12 April 2024

Colour INKspiration Challenge #CI163



 Hello and welcome, 

My name is Vicki Boucher, and I am from Melbourne, Australia. Tonight, is the latest Colour INKspiration Challenge #CI163 this photo was chosen by Colour INKspiration Crew Member, Monica. What an awesome colour palette to work with and so very different. 





The chosen colour combination for #CI163 is Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape and Starry Sky. As well as the chosen colours you may also like to add Basic White, Very Vanilla, Basic Beige, Crumb Cake, Basic Black and metallics to your project. We also allow 'Ivory', 'Bronze' and 'Natural Tones' in the Stampin' Blends. If you don't have all the colour palette, feel free to use the closest SU substitute (ie: Night of Navy instead of Starry Sky.... for example).

The challenge will run for almost 2 weeks until 7pm (AEST) on Monday 22nd April 2024 details to follow at the end of my blog.




When I first saw these colours I wasn't too sure on how I was going to use them as it's not my normal go to mix of colours and then I realised they are the colours of the rainbow! Especially when you start blending them together for example Crushed Curry with Poppy Parade makes orange, Starry Sky with Gorgeous Grape makes a violet or indigo and so on. This was so much fun and I like to play with colour.




I used a sheet of Basic White Cardstock and started adding ink onto the cardstock with the Blending Brush and then I would add a colour to see how it would blend in together. Once the ink dried, I then added splatter of water droplets using my fingers and I created lots of water droplets. I used the two small maple leaves dies from the Autumn Leaves Dies and die-cut out lots of maple leaves to form a rainbow wreath.




I created a large ring by die-cutting the two largest circle dies from the Stylish Shapes Dies this would form the base for my wreath and then I would start to add the leaves one by one using Multi Tombow Mono Liquid Glue.




I wanted the wreath to pop out from the card and so I used the new Basic Beige Cardstock for the background panel for some added texture I embossed it with the Timber 3D Embossing Folder and scored 2cm lines to create wood panels. Then I added some Crumb Cake ink using the Blending Brush and applied to the embossed panel this gives it some added interest to the embossed impressions. 




I also added another coloured layer underneath the Basic Beige embossed panel and it's just enough to peak through by curling the corner using your fingers. 




To finish off the card I heat embossed the sentiment which is from the new Simply Said Stamp Set which is in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue for 2024 to 2025.


I hope I've inspired you with the latest challenge and I do hope you'll join in. We so look forward to seeing a variety of projects using the challenge colours. Please ensure that your project is new and made specifically for this challenge.

Upload only one picture per entry straight to the discussion wall and not in an album

Colour INKspiration Challenge #CI163 will run until 7pm (ADET) on Monday 22nd April 2024.

To get your creative ideas flowing, make sure you check out the Crew's Project in the CI163 Album.

Please click on the link here to join the challenge.


Thank you for visiting my blog today, I would so love to hear your thoughts on my project by leaving a comment below.

Please email me if you would like a copy of the 2024-2025 Stampin' Up! Annual or Mini Catalogue send an email to me here

If you live in Australia and don't have a demonstrator, you can purchase any of the Stampin' Up! products by shopping with me at my Stampin' Up! online store here.

Make sure you follow me on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


Happy Stamping

Vicki Boucher








07 April 2024

Creation Station Blog Hop - Heat Embossing



 Hello and welcome,

My name is Vicki Boucher, and I am from Melbourne, Australia. This is the latest hop with the design team at Creation Station, if you have come from Julie Mercer Beltramo or you may have started with me. Please make sure you hop around and see everyone's amazing projects. I'll pop a link at the end of my blog.

The design team at Creation Station are presenting their projects with the theme "Heath Embossing" which is something I just love to use when it comes to creating for my projects. It was certainly a wow factor for me when I first used this technique and one of the reasons I started using Stampin' Up! products. 

