Sunday, 28 May 2017

ESAD 2017/18 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

Welcome to another ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) blog hop. Whether you are starting with me or have hopped over from seeing Nicole Wilson's gorgeous creations you are in for a real treat. Tonight we are giving you a sneak peek at some of the products from the new 2017/18 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. There are only 4 more sleeps until you can order (but who's counting?).  Be prepared to have a very long wish list by the end of this hop!

I wanted to feature 2 stamp sets tonight - Pocketful of Sunshine and Happy Birthday Gorgeous. Both are so versatile and can be used for all ages and any gender. Here are the 2 pocket cards I made.

The inside got some love too!

I love this girly version. I have used all 5 of the new In Colours. They all work in really well together. The Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set has some fabulous 2 step stamping flowers and lots of little images that you can use to create a design. Perfect for an 'embroidered' jean pocket. There are so many different sentiments as well. This will be popular set.

The Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set has coordinating thinlits - I can't wait to order these on Thursday. I have cut them with scissors for these cards. I used the outline in the catalogue to give me an idea of the borders. You fold these back and that allows you to make the pocket bow a bit or to add things inside.

Of course I had to stamp an envelope while I was at it.

I was asked to make a card for a friend's son who is travelling and will be away for his birthday. What better design than a pocket with sunnies and a map? I had to hack up an old atlas - all in the name of art! I used the same layout as my first card. If you are onto a good thing.....

I love the stitching detail. I think it works really well as a design feature next to the sentiment as well.

Design tip - Ever struggled to get that random pattern that others make look so effortless? Here's my secret. Stamp the images on scrap card and roughly cut out or in this case punch. Move them around until you are happy with the placement and then use this as a guide to stamping. 

Only 4 sleeps until you can order from the 2017/18 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. I can't wait. How about you? Ready for some more inspiration? Next up is my super talented friend Kelly Kent. You will love her gorgeous projects.

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

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge #10 Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Colour INKspiration challenge. We always kick off the challenge with a blog hop where you can get some INKpiration from the Design Crew Members. Make sure you hop around to each blog. This hop is extra special for me - I am sandwiched between 2 of my stamping besties - Kelly Kent and Guest Designer Megan Lenske.

On to the challenge colours. What do you think?

When doing a colour challenge it is sometimes hard to work out which direction to take. Sometimes (no matter how pretty) I have to ignore the inspiration picture so that ideas come more freely. Cajun Craze is one of my go-to watercolouring colours. It has a beautiful depth of colour and allows for great shading. So with that in mind I had to go with the pot in Crafting Forever - one of the sets from the new Stampin' Up! 2017/18 Annual Catalogue. I used the 3 other colours to watercolour the brushes.

I was really happy with how it turned out. It was how I had pictured it in my head. I knew I wanted to do a Centre Step Card and as soon as I saw Kelly's post a few days ago I remembered a variation on this fold that I have in my 'must try one day' file. It is called an Extended Centre Step Card and coincidentally Debbie Henderson used it for our 2nd Colour Challenge way back in January. It is actually a cross between an easel card and a centre step card. I thought it would be perfect for the humid climate I live in. It will stop cards sagging in the humidity. Thanks to Kelly and Debbie for your inspiration. 

But here is the funny thing. I made a great card yesterday despite banging my thumb in a drawer and having my very naughty cat insist on sleeping on my Stampin' Scrub. By the way I thought the vet was very mean last week when he called her hefty but..... yesterday it seemed quite fitting. Anyway was so pleased that I was on top of everything only to find out that I had used a wrong colour. Thanks for the heads up Kelly! So this is version one with Bermuda Bay instead of Island Indigo. Thought it was too good to be true that I had matching baker's twine for my peg!

So after a new start this morning I decided that I will follow this sentiment.....

..... and made version 2 - with the correct colour this time!

It was a bit hard to capture but I have added a coat of Clear Wink Of Stella over the Smoky Slate on the brush heads to give a metallic look. The pot lip has a coat of Fine Tip Glue Pen to give a glazed look.

I love this cute peg image and what better way to prop open the card than with a peg wrapped in baker's twine! On my second version I didn't have any matching twine so I simply wet some white baker's twine and picked up some Island Indigo ink from the ink pad lid, smooshed it around and let it dry.

This is the card from side on.

And the inside.

Why not make one yourself? Here is the cutting and scoring diagram for you. If you prefer to use inches Debbie Henderson has fantastic instructions.

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 (and my friend) Megan Lenske. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love her clever card.


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