Sunday, October 22, 2017

CTC #151 - Merry Little Project

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, a challenge where we take inspiration from images the projects in one of the Stampin' Up! catalogues as the basis of our projects each week. You can join in too by adding a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the covers and Hostess sections of both the Annual and Holiday Catalogues. 

I love 3D projects and this cute little box on the cover of the Holiday Catalogue really caught my eye.

I decided to make a card instead of a box, and keep with the monochromatic colours inspired by the Merry Little Christmas Mega Suite, using papers from both of the DSP packs in this suite. The Rosette is 1-1/4" x 12" and scored at 1/4" intervals. The sentiment is from Merry Little Labels and the Holly embellishment was stamped and cut using the Carols of Christmas Bundle. Do you like the little red berry on my holly? It is a regular rhinestone that I have coloured with a Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends (new alcohol based markers coming out soon for general purchase).

I hope you are inspired to join us this week, jut pick one of the projects on the cover or in the Hostess section of either Stampin' Up! Catalogue and use it as the basis of your project, then post a picture of your project on the CTC Facebook Page

Time to hop on over and see what the talented Julia has created this week.
Happy Stamping

ESAD Blog Hop - Fancy Folds and 3D

Welcome to the ESAD Fancy Folds & 3D Projects Blog Hop, whether you are starting here or have hopped on over from the lovely Ellen's blog just follow the link at the bottom of each blog to hop around until you get back to the blog you started on!  

For some time I have been itching to make a display frame and what better excuse than Christmas and the amazing Merry Little Christmas Mega Suite in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue. I used a 12" x 12" Shadow Box Frame for this project as there are a few bits and pieces that would get squished in a normal frame.  I got mine from KMart in Australia, and I think the hardest part of this project was choosing the layout of the each panel!

I was so pleased with how this turned out and with the width of the frame it can either stand on it's own or can be hung on a wall.  There are so many little details on this project I want to show you each row and talk a bit about each.

This is the top row, and it has my favourite panel on it (far left) but a bit about the other two first. The middle one is really quite simple, I cut the snowflakes out of Dazzling Diamonds Glinmer Paper  using Seasonal Layers Framelits. For the ornaments on the right panel I stamped on Silver Foil Sheets with Black StazOn and cut them with the Card Front Builder Framelits.

This is my faviourite panel, I love the texture and detail on it, and who doesn't love the Jingle Bells carol?  Did you notice that the Foil Snowflake is black? The back of each snowflake is non-metallic white and is easy to sponge with whatever colour you like, I chose black to blend in with the monochromatic theme of the project. The black bakers twine and Year of Cheer Embellishment finish off the panel beautifully.

The middle row of the frame has the feature panel in the middle and quite a black and white theme, with just the hint of green in the leaves and Green Sprigs.   I love the card topper framelit on the middle panel, letting the colour behind show through, and of course you know I love that little deer.

I wanted to talk a bit about this panel as there are some great products on it from the Mega Suite that coordinate really well with the silver edged ribbon from the Annual Catalogue.  I used my hot glue gun to adhere the two sprigs together, as well as the bakers twine holding the Mini Ornament.  I adhered this all to the panel leaving the ornament free to swing if the frame is moved.  

 Finally the bottom panel, I kept this fairly simple to let the products shine.  The label on the left panel is embossed in white over Old Olive. The Foil Snowflakes are just so beautiful all I added was a large Clear Faceted Gem in the middle. I love how so many Stampin' Up! products coordinate across catalogues.  The right panel is simply the star background DSP and trees cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.   The whole project is really eye catching and will be the project we make at my November Christmas class. 

Time to hop on over to Lou's blog to see what she has created for this hop. I would also like to say a big thanks to Lou as she is the organiser of all of the recent ESAD blog hops. 

Here is a list of all the blogs on the hop:
14. Sue Vine
22. Monique Fielder  ----  You are here

Happy Stamping

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CTC #150 - Holiday Big Shot

Welcome to another fun week with the CASEing the Catty team, I am convinced that the weeks are going faster and faster as the year progresses!

