INKspired #125 Add Plaid inspired Scrap

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Welcome to the Sunday night INKspired Blog-Hop! I love being a member of INKspired Team and being able to showcase some fun creations for you. If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the beautiful Plaid Designer Series Paper which is the product  Challenge Teneale Williams has selected for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Teresa Irwin who I'm sure has inspired you with her awesome creation 



I have made a Christmas themed card using the Plaid Tidings Paper and Seaside Spray cardstock as my base card. I also used the cute Warm and Toasty - Stamp set. The little Polar

Bear was stamped using Momento ink onto Whisper White Cardstock and cut out. I then used the stitched rectangles Die and off set it using Melon Mambo Cardstock. The sentiment I used comes from the In The Pines Stamp Set and was a great fit. This pattern paper is prefect for any Christmas project, but it doesn't stop there. Use these fresh designs all year round.


My Card


Now it's over the the lovely Julie Martin to see her creation this week.

Freshly Made Sketches #455 - A Sketch by Jen Mitchell

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Hi Crafters and welcome to my blog.  I love to play along to the different Challenges when I can and Freshly Made Sketches! is one of my favourites. The "Clean team" creates such inspiring creations to play along to and this week is no different with a classic Sketch by Jen Mitchell.  The challenge is to follow the sketch while keeping the project clean-lined and fresh.

This Weeks Sketch

Having a star in the sketch made me think Christmas again this week. Again I used lines to create a simple clean look on a whisper white Card Base. The stripped paper and the little Christmas Trees are from the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper which is perfect for any Christmas projects. 

My Card


I started with a piece of thick Whisper white cardstock 23cms x11.5cms and scored it @11.5cms to create a square card base. For the panels I cut 2 pieces of Real Red card measuring 3.5cms x 10.5cms and 6.5cms x 10.5cms. The DSP was cut 2mm smaller and then layered on the Real Red. I layered the Christmas trees on a stitched circle die and glued the circle to the gold scalloped die. I coloured the Pool Party Sheer Ribbon using the Dark Real Red Stampin' Blend.  The sentiment comes from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set. The little star Designer Elements from the Annual Catalogue were prefect size for the little Christmas trees. I made a matching envelope by adding a piece of the DSP to it. Thanks for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketches 454

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Hi Crafters and welcome to my blog. When I have some down time I love to play along to the different Challenges and Freshly Made Sketches! is one of my favourites. The "Clean team" creates such inspiring creations to play along to and this week is no different with a classic Sketch by Jacquie Southas The challenge is to follow the sketch while keeping the project clean-lined and fresh.





Keeping it clean for me is always a challenge as I love to add layers to all my creations. I literally ran with the word lined and used the beautiful Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (A Returning Fave) to create a clean lined look. This was layered on some Night of Navy and then using my go to Subtle Embossing folder I added some soft texture to another piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I really wanted to show how the GNOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS stamp set from Stampin’Up! could be used for both Traditional and Non Traditional Christmas colour schemes. On Sunday I used the same set to create a colour combo of Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Pear pizzazz and Crumb Cake. 

My Card


I really love Christmas and all the sparkle and glitter that goes with it. I added wink of 
Stella to the gnome's hat, beard and the little Christmas ornament in his hand. I coloured him in with Light Night of Navy and Light Mossy Meadow Stampin Blends. A little trick I often do is colour ribbon with the Stampin Blends to match the colours I have used. The dainty Sheer Pool Party Ribbon from the annual catalogue worked perfectly as it allowed the edge of the panel to show through the ribbon. To finish off my card I added the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set. Thanks for Stopping By!

INKspired #123 Colour Challenge

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Hello crafty friends. Welcome to another Sunday night INKspired Blog-Hop! for 2020. I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend. I love being able to play long each fortnight with the INKspired Team members. If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome Colour Combo for this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Teresa Irwin who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the Colour Combination below.



This week I thought we would switch gears and have a little Christmas celebration!
This colour combo uses the Traditional colours I choose when making Christmas cards. I also have just got my hands on the NEW Gnome For The Holidays stamp set which is prefect for both traditional and non-traditional Christmas colours.


My Card


The Mini Catalogue has 83 pages packed full with all things Christmas, Halloween and even some Autumn goodness. It's my favourite Catologue throughout the year as I love Christmas and all the glitter that goes with it. The lovely Real Red SHEER RIBBON with satin edging can be found on page 15 of the catty. It's a must have for all your Christmas creations. Now it's onto the lovely Julie Martin to see her creation using the same colour combo... 

INKspired #122 Sketch Challenge

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 Welcome to the Sunday night INKspired Blog-Hop! I love being able to play long each fortnight with the INKspired Team members. If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using another awesome sketch the very talented Teneale Williams has designed for us. You may have arrived here from the lovely Teresa Irwin who I'm sure has inspired you with her awesome creation using the sketch below.


This Weeks Sketch


I love the little extra layers and finishing touches that Teneale Puts into all the sketches she creates for us to play along too. Most times I create a card according to the sketch but this week was a really challenge. My  sewing machine just wasn't going to let me add stitching to the cardstock. My card is  for a dear friend who is struggling a little due to border closures and not being able to see her family. 


My Card



The Flowering Blooms Stamp Set is such a soft and pretty stamp set and perfect for colouring using Stampin Blends.  This time I’ve used the smaller blooms adding colour with Purple Posy and Highland Heather Blends. The stem and leaves have been shaded with Old Olive Blends.One of the flowers was fussy cut and layered over the smaller flower of the two. I felt by using the same size flower gave it balance. The sentiments used are from another fabulous stamp set called Field of Flowers. Two purple  Rhinestone Jewels were added and a touch of Wink of Stella as I feel my cards just aren’t complete without a little bling. I coloured the White crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon using Highland Heather Blend. 
Now it's over the the lovely Julie Martin to see her creation this week.


INKspired #121 Colour Challenge

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Hello crafty friends. Welcome to another Sunday night INKspired Blog-Hop! I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend. Each week I get a little more hopeful that the world is winning the fight against Covid-19. I hope the post finds you and your loves safe.  

I love being able to play long each fortnight with the INKspired Team members. If this is your first stop, please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome Colour Combo for this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Teresa Irwin who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the same Colour Combination below.


My Card


For my card this week I used the Prized Peony set from the Stampin' Up! 2020 Annual Catalogue.
I started by Stamping the single flower in Memento ink and coloured the flower using Mango Melody Stampin Blends. It's such an easy flower to colour as the shading helps guide you in placing the dark and light highlights. For the leaves I used a combination of the light mango melody and both light and dark Old Olive Bends. I then layered this onto a piece of whisper white embossed using my favourite Subtle Embossing folder. This week as a Demonstrator I was able to purchase the new Die and Embossing Machine that will be available for purchase in September and let me tell you it's the best.  No more struggling to get the plates to go through the machine. We have waited a while for them to arrive but it really was worth the wait. Back to my card. I used Pretty Peacock to frame the white and coloured the  Pool Party ribbon in Pretty Peacock Bends as well. To finish my card I added Pool party DSP which I layered on Whisper white and then onto Pool Party. For a little extra elegance I added a little trim on both sides of my card using a die from the Positive Thoughts stamp set (Using Mango Melody Cardstock). So there you have it... All Four colours used. A big thank you to Teneale Williams who works really hard to design and create all the challenges for us. I love that she makes us think outside the box when it comes to using the colours together.  Now it's onto the lovely Julie Martin to see her creation using the same colour combo... 

INKspired #120 Ornate Garden

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 Welcome to the Sunday night INKspired Blog-Hop! I love being able to play long each fortnight with the INKspired Team members. If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the beautiful Ornate GardenSpecialty Designer Series Paper which is the product  Challenge Teneale Williams has selected for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Katrina Healy who I'm sure has inspired you with her awesome creation 

Firstly to all my beautiful Stampin' Up! Family in Melbourne I hope you are all well and safe in this worrying time. Fingers crossed it won't be long before we can all put this outbreak behind us and begin enjoying better times together. Today I want to show you some pretty things which I hope will make you smile. I have made Four cards using a combination of different products that I felt coordinated with the Stampin' Up! Ornate Garden suite. This beautiful suite of products can be found on page 64 of the 2020 / 2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. 
All four of my cards feature the absolutely beautiful Ornate Layers Dies which can be purchased as a bundle as well. I LOVE that with Stampin 'Up! everything coordinates so well together. 

My First Card
This card uses the Ornate Specialty DSP and one of my favourite stamp sets " Country Home" 
I focused on the colours with the DSP and used my Stampin' Blends to colour the flowers and can. I used  the whisper white Ornate frame and the stitched framelit Die to create some depth and bring it all together.  
And yes there is 6 layers as I do LOVE layering. LOL


My Second Card
This was a simple and quick card to make. I used Soft Suede Cardstock and Whisper white to create a little elegance with the DSP.  I coloured the Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon this time using the Light Soft Suede Stampin' Blend.  I think the Ornate Frame and Ribbon really added a little class to this one.. 
What do you think?

My Third Card

This is my first Christmas card for 2020.  For this card I wanted to show how we can make Stampin' Up! DSP work with other products to create simply and beautiful cards like the one. This piece of Ornate DSP works so well with Real Red Cardstock and Gold foil to create the feel of Christmas. I love the All The Trimmings Ribbon Combo Pack which includes Poppy Parade and old Olive statin ribbon edged with gold. Its so pretty. I die cut the little tree from the Pine Woods Dies. The Gold foil added the Bling that I love to add to all my Christmas cards. 

My Final Card

I struggled getting this card to come together as the concept was good but the DSP together clashed. 
I wanted to show how the paper can be used in different ways other than layered on a piece of cardstock. 
I loved how my pineapple came together but I am not sure the DSP worked with it. I did enjoy the challenge and I had me really thinking out of the box. 

Now it's over the the lovely Julie Martin to see her creation this week.