Colour Creations – Terracotta Tile

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Terracotta Tile is our colour this week.
I will admit that at first, I wasn’t sure if I really liked this colour, but the more I use it, the more I see the possibilities.
It’s the darkest of the colours in this flower, and doesn’t it just go beautifully with the pinks?
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The flower above is from the Mosaic Mood Designer Series Paper, and it was the obvious choice for me to pair with Terracotta Tile.
Mosaic Mood Terracotta Tile

If you would like to see more ideas using this versatile colour, click over to Catherine’s blog.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

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New Catalogue Launch Party

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There’s a lot of concentration happening here, however I think the mess on the table tells the full story!
We had heaps of crafting fun, chatter and laughter, as well as playing with some new goodies at my New Catalogue Launch over the weekend.

Here are the cards that everyone got to create.
Firstly a quick and easy card, just stamped but showcasing how beautiful the large magnolia stamp is, from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.
Everyone got to choose a different colour, so all the cards were a little different.
Simple Magnolia Card
My card is in the colour, Flirty Flamingo.

Then the real creativity started to happen, using the Magnolia Lane Memories and More kit.
Magnolia Lane MM Card 1

This was the sample I made, but again, everyone got to choose the Memories and More cards and elements that they wanted to use and put them together, so they all turned out very differently.
I love the way the Memories and More kits can be easily turned into beautiful cards, as well as scrapbook pages and pocket pages.  I have made a couple of those up as well and will share them with you in another post.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Vellum Magnolias

This week’s Just Add Ink challenge is to use the photo up on their blog as inspiration.

I loved the colours, and decided to use those as my inspiration.  Since it’s the middle of winter here, some bright yellow is nice and cheery.

Vellum Magnolias

My card uses one of the printed Vellum sheets that comes with the Magnolia Lane Memories and More card.  I have coloured the Vellum on the reverse side using Stampin’ Blends, in Old Olive and Daffodil Delight – light Daffodil Delight for the petals of the flowers and the dark one for the centres.
The Vellum is simply layered onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock to help the colours pop, but because the colouring is on the reverse side of the vellum, it stays lovely and subtle.
I love the effect!
I have left the card as simple as possible, wanting the flowers to be the focus of the card.
Then I’ve added a little flower which was fussy cut from one of the other sheets of Vellum in the pack, to the inside of the card.
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I have heaps more projects to share now that I have some goodies from the new catalogue.
Hope you have a crafty weekend – mine will be!
Happy stamping!
Chris

2019 – 2020 Annual Catalogue

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Yes!  It’s here!
Are you as excited as I am?
So many gorgeous new things to get inspired by.
If you would like to have a look at the new catalogue online, you can do so by clicking here.
If you live in Australia, and don’t have a current demonstrator, but would like a copy of the catalogue, feel free to leave a message or send me an email, and I will send one out to you.
And here is a little inspiration for you, cards made with brand new products, or products that have carried over from the last catalogues.

First up, one of my absolute favourites from the catalogue, the Come Sail Away Suite, which you will find on pages 144-146 of the new catalogue.
I will be running a class using this one in July, so if you are local to me, make sure you book in for that one.  And I am looking at starting some Cards by Mail classes very soon, so stay tuned for that, too.
Come Sail Away Card 1

Another favourite is the gorgeous Designer Series Papers from the Perennial Essence Suite (Pages 106-108).  I just adore these papers, the colours and patterns, well, everything about them, they are totally gorgeous!
Perennial Essence Suite Card 1

Next we have the Bird Ballad Suite, which is on pages 90-92.
The birds are so lovely for colouring!
Bird Ballad Card 1

These gorgeous little ducks are from the Fable Friends stamp set, which carries over from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue.  And on the far left is some new Designer Series Papers from the Come Sail Away suite.  I love them, they are perfect for masculine cards.
Blue Ducks

If you would like to order any of the new products, you can do so by going to my online store.
Don’t forget that if your order is under $250 you can use the monthly Host code for June which is:  EFY37WNN
If your order is over $250 you get Host benefits all to yourself, and there are some lovely new Host stamp sets, one of which I will feature in a later post.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Gorgeous Pink

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Winter has certainly arrived today here in our little town in Southern New South Wales, Australia.  We have every heater on in the house, and lots of warm snuggly clothes on.  It is cold, rainy, windy, stormy, and very dreary.  Definitely a day to stay inside.
So I thought I should make a card that is nice and bright and cheery.

My card today features another retiring stamp set, the very versatile Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

Pink HB Gorgeous Card
Other than those few Old Olive leaves, the only colour I have used on my card is Melon Mambo.  I have used the technique called “Stamping Off” to reduce the amount of ink on the stamp, making it into a lighter colour, and making it look like a number of different pink colours have been used, instead of just the one.
Then I have used Two Step stamping to stamp the raised flowers which I have fussy cut and layered over the top.

Tomorrow is the big day, the day when our gorgeous new Stampin’ Up! catalogue goes live, so make sure you come back, I have some cards made with new goodies to show you.
Happy stamping!  And stay warm if you are in the southern states of Australia.
Chris

Gingham Kitty

Just the one card today, featuring the very cute Pretty Kitty Stamp set, which is retiring tomorrow.

Gingham Kitty

I have watercoloured around Kitty, leaving her white, and coloured the flowers using either Stampin’ Blends or Stampin’ Markers, and used the Gingham Gala papers (also retiring tomorrow) from the Occasions Catalogue.
Inspiration for this card came from the current sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.
Happy Sunday stamping!
Chris

Sheet Music Stamp

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Only a few days to go until the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue goes live, with all the new goodies.  And believe me, there are lots of gorgeous goodies in this one!
In the meantime, I am going to be sharing some cards using a few of the retiring ones, and today I enjoyed some carfty time making these cards with the Sheet Music background stamp.
As a musician, I love this stamp, it is real music, not just random notes, and it is so gorgeous for cards and scrapbook layouts, so I am personally sad to see this one retiring.
It will be one that stays in my personal stash though.
Here are the individual cards….
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And then I decided to go with some colour, and chose my favourite, Highland Heather.
The gorgeous butterfly is fussy cut from some retired Designer Series Papers, but they are too special to give away, so I am still using them.
Sheet Music Card 3

I am going to share my cards to some card Challenges:

Global Design Project – Birds, Bees and Butterflies
Stampin’ Up! Only Challenges – Masculine Project
CAS Colours and Sketches – Sketch Challenge with a focus on the sentiment
Fusion Card Challenge – Sketch Challenge
TGIF Challenges – Make a Set of Cards

I hope you are having a crafty weekend.
Happy Stamping!
Chris