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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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Happy Birthday Gorgeous – with Free Video Tutorial!

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Happy first day of June and the first day of our new Annual Catalogue!  I had a great deal of fun putting through orders (mostly for myself!) this morning. There is nothing quite inspiring like a few new toys!

Today’s share is a fun Double Front Window Card using the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle:

 

Please also note the gorgeous, fantastic, versatile Wood Textures papers used here!  How I love these!  Wonderful with flowers, masculine, teens, baby — just anything at all!  I encourage all of you to put these beauties on your first order!

 

The front panel of the card features a window, which I encourage you to watch the video below to see just how I did that to create the matted frame.  The second layer of the card showcases a second wood print with a bit of stamping.

 

The Happy Birthday Die makes for a more interesting window here, but also consider you can cut the two words apart and use them separately for even more versatility!

Please take a few moments to watch my video and see how to make a card like this:

 

Thanks so much for stopping by – I appreciate each and every one of you!  I hope you are enjoying the new catalogue and I look forward to another Stampin’ Up! year of inspiration, laughs and fun!  Please join us for a class!

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Cool Treats Pocket Page and Scrapbooking Layout – and Last Day for Retiring Stock!

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And it’s already the last day of May!  I am surely glad it’s been a mild winter so far!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to order from the Retiring List (and check out the Clearance Rack while there).   Good bargains to be had and there are always items that are sorely missed.  Please do have a look before midnight tonight.

Today’s share is a scrapbooking layout I designed months ago and never posted.   These yummy papers are being discontinued as of tomorrow, so today is the day to post:

 

I’ve used the Cool Treats Bundle along with the Sprinkles Embellishments and the coordinating Designer Series Paper.   How I adore these fresh, miniature ice blocks!   It’s easy to create the different shades of the same colour even with one ink pad:

  1. Stamp off (onto a scrap) and then stamp your project for a lighter colour.  You can even stamp off multiple times
  2. Or stamp over the same spot twice for a darker colour.  So easy!

 

 

The design for this layout came from the Demonstrator-Only magazine, Impressions.  They had a sample done in different papers and images, and I adapted to what I wanted to use.  We are very inundated with inspiration being Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators – finding ideas is no problem at all!!!

With the new catalogue launching tomorrow, it’s a great time to join my team, enjoy a discount, attend team gatherings and trainings, and start your own small or big business!  Find out more HERE.

 

I forget to to this, but using die cuts and tone on tone paper is a great look.  And what an inexpensive and easy way to embellish or create a background, too.

 

I also created up a simple Pocket Page to go along with the layout, seeing as it was only a single page layout.  Pocket Pages are a great way to add in a lot more photos; you can just slip these pages in with your standard 12×12 pages.    I’d put a lot more photos on this than I have here; I just put all the embellishments facing one way for ease of my students and the photography.

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you tomorrow in a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue year!

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Tarnished Foil Vintage Butterflies!

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Hi friends!  And a big Happy Mother’s Day to all women and to all dads going at it alone.  It’s wonderful as a parent to be appreciated. I received a lovely, heartfelt letter from my middle daughter, Kjirsti.  It’s moments like those that make it all so rewarding.

Today’s share is a Tarnished Foil technique project – one technique that I’ve wanted to try for a while.  This is a great one for cards for the guys, but, as you can see here, it also makes a super background for a more vintage look:

 

This technique is reasonably easy to achieve.  The key is to start with our fabulous Silver Foil cardstock.  

  1. Emboss with the Woodlands Embossing Folder.  I’ve seen it with the trees coming “out” as above and with the trees going “in” and actually, either looks great!
  2. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad
  3. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Silver Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  4. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Copper Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  5. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad.

 

Sadly, both the butterfly images and the two coordinating punches are being discontinued.  Both winners!  Please be sure to check out the Retiring List and the Clearance Rack.

I have layered the butterflies on top of the gorgeous background without any further embellishment. I thought it best to let the background speak for itself.

 

I will be teaching this project in my classes in May; I’d love to have you along!  Please see my Calendar Page for a class nearest to you.   I’d also be happy to schedule a regular or one-off class with you and your friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

P.S. The new Annual Catalogue is live 1 June!   Come to a class in May or message me to receive your copy!

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Four Panel Beautiful Card – Complete with a Few Small Gifts!

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Happy Friday!   Today’s share is a lovely Four Panel Card shown to us at a recent Stampin’ Up! Training Event (OnStage) by fellow South Pacific Demonstrator, Pam Jorgenson.  I’ve taken her design and modified into a card that incorporate a couple of small gifts – perfect for Mother’s Day or any birthday!

stampin up four panel succulent birdcage gift and card bookmark

 

I’ve used the GORGEOUS Succulent Designer Series Paper here, one that has such a great colour combination and nice prints.

I’ve also paired up with the printed papers the Birdcage Builder stamp set, one that I bought right out of the gate.  We gold embossed the birdcage here for a metallic look.

stampin up succulent four panel mother's day card

 

I wanted to create something that had a few little gifts inside for Mother’s Day or any occasion where a small gift would be suitable.   So on panel 2 I had everyone make a bookmark using the mega giant paper clips and the Succulent dies.   I just love how it both adds to the project and is a gift for later, too.

On the third panel, we made a little pocket and tucked in a cup of tea.  This would such be the perfect card to give along with a new book!

 

One fun thing about a card with this many surfaces is one can feature all the pretty prints in a designer series paper pack.  This is where that coordination really shines!  Everyone’s was a bit different, but all working and all looking great.

 

What fun I’ve had making this project!  Sadly, so many of the products used here are being discontinued!   It’s that time of the year.  Please do check out the discontinuing list as well as the Clearance Rack to not only get some good deals, but also to make sure you get what’s on your shopping list before they are no longer available!

Thanks for stopping by!

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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 Inspiration #6 – High Tide Masculine Watercolour Wash card

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Welcome to another wonderful blog hop by the Colour Inspiration Crew!  You are now at Jacque Williams’ blog in New Zealand!

Challenge #6 features Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, and Gold:

I had plans for this combination, but I recently received my copy of Stampin’ Success, the Stampin’ Up! magazine for demonstrators.  I was quite taken with the project featured there with this fun background:

stampin up high tide masculine nautical birthday technique

 

The background is created by smooshing ink onto our clear stamping blocks, spritzing with water, and then stamping!  Each one turns out quite differently.

The stamp set here is HIgh Tide, one that is suitable for the guys, but of course, not limited to!

And here is another version, more in keeping precisely with the colour challenge.

On the first example, I accidentally turned the background image upside down, but in looking at the two, I think I prefer it that way now.  Which do you like?

stampin up high tide gold emboss masculine

 

But actually my favorite thing about this card is the beams of light.  I intentionally made them “not solid” and I like the effect!

Thank you for joining the blog hop and I know you’ll enjoy your next stop at Simone Bartrum!








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Dragonfly Dreams Watercolored Pencils Background – KIT for Birthday Cards

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My last post I shared A Dragonfly Dreams card, and we are on a roll!  I’d love to share this fun project using  Dragonfly Dreams, featuring an artsy watercolored background. I’ve used the Watercolor Pencils here to create this look:

Each of these turns out as a little work of art.  Some are more “runny” and others stay more in a rectangular shape.  All look great – it’s just a matter of personal preference!

On this version, I used Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight.  Simply scribble the pencils onto the cardstock, and use a Stampin’ Spritzer or an Aquapainter (or both) to blend the colours and let them run.

You can quickly contain the colours by blotting them up with a tissue or heating them with the Heat Tool to stop the blending.

I wanted to add a bit more colour as I was working on this one, so while the paper and pencils were still wet, I coloured more on with a dry Watercolor Pencil. Here is where I learned to wet the pencil first!  Those scratch marks are from the dry pencil, but I also liked that effect.  Like I said, they all come out quite differently and each with their own appeal.

 

This version uses the warmer colours of Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight.

We made this project at my garage sale a few weeks ago, and it was fun to see everyone’s artist come out. Some were more reserved and some really got in there!  And all the colour combinations were beautiful.

New this year! KITS!

Every month , I will offer a birthday card kit.  This project is perfect because each one turns out differently with so many possibilities!

You have the option of ordering four kits for $12 which will include all consumables (cardstock, twine, glimmer paper) pre-cut and ready to go.  You may also add-on the Dragonfly Bundle and other products.    Of course, you can always order whatever products you need and just add the kits on top!

Instructions included.

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