge for you.


Interesting colours, are they not? At first, I was a bit stumped about what to do with them as they're a bit out of my comfort zone but that's the point of a challenge!

Sitting on my desk was the Beautiful Bouquet bundle I recently purchased. I've been trying it out in different ways but I'd not yet made a bunch of flowers with it. I wasn't even sure these colours would make a bunch of flowers but it turns out they do.



I'd overlooked the teeny tag and the various words that fit it which are part of this set. I like the little 'for you' and I'll leave the inside unstamped at this time because I think this is a card that could have a lot of uses: birthday, thank-you, get well or even congratulations.



We'd love to see how you see this set of colours. You can join us over the next fortnight up until 11.55 p.m. Wednesday 23 August PST.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. You can ask questions or shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand. Click on the link to my Facebook page in the sidebar of this blog.

Ingredients
Card: Real Red, Lemon-Lime Twist, Whisper White
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Lemon-Lime Twist
Other:  Bouquet Bunch framelits, Pattern Party decorative masks, Real Red baker's twine, Garden Trellis embossing folder, sponges, dimensionals
All products Stampin' Up.




Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Paper Players 356 - DT card

There were so many stunning cards in last week's Tic Tac Toe challenge that choosing a Cut Above was difficult. I'm sure there will be many more fabulous entries in this week's theme challenge at The Paper Players.

I'm not a camping or hunting kind of person but I do like to watch the stars. When we were in Tahiti recently, my husband and I spent a bit of time lounging at night, just watching the stars. There was so little ambient light that they were magnificent.

In New Zealand, a major constellation is the Southern Cross. It, and the two 'pointers' Alpha and Beta Centauri, are on our flag. So in this card, I wanted to show the Southern Cross across the Milky Way because it's such an icon of home.

I also love to play with sponging, masking, spritzing, smooshing and all those kind of things so this is where all those ideas ended up...


I wanted to give a sense of the grandeur of the night sky which is why the trees are small and lead into the distance. That grand sweep of night sky, dwarfing the world below it, created a sense of isolation which is why the sentiment is what it is.


As you change the angle you view this card, the night sky changes. Sometimes the Cross and Pointers merge into the background of the Milky Way more than from other views, which I like.


In this photo, you can see a little better how this sky was created. I've masked out the constellation using peel-off stars before sponging on a mix of colours. Then there's some water spritzing and some stamping with silver ink using a texture stamp before removing the peel-off stars. I only wish I had a better variety of sizes to get the constellation looking more accurate but I think anyone from New Zealand or Australia would recognise it anyway.

We'd love to see what you do with this Great Outdoors theme challenge over the next week.
There's just a few simple rules to remember:
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, you can contact me to shop with me or ask questions, by clicking on the link to my Facebook page in the sidebar. I'd love to hear from you.

Ingredients
Card: Night of Navy, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamps: Timeless Textures, Thoughtful Banners, Thoughtful Branches (retired)
Inks: Perfect Plum, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Silver versafine (non SU), Tuxedo Black
Other: Peel-off stars (non SU), metallic shapes, dimensionals, sponges
All products Stampin' Up unless indicated







Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Retro Rubber 68 - DT card

Thanks for joining us for another challenge at Retro Rubber: the challenge that lets you ink up the stamps in your stash more than a year old. This time, Jane has given us a colour challenge.


So, the challenge is simple: make a card using the colours inspired by this photo, use a stamp that is at least a year old, tell us approximately how old that stamp is and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total.

I was struck by the greens, the red, white and pink and also by the sense of light and airiness.


The sentiment is from Happy Birthday, Everyone which was a host stamp set from the 2015-16 catalogue. Flowering Fields is from from Sale-a-bration in 2016.


The Real Red strip across the bottom is embossed with the new Garden Trellis folder.


I don't often use ribbon and especially not bows but this card just seemed to call for one, so I've used Real Red cotton ribbon to give it one.

You have until August 11 to join us. We'd love to see what you do!

Ingredients
Card: Garden Green, Whisper White, Real Red
Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone, Flowering Fields
Inks: Garden Green, Old Olive, Real Red, Blushing Bride (Stampin' Write markers), Tuxedo Black
Other: Garden Trellis embossing folder, Real Red Cotton ribbon





Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Paper Players 355 - DT Card

Welcome to a new challenge at The Paper Players! I loved seeing the different takes on last week's sketch. This week, we have a Tic Tac Toe challenge. Simply choose a line and make sure you include those three elements in your creation.


