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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

Thursday, 6 June 2019

JAI #460: Just Add Emboss Resist

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Tina for the new Just Add Ink challenge! This week Lou has challenged us to add the Emboss Resist technique to our cards. I do enjoy a good technique, and this one's a fun one!


Now it just happens that I ran an ATC swap last month that used an Emboss Resist technique, called Joseph's Coat. I think it's also called Emerging Colour. It was a complete coincidence, but I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I just made extra so I'd have something to make into a card.

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To create a Joseph's Coat panel, you take some glossy cardstock and add some colour. The tutorial I read said to sponge, but I just took some ink spots and rubbed them over the cardstock. Much quicker! You then heat emboss using clear embossing powder over the top. I used some palm fronds from Tropical Chic. Once again I took a short cut by putting all three stamps on one block so that I covered my cardstock much faster. Finally, you take a dark colour (usually black) and brayer ink all over, buffing it away from the embossed areas. The black inks we have aren't great for this technique, so I used Shaded Spruce. It still allowed some of the underlying ink to show though, but I was ok with that. It's brighter under the leaves, and the variegation adds to the jungle look.

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How fun is this Treasure Hunter image from Kindred Stamps? I coloured him with my Blends, and then set about creating the background for him. I started by adding in the Light Crumb Cake path through the jungle, making sure it disappeared off to the right. I then coloured the rest of the background with Light Granny Apple Green, with a few splashes of Light Balmy Blue to add hints of the sky. I then used the brush end of my Light Old Olive Blend to create some grass by using a flicking upward motion in groups of 2-4 in random places over the GAG. Finally, I used the thin end of my Light Mossy Meadow Blend to repeat the flicking 'grass'. It's a really cool effect. I the added layers of die cut palm leaves over the top to further simulate the jungle. Phew, that was a lot of work! Worth it though, I think it's a fun card!

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I had just enough of a scrap of the Joseph's Coat cardstock left to complete the inside. I also love the subtle snark of the inside sentiment. I will have to think hard about who to give this card to!

That's it from me, you can pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the rest of the Design Team's cards for our Emboss Resist challenge. There's an amazing variety just using this one technique, so well worth a look. Hopefully we inspire you to enter the challenge!

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

A Rosey Birthday Card

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Whoot, whoot! Here we are for another 5 week of Colour Creations! We couldn't finish without adding on the new In Colours - that wouldn't be fun! This week we are looking at Rococo Rose. It's a lovely deep disks pink, and I'm sad to say that my photos don't do it justice at all - it's not as orange as my photos would let you think.

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I decided to make a full sized tri fold card. I made a smaller version a few weeks ago for Shaded Spruce, but this time I wanted to go big! I cut my piece of Rococo Rose cardstock at nearly 6 inches longways, and then scored at 4 and 8 inches to create the folds. I then used my Stitched Labels dies to create the window in the front panel. It gives a lovely shape, with the bonus of having a Rococo Rose label o use on another project! I stamped some flowers from Free As A Bird over the front in coordinating ink. The yellow flowers were fussy cut from Bird Ballad DSP.

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For the next section of the card I stamped the birds in Memento ink and then coloured them using a combo of my Watercolour Pencils and my Wink Of Stella pen. The sentiment is from the Lots Of Happy Card Kit, which carried over to the new Annual Catalogue. Silly me stamped it a little too high, and so I had to add an extra fussy cut grouping of flowers on the front to cover it up!

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Here's the final panel. The key DSP can be seen when the second panel is held closed, so it does double duty on the card. Those keys make me want to make something Harry Potter-ish, I just need to think what!

That's it for tonight but, as ever, hop on over to Catherine's blog for the links to the rest of this week's cards. I wonder what colour we'll do next week? Catherine has gone rogue and has abandoned her usual alphabetical order. LOL!

Sunday, 2 June 2019

CTC 231: CASE Anything!

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Welcome to the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. This week, for the final week of both the Annual and Occasions Catalogues, we are free to CASE anything from either catalogue.


After a bit of searching and thinking, I decided to CASE something with Best Birds, using the new Free As A Bird stamp set. I selected the card at the bottom left of this photo:


I started by stamping the feathers in Sahara Sand, stamped off once. The feather stamp is actually from the Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

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I then coloured each flower using my Watercolour Pencils and then blended the colour with my Wink Of Stella pen.

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I kept the vellum and twine elements from the original, but I switched from a sympathy card to a birthday card. The sentiment was much smaller, so I used a narrower strip of vellum.

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I used the feather again on the inside, with my favourite Bermuda Bay pencil and ink.

What will you choose to CASE? You can see what my friend, Rachel, has CASEd by clicking 'next'.



Don't forget to enter the challenge on our Facebook group too!


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 30 May 2019

JAI #459: Just Add Colour

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Here we are again with the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Rochelle has put together this gorgeous colour combo.


I must admit, when I first saw it I wondered what Rochelle was thinking when she put pink and red together! I also struggle big time with 4 colour combos - I find it difficult to balance out the colours. I was pleasantly surprised with how well this one came together in the end - it's not such a tricky combo after all!

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I've used a mix of old and new products on this card. The DSP is from a new suite called 'Follow Your Art', and is a great one for all the crafters out there - paper, paint and fabric. A lot of the DSP has bright, bold designs, but for this card I selected a piece that was softer Blushing Bride. I add some pop to the card I used Poppy Parade to add borders.

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The Follow Your Art suite works really well with the existing Crafting Forever stamp set, which is carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue. The scissors are stamped from this set and coloured with my Blends. The bulldog clip is from the It Starts With Art stamp set and is also coloured with Blends. The retiring Fabulous Flamingo stamp set is the source of the sentiments. I wanted a thank you card for a friend who is helping me with a label for my first quilt, and I think this card will fit the bill perfectly!

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The inside sentiment is from Crafting Forever, and goes so well with the scissor theme of the front of the card, don't you think?

Do you have an idea of how you can use this colour combo? You can pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you can see the rest of this week's Design Team cards for more inspiration. Don't forget to come back and link up your card too!

Bye for now,

Tina