Artful Stampers Challenge #50

Hello everyone,

Wow, I am on a roll. This is the third challenge in a row that I have participated in. The people who know me will know that is a huge feat in itself. LOL!

We are having a colour challenge, and the colours are gorgeous, check them out-

Artful Stampers Challenge #50

Here is my entry-

Perfect Peacock

I decided to pull out the gorgeous Peacock stamp. I only played with it once and that was with the Blendabilities. This time I water coloured it. This was lots of fun and I should do it more often. I love how the Watermelon Wonder flowers really pop. I also deliberately did messy embossing. I wanted extra texture and having splatter of white embossing was perfect. I used five different stamp sets to create this one. Can you guess them all?

Perfect Peacock

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Kirsty xx

Silent Night!

Hello everyone,

I have been playing with my new goodies again. Jingle All the Way is very fast becoming a favourite as it gives a great opportunity to create beautiful night skies. With this particular design I found a card that Billie Moan made and I loved it. She had a colour combo for her night sky that I haven’t  played with before and decided to CASE her card. I do love how it turned out except for that dreaded smudge. You know the one that shows up just as the final piece of the card is put together?!

Silent Night

Ughh! I hate that! But I wasn’t going to create it again. LOL! Now my starry night is a little different to Billies’ where I stamped the Gorgeous Grunge in White Stampin’ Craft Ink, got a tissue and wiped it in one direction then came back and stamped the white again, but this time I did not smudge it. It reminds me slightly of those blurred night sky photos I see a lot of, and I suppose very lose to the Bokeh technique……which in fact I have made a Bokeh Technique card, I just cannot find it. I suppose that means I have to make another.

Thanks for dropping by!

Kirsty xx

P.S. Again the Stamp and Die set are not listed below as they are not available yet. Not long now!!

Live the Life You’ve Imagined!

Hello everyone,

Since I did the big move to Southbrook I restarted some workshops and quickly found that a scrapbook workshop is the popular choice here in this quaint little town. I haven’t shared any of these projects on my blog and thought I should start. This particular page I am sharing today was this weeks workshop.

Live the Life You've Imagined

I used quite a few stamp sets, six in fact. It is one of the reasons I love Stampin’ Up! The stamp sets coordinate well with each other. Another item I love about Stampin’ Up!, and it is totally free, is the brown packing paper in the Big Brown Box that is filled with your goodies. I use it on my projects as a DSP (designer series paper). You can tear it, scrunch it, stamp on it, spritz ink on it, anything you can think of really. It’s a great neutral ‘filler’ for your layout. It especially looks good on boy themed layouts. Can you tell I love it?!

Live the Life You've Imagined

I sprinkled Whisper White ink in one of my Stampin’ Spritzer bottles over the layout and added a few Candy Dots for a pop of colour. I also outlined some pieces including the DSP with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. I use this technique to make that particular element stand out, but it’s not too much that it takes away from the photo. I used Dimensionals to lift the photo off the page and slide my three tags beneath it. I will use the white for journalling and the other two will be fillers or you can put some smaller photos on them.

Live the Life You've Imagined

It’s a great simple layout anyone can do and the ladies attending loved the workshop. It  also gave me a good excuse to crack open the NEW KRAFT CARDSTOCK!! This stuff is awesome. It is heavier than our regular CS and this is a more natural Kraft colouring. Be sure to check that stuff out, plus any of the other gorgeous products I used.

Thanks for dropping by,

Kirsty

Perfect Peacock!

Hello everyone,

With the release of the new catalogue, there are so many things I would love to have, but if I don’t win Lotto anytime soon (maybe actually buying a ticket would heighten my chances of winning Lotto?! LOL), I will have to get it all bit by bit. So that meant I had to choose very carefully and decide what I couldn’t live without in the short-term. I decided that was the stamp Perfect Peacock and a selection of Blendabilities. I have never had a play with alcohol markers before and wasn’t in the market to purchase any, but that Peacock needed colouring and I decided to get some. I will have a go water colouring it shortly and see how that goes.

In the meantime here is the gorgeousness called Perfect Peacock

Perfect Peacock

Isn’t it just the most beautiful peacock stamp you have ever seen? You will probably see a lot of this stamp as I don’t seem to be able to put to down.

To achieve the background I used the Dictionary stamp. I buy these in clear mount so that I can selectively stamp sections of the stamp. When they are unmounted they are flexible and can be manipulated to stamp what you want. I also used Gorgeous Grunge for the spots. I then sponged in Crumb Cake around the edges of the Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake CS.

The Blendabilities used were Cool Caribbean, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight. I used a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the beak. I did stamp the peacock twice. One to colour and cut out, the other for the base. When I cut the peacock out I then used a Basic Black Marker to colour the edges of the peacock. This got rid of any white edge.

Perfect Peacock

 

I love how this one turned out, I might even try some different colours next time. I’m thinking Rich Razzleberry.

I do hope I have inspired you to try your hand at Blendabilities. They are crazy fun and easy to use, and I am very happy I bought them. I cannot wait to get my hands on some more colours.

Thanks for dropping by!

Kirsty

This Day Forward!

Hello everyone!

I have been meaning to get this post up for a while now, and I’m so glad I found time today to do it. I had a workshop a couple of weeks ago with the special request of creating a wedding card. The only set I have in my many, many stamp sets suitable for a wedding card is This Day Forward. I loved this set from first laying eyes on it.148cc330c998dedb93ea3909069d9b76

As usual though the set had not yet seen ink! LOL……..until now that is. There was a beautiful box sample in the catalogue using this set and I decided to turn the same creation into a card. This is what I came up with.

This Day Forward Card

 

A very simple but elegant design. I loved it.

I couldn’t stop there though, I decided this card needed a companion. I pulled out the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes and went from there.

This Day Forward Tag a Bag Gift Box

 

I was on Pinterest and found this lovely design by Stampin’ Club. It is simply gorgeous and thought it complimented the card well.

This Day Forward Duo

Tag a Bag Gift Box

We also created one more card, a very easy card. I love those. I CASE’ed this card from somewhere. I thought it was Pinterest, but it wasn’t on my board, so now I’m not so sure. If you know who created this card please let me know so I can link them. Thanks! The original had a bigger butterfly stamp on it. That stamp was from the Best of 25yrs stamp promotion and the set was called the Best of Butterflies.

EDIT TO ADD- The original has been found, thank you very much Corinna Buchan. Melissa Davies from RubberFUNatics is the original design I CASE’d. Go check it out.

With Love

So as you can see we had lots of fun and I cannot wait to share the next workshop with you.

Thanks for dropping by!

Kirsty

You Make Me Happy!

Hello everyone, Did you think I would be back so soon? I know I didn’t, LOL! I seem to be on a card making streak. Let’s hope it lasts, I do have some Project Life to catch up on, so probably not too much longer. I have always wanted to go in without a plan with a card. I had an idea (you must have an idea), but no plan. I wanted to start with a water-coloured background and go from there. I just ripped four inks off the shelf, slapped them on some water-colour paper, wet them, spread them, then create something on top of it. I found myself quite surprised with what I ended up with. I seriously thought it would be a disaster, I would laugh loudly and say something like ‘What was I thinking?’ and go back to planning  a card. I must say it is not my usual sort of creation but I like it. What do you think? You Make Me Happy DSC_0478   I am loving gold at the moment and plan on playing with it some more, so keep a look out for that. You might end up telling me to “Back up away from the Gold!” Lol Stamps used-

  • Hello, Lovely
  • Hearts a Flutter
  • Gorgeous Grunge

Ink used-

  • Baked Brown Sugar
  • Strawberry Slush
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Early Espresso
  • Versa Mark

Card stock used-

  • Very Vanilla
  • Water-color paper

Tools used-

  • Gold embossing powder
  • Gold Twine
  • Gold Sequin ribbon
  • Heat Tool
  • Aqua Painter

I hope I have inspired you to ‘go in’ without a plan! Thanks for dropping by!

Gorgeous Grunge!

Hello everyone!

I have just placed an order from the new Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalogue (you can find a link for it in my sidebar), and I am just full of creative mojo. I also have the Christmas in the Country Craft show coming up in November. I know it sounds like ages away but this year has gone so fast already, so I am now in design mode for that. I’m very excited indeed. I am also holding a Catalogue Launch in a couple of weeks, I know, I know….I’m a little behind, but I have only just rediscovered my mojo. It was patiently waiting behind the “Get you life in order” box. Now that box is unpacked, mojo was found.

Anyway I had a little play with one of the stamp sets we received at convention. Gorgeous Grunge, which is fast becoming one of my favourite stamp sets. Back ground elements are so very useful and can create a quick and easy card.

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The colour combo I used came out of the catalogue too. On every page there are photos of samples and they list the background colours of every pic and they  are great colour combos. This one is Raspberry Ripple, Island Indigo, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake.

Well I’m off to do all that creating I told you about! LOL.

Thanks for dropping by,

Kirsty