Friday, 22 September 2017

As You See It 159 - DT card


Today at As You See It, we have a different type of challenge for you. To play along with us, you need to make a card that uses all these elements in some way.


Since I've only got one bird set, Best Birds, the rest of the card built up around it.


The bird is stamped in Dapper Denim, then watercoloured with more Dapper Denim, Pool Party and a touch of Crumb Cake. I die cut him out twice and stacked it so that he's a bit raised above his branch,


So, how have I used the elements? The circle and the scallop circle are clear. There's a copper brad in the sentiment. There are three stripes of washi tape and one of those has a striped pattern. The dark blue I've used is Dapper Denim and the bird speaks for himself!

I hope you'll take up the challenge and join us this week.

You have until Wednesday 4 October to show us how you see it.

I'm going to enter this card at Stamp, Ink, Paper because I had such a good time watercolouring the bird and the challenge there this week is Watercolour.


If you're quick, you'll be able to play along with them too.


Ingredients
Card: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamps: Best Birds
Inks: Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Crumb Cake
Other: Layering Circle framelits, Birds and Blooms thinlits, Washi tape (some retired but the plain copper is in the Christmas holiday catalogue), mini copper brad from my stash, dimensionals.




Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Paper Players 362 - DT card

This week at The Paper Players, LeAnne has a CAS theme challenge to get our creative juices flowing.


Harvest time is autumn and also a time of taking stock and giving thanks, so that's the thinking behind my card. I was also keen to try out a new technique that I'd seen on Stampin' Artfully, the blog of the very talented Kim Jolley, about a different way to approach shaving foam backgrounds.


I was very happy with the background, made using Crushed Curry and Fresh Fig ink.



We would love to have you join us at The Paper Players this week, for our CAS Harvest challenge.

Here's a reminder of the few rules we have:
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, total. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
I'm also going to play along with the team at AAA Cards for their new autumn challenge.




While I was making this card, I also had a bit of a play with the same layout and different colours for the challenge at InKspire Me. 


This time, the background was made with tissue paper, stamped with the new Music background stamp in Early Espresso, scrunched and then lightly gold embossed.



Vanilla, Early Espresso and Gold are a favourite combination of mine, so it was hard to resist their challenge!


Here's the ingredients for both cards

The Paper Players card
Card: Fresh Fig, Whisper White, Copper foil
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Thoughtful Banners
Inks: Crushed Curry, Fresh Fig, Versamark
Other: Seasonal Layers thinlits, copper embossing powder, shaving foam, dimensional

The Inkspire Me card
Card: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Gold foil, tissue paper
Stamps: Music background stamp, Colorful Seasons, Thoughtful Banners
Inks: Early Espresso, Versamark
Other: Seasonal Layers thinlits, gold embossing powder, dimensional







GDP104 and Fab Friday

I've had my eye on the challenge at Global Design Project all week. The challenge is to CASE a card by team member and Artisan, Allison Okamitsu.


One thing that I wanted to take from this project was the repeat stamped background. The others were to do with the layout, specifically the coloured card base and the oval medallion nearer the top than the bottom.


I also really liked that the centre of Allison's card was a quiet oasis against the busyness of the background. To soften the background, I not only stamped off the Dapper Denim once, I also layered a piece of vellum over it before adding in the centre medallion. That is also why I did not add any extra embellishment to the area around the dragonfly.


I did add in a solid sentiment strip underneath. I like how it's like ruling a line underneath and on a more practical level, it meant the glorious wings weren't obscuring it either!


Once I did that, it also started looking a lot like the sketch at Fab Friday, which I'd also had my eye on. Although I had a different idea for that, I'm going to play there too with this card.


Ingredients
Card: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, vellum, silver foil
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams
Inks: Dapper Denim, versamark
Other: silver embossing powder, Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, Stitched Shape framelits, Layering Oval framelits, dimensionals, 2016-18 In-Colour enamel shapes (retired).




Match the Sketch 194

Today, I've used the sketch at Match The Sketch for inspiration.


