Thursday, 20 July 2017

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Case the Catalogue

Welcome to our July Stampin' Dreams blog hop. We are from all around the world and have lots of great projects to show you. You have just landed in Australia with Lou Kitzelman. Hi! Our theme for this month is CASEing the Catalogue. If you are not familiar with the acronym it stands for Copy And Selectively Edit. The Stampin' Up! catalogue is not only full of fabulous products but it is jam-packed with photos that you can use as inspiration. Whether it be a layout, technique, colour combination or any other idea, it is a fabulous resource for you to use.

I have chosen to CASE this card which is on page 134. I love the idea of stamping a background and then lightly watercolouring over it. The idea of inlaying a die cut also sparked my interest. Oh ... and I also loved the colour scheme. So ... I pretty much loved everything about it - even though it is not my usual style.

Here are my dragonfly versions.

Now I have to tell that they were not my first versions. I made the ones in the pic below first and only really liked them when I squinted. Since I clearly can not ask all my readers to squint, I thought about what I didn't like. It was the contrasting spots in the background, so I swapped them around and came up with the 'squinting not necessary' versions above.

I have used some Very Vanilla note cards. Normally I would have raised the centre panel with Stampin' Dimensionals but the note cards are a bit too snug in the envelopes if you have too much height. Like I said - this is not my usual style.

I have used Pool Party and Powder Pink in each card and have just swapped the colours around to get 2 versions of the one design. Once I stamped and watercoloured the centre panel, I die cut out a dragonfly, making sure the top wings and the body overhung the edges. I cut a second dragonfly from Very Vanilla, lightly watercoloured the wings, added Clear Wink of Stella to the body and then inlay it into the panel.

Some metallic thread and these super cute sequins (there are different sizes in the container) finished off the design.

The envelopes got some love too. I kept it simple and used the same design on the card inside.

These cards will also be perfect for the CASEing the Catty challenge this week.

Make sure you check out all of the other CASEs. You will see a participant list at the end of each post. Next up you are headed to Germany to visit Kerstin Klar.


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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge #13 Blog Hop

It's the start of another Colour INKspiration challenge and as usual we are kicking it off with a blog hop to get your creative cogs turning. Whether you have come from visiting Denita or are starting with me you are sure to get lots of inspiration.

We have some gorgeous colours for you for this challenge.

I love all of the colours but I don't normally use them together. When I showed these projects to my class ladies on Monday one commented that they didn't look like my usual style. I think that is why I love being on this Design Team so much. It gets me thinking in different ways and using my creativity. I was so literal for this challenge! That's okay right? Whatever floats your creative boat I say! So I set about creating a canvas and 2 cards using the Climbing Orchid bundle.

I am really happy with my canvas. So happy I had to go back to the cheapie shop to purchase the easel as well! A work of art needs to be displayed!

It came together quite easily. I added a few design elements to add texture and dimension.
  • A light wash of Wild Wasabi for the background. The larger bristled Aqua Painter gets this done in no time.
  • Shadow masking for the background. Lightly sponge Fresh Fig through a decorative mask. When dry, line up the cleaned mask with the sponged pattern and move slightly up and to the right. Apply Embossing paste. Don't cover the whole canvas.
  • White Stampin' Emboss powder to add definition to the petals.
  • A Fresh Fig base to each orchid to make it pop.
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (and Minis) in between layers to give height.
  • Dabby, plonky blending with an Aqua Painter to give shading.

I recreated a similar version as a card.

I had intended the above card to be part of a class but I needed an easier version so came up with this one. No Embossing Paste or powder but I still think it is effective. In the class we were discussing how we love this sentiment because of it's universal appeal. I always need cards in my stash that would suit any occasion. Add in some ribbon, a gold punched border and a tassel and I was happy.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Next up we have my very talented friend and Guest Designer for the hop, Megan Lenske. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!


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