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Sunday, 28 May 2017

CTC#130 Sad Farewell to the Occasions Catalogue

Well all good things come to an end, and this week is the end of the Occasions Catalogue so the team are CASEing it one last time.

Many products are continuing but some just have to go. So I'm using the Urban Underground DSP before it's gone, and Kraft cardstock which I REALLY am going to miss, and an old tool - the alphabet rotary stamp since I don't yet own a small alphabet stamp to create my own sentiments. But I have also chosen the Gorgeous Dragonfly Dreams set which is continuing and some new ribbon coming next week - the mini chevron ribbon.

I love quite a lot of projects in this book but I am very short on time this week so opted for a card that looked quite quick and easy, as well as packing a punch with its simplicity. The card on page 44, bottom right - how easy is a few strips of paper? And there are so many gorgeous patterns of DSP you could make this card a million ways and each one would look unique.

The first sample follows the catalogue layout fairly closely although I added the bee instead of the string bow- and I dressed it up a little with the ribbon stitched onto the base.

But then I thought I would do a stepped up version to add a little more detail. By simply adding a background mat, and laying the strips onto an embossed panel it adds a lot more dimension. I thought the honeycomb folder worked perfectly with the bee.

The inside is pretty simple and a bit of fun

thanks for looking this week, enjoy the rest of the hop and take one last look at the Occasions Catalogue to see if there is a project in there that has been on your "to do" list. We'd love it if you found time to make it, photograph it and post it to our Facebook Page- you have until Monday of next week.

Next this week is Judy, so enjoy her wonderful project.

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


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Colour INKspiration#10 Indigo lmpressions

Welcome back to the next blog hop for colour INKspiration.

I just love the colours this week - and my gorgeous daughter is a redhead so the inspiration picture really spoke to me. I rarely use Cajun Craze ( have you read that in 95% of the posts this week?) but it is quite a beautiful colour when you give it some love! AND how well does it go with these colours.  Bronwyn has done a brilliant job of challenging us all this week. I hope you get a chance to get inky and play with them too.
Do you ever look at a challenge and wonder where to start?

This often happens to me so I regularly turn to a trusted sauce of Inspiration - The Annual Catalogue. I figure the concept artists and designers there have already done a lot of hard work in experimenting with projects to come up with the right balance of scale, embellishments and layout so when I have limited time I can take short cuts by copying their ideas.
When I first was introduced to Stampin' Up! the catalogue was actually called an Ideas Book.

I can't show you pictures of the inside of the new catalogue yet (not until June1) but I was impressed by a project on page 150 and immediately new I would be CASEing it at some point.  It uses the emboss resist technique and some pastel colours but I thought the design could take the strength of this colour combination.

  there are a few differences - some of them subtle - which I was experimenting with
  • one uses clear embossing powder for one layer of the leaves, the other uses white powder
  • one uses Delightful Dijon for the mat, the other uses Cajun Craze
  • one uses Delightful Dijon for the base, the other uses Island Indigo (seriously a gorgeous colour!)
  • The text on one is tone on tone, on the other it's contrasting
I'm always fascinated by how changing a few elements while keeping the others the same can completely transform a card. Changing the backdrop for the same feature panel changes the look quite dramatically. Which do you like better?

I did use up a few old embellishments on these- the Dijon resin flower and the Regals Button (obviously justifies my policy of hoarding until "one day when you need it).
I will really miss that Dijon mini striped ribbon.

I have split the words on the sentiment so that only one word is on the front,
 and of course the inside is decorated.
HANDY TIP:   Did you know you can recolour your DSP if White is not the accent you need? This shows the difference when I have simply sponged some Dijon over the white text to completely alter the look. Crumb Cake also works really well for this and I do it quite often.

If you too would like to use the Catalogue for inspiration - 
or follow a group of stampers who do that every week- 

 We focus on a different section of the Catalogue each week
 and just like this fabulous CI format you are very welcome to participate each week on Facebook.

(You'll already know a lot of the CTC team because 
they are designers here on the Colour INKspiration team too)

Next this week is Kim. I'm so excited to see what everyone creates with this striking combination.

Don't forget to Click on the banner below to go to the Colour INKspiration  Facebook page where you can add a picture of your creation using these colours.

Thanks for looking today and remember

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Jigsaw Masculine Leaves for Kylie's International bloghop

Masculine cards are always tricky, but I don't believe they always have to be blue and brown and green and boring!I'm confident that this gallery will contain loads of amazing examples of that. 

So this card is cheery and colourful. In truth the colours come from the Colour INKSpiration challenge blog this week because I was playing with them to create some birthday cards for that post.

I'm terrible at throwing bits and pieces out and will hold onto them until I can create a new card! This card sort of happened that way. The background panel is shimmer white with some clear block stamping of Pool Party to get that watercolour background colour. The denim leaf is cut using the Seasonal Layers thinlits dies and then inlaid into the embossed cherry panel. I love the simplicity - and the element of a jigsaw piece.
I love bows and string but they aren't quite masculine enough are they?! So I have had fun teasing out some of the Copper trim which is also coming in the new catalogue. It's amazing and you really don't need much of it.
I have left this card without a senitment at present but I think it's a good all purpose card.


I'd love it if you could vote for me this week

If you would like to get your hands on this stampset before the catalogue launches on June 1, then you are able to purchase it as a demonstrator- or as a new member signing up to become a demonstrator- just click on the link on the right side panel of this page to join my team - CQ Paperlover's Crew.

thanks so much for looking, 
and remember, 

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Watercolour Sneak Peak Daisies for JAI#359 and SUO#174

I am loving the new Daisy Delights stamp set which will be available June 1. As well as the large daisy image there are some sweet smaller images which make a nice posy. The challenge at Stampin' Up! Only this week is to use watercolouring, and the inspiration picture from Just Add Ink is a striking flower so I have used both as my inspiration for this card. I stamped the daisies onto scrap paper and cut them out, for the top daisy in each stem I have cut between the petals and curled them a little to make the flower fuller.

I also fussy cut a few little leaves ! There are a couple of other new products on these cards- the gorgeous mini chevron ribbon and the glitter enamel dots

Of course you don;t have to do any fussy cutting- simple stamping is perfect with this 2 step image- and being photopolymer it is very easy to line up the two images.

I'll have a few more posy cards to show you soon,

Thanks for looking,  I also have lots more watercolouring cards which you can find using the search bar at the right side of the page, as well as Watercolour paper I love the Watercolour look from clear block stamping (or smooshing!) on Shimmery White, you might like the ones here. and here.

and remember

"don't just post online, 
post something pretty!"


Sunday, 14 May 2017

CTC#128 Favourite Kit gets a makeover

Hello again, and Welcome back for another rounf of CASEing the Catty. This week we are taking inspiration from any of the kits available. 
I'm not a big user of kits but I do love how everything is beautifully presented and super easy to assemble.

I have taken the colour theme  from Perfectly Wrapped  kit on pate 159 this week as the inspiration point for my project. (that's it on the left in the Blog header here)
The kits are all shown in pages 158-161, 

Black and White, Tangerine Tango and Emerald Envy- super strong combination! I have to admit Tangerine is not one of the ink colours I use much - or even own!, but I did have a little bit of card and paper. I'm really going to miss the Love you Lots set from the Hostess section of this catalogue- it's perfect for kids cards.
I didn't have much in Black and White either - but luckily the cards from the Project Life kits are often great backgrounds.

Thanks so much for looking,

This week Bec is next on the hop

and before me this week is Julia

Don't forget we love to see what you create too, so get inky and post your photo to our Facebook page.

thanks for looking, Liz