Sunday, August 12, 2018

CTC #191 - Nature's Gift

Welcome to another CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take our inspiration from the projects in one of the sections in a current Stampin' Up! catalogue and use it as the basis of our own creations each week.

This week we are being inspired by the Nature's Poem section of the Annual Catalogue, pages 142 - 153.

I love this suite of products so it wasn't hard for me to find my inspiration on the first page, this cute little gift package on page 142.

I used the cute little Kraft Pillow Boxes and stamped directly on it with the big oak tree from Rooted in Nature using Early Espresso as I wanted the tree to stand out more than the original. I changed up the DSP and twin colours but otherwise kept my project fairly close to the original.

I received my pre-order from the new Holiday Catalogue this week and was inspired to make another gift box with a Christmas theme. For this one I used a combination of the new Joyous Noel Specialty DSP which has beautiful copper foil in one side of each of the sheets of DSP. The little tag is made using my faviourite bundle in the catalogue Tags & Tidings, one stamp to make 16 cute little tags, what's not to love? Enhancing the tag are stamped and die cut elements from Peaceful Poinsettia bundle with a few pearls coloured with Stamin' Blends. The focal tree image is from another Holiday catalogue set which has been created to coordinate with Rooted in Nature and Lovely as a Tree sets!

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just make a project inspired by the amazing samples in the Nature's Poem and add a picture of it to the CTC Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over and see what Sandra has been inspired to create this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

CI #39 - Soft and Subtle

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration Challenge, where we usually take some of the Stampin' Up! colours from a beautiful image as our inspiration. However with the colour re-vamp in the current Annual Catalogue, we are using the first challenge of the month to feature one of the colour collections.

For this challenge we are using the colours from the re-vamped Subtles Collection, just choose three (3) of these colours to use in your creation. As usual for our challenges you can add any of the basics (Whisper White, Very Vanilla or Basic Black) to your project.

I am absolutely in love with the new Balmy Blue and thought it would make a lovely pairing with Highland Heather, and what better stamp to use them on than the beautiful dragonfly from Dragonfly Dreams!  Keeping with the combo I sponged them onto Whisper White cardstock before cutting out the sentiment.

I spotted a similar card to this on Pinterest some time ago created by the talented Rachel Tessman, and have wanted to try it out since then.  This seemed the perfect opportunity to do so, however unlike Rachel who used a lot of DSP, I wanted to keep a more subtle look to the card and used the embossed background, embossed on Very Vanilla and then sponged over in Soft Sea Foam.


The fun of this card is that the dragonfly is actually adhered to the inside panel of the card along the length of the body, allowing the wings to fold up and through the opening cut using the Classic Label Punch - how cool is that! I have left the inside of the card blank, sponging the edges of the card to soften the look.

I hope you are inspired to join us in this challenge, just pick three of the re-vamped subtles collection to use in your project, and add a photo of it to the CI Facebook Page

Time to hop on over to see which colours have inspired the lovely and talented Juila for this challenge.  

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, August 5, 2018

CTC #190 - Artistic Impressions

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

This week we are taking inspiration from the Artistic Impressions section of the Annual Catalogue, pages 127 - 141. I liked this section of the catalogue so much I created two cards!

The first image to catch my eye was this one on page 127.

I decided to give it a bit of a different look, and use the flower from Love What You Do, applying the masking technique when layering the flowers on the main panel. I changed up the colours as well to coordinate with the Share What You Love DSP. I found that adding a little White craft in k to the embossed leaves on the background gave them more definition.

My second inspiration came from the top / central card on page 137.  

I don't have Tropical Chic used in the original so used the two floral images from Beautiful Promenade instead, I like the way using these two images creates a mirror effect on the outside panels.

I hope you are inspired to join us in the challenge, just post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over and see what Megan has been inspired to create this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, July 29, 2018

CTC #189 - Love, Thanks and Support

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

This week we are taking inspiration from the Love, Thanks & Support section of the Annual Catalogue, pages 104 - 125.

This cute little gift package caught my eye when I was flicking through these pages,  and I love the stamp sets and framelits that are featured it in.

I kept to the original layout quite closely, but decided to make a card instead of a gift box. I wasn't really taken with the navy so switched that out for the gold edged ribbon, which made me decide to use gold embossing on the little bird rather than stamping it in colour.  I did use some Calypso Coral to add colour to the bird though which I think works well. 

I just love the heart cut from Woodgrain DSP and am going to have to do this more often, however instead of stamping and using my Big Shot for the additional embellishments I used some of the flowers that I fussy cut from the stunning Share What You Love Specialty DSP. This DSP is so versatile, and it is great to pair it with the images from Petal Palette Bundle. 

I hope you are inspired to join in with us for this challenge, just upload a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over to see what the amazing Sandra has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

CI #38 - Pretty in Pink

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration Challenge, where we take inspiration for the colour palette in a photograph to create our projects.

This week our inspiration image is one I chose, i loved the colours but also the comfort this yummy hot chocolate would bring.  It is winter in the Southern Hemisphere at the moment and while it is colder in other places we have seen quite a few mornings in the negative numbers here in Canberra.

The colours for this challenge are:
  • Powder Pink
  • Grey Granite
  • Berry Burst
  • Whisper White
  • Basic Black


I wasn't really sure what to create for this challenge so decided to cut a card base in each of the challenge colours.  While I was clearing off my desk ready to start creating I noticed the off-cuts and thought how lovely they would look as a pattern on the card base. From there it was simply choosing the flowers and leaves from Oh So Eclectic to create the posy in the corner.  The card needed just a little lift so I added some additional leaves cut from the Champagne Metallic Foil sheets, it goes so beautifully with the pinks and greys.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge, simply use the colours in your project and upload a picture to the CI Facebook Page

Time to hop on over and see Mel's lovely project for this challenge.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, July 22, 2018

CTC #188 - Inspired by Christmas

 
Welcome to another CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Challenge, where we look at the projects in one of the section of a current Stampin' Up! catalogue, and use it to inspire our own creation each week.

This week we are taking inspiration from the Holiday section of the Annual Catalogue, pages 94 to 103. 

There are some great projects and products in this section of the catalogue, and I took my inspiration from this cute little box on page 103.

Now while I may love this section of the catalogue, I may not be quite ready to make a Christmas project, so I changed mine up and used my "go to" stamp set of the moment Beautiful Promenade.  What do you think?  I kept to the same basic layout as the original, just made mine into a card rather than a gift box. Adding some Copper Foil leaves and Metallic Thread to the flower really finishes the card off.  I wasn't sure whether to add a sentiment or not, but decided to add a fairly generic one from Itty Bitty Greetings cut with the small Stitched Framelit labels. These two products pair so nicely together.  

Do you recognise the doily?  It is cut from the large doily in the Beautiful Layers Thinlits, but the original doily was just a bit big for my project so I trimmed it down to better frame the flower image. I added the resulting hexagon to Very Vanilla and trimmed again, I love how this lets the patter of the doily stand out from the underlying band. 

This Thinlit is so versatile, you can trim it to a few different sizes just by following the straight lines of the pattern.  Here I have highlighted three alternatives, though you could do a fourth by cutting on the inside of the perforations at the centre. I used trimmed along the black line in the image above for my project. 

   
I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, whether you create a Christmas themed project or just use the catalogue images to inspire one with a different theme, just add a picture to the CTC Facebook Page

Time to hop on over to see what Julia has been inspired to create this week. 

Happy Stamping
Monique