A 50TH ECLIPSE CARD WITH BLOOMS AND WISHES!

A friend of mine turned 50 this week and we went to her birthday celebrations last night.  Of course I wanted to make a card but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming with what stamps to use or what colours.  In our team group this week we have had a challenge to use a stamp set we haven’t used before.  I could choose from a few different ones here.  I have a number still uninked!! I went with the Blooms and Wishes set and used the Eclipse technique.

The colours used are Sweet Sugarplum, Fresh Fig, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz and Lemon Lime Twist.  I picked those colours from a Colour combination off Pinterest.  I added a little bling with the Rhinestones.

Hope your weekend is going great.  Today I have been at a Christmas market all day so it was a busy one but always great talking to people about stamping right. 🙂

Jenny

 

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ELEVENTH HOUR STAMPING FOR COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #20!

I had a little time this afternoon to make a quick card for the Colour Inkspirations #20 Colour Challenge.  I usually don’t stamp on a Monday with other commitments on but in between them and phone calls I got some stamping in just in time for the challenge to close.  These were hard colours this round and I wasn’t sure what I would do.  This card changed a few times along the way.

Firstly, the colours: Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.

They look so pretty in the picture don’t they but I don’t often work with such heavy colours.  And I don’t use Always Artichoke.  I don’t even own the inkpad for it!  I used the Stampin’ Write Marker.  Here is my card.

I dusted off the Swirly Bird set and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits for this one.  The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  I dusted that one off too. 🙂

To finish the card I added a touch of Paper Doily under the Banner with a strip of the Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon.  And for the “bling” factor I added a small dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and some adhesive Pearls.

So I have posted it just in time.  If you want to check the other cards out or join in these challenges yourself then head over HERE.

Jenny

ECLIPSE TOUCHES OF TEXTURE FOR CI18!

It’s another Colour Challenge at Colour INKspirations group –  Colour INKspirations #18

The colours this round are so pretty. Powder Pink, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand and Sweet Sugarplum.

So of course the card had to be pretty right?  I hope my card is anyway.

I have been playing around with the Eclipse Technique lately.  You might have seen that around your blog travels.  To do the Eclipse technique: You stamp over your white card mat (or you could use a piece of Designer Series Paper).  Then cut your letters or shapes out from the piece.  Once the card (or Paper) is adhered to your card mat, the letters are then adhered back on to your card mat raised up with Dimensionals giving a 3D look.

This is my card I created using the colours and using the set Touches of Texture.

The “Just For” is stamped in Basic Gray from the Work of Art stamp set.  Check the dragonfly.  I stamped it on Vellum and coloured it in on the back with markers. Then went over it with the Wink of Stella pen.

You still have time to have a play.  Head -> HERE to join the Facebook group if you are not already a member there.  Challenges are great to take part in.

EDITED TO ADD:  I was picked in the TOP 5 at Colour Inkspirations challenge for this card.  So that is very exciting! 🙂

Thanks for looking.  Have a great day,

Jenny

 

FRESH COLOURS FOR CI17 COLOUR CHALLENGE!

I had a little play today with the Colour INKspirations Challenge (CI17).  I have missed a few rounds lately so it was good to take time out to play.  I really like to have a go at these challenges as it really extends your creativity.

The Colours for this week are: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Flirty Flamingo.  What fun, fresh colours!

I had in mind to use the Beachy Christmas set in the Holiday Catalogue.  I hadn’t got around to using this set yet.  And you don’t need to use this just for Christmas …

For this card I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #261

I was going to watercolour the houses with just a wash but then saw the Work of Art set.  One of the larger “block” type stamps covered over it nicely.  I did do a test run on scrap card to mist the colours after I stamped but I liked it better just to leave them.

The Flirty Flamingo card mat was embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  I added a strip of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I love that Lemon Lime Twist!  The sentiment I used was from Better Together set.

The clouds were from the Lift Me Up Bundle stamped in Pool Party.  I wouldn’t have necessarily stamped them in that colour but had to add it somewhere.  I did add some sparkle with the Wink of Stella pen.  It’s a bit hard to tell though.

Now when I made this I first used the Peekaboo Peach instead of the Flirty Flamingo.  So I had to put that one aside and redo it with Flirty Flamingo. Once I had finished the card I then went back and finished this one.  I thought I would show you that one too.

I used more of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I played around with the sentiment a bit to cut angles and all kinds of things but ended up just trimming it down and adding some doily underneath.  The sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams.

I think I like this version better.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking.  I hope your weekend has been great and you have had a chance to be creative,

Jenny

CHRISTMAS IN JULY CLASS IS COMING TO YOU!

Christmas in July is happening and I am bringing a class right to you in your own home!  You can join anywhere in the world.  Start getting inspired for Christmas.

I will be sharing a couple of Christmas projects and we can chat and have some games.  If you can’t make the time you can still join in and catch the projects.  You will just miss the chatter and the fun.

WHEN IS IT?? Monday 24th July at 7.30pm – 8.30pm (AEST).  

ARE YOU IN??  Come and join HERE through Facebook.  Don’t have Facebook?  I might share some of the projects at a later date – but you will miss the fun.  If you have trouble joining the event through this link please let me know.  I can’t wait to share everything with you.  

HO! HO! HO!

 

STAMPIN’ DREAMS BLOG HOP – CASE THE CATALOGUE!

Today I am taking part in the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop where the theme is CASE THE CATALOGUE.  I have to say first off I am a little excited to be a part of this Blog Hop, but I am a little daunted too. Have you seen the amazing line up in this Hop??  WOW!  How exciting to be a part of it! I hope you enjoy our little hop.

You would have just done a BIG jump from the US from the lovely Debbie Henderson’s blog HERE or just starting out on my blog.

Now CASE THE CATALOGUE.  Do you realise how many gorgeous projects are in this catalogue?  Where do you start?

I decided since I am focusing on Christmas in July this month I will CASE one from the Christmas section.  I chose the card in the top right on P 118.

This is my card.

I created the card on a Thick Whisper White base.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Delightful Daisy pack.  The colour in this pack is actually Old Olive but I think the Pear Pizzazz that I used goes well with the lighter colourings in the paper.  I used the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and the Holly Berry Builder Punch. This is a great stamp set if you don’t like colouring.  It is a 2 step one so it has the outline and the solid stamp to in-fill.  Adds colour so easily.  🙂

To stamp the wreath it is easier if you draw a circle in pencil on to your card first.  I traced around one of the Layering Circle Framelits and then you can stamp up your image around it. It is easy to see being in Photopolymer. Then just erase your pencil circle out. You can add the red berries in after.

The sentiment is stamped on a Pear Pizzazz card strip and then I flagged the ends.  I stamped and punched out the holly and check out the large red berries.  I am not sure if you can see in the photo below but I went over the berries with the Fine Tip Adhesive and left it to dry.  This adds a little shine to your berries.

The catalogue is a great resource for inspiration.  I always forget to look at it when I am stuck. What about you?  We should turn to it more often. 🙂

Now to continue the Hop you are off to Carolina’s blog HERE. Thanks for visiting me.

Jenny

A TOUGH ONE FOR COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #12!

I have missed the Colour Inkspirations Challenges the last couple of weeks.  I thought I would steal a bit of time to join in this round.  I have to say though this was tough!  So many colours!! Here is the image.  We were required to use at least 4 colours but neutrals can be added.   I usually only use 2-3 colours on my projects.  After that it gets confusing.  But it is good to challenge oneself. 🙂

Here is the colour inspiration to use.

What do you think??

 

To start with before tackling the card I pulled out all the inkpads in those colours to see what worked together.  Then pulled out all my stamp sets that might be suitable.  Then picked out the stamp sets from those that I might like to use.  I did a little search on Pinterest to get some ideas. I hadn’t used the Watercolor Wings set for a while so thought that might be good.

Where to go then?  I went through my sketches board on Pinterest and found this sketch to work with, Freshly Made Sketches #291.

Here is my card for Colour Inkspirations #12.  I chose Night of Navy, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate and Peekaboo Peach.

I stamped the sketchy butterflies in the different cards over a white panel and then cut about 3cm off the top (about 1 1/4″).  Then adhered that to a Peekabook card mat and then the Whisper White card base.

I stamped the butterfly in Peekaboo Peach with 2 of the different stamps in the set.  The outline image of the butterfly was heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  Plus stamped the black abdomen of the butterfly. It’s hard to tell but I did cut another butterfly out with Vellum to add behind this one and then added some Silver Thread.

The sentiment was punched out with the Duet Banner Punch and then another one punched from Silver Foil and they were layered together.  I added some Silver Thread to that too.  It needed something else so then I added some Rhinestones.

I am still not sure about this?? I think it is missing something but … it is what it is!  I don’t have time to make another card for the challenge.   What do you think??

Thanks for visiting.

Have a great day,

Jenny

GOING FOR THE ANGLE WITH DESIGNER SERIES PAPER! WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS??

I have been trying to mix things up a bit with my creating lately.  I think I am a little bored with the standard layering of card – on mat – on base, which it seems I do a lot.  I saw an idea on Pinterest to angle the Designer Series Paper.  So I thought I would have a try at it. The card I CASED you can see HERE.

I will show you my card BUT I am not greatly happy with it.  I think the angle is not right, or maybe the Designer Series Paper is too busy, or maybe it’s just the colours??? So I am going to put it out here anyway to show you and maybe you can tell me what you think.  It’s good to show you too that sometimes we all struggle with putting our cards together. 🙂

Here is the card anyway.

I really think I need to angle the paper more.  I kept adding to the card to see if it would help but I had to stop.

I have used the Delightful Daisy DSP. I cut the Happy Birthday Thinlits twice, once in Daffodil Delight and another in Tranquil Tide and offset them slightly.  I thought it was plain so I stamped some flowers from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set and then added some bling.  I also added a doily underneath the white card to see if that helps BUT …

I think I will try this idea again shortly.  I will show you later how I get on but I appreciate your comments.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me for the good, the bad and the ugly.  🙂

Jenny

COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #10 – AND A TUTORIAL ON CLEAR BLOCK STAMPING!

A quick post for you now.  I didn’t think I would get a card done for this challenge this round and it closed tonight.  Apart from being busy with getting my Open House ready I just couldn’t work these colours.  They are so not my colours!!

Anyway,  I had some inspiration last night and had a little play today.  So firstly these are the colours for the Colour Inkspiration #10

Cajun Craze          Delightful Dijon            Island Indigo      and         Smoky Slate.

What do you reckon??

Here is my card.

The background on this is created with Clear Block Stamping.  I have tried this a few times over the past few years.  Every time you create this technique it always works out different, even if you have used the same colours.  It is an effective technique.  I will explain how to below.

Firstly, on the card though. The base card is Island Indigo and the card mat is Cajun Craze.  I never use this colour.  I don’t even own the inkpad for it.  I used the Marker. The chair from Layered Seasons Thinlits is cut from Copper Foil Sheet.  Check out those clear drops!  The card needed something else on the front.  I was looking what to put on them and found the White Perfect Accents.  I was positioning them around the card and then one of the white backs came off.  It was clear!  I liked that look much better so I took the backs off the other two. They look like water drops.  I think I will do that more in the future.  I hardly ever use those Accents as they are so stark white.  (Did you know you can colour them too with Sharpies!!).

Now to create the Background.

CLEAR BLOCK STAMPING

1. Ink your Clear block.  I used Block E.  For this card I first inked the top half of the block with the Island Indigo ink by patting the inkpad directly on the block.  I then wiped the top edge with a tissue then patted the Smoky Slate inkpad on the edge.

On the bottom half I patted on the Delightful Dijon inkpad, then wiped the bottom edge a little with a tissue to take off some ink.  I then ran over the edge with the Cajun Craze marker as I don’t have the inkpad.

Using a spritzer or small spray bottle spritz the block LIGHTLY with water.

2. Leave the block on the table top facing up.  I did tilt the block a little but I didn’t want it to run too much.  I find when you leave the block on the table rather than turn the block on to your card it saves some runs and drips.

Place your Watercolor card on to the block and rub over the back of the card. Gently peel off the card and leave to dry.

Once dry decorate your card as you desire.  This creates fun backgrounds.

Hope you will give this technique a try.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny

 

COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS CHALLENGE #09!

I didn’t think I was going to get time for this week’s colour challenge at Colour Inkspirations.   Then yesterday I had a  little amount of creating time.  I should have been getting some samples ready for my launch or get class cards done but ….

These colours have eluded me this week and I really couldn’t get anything together.

The colours were Cherry Cobbler, Dapper Denim and Pool Party.  Well, I sat down and created and for some reason in my head it was Bermuda Bay instead of the Dapper Denim.  I just posted it to the challenge page and and have just realised that I have used the wrong colours!! So I guess this is not going to cut it for the challenge.

But I will show you the card because you might like it even in those colours right??? 🙂

I wasn’t sure where this card was going at the beginning but I thought that the Best Birds set might be good with these colours.  I thought about stamping the birds and watercolouring them but then decided to do a background.  I have wanted to try this technique for a while so this might work well.  I will tell you about that below.

THE BACKGROUND

The background is created by inking the block, spritzing it with water lightly and then stamping.  I don’t know what this technique is called.  Direct to block stamping with a mist.  LOL! Here is exactly how.

First press the lighter colour inkpad over your block.  Take the next colour ink and press it over parts of the block.  You might like to take a sponge and dab the ink in places in the centre of the block where the inkpad won’t reach.

Then with your next colour, sponge the colour in different parts over the block by dabbing the sponge in the inkpad and patting on the block.

This is roughly what it will look like after you have inked the block.

Then using a spritzer or small water spray bottle lightly mist over the block with water.  Place the inked block upside down on to your card.  I used the Shimmery white or you could use watercolour paper.  Allow the card to dry.  You will find that each time you do this the results will be different so have fun and play with it.

TO FINISH THE CARD

Mat the piece on to black card.  Then adhere the piece to the Bermuda Bay card base which I stamped the “hashed” background on to it with Bermuda Bay ink.

Die cut 2 birds from Birds and Blooms Thinlits in black cardstock.  For the stem I first cut the branch from this Thinlits set but I thought it was too thick.  This stem is from the Stylish Stems Framelits.

Stamp the sentiment in versamark on to a piece of  black cardstock, tip over the White embossing powder and heat to set it.  Then cut the piece with the small oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Twirl some Silver Thread behind the piece and then raise it off the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, stamp a flower from the Birds and Blooms set and colour it with Bermuda Bay ink.

 

So while it is not right for this colour challenge I liked the end result – and I got to play with the Birds and Blooms set which I hadn’t for so long. So all is not lost. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.  Back again soon,

Jenny