Sunday, 30 April 2017

CTC#126 Flowers for Mother's Day

Welcome back this week where we are CASEing the Catty to make a project for Mother's Day. I still find beautiful inspiration in the catalogue every time I look through it and wonder why I haven't noticed certain projects in the past. This was the case with this week's card - although I have CASE'd the gift bag on page 47 of the Annual Catalogue - which is nearly at the end of it's time. 

I loved the copper embossing on the brown paper bag, the lace, and the watercolored image on the tag. So using those features and the Falling Flowers Stamp set I created a card suitable for Mother's Day.

I heat embossed the images with white embossing powder on Shimmer White Cardstock and then coloured each flower of leaf with my aqua painter. I was short on time so didn't attempt masking but rather cut each flower with the coordinating framelits and layered them on the tag. I'm so pleased this set is not on the retirement list as I love the flowers.

I had a few blossoms left over so of course I decorated the inside, and I added a few new treats on the front- the Glitter Enamel Dots. The range of colours in each pack is going to make these a must have item in the coming year. Also featuring form the new products is a gorgeous copper trim which is a narrow ribbon but which can be teased out to a whole different look. It's going to be fun to work with too.

Before me this week is the fabulous Kelly

And following me this week is Bronwyn, with another gorgeous creation any mother would love to receive.

Don't forget we'd love to see what you create using the Catalogue as inspiration. Take a photo of your project and load it to our Facebook page and share the joy of creativity with us all.

Thanks so much for looking this week, be sure and hop all the way around the connecting blogs for loads of inspiration.

and remember: 
"don't just post online, 
post something pretty"


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

CI08 Playing with Gold

Welcome back to Colour INKspiration this week.We're a bit out of sync lately having had the changes to timetables with Easter and Anzac Day. So it's good to get back into the swing of things. 

This week's inspiration picture is just so gorgeous but browns are not a colour palette many of us use routinely as a base so I found it hard to get started for this project.  I began with some clear block "smooshing" using delightful Dijon and Shimmer Paper which created a nice panel to use for the accents and sentiment. I did actually stamp the butterflies and heat emboss them with clear powder but that doesn't show up very well in the photography.

Then I used my favourite leaf image from Kinda Eclectic and created a full sheet of background card stamping with soft Suede onto Tip Top Taupe. I'm really sad that this set is retiring - but i don;t think it will leave my shelves!!
 I loved the panel but wanted to accentuate with some gold highlights so I stamped the miniature butterflies from the Perpetual Calendar set over and among the leaves and heat embossed them with gold too. The frame is obviously gold, and I heat embossed the sunrays onto vellum in gold also.

Here's a little bit more detail

And the inside is decorated with a few strips of paper and card.

I had lots of scraps left over and they sort of just fell together for another Mother's Day card to add to my market stall next week.


Thanks for looking today, the beautiful Jacque is up next with her lovely soft style. The range of projects produced this week is stunning. Enjoy your tour of the hop, and be sure to leave some comments as we all really appreciate your feedback.

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

Sarah Douglas challenged us all at Onstage to "post something that means something - 

I think she's on to something.

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 23 April 2017

CTC#125 -Creating with my Bigshot

Choosing your favourite Bigshot project from the Occasions Catalogue is a big task- there are just so many amazing thinlits and folders available. But that's the task this week for the CTC Design team so we hope you follow along and also create a project using one of your favourite bigshot tools and share it with us on our Facebook Page.

In the end I have chosen to show you some projects made using the Succulents Bundle (so sad this is retiring)- but also a little SNEAK PEAK of some sentiments coming in a new set -Colorful Seasons.

I created several frames for the Mother's Day markets at the Handmade Expo Markets - including one as a farewell gift for a colleague.  These Frames include lots of bits and pieces from my useful box - so some items are retired- like the Crystal buttons, The resin flowers, some of the rhinestones. But most are new and some are even so new they aren't available yet - like the Sentiments, (From a new set called Colorful Seasons) the Wood Textures DSP and Gold Faceted Gems and the Glitter Enamel Dots.

The first uses DSP from the Serene Scenery pack, and some water colouring around the sentiment on the Border mat. 
The Succulents are Macaron Mint sponged with Wisteria Wonder, Garden Green stamped with white, and Wisteria sponged with Wisteria and some white, and the leaves from Rose Garden framelits are cut in Almost Artichoke and Garden Green. There's also some music DSP and some Copper foil that's been embossed and a few old embellishments. See what else you can find!

The second version uses some new gorgeous timber paper and a new sentiment. Mint Macaron succulents which have glitter enamel dots as their centre. The crystal buttons have an old silver Rhinestone in the centre of the button, ad i had a single spray of white flowers left over some some ancient project but they just added a nice lift.

Some of these products are retiring and we are really going to miss them - I am devastated that Mint Macaron will be leaving us.
So if there is something I've used which you think you would like to own don't leave it any longer to order - some products are already sold out. If you click on any of the images in the table below it will take you directly to my online store and you can secure them for your stash of craft necessities!

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you find some time to be creative this week, and enter it into the weekly edition


this week Kelly is next

Before me this week is Simone

You can find the full crew Here at the CTC blog

and remember:

"don't just post online - 
post something pretty"

Sarah Douglas challenged us all at Onstage to "post something that means something - 

I think she's on to something.

cheers, Liz