Sunday, 18 March 2018

CTC#170 CASEing Tutti Fruiti and showcasing Papers

Hello again and welcome for another week of CASEing the Catty. ( Number #170 can you beleive that?)  I have been inspired by a sketch layout on page 28 of the catalogue this week - I'm on a mission to use up some of the lovely papers I have so I always study the catalogue for layouts that help me. I have also been inspired a post on the Stampin' Up! page recently by Rhoda MacPherson, one of the Artisan Design Team Members of 2018. Here's part of what she had to say

I hope you’ll join in and try a paper challenge of your own. Just use one main stamp set,
one basic layout, and three very different papers and see what you come up with!
Why not share it with the hashtag #SU1to3paperchallenge so we can check it out and be

I chose the layout in the card at the top right.
  • a full panel of DSP for the card front
  • a piece 6 cm x 9.5cm cut with a shallow flag end on one end
  • a piece of twine/ribbon tied around the right edge of the flag
  • a focal image adhered onto the flag
I used two of the papers from the Tutti Fruiti paper stack and one from the specialty foils and since I was asked for some gender neutral baby cards it was a perfect occasion to use theA little Wild set - which sadly hasn't had much use even though I've owned it for a while.
It's just so super cute.
Here's the 3 different versions.


And since I'm all about using up paper I make a point of using some on every envelope too - sometimes as a liner but often I just add onto the flap at the back

If you have lots of paper in your stash - and what self respecting paper crafter doesn't? - then maybe you'd like to incorporate elements of both the #SU1to3paperchallenge and the CASEing the Catty challenge and join us on our Facebook page. We love to see what you create inspired by the same pages of the catalogue.

I have another post from yesterday where I have used the same 3 to 1 paper idea and you might like to see that here.

With only 2 weeks of Sale A Bration left you might add some Tutti Fruit (6x6 paper stack) paper to your next order- as well as all the fruit images on one side the reverse has loads of geometric designs which are just so bright and versatile.
Let me know if I can help you with any products you's like - including the FREE products for the next 2 weeks. Click on any of the product images below to start your shopping.

Next this week is:  Judy

And before me this week is Sandra:

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

cheers, Liz

Saturday, 17 March 2018

#SU1to3paperchallenge - a great way to use up some gorgeous papers.

I recently saw an article on the Facebook Stampin' Up! page by Rhoda MacPherson who created 3 cards using lots of DSP.
Since I have loads of paper too I thought it was a great idea . Here's some of what she said:

I hope you’ll join in and try a paper challenge of your own. Just use one main stamp set, one basic layout, and three very different papers and see what you come up with! Why not share it with the hashtag #SU1to3paperchallenge so we can check it out and be inspired?
Rhoda MacPherson Artisan Design Team 2018

So I took the layout from another recent challenge - TGIFC#150 and had some fun creating some different looks.
It would be very easy to do this using a flower set for the decor element but I deliberately chose a stamp that could be more widely used... and I love the lightbulbs!
I coloured each of the light bulbs using the alcohol blends which was fun, so the colours from the blends guided my paper choices. Some new and some old papers. You'll find the links to each product in the images below for more detail.

I will have another set of #SU3to1paperchallenge cards tomorrow for the CASEing the Catty bloghop.
Why not see what papers you have that are just asking to be made into a neat 3 for 1 challenge too.

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

cheers, Liz

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Hearts and Poppies for a double challenge.

I have so much gorgeous paper and love it when a challenge prompts me to use larger pieces. This paper is retired but I loved it so much I still have a few sheets- saving them for something special ( I know you know what I mean).

The sketch from TGIFC this week #150 is perfect for using up paper.
 And I've combined it with the colours from the Global Design Project for #GDP129

I didn't have much Soft Suede in DSP but I think the wood grain works well with the floral paper. I'm so excited the wood grain paper will be continuing on in the next annual catalogue- it's been so popular universally. The amazing you Sale A Bration set won't be around for much longer but it is such a gorgeous flower. I heat embossed the heart with clear powder onto vanilla and then coloured the heart with watercolour Coral.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I will have more cards using this great layout to share soon.

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

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

CI#29 Bridal Beauty Colours

Welcome back for another bloghop using this fortnight's Colour INKspiration colour combination. I could have seriously made quite a few different projects using this gorgeous set of colours. The inspriation picture with all those gorgeous roses and lace is just so feminine.
I have been trying to find some time to use my new Lots to LOVE thinlits for the wee box- and it's honestly the easiest box to put together. I was delighted with how fast it was to create. I included a little set of 4 notecards- 2 say thanks and 2 are plain, and the baker's twine treatment is a little different too.

