Stampin’ Up! Ink Colour Swatch

Hi Everyone, If you are like me, you *try* to keep your supplies as organised as possible. It isn’t always easy, though, is it? In an attempt to keep track of the ink pads I have purchased (and make it really clear as to which ink pads I still need to get), I created a colour chart. It is a two-page pdf which I printed up on whisper white cardstock. Taking a small solid stamp, I stamped out each of the ink colours I currently own. As well as providing me with a catalogue of my inkpads it also gives me a pretty visual reference. If I am unsure of which colour I might need for a particular project I can grab my colour swatch and see all the ink colours at a glance.

I have uploaded a copy of this colour chart in the Resources section of my site. Please feel free to download it and use it for your own reference.

Stampin’ Up! Colour Swatch Chart -2016/2017

And finally, just a quick reminder that Sale-A-Bration is coming to an end on 31 March, 2017. If you have been thinking of joining the Stampin’ Up team, now is the time! And don’t forget that every purchase over A$90 entitles you to a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. So many lovely things in that catalogue too. Please check out this page for more information, or email me if you would like to join my team.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

More Cards using the You’ve Got This Stamp Set (2016/2017 Annual Catalogue)

Somebody stop me! I just cannot stop using the You’ve Got This stamp set from the 2016/2017 Annual Catalogue. Today’s cards are, once again, variations of the same theme but I hope you will enjoy seeing the different looks you can create. The cards are very simple to recreate and if you like colouring, you will love this stamp set! You might notice some of the cards are similar to cards I’ve previously posted. That’s okay! Don’t be afraid to try card designs you’ve previously tried but mix up the stamps you use, as well as the colours and embellishments. Okay, let’s get started!

Here’s the card…
You've Got This
You’ve Got This
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This, Diagonal Stripe Background; Stampin’ Write Markers – Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede; Black inkpad; Cardstock – Whisper White, Black; Wink of Stella and Rhinestones.

By changing the sentiment and the colours used to finish the card, you have a “same, but different look”.

Here’s the card…
Good Things are Going to Happen
Good Things are Going to Happen
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This, Diagonal Stripe Background; Stampin’ Write Markers – Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight; Black inkpad; Cardstock – Whisper White, Black; Wink of Stella and Rhinestones.

Let’s change things up slightly. This time, let’s highlight the flowers with Smoky Slate. You could use a softer shade of gray or even a blue shade to highlight the images. You could also soften the edges to have it fade away. I also decided not to centre the stamped panel just to be a little different.

Here’s the card…
I'm Here for You
I’m Here for You
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This; Stampin’ Write Markers – Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate; Black inkpad; Cardstock – Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Black; and Rhinestones.

 

Next up is a super simple card! I’ve used one stamp pad to ink all the images, including the sentiment. Then I’ve used just one marker to colour all the flowers. By adding a little of the clear Wink of Stella to the image you give it a little shimmer to make it a bit more interesting. So simple! You can certainly add additional colours, shading, embellishments, etc, but don’t ever feel like you have to!

Here’s the card…
Wishing You A Very Happy Birthday
Wishing You A Very Happy Birthday
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This, Big on Birthdays; Stampin’ Write Markers – Melon Mambo; Classic Stampin’ Pad – Chocolate Chip; Cardstock – Whisper White, Melon Mambo; and Wink of Stella.

The next two cards are based on other favourite designs of mine and I will have many, many more cards like this to share soon. Once I get started colouring, I usually end up making lots of these cards.

First up, let’s change up the colour palette.

Here’s the card…
Happiest of Birthdays to You
Happiest of Birthdays to You
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This, Birthday Blooms; Stampin’ Write Markers – Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi, Smokey Slate; Black inkpad; Cardstock – Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder; and Rhinestones.

And last card for today, is one I have just finished. I LOVE it!

Here’s the card…
You've Got This
You’ve Got This
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This; Stampin’ Write Markers – Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, Smoky Slate; Classic Stampin’ Pad – Chocolate Chip; Craft Stampin’ Pad – Whisper White; Embossing Powder – White; Cardstock – Whisper White, Black; and Rhinestones.

I hope this inspires you to dig into your floral stamp images and colour away!

Don’t forget Sale-A-Bration is still on! With every A$90.00 purchase, you are entitled to a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. From February 23, 2017, Stampin’ Up! has released three additional items to choose from. So fun!

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy Stamping!

You’ve Got This cards (Annual catalogue 2016/2017)

Hi Everyone,

The “You’ve Got This” stamp set is one of my favourites in the 2016/2017 Annual catalogue. Surprisingly, the stamp which first attracted my attention in this set wasn’t the gorgeous floral image but the background stamp. I really love my card bases to have a little texture and I thought this stamp would be perfect to add this look. I still think it will be, however, I have yet to use it in this way because when I sat down to stamp I couldn’t help but start with the flower image. I have made quite a few cards using this image. I just love it! I’m going to share five (similar but different) cards today which I think would make a sweet gift if you combine them with some lovely envelopes. To complete the look tie some twine around the cards or package them in a nice box. I’ve also used sentiments from the Birthday Blooms set (which just happens to have another floral image which I love!).

So how did I end up with so many cards? Quite simply, I was playing around with different colouring mediums. I started with Copic Markers before moving onto the Stampin’ Write Markers and ended with the new (and wonderful!) Watercolour Pencils. If you like to colour then I am sure you will love this stamp set and then cards which follow.

Here’s the first card…

 

Dear Friend
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This, Birthday Blooms; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella and Rhinestones.

For the second card, I decided to use the Stampin’ Write markers with a paint brush to colour the image. I picked out Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Melon Mambo for the petals, Daffodil Delight for the stamen and Wild Wasabi for the leaves and stem. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, I mixed up my shades of pinks a little so it appears as though I’ve only used two colours. Despite this, I think it is a pretty card. I then watered down some of the pink inks and splattered it onto the card. Just another way to add a little interest to the background.

Here’s the card…
For You
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This, Birthday Blooms; Stampin’ Write Markers; Wink of Stella and Rhinestones.

Of course, now I needed to try the new Watercolour Pencils from Stampin’ Up! They were introduced in the Occasions catalogue and they are amazing! They are very heavily pigmented and they blend out beautifully. I think you’ll love creating with them. I used Wink of Stella over the images and this will move the pencils so be careful when applying it. And for something fun, you CAN use the Wink of Stella instead of water to paint the images.

Here’s the card…
For You
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This, Birthday Blooms; Watercolour Pencils; Wink of Stella and Rhinestones.

 

The next card was also painted with the Watercolour Pencils and I love how bright and vibrant it is. I used Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo for the flower petals – aren’t they gorgeous? I decided to try a simple look for this one – no splattering and no Wink of Stella. I think it is so lovely.

Here’s the card…
For You
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This, Birthday Blooms; Watercolour Pencils; and Rhinestones.

And my last card for today is a “stepped up” version of the previous card. This time I have added Wink of Stella and I have also splattered some of the Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo over the background. I hadn’t diluted the water as much as I thought I had so it is quite vibrant but I think it really works. Do you agree?

Here’s the card…

 

For You
Materials used: Stamps – You’ve Got This, Birthday Blooms; Watercolour Pencils; Wink of Stella and Rhinestones.

And there you have it, five quick and simple cards. Just a tip – I used Whisper White cardstock for the panels. This is NOT a watercolour paper. You can, however, paint on it very successfully if you ensure you don’t overwork the area or apply too much water.

I hope you enjoyed seeing another “Similar, but Different” group of cards using the You’ve Got This stamp set.

Happy Stamping!

Crazy About You (Annual Catalogue 2016/2017)

Hi Everyone,

Whilst there are a lot of wonderful new items in the current Occasions catalogue, let’s not forget all of the lovely items in the Annual catalogue. (Remember all qualifying purchases from this catalogue also entitle you to free Sale-A-Bration goodies!). One of my favourite stamp sets in the Annual catalogue is the Crazy About You set. You may have seen it before as I believe it carried over from the previous catalogue.

I got a little carried away making “similar but different” cards using this set and accordingly I have eight cards to share today. Yes, eight! And I think these cards illustrate the potential of this stamp set. I’ve made eight cards which are of a similar design so just imagine what you can come up with if you change up the colours, use different layout designs, combine the stamps with other stamp sets, and so on – there really is no limit!

I used a very similar process for each of the cards featured today so will give an overview for the first card but will just highlight specific features for the rest of the cards. If there is anything you would like more information about, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Onto the cards…

I stamped off the grey ink and stamped the flower design randomly over the background. (For some of the cards I used second generation stamping). Then I stamped the other flower design in blushing bride ink a few times and cut the different sizes of flowers I was after. I stamped the leaves in pear pizzazz and cut them out as well. (The flower does have a coordinating punch however the other solid stamp designs in the set do not). Next up I stamped the banner from the Endless Thanks stamp set. I also stamped the “Thanks” sentiment from this same stamp set. To give it a little more colour so it didn’t look too grey I stamped the solid heart in Blushing Bride, and added some glossy accents to it, at the end of the sentiment. I popped up the banner and voila! The card is done!

Here’s the card…
Thanks
Materials used: Stamps – Crazy About You, Endless Thanks; Ink Colours – Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate; Rhinestones and Wink of Stella.

Quite simple isn’t it? Let’s just step it up a little bit. This time I stamped the image repeatedly on the background and I made sure to overlap the image as I did so. I love how effective this looks.

Here’s the card…
Thanks
Materials used: Stamps – Crazy About You, Endless Thanks; Ink Colours – Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate; Rhinestones and Wink of Stella.

Isn’t it pretty? If you find it to be too grey, maybe you’d like the next card where I have added a little more white to lighten the look.

Here’s the card…
Hello
Materials used: Stamps – Crazy About You, Endless Thanks; Ink Colours – Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate; Rhinestones and Wink of Stella.

Then again, maybe you’d like more of the Blushing Bride colour. Easily done!

Here’s the card…
Thanks
Materials used: Stamps – Crazy About You, Endless Thanks; Ink Colours – Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate; Cardstock – Blushing Bride; Rhinestones and Wink of Stella.

Or maybe the Pear Pizzazz would be your preferred background colour?

Here’s the card…
Thanks
Materials used: Stamps – Crazy About You, Endless Thanks; Ink Colours – Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate; Cardstock – Pear Pizzazz; Rhinestones and Wink of Stella.

For the next card, I decided to make the grey panel smaller so you could see more of the card base. On this base, I stamped THANKS repeatedly in Blushing Bridge to achieve a subtle tone on tone look. The card was going to be busy enough that it didn’t need the background competing.

Here’s the card…
Thanks
Materials used: Stamps – Crazy About You, Endless Thanks; Ink Colours – Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate; Cardstock – Blushing Bride; Rhinestones and Wink of Stella.

Next up is a different colour combination. I could have recreated this card with any number of colours but I thought blues might look gorgeous. What do you think?

Here’s the card…
Thanks so much
Materials used: Stamps – Crazy About You, Endless Thanks; Ink Colours – Smoky Slate, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz; Rhinestones and Wink of Stella.

And finally, something a little more different. No grey background this time. Instead, I decided to work on a white landscape base so that I could really make the flower and leaves pop. The Hello die from the Hello You Thinlits was a very easy way to finish off the card.

Here’s the card…
Hello
Materials used: Stamps – Crazy About You, Endless Thanks; Thinlits – Hello You; Ink Colours – Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz; Rhinestones and Wink of Stella.

And there you have it! Eight “similar but different” cards! Thanks so much for sticking with me through to the end. I know it is a loooong post. Hope you have enjoyed seeing the different variations. Do you have a favourite? Will you try creating a card with the grey background? I’d love to know. If you do, please leave me a comment below. Thanks!

Happy Stamping!

Happy Birthday Shaker Card Balloon Adventures Bundle (Occasions 2017)

Hi Everyone,

The Balloon Adventures bundle in the Occasions catalogue is another of the new items which jumped out at me immediately for its versatility and creativity. I thought it would be so fun to use it, not only to make a pop card like it was designed to do, but also it would be so effective as a shaker card. The colour palette may look familiar to you. It is the colour palette used for the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper. It was still on my craft table from my previous cards and I thought it would be a great colour combination for the card I had in mind.

