Monday, 18 December 2017

Last of the Christmas Cards for JAI#390

Thankyou Narelle and the team at JAI for your inspiration sketch which popped up just at the right minute. I needed a layout for my last batch of Christmas cards (hopefully the last!!).
I love the one under /one over strips so that worked perfectly- I wanted to use this gorgeous Mint Macaron ribbon- even though it's a retired colour I still love it. And it also gave me a chance to use up some other retired ribbons and metallic cardstock I've had lying around. Cards are made and written and will be in the post on my way to work.

I'm also quite excited about my new business cards which I had printed to pop into my cards when I send them, Thanks to Lyssa Zwolanek at Song of My Heart Stampers for the inspiration for these.

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

Sunday, 17 December 2017

CTC#159 CASEing the Christmas Catalogue

Last CASEing the Catty hop for the year- boy that's been a busy year.
I'm finishing with a quick and easy layout. I've been actively looking for cards in the catalogues that use up DSP, so this week's layout fits that criteria for me.
I am also using one of the new sets which will be available from January 3 - unless you are a demonstrator - or become one before Jan 3 - in which case you can order it now.

I think this set is going to be hugely popular- it's fun, whimsical, punchy and it doesn't require too much colouring! And it has a brilliant sentiment for a belated card - which I seem to need quite often. I've used it today.

 And here's the layout that inspried me on page 47.

  • A large circle with some simple stamping set to the right of the card
  • a large piece of DSP set to the right edge of the card
  • some coloured ribbon wrapped around under the circle featurand tied as a bow
  • a sentiment stamped in the same colour and layered up on the circle
very Easy , and while my colouring isn't great I am enjoying using the blends more and more.


There's such a lot of inspiration in the catalogue  and from all the design team members. I hope you are able to get time to create something too- and we'd love to see it. Pop a photo on our Facebook page.

Next on the hop this week is Bec- she's done such a fabulous job this year keeping us all on track.

Before me this week is Julia

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

cheers, Liz

Thursday, 14 December 2017


Welcome back, This is a long post so grab a cuppa and enjoy! I have all sorts of goodies to share.

Although it's perilously close to Christmas and I'm behind the timeline for making all those things I had planned - I have been having fun playing with some of the gorgeous new products coming up in the new catalogue available January 3. I needed a few (Non Christmas) gifts sorted so thought I would showcase them all in one place.
I am focusing on the Sweet Soiree stamp set which I picked as a prize at the end of Onstage. The coordinating Sweet Soiree DSP is gorgeous with silver foiling on most pages. The colour palette is quite broad too. The DSP is slightly heavier than ordinary cardstock so it's perfect for making boxes, bags and party favours. By making all these projects in the one colour palette I have saved a little time.

You may have seen the Journal I created for the Just Add Ink Post here. All the details of the thinlits etc are in this post -and a great tip about using the Alcohol Stampin' Blends for this type of collage/ mixed media work which helped with colouring the bird.

But here it is in it's gift bag along with the other half of that present- a coordinating set of all occasion cards. The bag is constructed using 2 identical sheets of 12 x 12 DSP and shows the reverse pattern on the folded down lip. It's an old pattern that has been around for a while- but I love taking old designs and refreshing them with new products. - why reinvent the wheel I say. The Paper has such lovely bright and fresh designs they are a feature in themselves.

The bag has a tag to match made using some of the wonderful framelits in the Sweet Cake Framelits Dies, and one of the coordinating new embossing folders. The Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit contains loads of cute little bits including the silver printed foilage on vellum and the little paper tassels.  There are enough elements in the kit to create a whole set of cards in a flash. The little silver rose is cut with one of the framelits too, I can see that being terribly useful.( it looks amazing in white too)
When I get a new stamp set I try to make both male and female "flavoured" cards -I like to get value for my dollar on all of my sets.
 Females and flowers are easy but the boys can be a bit harder. I have used the lovely Tie Dyed Circles Technique (instructions here) for the masculine panels, and layered up some leafy bits from the framelits, and kept the sentiments quite simple. For the embossed background I used my favourite Sponged Mask Embossing Technique rather than directly colouring the paste- I find it gives a softer tone which is often variegated and lovely, and as a bonus it preserves the paste. ( More details on that technique here)

 For the female card I had lots of fun with the embossing paste and the fabulous new rose in the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks. I am yet to acquire the glittery embossing paste so for my version I simply sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds onto the embossed panel while it was wet and waited for it to dry. Meanwhile the mini roses are stamped using the Babywipe technique using Berry Burst, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight - always a delightful result.

Since Shelley has always taught us that you should never have a naked Envelope I simply embossed the flaps for this set using another set of new products - the Petal Pair Textured Embossing folders. I also used the floral one to emboss the Acetate Box- I love how that just dresses it up.

The fabulous DSP is great for party favour boxes so I created a whole lot of pinch boxes ( also another old design - thanks to Pootles for her video) which are just the right size for some gifts I have for a party soon.

The little favours are a folded star ornament (I can't find the original post at the moment but I will be creating a special post for these with instructions as I get ready for my stamping retreat in January.)
I needed a softer paper for these so used the Colourful Seasons pack, but I think these colours coordinate well with the Sweet Soiree too. The little sentiments come form Ready to Pop which is one of those surprise sets that doesn't immediately grab you but has loads of useful treasures in it. I use this set all the time.

 I do have a sweet little video of the stars blowing in the breeze but a technical hitch means I'll share that on Facebook later!

And once we all get together to share the party fun I'm sure there'll be a team photo so I created a scrapbook page ready to add a snap. I used a few Memories and More cards - old and new, as well as the leftover tie dyed circle panel and some more DSP.

I hope I've been able to get you thinking about ways you could use this amazing bundle. If you need to order any of the products just contact me for a catalogue. You'll be amazed at how many different things you can create.

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 

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

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Colour INKspiration #24 closing out the year with some gorgeous colours.

Welcome back for the last CI post before Christmas.
I'm sure your place is as hectic as mine in the rundown to the end of the year.
And what a gorgeous colour palette to finish on for 2017.
And while I do still have Christmas cards to make I've also got a few birthdays coming up so went for a mix of old and new stampsets and a new card style for a bit of birthday pizazz.

It's been an amazing and beautiful colourful year. I do hope you get some time to be creative and to play along for this round.

I love a card that moves or has an interesting fold and this design is pretty easy - which is essential at this time of year. It did not take too long to put together which was a blessing!
I love the swirly bird set and don't use it often enough but it is always perfect for a quick card because the elements are so fun and imprecise.
I find Cherry Cobbler a very strong colour to use and a bit much for solid images so I used my favourite babywipe technique to get some graduation and make it a pinky-red which suits me much better. 
I also LOVE the Stampin Blends in the softer colours just for a background- it's as pretty as watercolouring a wash around but you don't get the water damage to the Whisper White card.

The sentiments come from a new set which will be available in the coming catalogue from January 3, Picture Perfect Birthday- it has a wonderful selection of bright birthday greetings which is brilliant to have some nice words for the insides.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure and check out the rest of the blog hop cards- it still amazes me how many different card types we get from one colour palette. I hope you feel inspired and get inky using these colours. Maybe it's just the inspiration you need to finish off your Christmas projects. We'd love to see what you create with these colours so take a snap and upload it to our
Facebook page.

Next on the hop this week is Denita

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

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Journal for JAI#389...Empty Journal seeks Creative Genius for casual fling

I love the inspiration challenges at Just Add Ink, but sadly I've not had much time to participate this year, so I'm really glad to be able to join in this week.
It's a gorgeous inspiration

I totally love the natural elements and colours in this photo- and who doesn't Love brown paper packages tied up with string as one of their favourite things.

I regularly create journals for the markets and they are often personalised using bits of old music, old text, wine journals , study notes etc but this one is much simpler. 
My advertising sign at the market says
 "Empty Journal seeks creative genius 
for casual fling"
"empty journal seeks creative mind for meaningful relationship"

I have covered a lined journal using some of the crisp green and white striped DSP from the new Sweet Soiree Specialty pack.  The journal has a beautiful neutral base which makes the decorative elements stand out.

The beautiful sentiment panel is one of the cards from the new Petal Passion Memories and More pack. The other decorative elements are all die cut using various sets- Petals and More Thinlits, Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Birds and Blooms Thinlits, and of course the Musical Instruments Framelits. The only non Stampin' Up! element is the old lace and the small pieces of tissue paper.

All the elements are bonded in layers to the base using Modge Podge which gives it a nice sturdy cover. 

What I did love creating this journal is that now that Stampin' Up! has produced the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers I was able to come in and apply small amounts of colour after the Modge Podge had dried- I'm so happy with how the blue colouring on the bird, and a little more Crumb Cake on there has made such a difference. And you may not notice but there's the tiniest hint of colour on the white flowers.

Add in some washi tape in black and narrow silver, and some Linen thread and one of the cute new charms from the Petal Passion Embellishments pack and your journal is good to go.

Thanks for looking today, I do journals to order if you'd like one custom made.

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

cheers, Liz

click on any of the images to take you to my online store

Sunday, 10 December 2017

CTC#158 Pick a number!

Welcome back- the weeks are really flying by now in the rush to the end of the year. I have a quick project today  - the set of cards created to meet a post office deadline.
The challenge this week is to CASE something from the page of your age- or an age you'd like to be. My acutal age didn't really have anything inspiring, so the ages I would like to revisit are my mid 30's- our youngest child was a terrible baby and I had virtually no proper sleep for 2 years so I don't have many clear memories of the other kids at this age. I'm sure if I coudl revisit those years I'd really enjoy it this time around!

Have you noticed the projects in the Catalogue with the Quick and Easy symbol? They are great go-to layouts, so I have CASED the one on page 37
  • a coloured card base
  • the same colour ink for stamping a line image over the corner of some DSP - or a memories and more card
  • a second mat in a contrasting colour
  • lay the mats offset on the coloured card base
  • a sentiment in a little flag with a bow tied adhered top left
I opted for Awesomely Artistic as the stamp - amazingly versatile in so many contexts.

Here's the layout on the bottom left - with the quick and easy logo - these are scattered throughout the Catalogue

I was able to whip up a set and used the gorgeous watercolour papers from the Painted Autumn DSP - I'm always on the lookout for layouts that use large pieces of DSP since I have quite a little stash......

One of the cards ended up with the glue on the wrong side and I stuck it down back to front- that's the curse of rushing- luckily the DSP is so gorgeous I was able to quickly save it- whew!
And of course I always stamp the envelope to finish the set.

Thanks for looking today, be sure and check out the rest of the team for some inspiration. And don't forget we love to see what you create too - just snap a pic and post it to our Facebook page.

Next on the hop this week is Judy- she always has such lovely detail in her projects.

Before me this week is Megan

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

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 3 December 2017

CTC#157 CASEing a colour combination - with a Sneak Peak of a gorgeous new framelit!

Welcome back to another round of Card projects inspired by the Catalogues. This week's challenge is pretty broad and gives us all lots of creative license, it's very easy to find a fabulous colour combination anywhere in  the catalogue, the hardest part is choosing which one.......

So I chose the one that jumped off the page at me- the stack of ribbons on page 167

Bermuda Bay (Easily a favourite), Garden Green and Crushed Curry. I found these colours pretty easy to work with, and I needed a birthday card so away I went.

I also was keen to play with some elements from a new set of Thinlits which will be coming to you from January 2- Petals and More. It's part of an amazing suite and you are going to love it. So here's your sneak peak. There are several outline thinlits and several detailed thinlits. I have been playing with the corner flower arrangement quite a lot. I'll have another post soon using this element .

I have applied a few little puddles of watered down ink in roughly the spots where the flowers or leaves will sit, then set the watercolour paper aside to dry. 

 Then simply adhered the cutout flowers piece carefully over the  patches of colour. A simple message and the smaller element on the inside.

Remember we'd love to see what you create this week and it's EASY - just take a photo of your creation and post the photos on our Facebook page.

Following me this week on the hop is my lovely and generous friend Julia
Before me this week is Peta

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