Sunday, September 17, 2017

CTC #146 - Season of Glitz

Welcome to another CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge where we take a look at one of the sections in the current Stampin' Up! catalogues and use the projects within it to inspire our projects.

This week we are taking a look at the Season of Glitz section of the Holiday catalogue, pages 20 - 27. This is such a fun section, it introduces the Mini Tinsel Trim and Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bows in lovely Christmas colours, and reminds us of the red and Silver Glimmer Paper from the Annual Catalogue.

I took my inspiration from the card above on page 22 of the catalogue.

I thought it was a great opportunity to use the Merry Patterns stamp set, and added some of the Mini Tinsel Trim instead of twine.  The candels on the background are part of a 4 step stamp!  The outline of the candles, two separate stamps for the body of the candle and the flames. This allows some great combinations.  For the background on this stamp I alternated which of the body stamps I used.

I used the candles again on the inside of the card, stamping in Cherry Cobbler and then stamping the other patterns with stamped off Cherry Cobbler. The flames I stamped in Crushed Curry. 

I hope we have inspired you to join in the challenge this week, just use the projects in the Season of Glitz section of the Holiday catalogue and add a picture of your creation to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique


Sunday, September 10, 2017

CTC #145 - Beachy Little Christmas

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge, where we take a look at different sections of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues, and take inspiration from the great projects within that section.

This week we are looking at the Merry Little Christmas section of the Holiday Catalogue, pages 10 -19.  While this is only 9 pages there are soooo many samples from tags, to packaging to cards. 

When I first saw this section of the catty I fell in love, in particular with the Merry Little Christmas mega suite, and knowing that we would CASE this section at some point I was sure I would CASE one of the projects from that suite.  However I was also really quite drawn to the above images from page 18 of the catalogue, particularly the one on the left and top right.  I chose the layout of the card on the left, and the background stamping from the card on the top right.

While I don't own the Beachy Little Christmas stamp set, it is on my wish list, and I was lucky enough to have a play date with my friend Cathy who let me have a play with hers. To link my project with the Merry Little Christmas suite I used one of the sheets of DSP from the coordinating pack to create the two borders.  I usually do a border all the way around but quite like the idea of just strips down each side, it is the perfect way to frame a longer central image like the tree and sentiment on this card.   I used Watercolour Pencils to colour the tree, and love all the little sea creatures used as ornaments, perfect for the summer Christmas we have here in Australia.

There are a couple of cute single stamps in the set, one I used on the background, and another I used on the inside of the card. Isn't this little crab holding the mistletoe cute? Still, not sure I would be giving him a Christmas kiss! He reminds me of one of the little soldier crabs that I used to see running in swarms across the sands in summer. 

I hope we have inspired you to join in by CASEing one of the beautiful projects in the Holiday catalogue, just upload a picture to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, September 3, 2017

CTC #144 - Quilted Christmas

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, a challenge hop that takes inspiration from a different section of one of the Stampin' Up! catalogues each week. The creative team at Stampin' Up! are so talented and fill our catalogues full of great samples which are perfect to use as inspiration to create our own projects, whether it be the layout of a card, the colour scheme used or maybe even the technique.

I chose the card above, from page 9 of the Holiday catalogue. I liked the simplicity of this layout, and it also prompted me to use the beautiful Bundle of Love Specialty DSP for Christmas Cards.

I love this pattern from the DSP pack, and decided to go a bit non-traditional with the colours, matching it with Bermuda Bay.  I added a mat behind the centre panel to make it stand out a bit more from the background. For my card I chose the lovely stamps from Carols of Christmas set, using one of the sentiments and the cute little ornaments which I "strung" on thin strips of Gold Washi Tape. I have instructions on how I achieved this below.

One of the other Washi Tapes in the set is a cute match for this DSP, and I used it on the inside of the card.  You can also see on this image how I popped up the ornaments on Mini Dimensionals which are the perfect size for these adorable little ornaments. 

Here is how I got the lovely thin strips of Washi Tape for my ornaments:
  • Apply the Washi Tape lightly to the edge of a piece of card stock
  • Use your paper trimmer to trim off a thin piece
  • Gently peel off the Washi Tape and apply to your project.  
  • It isn't quite as sticky so I made sure to loop it over the back and made sure my mini dimensional sat over the other end before adding the mini ornament. 
I hope we are inspiring you to join in with the challenge this week. Just take inspiration from one of the lovely samples in the Quilted Christmas section of the Holiday catalogue and upload a pictrue of your projecty to the CTC Facebook Page

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Holiday Catalogue

Welcome to the ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop for 2017.  I have been so inspired by the new catalogue and I just know that the rest of the demonstrators participating in this hop will have created some wonderful projects. I have three projects to share with you today, all of which feature one of the bundles in the Merry Little Christmas Mega Suite, the Merry Little Labels bundle which features stamps perfect for creating tags and labels as well as the coordinating Everyday Label Punch.   

Two of the coordinating products in this set are the Merry Little Christmas Cardstock and DSP packs, and I used both to make this cute little gift box. Using the "large box" markers on the Gift Bag Punch Board and a strip of DSP/Cardstock that is 12" x 4" you get a box that is aprox 3.5" x 2" and 2.5" high.

This Mega Suite is well named and has so many coordinating embellishments, including 7/8" Striped Ribbon and adorable Mini Ornaments which I used to decorate the top of the box.  As you can see this stamp from the set also coordinates with the Layered Oval Framelits.