The tools you'll need are Versamark Ink 102283, Stampin' Emboss Powders they come in Basics (black, white & clear) 155554 and Metallics (copper, gold & silver) 155555, Heat Tool 129056, Embossing Additions Tool Kit 159971 which includes an Embossing Buddy, Powder Pal, tweezers and small brush. I used White Stampin' Emboss Powder for my projects.




I created two projects using new products by Stampin' Up! called Layers of Beauty bundle (163519) which includes a stamp set, dies and 5 decorative masks. The 5 masks are meant to be layered, one by one to create a special image and they are numbered 1-5 so you know which layer comes next. I absolutely love this bundle and it's available to customers in May 2024. 

I used White Stampin' Emboss Powder for both projects, simply stamp the image in Versamark ink then stamp image onto the cardstock, add the powder shake off any excess powder and then heat set with Heat Tool.




Happy Anniversary Card

I used the large front-sized floral stamp image for my first card once heat embossed, I used the masks starting off with a new In Color Pretty in Pink it's so soft and pretty, I lightly added the ink to the three roses with a small Blending Brush, I found I had more control when adding colour to the cardstock. 




Then I added Lemon Lolly to the small daisies and then finishing off with Boho Blue ink for the leaves.




I added a couple of Smoky Slate leaves die-cut out from the detailed dies, then I added Versamark ink to tip of the leaves and added White Stampin' Emboss Powder. I removed some of the powder with the brush and then heat set with the Heat Tool.




The sentiment is from the Layers of Beauty Stamp Set, heat set using White Stampin' Emboss Powder onto Smoky Slate cardstock and then I used a label die from the Unbounded Love Dies (163383) which is also available in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue. I added Lemon Lolly Solid Gems to finish off the card.



Now for my second card.




For You Card

For my second card I used the same large front-sized floral image and heat embossed it in Stampin' White Emboss Powder. I used the masks again but this time changing up the colours with Moody Mauve for the roses, Pretty in Pink for the smaller flowers and Boho Blue for the leaves.




I layered the large floral image over the Basic White large circle die from the Stylish Shapes Dies. The Boho Blue Cardstock panel has been stamped a few times using a dotted image stamp from the Layering Leaves Stamp Set and then heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.



To create the detailed die-cut leaves, I used Basic White Cardstock and die-cut out the leaves from the Layers of Beauty Dies and then I added Boho Blue ink with a Blending Brush. Next, I added Versamark ink to the leaves, then White Stampin' Emboss Powder, brush off any excess with the brush and heat set with the Heat Tool.  



As the images are very small to handle and we don't want to burn our fingers, so I use the tweezers to hold onto the smaller images when heat embossing. It's a lot safer to do it this way.




The sentiment is also from the Layering Leaves Stamp Set, I've stamped the image onto Boho Blue Cardstock, then heat embossed it and die-cut out using a circle die from the Unbounded Love Dies. I added a few of the Boho Blue Solid Gems to finish off the card.







Thank you for visiting my blog today, I would so love to hear your thoughts on my project by leaving a comment below. Make sure you pop over to Teri West for lots of inspiration with her projects.





Make sure you follow me on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for more inspiration.

Please email me if you would like a copy of the new Stampin' Up! 2024-2025 Annual Catalogue, please contact me here


Stampin' Up! 2024-2025 Annual Catalogue


If you live in Australia and don't have a demonstrator, you can purchase any of the Stampin' Up! products by shopping with me at my Stampin' Up! online store here.


Happy Stamping

Vicki Boucher









27 March 2024

Colour INKspiration Challenge #CI162



 Hello and welcome, 

My name is Vicki Boucher, and I am from Melbourne, Australia. Tonight, is the latest Colour INKspiration Challenge #CI162 this photo was chosen by Colour INKspiration Crew Member, Rose. I love the look of this wintery snow scene against the bright blue sky.




The chosen colour combination for #CI162 is Very Vanilla, Azure Afternoon, Boho Blue and Early Espresso. As well as the chosen colours you may also like to add Basic White, Basic Beige, Crumb Cake, Basic Black and metallics to your project. We also allow 'Ivory', 'Bronze' and 'Natural Tones' in the Stampin' Blends. If you don't have all the colour palette, feel free to use the closest SU substitute (ie: Tahitian Tide instead of Azure Afternoon.... for example).

