Sunday, August 25, 2019

ESAD 2019 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Today I have joined up with 24 other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators to showcase products from the new 2019 Holiday Catalogue which will be available from the 4th September 2019. If you haven't already got yours yet and live in Australia, contact me for your free copy.
You may have arrived from seeing Rochelle's gorgeous creation but if you started here, click the 'Next' button at the bottom of this post to continue hopping. Make sure you visit everyone - there are lots of great projects and you won't want to miss any!

As I looked through the new catalogue, one of the first things that went on my wishlist was the Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies. Those who know me well, know that I love boxes and 3D projects. When I saw this cute little box, a whole list of possible projects to use it for sprang to mind. Think Table Treats, Baby Shower & Wedding Favours, Halloween Treats, Easter Treats and Teacher Gifts to name a few.
I decided to make an Advent Calendar (Christmas Countdown) and hung the boxes on a little tree which sits perfectly on our entertainment unit.

I used the new Wrapped In Plaid patterned paper which has 48 6" x 6" sheets per packet - 2 each of 24 designs so absolutely perfect for my boxes numbered 1 to 24. For the 25th box I used Gold Foil which I embossed with the fabulous new 3D Hammered Metal Embossing Folder.

The boxes are super quick to make as they are cut from 1 die and require no adhesive. I cut 2 at a time with my Big Shot. The die creates score lines ready to fold.
 Tip: if you are using Designer Series Paper it is better not to use a Bone Folder to burnish the score lines to avoid 'cracking' the paper!
Once I had folded the score lines, I gently curved all four sides with my Bone Folder.
I then closed the box leaving one side open. I adhered the little branches with a glue dot and attached the label to the box with Whisper White Baker's Twine which I coloured to match the papers using my Blends. I then closed the fourth side of the box.
Tip: by attaching the label before closing the fourth side, it enables the box to be opened (to retrieve the treat) and closed without removing the label!

The little stitched labels and branches are cut from dies which come with the Curvy Keepsakes Box die.
I used Wink Of Stella to make the branches sparkle. For the numbers I used Shimmery White cardstock which I first sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Paint mixed with Isocol (rubbing alcohol) to give it extra sparkle and then stamped the numbers using the Make A Difference stamp set. I punched out the numbers using the 1/2" Circle Punch and attached them to the label with Mini Dimensionals.

Although the boxes are only small, they can be filled with a wide variety of treats. here are some of the ones I used.

All products used are available to purchase from my Online Shop here (Holiday Catalogue products will be available from 4th September 2019

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing my project and have lots of fun creating your own!

Next up is the very talented Rebecca Scurr who I'm sure has an inspiring project to show you.
Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us today. If you get lost or if there's a broken link, you can find a link to the next blog in the list of participants below.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Colour Inkspiration #CI59 - Guest Designer

I recently won Colour Inkspiration challenge #CI57 and was delighted to be invited to join the design team as guest designer for their inspiration blog hop for #CI59.
You can see my winning card here

The Colour Inkspiration Design Team match up Stampin' Up! colours to photos chosen from Pinterest to create a colour palette which is to be used to create a project.
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month a new colour palette is uploaded and the Design Team provide inspiration with a blog hop.

When I received the colours for this challenge, I immediately thought winter scene, then I thought maybe nautical but finaly ended up with something completely different......

I decided to create a masculine card (we never have enough of them) and used a sentiment rather than an image for inspiration.
The card base is a piece of Early Espresso cardstock 21 x 14.85cms scored at 10.5 cms.
Onto this I layered a piece of Early Espresso cardstock 14.35 x 10 cms which I stamped with the background stamp set Birch in Early Espresso ink. Before adhering the layer, I placed a small brad in the centre towards the top to 'hang' my wall art on.
I then embossed a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 11 x 8.5 cms with the Pinewood Planks 3D folder. I sponged the planks with Smoky Slate, Seaside Spray and Early Espresso ink and then cut them into individual pieces.

Using the masking technique, I then stamped each plank with a line of the sentiment using Early Espresso ink.
Next I punched 2 holes at either end of the planks 1.2 cms in from the edge.
I threaded a piece of Nature's Twine through the holes starting with the lowest hole on the left, which I secured with a knot, and then working my way up to the top leaving enough twine to 'hang' the wall art and then continuing down the right side which I again secured with a knot at the bottom.
I then randomly trimmed the planks and attached them to the Early Espresso stamped layer with Dimensionals.

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Colour challenges really are a great way to kick start your creativity. If you'd like to join the fun, click here to be redirected to the Colour Inkspiration Facebook page where you can request to join the group and upload your creation.

Click on the 'Next' button below to keep hopping and see all the projects created by the team.
Next up is the amazingly talented Kelly Kent with a beautiful card using the gorgeous Seaside Notions stamp set.