Inspire.Create.Challenge 088 | Cardmaking Inspiration using Tasteful Touches

So, today’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is to use a card by the lovely Jo Blackman as inspiration. Jo’s card uses some fabulous pieces of Designer Series Paper, but I’m currently in a ‘need a quick card in a hurry’ phase of crafting, and so instead of cutting all that paper, I found some paper with a similar printed effect instead!

Quick and simple card using the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Again I’ve reached for In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, which I am so happy to see is staying with us into the new catalogue! I am loving all the textures in this paper at the moment and I think it makes some really interesting projects

Inspire.Create.Challenge card using In Good Taste DSP from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The sentiment is from Tasteful Touches, and is die cut from the coordinating Tasteful Labels dies

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #087 | In Good Taste

Hello! Welcome to StampinByHannah! I’ve been a bit quiet recently. I had all the good intentions at the start of March to get back into regular content, but then it all went a bit strange, and my craft room was forgotten for a few weeks.

However, I was a little bit organised, and already had this card made ready for this week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge, so yay for me 3 weeks ago!

This weekends challenge is a sketch, and I love what the rest of the Design Team have created with it. Do pop over to the Inspire.Create blog to check them out and leave them all some love.

I’ve pulled out the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper for this one, I just love the textures. However, when I checked the inventory on this on Friday it was low in stock, and retiring, so do be quick if you don’t want to miss it!

The Tasteful Touches however, and the coordinating Tasteful Labels dies are both carrying forward to the new catalogue! Yay!

I’m not usually madly keen on fussy cutting, but I couldn’t resist cutting that flower… and then the sentiment just sort of happened to! It took a little while, but I totally think it was worth it this time!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #087 | Fun with Brushed Blooms

Do you ever buy a stamp set, and then are so intimidated by it that it sits unused? Brushed Blooms is one of those stamp sets for me; I absolutely love the painted effect florals, and brush strokes, but could I find a way to use it? Nope! So, I took this weeks Inspire.Create.Challenge as an excuse to get it inky, and I really like the result.

I have to admit that I also did a fair bit of Pinterest scrolling before making this card too, and so there is some other external inspiration.

The colour combination here is really classic; Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Basic White. So pretty! and the card was really simple and quick to put together.

I am loving using those Stitched Rectangle at the moment and so they had to make an appearance on this card too.

The theme this time for Inspire.Create is Anything Goes! So, why not hope over and add your latest creation for us to see!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #083 | Quick and Easy birthday with Darling Donkeys

Hi all! Gosh, it’s been a mad couple of weeks. Poor baby boy had to have his 8 week vaccinations, and that’s basically had me sat on the sofa cuddling him for the past week, leaving me with no time to craft. However, I did manage to find 10 minutes a couple of weekends ago to have a quick colour of the fabulously fun Darling Donkeys for this weeks Inspire.Create.Challenge.

The theme this time around is ‘Cute Critters’ and we have so many in the Stampin’ Up! catalogues at the moment, I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

This Donkey is stamped in Memento Black ink, and coloured using both Light and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends, with a hint of Dark Mossy Meadow and Dark Poppy Parade for that rose.

Darling Donkeys is one of the current Sale-a-bration stamp sets, and is available for free when you spend £45 before the end of February.

I’ve paired this chap with some of the new Colour Family Designer Series Paper in Gray Granite. This paper will be available in the next Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, or you can get it now if you grab a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit.

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #082 Sketch Challenge

Hello! Well, it’s been a hot minute hasn’t it since my last Inspire.Create Design Team post. In reality, we took a bit of a break over November and December, but we are super excited to be back this month, and we are kicking off with a simple sketch challenge.

Don’t forget to pop over to the Inspire.Create blog to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations, and to add your own makes to the link up too.

Quick and Simple Happy Birthday card using Pretty Perennials from Stampin' Up! for Inspire.Create.Challenge with StampinByHannah

I have been having heaps of fun this month creating with the Brand New stamp and die bundle; Pretty Perennials, and so it was handy on my desk when I came to make my card for this challenge.

As it’s such a simple sketch, I’ve kept my card pretty simple too, with some very simple stamping on a Stitched Circle die cut. The background is my first ink blending attempt using the new Stampin’ Up! Blending Brushes… I LOVE them! They are so easy to use, and create a lovely, soft, ink blended effect.

Simple Stamping Birthdays with Pretty Perennials from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Then the card is finished with a trio of the Artistry Blooms Sequins.

Thanks for stopping by StampinByHannah today, and please do check out the Inspire.Create blog for more inspiration.

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #077 | Alternative Colours with Forever Fern

So, today’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a fabulous colour combination, and one that almost had me pulling Painted Poppies off my stamp shelves. But then I spotted Forever Fern, and I just knew what I wanted to make.

I’ve made a heap of cards with Forever Fern now, but they’ve all been very green! But I’ve seen some lovely cards using different colours with it recently, and although this still has green in it, its less green than some of the other combinations I have used. I do have an idea in my head of using pinks… but I’ll save that for another day.

Each of the colours is stamped off before stamping onto the card, just so it’s not super bright, and the stamping isn’t perfect, but I really like the effect.

The Forever Fern stamp set does have its own coordinating dies, but instead of reaching for those today, I’ve used the Tasteful Labels instead. These two are layered together in the packet, and I really like the look, and it’s translated really well into card stock.

The backing label is in Poppy Parade, along with the stamping, with the aim of moving away from the green. I almost added some sparkles to this card, but I’ve kept it simple in the end.

Don’t forget to pop over to the Inspire.Create blog and check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations before adding your own makes using Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #076 | In the Garden with Painted Poppies

Hello! So, this week’s inspire.create.challenge is a theme, and we’ve got a bit of a spin on floral, in that the theme is Garden. I will admit I’ve gone down a bit of a floral route with Painted Poppies, and possibly more meadow than Garden, but I really like this fairly simple card design.

With Sympathy card using Painted Poppies from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Poppies are stamped in Memento Black ink, which is my absolute favourite Black ink ever I think. It’s so crisp, and a true black tone, plus its great to use with Stampin’ Blends, which is what I have done here. The Poppies are coloured with both light and dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend pens. Instead of laying down a flat colour, I’ve added the colour in dots which gives this lovely textured look.

Stampin' Blends and Painted Poppies card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

The bottom edge is a cut die, cut from Basic Black card stock, such a pretty finish.

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #073 | Fancy Fold

Hello! Gosh, I didn’t mean to miss Inspire.Create.Challenge a fortnight ago, but if you saw my Facebook Live last week you’ll know that I might have broken my wrist! As it turns out now, I don’t think it is broken (they didn’t X-ray me at the time), but two weeks in a splint has definitely been worth it because now it’s feel much better.

Anyway, this week’s challenge is Fancy Fold. And once again I sat and stared at the challenge image for ages! I set these challenges, they are all my fault, but when it comes around to actually making something my brain switches off!

But, a fancy fold card I did make! I love this style of card, it’s one I use fairly often for birthdays and special occasions.

Playing with Patterns Z Fold happy Birthday card using Stampin' Up! Playful Alphabet dies with StampinByHannah

Fancy Fold Measurements;

This fun Z fold is so easy to create;

Night of Navy card stock; 14.8 x 21 cm, Scored on the long side at 4.5 and 10.5 cm

Whisper White card stock; 4 x 14.4 cm, 6 x 14.4 cm, and 10 x 14.4cm

Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper; 3.5 x 13.8 cm, 5 x 13.8 cm, and 5 x 13.8 cm

The circles are taken from the Layering Circles dies, and Stitched Shapes dies. I really like that stitched edge, it just adds a nice finishing touch to a boring circle!

Z fold card using Playing with Patterns from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The sentiment is in two parts. The stamp is from Well Said, where the die cut letters are part of the same suite as the Designer Series Paper; Playing with Patterns. I love this die set, Playful Alphabet, it’s got some handy duplicate letters too! Personally, I would recommend the new Adhesive sheets with them though, as they can be a bit fiddly to stick down!

I would LOVE it if you would pop over to the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog, the Design Team have made some fabulous Fancy Folds to inspire you. Also, you can add your own creations to the blog post there too!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #071 | Ornately Green Thanks

Time for another Inspire.Create.Challenge, and this week its a sketch. I do love a sketch challenge, and usually I aim to change some aspect. But this week, I’ve kept things simple, and let the beautiful Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper do all the talking.

Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper Thank you card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

I am not usually a green person, but I realised at the weekend that I’ve been using a lot of green recently. I think it’s mainly because both of the packs of Designer Series Paper in my collection are both floral / leafy prints, and this has led me to create green cards.

Pretty Green Thanks Card using Ornate Garden from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper has several pieces with gold foiling, and I love this simple Old Olive and Gold colour combination.

Please pop over to the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog and see what the other members of the Design Team have been creating based on the sketch, and add your own projects to!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #070 | Watercolour with Ornate Style!

This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a fun colour combination (although it did hurt my head a little bit trying to come up with a card this week!).

Inspire.Create.Challenge cardmaking colour challenge Stampin' Up!
Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Coastal Cabana

I’d been in my craft room for a while before I managed to make this card. I’d been trying to sort out my catalogues ready to post, and had YouTube on in the background, and I’m sure whichever card maker I was “watching” did something with watercolour. And so that sort of led me to create this;

watercolour Thank you card using Ornate Style from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This pretty floral stamp is from the Ornate Style Stamp set, our sneaky peak of the new Annual catalogue. Here I’ve stamped it in Versamark onto Watercolour Paper and heat embossed it with clear powder before watercolouring it with the colours from the challenge.

Pretty floral watercolour card using Ornate Garden from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I wanted to keep the sentiment pretty simple, leaving the focus on the watercolouring. The ‘Thanks’ is taken from the other stamp set in the Ornate Garden Suite, Ornate Thanks. It is simply stamped onto a flag of Vellum with Night of Navy ink. I did leave this to dry for several hours before adding it to the card.

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