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

Sunday, September 15, 2019

CTC #246 - Feels Like Frost

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 our inspiration from the gorgeous Feels Like Frost DSP, which is a stunning ethereal photo-realistic set of designer papers perfect for Christmas. 

I was inspired by this image from page 40 of the Holiday Catalogue, I liked the simplicity of the card letting the DSP shine.

I decided to keep with the overall layout of the original card, but made my own background with Balmy Blue and Highland Heather, two colours that go so beautifully together, and just perfect for butterflies!  I stamped and embossed the butterflies with White Embossing Powder before adding colour randomly with sponge daubers. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the Feels Like Frost DSP and projects in the Holiday catalogue that use this beautiful paper to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, September 8, 2019

CTC #245 - Let It Snow

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 Let it Snow pages of the Holiday Catalogue, pages 18 to 23. 

I was inspired by this image from page 22, I haven't yet ordered this stamp set but it is on the list for my next order, the elves are just too cute!

I took a fairly loose interpretation on the original, with a main image layered on a shape, I used the ornaments on the stitched frame which in copper looks amazing in person. Wanting this piece to shine I didn't want to add a large sentiment box so added the ribbon with the copper embossed sentiments, positioning it so that one was a focus. 

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

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, September 1, 2019

CTC #244 - CASE A Layout: Holiday Catalogue Cover

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 cover of the new Holiday Catalogue! I always love when the CTC has a new catalogue to be inspired by, such an exciting time and with more than a dozen projects on the cover there has to be something there for everyone.  Don't forget, you don't need to use the identical products, just use a layout, or colour scheme to inspire your own project.

I was inspired by this image on the right hand side of the top panel of images.  I like the simplicity of the layout allowing just the DSP and sentiment to shine.

Rather than just making a card, I decided to decorate a Mini Pizza Box instead. Initially I coloured the box using a mix of rubbing alcohol and Night of Navy re-inker, letting it dry well before adding the DSP and sentiment.  I love how the sentiment sits on the Label Punch, I think it just sets it off nicely. Now I just need to decide what to pop inside and who to give it to. I don't yet have the Copper Stamp Pad or I would have stamped around the edge of the box in the pretty lined image from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples on the front of the new 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 Tina has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, August 25, 2019

CTC #243 - CASE A Card And Make A 3D Project

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 cards in the catalogue and turn them into a 3D item.  Now I love doing 3D projects so I was really excited about this challenge.

I chose this card from page 75 as my inspiration, I love the Beautiful Promenade stamp set and coordinating dies and knew this would make a great 3D project.

While I liked the original card, I wanted to make one with a softer feel to it, so decided to use one of the new treat bags as they are just wonderful for colouring as it is a beautiful matte and takes up colour beautifully. For this project I spritzed it with Petal Pink to give it a pretty soft look and am so happy with how it turned out. I then scored on three sides at 1", trimmed off the zigzag edged opening, and made a little treat bag that stands up.

Wanting the main panel to stand out a little I coloured the background of one of the Magnolia Lane DSP sheets with Bermuda Bay Blends. I played around with a few colours to find the right one, but as I love Bermuda Bay with copper I settled on this one, using the copper foil to cut the doily from. A little bit of soft colouring on the flower image takes some of the starkness out of it and fits well with the overall look.  

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the card samples in the annual catalogue to inspire a 3D project, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

ESAD - Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome to another ESAD Bog Hop, this one we are showcasing some of the new products in the Holiday Catalogue which goes live on 4 September.  This catalogue has so many wonderful products for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and New Years, and I am excited to see what everyone has made for this hop.

I was really quite well behaved in the pre-order and only bought a few products including Gleaming Christmas Bundle, Brightly Gleaming Speciality DSP and 1/2" Classic Weave Ribbon. I decided to make two quite different cards with these products.

My first card I stamped and punched just the little ornaments, one with copper embossing and two with Night of Navy. I did use a copper pen I have in my stash to draw in the "string" for each of them. A small strip of copper foil along side the DSP strip really helps pull out the beautiful copper in the DSP.  For the sentiment I actually cut off the "&" from the sentiment as I will use it slightly far more this way. 

My second card has a more regal look with a copper foil frame over some of the subtly patterned DSP.  I then stamped and punched two of the large ornaments, on in Navy and one in Mossy Meadow, then used my aqua painter to add the opposite colour to the details. I love how this turned out and used the same technique to add colour to the small copper embossed ornament.  The sentiment is cut from the 1/2" ribbon, this is such an easy way to add a sentiment with gold embossing to a card!


Well, that's it from me, I hope you are inspired by my projects. I am loving this bundle of products and can't wait to get more Christmas cards made using them. Now its time to hop on over to Maree's blog and see what she has created with the wonderful new products.


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Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, August 18, 2019

CTC #242 - CASE Woven Threads DSP

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 Woven Threads DSP and images on page 12 of the Annual Catalogue.

Here is a better look at the colours in this DSP, along with Whisper White they are Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Purple Posy, Terracotta Tile, Rococo Rose and Sahara Sand.

I was inspired by this image, I liked the simplicity of the layout and they way it let the DSP shine. 


Now, I have a bit of a funny story for this challenge, which I wasn't going to join in with because I haven't yet purchased any of the new In-Colours, waiting until Purple Posy is available. But then I remembered that I had bought some of the lovely Noble Peacock DSP and Foil so decided to use that to make my card.  As you can see I accidentally chose the Blueberry Bushel rather than the Pretty Peacock!  I really liked how the card turned out though, so went ahead and made another... with the right colour!

This is the one with Pretty Peacock, I love the bigger images on this speciality DSP, they were just perfect for adding the rhinestones that I had coloured with Dark Crumb Cake Blends to help them match the Sahara Sand sentiment and trim.

Let me know which one you like best.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples on page 12 and the colours in the Woven Threads 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 Judy has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CI #61 - A Little Bit of Vintage

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.

I love the neutral colours in these photographs, so rustic and pretty. The colours from this image for the challenge are Grey Granite, Soft Suede, Whisper White and Mint Macaron. 

In keeping with the feminine theme of the inspiration photos I decided to do a vintage card suitable for a birthday or just to give to someone who might need some encouragement. I think it would also look quite pretty just in a frame as a piece of home decor.  I layered Mint Macaron under the lacy die cut and I love the contrast of this against the Soft Suede base. I sponged Soft Suede and Grey Granite over the lace to give it an aged look and snuck just a little bit more Grey Granite into my project by stamping the centre of the flower and the sentiments.

It took me a couple of tries to get the centre of the flower just right, here are the two options I tried before settling on the pearl.

Firstly I simply left the centre stamped in Grey Granite, and while this is a perfectly pretty card, I felt that it just needed a little something extra.

Next I tried a silver faceted gem but the silver didn't quite work as well with the rest of the card, so I hunted around in my stash until I found the large pearl which I finally settled on.

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 Nikki has created with the colours.

Happy Stamping
Monique