Category: Challenges

Colour INKspiration #3 – CI03

Welcome to our third Colour INKspiration Challenge! And WOW do we have a colour challenge for you this week!

You may have come from Elizabeth Gross and here stunning project, or you may be starting here. So hop around to get some inspiration and ideas for this unusual colour combo, and then pop in to our Facebook page and play along with your very own creation!

We are using 5 colours for this INKspiration challenge – Marina Mist; Peekaboo Peach; Soft Suede; Whisper White and Soft Sky.

A gorgeous, but I’m not going to lie, a bit of a tricky challenge.  I really enjoy colour challenges to stretch me out of my comfort colour zone, but I had to play with this one in my head for a few days before I decided what products I wanted to use for this combination. I was quite happy with the end result.

A simple watercolored background was the base for this card.  I used the Stamp Off technique to soften the colours of soft suede and peekaboo peach, with a full coloured flower behind the stamped off one.

I love removing the white background on the White Perfect Accents and then using them on watercolour backgrounds.  I also added the little ‘leaf’ shape pieces that I cut in vellum from the long border framelit to create a bit more interest on the background.

Don’t forget to keep hopping around to see what everyone else has created with this challenge! Next on the hop is Paula Dobson with her amazing project!

Play along too by Joining our Facebook Challenge Page HERE.

Happy Crafting

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CTC114 – Sending Love Acetate Card

Hi everyone!

We are back for another CASEing the Catty Challenge where the design team inspire you with projects that we have used to spur our creativity!  You may have arrived from Julia Quinn’s post or be starting right here – either way we are thrilled that you joined us!

To CASE means to Copy and Share Everything, so thats what we do! And you can too – just hop around to see what the design team has created, then hop off and create your very own CASE from the pages mentioned below and upload to our Facebook group using the link at the end of the post. It’s that simple!

I am thrilled to see so many of you participating in the challenge over on Facebook, and I love that the latest entries have been using different sets to CASE a layout! Well Done Everyone!

This week we are CASEing anything from the Occasions Catalogue Pages 14 – 19.  I have to say – these pages hold lots of favourite sets for me, so it was quite difficult choosing what I wanted to use – but as I have an upcoming class using the Sending Love Suite, I decided to begin playing with that!

I knew I wanted to try and create an acetate card ( I think that’s what they might be called???) for this class – so I began playing around with card colours and papers.  As sweet as it is – I really wanted to break up all that red and white in my card, so I introduced some crumb cake to tone it down a bit.  I really like the combination of colours! I then used that little white card in the top left corner as inspiration for the base of my card – I just changed up the colours a little and substituted one envelope for the glassine sheet envelope (Like I said – I wanted to tone down that RED! Lol).

It’s a bit tricky to get a good picture with the acetate centre – but I really love how it turned out! I hope the girls at class enjoy this fancy card too!

For my second card I let the blue card in the pic above inspire my layout, but I really wanted to step away from the ‘Valentine’ theme to show people just how versatile this set can be…. I mean those cute envelopes should be enough, but just in case…. I thought this beautiful friend sentiment was perfect. I adore that font…if only I could write like that!

I stamped the sentiment ‘sent with love’ along the edge of the card with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I ‘turned’ all the hearts on the DSP for contrast (warning – you have to be a bit gentle here or you can tear the hearts), and as I have been doing a lot lately – I framed the sentiment using the Stitched Shape framelits – I can’t get enough of those! Seriously!

Don’t forget to decorate the inside of your cards for that extra special touch!

I do hope you enjoyed my projects this week!

Make sure to hop on over to the very talented Judy May to see what she has created for you all this week!

And once you have finished hopping around – don’t forget to post a pic of your very own CASEd project in our Facebook group!

And ppppssssttttttt…..we love it when you leave us a little comment too!

Keep Crafting!

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Colour INKspiration Challenge #02 – Jar of Love

Welcome to our second Colour INKspiration Challenge! We had some amazing entries to our first challenge – thank you all for playing along! It’s truly hard to choose a winner with so much talent to choose from! The top 5 for the first challenge will be listed on the Facebook Page so make sure you pop on over and take a look!

