Sunday, June 17, 2018

CTC #183 - Animal Expidition

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, where we take inspiration from a section of the current Stampin' Up! catalogue and use it as the basis for our creations each week.

This week we are looking at the Animal Expedition section of the catalogue, pages 26 - 37.

I decided to use the layout in this card from page 26, I was drawn to the layers of DSP.

I swapped out the kangaroo for the cute octopus from the Sea of Textures stamp set and added the coral etc from the coordinating framelits. 

I used the new Subtle Embossing Folder on the cut out sand dollars to give them some additional texture. Here you can see a close up of the very subtle pattern it creates.

I hope you are inspired to join in with us this week, just add a photo of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CI #35 - New Neutrals

Stampin' Up! ® has just had a major colour revamp so to start off the new catalogue year at Colour INKspiration we've decided to feature a Colour Collection for the first challenge each month (2nd Wednesday) until we have showcased them all! The second challenge in the month (4th Wednesday) will be a Pinterest inspired pic as per usual just to mix it up a bit. 

This month we are starting off with the NEUTRALS COLLECTION and you can choose any 3 colours from that range for your challenge project. We are also changing the rules about what else you can add to the mix; essentially just the Basics - Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as metallics.

I love that the new range of neutrals include Night of Navy, Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow - although I have to admit I keep looking for my Navy with my Regals!  I decided to use Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso for my three colours this week, adding some Copper thread and foil to give it a pop.  There is only a little bit of Navy, using it with my Blender Pen to colour my bird and for the sentiment.  

I love these leaf stamps from the Rooted in Nature set and how easy it is to make a background in coordinating colours.  I added a layer of Vellum to soften the look and added two more layers of vellum behind the Mossy Meadow frame after twining the branch through it. This allows the bird to pop out just a little bit more.  I am loving how frames look on the front of a card, and think I have officially entered my "frames" phase!

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge with the wonderful new Neutrals, just choose three of them to use in your project then post a pic to the CI Facebook Page.

Time to head over to see what Jackie has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, June 10, 2018

CTC #182 - Tea Room

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop where we take inspiration from one of the sections of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues as the basis for our own creations each week.

 This week we are looking at projects in the Team Room section of the catalogue, pages 13 - 26.

I took my inspiration from this card on page 17 of the Annual Catalogue. 


I kept the layout farily similar, moving some of the elements around just a little as I thought they suited my card better. I used one of the papers from the Share What You Love DSP stack and coordinated my colours with it. I love how many colours are available in this paper stack, I have paired Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide, Mossy Meadow and Grapefruit Grove. 

 I hope you join in the challenge with us this week, just use one or more of the project samples in the Tea Room section of the Annual Catalogue to inspire your project and post a picture of it on the CTC Facebook Page

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, June 3, 2018

CTC #181 - New Annual Catalogue Inspiration

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

This is a very exciting week as we take our first look at the new Annual Catalogue! So many wonderful projects within the pages of this catalogue, I just love looking through for new inspiration for stamp sets I already own, as well as seeing the new colour combinations, card layouts and other great 3D projects.

I decided to flick through and pick the first project that really caught my eye, which was the cute little card at the top right of the image above. I am not sure if it was the cute platypus or the striking colour combo that did it, but it did catch my eye.

I decided to replicate the card layout for this and used similar elements on my own card, but using the Sea of Textures bundle for the stamped images.  I sponged coordinating colours onto the embossed background to give the effect of sunlight through the ocean, I was really happy with how it turned out.  The DSP strip is from the coordinating Tranquil Textures pack and I pulled out the Berry Burst flecks from this as the inspiration for the window frame.

I hope you are inspired by the team's creations this week and join in the challenge.  Don't worry if you don't have new sets to play with, you can use the ones you have on hand as long as your creation is inspired by one or more of the projects in the new catalogue.  Just add 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, May 27, 2018

CTC #180 - A Fond Farewell

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

This week we are taking our final look at the 2017-18 Annual and 2018 Occasions Catalogue - can you believe it!!!! It hardly seems like a year, but with only a short time until our favourites are gone for good it is great to have the opportunity to pick our favourite project from either catalogue.

I have so many favourites, but I decided the Myths & Magic Suite was certainly one of the suites I was most excited to see, so chose the card in the image above from page 36 of the Occasions Catalogue. 

I kept my card very similar to the original, increasing the amount of glimmer paper (who doesn't love a bit more glimmer) and changing the sentiment.  I also chose different mermaids from the DSP, making my choice based on the two sister mermaids in the TV show Sirens which I am enjoying at the moment.  I know this stamp set and framelits will stay in my collection for some time to come as they are all so cute and magical.

