Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inspired by St. John's Jelly Bean Row

My niece visited the Maritimes recently and took some lovely photos, including one of what is known as Jelly Bean Row in St. John's Newfoundland. They are vibrantly coloured Victorian row houses. And perfect to use as an inspiration for colouring with Stampin' Up's Blendabilities.

I received an order yesterday that contained 3 new sets of Blendabilities and the Colour Lifter. It also contained one of the fabulous Hostess Sets in this new annual catalogue - Life's Adventure. There is a stamp of what is very similar to a Victorian row house.

So I immediately got out cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and my Stamp-a-ma-jig and went to work.

First, I'll share the photo my very talented niece Christine took:

I stamped 2 card fronts on Whisper White cardstock and coloured one house with Cherry Cobbler, a second with Daffodil Delight and the third with Coastal Cabana Blendabilities. The little porch on each house was coloured with Old Olive Blendabilities. With the colour lifter, I lightened up some areas on each house.

But, I couldn't decide what colour to mount the images on. So I put one on Mossy Meadow and the other one on Lost Lagoon.

Here's a recap of materials used:
Stamps: Life's Adventure (Hostess set)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive Blendabilities collections
Cardstock: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon
Other: Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Scallop Oval punch, Extra Large Oval punch, colour lifter

Colouring is one of my favourite things to do. How about you? Have you tried Blendabilities yet? If you live on the Sunshine Coast in BC and want to learn how to use them in a class, leave a comment.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

WCC05 - Color Challenge 2 ( Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight)

Our Watercooler Challenge team came up with this awesome colour combo. I love colour challenges, as usually they force me to use colours I don't often gravitate to. But this one uses one of my all-time faves - Crumb Cake!

I think Crumb Cake goes with just about any colour, and particularly those with a red/purple hue. So I decided to make Crumb Cake the dominant colour in my sample, with just touches of Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight. I also used some Pistachio Pudding.

This card also uses a few techniques - Two-Step Stamping using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, marker-to-stamp inking and embossing. Stamping off technique was used for the bottom layer of the roses. This means inking the stamp, then stamping it once onto scrap paper and then stamping it - without re-inking - onto the cardstock. This gives you a lighter shade of the colour. When you stamp the top detail layer, use the ink full strength to give it dimension. Two stamp sets are used - Stippled Blossom and Bloom With Hope (the sentiment).

I love the soft look of the Crumb Cake roses, don't you?

Here's a close-up of the roses and the Pearl Basic Jewels in the centers.

Here's the ingredients:

Stamps: Stippled Blossom, Bloom With Hope (2014-2015 Hostess Set)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Pistachio Pudding
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Other: Pearl Basic Jewels, Deco Lbels Collection Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

Thanks for taking a look! Please leave a comment and be sure to check out the Watercooler Challenges Blog here.

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