So if you have been paper crafting for any amount of time I am sure you have heard of SplitcoastStampers and if not be sure to check it out! It is a great resource full of beautiful projects, has a fantastic forum, and an amazing resource library full of techniques and tutorials.
I was asked a few months ago if I would be interested in joining the Creative Crew Team for the Stampin' Up! demonstrator monthly challenges at Splitcoast. Well that was just the kick in the pants I needed to create on a more consistent and frequent basis. The Challenge for this month is Take Flight. This could mean dragonflies, hot air balloons, birds, flying insects and even butterflies. It can also be your theme for 2017: Have your dream take flight. These challenges are for Stampin' Up! demos but anyone can view the samples by checking out the gallery HERE. There are some really beautiful projects using a lot of new product from the new Occasions Catalogue that just went live today, starting today until the end of March you can earn FREE products with every $60 purchase during Stampin Up's SALE A BRATION!
The first challenge is STEP IT UP. Create a CAS project then create a second same project and amp it up with more additions, layers ...whatever you choose to really Step It Up!
This was one of my favourite challenges, I love how easy it is to create a quick cute card using just basic ink, stamps and a little paper. Then to take it to the next level by adding in a little glimmer paper, ribbon, a die cut image and a few extra layers. I used the new Lift Me Up stamp die bundle; you are going to see this set being used a lot from me.
Next up is the LOVE A TECHNIQUE CHALLENGE. As I mentioned earlier, SCS has a huge resource library for of different technique tutorials, so for this challenge I had to pick one! I chose the Watercolor Bokeh Technique. I had never tried it before but I loved the end result.
For the background I used my aquapainter brush and lots of water with several colours of inks to create a wash on watercolour paper, then sponged on the white craft ink as per the tutorial. I love how this created such a soft diffused effect.
I have always loved using sketches to jump start my creativity, so I was so happy to see a SKETCH challenge too.
This is the card that the sketch was based on:
and here is my take on it:
I have a huge weakness for patterned paper and these papers from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP stack is no exception! I really like to mix several different patterns on a projects to give fun pops of colour and contrast.
The last challenge is a PHOTO INSPIRATION challenge. There were several different photos but I chose the one with the hot air balloons:)
There are a lot of new goodies used on this card as well. Including new patterned Glassine sheets that are perfect for die cutting!
Well there you have it, my first of hopefully many, post for 2017! Be sure to check out the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale a Bration Rewards Catalogue and if you have any questions or would like to place an order please feel free to contact me:)