Thursday, 14 June 2018

Another Neutral palette and a park bench.

Hello again, here's another card I created in the lead up to CI#35 when I did quite a bit of experimenting, and struggled to make a card using only 3 colours. It's harder than you think!

I used the same colour scheme and another new set - Sitting Pretty stamp set, and Pretty Park framelits. I confess the park bench was the main draw card in purchasing this set, but I love the embossing effect with the pavement.  The bulldog will appeal to many, and the sweet little bird and squirrel are very cute too. The other park bench is very ornate and I'm sure I will love it once I start using it.
Gray Granite watercolours really well. I was surprised how easy it is to line up the leaves and the pot plant too. - Super effective.

I think I'm going to take Jackie Noble's tip and cut my  sentiment so it's more user friendly for me. 
Here's her photo of her stamp. You can see her post here- and she has used the other sweet park bench from this set

I made this into an easel card, and Jackies' tip makes perfect sense for the anchor panel to be the other half of the sentiment.

I also combined this stamp set with the other gorgeous sitting here thinking of you set- the porch swing. And Denita Wright-Smee showcased this effect at Onstage with her samples. I think the cushions just make it- what do you think?

If you would like to see the other samples on the Neutrals Colour INKspiration bloghop you can start here. This was my project.

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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 June 2018

CI#35 New Neutrals! - use any 3

Welcome welcome. We are back again with colour INKspiration #35

Stampin' Up! ® has just had a major colour revamp, so to start off the new catalogue year at Colour INKspiration we've decided to feature a Colour Collection for the first challenge each month (2nd Wednesday) until we have showcased them all! The second challenge in the month (4th Wednesday) will be a Pinterest inspired pic as per usual just to mix it up a bit. 

This month we are starting off with the NEUTRALS COLLECTION and you can choose any 3 colours from that range for your challenge project. We are also changing the rules about what else you can add to the mix; essentially just the Basics - Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as metallics.

In their study of colour use SU noted that many crafters use Navy, Burgundy and a Deep Green in the same way that they use Neutrals so they included them in the family.
This is great news for me- I never disposed of Mossy Meadow because I loved it so much, and Navy is always part of my Neutral scheme. And not only do I love to drink the odd glass of red wine I LOVE the new colour. 

So despite it seeming a simple thing to only choose 3 Neutral Colours, I have to admit that I have made more than one card for this week's blog. Initially I had 4 colours so I had to change it, then I created another card but it still wasn't quite right.

So at the 11th hour I have created yet another version and happily it worked!!
I have been wanting to play with this gorgeous new set- Serene Garden and the matching Garden Scene framelits.....and it is SO lovely to use and quite different. It was indeed a challenge.

I LOVE Gray Granite and can see it becoming my go to neutral card base in place of Crumb Cake. It has a lovely warmth to it and is not too dark (like basic gray), or too light (like smoky slate. It won't take over the other colours but will show them off.

The set comes with a large corner image as a stamp, and an embossing plate which has the exact same image, and a framelit which cuts out select leaves only from the image.
It took a little bit of playing but in the end this was the process for this card.
  • I stamped the 3 blossoms and watercoloured them using Merry Merlot,and cut them out using the framelits.
  • I stamped off the large image twice before stamping the inside of the card.
  • I embossed both the Gray Granite and the Merry Merlot piece using the new embossing mats. I can see it will take me a while before I remember the correct sandwich but I do love the effect. They give a very detailed impression. You can see the gorgeous veins on all those leaves.
  • I used the framelits to cut out the Gray Granite piece. You can see it removes select leaves.
  • I cut a corner frame from Merlot cardstock.
  • I layered them all together and wrapped some very vanilla twine around the base - this was partly to cover some of the embossing outlines from the edge of the embossing plate.
  • Layered this up on the vanilla card base.
  • I stamped the sentiment from the Hostess set Seasoned With Kindness and added a few pearls 
  • I painted the flowers, the leaves and some of the stems with my wink of Stella.

 I will post the pictures of the other cards I made using this colour scheme tomorrow!

We'd love to see which 3 Neutral Colours you are going to play with this week and post to our Facebook page. But in the meantime be sure and hop all the way around the design team. There are some stunning projects.

Next on the hop this week is Nicole

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

cheers, Liz
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Garden Impressions Foldout Ferrero box

At my catalogue launch last weekend I wanted to showcase how lovely and bright the new Gardens Impressions DSP is. There are so many bright and fun patterns that mix and match. The paper is so lovely it can be the hero of your project and needs little else to be with it.
I have several projects to show you and I'll post them over the next few days.
The most fun is this gorgeous fold out box.

You can see the sentiment panel is only adhered to one corner of the one of the boxes.

The colours of the DSP are so fresh and would work well with either side.

The sentiments are stamped using the Detailed With Love set. After stamping the sentiment I used the little diamond design and stamped randomly with an alternate colour (stamped off) to add some background colour. I used the 11/2" and 13/4" punches.

I first saw this at Onstage in Sydney this year where one of the ladies at our table had made one as a gift for her companion. We all admired it and she sent me the link to the video by Heidi which has a great demonstration of how to construct it. This is one of the things I love most about Onstage- meeting other demos and sharing ideas.
The link is at the end of this post.

Here are the printed details:

Project Measurements:

DSP 43/4" x 43/4
Punch and Score on all 4 sides at 13/8" and 33/8"
On EACH side cut one slit down to the corner of the square which will form the base of the box, make this slit a small wedge.
Fold the flaps in and glue to form a little box big enough to hold one Ferrero

Border strip for outside case
CARDSTOCK 11/2" x 12"
Score at 27/8", 53/4", 75/8", 111/2"
Apply Fast Fuse or strong glue just to one side of each of the score lines.
Adhere one little box next to each score line

Ribbon - approx 55cm, apply glue tape (approx 1-2") to the centre of the piece of ribbon. Adhere  underneath the box when folded, pull each end up to the top and tie in a bow.

Create sentiment piece.
Apply dimensionals  to only one of the Ferrero boxes.
Position the sentiment and adhere in that corner - this will then allow the box to open freely.

The video

Thanks to Suzanne for inspiring me.
Let me know if you make one too and send me a photo!
I hope you have a creative week and remember,
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

CTC#182 New Catalogue Loveliness

 Welcome back for another round of CASEing the Catty. This week's inspiration section is the first "Chapter", the Tea Room section. So many lovely items. I haven't purchased the tea room sets but I do love the look of those little tins! - and the paper - and the ribbon - and a few other things!!
I was drawn ( naturally) to the watercolour card on page 23 but wanted to use something other than flowers so I reached for my new favourite set "Rooted in Nature". I love the colours in the catalogue sample but wanted to try some new colours so this is Lovely Lipstick and Mango Melody with Bermuda Bay

I love the little accent that the vanilla strips give from the delightfully detailed laser paper. I have found the easiest way to adhere them is to apply tombow lightly with a wet sponge dauber. For me this leaves the least glue residue visible after the project dries.
I love the crystal buttons and used that as my centre point, then a few (retired) sequins for effect.
I added a little more detail with the random dots stamp from the new Birthday 
Backgrounds set which I won at onstage. It's a very handy little set.!

So I am also entering this card in the challenge at Just Add Ink this week which asks us to Just Add Spots Splatters or Speckles.


Next on the blog is Julia , and before me his week is Mel

Remember we always love to see what you create using the same pages of the catalogue as inspiration. Take a photo of your project and post it on our Facebook Page, telling us which project inspired you- super easy!

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

cheers, Liz

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