Colour Creations – Pretty Peacock

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Another of the gorgeous new In Colours to share with you today.
And I love this one, too, such a gorgeous colour!  I think its my favourite of the new In Colours.
Ok, I will probably say that about all of them.
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I have been keeping busy over the last week or so, there is a Jazz Festival which is held locally at this time each year, and this year my son and I performed on two days with a visiting band.  So that has kept us busy practicing our parts and then performing.

Not that it has stopped me from crafting, I just didn’t have a lot of time for blogging, so that’s why I have been a little quiet.

On the subject of crafting….
Today’s card uses the totally gorgeous Pretty Peacock, combined with Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.  Gorgeous, gorgeous, I love these colours!!
Pretty Peacock Butterflies
Butterflies from the Butterfly Gala stamp set have been heat embossed with white embossing powder, and then punched out with the matching Butterfly Duet punch.  The white layer behind the butterflies has been run through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.

Make sure you check out the rest of the Pretty Peacock inspiration by going to Catherine’s blog.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

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Colour Creations – Soft Suede

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This week’s Colour Creations challenge is to use Soft Suede.

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I’ve gone with lots of texture from embossing folders on my card again today, this time using the Layered Leaves, and the Woodland embossing folders.
The colour combination is Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot and of course, Soft Suede.

Colour Creations Soft Suede

And there is just a little Early Espresso ink in the background behind the trees of the Woodland embossing folder.  So to get that effect, I have swiped the ink pad across the raised part of the folder, before placing the cardstock in the folder and then running it through the Big Shot.  The darker background just helps to make those trees pop a little.

Make sure you check out some more inspiration using Soft Suede by going over to Cathy’s blog where you can find the links.

Happy stamping!
Chris

More Botanical Butterflies

I really enjoyed making the card from a couple of posts ago, this one here, so I thought I would make another card, same layout, same set of gorgeous papers, very different card…..

Butterfly Note

Such a gorgeous set of patterned papers, it was sad that Botanical Butterflies DSP was only available for such a short time.
The little butterfly has been fussy cut from the paper, and the greenery and oval are die cut from the Wonderful Floral Framelits which are in the current Occasions Catalogue, which ends very soon, on the 3rd June.

If you love these Dies as much as I do, then make sure you get hold of a set before they disappear.  You can find them in my online store here, and make sure you use the monthly code for May 2019 when you put your order through:  D4FQM4W6

Happy Stamping!
Chris

The Creative Flow

It’s back!
A few weeks of stress and worry after my son hurt his finger and had to have surgery, plus all the follow up and travel that went with it, well, let’s just say it was a pretty stressful time.  And my creativity usually takes a bit of a nose dive when things get stressful.
So it’s always a good feeling when the creativity starts to flow again, and things just go together and work out.
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I made this card this morning, using some of my favourites papers from Sale-a-Bration from earlier this year, called Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper.  They are not available any more, unfortunately.
The twine is one that I have had since I first started as a demonstrator back in 2008, and I love it so much that I still have some in my stash.
I have coloured the stick on dots using a Bronze marker.
And, that gorgeous Happy Birthday Die, I am a bit sad that this one is retiring, but I am sure I will be able to find another favourite.  Or maybe two, or three!
So the combination of those elements made a fairly quick and easy card to put together, but I think it turned out ok.
So here is my question, masculine or feminine???

Happy stamping!
Chris

New Catalogue Goodies

Today is an exciting day for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, with the start of the pre-order for the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It is a much anticipated day for all demonstrators, when we get to to order some of the new goodies so that we can prepare some samples and classes for when the catalogue is released in June.

There are just so many gorgeous new things in this catalogue that it really is difficult to choose a favourite, but I will share some of my favourites with you over the coming weeks.
So here is the first one, a must for those of us who enjoy making masculine cards.  The stamp set comes with a coordinating Die set, and some matching Trinkets.
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The Stamp Set is called Sailing Home, and the papers are called Come Sail Away.  Love them and I can’t wait to play with them some more.

I hope you are getting some craft time in your day today.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Colour Creations – Smokey Slate

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This week’s Colour Creations colour is Smokey Slate.

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I haven’t made a masculine card for a while, so thought this was the perfect colour for it.
For those of you have been following along for a while, you will probably remember that I really enjoy making masculine cards.  I know many people find them difficult but I enjoy designing and making them, and inspiring you to as well.
I have combined the Smokey Slate with Basic Black, Basic Grey and some of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum which I have layered over the top of the Smokey Slate.  This Vellum is another of the retiring products which I am sad to see go – it is gorgeous!
Smokey Slate Masculine

The Basic Grey has been run through the Big Shot in the Cable Knit embossing folder which gives such a lovely texture to the card.
I am not entirely happy with the word panel, it’s not quite what I would like but I had limited options.  I may still take it off and change that part when I have a few more stamps and supplies.
For some more inspiration on using this great colour in your projects, just click here.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Country Floral

I had heaps of fun over the weekend with some lovely ladies who came to my home for a class, and we made this set of cards.
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I wanted to show them how it is possible to use the same items and similar layout and create three very different cards.
The cards feature the gorgeous Country Floral Embossing Folder, which is just so beautiful.
I have combined this with some different patterned papers, the Gingham Gala and also the Garden Impressions.
So pretty.
Happy Stamping!
Chris