Planted Paradise of New 2024-26 In Colours and a Clearance Rack Refresh

by Joanne James23. April 2024 10:00

Happy Tuesday everyone! First things first: the Clearance Rack has updated overnight in the online store and there are some fantastic bargains to be had, Especially on dies and kits - you can check out the reduced items here; if you are local to me I am placing an order today, so let me know if you'd like to add to it.


So that's the bargains on the retired stuff! Today I'm sharing a card that is all about the 'new' - the new 2024-26 In Colours in fact. I decided to play along with the current challenge over at Just Add Ink with the 'take two' of pots and leaves that also uses the sketch over at Global Design Project (albeit I did change the position of the bow; I do have a slightly more faithful take on this sketch for later in the week). 


I chose to use the 'Planted Paradise' stamp set which is on carryover for my card today as I thought it would be a perfect way to showcase those bright new in colours - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

I kept my card base and background white, so as to allow my plant pots to take centre stage, adding a frame embossed with the Timeworn Brick embossing folder and a central label cut using the Everyday Details Dies. I then stamped a collection of pots and leaves and arranged them to fill the front of my card. So the new in colours are, left to right, Pretty in Pink, Petunia Pop and Peach Pie, on the plant pots, with leaves in Shy Shamrock and a couple of trailing leaves just below my twine bow in Summer Splash:


I finished with a sentiment from the retiring 'Love For You' and a few pearls to decorate one of my pots. So what do you think - is this a set of in colours you could get on board with? Do you have an emerging favourite? Do leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Abundant Beauty Sunflowers PPP657

by Joanne James10. September 2023 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Jaydee to host this week and she has an interesting colour challenge for us to work with:


I paired Jaydee's colours with the sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments and since I had a little more time this week decided I would have a little play with some new product - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Exposed Brick Texture - First up is a new-to-me product, the Exposed Brick 3D embossing folder that I used to emboss not only a piece of Pebble Path-coloured designer paper from the Fresh As A Daisy pack, but also the solid coloured trio of panels that sit on top of the base. I don't use a lot of embossing as a rule, but isn't that texture just something? It is great for adding detail to backgrounds and I really love the effect.

Abundant Beauty Sunflowers - It will be no surprise to my regular readers that the Abundant Beauty masks were one of the first things onto my pre-order shopping list - I do love a good stencil! This is a great pack with a herringbone design, autumn and snowflake panels and a layering stencil that includes a trio of sunflowers. These are the stencils I used today - I used my blending brushes to apply colour to my flower trio - I used Crushed Curry as my additional colour to 'brighten' my sunflowers and allow for more graduated colour - and some additional leaves, then fussy cut them out and pieced them onto my frame/panel background. Check out the texture and detailing on the close up below:

Charming Sentiments - To finish I added a simple sentiment from the 'Charming Sentiments' set and diecut it with the coordinating die. I love that this stamp set has such a great variety of phrases for each and every occasion, and they can be diecut perfectly with no need to fussy cut - bonus!

I'll be honest I did find Jaydee's colour palette a challenge this week and I wasn't sure about this card once finished but having let it sit a while, I've decided it looks just fine, even if those leaves are a slightly unorthodox choice! What do you think? How would you use these colours? What do you have to be grateful for today? Leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

Enjoy your day; we are still in the grips of the late summer heatwave we've been experiencing here in the UK this week, so as much as I'd love to type more posts and share more things with you, my craft room is a veritable sauna, so I am spending as little time in it as possible - the garden and BBQ beckons! I'll be back later in the week with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.



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