Sunday, 29 January 2017

CTC#113 More Sale-a -Bration fun

Welcome back to another Sunday night. This week we are taking inspiration from first part of the Sale-A Bration Catalogue.

I have chosen the layout of the sample on page 5. It's so versatile and can be adapted for all sorts of occasions. That's the great thing about using the catalogue- someone else has done all the design experimenting and figured out the perfect balance of elements.

I have adapted this layout with 2 samples of DSP and cutouts rather than stamped elements. However I did use the beautiful SAB set Delicate Details instead of real lace. I have heat embossed in white on Kraft card and fussy cut around the lace. This is a beautiful treatment for wedding cards! The other SAB itme in my cards is that beautiful ribbon . It is SO much softer than the picture suggests. The trouble of course is picking which SAB item you'll use the most! Get them all - you won't be sorry!

In the Lift Me Up sample I have used the same lace technique and the beautiful SAB item - the DSP. Ready printed clouds make this card quick to put together.

Next on the hop is Rachel - and I think we have been on the same wavelength this week!

but if you went backwards on the hop you would link up with Monique

Don't forget we love to see what you create and you can join in on our Facebook page
if you click this link it will take you to the page

You can find the full crew here

thanks for looking, Liz

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

CI02 Luscious Succulents

Hello and Welcome to the second Colour INKspiration blog. What an exciting concept we are enjoying by using the Facebook page for your entries into the challenge. So much sharing of ideas and creativity. It's so energising!

And just how gorgeous and On Trend is this inspiration pic!

I have created a little "Gratitude Station" in a frame for my daughter as a house warming gift. It's a simple frame with a simple message. I read about a friend who spent last year writing little notes to describe a moment of happiness, storing the notes in a jar, and reading them all in the New Year to start her year with happy memories. It sounded like such a great concept. 

 This little station invites you to write a little note describing something you are grateful for and storing those moments of gratitude so you can read them later when you need some help with perspective and mindfulness.
The Oh So Succulent stampset is absolutely fabulous, and I was inspired to create a 3D Succulent Garden. The Succulent Garden framelits make it really easy.
I have used Garden Green sponged on the edges with White Craft Ink, and Mint Macaron for the second two plants sponged on the edges with Wisteria Wonder.

They are glued in place on a large raw timber block which has been wrapped in Burlap ribbon and White Baker's Twine.

The little blocks are stamped individually using a very old (long retired) Stampin' Up! alphabet, and glued together  with aquadhere. Some of the layers of blocks have their faces swiped in the Garden Green stamp-pad. The mini pail of gratitude notes have the "thankful for" sentiment stamped from the Sheltering Tree set, and the pencil has garden green baker's twine adhered to the end, while the pencil itself is wrapped in some Washi from the new Urban Underground suite, and tied to the bucket so there's no excuse!!

I made lots of string wrapped jars for Christmas decor (you can see more here), and this one has the lid decorated with two card circles and stamped with the gratitude sentiment from Grateful Bunch. 
It has the cute little notes from the Lift Me Up set stuck to the front. These 2 stamps don't catch your eye when you first look at that set but I am finding them really useful.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope to make another one using the popular Kokedama style for my next garden.

We'd love to see what you create this fortnight using the colours for inspiration, join our Facebook group if you are not already a member. If you would like this suite of products for yourself just click on the image of the set below to take you directly to my online store. The bundle alone is close to the $90 needed for a free Sale-A-Bration item so it's a great time to take advantage of this great offer.

Next on the hop is the amazing Lou Kitzelman who already has some amazing creations with this suite in her stable of achievements.

thanks for joining in,


Sunday, 22 January 2017

CTC#112 Birthday Blast in a Box with mini tutorial for this Size

Welcome to another week with CASEing the Catty as we seek inspiration from pages 8-13 of the new Occasions Catalogue.
While I love the Cupcakes and Carousels paper, I am totally in love with the Birthday Blast and Star Blast Edgelits and I was inspired by the box on the bottom of page 11, but I have created a Card in a Box. I had to play around with dimensions a little to get the width for the edgelit, and created a long flat box ("landscape") rather than the conventional taller "Portrait"box. So these dimensions fit neatly into our Crumb Cake Envelopes or you can easily make one to suit- and the beauty is that from one sheet of 12x12 DSP you will get the envelope plus the decorative panels for your card.

