Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Blooms and Bliss with accents of Copper

At Team training with the Creative Inkers recently, we made this very pretty card featuring the Blooms and Bliss Designer series paper and the Blooms and Wishes stamp set that is part of the same suite.
The colours are delightful together: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and the new In-Colour Sweet Sugar Plum. The accents are copper: a little embossing on the edge of the 'to you' label, and some copper thread behind it.
Other sheets of the DSP include Island Indigo and Mint Macaron which work well together and with the other shades. I am so drawn to the look of this suite, I am tempted to get the co-ordinating ribbons: they really enhance this feminine look. Anyone interested in a ribbon share?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Flamingo Thanks

Today I sat down to make a quick thank you card for customers who order in June. This bright card came together quickly using the new Pop of Paradise stamp set, and gives a welcome injection of the tropics now that winter is definitely here in Cambridge, New Zealand.
I used the new In colours Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy, along with Smoky Slate details for the beak and legs, Cucumber Crush leaves and Tempting Turquoise for the banner.
The new Catalogue is live from tomorrow! I will place a link to the online catalogue tomorrow. If you live in New Zealand and would like to get your hands on a hard copy, just email me.

Monday, May 9, 2016

New In-Colours for Custom Printing

One of the exciting new releases in the 2016-2017 Stamping' Up! Catalogue (available late May) is the updated In-Colours. Each year Stamping' Up! introduces five new colours which remain current for two years. These colours are carefully planned to enhance the core range of colours and to be right on trend. This means they will co-ordinate with fashion and d├ęcor items, and make it simple to plan up-to-the-minute projects that work together seamlessly.

Thanks to Caroline Hallett for publishing the updated RGB values on her blog. These include the new In Colours (available in inks, papers, cardstock and embellishments from Stamping' Up June 2016)

I did a tutorial on how to use these RGB codes in an old blog post here. Check in tomorrow for some new ideas using this technique.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Back in the Saddle

Wow, its been awhile! But I am back in the country and currently (mostly) settled in Cambridge, New Zealand. I am unpacking my craft supplies and excited about teaching classes again.
Here is a CASE from the current catalogue... so sad that this lovely stamp set, Summer Silhouettes is retiring at the end of May, as is one of the inks I used, Lost Lagoon.

Friday, January 10, 2014

January Jewellery Update

January is the month I usually take a beading class and update my jewellery. Unfortunately my favourite beading place Bead Hold has now closed its bricks and mortar shop. But in light of my "use what I have" philosophy for 2014, I have dedicated time to fixing broken jewellery and making or re-making with what I have on hand. I did have to buy a couple of findings and a tube of seed beads but look at what I made for a total outlay of about $8 (stuff from your stash counts as free, right?)

Firstly something that is stamping related: I made the large feature beads many years ago at a workshop with Petra of Zigzag Polymer Clay. I put the necklace together with more beads I already had! (sorry about the poor quality pics, will re-take them soon)

It goes perfectly with the blouse I am wearing today.Once I find my polymer clay supplies (!) I will have an experiment with current Stampin' Up stamps and colours... who knows, there may be a class in it!

This pretty necklace is a gift for a Christian friend. She gave me the rose quartz beads, and I added the other components, including a swarovski crystal cross which I had won as a door prize at another former beading shop, Beads Glorious Beads.

Then I channelled Downton Abbey to make a flapper necklace in glass beads (wish it was jet). I will be able to wear this for the deco weekend in Napier next month.

Next up was a complete rebuild of a necklace that had broken: made a different style and used up all my beads in this colourway. Good result: just need to add a little dangle to finish off the extender, but don't have any gold headpins left.

I also fixed three necklaces and re-strung the one that started it all: the necklace made for me by my great friend Anne-Maree, who introduced me to beading about 15 years ago.

Hope you like them and it inspires you to make or finish something you already have!