Just Add Ink 444 | I Like You Oh So Eclectic!

I can’t believe I almost forgot about Just Add Ink this week! But it’s ok… because although it’s now Monday afternoon, I still wanted to join in and share this card with you.

This week’s Just Add Ink was a bit of a head scratcher… use Poppy Parade and Powder Pink plus a colour of your choice! But which colour to choose?!

After spinning my colour caddy a few times I landed on Blueberry Bushel so my colour combination looks like this;

Then came my next dilemma… which stamp set to use?! Now, I’ve used Sale-a-bration goodies a fair bit recently, and then I’ve been playing with some of the new Spring Summer stamps too. So a lot of the stamps from the Annual catalogue have been sat lonely on the shelf! This led me to pull Oh So Eclectic! This is one of my absolute favourite stamp sets, and it has a coordinating set of dies that I also adore… so decision made!

I Like you handmade card using Oh So Eclectic from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I made a card over the weekend which I will share with you later in the week, that used Shimmery White card stock and so that was still sat out on my desk, and so this was another jumping off point for this card.

First I added a Powder Pink watercolour wash to that Shimmery White card stock and set it off to dry while I used another scrap piece to stamp those leaves in Blueberry Bushel.

Both the background die and those leaves are die cut using the coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies. This is one of those packs of dies that work well on their own as well as with the stamp set PLUS they have both cutting and embossing dies too for some fabulously dimensional projects.

Pretty watercolour wash I like you card using Oh So Eclectic from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah for Just Add Ink

The card is finished with that cute little sentiment stamped in Poppy Parade and a trio of Rhinestones.

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Just Add Ink 443 | Colouring Flowing Fountain from Stampin’ Up!

Oh dear, I am so sorry for a lack of a Facebook Live today. But, for the second time in 2 weeks I’ve come down with a cold, and no one wants to hear me cough and splutter through making a card! However, I do have my entry for this week’s Just Add Ink Challenge to make up for it!

Just Add Ink 443 Just Choose Two

It’s been ages since I did this type of challenge! Saying this my choice was made pretty easy seeing as my last post of Embossing Paste went in the bin before we moved house… as it had set like rock! Note to self: buy some more because the stuff is AWESOME! So, that left me with Colouring and Sequins!

Just Add Ink adding colour to Flowing Fountain from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I have been loving the Flowing Fountain stamp set this month. It’s so easy to colour too! I’ve added coloured highlights using a Blender pen and Night of Navy, Mango Melody and Soft Seafoam ink to match the pretty Designer Series Paper behind.

Take care of yourself card using Flowing Fountain from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I couldn’t help but use the oh so pretty Stitched Rectangles Framelits that arrived in my craft room this week on this card. You guys know that I am such a sucker for a stitched shape and so these HAD to find a place with me! I have to say though, they are slightly awkward to use on A4 card stock as they have been designed to fit US Letter sized papers. However, by purposely positioning them off centre I think you can cover this up.

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Just Add Ink 442 | Beautiful Promenade

Before I get into this week’s Just Add Ink card (yes, I would LOVE to do this challenge every week…. we’ll see how that goes!) I just wanted to say a massive Thanks to the Design Team who picked my card from last week as their winner!

Just Add Ink 442 Sketch Challenge cardmaking rubber stamping

This week’s challenge is a fun sketch, and the Design Team have made some fabulous cards which really do show off how different cards can be, even when they all have the same basic layout.

Pretty handmade Valentines card using Beautiful Promenade from Stampin' Up! for Just Add Ink with StampinByHannah

Last week I had a bit of a tidy up of my craft room. It’s incredible how quickly craft rooms descend into a completely disastrous mess isn’t it?! I’ve been in my new room now for about 6 weeks and it already needed a dig out. Anyway, I pulled out some of my sets of dies that I haven’t used for ages, and put them next to my desk so I wouldn’t forget about them again. I’m, sadly, one of those people who needs to see things to remember to use them. I’d be no good with one of though pretty craft rooms where everything lives in a cupboard!

