Inspire.Create.Challenges 007 | Colour Challenge

Inspire.Create.Challenges Colour Challenge December 2017 using Lots of Love from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Inspire.Create.Challenges 007 | Colour Challenge

Inspire.Create.Challenge December Colour Challenge

This weeks Inspire.Create.Challenge has a festive feel, however, I made a very conscious decision NOT to make a Christmas card this week. Partly because I have made more Christmas cards this year than I have people to send them too, and partly because tomorrow is the LAST day to shop Stampin’ Up! to ensure your goodies arrive before the man in the red suit, and so I would expect that you have probably finished making this years cards too!

How to make a quick and simple valentine using Lots of Love from Stampin' Up!

Keeping things pretty simple this week… I’m sure we have enough to do without making complicated cards too. So, it’s an almost one layer affair with a Big ol’ sentiment and some accent stamping!

I love this type of card for a quick ‘thinking of you’ or ‘thank you’ card. I thought this would be perfect for a simple Valentines, or even a sympathy card. There are lots of times we send Love… and why not send it handmade!

Inspire.Create.Challenges Colour Challenge December 2017 using Lots of Love from Stampin' Up!

All the stamps here are from the Lots of Love stamp set. I am LOVING big sentiments at the moment, ones that fill the front of your card and make sending that handmade Love really quick and easy. Once that sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake, it’s a simple case of adding leaves and flowers in the other colours in key areas. When I’m accent stamping like this, I tend to go for 3 groups of stamped images, the same way I do when I’m added embellishments. The eye loves a trio of things, and it helps to pull you around the card too.

We would LOVE to see what you do with this colour combination, check out the other Design Team members creations over at Inspire.Create.Challenges! 

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Inspire.Create.Challenges #005 | Season’s Greetings

Inspire.Create.Challenges Sketch Challenge using Year of Cheer from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Inspire.Create.Challenges #005 | Season’s Greetings

This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is my personal favourite, we are using a Sketch this week! I LOVE a sketch, partly because I LOVE moving all the elements around and making something that looks nothing like the sketch at all, and partly because I love seeing what other people do with them!

I haven’t altered the sketch very much this week because I needed a quick card because I was away at Stampin’ Up! OnStage last weekend time hasn’t been my friend.

Inspire Create Challenges Stampin' Up! sketch challenge

As the challenge coordinator for Inspire.Create.Challenges I have been aiming to keep our sketches nice and simple. One so that it’s not a lot of work for the AWESOME Design Team, but also to make sure they aren’t too complex for a new card maker to follow along with. I LOVE this sketch, you guys know how much I use my circle dies… and this sketch just gave me another excuse to get them out (not that I needed one!)

Silver Christmas Card for Inspire.Create.Challenges using Year of Cheer from Stampin' Up!

This card uses the lovely Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (Can you tell I’m in love with this a bit at the moment, it was on my Christmas Countdown project last week too!). The paper does come in Whisper White, with Metallic foiling (Yum!), but I have added colour here with a Sponge Brayer. So, I had intended for the added colour to be Smoky Slate to match the card base, but apparently my Sponger Brayer wasn’t quite as clean as I thought I was! I made 8 of these, and some of them have more than a hint of Tranquil Tide about them!

Measurements:

Card Base – Smoky Slate – 21 x 14.85 cm, scored on the long edge at 10.5 cm

Whisper White Layer – 14.3 x 10 cm

Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper – 9.5 x 4.7 cm

Inspire.Create.Challenges Sketch Challenge using Year of Cheer from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment circle is taken from the Cheers to the Year stamp set. I decided to embrace the Tranquil Tide and go with some stamping and card stock in the same colour, while the sentiment picks up on the hint of metallic from the Designer Series Paper and is Heat Embossed in Gold.

I thought that was going to be the card finished, but it just looked a little bare. So, I hit my ribbon draw and came up with this really pretty 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White for some cute bows.

I cannot wait to see what you make with this sketch! Don’t forget to join in over at Inspire.Create.Challenges.

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Global Design Project 112 – Colour Me Happy

Global Design Project Watecolour Colour Me Happy Card using Stampin' Up! products

StampinByHannah Global Design Project 112 – Colour Me Happy

Hello….

So, I had planned for this blog post to go live this morning, but for many many reasons yesterday was a total write off, and so this evening appears to be the time.

This week’s Global Design Project Challenge is a CASE the designer. CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything… or Copy and Selectively Edit, depending on your point of view. I LOVE the card that the GDP have chosen for this weeks inspiration, and just HAD to have a go this week!

Global Design Project Watecolour Colour Me Happy Card using Stampin' Up! products

This card looks really complicated, but really it only took a few minutes to put together… even with the watercolour!

The flowers are stamped in Archival Basic Black ink onto Watercolour Paper. I am loving this stamp set, its called Colour Me Happy, and its a limited edition set released to celebrate the launch of Stampin’ Blends. It coordinates with a lovely card kit, although I think I have used it more on its own than with the kit! Here the flowers are watercoloured in Island Indigo ink, with Tangerine Tango centres. The background is coloured with Crumb Cake ink.

Measurements:

Card Base – Crumb Cake – 29.7 x 10.5 cm, scored at 14.85 cm

Basic Black card stock layer – 9 x 13.3 cm

Watercolour paper  – 8.5 x 12.8 cm

So Happy for You Card using Colour Me Happy from Stampin' Up!

The thing that really stood out about Connie’s card was the accents… I have recently been taking the backing paper off of White Perfect Accents for a hint of something on some of my cards. Today though, I thought I would try and taking the backing off some of the Glitter Enamel Dots…. and you know, it works! Peel away the coloured paper backing, and you reveal clear, glitter dots, Perfect for an accent!

The sentiment is also taken from the Colour Me Happy Stamp set, it is heat embossed in White onto a piece of Basic Black card stock, and the end finished with the Triple Banner Punch.

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Inspire.Create.Challenges #004 | Your Kindness Means So Much…

Inspire Create Challenges Kindness Card Colour Combination Challenge using Painted Harvest from Stampin' Up!

I cannot believe it is already the 4th Inspire.Create.Challenge…. I hope that you are having as much fun with these challenges as I am!

I have a pretty simple card for you today, but the stamps on this one do ALL the talking!

Inspire Create Challenges Stampin' Up! Colour Combination using Island Indigo Soft Sky Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White

This colour combination was totally inspired by a swap group at a recent team training I attended. You might remember THIS card I made with the same colours! Actually this card has two sources of inspiration…. because I made it quite quickly after making THIS rainbow creation too…. Do you find that, when your making a few cards at once they seam to use the same stamp set, or have a similar layout? I certainly do! I actually made this card before our first challenge…. and it has been sat on my desk waiting for its moment for WEEKS!

Inspire Create Challenges Kindness Card Colour Combination Challenge using Painted Harvest from Stampin' Up!

Can you guess what Stamp set I have used here? It’s Painted Harvest! I know…. a Painted Harvest card without a sunflower?! This stamp set has the most amazing leaves (don’t tell, but I love the leaves more than the flower!!!) and although they are designed to be stamped one on top of the other (2-step stamping) I really like the look of the more detailed stamps on their own.

Here the leaves have been stamped around the card stock in Island Indigo and Soft Sky. With that cute little dot stamp added in Flirty Flamingo.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black… I almost went for Island Indigo, but just felt it would be lost and that a slight variation in colour would help it stand out.

Don’t forget to click over to the Inspire.Create.Challenges blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created with this fun colour combination!

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Inspire.Create.Challenges #003 | ‘Tis The Season

Fun Christmas Card for Inspire.Create.Challenges using Christmas Pines from Stampin' Up!

Hello! Oh, I am so excited for today’s blog post…. The Inspire.Create.Challenge Design Team have a heap of fun Festive inspiration for you today so do click over and see everyone else’s projects too!

I am loving being a part of the Inspire.Create.Challenges Team, and I would LOVE to see you join in with our challenges too.

This fortnight’s challenge is to create a Festive project! Now… when I sent this challenge out to the ladies I had many emails back going ‘Festive… is that Christmas?!’…. well, no. Festive could be anything, a celebration… you could make an Easter project if that really floats your boat!

I have gone for Festive = Christmas… but only because that it what I am working on in my Craftroom at the moment and I have Christmas stamps everywhere! However… I have pulled one of the Christmas stamp sets from the Annual catalogue rather than this years Autumn/Winter (which is awesome by the way!)

