Sunday, 28 January 2018

Foiln Frenzy Tip for JAI#393 and GDP#122

Hi there, today I wanted to share a quick tip with using the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP(144125). This is a heavy weigth kraft card with foil designs printed on the paper - random spots, stripes and a chevron pattern. You get 4 colours in the pack - Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Tangerine Tango and Soft Sky. I love the kraft card but did you know you can sponge and stamp on the card to change the kraft colour? too easy and such a great effect.

I am not a huge fan of Lemon Lime Twist (I know, I'm in a minority) but I wanted to participate in the Just Add Ink challenge and my friend Lou Kitzelman on the design team commented on one of my other posts that she hoped I would come to love this colour so I have given it another shot!!  I don't love it on its own but it is quite gorgeous combined with Tranquil Tide, so I have watercoloured a strip using both, and stamped the leaves from Painted Harvest using both and then I took a strip of the Foil DSP and whacked the inkpad down to add a heavy layer of tranquil tide. once you wipe away the excess you have the benefit of the resist technique and the ink changes only the kraft card.
I love the sketch layout from Global Design Project so that was a good direction to follow to construct this card.

You can see the effect more clearly on this sample strip where the ink starts and finishes.

It's a bit hard to get the effect in a photo so here's a different angle.

Since I was covered in ink - and I need a few birthday cards I made another card to show you how stunning it is.

 Here's the shiny foil from a different angle.

 Thanks for stopping by today, if you want some foil DSP for yourself I can recommend it. You can find it in my online store using the images below.

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

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

CI#26 beautiful marine colours

Welcome to the second Colour INKspiration bloghop for 2018. School is back and the pace is about to ramp up again.... which is why making time to be creative is so important. I'd be lost without my craft time, and I am truly grateful I get the opportunity. (Thankyou to my very tolerant and generous husband).  If I can combine creativity with a job on my to do list so much the better. It's one of my sister's birthdays this week and she loves cards that move. So making this card for her was a perfect opportunity to combine tasks. Her beautiful cards are very intricate with lots of interlocking movable pieces, but my style is quite different. So while they are gorgeous marine colours this week I have stuck with flowers for now. I won this set at Onstage which was great because it would not have been at the top of my wishlist, but I have to say I am loving the Cake Soiree set much more than I anticipated.

I have watercoloured a panel of shimmery white cardstock and adhered that to my cardbase. Then I have scored a sheet of acetate and adhered the small flap on the rear of the card so that the front "window" is free standing, and I have adhered my bouquet of flowers directly onto the acetate.

As well as the embossed flowers and diecut leaves from the Sweet Soiree set I have added some of the silver and vellum elements from the Coordinating embellishment kit. (There's so much in that kit there are loads of inspirational projects using it in this week's CASEing the Catty bloghop).

If you were to put a sheet of white card behind the acetate this is what you would see.

When you lift the acetate there's a little bit more detail!

Some of the watercolour DSP this year is pale enough that I like to write directly on the coloured paper rather than white again. You can see the inside of Cate's card is a bit of fun.

Next on the hop this week is ROSE I can't wait to see how she has used these colours
It's such a pretty colour palette there are some gorgeous cards and projects to see on this weeks hop.

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

You can purchase any of these products just by clicking on the image. It will take you directly to my online store.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

CRC162 Sweet Soiree

This week we are showcasing pretty projects inspired by the Sweet Soiree Suite- what a tongue twister. For this week's CASE I wanted to make something easy to show off the beautiful elements in the Embellishment Kit. It has loads of gorgeous diecuts of the flowers,  some single roses, 3 cakes,a few pages of  lovely silver and vellum leaves and floral sprays which are very easy to add to cards. There are also mini white pegs, some paper tassels, a roll of mini silver washi and some blue velvet scalloped ribbon.

I CASEd the layout from the card in the top right box on page 12 of the Occasions catalogue.
Using the notecards and envelopes is a wonderful timesaver as they are prescored and ready to decorate.

I used my (current) favourite embossing folder to add some detail to the lower third of the crumb cake panel,  added a strip of the mini washi, looped some metallic black thread and then popped the diecut up as the feature. Quick and easy.

The same lovely floral sprays are also printed in silver on the vellum and lend themselves to colouring from the back or using just as they are. I forgot to photograph them but I also emboss the flap of the envelope with the same embossing folder to add a finishing touch.