This stamp and die bundle also coordinates with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. Unfortunately I do not have this punch yet so I had to be a little more creative in order to achieve the look I was going for. The coordinating die set does have balloon shaped dies but they are patterned and I wanted to stick with a stamped look. It was easily fixed though – I just ran the main die again through the Big Shot but this time I used Whisper White cardstock instead of Watermelon Wonder. I then stamped the designs I wanted and carefully cut out the shape. It isn’t as perfect as it would have been using the punch but I am okay with that.

To create the shaker box, I used the brand new Foam Adhesive Strips. Love these. They are long and narrow which really made it simple to create the box. I also added very small pieces of the Foam Adhesive Strips under the two outside balloons and a little under the sentiment too. I thought this might stop all of the lovely Sprinkles Embellishments from going to the bottom when the card was standing upright – and it did.

Here’s the card…
Happy Birthday

If you are interested in any of the products used to create this card, please feel free to visit my online store at Stampers Workshop. Don’t forget Sale-A-Bration is still on! For every A$90.00 you spend you receive your choice of a free product from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

More from the Cool Treats Suite (Occasions 2017)

Hi Everyone,

Are you all loving the new Occasions catalogue? I am! So many things to inspire. I have made quite a number of cards using the Cool Treats Suite and I’ll be sharing more of them over the coming weeks. For the cards below, I have stuck with the colour scheme featured in the catalogue (Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Peakaboo Peach, Pool Party, and Watermelon Wonder). You don’t have to, of course! The main reason I did was because I stamped up a whole pile of images in one go and decided it would be best to have them match the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Once again I am sharing two designs which are VERY similar. All that I have changed is the dominant colour and I’ve angled the ice creams. I’d love to know which design you prefer.

Here’s the first card…
Happiest Birthday

Can you spy the texture of the card background?  All I did to create this was stamp the cone stamp repeatedly over the background.  I used Watermelon Wonder so it tied nicely with the card itself – not too overpowering.  The blue watercolour on the main panel is just Pool Party watered down and swiped over the cardstock.  Don’t be too heavy handed as it is not watercolour paper.  You don’t want it to pill or ruin the cardstock.   A little bit of water is fine though!

Now while I liked this card design, I thought I might change it up a little.  The use of Pool Paper really gives it a different look.  Once again I used one of the cones stamp to give the cardstock a look of texture.  This time I decided to angle the ice creams too.

Here’s the card…
Happiest Birthday

So can you tell which one is my favourite? I have to say that it is the second one. This type of card is super simple to create but it looks so cute! If you stamp up a lot of images at the one time you can relatively quickly create a whole set of cards ready for when you need them.

Don’t forget there is still time to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion! For every $90 AUD you spend (before shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. And who doesn’t like free stamping supplies?!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Cool Treats Suite (2017 Occasions catalogue)

Hi Everyone,

Cool Treats suite is one of my favourite suites in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue. It can be found on pages 32-33 in the Australian catalogue. I love the colours used for the papers (Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder and Whisper White). And the stamps- wow, the two step stamping really gives a dimensional look which is lovely. Plus some of the sentiments can be used with other sets – they aren’t restricted to the one set. Love this!

Today I am sharing three cards which are VERY similar. The reason I am sharing all three is that I wanted to show you how you can slightly change up a design depending on what items you have at your disposal. This card design is one which was originally shared by Stampin’ Up! to demonstrators and I just *loved* it! I wanted to re-create it as soon as I saw it.

Here’s my first card…
Happiest Birthday – Version 1

For this card, I stamped up the images, added a strip of paper to the right hand side of the card and a small strip just under the sentiment. It’s a very simple card.

For the second card, I added another strip of paper to the right hand of the card just to give it a little more interest. Then I added a few more rhinestones, because who doesn’t like a little bling?

Here’s the card…
Happiest Birthday – Version 2

For the last card I decided I really needed to invest in the coordinating Tasty Treats Designer Washi Tape and the Sprinkles Embellishments to see if it would really lift the card that bit further.

Here’s the card…
Happiest Birthday – Version 3

So there’s three cards – almost the same, but slightly different. I think my favourite is the second one…although I do love the shape and texture of the cone in the third one. Which one is your favourite?

Should you be interested in purchasing this suite (or parts of it) for your own use, please visit my store at Stampers Workshop. And don’t forget to take advantage of all the Sale-A-Bration offers!

Happy Stamping!

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