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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Colour INKspiration #24 closing out the year with some gorgeous colours.

Welcome back for the last CI post before Christmas.
I'm sure your place is as hectic as mine in the rundown to the end of the year.
And what a gorgeous colour palette to finish on for 2017.
And while I do still have Christmas cards to make I've also got a few birthdays coming up so went for a mix of old and new stampsets and a new card style for a bit of birthday pizazz.


It's been an amazing and beautiful colourful year. I do hope you get some time to be creative and to play along for this round.


I love a card that moves or has an interesting fold and this design is pretty easy - which is essential at this time of year. It did not take too long to put together which was a blessing!
I love the swirly bird set and don't use it often enough but it is always perfect for a quick card because the elements are so fun and imprecise.
I find Cherry Cobbler a very strong colour to use and a bit much for solid images so I used my favourite babywipe technique to get some graduation and make it a pinky-red which suits me much better. 
I also LOVE the Stampin Blends in the softer colours just for a background- it's as pretty as watercolouring a wash around but you don't get the water damage to the Whisper White card.


The sentiments come from a new set which will be available in the coming catalogue from January 3, Picture Perfect Birthday- it has a wonderful selection of bright birthday greetings which is brilliant to have some nice words for the insides.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure and check out the rest of the blog hop cards- it still amazes me how many different card types we get from one colour palette. I hope you feel inspired and get inky using these colours. Maybe it's just the inspiration you need to finish off your Christmas projects. We'd love to see what you create with these colours so take a snap and upload it to our
Facebook page.

Next on the hop this week is Denita

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"
cheers, Liz


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Journal for JAI#389...Empty Journal seeks Creative Genius for casual fling


I love the inspiration challenges at Just Add Ink, but sadly I've not had much time to participate this year, so I'm really glad to be able to join in this week.
It's a gorgeous inspiration


I totally love the natural elements and colours in this photo- and who doesn't Love brown paper packages tied up with string as one of their favourite things.

I regularly create journals for the markets and they are often personalised using bits of old music, old text, wine journals , study notes etc but this one is much simpler. 
My advertising sign at the market says
 "Empty Journal seeks creative genius 
for casual fling"
or
"empty journal seeks creative mind for meaningful relationship"


I have covered a lined journal using some of the crisp green and white striped DSP from the new Sweet Soiree Specialty pack.  The journal has a beautiful neutral base which makes the decorative elements stand out.

The beautiful sentiment panel is one of the cards from the new Petal Passion Memories and More pack. The other decorative elements are all die cut using various sets- Petals and More Thinlits, Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Birds and Blooms Thinlits, and of course the Musical Instruments Framelits. The only non Stampin' Up! element is the old lace and the small pieces of tissue paper.

All the elements are bonded in layers to the base using Modge Podge which gives it a nice sturdy cover. 

What I did love creating this journal is that now that Stampin' Up! has produced the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers I was able to come in and apply small amounts of colour after the Modge Podge had dried- I'm so happy with how the blue colouring on the bird, and a little more Crumb Cake on there has made such a difference. And you may not notice but there's the tiniest hint of colour on the white flowers.



Add in some washi tape in black and narrow silver, and some Linen thread and one of the cute new charms from the Petal Passion Embellishments pack and your journal is good to go.

Thanks for looking today, I do journals to order if you'd like one custom made.


I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz


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Sunday, 10 December 2017

CTC#158 Pick a number!

Welcome back- the weeks are really flying by now in the rush to the end of the year. I have a quick project today  - the set of cards created to meet a post office deadline.
The challenge this week is to CASE something from the page of your age- or an age you'd like to be. My acutal age didn't really have anything inspiring, so the ages I would like to revisit are my mid 30's- our youngest child was a terrible baby and I had virtually no proper sleep for 2 years so I don't have many clear memories of the other kids at this age. I'm sure if I coudl revisit those years I'd really enjoy it this time around!

Have you noticed the projects in the Catalogue with the Quick and Easy symbol? They are great go-to layouts, so I have CASED the one on page 37
  • a coloured card base
  • the same colour ink for stamping a line image over the corner of some DSP - or a memories and more card
  • a second mat in a contrasting colour
  • lay the mats offset on the coloured card base
  • a sentiment in a little flag with a bow tied adhered top left
SUPER QUICK!
I opted for Awesomely Artistic as the stamp - amazingly versatile in so many contexts.


Here's the layout on the bottom left - with the quick and easy logo - these are scattered throughout the Catalogue


I was able to whip up a set and used the gorgeous watercolour papers from the Painted Autumn DSP - I'm always on the lookout for layouts that use large pieces of DSP since I have quite a little stash......

One of the cards ended up with the glue on the wrong side and I stuck it down back to front- that's the curse of rushing- luckily the DSP is so gorgeous I was able to quickly save it- whew!
And of course I always stamp the envelope to finish the set.


Thanks for looking today, be sure and check out the rest of the team for some inspiration. And don't forget we love to see what you create too - just snap a pic and post it to our Facebook page.


Next on the hop this week is Judy- she always has such lovely detail in her projects.

Before me this week is Megan

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 3 December 2017

CTC#157 CASEing a colour combination - with a Sneak Peak of a gorgeous new framelit!

Welcome back to another round of Card projects inspired by the Catalogues. This week's challenge is pretty broad and gives us all lots of creative license, it's very easy to find a fabulous colour combination anywhere in  the catalogue, the hardest part is choosing which one.......


So I chose the one that jumped off the page at me- the stack of ribbons on page 167

Bermuda Bay (Easily a favourite), Garden Green and Crushed Curry. I found these colours pretty easy to work with, and I needed a birthday card so away I went.


I also was keen to play with some elements from a new set of Thinlits which will be coming to you from January 2- Petals and More. It's part of an amazing suite and you are going to love it. So here's your sneak peak. There are several outline thinlits and several detailed thinlits. I have been playing with the corner flower arrangement quite a lot. I'll have another post soon using this element .



I have applied a few little puddles of watered down ink in roughly the spots where the flowers or leaves will sit, then set the watercolour paper aside to dry. 


 Then simply adhered the cutout flowers piece carefully over the  patches of colour. A simple message and the smaller element on the inside.


Remember we'd love to see what you create this week and it's EASY - just take a photo of your creation and post the photos on our Facebook page.



Following me this week on the hop is my lovely and generous friend Julia
Before me this week is Peta


I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"
cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

boxed sets a lovely gift

Everyone needs a stash of standby cards in the cupboard. I have been working on some sets of simple birthday cards - 2 male and 2 female. These are lovely with the wooden elements, bright colours and a simple sentiment.

 

The insides are decorated and all the envelopes are stamped to match each colour card
 They come packaged in a cello box of 4 cards.

I'll have these sets and many more all occasion cards available at the Christmas Markets this weekend.

I can make sets to order for you as well, please feel free to ask



I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 26 November 2017

CTC#156 Christmas Twist on any item

Welcome back for another week at CTC where we are giving a Christmas twist to a chosen project, so I have chosen a card from page 35 which has a simple design and some self stamping. At this time of year simple is best!



I also like that it has a simple colours scheme. Pool Party, Emerald Envy, white and linen thread with a little bit of silver embossing. Both the pool party cards appealed to me.


The second option looks at the card lower left, and while mine is still landscape rather that portrait I added the extra elements behind the focal point, and stamped the sentiment on the pool party card rather than the white.


I loved using the alcohol blend pens - the new Stampin Blends in the light shade of Pool Party for the outline around the embossed silver lightbulb. It was so easy and quick. The tree has been painted with the aqua painter.
The inside just has part of the lightbulb stamped in emerald in the lower corner. Quick and easy.


 I hope your Christmas creativity is on track, but if you are stuck for a design this one works really well if you are stuck for time.

Don't forget wee'd love to see what you create using the same inspiration- and then post a photo of your item on our Facebook page

Next on the hop this week is Angela

 and Before me this week is Fi

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

CI #22 and #23 Christmas is so close!

ONLY 5 WEEKS till Christmas! Yikes!
with so much happening at this time of year we have 2 colour schemes and 3 weeks to play along- sounds good to me! 
I have chosen to go with the more traditional colour scheme of #23 but have tried to keep it simple and use some of my non christmas stamps! So I have used the gorgeous sunrays image from the Wherever You Go set, and the gorgeous red stars from the Stitched Felt Embellishments. At this time of year we all need to make use of shortcuts- and a ready embellishment works for me.



I have 2 designs and used the crumbcake for the starlight on the first one, and real red for the second one layer card.

The little sentiment flag comes from Teeny Tiny Sentiments which is an old favourite and go-to set for me and I only inked up the single word. 


This is the alternative colour scheme which also appeals but I ran out of time this week. Hope you can create something to share with us on our Facebook page.

Next on the hop is Bronwyn



I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

All the items I used are listed here. Just click on an image for more detail

Sunday, 19 November 2017

CTC#155 Gift packaging - one of my favourite things!

Welcome back for CTC#155
I just love gift wrapping.

A little while ago I had a few years away from nursing and worked in a gourmet food and giftware shop. We used to make and wrap loads of hampers and gifts. I learnt a lot from my good friend Deanne, and my favourite thing was wrapping wedding presents.

Stampin' Up! offers so many options for gift wrapping that I just couldn't miss out on this week's challenge.

I have taken inspiration from lots of the packaging samples in the catalogues but my main focus is from page 56 in the Annual Catalogue where they have used the Memories and More cards from the Petal Garden Suite as part of the decoration to the front of a box,with ribbon wrapped twice around and secured with a mini bulldog clip.

I needed a few gifts this week and already had the packs of cards made, so I quickly made up a box from Cardstock , wrapped some ribbon around and pinned on a few cards with some ribbon and mini sequin trim. I sealed the top of the box with the brilliant wide washi from the black and white pack, and made a quick 3x3 card to go with them.


The second in a different colourway, you can see the little  matching gift card up to the right.

Both packs sealed with washi.


Next on the hop this week is the lovely Rebecca

I hope you have fun with your Christmas wtapping this year, and that you find some inspiration in the catalogue.
 I can highly recommend the memories and more cards as a great impact piece.

have a creative week, Liz