Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Colour INKspiration#08 pinks all around

Welcome to this week's bloghop - and of course it's not #08 - we're up to #18, how amazing!
 What a gorgeous inspiration picture this week.
It's not hard to be inspired by pinks, but the card I finished up with is nothing like what I had initially planned to make. I love the bricks, the mass of flowers, the pink and of course the vesper.

This card uses a different technique which is not too tricky but takes a bit of practice using your own bigshot to work out the best thickness of layers. I was sent a gorgeous card using this technique by the talented Heather McCarthy after Onstage last year, and she actually entered that card in the very first Colour Inkspiration Pre-challenge when we first kicked off. She has a great video with the instructions and I'll post the link below. It involves using the So Detailed Thinlits Dies as an embossing folder rather than a cutting thinlit [EDIT: Ok so I must confess I just discovered that these thinlits are now discontinued, so I apologise for that but there are many detailed thinlits in the Stampin Up arsenal which would work just as well with this technique] It also uses a very different sandwich. Heather recommends
  • take out the thin die adaptor
  • layer 1 a acrylic plate
  • layer 2 thin card shim  (1 or 2 depending on your machine) eg the backing card from the DSP stacks
  • layer 3 silicone craft sheet
  • layer 4 your piece of cardstock to be embossed - whisper white/very vanilla (9.8cm x 14.1cm) 
  • layer 5 the thinlits die  (cutting surface face down as normal)
  • layer 6 acrylic plate

 To create this card I have taken the resultant beautiful white embossed panel, fussy cut along the top edge and sponged it with Powder Pink first using sponge daubers, then add a soft layer of Sweet Sugarplum sponged in a circular motion in the centre of each of the main blooms. And lastly added a faint wash of wild wasabi using the aquapainter in the valleys between some of the raised blossoms.
The multcoloured brickwork is achieved using another technique I have described before (but i can't find the link to it atm...).Those leftover scraps from your new sets of red rubber stamps can come in handy. I have taken a rather large piece and mounted it onto an old wooden block and I use this instead of a sponge to apply a layer of ink. It gives a burnished look and works well when you want to blend two different colours of ink. The brick embossing folder works particularly well for this technique, and I've blended both Basic Gray and Sahara Sand (stamped off a little first) to get that old brick look. ( I do love the pink pavers in the picture but that might have been a bit much on the card don't you think?)

The copper trim is the gorgeous thin washi from the new Year of Cheer Specialty Washi tape and the sentiment is from the Wood Words set. 

Up next week is Jacque, and her gorgeous style will be well suited to these colours. Be sure and hop all the way around for some brilliant inspiration, and don't forget you have 2 weeks to create your own card using the challenge colours and post it to the Facebook page. have fun!

thanks so much to Heather's "So Detailed Thinlits Embossed"

Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"

Sunday, 24 September 2017

CTC #147 Christmas around the world

Welcome back to the blog hops for CASEing the Catty!  I'm back from a little holiday - so much fun. I've been a long time away from my craft desk so I needed something quick for this week. We are CASEing the projects from pages 28-35. I spent quite a lot of time looking at all the projects but just couldn't get inspired, so eventually I settled on some of the simple layouts from the kits on page 33. I didn't purchase the kit but I love the elegant font in the Watercolour Christmas stampset. I'm also not a huge fan of the colours in the Around the World Suite so I opted for some brighter colours. Emerald Envy, Berry Burst, black and white. I  took inspiration from the wreath card and the striped card. With a simple background the sentiment is stamped, created into a label and layered up over a length of folded ribbon and a length of mini-sequins. I figured I could whip that up reasonably quickly!! (turns out I'ma bit slower than I thought, no real surprise there!)

I used the lovely wreath from the Hello lovely set but it's not as big as the image in the kit, and the sentiment took up more room so I flipped it from portrait to landscape. I also add the black metallic thread loops under the ribbon  and I didn't even bother trying to add berry burst berries to the wreath as I knew that I would make a mess so I opted to use the berry glimmer dots which were perfect. It still seemed a bit sparse so I added some very fine berry splatters for a touch of texture.

I think this would make up quite quickly for a batch of cards- and it would be quite easy in a class situation also.

I also CASED the striped card on the far left of the picture and simply used a sponge roller to add some Emerald Envy ink just lightly rolled over the Black and White DSP. I love changing the colour of the DSP this way to suit. I used the same label treatment for the sentiment. I will confess I tried sponging the edges, painting the edges, drawing a line around etc and in the end came back to a plain white label with sentiment and a simple punched circle behind - but of course green or berry?, round or square? Next time maybe I'll just go for the kit and not fuss!!!

Before me this week is Monique

And after me this week is Simone

Be sure to hop all the way around for some amazing inspiration. And don't forget we love to see what you create too. You can post your image on our Facebook page . 

Have a creative week! 

Thanks for looking, and remember

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"

Sunday, 3 September 2017

CTC#144 Quilted Christmas using some sunflower leaves

Hello and welcome back for the first round of our Christmas Holiday Catalogue projects. How exciting to be using the Christmas catalogue already.
The products in the holiday catalogue are available now and I think there's something for everyone in there.
I am CASEing the Quilted Christmas section but using some different products as I am not yet ready to make Christmas cards.

 Each gift box contains 4 notecards and 4 envelopes and 4 gift tags.

I have CASE'd the layout of the little notecard on the bottom of page 4(below), and the mini Pizza box on page 7.  The card is such a simple layout with a square of DSP as your base, a plain colour strip and a simple embellishment. I bought the quilted Embossing folder and wanted to use that so have embossed the panel for the box front and the vanilla strips for the notecards. ( the EF is not too easy to see on page 5, but it sure is lovely!)

I stamped the leaves from the sunflower set using the babywipe technique. It's such a cool technique and so much fun because you never quite know what patterns you will get with the colours. I used only 3 drops each of Lemon -Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Tranquil Tide. I was able to stamp loads of leaves and then wondered what else I could do to use up some of the ink. The sentiment and the cute little wreath are from the Ready to Pop set - and I have to say again that I think this is one of the most underrated sets in the catalogue.

I wanted this set to be quick to put together so the leaf is simply stapled onto the 11/2"circle of plain card. The circle is then glued down and the sentiment ( in a 1"circle ) is simply adhered over the top of the staple with 2 dimensionals.
The DSP is so fresh and lovely and is from the new Thanksgiving set. I will be making more of these cute sets for the markets coming up. They are fun for Christmas gifts. The pizza boxes are fabulous, you simply must add them to your order.

Here's the inkpad and all the extra images I was able to stamp from 9 drops of ink! These will make up quickly for the markets in little gift packs. I have more images of pizza box gift packs which I made up, and you can see them here.
I am so glad Stampin' Up! has brought back the little 3 x 3 envelopes and I have to say the Pizza boxes are fabulous.
Next on from me this week is our guest designer Cathy Pinchbeck. It's so great to have new players celebrating the catalogue with us. Welcome Cathy.

Kathryn is before me this week.

and we'd love to see what you create this week using the holiday catalogue pages 4-9 as your inspiration. Post your creation to our Facebook page. It's easy!

Thanks for looking, and remember

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"