Hey folks! Wow, there was a day last week when I wasn’t sure I was going to get this card up for you today! However, my blog issues are hopefully behind me now (at least for a while) and I can concentrate back on making fun projects for you all!
This weeks Inspire.Create.Challenge is a sketch! Now, I’m not going to shared the sketch here, but you can see it over on the Inspire.Create blog and see everyone else’s fabulous creations too!
The sketch features a large circle, which I have of course substituted for this gorgeous flower from Beautiful Day. I mean, when can I leave a sketch as it is, have to change it some how!
Here I’ve stamped the flower in Memento and then coloured it using Stampin’ Blends in Blackberry Bliss and Granny Apple Green. I’m trying really hard at the moment to use my Stampin’ Blends a little more. In fact, I’ve forced myself to as there is some Blends work in this months Retreat in a Box too!
I’ve kept the colouring pretty simple, although I have used both Light and Dark Blackberry Bliss pens to create this dimensional image.
The Blends were also put to work on the embellishments of this card, as I used Dark Blackberry Bliss to colour a trio of Clear Expoxy Drops too!
Hey Folks! These Inspire.Create.Challenges are coming around awfully quickly at the moment, so quickly that it’s almost time for me to whip a whole new batch of challenges! (someone remind me to add that to my never ending To Do list!). This fortnights challenge is a pretty simple one, to use one or more of the new Stampin’ Up! In Colours
I love this years In Colours; not only to they pair beautifully with the existing Stampin’ Up! colour families, but they also work so well as a 5 way colour combination on their own.
I have already shared 2 fun cards using this colour combination, and today’s card is one that could easily be a sister to one of those! One of my current favourite die sets is the Well Written dies, they just add an extra special something to sentiments, but also they make a card all on their own.
Do pop over to the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog to see the other In Colour creations of the Design Team and add your own too!
It took me several attempts to make today’s card, in fact it started off as a fancy fold number before I decided to keep things simple!
I did however turn the sketch around. Partly because I like to move the elements of a sketch around a little, and partly because I had managed to accidentally combine challenges 043 and 044 in my last Inspire.Create card!
This card uses one of my favourite new stamp sets in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual catalogue, Daisy Lane. This fun stamp set not only pairs beautifully with the existing Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch, but also has a cute Medium Daisy Punch which it is bundled with. I love this set so much that it is the focus of my June Code Club Class too.
To add an extra something to this card I added some tone on tone stamping to the Gray Granite card base under the Basic Gray scalloped square die cut.
The daisy is taken from the new Daisy Lane stamp set, along with the Friend sentiment.
I needed to add a pop of colour to an otherwise fairly grey card, so the centre of the Daisy is coloured with a Stampin’ Blend in Light Pumpkin Pie, and I added a bow of Calypso Coral 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon.
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Well, this week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a bright and bold colour combination that I have to admit had me a little stumped at first. However, I do love the card that resulted!
As always with the Inspire.Create colour combinations we are allowed to add neutral colours and so I’ve added Basic Black to really made these colours POP!
The Accented Blooms stamp set is carrying forward into the new catalogue and since I’ve cleared by Stamp Shelves of items that are leaving us in the Last Chance list its really jumped out at me at a set I haven’t used for a while. Here it’s stamped in Stazon ink onto watercolour paper and then watercoloured with the colours from the challenge.
The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and while it does coordinate with the Tailored Tag punch, I have hand cut it on this occasion.
This is where I got stuck! How to finish the card. In the end I plumped for a panel of Poppy Parade card stock embossed using the Country Floral Embossing Folder and a bow of retiring Black Shimmer Ribbon
Don’t forget to pop over to the Inspire.Create blog to check out the other bright and colour Design Team Creations as well as entering your own work into our gallery!
This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a theme, and seeing as I set the challenges for Inspire.Create, and my baby is due any day (as I write this…. who know’s if it might have arrived before this post goes live!), I was a bit cheeky and set us a Baby themed challenge this time!
This card actually features a bit of a sneaky peak… that fun background is a brand new background stamp called Birch, that I was lucky enough to receive as a Prize Patrol at Stampin’ Up! OnStage last month. Here it is stamped in Soft Suede stamped off once, and then layered with a sheet of Vellum to make it even softer.
The Welcome and that cute Giraffe are from Animal Outings, which is a current set that is carrying forward into the new catalogue. I am super happy that this one is staying, it’s just so handy for baby and young children’s cards. I shared another baby card using the sentiments from it a little while ago.
One of my other favourite products that are carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue is the super pretty Stitched Labels dies, and I’ve used them here to add some extra layers behind our Giraffe Friend.
I suppose this card is slightly more boy that girl, but I was aiming for a neutral… because we don’t know the gender of our baby. But you could switch out the blue for a yellow or pink to make it more feminine.
This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a fabulous sketch, a love a sketch with lots of wiggle room for creative interpretation, and this is one of those sketches!
Because it’s such an open sketch, and with my rather limited crafting time at the moment I have kept my card fairly simple as well.
I was hoping that the Butterfly Gala stamp and punch set would be back in stock when this post went live, however, they are I believe stuck somewhere in customs in Germany for a little longer.
I am a huge fan of all things purple, in fact I had a friend at university who used to buy me things just because they were purple! This card uses a few ink colours (which you can find in the shopping list at the end of this post) to colour the butterfly wings. I love that this stamp set is also designed to a 2 Step Stamp; where the solid wings are also stamps for super fast colouring!
While Butterfly Gala is a gorgeous stamp set, it didn’t have the right sentiment for this card. So I grabbed one of my current favourites; Itty Bitty Birthdays. Stamped in Highland Heather to match the card stock and Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper.
I would LOVE to see what you create with this sketch, do share what you make with it, and check out the other Design Team members creations over on the Inspire.Create blog
This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a classic colour combination challenge. I had heaps of fun with this one as it’s totally in my comfort zone and plays really well into my love of white space…
With such a classic colour combination I decided to pull out a classic stamp set as well. I adore the Floral Phrases stamp set, but I haven’t used it for ages!
Using just Memento Black ink and my Stamparatus to ensure perfect positioning this card came together in a snap. This stamp is really clever as it looks like there are different shades of colour, but really it’s just inked and stamped once!
To add a little extra something I added a trio of Basic Black Faceted Dots.
Pop over to the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog to check out the other Black and White creations from the Design Team and share your creations with us too!
You wouldn’t think I set these challenges… because this week had me totally stumped! Inspire.Create.Challenge 039 is a theme challenge, and the theme is pets!
Now, I do have a pet, the very lovely Freda the Cat, and if I had been super organised I would have made a fabulous scrapbook page, or a frame with her in, or something. However, as I mentioned on Monday, this past few weeks have left me a more than a little behind. So, I managed find the time and energy to make this project on Sunday… so reaching for the nearest stamp set featuring an animal!
So, Bike Ride it is! This stamp set is so sweet, with that cute dog. The bike is stamped in Poppy Parade and Memento Black, while the dog is actually Crushed Curry and Blueberry Bushel! I just love 2-step stamping and this stamp set is perfect for this fun technique. The dog in particular is stamped using 3 separate stamps, they line up really easily, and it creates this really lovely multi-coloured stamped image too.
The background is an embossed piece of Vellum. I have fallen back in love with dry embossing thanks to the very lovely Country Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder which is currently FREE with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration AND has been confirmed as being carried forward into next years Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.
The sentiment is actually taken from a Christmas stamp set, Merry Christmas to All, stamped in Memento Black ink to match the bike!
Check out the Inspire.Create.Challenge Blog to see the other Pet themed creations made by the rest of the Design Team and share your Pet makes with us to!
This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a fun sketch. I really love designing these, and like to keep things really simple so that you can let your imagination go wild on creating something really special.
One of the things I really like to do with a sketch is take all the elements and move them around! I know, it’s a bit naughty, but really a treat a sketch like a sort of jumping off point, rather than sticking to the design religiously. So this week, I turned the sketch around and make a landscape card, rather than the portrait one in the sketch!
This card is really quite subtle, and has lots of white space… two of my favourite card making styles!
The Rectangle Stitched Framelits have become a permanent feature on my craft desk, and so they found their way onto this card too to die cut a pretty piece of Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper.
The main focus of this card is that Stitched Circle, with the sentiment from Needle and Thread and some second generation stamping in Mint Macaron.
And that really is all that there is to this card. Clean and Simple!
If you love this card as much as I do, my March Card Class also uses the Needlepoint Nook suite. This month is the last time that my classes will be available both In Person and Online for a couple of months while I take some time out of In Person events to have a baby… so if you’re local, I would LOVE to see you!
It took me two cards to get something I liked for Inspire.Create 036, and its taken me two cards again today! Sometimes creativity is really hard, and recently my crafty mojo has been somewhat Missing In Action! However, I have managed to create a fun card for today’s colour challenge, and I’m really rather pleased with this one…
This time we are creating with a rather soft colour palette, and I think that was my struggle. However, I knew I wanted to use the Incredible Like You Stamp Set. This set coordinates with a fun Card Kit, but works just as well on its own too!
I started this card by die cutting that sentiment piece using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, and then drawing around it onto my card stock in pencil. This allowed me to stamp the flowers exactly where I wanted them around the sentiment.
The flower is stamped using 2 stamps, the first stamped off and then the second layer stamped in full strength ink, both stamped in Mint Macaron.
The card is finished with some random stamping of some of the little elements in a somewhat diagonal line across the sentiment and a scattering of sequins too!
Click over to the Inspire.Create blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have made and enter your own creations in our challenge