Saturday 8 July 2023

Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop - Colour Challenge

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I am taking part in a blog hop with some fellow enthusiasts who love sharing their creative talents using their Stampin' Up!® products. This month the Stamping Inkspirations blog hop is all about Christmas in July using a range of Stampin' Up! colours.

The challenge for us to find inspiration from the Hallmark 2023 Dream Book. You can see several of our colours on the front cover; Wild Wheat, Sweet Sorbet, Pecan Pie, Cherry Cobbler and Pretty Peacock.

For my palette I selected Pecan Pie, Cherry Cobbler and Pretty Peacock. These three colours have such a rich regal feel to them, perfect for Christmas cards! Although I deliberated about the Cottage Wreath stamps and coordinating dies last Autumn, I didn't buy them until they appeared in the Annual Catalogue. So, this is the first time I have used them and I know that they will be well loved and used for Christmas and Autumnal projects.

My favourite way to create frames at the moment is with the Radiating Stitches dies from our Online Exclusive offering. The nesting dies make it so easy to add layers to a card. As it's Christmas, I added very skinny layers of Distressed Gold paper behind each of the die cut layers. I love the hint of shine that it adds.

The Pretty Peacock layer is overstamped with the fir leaf foliage - I stamped off the image so that there is just a subtle impression. The wreath itself is also stamped with Pretty Peacock ink and it's so clever how the stamp generates a varigated image. On top of the stamped wreath I added several gold heat embossed holly leaves - a Christmas wreath would not be complete without holly! Nor would a Christmas card be complete without Gold heat embossing!

The wreath is popped up on dimensionals allowing room for the die cut leaves and the Simply Elegant Trim bow. As a finishing touch I added some holly berries using adhesive backed Festive Pearls.

I hope that you are inspired by my card today and that you will continue along the hop to see what the others have created too. Enjoy the projects. We would love to hear from you and so if you have been inspired, please leave a comment.

Angie McKenzie  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Mo Rootes

Tricia Butts  ●  AurĂ©lie Fabre  ●  Karen Henderson

Lorraine Tierney  ●  Marieke Bart  ●  Leonie Stuart

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Thank you for joining us today! Looking forward to seeing you next time.

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Today's Project

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  1. This is awesome Karen! I need to case this, if that ok, it is just stunning! Thank You for sharing this!đŸ’•

    1. Jan, I am so pleased you like it. I'm flattered that you want to case it - I'd love to see what yo make.

  2. Gorgeous card. I love the Cherry Cobbler -Pretty Peacock combination.

    1. Thanks Lorraine - the colours are so rich and christmassy.

  3. Lovely card Karen, love a wreath x

  4. Great layout! I love the gold pop in the layering.

  5. Wow Beautiful card ! I love the border punches - they add so much elegance to the whole!