 My second project utilises one of the tag stamps to create a layered tag. I altered one of the beautiful Sriped Treat Bags and added the tag to the front with a coordinating Gold Library Clip.  I love how products from the new catalogues coordinate so well with existing products in the Annual Catalogue.

My final project is a simple, but pretty, gift tag.  I cut 2" x 8.25" strips from a piece of A4 cardstock and folded it in half to create the base of the tag, trimming the end using the Banner Triple Punch (it will cut both layers at once.  I then cut a piece of DSP 2" x 4" and again used the Banner Triple Punch on one end, doing this gives a small border at the base and top of the DSP. Adding a small Silver Doily under the stamped image gives it some pop.  I stamped the image onto Watercolour Paper and once it was dry brushed over it with my Aqua Painter before trimming around the edge and layering onto a piece of Marina Mist cardstock.

I hope you are enjoying the hop, time to hop on over to see what the talented Sandra has created.



Happy Stamping
Monique

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

CTC #143 - Eclectic Expression

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, a challenge hop where we take inspiration from a section in one of the Stampin' Up! catalogues. The isnpiration can come from a card layout, colour scheme, technique or something else that catches your eye.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the Artistic Expression section of the Annual catalogue, pages 132 - 181. This is another big section of the catalogue full of amazing projects made by the creative team at Stampin' Up!

I took my inspiration from the card above which can be found on page 137 of the catalogue. 

I kept fairly close to the original sketch and used the wonderful Colour Theory DSP Stack, using one of the ombre Old Olive sheets. I used some of the cut outs from the lighter area of the card and added them to the bottom of the front panel, I think this gives nice contrast and makes that element more proment than on the original card.

I held with the Oh So Eclectic Bundle for the images and sentiment. I love the look of the sentiment with each word cut out.  I plan to send this to a special friend who I have not seen in some time.

   
Thanks for hopping around to see what the design team have created. If you would like to join in just add a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CI #16 - Let it Snow

Colour INKspiration Design Team is made up of a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from the South Pacific Region. The challenge runs on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, using an inspiration photograph to choose the colour palette.  We would also like to welcome guest designer, and stamping buddy of mine Cathy for this challenge.

This week we are taking inspiration from the image above using the following colours:

  • Whisper White
  • Dapper Denim
  • Sahara Sand 
  • Basic Grey

Still having fun with my new Christmas bundles I couldn't resist using both Merry Little Labels and Carols of Christmas on this card. The feature panel is made by stamping the image three times and trimming down two of these so that just the top of the image peeks out each side of the main image.  I also layered a Dapper Denim punch out under each of the stamped images to make them stand out from the silver doily. I used the curve of the tree framelits to make a mask and sponged Basic Grey to create the snow drifts.

I also had a lot of fun with my Wink of Stella pen on this card, you can see here how I added a little to the base of the trees and along each of the branches to give the appearance of snow.

I also used Wink of Stella on the Basic Grey layer under the cut out images at the top of the card, this photo really shows how sparkly it looks in the right light!  I love how a little bit of Wink can really make a card popl

I hope you have been inspired to join in with the challenge, just use the challenge colours to create a project and upload a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.  This would be a great colour combo to make a masculine card for Father's Day which is just around the corner. 

Time to hop on over and see what the talented Tanya has been inspired to create.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, August 20, 2017

CTC #142 - Love and Sympathy

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, a challenge hop that takes inspiration from a different section of one of the Stampin' Up! catalogues each week. The creative team at Stampin' Up! are so talented and fill our catalogues full of great samples which are perfect to use as inspiration to create our own projects, whether it be the layout of a card, the colour scheme used or maybe even the technique. 

 This wee we are taking another look at the Love and Sympathy section of the Annual Catalogue, pages 86 - 101. 

I took my inspiration this week from the card above on page 97 of the catalogue.  I am not sure what it was about this card that caught my eye, maybe the flowers, maybe the ribbon.

I decided to use one of the bundles I purchased recently, Lovely Inside and Out, and paired it with Framelits from Layering Circles, Stitched Shape Framelits, and Flourish Thinlits.  I was inspired also by the lovely Denita Wright-Smee when she layered Thinlit cut flowers over vellum.  I think it is perfect for this card where I wanted them to stand out from the background without having a solid colour. 

I used some of the lovely Bundle of Love Specialty DSP on the background rather than the watercolour look on the original.  I kept the Fresh Fig colours from the original as I think it gives stunning contrast to the Pool Party. The inside of the card is finished off with some of the new Metallic Washi Tape coming in the Holiday Catalogue.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just take inspiration from the Love and Sympathy section of the catalogue and add a picture of your project on the CTC Facebook Page

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Freshly Made Daisy

I have been having fun today, this is my second challenge entry of the day, it is so great to be creative!  This time I am using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, I can't believe they are up to #301 already!  I can't remember the last time I played along.

I decided to base my card on the Delightful Daisy DSP and Bundle, initially I had the DSP the other way around, but the daisy stood out better on the green. Adding some gold edged trim, sequin trim and a gold faceted gem.  The Daisy I stamped on water colour paper using Calypso Coral, then used an aqua painter to run over the image, adding Crushed Curry in places. My aim was to replicate the images in the DSP on the bottom panel. I re-stamped the daisy over the blur of colour once it had dried. The sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, I just love the font of these sentiments, block fonts but with a whimsical flourish.

Happy Stamping
Monique