This card uses the Beautiful Promenade stamp set and coordinate Beautiful Layers thinlits, and the stitched shapes framelit circles, because I can’t make a card without them!

Beautiful Promenade Stamp Set Valentines Card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

There is a stitched circle behind the pretty die cut centre piece, although my camera hasn’t picked it up awfully well (I’m still playing with the new photography set up!).

This card also uses the very pretty Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheets, which are FREE with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration. Now, I know that these aren’t available in all markets because they have been SO popular… but at the time of writing you can still get them in the UK!

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Watercolour Birthday Card, Just Add Ink, and an Update!

Usually I’d be going Live on my Facebook Page about now… but I’ve been struck down with a horrible cold, and this morning my voice is not at its best. So, instead I thought I would do a sort of update blog post and share a fun card for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge.

Urgent ordering news…

Stampin' Up! Punches

Stampin’ Up! announced to Demonstrators early this week that these two punches (Butterfly Duet and Cake Builder) have been SO popular that they are struggling to keep up with demand, this combined with Chinese new year which causes issues with shipping, means that they are expecting these two be SOLD OUT within the next 2 weeks! They wont be back in stock til probably the end of March… so if you want them, grab them sooner rather than later.

Also, the Fabulous Organza Ribbon that is (was) free with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration has SOLD OUT and so wont be back! There are, of course, a heap of other goodies still available to spend your Sale-a-bration credits on!

Just Add Ink…

I felt like taking part in a new challenge this week, and Just Add Ink popped up in my Facebook Feed!

Just Add Ink Stamping Challenge

This week’s challenge is to create a project inspired by this stunning photograph of cake. Once I had stopped day dreaming about cake, I took the cake image and the colour combination and created this card…

Subtle Watercolour Birthday Card using Piece of Cake from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah for Just Add Ink

The cakes are stamped in Stazon Ink onto Shimmery White card stock. The cakes are taken from the Piece of Cake stamp set, which coordinates with that Cake Builder Punch from earlier. Each cake was then loosely water-coloured using the following colours:

The centerpiece cake was stamped on a separate piece of Shimmery White card stock, water-coloured and punched out before being layered onto a Stitched Circle and scalloped circle die using Dimensionals.

Simple watercoloured birthday card using Piece of Cake from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The card is finished with a trio of Self-Adhesive Sequins from the Gingham Gala suite.

Check back tomorrow for a fun Video Tutorial for the cute Butterfly Bag I shared on Saturday

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Inspire.Create.Challenges #002 | Happy 30th Birthday!

Inspire.create.challenges bold and bright 30th birthday card using Number of years from Stampin' Up!

Hello! It’s time for another Inspire.Create.Challenge! I know, the first one went so quickly…. hope you are going to take part this time around too! Check out the Inspire.Create.Challenges blog for a heap more inspiration with this weeks Sketch Challenge.

Inspire.Create.Challenge 002 Papercraft Sketch challenge

I love a simple sketch… and so designed this sketch to give the Design Team as much freedom as I could without presenting them with a large empty box! At the time of writing this, I haven’t seen what they have made with it, and I cannot wait to see! They are all so talented, and I know that everyone’s creations are going to be so different!

Inspire.create.challenges bold and bright 30th birthday card using Number of years from Stampin' Up!

I really wanted to create something bright! My mum always complains my cards are muted colours… so I might make another version of this one for her birthday coming up! The stamp set at work here is Number of Years, along with the coordinating Large Numbers framelits.

The panel is in Crumb Cake, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The numbers are the same, but stamped onto Melon Mambo card stock instead.

Inspire.create.challenges bold and bright 30th birthday card using Number of years from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment is then stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and heat embossed in clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This quick and easy technique creates coloured embossing in any colour! There are two ways to do this:

  1. Ink your stamp in Versamark and then the colour… then add your Embossing Powder
  2. Ink you stamp in your coloured ink and then quickly add your Embossing Powder (this works well on Vellum as inks take a while longer to dry rather than card stock!)

