Sunday, 26 August 2018

CTC #193 pages 164-179, Mini Album Thankyou

It's easy to be inspired by the fabulous projects in the catalogue, it's sometimes just hard to find the time to create all those things you want to try. I'm really glad this week's Challenge covers these pages because I was asked to make a Farewell Card for a large office and the lined alphabet stamps and thinlits helped me decide where to start! Then I just picked a DSP paper pack  - "Share What You Love" - and chose the colours from there. 
Welcome this week. I hope you find something here that sparks you to get creative too. It's a little hard to capture in photos but this "card" needed room for about 30 - 40 people to sign.  I left it fairly plain and there are no embellishments so that it sits flat and is easy to write in.

I was inspired by the great photos on page 174. and also by a recent post by Rochelle Blok on Kelly's Paper Adventures Team blog hop. I used her link to the tutorial video and but altered the measurements since I wasn't needing to add photos. I also added quite a few more pages. ( measurements I used are below)

I used a few coloured Cardstock pages and sifted through some old packs of Memories and More card packs and added few journalling cards from those. I think this would be a great way to use retired M&M cards for gifts.....mmm.....
 There are 2 pockets with tags inside for other messages.
 This stampset is an oldie but a goodie, I use it a lot! some retired stock is important!
 I made it quite random but the papers are so beautiful that it's still coordinated.

I'll wait until they have all written in the card then I may go back and add a little more accent stamping to fill in any blank spots. And I still need to make the envelope to match.

These are the measurements I used
  • cardstock for alphabet letters cut to 10.5 cm wide and lined up in thinlit frame with the 2 marks on the angle edges so that the letters are lined up straight.
  • Front Decorated Panel - adhere all letters to create word then trim piece to 3' wide
  • Covers  - can use Heavy Cardstock (if available) or chipboard if desired
    • 2 pieces cut at 6 1/8' x 3 1/2"
    • Score at 5 3/4"- this creates spine of ~ 3/8"
  • Pages - odd number 7 or greater plain Cardstock
    • cut at 5 1/2" x 3 1/4" 
    • score  6 of these at 1"
  • ribbon  approx 60 cm
  • DSP for back cover 5 1/4" x 3"
  • DSP for inside 
    • hinge pieces 15/16" strips ( a whisker under 1")
    • pockets - 4" x 3 3/4" score 3/8" on 3 sides fold under flaps and adhere
    • cut plain Cardstock to create tag 4" x 2 3/4" 
    • other panels of DSP cut to 1/4" smaller than area where they will go.


  • adhere the 2 spine flaps to each other using strong adhesive- I like the front cover spine to be adhered over the back spine so that the join is at the back 
  • I adhered the full length of ribbon on the outside of the covers using strong double sided tape along the middle of the covers for the full length
  • adhere the decorated front panel over the top of the ribbon
  • assemble the pages as a book before you adhere inside the covers
  • place the unscored page on your work space- this is the BASE piece
  • adhere the 1" (hinge) flap of the first page to the right side of the base piece.
  • alternate pages in a Z - or zig zag - adhering the 1" (hinge) flap to left then right until assembled. 
  • adhere 1" DSP strips to hinge flaps and trim to flush with edges of page
  • adhere BASE piece to inside of back cover
  • decorate as desired. 

Next this week is Sandra

and before me this week is Peta

We'd love to see what inspires you using these pages. Pop a photo of your project on our Facebook page.

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

cheers, Liz

Friday, 24 August 2018

Sneak Peak of some lovely new Embossing Folders.

My preorder from the upcoming holiday catalogue arrived last week and I am loving the new embossing folders. There's 3 new ones in my collection but without a doubt the most stunning is the "Tin Tile" Dynamic Embossing Folder.  It reminds me of a pressed metal ceiling.  You'll just love it even more in real life, it's gorgeous.

I had the unfinished vases on my desk so they helped me quickly put a few cards together.

The second folder is called "Corrugated". It is also a dynamic folder so the impressions are really deep. It's best to spritz your cardstock lightly with water before running it through the bigshot so that the fibres don't crack. But the effect is really worth it. You will also notice the Tranquil Tide Glimmer paper - it's new too and stunning.

The new catalogue is available from September 5. 
If you would like a copy please let me know and 
I'll pop one in the post to you.

