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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Peach and Plum colour combination for Global Design Project

Who can resist a rose?
I do love the little roses in the Cake Soiree set and I have been having fun with the rose mask as well, so it seemed a perfect opportunity to make the same card using the GDP colours.
I'll share a tip on using the mask next week so make sure you are signed up to follow me by email - see the rainbow boxes on the right panel of this page.
The peace rose is a yellow/peach with dark pink tips on the petals - so a 2 tone rose is certainly a real thing. I thought the colour challenge this week would work well for Roses.

I have never used Bermuda Bay as a leaf colour before - but challenges are all about - well .. challenging yourself. I'm happy to say that I quite like it as a leaf colour and that I may just try it some more soon.

I used the baby wipe technique to stamp the little roses. I love that the coordinating dies for this set come with TWO of the smaller rose framelits and 2 of the smooth leaf and 2 of the wavy leaf. So when you are preparing you are able to cut twice as many pieces with a single pass of the bigshot - Genius!!  ( Note: there are 2 sizes of little rose and this is the larger of the two, there is only one rose framelit for this size)  However I did have to fussy cut the little fronds, which was fine.

Don't you love the miniature pink roses - they are a Cecile Brunner rose and these type of roses were on my parent's wedding cake.  They bloom every year for Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary and for my birthday. This rose plant was a house warming gift from my aunt. This year they are still blossoming. They smell quite lovely. 

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

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A girl can never have too many roses.- Next card class will be oh so floral

I have been scheduling some classes and would love to invite you to join me on FEB10 for a FLORAL class, and MARCH 10  for a fun KIDS BIRTHDAY class.( kids can be any age really) there are so many fun stampsets around at the moment it will be hard to narrow down just which stamps we'll use. - so you can choose.

The February class will certainly focus on the roses and beautiful bird in the Petal Palette suite. I hope you can join me - here's some samples of the different looks you can achieve.

Watercolour background and aquapainter for the roses.

The second generation colouring from the watercolour panel.

Simple embossed background and some black sequin accents. Such a versatile stamp.

Classes are so much fun.
You'll find more details here
Event details.

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

cheers, Liz

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Playing with the layout for TGIFC#142 and a little Love .

I have been playing with the beautiful new Petal Palette set and really enjoying all the possibilities it offers. We will be using it at our stamping retreat this weekend and I'll be basing a class around it in February.  
I am also combining this card with a new challenge - new to me - Inspire.Create Stampin Challenges #009
Love seems just perfect for this card.

I have stamped the roses with archival black ink and coloured the roses using an aqua painter and real red and coral inks. The leaves are painted in both old olive and garden green.

I don;t have any of the glimmer embossing paste but I am loving using the regular embossing paste and sprinkling it with dazzling diamonds while it is still damp and just waiting for it to dry. I have done that same technique on a number of cards. The little lace panel is cut using the thinlits that pair with the Petal Palette set,  - the Petals and More thinlits. This textured piece is such a lovely addition to that set.
The roses were getting lost a little on all that silver bling so I popped them onto a circle of vellum to make them the focus.

I can't wait to do a class with this set, my ladies are going to love it.

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

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Colour INKspirtion #25 a New Year and New Toys

Welcome to the First 2015 blog for Colour INKspiration, I hope your Christmas and New Year have been amazing.  We start the year with a bright fresh colour palette.And I started the year needing a thankyou card or 2 - so I pulled out my minitreat thinlits set and made one using new paper and stamps, and one using older paper and stamps. Here they are both side by side.


I'm still not totally sold on Lemon Lime Twist as a colour although it is used very widely. Perhaps it just doesn't photograph very well. I prefer the cardstock once it is sponged with the same ink to give that deeper more intense colour. So that is what I have done to the leaf spray ( the second spray is cut from DSP) 

Both the DSP and the ribbon and sequins used in this project are new in the Tutti-frutti Suite. The paper is a cute little 6x6 stack with geometric type designs on one side and fruit patterns on the reverse. The Sequins are already self adhesive and come in a range of colours in the pack which is super handy, and the mini striped ribbon is really lovely too. I used the stamps from the new Petal Palette set and the matching framelits which are going to be so very versatile. The little bird is very sweet, and the sentiments are varied and very useable. For the bird on the inside I watercoloured with both navy and lime and they blend together beautifully.

Then I made a second version using some retired navy and White paper and the Background Bits Hostess set from the annual catalogue. There is plenty of shimmer on the strip of hearts.

 It's a very exciting time of year for Demonstrators as the new catalogue brings fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Let me know if you need a copy for yourself, there's so much to look at.

Next this week is my lovely friend Bec.

Thanks so much for looking and remember we'd love to see what you create using the same colour palette- just post a photo to our Facebook page, you have 2 weeks and you may earn a spot as a guest designer.

