Colour INKspiration #14

The colours this week for Colour INKspiration are lovely!

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Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky & Night of Navy.

Warm, inviting and adorable!

I started this card by testing out something on my to-do list – colouring embossing paste using a reinker & Isocol solution in a Stampin’ Spritzer.

The colour in the spritzer looked intense, but it was much less intense when sprayed!

This is what it looked like before I started layering other embellishments on the card….

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It ended up being a great way to get different tones of the challenge colours.  The Night of Navy is a very light version!

The card was a thank you to go with an order for a grandmother & granddaughter duo that love all the new Stampin’ Up! products.

I wanted to show them some of the things they bought, together with some other things they might like to add on their next order.

Creating doilies using the Eastern Medallions Framelits is one of my favourite uses for that set – so that was the next layer in Rich Razzleberry.

And then some of the gorgeous trims from the new catalogue.

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I’m very in love with these three options – crinkled ribbon, mini sequin trim & shimmer ribbon!

Apologies for the slightly average photo of this card – it’s been a washout here with not so much sunlight!!!

 

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I may have gotten a little over excited about my ribbon use and realised once my card was all made that the shimmer ribbon is actually Pool Party (not Soft Sky)!

I’m calling it close enough – and using it as a good time to mention that you don’t have to have exact colour matches to join in with Colour INKspiration.

Please use the closest match you have in your collection and share your creation on our Colour INKspiration Challenge Facebook page.


To see what the rest of the design team created with this wonderful quartet of colour, continue the hop to visit the lovely Tanya Bell.

I’m sure Tanya used the right colours!  She’s great with details!!!


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Colour INKspiration #13

Hello! And welcome to Colour INKspiration #13!

Do you love or hate the number 13?  I’m a fan!!!!

The first challenge for July features a gorgeous quartet of bright & fun colours – Sweet Sugarplum, Wild Wasabi, Lemon Lime Twist & Fresh Fig.

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You may like to take inspiration from the photo as well, but you can go wherever these challenge colours take you.

Don’t forget that you can add in any neutrals or metallics to the palette too – which opens up some great variety.

I’ve added silver/gray to mine to create yet another creation using the “Little One” stamp set.  I just love that teepee!!!

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This concept came from the idea of a cute baby blanket covered in teepees.  The colours from this challenge were perfect for a bright & fun look.

I double embossed the cardstock with the Ruffled folder (embossed once, rotated and then embossed again) after it was stamped & coloured, to give it a ‘blanket look’.

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Watercoloring the teepees softened the colours to ‘baby tone’.

A bit of sequin & glitter dot bling finished the sentiment panel…

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Do you like the ‘get your swaddle on’ sentiment?

I think it’s a bit of a divider – I’m still sitting on the fence.  Might be a ‘for the right Mum/baby’ type saying.


The hop showcasing these gorgeous colours continues on now to the wonderful Monique Fielder

You can join in too by uploading your creation using the challenge colours (and any neutrals and/or metallics) over on our Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook page.

If you don’t have Facebook, email me your creation and I’ll share it for you!.

I hope you have a wonderful end to your week!

If you’re still on school holidays like me, I’m hoping for fine weather, lazy mornings and children who don’t whine!

I don’t ask for much, do I???


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Colour INKspiration #12

Can you believe we’re about to enter the second half of the year on the weekend???

We had the winter solstice last week and I’m looking forward to gradually seeing long days.

Unfortunately I think there’s lot of cold weather ahead, but before we can blink, it’ll be summer again and we’ll be close to welcoming in 2018!!!

Today for Colour INKspiration we’ve got a wintery combination inspired by beautiful photo full of wool (or yarn as you might refer to it in other parts of the world).

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There are 8 colours to choose from  – and we’re asking you to include at least 4 from the list…

Whisper White, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Cherry Cobbler, Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate & Peekaboo Peach.

As well as a challenge to use these rich tones (I naturally prefer ‘pretty’ or ‘bright’), I challenged myself for CI#12 to use items that I ordered from the new catalogue but that had not yet been touched.

Yes… sign of a true addict!

The first product I pulled out was the Just Add Color Specialty DSP.  This wasn’t initially on my list, but after seeing it ‘in person’ while cutting it up for my paper share I decided I {had to own it}.

This paper created the focal point for my cards – and the challenge colours inspired the rest!

Each card uses a different combination of the colours above, but across all 3 cards I’ve used all 8 colours.

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All the images you see in these cards have been cut from the DSP – no stamping for the main images.  It’s such a great way to add diversity to your projects.

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The sentiments are from another product that I couldn’t wait to own, but have yet to break out – the In The City stamp set, available for purchase with hostess rewards.

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Did you spy the embossing folders??? I was so excited to have these patterns in the new catalogue. The cards each feature a new & different 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder – Ruffled, Pinewood Planks & Layered Leaves.

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My cards didn’t look quite finished, so I used one more new product – a bit of bling!  Although not technically ‘new’, rather reconfigured, the Pearl Basic Jewels have had a makeover.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the Just Add Color DSP, Dynamic Embossing Folders and In The City stamp set in action.

And maybe even found another ‘must have’ like me.  Every time I think I have what I need (for now), someone shares an amazing creation that makes the wishlist even longer!

If you’re in the need for more temptation – or just love to see wonderful creativity – then click the next button below to be transported across the country to the lovely Tanya Bell on the Sunshine Coast!

If these colours make you warm & cosy and feel like crafting, then we’d love to see you over on our Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook page where you can see the creations the colour combination has inspired the members to create and share yours.

Stay warm (or cool if you’re north of here!).


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Colour INKspiration #11

We’re 10 challenges down and I continue to be inspired & amazed by all the entries that you are contributing on our Facebook page each fortnight!

Are you ready for another???

Colour INKspiration #11 is blues & browns – and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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This one stumped me for a while – I don’t naturally use a lot of Marina Mist!

But, they don’t call it a challenge because it’s my favourites each week!

I was dazzled by the other cards the design team made – continue on the hop to see the amazing creations!!!

After quite a bit of paper pushing, this is what I came up with…

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The longer it sat, the happier I was – just a clean & simple masculine card!

The Wood Textures DSP really helped me out on this one!  I love that DSP stack!


Did you spy the new embossing paste again?

I think I’m going to use this on every card for the next forever!!

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Please join us with your card for this challenge.  All the action happens on our Facebook page – no blog required to participate with your gorgeous creation!

But if you have a blog, feel free to leave a link so that members of the group can visit you.

Next up on the crew’s blog hop is Jackie Noble over in New Zealand!  You’re going to love what she’s created!

Colour INKspiration #10

Another amazing fortnight of challenge entries!

If you’re not already on our challenge page over on Facebook, join us to for wonderful ideas shared every day by crafters just like you!

It’s our 10th challenge this week – which is a wonderful achievement for Bronwyn Eastley and the Colour INKspiration team.

If you’re already on your way hopping, did you love what Denita made?  I always admire her creativity.


The colours for Colour INKspiration #10 are amazing {again} and will stretch the way in which you look at your crafting projects.

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Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Delightful Dijon!

This is the last time the crew will play with Delightful Dijon as it’s set to retire next week.

Have you bought all the items you *need* from the retirement list?  Next week it’ll be all about the new catalogue!


When I first sat down to play with these colours, I was raiding Nanna Papercraft’s craft room while she’s on holidays.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Delightful Dijon is an absolutely perfect colour for beer!

So, with the Mixed Drinks stamp set in my hand, this is what I created for Colour INKspiration #10….

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Lots of Island Indigo & Smoky Slate – because I love them!

Whisper White to break all those strong colours up (don’t forget you can use any neutral or metallic in your Colour INKspiration project).

Delightful Dijon – because it makes fantastic beer!

And just a touch of Cajun Craze for the sentiment to finish the challenge!


I’m not sure if you’ve looked at the Mixed Drinks stamp set (it’s awesome!)…

There’s only one beer mug?  How did I get it to ‘clink’ I hear you ask?!?

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I used the reflection technique to flip it over.

Stamp in Versamark & emboss the beer mug as normal.

Then, stamp it again on Window Sheet.  Turn the window sheet upside down and very carefully (it’s slippery and wants to slide away from you producing a truly spectacular beer googles effect!) press down on the stamped image.  This will transfer it to the cardstock -as a mirror image.  Emboss as usual and colour both images with an Aqua Painter and Delightful Dijon ink.


I’ve also put a special touch on the inside.

If you’re going to send a beer themed card, you should probably send beer money…

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Personally, I’d rather stamping money… but I guess they don’t hold the same appeal for everyone!

Next up for some colourful inspiration is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman

And join us on Facebook for the challenge.  It runs for three weeks, so plenty of time to get inky!


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Colour INKspiration #09

Hello & welcome!  It’s the second Colour INKspiration of the month – we run on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

There’s a whole fortnight to play with this amazing colour combination…

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I know it’s going to challenge some and delight others.  But after seeing what you did with Colour INKspiration #8 and those moody brown & yellow tones, I’m so excited to see what designs this bring.

Make sure to follow this hop all the way through to see the amazing creations of the Colour INKspiration Crew.  I’m always honored to be part of such amazing design teams!

Find us on Facebook to play along too.


When I saw this colour theme, I did a quick survey of some crafty friends to see what came to mind for blue & red tones – and nautical was the winner!

Which gave me the perfect opportunity to use my High Tide stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.

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I’m delighted to share that this stamp set will appear in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, which starts 1st June.


I’ve been wanting to make a card that utilises a panel style.  I have no idea what the official name is.  Let’s call it a peekaboo panel card…???

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The white pieces on the front are joined by the lighthouse panel…

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I think this style of card can also be made with a window sheet holding it all together, but the Thick Whisper White cardstock worked just fine!

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The measurements:

  • Cut a piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock to 5-7/8″ (14.8cm) x 5-1/2″ (13.8cm) and score along the 5-1/2″ (13.8cm)  edge at 4-1/8″ (10.5cm)
  • Cut another pieces of Whisper White Thick cardstock to 5-7/8″ (14.8cm) x 1-1/2″ (3.8cm)
  • And a third piece of WW Thick CS to 1-7/8″ (4.8cm) x 4-1/8″ (10.5cm)
  • Cut a piece of Dapper Denim to 2-1/4″ (5.6cm) x 4-1/8″ (10.5cm)
  • Cut a piece of DSP to 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ (14.2 x 9.8cm) {I used the Pool Party square design from the Tasty Treats DSP}

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To make:

  • Fold & crease the large piece of WW into a ‘card front’
  • Stamp the partial lighthouse stamp in Cherry Cobbler on the 1-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ WW panel
  • Ink up the full lighthouse stamp in Cherry Cobbler, stamp off onto scrap, then stamp over the top of the first lighthouse image
  • Adhere the lighthouse panel to the Dapper Denim cardstock, leaving a small border on the left and a larger border on the right
  • Stamp the seagulls in Dapper Denim on the top panel of the card front (to the right side)
  • Add masking tape to the bottom part of the happy birthday sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set.  Ink up in Cherry Cobbler ink, remove the masking tape, then stamp on the bottom right of the 5-7/8″ x 1-1/2″ WW panel
  • Tie Linen Thread (wrapped twice) around the happy birthday piece of cardstock.
  • Adhere the DSP to the inside of the card front
  • Line up the happy birthday panel along the bottom of the card front.
  • Using dimensionals, adhere the lighthouse panel to the seagull panel and the happy birthday panel.

I think you’d have to be a bit creative with this card about where you wrote your message.

But with a card this fun, I don’t think the recipient will mind!

Next up the stunning creation of the amazingly talented Rose Packer

Please join us on Facebook to see more colourful creations as Colour INKspiration Facebook members add their unique designs!


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Colour INKspiration #08

Everyone loved the soft & pretty colours of last fortnight’s Colour INKspiration challenge #07.

I lost count of how many ‘lovely’ adjectives I used on commenting on all the beautiful projects!!!

This fortnight’s challenge is going to be polarising!  It’s deeper & darker and more moody!

And features Delightful Dijon which is rarely a favourite colour on anyone’s list!  But I admit that it has grown on me as it nears retirement!!!

I think it’s perfect for cards with a nature theme, masculine/neutral cards or baby cards.

I almost went down the baby card line, but on reflection, I’ve used that theme a number of time for challenges recently.

So, I decided on a neutral / masculine thank you card.  You could easily change the sentiment on this card and make it a birthday card instead.

Since this challenge features 2 of the retiring 2015-2017 In Colors – Delightful Dijon & Tip Top Taupe – I decided on a retiring stamp set too.

It’s a great time of the year to have one last play with sets that won’t make the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue like the Work of Art stamp set.

UPDATE: It seems like I forgot to check if this set was actually retiring.  It’s not!!! Whoopsie!  Thanks to one of the DT crew for checking for me!

Pleased to be able to share it with you for another year to come!

This card is quite simple, with a fun repetitive pattern using the circle stamp from Work of Art.

Effective techniques don’t always have to be hard work!

This card uses second generation or stamping off to achieve a lighter variation of the same colour.  It’s perfect for darker colours to get some light & shade.

I’ve stamped in Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe and Soft Suede in full strength for some spots, then with technique to achieve a softer tone for each colour for other spots.

You stamp as normal, then stamp again without reinking – getting a lighter colour (second generation).  Or if you just need the lighter version, stamp onto scrap/scratch paper first then onto your project without reinking.

I’ve used it again on the inside of the card…

I’ve added a ‘you’re the best’ sentiment from the All Things Thanks stamp set in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock.  I love the light on dark effect of heat embossing in white.

I was excited to see that All Things Thanks is carrying over!!!

And although you can’t tell in the photo, the case base is made using the new Very Vanilla {THICK} cardstock!  So excited we’re going to have this style of cardstock in VV as well as Whisper White!


You’re going to want to keep going on this hop to see all the amazing ways you can use Delightful Dijon & those moody neutrals.

Next up is the talented & lovely Jackie Noble.

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