Saturday, January 31, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #16 - New DSP

Time for another CASE-ing the Catty challenge, the theme this week is to use some New DSP in your project, either one of the wonderful Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Designer Series Paper, or another DSP that is new for you!

Here is the card, I took inspiration from the lovely Lotus Blossom car on page 7 of the SAB catalogue.  I don't have the Lotus Blossom stamp ... yet, so decided to use my new 'fav' set Butterfly Basics, and for this card didn't even use a butterfly!!!   I chose the wonderful SAB Irresistibly Yours DSP on page 15 of the SAB catalogue.  I wasn't sure I really wanted this, but had earned a free product and decided to get this ... BEST DECISION EVER!!!  I think it is one of those products that you need to try to fall in love with.  I chose to sponge mine with Pumpkin Pie (my daughter's suggestion) and as I was sponging loved the look of darker at the top transitioning to lighter at the bottom of the piece.  You can see how the flower images already embossed onto the paper resist the ink beautifully, letting the crisp Whisper White to show through.

I hope this has helped inspire you to join in this week with CASE-ing the Catty, if you need more inspiration pop over to the challenge blog - CASE-ing the Catty.  It is easy to join in, just pick a SAB or new DSP and take inspiration from one of the many samples in the SAB catalogue!

Happy Stamping

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CASE-ing The Catty #15 - Sale-A-Bration

CASE-ing the Catty is back for another year of catalogue inspired challenges!  The challenge guidelines are very simple:
  • Create a new project for this challenge
  • Make note in your post which project you took inspiration from
  • Use only Stampin' Up! products in your creation
  • Mention CASE-ing the Catty in your blog post, and link to the CASE-ing the Catty blog
  • Have Fun!
The first challenge for 2015 is to be inspired by a stamped project from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Catalogue and use a SAB (or new stamp set) in your project.  You can see an on-line version of the catalogue on my right side bar.  

I took inspiration from the card at the top of page 17 of the SAB catalogue, although I changed up the colours a little bit.  The stamp set I used was one of the ones you can earn free during SAB and is "Simply Wonderful", it is so versatile with 7 sentiments!  I also used another new stamp set Butterfly Basics to stamp the small butterflies onto the vellum.  

Here is an up-close picture of the butterfly cut using the Butterflies Thinlits out of gold glimmer paper, isn't it just lovely?

Pop over to the CASE-ing the Catty blog and check out what the other design team have created, and be inspired to join in.

Happy Stamping

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Card in a Bag

Staying true to my word last week, I have spent some time today doing some creating! I have combined Freshly Made Sketch and Hand Stamped Sentiments challenges as a base for this creation.

I have wanted to have a play with my Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, available in the current Occasions Catalogue.  This is such a cute little bag, you can cut it from DSP or card stock and better yet there are 8 additional framelits in the set one is the heart that I cut out of the front of the bag before putting it together. I used the outside edge of the framelit as a guide for the faux stitching. The cute little arrow on the front is punched using What's Up punch. The great thing about this bag is that it doesn't have to be a bag, I have used it as a sleeve for a card.

Here you can see the card out of the bag, the Something to Say stamp set was perfect for the double sentiment. Having stamped the first part of the sentiment on the insert I made a mask and added some melon mambo sponging. I stamped the second part of the sentiment on a piece of Whisper White and cut it with the heart framelit, lining it up and adhering it to the inside of the bag after assembly.  The hearts punched out of the top of the insert card were a bit of an after-though, but I think they go with the overall theme.

I had such fun making this and look forward to making more cute creations with this framelit set.

Happy Stamping

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Back with Butterflies

My word how time flies.  I knew I had been busy before Christmas but I was really surprised to see that it had been November since my last post.  To those who follow regularly, thanks for hanging in there, I am back and have lots of plans for 2015.

I will be posting pictures of some of my Christmas creations over the next few weeks, although some were sent off without me taking photos. Sadly some didn't get to the post box at all and are sitting here waiting to be sent, although I feel a little silly sending Christmas cards in January!

 I wanted to start off the year with a couple of challenges, and this was one that caught my eye when going through my Feedly feed.  The sketch comes from Create with Connie and Mary Challenges and I liked it because it gave me the opportunity or at least the prompt to use a few layers and some of my new embellishments.

I loved the Butterfly Framelits as soon as I saw them and knew they would be one of the first things on my shopping list from the new Occasions Catalogue.  The bundled Butterfly Basics stamp set is just beautiful too, with lots of images that can be used for layering and blending together.  here I have used the lovely line image of the flower repeated on the main panel, and the mini-hex pattern over the top of some DSP on the right.  I think it breaks up the DSP and makes me think I am looking at it through chicken wire.  The butterfly is of course from the framelits, also cut from DSP with sponged edges.  The beautiful Bermuda Bay sequins are also from the Occasions Catalogue, the rhinestones are coloured with the darkest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities.

Happy Stamping