Thursday, June 24, 2021

June Ink & Inspiration hop

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. 

You are currently visiting Rachael Merrick from Australia. I hope you enjoy my version of the theme.

The brights collection of inks really screamed out 'colour explosion' to me and so I've chosen to use them for my card.  I stamped most of the Forever Fern stamps using a different colour for each image.  The layering effect created a great 'background' for the sentiment.  

And of course I can't forget the glitter!  I used a scrap of old glittered paper to die cut the fern image and place behind the sentiment.  

I hope the projects you've seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day. I've included images of some of the Stampin Up products in the current catalogue used on my card.

You are currently visiting Rachael Merrick. Please see the list below & hop through all of the people on the list to see all our projects. You don't want to miss any!"

Forever After - Pride inspired card

I participated in a tutorial bundle this month.  The inspiration was PRIDE.  I loved creating this card, the colours pop against the black background.  The sentiment in this stamp set was perfect.
The colours I've used are :Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape.
If you would like a bundle of fabulous card tutorials from talented Stampin Up Demonstrators, reach out to me.  
And I did come out of my comfort zone a little and create a tutorial that is on YouTube HERE.
Happy Stamping,
Rachael xxx

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Let's Get Hopping Round 43

Welcome to The Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop Round 43 where our theme is to create using a technique that is new to us.  

I have to admit, the current trend of watercolours and alcohol inks has really got me thinking about creating backgrounds.  The blend of colours and varied depths of colour make for a really unique design.  So for our hop, I decided to give block watercolour a try.
I started with my larger acrylic block and inked it up with some similar coloured inks, direct from the ink pad.  I didn't want to use drops of ink from a reinker bottle otherwise I thought I would end up with a big mess.
Next I spritzed the whole block with water, wiggling the block around a little until the colours bled and mixed a little.  Then I laid it direct onto cardstock and let it sit for a minute to start soaking up before lifting it up.  I dried it using the heat tool, again moving it around so that the drops and pools of still wet ink would move around on the paper.  I loved the result but did sit the block back on top another time to add a little more dimension.  
For the card, I created an easel card with designer series paper from the Floral Arte Suite as they used similar colours as well as stamps from the Simply Elegant stamp set.  

Thanks for popping by.  Click the link to go to the next blog post by the wonderfully talented Shelly Wadge... 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Sunday FB challenge


This weeks challenge got me digging into my DSP stash - I'm always up for using some of the sheets up if I can.  
I used last catalogues 'Fine Art Gallery' Designer Series Paper.  I also used Old Olive and Poppy Parade cardstock. 

The ribbon is coloured with Stampin Blend pens to match up the paper.  

You can join in the challenge and post over on Facebook HERE.

Color INKspiration challenge #101


I finally got around to creating for this wonderful challenge.  A huge congratulations to the team for it being their 100th challenge too from last week, I missed the deadline for that challenge due to life being too busy (thanks report card season!).  
Here is my entry using these beautiful softer colours.

I loved this combination so much.  And I knew exactly what I was going to do with it as soon as I saw the image.  I'd love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think of this challenge and my entry. There is still a little bit of time to join in ;) 
Happy stamping,
Rachael xx

Thursday, June 17, 2021

A 15 minute card

 I challenged myself to create a fast card the other morning.  You see, I don't get loads of time to create.  I try to make sure it fits in with work and family.  

So the other morning, less than half an hour is all I had.  I pulled out the trusty stamp set "Queen Annes Lace" to use because it always gives a great result for little effort.  Talk about simple stamping!  

I used Versamark ink to do the background.  The designer series paper is the new In Colour collection of 6x6 papers, I chose pale papaya.  A quick ink of the background using my blending brush and then stamped over the top to create the image.    

I'm happy with the results for such a little investment of time.  
Happy creating everyone,
Rachael xx

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Making the most of white ribbon...

 Hello again!  I had a few people ask how I managed to get the ribbon to match my card yesterday.

Let me share my tip : 

Use your Stampin blends to colour the white ribbon.  It means you will always have the correct shade to match your project!

I hold my brush pen tip against the ribbon and my finger.  BUT you can also use plastic or an acrylic block to sit under the ribbon as you colour.  If the shade is too light after it dries, give it another colouring.  EASY!

I would love for you to give this idea a go and send me a link. 

Happy creating,


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sundays FB Challenge


This weeks challenge was a colour combination.  Rich Razzleberry always gets me in challenges because it only own a Stampin pen - no paper, cardstock or ink.  BUT I can always make it work.  

I love this image so much and even more so when stamped in a row.  

Its not too late to join us over on Tracy Bish's Facebook challenge.... always great to get the creative juices flowing.
Happy stamping,
Rachael xx

Saturday, June 12, 2021

My latest box arrived!

 I ordered a few things from the retiring list, including the Woodland Wonders stamp set. I have loved this from the start but never got around to 'collecting' it until now, knowing I wouldn't be able to get it again.  

It makes for such a cute card and also a great to customise.

  I've kept this simple but did add plenty of background inking with a cut out to create clouds. The main tree and animals are coloured using a variety of Stampin Blends.  

Keen on creating your own slimline fun card for all occasions?  Upcoming coffee cake and cards afternoons are the perfect way to try stamping without having to purchase products.  Let me know if you would like to join us.


Happy creating,

Rachael xx

Freshly Made Sketches #489

This sketch threw me for a minute until I decided to turn it on its side.  

I used the strawberry bundle and created a card that probably isn't my normal style.  Lots of white space!  I've used some of the in colours too - soft succulent and pale papaya, teamed with melon mambo!  Perfect for strawberries I think. 

Again, I'm upset that my phone lens is smashed and causing me hassles with getting some good photos this morning but I can't do anything about it....
Happy stamping everyone, 
Rachael xx

Double up on challenges

 I set out this morning to create 2 cards, for 2 challenges.    I just couldn't make the ideas separate, so they melded into the one card instead. Funny how things turn out. So here is my card that matches both the Global Design Project 'Garden' theme and all the sketch from TGIF challenges for this week.

I used Simply Elegant for the background stamping and then my favourite succulent stamps for the image.  

Click on the links below to join the challenges with me :) 

As a side note, my phone has been dropped and the lens cover smashed.  It means my photos aren't the best despite some editing.  I'm not happy and now have to find the time to get it fixed!  

Happy creating,

Rachael xx

Friday, June 11, 2021

Inky Stampers Meeting

 Our team is amazing!  The inky stampers are a collection of wonderfully kind and enthusiastic stampers that have Tracy Bish to thank for coming together.  When I decided that I needed to get back to doing something for myself (which Stampin Up was an easy choice to turn to), I reached out to Tracy who I had seen on Youtube and Facebook.  I'm lucky to have found a great group of supportive friends.  Although we can't meet up face to face - although it WILL happen one day - we ZOOM each month to catch up.  Each time we complete a challenge during our time chatting. 

This months challenge was 'animals'.  I created this quick card, using retired stamps.  Such a lovely quote and a very 'neutral' card.  I think I need to recreate this again.  

If you are keen to join a group of wonderful ladies, please let me know.  There is a great 'sign up' deal for Stampin Up with loads of freebies.  You don't have to sell or even purchase great amounts.  Its really just a fantastic way to get into a hobby that is very rewarding and to have a fabulous support network.  
Happy inky fingers to all,
Rachael xxx

Thursday, June 10, 2021

A brave move for me....

I got brave and joined in with my Stampin Dreams Blog Hop group for FUN FOLDS.  I haven't hopped in a while, and getting back into the swing of it has given me a bit of anxiety, I want to make sure I get it right.  

I created with the Fine Art Floral Suite.  The fold starts with a z fold with a front panel attached, a simple fun fold for beginners. I love the layering effect it has when assembled.  And its a great way to use up some Designer Series Paper too!
Thank you for hopping over to my blog.
Here is a list of the other blog hopper participants, please go and check out the other inspiring creations.