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Sunday, 31 July 2016

CTC#89 Christmas - it's all about the packaging really...

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday night bloghop where we use a section of the Catalogue to inspire this weeks projects. Designers can take a layout, a colour combination, or any element as the starting point to create something new. We invite you to tour around the hop and to join in -after all the Catalogue has so many beautiful samples to inspire us all. If you get lost you'll find the full crew here.

This week 
Bec is preceding me on the blog so welcome if you have come from her page.


This week we are using the samples from the CHRISTMAS section from pages 26-37. 
I was inspired by the gift box made form Music Paper on page 26. So I made a few boxes. 
The first was a little tricky but looks pretty, though now I've tied the ribbon  it will stay empty for a while...The instructions are from an old blog post in Dutch which even when translated are a bit tricky. -  and my box looks slightly different! As it happens I have completely lost the original post but I will publish directions tomorrow with photographs of my construction.  But I'm quite happy with it. The music paper I cut to a 9cm strip and the triangles had a base of 6.5cm which I then cut in half vertically through the centre of the base - luckily this music paper doesn't have any words on it and it looks plausible as music from both directions - clever designers!!! There are half the panels with the music paper and half without.
The gorgeous tree tag is made using the beautiful Thoughtful Branches Set which is only available throughout August. I LOVE it- way more than I thought I would. It works so well for Christmas and I think this will be my "go-to" set this year (although the Christmas Catalogue looks very tempting..... but that's another story....)





I then decided to make a simple square box like the picture, but would you believe it I had the box constructed easily but could NOT get the lid to work. So after several attempts I gave up and simply added a strip of music paper 7cm wide at the top. As it happens the little Piccolo fits in there perfectly and a lid would not have suited. The gorgeous Delightful Dijon Striped ribbon is tied in a big loop under the box and has a carry loop at the top. The gold bow is using the satin ribbon and the tag is attached with the gold bakers twine.  ( The box is made from Kraft cut to 10.5inches x 10inches and scored at 2.5, 5,7.5, and 10 inches.)

EDITED 01/08  I found the original and have written the instructions. you will find them here

Thanks for looking this week, next on the hop is the lovely Deb who has fitted in so well to the CTC crew in only a few short weeks.



Don't forget we love to see what you create too, and we hold a monthly challenge where you can share with us too.


Thanks so much for looking,

Liz




Sunday, 24 July 2016

CTC#88 A Sneak Peak Thoughtful Branches Everyday!

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday night bloghop where we use a section of the Catalogue to inspire this weeks projects. Designers can take a layout, a colour combination, or any element as the starting point to create something new. We invite you to tour around the hop and to join in -after all the Catalogue has so many beautiful samples to inspire us all. If you get lost you'll find the full crew here. You may have arrived here from Monique, so welcome!


This week we are again using the samples from the Everyday Occasions section (which is a huge section) from pages 66-91.  But that's ok because there are so many samples to draw from.


I have drawn on the sample on page 78- the large embossed pineapple - not sure why but pineapples are everywhere this year!!
Anyway, I liked the look of the full background panel of DSP on coordinating coloured card and the large image over the top. Having just opened some new goodies - new Fruit Stand DSP and the special Thoughtful Branches which will be available next month only I decided to have a play. I wasn't 100% sure if I would like the Thoughtful Branches as it is very similar to the Sheltering Tree set, and has elements of the Sprinkles of Like bundle, but I am a self confessed sucker for a tree so I went ahead and bought it. ..... Let me say after one play session  I LOVE IT!!



I first watercoloured some indigo and peach onto watercolour paper, then cut out tree leaves with that gorgeous thinlit. It was easy to stamp the leaves onto the cut piece, and I used a stampamjig so I could get exactly the same placement because I stamped Peekaboo Peach first and then Versamark directly over the peach and heat embossed with clear powder. The leaves are gorgeous and glossy and you can see it in the close up. The Trunk was cut from Soft Suede, and it is a magnificent diecut piece which I am keen to play with next!! The fabulous new foam adhesive strips were perfect for adhering the leaves. Because they are so narrow it was easy to snip small pieces and apply randomly to the larger patches of leaves. I think it is an advantage because it raises them up a little higher than dimensionals so you get more of a glimpse of the trunk peeking underneath.
The font for the sentiments is really nice. I glued the ribbon folded in half because it was just a bit too wide, and then I decorated the inside of the card and the envelope flap with coordination DSP.



I decided to do a stepped up version also - just because I was having so much fun playing! So this one has an added navy mat, and the cute little bird. One of the nice things with this set is that there are 2 bird thinlets and they face opposite directions which is so nice and not something you find in many sets. I used some navy washi Floral Boutique (also one of my new toys this week) to finish off the envelope and the inside.




For this version I tried stamping and embossing the leaves first, cutting them out then sponging on the layers of colour - and I think it was certainly easier to cut first then stamp.



So I hope you will consider the Thoughtful Branches set - it has great possibilities for Christmas too I think and I hope to play more soon.

Next on the hop is Julia , she is always so creative, I wonder what she has made for us this week.



Don't forget we love to see what you create too, and we hold a monthly challenge where you can share with us too.So go ahead and link up with us.


Thanks so much for looking,

Liz




Friday, 22 July 2016

Having fun with the Jar of Flowers bundle!


Jar of Love bundle - stamps and framelits, it doesn't get much cuter than these!
I have been having so much fun with this gorgeous and very versatile stamp set. Here are a few more samples.


