Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge #17 Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Colour INKspiration challenge. We have some beautiful spring colours for you. Spring has sprung here in Australia so these are the perfect colours to celebrate.

My Stampin' Up! order arrived just as I was having a coffee and pondering what to make for this challenge. Talk about good timing! Inside was the Tags and Trimmings bundle. Coffee drunk, idea percolated! I have made a special easel card using Bronwyn Eastley's Coffee Cafe Easel Card tutorial. The tutorial has a neat trick for making easel cards using die cut shapes. Once you have mastered it you can use it with other sets like I have done here.

I am so glad I got this bundle. Right up my alley - lots of bits and pieces plus lots of scope for projects. I thought the colour scheme for our challenge would be perfect for a fun, vibrant stocking.

It was such a windy day today - not ideal for taking photos of easel cards! Some of them became action shots!

 How cute is that pom pom trim? And the stitched detail?

I love this sentiment. The words, the font - perfect! But what is inside you ask?

Well..... there is a sneaky pocket that hides a gift card.

The gift card is held in place with some ribbon and a piece of stamped cardstock. My nephew and niece often put gift cards on their wishlist so I thought this design would be a fun way to 'wrap' my present.

I know I will be using this bundle a lot. So many ideas and so little time as usual!

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Next up we have my beautiful friend Kelly Kent. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!


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Monday, 11 September 2017

What Will You Stamp? - #133 - Magical Mermaid

Welcome to this week's challenge at What Will You Stamp? Each week we feature a different stamp set and start off the challenge by sharing our ideas for using it and then it is over to you. So check out all of the Design Team projects and if you are up for the challenge you can add your projects too. You might even be chosen as our next Guest Designer!

This week we are showcasing Magical Mermaid.

This is not a stamp set that I actually own. Thanks for sharing it with me Sharon. I had fun creating this mermaid. In my head I have always pictured that mermaids have red hair. May have something to do with my own hair colour? Maybe!

And .... yep .... I am still in my glossy cardstock phase. To create the water I dragged different ink pads across the cardstock until I was happy with the effect. It was a bit hard to photograph it. I created the waves by embossing my coloured glossy cardstock with the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder twice. The second time I moved it down and over slightly.

I was after a muted colour to go under the sentiment rock so I had a brainwave! I get 1 every now and again! I used linen thread and rolled it around in the lid of the Old Olive ink pad. It gives a different affect than when you colour white twine. I added in some stands of mini silver sequins as exotic underwater plant thingies. 

When I was putting the card together I decided that my mermaid needed to be rising out of the waves so I trimmed along the edge of the embossed line and cut about 2 cm off the bottom of my card.

To make my mermaid look like she was swimming, I only attached under her belly with a few glue dots. She was naturally curling after I watercoloured her so I just went with it. Who am I to try to straighten a mermaid!

Of course the inside got some love too. I love the sentiments in this set.

Make sure you check out all of the other projects from the other Design Team members and enter your project. We'd love to see what you create.


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