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Sunday, 20 October 2019

CTC #251: Brightly Gleaming

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Hello, and welcome to the CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. Are you starting here, or have you come from Lauren's blog? It doesn't really matter, as we are all linked in a circle.

This week we are looking at the gorgeous Brightly Gleaming Suite, but particularly the Brightly Gleaming SDSP. It's stunning DSP, which features fabulous copper highlights with the rich colours of the paper.


As part of the challenge, we not only have to CASE the SDSP, but also a layout from page 30, which is the page pictured above. I had about 3 minutes to make my card, as my daughter had dance competitions over the weekend. I ended up going with the card at the top right of the page.

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Instead of using the Brightly Gleaming DSP, I chose a more subtle paper from the Woven Threads pack. It's still Pretty Peacock, but it ins't a Christmas pattern. I wanted to make a card for my daughter to let her know how proud we were of her dancing in the competition.

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I coloured the dancer using my Blends. I selected Light Pool Party and Light Pretty Peacock for her dress, Ivory for her skin, and the Soft Suede pair for her hair and the shadow under her feet. Ada danced in a similar coloured costume, so that worked nicely for my card! Although her costume had *way* more sequins than my card!

As a different feature, I decided to inset the rectangles in the design rather than layer them on top. I used my Rectangle Stitched dies to crop the opening in the DSP and then to crop a frame in the Copper Foil paper. The whole piece was then popped up over the card base.

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To finish the inside I stamped the same dancer, but this time I stamped her off so that the Pretty Peacock was a lighter shade.  Ada is forever twirling around the house like this, so it really reminds me of her!

In case you were wondering, her troupe received Highly Commended awards for their Jazz, Tap and Contemporary routines.

That's it for me, but just the start for you! The challenge runs for the next week, and you can upload your card in our Facebook group. Which of the cards will you choose to CASE using the Brightly Gleaming Suite as inspiration?


I'm the last stop on the Blog Hop this week, but if you didn't start at the beginning, you should continue hopping to see the gorgeous cards the DT have created this week. just keep going until you get back to where you started. Siobhan was the starting point this week.


Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

AWH HOC Week 9

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Welcome once again tot he Art With Heart team's Heart Of Christmas Blog Share. We are rapidly approaching the time to start sending out Christmas cards, ad I am grateful that I have quite the stash already, thanks to the Heart Of Christmas.

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I had a lot going on this week, so quick and easy was the order of the day! The stunning Brightly Gleaming SDSP makes quick, easy and fabulous cards so easily! I used the hostess set, Greatest Part Of Christmas. I love a big sentiment that does most of the work for you.

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I wanted a bit of extra somethin' somethin' on my card, so I die cut the starry swirl from Stitched Stars from Copper Foil. I chopped it in half and adhered it to my card front so that it stretched from corner to corner. A layered Copper and Navy star finished the front of the card.

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The starry swirl die has five star shapes included in the design. They are great for using on the inside of cards to add extra detail. They are perfect for clustering around the inside sentiment, don't you think? I'd rather use them than have them floating around forever on my craft desk, that's for sure!

Time now to pop on over to Claire's Blog, where you'll find the rest of this week's Heart Of Christmas cards.

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 13 October 2019

CTC #250: CASE A Layout

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Welcome to the CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop! Have you arrived here from Rebecca's blog, or are you just starting here? Either way is totally OK, just keep on hopping until you get back to where you started.


This week Rebecca has selected a page from the Holiday Catalogue for us to CASE a layout. You can choose any of the cards and make another based on the design of the card. Which one catches your eye?


The feathery Pretty Peacock card at the bottom right of the page caught my eye. I nearly pulled out my Friends Of A Feather Paper Pumpkin kit, but then I remembered that there was some DSP in the Bird Ballad DSP that had a similar look as the DSP on the catalogue card, with a white design on a coloured background.

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So in the end I did use a Paper Pumpkin kit, but it was the Hug From Shelli kit. I stamped the sprig of flowers around my Pretty Peacock card base in matching ink, and then a few in Memento to pop under the label. These I coloured with my Watercolour Pencils and Wink Of Stella.

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The label was also from the PP kit, and it was stamped with the Happy Birthday from Magnolia Blooms. I layered some of the twine from the PP kit under the label as a nod to the original card.

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I had a few extra coloured sprigs, so they went on the inside. Such an abundance of flowers, I love it!

That's it from me, so it's nearly time to hop on over to the next blog. Don't forget to check out our Facebook group, where you can see everyone's cards for the weekly challenges and add your own. You don't need a blog or fancy equipment, just snap a nice picture of your card and add it to the group. Too easy!


Don't forget to complete the hop first though! Next you're off to see what the wonderful Shannon has created.


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 10 October 2019

JAI #478: Just Add H

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It's Friday, which means that once again it's tie for then new Just Add Ink challenge. This week it's one of my Alphabet challenges.


We are challenging you to add H to your projects. It can be anything starting with H - a stamp set, a technique, a theme - your imagination is the limit. Just make sure that you clearly let us know what the H is in your post.

I have three H elements in my card: I made a Halloween card using Heat Reactive Foil and Heat Embossing. I don't usually 'do' Halloween, but I had seen this foiling technique and was keen to give it a go.

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How cool does that look? I played up the black a little the I was editing the photo to give better effect to the copper foil. To use the foil, you basically print your design onto cardstock using a laser printer or photocopier. The foil reacts to toner, so it *must* be a laser printer or copier. You then place a sheet of the foil over the top, place all that between two pieces of copier paper and run it through your laminator. Done! Don't have a laminator? You can also use your iron. The foil sheet will peel away, leaving behind the foil where the toner has been printed. I have to confess that I didn't use the correct foil, and I ended up with some foil where I didn't want it. Thankfully, it wasn't thick and I was able to remove most of it with a sand eraser. I will definitely be off to Spotlight to grab some of the correct foil once the kids are back to school next week!

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To finish the card I used Clear Embossing Powder to add the sentiment. I used two retired stamp sets, Layered Letters Alphabet, and Mr Funny Bones for the spiders. I didn't want the sentiment to take the focus from the scary face, which is why I used the Clear EP.

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I used more spiders and a sentiment from Mr Funny Bones to finish off the inside. Now to work out what I'm going to do with a card for a holiday that I don't really celebrate!

Time now to head on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you can see the rest of this week's Design Team cards, and enter your own in the challenge. I'm sure most of the DT thought I'd go with a Harry Potter card, so I'll bet they are surprised by the Halloween card I made! What will your 'H' card be?

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

AWH HOC Week 8

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Welcome to the Art With Heart team's Heart Of Christmas Blog Share. We are up to Week 8, and I am having a turn to host this week! You will find all the links to this week's gorgeous cards at the end of my post.

I decided to make my card using a non-Christmas stamp set this week. I have ummed and ahhed over the Country Home stamp set ever since it first appeared, which I think was in last year's Holiday Catalogue. I finally purchased it, and tonight's card is the first time I have inked it up.

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I stamped it in Memento ink so that I could colour it with my Stampin' Blends. It took three goes to stamp it correctly, as I completely misjudged the size of the foliage stamp! Thankfully, cardstock has two sides, so I wasn't wasteful. I used Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, Grey Granite and Pool Party to colour the image. I wanted to use lots of red and green to help with the Christmas theme.

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I selected a piece of DSP from the Night Before Christmas pack as my background. I think that the tile-type pattern in reds also helps to keep the card Christmassy, but also country. The main image was cropped with the largest Stitched Nested Labels Die, and the sentiment with the smallest Rectangle Stitched Die. I finished the front with a twine bow using a scrap of Mossy Meadow Linen Thread from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon bundle.

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I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp the milk tin and foliage again on the inside. So that they didn't take up too much space, I stamped them off the side of the card. The sentiments I have used on the card came from Merry Christmas To All - a set with a fabulous mix of smaller and larger sentiments. I also added a scrap of DSP left from the front of the card.

