Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Change of Direction

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I had so many ideas going through my head about what I wanted to do with this colour challenge, infact I went to bed thinking about it; woke up and couldn't remember the idea I had! ha!

So I set about having a play with the Josephs coat technique, you lay down the colour, stamp and clear emboss it to create clear film, then put a dark or black colour on top of that so only the stamped area shows through.

Well... I tried! It just wasnt happening for me.  I then drew different inspiration from the photo using the leaf.  I had a play with colouring the leaf in different ways (I wish I had kept my dabbling for a photo!)  I settled on one that I liked and recreated it for the challenge.

I loved the idea of adding copper to the mix, so used it for the branch and a couple of smaller leaves to add interest.

I walked away from the card then had another thought!  The colours reminded me a bit of a rainbow and grey skies and the song I used to sing to my boys when they were little. You are my sunshine... then you make me happy when skies are grey! I was going to use an alphabet stamp for the lettering but then noticed the sentiments in the same stampset colourful seasons. It was perfect!

With a  bit of masking and jiggery pokery- it read you make me happy!

Thus completes the story of my card for colour inkspiration challenge 10! #CI10

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My aim: Keep it simples!

I struggle to keep things simple, but I am trying really hard! Since I got to play with some new Stampin Up products before they go live on June 1st I was determined to keep it simple! 

There could have been and has been so many different directions that people went with this gorgeous, gorgeous palette from the Colour Inkspiration Challenge #CI09! Please do check out the work by pressing on this link

I used the scallop die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, the branch stamp from Colourful Seasons and then added bloom stamps from Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

My inspiration was slightly Japanese, without going down the blossoms route.  This is a quote from a comment I got "It looks like a 'French Cafe' curtain or the edge of freshly laundered table runner. Lush colour combo!"Little did I know it also had a French connection ;)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Turning a Negative into a Positive

I love it when you discover something new by accident!  When I was cutting some dies out I loved the pattern it left behind (the negative part).  Using the pieces by itself looked too sparse, so I set about adding the coordinating stamps into the empty spaces, this seemed to make it work!  I sponged the card to co-ordinate the colours for the Colour Inkspiration challenge.  I tried the card again using classic dapper denim blue and whisper white for my You Tube video.