Sunday, December 9, 2018

CTC #270 - Anything But A Card

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take a look at one of the sections of a current Stampin' Up! catalogue and use the projects within it to inspire our own creations.

This week we are taking our inspiration from anything but a card from either of the two current catalogues!  Flicking through them both I realised that there are a lot less home decor and 3D items than I remember from previous catalogues, but there are still some great ones to CASE!

I was inspired by this image from page 97 of the Annual Catalogue, I think it caught my eye because I have been thinking about baking for Christmas and I haven't used my Apron of Love stamp set in ages.

I had to feature the Joyous Noel DSP of course, yes I still have some left!  The striped pattern seemed perfect for an apron and I originally used the dies from the coordinating framelits for the pocket, but wasn't sure how to add a sentiment. Then it struck me that one of the tags in the Tags and Tidings stamp would be perfect for a pocket with the sentiment and cute little tree right there on it!  I hand cut and added a layer of white as a border, then popped in some of the cooking tools I'll be using to make my sugar cookies.  I thought I would give them a more realistic look by cutting them from the Woodgrain DSP then adding foil or plain card to them as required.  

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the All Is Bright section of the 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, December 2, 2018

ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop


Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop, for this one we are showcasing some quick and easy tags, cards and packaging using the amazing products in the Holiday Catalogue.

I wanted to try and stick with the #simplestamping theme, using just a few products to make some great projects, and I chose the Sincerely Santa stamp set and have used it in a few different ways on my projects. I never seem to have enough tags at Christmas so decided to feature them in my projects today. 

This one came about sort of by accident when I had stamped a card with the main sentiment then as I was having a clumsy day I knocked over another inked stamp and it landed on the edge of my tag!  Devastation right? Instead of throwing away the tag I decided to see what it would look like if I continued the partial stamping around the edge stamping off a couple of times and sort of rocking the stamp so the images were imperfect.  Turns out I loved the effect and decided to make a few more.

Here is part of the set I made, playing around with the colours.  The base of these cards is made from one of the Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes cards cut in half.  I don't yet have a plan for the envelopes but I am sure it is not going to be long before I find a use for them. 

Now these are my favourite tags to make in a hurry.  Here's how to make 10 easy tags from one piece of A4:
  • Add a 1/2" strip of DSP or Washi Tape along both long sides of an A4 piece of cardstock
  • Cut the A4 down the centre at 10.5cm so each side has the DSP strip.
  • Cut each side at 2" (or 5.2cm)
  • Punch the end without the DSP using the Tag Topper Punch
  • Decorate as desired
For these ones I just stamped in Merry Merlot and Grey Granite then used an aqua painter to add the background squiggle. 

I decided to step up the tags by using coloured cardstock as the base, popping up the sentiment with Dimensionals, to adding some ribbon and twine. These use a few extra products and take just a little bit longer (but not much).

Time to hop on over to see what the lovely and talented Jo has created for the challenge.


Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

CI #46 - Bold and Bright

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, this one will run for three weeks, so you have time to be inspired by the gorgeous image and the Stampin' Up! colours we have matched to it.

This beautiful image has the colours: Blueberry Bushel, Balmy Blue, Lovely Lipstick, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green. As usual you can also add any of the basic colours (black, white and vanilla) and metallics.

I struggled a little bit with this challenge and so decided to fall back on the inspiration from the catalogue, I can't show you which image I CASE'd because it is part of the new Sale-A-Bration catalogue and we aren't allowed to show the images yet.  

I used one of the new stamp sets "Incredible Like You" which has some lovely floral images and sentiments.  It seemed the perfect way to use the colours for this challenge while still leaving some nice white space on the card.  A little tip for lining up the ribbon behind the image ... I decided on the length of the ribbon and using washi tape adhered it to a piece of cardstock off-cut.  I could then position on the card just where I wanted it, playing with the look of it on the horizontal and diagonal then adding the sentiment over the top with Dimensionals. 

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 talented Lou has created with the colours.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, November 25, 2018

CTC #205 - From Birthday Comes Christmas

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take a look at one of the sections of a current Stampin' Up! catalogue and use the projects within it to inspire our own creations.


This week we are taking our inspiration from a birthday card and using it to make a Christmas card!

I was inspired by this image from page 70 of the Annual  Catalogue, I am not sure what drew me to it, but I did like the use of vellum on the card and knew I wanted to replicate that somehow.

I used some of the Joyous Noel DSP and kept with the use of vellum to create an overlay which mutes down the colours of the background. Rather than stamping on the next panel I decided to use another piece of the same DSP, but one without the copper embossing.  The sentiment was probably the hardest part of this card, but I think the White Embossing on Grey Granite works really well.

