Sunday, 9 July 2017

CTC#136 Grateful for so many things!

Welcome back to a new week - and a big welcome to some new design team members. It's great to have some very talented new card makers on the CTC team. Congratulations to them all, they each contributed over the month of June on our Facebook page. You're going to enjoy seeing their creations as we go forward this year. Be sure and leave some comments on their posts or on our Facebook page to welcome them.  We also have a few Guest Designer spots coming up too. Such a wealth of talent all around us.

Well I am grateful for so many things and while I often feel thankful I know I don't send enough thankyou cards to actually say so. In fact Thankyou cards are usually whipped up in a hurry around here so I can get it posted or delivered before too much time has passed from the event. So I have gone with the quick and easy layouts on the far left of page 131. I also wanted to do a stepped up version showing you that you don;t necessarily need a Bigshot to create more interest in your card. Stampin' Up! produces so many brilliant embellishment options that your possibilities are endless.

It's a simple layout and a great way to show off some of our fabulous DSP. I have used pieces from the Whole Lot of Lovely Suite. It's good to cut into the paper and use it! (hard, but good!). The gorgeous Shimmer Ribbon matches beautifully in Pear Pizazz. I used the 13/4" and 2" circle punches - I'd be lost without mine, and for fast card making they beat the Bigshot.

The stepped up version in the catalogue uses an embossed panel of cardstock - but I challenged myself to NOT use the Bigshot. 
SO...I used the embossing paste and a stencil. Once it was dry I put the mask back in place and sponged the same colour ink over the post - magic! To add a bit more detail I punched 2 extra 2" circle of cardstock and sponged the edges with the same colour ink, ( Powder Pink ink on pink card, and Soft Sky on soft sky card), then layered those and used the same Touches Of Nature Elements as the first version but left them white ( they are easily coloured, or the reverse side is natural timber)

Here they are together.
You know the paper is so pretty I think I prefer the simple version!

I have plenty of people who have helped make my week a good week, and these cards will be in the post tomorrow. Who could you send a quick Thankyou to? You know thankyou cards are so unexpected they always make the recipient smile.  Maybe you could whip up one using this layout ( or one of the others in the section of the catalogue) and pop one in the post this week too. Don't forget to take a photo and share it with us on our Facebook page.  

Next on the hop this week is Bec, who does such a lot of hard work behind the scene keeping us all focused. She certainly deserves a Thankyou card!
She has a cheeky sense of humour and even suggested this week that I may not be as prepared as I think I am despite all my planning! Guess she knows me well- I may have bluffed my way through a few things in my time - but don't ask me to play poker!

and Before me this week is Rachel

I hope you have a good week and remember

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



  1. Beautiful cards Liz! I agree TY cards need to be quick and simple and that beautiful DSP is a showstopper.

    1. Thanks Megan, yest there's so many beautiful papers- i want them all!!

  2. Gorgeous cards as always!! And who is the cheeky one!! haha

  3. What a gorgeous way to show off this divine paper and ribbons. I love the idea of the embossing paste and sponging. Fabulous cards.

    1. thanks julia, ues sponging is a great way to colour the embossing, youcan get different depths of colour too.

  4. Beautiful cards Elizabeth and thanks for the warm welcome - Angela xx

  5. Lovely cards Liz. That DSP is so gorgeous. Super impressed with your embossed paste feature.

  6. Lovely cards Liz. Great tip to sponge over the embossing paste

  7. Gorgeous Liz - I love both!!! That DSP is stunning with Old Olive accompanying it! Kelly x

  8. Great cards Liz, Love the shiny ribbon!


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