Inkspired Bloghop #85 - Sea of Textures



Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch.

The Sketch for this week



This week I have chosen two stamp set which pair together perfectly. The Sea Textures and Artisan Textures to create a FUN filled adventure card. My best friends are off on an adventure of a life time and I wanted to create a card themed to their adventure and these two stamp sets came together just as I had planned. What do you think!

My Card





I feel adding texture to your projects can create so much depth and interest, and there are so many ways to do it. I typically add lots of layers to my card for a little extra texture, but if you’re like me, you like to explore other ways to get that gorgeous look. For this card to create the background, I stamped off first each time to get a softer image. It created a "tossed sand" look which I felt was perfect for the theme of this ocean card. This simple step of stamping and creating a background produced so much texture and depth to the card before I started to add my layers. I finished off by adding a little spray mist of the "SHIMMER PAINT" which is a Returning product in the new Holiday Catalogue. If I had to pick just one product that I could not I've without than it would have to be "Shimmer Paint". It's like my morning fix of coffee when it comes to card making....




I  Love adding a little shimmer paint to my cards, (Scream with excitement) now they have released two new exciting colours "Vegas Gold" (that's really pretty and "Bright Copper" (which is almost as good as Champagne Mist) which I used on this card.

Now it is onto Maree McIntosh



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Inkspired Bloghop #84 - Country Home...



Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch.

The Sketch for this week

This week I have used one of the stamp sets from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog to create my card to share with you today. I different textures on cards and the Country Lane product suite has so many beautiful elements for creating them!

My Card



I started by embossing a a piece of Tranquil Tide Cardstock with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder (available Sept 5) and then adhered the panel to the same coloured card base with SNAIL. I then stamped the images from the Country Home photopolymer stamp set on a piece of Whisper White card stock using the MementoBlack ink. I colored the images with Calypso coral, Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers to colour the tin Jug and flower arrangement.

I then fussy cut around the flowers and laid them on a circle piece of whisper white which was cut out using the stitch Framelits die. I raised the tin Jug using the small dimensionals for a 3D effect. I love layers (can you tell) LOL. The extra two pieces of Designer Series Paper are also from the Country Lane Suite. I then stamped the sentiment on a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock in Soft suede ink. To finish my card off I tied a piece of linen thread around all the layered pieces and created a bow.

Inside of Card



For the inside of my card I inked the image from the Country Home stamp set in Soft Suede ink and then stamped it across a panel of Whisper White card stock inside the card.
Now it is onto the lovely Maree to see what she has created using the same Sketch.




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Global Design Project #151 | THEME: TAKE ME TO THE SEA



Welcome to my Blog.
This week I have used the High Tide stamp set from Stampin'Up! to create my "TAKE ME TO THE SEA" Card. I love playing along to the Global Design Project and again (as always) this super talented team have provided wonderful examples for us to get our creative juices flowing...


I have just returned from a Stamping Retreat in Kiama and just wanted to say I had an absolute blast, spending time with so many like minded crafters. I can't imagine spending my time with a better group of people or having a better up-line than my beautiful BFF Louise who is totally awesome!
This week THEME is so fitting "TAKE ME TO THE SEA" as my card was created for just that!
I was asked if I could demonstrate a technique called BLACK ICE that I had used on one of my swap cards. I must say I did feel a little nervous following on from such talent as Clare Langsford, Teneale Williams and of course the very talent Ms Louise herself.

My Card



I absolutely love the Black Ice technique. Melissa Kerman developed this technique but there has been many different versions since. For my card I used Tranquil Tide Cardstock and the Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper (146284) on page 83 of the Annual Catalogue. I  also add some Burlap Ribbon and a True Gentleman Button. 

The Technique
  • Take your Black Archival or Memento ink and wipe in a downward motion on your foil sheet. Doing it all over the paper. Then flip your foil sheet so that the bottom is now the top and repeat the first step again.
  • Then Stamp your images again using Black Archival or Memento ink pad. 
  • Use your SU! Heat gun tool on 1st setting, heat your foil sheet until ink is dry.
  • Once dry, take your Versa Mark pad and gently wipe in a downward motion like you did with the black ink. Flip the bottom to the top and repeat.
  • Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over the entire foil sheet. Then flick excess powder off. I rub my finger over the image to create lighter areas. I felt it helped in creating softer ice crystals. 
  • Again using your heat gun on the 1st setting, heat set until crystals appear. 
Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share my story with you! 
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Inkspired Bloghop #83 - Tropical Escape


Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch.


This weeks sketch

I have used the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper and a sentiment from a really versatile Stamp set called "All Things Thanks" It really is such a fantastic stamp set. I'm not sure if it was wishful thinking that got me creating with this beautiful paper this week as I really feel in need of a holiday.
Bora Bora? Maldives? Turks and Caicos? Bali? No matter the tropical destination of your choice, this paper will put you into a traveling mood in no time!

My Card

I kept my card simple this week as I have had lots to do! The SUBTLE Embossing folder is the best ever..... Totally in love with this one. Very card I have made this week has this as a background. Thanks Teneale for bring it to my attention as I can't do anything without it. LOL
The beautiful detail of the embossing folder is not seen from the picture in the Catalogue so be sure to  put it on the wish list.     