The vellum layer is only adhered under the next panel, this is an easy way to use vellum without having to worry about the adhesive showing, but it also allows some movement in the vellum which I quite like. In this close up you can see where I added some extra bling. Holly and pine leaves cut from coordinating copper and glimmer paper add a little sparkle, and Rhinestones coloured with the Bronze Stampin' Blends gives theme quite a coppery look to finish off the project. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the All Is Bright section of the 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 Judy has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, November 18, 2018

CTC #204 - Big Shot Inspired

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take a look at one of the sections of a current Stampin' Up! catalogue and use the projects within it to inspire our own creations.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the Big Shot projects in the Holiday Catalogue.

 
I was inspired by the two images above, the one on the left from page 8 and the one on page right from page 27.

The silver foil edged card was just perfect for my card, adding the lovely touch of luxury to the card base. The beautiful pine tree in the foreground and variegated stamping on the background were my inspiration from the card on page 27, and the  cute little deer in the foreground inspired by the card on page 8.  I added a little layer of white glimmer paper to give the sense of snow on the rolling landscape.  While we don't see scenes like this in Australia at Christmas it brings back memories of my visit to England as a teenager, seeing the deer on the lawns of the Abbey we visited. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the All Is Bright section of the 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 Peta has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

CI #45 - In-Colours 2017-2019

Welcome to another Colour INKspiration challenge, this one will run for three weeks, so you have time to be inspired by the gorgeous image and the Stampin' Up! colours we have matched to it.

We are using the In-Colours from the 2017-2019 collection for this challenge, and you can use 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 of them in your project.  As usual you can also add any of the basic colours (black, white and vanilla).  I used all but Powder Pink in my project.


My project for this challenge uses one of the new stamp sets I got at On Stage this weekend just past.  I love this set and I just know you are going to see more of it, isn't the sentiment just lovely?

I started by stamping the main image on water colour paper in Grey Granite and then using my Aqua Painter to colour with a combination of Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide for the leaves, varying the amount of each colour for the different types of leaves. Berry Burst and Fresh Fig were used to colour the flowers.  The leaves in the background were stamped directly on the card, each type of leaf using a different green, I then used the Blend Pen to move the stamped colours into the leaf body.

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 Narelle has created with the colours.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, November 4, 2018

CTC #203 - Hostess Sets Both Catalogues

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take a look at one of the sections of a current Stampin' Up! catalogue and use the projects within it to inspire our own creations.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the hostess sets in both the Annual and Holiday Catalogues.

I was inspired by the card in the top left of this image from page 226 of the Annual Catalogue, it reminded me that I haven't used doilies for a while.

I realised the other day that we are now in November, and Christmas isn't that far away, so decided to get on top of some of my Christmas cards so used the sketch from the catalogue project to make this card featuring Joyous Noel DSP.  I just love the colours in this paper, and the copper foil images on it.  In keeping with the copper I used Copper Shimmer Paint to colour one of our doilies, and am so pleased with how it turned out.  The panel across the card was made using a rectangle of DSP adhered to some thick white card stock to give it some stability.  When I trimmed it down to have the diagonal ends I decided to keep the off-cuts to make another card!
 
The two ends turned around and adhered to the corers gives the illusion of a full banner on this landscape layout.  For this doily I sponged it in Merry Merlot then spritzed with some of the Copper Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. When it dried it reminded me of our lovely Merry Merlot and Copper ribbon so I added a layer of that to complete the banner feel.  The sentiment I had already cut for my original card, but decided the original needed to have diagonal ends not banner ends!  I love being able to use my "scraps" to create something new.  Which one do you like best?

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the All Is Bright section of the catalogue to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

Because most of the design team will be attending On Stage next weekend, this challenge will run for two weeks.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, October 28, 2018

CTC #202 - Joyous Christmas Tags

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take a look at one of the sections of a current Stampin' Up! catalogue and use the projects within it to inspire our own creations.

This week we are taking our inspiration from any of the amazing tags throughout the Holiday Catalogue, I haven't counted them up but there are heaps of them in this catty and this challenge is the perfect opportunity to start making your tags for Christmas.

With so many great tags in the catalogue how could I just stick to one?  Not possible, so instead I took inspiration from these two tags on page 28, to make a tag and a card. I love the Joyous Noel DSP and although I don't have the Peaceful Noel stamp set I wanted to see how they would turn out using the sets I do have.

The tag on the left looks great, but instead of leaving it as a tag I decided to use it as a feature on a card front, the best part of which is it allowed me to showcase some of the other DSP sheets in the pack!  I used the Duet Banner Punch cut from copper glimmer paper and layered this with one of the cute tags from Tags & Tidings Bundle.

My second project was to re-create the other tag, for this one I kept fairly true to the original layout but used my tag topper punch and added some of the gorgeous Merry Merlot & Copper Ribbon  to the top of the tag. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings, the holly from Peaceful Poinsettia, and the smudge from Love What You Do. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the All Is Bright section of the 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 Sandra has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique