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  1. Reindeer in Blue
  2. September Colour Your World Blog Hop
  3. Lovely Inside & Out Friend
  4. Orange Blossom & Bargello
  5. Hearts Come Home – Guest Artist
  6. More Recent Articles

Reindeer in Blue

It’s been a busy week here  – Miss 7 had ArtSplash performance on Monday night with her school choir, the usual run of after school activities, the school Celebration Assembly this afternoon where both Miss 7 & Miss 10 are performing and then straight after school we head in to the city for Miss 10’s DanceSplash performance!  All this added to my study (architectural history textbooks, anyone?) and preparing projects for my upcoming Online Class it has been a bit frantic!  Thankfully our weekend schedule is not too bad so get to have a bit of a rest then.  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Today’s card is a sweet Christmas project created by Trish from my INKspirables team for our recent swap!  I love the wash of blue with emboss resist and that majestic reindeer!

Isn’t this such a great simple Christmas card! It would be easy to replicate quickly and you could easily change the colours for a completely different look!  Thanks for sharing your creativity with us Trish!

Stamps: Hello Friend, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Soft Sky, Thick Whisper White, Silver Foil Paper
Ink: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Versamark
Other: Big Shot, Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits, Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter

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September Colour Your World Blog Hop

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Can you believe it’s already time for another Colour Your World Blog Hop!  Where oh where is this year disappearing to! Here is this months eye-popping colour combo:

The inspiration image has a very Eastern feel to it, so I used that as a starting point for this months card along with the colours.  Of course the Eastern Palace bundle was the perfect fit, but I did struggle with the colours a little – still not sure that I love this card, what do you think?

The Berry Burst panel was originally plain but when I placed all the elements on the card something was missing, so in came one for the stamps from the Season To Sparkle stamp set – it was just the subtle detail that was needed.

Did you know YOU can now join in our colour challenge each month?  Head over and check out our Colour Your World Challenge Group here, and then get creating – we would love to see what you create with this months scheme!

Well that’s it for me this month – be sure to hop around the world and check out all of the other great projects to inspire your crafting.  You can start with the lovely Sam Hammond in the UK.

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Alison Solven – Canada
Alisa Tilsner – Australia
Patsy Mullen Waggoner – USA
Sophie Prestrelle – France
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand   <<——- You Are Here
Sam Hammond – UK
Barbara Meyer – Austria
Anna Sposato – Germany

Stamps: Eastern Beauty, Season to Sparkle
Ink: Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Berry Burst
Cardstock:Tranquil Tide, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Berry Burst
Other: Big Shot, Eastern Medallions Thinlit Dies


Lovely Inside & Out Friend

I heard on the radio this morning that there are now less than 100 days until Christmas – say what!!  Didn’t we just have Christmas like only a month or so ago – that’s certainly what it feels like!  I better start making some lists and getting myself organised before the time completely disappears!

Several months ago I taught the Baby Wipe Technique at my monthly technique class and after class the wipe still had loads of great colour left, so not wanting to waste it I grabbed the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and some white cardstock and stamped a heap of images – I had no idea what I was going to use it for at the time, but came up with this quick and easy design to use it.

This was a simple card to make but I think it is fun and interesting!  It shows that we don’t always have to have the end result or a plan in mind when we sit down to create – sometimes just stamping something simple is all that is needed!

Looking for the Lovely Inside & Out Stamp Set?  Find it HERE

Stamps: Lovely Inside & Out
Ink: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Lovely Words Thinlit Dies, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies, Silver Metallic Thread

Be sure to check back tomorrow for this months Colour Your World Blog Hop – we’ll be hopping around the world with another great colour combo to inspire you!



Orange Blossom & Bargello

There is an endless variety of ways that you can use striped Designer Series Paper and this card features one of them.  The striped panel has been created using the Bargello technique – a technique that actually comes from needlepoint but can be recreated by using striped DSP.  This paper is the A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and it really is lovely – such a beautiful combination of colours!

The stamped panel is created using the Orange Blossom stamp set (and then I went and smudged my inky fingers all over it – eek!)

If you have a surplus of striped DSP why not try chopping it into thin strips and seeing what different effects you can come up with! I would love to see your results so be sure to share them with me!

Stamps: Orange Blossom
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Whisper White, A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Other: Rhinestones, Calypso Coral 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon

Purchase the Orange Blossom Stamp Set HERE



Hearts Come Home – Guest Artist

My Stampin’ Up! team had a gathering recently where we enjoyed a shoe box swap.  Today’s card is one of the great cards I completed as part of the swap – designed by Julie Woolner this great card uses the awesome Hearts Come Home Bundle from the Holiday Catalogue!

I love how many options there are with this bundle – the stamp set has loads of great Christmas images and then those detailed dies just take it to a whole other level!    The addition of a little Wink of Stella on the building roofs and ground to imitate twinkling snow finishes off this card so beautifully!

Stamps: Hearts Come Home
Cardstock: Pool Party, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Big Shot, Hometown Greetings Edgelit Dies, Wink of Stella, Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon

Check out the Hearts Come Home Bundle HERE!



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