Here the sentiment is heat embossed on Vellum, and stapled to a scrap of Whisper White (anyone else LOVE staples, or is it just me?!).

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Stinkin Inkers Challenge | It’s Spring!

Stinkin Inkers Card making challenge Spring Themed card using Jar of Love from Stampin' Up!

Hello! Welcome to another card for the Stinkin’ Inkers Challenge… I LOVED checking out all your fabulous blogs and gorgeous projects last month. Check out how you can join in over at Stinkin’ Inkers!

This month’s theme is It’s Spring! (although with the snow we had here last week I’m not so sure!)

Stinkin Inkers Card making challenge Spring Themed card using Jar of Love from Stampin' Up!

Spring…. what do you think of when someone says It’s Spring! I think flowers, pastel colours, and then get excited that it’s almost summer! I am so looking forward to summer this year….not that I’m getting a holiday or that anything especially exciting is happening, but just the prospect of it not being freezing cold is enough to make me happy. My card today uses the Jar of Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to create a fun floral wreath

Stinkin Inkers Card making challenge Spring Themed card using Jar of Love from Stampin' Up!

I think this colour combination is also a fun one for spring; Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz…. with slightly more than a hint of Gold! Every element of this card is die cut with the coordinating dies, all except the Pear Pizzazz leaves which I have almost completely covered with flowers! Oops!

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Global Design Project #081 | Endless Birthday Wishes with a Swirly Bird

Global Design Project #081 Endless Birthday Wishes with Swirly Bird Stampin' Up! Birthday Card

I always enjoy taking part in Global Design Project Challenges, but I think the colour ones are my favourite. I love being given a set of colours I had never thought of using together and seeing what I can create, saying that this week’s colour challenge was a little different

Global Design Project Stampin' Up! Colour challenge

I always enjoy using Night of Navy and Whisper White together, but that Free Choice was tricky! I have a couple of go to choices…. Watermelon Wonder or Melon Mambo…. but I didn’t want to use them this time. So I spun my Colour Caddy with my eyes closed and selected an ink that way, so ended up with Flirty Flamingo!

Global Design Project #081 Endless Birthday Wishes with Swirly Bird Stampin' Up! Birthday Card

My current Online Card Class uses the Swirly Bird Bundle, I LOVE this stamp set. I have had so much fun making cards with Swirly Bird ready for my ladies (and gentlemen) this month. The coordinating dies not only cut out some of the stamped images, but add to the cards you make with accent pieces like this swirl!

Global Design Project #081 Birthday Card using Endless Birthday Wishes and Swirly Bird from Stampin' Up!

The only (little) issue with Swirly Bird is that it doesn’t include any sentiments… however, there are some lovely sentiment sets in both the Annual and Spring Summer catalogue. This card uses Endless Birthday Wishes, (how cute is that font!) I love this stamp set, but it doesn’t come of the shelf very often… maybe I’ll have to get it out again soon!


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Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge | July 2016

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge featuring Crazy About You Gorgeous Grunge Bunch of Blossoms From Stampin' Up! UK

 

Stampin' Up! Sketch Challenge

Hello! Welcome to another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge! This sketch has been sat on my desk for a couple of weeks, but only in the last few days have I actually managed to create something! I love sketches like that, really thinkers, thanks Louise!

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Sketch July 2016

I have to admit that I have moved things around a bit on this one, but the sketch was definitely my ‘jumping off point!’

