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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

CI#04 Jars of Love

Welcome back for another Colour INKspiration challenge. Aren't those pansies in the inspiration picture this week just stunning - those gorgeous yellows and strong purples. These are not colours I normally gravitate to but a challenge is all about extending yourself so i'm glad to have had a go!

I have recreated a selection of jars with my very favourite Jar of Love set.

I have made cards like this before using very bright colours which are fun and very sweet, (and I'll post them tomorrow, so make sure you have filled in the follow by email box on the right side of this page) but today I needed to make a Sympathy card for a good friend who also loves Stampin' Up! It's a card for my work friends to give a colleague so it needed to be big enough for lots of people to sign it. 
This card measures 13 x 19cm and I chose this size simply because I had some large envelopes left over from some wedding stationery- they have a little embossed heart on the flap which seemed appropriate.
I have heat embossed the leaves onto vellum, heat embossed the Delicate Details Lace with white powder onto the jars. I tied a little wooden heart on the medium jar and poked a little bit of copper foil through the white foliage. I used an additional leaf sprig from Affectionately Yours, fussy cut from Kraft card and the "From All of Us" is from the Sale A Bration set by the same name. I was surprised to find that I only had ONE sentiment which said "Thinking of You". Amazing, given the number of sets on my shelf. But the font from Sheltering Tree was perfect for the inside.

I am not overly fond of Crushed Curry in the plain card but had a beautiful (treasured) scrap of the marbled paper leftover from last year, I think it looks great as a glass jar. The other 2 jars are simply cut using the framelits, heat embossed and then I have sponged the edges with tone on tone ink to give a deeper look and I love this effect. 

I had quite a lot of jars cut so made a few monochromatic versions as well!

Thanks so much for looking today, Please enjoy the rest of the this fortnight's hop as we welcome 2 new design team members. Next on this week's hop is Rachel

Don't forget to join in our Facebook challenge page, it's so wonderful to have so many people getting out their inks and pondering new options to use them!

And remember,
"Don't just post online, Post something Pretty", Liz

Sunday, 19 February 2017

CTC#116 Inspired by Pages 20-31

Welcome back of another week of CTC.
This week we are CASEing quite a big section of the catalogue-pages 20-31, which includes the Oh So Succulent suite.
I love the succulent set but need a lot more time to play with it. (I'm sure you can all relate to that!)
I also love little square notecards like the one on page 31, so I had a little play and this is what I came up with.

This week I've done the step it up system again. This is a lot of fun and a process which can help you analyse your own style and how to adapt that for classes or workshops to appeal to a wider range of styles. This week I am stepping it up from simple stamping directly onto the notecard, then building on that with another colour, added layers and embellishments.
Although the twine doesn't carry through from the base card it needed a little bit of black to tie them all together.

Beginner Crafter - very simple stamping and minimal supplies -

  • 1 colour of Cardstock (Thick Whisper White)
  • 1 ink colour
  • sequins
  • black baker's twine
  • TOOLS - fine tip glue 

Casual Crafter - one added layer plus bigshot detailed cutting
  • 1 colour of Cardstock ( thick Whisper White) 
  • Serene Scenery DSP
  • 2 ink colours plus  and third colour from the DSP
  • fine tip Project Life Journalling pen
  • sequins
  • TOOLS- fine tip glue, paper trimmer, Big Shot and thinlits

Avid Crafter -
  • 2 colour of Cardstock (thick Whisper White and Black) 
  • Serene Scenery DSP
  • 2 ink colours
  • third and fourth colours in the paper,cardstock
  • sequins and silver metallic thread
  • TOOLS- fine tip glue, paper trimmer, Big Shot and thinlits
I hope you have enjoyed this little experiment with me, please be sure to view everyone's projects this week which you can do by following the links, if you get lost you can find the full crew here

You may have come from Judy, and next on the hop is Monique

Don't forget we'd love to see what you have created inspired by the same pages. Head on over the the CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

and remember:
Don't just post online, Post something Pretty, 

(have you posted any happy mail this week?)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Just Add Ink #347

Preparing for this weekend's class today and thought I'd just quickly post this card using the JAI colour selection this week.

the class card won't have quite so many embellishments!