I ran the front piece of the box - but not the flap, through the wood planks EF and then lightly sponged some Crumb Cake ink over the panel. I love the crumb cake ribbon and it worked well after I discovered that I have actually run out of lace - not even sure how that happens. The little roses are from Swirly Bird, and I snuck in a bit of Early Espresso wiht the text stamping and the sprig in the bouquet - a bit like the photo.
As a nice little link the mini pink roses are from my garden - it's a Cecile Brunner rose bush and they bloom despite my lack of skill. We had one of these bushes in the home where I grew up as they were the flowers on my parent's wedding cake. They bloomed every year for their wedding anniversary and were a regular feature on cakes for their anniversary and my birthday. 

The 4 cards and envelopes fir perfectly in the box. And I have to confess that I bought the Heart Happiness stampset purely for the large heart- it was so worth it, look at all that delicious texture with just one inkpad.

So thankyou for hopping along today, there is such a lot of gorgeous inspiration as you go around the design team. Enjoy it. And don't forget we love to see what you create using the same colours. You have 2 weeks to get a photo of your project up on our Facebook page.
 Next on the hop this week is my talented and lovely friend Julia

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

Sunday, 11 March 2018

CTC#169 - Sale A Bration Papers are the star

Hello and welcome back to me! I've been away for 2 weeks on holiday and had a great time, but now I'm back and I have to say I did miss my craft desk a little. 
This week's card use the fabulous new DSP which is on offer in the second release of Sale A Bration products. It's white and thick and glossy with a foil print and is perfect for colouring. I have used the inspiration pictures from page 3 of the little brochure and coloured two panels of the card.
The first is with Dapper Denim, and some fussy cut elements as well as vellum leaves.

The second uses blushing bride and Flirty Flamingo in an ombre look and the labels panel of woodgrain stamped using the beautiful Heartfelt Blooms. The copper dots in this card really stand out against the pink, and the Celebrate is Sponged also and raised up on a few layers of Early Espresso, coated with Tin- Tip glue for a glossy highlight.

next this week is Mel
and before me is Angela

Don't forget we'd love to see what you create using any of the  same inspiration pages in the
 Sale - a-bration catalogues.

 I hope you have a creative week and remember, 

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

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

CI#27 Multiple Thankyous and some Stamparatus tips

Welcome back. What gorgeous colours we have for this challenge. I love how fresh this colour combo is and this week I have used it for a batch of thankyou cards I needed to make. I also have some more tips for you using the STAMPARATUS. What a bonus for making multiples like this. 
I have used 2 of the amazing Sale A Bration sets. The Heartfelt Blooms was not on my initial "Must Have" list but once you see it in real life and stamp with it you are hooked. It has amazing detail. The second set used is the Beautiful Peacock which appealed to me not for the bird but for the gorgeous swirl and those teeny tiny accent pieces.

 Just a warning - this is a picture heavy post. lol.....
I don't do videos but I learn by lots of pictures so I hope you will pick up a few tips this way too.
 Handy Tip#1 - you can colour the silver Rhinestones using the alcoholic Stampin Blends. I used the dark Bermuda Bay and it tones so well. That may not be a new tip but did you know you can also colour the clear Epoxy Shapes? you can see both in this side view. they are so nice and flat and perfect for posting.
Handy Tip #2 - for multiple stamping you can use this stamp to stamp 2 pieces at once. It has such fine detail but easily allows for side by side stamping without looking crowded. It does not need to be specifically placed and you can get away with almost anything.
I stamped two envelopes at a time here.

And I stamped 2 front panels at a time here.

Then I moved the 2 pieces to the left and stamped again.

Handy Tip#3 - Move the paper not the stamp to multistamp. With some trial and practice placing you can stamp the swirl in two directions on each piece..without repositioning the stamp.
Firstly position the swirl where you want it on one side of the panel.

Secondly rotate the card and find the best position then mark your scratch paper as a guide for the following pieces.

Then position your sentiment where it sits nicely between the 2 swirls, and lastly position the tiny accents where you like them 

Pretty soon you'll have a stack of card fronts to whip into thankyou cards.

After each time I stamped the envelopes I used the stamped off effect to add alittle bit of detail to the inside corner of 2 cards. I just placed the corner on the stamp, covered it with scratch paper and rubbed gently to transfer the ink to the card corner. 
 I think one of my favourite features is that when an image doesn't stamp dark enough - or is a bit patchy- you can simply reink and restamp and it will be perfectly in position.  My Island Indigo stamp pad is the old felt type and although it is reinked it doesn't give quite the same ink coverage as the new foam variety. So I was able to easily restamp the inside sentiment so the colour was nice and deep - it's from Painted Harvest.

So there you have a few tips from my latest play with the Stamparatus. I apologise for the long post, and I would love to hear if you have any great tips too using this amazing tool.

Now it's time to hop along and see some more amazing cards using this week's colours. I hope you get a chance to play along with us. We'd love to see your creations, just share a photo on our  Facebook page.

Next this week is the super talented Julia hop on over and check out her take on this great colour scheme.

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

cheers, Liz