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge featuring Crazy About You Gorgeous Grunge Bunch of Blossoms From Stampin' Up! UK

This week I received one of the new Ombre Ink Pads from my gorgeous team leader, and this weeks sketch challenge just seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it! The flower is taken from Crazy About You and is stamped in Rich Razzleberry Ombre – there are a couple of important things to remember when using the new Ombre pads

  • Larger, and more solid images work best
  • take the stamp to the pad to ink it up, gently tap the stamp to the pad repeatily in a circle pattern to ensure that you don’t end up with a stripy image. There is a great video on the Stampin’ Up! YouTube channel that I will post to my Facebook page later on.
  • There are 3 great colours available; Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge July 2016 Featuring Crazy about you from Stampin' Up!The horizontal and vertical elements of the sketch were the trickiest bit for me, but I never need an excuse to grab Gorgeous Grunge off the shelf!

The leaves are taken from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set. Stamped in Cucumber Crush onto Cucumber Crush Card stock and fussy cut. The card is finished with the sentiment heat embossed in Copper and some loops of the Copper Metallic Thread.

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Love and Affection Birthday Card

Birthday card using Love and Affection from Stampin' Up! UK

Ok, so some of my email subscribers may have already seen this blog post as it went live on Saturday morning as part of the Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Blog Hop, however at the time of it going live I was sat in the middle of a field camping with my family and wasn’t able to deal with an issue. So, instead I thought I would post it this evening. If you would like to see what the other ladies made with this fab sketch you can hop from Anna’s blog HERE!
Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Sketch June 2016This months sketch is brought to us by the fabulous Keren Howell from Tuppence Coloured. I cannot wait to get home and see what the girls have done with it!

Birthday card using Love and Affection from Stampin' Up! UK

I’ve been using the Love and Affection stamp set and the Affectionately Yours Speciality Designer Series Paper a lot this month as it has featured as my Stamp of the Month. I’m still loving the colour combination in the papers and the gorgeous flowers in the stamp set.

Anyone has visits my blog on a regular basis knows that I’m a bit of a watercolour addict (although I haven’t done any of a little bit, too distracted by shiny new stamps!) and so they won’t be too shocked to find that I have watercolored the flowers and leaves on this card

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Love and Affection Birthday Card Stampin' Up! UkThe Designer Series Paper features flowers in Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight, so I have mirrored that on my piece, and added some leaves in Cucumber Crush. The Designer Series Paper also features some gorgeous copper accents, which I have also picked out on my card with some loops of the stunning new copper metallic thread and some copper heat embossing.

The sentiment, as it goes, isn’t from the Love and Affection stamp set, but is from Endless Birthday Wishes – I am a sucker for a pretty font, and I love the combination of these two, the cute little happy, and the swirly birthday. So pretty.

 


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Global Design Project #033 – Colour Challenge

Global Design Project Colour Challenge using Endless Thanks from Stampin' Up! UK

Hello! Yes, a post on a Wednesday, doesn’t happen very often but I really wanted to join in with the Global Design Project this week! I join in with this challenge blog every now and again (trying to join in more often!) but I don’t think I have ever done a Colour Challenge.

Global Design Project Colour Challenge

I love this colour combination, but couldn’t do quite what I wanted as I hit my card stock drawer I realised I’ve ran out of Calypso Coral card stock!

Global Design Project Colour Challenge using Endless Thanks from Stampin' Up! UK

I have had great fun recently playing with masking techniques and couldn’t pass up the chance to use a mask on this card. I created a mask using one of those all over sticky – sticky notes and my 1 1/4″ circle punch. This then covered the ‘Thank You’ sentiment as I stamped the rest of the card

Colour Challenge using Night of Navy Calypso Coral Sahara Sand

Another thing I have been really enjoying recently is using little stamps to create, I have a video on creating backgrounds using small stamps planned for a couple of weeks time. Yes I have finally started to properly plan again! This past month has been a complete killer but I’m hoping that things are back on the up again, I finally have a clearer mind and can actually get stuff done! Anyway, that’s another story.

So, that’s my entry for the Global Design Project for this week. I hope the that ‘hump day’ isn’t too bad, I’m having the day off today – back to the day job tomorrow!

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