After using this beautiful paper this week I found myself studying the bundle a little closer and yep another bundle made it to my already large order as our Holiday Catalogue was available for demonstrators to pre-order. I just love everything about the holiday season and creating beautiful Christmas cards to give to family and friends. If you don't have a demonstrator and would like a copy as soon as it is released just email or call to be put on the list. Hope you feel a little inspired by the calmness of this card and can take a well earned break too! 
Now it is onto the lovely  Maree who has just promoted to Silver Elite this week.
Congrats on your Achievement. Well Done..... 
 I can't wait to see her creation and seeing what everyone has made.


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INKspired Bloghop #82 - You are Wonderful

Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Kozue Smith who I'm sure has inspired you with what she has created using the sketch. 


The Sketch for this week


I have used the lovely Natures Poem Designer Series Paper and a sentiment from the beautiful Rooted in Nature stamp set. It really is such a fantastic stamp set. I am loving this set just as much as the Lovely as a Tree set that has been a long time favourite for many stampers. What's really great with this set is it is designed to co-ordinate with the Lovely as a Tree. stamp set and comes with 12 matching Dies which is awesome if you struggle  "like me" to fussy cut. 


My Card
I was a little stumped with the sketch at first this week but know I wanted to showcase some of the beautiful DSP (Nature's Poem) which co-ordinates with the Rooted in Nature Bundle so beautifully.
I started with a piece of Crumb cake cardstock which I often use as a base. Definitely one of my favourite colours. I also added an extra piece of crumb cake to the Base. I used this piece to build my layers on! This allows me to wrap and thread or ribbon to the base colour and it looks finished. A little tick I learnt from Miss Teneale.... 
I then layered a piece of the Nature's Poem onto some Vanilla and popped it up with some Stampin' Dimensionals. I love layers and adding dimension to my cards. The Linen thread was was wrapped around the extra piece of card base. 
I then used the same piece of DSP but turned it over and used the other side which is stunning. It has leaves on it and the lovely linen look too. "LOVE IT".
I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of whiter white and yes "Fussy cut it"... LOL 
added it to a piece of vanilla cut out with the lovely Stitched oval Framelits. It added another bit of dimension.. 
To finish off I added a piece of gold foil cut out using the scalloped Square Framelits and gold and glitter leaves from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.

A close-up Shot of my card.


Now it is onto Maree and I can't wait to see her creation and then seeing what everyone has made.







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INKspired Bloghop #81 - Rooted In Nature


Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us! If this is your first stop please hop over to the other team players to see what they have created using the awesome sketch Teneale Williams has designed for us this week. You may have arrived here from the lovely Renee Lynch  who I'm sure has inspired you with her amazing card. 


The Sketch for this week

This week I have used a lovely new stamped set called Rooted in Nature and it's comes in a bundle with matching Framelits Dies. There is 16 stamps and 12 dies. You can check it out on page 143 of the Annual Catalogue. If you would like to purchase it all you need to do is click my shop now button to be directed to our online ordering.

My Card



I started with my tree and varied the colours by sponging directly to the stamp using Tranquil Tide and Old Olive. To make my tree appear bigger than it is I cut the trunk so that it was just below the sentiment. I wanted to raise the tree up more but need to show that it was sitting on a Circle ( Part of the Sketch) using the stitched Circle Framelits dies.


Look at the textured background! I am TOTALLY obsessed with the subtle Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (thanks Teneale for bring it to my attention) LOL. It adds such a softness to the Cardstock. I layered a piece of the beautiful Nature's Poem DSP to a strip of Whisper White Cardstock and stitched it using the sewing machine. I found the stitching to be a bit of a challenge but was happy with the end result. 


Next Up is Allison McLeod

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Inkspired Bloghop #80 - Sweet Baby Bundle


Hello and welcome to another Inkspired Blog-Hop! I'm so happy you joined us!
Be sure to visit the other team members to see what they have created to share with you. You may have arrived here from the Super talented Teneale Williams (who creates all the awesome sketch for us all to play along too) and I'm sure she has inspired all with her super amazing card.


This Weeks Sketch


I am in love with this new Stampin Up Sweet Baby Bundle on page 89 of the Annual Catalogue. I The images and sentiments in this set are just adorable! Below is my card using this sweet little Stamp set and the new Blushing Bride Designer Series Paper from the Subtles colour collection pack. This paper pack is such fantastic value. The paper is simply gorgeous, the stamp-set and matching Bouncing Baby Framelits are must-haves and you get 10% off purchasing them together as a bundle.
Trust me you are going to want them both!
I love how this card turnout using crumb cake cardstock and the pretty soft pinks from the subtles collection. I hope you like the card, let me know what you think!

My Card


Look at this little bundle of cuteness! I stamped the image and sentiment onto Shimmery White Cardstock with Black Memento Ink, and colored it using my powder pinkInk Pad and an Aqua Painter. For the Baby's wrap I stamped onto some Blushing Bride Cardstock. The little headband I coloured using my watercolour pencils. To create some depth to the card I have fussy cut the Baby, Wrap and headband and layered them onto the stamped image. It was a really quick and simple little card to make. 
Now lets hop over to see what the lovely Allison has created for us. 
Thanks for Stopping By...... 


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