Wednesday, 24 July 2019

CI#60 , a challenging palette

Well I have to say this colour palette is beautiful but it was certainly a challenge- quite apart from finding the time to create which is a challenge all of its own.
I normally sway quite easily to blues and greens, and my first impression of the new In Colours was that Terracotta Tile would be my least favourite. How wrong I was. It's still not my fave but I surprise myself with how much I am using it.
I think working with a colour that is not your favourite is a good way to drive some creative thinking.
I was very keen to use the stamp set from the Fro the Love of Felt kit - the leaves and the stitching and the flower are all gorgeous elements.  The kit is really gorgeous. So this is what I came up with. 

welcome back to another round of Colour INKspiration. It seems like an age since I was involved and I didn't want another challenge to race past me. This one runs for 3 weeks so hopefully you will get a chance to join in with us.

I used both the pink and terracotta to watercolour a panel of shimmery white, stamped the leaves and the blu sprigs, but stamped the flowers on a scrap and fussy cut them. As well as the tiniest edge of the scalloped trim on each side I added a little bit of cream lace and some stitched embossing along one edge. When I cut the scalloped trim apart the fibres from the middle frayed off quite easily and they are tucked behind the sentiment. They have a lovely weight to them.

However, I will admit I was tired when I stole a few moments in my craft room to make this because I managed to stamp the inside of the card thinking it was portrait instead of landscape!! OH well, I have included the photo so you can see what a lovely group of elements they are.

So after me you are back to the beginning of the hop with Bronwyn and her gorgeous creation - if you have followed Bronwyn for a while you'll recognise owls as a recurring theme for her- so sweet.

Don't forget we love to see what you can create too. Send us a photo on our Facebook group.

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

cheers, Liz
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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Getting the most from the Leaf Punch

I was inspired last year by a framed wreath tutorial. I think it was by Mikaela Thitheridge using the sprig punch, and had LED fairy lights wound around inside it. It was beautiful and although I purchased and read her tutorial I never got around to making it, ( and now I can't find it lol....)  but I have been wanting to create a few items using the leaf punch as I will be using it in an upcoming class and wanted to show how versatile it is.

So this is my small version.
I used one complete A4 sheet of 5 different greens:
Call Me Clover   Shaded Spruce   Mint Macaron   Garden Green   Soft Sea Foam
and punched as many leaves as I could from each sheet.
I put all the leaves in a clear plastic storage case and simply made a tossed salad with them and scrunched up handfuls so they were mixed and a little distressed.
I used a cereal bowl as a template and cut out a circle of thick card, and a circle of Soft as Suede a good bit larger, then I cut out the middle of the circles of both to create 2 donut shapes. Completely freehand and not even, the cardboard was about 3cm wide, the soft suede about double the width of the card. I glued the soft suede to cover the cardboard, it was rough and definitely not flat. I used the inside piece of soft as suede, cut into a spiral and wound that around the covered disc just to make it a bit more uneven.( just trying to create some dimension like a wreath base would be)
Next I wrapped some heavy jute string around the disc. Not sure how long but I had a length of about 1m, and needed to add a bit more. This was not wound too tight, but helped to hold the soft suede in place and was just firm enough so I could easily slip some leaves under it.
I picked up 2 or 3 leaves at a time, dipped both stems in a puddle of tombow and adhered the stems onto the card base. sometimes the leaves slipped under one of the pieces of wrapped Soft Suede, sometimes under the twine, and sometimes just laying on top of the previous bunch. Sometimes I twisted 2 or 3 stems together. All the leaves lay in the same direction and at intervals I slipped the twine back over the stems to anchor them - if that makes sense. I covered the whole width of the disc working from side to side.
At the end I didn't have too many leaves left over.
Using the Perennial Flower Punch I simply cut 2 Whisper White flowers and joined them together using the small slit and twist technique I saw on Pinterest, and stitched a crystal button as the centre.
The background paper is from the Pressed Petals Suite and is cut to 9x9" to fit my frame.
I'm really happy with the finished product and will definitely make some more, and although they do take quite a few hours, they are a labour of love. It's the punching that takes the most time, and you have to wash the glue off your fingers quite regularly.

If you would like to purchase either of the punches you can find them by clicking on the image below to take you to my online store
and if you would like a pack of the necessary cardstock and glue please contact me for a kit at

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

cheers, Liz
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Sunday, 21 July 2019

CTC#238- Casing the colour scheme- how different colours can change a look completely.

WELCOME back - it's so good to be here again. I've been away and super busy lately with a 3 day river festival market in Rockhampton last weekend,  with stock for the shop, with teaching classes and with family - none of whom live close by. 
So it's lovely to be back and this week we are taking inspiration from the Garden Lane DSP colour palette- so many greens.
I have a project which I have been working on to teach at Injune in central Qld next month so a few friends had a practice run today. Three ladies created the same basic design but you can see how individual differences are so wonderful, and how different background pieces change the whole look of the project.

The central panel  of 6x6" is watercoloured using only Mossy Meadow, but everyone's turned out different.
The magnolias are created from Whisper White with Daffodil Delight centres.
The individual sticks also shaped how each person's finished up based on where the natural curves of the stick privided the best spot for the flowers.

This is Katrina's on the Garden Lane background.

This is Sharon's centre panel on a green piece of DSP from the Perennial Essence pack of DSP.

But this is how she actually mounted it - the Opal coloured sheet of DSP from the Floral Essence paper - how amazing the change.

And this is Heather's placed on the linen look piece of DSP from the Pressed Petals Suite - I love this look- and I love how everyone's centre watercolour panel are quite different.

and this is it on a different sheet from the Floral Essence pack.

 I did also make a pink version but I'll show you that another time- but how sweet are the magnolias simply stuck onto a branch. Well When I say simple, it isn't hard but ti does take a bit of patience as the glue is drying!!
 Thanks so much for stopping by this week, I hope you get a chance to play with all the greens this week. Don't forget we love to see what you create, please share your photo with us on our Facebook page.

Before me this week is Judy

and Next on the blog hop this week is Siobahn

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

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

#Simple Stamping with Felt embellishments inspire by Sara Douglas.

Well the Rocky River Festival - a fabulous 3 day event celebrating living on the Fitzroy River starts in 2 days and I am lucky enough to have a market stall again this year. So I've been busy creating some cute little sets of notecards in a paper wallet.
These cards were inspired by a demonstration Sara Douglas did at Onstage in Auckland in April and I have been keen to try her idea. All you need is a pack of notecards and envelopes, the Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit, some simple sentiments and some Pacific Point, Calypso Coral and Pool Party ink. I also added some sequins, and a cool background stamp for a bit more texture. I mixed the colours of the 4 felt details on each card and I love the finished look.
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The embellishment kit has 4 identical sheets of stitched felt shapes and they are perfect to adhere to a group of cards. As Sara suggested this would be a fabulous class for teenagers. I made 4 sets of 4 cards and still have plenty left in the pack for another play later.

The paper wallet is made from a single sheet of 12 x 12 and it holds 2 envelopes and 2 cards on each side pocket- perfect way to use up some of that paper.

This is a different set of cards but on the same theme and you can see the inside of the paper wallet.

So a big shout out to Sara, I had fun doing these, thankyou for the inspiration.

 Now I have more packing to finish for the markets!! 

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

cheers, Liz
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