Sunday, June 9, 2024

CTC #473 - CASE A Bundle

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilise the projects within the current Stampin' Up! catalogue to inspire our own projects each week. We also invite you to join with us in the challenge each week by using this inspiration in your own creations and uploading a photo to our Facebook page.

This week we are taking inspiration from the bundles on pages 57 - 73 of the Annual Catalogue.

I was inspired by this card from page 69 of the Annual Catalogue using the Spotlight on Nature Bundle. I received this bundle as part of the evening event at On Stage in March and absolutely love it.

I kept with the same basic sketch of the original card and the Spotlight on Nature stamp set, as well as the colours on the flowers.   I did change many of the other elements on the card as I was inspired to go with a vintage look for this one.  Its been a while since I have roughed up cardstock and it was actually quite fun.  Scrunching the cardstock, using my scissor blade on the edge, and adding ink directly from my stamp pad and with blending brushes.  

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the projects in the Bundles section of the Annual Catalogue to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Let's Craft Together - Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Welcome to the monthly Blog Hop by Let’s Craft Together and thank you for joining us. We are a group of multi-cultural Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators in Australia who have developed a strong friendship though our love of stamping and our admiration of each other’s style of crafting.

This month we have a Tic Tac Toe challenge.  Using the above grid choose three squares that line up in a row, column or diagonal and use those techniques in your project. For these types of challenges I usually gravitate toward three options that are not lined up in a row, and it was initially the same for this one, but I soon decided on the middle row.  So I have chosen - Die Cut Shape + Favourite Stamp Set + Technique.

I often find it hard to pick a favourite stamp set because I usually love all of the ones I buy, but I was saying just the other night that I am really loving the simplicity of the Poised Peony set. Its easy to miss as it is right in the front of the catalogue on page 28 and is part of the Quick & Easy section.  Another set from the same section is Simply Said as it has a great selection of common sentiments in cursive and type printed fonts, I love the size of these sentiments.  The technique I am showcasing is water colouring, something I haven't done for quite some time, but I was recently reminded of how relaxing it can be and its a great way to colour an image.   I also used water colouring to add colours to the piece I die cut as a background for the flowers.  I don't usually go for such vibrant colours, but while I was on a roll I layered these on a piece of DSP from Unbounded Beauty DSP.

Time to follow the link below to hop to the next blog. 

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, May 26, 2024

CTC #471 - CASE A Sketch From Page 22

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilise the projects within the current Stampin' Up! catalogue to inspire our own projects each week. We also invite you to join with us in the challenge each week by using this inspiration in your own creations and uploading a photo to our Facebook page.

This week we are taking inspiration from the sketches on page 22 of the Annual Catalogue. If you aren't sure what this means, at the bottom of page 22 of the Annual Catalogue there are 22 images of card layouts, or sketches.  These are a great place to start if you are stuck for ideas.

This is a look at just that section of the page.  These sketches are all for portrait orientated cards, but that's ok, it is easy enough to take one of these layouts and just make it in landscape orientation instead. That's what I have done this week.

I chose this sketch, I mentally number these 1 to 22 right to left, top row then bottom row, so this one is sketch #3.  

I love how this card turned out, and it was very simple to make.  I wanted to have a striking combination of black, gold and white, and was initially just going to have the flowers in black and white, but I decided on a pop of colour and am pleased with that decision.  The panels are cut from one half of a card from the Brushed Gold Cards & Envelopes pack, I flipped the middle one's orientation to add more interest to the card. Some black twine and Matte Black Dots finished off this striking card. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the sketches on page 22to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.
 
Time to hop on over and see what Courtenay Courtenay has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, May 19, 2024

CTC #470 - CASE The Colours of Frames & Flowers DSP

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilise the projects within the current Stampin' Up! catalogue to inspire our own projects each week. We also invite you to join with us in the challenge each week by using this inspiration in your own creations and uploading a photo to our Facebook page.

This week we are taking inspiration from the beautiful colours in the Frames & Flowers DSP pack. There are a lot of colours in this DSP so you need to choose at least four of them for this challenge.  

I was inspired To use Lost Lagoon, Soft Sea Foam, Petal Pink, Pumpkin Pie, and Early Espresso; as well as the other colours in the die cut piece from the DSP pack!

For this card I started out with one of the wreath pieces from the Frames & Flowers Specialty DSP. This is such an unusual DSP pack as it includes three sheets of DSP and 3 sheets of pre-cut die cut designs.  I added to this with flowers from Poised Peony, which doesn't seem to match the botanical pieces in the DSP, but it does coordinate beautifully.  The sentiment is from Heartfelt Hexagons.



You can see from this side angle that I have built up lots of layers which the photographs really don't fully capture. The flowers are adhered with Multipurpose Glue by their stems, and then have Dimensionals under the heads of the flowers which I have curled up slightly.  The lovely ribbon is part of Petal Pink & White 1/4" Diagonal Trim.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use at least four (4) of the colours in the Frames & Flowers Specialty DSP to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique