Thursday, 19 April 2018

Just Add Ink #405 - Just Add Inspiration

Friday has rolled around again! We have a fab inspiration pic for you for this week's challenge.

I did a bit of multi-tasking this week. I had a custom order for an 80th birthday for a friend's father. The colours and textures were perfect for the card I had in mind.

I was asked to make a card that could stand up for display so I used the Tri-Fold Window Card tutorial by Brownyn Eastley from AddINKtive Designs. It was a fun way to use some retiring products. So long Large Numbers, Celebration Time, Dapper Denim and Lots of Labels ..... sob, sob! I will miss you ...... but ..... I'll get over it when I purchase new goodies from the new catalogue!

The Wood Textures DSP is carrying over into the new catalogue. It is such a great pack and worked perfectly on this card. I have used a few different pieces.

This card folds flat to fit into an envelope....

..... and stands up for display.

The back (behind the large 80) has a message panel. It is really plain so that the family can have room for their messages. It is a bit hard to capture but I think I have got every angle so you can get the idea!

Make sure you pop on over to the Just Add Ink page to see how all the other Design Team members got inspiration from this pic. Why not enter your own creation? We always love seeing them!

Retiring products are available until May 30 or while stocks last so get in quick!


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Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Favourite DSP

I don't know how it happened but another month has rolled around again! This month we are sharing our favourite Designer Series Paper (DSP). When I was trying to think of something to make I was like 'inspiration where are you?' Ever have those weeks? It might have been because I have so many favourites! So I settled on the Just Add Colour DSP and .... well .... started by just adding colour!

This paper is thick and perfect for using Stampin' Blends on. My favourite sheet is this one with lines of teacups and teapots. It is retiring so make sure you snap it up before it runs out. There are other design too in the pack.

I used different ribbons that are retiring to jazz up each card. It made me feel quite virtuous and not so guilty about ordering new ribbon!

Elegant Eggplant and Pink Pirouette are  two of the colours that are retiring. I teamed the cardstock, marker and ribbon together.

Some Clear Wink of Stella helped highlight the pot design.

I love the designs in this paper and really they just need to be the star of the show. I added in some retiring vinyl stickers and metallic enamel shapes.

Make sure you hop around to see what everyone's favourite DSP is. I can't wait to get some ideas to use up my stash - to make room for my new DSP of course. Next up you are off to New Zealand to visit Angela. She is such a talented, sweet soul who I am lucky to call a friend.

Modules One and Two are now available in our online class series. Check them out!

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day

Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop. The Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world that get together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each hop we showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it. Get ready for lots of inspiration and lots of reasons to use (or buy😊) this stamp set! Currently you are visiting Lou Kitzelman on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Hi!

For this hop we are featuring Magical Day. I love this set. It will not be in the Annual Catalogue - due for release on June 1 - so make sure you get in and snap it and the coordinating framelits up before they sell out.

As this post goes live I am teaching a class using this set and Shimmery White Embossing Paste. Here are 2 versions that class participants can choose from.

I think the pairing between this cute Magical Day stamp set and Shimmery White Embossing Paste works perfectly. Just by sparingly adding some drops of reinker to the paste and not mixing it completely you get this great ombre effect.

For my cute unicorn card I have used Pink Pirouette and Peek-a-boo Peach ink in the paste. I love that the sparkle still comes through. I have just placed the mask on a jaunty angle - just adds a fun design element. The mask/stencil is from the Sweet Soiree pack.

And of course a mermaid needs some glittery, coloured sea grass to loll about in!

This time I added Wild Wasabi and Emerald Envy ink to the embossing paste and dabbed it randomly over the mask before smoothing with a palette knife.

I love how high the embossing sits. It really helps set off the images from the Magical Day Stamp set.

Wondering about the sentiment? I used parts of the 2 sentiment stamps from the set, just colouring the bits I wanted with makers. I thought it was a great way to get another sentiment for the card front.

Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up you are off to the UK to visit the super talented Jay Soriano.


For these cards I tried to use lots of products that will be not be in the next catalogue, due for release on June 1. Make sure you snap them up fast before they are sold out.

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