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Sunday, 18 April 2021

CTC 314: Favourite Retiring Punch

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Welcome back to me log for the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. Do you like CASEing projects from Stampin' Up! catalogues? If so, this is the challenge for you! Each week we are set a challenge to CASE some aspect of the catalogue. This week we are farewelling our Favourite Retiring Punch.


I had a hard time choosing  a punch this week, but I ended up going for my 2" Circle punch. It's one that I use a lot, and will stay in my collection even though it's retiring from the SU range. It's a convenient punch to own!


Flipping through the catalogue, I found the High Tide card above that uses circles so nicely! I love how different parts of the scene are in the different circles. I found a few images from the retiring stamp set, Seaside View, floating around on my stamp desk, so I decided to see how they'd go using the technique.

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I started by colouring the whole image with my Stampin' Blends. I then took my 2"Circle punch and cropped the middle section of the image. I then used the same punch to crop the rest of the image on both sides of the middle These were then layered over layers of Grey Granite and Basic Black cardstock cropped using my Stitched Nested Labels Dies, which are also retiring.

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Here you can see how I popped the middle circle up on Dimensionals, while the two outside pieces are flat. Another retiring punch, Classic Label, cropped the sentiment from the retiring Seaside Notions stamp set. The final piece of the card was the DSP from the Whale Of A Time pack which, you guessed it, is also retiring.

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For the inside, I sponged a little Pacific Point ink into the corner and then layered another image from the Seaside View set over the top. I didn't stamp a sentiment on the inside, as I think the card is more versatile without an inside sentiment. It could be a retirement card, birthday card, or just a congrats card as it is.

That's all from me tonight, but the fun is just starting for you. Which retiring punch is your favourite? Is there one that you can't bear to let go of? We'd love to see the card you make using it. Just add your photo to our Facebook group before next Sunday night and you're all set!


In the meantime, though, please do continue on with the Blog Hop, as there's still lots to see. Next up is the lovely and talented Julia. She's got a pair of super sweet cards for you.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 15 April 2021

JAI 550: Just Add Colour

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Hello, and welcome to the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Jo has put together a really pretty colour combination for us to use.


My first thought was a Christmas card, but I was too lazy to pull my Christmas stuff out of hibernation, so I had to go with something else. My new Butterfly Brilliance stamp set caught my eye!

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I started by stamping the butterflies in Petal Pink ink onto Petal Pink cardstock. I then cropped it with a Stitched Rectangle Die and layered it over a second rectangle, cropped from Poppy Parade. These were popped up on my Whisper White card base.

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I had hoped to find some Shaded Spruce ribbon in my ribbon drawer to layer under the sentiment, but I came up empty-handed. I had to make do with a piece of cardstock instead. The Shaded Spruce butterfly was adorned with a few Red Rhinestones to finish off the front.

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The inside of my card makes use of the outside frame left over from the stamped butterfly panel. I just layered it underneath a smaller piece of Whisper White. I probably should have stamped a few extra butterflies around the edge, but it's too late now. Next time!

Speaking of time, t'snow time for you to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you can see the rest of this week's Design team cards. We've had a lot of fun with these colours. You can also find the Linky, where you can enter our challenge. What will you do with the colours?

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Colour Creations: Sahara Sand

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Welcome back to the new Colour Creations Creative Showcase. This week was a challenge for me, as we tackled Sahara Sand. At the start of this Colour Creations series, I decided that I was only going to use the focal colour, plus Basics colours. It's really hard to make a Sahara Sand card with only Black, White or Vanilla to go with it!

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My idea started with a new set of dies that I received in my preorder this week - Basic Border Dies. It's a super versatile set of border dies with stitched features and a variety of shapes for adding borders to a piece of card or DSP. For my card, I chose a banner-like die, that cut the bottom edge of the Sahara Sand DSP.

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I layered the DSP over a piece of Subtle-embossed Whisper White card. The main image was stamped and sponged while the Stitched Shapes circle die was still in place. This leaves a nice, crisp white edge around the outside.

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I've left the inside sentiment free, as it means that it could be either a birthday card or a Father's Day card. I will stamp an appropriate sentiment when I use it. Can you see that I used the off-cut from the front at the bottom? The Basic Borders Dies give a stitched feature on both sides of the cut edge, so it was an easy task to add the off-cut to the inside.

It's time now to head on over to Cathy's blog, where you'll find the rest of this week's Sahara Sand links. I'm curious to see if anyone else had a hard time like me!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 11 April 2021

CTC 313: Favourite Retiring Stamp Set

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Hello, and welcome to the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. Our challenges around this time of year are always a little sad, as we CASE products that are retiring from the Stampin' Up! lineup. Some products you're happy to wave goodbye to, as they've been around a while, but others you are left wishing for a little longer with them.


This week our focus is on retiring stamp sets. I'm losing about half of my collection this year. Some will shift shelves to my permanent collection, others will find a new home with someone else. The stamp set I've chosen today, Beautiful Friendship, is definitely a favourite of mine that may just find it's way into my permanent collection.


I selected this sample, from page 115, to CASE as I really liked the layering down the left hand side of the card. However, I rotated the design to flow down the right hand side of my card.

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I started with a Thick Whisper White base, and stamped the Garden Green leaves down the right side of the front, making sure that they overlapped each other. I then fussy cut along the edge. I repeated this process for the Rococo Rose roses, on a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock.

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I used a Blending Brush to apply some Pacific point ink to the right side of the inside of the card, and the left side of the front of the card. I love how this gives the illusion that the blue is on one piece of card. The roses were then popped up over the top and the sentiment added.

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I'm not sure that I like the inside - it looks a bit unfinished. I'll probably go back and change it before I send the card.

What is your favourite retiring stamp set? It's soooo hard to choose! I hope that you can decide so that you can play along with us this week. Pop on over to our Facebook Group to check out all the action.


Before you go, though, please do finish our Blog Hop! Next up is my lovely friend, Rachel. I was lucky enough to spend some time with her when she visited SA recently.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 8 April 2021

April Creative Showcase: Mother's Day

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Thanks for stopping by for this month's Creative Showcase. This month we are making Mother's Day cards, getting in nice and early, ready for the big day next month. I was struggling a bit for ideas, until I was fluffing around at my craft desk and came across some images from Grace's Garden that I'd stamped ages ago, but done nothing with in the meantime. Straight away I pictured a scene in my head, and I'm pretty thrilled with how it translated to paper.

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There are a lot of layers on this card! I started by using my Sponge Brayer and Blending Brush to apply some Balmy Blue and Pacific Point ink to the top part of the background layer. I wanted this layer to look like it had a dirt path that lead through a forest. I used stamps from My Meadow to achieve this look, and then finished the layer by applying some Granny Apple Green ink to the bottom of the card. Most of it is hidden by the next layer, but I like to be thorough!

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The second layer is the tall flowers (no idea what type of flowers they are meant to be!) that sit behind the fence and gate. This layer also includes the part of the path that you can see in front of the gate, and the grass to either side. The third layer is the gate, fence and cat. I left the fence white, apart from some slight touches of grey, added with My Light Grey Granite Blend. I also fussy cut it out, including the tiny pieces in between the slats - I wanted to be able to see the path and flowers through the fence. The final layer is the cluster of flowers to the right of the gate.

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I couldn't find room for a sentiment on the front, so I had to put it on the inside! This one is from Dressed To Impress, and is flanked by some more flowers from Grace's Garden.

That's all from me for this month's Creative Showcase, but you can find the rest of the links for this month's blogs over on Rachel's blog. She does such a great job of keeping us all organised every month!

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Colour Creations: Terracotta Tile

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Thanks for coming back for the new Colour Creations Creative Showcase. We are jumping out of order, just this once, as we had to fit Terracotta Tile into the series before it retires in around a month. As an In Colour, it is only in our range for two years before making way for a new set of In Colours. 

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I recently repaired a broken Jar punch for a friend, and took the opportunity to punch a few shapes - I had to test that it was working, right? 😆 After punching the Jar from Terracotta Tile cardstock I used a small amount of White Craft ink and a dry water brush to apply the ink to the punched shape. I was deliberately going for a very streaky look, and I was please about how it turned out.

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I then used my new Forever Flourishing Dies to crop some foliage to go into the vase. I used Basic Black card and Silver Foil. Neither shows up the embossing lines in the dies very well - I probably need to use a shim in my machine to get the full effect.

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I repeated the scene on the inside, except that I cut down the black foliage a little so that it didn't take up too much space on the inside. I need room for writing a message! I also used some Terracotta Tile cardstock for the other foliage instead of foil.

Please pop on over to Cathy's blog for the rest of this week's Terracotta Tile cards. Next week we are back to our alphabetical order, featuring Sahara Sand.

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 4 April 2021

CTC 312: CASE Your Favourite Retiring Dies

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Happy Easter! Have you had a lovely day? I hope so! My teenagers slept in today, so we were able to do our egg hunt at a much more reasonable hour. Yes, even though they are 17, 15 and 13, they still want the chocolate! It's the only day of the year that I let them eat as much junk as they want. They used to go nuts, but they've finally worked out that they end up feeling sick, so they are a bit more cautious these days!


This week for our CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge, we are asking you to CASE a project made with your favourite retiring dies. There are so many of my favourites retiring this year, it was nearly like asking me to choose a favourite child! In the end I went for my World Map Dies. I got the because my husband is interested in maps, particularly antique maps, so this suite was a must have, and will stay in my permanent collection.


I found this little tag on page 26 to CASE, but I decided to turn it into a full size card.

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Because this gave me more room to play with, I decided to add two globes to the front. I used the dies to crop the globes from some Brass Foil, and then used a left over piece of Foil to anchor the two globes to the card. 

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The backing for the globes was made with watercolour paper. I used my Water Painter and some Misty Moonlight ink to colour the paper, making sure that the colour went on very unevenly.

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I made a third globe in the same manner for the inside of my card. A pair of sentiments from A Good Man finished off the card nicely.

What is your favourite retiring die set? There are so many to choose from, so I can't wait to see what you choose. Don't forget to upload your photo into our Facebook group when you've made your card.


Before you dash off to get inky, please do finish the Blog Hop. Next up is the lovely Lauren. Hmmm, I wonder which set of dies she has chosen?

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 1 April 2021

JAI 548: Just Add A Sketch

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Thanks for joining me (a little late!) for this week's Just Add Ink Challenge. The Easter long weekend has thrown my days out - but an extra long weekend is a good reason to be a bit out of whack!


This week we have a sketch challenge, designed by Jan. It looks a bit sporty to me - maybe a bit like a sports team logo? Having said that, my card is anything but sporty! I still had the new Butterfly Brilliance bundle out on my desk, so I decided that rather than make more mess, I would play with it again.

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I sometimes forget to use Early Espresso as a neutral colour. I decided that it worked better with the limited edition Natural Touch Specialty paper. The paper is a lovely woodgrain, and I think black would have been the wrong choice with it, especially with the Rococo Rose butterfly.

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It's really hard to see in the photo, but the butterfly has a layer or two of Wink Of Stella over the top. It's lovely and sparkly in real life. Instead of having the long thin strip under the circle, as in the sketch, I decided to shorten it and use it for my sentiment. It's a good balance for the butterfly hanging over the other side of the circle.

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Another Wink Of Stella-ed butterfly adorns the inside of the card, alongside a sentiment from A Good Man. Thankfully that stamp set is carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue!

Please hop on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you'll find the rest of this week's Design Team cards. You can also link up your card for our sketch challenge. What do you see in the sketch? So many possibilities!

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Colour Creations: Rococo Rose

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Welcome back to my blog for the new Colour Creations Creative Showcase. This week we are featuring one of the soon to be retired In Colours - Rococo Rose. At this start of this Showcase series, I would have described it as a dirty pink, but I have changed my ways and will now describe it as a dusky mid-pink. LOL! It's duskiness is what makes it a favourite pink that I will have a bit of trouble saying goodbye to.

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Another thing that I will have trouble farewelling is the gorgeous Beautiful Friendship stamp set. I'm not really big on floral stamp sets, but I loved how this one does all the hard work for you because the stamp itself is designed to leave different intensity of ink for different parts of the image.

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I also used another favourite, retiring, stamp set for the sentiments - Seaside Notions. It's been a go-to set this year, especially for the sentiments, as I love the mix of fonts and the size is usually perfect. Speaking of retiring, I have cropped the sentient with one of the dies in the Stitched Shapes set, which is also retiring. Sob! The Layering Oval underneath is also on the way out.

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I stamped the flower stamens in Memento ink, and then dotted over the top of them with a white gel pen. It helps to soften the starkness of the black ink.

That's all from me for tonight, but please do pop on over to Cathy's Blog, where you'll find the rest of this week's Rococo Rose cards. I can't wait to see what everyone has made!

Bye for now,

Tina