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Sunday, 8 December 2019

CTC #258: Wrapped In Plaid

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Hello, and welcome to our second last CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop for 2019. After next week's challenge, the DT will be taking a little break until January. This week, though, we are looking at the Wrapped In Plaid suite in the Holiday Catalogue. Did you come from Siobhan's blog, or are you starting here? You know the drill - just keep going until you get to where you started!


I have a little confession to make - I really dislike plaid! There are some really gorgeous projects in the suite, but I just can't get past the plaid. So when I was looking at the cards, trying to decide which one to CASE, I had to think a bit laterally. In the end I chose this card from page 15.


The colours really appealed to me, so that's what I chose to CASE - the colour combo. The colours used in the catalogue card are Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Garden Green, Pretty Peacock, Cherry Cobbler and Gold Glimmer. I used all of these, except I swapped Very Vanilla for Whisper White, on my card, plus Blushing Bride and Balmy Blue.

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I was so thrilled with how this turned out. I stamped the cake from the new Sale-A-Bration set, Happy Birthday To You, in Stazon on watercolour paper, and then coloured the image using my Aqua Painter and ink pads. I chopped a piece of Pretty Peacock Scalloped Linen Ribbon in half longways and added it to the top and bottom of my image panel. I also used some retired Gold Thread to bring in some more of the gold in the colour combo.

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Speaking of gold, it's a little tricky to photograph, but the flower centres, buds and the cake plate are all coloured with Golden Glitz Delicata ink. I simply tapped the inkpad onto a clear block and then used my Aqua Painter to pick it up and paint it on, just like our regular ink.

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I also used the Golden Glitz ink to stamp the cake again on the inside of my card.

Do you like the Wrapped In Plaid Suite? Luckily for me, you don't have to like it to enter our challenge, you can take your inspiration from anything in pages 12-17 of the Holiday catalogue. You can add your card to our Facebook group to enter.


Thanks for stopping by! You can continue the hop by clicking on the next button below. This will take you to Julia's blog - I'm pretty sure she falls into the 'love' category with the Wrapped In Plaid Suite!


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 5 December 2019

JAI #485: Just Add A One Layer Card

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Welcome to the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Jan has challenged us to make a one layer card. Just to clarify - that's the card base and *no* other layers. It certainly got the JAI Design Team thinking!


I had a lot of fun creating scenes with my presentation in Sydney, so I decided to create and watercolour a scene on my Shimmery White card base.

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I've had this stamp set, Read Past Your Bedtime by Uniquely Creative, for a couple of months but hadn't had the opportunity to ink it up until now. I used my Stamparatus to stam the images with Stazon onto the Shimmery White card. I then added a few hand drawn elements to tie it all together. These were the rug, the skirting board and the shelf that the books are sitting on - the rest are stamps.

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The hardest part about this card was waiting for it to dry in between colours. I'm not very patient, and sometimes I jumped the gun a little. I think I need to try this card again, but using waterolcour paper and a tad more patience.

In case you're wondering here are the colours I used: Pumpkin Pie: book and dino scales; Pretty Peacock: dino, sentiment; Blueberry Bushel: jeans; Sahara Sand: floor; Mint Macaron: wall; Gorgeous Grape: t-shirt; Rococo Rose: tea cup and saucer; Petal Pink: skin; Early Espresso: chair legs; Soft Suede: chair, tea, bookshelf; So Saffron: hair; Purple Posy: rug. That's a big stack of ink pads!

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I got a bit lazy for the inside and just stamped the little stack of books, colouring it with Sahara Sand (pages) and Pretty Peacock and Pumpkin Pie for the covers.

Is your mind whirring with ideas for a one-layer card? I hope so! Jump on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you can see the rest of this week's Design team cards for more ideas.

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

AWH HOC Week 16

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Sob! Welcome to the last week for 2019 of the Art With Heart team's Heart Of Christmas Blog Share. We've been going strong for the past 16 weeks, and hopefully we have provided you with endless inspiration for your Christmas card making. I will miss these weekly posts, but it is nearly time for the cards to be going in the mail!

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This week's card was made from a left over card kit that I found on my desk when I was doing some tidying up. It was a Heart Of Christmas card from 2017! You can see the original card here. I no longer have the stamps and dies that I used on that card, so I decided to see how creative I could be with the bits and pieces in the kit. I was quite pleased with how it turned out!

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I like the masculine feel of the card - there's nothing pretty or fussy on the card. Rob has a few single mates that we send cards, so this will be perfect. You might be able to see that I embossed the Pine Tree with the Subtle Embossing folder. I also embossed the Crumb Cake background, but that's harder to see - it really is subtle!

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Another embossed tree finished off the inside. The stars were cut from the swirly star die in the Stitched Stars set, it's just one of the stars that pops out of the shape.

Judy is hosting the Blog Share for our final week, so please do head on over to her blog, where you can find the rest of this week's links.

Bye for now,

Tina


Tuesday, 3 December 2019

OnStage Sydney Beautiful Moments Presentation: Avid Samples

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Here's the third and final part of my OnStage Presentation sample posts. This time I have my Avid Crafter samples for the gorgeous Beautiful Moments stamp set. An Avid Crafter is one who stamps nearly every day and has to have it all! Sound familiar? I am definitely an Avid Crafter!! They definitely want more difficult projects and are willing to spend a lot of time (and money) on one card.

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This card, using the Reflection Technique on my Stamparatus, was the card I demonstrated live on the day. It was a little nervewracking, but I did it! The hardest part is getting the water wash over the reflection part of the image to look right. I used Blueberry Bushell ink and an Aqua Painter. The rest of the image was coloured beforehand with my Aqua Painter and ink pads.

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Once the Blueberry Bushell was was dry, I flicked my Chalk Marker over the top to give the look of light reflecting off ripples in the water.

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I finished the inside with the image again in Crushed Curry Ink.

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This image was originally a 'just trying things out' sample that turned out nicely enough to go on a card. I stamped the image on Shimmery White card using a no-line stamping technique and then coloured them with my Watercolour Pencils and an Aquapainter.

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I layered two of the Stitched Labels to go behind the image panel.

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The girls were stamped in Coastal Cabana to finish off the inside.

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I used the Bridge Fold to create this card. All of the colouring was done on Watercolour Paper using my ink pads and Aqua Painter. I stamped using Stazon Ink.

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I added a second row of flowers to the middle of the card, between the front layer and the back, to give the card more depth.

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The back of the card uses Shimmery White card, as it copes well with watercolouring, but is smooth to write on.

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This card is my absolute favourite of all the cards I made. It was the very first idea I had when I saw Jacque's stamp set - how well it would work with A Good Man. 'Perfectly' is the answer!

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I used my Stamparatus and stocky notes to stamp and mask the images, starting with the dad/girl, then the mum/girl, and finally the island - which is actually an outline of Rangitoto Island, just off Auckland. A nice homage to Jacque's adopted hometown! I stamped on watercolour paper using Stazon ink and then coloured with my ink pads and Aqua Painter.

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Once again, I used Shimmery White cardstock on the inside so that I could watercolcour.

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I also made a couple of scrapbook pages for the Presentation, to show how versatile the set is for all paper crafters. I'd recently been in Auckland for April's OnStage event, so I scrapped a photo of the family there, and another of Rangitoto Island. This will be the opening page of my album.

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I also made a pocket page of my sisters and I when we were lots younger and entered a sandcastle building competition.

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The two little girls on the beach were the perfect image for this page!

Thanks for checking out my samples. You can see my Beginner Samples here, and my Casual Samples here.

Bye for now,

Tina

OnStage Sydney Beautiful Moments Presentation: Casual Samples

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I'm back with part two of my posts about my recent presentation in Sydney. This time I have the Casual Stamper samples that I made to show off the gorgeous Beautiful Moments stamp set, co-designed by Jacque Williams.