The challenge will run for almost 2 weeks until 7pm (AEST) on Monday 8th April 2024 details to follow at the end of my blog.




Today's card I decided to use some soon to be retiring bundles and stamp sets, except for the Paper Butterfly Accents they will be carrying over into the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue for 2024-25. I just love the Notes of Nature bundle from the Mini Catalogue it just gives me vintage vibes and works well with the Quiet Meadow stamp set, I'm going to miss them both for sure.




Did you notice in my second paragraph we now have a new color called Basic Beige which comes in Classic Stampin' Pad (163806), A4 Cardstock (164512) and Classic Stampin' Ink Refill (163815) and we can use this color in our projects for the challenges. I love it so much!! It's similar to Sahara Sand which retired a year ago. I used the cardstock and stamped images using the ink pad for the bottom layer. 




I really went out and created lots of layers for this card, so there are lots to see and discover. I stamped the flower image in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, then with the small Blending Brush I added Basic Beige ink to the flower and then fussy cut out the image.




I do like to rough up the edges of cardstock by using the Paper Snips and running the blade along the cardstock. Adding colour to the cardstock with the Blending Brush gives you variation in the colour for example I used Crumb Cake Cardstock and I added Early Espresso ink to create a darker look to the cardstock.




I haven't used Embossing Paste in a while, so I created my own stencil by using the leaf die from Notes of Nature Dies, die-cut out the image using Cardstock and then I mixed up together Boho Ink with the paste and then I applied the coloured paste to Boho Blue Cardstock. It adds a fun texture to your projects.



I used one of the butterflies from the Paper Butterfly Accents (162612) which is carrying over from the Mini Catalogue. I coloured in the butterfly using Azure Afternoon and Early Espresso inks with a Sponge Dauber and Blending Brush leaving some white space between the two colours.



To finish off the card I added Very Vanilla Classic Matte Dots and Silver Threaded Twine both are retiring soon. 




I hope I've inspired you with the latest challenge and I do hope you'll join in. We so look forward to seeing a variety of projects using the challenge colours. Please ensure that your project is new and made specifically for this challenge.

Upload only one picture per entry straight to the discussion wall and not in an album

Colour INKspiration Challenge #CI162 will run until 7pm (ADET) on Monday 8th April 2024.

To get your creative ideas flowing, make sure you check out the Crew's Project in the CI162 Album.

Please click on the link here to join the challenge.


Thank you for visiting my blog today, I would so love to hear your thoughts on my project by leaving a comment below.

Please email me if you would like a copy of the 2024-2025 Stampin' Up! Annual or Mini Catalogue send an email to me here

If you live in Australia and don't have a demonstrator, you can purchase any of the Stampin' Up! products by shopping with me at my Stampin' Up! online store here.

Make sure you follow me on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


Happy Stamping

Vicki Boucher





05 February 2024

Creation Station Blog Hop - Saleabrate Friendship



 Hello and welcome,

My name is Vicki Boucher, and I am from Melbourne, Australia. This is the latest hop with the design team at Creation Station, if you have come from Julie Mercer Beltramo or you may have started with me. Please make sure you hop around and see everyone's amazing projects. I'll pop a link at the end of my blog.




The design team at Creation Station are presenting their projects with the theme "Sale-a-brate Friendship" it always special to create a project for a friend and I just love FREE Stampin' Up! products. Sale-a-bration is here again from 4 Jan until 29 Feb 2024 when you shop and earn free products. 






I created my project for this month's theme using the free Softly Stippled 12"x 12" Designer Series Paper, the free Softly Sophisticated Embossing Folder and the new Stippled Roses Bundle. 


Softly Stippled 12"x 12" Designer Series Paper


The Softly Stippled 12"x 12" Designer Series Paper (162975) has 12 sheets 2 each of 6 double-sided designs which coordinates with Stippled Roses Bundle (162667) which is in the Mini Catalogue Jan-April 2024. The designer series paper is so beautiful and I love the colours too.




