Sunday, June 16, 2019

CTC #233 - CASE a Layout

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where we take our inspiration from the current Stampin' Up! catalogues when creating our projects for each challenge. 

With a new catalogue we are shaking things up just a little and not always using whole sections of the catalogue.  So for this week's challenge we are taking our inspiration from the layouts on just one page of the catalogue, page 36.  This is the feature page of one of the new suites, the Magnolia Lane suite.  Don't feel that you have to use items from this suite, just the layout of one of the projects on this page.

I was inspired by this little square card in the bottom left of the page, I think it was the layer of vellum that caught my eye. 

For my card I wanted to move away from the neutral colours of the Magnolia Lane suite, and went with the deeper colours of the Perennial Essence DSP which I used in my card. I also love the flowers on the Bird Ballad DSP and wanted to use them on my card, so fussy cut them out and coloured them with Rich Razzleberry Blends. I love the way they have turned out and it really makes them versatile for a number of projects. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the layout of the cards on page 36. to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.


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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, June 9, 2019

CTC #232 - Artistic Expressions

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.

How exciting to be taking our inspiration from the brand new Annual Catalogue!  I get so excited when we get a new catalogue to see not only the new products, but also the projects that the team at Stampin' Up! come up with for the carry over stamp sets too.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the Artistic Expressions section of the catalogue, pages 106 to 159.


I was inspired by this image from page 138 of the Annual Catalogue, I love the way they used the DSP to create the pattern on the dress.

I don't have the Wonderful Moments stamp set, so used Beautiful You instead, stamping the bodice of the lady in the straight skirt and then and drawing in a fuller skirt onto the DSP.  I love being able to get a few different looks from one stamp and this is a great way to achieve that.  I wanted to bring out the Pool Party in the flowers so added a scalloped layer under the sentiment, as well as colouring the polka dot ribbon with my Pool Party Blends. The sentiment is from Colourful Seasons.


On this close up you can see that I fussy cut some of the small flowers from the DSP to create a feature on the shoulder of her dress and on her hat. To emphasise these I added some small pearls.  While this doesn't stand out on the card as anything particularly special, I do think it adds to the overall look and elegance of the image. I thought about giving her Pool Party gloves to go with the flowers and inside of her hat, what do you think?

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in the Artistic Expressions section of the Annual 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 Lauren has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, June 2, 2019

CTC #231 - CASE Anything!

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 absolutely any project in either the Annual or Occasions catalogues!  Had your eye on a card or 3D item and thought about having a go at making it yourself? This is the challenge for you!

To choose a project to CASE this week I decided to just flick through the catalogue until I saw a card that just popped out to me for some reason.  I got all the way to page 139 before the card in the bottom of the above image leapt off the page at me. I think it was the fun colours, and the bit of sadness that this stamp set and coordinating framelits will be retiring in just a few days time. 


I also think it caught my eye because of the unusual proportions of the top layer, and I wanted to create a card replicating that.  I think the original uses Coastal Cabana as the base for the card, but I wanted a bit more depth so used Bermuda Bay instead. Most of the card I kept the same, but wanted to change up the flower just a little from the original.  I love that the small sentiments in this set, which are designed to curve around a circle, can be stretched out to like flat on the block and stamp the sentiment in a straight line.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples in either of the current catalogues to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

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

Happy Stamping
Monique

Product List

ESAD - New Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop, where we are showcasing some of the amazing products in the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue that starts on 4 June!  Whether you have hopped on over from Cathy's blog, or are just starting here, follow the links at the bottom of each post until you get back to where you started from.  If you get lost along the way, you can see a full list of the blogs at the end of this post.

Do you know that feeling of love at first sight?  I certainly felt it when I saw just a snippet of the Perennial Essence DSP, pictured above, which is part of the Perennial Essence Suite which you can see on page 107 of the new annual catalogue. It is created using photographs of absolutely stunning impressionistic floral images, and when you see the DSP in person you can see the texture of the paint and the canvas which I hadn't initially realised but made me love it even more.

Not only does this suite have beautiful DSP, it also features the lovely Floral Essence stamp set and coordinating Perennial Flower punch.  For the flower feature on this card I have used this combo to create the vellum flower which gives a softness to the card. In great news the leaf image from this stamp set also coordinates with the carry over Leaf Punch.  I simply stamped onto vellum using my coloured inks, then used clear embossing powder to set the ink, this gives a lovely glossy finish to the flower and leaves. 

You might notice the lovely lace I used under the sentiment, it is from the Bird Ballad suite and I have coloured a piece of it with dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends and layered this over an uncoloured piece, off-setting the scallops of the lace. I adore how this turned out and can't wait to try it out with other colours.  The sentiment is cut using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies, also part of the Bird Ballad suite. 

I used the same techniques to create the flower on the top of the little silver tin, but once the embossing had cooled down I used my bone folder to curl the leaves. It is important to protect the embossing during this process, so I simply cut some flowers from photocopy paper and lined them up with the embossed flowers before curling. I used four of the leaf image and lined them up on the top of the tin before adding the flower on top.  

I hope you have been inspired by my creations and love the Perennial Essence Suite as much as I do, but for now it is time to hop on over and see what the lovely and talented Rebecca is giving us a sneak peek of.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Product List


Participant List
  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Rochelle Blok
  3. Kelly Kent
  4. Jo Stubbings
  5. Nicole Wilson
  6. Denise Buetler
  7. Sandra Mastello
  8. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  9. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  10. Shannon Kissane
  11. Libby Dyson
  12. Jo Weedon
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Carly Middleton
  15. Lisa Whitehead
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Cathy Pinchbeck
  18. Monique Fielder ----  You Are Here
  19. Rebecca Scurr
  20. Richelle Fletcher
  21. Jackie Noble
  22. Mandy Depiazzi
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Maree McIntosh
  25. Samantha White



Sunday, May 26, 2019

CTC #230 - Retiring Big Shot Project

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 projects in either catalogue that showcase one of the retiring Big Shot items.

I was inspired by the card on the top left of this image from page 108 of the Annual Catalogue.  While I never bought the Best Birds or Birds & Blooms Thinlits I was really drawn to this card.

My challenge was to try and replicate the card using products from the new Annual Catalogue.  While Best Birds never tempted me the Bird Ballad suite in the new catalogue was one of the first things on my wish list.  Here I have used the main bird image and chopped off the birds to leave just the branch behind. The little bird feet just look like rings on the branch's surface!  I then fussy cut the bigger bird image and coloured with Blends,including where the branch would be and add it to the card with Dimensionals. 

I am so happy with how this card turned out and just love the colours in the Bird Ballad DSP and how many colours it coordinates with, making it so versatile. I used the Well Said bundle for the sentiment, layering the "birthday" onto Basic Black to add some depth and make it stand out just a little. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples featuring retiring Big Shot products to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.


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

Happy Stamping
Monique