Wednesday, 12 February 2020

CI#71 Positive Thoughts

Welcome back, colour palette #71 and what gorgeous colours. Highland Heather, Pool Party, Pear Pizazz and Grey Granite.
The new year is well under way and summer has been very harsh this year with bushfires and crazy weather. I hope you and your family and friends are safe. With so much tragedy around us there is a definite need for some Positive Thoughts, so it has been nice to play with some cool colours and escape reality for a little while- I really believe craft is good therapy!
The gorgeous Maiden Hair Fern image in this set is so delicate. and now that there are dies available with the Coordination Product Release it really is a must have set for me. The feather thinlits cut out both the stamped image and a larger embossed piece, and the little leaves look stunning cut from foil. I spritzed the fern image with water before stamping and ended up with a lovely watercolour background.



I didn't want too much of the Highland Heather flower dominating the delicate fern and feathers so I chopped it in half and layered both under the centre panel. I quite like them peaking out from behind. What do you think?




To get the mix of pool party and pear pizazz on the fern I used an old technique called "Thumping" - apply the base ink- pool party- from the inkpad, then loosely hold the pear marker so that the fat nib is horizontal,  and"thump" areas of green onto the leaf at random. It's a quick and easy way to change the look of any image. You can see it better on the inside of the card.
This little butterfly comes up really well heat embossed in black and coloured with a blender.


It's good to be back with the CI crew. We have changed ( relaxed!) our format a little so that now we don;t have a formal blog hop. You can see all the inspiration projects in our photo album on our Facebook page , We'd love to see what you create, so share a photo of your project with us on our Facebook page. 

Thanks for joining in, and if you'd like to see the other coordination products you can check them out in my online store.

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"
cheers, Liz
Product List
Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker
Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker
[131266]
$5.95
Blender Pens
[102845]
$21.00
Silver & Pool Party Baker's Twine
Silver & Pool Party Baker's Twine
[147015]
$7.00
Pool Party 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon
Pool Party 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon
[144152]
$12.25

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

different colour poppy background stamping - JAI#489 and CTS#356

I was having so much fun creating backgrounds with my Poppy stamp ( see the card here) that I created another panel using Bermuda Bay. It seemed a good idea to cut it into strips for the sketch challenge at Case This Sketch this week, and I even finally had time to play along with Just Add Ink. - Choosing and Using only 3 colours is quite hard for me. But I settled on Bermuda Bay, Blueberry Bushel (these 2 were easy choices) and then challenged myself with Daffodil Delight.




My dark to light wasn't as obvious once I cut the strips but I think it still works.
The flower is from the Forever Blossoms Set, the blue sprig is from Botanical Tags, and the painted leaf sprays are from the new Birthday Cake thinlits, and of course the gorgeous Butterfly is from Positive Thoughts(new in the mini catalogue now).
Thanks for stopping by today,I enjoyed these challenges.

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

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

CASEing myself and pinching Bronwyn's Colour INKspriation combo for tgifc#247.

Who doesn't love a colour challenge?
At Colour INKspiration we are celebrating our 3rd Birthday hop with a new idea- we each chose our 3 favourite colours! That was a huge challenge itself.

Once I saw everyone else's creations and colour palettes I started to get "colour envy" thinking oh those are some of my favourites, why didn't I choose those?  So I challenged myself to recreate a card using someone else's palette, and this week it is Bronwyn!

I didn't recreate it exactly, but I used the original card as inspiration.- I CASE'd myself!

 and this is Bronwyn't colour combo

This was my card for the birthday bloghop
 and this is the stepped down version we made at classes- 
so this is the version I CASE'd



and one more alternative version. They are such pretty colours together.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you can join in the colour fun at our Facebook page- use YOUR 3 favourite colours or grab one of ours. We'd love to see what you create. Just snap a photo and load it to our page, no need for a blog.

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

Monday, 27 January 2020

Poppy background stamping for FMS#419 and Inspire.Create Challenge#061

Today is Australia Day. I consider myself so blessed to have the luxury of calling myself an Australian citizen and despite the controversy around the date, and acknowledging that we have terrible events in our history,  I cannot think of a more unique and wonderful place to live. It's a harsh and beautiful land, filled with amazing and diverse people.
 I hope your day has seen you feeling grateful for where you live.

It's been nice to have some time to relax and I was able to complete this card for a few challenges. For both Freshly Made Sketches challenge #419, and the colours from Inspire.Create Challenges#061
It's been so long since I used Early Espresso, I had forgotten how nice it can be. I had few old sheets of DSP, and I think I've never used them because they were brown and white - so I used my sponge brayer and inked all over them with flirty Flamingo to make pink and brown paper. What a difference, Now I can see what to do with them!
When I first stamped using the poppy background image from Peaceful Poppies I loved the texture it laid down, and I had fun creating a solid background panel by stamping repeatedly, overlapping slightly and rotating the direction of the stamp in a random pattern.
I also created a panel the same way using the Pretty Peacock before stamping the leaf line images over that. The poppies are white heat embossed, as is the sentiment, and die-cut.
I love how it turned out.

 

Not being any good at throwing away the leftovers I was able to make up a second card using a similar angled layout. I love this one too. 
Don't you love it when a stamp set turns out to have multiple applications? What stamps have you found this with?
You can see all the products I used to make these cards here.




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

Sunday, 26 January 2020

January card classes- Poppies of course.

It was lovely to get back to classes last weekend- always good to create with others, away from the busyness of life. The morning class used the Peaceful Poppies suite.

 Their kit included DSP which was packaged up in a converted Manilla Folder, and we had biscuits packaged up in Poppy theme too. Name tags double as kit ID

We had fun playing with the poppies elements and a little bit of watercolouring the poppies using an aquapainter. Everyone received half a pack of the amazing Peaceful Poppies Elements which are super easy to use.




As always I do samples showing other ideas on ways to use the items we are using in today's class. Here's a few more samples using the elements.





I'll post the afternoon class photos separately. 
I think everyone had fun - I know I did.







If you would like to order any of these amazing products now is a great time to get your hands on them. 
You can get free products with your order during Sale a Bration.



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