Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Flower Patch Awesomeness...


This week at the ColourQ we have a fun Christmas in July combo to play with...

Now I didn't end up making a Christmas card for this challenge for to reasons: 1) I have just run two Christmas in July classes over the last two weekends so I've run out of festive inspiration for the moment [but when I get the new goodies from the Autumn/Winter catty I'm sure inspiration will return in a hurry lol!] and 2) I've just gotten my hands on the Flower Patch set (finally!) and was itching to play! So, here's what I ended up with...

I LOVE this set!! The flowers were stamped with Real Red (the smaller one was stamped off first) and the leaves with Pear Pizzazz, then all images were die-cut with the matching framelits. The background is Naturals White card stamped with the Hardwood background stamp using Crumb Cake ink, then the sentiment stamped over the top with Early Espresso ink. I added some burlap ribbon and white buttons and did some distressing around the edges to add to the slightly shabby look.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Flower Patch, Hardwood
Ink: Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Naturals White, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
Accessories: Burlap ribbon, Neutrals buttons
Tools: Flower Fair framelits, distressing tool

Make sure you check out the designs from the rest of the design team this week - there's a combination of festive and other ideas this week!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Monday, 28 July 2014

Anniversary Love Letters...


So today is my hubby & I's 13th wedding anniversary... Of course, I had to make him a card (one that would pass his high masculine standards!!) so as I was looking for ideas I took a look through one of the new Project Life collections of cards - Happiness Is (which I was fortunate enough to win at a recent Stampin' Up training event - thanks Jane & Hayley!!). I found a particular 4x4" card, and then when I saw the current Cutting Edge challenge I had a little idea... See I've been wanting to play with the new Little Letters thinlit dies and when I combined them with the Project Life card, I ended up with this...

I simply placed the letter framelits over the card, passed through the big shot and voila! I added a die-cut heart in Blackberry Bliss to the centre as well as embossed greeting, die-cut with the Bitty Banner framelits, added a few candy dots and attached it to the Basic Grey panel (which I stamped with Gorgeous Grunge).

Of course, I had the letters left over after die-cutting, so I added them to the inside...

He liked that bit... lol! I inked up the top and bottom separately of the sentiment from Yippee Skippee with my Blackberry Bliss marker then stamped them with enough room in between to fit the letters.

This is The Cutting Edge inspiration card...

Now I know mine doesn't look anything like this lovely creation, but it genuinely inspired me with those cut-out love letters, and I also took inspiration from the little dot clusters (hence my use of Gorgeous Grunge)...

Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Yippee Skppee
Ink: Smoky Slate, Sahara Sand, versamark
Paper: Project Life Happiness Is collection, Basic Grey, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Accessories: Neutrals Candy dots, white EP
Tools: Little Letters thinlits, Fashionable Hearts embosslit, Bitty Banners framelits

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Eclectic Hexagon Butterflies....


I really wanted to play along with the current Curtain Call challenge - I love the inspiration pic and it's their 1st anniversary!

I wanted to use a white on white background with some splashes of the light blue, pink and kraft colours from the photo so this is what I ended up with...

I used the fab new set Kinda Eclectic for the stamping on this - the butterflies, sentiment and sunburst all come from that set. The background was created with the Hexagon Hive thinlit die, cut with Naturals White card then layered over Whisper White, then onto a Crumb cake card base. I added some candy dots in Soft Sky, some pearls (some coloured with Blendabilities) and some Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon to finish.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Ink: Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Naturals White
Accessories: Subtles candy dots, pearls, Crumb Cake seam binding
Tools: Hexagon Hive thinlit die, Deco Labels framelit, Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Blended Corner Garden...

Hi there,

One of my favourite things in the new catalogue is the FAB Blendabilities markers... I love to colour and they create the most wonderful finished image! One of the stamps that I knew would be so much fun to colour in is the new background stamp Corner Garden... It took me ages to colour because there's so much detail, but boy did I have fun!!

I haven't played along with the Friday Mashup gals in a while and this card fits perfectly with this week's challenge to use a background stamp with a 3D element...

I used a mix of Blendabilities: Rich Razzleberry, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and the skin collection, as well as the colour lifter.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Corner Garden, Hey You
Ink: Memento black ink, Blendabilities
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake,Pool Party, Naturals White
Accessories: rhinestones
Tools: 1 3/4" circle punch, Chalk Talk framelits, scoring tool & board, Beautiful Wings embosslit

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Big Bright Birthday...


This week's ColourQ challenge is a bright one...

I thought it was a great opportunity to break out my new Big News set, with a couple of other sets to compliment the big greeting...

The only thing I wasn't happy with on this one is the colouring on the cake... I only noticed how patchy the bottom tier is after I'd photographed it... grr! Can't wait to get Calypso Coral blendabilities!! The cake is from the hostess set, Life's Adventures, and I coloured it with a blender pen and inkpads. I added a couple of flowers from Petite Petals as well as a little punched banner as directed by the fab Deconstructed Sketch this week...

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Big News, Petite Petals, Life's Adventure
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Stazon
Accessories: rhinestones, Iridescent Ice embossing powder
Tools: Petite Petal punch, banner punch, Piercing tool & template

Make sure you check out the rest of the Royal Court's fabulous inspiration this week!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Tap Tap Thanks...

Hi there!

I've had a request for some thank you cards for men so I'm trying to prioritise making some more of them... Even I don't find them particularly easy! I used a couple of challenges to help me with this one: the Freshly Made Sketch and the Colour Me combo...

I really wanted to use one of my fave new sets from the catty, Tap Tap Tap, as I thought it would work well for a masculine card...

I combed through the catty looking for a thank you sentiment that would fit in the typewriter paper and was delighted to find that the sentiment from Six-Sided Sampler fit perfectly! I used a few other new products on this as well: Lost Lagoon card, the large polka dot embossing folder (so fun!) and some dsp from the All Abloom stack. The typewriter was stamped with stazon, coloured with Smoky Slate ink and a blender pen then cut cut.

Here's the recipe: 
Stamps: Tap Tap Tap, Six-Sided Sampler
Ink: Stazon, Smoky Slate
Paper: All Abloom dsp, Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Naturals Ivory
Accessories: Essentials Hardware Clip
Tools: Large Polka Dot EF, Starburst Framelits, 2 1/2" circle punch, Project Life corner punch, Bitt Banners framelits, Circle card thinlits (banner)

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Blackberry Wisteria Frenzy...


This week has flown by! I looked at the Paper Players colour challenge on Sunday and thought 'that's gorgeous - must play with that this week' then realised this afternoon that I hadn't done so... where has the week gone?! So, I quickly whipped something up this afternoon, combining the pretty colours with the sketch from Just Add Ink...

I played around with the fab new Flower Frenzy die and came up with this...

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Bloom with Hope (hostess set)
Paper: Moonlight dsp, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Wisteria Wonder, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Antique brad
Tools: Flower Frenzy bigz die, Circles framelits, Window Frames framelits

I'm keeping it short and sweet tonight - I've got a busy day tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x