Sunday, 17 February 2019

CTC #216 SAB Embossed Flowers - I'm in Love

Sunday is CTC day and this week's inspiration is the Second Release Sale a Bration products. They are stunning. 
How funny that this week my friend Kelly Kent and I have created almost the same card - not for the first time. She's so talented and I'm quite chuffed to think I might be as clever as Kelly. I love how she has used DSP as her base and I'm going to show you a slight difference using cardstock, but I'm off now to try Kelly's trick.

As a demonstrator we have early access to these items so we can have some samples ready to show you when they become available to earn - which is from now until the end of March. The first two items are level 1 - choose 1 product per every $90 spend, the Painted Seasons Bundle is level 2 - choose 1 per every $180 spend.

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I do love the Painted Seasons bundle and there are already some amazing projects out there but I couldn't wait to play with the Country Floral Embossing folder and I know you are going to love it. 
In the Brochure which you can see here they show a sample of a card where ink has been applied to the cardstock after embossing. I had to try that. But then I got to playing and came up with a few options.

 For the Call Me Clover card I embossed first and then applied the ink using a sponge dauber, but you could apply the ink to the folder first and then emboss for a more defined look, this is a more random look. The word is cut using the Well Written framelits which I am so pleased to have invested in, they are really useful.

My second ( and favourite) version I switched it around and applied Gray Granite ink to the flat surface of the Embossing Folder instead. Using the sponge brayer gives a more even result - you don't want too much ink, and you do need to clean any excess off from any of the flowers before you run it through the bigshot. But I love this effect putting the flowers into the foreground.

 All 3 cards use the same layout, vellum and the word. I can't stress enough how much easier it is to use these framelits with the Multipurpose Adhesive sheets. Not only do they make it easy to apply to your project but when you peel away the word almost all of the inside scraps are left adhered to the backing sheet for a no fuss process.
When I use vellum I prefer not to use adhesive so these strips are simple wrapped around the card and adhered at the back, then I wrap and tie a ribbon to keep it close to the base card. Easy peasy.
And for my third sample I couldn't resist trying a full foil sheet - what an instant impact that makes. It needed something matt to break up all that shimmer so I found a little leaf spray in my useful box of bits and pieces and I love the green and pink together. This is a really quick card to make.


With the second release there are also some new products which you can purchase outright rather than earn. I think you'll agree that they are very clever at coordinating products. If you are interested in any of these just click on the image to see more detail, or get in touch with me.

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And don't  forget we love to see your creations too. Take a photo of your project inspired by any of the SAB items and post it to our Facebook page.
Let's share some inspiration.

Next on the hop this week is Judy I can't wait to see what amazing creation this this week, her work is always so detailed.

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

cheers, Liz
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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

CI#49 colours all in a row

Welcome back again for a Colourful look at 2019. How is it February already????
We are starting the Challenge year with a gorgeous happy colour combination. I love these bright colours-although the inspiration photo gives them a pastel appearance, welcome to the hop for Colour INKspiration #49


I loved the row of houses and decided to do my colours all in a row as well using a very unassuming stamp from the Incredible Like You set. I think it's supposed to be the centre of a flower? but I just stamped it randomly as a dot and then lightly sponged a little of the same ink over the top for a bit more depth.
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I wonder how many other sets I've got where I haven't used an image as much as it could have let me? Challenges are a great way to look at your supplies with new eyes. And I just love how all the design team members start with the same inspiration and end up with so many varied results. We'd love to see what you create too with these colours , so pop a photo onto our Facebook page.

After I stamped and sponged the panel I used the wonderful new Well Written Framelits Dies to cut out the Birthday- I was going to just let the black show through from behind but instead I cut a separate black word and adhere it into the negative space. It looks complete because I put each of those fiddly centre pieces ( the middle of all the loops) into the corresponding spaces in the black word. I can assure you it would have looked quite wonky if I had tried to put them in place freehand. It wasn't as fiddly as it sounds but only because I used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets before I cut the word out. I can't recommend these enough when using detailed cutouts like these. The sheets are exceptional value because you get so many in a pack.

Once I had cut out the colourful word I had to use it also- but a much more simple treatment seemed more appropriate. These new Framelits are an investment but there are so many practical words and some gorgeous decorative pieces in the set it's a really wonderful addition to any crafters supplies. I was lucky enough to win the Well Said Stamp Set at Onstage but this is really the first time I've used it. There are heaps of possible word combinations.


I hope you get a chance to play with these gorgeous colours this fortnight, they will make your day happy.

Next this week is Erin from across the ditch, she has a birthday card too with a different approach to the colours.


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

cheers, Liz
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