Wednesday, 25 April 2018

CI#32 Spots, Stripes and Straws

Welcome to another Colour INkspiration challenge. What a gorgeous colour palette this week.

I love Pink and Navy- and who can resist gold. I really enjoyed this card. The inspiration pic is really cute too.

I just recently acquired this stamp set  - Touches of Texture - after having it on my wish list for ages. This gorgeous spray of flowers is so delicate. It's really all you need on a card.  I'm so happy the set is carrying over into the next catalogue.
To create this I heat embossed the image in white, then I coloured the flowers with Craft White ink and my blender pen. Once that ink was really dry I used the blender again with Navy Ink to colour the flowers. 
I find Pink Pirouette such a hard colour to use because it's almost too soft. But it is perfect for the texture background behind this flower image. It didn't show up at all on Crumb Cake but I did stamp it on the Pink Pirouette panel on the card base. Tone on Tone always just adds a little something.

The gold foil piece is cut using the Petal paletts thinlits, and the sentiment is from Just Sitting here.
And for the inside I just repeated the navy spray - stamped off.

I hope you feel inspried to play with these gorgeous colours and share your creations with us on our facebook group.  But first continue around the group to get some different ideas with the same colours. Next this week is the super clever Tanya, she has such a lovely style.  
Also a big welcome to Kim Oliver - our newest design team member. Be sure to check out her work too.
I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 22 April 2018

CTC#175 My Bigshot makes it all so Easy

Welcome back to another week of CASEing the Catty.  April is rushing by but I have found/ made some time to be creative this week for this blog and a class.
The bigshot is an essential tool in my craft room - and I love it. Stampin' Up! has so many great thinlits and embossing folders to use with it that it's sometimes hard to choose where to invest your money. So I try and purchase items which are able to be used in a number of different ways, and which will be good for gift giving, market stalls and personal use. 

The Lots to Love box Framelits set is one of those sets which ticks those boxes for me. I have created a few different items this week to showcase it's versatility. And I have to thank all those generous crafters who share their ideas and projects online.  I am a long time fan of Dawn Olchefski and her great videos (because I am unlikely to create any videos any time soon). You can get the links and some of the techniques for these projects from her videos here.

For Class this week we created 2 cards for Mother's Day, and then this little box and a few notecards to go inside.
I love to show a few options for ways to personalise the projects for my class ladies so they had a choice of belly band/ ribbon/ decoration of the box.

These boxes are the perfect size for a coffee bag and a Cadbury breakaway biscuit- so handy that they are individually wrapped in foil.
Each box is created from one piece of A4 cardstock. 
  • with the cardstock oriented to Portrait cut 2 panels horizontally at 11.5 cm, the remaining strip is the perfect width to decorate the box front. Simply cut to  12 cm length and run this piece through an embossing folder. 
  • Adhere to the front of the box
  • construct the box using a strong glue
  • Wrap the finished box with a Belly band of coordinating DSP being careful to fold and crease the strip (5cm x 25cm) at the right intervals to go around the box. Tape it to itself so it stays closed 
  • tie some matching satin ribbon around the band
  • add a tag 
My next project is a gift card holder. And while I used Dawn's basic layout I tweaked the design to be more me!

 The front closure is some layered circled held in place with a brad ( very old but very perfect for this!). I used the Ripple Embossing folder to add texture to the entire front panel, and I kept the flap on the front piece but glued it to the inside to secure the Whisper White message panel.

My final project used 4 panels of the box die piece, decorated with DSP as per Dawns' instructions. This is quite a good masculine project depending on the Paper you use. I think the stripes are quite striking. However, I couldn't resist adding one of the Floral elements from the Embellishment kit which just made it super fast.

All the ladies at class loved using the Box Framelits, they are one of the fastest boxes you'll ever make. I'm sad they are retiring.  

We'd love to see what you create using the same inspiration this week. Share your projects with us on our Facebook page.

The clever Megan is next on the hop this week.

Fi is before me this week

Thanks for looking today. Don't forget this set is retiring so be sure and order yours before they are unavailable. You can just click on the Rainbow Shop Now button on the right panel of this page to make it easy for you.

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

CI#31 Ceiling spirals inspiration

Hello again, what a busy week with Easter, Onstage and new catalogue excitement. I love the inspiration picture with all the circle and patterns. But it's been so busy that I really needed something simple this week. If I look back over my Pinterest boards Circles are a recurring theme for me. So this was easy to put together.

The colours this week were suggested by Monique, Who surprised us all when she appeared on stage as a Display Stamper. It was wonderful to hear her story and see how creative she was with her projects. but Double Surprise when Denita was also up on stage demonstrating too. Congratulations girls - both fabulous presentations.

This is a great layout for using up different DSP papers together and I have done variations on this layout quite often.
Since I have also set myself a personal challenge to use up DSP this worked well too.

The stamping is pretty simple and used Daisy Delight and Lots of Love.
Circles of course includes glimmer dots and BUTTONS, which I love even though they aren't very practical

Do YOU ever wonder what do do with all those little pieces of DSP? Are you reluctant to throw them out?
Well here's a handy tip to help you. Punch out circles of different sizes using up your scraps, even the edges of paper - part circles work fine. Arrange them in any order across your chosen surface - I like to create a border for the inside of the card.
Here's how mine looked before I started.

Apply Tombow glue so you have a little bit of wiggle time to get them in place and adhere them so they hang over the edges of your card.

Trim along the edges and voila! - SUPER easy. I have finished the edge with some narrow washi.

If you'd like some more inspiration using this technique I have a project here.

I've done the same thing with strips before too., You can search this site using the tabs on the right, but you'll find some "Using Paper Scraps" ideas here.

Or check out my Pinterest Boards, You might like the one "Using Paper Scraps"

ONstage in Sydney was so much fun, and there's so much amazing stuff coming out soon. The bright new colour palettes will definitley jump start some creativity.
Going to ONstage and seeing the new things first is exciting, and one of the perks of being a demonstrator. But the best thing is catching up with other demos who enjoy this hobby just as much as I do. A lot of the CI crew were there and It was impossible to get everyone together but it was lovely to catch up. 

Next this week is Kim Oliver - our Guest Designer. Welcome to Kim, and she has been quick to use some of the brand new stamps we were given at Onstage.
Don;t forget we love to see what you come up with using the same colours , so take a photo of your project and post it to our Facebook Page. You might be selected to be our Guest Designer too.

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz