Sunday, September 26, 2010

Morning Cup

Some of my test pieces for Michelle's launch - there were some really terrible ones - these are the ones that worked best... Wonderfully worn in the background here with loads of masking and reverse-masking. Tea for two!As you can see, I was rather obsessed with the Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait colour combination. Here's Perk Up using the same colour combo and the Retro Remix wheel.

So breaking free a little, I did this as a sampler of all the new SU In Colors. Poppy Parade stamped with Wonderfully Worn once more, some Concord Crush as matting and some masking to keep the stack of cups going. Lots of fun to do, but couldn't manage to find a sentiment. I keep thinking of the Manhattan Transfer version of Java Jive "A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup - yeah"...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Launch at Michelle's

Long time between posts, I know. I had trouble finding the charger for our camera! Necessity made me find it so I could print up instructions for Michelle's 2010-2011 Catalogue Launch yesterday. I was a guest/helper and I demonstrated this card using an adapted technique from a video tutorial at Valita's Fresh Folds blog. Hydrangea's are one of my favourite flowers and are so pretty in various colours! The flowers are created using Valita's technique with the new Fancy Flower XL punch rather than the heart punch (which I don't own - yet!). I've added the sentiment from Garden Whimsy together with an antique brad - another new product. The flower centres are a dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue with Olive supernova glitter. I used the same technique for the flowers to make the leaves with the scallop oval punch.
I also helped with this make-and-take card using the new Morning Cup stamp set and Take a Sip wheel. I have the clearmount version so it was a great opportunity to show off how easily the images assemble without having to use a stamp-a-majig. I love my clearmount stamps and especially love the Stampin' Up! clear blocks - they are a beautiful weight with a lovely rounded finger-hold edge all the way around. This card was made using reverse-masking to sponge colour into the different areas of the teapot and cup. I used a craft knife to cut away the area to be coloured from an image stamped in the middle of a post-it. Its a great technique for adding even colour to an image and it was so much fun to do with these little tea-cups! The guests all thought I was a bit bonkers for cutting around the little flowers on the teacup. We also used the new Stampin' Write markers now available in the In Colors! WOW! Its so lovely to get detail through with a fine-tip instead of using a blender pen or aquabrush loaded with In Color ink!
I'm thrilled with the new In Colors. This card uses Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait and Blushing Bride. Lovely colours!