This week we are taking inspiration from the wonderful Big Shot projects in the Holiday Catalogue. There are no specific pages for this challenge because the projects are scattered throughout the catalogue.

I took my inspiration from the image above which comes from page 51. I liked how the leaves cut with the Big Shot has been used as a mask for the Embossing Paste, it has given me all sorts of ideas to try.

Here is my card, unfortunately I didn't have any Embossing Paste on hand when making this so I used Craft White Ink to sponge around the cut out leaves. I wanted to add some more depth of texture so sprinkled White Embossing Powder randomly over the sponging and after heating it I repeated the process. The third time I used a very small amount of Copper Embossing Powder to add just a hint of metallic shine to the card.  I also used Cajun Craze on the base and banner instead of the Early Espresso on the original. The sentiment is from Eastern Beauty.

The leaves are stamped using various combinations of Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, and Cajun Craze - using the "rock and roll" technique, stamping some full strength and some I stamped off first. I then distressed each of the leaves and added them to the card using dimensionals. More texture was added with ribbon and sequins.

I hope the team's projects inspire you to join in this week, just pick your faviourite Big Shot project from the Holiday Catalogue and use it as inspiration to create a project. Add a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CI #19 - Spring Inspiration

Thanks for visiting for another Colour INKspiration blog hop, don't forget to visit all the blogs on the hop and see what the Design Team have created using the photograph below as inspiration.  

Such a fun picture for this challenge with the splash of colour across a fairly drab background.  The colours for this challenge are:

  • Whisper White
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Basic Grey 
  • Smokey Slate
  • Garden Green

I toyed with a couple of ideas for this card, and once I had settled on the Falling Flowers stamp set, and May Flower Thinlits, I stamped, cut and coloured a number of the pieces then spent time playing around with them on the card front before finally settling on this layout.  It was by accident really that I layered the large intricate flower behind the frame, but as soon as I saw it I was reminded of the decorative screening panels you see in garden centres.

I did have to get a bit cunning with the use of Basic Grey, as I had planned to stamp the sentiment in that colour only to discover that my old style ink pad had dried out!  So a little trimming and addign an extra layer on the front got me over the line.

I wanted to show you how I built up the layers on the front, starting with the decorative panel and then building up leaves and flowers until I was happy with the look.  The flowers are coloured using Watercolour Pencils, with the little buds reminding me of the wattle that is coming out now spring has sprung.

I hope you join the challenge this week, just use the identified colours to create a project and upload a picture of it to the CI Facebook Page.

Time to head on over and see what the talented Jackie has created this week.

Happy Stamping

Monday, October 9, 2017

Colourful Christmas

Having a bit of time on my hands this weekend, and with it being Card Making Day, I went in search of a challenge to enter and found this great colour combo from TGIF Challenges.

Still having fun with my relatively new set Merry Patterns I decided to stamp the candles twice before cutting out with the Stitched Oval Framelit.  If you look closely you can see the Crumb Cake in the branches that sit under the candles and sentiment.  I stamped half of the candles full strength and half stamped off using Cheery Cobbler. 

I was looking for the "right" background and thought the wood grain DSP might work well - so happy with the result, but it was a smidge dark.  Adding the gold metallic edged ribbon helped lift the overall look and add a touch of bling.

Wanting to use a bit more Crumb Cake, I added a single set of candles to the inside panel of the card, once at full strength and once stamped off.  I love the way this stamp allows you to easily colour the candles in two different colours (or tones) so easily, and add a third colour for the flame!

Happy Stamping

Sunday, October 8, 2017

CTC #149 - Special Delivery

Welcome to another week with CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop where we take a look at the lovely products in one of the sections of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues and use them to inspire our creations for the week.  

