Friday, 30 December 2016

Colour INKspiration - a NEW colour challenge blog. Getting excited for the start!

I have been very keen to tell you about this but had to wait until I had some time to create something new for you to see! So today I have for you A Sneak Peak with new products, AND an invitation for you to join with some other creative people around the world!


I have some exciting news to share; I’m on the Colour INKspiration Crew! It consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin' Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches. 
There’s also a Facebook group for Stampin' Up! ® enthusiasts who would like to share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations.
Here’s the deal - Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop. Our first one starts on Wednesday, 11th January.
Members of the group have the option to join the Colour INKspiration 'Challenge' by uploading photos of their projects and can link back to their personal blog if they wish to.
Make sure you click on the link below and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too. 
Hope to see you there!

This is what the banner for the Facebook page will look like when it goes live!

So the real beauty of this site is that you don't need to have your own blog to participate! All you need to do is create a card using the colours for that week and take a photo of your creation, then upload it to the Facebook page just as you would any other photo! It's going to be so inspiring. 
So make sure you ask to be part of the group so you can join in!
Message me if you have any questions.

So to get in the mood Bronwyn took a poll of favourite shades of blue, green and yellow and came up with this gorgeous colour combo.  I've had a little play with some new stamps and framelits and I have a card to share with you today.

You might notice new DSP in the background too!
The silver embellishment in the second photo seems to have picked up the colour of my shirt in the photo! It really is just silver!

So now I've given you a sneak peak I'm off back to the craft desk!
I'll have more to show you soon,
Cheers, Liz

Sunday, 18 December 2016

CTC#109, inspiration from the Catalogues

Hello again for out last hop for the year. And what a busy time it's been. This week we are profiling something inspired by any image in the catalogue.

I have been surprised by how easy it is to use the Kraft Tag a Bags and the Petite Cafe Bags, but when I first got them I wasn't sure what to do with them. There are plenty of pictures in the catalogues to use for inspiration.pages 37, 42, 44, 56, 58, 64, 93, 95, 104,109 are only some of the pages with inspiration on them. You can stamp on the bags, add paper, stamped images, cutouts lace, doilies, acetate....anything you can think of.

Since we are all in a hurry to get everything finished at this time of year I was able to quickly wrap my baking gifts for our staff Christmas bake swap. It's a great idea where we each bake our Christmas specialty and swap plates or parcels so we each end up with a whole lot of different handmade goodies. These are pretty simple because I was pushed for time ( who would have thought???!!!...)

This cute little bag is made from an envelope and thought I had blogged these before. (thanks to Dawn for the instructions )

And this is one I did earlier this year for a beautiful friend of ours for a special birthday. The sequins and gold binder clip made it easy and the watercoloring was fun. 

Thanks for looking this week, I hope wherever you are you have a fabulous Christmas, we have lots of beautiful things to inspire you in the New Year.

Next on the hop is Kathryn

or you can hop back to Kelly

or you can find the full crew here

thanks for looking and for your support of CTC this year,

Love, Liz

Sunday, 11 December 2016

CTC#108- Holiday Kits as inspiration

HI and welcome - as the year draw to a close and everyone is super busy this is a short post.

You can find the full crew here. Please hop all the way around to catch everyones projects inspired by the kits section in the catalogue.

On the hop is before me the amazing Kellie. She always has such fun projects.

I didn't purchase any of the kits this year but I fell in love with the Tin of Tags stamp set which was designed to go with the tin of tags kit. One of my good friends purchased the kit and had a wonderful time creating together with her daughter both the stitched cards and the tiny tags. Such a great way to bring people together.

I must confess I was inspired on Pinterest with a similar layout for this card but I can't find it again to give credit for the original. My version is a little different but was a simple design for novice stampers at a craft group recently where some friends asked me to design a class especially for them so they could give some handmade love this year. There is nothing like ink, stamps and punches  for a  sense of satisfaction.
We used gorgeous Grunge for the base (still a favourite), The tin of Tags for the sentiment, the Santa hat punch and the Stitched Framelits circle thinlits for the sentiment. Although the 21/2" circle punch is no longer available and there are thinlits which match the circles, the big punch makes classes faster so that's what we used. it gives such an nice fine border. The textured Fancy Frost white paper is perfect for the trim on the santa hat- but a little bit of Dazzing Diamonds always suits Christmas.

We had 2 colour options. The first used Soft Sky, Real Red and Emerald Envy,

And the second used Crumb Cake and Emerald Envy and some retired wooden snowflakes for embellishment

And while I had all the bits on my desk I made a third option using the colour challenge at GDP#065.

The string jar/bottle ornaments are some I made for the Handmade Expo Markets which were held this weekend in Rockhampton. I made quite a selection and they were very popular. You can see more of them on this post here.

I did have to trim down the Jolly Hat as the reindeer's head is bit narrow! But it's still so cute

Well I hope you are more organised than me with your Christmas cards!!!! Making the is not a problem, but writing and posting........I'm determined mine will be in the post by Tuesday!! 
In the meantime pop along to see the rest of the hop. Next on the circle is Monique

Don 't forget we love to see what you create too.

Thanks for looking, Liz

Christmas Decorations- Christmas in a jar!

These are some of the Christmas Decorations I have made for the Handmade Expo Markets this weekend.

They are obviously not all Stamping' Up! products for the jute twine, the baubles and some of the ribbon and bling, but I was really happy to be able to use up quite a few retired SU items which I have been hoarding!!
And I am totally in love with pastels for my home this year but I did make some traditional coloured items and a few in fantastic copper!

The Mint Macaroon ribbon is just so lovely for tying. The Metal rim tags retired a long time ago but I still have quite a few, so I used some of these. The thread is individual strands from the wide Burlap ribbon (also retired) - it's a bit thicker than the linen thread. I used Soft Sky ink and alcohol and some shimmer paint (I wish we could still get this fabulous product) spritzed onto the tags. The letters are cut using the Typeset Alphabet big dies  (yep, also retired) and layered up on a layer of coaster board (mm-mm also retired). The second set of these used Blushing Bride glimmer perp and another sneak peak, wooden hearts coming soon!

My next jar uses many more current products. The Flourish Thinlits are so delicate and gorgeous so these are 2 layers as well, and glued onto the jute jar, then wrapped with copper thread to add a little security. It' so fine it's just a gorgeous detail. The Stitched frailest oval is mounted on a vellum oval, the Merry is again a few layers. I have used the white jute ribbon for individual strands this time and the cute little embellishment is a sneak peak from the coming catalogue.

Delightful Dijon ribbon also goes with the copper- and that biscuit cutter is just so cute wrapped with copper metallic thread. And Rosemary not any smells fantastic, you can pretend it's a mini tree

Tip Top Taupe ribbon and Soft Sky Seam binding. Island Indigo would also be nice with these.

The last samples fit with the colour Challenge at GDP this week.

Thanks for looking, I hope your Christmas decorating is going well. The nice thing about selling these at the markets is that I know the new owners are really happy with their items and appreciate the effort that goes into Handmade.