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I have been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator for almost two years now, and when I signed up it was just for the starter kit and discount on products........ I never imagined it would snowball into being a business like it has. I am a new Mummy to my little boy, Isaac, who is almost four months old now. I am spending my maternity leave enjoying watch him grow up, becoming his own little person, and also trying to build my business up. Stampin' Up! have amazing products and I would love to share my crafting passion with as many people as possible. I am always putting through orders, so if you need anything, or just want some information or advise, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you want to try before you buy, then check out my classes and get booked on.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Double Challenge Day!

Another day, another challenge, or two.....
I'm enjoying doing challenges as it makes me think a bit differently, gives me some guidance, and in today's case, makes me use colours that aren't necessarily my first choice!

The first challenge is a sketch from Just Add Ink

I wanted a sunny and bright card, so used the Sunny Garden DSP for the side strip, mounted on Pear Pizzazz, and then stamped the words from Strength and Hope stamp set in Poppy Parade and mounted on the same colour card.  The gorgeous butterfly from the set is stamped in Pear Pizzazz and cut out and popped onto the card using dimensionals for some definition.  I added a few Basic Rhinestones for a bit of bling!
It's the first time I've used this stamp set and I was really pleased with the result.

The second challenge of the night was from The Paper Players website.  It was a colour challenge!
Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso and a neutral, so I picked Very Vanilla.

I've not used these colours before so kept the card nice and simple and used the Cute by the Inch stamp set, this is a level 2 hostess set and as the name suggests, it's so cute!

The Textured Card base is Cherry Cobbler which I really do love.  I stamped out three images in the Not Quite Navy and punched out with the large square punch, then mounted on a scalloped square of Not Quite Navy textured card.  The fourth image was stamped in Cherry Cobbler and mounted on Early Espresso and attached with dimensionals - gotta love those dimensionals, so handy :o)

Right, time for a sit down, cuppa tea, and a bit of choccy!

I'll be back tomorrow with another Mojo Monday - a happy start to the week :o)

The Details: 
Card / Paper - (1st card) Sunny Garden DSP / Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla card (2nd card) Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso textured card / Very Vanilla card
Stamps / Ink - (1st card) Strength and Hope / Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz / (2nd card) Cute by the Inch / Cherry Cobbler and Not Quite Navy
Embellishments - Basic Rhinestones
Tools - Trimmer / Stampin' Scrub & Mist / Clear Blocks / 1 1/4 inch Large Square Punch / Scallop Square Punch / Dimensionals


  1. You definately achieved a bright and sunny card for the Just Add Ink sketch challenge. Thanks for playing this week.

  2. I love the added bling on your card for the JAI sketch. Thanks for joining in this week.

  3. Julie, fabulous use of the color challenge. I love that you went a route that is neither masculine nor feminine. The square card with the Cute by the Inch works really well together. I also love that you used the textured card stock. Now... you made me jealous - cuppa tea and English chocolate. A girl after my own heart :-)
    So glad you joined the Paper Players this week

  4. What a wonderful CAS card you have created using the challenge colours! Thanks so much for joining the Paper Players this week!

  5. Hi Julie! Such a great use of the challenge colors on your clean design. The textured card stock adds so much to the card, too. Thank you so much for joining us at The Paper Players this week! :)

  6. Very classy, Julie! The textured card stock adds so much to this clean and simple style card. I love how you used the challenge colors! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  7. Stand-out cards, especially the PP one!! Thanks for playing with us this week!

  8. Such a clean layout Julie! I love how stamped the 4th image in Cobbler to set it off. Great job! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

  9. Love the "four square" technique for the color challenge card...it can be used with so many different stamps. I don't have Cute by the Inch, but I'm always tempted. I also really like the first card...the Sunny Garden DSP was a great choice!

    Heidi at stuckonstampin.blogspot.com

  10. I love that you were able to use the colors in a neutral way. Nice clean card. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players this week!

  11. Love the four square layout you used for the Paper Players challenge and that you used the adorable Cute by the Inch set. Very clean card!