Monday, 30 October 2017

What Will You Stamp? - #140 - Letters for you

Welcome to this week's challenge at What Will You Stamp? Each week we feature a different stamp set and start off the challenge by sharing our ideas for using it and then it is over to you. So check out all of the Design Team projects and if you are up for the challenge you can add your projects too. You might even be chosen as our next Guest Designer!

This week we are showcasing Letters for you.

There are so many things you can do with this stamp set and coordinating thinlits bundle - from home decor to decorations for special occasions to scrapbook layouts and everything in between. For my project I have a really simple design. The design in my head was much more detailed, but I settled on the simplicity of this monogram for my planner. Sometimes simple and elegant is best!

This idea to decorate the front of my planner came from my talented friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Megan Lenske. So it has been on my 'to do' list for months! Megan even gave me the plastic - cut to size. Finally I have managed to get it done. I love my Stampin' Up! planner and now I can protect it. My rather large furry cat has a habit of kicking it off my desk! She feels it is competing with her for space!

Gold on gold on gold was my strategy for this design! Gold embossed letters on Powder Pink cardstock, Gold foil doily and gold metallic thread. Embarrassingly - not much to it. But sometimes you just need a quick project don't you!

Make sure you check out all of the other projects from the other Design Team members and enter your project. We'd love to see what you create.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge #20 Blog Hop

Welcome back for another Colour INKspiration challenge. This is our 20th challenge. Can you believe it??? Thank you to everyone who plays along. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing what you do with each set of colours. On to the colours for this challenge.

Plus Textures of Wood DSP - optional
I must admit that Always Artichoke is not a colour I use often (or at all actually) so it had me stumped for a while. An idea was sparked by another project that I had made using these great Acetate Card Boxes. They look great embossed with an embossing folder. I have used elements from the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More card pack to create this fun gift box. I've even used the box to store this card pack in. The first card adds to the design.

I hand cut the ornament from one of the cards, added some Always Artichoke enamel shapes and coloured in a few areas with markers. Add in some ribbon in the colours and job done!

Embossing acetate boxes is easy. Leaving the box flat, find the front panel (the one without the large flaps). Straddle the embossing folder over the front edge so that the back of the embossing folder is inside the box. Centre within the front panel. The side panel will not be covered. It adds a lovely texture to the box. I love it even without anything in it too!

The little ornaments are also in the card pack - already die cut.

The weekend before last I ran a one day Stampin' Retreat with 2 fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators. One of the projects I designed for that sparked the idea for this challenge. This is my original design that our retreat goers made.  As you can see it is so easy to change up a simple design.

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 Julia. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love her easel card.


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Sunday, 22 October 2017

ESAD Holiday Catalogue Fancy Folds and 3D projects blog hop

Welcome to this special ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) blog hop. We thought we would show you some fancy folds and 3D projects using products from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.

Christmas is always a busy time of year for me (like most people). It is when I have the most things to make and the least amount of time to do it in so I am always on the lookout for easy projects that have a wow factor. I go for minimal effort, maximum effect!

I came across this great idea for a Gift Box on a Card on Rachel Tessman's blog. Immediately I thought they would be perfect for table decorations for my Christmas table. Every year I make some sort of bon-bon alternative and it gets hard to think of new ideas. Perfect! Armed with products from the Year of Cheer suite I quickly whipped these up.  I might say I was quite pleased with myself. Now I just need to remember to fill the boxes!

The original idea has a pattern for you to make the boxes that sit in the card but these Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are the perfect size and look fab with DSP inside. The perfect time-saver!

Each design is embarrassingly simple. A piece of DSP, come pieces of washi tape (how gorgeous is that?), some ribbon, embellishments and some metallic embossing!

 You cut a section out of the card for the box to sit in. Details are at the end of this post for you.

Okay they may be embarrassingly simple but I think that DSP speaks for itself! Why not let that do all the work for you?

 Each design has the same elements so it is really quick and easy to make a few at once.

The Merry Little Labels stamp set is perfect for creating the different tags and sentiment panels for each card.

This design might be my bon-bon replacements this year. I think I will pop them on the table, filled with goodies and a name tag added to the top of the box.

Stampin' Up! makes it so easy for you at this time of year for you create special, unique gifts and decorations. I just grabbed the whole Year of Cheer suite of products and the Merry Little Labels stamp set and away I went. You could grab any suite of coordinated products to make up this design in other colours.

Here is how to cut the section out of the card for the box to sit in.

The DSP for the card front is 14.8 x 6 cm and the DSP strip to go in the acetate box is 5 cm x 20 cm - scored at 5, 10 and 15 cm. Once you have mastered the cut out section the design is easy. This is definitely one you can have fun with and make up in lots of different styles. 

Next up is Leonie. Make sure you check out her great projects and continue the rest of the hop as well - you are bound to get some fabulous ideas (and new things to add to your wish list!).

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

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