Sunday, 27 August 2017

CTC#143 Artistic Expression- still can't make a decision!

Hello and welcome back for another round of inspiration from this very large section of the catalogue.  I CASEd a lot of the cards in this section before my Catalogue Launch day and I know I haven't shown you all of them. So this week I have two different samples which I have CASE'd from this section

The first is the gorgeous BIRDS on page 139. The blue version using DSP from the Delightful Daisy DSP and the birds framelits, and the branch from the Colourful Seasons thinlits makes an easy card to put together. The second version is more like the catalogue sample and uses the frond image from Ready to Pop.

This lovely sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams

The second pair of cards use 2 of the current in colours and are a direct CASE of the butterfly card on page 134 which I knew I would copy as soon as I saw it the first time I flipped through the catalogue!.

This lovely sentiment is from Colourful Seasons.
There's such a lot of inspiration images in this section and the crew have quite a variety of different styles and projects in the hop this week. I hope there is something which appeals to you, and that you find some time for creating this week so you can share your creations with us on our Facebook page .

Next this week is my friend Krissy. I know you're going to love her project.

Before me this week is Peta

Thanks for looking, and remember

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

Thursday, 24 August 2017

CASEing the Designer for GDP#100

I always hope to participate in the GDP challenges as I think they are awesome, but I seem to seldom get my ideas translated into a card and then a happened again that I got the inspiration and the creation but somehow the photo and blog just didn't happen in time. But I'm posting this anyway. ( and I've already given the card away!)

For this weeks challenge (Well ok last week's challenge)  I am inspired to CASE one of my favourite designers from their team - the lovely Jess Williams who was one of our original members at CASEing the Catty. She has a beautiful style and I love her work.  She does some amazing watercolour so I have used her card as inspiration.
Thanks Jess.
My card is an easel card and is nice and bright. A little watercolour, a little embossing, a little colouring and a little stitching....

thanks for looking and remember,

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


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

CI#16 Manly Colours with a Feminine twist- and a Sneak Peak of some New sets!

Hard to believe another 2 weeks have flown by and we are back being inspired by a NEW COLOUR PALETTE for CI#16. It's a great combination which would be ideal for Father's Day but since I've already made a ton of Father's Day cards for the markets recently (You can check out some of those masculine ideas here and here) I found I was running low on feminine cards - how strange!
I have been needing to restock my market supplies of notecard sets and the new Pizza Boxes are perfect - and joy oh joy the 3x3 mini envelopes are BACK in the new catalogue (page44 with the pizza boxes).
So this is a matching set I've created this week.

The jar is stamped onto vellum and this is layered on a piece of acetate just to give it a bit more rigidity. I've glued these on with the thin foam strips designed for shaker cards. The cute little "with Love" is part of the "Made with Love" sentiment that comes in the new set "Labels to Love" I always decorate the inside, and I felt it just needed a little something on the front so i used my Basic Gray marker to freehand draw a little partial border.

You may spy a few new products in this set. The gorgeous new Champagne Foil (page 37) is stunning and looks fabulous with everything. Also new is a set called Pick a Pumpkin (page51) which has matching framelits. While I'm not envisaging that I'll use the pumpkin elements very much I fell in love with the leaves and the thinlits and I just had to have them.
The muted colour palette lends itself to a set of notecards that can be used for all occasions, and these go better at the markets for me than sets which are brightly coloured.

I like to include 4 notecards and 4 envelopes and 4 simple tags in each set. The tags were so quick to create using another new set from the catalogue- Labels to Love on page 45 with its matching punch - the Everyday Label Punch (page 12). I can see this being a fabulously quick tool for Christmas 
This is the full contents of the box.


I played around with lots of combinations but in the end decided that less is more and simplicity works best. 

The pizza boxes are very easy to fold and they are glossy on one side and mat on the other. I think the glossy surface is a food safe surface for baked treats but I liked the glossy surface on the outside for show! I decorated the top with leftover bits.
And here are a few sets packaged up ready for the markets this weekend. They make such a great little gift.

Thanks so much for hopping along today. I hope you are inspired to create something using these colours. Don't forget we love to see what you create and you have 2 weeks to share your creation with us on our Facebook page.
Next this week on the hop is - Rachel, well she's the beginning really! Enjoy all the creations this week. 

Thanks for looking, and remember

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

Sunday, 20 August 2017

CTC#142 Thinking of You

Welcome back for another week. It's been a busy week here preparing for markets again here but I managed to create something for this week's look at the love and sympathy pages. I have chosen the sweet watercolour umbrella card on page 93.

My watercolouring is the sponge and splash technique (I've done that before and you can read more instructions here). I used a foam roller to layer on plenty of ink, then spritzed the watercolour paper with water, then splashed a bit more clean water on for good measure! The clean water lifts some of the colour off creating marvellous backgrounds.

The Watts of Occasions stamp set is so much fun to use, I heat embossed the images with silver and applied more Crushed Curry Ink with a sponge dauber.

Next this week on the hop is Peta

And before me this week is Julia

Don't forget we love to see what you create using the same pages for inspiration.

Thanks for looking, and remember

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