If you missed last week – here’s all the information –

The Colour INKspiration Crew consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

There’s also a Facebook group for Stampin’ Up! ® enthusiasts who would like to share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations.

Here’s the deal – Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Members of the group have the option to join the Colour INKspiration ‘Challenge’ by uploading photos of their projects and can link back to their personal blog if they wish to.
Make sure you click on the link below and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.

Hope to see you there!

This week we have another gorgeous colour combination.  I love how images can be the inspiration for our colour choices – it inspires us to use colour combinations we may never have thought of!  This weeks colours combine Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, Whisper White and Garden Green – and does that image remind you of anything! Just our succulent set in the Occasions Catalogue!

I don’t have the succulent set myself – but I had an upcoming class using the Jar of Love Bundle – so I thought these colours would be perfect to inspire my class project!

I used the Stamp Off method to create my flowers, giving the appearance of two different colours so they had more depth.  Its such a great method to use when you have a limited supply of colours – or only have certain colours to work with – like a colour challenge! The class ladies loved it too!

Hop on over to the amazing Simone Bartrum to see what gorgeous project she has created for this challenge by clicking on the image below!

And don’t forget – you can easily play along too without a blog – just post your pic over on the Colour INKspiration Facebook Page – HERE.  We are looking forward to seeing your amazing creations.

You can purchase all your supplies in my online store anytime and have it delivered directly to your door!  Don’t forget to take advantage of the fabulous Saleabration rewards on offer for every $90 you spend!

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CTC112 – Cupcakes and Carousels

We are back this week for another CASEing the Catty Challenge!  We have had some fantastic entries over on our Facebook Page – so keep them coming – we are so glad you are enjoying the new way to play along!  This week for our challenge we are taking inspiration form the Cupcakes and Carousel section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 8 – 13.  Remember, you don’t have to have any of the stamps sets to play along, you just use the images in the catalogue to spur your creativity! It may be the paper, colours used, images, designs or layouts that you use to inspire you to create your project!

I cannot tell you how much I love this suite (I know – I love just about all of them! Lol) – but this suite makes it easy! And it has a real vintage feel about it! I love the DSP paper stack (I just wish they were 12×12!), the colours that are used in the suite and the stamp sets! It made it so easy to create my projects…and I guess I took inspiration from it all!

The one thing that really caught my eye in this picture were the Rosette’s . I used to love making these, but had forgotten about them – until now! So I knew I had to use them for this challenge.

I set about creating a scrapbook page using the Carousel Birthday Set – it came together so quickly for me, which surprised me, because I am not a natural scrapbooker!  It just goes to show…when you have the right products its easier to create!

Do you see the stamped Carousel Horse Image on my page?  I took inspiration from one of the actual papers in the DSP stack- this one –

I love the way they looked, so I made my own.  Its easy to do – just stamp your image in the lightest base colour (in this case peekaboo peach) and the ink up other ares using a sponge dauber with your stronger colours (calypso coral and early espresso). See – easy and SUPER effective!

I didn’t stop there with this suite either.  I decided to have a bit of fun and made this 3D carousel, well, just because I could, using a large rosette for the roof! And if you are wondering how the centre is made – it’s from our empty ribbon spools – I never throw them out! Lol.

I hope you enjoyed these creations this week!  This suite is LOADS of fun, so I encourage you to have a play and join the challenge.  Simply upload a picture of your creation to the album on the Facebook page HERE.

Now it’s time to hop on over to the wonderful Julia Quinn and see what she has created for you all!

Keep crafting!

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Colour INKspiration 001 – Pastel Popsicles

 

WELCOME

to the very first Colour INKspiration Blog Hop!

The Colour INKspiration Crew consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

There’s also a Facebook group for Stampin’ Up! ® enthusiasts who would like to share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations.

Here’s the deal – Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop. Our first one starts on Wednesday, 11th January.

Members of the group have the option to join the Colour INKspiration ‘Challenge’ by uploading photos of their projects and can link back to their personal blog if they wish to.
Make sure you click on the link below and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.

Hope to see you there!

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We have a fantastic colour challenge this week to get you started! Full of pretty pastels! Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise and Peekaboo Peach!  Pick at least three – or up to all six! Neutrals are welcome – black, white, vanilla, crumb cake, kraft and sahara sand!

