Monday, 18 June 2018

A New Colour Palatte | GDP Sketch Challenge #142

My favourite thing about the release of a new Stampin' Up! Catalogue is seeing what new In-Colors I can add to my collection. However this year, along with 5 new In-colors, Stampin' Up! have added an extra 16 new colours (10 brand new and 6 returning) to their colour collections. Yay!! More new colours to play with!
So with new colours at my disposal I decided it was time to play with some new colour combos and since purple isn't a colour I turn to a lot I chose to start with the two new shade of purple, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.

What do you think? Did you notice that I've used a new blue as well? I love how the Balmy Blue compliments the purples in this project. 

When I'm working with new colour combos I often find it easier if I have a layout or sketch I can CASE and for this card this weeks Sketch Challenge from Global Design Project was 

I also drew some inspiration from the cleverly creative Susan Wong (Stamping Susan) who recently shared a clever way to create a fringe style embellishment using cardstock in one of her exclusive, members only, Crafty Carrot Collective videos (head over to Susan's blog to find out how to join)

You may have also noticed some subtle texture at the top of the card. I felt like the project needed a little extra something but I also wanted to keep the top panel completely white. Initially I thought of adding some detail in embossing paste and the diamond patterned mask was perfect, however, when I opened my tub of embossing paste I discovered it was rock solid (insert sad face). It didn't take me long to find a solution though. Instead I used a dauber to sponge some Versamark over a section of the mask and then I heat embossed the pattern in White Stampin' Emboss powder. I love how the heat embossing created a smooth and shiny result, I'll definitely be using that technique again. 

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post. Make sure you pop over to the Global Design Project to see the designers take on this creative sketch

 - Tan xx

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Hello Gorgeous | Let's Get Hopping #10

Welcome to another Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my super talented friend Diana Tillery. Weren't her projects simply gorgeous? If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around

This month the team at Let's Get Hopping are sharing memory keeping projects.
As a papercrafter, memory keeping is not something I've done a lot of but it is something I would like to spend more time doing and this month's theme was just the push I needed.

My challenge with this project was to create a page that complimented the photo and images from Happy Birthday Gorgeous were perfect for the task.

In piecing together the page I was reminded of a scrapbook tip I got from another Let's Get Hopping friend, Susan Wong, that in scrapbooking you want to lead the eye onto the page from the top left hand corner and lead the eye off the page at the the bottom right hand corner. To do this I created this little bunch of flowers and lightly stamped collage of words towards the top of the page and I tied both images together with a nest of hand drawn circles.

Thank you for hopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post. Next up in the hop is my creative friend, Eimear Carvill. I can't wait to see what Eimear has created for us. 

Happy stamping

 - Tan xx

Sunday, 3 June 2018

CASEing Brian King for GDP #140

This weeks Global Design Project CASE the Designer challenge (#140) was one I just couldn't resist.

Brian King is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator that I have been following since I was first introduced to Stampin' Up! over 7 yrs ago. He has an amazing talent for combining colour, clean lines and layers to create simple sophisticated cards and while my creative style has become more fussy and detailed over time, I still love to turn to Brian's blog for inspiration.

When creating my project I chose to CASE the layout and combination of flowers and a beautiful sentiment of Brian's card. The colour combo I've gone with today features a brand new Stampin' Up! colour, Soft Seafoam. Don't you just love how it goes with the Copper and Black? In keeping with Brian's style I wanted to keep my card relatively simple however I just couldn't resist adding a little extra detail with some inlaid die-cutting and some plaited linen thread.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post. Make sure you pop over to the Global Design Project to see the designers take on Brian's card

 - Tan xx