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

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Cutting Edge ColourQ...


I'm having a rather rare day off at home today - catching up on some stuff and preparing for my Christmas in July class happening this Saturday and next... So I can actually post my ColourQ creation in good time and not rushing to do it in between piano lessons and lectures! This week's challenge is fun - you get a few options to play with...

I decided to use splashes of all 5 of the colours and when I saw the inspiration over at the new Cutting Edge Challenge, I knew it would be perfect for these colours. Now, I am having to be VERY patient as my favourite stamp set from the new catty is on backorder (Flower Patch) - boohoo! But, I did get sent the framelits to go wit the stamp set so I thought I'd have a play with them on their own to see what I could create...

Here's the inspiration from The Cutting Edge...

I used the same layout, the embossed background and the idea of five different colours in the die-cut images.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Hey You
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey
Ink: Stazon black
Accessories: Dazzling Details
Tools: Mosaic embossing folder, Flower Fair framelits, Beautiful Wings embosslits die

Make sure you check out the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Royal Court this week!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Blended Framed Poppies...


Check out the latest challenge from ColourQ...

I was hoping my new goodies would arrive in time to play with this week's fun combo but alas no - they arrived yesterday but I needed to have this project done by then so I used some of the preorder products as well as the lovely Pleasant Poppies background stamp..

I coloured the poppies using Blendabilities - the lightest Cherry Cobbler marker, with the lightest Daffodil Delight marker over the top to give a slightly more orange tone to the red. The sentiment is from Something to Say and the dsp in the background is from the Moonlight stack. I used the fab On Film framelits die to cut the poppies and the frame around them - love this die collection! Finally, the button is one of the Very Vintage designer buttons with a Coastal Cabana Blendabilities marker.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Something to Say, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Memento black, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Blendabilities
Paper: Moonlight dsp, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Accessories: Very Vintage designer button, Silver baker's twine
Tools: Bitty Banners die,  On Film framelits

Make sure you stop by the rest of the Royal Court to see their fab creations this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Fresh Coastal Silhouette...

Hi there!

I had fun playing along with a couple of challenges the other day: the Freshly Made Sketch and the colour combo from Create with Connie & Mary...

I had a multi-coloured image stamped out from Gifts of Kindness that had been inked with Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake using the baby wipe inkpad technique at a training day a while ago so I decided to use that as my focal point...

I couldn't resist using a few new goodies from the new catty one this: the greeting from Something to Say, the Decorative Dots embossing folder (a returning item from Sale-a-Bration) and the fabulous Blendabilities,,, which I used to colour the rhinestones in the middle of the butteflies - love!

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Gifts of Kindness, Something to Say
Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Whisper White, vellum
Accessories: Real Red ribbon, rhinestones, Retro Fresh washi tape
Tools: Bitty Butterfly punch, Bitty Banners framelits, circle framelits, Decorative Dots EF

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Change the World...


I'm preparing for an SU event next weekend where I'll be demonstrating how to create some altered notebooks/journals and I wanted to make a few samples to display... so I combined a couple of challenges to help me: the Mojo Monday sketch and the colour combo from PPA...

I know the sketch is tall & skinny but I kinda took it to an extreme with this one though...!

I wanted to make a notepad suitable for a guy so chose the combination of Traveller and World Map stamps, with sentiments from the new Something to Say. The star was embossed with Pool Party EP on Basic Grey card and cut out. I showed this one to my husband when I finished and asked him if it was suitable for a guy... he replied "yeah, if you lose the star and button"... I tried to explain that stars and silver buttons are great embellishments for guys but he wasn't convinced... lol!

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Traveller, World Map, Something to Say, Perfect Pennants
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Black, Basic Grey marker
Paper: Basic Grey, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Naturals Ivory
Accessories: silver button, Pool Party EP
Tools: circles framelits, circle punches

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Nautical Dad...


It's time for another fun ColourQ challenge and this week's colours could be patriotic, nautical, or anything else you'd like to make them!

I went with a nautical theme as I wanted to use the new Traveller set as well as the Metro Type photopolymer alphabet set...

Most of the time making this went into making that porthole - created using Circle framelits and mini silver brads. It's actually pretty easy to do, but makes for a great effect!

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Traveller, Metro Type alphabet, Hardwood
Ink: Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Marina Mist
Paper: Marina Mist, Real Red, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Accessories: Mini silver brads
Tools: Top note bigz die, Circles framelits

I used the PPA sketch this week for my layout...

Make sure you check out the rest of the Royal Court's fabulous creations - there are lots of different themes used with these colours so lots of inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x