You might also notice the cutest little epoxy shapes on these cards. They come in clear and glitter and are tiny - just perfect for a subtle bit of shine and dimension.

There are lots of gorgeous parts to this suite, I am loving the rose in the masks as well and have made this design a few times now. But I'll show you more of that tomorrow so make sure you are signed up to follow me by email for some tips and tricks with that mask. (See the ranbow box on the right side of this page) 
You can see some of the silver leaf sprays as well as the diecut rose tucked into this card

The Sweet Soiree DSP is just stunning - with all that lovely silver on it. I made lots of little boxes to show off how pretty it was. More details on that here

Thanks so much for popping by this week, be sure and check out the rest of the team's amazing creations. And don't forget we love to see what you create using inspriation from the same pages. Send us a photo on our Facebook page. 

Next up this week is Rose and her lovely project.

and before me this week is Monique, she's been very busy.

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

cheers, Liz

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Peach and Plum colour combination for Global Design Project

Who can resist a rose?
I do love the little roses in the Cake Soiree set and I have been having fun with the rose mask as well, so it seemed a perfect opportunity to make the same card using the GDP colours.
I'll share a tip on using the mask next week so make sure you are signed up to follow me by email - see the rainbow boxes on the right panel of this page.
The peace rose is a yellow/peach with dark pink tips on the petals - so a 2 tone rose is certainly a real thing. I thought the colour challenge this week would work well for Roses.

I have never used Bermuda Bay as a leaf colour before - but challenges are all about - well .. challenging yourself. I'm happy to say that I quite like it as a leaf colour and that I may just try it some more soon.

I used the baby wipe technique to stamp the little roses. I love that the coordinating dies for this set come with TWO of the smaller rose framelits and 2 of the smooth leaf and 2 of the wavy leaf. So when you are preparing you are able to cut twice as many pieces with a single pass of the bigshot - Genius!!  ( Note: there are 2 sizes of little rose and this is the larger of the two, there is only one rose framelit for this size)  However I did have to fussy cut the little fronds, which was fine.

Don't you love the miniature pink roses - they are a Cecile Brunner rose and these type of roses were on my parent's wedding cake.  They bloom every year for Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary and for my birthday. This rose plant was a house warming gift from my aunt. This year they are still blossoming. They smell quite lovely. 

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

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A girl can never have too many roses.- Next card class will be oh so floral

I have been scheduling some classes and would love to invite you to join me on FEB10 for a FLORAL class, and MARCH 10  for a fun KIDS BIRTHDAY class.( kids can be any age really) there are so many fun stampsets around at the moment it will be hard to narrow down just which stamps we'll use. - so you can choose.

The February class will certainly focus on the roses and beautiful bird in the Petal Palette suite. I hope you can join me - here's some samples of the different looks you can achieve.

Watercolour background and aquapainter for the roses.

The second generation colouring from the watercolour panel.

Simple embossed background and some black sequin accents. Such a versatile stamp.

Classes are so much fun.
You'll find more details here
Event details.

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

cheers, Liz

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Playing with the layout for TGIFC#142 and a little Love .

I have been playing with the beautiful new Petal Palette set and really enjoying all the possibilities it offers. We will be using it at our stamping retreat this weekend and I'll be basing a class around it in February.  
I am also combining this card with a new challenge - new to me - Inspire.Create Stampin Challenges #009
Love seems just perfect for this card.

I have stamped the roses with archival black ink and coloured the roses using an aqua painter and real red and coral inks. The leaves are painted in both old olive and garden green.

I don;t have any of the glimmer embossing paste but I am loving using the regular embossing paste and sprinkling it with dazzling diamonds while it is still damp and just waiting for it to dry. I have done that same technique on a number of cards. The little lace panel is cut using the thinlits that pair with the Petal Palette set,  - the Petals and More thinlits. This textured piece is such a lovely addition to that set.
The roses were getting lost a little on all that silver bling so I popped them onto a circle of vellum to make them the focus.

I can't wait to do a class with this set, my ladies are going to love it.

