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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  1. So brilliant Lou! Love the peg with twine touch too! Amazing!

  2. Ooooh Lou I am in LOVE with this card!!! A step easel FABULOUS!!!

  3. Incredible card Lou! It's like a home decor piece and I love all the little touches like glazed pots and metal paintbrushes. Adding it to the to do list - step easel!

  4. This is all kinds of wonderful - but I am totally in love with the died twine! Kelly x

  5. Or should that be dyed twine! I think I just killed your twine!

  6. Lou you never cease to amaze me! This card is wicked I love it!! X

  7. Almost too good to be true. Love this card, Lou!

  8. Fabulous card again Lou! I love the little pin on the top left of the sentiment. Super cool! It goes so well with this card!

  9. Awesome centre step card Lou! Love that sentiment....

  10. You are so inspiring .... love everything about this little gem of a card.
    Sentiment is just perfect, I could say what is housework!!!!!!
    TFS the cutting/scoring diagram :)

  11. Absolutely gorgeous, Lou. Both of your same but different colour cards. The detail of the twine, the brushes and the pot are amazing. D xox

  12. Well, l think they are both fabulous and creative Lou. I do love your cute addition of twine. xx

  13. Thanks for the inkspiration. I hardly use Cajun Craze myself but your pot shows it off beautifully. Great extended easel card! Jay

  14. Beautiful detail on your pots and brushes as always. Love a fancy fold card and this one is one on my to do list now, thanks for the instructions. ..... so glad you followed the sentiment! Think I might do just that today....

  15. Oh and I love that you cut out the drawing pin! So clever

  16. Both versions are awesome Lou - honestly wouldn't have known that the first was Bermuda anyway! Gorgeous watercoloring and the twine on the peg to act as the prop is such a fantastic finishing detail!


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