Stampers Anonymous Blog Hop #7

It’s time for another Stampers Anonymous Team Blog Hop and this time we have a colour challenge using some of the gorgeous new In Colors.

Blog Hop #7 June19

As we are using ‘new’ In Colors I thought I also use a new Hostess set and this one is called Soft Spring.

You can make your way around the hop by clicking the following buttons or the full list of participants is listed below. (Links temporarily now working due to Facebook glitch. Will be fixed as soon as possible)


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Full list.

1. Nikki  (You are here)

2. Meighan

3. Melissa

4. Elizabeth

5. Kylie

6. Sharon

7. Kristy

8. Marelle

9. Juanita

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Yes I’m actually here with a post for you all.


I’m still not quite out of my ‘lost mojo’ and ‘no creative desire’ phases but I’m slowly getting there. I’m almost finished the last of the 8 book series I’ve been reading on my Kindle this past 10 days but I’m going to take this last one a little slower and make some more time for creating. Once I finish this last book I think I’m going to take a break from reading for a bit too so I’m not taking all my time up. I also think if I put my Kindle away I might just end up creating more as I won’t have the distraction. It is school holidays here right now and I have a few things on this week with my girls including a trip to Kiama to meet up with my father and step mother tomorrow and then Disney on Ice on Thursday. In between I’ll be trying to get more done so I can return to some ‘more regular’ posting. I’ve also been planning our next trip for Christmas holidays but have to wait for confirmation tomorrow till we know which option we are going to be able to go with. I’m hoping for our first choice but the 2nd would be fun too just not as relaxing for hubby and I.


Now onto what you are all here for and that is to see what I’ve been creating.


The first card I’ll be sharing is from my May Stamp-A-Stack class which I have been slack and haven’t blogged yet. However, I don’t just have 1 card to share with you all but 5. I had 1 card kit (4 cards) left over from this class so I decided to challenge myself. What was the challenge?? Create 4 different cards using the contents of the original card kit. I didn’t have to use all the pieces in all cards, I could add additional embellishments, I could only add extra Very Vanilla cardstock for a sentiment if necessary, but I could not add any additional colours. 


So here is my original card.




For this card I’ve used the Wonderfully Worn Background stamp, Extreme Elements stamp set teamed with the Extreme Guitar stamp and the sentiment is from Occasional Quotes which is a Level 3 Hostess set.


The colours are Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Marina Mist and Very Vanilla. The main colours are a colour combination for the Colour Coach.


The layout and inspiration for this card actually came from Nancy Riley.


So where to from here……





First up is a quick male card which ended up as a Father’s Day card.


With this card I’ve left out the Marina Mist and Basic Black layers creating a very simple and basic card. The ‘Motorcylcle’ stamp is from the current Autumn/Winter Mini which ends 31st July. I’ve stamp the ‘Happy Father’s Day’ sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and then punched out using the Word Window Punch and then layered onto Basic Black card which has been punched using the Modern Label Punch.


When I finished making this card I decided I’d use this stamp for the Father’s Day cards I make and donate to my younger daughter’s school P&C for their Father’s Day stall. I like something quick and simple when I need to create 350 cards. I have even created my sample and have all my cardstock ready to cut in preparation for making them. I’ll do them in stages and hopefully have them finished by the end our our Team Stamp camp in August. It’s a great way for me to use up my retired cardstock too. I’ll be clearing out my Vintage Violet and Blue Bayou cardstock this time around.





Next up is a ‘new baby’ card using Animal Stories which is a stamp set I hadn’t used yet.




For this card I’ve used all the pieces from the kit and added some paper piercing around the image. The sentiment is from the ‘Family Phrases’ stamp set.


My third card is made using the ‘Nature’s Walk’ stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Mini (remember this Mini ends 31st July).





I’ve embossed the Crumb Cake cardstock using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder, left out the Cajun Craze DSP, added some Basic Black brads and have sponged the layers using Crumb Cake ink and a sponge.


I did make 1 booboo on this card which I only realised while typing up this post and listing the colours. For some reason I though the ‘blue’ was Baja Breeze instead of Marina Mist so the butterfly has been stamped in Baja Breeze instead of Marina Mist. That was an unintentional colour change though so I’m letting it go……lol




For my final card I decided to go with a catty CASE from the Autumn/Winter mini and that is the card on page 16 using the Clearly for You stamp set.




As I kept the DSP print to the spots I left off the butterfly stamped images over the DSP that the catty card has. My card also has the additional layer for the base card rather than the base being the embossed piece as in the catty.


I really like how this one turned out but I’m reasonably pleased with all the cards. It’s not one of the easiest colour combinations to create multiple different cards with but then again if it had of been something suitable for flowers I probably would have just done 4 different floral cards so at least there is some variety.


So what do you think? Did I do alright? Do you like a particular one more than the others?


I’d love for you to leave me a comment and let me know.


Till next time….


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Lattice Elements

I finally had a little bit of time to sit down today and create something I could share with you all. The 2 earlier cards were actually the last of the 5 cards I made yesterday. The earlier part of today, after catching up on my ironing finally, was spent creating for my Secret Sister in our 3rd Round of our Secret Sister swap on Stampin’ Up in Oz. I won’t be able to share those creations though until after the reveal late April as I think she browses my blog from time to time and I wouldn’t want to spoil any surprise.


Next challenge up on my list is the ColorLab Color Challenge #28.




At first glance these colours make me think ‘Valentines’. Maybe it also has something to do with the hearts floating around in the test tubes and also that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow (for those of us in Australia), but I’m kind of over all the ‘hearts’. There’s only one man in my life that needs a Valentine’s card and I already have more than that so I’m not making another…….sorry but I’m not.


So what else to make with these colours????


There’s a lot of cards floating around on blogs at the moment where images have been stamped, or punched pieces added to some cardstock and then put through the Big Shot using a Textured Impressions plate. Those that I have seen look great so I thought I’d give it a go myself, but just the stamped one.



I decided the lovely flower image from Elements of Style might work well for this and even though I feel it’s a very simple card I love the effect it creates.


I was going to add some retired Kraft taffeta ribbon but I didn’t like it. I also tossed around for a while with whether to layer the sentiment on Real Red or Crumb Cake scallop oval punch. In the end I think the Real Red looked nicer.


I’m still not sure if it needs something in the lower right corner. Maybe if I remade it I’d place the flowers at a different angle.


So what do you think??


I’m just glad I could use that colour combo for a ‘non’ Valentine’s card………lol


Till next time…


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Just Believe CASE

While doing a little blog surfing the other day I came across this gorgeous card on Bron Heslop’s blog. I knew I just had to CASE it.


So here it is…..

I’ve changed the colours, the sentiment and left off the Rhinestones only to then realise I used 3/8” Taffeta ribbon instead of the Organza like Bron.  I’ve used Regal Rose on this card.

I don’t mind it with the Taffeta but decided to make another with the Organza and see which I preferred.


I’ve changed the colours again. This time I’ve used Concord Crush. The sentiment has been changed back to the original one that Bron used.

In the photo the Organza looks white but in real life, to me anyway, it isn’t as white as the Whisper White card.

So I’m still undecided. They both look nice though.

I needed some cards to send out for a yahoo group I’m in and as this card if very quick to make up I thought it would be perfect. I didn’t want them all the same though so I’ve used different colours and different ribbons. They all have the same sentiment though and that is ‘thinking of you’.


For these one’s, if I had a coordinating ribbon (current or retired) I’ve used that on the card and if not I’ve just used the 3/8” Whisper White Taffeta.

The colour son these 3 are Rose Red, Baja Breeze and Regal Rose.


I’ve gone with In-Colours on these 2 using Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait.


For the final colour combinations I’ve gone with Daffodil Delight and Real Red.

I think I really like the coordinated ribbon ones even more…..

What’s your preference?

Till next time….

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