Inspire.Create.Challenge 052 | Most Wonderful Colour Challenge!

I’ve had a few weeks off from Inspire.Create, but after a fabulous team retreat at the weekend I’ve got some of my creative mojo back, and the baby has gone to sleep early so I’ve actually got time to write a blog post!

This fortnight’s challenge is a colour one… and its a bit bright! But I can’t wait to see what everyone creates with it. Don’t forget to pop over to the Inspire.Create blog to see the rest of the Design Team’s work and to add your own projects too

Inspire.Create.Challenge 052 Stampin' Up! Colour Challenge

I haven’t managed to craft much over the summer, and my Autumn Winter catalogue order has sat in my craft room pretty un-loved. However, I knew I wanted to dip into this new crafty stash for this weeks challenge.

Most Wonderful Time Christmas Present Card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

Now, I know that Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo and Gorgeous Grape don’t sound very Christmas-y, I do LOVE a non-traditional Christmas colour palette, and I think this one works rather well!

Christmas Present Card using Most Wonderful Time from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Most Wonderful Time Product Medley contains everything you need to create a heap of Christmas cards; stamp set and coordinating dies, heaps of Designer Series Paper, ribbon and sticker embellishments too! I’ll be working with this one all month ready for a very special class in October!

Non traditional Christmas Card using Most Wonderful Time from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

These 3 present stamps are actually one stamp, and the dies cut them out to be separate! The ribbons are then another stamp, which is how I have created these multi-coloured images. So, each set of presents was stamped 3 times; once in each colour, and then the ribbons added before die cutting. I wasn’t planning on adding all the die cuts to this one card, but the arranged themselves like this on my desk and I couldn’t resist!

What will you create with this fun colour combo? Don’t forget to share your creations over on the Inspire.Create blog!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge 049 | Thank You Free as a Bird

Hey folks! It’s time for another Inspire.Create.Challenge project today, and this time we had a colour combination to work with. Now, for all I set the challenges for Inspire.Create I never seem to be organised enough to set a challenge that I can actually see a project for, and I have to admit that when this challenge appeared in my diary I did do a bit of a double take at the colours! But, it is a challenge for a reason…

Thank you card using Free as a Bird from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

So, the colour combination at work here is; Basic Gray, Mango Melody, and Pool Party… sorry girls!

I am still loving the Free as a Bird stamp set, but I realised that I hadn’t actually made a card with the single bird stamp! So, here we are. I’ve stamped it in Smoky Slate rather than Basic Gray because I’m a very bad demonstrator and my Basic Gray ink is retired Archival and so doesn’t work with Blends. But all the classic inks do.

Free as a Bird coloured with Stampin' Blends by StampinByHannah

I’m not very good with my Stampin’ Blends, but I am trying to practice, and so I’ve used Pool Party Light and Dark to attempt some colour blending on this bird. I’m happy with it, although it is pretty subtle. The beak is actually light Pumpkin Pie (because I don’t have the Mango Melody Blends… again, bad Demo!)

Free as a Bird Thank you card with Nested Stitched Labels from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Free as a Bird stamp set also comes bundled with these fabulous Nested Stitched Labels dies. They add a little extra something to every card with their unusual shape and fun stitched edge, I can’t get enough of them!

Please hop over to the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog for more inspiration using this strange colour combination from the fabulous Design Team, you can also share your makes with us there too!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge 048 Sailing Home Birthday

Hey folks! It’s time for another Inspire.Create.Challenge, and this time we have a very handy theme…. Birthdays! We all need birthday cards, and hopefully it’s the card you make/send most often.

Male birthday card using Sailing Home from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I made this card for one of my brother’s-in-law at the end of June using the Sailing Home stamp set and coordinating Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, and all in Night of Navy and White.

One of my top tips for making male birthday cards is to keep things simple, and will often stick to a couple of colours, or use a lot of white space.

How to make a simple birthday card for a man using the Come Sail Away suite from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

One of the things I really LOVE about Stampin’ Up! is the coordination. You know, that the ink, card stock and Designer Series Paper are all the same colour, the white’s match and the stamps fit perfectly into basic shape dies. There are a few die sets at work here; the Layering Square and Stitched Shapes work together to make lovely layers on your cards, and I LOVE that we now have a heap of word dies to create interesting looking sentiments.

Create a fun Birthday card for that special guy using Come Sail Away from Stampin' Up!

The Birthday is die cut using the Well Written dies. I actually die cut this 3 times from Night of Navy card stock and stacked them to get this fun dimensional effect.

There are more Birthday card’s over on the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog this week, do pop over and check them out, create your own birthday creation and add it to our gallery. We can’t wait to see them!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #047 | Thinking of you with Beautiful Day

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!

Thinking of you with Blends and Beautiful Day from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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!

Beautiful Day coloured with Stampin' Blends from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge 045 | Embossing with Sailing Home

Hey Folks, its time for another fun Inspire.Create.Challenge and this time its a fun Embossing Challenge! I adore a good technique, and I think that embossing is one of those that is easy for a new crafter… once you’ve decided what time of embossing you’re going to do of course; Heat embossing or dry embossing with an embossing folder!

Card making challenge Embossing

I made this card weeks and weeks ago, actually before baby Niamh arrived (when I was trying to be organised!) and so had almost completely forgotten about it! Cue me having a bit of a panic last week when I realised that it was my turn to write the blog post for the Inspire.Create blog, and that I had NO idea what the challenge was!

Male thanks card using Sailing Home from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Sailing Home is one of my new masculine card favourites. It just makes really nice, simple cards. I’m sure I’ll be doing all sorts of techniques and fun things with it over the coming year, but today I thought I would stick to a bit of heat embossing and that lovely anchor image.

Heat Embossed Thank you card using Sailing Home from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Both the anchor and the sentiment are heat embossed in gold, while the rest of the stamping is in Balmy Blue. Keeping things simple with just a hint of background stamping and a bow in the new Night of Navy and Sahara Sand Bakers Twine to finish.

Loving the embossing? Why not pop over to the Inspire.Create blog and check out the other Design Team members creations, and add your own embossed project too!

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Inspire.Create.Challenges #044 | Daisy Lane Sketch Challenge!

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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!

Inspire.Create.Challenge 044 Sketch Challenge Cardmaking

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.

Fun Daisy Friend Card using Daisy Lane from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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.

Pretty simple hand Stamped Friend card using Daisy lane from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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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Inspire.Create.Challenge #043 | Accented Blooms Colour Challenge!

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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!

Inspire.Create.Challenge Colour Combination 043 Granny Apple Green Pumpkin Pie Poppy Parade

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!

Hello card Accented Blooms Watercolour for Inspire.Create.Challenge using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

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.

Watercolour Hello card using Accented Blooms from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #042 | Welcome Baby Card

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!

Fun Neutral Welcome baby card using Animal Outing from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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.

Cute Giraffe Baby card using Animal Outings from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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.

Hop over to the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog to check out the other Design Team’s baby themed creations and add your own to the link up!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge 041 | Butterfly Gala Celebrations

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!

Inspire.Create.Challenge sketch challenge

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.

Lets Celebrate You Handmade Card using Butterfly Gala from Stampin' Up!

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!

Celebration card using Butterfly Gala card from Stampin' Up!

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

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Inspire.Create.Challenge 040 | Floral Phrases Thank You

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…

Inspire.Create.Challenge Stampin' Up! Colour Challenge

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!

Classic stamped Thank You card using Floral Phrases from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah for Inspire.Create.Challenge

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!

Inspire.Create.Challenge 040 Black and White colour Cardmaking challenge using Floral Phrases from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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!

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