Sunday, May 28, 2017

ESAD Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop, this time we are taking a quick sneak peek at the new Annual Catalogue which goes live on 1 June.  

These are not my usual style of cards, but I really like them and they are such a cute way of showing off the beautiful new In-Colours. I am using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle which has an amazing 32 stamps including sentiments, flowers, banner, and of course cute little balloons which I have used in both cards. Having made one card with these great colours and bundle, I couldn't help myself making a second! Which is your favourite?

Here is my first card, if you look closely you can see that I have used Shimmery White cardstock and sponged the new colours to make a rainbow background. I love how easy the Shimmery White makes sponging a background with it's slightly coated finish.  It also gives such a lovely shimmer which still shows through the sponged colours.  I was just going to use Lemon Lime Twist for the sentiment but it needed something to make it pop, easy fix ... adding a second sentiment in black to give it a shadow. The cute little balloons are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, which coordinates with the Balloon Bouquet Punch.

For my second card I added a banner stamped with one of the happy birthday sentiments from the stamp set.  One of the things I love about photopolymer stamps is how easy they are to cut up!  That's right I cut the stamps up as I find this gives me more versatility, in this case I carefully cut between the Happy and the Birthday and can now use the stamps together as intended or separately as I have on this card.  In much the same way I have cut the framelit cut out to just have the "birthday" on the card, but this time cut it from Dazzling Diamond Glimmer paper which I then coloured with Lemon Lime Twist ink.

I hope you like my projects, it is now time to hop on over and see what my good friend Cathy has created to inspire you.


Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CI #10 - It's Autumn

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, 

Aren't the inspiration images for this week's challenge just divine, and quite fitting for the cooler weather we are experiencing here in the southern hemisphere. The colours for the challenge are
  • Cajun Craze
  • Island Indigo
  • Smokey Slate
  • Delightful Dijon

I love how these colours work together and were perfect for playing with some of my new products from the 2017/18 Annual Catalogue.  I have used the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating framelits which are gorgeous and are perfect for use all year round.  I did use the little leaves from Perpetual Birthday Calendar  on the background, they were too perfect not to.

Time to hop on over and see what Elizabeth has created.

Don't forget to join in by adding a picture of your project to the CI Facebook Page.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, May 21, 2017

CTC #129 - Favourite Annual Catalogue Project

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Blog Hop, this week we are taking a last look at the projects in the Annual Catalogue for our inspiration. 

 I chose the above image on page 113, I love the softness of this project.

I decided to keep with the green theme from the original project, but wanted a darker look so chose Wild Wasabi instead. I have a friend at work who loves the colour green, so I am going to give her this for her desk, hopefully the lovely sentiment from Colorful Seasons will help on those stressful days!

We would love you to join in this week, just chose any project from the Annual Catalogue and use it to you inspire your creation, and as a photo of it to the #129 Album on the CTC Facebook Page.  

Time to hop on over and see what Kelly has been inspired to create this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, May 14, 2017

CTC #128 - Inspirational Kits

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, this week the team are taking inspiration from the many kits in either of the current catalogues. 

One of my favourite kits can be found on page 159 of the Annual Catalogue, the Perfectly Wrapped Kit. I loved the versatility of this kit with four different options for gift wrapping, and a great matching stamp set. I took particular inspiration from the gift box on the far left of the above image.

I didn't have any black striped cardstock or paper so I improvised with the Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape with a 1cm spacing between the strips. For the flower used the retiring set Crazy About You alternating matching ink and Versamark on both Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach to get the varying tones of colour. I added leaves punched from Emerald Envy using the Festive Flower Builder Punch.

I hope we have inspired you to join in the challenge this week, if so follow the link to the CTC Facebook page and add a picture of your project to this weeks album.

Time to hop on over and see what Mel has been inspired to create this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Winter is Coming

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I am lucky enough to order and play with some of the new catalogue products before the catalogue goes live on 1 June.  The one I want to share with you today is the stamps, framelits and papers from the Colour Theory Suite of products.

This beach chair is one of the framelits in the set, and when I showed it to my hubby he looked at it and said that it reminded him of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.  Ever since then I have wanted to create a card with this in mind.

