Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Bendy Fold Card for SUO#119 & TPP#238

The current challenge at SU-Only calls for Fun Fold projects, & The Paper Players have an awesome Tic Tac Toe challenge from Claire, so I combined the two to create this card:-

A Bendy Fold card is something that has been on my crafting bucket list for a while, so it was the perfect opportunity to try one out!  I have used the left column of the tic tac toe grid & used a combination of "any shade of yellow, flowers & die-cuts".

The idea for the fence was born as I was taking the Bouquet Bigz die out of the cellophane bag.  The first thing I focused on was the row of nice straight, pointy top "pickets" (which you would normally make into a dahlia type flower - like the large pool party ones on the cover of the Occasions catty).  Adding a hedge, letter box & a blossom laden tree bough, with a little hanging sign on the fence makes for a fun card for a new home owner.

Here is a shot from above, so you can see how the hedge & fence curve around then slot back into the fence & card base, respectively:-

To construct the card I used this tutorial by Emma Fewkes as my starting point (you need to go to the post, then look at her sidebar), tweaking the measurements a little to suit my concept.

You can play along with these challenges, peruse the galleries & check out the awesome Design Teams' inspiration pieces by clicking on the graphics below:-

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Card Components
Itty Bitty Banners, Bouquet Bigz & Flower Frenzy Dies
What's Up, Itty Bitty (circle & blossom - retired), Word Window & Scallop Border punches
Envelope Punch Board (corner rounding punch)
Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Garden Green & Basic Black cardstock
 Something to Say stamp set, Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
White Baker's Twine, Basic Buttons (retired), Pearls, Black Marker

Friday, March 20, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #23 - Hello Life Project Kit

It's time for the 23rd Challenge at CASE-ing the Catty & this week we are taking inspiration from the SAB & Occasions catties, using a combination of SAB & Occasions stamps & accessories on our project.

When I first saw the Hello Life Project Kit in the Occasions catty, I "had to have" the wire frame. I love the industrial look that is around at present, where home decor replicates furniture, fixtures & fittings that could have been taken from an old factory or commercial premise.

Well, I ordered my kit & this is what has become of it:-

Dimensional flowers & banners feature very heavily in both catties, so I used that as a starting point & adopted a very simple palette of black & vanilla, inspired by the Typeset DSP.  I only used a handful of elements from the kit (i.e., the wire frame, two black photo frames, a black mat which I turned into a third photo frame, the black banner & the black heart on the middle banner.

To create the banner string, I stripped the metallic thread from Gold Baker's Twine to leave just the vanilla cotton.  I added the black banner which was embossed with the Spring Flowers embossing folder (unfortunately it doesn't show well in the photo) & added a teeny embossed butterfly with a pearl centre which was coloured with a black sharpie marker. 

The middle banner is a vanilla piece stamped with the honeycomb image from the Butterfly Basics set. The floral image on the fourth banner comes from the SAB set Simply Wonderful, stamped on vanilla.  The diagonal stripe print is also from the Typeset DSP.

I couldn't decide what photos to add to the frames, so I opted for a decor piece themed with butterflies.  I used images & a sentiment from the Butterfly Basics set:-

I created three different "coloured" flowers by using different prints from the Typeset DSP which had varying intensity of pattern. Cutting them was a breeze with the Bouquet Bigz Die (which I also used here).  Here are close-ups of the flowers:-

The kit comes with silver painted mini pegs but I substitued gold ones from the Annual Catty to match the Antique Brads in the flower centres.  There are also some vanilla Candy Dots on one of the frames.  

I have to say I am really happy with how this piece turned out & will enjoy switching out elements in the future (just don't expect to see any Crushed Curry pompoms, lol!)  :)

We hope you can play along with us at CASE-ing the Catty this week.  The Design Team, including our Guest Designer - Julia Quinn, have a wonderful group of projects to inspire you. 

You can find the challenge & inspiration from the Design Team here (just click on the graphic):-

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
All Stampin' Up! as detailed above
plus Bitty Butterfly Punch, Banner Framelits & Beautiful Wings Embosslit

Friday, March 6, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #21 - SAB/Occasions Gift Bag

It's time to CASE the Catty again!  This week the Team at CTC are CASE-ing a project from the EVERY DAY Section of the Occasions catalogue.  Here is a gift bag I created, using the bag on page 30 as my starting point:-

I have kept the design fairly similar, with a few minor tweaks.  I tried making a flower using the two largest sizes of petals from the Bouquet Bigz die, but it was enormous!!!!  I settled for this camellia type bloom by using two layers of the five petal flower, then one layer of the smallest single petal, then two layers of the next size single petals.  All the petals have been curled upwards & I added a heap of stamens for the centre.  I punched three ellipse shapes with a circle punch, then folded & scrunched them to create the leaves.

This print was my favourite out of the Best Year Ever DSP pack & I've used most of two sheets to create the bag (there's a little left over to create a matching card at some stage).  It measures 9" high by 5" wide x 3" deep.  There is a 2" wide strip on the inside of both 5" edges to secure the handles (which I removed from another bag) & I lined the bottom with the floral print to match the outside:-

I wanted to add some ribbon, so tucked a couple of loops & tails behind the flower.  The calypso banner is a brayered piece of Irresistibly Yours DSP & the sentiment comes from the Simply Wonderful stamp set.