I've seen a lot of cards using watercolour wash backgrounds but I am particularly indebted to Natalie Lappako, aka the Stamp Witch, who recently did a lovely card using watercolour wash and Beachy Little Christmas and so I guess I've cased her! Check out her blog as it is wonderful, full of lovely cards and ideas.


I've used Pool Party, Calypso Coral and a touch of Crushed Curry for the background. I've reduced the size of the three elements around the sentiment strip but retained the idea of having one tucked under the sentiment.


Ingredients
Card: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamps: Beachy Little Christmas
Inks: versamark, Crumb Cake
Other: white embossing powder, dimensionals.
All products Stampin' Up.






Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Retro Rubber 71 - DT card

Welcome to Retro Rubber's newest challenge. It's everyone's favourite, Anything Goes.

It's not quite anything goes though. Since it's Retro Rubber, you do still have to use at least one stamp older than a year, tell us approximately how old it is and not enter more than ten challenges in total.




I always enjoy using this set, Birthday Blooms, which was first available from the 2016 Occasions mini-catalogue. Timeless Textures first appeared in the same catalogue. I like how it looks with the bright colours from this year's In-Colours: Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide and some touches of Lemon-Lime Twist. The sentiment is from Big on Birthdays, from the January this year.

I stamped the bloom on watercolour paper, then coloured it using diluted ink, fussy cut it and popped it up on dimensionals. The background I created using various elements from Timeless Textures. Then finally, I added in a few of the lovely glitter enamel shapes in Berry Burst.



We'd love to have you join us for this challenge, so dust off some of those old stamps, show them a bit of love and show us what you've done. You have until September 22 to link up at Retro Rubber.

Don't forget: at least one stamp over a year old, tell us the approximate age and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total.

Ingredients
Card: Berry Burst, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Big on Birthdays, Timeless Textures
Inks: Black Stazon, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Lemon-Lime Twist
Other: Glitter enamel dots, dimensionals
All products are Stampin' Up







Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Paper Players 361 - DT Card

This week's challenge at The Paper Players is a very pretty colour combination. by Jaydee. It made me think of Spring - as did the bunch of freesias that a friend gave me this morning.


Pink Pirouette is a colour I don't use much. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's because Blushing Bride has always been my 'go to' pink. I hunted around and found that I did have a Pink Pirouette marker from when I bought a Subtles set and a couple of sheets of card from a mixed Subtles pack.

All the cards I've made using Oh, So Eclectic have been bright, so today I thought I'd try subtle.



The flowers were silver-embossed then coloured. I do love the leaves from Oh, So Eclectic! I adore that distressed look. The little silver glimmer stems are from the Eclectic Layers dies. You can see the vellum circle in behind, which I cut with the stitched circle framelit die. It's easier to see in real life because it contrasts the shiny surface of the foil acetate.


If you're thinking of joining us, there are just a few rules to remember.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!

We'd love to have you join us at The Paper Players.

This card was also inspired by the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches this week.


If you hurry, you'll be able to join them too!

Update: Delighted to have this card chosen as Queen of Clean at Freshly Made Sketches.

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, you can contact me for ideas and Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in a comment or through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog.

Ingredients
Card: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Silver glimmer paper, vellum, foil acetate
Stamps: Oh, So Eclectic, Big on Birthdays
Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Tuxedo Black, versamark, Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz markers
Other: Eclectic Layers thinlits, Stitched shapes framelits, dimensionals, Silver embossing powder, clear faceted gem

















Saturday, 9 September 2017

Global Design Project 103

This is a quick post for a card I realised I needed quickly: a card for a new baby boy. So it's definitely a 'for him' card, which is this week's challenge at Global Design Project.





I've never used this little die-cut from Birds and Blooms before, although the rest of the set has had plenty of work-outs. He's so cute and I inlaid his wings with some silver and gave him a tiny pearl eye. There's some sponging in Soft Sky around the edge of the Brush Strokes background and the stitched oval.


Ingredients
Card: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Silver foil
Stamps: Best Birds, Brush Strokes
Ink: Soft Sky, versamark
Other: Birds and Blooms thinlits, Layering Oval framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, silver embossing powder, Silver metallic thread, pearls, enamel shapes, sponges




As You See It 158 - DT card

This week, at As You See It Challenge, we've a very pretty sketch for you to play with.


I'm still in Christmas mode,  although this card uses hardly anything that is explicitly a Christmas set, except for the sentiment which is from Hearts Come Home. This set and the silver snowflake doily are in the newly released in the Holiday Catalogue.



These gorgeous snowflakes are from the Seasonal Layers dies, part of the Colour Theory suite. The crackly-patterned DSP is also from the Colour Theory suite.


We'd love to have you join us at As You See It. You have two weeks to play with us. Just link up by Wednesday 20 September and show us your creation.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, please feel free to contact me. I'd love to help you out with ideas and Stampin' Up supplies. There's a link to my Facebook page in the sidebar if you'd like to message me.

Ingredients
Card: Dapper Denim, Colour Theory stack, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Vellum
Stamps: Hearts Come Home
Ink: Dapper Denim
Other: Seasonal Layers thinlits, silver Snowflake doily, Dapper Denim ruched ribbon (retired), narrow silver ribbon, faceted gems, rhinestones.
All products Stampin' Up.


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Paper Players 360 - DT Card

After last week's gorgeous sketch challenge, this week at The Paper Players we have a theme challenge for you.


Back to school is the challenge this week. Of course, in my part of the world it isn't back to school. We still have a term and a half left of the school year and we're a month away from the next school holidays. Still, the start of the school year will come again and it doesn't have to be the beginning of the year to give an encouraging card or a thanks to a teacher either.

This challenge is interesting for me, as I am teacher-librarian at a local secondary school. Although the first instinct with a school theme is bright, primary colours and ABCs, or maybe apples and numbers, I started thinking about the teenagers I mix with every day at work. 

It's a common idea that reading is dead and teens are only interested in their phone or their gaming consoles. Some are but there are still plenty of readers out there. Some of them are even reading on their phones or i-pads because it's not the medium that matters but the story. I'm really lucky to be able to spend parts of my working day talking to them about what they've read, hearing them enthuse about their latest read, musing about when their favourite author's next book will be out and helping them with what they'd like to read next.

Now, I'm a Good Reads girl and keep track of my reading and want-to-reads on Good Reads but not everyone does. I've noticed students scribbling down book suggestions on bits of scrap paper or coming in with a tatty list, which is why my project is an altered notebook made to be a reading journal: a place to jot down titles, interesting quotes, questions and thoughts about your books. There's a matching book mark because no matter how many book marks you have, it's never enough and our print collection is still more heavily used than our e-book collection.






We'd love to have you join us at The Paper Players this week. If you do, there's a couple of simple rules to keep in mind.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
Any products are welcome but if you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator to help you with ideas or provide you with wonderful SU products, then please message me on my Facebook Page (link in the sidebar of this blog) or leave a comment below. I'd love to help you craft.

Ingredients
Card: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Lemon-Lime Twist, Fresh Florals DSP, a notebook
Stamps: SU Butterfly Basics, SU Dictionary, Dark Room Door Bookworm
Inks: Lemon-Lime Twist, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Tuxedo Black
Other: Grace Taylor Washi Tape, American Thickers chipboard letters, sponge, Lemon-Lime Twist ribbon, White baker's twine, SU scallop-top tag punch.

SIP 114

I've been enjoying playing around with some of my new stuff from the Holiday Catalogue, including the Hearts Come Home bundle. I'd been thinking about how it could be used to update (and hopefully to improve) on a card I made a couple of years ago and the sketch at Stamp, Ink, Paper turned out to be the perfect chance to try it.



It feels a little bit cheaty, since I'm using the same set and same layout as LeAnne's design team card but I think that it shows the great versatility of the bundle that they do look so different with different choices.


All items in the Holiday catalogue are now available. If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator and would like a catalogue, please contact me. You can message me on my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog, or leave a comment below.

