Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Hanging Garden CI#52

 Colour INKspiration is a fortnightly blog initiated by Bronwyn Eastley in Tasmania. The design team is made up of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all parts of Australia and New Zealand.You are at the blog of Rachel Palmieri, Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. I run classes at my home studio in South Morang, Victoria, share Stampin' Up!® products and tools at parties for my customers, coach my lovely team and create cards and the occasional 3D project.

A restricted palette like this can be challenging - more challenging than usual!!!  
I decided to use Hanging Garden, a favourite featured in the Annual Catalogue which is perfect for sending to friends needing a 'pick-me-up', or a little TLC. 

I love a hanging basket, but you need to remember to pot them up before Christmas, to keep the water up to them and they may need a little Seasol to keep them going. Enough about gardening and onto cards.

I checked through my DSP to see which pack had some Soft Sea Foam patterned paper and Tranquil Textures had this one. A lovely subtle Seafoam texture. A thin border of Granny Apple Green was skewed to reveal just a little more, with another layer of Early Espresso behind.

As well as using up DSP before it retires I have another personal challenge to use my ribbon and embellishments. For too many years I have been collecting, not using. Once I've added embellishments, I love the effect, but in reality my style is clean & layered for cards and scrapbooking. Have you worked out your style yet?

So I guess it's okay to call this clean and layered with a couple of added extras!!!

Stampin' Up! have set us another challenge - #simplestamping. That is perfect for when you are just starting out on your stamping adventure, so I made the same card, same colours, but simplified. Of course, it also requires less product to complete, and you may already have some things you could substitute. If you already have card for the base, there is no need to stick with this colour scheme.
At the end of the post are two product lists, the first is all the items used for the stepped-up card, the second list is the pared-back version.

I cut an A4 sheet of card around halfway, at 14.5cm, folded and scored at 10.6cm. The Whisper White to stamp on measures 12cm by 8cm, and the Granny Apple Green is a half centimetre bigger, 12.5cm by 8.5cm. If you wanted to reduce your start-up costs again, you could use the Soft Seafoam or any other piece of card that suits, or not even layer it.

Because I cut my card to 14.5cm instead of 14.8cm I end up with thin strips of card left over. I save these, and try to use them before they get too mangled. For the inside of my card, I use a piece of Whisper White cut to 10cm by 14cm. I sat 2 strips on top of each other, and glued a strip of DSP over the top to hide the join. It would also have been a nice touch to tie some linen thread around, so many options.

Did you come from Jan Clothier and see her fabulous card which I'm going to CASE? Hope that's okay with you Jan? Go back and check it out if you haven't seen it, otherwise keep going forward to see Monique's project.

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  1. Rachel these cards look absolutley lovely- and so do your real hanging baskets. I'm hopeless in the garden so I admire anyone who can grow such beauties. But back to the cards, I really love them all.. Great challenge to use the embellshments,(I tend to hoard too much too)

  2. Gorgeous Rachel. I love creating cards for all levels of stampers and love the idea of creating from simple to more involved cards ❤️

  3. Perfect stamp set for these colours. All the hanging baskets are stunning. Real and stamped! Love the sweet DSP you found! Great cards.

  4. This set works beautifully with the colours, Rachel. I had a smile to myself at the 'collecting' not 'using' - I can totally identify with that! I love the way you've given two versions of the card, especially when each is lovely. The askew colour panels in the stepped-up version work really well. And, of course, CASE away to your heart's content! I'm just happy you liked my card.

  5. Love both versions Rachel. That is the perfect set to use with these great colours. X


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