Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Colour INKspiration Challenge #46 Blog Hop



I really need to put the breaks on! It's just about the end of November - how did that happen? Oh and hi! See that's how manic my week has been - forgot my manners! Right straight onto our challenge colours - no time to sit around chatting! PS I may or may not be a touch tired and in a weird mood. Nooooooo!


I used these colours to make some very special cards. 2 of our current and one past member of the Colour INKspiration Crew have the honour of being chosen to be on the 2019 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. It is so fabulous to see the talents of Jackie Aitken, Narelle Farrugia and Rochelle Blok being recognised.


I used one of the bundles from the Stampin' Up! 2019 Occasions Catalogue - Piece of Cake. It was a fun and quick way to make them a celebratory cake that could be posted!


The background was made using the smooshing technique with the Gorgeous Grape and Lovely Lipstick inks. Hands up if you love a good smoosh! Some shiny Rose Metallic Thread added some subtle bling.


While I was at it I also whipped up some thank you cards too. I keep saying that this is a 'minimum effort, maximum effect' bundle ...... because it is! And if you join to be a demonstrator you can order it in December (at a discount) rather than waiting to pay full price in January as a customer. Why would you wait I wonder?


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. You can also use Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as Metallics. 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 Rebecca. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!

Lou




Thursday, 22 November 2018

Just Add Ink #435 - Just Add Inspiration



We have an inspiration pic to get your creative juices flowing at Just Add Ink this week. It is the polar opposite to the weather we are having on the Sunshine Coast, Australia at the moment. See what I did there!


I love the dense forest of trees in this pic so used that as the background for my fun Santa card. It is a Double Z fold card and you can see another of this type of card that I made here.


It is a great card fold to use when you want a special Christmas card - it stands up so everyone can admire it! And I got to use my Lovely as a Tree stamp set to create the forest by stamping several times before reinking. This is one of my oldest stamp sets!


And to add some fun I added some wobble springs to Santa and one of the elves. Wobble springs are fun. Be warned though - you can't just wobble them once!


The Signs of Santa bundle is perfect for building a scene. Grab some Stampin'  Blends and it is the perfect way to unwind and destress ... and escape the busy-ness of this time of year.


I have used the Santa's Workshop Designer Series Paper. It is double sided so you get to see the back of it too with this card fold.


Those cheeky elves just make me smile!


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


Lou

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Monday, 19 November 2018

Stamp Review Crew - First Frost


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 First Frost.


This really is a fabulous stamp set and the coordinating Frosted Bouquet Framelits are a must to get as well. I love a set that you can use in lots of ways and for lots of occasions. I thought I would branch out a bit and use a different colour scheme for this birthday card - Very Vanilla, Petal Pink, Basic Black and Copper. Makes a nice change I think!


The Frosted Bouquet Framelits has a large and smaller rectangular set that you can use to make frames or for embossing as I have done in this card. I love the raised frame!


The flowers in the Frosted Floral stamp set are lovely but my favourite stamps are the different foliage ones. I love them here in Basic Black behind my sentiment panel and also stamped over the sentiments in Petal Pink.


 The Very Vanilla and copper ribbon from the Tea Room Combo Ribbon pack was the perfect finishing detail.


Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up is Ann. Can't wait to see what fabulous things she has been creating. 

Lou

Friday, 16 November 2018

Piece of Cake bundle - Onstage Presentation - Part 4 - Avid Crafter samples

Today I have some more samples to show you using the Piece of Cake bundle from my Onstage presentation. This bundle is really great because it is perfect for crafters of every level. You can do some creative and advanced techniques with it such as heat embossing.


I love how the copper embossing is so raised and shiny! Really makes a lovely, elegant wedding card.



And it wouldn't be me if I didn't try some sort of colouring with it. I did some tricky masking to create this cake scene and then coloured with an aqua painter and ink.


I love the 2 part sentiments.


I've added some Wink Of Stella to the inks for the icing and cake stands. It is a bit hard to see though.



You can check out more that I have made with this bundle here. I have a few more samples left to show you but I they are for some upcoming Design Team posts.

It was a really great experience presenting at OnStage and I am so very grateful to Stampin' Up! for the opportunity and to Em Parkin-Wilson for the encouragement and support. x

Lou

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Colour INKspiration Challenge #45 Blog Hop - 2017 - 2019 In Colours



Time to celebrate the 2017-2019 In Colours with another Colour INKspiration challenge. As usual the Crew are kicking things off with a blog hop to get your creative juices flowing. You can use 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 of the colours along with Basic Black, Whisper White and any metallics.


I've used Powder Pink, Berry  Burst and Fresh Fig along with Silver for a fun,  modern Christmas card. This is one of the card designs we will be making in my upcoming Stamp-a-stack classes. Think the ladies will like it?


I was inspired by Sam Donald (aka Pootles) and her ombre baby wipe technique. It is so easy, yet so, so effective. You fold up a baby wipe, pop it in an empty clear stamp case and ink up with your reinkers. I have used colours that will give a great ombre effect so have added them to my baby wipe in lines. You can add random dots if you like but I think the lines of colour work really well for the bauble from the Beautiful Bauble set.

I found that it worked best when I stamped on glossy cardstock. Adding the die cut bauble to a Silver Foil edged card with coordinating ribbon added that bit of sparkle in a hurry. Quick, simple but pretty!


You can also use the baby wipe stamp pad that you have made for the sentiments too.


Now there is only one problem with a fun technique like this - you can't just stop at stamping one image! The stamp pad also keeps for weeks if you seal it in the clear stamp case. I used another of the gorgeous stamps from the Beautiful Bauble stamp set for this fun card.


I simple stamped the imaged twice, side by side and then twice more on a second piece of glossy card.


I used the coordinating thinlit to die cut all of the baubles and popped them over the base images, raising with Stampin' Dimensionals.


What happens when you accidentally drop a piece of glossy cardstock onto your baby wipe stamp pad? You pretend you meant to do it of course and smear the colour all over it!


It is perfect to go behind this lattice bauble from the Detailed Baubles thinlits. And I really love the ombre sentiment bauble. So much fun! And it really is a quick and easy way to whip up some fun, unique Christmas cards.


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. You can also use Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as Metallics. 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 the delightful and very talented, Nikki Spencer. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!

Lou

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