This week we are looking at the Year of Cheer section of the Holiday Catalogue, page 36 - 47, this section is so full of beautiful shiny products, with Champagne Foil Sheets, silver and gold Year of Cheer embellishments; as well as stunning gold and silver Foil Snowflakes. 

The image above from pate 45 took my eye, I love a treat bag and this was just so pretty.

I decided to make it Christmassy and glam it up by using one of the papers from Bundles of Love DSP pack. with the Soft Sky on the reverse showing through I turned my Foil Snowflake over and sponged the back of it to coordinate with the DSP. The backs of  them are white and take ink well, they just take a little while to dry so set them aside or use your heat tool to speed the process up.

The sentiment is from Merry Little Labels stamp set also from the Holiday Catalogue and cut out with the lovely Everyday Label Punch.  I trimmed a little off the top and bottom to better align the sentiment, then cut a second one from a Gold Foil Sheet, layering it behind the sentiment and trimming the bottom off that as well.

In case you were wondering where I got the gold pearls from, they aren't new, they are just regular pearls coloured in with some Sharpie markers I found when grocery shopping!  As you can see from the image above they are an almost perfect match to our Copper, Silver and Gold Foil Sheets!  So happy I found them.

I hope we are inspiring you to join in the challenge this week, just take inspiration from one of the projects in the Year of Cheer section of the Holiday Catalogue and upload a picture of your creation to the CTC Facebook Page.  Don't forget to pop by to check out the entries each week.

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

Happy Stamping

Sunday, October 1, 2017

CTC #148 - Kits and Memories

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop where we take inspiration from different sections of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues and use it to create our projects. It doesn't matter what inspiration you take, it might be a sketch, colour palette, or technique, there are so many amazing samples in the catalogues to choose from.

This wee we are taking our inspiration from the Kits and Memories & More sections of both the Annual and Holiday Catalogues.  There aren't any set pages for this one, just look for the kits and M&M samples in the catalogues and get creating.

I took my inspiration from the lovely card above that you can find on page 10 of the Annual Catalogue.  it is part of the Soft Sayings Card Kit, and while I don't have the kit I was pretty sure I could re-create it with the products that I do have.

Here is my card.  I used DSP from the Delightful Daisy pack, with the main focal sentiment image made using the Label Me Pretty bundle.  I coloured the sentiment and flowers with Watercolour pencils using Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Basic Grey.  The foliage around the sentiment panel is cut using a range of framelits and cut from Tranquil Tide, Lemon-Lime Twist and Gold Glimmer paper.  I added a little gold bow and some mini sequins for some extra bling.

Not wanting to leave the inside of the card bare, I thought some sponging using one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks might fill the space and tie in with the diamonds on the front of the card.

 I hope you are insp[ired to join in the challenge this week, just add a photograph of your project to the CTC Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

CI #18 - Dragonfly Dreams

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration Challenge where we are once again taking inspiration for our projects from a gorgeous image pulling some of the Stampin' Up! colours from it to use in our creations.

Isn't this image cute! I am a fairly visual person and often get feelings from images, this one to me represents lazy days in spring, with new blooms on plants and sunny weather that inspires a scenic ride on the Vesper! The colours from this image are:

  • Powder Pink
  • Basic Grey
  • Sahara Sand
  • Sweet Sugarplum

With that in mind I decided to replicate the blooms from the image and add some pretty dragonflies.  I have a little confession to make, I misread the colours when I made my card (I mixed up my plums) and used Perfect Plum instead of Sweet Sugarplum! I don't think it would change the feel of the card too much as I only used it sparingly on the wings and on the two background dragonflies. 

To emphasize the bricks, after stamping the images,  I ran the Sahara Sand cardstock through the Big Shot using the Brick Wall embossing folder, then sponged with Sahara Sand ink to add some highlights to the edges of the bricks, I then used my White Watercolour pencil to add some lightness to the mortar, being careful not to colour over any of the stamped images.

I hope you join in the challenge, just use the  colour palette in your project and upload a picture of it to the CI Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping