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Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop – Bench Fold Bookcase Builder Card!

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Welcome to another blog hop for worldwide demonstrators who have achieved the Thailand Grand Vacation!  (16 days until we go!!).  You have landed in New Zealand on the hop!

 

Today’s share is a fun Bench Fold card using the new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack:

 

I thought this could be a great little card for masculine themes, teenagers, or babies!

 

I loved the Cable Knit folder used here for a little table runner.   Cute!

All the images are from the Bookcase Builder stamp set – so you can mix and match both colours and images to create anything you want on the little shelves.

 

And like magic, the card folds down flat (or relatively flat) to fit inside a standard envelope.

The new product here is also one of my top three picks for the new catalogue – the Wood Textures Designer Series Stack.  These are FABulous papers perfect for the guys, kids, flowers, vintage  . . . . just love them!

If you live in New Zealand and don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of the hop!


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Vintage Background Bits – Colour INspiration 11

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Welcome to another Colour Inspiration Colour Challenge!  You are now visiting Jacque Williams in New Zealand.  This fortnight we have #11 – a yummy mix of Soft Suede, Marina Mist, and Early Espresso.

Please join us over the next two weeks uploading your own projects in the above colours (plus black, white, vanilla or any metallics) by joining us on the Colour Inkspiration Challenge Page.  It’s also quite fun to see what others create!

I chose to use one of the new host sets, Background Bits.  I just love the versatile and vintage feel to this set:

The main image is heat embossed in Clear Embossing Powder and then inked over the top in all three of the challenge colours.  I used a circle out of scrap cardstock to mask off the moon image while sponging, too.

This is such an easy to way to create a wow background!

I also used the script stamp in the set to do a little bit more stamping onto the background.

Finish off with a bit of glitter. And just a bit in keeping with the vintage style!

 

Background Bits is a host set, meaning you can receive it free when you host a Stampin’ Up! workshop OR when you/you and some friends place an order of $300 or more.  It’s a truly gorgeous set!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you’ll enjoy the rest of the hop.  You’ll be visiting the talented Lou Kitzelman next!

If you live in New Zealand and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!   I’m having a Free Open House for the new catalogue 17 June 10-1pm.   Come along and make some projects, take photos of new displays, and have a cuppa!   Feel free to bring a friend, too.   Free gift for the first five registrants.  Register HERE.

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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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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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Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop – Cool Treats Acetate Window Card

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Last Call for SaleABration!

Welcome to the Thailand Incentive Trip Achievers Blog Hop for March 2017. Did you know that Sale-a-Bration finishes at the end of this month?? NOW is the time to make sure you have collected all the wonderful Sale-a-Bration products for FREE that won’t be available after this month.

At the moment you are visiting Jacque Williams in New Zealand!

I’d like to share with you a project using one of my favorites (Cool Treats) from the Occasions Catalogue, accented with the FREE SaleABration Glimmer Paper:

stampin up cool treats frozen acetate window card

Each pack of Free Glimmer Paper comes with four 6×6 sheets of Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, and Sweet Sugarplum (above).  Even a little bit goes a long way!

 

This fun card features an acetate window, onto which I have adhered a yummy ice cream sundae using the Cool Treats Bundle.

I love how this set lends itself to about any age, any gender, and many occasions.  It’s perfect for birthdays, but who wouldn’t love to get an ice cream card for any reason at all?!

 

I also made this a double opening card to allow more room for writing without anything showing through the acetate window.

Visit my Tutorials Page for instructions!

And earn that Glimmer Paper FREE with any $110 purchase (or another item of your choice)!  (New Zealand residents only)

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember you are currently at my blog – Jacque Williams – so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

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Colour Inspiration Challenge #5 – Falling Flowers on Vellum

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Welcome to another colour challenge from the Colour Inspiration Crew!  Challenge #5 is all about soft colours:

 

Sahara Sand is not a colour I reach for often, so I enjoyed thinking about how to use it:

stampin up falling flowers blushing bride vellum embossed white wedding

A friend sent me a similar card a while ago, which I used as my inspiration.   The stamp set and dies are the Falling Flowers Bundle, a lovely one in any colour combination.

 

The flowers are heat embossed on Cardstock Vellum in White Embossing Powder for a tone on tone look.   This card would be perfect for a wedding or even a sympathy card, too.

 

 

Thanks for stopping in to New Zealand, and I hope you find inspiration and play along with this colour challenge!

Your next stop is to the talented Monique Fielder:

 

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Colour Inkspiration Challenge #4 – Make a Medallion

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Welcome to Blog Hop #4 for the Colour Inkspiration Crew!  I feel delighted to be invited to take part in the crew!  You too can play along with the colour challenges on Facebook.

This week’s challenge was truly a challenge.  Using complimentary colours, the contrast can be quite vivid.

 

I used inspiration from past projects and toned the colour combination right down with lots of white space:

stampin up new zealand eggplant medallion birthday card

 

I have used here the NEW Make a Medallion stamp set.  Triple step stamping on this one allows you to have multiple colours in the medallion with ease!  You can, of course, also use the images separately or in a monochromatic fashion.

The best part?  This one is FREE!  Place your order out of any of the current catalogues of $110 and this one is all yours.

We have a wee collection going on here: the Wooden Hearts, the Lace Doilies, the Burlap Ribbon all paired up with the Stitched Framelits dies.

I used the same stamp on the Eggplant (white embossed) as I used on the Elegant Eggplant stamped portion of the medallion.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here on my blog in New Zealand!   Please click now to the talented Rebecca Scurr:

 

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Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop – Hey Chick!

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I’m guessing you will see a lot of this FUN stamp set on this hop!  It seems to be quite the favorite for those looking for something a bit different and crazy!

Thank you for joining us on the hop! You’ve now landed in New Zealand, and I am Jacque Williams.  We are still in summer and looking to start a new school year next week!   My share today is inspired by Pinterest and these quirky chicks:

I’ve featured both the Hexagon Embossing Folder and the Hey, Chick stamp set here.   I also used a few of the VERY cool screw tops from the Urban Underground Embellishments.  More of these to come!

These little chickies are fun to colour in with the new Watercolour Pencils!  I kept the cardstock and card itself very neutral so these cuties could be coloured in any colour combination of your choice.

And the Stitched Framelits dies adds a nice extra detail.

I hope you will give this a try!  Remember you can get the Hey, Chick stamp set for FREE with any $110 order (no limit!)

Enjoy the rest of your hop; I know there will be some amazing inspiration!

Warmest Wishes,

 

 

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