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

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 7 January 2018

CTC#160 Picture Perfect Party

Welcome back for the start of a new year. Hooray for a new catalogue and new products. I'm also the proud owner of the new STAMPARATUS and I used it to quickly whip up 4 bright birthday cards. (for more details on why I am a lucky owner see this post), It really is amazing. This is a very picture heavy post because I wanted to show you some tips with using it which I found helpful. 

This week we are CASEing from pages 4-9 of the new Occasions Catalogue, and this is my inspiration layout on page 6 (top left)
  • a coloured card base
  • a panel of DSP ( I used the new bright and fun Bubbles and Fizz -free Sale-a Bration product)
  • a solid colour wide strip with the sentiment extending over the edge of the panel of DSP
  • a white circle with a focal image, and a narrow horizontal element
  • some bling in matching colours

The movable panels on the side of the STAMPARATUS  baseplate allow you to do multiple pieces and have them positioned the same. I took a 10 cm strip of A4 card and placed it in the corner, and stamped the sentiment, then moved the plate down one notch  ( ie 1 inch) and repeated, then I rotated the card 180 degrees and repeated the process, that way the sentiments were all evenly spaced the same distance apart, and once trimmed with only 2 slices on the trimmer the 4 pieces were identical!

Similarly I rotated the large piece of card in the base 4 times as I stamped each part of the candles. Then when it was all finished I ran it through the bigshot with the stitched circle framelit.

Assembly went together very quickly.

I punched out some of the mini circle design elements from the DSP and layered each on a silver foil circle and put the small Happy Birthday sentiment flag behind each one. (This was to copy the focal image of the horizontal piece of twine in the original, which I think gives the whole card balance).

And finally, I hate to throw away pieces of DSP and I love to decorate the inside of the card so this is a technique I often use.
  • get a piece of scrap cardstock as wide as you need (it doesn't need to be a perfect shape)
  • cover it with a coating of Tombow glue spread across the face
  • layer the strips in a random order side by side so that they take up the whole piece
  • trim into strips (1.5cm wide for this card)
  • use them to decorate your card insert ( Or envelope, or card front- I have more samples under the label- using paper scraps of DSP if you are interested)

A tiny strip of narrow silver washi (love these) was just right to bring the silver from the front into the inside.
And there you have a quick bright fun set. The Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set has loads of great sentiments even if you are not into party blowers and ribbon pompom things.

If you'd like to play with the Stamparatus you are welcome to come along to one of my classes because I know my team and customers are just going to love it. Message me for details if you'd like to join in.

I hope you get a chance to create something this week inspired by the same pages in the catalogue- it doesn't need to be new papers or stampsets - we'd love to see what you create and share with us on our Facebook page.

Next this week is Angela
before me this week is Kelly

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

cheers, Liz

Friday, 5 January 2018

I Miss You - Come back and stamp with me! Super quick invitations

Today was my first play with the gorgeous PANDAs . 
These little guys are just so cute and easy to use. I just quickly made them into some reminder invitations for my next stamping event. The sentiment is from a very old business set. It doesn't stamp particularly clearly on one end so I have cut it down to suit.

My stamping retreat is a full day on Saturday January 20. Click on the image below to take you to my Facebook page where all the details are listed in the EVENTS .

I'd love it if you came along - it's always more fun stamping with friends. ... AND I can show you how you can get this super cute stamp set for yourself.
  Hope your day is creative,

and remember- 
don't just post online, 
post something pretty,

take care, Liz

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

JAI#391 Using all 3 and a cool new stamp positioning tool!!!

This week at JAI the challenge is to 

I was lucky enough to be one of the demonstrators selected to be on the development panel for Stampin' Up!'s new Stamp Positioning Tool- the STAMPARUTUS. It was a very long process but I think definitely worth the wait.
But we had to wait until the Onstage Event to see it just like everyone else.

One of the perks of being on that panel was a guaranteed early delivery and mine arrive today- so after a speedy dinner of leftovers I have had a little play and I have to say it's FABULOUS.
Having only seen the videos which SU have put together it was really wonderful to actually get the feel for it and how easy it is to use. It is a beautiful quality product just as you'd expect. It will be a regular product from the middle of 2018 when the new Annual Catalogue is released.

So it was super fast to whip up these 4 (Identical- Yay) cards tonight.
I used all 3 elements - the tree from Sheltering Tree, the tiny tag uses Teeny Tiny Sentiments and a very old but much loved tag punch, ( but you could easily use the word window punch and flag the ends which was what I had originally planned) and I attached the tags in 2 options -2 with regular twine and 2 with plum twine.

It's a shame I have to go to work tomorrow because I'd really like to just sit and play with my new toy!

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

cheers, Liz