A Casual Stamper is one who has been stamping a little while, but may not have a lot of supplies and probably doesn't stamp more than couple of times a month, and usually for a purpose rather than just for fun/relaxation. They want to try a bit trickier techniques, but nothing too tricky!

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My technique of choice for this group was colouring and blending using Watercolour Pencils and a Wink Of Stella pen. It's colouring technique I use a lot, especially in classes. It's not as difficult as regular watercolouring, and you have the bonus of pretty, sparkly cards!

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Hopefully you can see the shimmer in this photo! To colour this way, you stamp your image using Memento ink. Take your pencil and colour roughly along the lines in the image, and then take your Wink Of Stella brush and use it like an Aqua Painter, pulling the colour into the open areas of your image. I use circular motions with the WOS brush.

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I kept forgetting to use the sweet little butterflies in the set - I wish I'd added a few above the flowers on this card, both inside and front. Oh well - next time!

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This card uses the same technique, I just used a Thick Whisper White card base and added some Highland Heather Gingham DSP under the main image.

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You can see in her dress in this photo how the technique allows for a bit of shading in the image - the pencils lay darker colour and the WOS lightens it as it pulls away.

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This next card is one of my favourites that I made for the presentation.

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I stamped the image in Soft Suede on one of the large Magnolia Lane Notecards.

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I then took my Chalk Marker and selectively coloured the image, using a quick flicking motion. On the dress, I flicked up from the waistline for the bodice, and then down for the skirt. It's such a dreamy looking card!

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As always, I finished the inside with the same technique.

Thanks for stopping by again. You can find my post with my Beginner Samples here, and my Avid Samples here.

Bye for now,

Tina

OnStage Sydney Beautiful Moments Presentation: Beginner Samples

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I thought it was about time to start posting my samples from the recent OnStage event in Sydney. In case you didn't know, I was invited by Stampin' Up! to present Jacque Williams' Million CSV sales stamp set. Which, in non-SU lingo, means that Jacque sold a lot of SU stuff, won a trip to Head Office in Utah and was able to co-design a stamp set, which will go on sale in January.

Today I have for you the Beginner Stamper projects that I designed for Sydney.  I will do follow up posts soon with my Casual and Avid Samples. There's just too much for one post!

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Beginner Stampers are those that are very new to stamping, and so I wanted to create samples that would be very easy for them to recreate. I used some Very Vanilla Notecards and stamped an image and sentiment on both. The card on the left used Mossy Meadow, and the card on the right was Soft Suede.

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I then took an Aqua Painter with a tiny bit of water in it, and lightly ran it over the areas of the image that I wanted to colour. In this case, the grass/flowers, dress and hair. The little bit of water lets the colour run slightly - just enough to give a lovely wash over the image. Too much water gets murky, which is why I only add a tiny bit to the Aqua Painter.

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The inside of the card got the same treatment.

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I then tried the same technique on the Scalloped Notecards. I stamped with Night Of Navy onto the Balmy Blue card and used the Aqua Painter to colour the image.

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These cards must have a different coating than the plain notecards, as the water beaded a little on the surface, giving a marbled look to the finished image.

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The inside reacted as the plain notecards did.

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I used the same technique to make some gift tags. I simply cut a Very Vanilla Notecard in half and stamped the smaller flower image a few times in Merry Merlot. I also added some butterflies from the stamp set.

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I added a hole and some twine to allow the gift tag to be added to a gift. I think it would go nicely around the neck of a bottle of wine!

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Here's another tag, stamped on half of a Whisper White Notecard in Pretty Peacock, but attached to the Pillow Box using Whisper White Baker's Twine.

I'll be back soon with the next level of stamper: Casual. You can see the Casual Samples here, and the Avid Samples here.

Bye for now,

Tina