Sunday, April 5, 2020

CTC #266 - Week 2 - CASE This Sketch For Easter

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 using this sketch to create an Easter project. 

I love the soft colours of this piece of DSP and decided to use it as the colour scheme for my card and used Petal Pink and So Saffron as my main colours. The pretty floral image from Easter Promise is just perfect as a feature piece on the card, and I think it looks really pretty with the scalloped Petal Pink background. I don't have Petal Pink Stampin' Blends, but by adding a touch of light Calypso Coral to the inner petals of the flowers and blending it with my light So Saffron Blend it adds some pink tones to the flowers.

It is a bit hard to see in this photograph, but I used my Subtle embossing folder on the Whisper White panel to add some soft texture to the card without detracting from the main images. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the sketch to inspire your creativity and make an Easter themed project, then post a picture of it to the CTC Facebook page.


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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, March 15, 2020

CTC#265 - 2nd Release SAB

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 second release SAB flyer. You can find a link here

I was inspired by this image from page 3 of the flyer, I was taken with the 2nd release Flowering Foils Specialty DSP which arrived on my doorstep on Friday and I LOVE it.  One of the things I like about this paper which is different to previous foiled paper is that this one is not printed on glossy paper so it is brilliant for all types of colouring. 

I decided to keep the layout of the card fairly similar but mixed it up by using Highland Heather for the base card, pairing it with Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green which I think look great together.  For the sentiment I used the So Sentimental Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I just love how well these two layer together.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the Second Release SAB Flyer 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, February 9, 2020

CTC #262 - Week 2 - CASE the Koala

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 this cute little koala card on page 34 of the Mini Occasions Catalogue.

Here is a look at the basic sketch of the card, your's doesn't have to be exact, but used as a guide to your card.

I was inspired to use the lovely Peaceful Poppies suite ... again!  I just love these poppies. I have used a couple of new elements from the suite though, the cute little headers on the outside panels is cut using one of the dies, and the bright ribbon was achieved by coloruing the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding with a Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends marker.  Once I had made the panels I decided they looked to crisp and white so splattered some Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green on them in line with the DSP.  I was really happy with how this turned out, what do you think?

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the sketch from page 34 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, January 26, 2020

CTC #261 - Blue Butterflies

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 projects in the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue, and what a catalogue it is this year. I always get excited for SAB, it is the best time in the Stampin' Up! year with the ability to earn amazing products for free. This year the offerings are amazing, with stamp sets, framelits, embossing folders, punches, kits, embellishments and stunning Designer Series Paper! If you don't already have a demonstrator message me to get your copy.

I was inspired by this image from page 12, I was flicking through looking at the projects and the cute way the main panel on this card has been punched to create a notch for the ribbon really caught my eye.

I decided to move away from the soft pretty colours of the original and used one of the deeper coloured sheets of DSP from the Perennial Essence collection. The stamped images are from Butterfly Gala and Beauty Abounds stamp sets from the Annual Catalogue, stamped in Night of Navy and Blackberry Bliss. The cute ribbon is from the Mini Catalogue and is originally white but coloured with Night of Navy Blends pen, I love how it keeps it's crinkle look even when coloured. You are going to see much more of this cute ribbon on my projects in coming weeks. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the 2020 Sale-A-Bration 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 Julia has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, January 12, 2020

CTC #260 - Lovely Lilies

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 projects in the new 2020 Mini Catalogue, just pick any of the amazing projects to inspire your own creation then post a picture of it on the CTC Facebook Page.

I was inspired by this image from page 24 of the catalogue, I have been trying to use my DSP more often rather than hoarding it and I think this is why this card stood out to me. I also like that the sentiment is present but that the flower is more of a feature on the card.


For my project I decided to use the Lily Suite of products from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue rather than the Peaceful Poppies Suite used in the original.  I love that in the SAB you can earn framelits, stamp set, and DSP that all coordinate perfectly together.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed with White Embossing Powder to make the sentiment pop. The paper piecing on the die cut lily was a little fidley but I love how the Lovely Lipstick and Melon Mambo go together and create the background to the lily stamped in the same colours.

This is a very special stamp set as the photo-polymer stamps are reversible, meaning you can stamp the lined image in one colour, then clean and turn the stamp over to add a solid colour of a similar shape.  The images are not designed to line up perfectly but work really well with the impressionistic patterns on the DSP. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the new Mini 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 Rachel has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Saturday, January 11, 2020

CI #70 - Birthday Bash Blog Hop


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

Did you know that today marks the not only the Colour Inkspiration's 70th hop, but it is exactly 3 years to the day from the very first hop! Usually we take our inspiration from an image or photograph, however for this special birthday challenge each of the Design Team have chosen their own favourite three colours and used them to make birthday themed projects. .

We invite you to join us in celebrating and make a birthday project using your three favourite colours, or if you would prefer choose one of the colour combos from the Design Team, and share it on the CI Facebook page.

There are so many amazing colours and colour combinations that I found it a little hard to narrow it down. I decided that I had to go back to two of the colours I have loved for the longest time, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive, and what better to pair them with than Gold Foil.

Having recently received my preorder from the new catalogues I couldn't wait to use them in my project for this hop.  I was originally going to make this card using the triple layer technique, but then realised I could use my Stitched Rectangle Framelits instead! For this card I kept each layer the same width, but you could skip a Framelit to get a wider panel. I love the versatility of the Painted Poppies Bundle, here I have used the poppy and leaf images to create the background and then again for the feature flowers.  

One of my favourite framelits in this bundle is the swirly circle shape that I have cut in gold foil and layered behind the sentiment. This makes it so easy to add a layer of colour or foil behind sentiments or images with this shape. 

Once I had finished my first card, I realised that I could use the left over frames to create a second card!  Again I have added some stamped poppies and leaves, all cut with the coordinating framelits, to the front of the card, and cut the sentiment from Forever Lovely using another of the cute Framelits. What do you think - should I go back and add some sequins to this card to give it more bling?

You could use this technique to cut DSP instead of the stamped layer if you wanted to.

I hope you are inspired to join in with this challenge, just pick three of your faviourite Stampin' Up! colours and use them in your project, then post a picture of your project to the CI Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, January 5, 2020

ESAD Mini Catalogue / Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

 Welcome to the ESAD Mini and Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Catalogues Blog Hop ... wow is that a name! I know I often say this at the start of a new catalogue but there are some really amazing new products in the pages of these catalogues and I can't wait to see what my fellow demonstrators have come up with to share them with you. Best of all, the products in the SAB catalogue can be earned for free, every $90 (AUD) you order entitles you to these wonderful stamps, framelits, embossing folders, embellishments and DSP.

One of the great things about being a demonstrator is being able to order a month before the catalogue goes live, and this year we were able to purchase the bonus all new demonstrators who sign up between now and 31 March will earn for free ... a mini trimmer and a sample pack of DSP from both catalogues!  I took this opportunity and this lovely hibiscus and frangipani DSP from the Tropical Oasis DSP, and have used a piece on the front of this card, reversing part of the DSP as a second panel. The beautiful big hibiscus and leaves are stamped and cut using the Timeless Tropical Bundle products.  

A strip of Braided Linen Trim from the Annual Catalogue really coordinates beautifully with this suite as it has a really organic feel.  I used my stamparatus to stamp the sentiment a couple of times in Early Espresso. This card would be perfect for a retirement or even someone going on an extended holiday.

My second card is made using some of the stunning products in the Peaceful Poppies Suite. What a great suite this is with two stamp/framelit bundles, DSP, ribbon, pre-printed elements and sequins.  While I haven't used the ribbon on this card, if you visit my blog regularly you are going to see quite a lot of it as it is just beautiful and being white can be coloured with Blends to coordinate with any project. 

I have used both the Painted Poppies and the Peaceful Moments bundles as well as the gorgeous Peaceful Poppies DSP and sequins on my card.  I love how sequins can add a little pop of sparkle.



Time to hop on over and see what the lovely Narelle has created with these wonderful new products.


Product List

Happy Stamping
Monique