Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CI#27 - Pretty Posy

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, taking a beautiful image and using the colours within it in our projects.

I love this image, so many beautiful soft and bold colours together in one flower.  We are taking the following colours from this image to work with this week:
  • Powder Pink
  • Pool Party
  • Melon Mambo
  • Island Indigo

I was initially a bit stumped with these colours, and when that happens I get out the relative ink pads and move them around on my desk!  What I quickly realised was that there were two pinks and two blue/greens. Once this revelation had struck me (and now I wonder why that took so long!) I knew I wanted to use them with my Lots of Lavender stamp set. While not really a lavender colour I do think it works well on this card. Sentiment is from Lots of Happy Card Kit. 

I hope you are inspired to join us in the challenge with this lovely colour combo, just use the colours and add a picture of your project to the CI Facebook Page. Don't forget to visit to see the other entries and be inspired by everyone's creativity.

Time to hop on over and see what Rachel has created for this challenge.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, February 11, 2018

CTC #165 - Eastern Palace Meets SAB Kit

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take inspiration from a section of one of the current Stampin' Up! Catalogues.  

This week we are taking another look at the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

I was inspired by the Mixed Medallions Card Kit on page 6. 

As soon as I saw this kit I thought of the Eastern Palace Suite of products and knew I wanted to try and re-create it.  I started with a Dapper Denim base, cutting and folding so it opens in the middle of the card.  With some careful alignment of some of the thinlits I was able to create the cut out section.  Stamping with White Craft Stampin' Pad using a few of the smaller stamps from the coordinating stamp set I was able to add the corner patterns and patterning around the central image. I finished off with a few of the Gold Vinyl Stickers.

Here you can see a sneak peek at the inside of the card which I have added a strip of another of the Gold Vinyl Stickers. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge, just take your inspiration from the projects in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue and upload a picture of your creation to the CTC Facebook Page

Time to head on over and see what the lovely Kelly has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, February 4, 2018

CTC #164 - Kits

 Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take a look at a section of one of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues and use the projects to inspire our creations.


We encourage others to join in.  This week we are taking our inspiration from the kits in the Occasions Catalogue, pages 15-17. This section contains my favourite Stampin' Up! Kit of all time, Lots of Happy Card Kit. There are quite a few reasons I love this kit:

  • It comes with four water colour pencils (2 exclusive colours to the kit); 
  • it makes 20 cards, some full size some note size; 
  • each card has a coordinating envelope with a decorated insert;
  • it has a black and white theme, with touches of colour added by colouring the various elements;
  • it has five sentiment stamps that I just love, as well two cute little floral images;
  • you can buy an refill kit;
  • and one of my favourite things about this kit is that I got to make it with my mum and daughter at Christmas (Santa had left it under the tree for us!!!)


One of the cards is this very pretty hexagon card and I used it as my inspiration for my creation this week.  You can find it with the other cards from this kit on page 15.


I decided to make a square card instead of the hexagon of the original, but kept that shape on the front of the card using one of the Thinlits from the Window Box Thinlits, to do so I cut it from Sahara Sand and left the Thinlit in place and trimmed around the edge of it to get the hexagon then pressed the shape from it and mounted it over a hexagon of black cardstock.

The DSP is from Petal Passion DSP and is a salute to the striking decoration on the inside of the coordinating envelopes, the rest of the layout I have kept pretty much the same as the original with a banner of gold foil and Lemon Lime Twist ribbon. The flowers are made using the Petal Palette bundle, stamped in Rich Razzleberry and then coloured by running over the stamped image with a Blender Pen.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just take a picture of your project and upload it to the CTC Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Amazing Lavender

Having a bit of time to play with my stamps this weekend I found this sketch from CASE this Sketch and decided to play along.

As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to make it using Lots of Lavender Sale-A-Bration stamp set. I wanted to keep a soft feel to the card so I used White Embossing Powder on Sahara Sand cardstock, masking the bottom part of the card so the stems didn't stamp.  I then coloured the images with Stampin' Blends, Light Pink Pirouette for the flowers, and Light Old Olive for the leaves. 

I was initially going to add a sentiment on a banner, but then though the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies would be perfect, and add just a hint of sparkle to the card. I coloured the ribbon with the Dark Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends and layered it over two pieces of Old Olive cut using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  I stamped the "You" sentiment in White Craft Ink using Crazy About You stamp set.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Love is in the Air

I am not really into a lot of the Valentine's Day hype as some people are, but I do think it is a great opportunity to take pause and be grateful for the ones we love and to do something a little special for them. Thinking about making a card for a wonderful man who has been in my life for 32 years, 26 of them as my hubby, I came across two challenges Just Add Ink romance challenge, and Just Us Girls 
"Love" challenge ... perfect for what I had in mind.

I recently caved in and bought myself the Large Letters Framelits and was itching to try and eclipse card with them. I knew I wanted to incorporate the cute little hedgehogs from a previous hostess set as my hubby absolutely loves hedgehogs.  I have to say this card turned out, if anything, better than I had expected! I knew I wanted the little hedgehogs to be peeking out from behind the letters, initially thinking I would use the SAB Party Pandas, but swapping it over to the hedgehogs. I may still do one with pandas!

I coloured the hedgehogs with Stampin' Blends and added a little heart to each pair using the Owl Builder Punch.  So this card is a mix of shiny new toys and old favourites!

Now just have to keep it secret until Valentine's Day, but I think that is pretty safe as he never visits my blog :). 

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, January 28, 2018

CTC #163 - Sale-A-Bration

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop / Challenge, where we take inspiration for our creations from one of the sections of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalogue, full of lovely products that you can earn for Free with any $90 AUD purchase, isn't that great!  

I took my inspiration from the bottom card in the image above from page 18.

I changed up the colours, but kept the rest of the card pretty much the same as the original.  Instead of Lemon Lime Twist, I sponged the striped DSP with Pool Party using a Sponge Brayer to give it an ombre look.  In keeping with my current Razzleberry Phase I added a panel of Rich Razzleberry behind the sentiment.  I used both Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry to colour the flowers in this stunning sentiment from the SAB stamp set Happy Wishes. This set has a massive 16 stamps and is one of two Level 2 products in the catalogue that you can earn by spending $180 AUD. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just create a project inspired by any of the samples in the SAB Catalogue and upload a picture of it to the CTC Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

CI #26 - Under the Sea

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, where a group of South Pacific Stampin' Up! Demonstrators take inspiration from a photograph taking out the main colours and matching them to ones from the Stampin' Up! range. We would love for you to join in each week, if you don't have the exact colours use ones you have that closely match.

I can almost smell the sea when I look at the image for this challenge, the briny smell of the ocean, sand on my feet, the slapping sound of fish falling from the nets ... brings back many a childhood memory!  The colours for this challenge are:
  • Emerald Envy
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Tranquil Tide
  • Sahara Sand

I spent a number of my childhood years living on a yacht, and I always used to wonder if mermaids were real, often looking over the side of the boat in the hopes of spotting one, so it is no surprise that I was drawn to the pretty little mermaid from the Magical Day stamp set for this challenge.  The "seaweed" has been cut using Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, and by making a small cut between the mermaid's tail and hair I was able to slip her in behind the seaweed.  The bubbly sheet from the coordinating specialty DSP works so well for this card don't you think?

I love how the Copper Trim is actually a tube and can be cut down one side and stretched out like a scrap of fishing net.  The sentiment has been cut using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, and I gently dabbed it with Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends to make it look a bit more weather worn and like it has been dragged up in the nets. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge which runs for two weeks, just create a project using this colour combo and add a picture of it to the CI Facebook Page

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, January 21, 2018

CTC #162 - Sweet Soiree

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop . Challenge, where we take our inspiration from a section of one of the current Stampin' Up! Catalogues. 

This week we are being inspired by the Sweet Soiree section of the Occasions Catalogue, pages 10 - 14. This section has such a pretty suite of products, with flowers and cakes and lots of sparkle and silver!

I took my inspiration from the image on page 10 of the catalogue, the right hand card in the photo above. I really liked the layout of this card, although I made quite a few changes with the colours and images I used.

I was itching to use my new Petal Palette stamp set and this was the perfect opportunity. If you visit my blog regularly you will know that I often go through phases, I think I am in my Razzleberry Phase at the moment as I have been drawn time and again to this beautiful colour.  I started by stamping my images in Rich Razzleberry before colouring with Stampin' Blends, for the flowers in Rich Razzleberry and Pink Pirouette and Old Olive for the leaves. I think stamping in a non-black ink gives the overall finish a softer look.

There are lots of little details on this card that I missed on my initial glance at it, one of these was that there was a stitched circle layer behind the other images, and one of the others was the little strip of DSP along the right side of the main panel.  I made mine by cutting a thin piece from the Painted with Love Specialty DSP, choosing a segment with Rich Razzleberry and gold.

The sentiment is from the lovely set from the Lots of Happy Card Kit stamped and embossed in Gold on a 1" strip of vellum. I made a second banner in Basic Black to layer behind the vellum and attached the two together with a staple in the left side. I coloured the staple with the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends so that it was more gold than silver to coordinate with the rest of the card.

I used the remainder of the strip to decorate the inside of the card.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just upload a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Monday, January 15, 2018

Panda Birthday Fun

 
I had the opportunity to spend my whole day crafting which was just wonderful, most of the card I made were for upcoming Design Teams that I am part of, but I also had chance to make a card to play along with two challenges, Sunday Stamps sketch, and Seize the Birthday anything goes challenges.

When I saw the three squares in the sketch I knew I wanted to use the cute little Sale-A-Bration Party Pandas which seemed perfect.  The bright fun colours of Painted With Love DSP seemed to go so well that I just had to use that too.  I stamped then cut the pandas with Layering Square Framelits giving each a Rich Razzleberry scalloped frame.  I coloured each one of the squares with the Light Pink Pirouette to let the pandas stand out a bit more.  The sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, January 14, 2018

CTC #161 - Sale-A-Bration

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take a look at a section of one of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues and use a project within it to inspire our creations.

This week we are looking at the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Catalogue, which is filled with products you can earn for free with every $90 or $180 purchase from any of the Stampin' Up! range in any current catalogue, or off the Clearance Rack! There isn't any restriction on our SAB CASEs so any image in the catalogue is fair game.

I chose the Lemon Lime Twist card in the above image from page 8.

I decided to switch up the colours but keep with the same stamp sets, Lots of Lavender for the flowers, and the stamp set from the gorgeous Lots of Happy Card Kit. This kit is really worth getting as not only do you get a great stamp set with some amazing sentiments and floral images, but also four water colour pencils, two of which are exclusive to the kit!

I used Painted With Love DSP for the panel and coordinating Rich Razzleberry and Calypso Coral for the layers. I have never been able to get ribbon to sit right behind a panel like this, so cheated a little and each of the four pieces you can see are actually individual pieces and don't join up behind the card!  By doing this I could position each exactly where I wanted it, and also saved quite a bit of ribbon in the process!

I hope you are inspired to join in with the challenge this week, you don't need to have any of the SAB items, just take inspiration from one of the projects and substitute a set you do have (or pop in an order and get a SAB set of course!). To join in just post a picture of your project on the CTC Facebook Page

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


Happy Stamping
Monique