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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Incredible Like Mambo

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Hello, and welcome to this week's Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Share. This week we are looking at a former In Colour turned Core Colour, Melon Mambo. If my memory serves me, the South Pacific market got Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede as In Colours at a time when SU was shifting to align their markets more closely. It's been a favourite ever since!

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Today's card is a super cute, fast and easy card. The front uses one stamp from a new stamp set called Incredible Like You. I simply repeatedly stamped the lines without reinking the stamp so that I got an ombre effect in Melon Mambo. I didn't use my Stamparatus for this, I just eyeballed it. I then trimmed the cardstock into a triangle shape that's 2 1/4 inches across the bottom and 4 inches tall. The star and trunk were just cut from scraps of Glimmer Paper and then all 3 pieces were popped up. Done!

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I didn't put a sentiment on the front as I didn't want to cover my tree. Therefore I went big on the inside! I think this has been my favourite inside sentiment stamp for Christmas 2018.

The rest of this week's cards can be found over at Catherine's Blog. I wonder if everyone else is still doing Christmas cards, or if they've moved on already? Only one way to find out!

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 10 December 2018

CTC #207

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I'm playing along again with the CASEing the Catty Challenges, which this week was to CASE anything but a card from either of the current catalogues. After a quick flick through each, I decided to CASE the middle tag at the top of page 20.

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I kept the basic parts the same - I used the same Botanical Tags die over the same piece of Wood Textures DSP, and used the same layout for the sentiment section, but otherwise I changed a lot around. If you have a look at your catalogue you can see that while I used all the same colours, I flipped a lot of them around - my tag is Fresh Fig, not Crumb Cake as in the catalogue.

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I don't actually own the Botanical Bliss stamp set, so I had to improvise with what I had instead. I used the leaf die from the Botanical Tags set to create the textured base of my card. I simply cut a heap of the leaves in Crumb Cake and glued them to the base using my Fine Tip Glue. The Wood Textures DSP was brayered with Mint Macaron ink, as was the bird die from the Birds and Blooms Frameilts set. The button is from the True Gentleman pack, and sentiment label is from the Stitched Labels Framelits set. The stamp is from the Soft Sayings Kit. Finally, the Mint Macaron Twine is from the Nature's Twine set. it was took thick as it comes, so I simply pulled one of the strands out to use on the front.

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I used the left over twine to finish off the inside, alongside the extra bird I cut from the scrap I'd brayered for the front. Sometimes it pays to think ahead to the inside when you're making the little bits and pieces for the front! The inside sentiment is from another card kit, this time it's the Notes Of Kindness kit.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 6 December 2018

JAI #437:Just Add I

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Welcome to the end of the week, the start of the weekend (yay!) and a new challenge!


This week at Just Add Ink it's one of my alphabet challenges. The letter up for duty this week is the letter I, which *really* got the Design Team thinking!


After a bit of thought, I decided I'd go with the Inlaid Die Cuts technique. Once you get your head around it, it's not tricky, just a bit time consuming. Here's my card, and then I'll explain!

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It's called inlaid, because even with all of those die cuts (I think there were 8!), the card front is completely flat - nothing sticking out at all.

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After cutting the card base in Wood Textures DSP, I then die cut it using the largest Layering Circle. I then cut the same. circle from Best Route DSP and inlaid the circle into the base, holding it in place with washi tape on the back. Next was the two straws (you work from the back of the design to the front), then the brown bottle, red label, green bottle, orange label, and finally the white 'celebrate'. Each time you replace the piece you cut from the design with a fresh piece that is held in place at the back with washi. The hardest part was the sentiment, as there are a whole lot of little bits that have to be stuck back down - all the little bits in the loops of each letter. I was a little frightened to do the celebrate in case I stuffed up all the work before it, but thankfully it worked!

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I used the same technique on the inside to make the bottle. This time I just cut a bottle from DSP. On the front I cut them from Whisper White and brayered on the colour. The label on the inside bottle is the one I cut from the green bottle on the front. As it was one of the last layers it was one of the only useable pieces left!

You can see what the rest of the super imaginative Design Team have created over at the Just Add Ink blog. Pleas join in the fun - link up your "I" cards over there too.

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

CASEing Colour Combinations

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Papercrafters often talk about CASEing, but usually it refers to copying the design of a card and maybe changing a few things to make it a little more unique. Sometimes though, it's the colour combination that grabs you and begs to be made into something totally different. That's the challenge this week for CASEing The Catty - take a colour combo from a card in the Holiday Catalogue and use the colour combo to make a new card.

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I flicked through the catalogue for inspiration and stopped on page 42 when I got to the Country Lane suite of products. I don't actually own any of it, apart from the Chicken Wire Elements, but the Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Whisper White combo on the first card was one I loved.

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In the end the only things the same were the Chicken Wire Element and the use of a circle, but otherwise I went in a completely different direction with my card.

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I hope this gets you thinking about looking at cards in a whole new way now. Another great reason to flip through the catalogue - colour inspiration!

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Swiping Mango

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Wowee, these weeks are wizzing by so fast! Here it is, Tuesday again, and time for the new Colour Creations Blog Share.


We are up to the M's this week - more specifically Mango Melody. What perfect timing, just as summer and the mango season begins! Yum, I love a good, juicy mango!

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Today's card features a technique that was showcased at OnStage in Orlando. It's not a new technique, but sometimes it's fun to revisit old favourites. The technique is ink pad swiping, where you turn an ink pad upside down and swipe it over your cardstock. The base of tonight's card was actually my second attempt, as the cardstock slipped the first time and I ended up with seriously wobbly lines! Not a bad look, just not the look I was after. Anyway, it's a fun technique that looks different every time you do it.

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I then took one of the large pieces of the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut DSP and snipped a few flowers from it. I chose three of the five pointed flowers so that I could layer them. The largest one was coloured Mango Melody with a sponge brayer, and I left the medium one white. The flower centre is a clear epoxy droplet that I coloured with my Dark Mango Melody Blend.

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I ended up using the smallest flower on the inside of my card. I'd intended it to go on the front, but it got a bit lost among the other two. Instead, it's now the star of the inside!

As ever, the rest of the links to this week's cards are over on Catherine's blog. I always enjoy seeing what everyone else has done with each colour. Don't you?

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 3 December 2018

An Inspired Christmas Card

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Today's card is a fun, bright Christmas card that has a little story to go with it.

A week or so ago, Just Add Ink had an Inspiration Challenge with a picture of snowy trees. We get the challenge list a while in advance, so I had a bit of time to think about what to do. Lucky, because I was a bit stumped by it! While I was in the USA, I saw this piece of Christmas decor in Joanns.


Straight away, I thought, why not use a card based on this for the Inspiration challenge? I wasn't sure about it, because it's quite a departure from the original photo. I let the idea simmer away in the back of my brain for the rest of the trip, but then when I got home I found that my JAI teammate, Jo had made this card! I decided not to make the card after all. I posted my Joanns photo in our FB group and Jo and I had a little laugh. Then she challenged me to make a card anyway, so here it is.

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I tried to colour match the original piece, so left to right I used: Poppy Parade, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point and the retired Lost Lagoon.

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I used the two trees from Foxy Friends to stamp with - the large trees direct to the cardstock and the smaller trees on scrap pieces that I fussy cut out. The small trees are then popped up over the top with Dimensionals.

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So there you go - it's funny how two people can come up with similar ideas completely independently!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 29 November 2018

JAI #436: Just Add A Sketch

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It's Friday - time for the new Just Add Ink challenge! This week we have a sketch deigned for us by Narelle, which is funny because as I was making my card I was thinking how very 'Narelle' this sketch is, not realising it was one of hers!

I straight away knew I wanted to use my Tropical Escape suite of products.

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My first pick was the striped DSP from the Tropical Escape DSP pack. I then chose the darker colour DSP to help anchor the two papers. The circle that the flowers sit on is the reverse of the striped paper. I stamped the palm leaves and flowers in ink that coordinates with the DSP, except fo the pop of Berry Burst.

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You can't see it in the picture, but the Blushing Bride layer (not the card base) is embossed with the Subtle 3DTIEF. Have you got this yet? It's such an awesome embossing folder.

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I'd stamped and die cut some extra leaves and flowers for the front - there's nothing worse than cleaning your stamp or putting away your dies only to realised you need just one more! They never go to waste, as I just use the extras on the inside.

Why not pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you can find the rest of this week's cards made by the Design Team? You can also link up your card - who could resist this awesome sketch?

Bye for now,

Tina