Fun Christmas Card for Inspire.Create.Challenges using Christmas Pines from Stampin' Up!

This stamp set was my absolute favourite from last years Autumn/Winter catalogue and I was SO excited to see it carry forward into the Annual this past year. Christmas Pines has a fun collection of pinecones, leaves, and GORGEOUS sentiments… . I am such a sucker for  pretty font and this set is full of pretty fonts!

I have written a full tutorial that you can print… that you can find HERE!

Fun Christmas Card for Inspire.Create.Challenges using Christmas Pines from Stampin' Up!
Isn’t that cluster so pretty?! I stamped the Pine Leaves stamp 3 times in Old Olive, without re-inking inbetween to create a dimensional look. Then I used the Pretty Pines Thinlits to die cut 3 different sized leaves from Old Olive card stock and added them over the top of the stamping with Glue Dots.
Those Pine Cones are also in the Christmas Pines stamp set and have been embossed in Gold before being die cut with the coordinating Pretty Pines dies. The cluster is then finished with that gorgeous bow in Real Red card stock….. finally, I bow I can make look pretty!
I would LOVE to see your festive creations this week… check the Inspire.Create.Challenges blog to enter.
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Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge | Bold Happy Birthday

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Birthday Card using Happy Birthday thinlit from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Sketch Challenge

Hello! Welcome to the Simply Sketched Blog Hop for September! This month we have been creating with a fabulous sketch from Dee 

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Birthday Card using Happy Birthday thinlit from Stampin' Up!

This card was really quick and simple to put together… once I had die cut all the pieces! I am loving the Happy Birthday thinlit for a quick and easy Birthday card at the moment. Here I cut it 4 times… 3 times in Crushed Curry and once from the gorgeous Champagne Foil. The secret is backing each piece of card stock with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet before you die cut it… this way when you die cut this intricate die, each die cut has adhesive already on the back… basically making your own die cut sticker! This die is really easy to get lined up so stacking them is quick and painless too.

Measurements:

Card Base – Dapper Denim – 21 x 14.85 cm, scored on the long side at 10.5 cm

Whisper White Mat – 10 x 14.3 cm

Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper – 9.5 x 13.8 cm

Whisper White Mat – 10 x 8 cm

Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper – 9.5 x 7.5 cm

I made this card for one of my brother-in-law’s birthday’s which was last week…. but James said it was girly…. so I had to make another! So, this card has no home…. if you would like me to send it to you, comment below with your current favourite adhesive and I will do a draw on Wednesday (4th October!)

 

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Global Design Project #106 – Oh So Eclectic

Global Design Project #106 Sketch Challenge card using Oh So Eclectic from Stampin' Up!

Its been a while since I took part in a Global Design Project challenge… it’s been just a little busy around here! but as soon as I saw this sketch yesterday I jumped into my craft room and created the card you can see below!

Global Design Project Sketch 106

I love a sketch with a circle… I think its because I love using circles on my cards. I am still obsessed with the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, seriously if you don’t own these, they are an absolute must have! so handy to have a set of circles, squares and ovals… for such a good price too!

Oh So Eclectic card for the Global Design Project using Stampin' Up! products

This card uses the Oh So Eclectic stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue (have you seen my class using this set yet?) this stamp set is another one of my favourites, along with the coordinating die set and the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper too. It was a pretty simple card to put together, the strip of Designer Series Paper is layered with a die cut in Berry Burst Card stock. This die actually only cuts the inside shapes, but it is really easy to cut around it and make this fun geometric shape

Global Design Project #106 Sketch Challenge card using Oh So Eclectic from Stampin' Up!

Then there is a piece of Berry Burst ribbon, one of those Stitched Shapes cut from Vellum, two Classic Labels and a bow in that same Berry Burst ribbon to finish.

You can find a video of this card over on my Instagram! Its the first time I’ve done one of these short videos over on Instagram, but it was loads of fun! will certainly have to do it again!

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GDP #101 – Soft Birthday Blossoms Card

Modern Floral Congratulations Card using Birthday Blossoms from Stampin' Up! for the Global Design Project

I am making a big effort at the moment to be more organised, I have bought myself a new diary, and am attempting to plan my work days…. it already appears to have gone by the way side as I remembered at 3PM yesterday afternoon that I didn’t have a blog post written for today…. or even a card made! I know, it is shocking! But, its ok because the Global Design Project came to my rescue with instant inspiration in the form of a colour challenge…

Global Design Project colour challenge

I am loving this colour combination, paired with Whisper White its bright and fresh…. but I can also see some vibrant watercolour, or paper piecing with this one too. I’ve spent the past week or so prepping some Christmas projects for later in the year, so its nice to step out of Red and Green for a moment or two

Modern Floral Congratulations Card using Birthday Blossoms from Stampin' Up! for the Global Design ProjectThis very soft card was a nightmare to photograph! I think its the soft pinks with the bold Night of Navy…. and a lot of white space… but then that’s why I love this card! Birthday Blossoms is such a pretty, soft stamp set, its really girly…. and works really well with pink! The flowers are heat embossed in White Stampin’ Emboss powder, and then Flirty Flamingo ink applied with a Stampin’ Sponge, before I punched them out with the coordinating Pansy Punch.

Modern Floral Congratulations Card using Birthday Blossoms from Stampin' Up! for the Global Design ProjectThe rest of the card is equally as simple. A a trio of Bermuda Bay stamped leaves, the sentiment in Night of Navy and a splatter of Flirty Flamingo, along with a couple of wonky layers and a trio of White Perfect Accents to finish.


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Global Design Project #099 | Wedding/Anniversary

Guys Wedding Anniversary Card using Oh So Eclectic from Stampin' Up!

Well, hello there….. I’m finally blogging on my new site! So, hello, nice to see you…. and to celebrate this special occasion I have this weeks entry into the Global Design Project!

Actually…. its more of a double celebration, seeing as it is my 2nd Wedding Anniversary today! Yay…. I managed 24 months without James wanting (or trying) to kill me! I am taking this as a massive success…. and I do hope it continues a little longer!

As a card maker, and seeing as this weeks GDP challenge was totally meant to spur me into action, I thought I should make a card for James to celebrate… I will update you later as to whether he has bought (or made) me one!

Global Design Project Wedding Anniversary Congratulations card for men using Oh So Eclectic from Stampin' Up!

Now… a anniversary card for a guy, is a little tricky, but I kept it neutral and I think it works! The Background is stamped using the Sheet Music Stamp set and Smoky Slate ink. To create the effect I didnt ink the whole stamp… but dabbed my ink pad down a couple of times in the middle. Although they are hard to see, I then embossed the heart die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits into the card stock. I should mention at this point that I used Thick Whisper White rather than standard weight to ensure it embossed cleanly.

Guys Wedding Anniversary Card using Oh So Eclectic from Stampin' Up!

The card was then completed with a diamond die cut from Silver Glimmer Paper, Leaves die cut from Vellum and embossed with the Hexagon 3D Embossing Folder, loops of Silver Metallic Thread, that cute sentiment (from Oh So Eclectic!) and a trio of Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Your wondering about those flowers… they are lovely aren’t they! Yes, they are fake… think they cost a total of £2.50 off ebay…. and they were (are) my wedding bouquet. I LOVE them, and the sit in a vase in my lounge normally…. but this photo needed some colour, and I thought they were fitting!

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Simply Sketched Saturday | Friend Card

Simply Sketched Saturday Blog Hop Lovely Inside and Out Friend Card using Stampin' Up! products

Stampin' Up! Sketch Challenge

Hello! Oh its that time again…. time for a blog hop! I am loving that the past couple of months we have set Colour challenges rather than sketches (although I do LOVE a sketch) I love seeing what the girls do with colours!

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This month Sam has given us Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach! Once I had got over the neon-ness of the colour combo I set about making this….

Simply Sketched Saturday Blog Hop Lovely Inside and Out Friend Card using Stampin' Up! products

I needed to neutralise those bright colours…. and had just got a pack of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. The card base is Crumb Cake, with a layer of Whisper White and then a piece of that stunning Wood paper. The stamp set is Lovely inside and out, I have stamped the images onto vellum and then heat set the ink using a layer of Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The sentiment is stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and die cut using the oval Stitched Shapes framelit.

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