Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Little Houses from the Good Neighbours set

I've been at it again.

Here's what I made when I tinkered around with the Good Neighbours set from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. Now, who wouldn't want to make a table full of these?

I made heavy use of the Stamp-a-ma-Jig stamp positioner, which made the alignment a breeze. I stamped four houses (for the sides, I've use the "upstairs" part of the taller house), in Old Olive. I added a roof to two of the house parts (in Pumpkin Pie), and then snipped with care. I left a tab inside, and used a tiny dot of glue to hold the house together.

Did you know you can get this stamp set for FREE? Yup, it's a bonus with any order of $100 regular Stampin' Up stuff. And there are three other Sale-a-bration sets to choose from too - and you can earn all of them if you want. Check the brochure. Yummy!

Monday, February 1, 2010

A colour challenge!

Anne-Marie, another Stampin' Up demonstrator in the "Gail Force Stampers" family, decided we were all whinging a bit too much about not having any inspiration lately - any "mojo", as we say.

So she threw down the gauntlet. She asked us to open our Summer Mini catalogues to page 16, and look at the "Kaleidoscope" decorative paper there. In catalogues, Stampin' Up thoughtfully prints a colour chart of the colours that match with all their decorative papers. Neat, hey?

Our challenge was to take that palette of six colours, and make ... something ... with it. The colours were a bit eye-popping! There's Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Summer Sun, Only Orange, Pink Passion and Pixie Pink. Yes, that's TWO different pinks, and some intense brights. Not my usual combo, but hey, I was up for a challenge.

However, I was a bit short of stamp pads. I only had one of the mentioned colours. So, I pulled out my full set of Watercolour Crayons - what a great way to have one of every colour! And I disregarded the (unspoken) specification that it should be a stamped card. Instead, I went silly with collage. And it was fun! I collaged some papers (photocopies from old magazines), painted thinned gesso over the whole thing (wiping any excess off, especially off the person's face). I coloured with crayon, and used a water brush to move some of the colour around. Then I could stamp on top of the whole thing at will. With borrowed stamp pads - we demonstrators stick together. What fun! Here's my results - and I made some others later, which you'll see on my regular blog.

These stamps are all from the "Hello Again" set, in the Summer mini catalogue. A great, all-purpose stamp set.

Here's Chris' take on the same challenge. And here's Kaz's.