Friday, 31 July 2020

Sunflowers | #TGIFC 275 Inspiration Challenge

Yay!! It's Friday, and time for another TGIF Challenge and this week is an Inspiration Challenge.

So I'm sure it's no surprise that I inked up my Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set again for this challenge. Why not, since it's my focus set for July. However instead of going with a green plaid pattern for the background I chose to go with some Mossy Meadow watercolour stripes and a bolder pop of yellow for the sentiment.

Since I've been playing with this big sunflower a bit lately I thought I'd try something a little different to add colour to the flower. A couple of months ago I was watching a tutorial by the fabulously talented Jennifer Frost, where she used a dot colouring technique to colour some poppies and I thought is would be a fun technique to use here. Using the pen tip of my Stampin' Blends pen I added lots of little dots of colour, layering darker colours over the top of the lighter tones in places where I'd normally blend a darker shade. 

Thank you for joining me today. Make sure you head over to the TGIF Challenge page to see how the other designers have been inspired by this challenge and if you feel inspired to play along with the challenge we'd love to see what you create.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Sunshine & Happiness | Be Inspired Blog Hop

Hello everyone. Wow!! I can't believe it's already the last Wednesday of the month and time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. This month's theme is Sunshine & Happiness and, Boy, do we need some sunshine and happiness is the world right now. 

When I think of sunshine, bright yellows always come to mind and my happy colour is pink so I immediately knew I had to include this gorgeous striped pattern from the Flowers For Season Designer Series Paper in this design. With such a busy background I wanted to keep the rest of the card fairly simple with the word "Sunshine" die cut with the Playful Alphabet Dies and a sun created with  medallion from the North Pole Wonder dies.

What do think? I'm sure receiving this card in the mail would bring some sunshine to someone's day. Next up in the hop is my talented friend Janneke Dijkstra de Jong with another bright and happy project for you.

Thanks for joining me today
- Tan xx

Monday, 20 July 2020

Christmas In July | Let's Get Hopping #33

Hello everyone and welcome to another Let's Get Hopping blog hop. This month's theme is Christmas in July and with the new Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogue about to be made available to customers on 4th August I though this was a perfect opportunity to share a sneak peek of a few new items I have picked up in the demonstrator pre-order

If you are someone who loves to use rich greens and reds for your Christmas projects you are going to love the 'Tis The Season Designer Series Paper stack that I have taken the background DSP from. Honestly I could have used almost any of the patterns from this particular DSP stack to complete this card. The images and sentiment for this card have come from the new Wishes & Wonder stamp set and I've also used the coordinating North Pole Wonder Dies to die cut the sleigh, the seal and the tag. 

Since I had a bit of time up my sleeve when I was creating this project I decided to add a few extra little touches of detail. Here in this close up you can see I've stamped a mistletoe image in second generation Sahara Sand on the tag so it's just peeking out from behind of the North Pole seal and I've also added a light splatter of gold heat embossing to the background. To achieve the gold heat embossing splatter I first used a Stampin' Write Marker in Sahara Sand to add I light splatter of ink to the DSP and I then quickly added some Gold Stampin' Emboss powder to the ink splatters and heat set it with my Heat Tool.

Well I hope you enjoyed my first Christmas themed project for this year. Next up in the hop is my friend Alicia Yap from New Zealand. I'm looking forward to seeing what festive themed project she has created for us. 

If, like me, you are excited to see more of what's in the new Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogue then you may be interested in joining myself and the lovely Mikaela Titheridge in our Mini Catalogue online launch party on Saturday 8th August. 

Mikaela and I are sharing a half day event including four exclusive Facebook Live Classes, complete with PDF Tutorials and two make & take videos
Since this event is virtual, we are offering to not only our customers but Stampin' Up! enthusiasts worldwide. Whether you’re an active Demonstrator already and/or live in other markets that Stampin’ Up! sell to, we would love to have you join us with our Online Access Only option. You won’t receive a copy of the Catalogue or Make & Take packets but you can still join in the fun with access to all of the Live Presentations and tutorials throughout the course of the day.
Follow the link below to register for the Online Access Only option. We'd love for you to join us.

Thanks for joining me today. Happy Stamping

- Tan xx