Thursday, 21 June 2018

Just Add Ink #414 Follow Your Dreams

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope you have had a great week. It's definitely winter in my neck of the woods, with temperatures dropping to single digits. Brrrrrr!!! As much as I am a Summery kind of gal, I do appreciate winter and rainy days as they are perfect for crafting lol.

Speaking of crafting,  I have finally made it back into my crafty space after a small hiatus, and just in time for this weeks Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add a Window/Frame. Yipee, as I had the perfect bundle in mind for this challenge - the new Follow Your Dreams bundle, which includes the Follow Your Dreams stamp set and Chase Your Dreams Framelits.

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I decided to make a box frame and add it to front of a normal tent fold card. The Sahara Sand Box Frame has been lined with a brick wall embossed background that has also had a Blushing Bride Water Colour Wash applied once the embossing paste was dry. 

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I started with a Sahara Sand card base, to which I added a piece of the Tropical Escape DSP in Blushing Bride. Some White Bakers Twine was wrapped around the frame and the 'dream' die cut in Gold Foil card (made using the Chase Your Dream Framelits) was adhered over the Bakers Twine.

I have used the large circular and smaller dream catcher Thinlits from the new Follow Your Dreams Bundle. Die cut from Gold Foil card and layered on top of each other with Tombow. The floral bouquet image was stamped with Black Ink and coloured using Stampin' Blends.

follow your dreams, stampin up, dream catcher card

The Just Add Ink Design Team have created some absolutely stunning projects using this weeks challenge theme, be sure to check them all out for amazing and inspiring ideas. We would love for you to join and play along. All you have to do is create a card using this weeks challenge theme and then submit your card to the Just Add Ink Gallery here.

Until next time, stay crafty

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Stitched & Dotty Tropical Chic

Good Day Crafty Friends,

I am back again with my favourite stamp set - Tropical Chic. I know I am bombarding you with posts at the minute, but its the first chance I have had to make it back into my crafty space after a week hiatus. Apologies, I am jamming them in while the visiting Mother In Law is busy and out of the house for the day.

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I have used the cross stitch die from the Stitched All Around bundle to create the stitched background onto whisper white card. Before adhering to the card base I slipped in a panel of Lemon Lime Twist so this would show through the stitching lines. The images have been stamped in bright summery colours and adhered with Tombow and mini dimensionals.

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The second card is another one of my "doodling stamping techniques". This time instead of adding drawn lines to my stamped images (like the leaves), I have added lots of dots to the Frangipani flowers.

It does alter the appearance quite dramatically but I really like it. It looks great teamed with the lines drawn on the leaves. I have also added stamped and fussy cut images from Jar of Love and Cake Soiree as I really like these two leafy images together.

Hope I have inspired you to get into your crafty space and have a play. Perhaps you will try adding dots to some of the images of stamp in your current collection.

Until next time, stay crafty

Tropical Chic Bundle with Floral Frames

Good Day Crafty Friends,

I have been creating like a crazy lady with the new Tropical Chic bundle, I just love it so much. I have been yearning for a tropical themed stamp set and this bundle is a doozy! Great choice of images and the Framelits are totally awesome and so versatile.

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Again, I made a batch of cards in different colour schemes. I have also mixed it up a little and combines a few items from the Floral Frames bundle - the sentiment, frame and the gold die cut leaf.

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Granny Apple Green above and Flirty Flamingo below.

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And a Coastal Cabana version.

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The Whisper White card back ground has been embossed with the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder. Some Bakers Twine and Basic Adhesive Sequins were added to finish off the cards.

Keep an eye out for my next post if you would like see more creations made combining these two stunning bundles. Yes, I think they maybe my new favies. 

Until next time, stay crafty

Hello Tropical Chic

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day. I have been having a productive one and thought I would share a few quick and easy cards made using the fabulous new Tropical Chic bundle.

As the title suggests, this bundle has a tropical theme, with a Frangapani flower and loads of tropical leaves. The co coordinating framelits are really versatile with framelits that cut your stamped images and some of the images on the DSP. Plus there are also thinlits that make matching foliage die cuts.

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The background of this set of cards have been embossed with the new Subtle Embossing Folder. The images were stamped using: Coastal Cabana, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Tempting Turquoise, Berry Burst and Granny Apple Green.  
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I love the new brights colour family so much I have been making batch of cards in different colours because not everyone loves pink (say what? lol) Coastal Cabana is definitely on the top of my favorite list.....and its not a red/pink tone! 

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Pineapple Punch and below in Flirty Flamingo.

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And finally a Granny Apple Green version.
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I will share the next set of cards in another post, keep an eye out for more inspiration using this stunning bundle along with some other new goodies that I got to unbox last week.

Until next time, stay crafty

Thursday, 14 June 2018

One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop - Lay it Out

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop for June 2018. I am so super excited to be joining this team of talented Demonstrators as we share our creativity with monthly themed blog hops using Stampin' Up! products.
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This month’s theme is "Lay it Out". Yay!! Something a little different and fun. I totally enjoyed this challenge as I don't often create Page Layouts, and ended up going a little overboard with two colour themed projects. While I had everything out it was easier to create two sets, also just incase I boo booed one,  there was a back up project lol.

Stitched All Around, Rooted in Nature, Artisan Textures, Stampin Up

There are literally so many stunning suites in the new Annual Catalogue, I have to admit I felt spoilt for choice when choosing what items to use for this challenge. As mentioned earlier, I have made a few sets - A Page Layout with matching card.

The first Page and Card use the bright and fun, Pineapple Punch teamed with Black & White. I have used a variety of stamps along with Archival Black & Pineapple Punch inks. A portion of both the Page and Card have also been lightly sponged.

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Its a very eclectic design created using a mix of stamps inked in Black Archival ink: Tabs for Everything, Artisan Textures, Timeless Textures, Rooted in Nature, Pick a Pennant and Stitched All Around.

And a mix of die cuts created using: Stitched Labels Framelits, Petal Palette Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits.
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The second set also includes a layout and matching card. This time swapping out the Pineapple Punch for Lemon Lime Twist - even though the photo's really do not do the LLT any justice.

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I have used almost the same stamp sets from the first project, swapping out a few from Timeless Textures and adding extra images from the Accented Blooms.  The first layout has been stamped in a "t" pattern, the second in a "c" shape starting and ending on the right hand side. Don't be afraid to stamp over previously stamped images for added depth. The wavey image stamp from Artisan Textures was great for this technique and used heavily on this set.

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No DSP was harmed in the making of these projects lol. For those that follow my work/blog, will know I am not a big user of DSP and will always try to find a way to complete challenges with just stamps, ink and matching card. However, I did just order three packs of stunning DSP from the new catalogue, so time will tell if I can use it or will struggle like usual and start a DSP collection in a dedicated corner of my crafty space.

Be sure to hop all the way through for some amazing inspiration. If you get lost anywhere along the way, just click on the participant list provided at the bottom of each blog, to get you back on track. Enjoy the inspiration and creativity xx

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time, stay crafty

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Colour INKspiration #35

Good Day Crafty Friends

Welcome to Colour INKspiration #35. Stampin' Up! ® has just had a major colour revamp so to start off the new catalogue year at Colour INKspiration we've decided to feature a Colour Collection for the first challenge each month (2nd Wednesday) until we have showcased them all! The second challenge in the month (4th Wednesday) will be a Pinterest inspired pic as per usual just to mix it up a bit. 

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This month we are starting off with the NEUTRALS COLLECTION and you can choose any 3 colours from that range for your challenge project. We are also changing the rules about what else you can add to the mix; essentially just the Basics - Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as metallics.

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For my card I have used Night of Navy, Whisper White, Sahara Sand and Early Espresso. I adore trees in real life, they are so majestic and like flowers there are so many varieties. When I saw the Rooted in Nature Bundle at Onstage I knew it was going to be a must have. I was so stoked it made the pre-order list.

The main tree image has been White Heat Embossed on Vellum, die cut and adhered to a large Sahara Sand Circle. The large frame from the Stitched Labels Framelits has been die cut in Whisper White and then some Linen Twine added to both ends of the die cut.

The card background has been created by embossing the leaves onto Early Espresso card. The Whisper White layer has been die cut in exactly the same position as the embossed leaves so they are exposed when layered.

A panel of Wood Textures DSP with a layer of Early Espresso underneath was adhered to the top of the Whisper White. The sentiment from Floral Phrases has been Gold Heat Embossed onto Night of Navy card, trimmed on the ends and adhered over the vellum tree with mini dimensionals. A few Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins in Sahara Sand were adhered to finish off the card.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. You can also use neutrals such as white, black, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Metallics. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Up next in the Blog Hop is the talented Kim Oliver, over in Tasmania. I'm sure you are in for a treat. Enjoy xx
Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay awesome