Sunday, 19 February 2017

Happy Anniversary CTC #116

CASE-ing The Catty this week is focussing on pages 20-31 of the Occasions Catalogue, beginning with the Succulents Suite. That stamp and paper suite is so popular, but I decided to delve a little deeper into the section to make an anniversary card. On page 28 is a simply sweet card using Mediterranean Moments. I liked that the focal image was circular and began there.

Firstly, the image was stamped using Stampin' Up! Archival Ink Basic Grey, because it is waterproof. The new watercolor pencils provided enough choice to colour this little scene before blending lightly. It was then die cut with the largest circle in the Stitched Shape Framelits.

The sentiments for this card are all taken from Falling For You, the prettiest little stamps for weddings and anniversaries which you will find on page 51 of the Occasions Catalogue. I like the font and the way this one fitted comfortably onto the Tags and Labels Framelits. As well as the linen thread, I've recycled a safety pin from a clothing purchase to attach the tag.

As we enter the second half of the Annual Catalogue's year, I'm on a mission to use up my existing Designer Series Paper (DSP) because Stampin' Up!® is always bringing out new gorgeous colours and patterns.This one is from the pack Moroccan DSP, the colours are rich and varied, just as suited to the Mediterranean as to Morocco.

 Another stamp set that hasn't seen enough ink yet is Tuscan Vineyard. The row of corks were added along the bottom of the Crumb Cake base, along with a smattering of splatters from Timeless Textures

As I mentioned earlier, all the sentiments are from Falling For You, and aren't these so sweet? This card is for my special person, a little later this year. We are celebrating a big anniversary, one of those that ends in '0'. I'd love to be heading to the Med. to celebrate, but sadly, not this time.  Another strip of DSP has been added inside, along with a corkscrew (Tuscan Vineyard). I really did go all out to make this card, with love.

If you'd like to challenge yourself to make something CASE-ing pages 20-31 of the Occasions catty, we'd love you to share it here on our Facebook site. You don't need a blog to share, but if you have you can leave your link when you post.

Our CASE-ing The Catty page is here, that may help if a link is broken.
Now continue on to see what the fabulous Tricia has shared this week (it's such a cute card)

Cheers, Rachel

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Birds of a Feather TGIFC95

I was a little bit excited to see this challenge at TGIF Challenges,the minute I saw Hey Chick at Onstage in Brisbane last November, I put it to the top of my wish list. I've actually had a lot of use from it too. It's funny, because everyone seems to love these flamboyant ladies! It was fun to bling this card up with a strand of sequins over the washi tape, and every bird is a different colour, thanks to the Stampin' Up!® Watercolour Pencils. My fingers are crossed that more colours are coming in the Annual Catalogue, because all my ladies are feeling so much more confident about colouring since these were introduced. They're even happier to try the ink now they're getting the hang of it!!!

I've taken another picture from a different angle to try to show up the colours, which are mainly from the brights range with a few neutrals added in. I'm in the process of making one of the cute egg cartons match this card, its been sprayed with alcohol rub and Melon Mambo ink from a re-inker so far.

Last night I had a card class, and during SALE-A-Bration, I always feature one card using a SAB stamp. February's pick was Hey Chick and the ladies were thrilled to bits with their cards. We used a very simple masking technique and coloured  with the Watercolor pencils, with every creation being a little different from the next. Suite Sentiments has been a source for the perfect greeting for this cluster of girls, don't you think? You'll find it at the back of the Occasions Catalogue.

Don't forget to pop over to TGIFC to see all the other birds, and maybe add your own creation.

Happy crafting
Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Delicate Details CTC#115

Welcome back to our weekly CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop. You may have come from Liz Gross in Queensland and now you're with me, Rachel Palmieri in Melbourne. This week we are sharing something inspired by the SALE-A-Bration catalogue, pages 8-11. Page 9 with Delicate Details FREE with purchase SAB stamp set, was my inspiration this week. The rows of lace really appealed to me, such a sweet look. My choice to stamp was Basic Grey archival Ink, and I used some SAB paper from this time last year, in various shades of yellow. After stamping, this was mounted onto Crushed Curry, then  Basic Gray card, and lastly a So Saffron card base.

Two layers of flower from Botanical Builder Framelits were adhered after stamping some stamens, and a fern leaf is poking out behind. Suite Sentiments is a fabulous stamp set, at the very back of the Occasions Catalogue. There are sentiments for every event, and I thought this one quite apprpriate. It has been cut with a Stitched Oval Framelit, but purposely with one end chopped off, to not cover so much background. Delicate Details is one of the FREE choices you can have with your $90.00 order from January4th-March31st, check out my online store for more choices.

Don't forget to link to our Facebook challenge, using the same pages of the SAB as inspiration.

Happy Crafting

 If you get lost or find a broken link along the way, you can get back on track here.
Now you should check out what the very lovely Julia Quinn  on the Sunshine Coast has shared

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Moments For Wishing Colour INKspiration #03

Already our 3rd challenge at Colour INKspiration. We are a group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators creating paper projects, inspired by Pinterest colour combinations. Loved this one as I have just returned from a lovely relaxing time at the beach with my hubby, eldest son, delightful D-I-L, and their three cherubs. So, in truth it wasn't always relaxing, but it is probably a lot better having at least one adult per child (and a spare). I'm the person who arranges crafting activities and quiet time reading, I'll leave the action to the others, thanks. So this lovely cafè scene is perfect for me...

I had the opportunity to make a card using Mediterranean Moments (they're my favourite kind of moments!!!) stamped and die cut with the Stitched Shape Framelits Dies. Have you heard that they are FINALLY back in stock? Just add  item#145372 to your order. In Australia they retail at $50.00 but I'm sure you'll get good value from them.

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I love colour, but often feel overwhelmed by more than 3 colours at a time. Do you relate to that? In case the graphic is hard to read, the colours this week are Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Peekaboo Peach and Whisper White. That's why I thought it would be a great challenge to participate at Colour INKspiration, and you can too (just check for the link at the end). I've developed a system of picking each of the ink pads from the shelf, and studying them, piled at the end of my table. Now you don't need to use lots of each colour, but after I had completed my sweet scene, it seemed a little bland with only the cushions water coloured Peekaboo Peach. The difference stamping a part of the sentiment from Balloon Celebration made was amazing!

Sometimes its fine to leave the card base plain, but the brick work from Ghoulish Grunge very subtle in Soft Sky on Soft Sky, with paint drops (not blood) in Marina Mist, from the same stamp set, seem to add some interest. Unfortunately, Ghoulish Grunge was a Holiday Catalogue item and is no longer available in my online shop. Such a shame, as it complements several of the Occasions stamp sets very nicely.  Don't miss out on anything you fancy in the current Occasions Catalogue.
These blogs are going to post at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. You can join in and post your creation on FB here.
Now it's time to head over to check out Bronwyn's amazing work

I hope you do join us
Happy crafting

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sending Love CTC#114

Hello and welcome to CASE-ing The Catty. This week the assignment is to CASE from pages 14-19 of the Occasions Catalogue. CASE can mean copy and share everything or copy and selectively edit. Our design team at CASE-ing The Catty use the Stampin' Up!® catalogues to ignite our own creativity. You may have come from Rebecca's Blog, wasn't her project awesome? If you missed it, never fear, blogs go full circle and you'll get back there.

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The card on page 16 with the rocking horse appealed to me and I decided to CASE it using Circle Of Spring. This is a stamp set found in your Annual Catalogue, page 94. I think this wreath is particularly pretty, and very easy to colour, which ever method you choose. I've used the new Watercolor Pencils; - Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive. It's actually coloured quickly and easily. The points I most liked and imitated from the design were doilies peeking out from behind the label, the strips of Old Olive and the de-bosssed Seaside TIEF. De-bossed is when the designs 'wrong' side is used, it's actually smoother.

Two labels the same size were cut with Lots Of Labels Framelits, and the white one trimmed a little to show Old Olive borders each side. Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies are also really useful for cutting the wreath out, although you can use it without cutting it out also. My Big Shot Die Cut machine is my biggest and most expensive craft expense so far, but it pays for itself over and over. I love the fact that Stampin' Up! carries such a big range of dies and embossing folders to use with this machine, and everything co-ordinates with stamps. The Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies also co-ordinate with another stamp set, Wondrous Wreath on page 32.

Although I've stamped a sentiment from a new stamp set, Suite Sentiments, in the Occasions Catalogue, Circle Of Spring actually includes six sweet sentiments already. From Happy Birthday all the way through to Easter and Mother's day, there is something for everyone. Those sentiments can all be fitted inside the centre section if you choose. I've stamped onto an Oval Stitched Framelit and lay it over part of the wreath.

You can join in with this challenge by posting on FB here
If the link is broken along the way you can get back on track at the CASE-ing The Catty Blog.

Now it's time to see the lovely card for Easter that the lovely Julia has to share this week.

Happy Crafting

Friday, 3 February 2017

Mini Catalogue Launch

On Saturday 4th I am having a Mini launch of the Occasions catalogue. My guests will make a couple of simple cards using new stamps and dies, and have fun together. If you can't make it to this event but want to take part, use this Hostess code UUVGMQ3C when you place your order. I will post you the bits and pieces for the make & takes, and you can stamp any greeting on your cards to finish them off.

One of the Make & Takes involves colouring a small portion of the SAB Inside the Lines DSP (you can use pencils, markers or ink for this) and the other uses a diecut piece from Window Shopping as a feature above a piece of the Party Animal DSP.
 Wish you could join us for some crafting,

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration CTC#113

It's Sunday, and welcome back to CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop. Again this week the crew are sharing inspiration from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue, pages 4-7. Don't forget to go full circle to check out what each member of the crew has shared. Elizabeth is the crew member before me.

I've used this picture on page 5 of the SAB catty to CASE a couple of cards. It's a great sketch and variations of it can be used over and over. Even though I had the actual paper used on this card from the Annual catty, (Serene Scenery 141657) I decided to ink up the Hardwood stamp with Crumb Cake and stamp onto Soft Sky. A scrap of Tip Top Taupe went through the Big Shot using the Seaside textured impressions embossing folder. The flower from Avant Garden was stamped with Archival Black ink and coloured with ink and a Aqua painter. It has been secured with dimensionals, tombow and some washi tape. 'Happy Birthday Wishes' is one of the three sentiments included with Avant Garden, and in such a pretty font.

Next, the colour was changed quite drastically. A piece of paper with a bokeh effect from Serene Scenery Paper Stack was the background of the card, and also finished the inside nicely. Ink to Rubber technique was used to colour the flower this time and it was fussy cut and laid on a stitched circle. Same sketch, but quite a different result.

I wanted to try CASE-ing another flower from the Avant Garden SAB stamp set. This flower is separate from the stem and leaf, so you can arrange them any way you like. It is such good value when you have a couple of floral images, some other incidental images and 3 sentiments. What's more, it is FREE with your $90 order during Sale-A-Bration 94th January - 31st March).

You could definitely have a nice selection of birthday cards on hand if you used this stamp, these sketches and a few different colour combinations. 

Here you'll see a Youtube video sharing different ways to colour

Now it is time for you to hop over and visit Rebecca Scurr

You can join in by making a card or 3D item using pages 4-7 from the SAB catty as your inspiration and link to our FB challenge here. It can be a colour scheme, a layout or anything really which triggers your creative spark!

Happy crafting