Creating with retired stock

I am in the process of making 150 thank you cards for a conference. As you can imagine some days it is a struggle to decide what to tackle. Today I took what I had left from some retired DSP, and challenged myself to see what I could do with it. A secondary challenge was to see if I could use it all.

I gathered some resources. I did add a few more pieces as I went, but mainly I stuck to these.

Resources from my stash

This is what I made.

As you can see I added some very vanilla card bases. These were the last two cards I made. The black just wasn’t working for me with the last pieces of DSP.

I enjoyed the challenge I set myself. It was a great way to approach my day off crafting. And I used most of the DSP. These are the pieces that are left. And I have decided to just pop them in the bin. A big step for me. 😊

Beautiful Moments

Beautiful You stamp set

This stamp set speaks to me. The style is similar to the Beautiful You stamp set I use often. I am also drawn to the New Zealand connection.

When a Stampin Up demonstrator reaches total sales of 1 million, they get to be part of designing a stamp set. It usually reflects something that is important to them.

This stamp set was designed by Jacqui Williams – NZ’s first demonstrator to reach this milestone. At our demonstrator gathering in November, Jacqui introduced us to the stamp and explained her motivation for the design. It so fits her and New Zealand. Notice the squizzle that looks like a mountain? It represents Rangiatoto Island. Jacqui is from Auckland!

So I had to try using the stamp almost as soon as I got it. Here are the cards I made using the mini catalogue (which was released in January) as inspiration

Colouring Experimenting – I am not a confident colour-er. So sometimes I try out different tools and methods of colouring. Partly as practice. And partly to help me see the approach that is likely to work best of me with a particular stamp set.

Colouring experiments with Beautiful Moments

Here are my Beautiful Moments experiments

At the launch of mini catalogue earlier this month, one of the guests choose Beautiful Moments for the any stamp set challenge. Here is her card –

Annie’s double fold card using Beautiful Moments

If you want to try out using the Beautiful Moments stamp set, please contact me to set up a time. If you live in the Wellington region, you can come to me or I can come to you. Leave a comment below and I will get in touch.

Thanks for joining me – Kath – your Organic Crafter