Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Happiness is... Playing with colour!

I'm so honoured to be part of this great blog hop.  There are so many lovely stamping friends whom I have come to know a little in the last few months. Some I've met at Onstage and some I only know online. It's amazing how we all connect through a love of creating.

Like Kelly I have been a demo for 5 years and just received my 5 yr badge a few weeks ago, but unlike Kelly my kids are grown and moved away, so I am in awe of how much she is able to create and her awesome energy while still having little ones at home. I think we can all learn a lot from each other, but she definitley inspires me with her bubblyness and fun and creative approach.

So thinking about the brief I tried to pinpoint what makes me happy ( in the paper world..)
here's a few:
  • brand new sheets of pretty paper
  • new stamp sets
  • playing with colour
  • having an idea in my head and being able to make it come to life
  • sharing creativity with others
  • encouraging others to have a go 
  • the look of happiness when someone is proud of what they have created
So I am happy to share a swap I created for my Catalogue launch. In a group of 10 we each made 10 cards using new product and swapped so we each have a variety of samples to add to our display. It's been awesome to see what others have created.
I was determined to use the Wood Words set and wanted to create some background paper using the solid images from the set. But I couldn't get it to work for me- I tried monotone, I tried different background colours, I couldn't get the family of 5 to look right so I put it away and made something else. When I came back to it I started again and decided to just go with colours I liked together, and hey presto - "pretty" worked!
I am really happy with how they ended up.

I just started with one colour and stamped off the first image on scrap then kept on going creating lines and building up rows of colour. My colour palette for this one is
  • Berry Bliss
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Crumb Cake
  • Tranquil Tide
  • Fresh Fig

Once I had the rows of colour I stamped 3 roosters randomly and layered the panel up on a Berry Burst mat.
  • Whisper White Panel 2 1/4" x card length
  • Berry Burst Mat 2 1/2" wide x card lenght
  • Woodgrain DSP 1" strip
  • Mini Chevron Ribbon 81/2"
I have a favourite technique for tying ribbon which leaves a very flat bow - I first learnt it from a stamping friend and it is the stitch that bookbinders use to tie a signature of pages together. My class ladies love it so here are the steps for you. It is very economical on ribbon and the knot/bow always sits very flat.

Stamping makes me happy, but sharing makes me happier.

Of course I couldn't stop at one colour combo
This one is
  • Berry Bliss
  • Fresh Fig
  • Soft Sky
  • Crumb Cake

And this one is
  • Dapper Denim
  • Tranquil Tide
  • Crumb Cake
  • So Saffron

And the same technique of course translates to mini notecards

This new Wood Word set is just so versatile. You are going to love it. I will have more samples coming up for projects for my Catalogue Launch June 10 so make sure you subscribe to my blog - the little email box on the right panel just below the 3 rainbow swirls so you don't miss any of them!

Thanks for looking today. Next is one of my fellow design team members from CASEing the Catty - which is where I met Kelly for the first time too. Each Sunday night we have a blog hop making projects inspired by a particular section of the catalogue. You can join in too using the Facebook page and share your inspired projects. We'd love you to share with us
Enjoy Rachel's project

and remember 

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


If you get lost here is the complete list of participants and links to their blogs!

  1. Kelly Kent - http://mypapercraftjourney.com/2017/05/30/stamping-with-friends-celebrating-5-years-part-one/
  2. Angela Meiritz-Reid http://stampingbeauty.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  3. Monique Fielder - http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-happy-blog-hop.html
  4. Narelle Farrugia - http://wp.me/p1ikRV-1yP
  5. Wendy Hodkinson - http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/wendyhodkinson/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/4000120/entry/kelly_s_stamping_friends_blog
  6. Deborah Harris - https://pinkpossabilities.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/celebrating-5-years-with-a-friend-2
  7. Nicole Wilson - http://nicolejuliewilson.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-celebration-anniversary-hop.html
  8. Josie Dean - http://josie-dean.com/2017/05/30/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop
  9. Elizabeth Gross http://lillylovespaper.blogspot.com/2017/05/happiness-is-playing-with-colour.html
  10. Rachel Palmieri - http://stampinpals.blogspot.com/2017/05/happy-5-year-anniversary.html
  11. Cheryl Algie - http://chezzakayewandellagal.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  12. Kristel Rimmer - https://secretlyscrapbooking.com.au/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  13. Kathryn Mangelsdorf - http://klm55.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  14. Mandy Depiazzi - https://mypapertrailblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  15. Fi Cobbin - http://www.themagentatiger.com/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  16. Nicole Goding - http://nicolegoding.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  17. Holly Stene - http://hollyshobbs.blogspot.com/2017/05/celebrating-5-years-kelly-kent-highlight.html
  18. Claudia Ausborn - http://wp.me/p374iD-1bL
  19. Julia Quinn - http://handmadebyjuliaquinn.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-happy-blog-hop-for-kelly.html
  20. Jan McQueen - http://janscreativecorner.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  21. Sara Levin - http://theartfulinker.com/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  22. Carolina Evans - https://studioevans.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/its-kellys-5th-stampversary.html
  23. Tamra Davis - http://wp.me/p2QFfC-Gc
  24. Narelle Simm - https://eleventhhourstamping.com/2017/05/30/happy-hour/
  25. Jenny Hall - https://www.jennystampsup.com/2017/05/30/watercolor-markers-kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop

Sunday, 28 May 2017

CTC#130 Sad Farewell to the Occasions Catalogue

Well all good things come to an end, and this week is the end of the Occasions Catalogue so the team are CASEing it one last time.

Many products are continuing but some just have to go. So I'm using the Urban Underground DSP before it's gone, and Kraft cardstock which I REALLY am going to miss, and an old tool - the alphabet rotary stamp since I don't yet own a small alphabet stamp to create my own sentiments. But I have also chosen the Gorgeous Dragonfly Dreams set which is continuing and some new ribbon coming next week - the mini chevron ribbon.

I love quite a lot of projects in this book but I am very short on time this week so opted for a card that looked quite quick and easy, as well as packing a punch with its simplicity. The card on page 44, bottom right - how easy is a few strips of paper? And there are so many gorgeous patterns of DSP you could make this card a million ways and each one would look unique.

The first sample follows the catalogue layout fairly closely although I added the bee instead of the string bow- and I dressed it up a little with the ribbon stitched onto the base.

But then I thought I would do a stepped up version to add a little more detail. By simply adding a background mat, and laying the strips onto an embossed panel it adds a lot more dimension. I thought the honeycomb folder worked perfectly with the bee.

The inside is pretty simple and a bit of fun

thanks for looking this week, enjoy the rest of the hop and take one last look at the Occasions Catalogue to see if there is a project in there that has been on your "to do" list. We'd love it if you found time to make it, photograph it and post it to our Facebook Page- you have until Monday of next week.

Next this week is Judy, so enjoy her wonderful project.

You'll find the full crew here


You'll find the Facebook page here

and remember,

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


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Colour INKspiration#10 Indigo lmpressions

Welcome back to the next blog hop for colour INKspiration.

I just love the colours this week - and my gorgeous daughter is a redhead so the inspiration picture really spoke to me. I rarely use Cajun Craze ( have you read that in 95% of the posts this week?) but it is quite a beautiful colour when you give it some love! AND how well does it go with these colours.  Bronwyn has done a brilliant job of challenging us all this week. I hope you get a chance to get inky and play with them too.
Do you ever look at a challenge and wonder where to start?

This often happens to me so I regularly turn to a trusted sauce of Inspiration - The Annual Catalogue. I figure the concept artists and designers there have already done a lot of hard work in experimenting with projects to come up with the right balance of scale, embellishments and layout so when I have limited time I can take short cuts by copying their ideas.
When I first was introduced to Stampin' Up! the catalogue was actually called an Ideas Book.

I can't show you pictures of the inside of the new catalogue yet (not until June1) but I was impressed by a project on page 150 and immediately new I would be CASEing it at some point.  It uses the emboss resist technique and some pastel colours but I thought the design could take the strength of this colour combination.

  there are a few differences - some of them subtle - which I was experimenting with
  • one uses clear embossing powder for one layer of the leaves, the other uses white powder
  • one uses Delightful Dijon for the mat, the other uses Cajun Craze
  • one uses Delightful Dijon for the base, the other uses Island Indigo (seriously a gorgeous colour!)
  • The text on one is tone on tone, on the other it's contrasting
I'm always fascinated by how changing a few elements while keeping the others the same can completely transform a card. Changing the backdrop for the same feature panel changes the look quite dramatically. Which do you like better?

I did use up a few old embellishments on these- the Dijon resin flower and the Regals Button (obviously justifies my policy of hoarding until "one day when you need it).
I will really miss that Dijon mini striped ribbon.

I have split the words on the sentiment so that only one word is on the front,
 and of course the inside is decorated.
HANDY TIP:   Did you know you can recolour your DSP if White is not the accent you need? This shows the difference when I have simply sponged some Dijon over the white text to completely alter the look. Crumb Cake also works really well for this and I do it quite often.

If you too would like to use the Catalogue for inspiration - 
or follow a group of stampers who do that every week- 

 We focus on a different section of the Catalogue each week
 and just like this fabulous CI format you are very welcome to participate each week on Facebook.

(You'll already know a lot of the CTC team because 
they are designers here on the Colour INKspiration team too)

Next this week is Kim. I'm so excited to see what everyone creates with this striking combination.

Don't forget to Click on the banner below to go to the Colour INKspiration  Facebook page where you can add a picture of your creation using these colours.

Thanks for looking today and remember

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


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Jigsaw Masculine Leaves for Kylie's International bloghop

Masculine cards are always tricky, but I don't believe they always have to be blue and brown and green and boring!I'm confident that this gallery will contain loads of amazing examples of that. 

So this card is cheery and colourful. In truth the colours come from the Colour INKSpiration challenge blog this week because I was playing with them to create some birthday cards for that post.

I'm terrible at throwing bits and pieces out and will hold onto them until I can create a new card! This card sort of happened that way. The background panel is shimmer white with some clear block stamping of Pool Party to get that watercolour background colour. The denim leaf is cut using the Seasonal Layers thinlits dies and then inlaid into the embossed cherry panel. I love the simplicity - and the element of a jigsaw piece.
I love bows and string but they aren't quite masculine enough are they?! So I have had fun teasing out some of the Copper trim which is also coming in the new catalogue. It's amazing and you really don't need much of it.
I have left this card without a senitment at present but I think it's a good all purpose card.


I'd love it if you could vote for me this week

If you would like to get your hands on this stampset before the catalogue launches on June 1, then you are able to purchase it as a demonstrator- or as a new member signing up to become a demonstrator- just click on the link on the right side panel of this page to join my team - CQ Paperlover's Crew.

thanks so much for looking, 
and remember, 

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