Sunday, 30 September 2018

Flourishes for a simple Christmas card for CTC198

Welcome back to CASEing the Catty for another week. This week we are using pages 36 - 41 as our inspiration. You can take a layout, a colour scheme or an embellishment as inspiration. I started with a gift bag on page 40 and it took me in 2 different directions.
I LOVED the filigree stamp and punch but I found the gorgeous copper wire embellishments were just a bit big on this as a card- and you really needed 2 which is perfect for gift wrapping but a bit excessive for posting (for me).
So I modified it and used copper punched sprigs instead, and a touch of copper ribbon and some shimmer paint in alcohol as a spritz. A fairly quick card, and nice and shimmery.



You might get a better idea of the shimmer from this angle, although it is very difficult to capture. I used 3 drops of shimmer paint and 3 drops of lovely lipstick and spritzed a white panel which became the base for the sentiment panels. Stamp and punch- my kind of project.

And here's the inspiration picture.
I still wanted to try the copper star on a card so I embossed the wreath onto white, lightly sponged it with a dauber using Call Me Clover, and tied the star on using Fresh Fig twine from the Rooted in Nature suite. A few little pearls and this was done. Very easy but still too bulky to post.
I think I'll work on options for this one for posting.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you would like to try any of the cards in this section you can post your pictures to our Facebook page, we love to see what you create using the same inspiration pictures. 
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Next on the hop this week is Rachel

and before me this week is Judy

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

cheers, Liz


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Saturday, 29 September 2018

When the "Useful Box" proves very useful. Celebrating the little things

Every now and then I have an urge to clean up some of those bits and pieces that are lying around after previous projects. (so I can make room for new things with a clear conscience!!)
Also I end up with lots of half finished projects because things don't work the first time,  or I cut more than I need,  or leftovers from classes, or retired pieces that I still love etc......
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But I had a pyjama day yesterday and everything seemed to flow quite well  and I was able to create quite a stash of simple notecards.
I think I can enter this for the Inspire.Create.challenge theme of Celebration.

I was certainly celebrating
  1. that it was a very good day
  2. that I was productive
  3. that I cleared a lot of bits and pieces off my desk and
  4. that I ended up with 19 notecards to send to friends. ( I could really celebrate because I did actually write, address AND post them
Here's a little preview of some of the other things that came together quite easily.



I'll share a few more another day. make sure you are subscribed to receive my emails - see the rainbow box on the right side of the page!
If you are like me and can't throw anything out, don't be afraid to mix and match and put random things together. Just tie them together with a colour scheme and see where it takes you.

I hope you have a creative week and remember,

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

cheers, Liz




Wednesday, 26 September 2018

colour INKspiration #42, Mint and Copper Kitchen inspiration

Welcome back for another round of Colour INKspiration. And what a stunning colour palette we have this week for CI#42.
It's no secret that Mint Macaron is one of my favourite greens - and green is probably my favourite colour, so I loved this combination.
I love the copper bowls and the farmhouse feel in the Inspo pic so it was an easy jump to the Country Home stamp set and the copper jug and milk urn. I often have ginger flowers in my kitchen and they are very tall so I love the idea of a very tall arrangement in a big jug.
I heat embossed the images using copper powder on the copper foil and fussy cut them. It was easiest to cut through the bottom join of the jug handle to cut the excess away, and then just glue it back in place.
I stamped a row of kitchen tiles and sponged champagne shimmer paint on the black embossed strip.
The greenery is just stamped in place - very easy. The distINKtive design on the Wishing You Well set is wonderful.
Youmight get a slightly clearer view of the 2 vessels in this shot


Since I ended up with lots of bits I made a few alternatives.
Champagne shimmer paint on white embossed card. Leaves from Petal Palette suite and Jar of Love. The Milk can is embossed with black on copper, think I like the copper on copper better.
The rest of the Shimmer on Black embossed panel. And a few leaves and things that were lying in "The Useful Box" 
and a simple inside treatment
The easiest way to get the handle cut out on the jug. A few other bits and pieces seemed to work together too!

I'm sandwiched between two Nics this week. 
Before me on the hop this week is fabulous Nicki Spencer, wasn't her sweet bicycle just so cute. Next  this week is the talented Nicole in WA. You're going to love her project. 

And don't forget we love to see what you post. Upload a photo of your project to our Facebook page. It's so fun to see how everyone interperets the same colours and the huge variety of projects.


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

cheers, Liz

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