Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Embossing Paste Lifts Me Up!

I have found time over the weekend to finally get out the Embossing Paste and have a play, firstly, as it's white consistency and then later I coloured it with Lemon Lime Twist Reinker (samples to share in a later post).

I had a difficult week last week and wasn't feeling inspired when I went in to my craft room Saturday evening, but as I made myself take the time to just 'play' with this new product Embossing Paste, I gradually found my inspiration and also my mood lifted! It is always important to take time for self-care and I consider my hobby/business cheaper than therapy and it lifts me up...so why not use an appropriate stamp set and coordinating dies... Lift Me Up stamp set (p. 58) and the coordinating dies Up & Away Thinlits Dies (p. 216).

This was the first card that I made and I am often needing congratulations cards for my team members when they achieve specific goals, so I thought what a great sentiment to use and then I'll have a card already to go!

For this card I also used a colour combination that is listed in the 'In Color Combinations' document below... Basic Black, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand and Fresh Fig.




I am really trying to be consistent these days and decorate the inside of my card as much as the outside. Why put so much love and care in to the front, to simply turn to the inside and find a blank canvas (other than a lovely greeting we personally add)... do you decorate the inside as well as the front?


As I had cut an A4 piece of Soft Sky in quarters (almost perfect size for card fronts, without a border) to play with the Embossing Paste and my cloud masking template (Pattern Party Decorative Masks p. 201) I had a few more panels that could be made into cards... so of course I had to make some more!

The next one I made to enter in to the current Just Add Ink challenge which had a photo inspiration, right along my current creating lines...


Again, using the colour swatches above as a guide and reflected (no pun intended!) in the photo above, I chose to go with Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Berry Burst and Pool Party to create my card below...


The final card I have made so far (1 panel left to create with!) with the Lift Me Up bundle and my Embossing Paste cloud background was again using a colour swatch suggested above, Basic Black, Soft Sky, So Saffron and Powder Pink. This is going to be a great "go to" colour inspiration chart for me, I am sure of it!


If you look closely you may notice that a couple of cards has the feature balloon with a bit of gloss, that is because I used Versamark ink over them and embossed them with some Clear Embossing Powder. I also added a few extra clouds for added dimension.

So this great stamp set did just that it "Lift Me Up"! 

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge No. 13

Last night I played in my craft room, to lift my spirits and mood from recent personal events, and as I hadn't played with the new Embossing Paste and my Decorative Masks that's where I started. Later while blog surfing and Facebooking I stumbled across the latest Colour INKspiration Challenge and thought "I have Lemon Lime Twist on my desk so why not create a card with my sample piece and enter the challenge" and that is what I did!

This is the image and colours that had as part of the challenge...I haven't played with Fresh Fig much, have you?


I decided to use Lemon Lime Twist as my card base and build up my card design from that. For me these colours were saying leaves and flowers and so that is what I did, pulling out my Flourish Thinlits and the relevant colour cardstock.

Here is the finished card...


I really enjoyed playing with the new Embossing Paste and as I have a few other sample pieces sitting on my table I am sure you will see some more projects with it over the next week or two.

I always find challenge sites a great way to find some mojo (plus, our catalogue itself) and a springboard for creating new projects... where do you go for inspiration and motivation?

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July continues!

Continuing on with my Christmas in July theme I managed to find time at the weekend to make two more Christmas cards, which use the upcoming new Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies.


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The card above I used some our Silver Foil Sheets to create a moonlight shadow and sparkle to the night scene. Some extra rhinestone bling too!

It is great how our Stitched Framelits match the greetings so well and using the circle shape gives this card an added moon feel to it, don't you think?

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