I wasn't sure about the Pear Pizazz with this combo so I stamped it on white then sponged Mint over the top, but in the end I added more pear ink on top! it's always a surprise!

thanks for looking, 

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

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Easel Card for Valentine's

Just a quick post of a standing Easel card. These are great because they fold flat for posting but stand up for display. I sell a lot of these at the Markets, but I could design a class for you around this type of card if you like.
No red hearts here - just a simple little wooden accent heart and some gorgeous paper. Here is the card folded for posting

 and here it is standing up.

thanks for looking, 

To cut only the half circle you use the "partial die cutting technique". There are lots of video tutorials on how to to do this, but essentially you place the top acrylic plate only where you want the framelit to actually cut and leave the remainder of the shape uncovered by the plate. This means there will be no pressure from the rollers going over the uncovered cutting surface. If you would like to see a video with the instructions for how to make this card you can click on this link. I have CASE'd Debbie Henderson.

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

Sunday, 12 February 2017

CTC#115 Thankyou 3 ways -Step It Up - plus1 from my Plus 1!

Welcome back for another CASEing the Catty Sunday hop . You may have come from the very talented Kelly - she can be a hard act to follow! or you may be starting here, be sure and hop all the way around for some inspiration form everybody. Then we'd love you to also create something inspired by pages 8-11 of the Sale a Bration catalogue and share it on our Facebook group page.
My original plan was to work with the Delicate Details set which I love, but then I thought I should play with the So Very Much set and see how easy it is to use. It is a very large sentiment which can be difficult to use, and the picture in the brochure is a bit deceptive - the card on the left is VERY big.  So I opted to play with the layout on the right. Here's the 3 versions (plus 1)  which I created of the same layout.

 You can look at these as being for a Beginner stamper, A Casual Crafter, and an Avid Crafter.

Here's the catalogue sample on the right.

Beginner Crafter - very simple stamping and minimal supplies -

  • 1 colour of Cardstock plus Whisper White, 
  • Washi tape and 
  • 2 ink colours
  • TOOLS- scissors, glue, paper trimmer

Casual Crafter - same simple stamping and minimal supplies , but added layer under large panel, and sentiment is 2 layers adhered onto main panel

  • 2 colours of Cardstock plus Whisper White, 
  • Washi tape and 
  • 2 ink colours
  • Baker's Twine
  • TOOLS- scissors, glue, paper trimmer. stapler

Avid Crafter - same simple stamping, Base layer of card is embossed, layer under large panel, and sentiment is 2 layers adhered onto main panel

  • 2 colours of Cardstock plus Whisper White, 
  • Washi tape and 
  • 2 ink colours
  • Baker'sTwine, Metallic Thread, sequins
  • TOOLS- Big shot, Embossing Folder,scissors, glue, paper trimmer, stapler, twine, dimensionals

Which is your favourite?
And of course the inside needed a little bit of treatment - in truth this happened partly because I tried some background stamping with the large Thankyou sentiment (like the large card on the left) but I didn't like it, so I had to cover it up and the outside then became the inside. This happens to me quite a bit, but I always say there are no mistakes- only creative opportunities ; )

So then comes the PLUS 1 - my darling husband had a look at them while I'm taking the photos and commented that he would have put the bow at the top of the middle card, not near the flag...... so I thought I would take his advice and reworked both the Casual and Avid versions!
Maybe he's on to something..
Maybe years of crafting is rubbing off onto him?
Maybe he was just trying to be funny? (Always a possibility)
Maybe I should employ him as my advisor?
Maybe I should sign him up? and give him his own craft desk?
... He's really so tolerant of my crafting and so supportive I'm incredibly grateful to him...

No surprisingly, he could be right!

Next on the hop is Rachel, I'm looking forward to seeing what she comes up with!

You 'll find the full crew here

And don' forget we love to see what you create. Join our Facebook group and upload your card based on pages 8-11 of the brochure.

thanks for looking, and don't forget to get your Sale A Bration items while the promotion lasts.

Don't just post online, Post something Pretty, Liz