What a gorgeous colour palette to begin playing with!

I initially started by making a watercolour wash on some shimmery white to mimic the sky, using tempting turquoise, so saffron and blushing bride, which I planned to pair with our new Lift Me Up Bundle. But once I had it completed I instantly went back to my childhood – enjoying a cone with lovely gelato ice-cream flavours! You know…the kind you don’t seem to be able to find anymore!  Well, lucky for me Saleabration has the perfect set for me to use! Yep, out came Tasty Trucks to create my gelato heaven!

I gave the truck a light wash of mint macaron and sweet sugarplum and then cut out the shape and windows before ‘colouring’ it with our fine tip glue pen to give it a glossy finish. I also finished off the ice creams with 2 coats of the fine tip glue pen to give them a bit of lift and shine!  The sentiment was from the Suite Sentiments set and was perfect for my gelato card finished off with Copper Embossing powder!

Don’t forget – you can get your very own Tasty Trucks Set with any purchase over $90 whilst Saleabration is on! Just use my handy ‘Shop Now’ button to get your supplies.

I hoped you liked my creation! Continue on to Kathryn’s blog to see her use of the colour challenge! And don’t forget to join the challenge yourself over on our Facebook group!

Keep Crafting!

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CTC110 – Party Animal

I have some very exciting news to share with you all! I have been invited to join the team over at CASEing the Catty! Its a weekly blog hop, where every Sunday Night the team CASE different sections of the catty to inspire your creativity!  It’s loads of fun….and you can play along too!

This week is all about CASEing the Party Animal Section from pages 4-7 of the New Occasions Catalogue! (Have you seen it yet? It’s spectacular!)

I absolutely love the Cake Crazy Stamp Set on Page 7 and I needed a female birthday card, so I took inspiration from the card on the left. I love the way it stacks!

My order hasn’t arrived yet with this lovely set, so I improvised using the new Birthday Bright Set available in the Occasions Catalogue on Page 13, to create my very own cake stack card.  Its quite easy to do with the photopolymer stamps – but if you are not confident you can always use the stamp-a-ma-jig!

I did add a little bit of sparkle by using the Gold embossing powder instead of the white and I was pleasantly surprised at how well this stamp set ‘stacks’!

And seeing as I have been taking a break and was keen to get creative again, I decided to make another card using the same set, but this time I used the base of the centre card below for inspiration.

I thought the little banner pieces in the set would be prefect to create a focal point on my card.  I simply lined them all up on a single block and stamped away before applying my white embossing powder!

And let me tell you – that white ribbon in the new Occasions Catty is fast becoming a favourite of mine! It’s the perfect size for card makers!

I hope this has given you some inspiration for creating!  You can now hop over to Jackie’s blog to see what she has created for you all!

Don’t forget you can play along too by using the link tool below or by joining our BRAND NEW Facebook group – CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge – where you can play along by adding your photo to the related challenge album.

I’m really looking forward to being a member of the Caseing the Catty to help inspire you all!

Happy crafting

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Santa’s Sleigh – literally! For #GDP059

I know – it’s the Santa’s Sleigh bundle, so how can you NOT do a Santa’s Sleigh!

I have wanted to create this every since seeing this bundle, but knowing I was having a Santa’s Sleigh class I kept it for now!  And I am really happy with the way it turned out! It makes such a lovely table centrepiece or Christmas Decoration.

And do you know what! Since the Global Design Project #059 is showcasing animals this week – I thought I may as well enter it there too!

Santa's sleigh for #GDP059 by My Paper Oasis, stampin up Santa's sleigh bundle; Christmas fun

It’s a bit fiddly, but not too tricky to make.  And my little santa sack has been recycled from our SU paper packaging! It was perfect cut from the Mini treat bag thinlets! Hope you like it as much as I do!

This set is truly so much fun, so why not have a play! And pop over to the GDP to see all the other amazing projects!

Happy crafting

Mel xx
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CTC #94 – Candy Cane Lane Gingerbread Man

Hi all,

I was a bit excited to see this weeks CTC challenge! Its on the Candy Lane Suite in the new Holiday Catalogue and it has to be one of my ABSOLUTE favourites in this catty!