That's it from me, so why not check out the rest of this week's cards? So you don't have to keep jumping back and forth, you can right click on each link and select 'open in a new tab'.

Sharon Davern

Kate Morgan

Caroline Manwaring

Diane Furniss

Vicki Boucher

Rachel Woollard

Catherine Proctor

Michelle Taylor

And for her Heart Of Christmas debut:

Andrea Sargent

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 6 October 2019

CTC #249: Toile Tidings

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Once again, it's time for this week's CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. The blog before mine is Rebecca's, but you can join in at any point - just keep hopping until you get back to where you started.


This week we are CASEing cards from the Toile Tidings section of the Holiday Catalogue. It's a section that I usually skip over, as I'm not a big fan of the suite. However, this card on the right caught my eye - I liked that the front was cropped on the side to reveal some of the inside of the card. I was determined to make my card very differently to the sample, but it ended up quite similar. Oh well!


I started with a base of Thick Whisper White and cropped an inch off the front. I then added a strip of DSP cut to 1 1/4 inch wide to the inside. There was the first unintentional similarity - both cards used striped DSP on that part! I then added a narrow strip of Night Of Navy cardstock to the front edge of the card, and a second piece of DSP to the rest of the card front. I found it needed the Navy strip to define the edge. The DSP is from the Come Sail Away pack, which I purchased last month in the DSP sale.

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The next unintentional similarity is the circle on the front. While the sample is a wreath and mine is a solid circle, it's still a lot more similar than I wanted. Once again - oh well! My circle was cropped from our new Watercolour Paper using my Stitched Shapes Circle die. have you tried the new Watercolour Paper? It is fabulous!

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I started by stamping the man and child in Stazon ink. I used my Stamparatus, as I wanted to be able to stamp a second time if the first impression wasn't good. The rest of the scene was hand painted using my inks and an Aqua Painter. I started with the ocean, creating a horizon line. I used Blueberry Bushel ink. The land, man's jeans, and child's hair were all Early Espresso. The lighthouse (I was so impressed with myself over that!!) and child's pants were Basic Grey. I used Balmy Blue for the sky, Terracotta Tile for the child's top and Garden Green for the man's top. Oh, and Flirty Flamingo (very diluted!) for the skin tones.

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I kept the inside nice and simple. By using sentiments that don't reference a birthday, I can use this card for several occasions - maybe Father's Day or a retirement?

Which Toile Tidings card will you CASE this week? There's lots to choose from on pages 6 to 11. Don't forget to post your photo in our Facebook group when you're done.


Now you're heading on over to Peta's blog. I wonder what Marvi has been up to this week?


Thursday, 3 October 2019

JAI #477: Just Add A Sketch

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Welcome to the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Kim has designed a cool sketch for us to use. It's fabulous, as you could interpret it so many different ways!

I had recently seen a card online that used a rectangular window in the front of the card through to the inside, and as soon as I saw the sketch, I knew that's what I wanted to do!

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I started with a card base of Thick Whisper White. I used my Sponge Brayers to colour the front with Real Red and Daffodil Delight ink. I used these colours in this way because it mimics the font that was used to advertise the movie the car is famous from. I then used a Rectangle Stitched Die to cut the window. Now I have a cool rectangle to use on another card!

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The car was stamped on a piece of white card and then coloured with my Copic markers. I didn't stamp directly to the card base, as I didn't want to see the bleed of the markers on the back of the card. I popped the cardstock into the card before I stamped it, so that I could stamp through the window. This way it lines up perfectly! The circle element of the sketch didn't work on the bottom, so I shifted it to the top of my window. I added a circle punched shape to the back, so that you don't see the back of the Stitched Circle on the inside of the card.

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This card went to a very good friend of mine, who is mad on this movie franchise. I knew she'd laugh over the 'You're How Old?' sentiment, so I didn't stress too much about using it!

I really liked this style of window card. I can be a lazy crafter, so colouring one image that did double duty is the perfect card for a crafter like me! How will you use the sketch? The Design Team have had a lot of fun with it. You can see their cards over on the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also link up your card for this week's challenge.

Bye for now,

Tina