Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CI #24 - Tranquil Christmas

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, where a group of South Pacific Stampin' Up! demonstrators take inspiration from an image by picking out the main colours and using them in our projects.

For this challenge we are taking our inspiration from this cute image of Christmas trees on a mantle. The colours are
  • Tranquil Tide
  • Pool Party
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Blushing Bride

I had a few thoughts for my card for this challenge, then when sorting through some cards I had made found one where I used Swirly Bird to make some ornaments, and just knew I wanted to try out the colour combo from our challenge to recreate it.  I loved the idea of how the colours paired together so well, with the softer shades used for the ornament base, then adding the swirl in the darker colours.  I added a branch and sentiment from Peace This Christmas set in Tranquil Tide to coordinate with the base layer of the card. A few Rhinestones and Faceted Jewels finished off the card with a bit of bling, and who doesn't like that at Christmas!

I hope the team inspires you to join in the challenge this week, just use the colour combo to inspire your creation then post a picture of your project to the CI Facebook Page. 

Time to hop on over and see what Elizabeth has create this week.

Happy Stamping

Sunday, December 3, 2017

CTC #157 - CASE A Colour Combo

 Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take inspiration from one of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues to create our projects

This week is CASE a Colour Combo from either the Annual or Holiday Catalogues, whether this is the colours from a suite of products, or an individual project.

I spent some time flicking through the catalogue, there are so many unexpected colour combos that I don't think I would naturally put together, it was like looking at the catalogue for the first time!  It really is amazing the amount of inspiration these glossy pages provide.  I settled on the card in the above image which is located on page 130 of the Annual Catalogue.  I liked the use of the ombre DSP and the touch of Pool Party which I would not normally pair with Rich Razzleberry.

I saw a card recently using the Falling Flowers stamps and coordinating Framelits and it reminded me how much I love these images, so it was easy for me to reach for those as the starting point to my design.  I had stamped the flowers in black but it was too strong, so switched over to Rich Razzleberry, colouring the flowers with Watercolour pencils, but left without the water colouring. These pencils give such capacity for shading that I knew they would pair well with the ombre paper. 

The sentiment is a combination of a stamp from Sunshine Sayings with the Lovely Words Thinlits, trimming the word "friend" away from the frame. This I raised on mini Dimensionals to add some depth and allow shadows to form under it.

I hope you are inspired to join us this week, just choose a colour combination from within the pages of the current Stampin' Up! Catalogues and add a picture of your resulting project to the CTC Facebook page.  Don't forget to tell us which image inspired you.

Time to hop on over and see which colour combo Angela has been inspired by this week.

Happy Stamping

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Decorations

I have been off work for the last few days with a sinus infection and asthma, so not much energy for doing strenuous things.  While it was worse I didn't even feel like crafting, just lots of time in bed flicking through Facebook and Pinterest.  Well good news is I am improving and my creativity has come back in small windows, so I had the chance to make a couple of the projects I pinned.

The first is this lovely wreath which is quite large and a little fiddly, but only until you get the hang of the cones.  I followed the instructions from Amanda at Scrimping Mommy. Her video is very clear and easy to follow, and I just love her accent and giggle!  I totally love how this turned out and it really is quite sturdy despite it only being done with the thinner specialty DSP.  I probably would be a bit more careful about placement of the cones so that I had an even number on the inside ring but think I "hid" the double black together by making it a feature at the bottom!  

My next project was these cute little ornaments, they are simply stunning and look really complicated but in truth are quite simple.  I followed this video from Carrie Rhodes, and used the Merry Music Specialty DSP which was easy to work with and just stunning as a final project.  I finished mine off with some rhinestones, silvery doily on which I mounted a basic black circle and snowflake cut with silver glimmer paper. 

I wanted it to be all symmetrical so planned the layout of my strips with each "side" using 4 dark strips for the main cross pieces and 4 of the lighter pieces.  Be mindful of which you want to show up on the finished star. I found that my second side I folded in the opposite direction (once you watch the video it will make more sense) as you turn it over on the finished ornament, so it was necessary to do this to ensure all the cross bars the same looking from the front.  Just have a play around and see how you go.

I had a little bit of time after dinner and it occurred to me that a "wooden" ornament could be lovely too. So I grabbed a piece of my Wood Textures DSP Stack and got to work. I chose one of the mid-tone shades, and again was careful about how I layered out the pieces so that most of the dark shades were at the front.  When thinking about how to finish off this one I decided ot play around with the Foil Snowflakes, flipping one over and using the Ivory Blends pen all over and highlighting parts of the ornament with the Bronze Blends pen.  I was so pleased with this look, in real life it really does give it a laser wood cut look.  I added some Pearls coloured with the Bronze Blends pen to the tips of the ornament, and a larger one (now retired) in the centre.  The Jute Twine from the Holiday Catalogue finishes off this more rustic look.  