I've worked with the right hand vertical line: birthday - pink - circle and have used Beautiful Bouquet as the basis for this card.


There are a number of circles in this card. The whole thing is a circular easel card with a Blushing Bride circle matting the Whisper White centre circle. The flowers are circular in form and the pearls are also round. There are circular twists of copper metallic thread tucked in as well.


There are three different pinks: Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride and Powder Pink. This is what it looks like closed...




There are a few simple rules to abide by when you play with The Paper Players.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
We'd love to see how you play Tic Tac Toe with us.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, I'd love help you find the pleasure of using Stampin' Up products. You can shop with me, or ask me for  stamping help, from anywhere in New Zealand. You can contact me by clicking on the link to my Facebook page in the sidebar of this blog, or by leaving me a comment with your contact details. (These won't be published.)

Ingredients
Card: Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Powder Pink, Versamark
Other: Bouquet Bunch framelits, Copper embossing powder, Copper Metallic thread, pearls, dimensionals





Saturday, 29 July 2017

As You See It 155 - DT card

As lovely as holidays are, it's good to be back home and back in my craft room. I did think I'd miss the challenge  deadline this week at As You See It but it turned out to be the perfect challenge for me at this moment. After two weeks on a tropical island holiday, a return home to depressing winter, a bit of jet lag and an in-at-the-deep-end return to work my mojo was definitely still on holiday! Yet the challenge at As You See It this week is the perfect antidote for this...


So, what do I do when I lose my craft mojo? Well, what I do it look for a challenge to enter. This does a couple of things for me. It gives me a reason to hunt for mojo but more importantly, it gives me a really useful tool for managing mojo loss: limitation. One of the most inhibiting things to mojo, I think, is when you have no clear idea where to start because you're in your normally happy place: the well-stocked craft room. A sketch or colour challenge is really good for limiting your choice and making the task more accessible. 

If I'm in real mojo trouble, I limit things even further. I might make myself use a particular stamp set, or I might make myself only use retired stock or things I got in my last Big Brown Box, or to use a particular technique.

What I did today was decide that I'd find a sketch challenge and that I'd use a current favourite bundle (Dragonfly Dreams) and a current favourite technique (sponging and masking). After a bit of a hunt around, I chose the sketch at Fab Friday.


Even so, sailing was not plain. There were two false starts before I got a dragonfly I was happy enough with to use. In the end, he was stamped in StazOn, painted in Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig, washed with clear Wink of Stella and highlighted with a white gel pen and rhinestones. He's layered and mounted on the raised sentiment strip.


The circle was sponged through a circular mask. The colours blended were Sweet Sugarplum, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight. The leaves were stamped in Fresh Fig and then some Wink of Stella splatters were added in before the mask was removed.


I will enter this at Fab Friday. You can enter our challenge at As You See It over the next two weeks and we'd love to see what you do and to hear what you do when your mojo is AWOL. Just link up by 11.55 pm, Wednesday 9 August PST.

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to help you find your stamping mojo. You can contact me by leaving me a message in the comments or by clicking on my Facebook page in the sidebar of this blog.

Update: Delighted to be in the Fave Four at Fab Friday with this card. 
The mojo must be working!

Ingredients - all products Stampin' Up.
Card: Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics, Thoughtful Banners
Inks: Sweet Sugarplum, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Fresh Fig, Black Stazon
Other: clear Wink of Stella, Layering circle framelits (to make the mask), sponges, dimensionals, rhinestones, Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, white gel pen, aquapainter











Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Paper Players 354 - DT card

Welcome back to another exciting challenge at The Paper Players. This time, Jaydee has given us a fantastic sketch to work with. Aren't the possibilities just endless?


I've used an old, but still current, set called Best Birds. A couple of weekends ago, I was part of a local Stampin' Up Extravaganza and I got to thinking about one of the projects I taught there last year, which was an acetate window card front with an aquarium scene in behind. From that idea came this card for Jaydee's sketch.


The bird, the branch and leaves, and flowers were stamped onto watercolour paper, painted and cut using the matching dies. The bird is layered to give him more depth.



The 'congratulations' and the  cross-hatching on the inside are both embossed using copper embossing powder and there's a twist of copper metallic thread in behind the greeting too.


I used the ever-faithful Softly Falling embossing folder for the front.

I like the clean finish of this card. I think it would work well for a baby girl, or an engagement or even a wedding. A useful one for my stash!

Please join us in the wonderful sketch challenge. There are a few simple rules to keep in mind:
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
You have until Friday 8 p.m. EST to join us and I'd love to see what you do with it.

If you live in New Zealand, I'd love to be your demonstrator. You can reach by through my Facebook Page - just click in the sidebar.

Ingredients
Card: Whisper White, watercolour paper, acetate window sheet.
Stamps: Best Birds
Inks: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, versamark
Other: Birds and Blooms thinlits, Copper embossing powder, copper metallic thread, Softly Falling Embossing folder, glue dots, aquapainter, pearls.
All products Stampin' Up.


Colour Inkspiration 13

Our lovely winter holiday to somewhere warm is sadly now over and it's back to school tomorrow.
Tahiti must have been a good location for a holiday because never once did I hanker for my craft room! With the laundry mountain under control and the bags unpacked, I did cheer myself up at the return to winter with a retreat into my room to play with the gorgeous colours on offer at Colour INKspiration.


I really wanted to explore the possibilities of Beautiful Bouquet, a set I've owned since June but haven't really had much of a chance to play with. So, this is how it turned out ....


The tulip buds are stamped in either Sweet Sugarplum or Fresh Fig, while the tulip flowers I've inked up in Sweet Sugarplum and then daubed near the bottom with Fresh Fig. The sentiment was inked the same way. The leaves are inked in Lemon-Lime Twist with the lower part daubed with Wild Wasabi. The stems are a mixture of Lemon-Lime Twist and Wild Wasabi.


I stamped a few leaves and flowers and die-cut them to add depth and perspective to the garden scene.


I like how this turned out and I think that Beautiful Bouquet is going to be one wonderful stamp set.

Ingredients
Card: Fresh Fig, Lemon-Lime Twist, Whisper White
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, One Big Meaning
Inks: Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum, Wild Wasabi, Lemon-Lime Twist
Other: Fresh Fig woven ribbon, Bouquet Bunch framelits, dimensionals (Mini and standard), Fresh Fig marker to colour edge of sentiment strip.








Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Retro Rubber 67 - DT Card

Well, there's lot of ways you can go with this week's challenge at Retro Rubber - Rainbows.

As always, the rules are simple: use a stamp that's at least a year old, tell us how old it is (approximately) and don't link up to more that ten challenges in total.





Playful Backgrounds and Thoughtful Banners came out during in the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue and Crazy About You came out in the 2015 Occasions catalogue. Thoughtful Banners was a set I always thought I'd use a lot but really haven't, so it was good to get it out and use the words for this card.

So, please join in our Rainbow Challenge - we'd love to see what you do.

Ingredients
Card: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Whisper White,  Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant
Stamps: Thoughtful Banners, Playful Backgrounds, Crazy About You
Inks: Rose Red, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Tuxedo Black
Other: Stitched circle framelits, Elegant Eggplant twine, Hello You thinlits, dimensionals, Calypso Coral star enamel shape





Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Paper Players 353 - DT card

Welcome to Claire's CAS Summer Fun in the Water challenge at The Paper Players. I have to tell you that this challenge has special significance to me because as this post goes live, my husband and I will be enjoying the fun and sun in Tahiti, where we've gone for a winter get-away.



As gloom and winter ills have surrounded us for the last few weeks, the prospect of a warm beach and sunshine seemed very attractive so I was drawn to my new Colourful Seasons set and the deckchairs in it. I hope I'm sitting on one right now! I gave them a masked and sponged background: sand, sea and sky. I made the sponging a bit rougher than usual to add to the sense of ocean movement and sandiness.


The chairs are a two-step stamp so I stamped the base on to the sand but I paper-pieced the seat using papers from the Colour Theory paper stack. To get the shape right, I stamped the seat using versamark and clear embossed it before fussy cutting it. Then I shaded under the seat to give some solidity to the chairs. 


The drinks are popped up on dimensionals. I hope I've got some of those on the beach with me too!


I cut one of the snowflakes in Crushed Curry to be a stylised sun to ground the sentiment, which is from Clearly Besotted's Say it in Style. And I added in some starfish from By the Shore for some more marine life. 

I do hope you'll join us for this fun CAS challenge. Here's a reminder of our few rules.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
Ingredients
Card: Bermuda Bay, Watercolour paper, Colour Theory DSP
Stamps: Colourful Seasons, By the shore, Clearly Besotted Say it in Style.
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, versamark
Other: Seasonal Layers thinlits, dimensionals, clear embossing powder, glitter enamel dots, sponges