You can see how neatly it folds flat and slides into the envelope!, And you can see the single bridge adhered to the inside of the box.

I stamped the base of the box with the teeny star just like the image in the catalogue. 
 You need to make sure that the stars sit down low enough so that the tip is covered by the back of the card and protected.

There are plenty of tutorials for Card in a Box, but these are my dimensions for this size Card
 (they are imperial as it's just simpler for this card)
  • Cut one piece of A4 cardstock down the centre (10.5cm or 41/8"), and trim to 11" long
  • place in the scoring tool Landscape
  • Score at 1/2", 1-5/8" 5-3/4", 6-7/8"
  • rotate and score at 2-1/8" only along the first four sections- leaving the last large panel complete
  • cut the tab off as shown
  • cut along the score lines down to the centre score line along and fold these flaps outwards- you may like to trim these in a very thin V so they sit better but that's optional
  • glue the small tab in place to create the box
  • cut single bridge piece 1 1/2" x4 7/8", score at 3/8" and 4 1/2"
  • score the ends of the bridge piece and adhere it level with the top of the inside of the box
  • cut the piece of 8 x 8 Envelope paper , and cut the decorating panels from the remaining strips- the Envelope Paper is thinner than regular paper and folds nicely around the box to hold the flaps down in place.
    • to make the envelope take your piece of 8 x 8, Punch and Score at 3 1/2", then proceed as per usual method with envelop punch board
    • Decoration Panels from the remaining strips
      •  cut 4" x 4"  -2 pieces
      • cut 8" x 1 1/2" -1 piece
      • Whisper White/ Neutral cut 3 3/4" x3 3/4"  - 1 piece for reverse.
  • Cut out the star banner and adhere it to the bridge making sure it's low enough that the point of the star is protected.
  • decorate as desired


I also made a few more samples with this including a cute shaker and post those this week so check back - or make sure you have filled in your email address in the "Follow me by email" box on the right side of this page 

I'd love to see any that you create, and don't forget we love it when you join in. 
It's so easy. Create a card using the catalogue pages 8-13, take a photo of it and post it to our Facebook page

 You can see the full line-up for this week here,

and you can follow on or back using these link buttons.
  Rachel is next on the hop

And before me is Monique this week

I'm also going to enter these in the Global Design Project #071 for this week - 3D or off the page items

Thanks so much for looking,

CQ Paperlover's Crew full day stamping retreat #6monthstampinggoals!!

Yesterday we held our first Full Day Stamping Retreat in Rockhampton and I'm really grateful for all the help I had in putting the day together. It was a great team effort by several of the demonstrators from my team - the CQ Paperlover's Crew. Thanks so much to Krissy Buck, Heather Latham, JoAnne Humphreys and Sharon Dalton who created samples, taught classes, arranged prizes, organised the catering and timing, and of course the setup and cleanup.
It was a great day and attended by new and old crafty friends who had come from quite a wide area in Qld - Brisbane, Buderim, Moura, Gogango, Biloela.....and Gracemere!!

It was a very hot day in CQ at 41degrees so being inside in the cool Air Conditioning stamping was a perfect escape from the heat.
Each participant went home with a goodie bag and 8 cards from 4 classes plus bits and bobs from the Product Playground, as well as a folded paper wallet they made, prizes and catalogues.
I hope everyone had fun learning a few new techniques and playing with new products.

I challenged everybody to go home and write in one of the cards they made 
and post off a little paper hug to someone this week.
as my advertising sign at the markets says
"Don't post online, post something pretty"

 I'l be back in the next few days with photos of the samples we made!
thanks for looking,