Ingredients
Card: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver glimmer paper
Stamps: Hearts Come Home, Oh What Fun (sentiment)
Inks: Night of Navy,  Marina Mist, Island Indigo, silver (non-SU product)
Other: Sparkle embossing folder, silver ribbon, dimsensionals, Hometown Greetings edgelit dies, Layering cirlce framelits, metallic shapes, sponges.
All items Stampin' Up, except the silver ink.





Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge 70 - DT card

Welcome to another challenge from the team at Retro Rubber, the challenge that lets you get out your old stamps for another outing. This week, we have a theme challenge for you: Back to School.


Of course, in New Zealand, it's not back to school at all. For us, it's business as usual, with only a term and half until exams. School is work as I'm the library manager in a secondary school, so naturally books and school are closely related for me! Hence the card...


One of my first on-line purchases was the Bibliophile stamps and co-ordinating dies from Papertrey Ink because it's hard for me to go past a book stamp! I got it sometime in 2015. The best bit of the set is really the reading quotations because the dies to make the book spines are large, meaning there's not that many different ways to lay them out on a card front. However, you can play around with colour and there are many different ways to combine the various reading quotes from authors as well as lots of different bits to create interesting spine designs.



The Dictionary background stamp from Stampin' Up is one of my favourites. It first appeared in the 2013-14 Annual Catalogue, although I wasn't a stamper back then.

We'd love to see what you do with this theme: maybe something bookish, maybe something mathematical, maybe something science-y, or perhaps a good luck to a student for a new year -  or even something for a beginning teacher as one of the Design Team members has done.

There's only a couple of other things to remember if you decide to play along with us.
1. Use at least one stamp that's older than a year.
2. Tell us how old that stamp is (approximately).
3. Don't link up to more than a total of ten challenges.

You have until 8 September to link up with us at Retro Rubber Challenge.

Ingredients
Card: Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Pool Party, Whisper White
Stamps: SU Dictionary, PTI Bibliophile
Inks: Pool Party, Tuxedo Black
Other: PTI Bibliophile co-ordinating dies



Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Paper Players 359 - DT card

Welcome to another challenge from The Paper Players. This week, we have a sketch to get your mojo going.


I liked this sketch so much that I made two cards for it and have spent most of the morning deciding which one I liked the most! In the end, it was this one with the bokeh background that won the day. The other was a Christmas card and it seemed just too soon for that!


The dragonfly has Wink of Stella wings and some rhinestone back dots and is sitting on a bed of silver metallic thread, atop a vellum circle.



We'd love you to join us at The Paper Players. If you do, please remember these simple rules.

  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
If you'd like to play along with us, get your entry in by Friday September 1, noon PST. We'd love to see what you do with this sketch.

This card was also inspired by the colour challenge at Global Design Project.

If you hurry, you might just sneak in there before the deadline too!

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, please contact me. I'd love to help you out with ideas and Stampin' Up supplies. You can reach me through messaging me on my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog, or by leaving me a comment below.

Ingredients
Card: Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Shimmery white cardstock, Whisper White, vellum
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, Lift Me Up
Inks: Night of Navy, Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay, White craft ink
Other: Silver metallic thread, sponge dauber and mask, SSS curved stitched die, dimensionals, Layering Circle framelits, Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, clear Wink of Stella, rhinestones.













Saturday, 26 August 2017

As You See It 157 - DT card

This week's challenge at As You See It is just so very pretty, I can't wait to see what everyone does with it! Last week's colour challenge drew such a diverse set of entries and they were wonderful. A small but select gallery and one that was very difficult to choose a winner from!


I enjoyed using it to give my brand new acquisition Oh So Eclectic and matching dies as well as using the wonderful new In-Colours from Stampin' Up.


I thought it looked pretty in the catalogue but my word... in real life it is utterly gorgeous. I look forward to making many more things with this set.



So please, join us in the sketch challenge and show us how you see it. 

You have until 11.55 p.m. Wednesday September 6, PST.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. You can message me through my Facebook page, linked on the sidebar of this blog or you can leave me a comment below.

Ingredients
Card: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Powder Pink
Stamps: Oh So Eclectic, Thoughtful Banners
Inks: Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist
Other: Eclectic Layers thinlit dies, Glitter enamel shapes,  Clear faceted gems, dimensionals