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

Sunday, 4 August 2019

CTC#240 CASEing Everyday Occasions from pages 12-71

Welcome back to CTC - it's been a while since I was able to participate so I'm really thrilled to be able to join in. This is a massive section of the catalogue and I wasn't sure where to start so I decided to simply go with one of the images that jumped out at me when I first read the catalogue back in April.
The gorgeous simple line images from Grandma's House appealed to me at first sight. And since time is precious I have made 2 very simple cards using the fabulous Magnolia Lane Cards and More from the beginner brochure. These time savers are such good value at $1.75 each for the card, envelope and printed M&M card.
Grandma's House is on page 28 of the catalogue and one day I will make a shaker card with the cutout around the house but not today!!

I used my Stamp n Write markers in the colours below and a blender pen to colour the images and a watercolour wash to colour the background. It was very relaxing to just sit quietly and colour in.

Of course if you are going to colour one picture you might as well do a few, so with the leftover I made a full size card. None of them have sentiments, I quite like them just plain.

Don't forget we love to see what else you create with inspiration from anything on the pages 12-71 of the catalogue. Pop a photo on our Facebook page and be part of this week's challenge.

Before me this week is Mel and next on the hop is Simone. Be sure and follow the links all the way around the hop for more inspiration.

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

cheers, Liz
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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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