It was top of my list to purchase and play with.  I always do gingerbread at Christmas. Last Christmas my kiddos (I have 4) all competed to see who could build and decorate the best gingerbread house – so this bundle was perfect and I knew I had to make it mine! I got the cookie cutter bundle, the DSP, the twine and washi tapes!  Did I say how much I LOVE it!

I have made a few things with the bundle – but this card has to be one of my faves.  If you follow my blog, you will know I have also been a bit of a fan of the sliding stars bundle – so I combined the framelits to make this cute card!

candy lane suite meets sliding stars framelits in this adorable christmas card by My Paper Oasis. Gingerbread man, sliding star, christmas card, stampin up.

This photo seriously doesn’t do the card justice. It is sooooooo cute – and I have found that washers work amazingly to make the spinner work the best – so this little gingerbread man flies across this card with ease! Too cute!
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CTC 91 – Birthdays – Guest Designer

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Wow! I was so excited to be asked to be a Guest Designer for CASEing the catty blog hop!
Every Sunday night the crew shares lots of great ideas from the current catty!  This week we are CASEing creations from the Birthday section of the catalogue. How lucky for me because I had some birthdays coming right up that I needed to create for!

One of those cards needed to be for my very own young man.  He’s a bit of a card creator himself and does an amazing job, so it would need to impress him! And a 10 year birthday is a very special event! Double figures no less!!!!

So I had a poke through the catalogue and found the pattern on this card on page 19 really caught my eye.

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I love the Sweet Stack stamp set, but I had never thought of using the pattern as a background this way. So I set about playing and came up with this…

CTC birthday Sweet Stack stamp set by My Paper Oasis

Wouldn’t you know – I had also never noticed that our Sprinkles Punch matches the pattern perfectly, so I added some of the shapes to the background of the card to.  I also didn’t want those numbers that I cut to go to waste, and seeing as we have another tenth birthday to go to in a couple of weeks, I created another one too.  This time from page 13 of the catty.

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I kept with the same colour scheme for this card to.

CTC birthday Sweet Stack stamp set by My Paper Oasis

 

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I hope you like them! Thanks for having me along!

Don’t forget to hop around the rest of the crew to see what lovely inspiration they have for you – just follow the link below to Elizabeth’s blog – Im sure she has some fantastic ideas for you!

Mel xx

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Hope and Sunshine Wishes #GDP045

So today I decided I had to play along in another Global Design Project challenge.  Guess what….it’s another colour challenge! I’m not sure whether these are the kinds I like the best, or they just happen to be the challenges when I have time to play along!  In any case they are super fun! You can always hop over and see the latest challenge here.

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This weeks colour challenge is using basic black, smokey slate and melon mambo! A perfect challenge for utilising our Pop of Pink designer paper – but I chose not too!

I decided to pull out my new Sunshine Wishes Thinlets and play with those instead! When creating this card, I was thinking about friends that suffer anxiety, depression or are going through a difficult time.  So I went about creating a watercolored background of smokey slate.  I knew I wanted the flower to be pink and bright and bring that feeling of hope amidst the dark times – so I was delighted when I saw the thinlets had the word ‘Hope’ (no I hadn’t noticed it before!)

Card of Hope with Sunshine Wishes Thinlets for the GDP045 challenge by My Paper Oasis

I used our Shimmery White cardstock to for a bit of extra sparkle, and it holds the watercoloring so well!  I cut my flower from shimmery white too, and the plopped some melon mambo reinker on a clear block and mixed it with water using my aqua painter, before applying it to my flower.  I then cut two more flowers in melon mambo cardstock and adhered them all together with our fine tip glue pen.  I then used my aqua painter to splash fine spots of ink over the card base too.  And yes, I made that butterfly from our silver metallic thread by wrapping it into position directly onto a glued – not for the feint hearted I can tell you! I then popped a couple of our white perfect accents on the card with glue after removing the white backing.

Card of Hope with Sunshine Wishes Thinlets for the GDP045 challenge

 

I think I need to send this off to someone quite special now!!!  I hope you like it and consider playing along too!

Mel xx

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