Thursday, 29 December 2016

Colour INKspiration - A New Colour Challenge for Everyone!

I have some exciting news to share; I'm on the Colour INKspiration Crew! It consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

There's also a Facebook group for Stampin' Up!® enthusiasts who would like to share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations. You don't even have to have a blog to join in.
Here's the deal - Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop. Our first one starts on Wednesday, 11th January.
Members of the group have the option to join the Colour INKspiration 'Challenge' by uploading photos of their projects and can link back to their personal blog if they wish to. Make sure you click on the link below and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.
Hope to see you there!

Image may contain: foodTo get this group off the ground we are having a 'pre-challenge challenge'. The colours for the challenge are Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaroon, but I substituted Crushed Curry for Daffodil Delight. That's allowed, we're not unreasonable people! Sometimes you don't have the colour or perhaps, just like me, prefer the stronger shade. There is some Designer Series Paper in the SAB catalogue called Carried Away, and it just so happens to have Mint Macaroon clouds amongst the selections. The name of this DSP suggests that it complements the Lift Me Up bundle (it does - ha,ha!)and so there are 2 different birds-eye views of fields.some hot air balloons and other bright papers in very useable patterns. I'm sure I'll be using lots of this paper, it's so cute, and I can add it for free to my $90 order during SALE-A-Bration, and so can you! You will find Up & Away Thinlet Dies, the Lift Me Up stamp set or the Lift Me Up Bundle (purchase using the special code for a 10% discount) on page 10 of the Stampin' Up!® Occasions Catalogue.

It seemed natural to pair those clouds with a hot air balloon, and I've kept it very simple really. The point of interest is the slant the DSP has been cut on, and a strip of white card which has gone through the Seaside textured embossing folder. My intention is to use textured embossing folders (and Washi tape!!!) a lot more in 2017. Last years resolution was to use Designer Series Paper and I definitely improved with that one, so hopefully I can this year too. Are you wondering how hard it was to make the multi-coloured hot air balloon? Not very hard at all, as the Up & Away Thinlet Dies include five shapes especially for that purpose. I use tiny dots of tombow on the back of the large balloon outline, allow it to turn clear, when it is less messy but still sticky and place the pieces in order, from top to bottom in my case. Even the basket has its own wee piece, which doubles as a base for the ferris wheel ride  (or a teeny tiny cupcake) in Carousel Birthday on the previous page. It's always handy when you can use the Thinlet Dies with more than one stamp set. 
Even though it mentions in the catalogue to use the Precision Plate with the detailed thinlet, I've not found that neccessary, all the pieces pop out easily. Thought I'd include this close-up so you can see the lovely detail on this hot air balloon. Have you had a look through the 2017 Stampin' Up!® Occasions Catalogue yet? If you haven't, don't already have a demonstrator and you live in Australia, you can message me to send you a copy of that and the SALE-A-Bration catty.
Cheers for a safe and crafty New Year,


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