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Sunday, 23 June 2019

CTC #234: Pressed Petals DSP

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Hello, and welcome to the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge. As always, we are CASEing projects from the Stampin' Up! Catalogue, but this year we are trying some new twists on our challenges. Did you see Sandra's gorgeous project? If not, you will eventually, just keep hopping!


So the twist this week is to CASE the colours in the Pressed Petals DSP. There are a heap of colours to choose from, so it should be an easy task. The hardest part will be choosing which colours to use! If you don't have your catalogue handy, you can see them listed in the graphic above. I chose Mossy Meadow, Night Of Navy and the new Rococo Rose for my card.

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I was in the mood for some watercolouring, so after stamping my stems in Mossy Meadow on some Shimmery White cardstock, I used my Aqua Painter and some fairly diluted Night Of Navy to create a background for the flowers. I am very much a rough watercolourer, so I'm not too fussy about getting the colour exactly around the stems. In fact, I deliberately stayed away so that I didn't accidentally pull some of the Mossy Meadow into the Night Of Navy.

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The daisies were stamped in Rococo Rose and fussy cut before being popped up over the top using Dimensionals. I quite like this sweet little flower from the Daisy Lane set - it's a bit overlooked in the excitement of a the smaller daisy flower that coordinates with the new punch, I think!

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I repeated the design on a smaller scale for the inside. Shimmery White is the perfect cardstock for this type of watercolouring, as it doesn't pill with the application of water. It's also a bit more cost effective than watercolour paper!

That's it for me this week. Don't forget to check out our Facebook group, where you can see what others have made for the challenges and add your own project to the mix. What colours do you like from this week's list?


As ever, don't forget to finish the hop first - there's lots of inspiration to be found. Next up is Rose.


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 20 June 2019

JAI #462: Just Add A Sketch

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Sorry for the late post - I don't know if I'm coming or going this week! Anyway, on with the show! This week at Just Add Ink we have a sketch challenge, designed by Kim. It's a fun one, and the Design Team have made a lot of wonderful cards using it.


I decided to make a fancy fold card, but to do so I needed to rotate the sketch sideways. Totally fine, as long as we can still see the basis of the sketch in your card.

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I'm not sure what the fold is called, I basically just chopped off half of the front of the card and overlapped the main image panel. I've been staring a lot with A Good Man, and the guy on the deck chair was the perfect image for this card. Some of my class ladies thought it was a bit American with the stripes, but I was going for a more nautical look. Either way it doesn't matter!

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He was coloured using my Blends in Poppy Parade, Night Of Navy, Ivory, Smokey Slate and Crumb Cake.

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To create the stripes, I cut strips of cardstock 1/2" wide in Poppy Parade and Night Of Navy. I also cut one in Whisper White to use as a spacer. I started with the Navy stripe and then used the spacer to lay the Poppy stripe next, and so on until I'd covered half of the inside. This shows up on the front when the card is closed.

What do you see in the sketch? Why not pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you can see what the rest of the Design Team have created? You can also link up your card for the challenge. See you there!

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Getting Shirty With Terracotta

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Hello and welcome back for the new Colour Creations Blog Share. It's time for Terracotta Tile this week, which as the name suggests, is a lovely reddish brown. As much as I like it, I struggled for inspiration this week, until I was folding the washing. While we were in New Zealand, Rob purchased a t-shirt for himself, and as I was folding it I realised it was pretty close to Terracotta Tile in colour.


I loved how the Maori design at the bottom looks hand drawn, and fades out as it gets higher up the t-shirt. I ran out of time to attempt to recreate the look using stamps, so in the end I went with dies.

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I die cut the Stained Glass dies out of Black Foil, and then a couple of more times out of Terracotta Tile. Layered together they give the window some extra dimension, without the need for cutting Dimensionals into teeny tiny pieces!

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I'm not completely thrilled with how I translated the t-shirt to a card, so I will probably revisit sometime in the two years that Terracotta Tile will be in our range. I love the look of the thin black lines on the earthy colour, so I think it will look great, I just have to think bit harder!

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Thanks for looking at my Terracotta Tile card. Don't forget to pop on over to Catherine's blog, where you can find the links for the rest of this week's cards.

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 16 June 2019

CTC #233: CASE A Layout

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Gosh, what a busy weekend I've had - I can't believe it's nearly over! The best part about the end of the weekend is that it's CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop time. Hooray! The blog before mine is Peta's, but as always, it doesn't matter where you start, just keep hopping until you get back to where you started.


This week we are selecting a card from page 36 and CASEing the layout. There are 7 different cards to choose from, so plenty of inspiration to be had. The Mossy Meadow card a the top left caught my eye - the cluster of elements on the card looked fun to play with.

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I went with the new In Colour, Pretty Peacock, for my card base, and used the Woodland Embossing Folder simply because I hadn't used it for a while!

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I followed the basic layout of the cluster fairly closely, but substituted for different items. The scallop layer is a partial die cut of a Stitched Label using Rococo Rose that was left over from another card. The feathers and sentiment are from the Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit. I stamped the feathers in Pretty Peacock and then used a slightly damp Aqua Painter over the top to colour them. It has the added advantage of curling the feathers a bit, giving the card a little dimension. The Copper Thread is from the Notes Of Kindness kit, and the pearls are from the retired Share What You Love Artisan Pearl pack.

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Another feather completes the inside. It was coloured in the same manner as the feathers on the front.

That's it for me! Which card appeals to you from page 36? Don't forget to share your CASEd card with us in our Facebook group.


Before you do though, don't forget to finish the hop. Next up is Julia's blog, with her gorgeous floral card.


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 13 June 2019

JAI #461: Just Add Inspiration

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It's time for the new Just Add Ink challenge! This week Rachael has found a stunning Inspiration Photo to kick start our creativity. Just look at those colours!


I have no idea what those trees are, but the yellow foliage is gorgeous. I'm not sure I'd want to park my car under one of them though!

When I see a photo like this, my first instinct is to try to recreate it. I struggled for along time with the perspective, and in the end I gave up on recreating it exactly. Plan B was a 3D card of some sort, either a Bridge fold or a Bendy card. Ultimately, the Bridge fold won.

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I started by sponge brayering some Balmy Blue ink onto Whisper White cardstock for the background of the card, fading it out as I got towards the bottom. To make the trees I used the Bouquet Bunch dies. I cut the large bunch of stems from Basic Black and then to make it more trunk like, I adhered the bottom of the stems to a scrap of Basic Black and then hand trimmed around the edges. I then used the cluster of four pointed flowers for the foliage, cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock.

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The buildings and roads are a Mama Elephant Die that I've had for ages but never used. I cut three of the buildings in Basic Black, Basic Grey and Smokey Slate and layered them on the background using Dimensionals between each layer. I didn't pop out any of the windows, but those that fell out were backed with Whisper White cardstock.

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I used some left over flower clusters and another row of buildings to finish the back of the card. This time I popped out all the windows, and I must say that I think it looks fantastic!

The Design Team have used the Inspiration Photo in so many ways for their cards. You can see their cards over on the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also link up your card for the challenge. What inspires you in the photo?

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Masked Peacock

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Welcome to the new week of the Colour Creations Blog Share. This week it's the gorgeous new In Colour, Pretty Peacock. I loved it as soon as I saw it, but I was also intimidated by it - it's such a pretty colour I wanted to do it justice and wasn't confident that I could!

I straight away think of Eastern cultures when I see the colour. I don't have the new peacock bundle and I never had the Eastern bundle that just retired. The only thing I could think of was the medallion in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set.

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I used the mask to sponge brayer my card, using more ink at the bottom to create an ombre effect. The image looks slightly fuzzy, but I like that effect - it reminds me of a woven rug.

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I think gold is the perfect metallic for the rich Pretty Peacock. I used my Decorative Ribbon Border punch to create some accents for the sentiment. I also used the tiny little circles that are usually discarded from the off cuts to add to the masked design. They were just the right size to go over the small dots in the image.

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When I created the masked panel for the front, I actually used a wider piece of cardstock. I did this so I could trim off a piece of the design to use on the inside. I often forget to do this kind of forward planning, so I was pleased I remembered this time!

That's it for me, now it's time to pop on over to Catherine's blog for the rest of this week's Pretty Peacock cards. I'm excited to see what everyone's made using this gorgeous colour.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

CTC #232: Artistic Impressions

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How are you enjoying your Queen's Birthday Long Weekend? We've had a quiet weekend at home. We all needed the rest and recharge ready for the end of term. I plan to take advantage tomorrow and get a lot of crafting done! In the meantime though, it's time for the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. You may have arrived here from Anglea's blog, or you may be starting here. Either way, just keep hopping until you get back to where you started.


This week we are CASEing cards from the Artistic Expressions section of the catalogue. It's a whopping 53 pages worth of inspiration, so you're bound to find something to inspire you! It was a fun section to start this Catalogue's CASE challenges with.


After much flicking and umming and ahhing, I finally settled on the card at the top right of this photo. A lot of the appeal was the sponge brayering - I do love a bit of brayering, as my class ladies know! I don't have any of the Lovely Is The Day bundle, as featured on this card, but that's the point of CASEing - make the card your own! In the end I reached for my Free As A Bird bundle.

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I started by brayering Balmy Blue on the top of my cardstock and Granny Apple Green on the bottom, leaving a white section in the middle. As in the catalogue sample, I then splattered some water over the ink to lift bits of the colour. Again, another technique I love to use to add interest to a card.

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The branch of birdies was stamped in Memento ink and coloured. I briefly toyed with using my Watercolour Pencils, but the background was quite bold, and so I used Blends instead. The birds are actually quite a bit brighter in real life! I used Flirty Flamingo and Pineapple Punch on the birds, and Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green and Lovely Lipstick on the branch. I just realised I forgot to colour their beaks. Whoops! The birds were fussy cut and popped up over the sentiment panel. I used the offcut of the sentiment panel to create the banner at the top left of the card. You can just see the stitched lines at the bottom of the flag.

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I sponged another piece of Whisper White to match the front, and popped it under my inside sentiment panel. I did think later that if I had thought to be clever, I could have sponged a larger piece for the front and then cut out the middle section for the front and used the frame for the inside. Oh well!

Don't forget to join in the fun this week, and every week, on our Facebook group. You can add your card to the page to enter the challenge - no blog necessary!


But before you go, don't forget to finish the hop! Next you're off to my friend Kathryn's blog. She's mosaic-ing this week! (Is that even a word? LOL).


Bye for now,

Tina