Sunday, July 16, 2017

CTC #137 - Artistic Expression

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop.  A bit of a cold and busy week for me, but I don't think that is going to change on either front for a while!

This week the team are being inspired by the Artistic Expression section of the Annual Catalogue, you can find this section on pages 132 - 181. This is another big section of the catalogue so there are lots and lots of projects to inspire you.

For me the choice was easy this week because I have been looking forward to this challenge ever since I first saw the catalogue.  Do you have projects that just leap off the page at you? For me the image above from page 143 did just that, I was enchanted by it and knew I wanted to re-create it.

Instead of a gift bag I decided to make a card instead.  I love the different browns achieved and by using Early Espresso, Soft Suede, and Crumb Cake with a combination of stamping off and building up colour with sponging. While I loved the card I didn't realise how much detail there was in it or how many different layers and textures.

I wanted to show you some of the detail up close in this picture, I did a bit of fussy cutting, scrunching and roughing up of the cardstock on some layers, building them up with Dimensionals and adding pearls for a special touch.  Sometimes doing an almost direct CASE can be a quick and easy way to achieve the outcome. This is not one of those cards, although I really enjoyed the challenge of recreating it on a card. 

I hope we are inspiring you to join in the challenge this week, just take inspiration from one (or more) of the projects in the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue and add a picture of you project to the CTC Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over and see what the lovely and talented Rebecca has been inspired to create this week.


Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CI #13 - Orchid Inspiration

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration Challenge, where we are taking inspiration from the colours in the beautiful orchid picture below.

The colours are:

  • Sweet Sugarplum
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Lemon Lime Twist
  • Fresh Fig
 
If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will be starting to realise that I am going through what might be called my "Paste Phase"!  I am loving the new Embossing Paste and finding all sorts of things to do with it.  On this card I coloured the paste using Wild Wasabi and Lemon Lime Twist and applied them using the brick mask so that the two colours have an overlapped section to get a nice blend.  I then sprinkled some lovely Gold Glitter over parts of the embossing paste, doing it heavier in some sections and barely at all in others. 

The Daisy was stamped with Fresh Fig and sponged with Sweet Sugarplum, with one of the new Gold Faceted Gems in the centre.  The "stem" is from the Flourish set of thinlits cut from Wild Wasabi and given some extra depth and shading by sponging on extra Wild Wasabi. 

Not only do I love the Embossing Paste but the masks are great for a simple but effective way to decorate the inside of the card as well, here I have sponged both greens inside the card getting lighter in colour and pressure the further away from the corner I got.


I hope you join us in this challenge, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere the fun summery colours will help shake off any winter blues!  Just add a picture of your project to the CI Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over to see what the talented Rochelle has created for the challenge.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, July 9, 2017

CTC #136 - Thanks

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, this week we are happy to be joined by some lovely new Crew members so please make them welcome by leaving a message on their blog page.

We are taking inspiration this week from the "Thanks" section of the catalogue, pages 126 - 131. While this is a fairly small section it has lots of great projects to be inspired by.

I took my inspiration from page 126, the cute little gift bag in the top right of the image. I think this one caught my eye because of all the sheets in the Delightful Daisy DSP this one is one that appeals to me least, although it might be because Calypso Coral isn't on my favourite colours list!  I did really like the layout and the cute little wildflowers which I think have been a bit under-represented in projects made with this stamp set.

As you can see I made a card rather than a bag, I also switched up the ribbon and added some mini sequins for some added bling.  I really should use Calypso Coral more often because it is a pretty colour!

Taking the design from the tag on the front of the card I used the same stamps to decorate the inside, adding a feature line from Butterfly Basics. I sometimes forget about all of the types of images that are in many of our stamp sets. maybe I will stamp them all onto a single sheet for reference!
 
 I hope we are inspiring you to join in with the team this week, if so just use any of the projects from pages 126 - 131 to inspire you and add a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over to see what has inspired the very talented Krissy this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

ESAD Blog Hop - Annual Catalogue Favourites

 
Welcome to another ESAD Favourites Blog Hop, were we have each chosen our favourite product (or products) from the new Annual Catalogue. Now I have to say this was hard, because it is so very hard to choose a favourite, but after lots of thought and a little indecision (because I love so many of the products) I landed on the new amazing new Embossing Paste, with its coordinating Palette Knives and Pattern Party Decorative Masks. While not an actual bundle, I do think of these products as a bundle because they all work together.

For my first project I have sneaked in two of my other favourite products, the Eastern Palace Framelits and the great DSP in the catalogue: Delightful Daisy, and Bundle of Love. The background from Delightful Daisy DSP reminded me of snowflakes gently falling, and the pretty gold strip from Bundle of Love reminded me a bit of a Christmas garland. I love that Stampin' Up! products are so versatile, none of these were designed for Christmas but work really well together.  

To make the ornaments I used the framelits to cut the desired pieces from cardstock.  I then used this as the mask for the Embossing Paste, it really opens up your creative opportunities.  After pulling the masks away I sprinkled the still wet paste with Gold Stampin' Glitter, and allowed them to dry before cutting with the appropriate sized circle punch. The glitter adheres to the Embossing Paste and gives the finished ornaments a lovely raised feature. I decorated the inside of the card with a strip of the gold patterned DSP to match the front.

My next card also uses the wonderful Embossing Paste with a technique I literally thought up and did for the first time on this card!  I have also sneaked in another favourite the Colourful Seasons Bundle. Let me share this new technique with you, and some of the thought process that went into it.  I wanted to have a multicoloured but blended background without having to mix up paste with color before application.  I was initially thinking about just sponging the dried embossing paste to add colour, but then this came to me:

Leaving the mask in place I dropped different coloured re-inkers onto the still wet paste. Some of it ran a little and I wasn't really sure if it was going to work at this stage.

I then used a paint brush to drag the colour across the paste, trying to keep to the areas that had paste, but some went onto the plain card stock as well.  Still not sure at this stage whether it was going to work!  It wasn't until I pulled it away that I realised how cool the look was - I was too excited to actually make the card to take a picture of it, but I used this very first trial one on my card. 

A final techique for the decorative masks is to use them as a mask for sponging. Here I chose two colours that coordinated with the front of the card to add some colour, sponging both Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze over each other.  I used Washi Tape to mask the mask so that there was a clean border without ink.

Here is the finished inside of the card which leaves heaps of room for the message, it is so easy to use this technique to add some interst to the inside of a card or even deocarte a matching envelope.

I hope you have had the opportunity to play with the new Embossing Paste, and that I have shown you a new idea or two.  Time to hop on over to see what Courtenay's favourite product is!


Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, July 2, 2017

CTC #135 - Holidays

 
Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, I am not sure about you but these weeks are going by faster and faster the older I get!  

This week we are looking at the Holiday section of the catalogue, pages 112 -125. It is fitting really as we just passed the "six months until Christmas" this last week! So not too soon to start thinking about Christmas projects at all.

I took my inspiration from the image on page 114 of the catalogue, I think it grabbed my attention because I hadn't thought about using the Window Box Thinlits for Christmas Projects.
 
I decided to play around with adding panels to the sides of the box rather than stamp directly on the box. I chose the lovely new Tranquil Tide for the project, don't you think it contrasts beautifully with Very Vanilla. I used the Peace This Season stamp set which I embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. The new Metallic-Edge Ribbon adds a luxurious feel to the box with it's satin finish and beautiful gold edges.

The sides of the box I used alternating panels which I stamped and embossed then cut out with the second smallest Stitched Shapes Framelits which coordinate perfectly with the window box. I can't wait to fill this little cutie with Christmas treats for someone special.

I hope you will consider joining in the challenge this week, just use the Stampin' Up! Catalogue holiday section to inspire your creation and add a photograph to the CTC Facebook page.

Time to hop on over to see what the lovely Julia has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CI #12 - Dragonfly Dreams

 
Welcome to another Colour INKspiration Challenge, I hope you have been enjoying our creations and getting inspired to join in.  We had an amazing response to the last challenge so make sure you pop on over to the Facebook page to see the amazing entries.

The inspiration image for this challenge is filled with so many beautiful colours, so for this challenge you need to just use four or more of the colours:
  • Whisper White
  • Night of Navy
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Dapper Denim
  • Smokey Slate 
  • Peek-a-boo Peach
To help me make a decision I lay out the ink pads for each colour and played around with them until I found a combo I thought I could work with.  It turned out that I swapped a couple around as the card came together but it was a great place to start.

I started with the dragonfly, sponging both Flirty Flamingo and Peek-a-boo Peach randomly onto Shimmery White card stock and then stamping with Memento Black Ink.  I have been really enjoying playing with the Wood Textures DSP Stack and had a few pieces lying around which inspired the background, I added the little "nails" with a Soft Suede Marker. 

Once I had the wood planks in place I went searching for a sentiment that would fit onto one of the planks, and found this lovely one in the Colourful Seasons stamp set.  The placement of the dragonfly was easy once the sentiment was in place, but I decided it needed something extra so I added the metallic thread, using gold and copper together.  Layering the Night of Navy background onto a Smokey Slate card base gave me my 4 colours!  I think it works as the dragonfly really pops agains the light and dark background.


I hope you are inspired to play along with this challenge, just upload a picture of your project to the CI Facebook Page.


Time to hop on over to see what Rachel has been inspired to create with these amazing colours.

Happy Stamping
Monique