Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Retro Rubber 63 - DT card

The gallery for our Spring Flowers challenge was amazing! It was a hard job choosing the winners - there were just so many great cards. Obviously, you like inking up your old favourites just as much as we love seeing them.

So please, join us again this week for our colour challenge.

The first challenge for me was working out just what those colours were! At different angles, the colours on the screen seemed to alter and I seriously began to think that maybe I was colour blind! After consultation, discussion and much screen gazing I decided that the colours were a lime green, a muted teal green and a greyish mauve in a light and a dark. Translating these to Stampin' Up colours I got Lemon-Lime Twist, Lost Lagoon and Wisteria Wonder. I don't think you will have such a problem as the challenge post on the Retro Rubber blog has some guidelines.

One of my all time favourite sets is Butterfly Basics (Occasions catalogue 2015) and it was with real pleasure that I used it for this challenge along with possibly my most-used set, Papillon Potpourri (AC 2012-13) I lament the upcoming retirement of the latter of these sets as I will really miss these butterflies!

I like to layer the butterflies to give them some added interest.

They've been water-coloured, highlighted with white gel pen and then had a touch up with clear Wink of Stella.

And since I was particularly happy with the envelope, thought I'd include a picture of them together.

As always, our rules are simple:  you must use at least one stamp that is a year or more old, you must tell us how old that stamp is (approximately) and not link up to more than ten challenges in total.

You have until 2 June to join us and we'd love to see what you do with these interesting colours.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to help you. You are welcome to message me or shop with me from anywhere in the country. Links to my Facebook page and on-line store are on the sidebar of this blog.

Since this card uses two of my all-time favourite sets, I'm also entering this card into the 100th Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge which is to use your favourites. 

So sorry, SIP Design Team - I have accidentally linked up without changing the picture. I think I needed more coffee. :-(

Card: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, watercolour paper
Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Papillon Potpourri
Inks: Lemon-Lime Twist, Wisteria Wonder, Lost Lagoon, Tuxedo Black
Other: Stitched framelits, Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches, clear Wink of Stella, dimensionals, aquapainter, white gel pen.
All products are Stampin' Up.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 288

The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches was very appealing to me. There were SO many possibilities but I decided to use it to say a farewell to Botanical Blooms, a set that will retire at the end of the month. I feel bad that I've neglected it in the last few months as it really is a beauty.
Here's the sketch.

So, a last turn before retirement...

Card: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Thoughtful Banners
Inks: Tuxedo Black
Other: Botanical Builder framelits, dimensionals, enamel dot, Pretty Petals embossing folder.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

As You See It 150 - DT card

Welcome back to another challenge at As You See It. There were a lot of creative entries in our last three-of-a-kind sketch and we love to see what you make. We'd love to see what you do with this week's theme challenge:

Since an anniversary seems to me to be a time for opulence, the new Eastern Palace suite was my go-to place for this card. I've enjoyed having this suite to play with ahead of the general catalogue release and it's proved to be more versatile than I'd ever imagined. It's still available to you in pre-release bundles and will be available after June 1 when the new annual catalogue goes live. For more details, visit my on-line store. There's a link in the sidebar and you can shop with me if you're in New Zealand.

I've mixed vanilla and gold with one of the new in-colours, Fresh Fig, for this anniversary card.

Photographing the gold, especially the embossed sentiment (from Best Birds) was quite tricky. 

Please, join us in our anniversary challenge. You've got two weeks to play. Just link up by 11.55 p.m., Wednesday 21 May PST.

Card: Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Stamps: Eastern Beauty, Best Birds
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, Eastern Medallions, Gold Acetate stickers, mini-tassel selection.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 287

It was a perfect Mother's Day: I got the house to myself this afternoon and I spent it in the craft room.

There were a few tasks in there: tidy up, unpack the Big Brown Box that arrived earlier in the week, prep some classes... and then some time to play with one of the new things and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

The stamps are from the new catalogue, a set called Colourful Seasons. There are the most amazing co-ordinating dies: Seasonal Layers. I couldn't resist using the gorgeous leaves, especially since it is the colours of autumn that I can see outside my window right now.

The panel is masked and sponged using So Saffron, Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze - a colour I seldom use. I might need to rethink that!

Even the sentiment is from Colourful Seasons. Watch out for this bundle in the new Annual Catalogue, from 1 June.

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

Card: Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Shimmery cardstock, Soft Suede,Whisper White
Stamps: Colourful Seasons
Inks: So Saffron, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Other: Seasonal Layers framelits, sponges, dimensionals, enamel shapes

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Retro Rubber 62 - DT card

Welcome to another Retro Rubber Challenge! As Spring approaches, at least in some parts of the world, we're asking you to use flowers in your card.

Here in New Zealand, it's autumn and the leaves are falling, but it was good to start thinking of flowers for this challenge. 

This time, the stamps I've used are really only just retro. The Altenew Peony Bouquet I've owned for about a year and I remember umming and ahhing for a while before buying it so I think it was part of the January 2016 release. It's a beauty but its four-step stamping meant it took a bit of practice to get it consistently right. But when it works, it is just so, so, so gorgeous and what says Spring more than the first peonies? 

The sentiment is much more retro, since it's been retired for a while and came out in the 2013-14 Annual Catalogue.

The designer paper and the embossing folder are also both retro, having been around for well more than a year.

As always, the rules at Retro Rubber are very simple: use at least one stamp older than a year and tell us how old it is and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total.

We'd love to see what you do with our challenge when you dig out your old stamps for a bit of an outing. Link up your entry by May 19.

Since this card was inspired by the sketch at Fab Friday, I'd like to enter this card at their challenge too.

Card: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Subtles DSP,  Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, SU Four You
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Rose Red
Other: Peony Bouquet dies, SU Square Lattice embossing folder, dimensionals, Basic Grey Stampin' Write marker, Blushing Bride enamel shapes

Monday, 8 May 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 286

I've made a last-ditch effort to get an entry done for the lovely sketch at Freshly Made Sketches - such an effort that my husband has had to cook dinner!

Card: Soft Sky, Watercolour paper, vellum, scrap of Whisper White
Stamps: Best Birds, One Big Meaning
Inks: Versamark, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
Other: Birds and Blooms dies, Layering circle dies, Pretty Petals embossing folders, Gold embossing powder, Soft Sky enamel dots, Gold ribbon, dimensionals

Saturday, 6 May 2017

As You See It 149 - DT card

This week at As You See It, we have a great sketch challenge for you.

Lots of possibilities in this one but those balloons on strings just made me think of the those big cornflowers in Touches of Texture. I haven't used this set for a while and enjoyed getting it out.

You have two weeks to join us. Just link up by 11.55 p.m. Wednesday 17 May, PST. We'd love to see how you see the sketch!

Card: Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Shimmery cardstock
Stamps: Touches of Texture, One Big Meaning
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Early Espresso; Watercolour pencils in Pacific Point, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight with blender pen
Other: clear Wink of Stella (bee wings), Sweet Sugarplum ruched ribbon

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Global Design Project 84

The current challenge at Global Design Project is to case a card by designer, Michelle Last. This is a heavenly project because the card contains so many of the elements I love in a card: lots of clean white space, some texture, a coloured border and a focal point in the lower right corner.  Glorious! I love the card we've been given to CASE and love even more Michelle's CASE of her own card!

Additional features I've taken from the card are the scallop border on the focal point, the use of die cuts and the sentiment being contained within the borders of the shape. 

I'm still having a love affair with the new Eastern Palace suite, available next week to customers, so I turned to it again for this card. 

It seemed to be begging me to dig out of retirement the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder - one of my first Stampin' Up embossing purchases.

I do love the way the medallion dies in this suite fit so well with both the layering circles framelits and the stitched framelits so that it's easy to build depth in a design. The little touch of copper adds opulence to the card. I ombred the sentiment with Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig, a lovely tip I picked up from the Artisan blog hop featuring Eastern Palace a couple of weeks ago.

Card: Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla, scraps of Sweet Sugarplum and copper foil 
Stamps: Eastern Beauty
Inks: Sweet Sugarplum, Fresh Fig
Other: Eastern Medallions framelits, Layering circle framelits, Stitched Shaped framelits, Beautiful Baroque embossing folder (retired), Sweet Sugarplum candy dot, dimensionals.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Retro Rubber 61 - DT Card

Welcome to a new challenge at Retro Rubber. It was fun looking at all the different ways people used critters in our last challenge. It's a good thing when it's hard to choose, I think!

This time round, the challenge is to use buttons in your project. As always, since this is RETRO rubber, you must use stamps that are at least a year old AND give us an indication of how old they are.

I'll confess that I've gone a bit crazy this week. If you follow me regularly, you'll know that at heart I like a lot of clean, empty space and I'm often found playing with soft and muted colours. This week, things got riotous!

There's two reasons for this. The first was the colours of the buttons that I had that matched my papers and inks. The second came out a recent technique class I held. One of the cards I did used Joseph's Coat as a background technique. One of the women there asked me if you could use a colour other than black to cover over the embossing, so I needed to try it out.  

The answer, it turns out, is yes. Believe it or not, the colour I used to  cover over the sponging and embossing is Elegant Eggplant and in real life, you can see that. It's just a little less dark and a bit warmer than using black and that's also why I used Elegant Eggplant for part of the greeting. Such a bright card must surely be destined to cheer someone up, so it became a get well card.

I'd always planned to used my button as the centre of the flower but I added in a couple of others, kind of in the way you might add sequins or enamel shapes. 

Both my stamp sets are old. Flower Shop, although still current, has been around ever since I first discovered Stampin' Up and was maybe the third set I ever got. I see it first appeared in the 2013-14 Catalogue. The other set, Fabulous Four, I haven't had so long but it appeared in the 2014-15 catalogue but has since, sadly, retired.

Remember - stamps older than a year, tell us how old they are and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total. Those are all the rules. We'd love to see what you do with your retro stamps and your buttons. You can join us until 5 May. 

Card: Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamps: Flower Shop, Fabulous Four
Inks: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant, versamark
Other: Clear embossing powder, sponges, aquapainter, buttons, Leaf sizzlit (well retired!)

Monday, 24 April 2017

Paper Players 341

One of the reasons I like school holidays is that I have a better chance of joining in at The Paper Players. This week, there is a sketch challenge that I was pleased to be able to get to.

I'm still in the honeymoon phase with the Eastern Palace suite, fresh from the forthcoming catalogue as a pre-release to demonstrators - and to the public, starting in May.  So, since we're still honeymooning, it was on my mind when I saw the sketch, which is how I ended up here....

I do like the way the various medallion dies layer so seamlessly with both the existing circle dies and the stitched framelit dies, making it so easy to layer designs. Also on show here is one of the new in-colours for 2017-19, Tranquil Tide which works very well with Dapper Denim.

Update: Delighted to be a Cut Above at the Paper Players. 
Card: Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, paper from the Eastern Palace Specialty DSP collection, Gold foil
Stamps: Eastern Beauty, Floral Phrases
Inks: Dapper Denim. versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, Eastern Medallions thinlits, Eastern Gold stickers, mini tassels assortment, dimensionals, Layering circles framelits, Dapper Denim stampin' write marker to colour cut edges of sentiment.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

CAS 219 JAI 356

I started today with two challenges in mind and somewhere along the way, they morphed into one and then separated again. So in this one post are two cards with a shared genesis but for two challenges. Variations on a theme, I guess.

The two challenges that I started from were the colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches

and the rather intriguing challenge at Just Add Ink...

I'd always liked the look of bokeh backgrounds but had never experimented with making one before. So last night, instead of watching the rugby, I played around with bokeh using Mint Macaron and Old Olive and that happened because I was thinking about the circles from the JAI challenge.

While making up the dragonflies for the Colours and Sketches card, I realised how good the background looked with gold - so that lead to a second card using metallics for the JAI challenge. 

Here they are. For the CAS Colours and Sketches colour challenge....

The dragonflies are stacked to give some height. I've stamped over them using the wing pattern from the large dragonfly stamp then given them a coat of clear Wink of Stella.

For the JAI Choose Two challenge, using circles and metallics...

I played around with giving the dragonfly layers but in the end, decided that plain gold worked best with the colours of the background, making it light and airy and playful.

And here they are together, fraternal twins...

And just like children, hard to pick a favourite!

Ingredients for CAS Colours and Sketches card
Card: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, Big on Birthdays
Inks: Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, White pigment ink
Other: Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, Metallic Enamel Shapes, clear Wink of Stella

Ingredients for JAI Choose Two card
As above, except for no Wink of Stella
Gold foil paper, Gold metallic thread, versamark, gold embossing powder, dimensionals