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INKspired Colour Combo Challenge 123 - Gnome for the Holidays

  Hello Everyone!  Welcome to another great colour combo challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have reached my blog from Katrina Healy, if not please hop back when you are through and check out what she has created using this sketch challenge!

When I see these colours, I picture Christmas! I love Real Red and Crumb Cake together in anything, so I decided to use the new Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set.

 Just the cutest Stamp Set and so easy to use and colour!

I started with a card base in Crumb Cake Card Stock, then a layer of Real Red Card Stock  and Whisper White for the main stamp area.

Simple colouring in using the light and dark duo blend pens in real red, crumb cake and mossy meadow. I didn't use pear pizazz in the mix of colours, but it is one of my favourite colours.

I included the real red stitched grosgrain ribbon with white stitching as a border. This ribbon is part of the Playful Pets trim combo pack. I really love it!

All the Gnomes are so cute!

I added some Wink o Stella to the striped hat and to some of the other Gnomes to give them a little sparkle. Then I included a few of the Gilded Gems to highlight the crumb cake, and to give the card a little bling!

I think I could actually hear the Gnomes saying 'Holly Jolly Everything'!

As a child (and now) I always loved walking through the woods looking for a Gnome home in a tree.  I was sure Grandma and I found some. The Gnome home stamp is a perfect embellishment to the inside of my card! Also used some Wink o Stella to the light bulbs, such a perfect effect!

The Grand kids will love this card for Christmas! I also created a little fun for the kids by turning the inside vertical, with the front of the card horizontal! Try it sometime, it is a fun little surprise!

I really hope you try the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set!

Thanks for having a look at my blog contribution, now it's time to hop forward to Narelle Macey's blog.  I can't wait myself!

Cheers and happy stamping!

INKspired Sketch Challenge 122 - Hooray To You

. Hello Everyone!  Welcome to my blog and a new sketch challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have reached my blog from Katrina Healy, if not please hop back when you are through and check out what she has created using this sketch challenge!

Sketch challenges not only inspire me, but they also 'challenge' me!  I thought long and hard about what stamp set to use, what colours and papers etc., something that can stand alone with simplicity around it. I will be interested in hearing if this card has achieved this.

I have used the Hooray To You Stamp Set together with the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper in  shades of blues.

I started with a card base of Thick Whisper White card stock and topped it with the shades of blue Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper. The focal image is stamped in Night of Navy Ink on Whisper white card stock in regular weight.

I wanted to make the colours pop, so I used the beautiful and versatile white crinkle ribbon. Vellum paper is used as an offset background to the focal piece, this was chosen as I wanted to accentuate the crispness of the white and blue.

I used a piece of the DSP and heat embossed the words from the Hooray To You Stamp Set in white, and die cut a small piece of vellum to make a scalloped trim. The edging was done with one of the dies from the Be Mine Stitched Die Set.

I also added some embellishment from the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots.

What's a card without an equally beautiful inside.
Here I added some Melon Mambo ink to jazz it up a bit! I used the sponge brayer to apply a small layer of ink at the bottom of a piece of white card stock.  Then using a scrap strip of the DSP, I again created a scalloped edging. Delicate and sweet!

Have a go and let me know how you went!

I hope you have enjoyed my card and it gave you some inspiration!

Happy Stampin' Fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog, and now hop on over to Narelle Macey for more inspiration!

INKspired Colour Combo Challenge 121 - Blossoms in Bloom

 Welcome to another colour combo challenge designed by Teneale Williams

You may have just visited Katrina Healy's blog  and hopped over, if not please use the link to hop back when finished, visit her page and see what she has created.

At first, I thought I would not include old olive in the mix of colours for my card.  However, after creating a watercolour background with Mango Melody, Pool Party and Pretty Peacock, I decided to just play with adding some Old Olive. I really love the effect, and it actually adds the 'icing to the cake', and as spring will be upon us soon it reminded me of my upcoming flower beds in the garden.

I also used the Many Layered Blossom Dies from the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle, and the sentiment is from the By The Dock Stamp Set.

I used the large / flat water painter brush from the new Water Painters set.  This brush was perfect for creating the streaked effect. 

I used the shimmer white card stock for my watercolour background, and I began by using the Pool Party ink first from the bottom left corner and  just up to about a third of the card front. Next, I began blending the Pretty Peacock ink lightly where the Pool Party ended and continued up with varying levels of intensity to around two-thirds, and finished off with Mango Melody.

I used the Mango Melody ink very lightly at first on the remainder of the card front. Then I applied the Old Olive in varying levels of intensity over the whole card, not too much and not too little.

Next, I went back and added some Mango Melody in a darker intensity here and there. It is important to remember not to use too much water on your brush, you don't want the paper to become saturated. 

I like to either use a small clear block pressed in the ink pad on one side and then pull the ink down with the water on the brush to create the colour intensity I want, or to apply a few dots of ink from the re-inkers to a clear block, and do the same.

The feature is created from the Many Layer Blossoms dies. I cut the thin overlay from Whisper White card stock, and the underlay in vellum from the fuller die. I believe that this layering has produced a subtle effect over the water colour background.

The sentiment is on Whisper White card stock, cut out with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, and lightly sponged the edges with Pool Party Ink. I popped the sentiment up with dimensionals.

I topped it off with a bow made from the Snowflake Splendor Ribbon that will be available from the Mini Catalog in September 2020. This ribbon is iridescent and picks up the colours around it beautifully!

I think this picture above highlights the softness of the colour combination.

For the inside of me card, I used Pool Party card stock as a background to the Whisper White, and added one of the smaller flowers in the die set.  I added water colour in the same combination lightly to the Whisper White flower before gluing to a vellum underlay.  

A tip I find helpful for gluing the thin cut outs to the vellum (or any surface) is to apply the multipurpose liquid glue on a sponge, then sponge lightly to the back of the cut out. I suggest to do this on the Silicone Craft Sheet, this will provide a safe gluing surface and the sheet can be easily wiped cleaned.

I really hope my card showed off the colour combination, as well as how to create a simplistic water colour background for any card! The possibilities are almost endless to the imagination!

Have fun Stampin'!

I encourage you to click on Narelle Macey's name and check out what she has done with the colour combo challenge!

If you want to know more about the products used or watercolour techniques, please leave a comment and I will happily get in touch with you!

INKspired Sketch Challenge 119 - Seaside Notions

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to my blog and a new sketch challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have hopped across from Katrina Healy and have seen another beautiful card from her!

Usually I can to and fro with a sketch challenge, but I think the new Seabed 3D embossing folder is so stunning it made this sketch challenge easier by becoming the focal point for my card.
Maybe its my Nordic heritage that has drawn me to the Whale Done Suite with the Seabed embossing folder, designer series paper and embellishments. The colours in the papers are a calm and soothing mixture, and the patterns provide so many combinations.

For my card, I combined the Whale of a Time designer series paper, embellishments and the Seabed embossing folder with the Seaside Notions stamp set. I used Whisper White card stock for the base and background.

The 3D Seabed embossing folder makes a beautiful background and stands out on its own. I followed the sketch layout and used the sentiment from the Seaside Notions stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink. I alternated full colour with a lighter colour produced by stamping off once. 

I used two of the Whale of a Time designer series papers to create the border strip and the underside of the wave pattern for my scallop piece.

I stamped the Sea Horse in Stazon Jet Black ink, then partially and lightly water coloured
 in with the Pretty Peacock ink using the medium sized water painter. Likewise, the shells are stamped in Soft Suede ink and then water coloured partially and lightly in with Crumb Cake ink. I thought the shells in crumb cake gave the right amount of contrast.

I also added an accent of the new Snowflake Splendor Ribbon which will be available in 
August 2020, mini catalogue, with an overlay of white thread for a small bow.

A few of the Whale of a Time Sequins for some sparkle and subtle colour.

I embossed the bottom of the inside piece, used a strip of the Whale of a Time designer paper and the Snowflake Splendor Ribbon. I just had to add the silver dollar shell from the Seaside Notions stamp set.

For a final touch, I lightly splattered the front with the light Pretty Peacock blend pen. This effect is done by flicking the larger end of the pen on the inside of the cap.

I hope you have enjoyed my card and it gave you some inspiration!

Happy Stampin' Fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog, and now hop on over to Narelle Macey for more inspiration!

INKspired Colour Combo Challenge 118 - Today's Tiles

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to my blog and another wonderful colour combo challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have hopped across from Katrina Healy and I know her creativity would have astounded you!

I will admit this colour combo had me stumped a bit, but I love a good challenge! As I was looking through my new stamp sets, Today's Tiles popped out as I remembered a similar card created by Michele Miller. I believe this stamp set shows off this colour combo quite well, and makes me want to use these colours together more often.


I started off with Soft Suede card stock as my card base, with a background of Mint Macaron card stock. I thought the Tasteful Textile embossing folder provided just the right subtle accent to the background, and I stamped the images in alternating colour combinations on Very Vanilla card stock.

The stamp set is a two-step process, one stamp for the background and another for the 
accent colour. 

I find using the Stamparatus is perfect for lining up two step stamps, but actually I love using the Stamparatus for just about anything! It provides the freedom to apply the right amount of ink that 
pleases you.

I used one of the sentiments included in the stamp set in Soft Suede ink on Mint Macaron card stock, trimmed and set on dimensionals. The tile strips are set on with dimensionals, with the whole front (including background) attached with dimensionals.

I stamped the tiles in Teracotta Tile and Pretty Peacock inks for the inside border, and added a narrow strip of Soft Suede card stock above. I thought the Trio Punch was a pretty accent to bring out the Mint Macaron through the Very Vanilla card stock.  I was also attempting to show off all of the colours in the combo as well.

I used a piece of linen twine to tie around the background, and created a little bow. 

I really love the warm feeling these colours and the Today's Tiles stamp set provide, just makes me feel warm and cuddly all over! It fits right into my country setting here in Bredbo!

I hope you have enjoyed my card and it gave you some inspiration to try these colours together, and to give the Today's Tiles stamp set a go.

Happy Stampin' Fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog, and now hop on over to Narelle Macey for more inspiration!

INKspired Sketch Challenge 117 - Prized Peony

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to my blog and the new sketch challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have hopped across from Katrina Healy and enjoyed her lovely creative designs.

When I saw Teneale's sketch challenge, I saw diamonds and peonies!  What, how could I envision that! Not sure how, but the Diamonds embossing folder and the brass foil sheets along with the Prized Peony Stamp Set (SS) and Peony dies filled my thoughts to create my card.

I started with a card base of Petal Pink and topped it with one of the beautiful designs from the Peony Garden designer series papers (DSP) in Grey Granite and white. As the SS and DSP have an elegance to them, the diamond embossed brass foil sheets and square vellum doilies just had to accompany.

Then I used the Peony dies and layered the petal pieces to create the 3D flower. I chose to use vellum sponged with Petal Pink ink to make my flower, and the same for the leaves (sponged in Pear Pizzazz). I backed the leaves and finished flower with Whisper White card stock - die cut each leaf and the large flower back. Last but not least, I used Bumblebee ink to sponge the stamen.


The Peony is placed on with dimensionals, and the leaves are glued and tucked under the flower. I chose to use part of one of the sentiments from the Prized Peony SS, not too much and not too little. 

I added a few of the Elegant Faceted Gems and just one Gilded Gem to highlight the colours and the brass foil, and of course to add a bit of bling!

One of the best results is when your husband says that's a beauty and he is glad you bought that SS. What more can you say! Well, I can say that I will be using this SS, dies and accompaniments over and over! 

Thank you and I really hope you enjoyed my blog and card, but now it's time to hop over to the talented Narelle Macey.

Please find a list of some of the products used to create this card: