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Sunday, 20 May 2018

#CTC179 - Favourite Kit - Any Catalogue

This week we are CASEing our Favourite Kit - any catalogue

My choice is the picture above right, Lots of Happy Card kit which is at present in the Occasions catalogue, but good news - carrying over to the new annual catalogue!  Yay.

I took a shine recently to using Calypso Coral and chose to make a set of Thank You cards using just the kit, colouring with my Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends and using a little extra cardstock and an envelope.

The main cards are pretty much as the kit suggests. I've used the Thank You from the Love What You Do stamp set (available as part of all the Share What You Love Suite of bundles until the end of May) and it fit well into all the shapes. I also made a couple of slight adjustments. The first is the card top right, I've mounted my hexagon onto the daisy pattern from the soon retiring Petal Passion DSP which was attached to a 4" square Basic Black card. I've only used one of the images for the card on the bottom left, which gives me two hexagon shapes and a cute posy image to use for another project. Next I've altered the idea for the smallest card on the bottom right of the kit picture, as it was too tiny to pop in the post, I used it as a pocket on a card base. The Calypso Coral background was embossed with Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic TIEF and adhered to a Basic Black sheet of card, because it is not what the message would be written on, I've only needed 1/4 of an A4 sheet. I've used the same daisy pattern from Petal Passion DSP to line the envelope and make a wrap for my pocket.

The envelope was attached in an open format, and I've made a pull tag with the Circle Tab punch to attach to the side of the card.  Below is what you see when you pull the tab:

A little tip to help you out if you are a bit frustrated with the kinks that occur in your Ombre ribbon - while you make yourself a cuppa, hold your kinked piece of ribbon only (not your fingers!) over the steam from the jug and pull it gently, continue until you are satisfied, it won't take long! 

Too many options for these sets, so don't be afraid to add your own personal touches. By the way, I know you're all worrying about the fact olives shouldn't be that colour, so I'm calling them a new form of apricot plum - lol. For me that sounds a little tastier than an olive too.  

Let's move on over to check out the striking card the lovely Peta has created and then we look forward to you playing along with the design team using the link over to the right.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Kelly's Stamping Friends Birthday Blog Hop

Happy Birthday to the amazing and inspiring Kelly Kent from Western Australia! What a fabulous way to celebrate a birthday - with a global blog hop (actually this is the first of two hops) with friends of Kelly who share the mutual interest of papercraft and/or Stampin' Up!.  Hope you have plenty of reasons to smile today Kelly - hugs and best wishes xx

This is the birthday card I created for the occasion:

Unfortunately the lovely Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP will not be available for much longer, but it suited what I was looking for, bright, vibrant and fun! The greeting (Label Me Pretty) is not retiring as I thought it was, (I must have been looking at the bundle which of course, will retire as a bundle but the separate items are still available - thanks Tina for the correction). and it worked well with my DSP. I inked it in Old Olive and coloured with Stampin' Blends then punched with the Pretty Label punch and adhered it over Silver Foil rose embossed leaves, (a sneak peek of a new set with co-ordinating dies), and an Old Olive Petals and More Thinlit diecut. 

I couldn't resist thinking of the two lovely young ladies in the Kent house, surely they are critter lovers so there are some fun aspects for them to enjoy inside - with credit to  the Hedgehugs stamp set. First up, a little Rich Razzleberry hedgehog masked off to look like she's standing on the tree stump.

And next the bird and branch are direct to stamp colouring with Stampin' markers. The greeting also in Rich Razzleberry; "Today is special - just like You!", how appropriate. 

This is known as a Four Fold card. I know you will find a lot of tutorials online if you are looking to create something like this. I taught this to a group of ladies late last year, and when researching a pattern, the versions I saw weren't quite what I was after, so I adapted my card to get two from one sheet of 12x12, plus an A5 sheet of card to provide the add on pieces for the front.  

I actually made two of these cards, and the other was turned into a special Mother's Day card for my lovely Mum xx.

Please continue your hopping journey with a visit to another of our CASEing the Catty team members - Monique:

If you get lost along the way, here's a full list of Participants for Hop A:
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Jenny Hall
  4. Denita Wright-Smee
  5. Jackie Aitken
  6. Narelle Simm
  7. Sandra Collett
  8. Monique Fielder
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  13. Josie Dean
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Kristel Rimmer
  16. Kim Oliver
  17. Denise Buetler
  18. Jacqui Crouch
  19. Tina Gillespie
  20. Jan McQueen
If you want even more inspiration, check out Hop B, starting with Kelly Kent.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

#CTC178 - Favourite Annual Catalogue Project 2017/18

Another hard one to choose this week with Favourite 2017-18 Annual Catalogue Project.

In an effort to gear up for a Scrapbook Retreat I am attending next weekend, I have chosen  the layout on page 37, bottom right

Of course, I didn't simply CASE it as I see it, but that's mainly because I don't have those items in my possession. I switched out the Crumb Cake base for Blushing Bride, the Best Badge Punch for the sadly retiring Butterflies Thinlits and Bold Butterfly Framelits, and the One Wild Ride set for Butterfly Basics, both of which are retiring. The black and white elements are from the Petal Passion Memories and More Card Pack The cut up words are from Butterfly Basics and the ink used for all the stamping/sponging was Soft Suede. The photo is the mini me - she's the stepped up version lol, and yes surprisingly I do have permission to use this! She was a little concerned at what I was referring to with the caterpillar/butterfly quote, but I assured her it wasn't an ugly baby thing. To make up for it I tried a little harder with the banner which I used from Seasonal Bells, I blanked out the middle then added the words from Jar of Love - You Light Up My Life - most appropriate as she certainly does, and today is Mother's Day.  

Big shout out to all you Mums and here's a little extra a couple of lovelies in our lives received if you haven't already seen it on my FB page:

Another shout out today as it is the birthday of one of our Design Team members, hope you have had a super day Angela! 

Is there a favourite project you have wanted to CASE? Why don't you show us by linking your photo with the box over on the right. Next up though, it's hello to Kathryn...

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Surprising Sara - International Blog Highlight

Been a while since I've managed to create a card at the right time for Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights, but I made it, and this is one with a bit of a twist, as we turn the tables and recognise our Stampin' Up! CEO Sara. This month is special as Sara has demonstrators thinking about ways in which they can help make a difference in the lives of others. Kylie's twist on this was to surprise Sara - and send her a card to thank her for the work she does for us as demonstrators. What a great idea!

This won't reach Sara before my post goes live, but it will be posted! How many of you are you as guilty as I am?  We all create amazing handmade cards, and even have a target for who they will be sent to - but how many do we actually get round to posting? I know, I'm guilty of the odd one - but have been trying harder this year. So come on everyone - let's get cracking - #sharewhatyoulove #makeitsendit! 

As you can see, I've opted for some white on white on white - the kitty, the brick embossed background and thick whisper white cardstock. This is a very clean and simple card and as you know, they are hard for me to do. I wanted a less is more look as the emphasis will be in the words I choose to add myself.

I've used Calypso Coral as my start point and it became the mat, scallop and the main colouring in the flowers. Pretty Kitty did the work, with a little Calypso Coral Ombre ribbon behind the diecuts from layering circles. Stamping Blends for the colouring and Daisy Delight greeting on the inside, again Calypso Coral.

If you like it please click below to cast a vote my way. The top 10 cards voted will join a special blog hop next month.  If not, that's ok - I'm happy to be adding my card to an amazing purpose.  Thanks for stopping by x

Sunday, 6 May 2018

#CTC177 - Favourite Retiring Project

What's yours??

A hard one to pick but I've gone with page 162

Rose Wonder and the co-ordinating Rose Garden Thinlits are a multi occasion item in my stash, so I'll definitely miss them and more!  In fact today's project uses four retiring items.

I've used thick Whisper White with the fold at the top of the card for this set. I've chosen the ombre pattern papers from the (retiring) Color Theory DSP. The largest die was used to cut out  the silver Although this glimmer paper is going, there will be a new thinner model in the next catalogue to replace it. As you can see these cards can be whipped up pretty quickly. The strip of sparkle under the greeting is the (retiring) Myths and Magic Specialty washi tape the greeting itself is from (also retiring) Teeny Tiny Sentiments, with silvery heat embossing. Silver seqins from the Metallic assortment.

Feel the urge to play along? Please do! Create your card and use the link over on the right...  Now time to pop over and visit the talented Liz Gross with her stunning card using the same greeting set as I did.