Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CI #22 & #23

Welcome to a bit of a special challenge this time around with Colour INKspiration, because of the way the calendar lies this challenge will be open for three weeks and to give you some extra inspiration we are offering two images and associated colour schemes.  So join in with one or other of the colour schemes below, or go all out and create two projects each using a different colour scheme!

I like these two colour schemes, one is more suited to our summery Christmases in the South Pacific and the other with the wood fire and reindeer is more reminiscent of Christmas in a colder climate. 
CI #22 colours are

  • Marina Mist
  • Sahara Sand
  • Whisper White
  • Pear Pizzaz
  • Soft Suede
CI #23 colours are 
  • Crumb Cake
  • Real Red
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Silver Foil

As you can see I chose the bolder of the two colour combos to make a cute little treat bag.  This was inspired by one I received as a swap at On Stage recently.  I made this one using the small bag on the gift board punch bag, folding over the top 1" of the DSP and sponging in Real Red to create the contrast.   The tag, from Merry Little Labels, is stamped in black on water colour paper before adding a squiggle of Real Red with my Aqua Painter. I decided it needed something "else" so added the three little deer, inspired from the colour combo picture, and a black border to the label.  The label is raised on Dimensionals to make it stand out just a little more.  I was going to add one of the Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bows, but decided that would have been a bit too much!

I hope you join in with one or both of the colour combos for this challenge, just make a project with either and add it to the CI Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Magical Sneak Peek

One of the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that I have the opportunity to meet up with other demonstrators and we are the first to see products from the new catalogues. I attended one of these events on Saturday in the Gold Coast and not only did we see some of the new products, we also brought some home with us!

One set that I have been itching to share is the Magical Day stamp set, it is so cute and has images of a dragon, unicorn, mermaid, knight and wizard; as well as 5 little stamps to coordinate with the main images and two sentiments! I only arrived home last night and first thing I did after unpacking (I was being very good) was to make a couple of cards with this new stamp set.  

People who know me well know that I love unicorns, so this little beauty had to be the first image I inked up.  I coloured her with the new Stampin' Blends using both shades of pink and the dark Pool Party, as well as the colour lifter around the dots on it's rump.  This seemed perfect to team up with the Bundle of Love Specialty DSP.  The sentiment I have actually cut into two parts, with the banner sitting above the unicorn more traditionally sitting over the "one of a kind".  This set has a coordinating set of framelits that cuts a cute curved banner for the sentiments on both cards and I can't wait to order that!

My second card had to use the dragon image, as my hubby is as mad for dragons as I am for unicorns (this really was the perfect set for us!).  I am not 100% happy with the background card stock, but like the Christmas DSP on the middle layer.  I added an embossed panel of trees to give him something to hide in!  I again used Stampin' Blends to colour him, using both shades of Cherry Cobbler and Calypso Coral as well as the colour lifter on his scales.  

I can't wait to make some more cards with this stamp set, even more excited to be able to make them with the coordinating Framelits and Specialty DSP which has glitter on it! I have to wait until December to order that though, so being patient.  

The Occasions catalogue goes live for customer purchases from 3 January 2018, so keep a look out for lots of sneak peeks on demo pages in the next month or so and start making your wish lists :)

Happy Stamping

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CI #21 - Rainbow Birthday

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, and what a bright and fun colour combo we have for you this week.

Aren't those flowers beautiful?  The colours we have chosen from this image are:
  • Peekaboo Peach
  • So Saffron
  • Rose Red
  • Pear Pizzaz
  • Soft Sky

When it comes to create for these challenges I often lay out pieces of cardstock in the challenge colours, and shuffle them around to help inspire me.  This week as I was doing this I realised that they were almost a full rainbow!  From that discovery I decided to use one of the stamps from Work of Art to make a rainbow background, for each colour I stamped in full strength, then stamped off twice to get three shades of each one.  

Once that was done I thought they looked a bit like streamers and so the addition of matching balloons seemed like the perfect accompaniment. Balloons on their own were a bit plain so I added gold embossing using Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  While I had that stamp set out I used the Happy stamped onto the banner, then added a gold Birthday using Happy Birthday Thinlits cutting off the Happy.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the challenge colours to create your project and add a picture to the CI Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping

Sunday, November 5, 2017

CTC #153 - Christmas Tags

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, a challenge hop in which we take inspiration from one of the projects in the Stampin' Up! catalogues in our creations.

This week we are looking at the tags in the Holiday Catalogue, there are so many tags in the catalogue, or you could take inspiration from a card to make a tag!  

I chose the tag on the jar of lollies found on page 52 of the catalogue. Once I got started I realised it was a similar layout to the card I made a couple of weeks ago!

I didn't want to make a Halloween tag, so changed things up just a little to give it a Christmas theme. I often give wine as a gift and love having a handmade take to make them a bit more special.  The sentiment is of course from Merry Little Labels stamp set, cut with the banner from the Mini Treat Bag framelits - it is easy to forget all the great shapes in this set, not just the mini treat bag.

I made the rosette from Merry Music Specialty DSP, however to make it pop a bit more I spritzed it with a mix of Cherry Cobbler ink and rubbing alcohol.  I coloured the Rhinestone embellishments with my new Cherry Cobbler Blends pen, just perfect for this sort of thing.  The "ribbon" is a combination of  Silver and Red Mini Tinsel Trim and Black Baker's Twine, holding them all in place with a little white bow.

The great thing about these sorts of tags is that they work equally well for other bottled gifts, and all occasions.  

I hope you are inspired to join us this week, with so many tags to use as inspiration your Christmas gifts will look so special. Just take inspiration from one of the tags in the Holiday Catalogue and upload a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page

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

Happy Stamping

Sunday, October 29, 2017

CTC #152 - Harvest Inspiration

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge, where we take a look at a section of one of the Stampin' Up! Catalogues and use one (or more) of the projects to inspire our creations.

This week we are having a look at the Painted Autumn / Spooky Nights sections from page 48 - 55.

I chose one of the cards on page 48 for my inspiration, the one on the left of the image above.  I chose the general layout and the technique of using fussy cut DSP images instead of stamped images.

I chose the Delightful Daisy DSP for my card, and colours that coordinate with it, Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder. The listed colours don't include Wisteria Wonder, but I think it goes well with the little purple flowers.   The sentiment is a combination of stamping and framelit cut options from the Lovely Inside & Out Bundle.  The "Friend" I cut from one of the darker Wood Textures DSP stack to tie it in with the Woodgrain background stamp. I wanted to include natural fibres, but preferred the Jute Twine in a bow. Having finished the card I think it almost looks like the sentiments are hanging from it with invisible threads!

I hope you decide to join us this week, just use the project from pages 48 - 55 in the Holiday Catalogue to inspire your creation and post a picture of it to the CTC Facebook Page

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

Happy Stamping

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CI 20 - Floral Thank You

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, this week's inspiration photograph is so pretty, makes me think of lazy afternoons sipping wine and nibbling on tapas at a vineyard! What does it make you think of?

The Stampin' Up! colours we have pulled from this image for the challenge are:
  • Calypso Coral
  • Dapper Denim
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Always Artichoke

I have been working on swaps for an upcoming demonstrator event, and had this left over piece of DSP on my desk.  I have to admit that Always Artichoke is not my favourite colour, in fact it really is my least favourite, but I thought that I could sneak it into my layout easily if I used it on leaves. From there it was just a decision of which flowers to use.  

I love the way the Eclectic Layers Framelits pair so well with each other and with the coordinating stamp set. I stamped one of the flowers in Calypso Coral, and then did the second layer (the thin lines that gives the flower definition) in Cherry Cobbler.  The other two flowers as simply cut from plain card stock.  The leaves I stamped with two of the stamps, for one of them stamping off to give additional colour tone.  A lovely strip of metallic edged ribbon and sentiment from Daisy Delight.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week - just use the colour combo and post a picture of your project on the CI Facebook page.

Time to hop on over to see what the lovely and talented Krissy has created.

Happy Stamping

Sunday, October 22, 2017

CTC #151 - Merry Little Project

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, a challenge where we take inspiration from images the projects in one of the Stampin' Up! catalogues as the basis of our projects each week. You can join in too by adding a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the covers and Hostess sections of both the Annual and Holiday Catalogues. 

I love 3D projects and this cute little box on the cover of the Holiday Catalogue really caught my eye.

I decided to make a card instead of a box, and keep with the monochromatic colours inspired by the Merry Little Christmas Mega Suite, using papers from both of the DSP packs in this suite. The Rosette is 1-1/4" x 12" and scored at 1/4" intervals. The sentiment is from Merry Little Labels and the Holly embellishment was stamped and cut using the Carols of Christmas Bundle. Do you like the little red berry on my holly? It is a regular rhinestone that I have coloured with a Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends (new alcohol based markers coming out soon for general purchase).

