This week I’m hanging with the who’s who of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators over at TGIF Challenges. How exciting is that?
This week features an inspiration challenge. Not my favourite type of challenge but this one’s a beauty. I love this image.
To me, it just says ‘pretty’ and ‘floral’ and kinda ‘modern country’. So that’s what I went for.
Firstly I made a self closing box out of Vary Vanilla cardstock and the grid sheet from Typeset DSP (wonder how many others will use that – it’s SO perfect). I’ve wanted to try making one of these since they’ve started popping up all over the place. I think the original comes from here. I used my favourite new stamp set A Whole Lot of Lovely to stamp little flowers all over the DSP in So Saffron.
To decorate, I made a rose out of filter paper. I first came up with this idea about two years ago and it occurred to me that I hadn’t made one since. Probably because I made 50 of them for swaps. I presented this at the South Pacific convention and then made a tutorial which you can find here. Instead of colouring the rose all one colour, I painted different petals with Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Blackberry Bliss inks in aquapainters to stay true to the inspiration picture. If you do the same, just be sure to dry each colour with your heat tool or it may bleed onto the next petal. All I needed now were some leaves which I cut with the largest leaf shape from the Flower Fair framelits set. I nicked the edges with my paper snips and then distressed them a little to give them the look of rose petals. Then I assembled.
I hope you’ll play along with the TGIF Inspiration Challenge this week. I’ve had a great time being the Guest Star and can’t wait to see what you make!
Woohoo! Yesterday my new catalogue pre-order arrived and apart from a whole load of catalogues to give out, I also got some brand new products to inspire and excite you. Most of what I chose was actually FREE – the perks of being a demo! LOVE it.
I was glad that my favourite new stamp set in the whole catalogue was avilable for pre-order so how could I resist? It’s called A Whole Lot of Lovely and yes it is! I have a feeling that I won’t be playing with anything else for quite some time. This set is actually a hostess set so while I could order it now (did I mention the perks?), you’ll actually need to be a hostess or place a qualifying order to get one. I know, it’s such a tease. But I’m sure when you see it, you’ll be only too glad to get together with some friends and stamp the night away to get one.
In addition to showing you my favourite new stamp, I’m also playing along again at TGIF Challenges where this week, it’s a sketch challenge – my favourite. Here’s the challenge…
I love how they say ‘we welcome a broad interpretation of the sketch’. Excellent. I think that’s code for do whatever you like as long as some part sorta, kinda, a little bit resembles the sketch. Freedom!
So without further ado, here’s my entry…
Just look at that stamp – swoon!
Did you notice the little blooms stamped in VersaMark on the kraft? That’s an adorable little accessorising stamp. So cute. OK, I think you get it. I’m in love.
See this card on display at my Day of Creativi-tea. Drop in and get your craft on… plus a new catalogue… and prizes. Details here.
There’s a new challenge in town and I was excited to join in for challenge number 1. The team is basically comprised of Artisan design team members, past and present, so the inspiration is pretty spectacular. The first challenge (#tgifc01) was very much a challenge for me! A colour challenge comprising of Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Crushed Curry. Calypso Coral and Pool Party are part of my favourite colour combo but throw in yellow and I’m, well a bit challenged. To me, the almost primary colours say party so I ran with that.
Lately I’ve been loving creating my own inky, messy backgrounds so for this challenge I used the faux watercolour backgrounds technique. It’s so easy and you get a great outcome every time. Check out a great video from Stampin’ Up! on this technique here.
Next I added in some fun party elements like a banner and balloons. To make the crazy, curly balloon strings, I tied on some cotton thread, wet it and then curled it around a paintbrush. Then I dried it with my heat tool and once dry, it stays curly. I didn’t adhere them to the card so as you can seee in the pictures, they’re all over the place from the wind. I love it!
Some sequins and a sentiment (I know… gasp) finished it off.
Then I had to create an envelope to match!
It says party to me – I hope you agree!
Don’t forget that many of the products I’ve used (and heaps more) are 50% off on the retiring list! Only while stocks last!