Monday, 18 February 2019

Stamp Review Crew - Butterfly Gala



Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hopThe 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 Butterfly Gala. It comes with a coordinating punch - Butterfly Bouquet punch - which is currently out of stock in some countries. It will be restocked though.


I am crazy busy at the moment and I need lots of cards - isn't that always the way. So I decided to make a few in a similar design and just change up things a bit.


This card design is really easy. All you do is cut and fold a regular card base, then trim off 2.5 cm (1") from the front. I embossed my shortened front pieces before adding in a sliver of Basic Black cardstock and then some of the free Sale-a-bration Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper to make the card front full length again. This is a really quick and easy way to make your card appear to have layers.

From there I just started playing around with ideas sparked from the DSP.


The DSP used in this card can be punched using the Butterfly Bouquet punch. I stamped my images and just raised them with dimensionals over the butterfly on the paper, as they are the same shape.


Simple yet effective!


This card came about because the frame and Pineapple Punch piece were lying on my desk as left overs from another project. 


I love how the design was really lifted by simply adding in a few Pineapple Punch details on each butterfly.


The DSP in this card has butterflies the same shape and size as the small punched butterfly so I used the same idea as in the first card I showed you today.


I love how the bold embossing does all the work for you! How easy is that!


I thought I'd use a side of the DSP that was coloured. I picked out Grapefruit Grove as the colour in the DSP to highlight.


Did you notice the black outline around the butterfly? It is from one of the free Sale-a-bration products - Butterfly Elements. I coloured it by wiping my Momento Ink Pad over it.


Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up you are off to the UK to visit my super talented friend, Jay. He will have something to wow us - he always does!

Lou

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Just Add Ink #444 - Just Add a colour combination



Happy Friday everyone. We have a colour challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week.


You can really have fun with this colour challenge and achieve different looks simply by changing the 'your choice' colour. In addition to the 3 challenge colours you may also use Whisper White, Basic Black, Very Vanilla or metallics. I was a bit boring (put it down to too many early morning wake-ups from the furry one!) and chose Old Olive as my 3rd colour.


I have gone for a fairly simple design. A strip of Designer Series Paper from the Botanical Butterfly pack, and some embossing using the Corrugated embossing folder formed my base.


The flowers are from the Lovely Lattice stamp set (free with qualifying orders). I stamped in black, coloured with Stampin' Blends and Stampin' Write Markers and then did some serious fussy cutting. I must admit that there were several casualties that got 'pruned' and ended up on the floor. I just pretended I didn't want them!


The inside was easy to decorate - by just adding a few of the details from the card front you get a lovely card inside and out!


The Old Olive Baker's twine is just gorgous and added the finishing touch!


Make sure you pop on over to the Just Add Ink page to see how all the other Design Team members used these colours. I wonder what everyone picked for their third colour! Why not enter your own creation? We always love seeing them!


Lou

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Colour INKspiration Challenge #49 Blog Hop



Hi and welcome to our first Colour INKspiration challenge of 2019. Did you notice the gorgeous new graphics? Aren't they fun and fresh .... and summery to match the weather we are currently having here in Australia. The talented Rose Packer designed these fabulous graphics. Thanks Rose!

Our challenge colours tie in perfectly with our new graphics too I just noticed!


I was at a bit of a loss as to how I would use these colours. My mojo has been misplaced! For some weird reason (who can fathom how my brain works!) cactus came to mind! So I used the Flowering Desert stamp set to build up a scene on this fun pocket card.


The Rectangle Stitched Shapes framelits are perfect for adding windows. I love the stitched detail that they add - so clean and neat!


The outside card/pocket is just a regular card size and the inside one is narrower so that it clears the taped edges. I just trimmed until it fit. You might be able to see that I used one of the narrow rectangle framelits to cut a notch out of the top of my pocket so that my bow had a little spot to sit.


I just played around with the stamps to build up a scene. The large cactus was fussy cut and popped up on the front of the pocket with dimensionals.


I thought that the Pineapple Punch frame on the card insert would look great peaking through. It adds to the design when the card is inside the pocket.


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 Kim. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!

Lou



Thursday, 7 February 2019

Creating Kindness Design Team February 2019 blog hop - Birthdays - Lovely Lattice



Can you believe we are already into February! The Creating Kindness Design Team are all about birthdays for this month's hop. I am sure you will find so many ideas to get your birthday card stash stocked! Our guest designer is Louise Sharp. She is a fellow Aussie and an amazingly talented chick. Make sure you check out her blog here. Welcome from one Lou to another!

I made some cute, cool baby cards the other day and because I seem to only have one good idea a week I decided to use the same design idea for some birthday cards. When you're onto a good thing .....


The Well Said bundle has fabulous words and phrases that you can use to form your sentiments. It is such a versatile set. Check it out on page 27 of the Occasions Catalogue if you have missed it. Some soft and subtle Soft Sea Foam stamped and die cut words worked really well with my bold watercolouring.


The Rectactangle Stitched Shapes framelits are are great way to get professional (and straight) edges on your cards and they are also great to use for cut out windows.


I love that the sentiment can be seen when the card is both open and closed.


Now those flowers ..... worked out what stamp they are from? It is the Lovely Lattice stamp set. They have been heat embossed, watercoloured and then fussy cut. It is always great to have a few ways to use stamp sets.


And even better - the Lovely Lattice is one of the free Sale-a-bration ones you can choose when you spend over $90 AUD. Oh and did you know you could get 2 free products if you chose the Well Said bundle and the Rectangle Stitched Shapes Framelits. Winning x2!


We made these cards in our class on Monday so I thought I would show you another version using the same design.


This one used the Butterfly Gala stamp set and Butterfly Duet punch. 


And how gorgeous is that Beautifully Detailed Laser-cut DSP. Such a quick way to add a bit of fancy!


Quick heat embossing in white and watercolouring = beautiful butterflies.


Stay tuned to see if I get one good idea next week! Hope you liked this one!

Make sure you continue both the video and blog hop. Next up is the fabulous Paula Dobson. Can't wait to see her birthday creation!

Lou


Blog Hop Participants
1.      Louise Sharp – Guest Designer - Australia
2.      Jenny Hall – USA
3.      Lou Kitzelman – Australia
4.      Paula Dobson  - New Zealand
5.      Jay Soriano – UK
6.      Marcy Denning - Canada
7.      Cheryll Miller – Australia
8.      Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
9.      Jerim Dickins – UK
10.   Sara Levin – USA
11.   Carolynn Sander - Canada
12.   Charlet Mallett - USA

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