Inkspirations Colour Challenge #17

Just loving these challenges this weekend! This afternoon I am playing along with Makeesha and the team at Inkspirations with this colour palette:

Here is the wee card I’ve whipped up…

I have made this card for a very special person who is responsible for setting me on this fantastic craft journey (and she doesn’t even know it!). A dear family friend Barbara invited me to a Stampin’ UP! workshop presented by the lovely and talented Michelle Scott – and the stampin stuff just weaved it’s way into my blood!

So back to the card…

My mind is so full of valentines inspiration at the moment that my Full Heart Punch is permanently on my craft desk! I have used a combination of hearts with So Saffron DSP, and stamped images from the Simply Said stamp set in Chocolate Chip and Cameo Coral on a Vanilla Card Base.  Now that basically takes care of the colour challenge eh?

The sentiment is from the retired Yummy hostess stampset, and Ive added a ruffle of Chocolate Ribbon at the top.

I’ve got to talk to you about my spotty Chocolate Chip Cardstock – This border detail is achieved by punching a combination of different sized holes in a border randomly.  You can use an ordinary hole punch with your single hole punch from Stampin’ UP! OR as I have done, you can use a leather hole punch with a  dial of hole sizes from 2mm all the way up to 4.5mm (very useful!).

I think the holey border is really effective with the cameo coral peaking through – what do you think?

Now don’t forget to check out all the other crafter’s designs at Inkspirations.  Just click here.

Have fun blog hopping!

Jan x


Something Special About Watercolouring!

Water colouring with my Aqua Painter is definitely one of my favourite techniques, and I think the results with this card are pretty special.  I’ve used Kraft Card with highlights of Cameo Coral, and added two kinds of brads from my Hodge Podge Hardware:
I just love repeat stamping – especially with this large flower from the Embrace Life stamp set – you can easily create your own printed paper in the exact colour to suit your project. 

Repeat Stamp and Watercolour with Your Aqua Painter - A Great Effect!



One single butterfly stamped with the new Spring Mini stamp set Butterfly Prints and punched with the brand new Butterfly Punch, and secured with a brad creates a fantastic accent.
Don’t be afraid to double mat an accent like this – it really brings it off the page.
The sentiment I’ve used is from the retired Yummy stamp set, and is highlighted with a brad and piece of Riding Hood red taffeta ribbon.
For this project you will need:
Card Kraft, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
Ink Riding Hood Red, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun
Stamp Sets Embrace Life, Butterfly Prints, Yummy
Punches Butterfly Punch, Eyelet Border
Tools Aqua painter 
Accessories Hodge Podge Hardware, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon
Thanks for stopping by!

Lolly Lunch Bag Collar

Yesterday as I wrote Laurenz’s lunch order on his brown paper lunch bag I had the cutest idea for a Lolly Lunch Bag…

My Stampin’ UP! buddy Michelle had a great ole time playing with her new Circle Scissors Plus (Summer Mini Preview Time) and sent me the remnants of her “circle frenzy” to have a play with too.

So I had the idea of using these to create a decorative collar…

If you look carefully you will see another preview from the Summer Mini - Polka Dot Ribbon anyone? Available for order Dec 1

I’ve decorated both the bag and the collar with images from the Embrace Life stampset, and used a wee bit of ribbon to create a tab to hang the circles from, giving me the perfect place for a watercoloured flower accent and sentiment.

Fill the bag with something yummy and tie off with some hemp twine – perfect for a quick easy gift..

For this project you will need

Stamp Sets

Embrace Life Stamp Set


Cameo Coral

Riding Hood Red

Summer Sun (For Water Colouring)

Punches/Cutting Tools

Circle Scissors Plus (Summer Mini Available Dec 1)

Card and DSP

Cameo Coral

Riding Hood red


Hemp Twine

Ribbon – Polka Dot Grosgrain in Real Red (Summer Mini Available Dec 1)

Dazzling Diamonds (for flower accent)

Lunch Bag – Generic – Non Stampin’ UP!

Aqua Painter 101

I couldn’t wait to receive my new Aqua Painters and have a go at water colouring my favourite stamp set at the moment – I decided to make my own pattern paper with a repeat stamp in Baja Breeze and love the way it turned out! I used some hemp twine to tie on the Hodgpodge Hardware, added three brads at the top and tucked in a little Butterfly made from the new Butterfly Prints and Butterfly Punch coming soon in the Summer Mini…Thanks to Michelle for giving these to me as a sneak peek ahead of the catalogue on December 1!

Hodge Podge Hardware, Hemp Twine, Dazzling Diamonds

 I love using Kraft Card – tied in with the Natural look of the Hemp Twine, it creates the perfect backdrop for pale and bold colours alike.  

The With Love sentiment is from the retired “Yummy” Stamp Set.  

Jan x