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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Colour Creations: Grey Granite

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Once again it is Wednesday evening, so it's time for the new Colour Creations Blog Hop. This week it's Grey Granite's turn to shine. It's a tricky colour to use as a feature colour, especially when I am trying to stick with a monochromatic theme for my cards for the CC Hops. Before we go on - let me address the name of the colour. I forget that the American spelling is used for it's name - Gray Granite - as I am so used to the Australian spelling that I refer to it as Grey Granite all the time. My apologies to the sticklers, but I am too old to change my ways now!

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I decided to keep my card very clean and simple. The gorgeous Stitched Greenery Die does most of the hard with on this card, with a little boost from the White Glittered Organdy Ribbon. It is impossible to see in the photo, as I took it on a gloomy day, but each of the leaves in the background has been 'coloured' with my Wink Of Stella brush. It's beautifully shimmery in real life, but unfortunately unseen by the camera.

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I finished the front of the card with a sentiment from Peaceful Moments, cropped with a Tasteful Labels die and popped up over the ribbon.

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Another little strip of the Stitched Greenery Die, complete with shimmer, finished off the inside of the card. I always feel like this sentiment is more appropriate for a wedding card, but I prefer to use sentiments from the same stamp set where I can. This is the mosts suitable sentiment in the set for the inside, I think. It will have to do!

That's all from for tonight, but please do pop on over to the very lovely Caroline Manwaring's blog. Her cards are always a delight to see!


As always, the marvellous Catherine Proctor is keeping our group in order, so if you run into any issues, please jump on over to her blog, where you'll find the complete list of all participants.

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 18 October 2021

Heart Of Christmas Week 16

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Welcome to a new week's Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop. We are up to Week 16 this week, and the inspiration flowing from the other ladies who participate in the Hops has not waned at all. It's been wonderful viewing everyone's cards each week.

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But now onto my cards! This week I am using the October 2020 Sheetload Of Cards template. I actually skipped September 2020's, as it was for Slimline cards, and I wasn't in the mood for those. I liked the simplicity of this design, which allows the Red Foil bauble, from the Gingerbread Dies, to shine.

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The sentiments I used on my cards are from the Words Of Cheer stamp set, and I have used some Heartwarming Hugs DSP to go with it. I was happy to see that the DSP had carried over from last year's Mini Catalogue, as it uses traditional Christmas colours, but not traditional images and patterns. It's a much more modern looking paper.

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As always, here are my four cards. You can see that the baubles are a double layer of the Red Foil, and are finished off with a white Twine bow.

As always, thank you for your company on my blog tonight, but please do jump on over to the next blog. Michele Taylor is next, and she always has something totally gorgeous to see.


Just in case you run into a broken link along the way, pop back here for the list of all participants in tonight's Blog Hop:

Michele Taylor


Kate Morgan


Catherine Proctor


Andrea Sargent


Claire Daly


Rachel Woollard


Theresa Gerrard


Sharon Davern


Rosa Leyden


Caroline Manwaring


Ros Davidson


Christine Blain


Bye for now,


Tina

Thursday, 14 October 2021

JAI 576: Just Add A Moving Element

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Welcome once again to my blog for the start of the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week it's one that Kelly and I dreamed up - to add a moving element to a card.


What do we mean by this? It's simply something that moves on your card. Some examples may be things like a wobbler spring, a spinner or a slider of some sort - if it moves, it counts! I've always been intrigued by the idea of the Theatre or Stage card, so that's what I decided to make.

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I used a combination of a few different tutorials to make the base of my card. Most Theatre cards are landscape orientation, but for the idea I had I needed a portrait orientation. I used the wooden and brick papers from the In Good Taste DSP, as I was trying to recreate a magical alleyway that opens at the tap of a special umbrella.

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Here is the card with the brick panels opened up to reveal the alleyway behind. The gigantic character is from a Kindred Stamps set, called Masters Of Magic. I coloured him with my Stampin' Blends. He's an earthy character, so I stuck with Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Soft Suede.

I was reasonably happy with my first attempt at a Theatre card, but I think I'll have another go at it soon. What Moving Element do you think you'll add to your card? Will you use the opportunity to try something new, or revisit an old favourite? I can't wait to see. You can link your card for our challenge over on the Just Add Ink Blog, where you will also find the rest of this week's Design Team cards. We had a lot of fun with this challenge!

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Colour Creations: Granny Apple Green

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Thanks for joining me for this week's Colour Creations Blog Hop. This week we are looking at Granny Apple Green. It's a lovely, happy green from the Brights colour family. I have broken my feature colour only rule for this blog hop, as I wanted to show you a very special card that I made recently for my youngest son Hudson's birthday. He loves Shaun The Sheep, and his favourite episode is called 'Still Life'. When I saw the Counting Sheep stamps and the coordinating Sheep Dies in the recent Sale-A-Bration catalogue, I decided I would recreate the scene below for his card.


In the episode, the farmer wants to do some painting, but when he goes off in search of some more white paint, the sheep have a lot of fun. They recreate some famous artworks, but with a 'sheepish' perspective. The canvas ends up as a riot of colour, so that's the one I chose to create for Hudson's card.

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This fold is called a Multi-Tiered Pop Up card, and I thought that the layers and dimension suited my purposes perfectly. After I created the card base from Granny Apple Green card, I used Dimensionals to adhere some Early Espresso die cut fence panels to the card. The sentiment is from Music From The Heart, cropped with an All Dressed Up Die. The die cut clouds and sun were adhered to some strips of Window Sheet before being adhered to the base.

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The sheep were stamped with Memento ink and then I coloured the legs and face with my Dark Basic Black Blend. To achieve the look of paint splatters, I stamped the little flower from Blossoms In Bloom in a range of bright colours over the flower, and the square of Whisper White that is the 'canvas'. I then adhered them to the base, some directly to the front or back of each layer, and some with Dimensionals, so that I could get the maximum out of the layering.

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I repeated the same ideas on the back, however, looking at the photo, I realise that I forgot to give this sheep some paint splatters. Oh well!! The easel was created by chopping up another die cut fence piece, this time in Crumb Cake. I had a lot of fun making this card, and Hudson seemed to love it - he hooted at it in the way he does when he likes something, and gave it a bog long look. I was happy! 

A very big thanks to my lovely friend Andrea for the loan of the stamps and dies so that I could make this special card. You're now off to he blog to see what gorgeousness she has created for us tonight.


Another lovely friend, Catherine Proctor, is our host for tonight, so pop on over to her blog if you run into trouble with any of the links, or if you'd like to see a full list of tonight's Hoppers.

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 11 October 2021

Heart Of Christmas Week 15

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Well, hello, and welcome back to this week's Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop. I hope that you've been enjoying all of our Christmassy inspiration each week - it's been a lot of fun hopping with my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends.

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This week's cards have jumped back to using the Hostess DSP, Pattern Party. Although the paper isn't Christmassy at all, the patterns and colours are suitable if you like a less-traditional colour scheme or theme for your cards. In this case, I've emphasised the Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade to make the colour combo a bit more traditional.

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The diagonal stripes are a little like a candy cane, don't you think? My kids often get ones that are a rainbow of colour rather than the traditional red and white.

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As always, I have made four cards this week, using the August 2020 Sheetload Of Cards template. It really takes the stress out of making the cards - all the planning and measuring has been done for me (except adjusting to non-US sized cards), I just need to cut, stamp and assemble.

It's time to hop on over to the next blog, which belongs to the wonderful Catherine Proctor. I can't wait to see what she's created for tonight's hop.

Our blog hop is hosted this week by my lovely friend, Sharon Davern. If you find a broken link, just pop on over to her blog, where you will find a list of all of tonight's participants. You can pick up your trail there.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 7 October 2021

JAI 575: Just Add Colour

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Are you ready for the end of the working week, and the start of the new Just Add Ink challenge? I certainly am, so let's get into it!


How pretty are these colours that Patrice has put together for us? I never would have thought to put the two new In Colours together, but I was quite pleased with how they turned out.

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It's very interesting how the Soft Succulent has toned down the brighter Polished Pink in the striped section of my card. I created this by covering some Whisper White cardstock with Adhesive Sheet, and then applied the strips of coloured card over the top.

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I pulled gold into the combo with strips on either side of the striped panel, and also with the plant pot and a few sequins. The sentiments are from a Uniquely Creative set, called Sweet Sentiment Builder. The second half was cropped with a Peach Die.

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To match the front of the card, I used a striped strip, cropped from the front piece, to decorate the inside, along with some more stamped images from Plentiful Plants.

Please jump on over to the Just Add Ink blog for the rest of this week's Design team cards using this gorgeous colour combo. You can also link up your card there - I'll be very interested to see what you do with these colours.

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Colour Creations: Gorgeous Grape

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It's Wednesday evening, which means it's Colour Creations time! This week we are featuring Gorgeous Grape, which is a colour that sits in the Brights colour family. It's my 'Goldilocks' purple - not too dark and not too light, it's jut right. LOL!! One of my younger sisters' favourite colour is purple, so I try to make her a purple Christmas card each year, so I took this opportunity to make her card, ready for December.

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I started by using a Blending Brush on a piece of Expressions In Ink SDSP to create the ombre background. The snowflakes over the top are from the Gingerbread Dies. They looked a little sparse to me, so each snowflake is actually two layers, with the top layer offset from the first. The fuller look is very pretty! I also swished some WinkOf Stella over the top, but unfortunately is was too dull on the day I took toe photos for the glimmer to be seen. You'll just have to imagine how shimmery they are.

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While I had the brush out, I also cut the sentiment label from Whisper White card with one of my new Tasteful Labels Dies. I then lightly brushed ink around the very edges before I removed the cardstock from the die, leaving a gorgeous white border all the way around the label. It's such a cool effect, as it allows the embossed detail in the border shine and frames the Christmas To Remember sentiment perfectly.

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When I created the ombre piece for the front of the card, I cut the DSP an inch wider than it needed to be so that I could use the offcuts for the inside of my card. Such a great, time-saving idea. I finished off the inside with another double layer snowflake, this time in Gorgeous Grape.

Thanks again for joining me, but please do jump on over to the lovely Vicki Boucher's blog next. A few of her Gorgeous Grape cards came up in my google search for inspiration for tonight's card, so I'm sure that she's made another stunner this time.

As always for Colour Creations, pop on over to Cathy Proctor's blog if you find a broken link, or if you simply want to see the list of all the ladies participating in tonight's hop.

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 4 October 2021

Heart Of Christmas Week 14

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Wowee, Week 14 of the Heart Of Christmas Blog Hops! We are well into this year's series of Blog Hops, with only 10 more to go in 2021. Have you enjoyed seeing our Christmas inspiration each week? I certainly have!

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This week's group of cards comes courtesy of the July 2020 Sheetload Of Cards template. I really liked this one! It's tricky to see in the photo, but the Cherry Cobbler DSP on the right side of the card is actually on the inside of the card - the card front has been shortened by an inch. The cut off section was used for the front sentiment label. Waste not, want not!

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Here you can see better how the DSP goes on the inside. It's from the Sweet Stockings DSP, just like the DSP I used on the front with the cute critters in the stockings. Super cute! The sentiments are from Words Of Cheer.

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As always, here is my group of four cards. My stash certainly is building nicely!

Please do continue your way around our Hop tonight - it doesn't matter where you start, just keep on hopping until you get back to where you started. Next up is the very lovely Michele Taylor with what I'm sure will be a visual treat!


All the blogs tonight will have a link back to mine, as I am hosting the Hop this week. If you find a broken link, just pop on back here, where you can pick up your trail from the links below:

Michele Taylor


Catherine Proctor


Kate Morgan


Claire Daly


Rachel Woollard


Caroline Manwaring


Christine Blain


Theresa Gerrard


Andrea Sargent


Ros Davidson


Rosa Leyden


Sharon Davern


Judy May


Bye for now,


Tina

Sunday, 3 October 2021

CTC 338: CASE The Sketch

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Thanks for popping by to see the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. It's a great way to spend an hour or so! This week we are asking you to CASE A Sketch of the red Thinking Of You card in the challenge image below.


To make it even easier for you, we've created a sketch to guide you in your card making. It's nice and simple when you look at it this way, but our Crew have certainly come up with some interesting and clever ways to interpret the sketch.
I had big plans to create a card with a window through to the inside where the circle is in the sketch, but my littlest boy finished the school term by getting a cold. He most kindly shared his germs with me, and I've been feeling a little low, so quick and simple became the best option for me this week.

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I had decided that instead of a ribbon under the circle, I would use some kind of die cut element instead.  This (retired) Forever Gold Laser Cut paper did the trick without too much fuss.

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The hardest part was cutting the hexagon from Whisper White card - the gold hexagon part is not symmetrical! In the end I sort of traced the gold onto the white card and then cropped about 3/16th of an inch inside the lines. It worked well!

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The sentiments I have used on the card are both from Words Of Cheer. I just have the stamp set, and it was a great, inexpensive, Christmas set to purchase.

We would absolutely love for you to join in with our challenges. You just need to be a member of our Facebook group. Once you join you can just add a photo of your card to the group each week. Nothing fancy required!


Before you race of to get creating, please do finish our hop - the Crew have obviously enjoyed this Sketch challenge, and have a fabulous collection of cards to spark your creativity. The next stop along the way is my Kiwi friend, Sandra, with a very pretty card that I adore!


Bye for now,

Tina


Thursday, 30 September 2021

JAI 574: Just Choose Two

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Hey there! Are you ready for the new Just Add Ink challenge? This week Nikki has challenged us to Just Choose Two.


Hmmm, which two to choose? It's a tough choice, but in the end I went for Silhouettes and Stars on my card. I struggled for a long time to think about which products I owned that could be used for the silhouette part of the card, and then I remembered my Eat Your Heart Out stamp set from Ink Road Stamps.

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Do you recognise the hair silhouettes? I'm a huge fan of this movie (and it's sequel), but even the one at the bottom left stumped me! Who do you think it is? The stars on my card are from the retired Label Me Bold stamp set.

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I haven't played much with the Be Dazzling Specialty Paper, and now Sale-A-Bration is finished! I'm sure you'll be seeing more of it. This time, I coloured it with my Dark Basic Black Blend. It looks a lot like snake skin, I think! Colouring it is such a cool effect, and it doesn't lose any sparkle in the process.

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The sentiments I've used on the inside come from a Kindred Stamps set, called Electrifying. It goes with the Ink Road set perfectly, as they are based on the same fandom. Black and pink are iconic colours, so I've stuck with them for the whole card.

Now that I've told you more 😉 about my card, I'm flying out of here! I hope you're peachy keen, jelly bean, to join in with our challenge! You can link your card and see what the rest of the Design Team have created this week over on the Just Add Ink blog. See you there!

Bye for now,

Tina