Sunday, 26 February 2017

CTC#117, SAB and a handy layout

Welcome back for another week. This week I have taken a layout from page 12 and ended up on a journey with a few unplanned changes - do you ever start crafting with one plan in mind but it then takes a different direction? Happens to me all the time...

Welcome back for another week at CTC, you may have arrived from Rachel, or you may be starting here, but sit back with a cuppa and enjoy the hop around this week's collection of projects inspired by pages 12-15 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. There's heaps to see. If you get lost you can find the full crew here.
So here's where my journey began..

I liked the partial die cut element where the taco truck outline comes right off the edge of the circle, so I planned to try that with the chicken. You need to stamp your image first, lay the frame lit (any shape) so that part of the image extends outside the circle, and lay your top acrylic plate so that part of the circle (or other frame lit) is not covered by the plate. Run your sandwich through the bigshot then hand cut the remainder of the image. Easy!
The other elements which I liked from the Catalogue card was the embossed panel of card the same colour as the base. Crumb Cake is my favourite card base- especially with those great envelopes to match. I ran the flap of the envelope through the embossing folder too - one of my Mum's signature finishes!

I wanted to try the same technique with an older stampset so I used the leaf from Kinda Eclectic, changed the shape and the placement, but kept the other elements the same.

Then of course I got carried away and had to do another one! ....well it happens.... this one doesn't have a partial die cut, instead it has the leaf image cut out completely and raised up on the a watercoloured leaf on the base layer. Also instead of embossing a panel the same colour as the base I used a panel the same colour as the top layer. The beautiful sentiment is from Rose Wonder.

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Next up on the circe is Bronwyn, I wonder if she'll have another of her amazing 3D projects today?

Don't forget we'd love to see what you create- you can make something inspired by pages 12-15, take a photo and load it up to our Facebook page. 

and remember 

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


Thursday, 23 February 2017

More Jars of Love with Embossed Lace using tone on tone techniques -a CASE of a CASE of myself!!

I made these jars cards very early on when I first opened the Delicate Details lace set. I loved the lace designs but I also thought that the straight and swirly lines image in that set could also double for the bumpy base you see around the bottom of some old glass jars and bottles, and even the ridges for the screw top lids. 
I was also busy creating samples for a display for our stamping retreat and wanted to show off the brilliant bright current In-colours by using some tone on tone sponging to create depth and increase the brightness of plain cardstock shapes.  This is a technique I love to use and I did it last year with the teacups. (there's a sample and the link at the end of this page)
Jar of Love is a fabulous set, but the little love heart and thankyou are super cute too - you'll find them in the Lift Me Up bundle

You can find the post with the teacups here
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As you can see I have CASEd myself!  - which is totally Ok because I still love the design.
Yesterday's colour INKspiration is a CASE of these bright jars, and the jars are a CASE of the teacups. When you're on a good thing-stick to it! I love the white on Kraft look and that big polka dot stencil is my fave.

thanks for looking, and remember,

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

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

CI#04 Jars of Love

Welcome back for another Colour INKspiration challenge. Aren't those pansies in the inspiration picture this week just stunning - those gorgeous yellows and strong purples. These are not colours I normally gravitate to but a challenge is all about extending yourself so i'm glad to have had a go!

I have recreated a selection of jars with my very favourite Jar of Love set.

I have made cards like this before using very bright colours which are fun and very sweet, (and I'll post them tomorrow, so make sure you have filled in the follow by email box on the right side of this page) but today I needed to make a Sympathy card for a good friend who also loves Stampin' Up! It's a card for my work friends to give a colleague so it needed to be big enough for lots of people to sign it. 
This card measures 13 x 19cm and I chose this size simply because I had some large envelopes left over from some wedding stationery- they have a little embossed heart on the flap which seemed appropriate.
I have heat embossed the leaves onto vellum, heat embossed the Delicate Details Lace with white powder onto the jars. I tied a little wooden heart on the medium jar and poked a little bit of copper foil through the white foliage. I used an additional leaf sprig from Affectionately Yours, fussy cut from Kraft card and the "From All of Us" is from the Sale A Bration set by the same name. I was surprised to find that I only had ONE sentiment which said "Thinking of You". Amazing, given the number of sets on my shelf. But the font from Sheltering Tree was perfect for the inside.

I am not overly fond of Crushed Curry in the plain card but had a beautiful (treasured) scrap of the marbled paper leftover from last year, I think it looks great as a glass jar. The other 2 jars are simply cut using the framelits, heat embossed and then I have sponged the edges with tone on tone ink to give a deeper look and I love this effect. 

I had quite a lot of jars cut so made a few monochromatic versions as well!

Thanks so much for looking today, Please enjoy the rest of the this fortnight's hop as we welcome 2 new design team members. Next on this week's hop is Rachel

Don't forget to join in our Facebook challenge page, it's so wonderful to have so many people getting out their inks and pondering new options to use them!

And remember,
"Don't just post online, Post something Pretty", Liz