Inspired by Marimekko

Inspired by Marimekko

Isn’t it amazing where the inspiration for a card can come from?

Two weeks ago I went to Bendigo for the very first time to see the Marimekko exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery and I fell in love with the classic bold graphics of this design house all over again.

And then last week I went to a lampshade making evening with some of my girlfriends and made not one, but two lampshades. 

I love the watercolour look of the fabric on this lamp. I found this fabric in a remnant pile.

But it’s the fabric I used to make this next lampshade that inspired my project tonight. This lampshade is made from a new colourway of one of my favourite Marimekko designs: Unikko.

At the Marimekko exhibition, I learnt that this classic design was created in 1964, despite the Marimekko founder having publicly proclaimed a ban on flowers in Marimekko prints. One of the artists designed a collection of floral patterns that were so fresh and unique that Marimekko produced eight of them, including their now iconic Unikko pattern.

To replicate this beautiful Marimekko design on my card I used Crumbcake, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and a new colour Stampin’ Up! colour, Balmy Blue, for the lovely light blue centre of the flowers. In hindsight, I could have also replicated this fabric using Crushed Curry as the background colour.

The flowers, their centres and their stems were cut from cardstock using the Seasonal Layers thinlit dies. The stems were made using the Adirondack chair die cut into smaller pieces, and the middle of the flower was coloured in with a black marker. The sentiment comes from the matching stamp set, Colorful Seasons.

When I purchased the fabric I just couldn’t resist buying a matching cup for my morning cup of tea. I’ve actually had my morning cup of tea out of the Red Unikko mug for the past 10 years so it was high time to update my morning brew with a fresh new colour of that classic design I love so much.

This was a quick and easy card to make and I’m going to have a go now at replicating all of the beautiful Marimekko colourways of this gorgeous design using Stampin’ Up! colours. I’ll share them on my blog when they’re done.

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Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 1 Balmy Blue

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 1 Balmy Blue

Welcome to week 1 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

Because we have 52 stunning Stampin’ Up! colours (not including Whisper White) and 52 weeks of the year, it really made sense to decide to do a weekly blog hop to showcase each and every one of these beautiful colours. 

Stampin’ Up! have had a colour refresh this year, introducing 10 new core colours, 6 returning favourites, and 5 new in colours. Here’s the entire list of Stampin’ Up! colours for 2018-2019.

Working through the colours in alphabetical order, we begin our blog hop this week with a brand new colour: Balmy Blue. Balmy Blue is part of the subtles colour family and a great replacement for the now retired Marina Mist. 

To showcase this colour I’ve paired it with a classic and elegant colour combination of neutrals: Night of Navy and Whisper White, with just a touch of Old Olive for the leaves in the bouquet. Something old and something new… Night of Navy and Balmy Blue.

This card uses one of my all-time favourite stamp sets, Beautiful Bouquet, with the matching Bouquet Bunch Framelits dies.

That little gift tag is just the sweetest…can you see it peeping out from behind the Night of Navy bakers twine?

I’m hopeless at remembering to stamp the inside of my cards so I’ve set myself a personal challenge with this blog, to stamp the inside of every card!

I’m really looking forward to using Balmy Blue with lots of different colour combinations and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have come up with today. Just click on the links below to see what they’ve all made.

  1. Rachel Palmeri 
  2. Ros Davidson 
  3. Sharon Davern
  4. Tina Gillespie
  5. Kathryn Ruddick
  6. Rachel Woollard
  7. Catherine Proctor (you are here)

Thanks so much for hopping along with the Art With Heart Team on our very first weekly Colour Creations Blog Hop.

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing an old favourite, and one of the most versatile neutrals: Basic Gray. We hope you can hop along with us all then!

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply contact any of the ladies in the AWH blog or click on the product links below.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2018-2019 annual catalogue or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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