It’s time for a Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge.
I missed the last one. I have been so busy with getting a horse stable built, time slipped by and I forgot the challenge. Oh well, I am back on track with a groovy colour challenge. Check it out
Not a bad combo, but Melon Mambo has always been a challenge for me. It is so bright, and very pink. I would have to say it would be one of the colours I would not reach for. But I figured you can take the emphasis off of it by adding only a little and adding a whole heap of one of the other colours. I chose to use more Crushed Curry
This is what I created.
I enjoyed the process of this one and loved the idea of stamping in between the embossed lines of the Stylish Stripes embossing folder. I will have to do that again. I also inked a doily up with Crumb Cake, cut it in half then scrunched (or roughly folded it) it up and put it behind the Deco Label panel. The sentiment has been clear embossed to make it pop. I love how it turned out.
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-
Here is my entry-
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?
I have been meaning to do this for quite a while, and that’s to take part in an Artful Stampers Team Challenge. They are up to #48, so it seems I have missed quite a few. Hopefully I can keep this up for a while as I have missed being part of a challenge team, and just crafting in general.
So here is the challenge.
Now when I first saw this combo I was Hmmm….. maybe I should wait for next week! LOL. I have an aversion to Bright Green and Cucumber Crush falls in this category. I just don’t know what to do with it.
But what’s a challenge if you aren’t really challenged, right?! I decided that I didn’t have to use much of the colour, but where ever I used it, it would pop. So the first step with a colour challenge is to find a stamp set that would suit it. I always find myself going for Nature themed stamps when I have the colour green in the combo. Maybe one day I will find another use the colour green.
The first thing I stamped was the yellow flower onto some copy paper to create a mask. I then stamped the flower in the middle, masked it off and stamped the other two in second generation. I then shifted the mask to the other flowers and stamped the leaves. With these I inked the stamp in Mint Macaroon and used a Cucumber Crush marker to flick colour on the base of the leaves before stamping. When all the stamping was complete I then used the Crushed Curry and Mint Macaroon Markers to outline the images. It gave the images more definition and I really like the effect. The word hello was glued on next and it is four layers thick…..see I told you it wold ‘pop’!! LOL
Last but not least the word ‘Sunshine’ was stamped underneath.
You would have arrived from Alison Barclay’s Blog and you will go onto Anna Foster’s.
Again it’s long time no post. I struggle to find the time to blog these days. I don’t even create as often as I used to. Things have changed in the Brown House, that’s for sure. The girls have become heavily involved in horse riding. They attend various clinics and competitions and our usual Pony Club rally days. So most weekends and some weekday afternoons are busy with that. I have this year become Treasurer of our local Pony Club and Vice President of the Primary School my youngest attend. I also volunteer in the Prep-2 classroom once a week, plus I am the uniform shop lady at the same school. I am also on the High School’s tuckshop roster. If that’s not enough, the boys will be starting soccer soon, so there is another item to add to the list. I really do need to organise myself better though, I have been known to triple booking my self on occasion. I now actually have two, yes 2, diaries on the go. One for my business and one for everything else. Maybe I should start putting in designated crafting time!!
I have still managed to hold workshops here from home. I have missed a couple last month, but I am now back in business. I thought I would share with you one of the creations from last week. I have totally fallen in love with it and I hope it inspires you to create one too.
I had a play with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die and turned it into a card pocket. I also created a little coordinating gift box with the Tiny Treat Box.
I used the Crazy About You Bundle to create the title and the delicious Indescribable Gift flower stamp for the image. We used our ‘blendies’ to colour it in.
The beautiful Bouquet Bigz Die was used to create the flower.
These could easily be turned into beautiful invites with a few changes….. I can imagine some pretty special wedding ones, just change the sentiment on the front and put the details on the card inside. I will post below the list of all products used in case you would like recreate these one, or if you are just curious as to what I used
I decided to have a play with a challenge. It is something I haven’t done in a while and it was absolutely fabulous. One of my team leaders Alisa Tilsner is a designer at Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenges and encouraged me to have a play. Here is the challenge-
I love colour challenges, it opens you up to so many more possibilities, than say an inspiration challenge. Here is my entry-
I loved playing with the Dictionary stamp as a background on the Peacock card so much, I had a play again. I inked up the whole stamp stamped it off and second generation stamped selective parts of the Dictionary stamp. I use a clear mount stamp, as it is easy to manipulate and bend. What I love about it, is it’s not exact and you never know what you’re going to end up with.
Everything Eleanor is one of my most favourite stamp sets. I just haven’t played with it in a while and it was time to moisten that stamp with some ink. I sponged the edges very lightly with Basic Grey Ink, it really makes the Whisper White border pop.
Something else I haven’t done in a while is play with my Aqua Painter, and I enjoyed that immensely. Colouring improves my stress levels so you can imagine how relaxed I am since the release of the new Blendabilites! LOL.
I hope I have inspired you to participate in a challenge or have a play with one of your favourite stamp sets.
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
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.
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.
I just held my retirement workshop yesterday and I have one of the cards to share. I used my most favourite stamp set that is retiring from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue this year, Fine Feathers. I definitely didn’t get enough use of this set, so I might just hang onto it for hobby use.
There is a lot going on on this card, but I think well worth it. After creating a circle mask with the circle framelits, I stamped the Hardwood background, followed by gold embossing the feathers. I sponged with Crumb Cake ink and then splattered the background with Calypso Coral and Whipser White.
The sentiment piece consists of Burlap ribbon, Modern Medley DSP, paper doily, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Vellum clear embossed stamped feathers, Linen Thread, the Oh, Hello stamp set, punched with the decorative label. All this on the base of Naturals White card stock. I told you there is a lot going on, right?!
I love how this one turned out. I must say there are few of its sisters sitting in the bin all crumpled up. We won’t go there……all I’ll say is I’m rusty.
The girls enjoyed making this one, which was good news. I love working them hard. LOL!
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.
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.
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.
I was on Pinterest and found this lovely design by Stampin’ Club. It is simply gorgeous and thought it complimented the card well.
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.
So as you can see we had lots of fun and I cannot wait to share the next workshop with you.
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? 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-
Hearts a Flutter
Baked Brown Sugar
Card stock used-
Gold embossing powder
Gold Sequin ribbon
I hope I have inspired you to ‘go in’ without a plan! Thanks for dropping by!
I have just recently had some time to sit down and make cards that are my very own creation. I love it when I have enough artistic inspiration to come up with something of my own. It has been a very dry spell on the card making front so far this year and this was a very welcome change. I have created other cards but they were CASE’s of other people’s beautiful work and I will put them up here on my blog in due course to share with you all.
I am so in love with the Fine Feathers stamp set and have been itching to create something “good” with it. I stress the word good because I have struggled with this set since I bought it. I have made a couple of cards with the set, but they will never see the light of day on my blog! LOL. Even though this set is not predominate on this card it is one of the main elements.
Stamp sets used
Six Sided Sampler
White Gel Pen
Clear Embossing Powder
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