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

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Origami Leaf

I am having so much fun playing with embossing folders, and creating a lot of different textures and interest on my cards.   I like texture, especially on the masculine cards.
Origami Leaf

This card uses a combination of Pinewood Planks embossing folder, and Woodland, two of my all time favourites.  And I am very happy to be able to tell you that both of them are carrying over to the new catalogue.
I thought it would be fun to play along with the current challenge at The Male Room, which is “Anything Goes” with an optional twist of using Origami.  So I made an origami leaf using some Vellum to go with the “wood” theme of my card.
It’s just a very simple folded triangle, very easy to do.  I’m not sure that I am entirely happy with it, I wondered if it would be better with two leaves, but didn’t want them to over power the rest of the card, so left it just like that.

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

Lovely As A Tree

I just can’t believe that this wonderful, versatile stamp set is still in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  It was one of the first stamp sets I got when I first joined back in 2008, and it’s still there now.
Well, I had this stamped image, from Lovely As A Tree, and some really, really old papers and cardstock, so I have put something together, just because I am frustrated that I don’t have my new goodies yet.

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Such a gorgeous stamp set.
I may have to reinvest in that one.
Yes, I got rid of pretty much all of my stamps and heaps of my tools, so I am starting almost from scratch again.
So I have no idea which set this DSP paper came from.
And in the true spirit of getting back into stamping and cardmaking, I am going to add my card to some challenges.
Firstly, Cardz 4 Guyz has a Clean and Simple Challenge happening.
And also The Male Room is going Green.  My card only has a little bit of green but never mind.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Symmetry

This fortnight at The Male Room, your challenge is to make something Symmetrical.

I have used a cool Kaszazz stamp for this one…..

it comes from the set called Hand Drawn Borders, and I have used the awesome Precision Press to line my stamps up, and so it ended up being a really quick and easy card to make.

Come on over to The Male Room, we would love to see your symmetrical projects.
Happy Stamping!
Chris
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Falling Leaves

It has been a long two weeks since my previous post, and one that has certainly been challenging and a little overwhelming.
Firstly, however, I will mention this week’s challenge at The Male Room.

This one would normally excite me a lot, and I would have had so much fun with it, but with everything else going on, I have had very little time to craft.  I love playing with watercolour techniques!!
So here is my very quick card…….

I started off with some watercolour paper which I spritzed with water.  Then I collected a couple of leaves from the garden – it is Autumn here in Australia and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees.
Then I used some Distress Oxide inks, in Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick, and splodged (technical term) some ink straight from the ink pad onto a craft mat, and then spritzed it with water.  I then took my leaf and used it as a stamp, collected some random colour onto the leaf and pressed it onto the paper.  I did this three times, allowing it to dry in between. Then I outlined the shape of the leaves using a Black Dylusions Paint Pen.
Once I had completed my leaf “stamping”, I couldn’t decide whether it looked more like leaves, or like fire.  Which brings me to the reason for my challenging and overwhelming couple of weeks.

We live in a beautiful part of Australia, but as with most of Australia, bushfires are always a threat.  Ten days ago, a bushfire started not far from where we live.  Fortunately for us, the incredibly strong winds pushed the fire in the opposite direction.  Unfortunately, that direction was straight towards our favourite beachside town, one we spend a lot of time in, which is only 15 minutes drive away.  70 homes in Tathra were destroyed, along with so much more.

We are feeling incredibly grateful that we still have our home and that no lives were lost in the fires.  Still, we are small and close-knit community and the devastation is heartbreaking.  The pictures don’t really show how much devastation there is.

Our favourite beach is still just as good though, we spent the day there yesterday.  It was amazing to see all along the shore line, burnt, black leaves off the eucalyptus trees.  They must have been blown out during the fire storm and now the ocean is washing them back up onto the beach.

It’s going to be a long and difficult clean up and recovery.
I have made my card this week a “Thank you” card, in honour of the brave firefighters who saved so many houses and lives and fought the bushfires for days on end in extreme heat and wind.

That’s all from me for today.  I will try to get more creative this week and share some more projects with you.  In the meantime,
Happy stamping,
Chris
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