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Sunday, 22 October 2017

CTC 151, covers and hostess sets as inspiration

Welcome back for another week of inspiration from the Catalogue.

I had a bunch of thankyou cards to make so thanks to CTC I sat down and quickly put these together.
I had a few bits and pieces ready cut (the white card and black mats) so I used those as my starting point, and because I seem to have an abundance of Flirty Flamingo cardstock I opted to use that as my card base.
I used the Background Bits Hostess - set which is a fabulous addition to your stamping supplies - and I did an almost direct CASE from the sample with that set on page 220 of the Annual Catalogue.
But when I looked closely at all the hostess sets I quite liked the feature of same coloured background stamping so I added that in too!

Hers'e the sample on page 220


I was in a bit (a lot) of a hurry as the list of jobs to do doesn't really fit into the allocated daylight hours so I was really happy to find that the new Pretty Label punch is big enough to punch out the Thankyou sentiment. Even with the stampa ma jig I never seem to get sentiments straight on a rectangle so a punch is a perfect life saver for me. It looked a little stark so I added a bit of texture stamping through a punched circle window mask using one of the other great stamps in that set.
I am also quietly pleased with myself for using more washi!  I'm loving the pack of just black and white washi.

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there's so much to inspire along the hop this week.
Next on the hop this week is Simone
Before me this week is Megan

Have a creative week! 

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"don't just post online,
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Cards from my Christmas Class - I'm loving the Musical Christmas set

Last Sunday I held my Christmas Card Stamp a Stack- as well as a technique class in the morning.
Here's a few photos of the day and some of the Christmas Card Buffet cards I offered, as well as some other samples which I had created for inspiration.
I am loving the Musical Instruments Framelits and the Musical Seasons stampset as well as the Musical paper.

For my stamp a stack I run it as a card Buffet. Each card is done up in packs of 5, each participant chooses 2 packs. At the end of the day if there are extra kits left over participants may purchase additional packs and do the stamping/ cutting/embossing etc and take the pieces home to finish assembly.
I don't necessarily use current DSP but I always use current stampsets. Because of this there are variable numbers of kits for each design depending on what supplies I have on hand. I find it a good way to use up large quantities of DSP which I may have accumulated. Sometimes not having enough ribbon or embellishment may mean I have to limit the quantity of each design.
At the end of the day whatever kits I have left over I make up to sell as packs either at work or at the Markets.
Hope that gives you some ideas too.  
I did have plans to make lots of music paper decorations but that had to take a back seat for now!

You can see the Christmas packs ready to go at the back in this shot.
Love those smiling faces!

Inspiration cards- these weren't offered to make but were just sample ideas.

These were the options:

Option 1.
Year of Cheer DSP and Watercolour Wishes stampset as well as Holly Berry Happiness and the matching punch

Options 2 and 3 also used the Year of Cheer DSP.
I changed this slightly for the class - in the original (you can see them here) there was a charm tied around the bow with gold thread but for a big group we instead stamped and punched the snowflakes from Flurry of Wishes

Options 4 and 5. 
For the next 2 card choices I created ONE kit which could be used to make either of 2 options. Both used the Musical Seasons Stampset and matching Framelits and/or Watercolor Wishes. Cutting only one kit was a real timesaver. The second option used the layout from the Bermuda Bay sample but in the Mint Macaron colour scheme.

Options 6 and 7
Again, the one kit could be made up in one of 2 designs. Both used the fabulous Dynamic Pinewood Planks embossing folder for the card front.
The first card used Musical Seasons,  but the second used the new Hostess set Merry Patterns.

the candles were a popular option.

 Option 7.
This was very simple using Labels to Love and its matching punch. It was very simple stamping using only one colour. All the ribbon pieces were stappled onto a small scrap of Very vanilla and then glued to the card base to make it fast and easy.

And lastly Option 8.
This was extremely popular - and very easy. Someone had the bright idea of embossing the whole card front using the new Quilt Top Embossing Folder which looked amazing and I'll be doing that with any more I make like this. It was very simple stamping using the Hello Friend wreath in only one colour and a Champagne Foil star.

Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

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CI#19 Sunny Yellow

and welcome back for another round of Colour INKspiration, where this week we have a bright sunny yellow palette. I had lots of ideas on what to create with this set but had trouble getting most of them to come together.  
In the end I created a floral card with some triangle elements and several layers.
I love the Falling Flowers suite for heat embossing and colouring.

All the floral elements are heat embossed with white on white then coloured using the markers or a blender pen and markers. I have cut the centre from one of the flowers and raised it up. The accent around the triangle flap is actually silver foil and then Smoky Slate DSP which doesn't show up very well in this photo.
I love the dark tone of the DSP (from the retired Urban Underground DSP) which sits on a separate hinged flap under the first layer.  Hopefully the photos will give you a clearer idea.

The front - still doesn't show the silver between the white and the Smoky Slate.

When you lift the white flap this is the first layer.
The angled piece of Smoky Slate marble DSP is just a cover to hide the mess under the flap and also to provide the Slate edge visible from the front. I used a second larger piece of this paper as the inside of the card where you write your message, the top 2cm of this is the hinge flap which holds the Basic Gray piece in place.
That strip of daffodil DSP and thin gray washi hide the hinge.
I really like the blossom cut in half and adhered to the edges- it sort of keeps the floral theme flowing through without taking over the page.
I'm loving the Hello Friend set at the moment and have recently done some Christmas cards with it.
There wasn't really a pattern to this Fancy Fold, I just built it as I went!

When you lift the "Hello" page this is the final inside

Perhaps the side view will give you a better appreciation of the construction.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you have a sunny day wherever you are.
Do show us what you can create using the same colours. You have 2 weeks to get a card or other project made and then post a photo to our Facebook page- it's that easy. We love to see how the colour inspire you.

Next on the hop this week is Cathy Pinchbeck, you're going to love her graduated colours.

Have a creative week! 

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post something pretty!"

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Hello Set for the markets for GDP108

I'm busy creating for the coming Christmas Markets and one of my focus areas this year is boxed sets of cards.  This set uses a few techniques and includes a Happy Birthday male, HB female, and 2 x Hello friends cards. Generally I don't include too many sentiments, but a mixed set is always popular, although most people just prefer Blank cards.
This week at GDP #108 we are CASEing Bryan King,and I have CASEd several parts of his layout.

The sentiment panel sits over some black metallic thread. The background is a watercoloured panel stitched to the card base.  The little elements are wooden pieces from my "useful box" and I have inked them using the babywipe technique using Lemon Lime Twist and Night of Navy inks. The same 'inkpad' was used to add some background detail using the Gorgeous grunge paint splatter and minidots. Some random bling was a good way to tie all the colours together

Have a creative week! 

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

CTC#149 ever so sparkly!

Happy World Card Making Day!
I held a technique class and a Christmas Stamp-a-Stack so I'm happy to say I've seen lots of cards created today. And this is one of the designs we made today.

Christmas is such a beautiful time of year and it brings images all about Sparkle!...
 and that's what this week's hop is focusing on. 
Welcome to another week CASEing the Catty. 
The gorgeous new Year of Cheer paper is just lovely and it was the paper itself that inspired me this week. I just wanted something very simple to let the paper stand out- and also because at this time of year when time is getting more precious Christmas cards need to be fast to produce so you can create a large number.

There are 3 sheets each of 4 designs in the pack, but I have only used 2 of the designs for these cards. There is gold, silver and copper foil printing on the papers which have a white base. It is easy to sponge or stamp over the white background and I have simply used a sponge to colour these pieces. Emerald Envy is my pick for the green this year- partly because the seam binding ribbon is so soft that it ties easily and looks lovely, 

A small piece of ribbon tied around the white sentiment panel has a gold embellishment tied on for added sparkle.

This one has a narrow  scallop edge border of Emerald cardstock poking through which was created using the ribbon punch.

The copper and silver paper doesn't need too much in the way of embellishments.

I love the gold and silver on this paper.

I'll post some of the other creations from the workshop over the next few days. So be sure you are signed up to receive my blogposts as they are published so you will see some easy cute Christmas ideas. The sign up box is just under the rainbow swirl on the right panel of this page close to the top.

Don't forget there are some great specials to celebrate world card making day only available until October 10. You can order the notecards and envelopes kit at a bargain price, and loads of stamp sets at 15% off. Click on the image below to see the brochure for some bargains. Or message me for more details. but don't delay. This wont't last.

Next on the hop this week is the fabulous Bec
Before me this week is Rose

Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

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