I hope you are inspired to join us this week, jut pick one of the projects on the cover or in the Hostess section of either Stampin' Up! Catalogue and use it as the basis of your project, then post a picture of your project on the CTC Facebook Page

Time to hop on over and see what the talented Julia has created this week.
Happy Stamping

ESAD Blog Hop - Fancy Folds and 3D

Welcome to the ESAD Fancy Folds & 3D Projects Blog Hop, whether you are starting here or have hopped on over from the lovely Ellen's blog just follow the link at the bottom of each blog to hop around until you get back to the blog you started on!  

For some time I have been itching to make a display frame and what better excuse than Christmas and the amazing Merry Little Christmas Mega Suite in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue. I used a 12" x 12" Shadow Box Frame for this project as there are a few bits and pieces that would get squished in a normal frame.  I got mine from KMart in Australia, and I think the hardest part of this project was choosing the layout of the each panel!

I was so pleased with how this turned out and with the width of the frame it can either stand on it's own or can be hung on a wall.  There are so many little details on this project I want to show you each row and talk a bit about each.

This is the top row, and it has my favourite panel on it (far left) but a bit about the other two first. The middle one is really quite simple, I cut the snowflakes out of Dazzling Diamonds Glinmer Paper  using Seasonal Layers Framelits. For the ornaments on the right panel I stamped on Silver Foil Sheets with Black StazOn and cut them with the Card Front Builder Framelits.

This is my faviourite panel, I love the texture and detail on it, and who doesn't love the Jingle Bells carol?  Did you notice that the Foil Snowflake is black? The back of each snowflake is non-metallic white and is easy to sponge with whatever colour you like, I chose black to blend in with the monochromatic theme of the project. The black bakers twine and Year of Cheer Embellishment finish off the panel beautifully.

The middle row of the frame has the feature panel in the middle and quite a black and white theme, with just the hint of green in the leaves and Green Sprigs.   I love the card topper framelit on the middle panel, letting the colour behind show through, and of course you know I love that little deer.

I wanted to talk a bit about this panel as there are some great products on it from the Mega Suite that coordinate really well with the silver edged ribbon from the Annual Catalogue.  I used my hot glue gun to adhere the two sprigs together, as well as the bakers twine holding the Mini Ornament.  I adhered this all to the panel leaving the ornament free to swing if the frame is moved.  

 Finally the bottom panel, I kept this fairly simple to let the products shine.  The label on the left panel is embossed in white over Old Olive. The Foil Snowflakes are just so beautiful all I added was a large Clear Faceted Gem in the middle. I love how so many Stampin' Up! products coordinate across catalogues.  The right panel is simply the star background DSP and trees cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.   The whole project is really eye catching and will be the project we make at my November Christmas class. 

Time to hop on over to Lou's blog to see what she has created for this hop. I would also like to say a big thanks to Lou as she is the organiser of all of the recent ESAD blog hops. 

Here is a list of all the blogs on the hop:
14. Sue Vine
22. Monique Fielder  ----  You are here

Happy Stamping

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CTC #150 - Holiday Big Shot

Welcome to another fun week with the CASEing the Catty team, I am convinced that the weeks are going faster and faster as the year progresses!

This week we are taking inspiration from the wonderful Big Shot projects in the Holiday Catalogue. There are no specific pages for this challenge because the projects are scattered throughout the catalogue.

I took my inspiration from the image above which comes from page 51. I liked how the leaves cut with the Big Shot has been used as a mask for the Embossing Paste, it has given me all sorts of ideas to try.

Here is my card, unfortunately I didn't have any Embossing Paste on hand when making this so I used Craft White Ink to sponge around the cut out leaves. I wanted to add some more depth of texture so sprinkled White Embossing Powder randomly over the sponging and after heating it I repeated the process. The third time I used a very small amount of Copper Embossing Powder to add just a hint of metallic shine to the card.  I also used Cajun Craze on the base and banner instead of the Early Espresso on the original. The sentiment is from Eastern Beauty.

The leaves are stamped using various combinations of Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, and Cajun Craze - using the "rock and roll" technique, stamping some full strength and some I stamped off first. I then distressed each of the leaves and added them to the card using dimensionals. More texture was added with ribbon and sequins.

I hope the team's projects inspire you to join in this week, just pick your faviourite Big Shot project from the Holiday Catalogue and use it as inspiration to create a project. Add a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over and see what the talented Kelly has created this week.

Happy Stamping