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Sunday, 5 July 2020

CTC #275: CASE A Sketch

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Woo Hoo for Sunday, and tomorrow being school holidays! My kids are old enough to entertain themselves a lot of the time, which means more crafting time for me. My biggest goal is to complete the back of the quilt I'm making for Mr 17 so that I can finally send it off to be quilted.


Tonight though, I have some papercrafting for you. This week the CASEing The Catty Crew are all CASEing a sketch, based on a card from page 130 of the Annual Catalogue. I quite like this sketch - there's lots of room for interpretation.

I have had my Stitched Stars on my mind, ever since playing with them for last week's CTC card. I decided to play to see if I could use the stars to make the shape of a sun. What do you think?

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I cropped three of the third largest stars from Daffodil Delight cardstock and then adhered them together, finishing with the smallest Stitched Shapes Circle. I think it makes a fabulous sun! The sentiment is from Under My Umbrella. I used some washi to mask off parts of the sentiment so that I could get it they way I wanted it - the stamp has the 'hello' on top of the 'sunshine'. I used a scattering of sequins to help hide the adhesive under the vellum layer. It's a great trick!

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Did you notice the sponged clouds? I watched a video several months ago, in which Paula Dobson showed how to create the clouds. I used the retired Rainbow Builder Dies to create a mask from a piece of Window Sheet. I then just laid the sheet over the Whisper White cardstock and used a blending brush to add a little Balmy Blue ink along the edge of the mask. I repeated this down the length of the card. Such a cool effect, I will certainly be trying this again!

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I used the same sponging technique again on the inside of the card to go with the second sun. One tip for the cloud mask - flip it over to get a different cloud line - just make sure you wipe off any remaining ink first!

That's all from me tonight. To participate in our challenge, all you need to do is join our Facebook group and post a photo of the card you've made for the challenge. Easy!


For now, though, it's time to head on over to see what the lovely Julia has made. She has 'delivered' a gorgeous, floral card 😉


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 2 July 2020

JAI #512: Just Add A Sketch

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Yay, it's Friday, and the last day of term for my kids. Two weeks of holidays coming up, even my hubby who is having a well earned break from his work. Hehehe, little do they all know that I've started compiling a 'to-do' list of things that need to be done. Don't worry, there's some fun stuff on the list too!


This week at Just Add Ink we have a sketch challenge for you, and it's one designed by me! It's a fun one, with a few angles to play with. I toyed with the idea of doing a herringbone style background, but in the end I pulled out a pop culture stamp set that I've had for a while but hadn't yet seen ink. It's called Eat Your Heart Out, and is from Ink Road Stamps.

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LOL, it shouldn't be too hard to work out which movie it references! I started by cutting a card front in Whisper White, Melon Mambo and Basic Black. Here's where I went wrong: I stacked them and used my guillotine to cut through all three layers at once. This way they are all the same shape and should fit back together easily when you mix and match the colours. My mistake? I should have stamped them first, before cutting! Oh well.

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The rest of the plan worked perfectly - the pieces fit together very well. I glued them onto a piece of copy paper cut to card front size. I now have three card fronts, so I will have to play with the other two over the weekend and make them into cards. I cropped this front with my largest Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted it on my very last Silver Foil card. Sob! I will miss those cards - very handy when you need a silver foil border.

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How fun is this hairdo of one of the main characters in the movie? I'm not sure what this style of artwork is called, but it's very cool. You'll notice that this card doesn't have a 'happy birthday' in sight. I'm not sure yet what I'll use it for, but it could be for nearly anything!

That's a wrap from me, I might go and watch the movie (and sequel!) 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 inspired by my sketch. You can also link up your card for our challenge. Can't wait to see what you make!

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Colour Creations: Blushing Bride

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Thanks for joining me once again for the new Colour Creations Showcase. This week we are looking at the second Subtle on the alphabetical list of colours - Blushing Bride. It's a soft pink, that I'd describe as dusty pink. What about you?

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I recently purchased the Be Mine Stitched Dies, mostly because they were the old style dies and were fairly heavily discounted. I don't make many hearts cards, but they are handy to have on the odd occasion that I really need them. Blushing Bride week seemed to be a good week to crack them open for the second time. The connected hearts die that I've used was the die that appeals to me most in the set. I cut it four times from Blushing Bride cardstock and then glued them together in a stack. I'd originally planned to sponge some Blushing Bride ink on Whisper White card and lay the hearts over the top, but at the last minute I changed my mind.

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I used some gorgeous Frost White Shimmer Paint on a layer of Subtle embossed Blushing Bride card instead. It looks so pretty in real life, but is very hard to photograph! I used some Whisper White backed with an adhesive sheet to cut the word 'love' from the Well Written dies. There was a bit of card left over, so I cropped a few little hearts from the WW and inset them in the linked hearts.

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I purposely let the inside without a sentiment, as it's a more versatile card that way. I cut the linked hearts once again from Blushing Bride, but this time I left the hearts intact. I already had a million of them left over from the front, and I liked the way that it looked with the hearts still in place.

That's all from me this week! Time now to pop on over to Catherine's blog to see what the rest of the team have got up with with Blushing Bride.

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 28 June 2020

CTC #274: Masculine Cards

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Sunday evening means that it's time once again for the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. This week we are taking a close look at the masculine cards in the Annual Catalogue.


I did my usual flick-through from the back of the catalogue, but I got to page 97 before I found a card that I was keen to CASE.


My eye was really caught by the colour scheme, and it also made me realise that it's been ages since I've played with my Stitched Stars Dies. The colours used were Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight and Silver Foil.

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In the original card it was Daffodil Delight peeking through the openings created by the small stars cut into the card base. On my card, I used the Silver Foil behind an opening created by one of the larger star dies. I then used the next two largest stars to crop a narrow frame from Just Jade, which I adhered around the opening.

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I was not intending to use Daffodil Delight on my card, but it seemed to work well on this trio of layered stars. A final trio of Misty Moonlight stars finished off the front of the card.

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I had quite a few different stars left over - some were inside pieces of frames, others were stars I'd cut by didn't use on the front. The Mint Macaron star is inset into the Just Jade frame, with the Misty Moonlight star layered over the top. Insetting the Mint Macaron star allows more colour, but less bulk, on the inside. Perfect!

As always, our challenge runs through our Facebook Group. It's easy to join, and then you just add your card to the wall with a short explanation. Which of the masculine cards in the Annual Catalogue will you CASE this week? 


Don't go racing off just yet though - please do finish the Hop! Next up is Sandra, with a fun, geometric card. They are always a winner for masculine cards!


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 25 June 2020

JAI #511: Just Add Inspiration

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Yay, it's Friday! Time for the new Just Add Ink challenge, a gorgeous Inspiration Photo chosen by Rachael.


I have a couple of these plants - Mother-In-Law's Tongue? - but mine certainly don't look this healthy! I'm not a gardener, but I do try. I have managed to keep them alive, even if they are a little droopy.

Anyway, on to the challenge! I think Inspiration Photos are the challenges that I find hardest, and it takes a lot of thought to finally settle on a design. 

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One thing I noticed about the photo was lots of long, tall lines. The plants themselves, and the candlesticks in the background. These were the inspiration for the strips on my card. They were cropped from the In Good Taste DSP using the stitched rectangle die in the Ornate Layers set. To make the middle one longer, I simply snipped in in half and hid the gap under the sentiment layers.

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The second part of my card was all about the textures. I reached for my go-to embossing folder (Subtle) for the background, but as I flipped through my folders I saw my Pinewood Planks folder and thought that it suited the theme better. The retired Burlap Trim was a nod to the basket that one of the plants sits in, and the Sprig punched shapes were to add a little more of the green of the plants. Finally, the leaf from the Forever Gold SP added a touch of luxe.

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I used another little strip of the wood DSP for the inside of the card. The sentiments, both front and inside, are from Itty Bitty Birthdays. 

It's time now to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you can see the rest of this week's Design Team cards. You can also link up your card for the challenge. I'd love to see what inspires you in the photo.

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Colour Creations: Blackberry Bliss

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Is it cold and wet where you are? It's been a miserable week here in Adelaide, but that makes it perfect for crafting, or sipping a hot cuppa while viewing the new Colour Creations Showcase. This week we are creating with Blackberry Bliss. It's a gorgeous, deep purple.

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I can't seem to put away my new Playful Alphabet Dies. They are a nice, clean font, and I love the little details like the lower bar on the H. You ca't really see it, but this card also uses the new Foam Adhesive Sheets. They are fabulous for achieving dimension on a card.

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I used the largest Stitched Shapes Dies square to crop the Blackberry Bliss cardstock and then adhered around a quarter of one sheet of the Foam Adhesive Sheet to the centre of the back. I then placed the dies on top and ran it through my Big Shot. It cut through the card and the foam beautifully! All I needed to do was pop out the lettters/number and peel off the backing and attach it to the Subtle embossed card front.

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So that I didn't waste the cut letters/number, I quickly found a piece of Thick Whisper White card and made a tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I used a piece of retired Blackberry Bliss Twine to finish off the tag.

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The only stamping was on the inside - talk about a quick and easy card with lots of impact. You could easily whip this up in the 5 minutes before you ran out the door to a party!

Time now to pop on over to Catherine's blog, where you can find the rest of this week's Blackberry Bliss cards. I can't wait to see what everyone has made!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 21 June 2020

CTC #273: CASE The Colours of the Playing With Patterns DSP

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Thanks for joining me on a cold and wet Sunday evening for the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. It's the perfect weather for a cuppa and a Blog Hop!


This week we are CASEing the colours in the Playing With Patterns DSP. As a side note - I realised as I was pulling out my cardstock that there is one colour from each of the colour families. I wonder if that was deliberate, or by chance?

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I didn't CASE one particular card, but I did take elements from a few. The diagonal stripes from the card on page 100, and the patterns peeking through the letter die cuts on page 101. The letter dies are from the new catalogue, and are fabulous! $59 for the 58 alpha, numerical and punctuation dies in the set. Bargain!

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I started my card by cutting 1cm strips of the different colours in the DSP, except Whisper White. I then adhered a piece of Adhesive Sheet to a piece of copy paper and layered the cardstock strips on an angle. I used copy paper so that I could easily die cut the piece using my Stitched Rectangles Dies. Another layer of cardstock might have been too thick to cut. Once cropped, I adhered it straight to the card base. The Playful Alphabet Dies were used to crop the word 'Happy' from a piece of Thick Whisper White that had been cut using a smaller Stitched Rectangles Die. This piece was popped up over the base.

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When I was planning my striped piece for the front, I ensured that I made it slightly bigger, so that I could have a piece for the inside of my card. I don't have the patience to do a tiny strip like this on it's own! It was cropped using the bag strap die from the All Dressed Up Dies.

That's all from me tonight. To enter our challenge, all you need to do is to make your card, photograph it, and then post it to the wall in our Facebook Group. Just tell us which card you are CASEing and you're done! Easy!


Next up is the fabulous Shannon, with a card that I absolutely adore. The bundle she's used is near the top of my 'must have' list!


Bye for now,

Tina