Decorated the inside and a handmade envelope to match
We made these two at my recent class, The left is a direct CASE from the Catalogue
 

Ok so I do have a thing for Shaker cards at the moment ---fun fun! I have directions on how to make a shaker on this blog - if you search under the label "shaker cards" you'll find some tips and tricks I learned while playing.

If you would like any more information on how I made these please get in touch. If you would like to own some of these amazing products you can use the SHOP NOW button on the top right of this page  - and you can use it any time of the day or night when a shopping emergency takes hold!!


Thanks for looking, Liz


Monday, 18 July 2016

GDP#44 for a Confirmation Card

I had the pleasure of attending the Confirmation Ceremony of our goddaughter last week, so I needed a special card for this beautiful girl.   Steffi's cards are always simple but stunning so CASEing her cards seemed perfect for this occasion.

Awesomely Artistic was a great background stamp for just a hint of pink - well sugarplum actually - and the Copper Embossing worked a treat. I also stamped the flowers onto a spare piece of Shimmer paper, heat embossed the cross in copper and cut that out to lay on top. A copper dove and some thread to finish off and a simple message inside.


thanks for looking, I hope you get some time to be creative today,
Liz

Sunday, 17 July 2016

CTC#87 Shaking out some Artistic Expressions

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday night blogshop where we use a section of the Catalogue to inspire this weeks projects. Designers can take a layout, a colour combination, or any element as the starting point to create something new. We invite you to tour around the hop and to join in -after all the Catalogue has so many beautiful samples to inspire us all. If you get lost you'll find the full crew here


This week we are using the samples from the Artistic Expressions section (which is another huge section) from pages 92-157. Because this is such a big section we will revisit it in a few weeks.  You may have arrived from the talented Julia,  or you may be starting here -either way, take a tour and enjoy the inspiration. 
 But for this week I have had a bit of fun making shaker cards!

I love blue card second from the left in this shot and thought it would be perfect for a shaker, and I also had some paper left from the Pretty Petals stack which reminded me of the ocean so I combined the two. We made this card at my shaker cards class last weekend and everyone loved it. The Seaside Shore Stampset is super easy to use and very effective. The nice thing about this card is that it only used two colours as well. We made quite a few variations on this design - some were embossed, some vertical, some had the fish on the outside, some on the inside. I did a lot of research and practice trying to work out the best method for the shaker elements and so this post also contains a little picture tutorial for those ladies who came along and had never done shakers before. 



I have tried lots of methods with shakers and have had variable success with the elements - I have had static issues with the window sheets and the elements - particularly sequins sticking to the window and not shaking. I tried cleaning with alcohol, with used drier sheets and all manner of elements, but the single biggest success was to simply wash the window with soap and water just before you assemble the shaker. I also find that beads are heavier than sequins and shake a lot better. So I raided the dancing costume archives in my craft room and added beads, and a little glitter. I tried small punched stars in glimmer paper with limited success too, but maybe they were just too small.

For me, I found the easiest way is to 
  1. stamp your images on your background piece, which is just slightly smaller than your front frame
  2. wash the window and adhere to the frame with a thin bead of tombow- don't have your glue too close to the edge of the frame as you don;' want the glue to squish through to the front. 
  3. Apply the foam strip a little way from the inner edge of your shaker. Run your fingers along the 'side walls' of the strip as you go to make sure any sticky bits there are "blunted" so your elements don't stick to the wall.(well minimise that a little)
  4. pile your shaker elements onto the window before you take the backing strip off- once you stick card to these strips they stay stuck!!!
  5. carefully place the backing piece over
  6. now you are ready to stick it in place




And here's a few of the cards some of the girls made.







And just to show you the same layout with a set you may already have in your collection I used the Gratefull Bunch set for this one - circles are a bit trickier!  - and I  may have used a few too many beads here!!! I have two of the small flowers inside this shaker but one of them got stuck anyway!!



Thanks so much for looking,  I hope you give shakers a try soon. Next on the hop is Simone, so hope on over and check out her creations



Don't forget we love to see what you create too, and we hold a monthly challenge where you can share with us too.


Thanks so much for looking,

Liz




Friday, 15 July 2016

Sunshine Wishes set of watercolour notecards

The sunshine wishes Framelits are super cute. The flower is such a strong image it needs very little to go with it. This set simply has a watercolour panel stitched onto the base. The flowers are cut from coaster board which is a good thickness. Simple but effective, I think.

And these are definitely better than email!

thanks for looking, Liz


A boxed set of Jar of Flowers Cards

Hello there, we made this card at class the other day and the ladies all had lots of fun making them. I had a few kits left over so I made them up into a set and boxed them ready for the markets. I always stamp the inside and the envelope to match. And I have recently spoilt myself and bought a personal embosser - I love it. It says Lilllybet's Papers - Handcrafted Paper Goods.

The cards are on a base of Lost Lagoon which is now retired.






thanks for looking, I will have more samples using this set in the next few days, and you can find them on Pinterest too

Cheers, Liz

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Jar of roses - a delight of nature with a colour challenge from the Paper Players and SUO

Stampin' Up! Only Challenge #152 this week is all about taking delight in nature - and what could be more delightful than a bunch of roses - well maybe Home grown roses but that is a rare occasion here since I spend too much time at the craft desk to get any meaningful gardening done!!

None the less a jar of roses is a beautiful thing! And taking a cue from the Paper Players 303 colour challenge I have had a bit of fun stamping.



 And just for good measure a little touch of sparkle with some wink Of Stella!


thanks for looking, I hope you have found some time to be creative today,

Liz