 I hope you have a creative week and remember,

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

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Colour INKspiration #40

Welcome back for Colour INKspiration round #40. This round will be up for 3 weeks so you have quite a while to create a project using this week's inspiration photo and post it to our Facebook page.
The photo this week is very regal with strong colours. 
I love the woodgrain, the lines, the ornate ceiling rose, the candelabra, the table and chairs. But I don't love Old Olive ( and I can never get it to look the right shade in my photos), and I don't own Gorgeous Grape ink (so I substituted Highland Heather, though I did have the right cardstock). In the end I made a little set of gift notecards using the Hostess set "Seasoned with Kindness" which has been patiently waiting to get inked up. 
The Olive paper used to decorate the front of the pizza box is from the new Frosted Floral DSP which will be in the Holiday Catalogue. It's such beautiful paper it could almost make me love Old Olive......
 Some of the pots I stamped directly onto woodgrain paper and some I stamped onto Vanilla and coloured with the blender pen.
The Stamparatus was fabulous for positioning the leaves and I was able to stamp off the solid image so that it wasn't too strong, then stamp the lined images several times to get nice dark detail. .......Love my STAMPARATUS!
And of course the Layering Squares thinlints allow you to get just the finest border detail of colour. Much more accurate than just using the trimmer. So many tools to make it easier (Not really faster in my case!)
Next on the hop this week is the talented Kim Oliver, be sure to hop all the way around. It's fascinating to see how everyone interprets the set colours each challenge.

And don't be shy- we love to see how these colours inspire you. Join our Facebook group and post a photo of your project too.

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

cheers, Liz
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Sunday, 19 August 2018

A Few of My Favourite Things

Looking back is part of going forward right?
So I have put together a few of my favourite projects from this year.
Card making is my favourite crafting and being on the design teams at Colour INKspiration and CASEing the Catty means that I am constantly challenged to look at new ways of doing things, but also an incredible opportunity to learn from others. I also have to challenges myself to participate in challenges which are not my usual colour schemes/ style etc so it is a good opportunity to grow.
Here are the links to a few of my favourites.
This one has a surprise acetate front, See more here

This one was a great way to Demonstrate the Stamparatus at the Rockhampton River Festival recently.  I just love the Bokeh Dots stampset. I may even modify this for my Christmas cards this year.
You can see more details here

I have also had lots of fun playing with the Floral Frames Bundle- it's beautiful. But as well as the obvious images I was thrilled to find Gumleaves in the set. Here's how I made them and some of the tips with this set.

As well as cards I love to make other more permanent creations. I love the new colour revamp this year- everything is so bright and fresh. So I revamped my display board as well. You can see more of this here.

The other project I've been working on recently is a 3D frame.
I have used these Ikea 'Riva' frames a lot over the years as theAny sit flat on a shelf or table and there is a good depth for any 3D objects. This time I wanted to  update my frame with some of the gorgeous new papers and embellishments. You can find more about this project in this post.

And finally, what would a Stampin' Up! review be without looking at some Scrapbooking. There are lots of avid Stampin' Up! users who are keen scrapbookers and while this isn't my first option for craft time I do enjoy the challenge. And I try to diversify so I can be of help to my customers.
My page uses a Photograph that is very dear to me so it was important to present it and preserve it . You can see more details about my page here.

Thanks for looking today.
I hope you find some time to be creative this week
and remember

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


Cathedral Windows Inspired in a Frame with New Edition Toys, Inspre:Create #24

Last week for CASEing the Catty we used the section for Natures' Poem and I was inspried by a few things in the Catalogue. One of them was the mosaic style of card using stamped images on page 152.
I used to make a lot of Patchwork style cards and since my crafting mojo has been a little low lately I find it helpful to go back to styles I used to like. So patchwork styles reappeared in my vision and I had always wanted to try a cathedral windows style. This is what I ended up with - eventually!

I punched out 2" circles of patterned paper and cut squares of woodgrain or plain card to 1 1/4", and folded the edges of the circle over the squares. Getting them all lined up in the grid took a little time but I like the spacing which also allowed me to decorate the edges using some of the fabulous copper vinyl stickers from the Tea Room Copper stickers. I also used these to create a butterfly and a bee which sit up on some wire, as well as adhering one to some So Saffron and cutting out a flower.
I find it very difficult to photograph once in a frame due to reflections so other than the shot on the table the other photographs are taken out of the frame. See how many different stamp sets or embellishments you can identify.
I used all current buttons/ glitter embellishments, copper stickers, copper leaf embellishments, ribbon, twine etc. The wooden leaves are not current but there is a similar product available. And the large white pearls - the eggs in the nest are now retired but they were essential. The nest is made by applying liquid adhesive to the entire strand and holding the coil until it dries. There are some tiny strips of Crumb Cake cardstock scrunched as the base with the pearls resting on top.

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Not all of the squares are adhered directly to the base. They are all at different heights with pieces of thick cardboard underneath to bring some of them up for variation.
There are plenty of different stampsets used too. How many can you find?

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The paper background is from the Tranquil Textures pack and the woodgrain si one of my favourite go to papers.
What stamps do you have in your stash that you could use to create something like this.

I think I'll enter this is the Inspire. Create challenge this week.

thanks for looking today.
 I hope you find some time to be creative this week and remember

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

take care,