Let’s Get Hopping 41: Colour Inspiration

Let’s Get Hopping 41: Colour Inspiration

Hello and welcome to my blog! This is my first time participating with the group from Let’s Get Hopping and I’m so excited to share this project with you. You’ve come to me from Mikaela’s blog here.

This months challenge was to find an item that we were drawn to and use it as our colour inspiration for a project. Everyday I walk past a Fuchsia I have potted on my deck. It has been a favourite flower of mine since I was a child. I remember Mum having one in the garden outside my bedroom window.

My plant features bright pink and purple flowers, and green foliage. When I thought about these colours the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper came straight to mind. A few of the pieces of printed paper have ice cream specific images, while the rest have geometric and bold watercolour shape designs.

I heat embossed using White Emboss Powder a sentiment from the Floral Essence stamp set, and fussy cut some of the Terracotta Tile and Blackberry Bliss ice creams to make the focal piece, then chose the coordinating Old Olive patterned paper to match the card base.

To make this quick and easy shaker card I put the piece of DSP into a Clear Medium Envelope. Before sealing the flap down, I sprinkled in some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles. To make it fit the piece of DSP I simply folded over the long edge and adhered it down with some tape. It is important at this point not to make it too tight otherwise the sprinkles wont be able to shake about.

To pair with the shaker card, I decorated a Love You Always Treat Box using the same sentiment and fussy cut ice creams. This time the ice creams were from a different pattern and included an Old Olive one. The three sit on top of a small rectangle of Subtles Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock. A few Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles dotted about, and a length of Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon tied into a bow were added for final touches, with a bow tied on in Whisper White twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack.

What do you think of this fun shaker card and gift box combination? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you! Happy hopping, you’ll be visiting Nina McMillan next.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

This past weekend was our customer dedicated craft day. Five Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, including myself, get together and teaching fun paper craft projects across one day. It is a full on day, but makes for lots of crafting and social time together.

This Waikato Creative Crafts Day was focused on the exciting products released in the January-June Mini Catalogue.

I demonstrated this fun tri-fold card using products from the Hydrangea Hill Suite. The dies in this suite have fun touches of texture, such as the flower head which cuts out the hydrangea flower and also cuts petals all over the flower head. Simply bending them up with a Take Your Pick tool gives your project a ton of texture and depth.

The colours featured in the Designer Series Paper are some of my fave to work with. I used Misty Moonlight as the card base, and stamped the hydrangea outlines in Merry Merlot. To fill in the flowers I used a mixture of Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight, and Merry Merlot. A tip here is to tread lightly with the darker colours! I stamped off two or three times to get a nice mixture of tones. The leaves and stems were stamped with Granny Apple Green and Pear Pizzazz. I like to mix up the colours I use when stamping flowers – because we all know that natural flowers are not uniform in size, shape or colour.

To bring the card together, I die cut the mini flowers in Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, and then added a bow in Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon. A few Pastel Pearls scattered between the layers on the front of the card just finished it of nicely.

Alicia showed of the super cool (pun intended!) products available as a part of the Ice Cream Corner Suite with this shaker card.

I just love this style if shaker card! It is quick and so easy to make. Alicia cut a piece of Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper to fit the card front, and then put that into a Clear Medium Envelope. Before sealing the envelope, Alicia put some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles in. To get a nice snug fit Alicia simply closed the top of the envelope, and then folded over the long edge at the back and secured it with some Tear & Tape. A tip for this part is to be sure you aren’t making the envelope too tight, you still want the shaker pieces to move around freely.

Raylene taught the event attendees how to make and decorate this photo album using the Treasures of Life stamp set.

This album makes a great keepsake or brag book for any grandparent. You could swap out the sentiments and colours used to make a birthday, Christmas, Easter … any themed album to keep or gift. Some of the pages have been stamped on, and some have been left blank – making lots of choice for adhering photos or for writing memories or journaling.

Irene demonstrated this soft pastel coloured card using products from the Sand & Sea Suite.

I just love, love, love the Sand & Sea Suite. I grew up in a coastal area, and the sea just speaks to my soul. Irene’s choices for the colours in this card are unique. You might have seen a few samples by now of the products in this suite in action – most of which would have been in bold, bright colours. This design makes the Pearlescent Specialty Paper the star of the show.

Did you notice that the die set and the embossing folder in this suite match up? Irene has highlighted that in this design by first stamping the different shells, then die cutting them, and then finally embossing them with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. So many creative possibilities with this suite!

Bev showed how to make this cool fun fold card with the Snail Mail Suite of products.

Fun fold cards such as this one Bev has created are fabulous for making a card that the receiver can display in their home. The Snail Mail Designer Series Paper features a fun mix of bright colours, making it a great choice for designs for children and adults alike! I love that Bev has shown how versatile Designer Series Paper really is. You don’t necessarily need to have the coordinating stamp set to make great craft creations – simply fussy cutting some DSP will do the trick! Quick, easy, and cost effective – my kind of crafting.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects. Do you have a favourite? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below :).

Happy crafting x

Megan

Free As a Bird Shaker Card.

Free As a Bird Shaker Card.

Hello and welcome to this tutorial. I had a lot of fun creating this shaker card using the Free As a Bird stamp set, and I hope you enjoy having a go yourself.

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To make this project you will need:

  • Crumb Cake card base – 10.5cm x 29.8cm
  • Whisper White cardstock – 9.5cm x 13.9cm
  • So Saffron Subtles 6×6 Designer Series Paper – 9cm x 13.4cm
  • Window Sheet – 8cm x 11cm
  • Whisper White cardstock for inside card – 10cm x 14.4xm
  • Whisper White cardstock for birds – **cm x **cm
  • Whisper White Twine **cm

Stamp the Birch background stamp in Crumb Cake ink onto the front of the Crumb Cake card base.

Adhere the piece of So Saffron Subtles 6×6 Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the 9.5cm x 13.4cm Whisper White cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape. Be sure to have sufficient adhesive running across the center of the DSP to ensure the layer doesn’t separate after die cutting the oval.

Use the largest straight edge oval in the Layering Oval Dies set to cut out the center of the DSP.

Adhere the Window Sheet to the back of the DSP piece using Snail Adhesive or Tear & Tape.

Tie the Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine around the bottom of the DSP piece and tie a bow. Position the bow on the right hand side.

Adhere Foam Adhesive Strips around the die cut oval, keeping a 0.5cm (ish) space between the edge of the paper and the foam strips.

NOTE: This is so that the foam strips can’t be seen when the card is on an angle, and so that whatever you use to fill the shaker card isn’t sitting totally out of view when the card is standing.

Adhere more foam strips down the left and right hand side of the DSP piece.

Pour out a small pile of Iridescent Sequins onto the front of the card. Remove the backing from the foam strips, and adhere the DSP piece to the card front.

NOTE: Be sure to check the shaker card fillings (sequins) are positioned in the center of the card front before removing the backing from the foam strips.

Stamp the birds sitting on a branch on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Momento. Colour the image in using Watercolour Pencils, and smooth out the pencil lines with a Blender Pen. This gives the image a faux watercolour look, without watercolour paper or water! I love this technique for finer details like this stamped image.

Fussy cut the birds using Paper Snips and adhere to the card front framing the die cut oval using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Repeat the colouring process and fussy cutting for the large single flower and adhere to the 10cm x 14.4cm piece of Whisper White carstock, in the bottom right corner.

Adhere this Whisper White piece to the inside of the card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Stamp the ‘Thank You’ sentiment in Tuxedo Black Momento on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. Cut this tight to the words using Paper Snips. Place Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment, at the top. Adhere the sentiment so that the bottom of it sits on top of the twine.

I also made this shaker card in Smoky Slate for the base, and Balmy Blue for the DSP layer. The sequins I used are Woven Threads Sequins.

Do you need to order any of the products used to make this shaker card? I would so appreciate your order. Each order helps me prepare and share project tutorials just like this one.

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Happy crafting x

Megan