Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Paper Players 371 - Design Team Card

White on white, last week's challenge at The Paper Players, was a great challenge. So many different ways of interpreting it and all so lovely. It made choosing a winner difficult for the whole team!

This week, it's Sandy's CAS Warm and Cosy challenge.


With summer fast approaching, it was a challenge in itself to get into the warm and cosy mindset. I always think warm and cosy when I see a tartan, especially a red one. So the starting point of this card was actually the red tartan from last year's aptly named Warmth and Cheer DSP stack.



Then it was a short step to giving the stag from Merry Patterns a matching Cherry Cobbler jersey.
I chose copper as an accent to add more warmth to the overall tone. 


We'd love to have you join us at The Paper Players this week. If you do, please remember our few 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 live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. If you live in New Zealand and you would like to join my Stampin' Up team, message me for a chat.

Ingredients - all ingredients Stampin' Up
Card: Whisper White, Copper foil, Warmth and Cheer DSP (retired), scrap of Basic Black.
Stamps: Merry Patterns
Inks: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Versamark
Other: Copper embossing powder, Assorted sequin pack, Stitched Shapes framelits, Metallic copper thread.


Saturday, 18 November 2017

As You See It 163 - Design Team Card


This week, there's a new sketch on offer at As You See It. 


I'll admit that to begin with, those little banners had me a bit flummoxed. I've been running some extra Christmas card classes lately and I had out Holly Berry Happiness. Those boughs of holly started looking like the banner elements in the sketch and so an idea was born. Here's how it turned out.



There was a bit of fussy cutting involved on the holly, which I stamped in black and coloured using the new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. I'm enjoying learning to use them, having never had alcohol markers before. They are now available for purchase.


You have until 11.55 p.m. Wednesday 29 November PST to join in and show us how you see the sketch. We love to see what you do.

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. If you live in New Zealand and you would like to join my Stampin' Up team, message me for a chat.

Ingredients
Card: Old Olive, Whisper White, Merry Little Christmas DSP
Stamps: Merry Mistletoe, Holly Berry Happiness
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Stampin' Blends Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler (lights and darks)
Other: Holly embossing folder, Holly Berry builder punch, Lots of Labels framelits, linen twine.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Paper Players 370 - Design Team Card

LeAnne's Holiday Pines challenge last week gave us so many beautiful cards - I was gobsmacked and choosing just one to be Cut Above kept me deliberating for quite a bit of Saturday morning. So, I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with Nance's interesting colour challenge: white on white.


An interesting challenge, where I think texture will play a greater role than usual. Here's what I came up with.


The Petal Burst embossing folder makes up the background, while on a plain white banner some die cuts from Colourful Seasons take centre stage. 


The sentiment caused a couple of headaches. White on white just didn't seem to work with words, although I did consider embossing white on vellum. In the end, I decided that a limited use of a neutral is usually acceptable in a colour challenge, at least for outlines and sentiments. So I went with that and used silver embossing, in keeping with the cool, white theme.


We'd love to have you join us this week at The Paper Players. There's just a few things to remember, if you do:
  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 live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. If you live in New Zealand and you would like to join my Stampin' Up team, message me for a chat.

Ingredients - all products Stampin' Up
Card: Whisper White
Stamps: Colourful Seasons
Inks: versamark
Other: silver embossing powder, Petal Burst embossing folder, Seasonal Layers thinlits, dimensional







Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Retro Rubber 75 - DT Card

We had some really clever takes on our last sketch challenge at Retro Rubber.  I look forward to seeing what you do with this new challenge. It's a colour challenge - all you have to do is use the colours in the picture as inspiration and make sure you use stamps older than a year to make your card.



I liked the weathered grey look of the seat, so chose that as the background for my flowers. The purples and pinks took my eye the most and so I made those my main colours. I used the Pinewood Planks dynamic textured impression embossing folder for the wood grain then lightly sponged the surface with Smoky Slate to bring out the texture further.



The stamps are both stamps I've had for a while. The sentiment is Winnie&Walter's Big, Bold and Party which I got soon after I started serious stamping, so sometime late 2014/early 2015. The gorgeous blooms are Altenew's Peony Bouquet. I'm not sure of the date but I've had them for about eighteen months.  They are so very, very beautiful and I wanted to try out my new Stampin' Blend alcohol markers. I've never had alcohol markers before, so I felt like a kid on Christmas morning!


So, today my watermark is wrong - images are not by Stampin' Up but Altenew.