Happy Stamping

Sunday, November 26, 2017

CTC #156 - Give It A Christmas Twist

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, this week we are taking inspiration from any project in either the Annual or Holiday Catalogues and putting a Christmas twist on it!  I am so excited to see what everyone creates this week.

After flicking through the catalogue, and getting a bit distracted, I settled on the card in the above image from the Eastern Palace Suite on page 18 of the Annual Catalogue, although I think there are many projects in this suite that would lend themselves to Christmas, especially with that amazing framelit set.

Using the layout as my inspiration I added a panel of DSP onto the base card, stamping on it with the cute little flower from Carols of Christmas. The main sentiment from Merry Little Labels was cut using a stitched framelit circle.  I sponged a thin strip of the black and white check DSP with Real Red to add some extra depth and colour.  Mini sequin trim and Metalic Enamel Shapes finished the card off with a bit of festive bling.

I hope you are inspired to join us this week, a great opportunity to make another Christmas card to send out to friends or family. Just take your inspiration from any of the projects in the current catalogues and put a festive twist on it, then add a photo of it to the CTC Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over and see what the lovely Judy has created this week.

Happy Stamping

ESAD Blog Hop - Blends

Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop, this time we are going to be showing you projects made with the wonderful Stampin' Blends.  It is so exciting to have these alcohol markers that coordinate with the rest of the Stampin' Up! colour range.

I couldn't help but use my new stamp set Bird Banter, I love these little birds and they are nice and little and cute for colouring.  I am not sure that you would actually find this colour combo in nature but I think he looks cute!  I used quite a few colours on him, building up and overlapping colours as I went. I also used my Stampin' Blends to colour three Rhinstones for a little bit of bling. I think this sentiment from the bird banter set is going to be my most used (I am always late with birthdays!!!).

Inspired by branch he is sitting on I created an Old Olive panel using my new Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder which I have only just received. I did wonder how much "better" the 3D leaves would look than regular embossing, but let me just say they are amazing, to have different depths of embossing on individual leaves is just brilliant.  Deciding to pick up the lovely Pumpkin Pie on his head and beak I added a little border on one side using the Decorative Ribbon Border and mounting it all on a Pumpkin Pie base.

If you are interested I achieved these looks with the following colours:
His face and wings are done with a base colour of Light Pool Party with Light Daffodil Delight blended over the top to give the blue/green shade then highlights were added with Dark Daffodil Delight. His head and body were Light Pumpkin Pie shaded down into Light Daffodil Delight.  Beak Dark Pumpkin Pie and his collar Light Cherry Cobbler. Tail a combo of Light Cherry Cobbler and Dark Pumpkin Pie.

Time to hop on over and see what Amity has created with her blends.

Just in case you get lost on your way around, here is a list of all the blog participants:
9. Monique Fielder - You Are Here

Happy Stamping

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CI #22 & #23

Welcome to a bit of a special challenge this time around with Colour INKspiration, because of the way the calendar lies this challenge will be open for three weeks and to give you some extra inspiration we are offering two images and associated colour schemes.  So join in with one or other of the colour schemes below, or go all out and create two projects each using a different colour scheme!

I like these two colour schemes, one is more suited to our summery Christmases in the South Pacific and the other with the wood fire and reindeer is more reminiscent of Christmas in a colder climate. 
CI #22 colours are

  • Marina Mist
  • Sahara Sand
  • Whisper White
  • Pear Pizzaz
  • Soft Suede
CI #23 colours are 
  • Crumb Cake
  • Real Red
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Silver Foil

As you can see I chose the bolder of the two colour combos to make a cute little treat bag.  This was inspired by one I received as a swap at On Stage recently.  I made this one using the small bag on the gift board punch bag, folding over the top 1" of the DSP and sponging in Real Red to create the contrast.   The tag, from Merry Little Labels, is stamped in black on water colour paper before adding a squiggle of Real Red with my Aqua Painter. I decided it needed something "else" so added the three little deer, inspired from the colour combo picture, and a black border to the label.  The label is raised on Dimensionals to make it stand out just a little more.  I was going to add one of the Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bows, but decided that would have been a bit too much!

I hope you join in with one or both of the colour combos for this challenge, just make a project with either and add it to the CI Facebook page.

Time to hop on over and see what Denita has created this week.

Happy Stamping