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 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tangelo Painted Petals

There are so many gorgeous stamp sets in the new SU Occasions catalogue!  This pretty set called "Painted Petals" looks beautiful in soft colours, but I thought it would pack a punch in Tangelo Twist, with a hint of Real Red added to the blooms to help with the dimension.

The black print comes from the Stacked With Love DSP stack & the sentiment comes from the "From The Herd" stamp set .

Card Components
All Stampin' Up
Tangelo Twist, Basic Black & Whisper White Cardstock, Painted Petals & From The Herd Stamp Sets, 
Stacked with Love DSP, Tangelo Twist Ribbon, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Pearls, 
Memento Black Ink, Tangelo Twist, Real Red & Old Olive Ink, Dimensionals  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tealight Christmas Card - TPP#225

I had another play around tonight with Nance's Black Tie Challenge at The Paper Players to create a holiday project that is fancy!  I figure this fits the bill:-

It looks quite unassuming until you pop a battery tealight inside & light up the moon!

I wanted to create something a little different & used the recent JAI sketch as a rough starting point for my design.
 (Click on the graphic to go to the JAI challenge)

The starry night sky was created by punching Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with the Confetti Star Border Punch.  Each star was added using a teeny dob of Crystal Effects.  I used the large circle punch to create the moon aperture in the black cardstock layer, then used a slightly larger circle die to cut the corresponding openings in the white & cherry layers.  The sleigh image was stamped on the vellum with Staz On.  The house was stamped on whisper white cardstock with memento ink & coloured with Blendies.  Tiny pearls (coloured red) have been added to the fussy cut pine tree.  The banner end was cut with the hexagon punch & the house & tree are lifted up on dimensionals.

There are still a couple of days left to play in The Paper Players challenge which you can find by clicking on the graphic below:-

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Card Components
All SU

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A couple of Christmas Challenges!

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I would play along in a couple of challenges to create this card:-

The layout is inspired by the Tina's Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink:-

& Nance's Black Tie Challenge at The Paper Players to create a holiday project that is fancy!

I've kept to a monochromatic palette of white, slate, brushed silver & shiny silver cardstock, with silver embossed details & sentiment.  An extra touch of bling comes from a retired rhinestone embellishment that I had been saving because it's sooo pretty!  :)

Both these challenges are running longer than usual, so you can play along by clicking on the respective graphics.  Make sure you check out the gorgeous samples from the Design Team members too!

Thanks for stopping by.  :)

Card Components
All Stampin' Up! as listed above, plus All Is Calm DSP, Versamark Ink, 
Bright & Beautiful S/Set, Many Merry Stars S/Set, Star Framelit Dies, 
Hexagon Punch & Dimensionals