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Sunday, 21 July 2019

CTC #238: Garden Lane

Hi!


Thanks for joining me for the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. Did you join me from Rebecca's blog, or are you starting here? It doesn't matter, just keep moving around the blog hop until you get back to where you started.


This week we are not only CASEing the colours of the Garden Lane DSP, we are also CASEing cards from the Annual Catalogue that feature the suite. I had a look, and my eye was caught by the Memories and More card in this photo from page 39:


I don't have much of the two 'Lane' suites, apart from the Magnolia DSP, so I had to improvise a little! Instead of using a magnolia bloom, I switched it out for a butterfly.

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I kept the layout of the M&M card, I just made it full card size. The butterfly was stamped and coloured in the same way as the magnolia on the card. I just used my Petal Pink Blends to colour the very inner bit of each section of the wings. It gives it such a soft, pretty look.

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The bottom of the card looked too square and harsh, even after I'd added the butterfly. To soften it, I used my Leaf punch to crop some leaves from Vellum. I then coloured each one using my Dark Soft Sea Foam Blend and tucked them under the butterfly.

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As the butterfly was a huge feature of the front of the card, I used it again on the inside. This time I just stamped it in second generation Petal Pink ink to keep it nice and soft.

The Design team have made a fabulous range of cards this week for our challenge. What will you make? You can add your card to our Facebook group. I ca't wait to see it!


In the meantime though, don't forget to finish the hop! Next on the list is the lovely Michelle.


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 18 July 2019

JAI #466: Just Add Inspiration

Hi!


It's time for the newest Just Add Ink challenge, and this week Kelly has given us our challenge. Just in time for Christmas in July, she's given us a festive Inspiration photo to work from.


Aww, how lovely is that? It's the kind of display I'd love in my house, but can never quite pull off! My eye was caught by that gorgeous black and white polka dot ribbon. I can't quite bring myself to start making Christmas cards just yet, so I ran with the polka dots for a card for my littlest great nephew's birthday.

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These papers are actually old Creative Memories paper from my stash. I came across them while searching for something else, and I'm glad I did, because the polka dots are perfect for this challenge!

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The paisley paper is from the same pack. I love how it's quite subtle. The best match for Stampin' Up! cardstock was Crushed Curry, which frames all of the Basic Black quite nicely. I used Black Foil for the sentiment and number die cuts.

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I couldn't resist adding a second little birdie to the inside of the card, using a scrap of left over Black Foil. I like how it adds a little bit of whimsy to the card.

That's it from me this week - time to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the rest of this week's Design team cards.

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Happy Birthday Ada!

Hi!

Last week my daughter had a birthday, turning 14. Ada's a mad Harry Potter fan, and so I usually make her a Harry Potter themed card. She's been talking lately about getting a Dark Mark tattoo when she's old enough (gulp!), so I decided to go with that theme for her card. For those not in the know, the Dark Mark is a magical tattoo on the 'baddies' (Death Eater's) arm that they use to summon each other.

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The Dark Mark is a skull with a snake coming out of the mouth. I certainly don't have any stamps for that! In the end I purchased a cut file from an Etsy store and cut it from some Shaded Spruce cardstock.  The Basic Black cardstock was a little to stark, so after I adhered the Dark Mark I misted it with some old Smooch shimmer mist that I found on my desk.

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I can't take credit for the sentiment on the card. -I googled 'Death Eater Birthday Cards' and found one that I liked. Avada Kedavdra is an Unforgivable Curse that kills the person it's aimed at, hence the second part of the sentiment!

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The inside sentiment is from an Ink Road Stamp set called Expecto Stampo. Incendio is another spell to light a fire, so it's perfect for the birthday candles. These were just stamped using the retired Incredible Like You stamp set. Did you notice I stamped 14 candles?

In case you were wondering, Ada loved the card!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 14 July 2019

CTC #237: CASE A Layout

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It's time for the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop! It's a circle of blogs that you can hop your way around to see what the Design Team have made for this week's task. You may have come from Julia's blog, or you may be starting here. It doesn't matter! To paraphrase Dory - just keep hopping!


This week we are challenging you to CASE a layout of one of the cards on page 151 of the Annual Catalogue. There are four to choose from, or five if you count the tin, which you definitely can! I couldn't choose just one card, I ended up using elements from two - the card at the top left with the boats, and the card at the bottom left with the fish.

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I started with the stripes on the top card. I don't have a striped stamp, so I used some DSP instead. It's a sheet from the retired In Colours DSP pack in Blueberry Bushel. I liked the circle feature from the bottom card, so that's where I went next. Instead of chopping into my DSP layer, I added the circle on top. Truthfully, I'd already adhered my DSP to my card base, so I had no choice but to layer on top!

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I coloured my image with my Stampin' Blends, just using one shade of each colour. A tip when colouring this image - don't leave a straight line at the bottom of the image. Make it a bit uneven so it looks less like an amputation, and more like the image has just faded off.

The sentiment circle kind of steals from both cards. I used the same sentiment as on the fish card, but I added some ribbon underneath as is the case on the boat card under the ship's wheel.

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I finished the inside by stamping the man again, but in stamped off Balmy Blue and then the sentiment over the top of the man. I love how low-fuss I can be on men's cards, don't you?

That's it from me this week! Have you entered our challenges yet? It's so easy - just make a card based on the challenge and then upload your photo to our Facebook group. Done!


Before you get creating, don't forget to continue the hop! Next up is my friend Rachel, who put her sewing machine to use for her card!


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 11 July 2019

JAI #465: Just Add The Season

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Hooray for a new Just Add Ink challenge! This week Nikki has decided we should add 'The Season' to our cards. What do we mean by 'The Season'? Well, it can either be your favourite season (summer/autumn/winter/spring) or the current season where you live. For me in Australia, it's the depths of winter, and we are currently having a little cold snap. Not cold enough to snow, but certainly cold enough to just want to stay home snuggled in front of the TV during the school holidays!


I decided I'd make a winter themed card, and then realised I had very little in my stash that was winter themed. Oops! I'm not one to back down from a self imposed challenge, so off I went to look for a winter themed digital stamp. I found this cutie by Graphics Dollar, called Linus Goes Camping. Even better, he was a freebie! I quickly printed him and then got colouring.

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I used my Stampin' Blends to colour Linus, the fire and his marshmallow stick. I also coloured the ground with my Light Crumb Cake Blend, and then added some pebbles using my Dark Crumb Cake Blend. This was a technique I saw Paula Dobson use in her brilliant Blends Colouring video.

The trees were stamped using the trees from Waterfront. Stamping them over and over and at different heights hides the trunks of some of the images and makes the trees look a lot taller than the stamps are! I used my sponge brayer to colour the sky (after masking off the moon) so that I could flick water over to create a starry sky.

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I had a bit of fun experimenting with my Blends and the Colour Lifter on this card. I used the Lifter to add some cross hatching to the jeans to add a bit of texture. I also added some strokes to the wood on the fire to give more of a rough look. I wasn't thrilled with how the hair turned out, but it was fun trying! I used a Soft Suede Blend to add streaks and then coloured over it with Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.

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I didn't have many options for the inside, as I couldn't print Linus small enough for my liking. I made do with a row of trees, which I quite like!

That's it for me for this week's challenge. Now you can head on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you can see the rest of this week's Design team cards, and also enter your own. Which season will you choose?

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Blueberry Farewell Booklet

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LOL, I nearly typed 'Welcome to this week's Colour Creations...' before I remembered that we are finished. I hope you were inspired by our posts each week. I will try to continue to post on Tuesday evenings, as it's a good habit!

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Tonight's card uses the new Noble Peacock Specialty DSP. Each of the sheets are heavy weight and have foil accents. The sheet I used is the Blueberry Bushel pattern, and I love that the design looks a bit like a stylised peacock tail.

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I paired the Noble Peacock SDSP with some Black Foil cardstock, with some Silver Foil die cuts. The sentiment from Flourishing Phrases is very 'punny' for a musical themed card, don't you think?

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When is a card not a card? When it becomes a booklet! This card was made for the members of the band I play in to sign so that we could farewell one of our musicians. Due to poor health, he's unable to continue playing. There's over 40 people in the band, so I needed to make enough pages to allow everyone room to write a message. I also added some ribbon as a belly band so that the booklet can be tied closed. I find that a card like this is preferable to a super sized card, as they are much easier for the recipient to store, and is therefore less likely to be thrown out!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 7 July 2019

CTC #236: Love, Thanks and Support

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Welcome! Have you arrived here from Rebecca's blog, or are you just starting here? Either way, please keep hopping and enjoy all the stops on our blog hop this week.

It's the end of the weekend, but for me this means the start of school holidays. Hooray! Hopefully the kids will sleep in a bit so that I can too! Wish me luck 😉


This week we are CASEing any project from the Love, Thanks and Support section of the Annual Catalogue. It's a big section, so there should be plenty to choose from. I flicked through until I got close to the end of the section, and then decided I would CASE the card at the bottom left of page 89.


I think it was the stamped sentiment around the circle layer that caught my eye. I do like a card with an extra level of difficulty! I don't have the Above The Clouds Bundle, so I scanned my shelves and decided upon my Beautiful Bouquet bundle.

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I used Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose, Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso on my card. To stamp the 'Congratulations' in a circle, I adhered the Stitched Shapes circle die to my clear block using washiest tape. I then added a piece of double sided tape to the back of my stamp and adhered it to the block, using the die to shape the stamp. I used tape to hold the stamp in place, as the photopolymer had lost a bit of it's stickiness and I didn't want to wash it and wait for it to dry. I'm too impatient for that! I then temporarily adhered the Very Vanilla circle to my card and used it as a template to stamp in the correct position. I started stamping at the bottom, where I knew the stems were going to sit, so that if the words ended up overlapping (and they did!), it would be hidden by the stems.

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I die cut the stems and then adhered them together. I wrapped them with an offcut of the Burlap ribbon and tied a bow using some retired Very Vanilla Baker's Twine. The flowers were then added to the bouquet, making sure some were under the stems.

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I had several flowers left over, so naturally I used them on the inside of the card. Nothing goes to waste! I've sort of left the card a little vague - I intend it to be a wedding card, but if push comes to shove it could work for an engagement or anniversary too.

Time for you to be hopping on your way, but first I will remind you of our Facebook group, where you can join in the fun and enter your card in our challenge.


But first, you're off to see what the wonderful Siobhan has created!


Bye for now,

Tina