13 December 2023

Clean and Simple Merry Christmas - Colour INKspiration Challenge #157

Hi there and welcome! And thanks for stopping by!

Challenge #157 has opened over at Colour INKspiraton on Facebook.  We have been tasked to create a project using five gorgeous, retro themed colours.  The inspiration photo was chosen by our fellow Crew member, Lou Kitzelman and our Guest Designer is the lovely Andrea Sargent.  This challenge will run for nearly four weeks and will finish on 8 January 2024 so there's plenty of time to join us if you happen to be inspired.  I can't wait to go and check out everyone's projects.     

Picture Credit: https://akailochiclife.com/2018/11/diy-snow-dotted-cone-trees.html

Our inspiration photo shows a contemporary Christmas tablescape in the Challenge colours and I also decided to go with a Christmas theme.  I've used a combination of products from the September - December 2023 Mini Catalogue as well as the new Mini Alphabet Dies which will be available to purchase from 4 January 2024 in the January - April 2024 Mini Catalogue.  These dies are super cute and are a great size for card-making.

Mini Alphabet Dies - Available 4 January 2024

Mini Alphabet  Dies - Available 4 January 2024

I created a card base in Basic White Thick and using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, scored three lines equal distance from the top and bottom of the card front ON THE REVERSE SIDE to give raised lines on the right side.  For those who need measurements, these start 1 1/8" from both top and bottom.  'christmas' was stamped in Basic Gray above the lower set of embossed lines.  

The letters were die-cut from Basic White cardstock and adhered to a square die-cut using the Stylish Shapes Dies in each of the Challenge colours.  A little Wink of Stella was added to each letter provide a little Christmas sparkle.  These were arranged in the space above the 'christmas' and attached with Dimensionals.  A few of the 'greenish' gems from the Blooming Pearls were added to finish the front.


  • Dies: Mini Alphabet Dies, Stylish Shapes
  • Stamp Set:  More Wishes
  • Ink:  Basic Gray, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
  • Cardstock:  Bubble Bath, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Coastal Cabana, Orchid Oasis, Basic White Thick, Basic White Regular
  • Embellishments:  Blooming Pearls
  • Tools:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Trimmer, Cut & Emboss Machine

Video can be seen HERE

Feel INKspired to join the challenge? I would love for you to join us! It's a great way to have fun with different colours! 

If you'd like to join in with our Challenges, click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your Favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We'd love to see what you create with these gorgeous colours! You don't have to have a Blog to participate but if you do, you can link back to your post.

Just a reminder to use all the Challenge colours. If you don’t have the colours in our palette, feel free to use the closest Stampin’ Up! substitute - Parakeet Party for Lemon Lime Twist for example. We also allow Ivory, Bronze and Natural Tones in the Stampin' Blends and Neutrals such as Basic White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Metallics.

Thank you so much taking the time to drop in. I hope I have inspired you and if you like what I have shown or if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.   

Until next time, take care, stay safe and have a great day!  

Monica xx


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