Wednesday, 28 August 2019

CI#62 fresh spring flowers

Welcome back to our 62nd colour challenge! Wow that's a lot, and I've enjoyed them all. I did think this would be an easy challenge-the jar, the flowers. twine and lace and great colours, but I had to make a few before I ended up with one that I was happy with. Thanks for stopping to see.

I ended up playing with the gorgeous  Dynamic Magnolia embossing folder and embossing a piece of watercolour paper. Then I simply painted lightly wth the chosen colours on the raised areas. I used my aqaupainter and blotted off a lot of extra water with a tissue to get the nice soft blush of colour.  It's always easier to add more colour rather than take it away.

I did a second version in Landscape too. The folder is so big it's not possible to get all of both blossoms on a standard card front. But that's kind of nice because they will all be different. I also painted the outside of each petal a little darker in this version.

Next up this week is our guest designer Bente Snow with her stunning card.

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

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Sunday, 25 August 2019

CTC#243 A 3D project- envelope minialbum

Welcome back to CTC this week for 3D projects inspired by the catalogue. 

I'm excited to see what everyone has made.

Do you shy away from 3D projects because they might take a long time to make? I do.

But this project was made so easy by the fabulous Memories and More cards and the Magnolia Lane specialty cards and envelopes. It uses very few supplies.

 I have to admit that I constructed most of this project on a long car trip and it was very satisfying to pass the time being creative. 

This is the inspiration picture on page 37 of the Catalogue. I do love the simplicity of the cards but I was a bit disappointed initially at the weight of the cards- I thought they were a bit flimsy, but they do firm up when you add the M&M cards. However I Love the silver accent details and the lining.  I have wanted to make an envelope album for a long time and this seemed like the perfect place to start. There are loads of clips showing how to create a basic envelope album and I watched a few for ideas before I just went with what seemed to work.

This is a picture heavy post - the old 1000 words thing....

First page. The envelopes are perfect for slipping in photos or memorabilia.
The M&M cards are perfect for journalling and so easy to place with the silver frame already there for you on the specialty cards.
The right hand page is a card which I have adhered over another card and inserted the "back" of the card into an envelope behind. It opens up to the right.
 Card opened out.
And the reverse- page 2
Page 3 no pockets on this page, just space for a photo and some journalling.
 Page 4 - I made and extra pocket using one of the smaller M&M cards adhered across the bottom and the left side only. 2 more cards make nice slip in tags, and a larger one slips in behind. There is extra space in the envelope to the right, which is the back page.

and the back.

And just to give you another view- this album uses 5 envelopes and liners and 2 cards. - one of the pages is made by adhering the one card closed with the card 'front' of the second sandwiched between and the card 'back' adhered inside one of the envelope pockets. I just experimented a little, see what works for you.
My tip would be to assemble the envelopes in order before you glue anything in place!

I hope you get some time to be creative this week and share a photo of your project on our Facebook page. Happy crafting!

Before me this week is Judy
and Next this week is Monique

thanks so much for stopping by. Hop around and check out everyone's projects.

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

cheers, Liz

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

CI#61 Painting with white, gorgeous wedding colours

Welcome, and what a beautiful colour palette and inspiration pic we have this week. - I think I say that most weeks!!.. but seriously this week is gorgoeus.
And I have a few orders for wedding cards so this inpsiration really set me to work. I have created a few wedding cards using white Kraft Ink to paint onto the darker card surface. You can then colour with your markers of blender pen onto your white base, but I left the flowers white and simply coloured the leaves with my favourite green Mint Macaron.

I used one of the gorgeous new masks coming in the Christmas Catalogue and while the embossing paste was still damp I sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  The floral image from Bloom and Grow was Clear Embossed onto Soft Suede cardstock and painted with white ink. I did a few coats allowing it to dry between layers. The leaves are coloured using just a marker. The card has a wishing well pocket inside to hold the notes discreetly so the ribbon is perfect to hold it closed when tied in a bow. The strip of vellum just allowed the flowers to come forward a little.

While I had the colours out on my desk I created a second version in a regular C6 size. Instead of embossing paste this version uses the subtle embossing folder and an oval of glimmer white to frame the flowers, which are all white in this version. 

If you haven't tried painting with the Kraft Ink I can recommend it, it's quite surprising the effect.

And since this is also a Wishing Well card I made an envelope which is adhered inside for the notes, the flap is held closed by tucking into a strip of cardstock( decorated with some old washi tape).

Next up this week is Monique, be sure and hop all the way around. There are some amazing projects in the lineup/

And don't forget we love to see what you create using the same colours. Take a snap and load it to our Facebook page.

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

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 11 August 2019

CTC#241 a Layout challenge

I love a layout challenge, actually I love a colour challenge, a theme challenge, a word challenge......
but today I have enjoyed CASEing the layout on the top right of page 101.
Welcome to this week's bloghop, I hope you can create a card from any of the 4 layouts on page 101 and join us on the Facebook page.

The layout has a full panel of texture for the card front, a feature label with an image laying on top of it at the 2/3 level , some thread, a sentiment flag and some bling. 

I am including a sneak peak here- one of the 4 beautiful new masks coming in the Christmas Catalogue, it's gorgeous. I used an old favourite technique where I sponge colour using the mask then add white embossing paste over- it picks up the residual colour on the mask and creates a beautiful soft colour.
( I've done this technique a lot over the years, you can see some other samples here)
I'm short on time this week so decided to let the paper do all the hard work and cut the bird image from the beautiful paper (- love it chop it at work- still hurts!!)
Sometimes it's nice to have cards with no sentiment, and I simply added a few little embellishments to finish this off.

Have a go, take a snap and load it to the Facebook page this week.

Next this week is the talented Judy Can't wait to see what gorgeous creation she has for us this week.

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

cheers, Liz