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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Using New and Old bits and pieces for CTS#234

I confess I own a little bit of DSP!! So I occasionally force myself to use some! I have to convince myself that it's ok to cut it! (#loveitchopit!)
But it's so nice when a new product makes you reinvent an old product.
The foil Frenzy DSP comes in four colours - Berry, Tangerine, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist.

I'm so pleased to say that the Lemon Lime is a vibrant lime colour and seems to tone very nicely with Old Olive and with Pear Pizazz. It's a versatile colour.
I tried it with some of the Pretty Petals (retired) paper which has quite a lot of old olive, and was pleasantly surprised at how well they go together.
I created a quick set of thankyou cards using the layout from Case This Sketch #234.
I added a small loop of the shimmery ribbon, some baker's twine and a leaf stamped and punched using the COMING Painted Harvest stamp set and matching leaf punch. It's gorgeous!

What paper do you have lying around that you could reinvent?

Thanks for looking, and remember

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

Father's Day cards using Foil Frenzy

It's sometimes not easy to come up with masculine cards but at class last weekend we focused on Father's Day and embossing paste techniques. These are 2 of the cards we made on Saturday.
The Foil Frenzy  kraft DSP is sp bright and fun. I've also used images from one of my current faves- Bookcase Builder ( If you follow me you will have seen other Father's Day cards here). I've also used the Badges and Banners set whcih is one of those sets which I have used way more than I would have predicted - love a matching punch and stamp.
Sneak Peak also of the fabulous leaf image and matching punch from the coming Sunflower Set.

This is my colour Palette.

I've also used words and sentiments from Guy Greetings and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

Thanks for looking, and remember

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

Sunday, 13 August 2017

CTC#141 Birthday inspiration.

Welcome back again CASEing the birthday section of the Annual Catalogue. There are a lot of samples in these pages which can make it hard to find a starting point. I settled on the beautiful sparkling images on the Foil Frenzy page. I love kraft cardstock and was disappointed when it was discontinued in the 12 x 12 pages, but these sparkling pieces are just lovely.
There are 3 different designs- random spots, stripes, and an all-over chevron.
There are 4 colours and you get one sheet of each pattern in each colour.
Berry Burst, Tangerine, Lemon- Lime and Pool Party.

I took inspiration from a few different elements on this page- primarily the matching coloured bow from the central box and the circle element in the centre of the box bottom left.

I was having fun playing with the embossing paste preparing for a class and created this card using a retired mask and the paste in its natural colour, and while it was wet I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the paste. It dried so sparkly.  The sentiment is a Sneak Peak from a new set coming called   "Count My Blessings".  I don't generally go for Thanksgiving sets but this sentiment really spoke to me.
A few years ago I bought my daughter a beautiful mixed media piece which says " She added to her joy by counting her blessings"  I confess I cried a little when I saw that piece. It's a little sentimental but for the same reason I had to have this set!  I do count myself very fortunate to have some lovely people in my life.

You can see in the blog header for this week the cardstock makes great packaging, and it features in a few of the Design Team's projects this week.

The crinkle ribbon in Peekaboo Peach works really well with the Tangerine shiny foil.

Next on the hope this week is Mel

and Before me this week is Monique

Don't forget we love to see what inspires you in those catalogue pages and what creative projects you make too. Load your photo onto our Facebook page 

And since we're focusing on birthdays don't forget to tag your posted cards with the 

tagline. We all know that real mail in the post is so nice to receive. If you're like me you might struggle to get it in the post on time.... but I think post it anyway because the pleasure will still be real for the recipient.

Thanks for looking, and remember 

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


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

CI#15 Intriguing Eggplant Doorway

WELCOME BACK, it's another round of colourful fantastic creations this week inspired by this amazing doorway. When I first looked at the colour palette I was a little apprehensive, and none of my original ideas came to anything much but I had lots of fun playing with the ink and then it all started to come together. Today my box of new products arrived and I just had to add in a new leaf punch Sneak Peak.

Bermuda Bay is easily one of my favourite colours, and Pool Party is a close second but I'm not normally a purple girl. This is a new technique to me and I had fun playing with it. You first lay down lots of colour using a sponge / sponge dauber and then take your aquapainter or paint brush with clean water and lift the colour off. Once the section is wet and the ink starts to move around you blot off the liquid with a tissue or cloth, rinse the colour from you bristles and then repeat until you have taken off as much colour as you like. The possibilities are endless, the hardest part is waiting for it to dry properly to continue stamping. 
The large panel is done is plain Whisper White, but the smaller panel is done on Shimmery White. I didn't have as much success with the watercolour paper but I think I just need to spend some more time playing. ( ie be more patient.......)
The large card I have stamped images from the Butterfly Basics set and another new technique to me (thanks to Simone at CASing the Catty this week) using the Wink of Stella brush and painting on additional colour - in this case the Lemon Lime Twist Ink over the fern leaf. I also added some fine tip glue to the sentiment and the leaves for some added dimension and gloss.

The second card was not initially part of this post but came together quickly this afternoon  - nothing like the 11th hour - I had a small sample piece lying on my desk but when my NEW leaf stamp (Painted Harvest) and matching Leaf Punch arrived  I just had to have a go. The images are beautiful in this photopolymer 2 step stamp, I can't wait to make some more cards with this -and if you love sunflowers your'e going to be super impressed.

For the inside I used the solid leaf image in Lemon Lime and the skeleton leaf image in Pool Party for a soft finish.

Don't be afraid to play with these amazing colours and show us what you create by taking a photo and posting it to our Facebook Page.

Thanks so much for looking today, be sure and hop around all the designers for some more inspiration.
I'll be creating some more samples using this technique and creating a photo tutorial so be sure that you are signed up to receive my new posts - the subscritpion box is just up under the 4th rainbow swirl box on the right sidebar of this page.

next this week is my lovely friend Rebecca

she loves colour too.

Thanks for looking, and remember

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