One year and going strong. I am delighted to welcome you to the 25th INKspired blog hop and this marks our first birthday. The team is made up of members of my Stampin’ Up! Team, I am so impressed on how far many of the girls have come in the past year, a few starting a blog to join the blog hop and I love how much more confidence all the INKspired Artists have become. This coming year, we will have new members joining the fun and I am so excited for the team to grow.
As always I create a sketch for the team which is the inspiration for all our cards, however this round we doubled up the challenge to celebrate our first birthday we have added “celebration” as a theme to also include in the card.
I went very sweet with my card, choosing to use Zoo Babies stamp set. I love that little elephant image and I have added a party hat from Birthday Yay and I also stamped the 4 from that set also.
Now a celebration would not be complete without a gift! Well only one but if you hop around and comment on all the blogs in this hop then you enter the draw to win a I Think You’re Great stamp set. Please use the same name on each blog So you can enter the draw.
The next blog to check out is… Barbara Williams
Welcome to the Artisan blog hop, this round we are featuring the Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die. I am SO excited to see the ideas this clever team come up with. I have gone with creating a clear pillow box, by cutting the Thinlits from Window Sheets I have been about to create cute packaging that will showcase your treat or gift inside.
Here is a video from the wonderful peeps at Stampin’ Up! with a little more about the Square Pillow Box Thinlits.
And here is how I put together the clear pillow box. I have joined the images together so they can be saved easily to Pinterest.
Next Artisan is Allison
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I had a team member, Maree come to Sydney, she came to my Saturday class then we spent most of the weekend crafting, Maree was very productive reproducing cards I had made and using stamps she did not own. Mum also joined the fun and finished off half made cards while I made NOTHING! Not a single card, I stamped out lots of images and played around but my mojo was missing! Or I think I just had a case of “performance anxiety” hahaha.
Once they were gone my missing mojo came out of finding and I was able to make my card for todays Global Design Project challenge. A sketch challenge that I design for the team:
Here is my card. I am really happy with the finished result after all that wasted time and cardstock from the weekend. I have stamped the Dove on White Shimmer paper and watercoloured using the ink from a squeezed inkpad and a blender pen.
I am a fan of using non-traditional colours at Christmas, I guess because I make so many Christmas cards it is easy to get sick of red and green pretty fast. You will find that playing around with different colours will also breathe new life into old stamp set that you have used in previous years. I have gone with 2 tones of purple: Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss that I then teamed with Tip Top Taupe and Silver.
I say it all the time, I know but it really is worth taking that extra time to finish the card with an embellished inside. It does not need to be anything over the top, I have just stamped the Dove partly on the White Shimmer cardstock and watercoloured liked the front and added the verse that comes on the stamp.
Last week I announced that I was starting a new weekly segment here on my blog looking behind the scenes as I explain some of the funny little things that I do in the process of making my card; I am calling it “That’s how I do it” it may not be the most conventional way but it works for me.
This week I am showing my lazy way of omitting part of a word. In this case I wanted a small greeting and the only word that fitted was this stamp from Holly Jolly Greetings but that had the ampersand in front. I could have used a marker to omit it but I prefer to ink words with an ink pad them a marker….I find that the marker does not make the image as crisp. Washi tape to the rescue again, after I ink the image I applied a little washi tape on the ampersand.
Now we would love if you have the time to play along with as at the Global Design Project this week, head over and check out the other design team cards and the players gallery HERE
Let the weekend begin. Thank goodness it’s FRIDAY! That also means it is time for a new challenge from TGIF, I have been a slacker the past few challenges with TGIF but I should be back on track. This week is a sketch challenge, I prefer a sketch or inspiration to a colour challenge. I am LOVING this weeks sketch.
You can see I changed it a little, I have a greeting in place of the second banner and it is going over the circle not behind and the smaller circle is the holly which is to the right a little more but for the most part I think I did ok.
A look inside the card, long time readers would know my love of decorating inside my cards. I don’t always show the inside but it is always done
Here are the materials used:
Time for a new Stampin’ Up! Artisan blog hop with a sweet and spooky theme, well the products are designs for that but this little design team can get pretty clever so you never know how they will use Sweet Hauntings Stamp set and Happy Hauntings printed paper.
I am not overly into Halloween, it is not really celebrated here in Australia but it is starting to get a little more popular I guess. I don’t think I would never make a Halloween card but I guess I could use them as a invite, as Halloween falls on a Saturday this year I am going to have a few crafty people over for a “Create till Late” session so I have made some treats for the evening.
Now it is time to hop over to Allison for her to WOW you with her creative genius.