It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun! The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our themed projects with you. I’m so honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers!
The theme for today’s Be Inspired Hop is “Flowers or Leaves.” What fun! There are so many great places to find inspiration for today’s hop. Since it’s Autumn here in the U.S., I decided to showcase a basket of pumpkins from Basket of Wishes that I’ve colored with Stampin’ Blends. If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from my talented friend across the pond Sarah Berry at Stamp with Sarah.
Here’s my card for today – filled with sweet pumpkins and lots of leaves:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Basket of Wishes. I’ve owned the Basket of Wishes stamp set for some time now, but I’ve not showcased it at all (except for one of the sentiments). I’m not a pro with watercoloring, so I stayed away from it. With the introduction of Stampin’ Blends (Stampin’ Up!’s soon-to-be-released alcohol markers), though, I’m ready to color the images in this set. So easy! The baskets and basket fillers in this set are quite adorable – and the sentiments are versatile. Here’s a look at this set:
The sentiment on today’s project is pulled from the Floral Phrases stamp set – what a great collection of great sentiments in this set! Here’s a look at Floral Phrases stamp set:
- Ink and Paper. I used three Stampin’ Blends to color the basket, gourds and leaves on this project – Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. Stampin’ Up! has released a new set of alcohol markers to demonstrators – they will be available to customers starting November 1. Yay! The alcohol markers (offered in a dark and light shade of select colors) are so easy to use – they give such a uniform wash of color (with one marker) or beautiful depth and texture (with more than one color). With nestable, press-fit lids, these markers are designed to stay sealed so the markers stay inky long-term. I used the Color Lifter to strategically pull away some of the color on the images in the set to lighten things up a bit. Here’s a closeup of the basket and its gorgeous residents: Do you recognize the Designer Series Paper featured in the background of this card? The panel of Old Olive leaves was pulled from Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper – what a great pack of papers! Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in this awesome pack of papers:During October, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is one of many papers that’s part of Stampin’ Up!’s “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” Promotion. To see all of the papers in this promotion, please click here or on the image below:
- Color Combination. There’s no mystery to how I selected the colors for today’s card – the gourds are orange and yellow, the basket is tan and the leaves are green. Easy as can be! The pops of yellow really stand out to me, so I added my sentiment on a bright yellow banner. If you like this combination of Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight, please save this:
Stamp Sets: Basket of Wishes, Floral Phrases Papers: Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends (Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Smoky Slate) Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my project. I also hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects that I’m sure you’ll love. The next stop is my super-fun and oh-so-talented friend, Allison Okamitsu at Nice People Stamp. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:
In case you get off-track at any point during the hop, here’s a listing of all the participants in this hop:
Here are links to the products I used to create this card: