Friday, 27 July 2018

Animal Expedition Fun

Lately I've been venturing out of my comfort zone and attempting a bit of memory keeping. At the top of my to-do list was to use some photos from our last trip to the zoo to create a scrapbook layout and what better Stampin' Up! products to compliment the photos than the Animal Outing Stamp set and Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper. Here's what I came up with. What do you think?

I had quite a few photos that I wanted to include so what started out as one page very quickly became a traditional scrapbook page and a matching pocket layout. 

Inspired by a card created by Ruth Norton (see Ruth's card here) I used the masking technique to stamp the animals in a group and I coloured them with watercolour pencils before fussy cutting them out and adhering them to the page. 

While I was putting together my scrapbook layouts I began to get inspired with a few cardmaking ideas so I couldn't resist making a few cards

My first impression when I saw the Animal Outing Stamp set in the Annual Catalogue was that it would be great for baby cards like this one.

The second card I created used the same masking technique and I added a bit of watercolouring and heat embossed clouds to the background.

My inspiration for this last card came from this bright and fun print in the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper. This cute little Rhino is ready to party in his fun party hat which I topped with a tiny fringed cardstock tassel.

Once I was in party mode I thought it would be fun to create a couple of animal themed treat packages. Firstly, this little pop-up treat box for my kids, and what better treat to go with the animal theme than a Cadbury Furry Friends bar.

And lastly I just couldn't go past embellishing this Clear Tiny Treat box filled with jelly beans.

So, as you can see, I've had lots of fun with the Animal Outing Stamp set, it's definitely a great one to add to your stash if you haven't done so already. Thank you for stopping, I hope you enjoyed my post.

 - Tan xx

Monday, 9 July 2018

Baby Congratulations for GDP #145

I'm sure I've said this before, I absolutely love playing with new Stampin' Up! colours at this time of year and with the fabulous gift of a Colour Revamp this year I have so many new colours to create with. The tricky thing with new colours is working out what colour combos work and often I find a colour challenge is a great way to kick start the process. Today I turned to this weeks Global Design Project colour challenge (GDP#145) for inspiration. 

And here is the card I created using Grapefruit Grove, Fresh Fig and Mint Macaron.

For some reason I immediately thought "Baby Card" when I saw these colours. How cute are these little pins from the Better Together stamp set? And did you notice any similarity between the pins and the Global Design Project colour combo picture? The order that the team at GDP put the colours in was so appealing that I had to replicate it in placing the pins on my card. 

This card isn't as busy as my usually work, instead is a perfect example of the theory of "less is more". Using the new Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is a perfect way to add interest to a card without adding too much detail and my new favourite ribbon, Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon in Whisper White provides an extra element of softness.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my post and are inspired to have a play with the new Stampin' Up! colours yourself. Make sure you pop over to the Global Design Project to see what the designers have created using this beautiful combo 

 - Tan xx

Thursday, 5 July 2018

A little something to say Thanks | Let's Get Hopping #11

Welcome to another Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my creative friend, Nina McMillan King. Wasn'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

The theme for this month's is Gratitude and what better way to show your gratitude to someone than with something handmade. 

Those who know me, know I love to bake and a handmade gift usually involves a homebaked treat and these Mini Pizza boxes from Stampin' Up! are the perfect packaging for a jumbo choc chunk cookie or a piece of your favourite slice. But for this pizza box I added a little extra twist.

As you can see from the above pic the top of box also includes a little note card where you can write a personalised thank you note to go with treat.

I'm really loving the images and sentiments in the Petal Pallette stamp set at the moment and the random spotty stamp was perfect for adding some detail to the pizza box. To create the detail I first stamped and heat embossed the spots in Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and then I sponged some Petal Pink ink over the embossed spots.

Did you notice the detail on the front of the card? It was create using the new Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This folder has to be one my absolute favourite new products in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue. Quite often I find myself wanting to add just a touch of subtle detail to my cardstock and with this folder I can easily turn a piece of plain cardstock into a slightly textured piece of cardstock without taking away from the overall design of the project. 

Thank you for hopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post. Next up in the hop is the super talented Eva Pottsova, I bet she has a beautiful project to share with us.  

 - Tan xx