One thing I love to do with paper is rip it up and expose the white edges of the paper. I just tear the edge of the paper with my fingers and then layer the paper over one another. It's a fun organic technique for your projects. 




The main rose image is from the Stippled Roses stamp set stamped in Pebbled Path ink onto Basic White Cardstock and then die-cut out with the Stippled Roses Dies. I also used some of the smaller rose images from the Softly Stippled 12"x 12" Designer Series Paper, fussy cut them out and coloured them in using Moody Mauve ink with a Sponge Dauber.




Another way to use the Softly Stippled 12"x 12" Designer Series Paper is to use detailed dies from the Stippled Roses Dies and die-cut the images out. Here I used the Pool Party designer series paper. 




I also used the Softly Sophisticated Embossing Folder which is part of the free Softly Sophisticated Bundle (162947) I used Pebbled Path Cardstock, die-cut a half panel using the embossing folder and then torn the cardstock along one side.




Thank you for visiting my blog today, I would so love to hear your thoughts on my project by leaving a comment below. Make sure you pop over to Kathy Brown Kartak for lots of inspiration in her projects.




Make sure you follow me on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Please email me if you would like a copy of the new 2023-2024 Annual Catalogue and Jan-April 2024 Mini Catalogue, please contact me here

If you live in Australia and don't have a demonstrator, you can purchase any of the Stampin' Up! products by shopping with me at my Stampin' Up! online store here.


Happy Stamping

Vicki Boucher


21 January 2024

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop - Manly or Mainly Monochrome

 


Hello and welcome,

My name is Vicki Boucher and I'm from Melbourne, Australia. Today is Stamping Sunday blog hop for the month of January and for this month's them is "Manly or Mainly Monochrome" for our projects. It's the 3rd Sunday of the month and it's great to back for the start of a new year. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's projects and you'll be able to see them by clicking on their names at the end of my blog.




I went with a manly monochrome card for my project using the Nature's Sweetness Suite Collection (162645) and shades of neutral colours such as Crumb Cake and Pecan Pie. I used both bundles from the collection, which include the Lovely & Sweet and Notes of Nature Stamp Set and Dies. This suite is amazing, I just love how it all coordinates so you can mix and match different images together. 




I used the emboss resist technique for the cocoa bean by stamping the image in VersaMark onto Basic White Cardstock, add White Stampin' Emboss Powder tap off any lose powder and then heat set with the Heat Tool. Once it has cooled down, I then started with Crumb Cake ink and applied lightly to the embossed bean with the Blending Brush, next I went onto Pecan Pie and then finished off blending in Pebbled Path ink for a darker brown.




My other main focal point is the destressed notebook which I used the card front from the Kraft Note Cards & Envelopes (159247) it measures at 9 x 12.8cm. I wanted to create a tone-on-tone effect by using the stamp images from the Notes of Nature stamp set, stamped in Versamark then I used clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.




To create the notebook look I used the long journal die to die-cut along the top of the Kraft paper, I just love this look and the details this die gives you. Using paper snips, I ran the blade along the edges of the Kraft paper and added Pecan Pie ink with the Blending Brush to create a destressed look. Then I tore a corn to show the Basic White panel embossed underneath.




Other elements added to the card is the Paper Butterfly Accents (162612) I used a smaller butterfly with Pecan Pie ink added to the center of the butterfly. The adhesive backed Cork Rounds (162643), Pecan Pie Bordered Ribbon and threads from the Silver Threaded Twine.




Thank you for visiting my blog today, I would so love to hear your thoughts on my projects by leaving a comment below.

Please email me if you would like a copy of the new 2023-2024 Annual and Mini Jan-April 2024 Catalogue, please contact me here

If you live in Australia and don't have a demonstrator, you can purchase any of the Stampin' Up! products by shopping with me at my online store here

Make sure you follow me on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


Happy Stamping

Vicki Boucher

To see all of the amazing projects by the Stamping Sunday Design Team please click on their names below.