Saturday, 19 August 2017

Father's Day

Father's Day is fast approaching in New Zealand, so I turned to two challenges as inspiration for a card for Dad. I returned to Global Design Project's 100th challenge and chose another designer to CASE - this time, Louise Sharp's crisp card. I combined her layout with the colours from CAS Colours and Sketches' Challenge #236: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry.
I hope Dad enjoys the result:

Made using: 
Stampin' Up:
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Smoky Slate
Paper: Whisper White and Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Totally Trees and Thoughtful Banners
Punch: Banners
Other products: MFT Horizontal Stitched Strips, Sizzix Tag Collection Framelits, American Crafts string

Monday, 14 August 2017

Happy 30th!

Congratulations, Global Design Project, on your 100th challenge - and what a great idea to showcase your designers and invite us to CASE one or more - I suspect I'll be returning. I'd been working on how to use the colours from Just Add Ink's challenge #372: Tranquil Tide, Pool Party and Powder Pink, and when I saw Tanja Kolar's lovely card I had an 'aha!' moment.
Here's the result:

Made using:
Stampin' Up 
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Pool Party
Card: Shimmery White, Tranquil Tide
Stamps: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Other products: francheville pearls, Kaisercraft numbers decorative dies

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Spring Tulips

Congratulations, Freshly Made Sketches, on your 300th Challenge - another of the great designs you come up with:

I've gone for CAS and springlike in response - since we're holding our breath for warmer weather and the daffodils are appearing, down here in the bottom corner of the world. This gave me the chance to use the colours in Fab Friday's Challenge #118: Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist and Flirty Flamingo. 

Made using:
Stampin' Up: Whisper White and Melon Mambo Paper, Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo inks, spotted embossing folder, Stitched Shapes dies, Big on Birthdays stamps (sentiment)
My Favourite Things: Spring Tulips stamps

Summer Salad

I liked the vibrancy of the colours in As You See It's 'Summer Salad' colour challenge:
I was initially skeptical about the new Lemon Lime Twist, but have been surprised by how many different colours it offsets nicely. 
For the flowers, I revisited a favourite: Simon Says Stamps 'Artsy Flower Parts' -I love how the strange and wonderful shapes still manage to look like flowers. 

Made using:
Stampin' Up Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist; Whisper White paper, Big on Birthdays Stampset (sentiment). 
My Favourite Things Horizontal Stitched Rectangles Dies
Simon Says Stamps 'Artsy Flower Parts' stamps and dies
Francheville Rhinestones

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bring on the beach

I should probably give this card to myself, to celebrate our upcoming holiday in Samoa. I hope Pacific Point really is the colour of the sky!
The card combines challenges from Paper Players - PP354 - and Hand Stamped Sentiments - #299. I'm loving Stampin' Up's shimmery white paper - a dream to sponge colour onto, and the slight shimmer survives the sponging (although not being photographed!). For the beach/shells, I turned to my trusty New Zealand koru embossing folder, lightly sponging it first with Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride inks so it looked a bit sandy and shelly.
Here's the result:

Made using:
Stampin' Up:
Inks: Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Watermelon Wonder, Real Red.
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White
Up and Away Thinlit dies (clouds) and Day at the Beach stamp set (starfish)
Other products: Sizzix Celebrate drop-in sentiments, francheville 'rope', craft creations koru embossing folder

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

New Product play

For this card, I accepted the invitation in SUO's #179 to use a new product from the Stampin' Up catalogue and used the colours in Global Design Project's #097: Crumbcake, Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi.
I can already see I'll be returning again and again to the Happy Birthday Gorgeous bundle: although then words made with the die look so prominent, there are heaps of ways to make each use different.
For example:

Made using:
Stampin' Up Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Berry Burst, Basic Black
Stampin' Up Ink: Wild Wasabi, Berry Burst, Basic Black
Other: Stampin' Up Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and Happy Birthday Thinlits Die

Framed Daisy

For this card, I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch's #231 and Less is More's #338: 'Anything but stamps'. It's my first play with the new Stampin' Up colours and I liked this combination more than I thought I would: the Lemon Lime Twist paper undercut the softness of the Powder Pink nicely.
I ended up without a sentiment - mainly because all my die sentiments were too big for the delicacy of the daisy and I couldn't use stamps!
Here it is:

Made using:
Stampin' Up Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Daisies and Die-namics stitched rectangular frame.
Other: silver thread

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Retro Rainbow

I love rainbows, and rainbow cards, so I was pleased to see this challenge from Retro Rubber:

I experimented with a technique I learnt in a class a couple of months ago: Joseph's Coat. I'd tried it with flower outline stamps, but wondered if it would work with something a bit more 'filled in' - like the 'I think you're great' stamp set from the 2015-2016 catalogue. Here's the result:
If I did this again, I'd probably use a lighter purple, since the Rich Razzleberry is a little lost against the Night of Navy. To frame the sentiment, I used a rectangle die that's a bit counter-intuitive, since it 'stitches' the outside of the frame - meaning that the frame becomes what you cut the rectangle out of (if you see what I mean). I liked the result:
For the inside, I tried using two of the rainbow colours together on the stamp:
Made using: 
Stampin' Up Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy.
Stampin' Up paper: Shimmery White, Daffodil Delight
Stampin' Up Stamps: I think you're great (from the 2015-2016 catalogue) and Big on Birthdays
Other: Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Dies

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Romantic Roses

For The Card Concept's challenge #76 (Romantic Roses), I made a clean and layered card. My response was a fairly literal take on the inspiration photo - well, what better than a bunch of red roses? - although I'm using the peony roses from Stampin' Up's new Beautiful Bouquet suite. Here's the photo:

and my card - I used the embossed panel to try to capture the texture of the shutters, and black glitter card for the wrapping for a bit of bling. 

