Sunday, 20 October 2019

CTC#251 Brightly Gleaming Colour Combination with a layout on the side!

Hello crafty friends. How did it get to be Sunday already??
Lovely colour palette we are using this week, Night of Navy, Pretty Peacock, Vanilla and Mossy Meadow with copper.
I am not very focused on Christmas, so used the Hot air balloons for a change this week, and I CASE'd the little square card at the top of the inspo image.

I love mini cards and have been working on 3 x 3's this weekend so this one was easy to whip together using the colours and layout.

I did watercolour the background as the starry copper DSP sky was a bit dark, and the little copper star embellishments are so cool for adding some bling without being too much.
Next this week is Bec. She loves a bit of sparkle so I wonder what gorgeousness she will have created with the copper touches.

Send us a photo of your creations using these wonderful colours.

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

cheers, Liz

Saturday, 12 October 2019


Hello again and welcome back.
This week is a layout challenge from the four cards on page 46,
so I have chosen the card on the bottom right.

I love timber elements,
and I love vellum,
and I'm quite keen on square cards
so it was an easy pick for me.

The catalogue card must be quite small since the timber leaves are not large, but I wanted a full size card so I've scaled it up a little.

My finished card is 41/2" square, so I added another background layer.

My tips this week:
  • I love vellum wrapped around- it's how I adhere vellum without worrying if any adhesive will show through,  simply use double sided adhesive tape along the edges at the back and fold the vellum strip firmly around the cardstock
  • the twine looped behind the sentiment piece is super easy to apply - I just staple it in place since it will be hidden. This also has the advantage of not adding any height from a knot or bow which will interfere with your postage costs
  • if your sentiment is smaller than your stitched shape cut it out once with the upper and side edge positioned close to the top of your words, then cut it a second time using just the stitched straight piece close to the bottom of your sentiment for a perfect fit. This works really well for this layout because you trim the overhanging end to be flush with the edge of your vellum

Next this week is Siobhan, I can't wait to see what she has created.

Which layout inspires you? Take a photo and send it to our Facebook page. We love to see what you create with us.

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"
cheers, Liz
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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

CI#65 - a dramatic scheme this week

Welcome to the colour INKspiration bloghop. What a stunning and dramatic colour scheme we have this week. I'm excited to see what these colours inspire everyone to create. I love Nicole's gorgeous card this week, so many lovely details.
I wasn't sure where to start but thought I should definitely challenge myself with a stamp set which I loved in the catalogue but haven't really used yet. So I pulled out the Tasteful Textures stampset and the coordinating dies. They really are gorgeous and I feel bad that I haven't experimented with them very much.
The gorgeous colours just had to be watercoloured, so that was my starting point, and that huge round moon suggested a large round element on the card.

The champagne foil worked well to let the colours show through and I teamed up the sentiment on Gray Granite with a narrow textured strip of each of the colours. Taking inspiration from the sample on page 11 of the catalogue with the image of the bundle I tied a (retired) silver embellishment onto the sentiment panel.
The foil circle is raised up on (quite a lot of) mini dimensionals, which lets the light play and bring out the background.

And since I had the inside pieces of the foil left over I adhered them to a second watercolour panel. I ran the whole panel through the Subtle EF.

It feels good to have opened the set and used it. Can't wait to get some more samples made with this set, It really is as lovely as I had hoped.

Next on the hop this week is Tanya, be sure and hop all the way around for some amazing projects.

Don't forget we love to see what you create with these colours. Pop a photo on our Facebook page.

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

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Sunday, 6 October 2019

CTC#249 - decorating with Toile Tidings

Hello again for another week. This week we are CASEing the Toile Tidings Suite pages 6-11.
Rather than CASE a specific project I have a collection of projects which I made for my recent Christmas Class to showcase the beautiful DSP. I had a card in last week's CTC and this week I have some gift bags.
I love the colours of the paper- Real Red, Very Vanilla and Garden Green. And as I said last week I am not so keen on the Northern European winter images, but it's amazing how that is not so significant when the paper is made into projects.

The beautiful mini curved keepsake box is SO EASY to use. I whipped up a bunch of these in no time. I think they make lovely decorations, but I did think they would work really well for an Advent Calendar too. I can see them as gorgeous table decorations. I also did one in plain Red Cardstock, and I quite like the look of the plain version mixed in with the others.
Here's my display from my Christmas card class.

And a card to finish.

I didn't buy the stampset so used sentiments from  a variety of sets.

The other project I made was a gift box which uses half a sheet- 6" x 12"(CASEd from Sam Hammond- pootles- the queen of boxes) from her annual advent countdown aug 30.
here's her measurements:
  • Paper – 6 x 12″ (15. x 30.5cm)
  • Score on the LONG side at 1.5, 5.75, 7.25, 11.5″ (4, 14.5, 18.5, 29cm)
  • Score on the SHORT side at 1.5″ (4cm)
Have a play and see what you can create using that section of the Catalogue for inspiration. We'd love to see your project too, so share a photo on our Facebook page.

Next this week is Julia. Can't wait to see what amazingly artistic project she has this week.

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

cheers, Liz

Sunday, 29 September 2019

CTC#248 switching up a layout for Christmas

Here we are again for another round and this week we are taking a layout from the annual catalogue and recreating it with Christmas products.

I wasn't sure about the Toile Tidings paper although I do love the colours, but it looks very different once it is made up into projects, and I quite like the simplicity of monotone projects.
 The Northern European snowy woods images don't really match our drought stricken region but I do love the page covered with leaves and berries, so I made a card using a layout that was capable of showing off the gorgeous print.

I have CASEd the layout from page 86 and rotated it to landscape. Instead of stamping the plain card layer I used the piece of DSP.
My Christmas Card class yesterday - "creative relief#2" raising money for drought relief - focused on projects using the Pine Tree Punch and the Delightful Tag Topper Punch. 
This was one of the samples showing how versatile the tag punch is to create labels as well as tags. Having holes on both ends is the perfect opportunity to use ribbon to wrap around the base. 
The little timber heart is retired but suited it perfectly and matched the layout.
The stamp set has a bright large font, although I confess I did cut the "in the New Year" from the bottom of the stamp. I can easily place it on the block if I want the sentiment but I liked if better plain. The inside uses the "from our home to yours" stamp from the same set. It's a great set to use when you want the paper to be the star of the show.
I also made the reverse green  in an alternate layout and it looks quite different.

It's good to use the catalogue for inspiration all year around. 
Share your creations with us on our Facebook Group.

Next this week is the very creative Julia

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

cheers, Liz
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