Welcome to our first Colour Inkspiration challenge for 2021. I hope your year has started off on a good note! I’ve had 2 weeks of holidays and my first day back was still at home due to being in lockdown for 3 days. So it’s an odd start to going back to work!!

We have a pretty challenge image for this challenge, which was taken by our very own Cheryl.

The colours are Daffodil Delight, Merry Merlot, Calypso Coral, Magenta Madness and Garden Green. You can, of course, add in neutrals and bling like silver, gold and metallics.

I actually had a couple of attempts at this challenge. First time around, I added in Cajun Craze instead of Calypso Coral and I wasn’t happy with the result. So for my second go, I went outside my comfort zone and had a play with the dies from the Many Medallions Dies. I cut a set of three of the small dies in each colour and then layered them onto a sheet of paper. I then attached them to a piece of adhesive sheets and used the new Gilded leafing which I dabbed onto the sticky parts with a soft paint brush. When using the gilded leafing, make sure the WINDOW IS CLOSED and there is no breeze!!! That stuff can spread quickly!!

I then mounted it onto a piece of cardstock and trimmed it to the size I wanted. I then added another layer and attached that to the Magneta Madness cardbase.

As the background is a bit busy, I wanted to keep the sentiment simple, so I cut a stitched rectangle from the Ornate Garden dies and the sentiment is from the Bloom & Grow stamp set.

INKspired to join the challenge? It’s so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by checking out all of the creations of the Colour INKspiration Crew in the challenge album on our Facebook page. 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. You can also use neutrals such as Basic White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Basic Black as well as Metallics.

Not a member of the Colour INKspiration 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.

Happy Stamping

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CTC300 – Case the Mini Catalogue

Welcome to our first challenge showcasing the new January – June 2021 Mini Catalogue!!
This week we are casing the mini catalogue.

There are so many great projects in this catalogue. One of the things I love about Caseing the Catalogue is that you get to look closer at the samples created by the talented artists at Stampin’ Up! Quite often you see a card that you didn’t notice on your first 100 look throughs of the catty!!

I found this cute little picture frame hanger on page 22 which features the sweet little bunny from the Springtime Joy stamp set.

It also has my favourite Wreath Builder dies!! You know I love a good wreath!! I wanted to create this as a card. I used a couple of strips of the Well Suited DSP at the top and bottom of the card. The background piece is embossed using the Subtle embossing folder.

I then cut out 2 wreaths in Pear Pizzazz and 1 in Old Olive. I then had to use the adorable Kangaroo & Company stamp set and stamped the Joey and the little butterfly a couple of times. And of course there are matching dies (you’ll never guess what they are called!!) Kangaroo Dies!! and there’s even one for the butterfly!! (My stamp class ladies will be glad that they don’t have to cut that one out!!)

My sentiment is from the Art Gallery Stamp set and cut out using the Floral Gallery dies.

Next up is the lovely Lauren.

We would love to see your creation where you casing a project from the January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, so please share it on our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping

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ESAD January June Mini Catalogue and SAB Hop

Welcome to the ESAD January – June Mini Catalogue and SAB hop! You may have come from Lou’s gorgeous project or be starting here with me.

We are showcasing the new January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and the Sale-a-bration Catalogue, which is running during January and February this year.

I have created two cards for our hop which are both focusing on the gorgeous designer series papers.

My first card features the True Love Designer Series Paper. This paper has gorgeous black and white floral designs. We also have an exciting new tool to use which are the Blending Brushes!! They come in a pack of 3 and they are so velvety soft to touch!

There is a piece of dsp that features daisies and I thought it would be perfect to try the blending brushes. I used Bumblebee and dabbed the brush onto the ink pad and rubbed it gently onto the paper. I then added Bumblebee ribbon and bow and used a Matte black dot. The sentiment is from the Many Messages stamp set and the Messages die.

My second card features the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper. This is such a pretty paper!! Another exciting addition is Gilded Leafing. It is so fun to use although it is a bit messy. I had to make sure I wasn’t in a breeze whilst I used it, so off went the fan for a short time. I dabbed versamark and heat & stick powder onto the dsp and heated it. I think my powder is a bit old as it wasn’t very sticky. So I sponged some Tombow glue onto paper and then brushed the gilding leafing onto the paper.

The flower is stamped from the Art Gallery stamp set and cut out using the Floral Gallery dies. The sentiment is from the same set and dies. I also added some Wink of Stella to the flower to make it sparkly as well.

I hope you enjoyed my cards. Next up is the lovely Cheryl.

Here is a list of all the participants of the hop in case you get lost along the way.

  1. Rachael Lewsley
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Narelle Fasulo
  5. Lou Kitzelman
  6. Rebecca Scurr
  7. Cheryl Algie
  8. Monique Fielder
  9. Richelle Fletcher
  10. Rochelle Laird- Smith
  11. Odette Kermode
  12. Jenny Hayward
  13. Wendy Hodkinson

Happy Stamping

Tag Buffet Kit

I’m so happy that I’ve finally got all my Christmas cards finished and ready to post tomorrow. As long as it’s in the post before Christmas, it’s ok!!

I have used the Tag Buffet Project Kit and the matching Tag Buffet stamp set to create all the tags for my Christmas presents this year. And I have to say, they look amazing under my tree!

I’m excited that the Tag Buffet Project Kit is on sale for 50% off during the Closeout Sale. The kit has enough supplies to make 30 tags if you follow the instructions. However, I’m sure if you are clever, you could make so many more!!

I bought a second kit as I needed a few more tags for presents and it’s a great deal at $26. With the extra tags, I’ve turned them into cards by just adding a Real Red card base.

Don’t they look pretty!! And they were so easy to put together. Make sure you grab this kit and the matching stamp set before it’s sold out or no longer available when the Mini Catalogue ends on 3rd January.

Merry Christmas and Happy Stamping

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