Welcome to a colourful challenge at Colour Inkspiration. We decided to go with a bright and cheer colour theme to cheer us up during this difficult time.

Isn’t it pretty!! The colours are Daffodil Delight, Call me Clover, Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo and Mango Melody.

As always, I get out the cardstock for each colour and see what I feel inspired by. Once I saw the colours together, I thought of the Timeless Tulips stamp set and the matching Tulip Builder punch.

I used a piece of the Call me Clover gingham dsp from the 2018-2020 In Colour DSP stack (which will be retiring very soon!!). I then stamped the tulip in the 5 other colours on the matching cardstock and punched them out. I also handcut the stems of the flowers. I then layered them onto my card and “wrapped” them with white baker’s twine. The sentiment is also from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.

It’s just a bit bright!! But I love it!! We would love to see your creations so please share them on our Facebook group. The challenge will last for 2 weeks, so you’ve got a bit of time to join in.

Happy Stamping and keep safe

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CTC266 – Week 1 – Easter sketch

Well hasn’t it been an interesting week!! Many of us are now either at home without work, managing with home schooling, working from home or heading off to work as an essential worker. I am starting to work from home as of Monday. I may not have mentioned before but I am a Compliance Officer for Department of Justice and Attorney General and as such am considered an essential worker. At this stage, I’m doing work from home but may be required to work for other departments as the need arises.

So whilst I am home, I can’t really get stuck into my craft room!! I can look in the door and dream about what to do when the work day finishes! My kitties will be happy boys, having Mum and Dad at home all the time.

Now it seems like Easter is a long way off, but it’s only 2 weeks away. And I think we need to be sending cards now more than ever so we have a Easter sketch challenge this week.

I wanted to use products from the Annual Catalogue as we have lots of gorgeous products in all those pages and I tend to get carried away with the mini catalogues and neglect the big catty! So I have the Fable Friends stamp set which has such cute images. I then had a look through the Annual Catty DSP and rediscovered the Pressed Petals Specialty DSP. One of the sheets of this paper includes designs which you can cut out. As our sketch includes an oval, I went with the pretty dried flower oval and stamped the squirrel image in the middle in Memento Black.

I then coloured the squirrel using markers (remember them!!) in the colours that matched the flowers. To recreate the rectangle panel, I used some vanilla twine and wrapped it around a couple of times and tied a small bow. Of course, I had to use the Stitched So Sweetly dies and stamped the Easter sentiment in Rococo Rose.

Hasn’t it come out sweet? Don’t forget those pretty annual catalogue products!!

Next up is the lovely Tina.

We would love to see your creations using our sketch over on at our Facebook group.

Happy stamping and wash your hands!

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CTC265 – Week 1 – 2nd Release Sale-a-bration

Well, hasn’t it been an interesting week in the news! I hope you are all keeping safe and are washing your hands frequently. If you happen to be in self-isolation at home, I hope you are able to get some stamping done.

This week, we are casing the 2nd Release Sale-a-bration catalogue. A few extra products were released on 3 March and they will be available until 31 March.

I only have the Flowering Foils Specialty DSP so far and I have to say, it’s just so pretty!! It has a combination of rose gold foil and silver foil, and you get 3 each of 4 single sided designs.

I decided to case the card on page 7 which is actually featuring the So Very Vellum specialty dsp.

Isn’t this a lovely card! I cut a piece of the Flowering Foils DSP and sponged it in Mango Melody. I trimmed it so that it was on an angle. For the floral piece, I cut out the large flowers from the dsp and sponged it with Blushing Bride, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green.

My sentiment is stamped in Mango Melody and comes from the SAB Sending you thoughts stamp set.

Next up is the lovely Michelle.

We would love to see your creations using the 2nd release SAB goodies. Share your creation over on at our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping (and hand washing!!)

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It’s time for another colour challenge with Colour Inkspiration. Don’t you just love playing with different Stampin’ Up! colour combinations?

This week, we are using Highland Heather, Mossy Meadow and So Saffron.

Isn’t this the loveliest image! Lavender is just so pretty.

I have used the gorgeous Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder in Highland Heather. I think it would look amazing all by itself with a small sentiment but I did do a little bit more! Now you know I love the Stitched So Sweetly dies and I cut out 2 of the scalloped rectangles. I stamped one in So Saffron using the script stamp from the Parisian Beauty stamp set. My sentiment is stamped in Highland Heather and comes from the Hold onto Hope stamp set. The flourish is from the Parisian dies.

Make sure you check out the Crew album over on at our Facebook group, for inspiration and share your creation using these colours.

The challenge will run for 2 weeks.

Happy Stamping

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CTC264 – Week 2 – It’s a twisty week

It’s been an exciting week as I decided that I’m going to New Orleans to attend Backstage which is a Stampin’ Up! leadership event being held in August!! I’ve booked my flights and found a roomie, so I’m pretty much all set!! So excited to go!!

So it’s week 2 of our challenge which is Case a mini catalogue card and give it a male twist.

I made it further through the catalogue this week and stopped at page 20 for my inspiration and the card on the bottom left.

One of my colleagues is moving to a new job shortly, so I decided to make him a card now, rather than the last minute which always happens!

I started with The Gang’s All Meer stamp set and turned the card on it’s side. I stamped the group stamp onto a piece of thick whisper white using the saddle brown staz on. I cut them out with the Stitched So Sweetly dies and coloured the Meerkats using the light crumb cake and soft suede blends.

I embossed the Merry Merlot cardstock with the Coastal Weave embossing folder.

I embossed the sentiment (from the On to Adventure stamp set) in white and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I added a piece of Copper trim which I stretched out.

Now if you like the Gang’s All Meer stamp set, it’s only available until the end of March as it is a free Sale-a-bration item. So you only need to spend $90 in catalogue products to be able to choose a freebie!

Next up is the lovely Lauren.

We would love to see your creations, so please share them over on at our Facebook page.

Happy Stamping

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CTC264 – Voila, it’s a boy

Welcome to Autumn!! Yes, even though we are still sweltering in Queensland, it’s now Autumn! Bring on the cooler weather.

This week we are casing any card from the January – June Mini Catalogue and giving it a masculine twist. There are so many gorgeous cards in this catalogue but so many of them are quite girly. I do tend to neglect making male cards, sorry boys!!

I started to flip through the catalogue to find a card to case and I managed to get to page 3 and the card which is highlighting the Forever Blossoms bundle.

I was really drawn to the hand painted strips so I started with that. I created by using an aqua painter and crumb cake ink. Of course, I had to use the Clubhouse stamp set. I haven’t used the golfer yet so he became my main feature. I also wanted to try the new Saddle Brown Stazon. I coloured him using the Watercolour pencils using Basic Grey and Rich Razzleberry. If you’ve ever seen a golfer dress himself, you will have noticed that they don’t have issues with mixed patterns and colours!!

The Golf club dies has a great die for grass which also embosses the grass for a nice texture. And there is also three golf balls with texture as well. I was tempted to put the ball on the ground but I didn’t!!

Here’s a close up of the golfer.

I also wanted to create a girl card with this layout as well. I used a piece of Peaceful Poppies DSP to create the strips and then got out the Happy Birthday to You stamp set and the co-ordinating Birthday dies (which are still available!!) I stamped the cake in memento black twice and cut out the whole cake. The dies also includes a die which cuts out the flowers on the cake separately so I cut them as well.

I coloured my cake using Smoky Slate blends. I only meant to colour the stand grey but I got carried away and coloured the whole cake. I then coloured the leaves in Old Olive blends and the flowers in Rich Razzleberry and Flirty Flamingo. I then layered the flowers for a bit of “pop” and added some clear faceted gems. The sentiment and banner comes from the Clubhouse stamp set and Golf club dies. Now wait for it, I’ve also done the inside of the card!!

Next up is the lovely Siobhan. I can’t wait to see what she creates, I know it will be fab!!

We would love to see your creation so please join us over on at our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping

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CTC263 – Week 2 – Kerchief Card Kit

Welcome back to week 2 of casing the colours of the Kerchief Card kit from the Sale-a-bration catalogue, which are Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Early Espresso, Gold, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade and Whisper White.

Isn’t this such a pretty kit? I made it up at my monthly class and the ladies all loved it.

This week, I’ve gone with Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White. I’ve also used the Peaceful Poppies DSP as the background paper.

I cut out two swirls, in Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White, and trimmed the white to just a circle. I used the Bonanza Buddies stamp set for the sentiment which I stamped in Poppy Parade.

I die cut the flowers and leaves from the Poppy Moments dies. One of my stamping friends recommended colouring with the matching marker to make the outlines stand out which I’ve done rather than using a different colour. Great tip, thanks Lou!!

I also added a piece of Whisper White crinkled seam binding ribbon across the card.

I’m really happy with how lovely this card turned out!! So bright and colourful!!

Next up is the lovely Tina.

We would love to see your creations using the colours of the Kerchief Card kit so please share them on our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping!!

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