Inspiring Inkin' Challenge 13

The challenge on our Stampin' Up blog this fortnight is a colour challenge using Ruby Red, Close To Cocoa and Old Olive with a side twist of using a new stamp set. Now I have lots of those so that part came easily! These colours are lovely together too - they remind me of Autumn-y colours and could easily be used for Christmas cards too, but I'm trying to not make too many of them just yet as my job this half term is to make the 30 cards I need for the children in my class! They won't be too fancy though!

Anyway here's my offering using the fabulous new Circle Circus. This set has 10 different stamps all using circles as a basis. Combining different stamps with different colours provides endless combinations for creating your own patterned papers. I love the versatility of sets like this as they can be adapted to any occasion and for any person!


Stamps: Circle Circus, Oval All

Papers: Ruby Red, Close To Cocoa, Old Olive, Whisper White

Inks: Ruby Red, Close To Cocoa, Old Olive

Accessories: Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon, eyelet border punch, oval punch, scalloped oval punch

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge #12

This fortnight's challenge over on Inspiring Inkin' is to use the Split Negative technique with a side of twist of using 3 embellishments.

The basic idea of this technique is to stamp the same image once on darkstock and once on light cardstock using the opposite colour for the ink. I used Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White with the new Whisper White Craft Ink. This is such a fabulous ink! You cut the image in half in the same place on both images and pair opposite coloured halves together. Easy peasy! As well as splitting the whole image I also did the centre as well for a different effect. I just love how this has turned out.

Spot anything else that's new on this card? The Medallion stamp is new as well as the WW craft ink and peeking out at the top is the new WW satin ribbon. This is such a gorgeous quality.

Keep looking back on my blog as I will be showing off even more new stamps as the next few weeks go by.


Stamps: Medallion and Occasional Greetings

Papers: Lovely Lilac, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White

Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White

Accessories: Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads

How many new things can you spot on this card?

My new Stampin' Up goodies arrived yesterday with loads of new stuff from the new catalogue and everything is absolutely fabulous! I got 9 new stamp sets and only 1 was from the old catalogue that had been carried over into the new catalogue - all the rest were new ones, so of course, I had to use one for my first card of the week! I made a tri-shutter card, which is another new style of card for me too. You can find the instructions here on SCS - watch the video - it makes all so much clearer than reading the instructions.

So how many new things do you think you can spot? Some might not look new but they are....

My new things on this card were: Kraft 12 x 12 cardstock (you could only get it in the mixed neutrals A4 pack before!), Bella Bleu Designer Series Papers (these are so elegant and gorgeous!), the eyelet border punch, Flight of the Butterfly stamp set, Butterfly Punch, Piercing tool and Mat Pack (you could only get these in the crafter's tool kit before but now you can buy them separately) and Clear Gem Brads (which you could only get in the Pretties Kit but are now available separately too!). So altogether I used 8 new things on this card! I also used vellum cardstock, which while it isn't new to the catalogue, is new to me as I've never used it before.

Not sure if you can really see but on each of the small panels (like the one on the bottom left) I added a little butterfly from the same stamps set and the middle panel is left blank for a greeting.

I love everything on this card and can't wait to get out my new stash and play again at the weekend!


Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly

Papers: Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Vellum, Bella Bleu DSP,

Inks: Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Clear Gem Brads, Eyelet Border punch, Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon, Kraft Taffeta ribbon, Piercing tool and Mat pack


Can't you tell I'm so excited about this new catalogue?! There are so many new goodies in there as well as some from the previous catalogue that are just too nice to take out! There are lots of new stamp sets, lots of wheels, lots of new Designer Papers and tons of new accessories including the all new 1 1/2" striped ribbon!

Now I did promise you a couple of week ago that I would show some of the projects and swaps from my Stampin' Up team meeting that Amanda held down in Fareham. I couldn't show them to you at the time, but now with the release of the new catalogue I can!

This is Stella's gorgeous card using the new Medallion background stamp.

The next one is Amanda's using one of the new hostess stamp sets, Queue Up, that I showed earlier as well as the new eyelet border punch and white craft ink. Craft ink I hear you say? Craft ink is now available in the UK SU catalogue in Whisper White and is a slower drying ink that the other colours in the Stampin' Up range. Therefore, it is ideal to heat emboss and as Amanda showed us, looks great when used with the SU Pastels as well. It really makes the colours pop!

And I did forget to take a photo of my own swap card which uses the gorgeous Trendy Trees stamp set and the new Word Window punch, so I will do that when the light's right and upload it at the weekend. ETA Amanda took a photo of my swap card so I "stole" it from her blog - saves me having to remember to take a photo of it myself - thanks Amanda!

The following card was one of the 4 projects that we made and uses the new Flight of the Butterfly stamp set, the new eyelet border punch and the new Whisper White craft ink.

The next card is another project using the new Circle Circus stamp set and the new Crystal Effects, which is a 3D gloss and just gives a lovely shine and raised layers to your images. This works really well when using stamps such as the Cheers To You set as it really looks like glass on the cocktail and beer glasses.

Our afternoon projects were 3D ones and this first one is a "Bagolope" - an envelope made into a little gift bag. It uses the Good Friend stamp set with the new eyelet border punch and some So Saffron ribbon that was a special offer in August, but unfortunately is no longer available.

The second project was an envelope card. This is what it looks like closed. See anything else new? It uses the new Flight of the Butterfly stamp set, the new matching Butterfly punch and some new Designer Papers called Pink Flamingo. These papers are gorgeous and the colours are so bright and vibrant. I can't wait to get mine!

This is the side view. An envelope has been sealed and cut and stuck inside the card so there are two little pockets inside. This is ideal for a gift card or as a hostess gift full of stamped images or punch outs.

And this is the little notecard we made to put inside using another sheet from the same Designer Paper pack, Pink Flamingo.

So what do you think of these new products from the new Stampin' Up catalogue?! These and many more can be seen by clicking on the link on the picture at the top of this post or on my side bar. If you want to order any of these or see any other products in the next week or so, then give me a ring or email me at . I have just placed my first order (of many I'm sure of that!) and can't wait for it to arrive in the next few days.

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