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Sunday, 19 November 2017

CTC#155 Gift packaging - one of my favourite things!

Welcome back for CTC#155
I just love gift wrapping.

A little while ago I had a few years away from nursing and worked in a gourmet food and giftware shop. We used to make and wrap loads of hampers and gifts. I learnt a lot from my good friend Deanne, and my favourite thing was wrapping wedding presents.

Stampin' Up! offers so many options for gift wrapping that I just couldn't miss out on this week's challenge.

I have taken inspiration from lots of the packaging samples in the catalogues but my main focus is from page 56 in the Annual Catalogue where they have used the Memories and More cards from the Petal Garden Suite as part of the decoration to the front of a box,with ribbon wrapped twice around and secured with a mini bulldog clip.

I needed a few gifts this week and already had the packs of cards made, so I quickly made up a box from Cardstock , wrapped some ribbon around and pinned on a few cards with some ribbon and mini sequin trim. I sealed the top of the box with the brilliant wide washi from the black and white pack, and made a quick 3x3 card to go with them.


The second in a different colourway, you can see the little  matching gift card up to the right.

Both packs sealed with washi.


Next on the hop this week is the lovely Rebecca

I hope you have fun with your Christmas wtapping this year, and that you find some inspiration in the catalogue.
 I can highly recommend the memories and more cards as a great impact piece.

have a creative week, Liz




Sunday, 12 November 2017

CTC#154 - CASEing a colouring project



welcome back - what a brilliant weekend. Many of us have been at Stampin' Up!'s amazing event for some inspiration and to get some education and a look at the new products and promotions which are coming. It's always an amazing opportunity to catch up with fellow crafters who are just as passionate about paper crafting and creativity. I love the feeling of friendship and inclusion that such an occasion brings.
Typically attendees make samples and swap them as a way of sharing ideas and making connections. I ran out of time to make any swaps this year but I did make a few little thankyou cards which I would have used if I'd had enough time to make a few more.

I have CASEd the little girl card in the top right of this picture and had some fun using the Colour Me Happy set and the new Stampin Blends alcohol markers. They are so easy to use - even for a person like me who doesn't colour very much.









Not the greatest photos -sorry


Next on the hop this week is Rachel

Before me this week is Megan ( so nice to finally meet her this weekend)


I know life gets busy but we love to see what you create. Post a photo of your project to our Facebook page.


In haste to get organised.

Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

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

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

CI#20 Gorgeous colours for a bouquet.


Welcome to Colour INKspiration for the 20th colour challenge! and what a gorgeous inspiration pic for this weeks colours
We were invited to a beautiful young couple's wedding this week, and the colours and picture just inspired me to make this wedding card. All the invitations and wedding stationery was adorned with lovely watercolour flowers so I wanted to use that theme in the card. Initially I was going to fussy cut pieces and incorporate them, but in the end I only added them to the inside, although I did cut their names and date from the 'save the Date' card and added them to the front.
The front bouquet was made using the babywipe technique with just a few drops of Coral and Cherry inks. I was really surprised and pleased with how lovely they look together.
The blossoms are from the Beautiful bouquet bunch set.




I cut 2 sets of stems - one from Artichoke and one from shimmery White card which I then watercoloured with Artichoke ink. I like the depth and difference it gives with double layers.

The other easy way to get depth and dimension is using the Embossing Folders. I LOVE the dynamic wood planks and have used it on both the Whisper White card base and on the Timber DSP - it looks AMAZING in real life, and just takes the paper to a whole new level.

As I said I did use part of their original invitation on the inside- here's a little peak





And here's the beautiful couple with the watercolour painting by a local artist which we gave them.


 Next on the hop this fortnight is Lou, I wonder what amazingness she'll have for us today?

Don;t forget to share a picture of the projects you are inspired to make using these colours on our Facebook page.



Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

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

Monday, 23 October 2017

Getting ready for Christmas Fair Markets!


Just thought I'd quickly share this card design which I will have for sale at the coming Christmas markets:
October 28 Biloela
November 17/18 Emerald


I knew I had to have this set as soon as I saw it.
It's called "Half full"  and has lots of sentiments suitable for all year around, but the Christmas sentiment is perfect. I have a striking Christmas apron with the same words which I've had for many years. So the set was a no brainer for me.

I purchased an extra bottle of the fine tip glue pen and coloured some glue with a few drops of So Saffron. The image is stamped in Basic Gray and then coloured with the glue. You just need to let it dry overnight. It adds just the right amount of dimension.
And again I prefer to stamp the sentiment onto a scrap and punch it out to avoid stamping crooked images on the "good copy". In this case the 1" and 11/4" were perfect.


I used markers to get the 2 different inks onto the final stamps, and mounted both stamps on the one clear block so they stayed in just the right spot.. The precut and scored Note cards and Envelopes are great value and they mean that you can whip up lots of these cards quite quickly



This is an earlier design using Crumb Cake card bases and glasses stamped on Vanilla cardstock.



I might even need a glass or 2 very soon!!!!

Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

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

Sunday, 22 October 2017

CTC 151, covers and hostess sets as inspiration

Welcome back for another week of inspiration from the Catalogue.

I had a bunch of thankyou cards to make so thanks to CTC I sat down and quickly put these together.
I had a few bits and pieces ready cut (the white card and black mats) so I used those as my starting point, and because I seem to have an abundance of Flirty Flamingo cardstock I opted to use that as my card base.
I used the Background Bits Hostess - set which is a fabulous addition to your stamping supplies - and I did an almost direct CASE from the sample with that set on page 220 of the Annual Catalogue.
But when I looked closely at all the hostess sets I quite liked the feature of same coloured background stamping so I added that in too!



Hers'e the sample on page 220

 

I was in a bit (a lot) of a hurry as the list of jobs to do doesn't really fit into the allocated daylight hours so I was really happy to find that the new Pretty Label punch is big enough to punch out the Thankyou sentiment. Even with the stampa ma jig I never seem to get sentiments straight on a rectangle so a punch is a perfect life saver for me. It looked a little stark so I added a bit of texture stamping through a punched circle window mask using one of the other great stamps in that set.
I am also quietly pleased with myself for using more washi!  I'm loving the pack of just black and white washi.

Don't forget we love to see what you create and you can add your project to our Facebook page.


there's so much to inspire along the hop this week.
Next on the hop this week is Simone
 and
Before me this week is Megan


Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

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

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Cards from my Christmas Class - I'm loving the Musical Christmas set


Last Sunday I held my Christmas Card Stamp a Stack- as well as a technique class in the morning.
Here's a few photos of the day and some of the Christmas Card Buffet cards I offered, as well as some other samples which I had created for inspiration.
I am loving the Musical Instruments Framelits and the Musical Seasons stampset as well as the Musical paper.

For my stamp a stack I run it as a card Buffet. Each card is done up in packs of 5, each participant chooses 2 packs. At the end of the day if there are extra kits left over participants may purchase additional packs and do the stamping/ cutting/embossing etc and take the pieces home to finish assembly.
I don't necessarily use current DSP but I always use current stampsets. Because of this there are variable numbers of kits for each design depending on what supplies I have on hand. I find it a good way to use up large quantities of DSP which I may have accumulated. Sometimes not having enough ribbon or embellishment may mean I have to limit the quantity of each design.
At the end of the day whatever kits I have left over I make up to sell as packs either at work or at the Markets.
Hope that gives you some ideas too.  
I did have plans to make lots of music paper decorations but that had to take a back seat for now!




You can see the Christmas packs ready to go at the back in this shot.
Love those smiling faces!


Inspiration cards- these weren't offered to make but were just sample ideas.





These were the options:

Option 1.
Year of Cheer DSP and Watercolour Wishes stampset as well as Holly Berry Happiness and the matching punch



Options 2 and 3 also used the Year of Cheer DSP.
I changed this slightly for the class - in the original (you can see them here) there was a charm tied around the bow with gold thread but for a big group we instead stamped and punched the snowflakes from Flurry of Wishes




Options 4 and 5. 
For the next 2 card choices I created ONE kit which could be used to make either of 2 options. Both used the Musical Seasons Stampset and matching Framelits and/or Watercolor Wishes. Cutting only one kit was a real timesaver. The second option used the layout from the Bermuda Bay sample but in the Mint Macaron colour scheme.




Options 6 and 7
Again, the one kit could be made up in one of 2 designs. Both used the fabulous Dynamic Pinewood Planks embossing folder for the card front.
The first card used Musical Seasons,  but the second used the new Hostess set Merry Patterns.


the candles were a popular option.


 Option 7.
This was very simple using Labels to Love and its matching punch. It was very simple stamping using only one colour. All the ribbon pieces were stappled onto a small scrap of Very vanilla and then glued to the card base to make it fast and easy.


And lastly Option 8.
This was extremely popular - and very easy. Someone had the bright idea of embossing the whole card front using the new Quilt Top Embossing Folder which looked amazing and I'll be doing that with any more I make like this. It was very simple stamping using the Hello Friend wreath in only one colour and a Champagne Foil star.


Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

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

CI#19 Sunny Yellow

HELLO 
and welcome back for another round of Colour INKspiration, where this week we have a bright sunny yellow palette. I had lots of ideas on what to create with this set but had trouble getting most of them to come together.  
In the end I created a floral card with some triangle elements and several layers.
I love the Falling Flowers suite for heat embossing and colouring.


All the floral elements are heat embossed with white on white then coloured using the markers or a blender pen and markers. I have cut the centre from one of the flowers and raised it up. The accent around the triangle flap is actually silver foil and then Smoky Slate DSP which doesn't show up very well in this photo.
I love the dark tone of the DSP (from the retired Urban Underground DSP) which sits on a separate hinged flap under the first layer.  Hopefully the photos will give you a clearer idea.



The front - still doesn't show the silver between the white and the Smoky Slate.

When you lift the white flap this is the first layer.
The angled piece of Smoky Slate marble DSP is just a cover to hide the mess under the flap and also to provide the Slate edge visible from the front. I used a second larger piece of this paper as the inside of the card where you write your message, the top 2cm of this is the hinge flap which holds the Basic Gray piece in place.
That strip of daffodil DSP and thin gray washi hide the hinge.
I really like the blossom cut in half and adhered to the edges- it sort of keeps the floral theme flowing through without taking over the page.
I'm loving the Hello Friend set at the moment and have recently done some Christmas cards with it.
There wasn't really a pattern to this Fancy Fold, I just built it as I went!


When you lift the "Hello" page this is the final inside

Perhaps the side view will give you a better appreciation of the construction.


Thanks so much for looking, I hope you have a sunny day wherever you are.
Do show us what you can create using the same colours. You have 2 weeks to get a card or other project made and then post a photo to our Facebook page- it's that easy. We love to see how the colour inspire you.

Next on the hop this week is Cathy Pinchbeck, you're going to love her graduated colours.


Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

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