If you'd like to join us at Retro Rubber, we'd love to see what you do. The rules are really easy: Use a stamp that's at least a year old, tell us the approximate age of it and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total.

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

Ingredients - Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
Card: Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, W&W Big, Bold and Party
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate
Stampin' Blends: Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive - lights and darks, Colour Lifter pen
Other: Altenew Peony Bouquet dies, Pinewood Planks impressions folder, Enamel shapes, dimensionals, sponges





Sunday, 5 November 2017

The Paper Players 369 - Design Team Card

Jaydee's fabulous tic tac toe challenge at The Paper Players gave us some real beauties in the gallery. I know I had about five favourites and it was hard to just pick one! So, I'm looking forward to seeing what you all do with LeAnne's lovely theme challenge this week.


I've had my eye on a set called Lovely as A Tree for some time. It's been in every annual catalogue I've ever seen from Stampin' Up. I read somewhere that it's the set that holds the record for being available for the longest time. So I've havered but recently I used some Stampin' Rewards and added it to my order.  I'm so pleased I did. It's an all-season set but the lone pine makes a great Christmas tree.


The Eclipse technique has been all over the internet in recent weeks and this challenge seemed like a good chance to try it out. You can use any die for this technique but I also recently added the Large Letter framelits to my collection and wanted to try them out too. They were something else I'd wanted for a long time but the expense of them put me off. I was lucky enough to earn them almost for free, using my Demonstrator flex points - another good reason for joining up with Stampin' Up.


The trees are a mix of gold embossing and Garden Green. I like the effect of adding in a part emboss of the Softly Falling folder to give the illusion of snow, too.

We'd love to have you join us this week at The Paper Players. There's just a few things to remember, if you do:
  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 live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. If you live in New Zealand and you would like to join my Stampin' Up team, message me for a chat.

Ingredients - All products Stampin' Up.
Card: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Inks: Island Indigo, Garden Green, versamark
Other: Large Letter framelits, Softly Falling embossing folder, sponges, gold embossing powder, foam strips

Freshly Made Sketches 311

It's been a busy card weekend as I've prepped for all my November classes in the past 36 hours. So as a reward, I played with the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.


This is such a great sketch! Here's how it turned out for me this time.



I like the elegance of the gold, black and white and I'm pleased that the pop of red and green draws the eye to the understated sentiment.  I haven't played with this bundle nearly enough!

Update: Delighted to be a Perfect Princess at Freshly Made Sketches.


Ingredients
Card: Basic Black, Gold Foil, Whisper White, Real Red, Gold Glimmer paper
Stamps: Oh So Eclectic, Special Reason
Inks: Real Red, Old Olive, Tuxedo Black
Other: Eclectic Layers dies, Gold faceted gem, dimensionals
All products Stampin' Up


Saturday, 4 November 2017

As You See It 162 - Design Team card

Welcome to a new challenge at As You See It. This week we have an interesting sketch for you to play with.


I've broken out Beachy Little Christmas for this one. I started with the beach hut and used my brand new Stampin' Blend alcohol markers to colour it in. 




Then I picked up the colours used in the hut to make a water-colour wash to match the three strips in the sketch. I white-embossed the shells and crab with a branch to match the elements at the left-hand end of the strips.



For the first time ever, I used a staple to attach something to a card - and it felt good!

We'd love to see what you do with this sketch - and for you to show us how YOU see it.
You have until 11.55 p.m. on Wednesday 15 November PST to join us.

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

Ingredients - all products Stampin' Up
Card: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamps: Beachy LIttle Christmas
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Versamark, Stampin' Blend markers: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pool Party (lights and darks)
Other: White embossing powder, Burlap ribbon, staple

Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Paper Players 368 - Design Team card

It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players and this week it's a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge from Jaydee. I had so many favourites from last week's sketch challenge that I had a hard time picking just one to be A Cut Above, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this.


To play, choose any line and make sure you include each element of the line in your creation.  Since I'd only recently made a tree-Christmas-gold card, this time I went for birthday-die-cut/punch-butterfly.


This card didn't really end up how I thought it would. I had in mind the masked and stamped Lemon-Lime Twist background, then stencilled over with glittery embossing paste. Sitting on that would be a pink die-cut butterfly with some foliage but after that... the vision was a bit vague.

The rest... evolved. Since I had the new in-colours out on my desk along with a spool of glorious crinkle Berry Burst ribbon, I suppose it was a case of natural selection.


In this photo, it is possible to see the lovely shimmer that mixing embossing paste with Diamond Dazzle glitter gives to the background. The outer part of the butterfly's wings have a coat of clear Wink of Stella.


We'd love to have you play along with us this week. If you do, there's a couple of things 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!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below.

Ingredients - All Products Stampin' Up
Card: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Powder Pink
Stamps: Big on Birthdays, Sheet Music, Oh So Eclectic
Inks: Lemon-Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst
Other: Eclectic Layers framelits, Butterfly framelits, embossing paste, Dazzling Diamond glitter, palette knife, mini-dimensionals, clear Wink of Stella, clear faceted gems, rhinestones, Berry Burst Crinkle ribbon, linen twine, sponges, daubers.




Freshly Made Sketches 310

I was pleased to find time this afternoon to play with this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.


Merry Mistletoe is a quiet underachiever of the Christmas sets, having appeared first in the Annual Catalogue rather than the Holiday one. I like the sweet, slightly rustic images and the sentiments are lovely.



The Holly embossing folder is a fabulous addition to my Christmas kit - it so quickly adds a Christmas feel to any project.


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

Ingredients - All products are Stampin' Up
Card: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Stamps: Merry Mistletoe
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede
Other: Holly embossing folder, Stitched Shapes framelits, Gold mini-sequin trim, Linen twine, metallic enamel shapes.





Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Retro Rubber 74 - DT card

This week's sketch challenge at Retro Rubber got me thinking of Christmas. I wonder where it will lead you?



I did indulge in some sketch flipping but those flags just keep looking like trees to me!


The stars of this card are those lovely gold-embossed trees from Totally Trees, released in  Stampin' Up's 2016 Holiday catalogue. The sentiment is from SU's Endless Wishes, from 2015.



We'd love to see how you interpret this sketch. If you'd like to join us, there are only a couple of rules. The most important is that you must use at least one stamp older than a year - after all, we're a challenge site devoted to letting you love your old stamps! So, tell us roughly how old they are and don't join up to more than ten challenges in total. 

I'm also going to join up this card to a new challenge site I've just discovered that looks really exciting. It's called Inspire. Create. Challenge and this Festive theme is only their third outing.

Update: Delighted to win this challenge at Inspire.Create.

There's still plenty of time to join both Retro Rubber and Inspire.Create. and certainly at Retro Rubber we'd love to see you give your old stamps some love.

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


Ingredients
Card: Basic Black, Gold foil, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Totally Trees, Endless Wishes
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Metallic shapes, gold mini-sequin trim, dimensionals
All products Stampin' Up.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Paper Players 367 Design Team Card

There were so many creative and clever entries in last week's spooky theme challenge, I can't wait to see what you all do with Claire's lovely sketch this week.


I bought Beautiful Bouquet from this year's annual catalogue and have barely played with it, so I decided that I'd make sure I used it this week. I really enjoyed playing with all the various flower forms and foliage. I used some of them to create a bouquet for the shape element of the sketch.


I also used the new dynamic textured impression embossing folder, Pinewood Planks, and softly sponged the edges and some of the surface. I wanted a rustic, garden feel without it being too obvious which is why I did not use my beloved Hardwood background stamp.


I enjoyed building up the flower bouquet. I used the new Everyday label punch and the border from the co-ordinating set, Labels to Love, for the sentiment.


We would love to have you join us at The Paper Players this week for our sketch 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!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below.

Ingredients
Card: Pool Party, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, scrap of Powder Pink
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Burlap, Labels to Love
Inks: Pool Party, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, So Saffron
Other: Bouquet Bunch framelits, Copper trim, Pinewood Planks embossing folder, rhinestones, enamel shapes, dimensionals, sponges




Saturday, 21 October 2017

As You See It 161 - DT Card


This week, at As You See It, we have a theme challenge for you. I doubt it will be as scary as last week's Speed Challenge anyway! The ticking clock certainly adds pressure - whoever said cardmaking wasn't exciting?



If you live in a part of the world that celebrates Halloween, then this challenge will be a great one for you to sink your teeth into, vampire or not. I like this challenge because it also makes it easier for people like me who live in parts of the world where Halloween isn't a thing.

I have taken some of the inspiration from the photo, especially the colours and the moody sky. I've also taken some of the conventions of the horror genre - the full moon, the night, the skeletal tree and deserted house. The tree and sky are dwarfing the house deliberately to make add to the sense of isolation.


However, the truly scary thing is in being lonely and in being without someone important. So that's why the sentiment is ' Missing You'.


You can join up with us until Wednesday 1 November, 11.55 p.m. PST. 
We'd love to see what you see as SCARY.

Ingredients
Card: Fresh Fig, Whisper White, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamps: Thoughtful Banners
Inks: Fresh Fig, Island Indigo, Night of Navy
Other: Beautiful Branches thinlits, Hometown Greetings edgelits, sponges, circle punch for moon mask
All products Stampin' Up.



Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Paper Players 366 - DT Card

Welcome to a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week, we have a CAS Theme Challenge for you.


Last time we had a CAS theme challenge, I somehow missed reading the 'CAS' part and ended up making a card much less CAS that I usually do, so this time round I was extra careful!

Spooky is a theme that's quite hard for me. I don't have any spooky/halloween stamps because halloween just isn't a thing in New Zealand. I did a Halloween themed card for another challenge I'm on the team for, Retro Rubber. I liked it a lot but thought that it didn't fit the CAS bill, so this card is my attempt to re-make my own card in cleaner, simpler style.


The house is made using the Hometown Greetings edgelits from this year's Christmas catalogue.
I cut it down to the one house, backed in with Hello Honey, then inlaid the architectural elements from a Tangerine Tango house I'd also cut.


The colours in the masked and sponged column are Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Blackberry Bliss. You can see the original card here.

We would love to have you join us at The Paper Players this week for our CAS Spooky 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!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below.

Ingredients
Card: Tangelo Twist, Basic Black, scraps of Hello Honey
Stamps: SU Thoughtful Branches, Clearly Besotted Many Mini Messages
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss
Other: Hometown Greetings edgelits, sponges, black rhinestones, circle punch for the mask, post-it notes for the mask.





Thursday, 12 October 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 308

School holidays are rapidly drawing to a close and with them, the extra crafting time not being at work gives! This morning, the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches was revealed and with time running out, I was keen to give it a try.


It's inspired me to make this Christmas card. I do like black, white and gold as a combination - it feels smart and unfussy.


I'd wondered, in the middle of the night last night, whether the Hometown Greeting edgelits would fit in the Delicate Ornaments dies. I'm delighted to say that they do!


I gold embossed a few stars from the Hearts Come Home set to give the houses a sky without going OTT.  Having already gone the over-the-top (for me) step of using not one but two designer papers, I then did something else I seldom do - added bows. To be fair, the Christmas bauble really does need some way to hang on the tree, so in this case, it's justified.


Thanks for another great sketch, team!

Ingredients
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold foil, Cheers to the Year Specialty DSP.
Stamps: Hearts Come Home, Holly Berry Happiness
Inks: Versamark
Other: Hometown Greetings thinlits, Delicate Ornaments framelit,  Gold cord trim (retired), Gold mini-sequin trim, Gold faceted gem, dimensionals, gold embossing powder.
All products Stampin' Up.



Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Retro Rubber 73 - DT Card

Welcome to a new challenge at Retro Rubber, the challenge site that gives you a reason to bring out your old stamps and give them some ink. This time, the challenge is to make a Halloween card.


This turned out to be a real challenge since in New Zealand, Halloween isn't a thing. I didn't think I had any Halloween stamps, old or new! After hunting around, I came across a set by Clearly Besotted called Many Mini Messages, which I bought when I first started stamping in 2015, because it does in deed have many, many mini-messages! Lo and behold, one of those was 'Happy Halloween'. The basis of the card was born!

I had been playing a lot with items from the Christmas catalogue, including Hearts Come Home and the co-ordinating dies, Hometown Greetings. So, I tried playing around with them in different colours. Here's the result.



I cut the edgelit in black and backed it with Hello Honey. I cut the edgelit again on a scrap of Tangelo Twist then inlaid the architectural details into the black houses as you can see in the photo below.


Since I was on a retro bender, I also dug out retired colours: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Blackberry Bliss.

Another stamp retiree is Thoughtful Branches (mid-2016) which provided the skeletal trees in the background.

However, another 'new' thing is the black rhinestones on the sentiment, fresh and new from this year's Christmas catalogue.

We'd love to have you join our Halloween Challenge. If you do, there's just a couple of things to remember: use at least one stamp older than a year, give us an approximate age for it and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total.

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

I am also entering this card at The House of Cards, for their halloween challenge, which is to use the theme (Halloween), the colours or both. You can join in at The House of Cards for the rest of October.



Update: Delighted to be in the Top 5 at House of Card October Challenge.



Ingredients
Card: Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, Basic Black, Hello Honey
Stamps: SU Thoughtful Branches, Clearly Besotted Many Mini Messages.
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss
Other: Hometown Greetings edgelits, Black rhinestones, sponges, circle punch, dimensionals.