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


  1. Love the decorating of the inside of the card tip! Thanks for sharing Liz!

  2. Love your card!! I especially love your faux washi look!

  3. Great cards Liz. Thanks for sharing all the tips! I have so many of those strips - I love how you've used them on the inside of the cards. Clever!!! Kelly x

  4. Such an awesome set of cards and production less labour intensive with the amazing Stamparatus.

  5. Thanks for sharing your tips on how you used the Stamparatus, so excited for Feb to rock around. Lovely cards too :)

  6. What a great set of cards, it looks like the stamparatus had a really good work out!

  7. Great set of cards Liz and thanks for all your tips x

  8. Great cards and great tips too, especially what you did with the strip of DSP! Reminds me to be more creative with them! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Awesome cards, but I LOVE your tip for using up those little scraps of DSP! I have so many and now I know just what to do with them!

  10. Great set of cards Liz - inside and out!!

  11. Fabulous cards Liz - this is a great go-to layout. And wow the insides of your cards like spectacular with those DSP pieces and the silver washi.

  12. Such cleverness and creativity and awesomeness all rolled into one! Go you! I love it all totally but especially the DSP tip. Brilliant.

  13. Great cards, Liz and I love how you showed the use of the Stamparatus to make it even quicker. I love decorating the inside of my cards and your strippy border looks fabulous. Will definitely be CASE-ing that!

  14. Love these cards! The inside decoration is a great way to use scraps & looks fantastic. Can't wait to get my Stamparatus so I can try this technique.


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