Sunday, 24 January 2016

INKspired Blog Hop #23 - Flowering Fields

Hi blog hoppers! Welcome to the INKspired Blog Hop #33.  It's wonderful to have you stop by.

If you have arrived here after admiring Teneale's stellar card ... thanks for hopping all the way around to me.

The sketch for this hop is a great layout and one that is easy to work with;  one I think I'll come back to again and again.

Sadly, this card is for my beautiful Mother-in-law, Anne, who has this week tragically suffered the sudden loss of her dear husband of 50 years, Bob.

Bob was a truly extraordinary man; a loving husband and father, a man of principle and good humour. Bob was a truth-seeker, a rational thinker and an impeccable scientist.  He dedicated the last decade of his life to studying climate change and to communicating to the public and Australian and international governments and agencies alike, the facts surrounding human-caused global warming. He was among the most influential and persuasive of the scientists around the world attempting to inject reason into the climate change debate.

Bob was an outstanding science communicator in possession of the rare skill of being able to clearly articulate complex science topics in terms that were able to be understood by untrained scientists.  As a science teacher myself, he was an invaluable mentor to me. Bob, you are keenly missed by your family, friends and colleagues. RIP.

In these situations, there is little one can say to provide comfort, but I hope that, in some small way, this card brings a little brightness to Anne's day.

When making sympathy cards, I find myself rifling through stamp sets in futile search of the perfect sentiment, alas, none ever seem adequate ... hence the absence of a sentiment on my card.   There are no words to express my sadness ... simply love poured into a card in the hope of brightening a loved one's day.  As we all well know, that's exactly what makes hand-made cards so very special.

To make this card, I used the Flowering Fields stamp set, which is available for free in Stampin' Up!s Sale-a-bration promotion. I really adore this stamp set. So soft, a little dreamy and perfect for water-colouring or use with our blender pens, as I have done in this card. I stamped the images using Crumb Cake ink then coloured the images with Pear Pizzazz, Calaypso Coral, and added a smidge of So Saffron too.  I love the way the botanical motif on the DSP from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack mimics the centre stamp, and pleasingly, this made easy work of selecting a colour scheme for my card.

 Now, lets go see the marvellous card Marlene has created for us ...

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Lissa x

Sunday, 10 January 2016

INKspired Blog Hop #32 - Sky is the Limit

A very happy New Year to you! I hope your year is off to a magical start.

Welcome to our very first INKspired Blog Hop for 2016.  It's so great to have you here.

Many of you will have arrived here after visiting with the super talented Teneale ... if that's you, then thanks for hopping all the way around our blog hop :)

The sketch below is what we are all working with and it's our first ever square card for the INKspired Blog Hop. Gotta say, I love a square card.

With 6 kids in the house (3 of mine plus 3 for sleep-overs), my card had to quick and easy to make, and as you can see, I've taken a quite literal approach to the sketch.  Thanks Teneale for a great, easy sketch to start off the year :)

I have used the Sky is the Limit Stamp Set from our just-gone-live Sale-a-brations catalogue and Pool Party Glitter Ribbon from our also newly released Occasions Catalogue.  Love this colour, and LOVE this ribbon!!! This is the stamp set that really caught my eye when I first got my hands on Our SAB cattie and I was thrilled and excited to receive it for FREE!!!

Remember that you, too, can receive FREE Stampin' Up! products :) Customers and demonstrators can choose one FREE product from our SAB catalogue with every $90 spend from either our current Occasions catalogue or our Annual catalogue. SAB is our major annual promotion and everyone's favourite for obvious reasons.

Now it's time to hop over to my fabulous friend Marlene's blog and see her awesome offering 
... gorgeous, as always!

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Lissa x
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