Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Botanical Bliss Trio

For my July Stamp Club I decided to introduce to my ladies the Botanical Bliss bundle. I was a bit stretched for time, so I decided to CASe the Catty with the tag as I really love the use of the Crumb Cake and the Wood Textures DSP, and the pop of colour is the Blackberry Bliss ribbon, which is retired but I am still building up my stock of the new colour ribbons so it was a good opportunity to use up this one.
Number 2 in the trio is a card using the same colours as the tag, and I also introduced the new Petal Pink from the Subtles Collection, with the Crumb Cake Card front embossed using one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. The base card colour is Soft Suede.
Number 3 in the trio is an easel card - I love how this turned out! I borrowed the stem framelit from the Petals and More set to add a little bit of texture to the top and bottom of the tag front of the card. Sadly, I used up the last of the retired Blackberry Bliss ribbon - but a good excuse to order some of the new colours!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Retro Flourishing Phrases

 I confess I have been struggling a bit lately with the loss of my creative mojo. Looking back on what used to inspire me I remember when I used to deliver mail in the CBD of Albany where I live, and I would get excited seeing a colour combination in a dress in a shop window which I could easily convert to Stampin' Up! colours! Even more exciting was being able to match the pattern to a particular Stampin' Up! stamp set! My creative mind would be ticking over on how I could apply that to stamps, ink and paper! I would then rush home after my daily job was done and set to work in my craft room. I miss those days - having the time to create and the inspiration I gained from seeing colours and patterns in the shop windows.
Well, I am now having a go at getting that inspiration back again!
A few weekends ago I visited the 3 in 1 Markets at Claremont Showgrounds. I hadn't been for several years, and thoroughly enjoyed looking at the craft, antiques and vintage wares. I was excited to buy a few Johnson plates to add to my daughter's collection, and so I decided to use the colour combination and pattern on this plate for my inspiration. .
The Stampin' Up! colours I decided to use are Old Olive, Early Espresso, Mango Melody and Soft Suede, and the stamp set is Flourishing Phrases with the coordinating framelits which I used for the leaves. The flowers are fussy cut.  
(Thank you, Clare! x)