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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

CI08 Playing with Gold

Welcome back to Colour INKspiration this week.We're a bit out of sync lately having had the changes to timetables with Easter and Anzac Day. So it's good to get back into the swing of things. 

This week's inspiration picture is just so gorgeous but browns are not a colour palette many of us use routinely as a base so I found it hard to get started for this project.  I began with some clear block "smooshing" using delightful Dijon and Shimmer Paper which created a nice panel to use for the accents and sentiment. I did actually stamp the butterflies and heat emboss them with clear powder but that doesn't show up very well in the photography.

Then I used my favourite leaf image from Kinda Eclectic and created a full sheet of background card stamping with soft Suede onto Tip Top Taupe. I'm really sad that this set is retiring - but i don;t think it will leave my shelves!!
 I loved the panel but wanted to accentuate with some gold highlights so I stamped the miniature butterflies from the Perpetual Calendar set over and among the leaves and heat embossed them with gold too. The frame is obviously gold, and I heat embossed the sunrays onto vellum in gold also.

Here's a little bit more detail

And the inside is decorated with a few strips of paper and card.

I had lots of scraps left over and they sort of just fell together for another Mother's Day card to add to my market stall next week.


Thanks for looking today, the beautiful Jacque is up next with her lovely soft style. The range of projects produced this week is stunning. Enjoy your tour of the hop, and be sure to leave some comments as we all really appreciate your feedback.

and remember, 
"don't just post online - 
post something pretty"

Sarah Douglas challenged us all at Onstage to "post something that means something - 

I think she's on to something.

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 23 April 2017

CTC#125 -Creating with my Bigshot

Choosing your favourite Bigshot project from the Occasions Catalogue is a big task- there are just so many amazing thinlits and folders available. But that's the task this week for the CTC Design team so we hope you follow along and also create a project using one of your favourite bigshot tools and share it with us on our Facebook Page.

In the end I have chosen to show you some projects made using the Succulents Bundle (so sad this is retiring)- but also a little SNEAK PEAK of some sentiments coming in a new set -Colorful Seasons.

I created several frames for the Mother's Day markets at the Handmade Expo Markets - including one as a farewell gift for a colleague.  These Frames include lots of bits and pieces from my useful box - so some items are retired- like the Crystal buttons, The resin flowers, some of the rhinestones. But most are new and some are even so new they aren't available yet - like the Sentiments, (From a new set called Colorful Seasons) the Wood Textures DSP and Gold Faceted Gems and the Glitter Enamel Dots.

The first uses DSP from the Serene Scenery pack, and some water colouring around the sentiment on the Border mat. 
The Succulents are Macaron Mint sponged with Wisteria Wonder, Garden Green stamped with white, and Wisteria sponged with Wisteria and some white, and the leaves from Rose Garden framelits are cut in Almost Artichoke and Garden Green. There's also some music DSP and some Copper foil that's been embossed and a few old embellishments. See what else you can find!

The second version uses some new gorgeous timber paper and a new sentiment. Mint Macaron succulents which have glitter enamel dots as their centre. The crystal buttons have an old silver Rhinestone in the centre of the button, ad i had a single spray of white flowers left over some some ancient project but they just added a nice lift.

Some of these products are retiring and we are really going to miss them - I am devastated that Mint Macaron will be leaving us.
So if there is something I've used which you think you would like to own don't leave it any longer to order - some products are already sold out. If you click on any of the images in the table below it will take you directly to my online store and you can secure them for your stash of craft necessities!

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you find some time to be creative this week, and enter it into the weekly edition


this week Kelly is next

Before me this week is Simone

You can find the full crew Here at the CTC blog

and remember:

"don't just post online - 
post something pretty"

Sarah Douglas challenged us all at Onstage to "post something that means something - 

I think she's on to something.

cheers, Liz

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Colourful Seasons stamps meet Jar of Love - Sneak Peak

Mother's Day is coming and that always means "Pretty Cards"- which is great for me because I'ma floral girl through and through - " A girl can never have too many flowers!"

I have been working hard to create a stash for the Handmade Expo Markets which are on this weekend here in Rockhampton.
This is one of my favourite designs to make and I have quite a few done. But EVERY one of my cards is UNIQUE - I rarely make two exactly the same.

I'm having fun creating with a lovely mix of old and new. 
You have to hand it to Stampin' Up! 
This time more than ever I think they have produced a whole range of new products that work seamlessly with a lot of existing products. All crafters love new things but most have trouble parting with old favourites so it is really nice to be able to combine things.

I love the new Berry Burst - it's a gorgeous , vibrant,  strong and happy colour.
Today i have also used the lace stamp from Grateful Bunch, the flourish thinlits detail strip, Jar of Love, the retiring wooden hearts, the NEW glitter enamel dots and some flowers from the Colourful Seasons Thinlits. I will really miss the Grateful Bunch set and the matching punch so if you would like it in your stash don't hesitate to order it from my online store- just hit the Shop Now logo on the Right side of my page and you can access 

I always decorate my envelope - and often the inside of the card is done the same way. Here I have collaged some stamping and mask spongeing. It just adds a little something!
This particular mask is retiring but I'm very happy to report that there is a new set of 4 coming( still 6x6 size) and also a brilliant new product to go with them - I can't wait to get my hands on some and show you!!

If you need something for Mother's Day I'm happy to create to order!

Thanks for looking and remember,

"Don't just post online, 
Post something pretty"


New colours and stamps - a sneak peak

I have been having fun playing with new products- and preparing for the Handmade Expo Markets this weekend where I will have lots of card for MOTHER'S DAY. You make me Smile seems like a good sentiment for someone you love

I had the olive green Mini Chevron Ribbon on the desk - as well as the Olive ombre paper from the Colour Theory Designer Series paper stack, and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. I used the scallop thinlit in the kit to cut one scallop edge in each of the bands of colour and then adhered them to a 10.5 cm Square, and this came together easily. I love the glitter enamel dots.

I'll have more new products and colours to show you tomorrow. Be sure and fill in your details in the  "register for email" box on the right side panel of this page (just under the 3 rainbow swirl boxes) so you don't miss anything.

Thanks for looking and remember,

"Don't just post online, 
Post something pretty"


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A little bit of Bling - with Something Old and Something New - for GDP083

It's such an exciting time of the Stampin' Up! year with lots of new things coming in the New catalogue. One of the great perks of attending Onstage is the opportunity to buy new products before they are released. There are loads of gorgeous new things coming, and I have featured 2 of those on my card today.

Something Old:
a very old Wedding stamp (the Mr and Mrs is retired but still gorgeous) and I use it a lot for cards at the markets.
Something New:
There are a number of new ribbons coming and they are all stunning. This card uses the new Mini 
Chevron ribbon in Old Olive- it is beautiful and soft and also comes in Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry.
The other stunning and very sparkly new product is the Glitter Enamel Dots. These come in graduated sizes AND graduated colours. Each pack contains 40 glitter dots in each of 4 colours- Old Olive, BerryBurst, Crushed Curry and Dapper Denim from a deep shade of the colour up to a very pale shade. You are going to love them!
Something Retiring:
The Falling in Love Embellishments are so pretty and delicate and certainly add some bling to this card.
Something Blue:
The clear skies of a May day for a Beautiful wedding.

I have heat embossed the Mr and Mrs in silver, adhered some burlap ribbon and the olive Mini Chevron ribbon in place. Then 'blinged it up' with some silver metallic thread, the Falling in Love embellishment and the glitter dots. The Kraft card looks nice against some very vanilla card.

Also new is the Color Theory Designer Series Paper stack which is a great 6x6 stack using the same 4 colours in the dots and a range of ombre papers which have a paint sparkle look on the reverse. They are gorgeous. I have used one of the graduated pieces to decorate the envelope flap and of course run it through the embossing folder to give it the formal treatment. I love this simple addition.

I am entering this card in the Global Design Project this week- I have finally had an opportunity to participate again this week.

I have quite a few more projects made using new products which I will share in the next few days.
 So be sure and subscribe to my blog by filling in the Follow me by Email box - right below the three  RAINBOW SWIRL BOXES on the right side panel of this page.  That way as soon as I post a new project you will get an email with the pictures of my new projects.  There's some more ombre cards and some more wedding cards coming in some new colours.

Thanks for looking and remember,

"Don't just post online, 
Post something pretty"