Made using: 
Stampin' Up products:
Beautiful Bouquet stamps and dies; Stitched Shapes framelits
Whisper White paper
Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Garden Green and Basic Black ink
Christmas embossing folder
Other products:
Craftwise metallic twine, Rosie's glitter cardstock

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Zigzag birthday

I was happy to call myself patriotic when working with the Fusion inspiration colours this week in their '4th of July' challenge, since the colours of the New Zealand flag are also red, white and blue. For the layout, I turned to Fab Friday's sketch #115. I love the stamp set - a recent acquisition - kind of quirky and lots of possibilities.
Here's the card:

Made using:
Stampin' Up:  Whisper White paper, DSP from 'Pop of Pink' set and inks - Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi and Basic Black. 
Stamp and Dies: Simon Says Stamp 'Artsy Flower Parts'

Rainbow Flowers

I tired a few different ideas for the lovely sketch from Less is More this week (#334), but in the end settled on keeping it really CAS by using my favourite little punch to make a rainbow of flowers. Here's the card:

Made using: ek tiny petal punch, Stampin' Up card (Whisper White, Wisteria wonder, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Rose Red), Francheville rhinestones, Stampin' Up's Thoughtful Banners (sentiment) and some random purple card left over from my daughter's school days.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Guest design for Retro Rubber

I was extremely excited to be chosen as a guest designer by Retro Rubber - and this emotion quickly morphed into extreme nervousness!
However, the sketch was inviting and beautiful in its simplicity:

... and I do love going back to stamps that have languished a little while I'm playing with new toys. Here's the result:

For this card, I started by reverse embossing a piece of Whisper White card, using 'Falling Flowers' stamps from the 2016 - 2017 Stampin' Up catalogue, and then sponging on Marina Mist and Lost Lagoon ink. The upper card is stamped with one of the 'Petite Petals' stamps from Stampin' Up's 2015 - 2016 catalogue, in Marina Mist. The sentiment is from 'Crazy about You' stampset, also from the 2015 - 2016 catalogue. The ribbon looks like it has to be Island Indigo in colour, but I won it as a spot prize at a demonstration, so I don't know catalogue details, sorry. The matt and base card are Island Indigo and Lost Lagoon, respectively. Teh only non- Stampin' Up product I used is the little Francheville pearls.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Cheerful Daisies

I liked the colours and options suggested by the latest Hand Stamped Sentiments inspiration image (HSS#266) :
It gave me the opportunity to use my new Stitched Daisies, which I've been coveting for a while but only just acquired. I love everything about them!
here's the card: 

Made using:
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Daisies dies, diamondpress thank you ministamp and die, 
Stampin Up 
paper: kraft, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight; 
ink: Tangerine Tango and Crumb Cake
stamps: Grateful Bunch (inside) and Crazy about You (inside sentiment)
dies: Bouquet Bunch
I also used this crazy kids' paper for the matt: Little Hands' Sticky Sparkle sheets. 

Sunday, 18 June 2017


What an interesting sketch Freshly Made Sketches #292 was!
I managed, kind of accidentally, to turn it into a technical challenge by deciding I would make the circles different shades of card. Then somehow, during that process, I managed to reverse the sketch. I'm still not sure how that happened, except that it's got to do with my appalling lack of spatial awareness (is that even what it's called? When you can't work out which way around things go - like the paper in the photocopier when you're trying to double-side something manually?)
Anyway - here's the card:

Made Using
Stampin' Up: 'Affectionately Yours' DSP, Big on Birthdays stamps (sentiment), Layering Circles dies, Blossom Bunch punch, Dapper Denim, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon and Pool Party paper
Other: ek tiny flower punch, Rosie's Epoxy Dots.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Let's eat cake

A few days ago, a friend introduced me to long post-it notes - a product I didn't know existed. Those 5 inches of stick make long masked edges much easier! I used them to create the base shape for this card, which combines two challenges: Less is More's#332 One layer 'sweet things' and CAS(E) this sketch's #225:
Previously, I've found one layer cards very difficult - I just keep on wanting to add bits - so I was pleased I've restrained myself this time. 

Made Using:
Stampin' Up Ink: Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Other: Stampin' up Whisper White paper, gold embossing powder and Endless Birthday Wishes stamps; Versamark watermark ink
Stamp set: 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Chalkboard baking

This card, for Fusion's 'Chalkboard Baking' Challenge, was fun to make - it forced me out of my comfort zone. It's funny - it never occurs to me to use grey on a card, but when I'm invited to in a challenge, I always like doing so.
I recently bought white ink, and the main challenge for this card was cleaning it up - it goes EVERYWHERE!
Here's the challenge:
and here's my card:

Lots of different products went into creating this card, despite its simplicity. 
Made Using:
Stampin' Up ink: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Stampin' Up Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Grey
Stampin' Up stampset -  Postage Collection and enamel dots - brights
Other Products: papercraft stampset: Alphabet Reverse, My Favourite Things stampset and dies: Kitschy Kitchen.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Paisley Elegance

My first decisions for this card were about colour: as soon as I saw the elegance of The Card Concept's 'Freshly Elegant' challenge, I wanted to use those cool, elegant tones, with a bit of gold bling, of course.
I began with the lovely little floral paisley stamp and die, sponged pink and gold embossed, then looked for inspiration about what to do with it, finding what I needed with the CAS(E) this sketch's challenge #224.

 The simplicity of the colours helped to keep the final card CAS, I think.

One of the images looks very pink in tone - I'm not quite sure what I did there!
Made using:
Stampin' Up: Whisper White and Crumbcake paper, Pink Pirouette ink, gold embossing powder, Paisley framelits, Paisleys and Posies and Shake and Celebrate stampsets, enamel dots