Friday, 28 April 2017

Oh sweet Gerbera.... for GDP 084

So somehow it got to Friday! I have been diligently using up some of my retiring Stampin' Up! products and was feeling so virtuous that I had to crack open some of my new products to show you. I am honestly not sure how I have been able to control myself for this long! I have a few new goodies to show you today that will be available for purchase from June 1, 2017. (Or join my team now and get your hands on them from next week!)

Check out this cool gerbera that I made using the new Daisy Punch. I just punched 2 from watercolour paper and coloured with my Aqua Painter. Love the colour? It is called Berry Burst and is one of the fabulous new In Colours. 

My inspiration for this card came from the challenge over at Global Design Project this week. The challenge is to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) Michelle Last - who I might add is one of my Stampin' Up! idols.

I really loved her design and used the layout for my card. Having a frame to hang a design element off just lifts the design so much.

The Daisy Delight stamp set which coordinates with the Daisy Punch is really sweet and has lots of smaller elements for you to use. I love the stem and small daisy stamps. Just perfect for the card inside and envelope.

I needed a small sentiment to go inside my circle frame. The Tabs for Everything stamp set was perfect for this.

Another new product that you can get your hot little hands on soon is the Faceted Gems. You get a few different sizes on the sheet and they are fabulous as flower centres.

This punch and stamp set are going to be one of my favourites I know and I already have so many ideas for them swirling around in my head. You can get your hands on them from next week by joining my Stampin' Up! team. Read all about how to join and save money here. I would love to have you on my team.


Product List

  • Daisy Delight Stamp - 143669 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Daisy Punch - 143713 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Faceted Gems - Clear - 144142- Available from June 1, 2017
  • Berry Burst A4 cardstock - 1442249 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad - 144083 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Tabs for Everything stamp set - 143907 - Available from June 1, 2017

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge #08 Blog Hop

How has it rolled around again so quickly? It's time for another Colour INKspiration challenge and as usual we are kicking it off with a blog hop. Whether you are starting with me or have hopped over from Rose you are in for a real treat.

Now the colours this week were a bit challenging for me.....and believe me the whole idea of this being a 'challenge' group is not lost on me! I just couldn't make anything work but that is the fabulous thing about challenges - they 'challenge' you to think in different ways. So here are the colours that 'challenged'  me so much.

I kept getting sad when I tried to use them. Team that with trying to use some of my retiring favourites and well...... hot mess is what comes to mind! I knew I wanted to use Larry (what else would you call a llama I ask you!!!) from the Birthday Fiesta stamp set but.... he just looked sad! So I cheated a touch....oops...but it did cheer me up! So I went with business (the challenge) on the front.....

...... and party on the inside. Now look how happy Larry is!

The front, which has all of the challenge colours in it, has a swinging gate. I love his little hooves peeping through. The gate helps hide my rebellious streak!

Then on the inside I have used the streamers from the coordinating Fiesta Time framelits. I kept the colours neutral so that I can use this for a male card if needed. This stamp set and framelits are retiring at the end of  May so make sure you snap them up before they sell out. Another retiring favourite is the Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It is so versatile - you better grab that as well! Here I have put the cardstock in at an angle and left the bottom corner peaking out.

The Classic Label punch was perfect for highlighting the phrases from the sentiment stamp.

Because I had gone a touch crazy with my decoration on the front and inside, I added a panel to write on on what is technically the back. I used sticky notes to mask off areas so that I could get the 3 colours.

So ...... I hope you can forgive a touch of rebelliousness. I can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm sure you won't need to cheat. When I look at what the rest of the crew have done I can't believe I had so much trouble. I love the diverse range of projects that can come from one set of colours.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Next up we have our guest designer, Sue Vine. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You'll love it!


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Sunday, 23 April 2017

ESAD 2017 Retirement List Blog Hop

Welcome to another ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) blog hop. We are featuring
Stampin' Up! products that are retiring. You will get to see lots of creative projects from 22 ESAD members - that means 22 reasons to snap up bargains on retiring products before the end of  May. Whether you are starting with me or have hopped over from visiting Cathy, you are in for a real treat.

As well as using some much loved retiring stamp sets and dies, I am determined to use up as much of my retiring Designer Series Paper (DSP), ribbon, washi tape and other embellishments before I fall in love with all of the new goodies in the Annual Catalogue and they all get banished to the lower drawers. Plus if I use them all up I will have more room for new!

Perpetual Birthday Calendars are the perfect way to use up all of my supplies as well as solve the problem of what to make for Mother's Day.

These are really easy to make. Grab an empty CD case, cut 6 pieces of DSP to 12 cm x 14 cm, add a month panel to each and decorate. Good to go!

I have kept the decoration quite simple as you need to be able to shut the CD case so can't have too much bulk. I really love the Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits. I think they teamed really nicely with the Urban Underground DSP and washi tape and the Pop of Pink washi tape.

I added an information panel for the the back as well.

Closed up and secured with some retiring baker's twine.

Now....on with the rest of the hop. Make sure you hop around to see all of the great projects. You will get lots of great ideas and reasons to snap up some great bargains on retiring products. If you get lost you can get back on track with the participant list at the end of each post. Next up is my super talented and creative friend Kelly Kent. You will love her cards.


Blog Hop Participants:
1. Lou Kitzelman - You are here!

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