Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Happiness is... Playing with colour!

I'm so honoured to be part of this great blog hop.  There are so many lovely stamping friends whom I have come to know a little in the last few months. Some I've met at Onstage and some I only know online. It's amazing how we all connect through a love of creating.

Like Kelly I have been a demo for 5 years and just received my 5 yr badge a few weeks ago, but unlike Kelly my kids are grown and moved away, so I am in awe of how much she is able to create and her awesome energy while still having little ones at home. I think we can all learn a lot from each other, but she definitley inspires me with her bubblyness and fun and creative approach.

So thinking about the brief I tried to pinpoint what makes me happy ( in the paper world..)
here's a few:
  • brand new sheets of pretty paper
  • new stamp sets
  • playing with colour
  • having an idea in my head and being able to make it come to life
  • sharing creativity with others
  • encouraging others to have a go 
  • the look of happiness when someone is proud of what they have created
So I am happy to share a swap I created for my Catalogue launch. In a group of 10 we each made 10 cards using new product and swapped so we each have a variety of samples to add to our display. It's been awesome to see what others have created.
I was determined to use the Wood Words set and wanted to create some background paper using the solid images from the set. But I couldn't get it to work for me- I tried monotone, I tried different background colours, I couldn't get the family of 5 to look right so I put it away and made something else. When I came back to it I started again and decided to just go with colours I liked together, and hey presto - "pretty" worked!
I am really happy with how they ended up.

I just started with one colour and stamped off the first image on scrap then kept on going creating lines and building up rows of colour. My colour palette for this one is
  • Berry Bliss
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Crumb Cake
  • Tranquil Tide
  • Fresh Fig

Once I had the rows of colour I stamped 3 roosters randomly and layered the panel up on a Berry Burst mat.
  • Whisper White Panel 2 1/4" x card length
  • Berry Burst Mat 2 1/2" wide x card lenght
  • Woodgrain DSP 1" strip
  • Mini Chevron Ribbon 81/2"
I have a favourite technique for tying ribbon which leaves a very flat bow - I first learnt it from a stamping friend and it is the stitch that bookbinders use to tie a signature of pages together. My class ladies love it so here are the steps for you. It is very economical on ribbon and the knot/bow always sits very flat.

Stamping makes me happy, but sharing makes me happier.

Of course I couldn't stop at one colour combo
This one is
  • Berry Bliss
  • Fresh Fig
  • Soft Sky
  • Crumb Cake

And this one is
  • Dapper Denim
  • Tranquil Tide
  • Crumb Cake
  • So Saffron

And the same technique of course translates to mini notecards

This new Wood Word set is just so versatile. You are going to love it. I will have more samples coming up for projects for my Catalogue Launch June 10 so make sure you subscribe to my blog - the little email box on the right panel just below the 3 rainbow swirls so you don't miss any of them!

Thanks for looking today. Next is one of my fellow design team members from CASEing the Catty - which is where I met Kelly for the first time too. Each Sunday night we have a blog hop making projects inspired by a particular section of the catalogue. You can join in too using the Facebook page and share your inspired projects. We'd love you to share with us
Enjoy Rachel's project

and remember 

"don't just post online,
Post something pretty!"


If you get lost here is the complete list of participants and links to their blogs!

  1. Kelly Kent - http://mypapercraftjourney.com/2017/05/30/stamping-with-friends-celebrating-5-years-part-one/
  2. Angela Meiritz-Reid http://stampingbeauty.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  3. Monique Fielder - http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-happy-blog-hop.html
  4. Narelle Farrugia - http://wp.me/p1ikRV-1yP
  5. Wendy Hodkinson - http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/wendyhodkinson/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/4000120/entry/kelly_s_stamping_friends_blog
  6. Deborah Harris - https://pinkpossabilities.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/celebrating-5-years-with-a-friend-2
  7. Nicole Wilson - http://nicolejuliewilson.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-celebration-anniversary-hop.html
  8. Josie Dean - http://josie-dean.com/2017/05/30/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop
  9. Elizabeth Gross http://lillylovespaper.blogspot.com/2017/05/happiness-is-playing-with-colour.html
  10. Rachel Palmieri - http://stampinpals.blogspot.com/2017/05/happy-5-year-anniversary.html
  11. Cheryl Algie - http://chezzakayewandellagal.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  12. Kristel Rimmer - https://secretlyscrapbooking.com.au/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  13. Kathryn Mangelsdorf - http://klm55.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  14. Mandy Depiazzi - https://mypapertrailblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  15. Fi Cobbin - http://www.themagentatiger.com/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  16. Nicole Goding - http://nicolegoding.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  17. Holly Stene - http://hollyshobbs.blogspot.com/2017/05/celebrating-5-years-kelly-kent-highlight.html
  18. Claudia Ausborn - http://wp.me/p374iD-1bL
  19. Julia Quinn - http://handmadebyjuliaquinn.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-happy-blog-hop-for-kelly.html
  20. Jan McQueen - http://janscreativecorner.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  21. Sara Levin - http://theartfulinker.com/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  22. Carolina Evans - https://studioevans.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/its-kellys-5th-stampversary.html
  23. Tamra Davis - http://wp.me/p2QFfC-Gc
  24. Narelle Simm - https://eleventhhourstamping.com/2017/05/30/happy-hour/
  25. Jenny Hall - https://www.jennystampsup.com/2017/05/30/watercolor-markers-kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop


  1. So much to love in your post Elizabeth! The colour combination, your photographs of work in progress and that ribbon tying tip! and such lovely cards :)

  2. Wow, Elizabeth, I love all the colour combinations - my fav is the neutrals (of course) but I'm again amazed and impressed by all the cards you've created!! You must have nearly as much energy as Kelly!! Awesome work!

  3. Just beautiful Elizabeth!!! I love the repetition on the background of these cards wish I was in your swap group x

  4. These are stunningly gorgeous Liz! The colour & texture is perfect. I can't wait to try the bow tying technique. Where have you been hiding that one??? Thanks for your friendship - you've had some wonderfully timely influences on my crafting that I treasure. Kelly x

  5. Great colors, Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful cards, Elizabeth! I like them all but I think the last one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing the tip about tying the bow. Claudia

  7. Such fun you've had creating with this stamp set! Thanks for sharing technique for creating the backgrounds.

  8. Lovely colour combos used in these cards. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Elizabeth these are such lovely cards, thanks so much for sharing your technique of bow tying, can't wait to try it out.

  10. Looks like you had a ball stamping for this blog, and they're all very inspiring.

  11. What a lovely collection of cards Liz! I love how you've layered the colours to create your backgrounds and your ribbon tying trick looks fabulous!


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