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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Colour Creations: Merry Merlot

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welcome once gain to this week's Colour Creations Creative Showcase. It's time for Merry Merlot, which has more than one meaning after my busy week!! It's not a colour I use a lot, but I do like the rich red, which is part of the Neutrals colour family.

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I've paired it with the Brushed Metallics from the Mini Catalogue, specifically the Gold sheet. It's such a rich colour combo. I also used some Frost White Shimmer Paint. I splattered it over the front of the card, focussing on the middle section and tapering off towards the top and bottom. I love the look! 

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The Joy Dies combined perfectly with the Joy To The World stamp set over the top of the splatters. I heat embossed the sentiment in Gold to match the Brushed Gold Foil.

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The inside was kept super simple, with just the larger sentiment from Joy To The World stamped in Merry Merlot.

That's all from me tonight, please pop on over to Catherine's Blog, where you'll find the rest of this week's Merry Merlot cards. I'm off to enjoy a sip on the lounge!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 22 November 2020

CTC #295: CASE The Inside AC Cover

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Thanks for joining me on a hot and thundery Sunday evening for the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. Was it hot and thundery where you were? It certainly was here in Adelaide!


This week for our challenge, we are CASEing these In Colour cards from the inside cover and page 1 of the Annual Catalogue. 


I quite liked the split in this card, with the sentiment stamped in the gap, so that's what I took from the sample card to make mine.

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I've only recently purchased the Whale Of A Time DSP, so this was a good excuse to play with it again.I chose the seahorse paper, as it was a pretty, all-over pattern like the floral on the original card. However, I decided to split my paper horizontally rather than on the diagonal. I adhered the DSP to some pieces of Thick Whisper White, leaving a small border as there was a similar border on the original.

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The sentiment from Seaside Notions was heat embossed in White on the card base. I felt that the card was too plain, so I also heat embossed a seahorse from the same stamp set on Watercolour Paper and coloured it with Just Jade ink.

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I used the left over piece of DSP on the inside of the card. I normally wouldn't use such a big piece, but I didn't want to lose the Seahorses by cutting it in half. I will just have to write my message a little smaller!

We'd love to see which of the five cards inspires you to CASE it. Will you CASE the whole card, or just elements of it? When you've made your card, please post it in our Facebook group. We'd all love to see it.


For now though, please do continue on with the Blog Hop. Next up is my lovely friend, Rachel. Her lovely projects are what convinced me that I had to have the Whale Of A Time DSP!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 19 November 2020

JAI #532: Just Add A Sketch

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Hello, and welcome back to the new Just Add Ink Challenge. This week we have a cool sketch, designed by Patrice.
My oldest son graduated High School recently. Due to a new COVID 'circuit breaker' lockdown in Adelaide, his formal was cancelled. We did a little celebration for him at home, which included strawberry cake and red and gold star shaped balloons. Can you tell what his favourite colour is? LOL! I decided that I would make him a card to mark this huge occasion in his life.

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I stuck with the red and gold stars theme, using my Stitched Stars Dies and Red and Gold Foil to cut the starry flourish and large star for the front. The word 'congratulations' is from Well Said, and is cropped using my Stitched Rectangles Dies.

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You can see that I've also used my Dainty Diamonds EF on the background. I thought that it worked well with the stars without being too girly.

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I cut a few smaller Red Foil Stitched Stars for the inside, and complimented them with the Gold Foil stars that popped out of the flourish on the front.

You can join in the fun over on the Just Add Ink Blog. Once you've checked out the rest of the DesignTeam cards, you can add your card to our linky. I can't wait to see what you do with this sketch!

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Colour Creations: Melon Mambo

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Thanks for joining me on another Tuesday evening for the new Colour Creations Showcase. This week we are all using Melon Mambo in our creations. Many years ago, the release of Melon Mambo as an additional In Colour was the start of the process of bringing the South Pacific market into line with the North American market. Although it's not a colour that I use a lot, it has that special little place in my SU journey.

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I paired it with a stamp set that I don't use a lot either - Timeless Tulips. I was inspired by some cards by Michelle Taylor recently. She's the queen of In The Round stamping, or wreath stamping, where you use your Stamparatus to stamp in a circular design. My base layer has the largest tulip flower stamped either time in a circle. I layered a piece of Vellum, cropped with the swirly Painted Labels Die, over the top. I also teased out a length of the Forever Greenery Gold Thread and layered it over the Vellum.

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Finally, I used my Stamparatus again to stamp the smallest tulip bud in the round. I fussy cut around the edge and them popped it up over the other layers. The smallest circle Stitched Shapes Die was the perfect space for the sentiment.

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I layered the same two tulips on the inside, this time on the straight instead of in the round. I didn't usually pop up elements on the inside, but I felt that the row of smaller tulips needed it.

As always, it's time to pop on over to Catherine's blog, where she's hosting all of the rest of this week's Melon Mambo links. I can't wait to see what everyone does with this bold colour!

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 16 November 2020

Heart Of Christmas: November

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Welcome to November's Heart Of Christmas Creative Showcase! It's a monthly showcase devoted to Christmas. I don't know about you, but at around this time of year I start worrying that I don't have enough Christmas cards. I usually send close to 100, so I need a lot! In order to make a lot of cards in a hurry, I revisited the Double Wonder Card Template that was popular about six months ago. For those who have forgotten, it's a cutting template and instructions to create 11 cards using two 6x12 inch pieces of DSP. Shannon West and Julie Davison prepared the template and instructions.

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The card above is Card 1. The template allows you to create four of these cards. You can see that I have used the Heartwarming Hugs DSP for my cards. I think it was the perfect choice, as the small patterns work nicely together. To add a little more interest, I added some holly from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set. I coloured them with my Granny Apple Green and Real Red Blends.

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The next cards are Card 2, and you also create four of them using the template. The instructions say to score and fold back a flap on the front of the card, which I didn't do. Instead I matted the two strips on Whisper White and adhered it straight to the front.

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Next up is Card 3, of which you make two. To get the contrasting strip in the middle, I've simply used the reverse side of the two papers. I don't like those sides as much, but it looks nicer with the contrasting piece. 

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Lastly, is Card 4. The template only makes one of this card, using the final pieces from the template - nothing gets wasted!

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The template does not allow for DSP on the insides of the card, but I just couldn't help adding some! In keeping with the 'quick and easy' premise of the template, I kept all of my insides the same, apart from the orientation - a 3/4 inch strip of DSP and the same sentiment stamped in all.

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The stamp set that I've used for the front and inside is from the new Paper Pumpkin kit, Joy To The World. It's a set I really love, and I'm sure it will find it's way into my permanent collection!

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Here are all of the cards in a bunch. These cards took me a whole day to make, but a lot of that was colouring the holly. Once I got cutting and gluing, the rest of the process went very quickly. If you need a heap of cards in a hurry, I definitely recommend the Double Wonder Template!

That's all from me for tonight, please do head on over to Judy's Blog, where you'll find the rest of the links for November's Heart Of Christmas Creative Showcase. You won't be disappointed!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 15 November 2020

CTC #294: CASE The Colours

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Welcome back to the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. This week we have chosen a page in the Annual Catalogue, and we are CASEing the colour scheme of the cards on that page.


These cards are a great example of how to 'step up' a card design - start with a simple idea and add layers, elements and products to make it more detailed.

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I haven't stamped with my Beautiful Friendship stamp set in a while, so I pulled it off my shelf for this challenge. It's a pretty set, and I thought that it would work well with the colour scheme of Blushing Bride, Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam and Gray Granite.

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I also haven't used my Story Label punch in a long time, so it was also dusted off for this card. A few rhinestones and a length of Sliver Metallic Edge ribbon, and the front was done!

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I kept my stamping on the inside to one corner, so that I have plenty of room in which to write a birthday message when I give this card away.

As always, our challenge is run through our Facebook group, so you don't need a blog or a fancy camera or editing tools to join in. Just make the card, take a snap and add it to the group. Easy!


Before you race off to make your card, please do finish the Blog Hop. Next up is my fellow South Australian,  the wonderful Michelle Stradz. She's made a super sweet pair of cards.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 12 November 2020

JAI #531: Just Add Inspiration

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Welcome back for the new Just Add Ink Challenge. This week Lou has found a super cute Inspiration photo. Aren't the pompom trees adorable?


It took a bit of thinking to work out what I was going to do this week, and then I saw a video by Alisa Tilsner where she played with Stampin' Blends and Isopropyl Alcohol to create cool backgrounds.

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I chose to use the following Dark Stampin' Blends: Blackberry Bliss, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay and Magenta Madness. To get the background, I simply scribbled a small circle of colour onto Vellum Cardstock using the Blend, and then dripped a drop of the alcohol onto it. You need the good stuff from Bunnings, not the chemist's rubbing alcohol. Alisa played with hers more to get a more blended look, but I wanted the dots like the pompoms in the Inspiration Photo. It's such a cool effect!

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The vellum was wrapped around a piece of Whisper White card, which I've embossed with the Subtle 3DEF. I then added a Forever Gold Laser Cut element over the top. I think it's meant to be a fern leaf, but I think it works nicely as a Christmas tree! I finished the front with a white heat-embossed sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas.

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While I was playing with the larger piece of vellum, I also made a smaller piece, so that I could use it on the inside. You can see that I've blended the colours more, rather than let them form circles. I just punched the vellum with my Pine Tree Punch and ran the tree through my Xyron sticker maker so that I could adhere it to the cardstock.

I definitely think I'll be trying this technique again! In the meantime, I'll be heading off to the Just Add Ink blog, where the rest of this week's Design team cards are linked. You can also link up your card for our challenge. What inspires you from the photo?

Bye for now,

Tina