Friday, 28 August 2015

CTC#45 Hostess sets

Hi again and welcome back to the CTC blog where we are CASEing the Hostess sets in the Catalogue (p178-181).

If you have followed from the beginning of the bloghop you will have come the full circle and arrived from Jess. She always has such stylish creations.

The Hostess sets are such good value and there's always some great sets on offer. I have chosen to use the Happy Birthday Everyone set (at the top of the page) which is so useful, and I CASEd the card on the bottom of page 179. 

The only problem was that once I had finished I realised it is very similar to last weeks card, and that again I have been drawn to orange and black!!(Not usually my colours!)
So I decided to add a male version to show how adaptable this set is.

Island Indigo and Lost Lagoon.

Watermelon Wonder and Tangerine Tango

I don't own the large Dahlia background stamp so I substituted the tree leaves from Sheltering Tree for the colour coming in from the top left corner. I inked the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped onto wet watercolour paper with the base colour, and stamped off and used dry ink for the second layer once the wash was dry.

You may notice a few sneak peak products here - Black glimmer paper (super yummy), and the Happy Hauntings DSP is from the new Holiday Catalogue which will be avaialalbe next week. If you'd like a copy please get in touch - it has SO many fantastic things inside.

You have reached the end of the bloghop and can see the complete list of participants here at the CTC homepage. 

Don't forget you can create and join in with us.

thanks for looking,


Stasia Sloma -

Helen Heil -

Emma Palonek -

Julia Quinn -

Jackie Noble -

Alison Barclay -

Kathryn Mangelsdorf -

Rebecca Scurr -

Jessica Williams -

Elizabeth Gross -

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Thanks and giving - a sneak peak with Lighthearted Leaves

Lighthearted Leaves is beautiful new set in the Christmas Catalogue which will be released September 1st.When I first saw this set I knew I had to have it - and apparently my tastes must be well known because one of my lovely demonstrator friends laughed and said that she knew I would get it as soon as she saw it!! I can see such a lot of potential with this set- and you will see more posts using it!

There are a few techniques used on this card. Firstly I stamped the dictionary background stamp over the Dots and Stripes stencil onto a crumb cake piece, and then sponged the excess ink still sitting on the stencil over the dots, to give a unique background. This is such an easy answer when you don't have any background paper to match your chosen colour- in this case Blackberry Bliss. Secondly the leaves were stamped onto a panel of paper I watercolored using the "smooshing" technique (Ink sprayed with water on a clear block, smooshed onto shimmer paper). I am loving Watermelon Wonder and Tangerine Tango together.

The leaves were cut with the matching Leaflets Framelits.

While we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, 
I absolutely love the wording in this set, 
it's such a beautiful sentiment.

thanks for looking,


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Friday, 21 August 2015

CTC#44 In Colours

Welcome back to this week's CTC bloghop, using the new In Colours for inspiration this week.

You may have arrived from Julia's beautiful blog, she has such amazing work.

I love the new colours but haven't managed to combine them all together successfully, so this week I have 2 cards using different colour combinations. Last week's Artistic Expresssion catalogue section had so many cards for inspiration so I have used a few of them for the card layouts.

The first uses the Striped Scallop Thinlits card on page 117

Rebecca CASEd this card last week and it was gorgeous! (You can see it on her blog "the paper and stamp addict" under CTC43 feeling Artsy?), I had already made this card so it was good to see another sample and colour combo. 

I love the striped scallop thinlits but haven't used it as much as I thought I would - or as much as the lattice die which I really miss! Anyway  I think this is a really cool layout to use it as the only glue I used is the 2 strips that adhere the white banner  to the Tip Top Taupe base. The flowers are Watermelon Wonder using the Petite Petals stamp set and matching punch, and the sentiment in Cucumber Crush is from the super cute new Cottage Garden set. The DSP is from Cherry on Top, and the twine is 3 strands from the great white jute ribbon which I have run over the Watermelon Wonder ink pad - a bit messy but really effective as the natural fibres absorb the ink really well.

My second card is in Delightful Dijohn which is not a colour I normally gravitate to but I really like the depth in this particular shade. I used the simple layouts from Page 120 as the inspiration.

I love the English Garden DSP and cut out a few of the images.  The rose needed a little bit of sponging with Blushing Bride to give a bit more depth.Those Naturals Expressions Elements are so simple, they add such a WOW factor so easily. You might notice a sneak peak of a new embossing folder coming up in the Christmas Catalogue. It's called Simply Falling and I can see a lot of use for it.

The next person on the bloghop circle is Rebecca  who always creates something lovely.

Thanks for looking,


Friday, 14 August 2015

CTC#43 Artitistic Expression colourful card

It's the CTC blogshop for the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue. There's such a lot of gorgeous cards to see in this section.
Hello ago and welcome from Kathryn's beautiful post.

I am a little bit excited with how this week's card turned out.

After my card class on the weekend where we played with the Babywipe Technique, I used the flower image from Crazy About You and stamped repetitively to cover a panel. I love how it looks and I will be using this technique again especially when I don't have any DSP in the colour I need. I think it looks a bit like fireworks.

 I used the card on the top left of page 117 of the catalogue for this inspiration. I loved the colour and the card layout.

The black scroll from Everything Eleanor was heat embossed onto the panel and the flower was heat embossed onto some typeset DSP before being cut out - love the goose treated this way in the catalogue sample card. For the sentiment I used the fabulous Alphabet Rotary Stamp and heat embossed with white powder on black cardstock. I was really happy with how this turned out, especially because the DSP layer is not "square" on the card and it is not usual for me to work on odd angles- definitely a challenge for me!!

 This is the card from class and you can see more of the details for this one here

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You will find lots of great inspiration as you trip around the group. Next up is the very talented Alison Barclay

thanks for looking,  enjoy your tour around the bloghop


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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Crazy for you colourful thankyou

Following on from the trifold card I made for the CTC challenge last week this was the card we made at class on the weekend.  ( you can see the original -brown/blue/green version here ).
The card base is 10.5cm x 26cm , scored at 10 and 20.5 cm. Emboss the 10cm flap with a folder of your choice - the brick wall looks great as does the wildflower meadow or the Lovely Lace. The flowers are stamped using the baby wipe technique  and the flower image from Crazy About You, and punched out with the scallop circle punch.  They are adhered along the edge of the 6cm flap to give an uneven edge. I then lightly sponged over the raised embossing. I picked up some of the ink from the baby wipe and lightly finger walked the Dictionary stamp over the narrow flap. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs and punched out with the 1" circle and the backing circle is punched with 1 1/4" punch from a spare flower. 

I'm not normally an orange girl but these appeal to me! 

a couple of the cards made at class

Thanks for looking,


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Friday, 7 August 2015

CTC#41 Everyday section - so much to choose from

Spoilt for choice for inspiration this week! Welcome to the bloghop for CASEing the Catty - using the EVERYDAY section of the catalogue for inspiration.

You will have arrived here from the fabulous Rebecca, I know you will have seen some amazing inspiration so for, and you can go right around the circle if this is your first stop .

For my inspiration I used the white grateful card on page 87. I used the beautiful leaf image from  World of Dreams to cover the lefthand flap of the card and then fussy cut around the edges. I do love the Brick Wall embossing folder. To make the small white flowers stand out I punched them out of Shimmery White card with the Itty Bitty Accents flower punch. The sentiment is one of the handy ones from All Boxed Up.

I used the fine metallic silver thread as a highlight and some silver rhinestones. ( the silver peg is only to hold it closed for the photo)

Of course I couldn't stop at one colour! So I tried the Summer Silhouettes leaf image in Mossy Meadow. This is a favourite image which I have fussy cut many times. I used the little dandelion in Silver (or Pewter?) heat embossing powder on the Kraft cardstock to tie in with the Natural Chevron Ribbon. The Best Wishes sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

NOT everyone likes fussy cutting the edges(even me!) - and it is not ideal for a class, so to make a faster version I have used the Flower Shop image and the Pansy Punch. Then when I glued them onto the cut card edge , I just staggered the distance to give that same variation.
We will be doing this card in my class this weekend - the flowers are variegated using the Babywipe technique. Should be messy and fun and everyone's will be different!

It seemed a bit too white so the Hardwood background and some Gorgeous Grunge splotches seemed ideal.

Well you are at the end of the list but you can see everyone at the CTC blog. don't forget you can join in and leave us a comment if you would like to be part of the fun.

thanks for looking,


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