While not a perfect Iron Throne, I think I did a pretty good job of creating an image that a GOT fan would recognise. And my hubby thinks it looks great! The image on the medallion is something I found on the internet and just printed onto Whisper White cardstock before cutting it out with the Layering Circles framelits, and adding some coordinating Dapper Denim ribbon.  The background paper is from the Colour Theory DSP which I have stamped with two of the snowflakes from the Colourful Seasons stamp set.

Now to find the right occassion for this card!

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, May 7, 2017

CTC #127 - Favorite Retiring Product

Welcome to another CASEing the Catty Blog Hop, this week we are taking our inspiration from one of our favourite retiring products.  I have to say this was no easy task as there are quite a few products that are retiring that I am really going to miss.

I did however decide on the Serene Scenery DSP and Scenic Sayings stamp set, I think I chose these not because they are necessarily my favourite retiring product (I think that is Gorgeous Grunge), but because they are so beautiful and coordinate so well together. I also think that like many DSPs that I buy I avoid using them because they are so beautiful, I asked myself "If not now, when?".

I couldn't choose between the projects that inspired me on page 102 of the catlogue, so I decided to make 3 of them. I love the natural photo realistic images on the DSP and how well they coordinate with the less realistic reverse side of the papers.

My first card was inspired by a home decor item, but I think it is really cute as a card as well. Stamping directly onto the DSP is something many of us just don't think to do, but this sentiment really pops when it is heat embossed using White Embossing Powder. The faux washi tape is just small strips of one of the papers in the stack, I think this is a great way to use papers as well.

My second project was made using a Vellum bag cut from Vellum and the painted wood DSP adhered to a piece of cardstock that can be slid out with the message.  I think one of the things I love about these challenges is that not only do they make me look more closely at the catalogue, they make me look really closely at the images to see how the creative team have put a project together. Here a banner of DSP behind the focal sentiment adds a subtle layer to the project.

My final card makes me think of sunny days lying on grass at a park looking up through the leaves, what better image to use on a congratulations card particularly for someone who has just finished studies and now can kick back and enjoy their sunny days instead of having their head in a book! Again the use of small strips of DSP behind the main image adds texture in a fun sort of way. You will be seeing more of this from me in the future.

I hope you are inspired to join in with the team this week, just share a project inspired by one of your favourite retiring products and link it to the CTC Facebook page, don't forget to add your picture to this week's album. Not a member yet? Just ask to join and one of the admin will add you to the group.

Time to hop on over to see what Julia has been inspired to create this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

ESAD - Eastern Palace Blog Hop

Welcome to the ESAD Eastern Palace Suite Blog Hop. This is an amazing suite of products from the 2017/18 Annual Catalogue but are available now to purchase in one of two bundles. Contact your local demonstrator or visit my store if you are interested in getting one of them for yourself.

This bundle is truly amazing, the images in the stamp set and the framelits coordinate so very well not only together as most bundles do, but also with each other, with stamps able to be used together to create some wonderfully intricate images as I am sure this blog hop will show.

 My first project is a gate fold card which I made after playing with some of the stamps to see how they would work together, building on the simple 6-sided flower image with the cute swirly image stamped on each petal and then the burst of dots nestles around the outside of the petals.   I wanted to pair this image with some of the Eastern Palace DSP but discovered the papers I wanted to use didn't have any of the Lemon Lime Twist, not to be discouraged I decided to add a stamped image to the centre of the circles on the left panel and dots to the centre of the flowers on the right panel. 

 My second project was so much fun to make, starting with the Window Box framelits that will be carrying over into the new catalogue. Once I had cut out the box parts I used two of the raised petal framelits on the sides and top of the box.  After cutting out the side panels I added the same swirl to the petals that I used in the first card.  A small circle of glimmer paper in the center of each little flower, and under the top of the box added some much needed sparkle.  The cut outs needed something else to make them pop and it was my hubby who suggested that I add some white  to the edges, which I did with Craft White ink, sponging just the edges.  I think it really added to the project. 

My final project started out as a completely different card, but by following what "looked right" I traveled down the path on which the flower reminded me of a Christmas poinsettia. After some playing around I decided upon a fairly simple layout, leaving a lot of open space on the card.

Here you can see a close up of the flower, I used one of the beautiful vinyl stickers on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock before cutting it out with the flower and the coordinating petal Framelit that I used on the box above. I love how these stickers coordinate so well with the framelits. I also cut a solid flower and off-set it behind the vinyl cut out one.  For the leaves I chose one of the very intricate framelits from the Paisley Framelits.

Time to hop on over to see what Ellen has created with this amazing suite of products


Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, April 30, 2017

CTC #126 - Mother's Day Inspiration

Welcome to another CASEing the Catty Challenge, this week we are taking our inspiration from the both catalogues to create a Mother's Day card or project.

I chose this lovely image on page 104 of the Annual Catalogue as my inspiration, taking from it the theme of flowers and the general sketch.

My pre-order of the Eastern Palace Suite arrived this week and the lovely new in-colour inks and cardstock were just sitting on my desk so I decided to use them in my card this week.  I chose stamps from Flourishing Phrases and Perpetual Birthday Calendar for this card, and chose to stamp on a panel on the front of a coloured base rather than a plane white card, I think for the deeper colours it needed a border.  I initially inked up the flower stamp using Sweet Sugarplum then using a sponge dauber added colour to the edges and middle with Fresh Fig (new in-colour).

I cut the leaves from Tranquil Tide and Emerald Envy. I like these leaves as with their thin stems you can manipulate how they lie on the page.  Raising the flower on dimensionals gives the card some depth.  The sentiment is from another stamp set that is retiring, Circle of Spring.  I have stamped the little flower on the inside of the card.

I hope you have been inspired to join in the challenge this week, just add a picture of your project to the CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CI #8 - Neutrals With a Splash of Colour

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration Blog Hop this week is a bit of a more muted colour palette which makes me think of the autumn days we are experiencing here in the southern states of Australia. 

Isn't this a cute picture? The colours are:
  • Delightful Dijon
  • Tip Top Taupe
  • Soft Suede
  • Early Espresso
  • Very Vanilla

For my card this week I was inspired by the Eastern Palace Bundle which happened to arrive on my door step late on Monday afternoon, I was just itching to play with it and while I was having fun seeing how the framelits all layered together I decided to use the wonderful layers as the basis for my card. I really wish it was easier to photograph the beautiful colours and gold splashes on this card!

I started with a card base of Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock, which is such a wonderful addition to the Stampin' Up! range.  I cut the biggest shape directly from the Early Espresso and then splattered the front with Gold Wink of Stella for some extra texture.


The next layer cut from Soft Suede over Delightful Dijon which I raised up on a double layer of dimensionals to allow a bit more room for the gorgeous gold tassel also from the Eastern Palace Suite. 

Finally I cut the center from Tip Top Taupe layered over Very Vanilla, finishing the centre off with a matching gold sequin.

I think this would be a great card for a graduation, or could easily be made into a masculine birthday with a quick change of sentiment.  


Time to hop on over to see what Julia has created with this earthy colour scheme.

I hope you decide to play along this week, just make a project using this week's colours and add a photo to the Colour INKspiration Facebook page. 


Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CTC #125 - Favourite Big Shot Project

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, this week we are taking our inspiration from the Big Shot projects in the Occasions Catalogue.

I just love the Oh So Succulent Bundle and so was really taken by the project in the above image from page 43, I love how this looks like a water lily.

I changed up the colours, using Crumb Cake for the Window Box and Blushing Bride sponged with Rich Razzleberry for the flower. I used the floral image from the stamp set and stamped off twice to get the background for the tag,  I finished the project off by adding some Gold Satin Ribbon and one of the Lace Doilies which I think are just wonderful with one side Very Vanilla and the other Whisper White. 

I hope we are inspiring you to join in this week, don't feel like you have to choose a 3D project, or need to own a Big Shot to participate, just take inspiration from one of the Big Shot projects and link a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over to see what Julia has been inspired to create this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique