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Monochromatic Watercolouring – Colour Inkspiration 08 with Helping Me Grow

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Happy Wednesday!

Welcome to another blog hop for the Colour Inspiration Crew!  This fortnight’s colour challenge is a subdued monochrome using Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso:

 

I chose to use the retiring Helping Me Grow stamp set, one that I have used so many times while it’s been around.  What a great set for techniques!   My first version of this used more of the Delightful Dijon to make happy, sunny flowers:

 

I’ve used a Soft Suede base and watercolour paper as the mediums.   The Watercolour Paper adds both a nice weigh to the project, but is also the most excellent choice for blending colours.  A simple ribbon and a few pearls accent the watercoloring.  It also felt a bit bare when I was finished, so I added a few black splatters, which somehow just really finishes it off.

 

 

I’ve used our four challenge colours for the image in varying degrees.  The Delightful Dijon is actually quite a nice yellow – not overly bright and with a tinge of brown to it.   As you can see, I did a bit of mixing of the colours.  My watercoloring tends to be a bit on the messy side, but I quite like it that way.  Try it!  And don’t be afraid to leave a bit of white space in your images, either.

 

stampin up helping me grow monochromatic watercolor technique color inspiration vintage

 

I made a little tutorial video for this project and tried another version of the same colours – this time colouring the flower petals directly in Soft Suede.  LIke my post from yesterday, brown flowers can actually look quite good!

I do hope you play along with our colour challenge.  Just create using the colours above, and post your project to the Colour Inspiration Facebook page!

I know you’ll enjoy what Kelly Kent has in store for you next!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. If you’re in New Zealand, and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!  Please request a free copy of the latest catalogue HERE.

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Touches of Texture with Stitched Shapes Framelits

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HI friends!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful, relaxing, sunny weekend!  I was able to spend some hours with some of my team of demonstrators this Saturday, which always leaves me feeling energized and part of “something bigger”.

I was struggling with a migraine much of last week, so I apologize in being a bit tardy in posting.  Today’s share is a remake of a project I made during SaleABration, but this time using the Touches of Texture stamp set.  This set has a lovely mix of all sorts of images designed to layer together.

stampin up touches of texture hexagon watercolor pencils vintage real red

 

Although this set is great for layering, I kept this project relatively “clean”.  The squares are cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits (such a useful set of dies!) and then stamped with the flower image from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

stampin up touches of texture watercolor pencils vintage hexagon stitched framelits

 

Each square was then watercoloured using the new Watercolour Pencils.  I absolutely love working with these!  You can make the colouring light, dark, variegated, shaded or you can mix and blend the colours. It’s so much fun and so easy!  All you need are the pencils and an Aqua Painter.

stampin up touches of texture monochromatic card hexagon

 

I had a few leftover kits, so I played around with the colours a bit.  On this one, I made a monochromatic card with just that pop of Real Red.  I like the look of the brown flowers and grey leaves.  It’s quite vintage looking.  I will use this as an inspiration piece for my May Online Class (Free with any order or $14.95), which will be all about Monochromatic projects.

 

The background was created using the ever-popular Hexagon Embossing Folder, which is carrying over into the next catalogue (yay!).

I’m teaching an awesome Mother’s Day (or can be made general) project this week in both Pakuranga on Monday evening and in Papakura on Wednesday evening.  Please join us!  You can see my full listing of classes for 2017 HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mini Egg Cartons for our Easter Dinner

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Hi friends!  I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing Easter weekend whilst celebrating the season.  I know Easter is over and gone, but I wanted to share with you anyway what I did with a few of the Mini Egg Cartons for our Easter table:

stampin up strength and prayers easter mini egg carton religious

 

We had four women and four men attending, so I made four like this using the Strength and Prayers stamp set.  I have always loved this dove and regret not finding use for it earlier in the year!  What a beauty for Christmas, too.

 

Inside the box I stamped the scripture that comes with the set, embossed in Copper.   I’m one who tends to be a little more private about my religious feelings, but the inside of a box felt comfortable.   And isn’t it nice to open a box and find that little bit more – a bit of colour, printed paper, a saying, or anything a wee bit unexpected.

 

After copper embossing the dove, I added just a whisp of the Watermelon Wonder to give the bird a bit of coordinating colour.    The leaves are from the gorgeous Flouishes die set.

 

We had four male guests, and I decided a pink bird might not appeal to them so much.  So they got this bird instead!  I’ve used the goose here from the Wetlands stamp set, added a bit of colour with an Aquapainter and our Classic Inks, and adhered him to a simple background.  I just used strips of the Urban District paper and the coordinating Washi Tape.

 

Sadly, almost everything I chose to use on these projects is being discontinued!   The discontinued list will run through the end of May or while supplies last. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can do so HERE.  (Plus grab some great discounts and bargain, too!)

Thanks for stopping by,

P.S. Would you enjoy coming to a class for some “time out”?  Please join us!

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Auckland Extravaganza Project Parade!

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Hi friends!  These have been sitting on my desk for a while, but I’m excited to share some of the projects our lovely guests created at the Auckland Extravaganza in March.  We had such a pleasant day together!   I think you’ll find some great birthday card ideas here:

 

 

 

Barbara Bicknell and her team presented and taught this fun “stuffed card” using the Cupcake and Carousels suite, a suite that is now being discontinued and is at a reduced price!  I absolutely love these papers!

This project inspired my Mother’s Day card (will be posted soon).  How fun to have a card with little gifts included. Here, they have included sugar, tea, a stamped spoon, some coloring in pages, a cupcake topper, a pinwheel, and a biscuit. Wow that’s a lot!

Angela Palmer, Kylie Burke, and Kathryn Tyrrell taught this subdued project using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and the Copper Foil.  The inside features an effective peek-a-boo design that is easy to do.

Sally Williams, Heather Stewart, and Michelle Pepper shared this pop up box card project with the group.   Great for any age or gender, this project uses the Birthday Blast dies for that bit extra.

 

Judith Ferguson, Rachael Knight, and Christine Gedye taught everyone how to make a fun pull-up birthday card featuring the Balloon Adventure bundle. Who wouldn’t love to receive this card?!  This could also be used for wedding projects.

We had such a great day; we love our guests and the enthusiasm they bring to the room and to each table.  I know as one of the teachers, I really appreciate all the guests and their encouragement.

Please be careful this evening with Cyclone Cook hitting New Zealand.  And have a wonderful Easter weekend!

P.S. Want a free class?  Please any order with me (in person or online or email), and I’ll send you a Masculine Projects class absolutely free!

P.P.S  Book in for our next round of Extravaganzas in July!

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Otahuhu Class Postponed

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Due to Cyclone Cook hitting Auckland this afternoon and evening, we’ve decided to postpone our cardmaking and scrapbooking class in Otahuhu tonight.

Stay home, ladies, and keep safe.
Thank you for your understanding and we will let you know of a replacement date asap.

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Colour Inkspiration #07 – Cake Crazy Birthday Card in Soft Vintage!

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Welcome to another Blog Hop with the Colour Inkspiration Crew!  This challenge I chose to use a stamp set, Cake Crazy, that is typically used with bright, fun colours (see here) and tone them right down with our colour challenge combination:

 

I hope you will also play along!  You can join the Colour Inkspiration Challenge Group HERE.

 

stampin up cake crazy vintage birthday card CI07

 

I incorporated all the colours into the cake layers, but focused on the Pink Pirouette for the card base.   I embossed the base with the Hexagon Embossing Folder.   Do you notice a bit of Tip Top Taupe ink in the grooves of the hexagons?   I sponged a little bit of ink directly onto the folder before embossing so it embossed and inked all at the same time.

stampin up cake crazy birthday card vintage hexagon CI07

 

I wanted to go a little more vintage with this project, just for something a little bit unexpected with the Cake Crazy stamp set.  All the edges are inked lightly with the Tip Top Taupe ink and I roughed up a few edges with my scissors.   I also really love to incorporate that Vanilla Lace Trim!

 

And don’t forget the inside of your card (and your envelope!) to create a “whole package” card!   While you have your stamps and ink out, it’s easy to just add a few more coordinating images in the same colours to the rest of your project.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here at my blog! If you live in New Zealand and don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!

Enjoy the rest of your hop! Your next stop is the talented and generous Rebecca Scurr!









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Retiring Product List – Get Them Before They Are Gone!

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We’re getting ready to retire products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogues. While supplies last!

 Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items 31 May!

Download and Print the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual and Occasions Catalogue Retiring LIst

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