Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CI #06 - Succulent Birthday

 Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge
Challenge inspiration colours this week are:
  • Night of Navy
  • Mint Macaroon
  • Calypso Coral
  • Gold (the image says foil, but gold of any type)

 I have had my Oh So Succulent bundle close to hand recently as I prepare for a class next weekend, so it was an easy choice for this week's challenge.  I loved the succulent pot that Lou made for CI #02, but wanted mine to be a bit more glamorous so used gold metallic sheet to cut the lid of the Window Box framelit, then used the large floral framelit to give the pretty pattern before cutting it in half.  The night of navy behind the foil really makes it stand out I think.  I carried through the gold theme in the succulents, using Gold Embossing Powder to do the lined stamps.  I also decided the stark white background needed a bit of bling so splattered Gold Wink of Stella across the background. 

One of the things I love about these succulents is that you can really make them any colour you like because in nature they come is such a wide range of colours - although I am not sure I have seen any navy ones before! I do think they add to the balance of the 'pot'.

Time to hop on over and see what Kim has created this week.

Don't forget to stop in at the Colour INKspiration Facebook Page to see the entries for the week. We would love you to join in by adding your entry to the page.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, March 12, 2017

CTC #119 - SAB Inspiration

 Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, this week we are taking our inspiration from pages 16 - 19 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.
I took my inspiration from the cute Hey Chick card on page 16, I just love this crazy chook.

I generally kept to the colour palette of the original, but used the Moroccan DSP instead of the Serene Scenery, I think it gives it a bit of a more edgy look.  Until I started to look closely at the card I hadn't realised that the little off-set yellow pieces were even there, I have made mine a bit more prominent.

If you would like to join in the challenge this week, pop on over to the Facebook group and add your creation to the page.

Time to hop on over to see what the very talented Elizabeth has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Colour INKspiration #5 - Pretty Pastels


Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, I just love the soft pastel colours in the challenge this week. As usual you can add any neutrals to the challenge colours which are:
  • Blushing Bride
  • Soft Sky
  • Sahara Sand

I have to confess I had so many thoughts for the colour combo this week but was struggling a bit to solidify them into an actual project!  I knew I wanted to use the beautiful Dragonfly framelit, and the Falling In Love DSP.  It wasn't until I found the sketch for this week's Hand Stamped Sentiments that the card came together.  

Can you pick which set the sentiment comes from?  If you guessed the That's the Tag Bundle you would be right, I love how you can use the elements from this set in different ways, not just on tags.  

Time to hop on over and see what Mel has created this week.

If the the design team projects have inspired you to join in, or you would just like to see some other great projects pop on over to the Facebook page and see the entries for this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, March 5, 2017

CTC #118 - Cool Treats

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, this week we are taking inspiration from the Cool Treats section of the Occasions Catalogue, pages 32 - 45.

I chose the image on the left above from page 42 of the catalogue as my inspiration.

I used Sweet Sugarplum for my card, so that I could coordinate with the matching glimmer paper that has been released in the second offering of Sale-A-Bration products that you can earn for free up until the end of the month. You can see the glimmer paper behind the main panel on the card, I think it gives just a nice amount of sparkle - and as always I just can't capture it as well in the photograph. The cut out panel was made using one of the framelits from the Window Box set, I love how this is just perfect for the top of the window box, but works equally well as a feature on a card.  The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and then embossed in white and comes from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I decided the background needed a bit of something, so stamped onto it using the flourish from Timeless Textures.

I hope you have been inspired to join in with the team this week, just add a picture of your project to the Facebook album for this challenge by following the link here.

Next up in the hop is the lovely Rebecca, pop on over to her blog to see what she has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

ESAD Blog Hop - Last Chance SAB

Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop, this time around we are saying a fond farewell to some of our favourite Sale-A-Bration products. I have created two cards, one using Hey Chic stamp set from the original release, and for the second card the wonderful new glimmer paper from the second release of products.  With Sale-A-Bration finishing at the end of March if you fall in love with any of these products don't forget to contact your local demonstrator to see how you can earn them for FREE.

My first card is one that we made at a recent class where I show cased three different techniques with the wonderful new Watercolour Pencils.  Here I used Early Espresso and Basic Grey on the chicken randomly and then blended the colours together using a Blender Pen. I think this gives a really natural look to the chicken.  I love the sentiments from this set, and this one makes the card suitable for any occasion.

My second card uses the stunning dragonfly framelits to cut the Bermuda Bay glimmer paper, let me just say that I love this paper set, and am so happy I picked it up recently. I used the cute little dots once "full strength" and once stamped off.  I repeated the stamped off dots on the oval panel and finished off with a band of Bermuda Bay baker's twine.

One of the other techniques I showed at my class was scribbling on water colour paper and then blending the colours with an aqua painter.  Here I have cut the solid dragonfly out of the water colour paper to layer under the glimmer paper.


Time to hop on over to see what the talented Libby has created.  

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CI #4 - Dragonfly Dreaming

Welcome to week 4 of Colour INKspiration, isn't the inspiration image this week just gorgeous? The Stampin' Up! colours are:

  • Delightful Dijon
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Whisper White
  • Crushed Curry 
I have been playing a bit recently with my Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and thought it would be great for this challenge.  I discovered that there is a cute little dragonfly in the Awesomely Artistic stamp set that is just a bit smaller and worked perfectly stamped onto the DSP background in Elegant Eggplant that I stamped off on scrap paper to take the darkness from the colour.  I had a good deal of fun layering the dotted image from Dragonfly Dreams in all three of the main colours onto the bottom and sides of the DSP background.

I used a lace doily sponged with Elegant Eggplant and layered the gold doily on top, adding some black metallic thread behind it.  The card reminds me of a dragonfly hovering on a lillypad with the reflections of other dragonflies flying overhead.

I decorated the inside of the card with a full strength little dragonfly and some of the speckley dots.


Time to hop on over to see what Simone has been inspired to create this week using this fabulous colour combo.

If you would like to join us in the challenge or just to get inspired by the many wonderful entries each week head on over to the Facebook Page.

Happy Stamping
Monique