I hope you are inspired to join in for the challenge this week, just take inspiration from one of your favourite projects in the Annual or Occasions catalogues and upload a picture of it to the CTC Facebook Page


Time to hop on over and see what Angela has been inspired to create for our last look at the Annual and Occasions Catalogues for 2017/18.  
Do pop back for next week's challenge when we take our exciting first look at the new 2018/19 Annual Catalogue!

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

CI #34 - Pretty Pastels

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, a twice a month challenge where we pull Stampin' Up! colours from an inspiration picture and use these to create our projects. 

The colours this week are:
  • Calypso Coral
  • Pool Party
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Basic Grey 

I have been loving the Rooted in Nature stamps lately, because it was out, I decided to use it on my card for this challenge. I absolutely love how these leaves look when stamped on vellum and then embossed in clear embossing powder.  The ink stays damp enough for the powder to stick and it gives a pretty glisten to the leaves.

For the base of the card I used one of the embossing framelits that come in the set and then sponged over using Pool Party to pick up the embossing, then dabbing Basic Grey onto the card between the leaves to leave a sort of speckle.  The flowers are stamped using Oh So Eclectic, once I had stamped the line image in Calypso Coral I used my blender pen to "colour in" the centres of the flowers. I didn't add any additional ink, and find that by doing it this way I get a lovely soft finish.  A couple of White Perfect Accents, coloured with a Pool Party Stampin' Blends pen set off the sentiment perfectly.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge, just use the colours in your creation and upload a picture of it to the CI Facebook Page.

Time to hop on over and see what the lovely Denita has created with the colour combo.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, May 20, 2018

CTC #179 - Favourite Kit

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty, where we take inspiration for our creations from the pages of one of the current Stampin' Up! Catalogues.  

This week we are taking inspiration from the kits in any of the current catalogues.

I decided to take my inspiration from the Colour Me Happy kit, which  while not strictly in one of the catalogues, is still available and therefore fair game!  I chose the above card as my inspiration.


I decided to keep very much to the original layout and colour scheme but instead of pink flowers I coloured mine in Rich Razzleberry for a deeper colour.  The DSP on the background is one of the amazing ones in the Share What You Love suite.  I also added a few of the enamel dots onto the card instead of the sequins.  Because I wanted to step the card up a little I used a base of Rich Razzleberry and a mat of basic black which I think gives it a more elegant look.

I hope you are inspired to join in with the challenge this week, we don't have many left for the current catalogues, which is a little sad and a little exciting.  To join in just take your inspiration from one of the current kits and upload a picture of it to the CTC Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Kelly's Birthday Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to a special blog hop for a special stamping friend of mine, the lovely Kelly Kent.  I was so happy to join in this hop to celebrate Kelly's birthday and stampaversary (when she joined Stampin' Up!).  

I decided to share a couple of cards made with the very cute Animal Outings stamp set that we received at On Stage event recently.  I think these little animals are just so cute and I love that the stamp set includes a couple of Aussie natives, this cute kangaroo with a koala in her pouch.  I decided to see if I could find something to pop into her hand, and was initially going to use a balloon, but these cute little flowers from Pick a Pennant. for the "stems" for this flower I used the tassel from the banner!  I think it works perfectly don't you?

My second card features the cute and wrinkly rhino with his little bird friend.  The DSP in the background is from the Rooted in Nature suite and reminded me a bit of wrinkly skin.  I added some little foot prints using a stamp from Foxy Friends to add a bit more of a wild feel to the card.  I love the versatility of this sentiment which is great for a range of occasions, and suitable for many ages from the young to the young at heart.

Time to hop on over and see what the lovely Nicole has created to help Kelly celebrate.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CI #33 - Colour Combo Two Ways

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, where we take inspiration from the colours in a different photograph each week, and use those colours as the basis for our projects. 

This challenge we are taking inspiration from this shabby chic looking flower arrangement:

  • Night of Navy
  • Marina Mist
  • Very Vanilla
  • Always Artichoke
  • Sahara Sand

I have to share that I initially found this colour combo to be a bit of a challenge, for starters Always Artichoke is my least favourite colour, and the combo doesn't have nice bright colours. But I decided to have a play around and surprised myself by actually made two cards for the challenge!  

This first card is the one I started with, deciding that an easy way to use the colours would be by stamping them in with the various circle stamps from Eastern Beauty.  However once I had done this I wasn't really sure where to go next, so I put the base piece aside and started over.

I had seen a card by Kylie Bertucci that used the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (which I think needs a longer name!), and sponged colour over the top.  I had a play around with this, adding the colours from the challenge to different parts of the design until I was happy with it.  Layering on the double background enhances the contrast between Night of Navy and Marina Mist and brightens the card.

I then went back and finished off my first card with a similar but reversed background and card base and added the sentiment and "flower".  I was really pleased that I persisted with what was very much a challenge for me.

I hope you are inspired to join in with this challenge, if you find it to be a true challenge like me, just play around and see what turns out!  Then add a picture of your creation to the CI Facebook Page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique