Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CI #37 - Brights

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration Challenge, where we usually match Stampin' Up! colours from a photographic image and use them in our creations each challenge. However as Stampin' Up! have just done a colour re-vamp we are using every second challenge to look at one of the new colour families.

For this challenge we are looking at the new collection of Brights, don't worry, you only have to choose three of them to use in the challenge!  You can add one of the new Basics: Black, White or Vanilla to your combo.

I knew I wanted to use two of the new colours in this collection, Mango Melody and Gorgeous Grape, and used them as my starting point. I initially thought I would add Granny Apple Green to the mix but changed that out for Coastal Cabana once I was putting the card together. 

Interestingly I found the colours a bit bright for the softer feel of the card so added a layer of vellum over the sponged wings of the butterfly. But the butterfly was then a bit too soft and lost on the die cut flowers, so to give it some definition I added two more layers of Whisper White and hand cut a solid butterfly from Basic Black.  

I hope you are inspired to join us in this challenge and explore the wonderful new Brights colour collection. Just add a picture of your project to the CI Facebook Page

Time to hop on over and see what the lovely and talented Kelly has created with these colours.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, July 8, 2018

CTC #186 - Polka Dot Birthday

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take inspiration from the projects in one of the Stampin' Up! catalogues to create our own projects each week.

This week we are taking inspiration from the Birthday section of the catalogue, pages 66 - 79.

My inspiration comes from this project featured on page 73 of the Annual Catalogue, I think it caught my eye as it is so fun and just simply made me feel happy to look at it.

While I do have the cute little pillow boxes, I decided to use the catalogue project as inspiration to make a card instead.  I have used some of the polka-dot paper from the Share What You Love DSP and used coordinating colours for the flowers, leaves and circle in the background.  It is a bit hard to see on this image, but I used three layers of the Happy Birthday and have raised it  up on Mini Dimensionals to give added depth.


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

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CTC #185 - Best Route

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

This week we are looking at the "Best Route" section on pages 52 - 65 of the Annual Catalogue.

Having recently been playing with my Beautiful Promenade stamp set, this card from page 55 caught my eye. I am a little intrigued as to how they achieved the lattice look on the edge, but decided to get creative with my own version.

I was going to use Brusho to colour the background, but in a recent tidy up and re-arrange of my craft space I seem to have temporarily misplaced it lol.  Not to worry, I decided to take the sketch in another direction, using solid cardstock for the flowers stamped in Versamark and Silver embossed. I like how they stand out and the sketch looks so different done this way.  For the lattice down the side of my panel I used the Framelit from Petals & More set, by only running it through part way along the die, then moving it along and cutting from the other end I was able to get a longer piece of cut out.

A couple of extra silver embellishments with a leaf from Beautiful Layers Thinlits, and one of the vintage flowers from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit, finish off this card.

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

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



Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Colour INKspiration #36

Welcome to the second Colour INKspiration challenge for the month of June.

For this challenge we are using these wonderful images to provide the colour inspiration to our projects.  The colours are - Crushed Curry; Soft Suede; Basic Grey; and Silver Foil. 

I have to admit I struggled with this challenge just a little bit. 

Firstly I started to think I would make a project with Animal Outing which would be perfect with the giraffe, rhino and kangaroo images ... but that didn't work out quite like I was hoping.  

Second attempt was to make a card using the flower image from Beautiful Promenade and some of the beautiful Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper, but that didn't really work either ... BUT I did love the flower and used it in my final project. 

To create the look of the flower I stamped the solid outline in Soft Suede, then inking up the centre with Crushed Curry and then used my sponge dauber to add some subtle Basic Grey to the outside of the stamp. 

I was pondering what to do then spotted my new cute little Kraft Pillow Boxes, which are great value costing only $8.75 for 10 boxes!  They have this cute little polka dot pattern that is pretty and subtle, and neatly hold three Lindt chocolates.  

I added a strip of DSP  from Nature's Poem, I like the subtle leaves on this paper, adding foliage without the need to add extra texture and layers.  I finished this off with some Burlap Ribbon and pulled some of the silver threads from the Silver and White Baker's Twine which I looped behind the flower.  

I hope you are inspired to join us for this challenge, if so use the challenge colours in your project and add a picture of it to the CI Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over and see what Jackie has created.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, June 24, 2018

CTC #184 - Delightfully Detailed

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 and use them as the basis for our creations. The team at Stampin' Up! put such effort into creating samples and it wasn't until I started to do this challenge that I really looked at the catalogue as much more than a catalogue of products.

This week we are taking inspiration from the Delightfully Detailed section of the Annual Catalogue, pages 38 - 51. 

I chose the image on page 46 of the catalogue, I recieved the In Every Season stamp set as part of prize patrol at On Stage in April and have been itching to ink it up. I thought my first project would be to make a desk calendar like in the picture, but went with a card instead!

Here is my card, I kept the same basic layout as the calendar page, but used that pane as the front of the card. I decided to use a framelit from my new Stitched Labels Framelits to cut the circle from Gold Foil to make it stand out just a little. While I had that thinlit set out I decided to see if the Christmas sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings would fit in the little tab, and happily it did.  

It was a measuring error that caused the gold layer to only peek out from the top and bottom, and I was going to re-cut, but then realised that I quite liked it this way rather than the full border. Sometimes I think I can be a bit quick to discard a mistake rather than rolling with it.
   
I don't usually take pictures in direct sunlight as they distort the colours a bit, but wanted to try and capture how lovely the Gold Embossing Powder looks on the Embossing Paste.  I finished off with some of the new Metallic Pearls.

I think this layout has such potential for birthday cards, adding the flower of the month for the person's birthday.  I think I might just be off to create one or two ... keep a look out.

I hope we are inspiring you to join in the challenge this week, if so just upload a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, June 17, 2018

CTC #183 - Animal Expidition

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, where we take inspiration from a section of the current Stampin' Up! catalogue and use it as the basis for our creations each week.

This week we are looking at the Animal Expedition section of the catalogue, pages 26 - 37.

I decided to use the layout in this card from page 26, I was drawn to the layers of DSP.

I swapped out the kangaroo for the cute octopus from the Sea of Textures stamp set and added the coral etc from the coordinating framelits. 

I used the new Subtle Embossing Folder on the cut out sand dollars to give them some additional texture. Here you can see a close up of the very subtle pattern it creates.

I hope you are inspired to join in with us this week, just add a photo of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique