Sunday, November 17, 2019

CTC #255 - Night Before Christmas

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilse 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. Its just a little hop this week as many of the team have been travelling to the Stampin' Up! On Stage event for demonstrators. With prepping for my kitchen renovation starting tomorrow I wasn't able to go, but I did sneak in some time at my craft desk.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the lovely Night Before Christmas DSP and the images on page 24 of the Holiday Catalogue.



I was inspired by this image from the top right of the page, I loved how it just uses DSP as the background and feature layers and has a simple stamped image.  Cards like this are just so easy to reproduce which is exactly what is needed around Christmas time.


For my card I used a different paper from the Night Before Christmas pack, knowing it would coordinate well with the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and coordinating punch. I love how this sentiments fits perfectly inside the punched ornament! I used one of the Night Before Christmas Memories & More Cards and Envelopes as the base of my card.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the Night Before Christmas DSP and samples on page 24 to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, November 3, 2019

CTC #253 - CASE Come To Gather Suite

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where use 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 our inspiration from the projects in the Come to Gather Suite, page 46 to 51.

I was inspired by this image from page 46, while the colours aren't my favourites, I did like the layers and texture it shows.

I know immediately that I wanted to use the papers and images from the Magnolia Lane Suite. I love the big magnolia, but because it is soooo big, I trimmed off the leaves and stem and just used the flowers from the Memories and More kit to decorate the background.  I really love the cursive script used in this sentiment, and prefer using a large sentiment on the front of a card, so this is perfect. 

I coloured the magnolia with my Water Colour Pencils, layering up colour until I was happy, but then realised that I had overdone it a bit, and wished that I had a colour lifter like we do with our blends. It took me a little while to realise that we do have a colour lifter for our pencils ... a simple eraser!  I just used it on the petals of the flower to lift the depth of colour off and it also took away some of the obvious colouring lines that were showing up.  So happy with how it turned out.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the Come to Gather Suite to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

Time to hop on over and see what Judy has created this week, I always love seeing how Judy decorates the inside of her cards.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, October 27, 2019

CTC #252 - Pretty Halloween

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilse 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 our inspiration from the projects on page 52 of the Holiday Catalogue, using their layouts as the basis to our creations. 

I was inspired by this image because I just love the little gift bags, they are so pretty with the copper embossing and the paper is perfect for taking up ink making them super easy to colour.
I decided to take most of my inspiration from the sponged gift bag, but wanted to make a card instead of a gift bag and in the process I also flipped the layout on its side and went landscape orientation for mine.  I also don't celebrate Halloween, and have a friend with a birthday coming up so made a more bright and cheerful card by sponge rollering Bermuda Bay onto the trimmed down gift bag and adding it like DSP to my card base.   A little bit of stamping, fussy cutting and layering and I am really happy with the outcome. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples on page 52 of the Holiday 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 Sandra has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

CI #66 - Bright and Creative

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, where we match Stampin' Up! colours to the ones from an inspiration photo, and use them to create our projects.

This beautiful image has the colours: Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Poppy Parade, Pineapple Punch, Mint Macaron, and Lovely Lipstick.  Now don't be overwhelmed, you don't have to use all of them, although you can if you like, you can choose any three or more in your project this challenge. As usual you can also add any of the basic colours (black, white and vanilla).

For my project for this challenge I wanted to use all of the colours and knew that Crafting Forever was the perfect set to use with all its lovely paint brushes. Realised that the colours go together to make a bright rainbow of sorts and so used them in that way on the background, using an aqua painter to scribble the ink onto an acetate sheet then pressing my cardstock over the scribbles. I softened the colours by again using the aqua painter to add very watered down versions of the colours over these scribbles.    Wanting to add some mess to the background to better reflect how I do art I splattered some of the colours on the base.

I hope you are inspired to join in with this challenge, as I mentioned at the start of my post you have three weeks to complete this one, so grab your inks and papers then post a picture of your project to the CI Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over and see what the lovely Leonie has created with the colours.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, October 20, 2019

CTC #251 - Brightly Gleaming

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilse 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 our inspiration from the colours in the Brightly Gleaming DSP and the images on page 30.

I was inspired by this image from the top left of the page, I just love the DSP on this card also quite liked the sketch as it would let me create a card with a bit of a surprise. 

Instead of using Christmas Gleaming stamp set, I mixed it up and used the cute little elf from #Elfie which is a set that I absolutely adore.  I don't always like cutesy stamp sets but this one is just a bit of fun. I used the colours from the DSP to colour the image, adding some details with a white gel pen.

Now for the surprise ... When you pull on the top of the back banner it reveals a hidden gift card!  The strip of DSP for the banner has been folded over the bottom of the card so that it slips out easily. These days I give a number of gift cards at Christmas and I think this is such a fun way to do so, I also think it would be easily adjusted for other celebrations as well.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples on page 30 of the Holiday Catalogue, and the colours in the Brightly Gleaming DSP inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, September 29, 2019

CI #248 - Annual Holiday Twist!

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilse 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 the challenge is to take inspiration from the Annual Catalogue, and re-create it using Holiday Catalogue products. If you don't have products yet from the Holiday Catalogue you have to check it out as there are so many beautiful ones that will make your projects pop!

I didn't have to look far into the catalogue to be inspired by this cute card on page 8, featured as one of the projects in the bundles section of the catalogue.  Did you realise the latest Annual Catalogue has all the bundles right at the front with an easy reference to where in the catalogue you can find them?  SU have also purposefully used different colour themes in this section than in the main catalogue to show how versatile these bundles can be.

As soon as I saw those hot air balloons I knew my new Christmas Gleaming Bundle from page 31 of the Holiday Catalogue would be perfect.  I totally love this bundle, in fact all of the products on page 31!  I initially thought that I wouldn't use another ornament punch but the intricate patterns and the two different sizes in this bundle are just amazing and my favourite thing from the whole catalogue. As you can see I have used a few of the products from the Brightly Gleaming Suite, including the Brightly Gleaming DSP for background and banner, as well as the Hammered Metal Embossing Folder on the main panel, which you can see much better in the next picture. 

Keeping with the colour scheme of the DSP I used Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy and Mossy Meadow Blends to colour the ornaments.  The tops I coloured with Dark Crumb Cake and then used a blender pen to add just a little bit of sparkle by dipping it into Champagne Shimmer Paint, which of course doesn't show up well in photographs! 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in in the Annual Catalogue twist it up by using Holiday Catalogue products in your creation, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.


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

Happy Stamping
Monique