Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Colour INKspiration #22 & #23


What is Colour INKspiraton? – a Facebook based bi-monthly colour challenge.
Anyone with Facebook can join in.  You don’t need a blog and you don’t need to be a demonstrator.
I have joined in these challenges and love them as Colour challenges for me are actually a real challenge.
 Click here to join the Facebook page which now has over 1700 members and see what it’s all about.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –
The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.
Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (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.
Then you have a 12 day period to upload your own creations using the colours provided.
If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.

You have come from the gorgeous Lou's page

These challenges go for 3 weeks

Colour INKspiration 22


I found these gorgeous little fairy lights at Kmart the other day and immediately had an idea with them.

This first pic was taken in my light box with all the lights on


This second pic I turned all the lights around my lightbox off.... Wow what a difference that made!





  • Stamps: Santa's Sleigh
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand and Soft Suede
  • Card: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand and Silver Glimmer
  • Tools: Santa's Sleigh Thinlits with the bigshot and the clouds from Up & Away Thinlits
  • Embelishments: Wink of Stella, Frame (non SU) & Fairy lights (non SU)



Colour INKspiration 23


I had all day on Tuesday (yesterday) to sort this one out but unfortunately I was a bit crook and ended up in bed for the day. I did however finish this on Wednesday afternoon after the hop went live so I hope many of you get to see it! - Dinosaur meets Christmas!


A cute way of using a current stampset and making it Christmassy!
I mirror imaged the santa hats for two of the dinosaurs.
  • Stamps:  No Bones About It and Santa's Suit
  • Ink:  Archival Black, Crumb Cake, Real Red and Versamark
  • Card: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Silver Foil
  • Tools: Bigshot using Sweet & Sassy and Santa's Suit Framelits
  • Embelishments: Silver Thread, Dimensionals, Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder and Wink of Stella

https://jaxxcraftycreations.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/colour-inkspiration-22-23.html




Next up is the amazing Jackie so be wowed with her creations

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge 154 #CTC154





Gosh it has been a very very very long time since I entered in this challenge!
I have just been a bit time poor lately so I made the time to get on and create for this challenge.

This week we are casing a colouring a project from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue or the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.
You can CASE directly or be inspired by a sketch/layout, colour combo or embellishment.


So I was inspired by the bird on the right in the middle and this is the card that I created using our new Stampin' Blends pens.




Super pretty the background was a quick wash of daffodil delight with a water pen and not worked too hard into the paper as it was just whisper white not watercolour or shimmery paper.
Each flower was coloured and fussy cut then layered onto the card in the semi circle like the original card.

  • Stamps: Colour Me Happy and Sentiment from Best Birds
  • Ink:  Archival Black, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight
  • Card: Whisper White and Pool Party
  • Tools: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends
  • Embellishments: Dimensionals and Iridescent Sequins


To See the other cards in these challenges or to enter in this challenge head on over to

Monday, 13 November 2017

What Will You Stamp? 142 #WWYS 142


What Will you Stamp Challenge number 142.
I hope that you like what I can come up with for these awesome challenges.
I hope more of you join in with these great stampset challenges as they are fun!


This is my favourite set in the holiday catalogue!

I am loving the eclipse technique and I recently made these two cards. One for a friends mums 70th birthday last week and the other just because!

I had a class using this set a couple of weeks ago and I stamped a whole A4 sheet up of the gorgeous flower image so I thought I would use it on these cards.



The numbers and letters look great just offset from the main image so the effect of the eclipse works better.




  • Stamps: Painted Harvest, Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Number of Years
  • Ink:  Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Memento Black
  • Card: Whisper White, Early Espresso & Daffodil Delight
  • Tools: Large Numbers Framelits, Large Letters Framelits
  • Embellishments: Wink of Stella, dimensionals.


To See the other cards in these challenges or to enter in this challenge head on over to

Sunday, 12 November 2017

ESAD Offstage 2017




I am devastated that I couldn't go over to Melbourne or the Gold Coast for this weekend's Onstage. This time last year I was in Brisbane with my mum for an awesome week getting ready to do my presentation. (and Packing my dacks too)



Anyway enough reminiscing and sulking that I can not be over there my friend Richelle Fletcher has organised an Offstage group full of challenges etc..

The first challenge is by Rachael Lewsley (my awesome and creative downline)
It is a sketch challenge


This is my take on the sketch


Next on the agenda was to tell a story about a crafting disaster.... There were lots but my favourite was my friend Dawn Fergusons "I was demonstrating for a class just after we got the new inkpads and was showing a new lady how to open one. The lid flew off straight across the table and landed ink side down in front of another lady! Fortunately they had not yet received their card packs and it only inked up the grid paper. Kinda embarrassing, especially when I had to google how to put it back together!"


Rebecca McHaffie then challenged us to find inspiration in a piece of clothing... I took a picture of my friends daughters outfit a few months ago with the intention of making something using the picture as inspiration.... here is my perfect opportunity.

It is so so pretty so I used Flamingos and the colours on the material.


Such a cute outfit!


I whipped out the two flamingo sets that I have to do this - the background was the water image in the Fabulous Flamingo set and the actual flamingo and leaf are from the Pop of Paradise set.

Saturday morning was story time - Did you find Stampin' Up! or did Stampin' Up! find you?
this is my story - Well it crossed my path when it first came to Aus... I had a party and fell in 💗 with it. I had the attitude oh well there's already a demo, two in one town will be too many so left it at that. A year or so later that demo opened a shop in town so she was no longer allowed to be a demo, I thought about it and still wasn't sure so a couple more years passed and I had a friend in the Northern Territory who did it as a hobby.. so I signed up in Saleabration and never looked back!! 

Next up is my challenge, I encouraged the girls to use their embossing paste on a project and used this picture of a card that I made for inspiration using Lift Me Up.




I added a bit of Dazzling Details to the paste for a glittery effect on the clouds.

Dawn Fergusons challenge is up next -
I challenge you to make a simple Christmas Card that can be made in 10-15 mins with a Wow factor.
hmmmm 10 - 15 mins that's the challenge for me....



Here it is... The pic didn't come out quite how I wanted it but it still looks ok....
My Beachy little Christmas card

What Is next?? ok Richelle posted What is your Stampin' Up! dream - of course mine is to achieve an incentive trip one day!

I then threw in a curly challenge -  use your initials (mine are NJW) and find colours to use with your initials - mine are Night of Navy, (there is nothing J so I went the next closest letter for a colour - Island Indigo and W is Wisteria Wonder

I love this Magical Mermaid Card


I must say that this has been one of the most productive weekends I have ever had!

Next up was a question what is your all time favourite never gonna part with product?
Well I must say my big shot is my all time favourite product and I love it!


Richelle set a Christmas 3D challenge!! Make a 3D object/ decoration with a 3D theme....
This one is the only challenge I did not complete as I had a party to go to on Sunday so I didn't have time. But I must say it was an amazing weekend of creating I am so glad I joined in the fun!
#offstage1117


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Colour INKspiration #21


What is Colour INKspiraton? – a Facebook based bi-monthly colour challenge.
Anyone with Facebook can join in.  You don’t need a blog and you don’t need to be a demonstrator.
I have joined in these challenges and love them as Colour challenges for me are actually a real challenge.
 Click here to join the Facebook page which now has over 1700 members and see what it’s all about.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –
The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.
Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (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.
Then you have a 12 day period to upload your own creations using the colours provided.
If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.

Welcome from our guest designer Megan's gorgeous project, I love how we all come up with different ideas and creations with the colour swatches.
This week are Rose Packer's colours.


Such pretty colours and I think I might have to make something pretty.......
Here it is!


Back to making something a little more feminine.
I like using a stamp from the main image for stamping around the background to give it a bit more depth.


  • Stamps: Sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Wild About Flowers
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red, Peekaboo Peach and So Saffron 
  • Card: Whisper White, Rose Red and Soft Sky
  • Tools: Classic Label Punch
  • Embelishments: Dimensionals, Copper Ribbon

https://handmadebyjuliaquinn.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/scrapping-my-blessings-for-colour.html




Next up is Julia's gorgeous scrapping creation! 

Monday, 30 October 2017

What Will You Stamp 140? #WWYS140


What Will you Stamp Challenge number 140.
I hope that you like what I can come up with for these awesome challenges.
I hope more of you join in with these great stampset challenges as they are fun!


I have missed quite a few weeks as we went on holidays (and I didn't have all the sets)
Before I went on holidays I did make a couple of cards with this set.

It is gorgeous!



Ohh I just realised I didn't use the stamps I used the framelits... well its all part and parcel isn't it?
I made two of these and posted them to two Stampin' Up! demo friends for their birthdays in September. It's pretty easy to do just offset the letters to get the shadow effect.



  • Stamps: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Memento Black
  • Card: Basic Black, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Tools: Large Letters Framelits & Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder with the bigshot
  • Embellishments: Rhinestones, Black Lace Ribbon and dimensionals.


To See the other cards in these challenges or to enter in this challenge head on over to

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Colour INKspiration #20


What is Colour INKspiraton? – a Facebook based bi-monthly colour challenge.
Anyone with Facebook can join in.  You don’t need a blog and you don’t need to be a demonstrator.
I have joined in these challenges and love them as Colour challenges for me are actually a real challenge.
 Click here to join the Facebook page which now has over 1700 members and see what it’s all about.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –
The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.
Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (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.
Then you have a 12 day period to upload your own creations using the colours provided.
If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.

Hello from my amazing friend Kelly's blog


and optional wood textures DSP.

Well even though this is a pretty picture and has flowers I thought the "challenge" may be to use it for maybe a male inspired card.

I haven't used my Country Livin' set yet!


Here is what I made.


Always Artichoke has to be my least favourite Stampin' Up! colour so I thought the challenge for me would be to use it as the main background on the card.

I used the wood textured DSP for the boots and the background on the Always Artichoke card was done with some reinker inbetween two sheets of glass... It is better with an acrylic paint as it makes a tree like pattern in the paint and the background comes out awesome. 

  • Stamps: Country Livin' and sentiment from Guy Greetings
  • Ink: Dapper Denim, Memento and Always Artichoke
  • Card: Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Wood Textures DSP
  • Tools: Stitched Framelits with the bigshot
  • Embelishments: Dimensionals, Linen thread

http://www.themagentatiger.com/2017/10/colour-inspiration-20/




Jump on over to our Guest Designer Fi Cobbin