Stamping Inkpirations Blog Hop – Taco Fiesta

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Hello and welcome to the Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop for February. We have got a colour challenge this month using So Saffron, Sweet Sorbet, Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis and Shaded Spruce.

So Saffron | Sweet Sorbet | Tahitian Tide | Orchid Oasis | Shaded Spruce

As soon as I saw the colours I thought of the Taco Fiesta stamp set. I created a stamped background using the large chilli image which I coloured with Sweet Sorbet and Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends. Then I ink blended the entire panel with So Saffron which gave the chillies a more orangey tone.

I then took a strip of the Balmy Blue striped sheet from the Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper and went over the lines with Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis and So Saffron Stampin’ Blends. I felt the So Saffron wasn’t dark enough so again I ink blended over the So Saffron areas with a Blending Brush. Although I did go over some of the blue areas, it didn’t alter the colour greatly and I was pleased with the result.

A layered up sentiment and a small fussy cut chilli complete this spicy card. Perhaps a fun take on a Valentine’s card?!!!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed this card. For more inspiration please click on the Next Blog button to see Susan Webster’s creation.

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Angie McKenzie 

Aurélie Fabre 

Jo Blackman

Tricia Butts 

Jan Musselman 

Mo Rootes

Rochelle Laird-Smith (you are here)

Susan Webster 

Karen Henderson

Judith Patterson 

Shel Anderson 

Leonie Stuart

Danielle Kassing 

Ann Krucek 

Vickie Littlewood

Annette Ball


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Sketchtember Challenge – Day 21 Scottie Dog

I’ve chosen a more modern colour palette for Day 21 of my Sketchtember Challenge pairing 2 of our cutest stamp sets – Penguin Place and Christmas Scottie.

This is one of my favourite sketches with the offset rectangles being so forgiving – no need to worry about straight pieces or gluing askew and it works with DSP and cardstock.

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For the background I applied Crumb Cake ink directly to the embossing folder before running the Cardstock through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.

I used images from the Penguin Place stamp set to create the background on the White Cardstock. Love how we can create our own backgrounds with stamps.

Sketchtember Challenge 2022, Day 21, Christmas Scottie, Stampin' Up!, SU, Card sketch, card layout, Gingham Embossing Folder, Christmas card

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Create a Fun Background with the Best Plaid Builder Dies

Today, I’ve got a card showing you a fun way to create a background with the Best Plaid Builder Dies. You know how they say crafters don’t throw anything away? This card came as a result of a ‘oh, I just can’t bear to throw that away’ moment. I created a card last week using the Best Plaid Builder dies. You can see the original card here.

I used Shimmery White cardstock to create a watercoloured background. Once I cut the plaid piece, I had all these cute little squares laying around. They were too good to throw away so I used it to create this checkered look. Add the leaf from the Forever Gold Lasercut paper and I had a very simple, yet striking card. 

Then, I added a tiny bow and it sat for a few more days on my desk. The creative process takes time! Finally, a simple sentiment embossed in gold from the Best Year stamp set layered on Sahara Sand cardstock was the finishing touch for this card. You can purchase the Stampin Up! Best Year stamp set and the Best Plaid Dies as a bundle which will save you 10% off the total cost. Click on any of the product images below to be taken to my Online Store.



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#tgifc179 Create Your Own Background

The background on this card is one I have been wanting to try out for a while and this week’s TGIF challenge was perfect for it. 

I had the idea to create a background with the die cut flowers. It wasn’t as painstaking as it looks because the Detailed Deer die set comes with 4 of these flower dies so you get a whole batch of flowers in one run through the Big Shot machine.


On the other half of the card base I’ve added the beautiful Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper with it’s Copper accents and a border from the Tea Room Copper Vinyl stickers.

I hadn’t used my Seasonal Chums on this year’s Christmas cards yet and I though the cute little deer worked nicely with this card. It has been layered onto DSP punched with the Darling Label punch. This has then been layered onto Crumb Cake cardstock, then embossed with the corners punched using the same punch. The Tranquil Tide velvet ribbon feels beautiful and lush. It tied in with the DSP I had used.

As I didn’t want to detract from the die cut flowers, I tried not to cover a lot of it with the image and sentiment. I have added some pearls to the flower centres. These were coloured in with the Bronze Stampin’ Blend. Although the rest of the card is in Copper, the bronze matches well.

View all the amazing entries in this week’s challenge at TGIF Challenges and be inspired to create your own backgrounds.

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