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

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Colour INKspirtion #25 a New Year and New Toys

Welcome to the First 2015 blog for Colour INKspiration, I hope your Christmas and New Year have been amazing.  We start the year with a bright fresh colour palette.And I started the year needing a thankyou card or 2 - so I pulled out my minitreat thinlits set and made one using new paper and stamps, and one using older paper and stamps. Here they are both side by side.


I'm still not totally sold on Lemon Lime Twist as a colour although it is used very widely. Perhaps it just doesn't photograph very well. I prefer the cardstock once it is sponged with the same ink to give that deeper more intense colour. So that is what I have done to the leaf spray ( the second spray is cut from DSP) 

Both the DSP and the ribbon and sequins used in this project are new in the Tutti-frutti Suite. The paper is a cute little 6x6 stack with geometric type designs on one side and fruit patterns on the reverse. The Sequins are already self adhesive and come in a range of colours in the pack which is super handy, and the mini striped ribbon is really lovely too. I used the stamps from the new Petal Palette set and the matching framelits which are going to be so very versatile. The little bird is very sweet, and the sentiments are varied and very useable. For the bird on the inside I watercoloured with both navy and lime and they blend together beautifully.

Then I made a second version using some retired navy and White paper and the Background Bits Hostess set from the annual catalogue. There is plenty of shimmer on the strip of hearts.

 It's a very exciting time of year for Demonstrators as the new catalogue brings fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Let me know if you need a copy for yourself, there's so much to look at.

Next this week is my lovely friend Bec.

Thanks so much for looking and remember we'd love to see what you create using the same colour palette- just post a photo to our Facebook page, you have 2 weeks and you may earn a spot as a guest designer.

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

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 7 January 2018

CTC#160 Picture Perfect Party

Welcome back for the start of a new year. Hooray for a new catalogue and new products. I'm also the proud owner of the new STAMPARATUS and I used it to quickly whip up 4 bright birthday cards. (for more details on why I am a lucky owner see this post), It really is amazing. This is a very picture heavy post because I wanted to show you some tips with using it which I found helpful. 

This week we are CASEing from pages 4-9 of the new Occasions Catalogue, and this is my inspiration layout on page 6 (top left)
  • a coloured card base
  • a panel of DSP ( I used the new bright and fun Bubbles and Fizz -free Sale-a Bration product)
  • a solid colour wide strip with the sentiment extending over the edge of the panel of DSP
  • a white circle with a focal image, and a narrow horizontal element
  • some bling in matching colours

The movable panels on the side of the STAMPARATUS  baseplate allow you to do multiple pieces and have them positioned the same. I took a 10 cm strip of A4 card and placed it in the corner, and stamped the sentiment, then moved the plate down one notch  ( ie 1 inch) and repeated, then I rotated the card 180 degrees and repeated the process, that way the sentiments were all evenly spaced the same distance apart, and once trimmed with only 2 slices on the trimmer the 4 pieces were identical!

Similarly I rotated the large piece of card in the base 4 times as I stamped each part of the candles. Then when it was all finished I ran it through the bigshot with the stitched circle framelit.

Assembly went together very quickly.

I punched out some of the mini circle design elements from the DSP and layered each on a silver foil circle and put the small Happy Birthday sentiment flag behind each one. (This was to copy the focal image of the horizontal piece of twine in the original, which I think gives the whole card balance).

And finally, I hate to throw away pieces of DSP and I love to decorate the inside of the card so this is a technique I often use.
  • get a piece of scrap cardstock as wide as you need (it doesn't need to be a perfect shape)
  • cover it with a coating of Tombow glue spread across the face
  • layer the strips in a random order side by side so that they take up the whole piece
  • trim into strips (1.5cm wide for this card)
  • use them to decorate your card insert ( Or envelope, or card front- I have more samples under the label- using paper scraps of DSP if you are interested)

A tiny strip of narrow silver washi (love these) was just right to bring the silver from the front into the inside.
And there you have a quick bright fun set. The Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set has loads of great sentiments even if you are not into party blowers and ribbon pompom things.

If you'd like to play with the Stamparatus you are welcome to come along to one of my classes because I know my team and customers are just going to love it. Message me for details if you'd like to join in.

I hope you get a chance to create something this week inspired by the same pages in the catalogue- it doesn't need to be new papers or stampsets - we'd love to see what you create and share with us on our Facebook page.

Next this week is Angela
before me this week is Kelly

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

cheers, Liz