We hope you can find some time to CASE the Catty with us this week.  My fellow DT members have some beautiful samples to inspire you.  You can find them & details of the challenge here:-
(Simply click on the graphic)

Project Components
All SU except for the bag handles  :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #19 - Buttons & Ribbons

The challenge at CASE-ing the Catty this week is to take inspiration from a project in the Sale-A-Bration catty & to use SAB accessories (or new buttons & ribbons) in your project.

I have taken inspiration from the card at the top of page 14 to use both die-cut & stamped sentiments with an emboss resist shaded background:-

I have kept to a monotone palette of Calypso Coral & White.  The variation in the background colour was achieved using a brayer on the Irresistibly Yours DSP.  I've layered up two "happy" die-cuts to give the sentiment some "substance" then attached the tag using a button & ribbon from the SAB Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, as well as some white baker's twine.  I couldn't resist adding a bit more texture with the adorable pom pom trim.  :)

We hope you can play along with us at CASE-ing the Catty this week, there are so many great projects to be inspired by, as you can see by what my fellow Design Team members have created.  You can check out their fabulous projects & join in the challenge here:-
(simply click on the graphic!)

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
All SU, as detailed above, plus Whisper White & Calypso Coral cardstock, Scallop Tag Topper punch, 
Crazy About You stamp set, Calypso Coral ink, dimensionals

Friday, February 6, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #17 - Big Day Shaker!

It's challenge time at CASE-ing the Catty & this week's theme is to:-

CASE a project from the VALENTINE'S section of the Occasions Catalogue

Now this doesn't mean that you must make a Valentine project, just use a design from this section as a springboard for your own project.  I have chosen to make a birthday card, inspired by the shaker on the top right of Page 4:-

I have to admit to being very fond of interactive cards, so this shaker was an ideal choice for me, lol.  There is a mix of old & new products including the sentiments from the SAB set Big Day.  First I stamped with black Memento ink, omitting some of the details of the "celebrate" image, then made a second impression of the "celebrate" banner, which was coloured, fussy cut & popped up on dimensionals.  The following Blendability markers were used for colouring the images - light Daffodil Delight, light Cherry Cobbler, & medium Coastal Cabana.  I also got some nice red Baker's twine by colouring white twine with the light Cherry Cobbler marker.  

I wanted a subtle frame beneath the sentiment circle, so I stamped the "Oh, Happy Day" image from the Starburst Sayings set in black Memento ink & die-cut it with the corresponding Starburst framelit.  The "happy birthday" banner was shaped at either end with the Hexagon punch & attached with the coloured twine.  A window sheet, Stacked with Love washi tape & Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay & Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper stars punched from the Confetti Star Border Punch complete the card.

The rest of the CASE-ing the Catty Team have some fantastic samples to inspire you, so please come & join us at CTC (simply click on the graphic):-

 CASE-ing the Catty Challenge #17 - Inspiration from the Occasions Catalogue 

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
All Stampin' Up
As listed above, plus 1.3/4" Circle Punch & Whisper White cardstock  

Friday, January 23, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #15 - Calendar with Tiny Treat Boxes

Woohoo!  I am very excited to be joining the talented team at CASE-ing the Catty this year!  :)

With a new Occasions catalogue from Stampin' Up!, as well as lots of Sale-A-Bration goodies, there are lots of lovely toys to get the creative juices flowing.  

This week the challenge at CASE-ing the Catty is to be inspired by a stamped project from the SAB Catalogue & use a Sale-A-Bration (or new stamp) set.  Here's my project using the SAB DSP & stamps from Crazy About You:-

The back panel of my calendar was inspired by the card at the top of page 14 (SAB Catalogue).  I liked the mix of banners layered with stamped & die-cut sentiments, the flower & rhinestones.

The inspiration for the actual calendar came from this gorgeous advent calendar that my lovely friend Lynne sent me (see at the bottom of post for more info).

The Design Team at CTC have some beautiful samples to get you inspired.  You can check them out & play along in the challenge here (simply click on the graphic):-

Project Components
Kraft, Soft Suede & Whisper White cardstock, SAB Best Day Ever DSP, Tiny Treat Boxes, Crazy About You stamp set, Calypso Coral ink, SAB button, White Baker's Twine, Hello You dies, Window Frame dies, alphabet dies (retired), Hexagon & Scallop Circle punches, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Rhinestones

Project Construction Details
 Lynne's calendar stand & number cubes were created with an e-cutter - you can find more details here.
I created my cubes using SU's Tiny Treat Boxes.  As these boxes are larger than the ones Lynne made, I designed a new stand which could be cut by hand.  I made a base box for the cubes to sit on, attached the back panel & then adhered the sides to hold it all together.  I took lots of photos during the construction & hope to put together a tutorial some time in the future.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Blushing Bride Painted Petals

Hi, here's another card using the pretty Painted Petals set from SU.  This time I have used Blushing Bride & Pistachio Pudding.  I stamped the petals, then re-inked parts of the stamp with the Blushing Bride marker & stamped a second time to give some extra variation to the blooms.

The Irresistibly Yours background paper has been sponged all over with Blushing Bride ink as well.  Lots of white layers, a simple white bow & a couple of pearls complete the card.  The sentiment comes from Crazy About You.

Card Components
All Stampin' Up

 Card Construction
Approximate sizes in inches:-
Base card 1/2 an A4 sheet (5.13/16 x 8.1/4) folded in half to be 5.13/16 x 4.1/8
White layer 5.11/16 x 4
Pink layer  5.7/16 x 3.3/4
White layer 3.3/4 x 3.1/4
Stamped layer 3.1/2 x 3