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Sunday, 13 August 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC141 Birthday


Welcome to another week of inspiration and thank you for joining me from Megan's blog. We are CASEing Birthdays from pages 68-85 this time round. 



Page 74 provided my motivation, and although it appears as a bag, I've swapped it for a card, which it will be a little late to the post! Apologies in advance, but hopefully I'll be forgiven when it arrives.  

Have you seen the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP?  Ooh, it is lovely!! It was definitely calling me to this picture but I toned down my colours slightly. I chose to use a card base of Soft Sky teamed up with the Soft Sky version of the chevron pattern DSP.  I used a strip of Soft Sky card and repeat stamped words from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in  Lemon Lime Twist ink, then sponged around the edges. The greeting is from Confetti Celebration, stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and made into a banner by scoring either side of the words, and then scoring again approx 1/8" away then folding so that the banner sits up a little. More words from both sets stamped in Night of Navy with dimensionals popped behind to hold banner in place. Fussy cut Berry Burst roses with Powder Pink colouring replace the balloons, with leaves from the same set switched for the string.



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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Surprise Birthdays are Great

A special friend recently turned an age with a zero on the end, and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a surprise luncheon for her. To see her face when she entered the room made the travel and juggling all worth while!

Before I received the invitation I was already busy making this card which was inspired by the super talented Bronwyn Eastley. Isn't it amazing??  The invitation meant it wasn't such a rush to get it in the post! My version is a little more toned down but uses a few of the same elements, based on the Z-fold card.


Background cardstock is Crumb Cake. Very Vanilla has been embossed with the Brick Wall TIEF and sponged around the edges. The Wood Crate framelits and a light shade of Wood Textures DSP for the flower container, with a Silver Metallic Foil doily edging. The flowers and leaves are coloured or inked Peekaboo Peach, Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizzazz. Jar of Love for the crate flowers and the Sprinkles of Life basket and flowers on the front. Country Livin' boots and basket stamped in Early Espresso with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso water colouring. Greeting is the Happy Birthday Thinlit cut apart and the numbers are stacked, the first layer stamped from Number of Years and that along with Peekaboo Peach die cut using the Large Numbers framelits.  


My handwritten message is attached to a Very Vanilla panel and added on the back.  This does all fold down nicely to fit in an envelope. The not-so-helpful Rove keeping an eye on proceedings. Have a fabulous year Cindy - a privilege to be part of your celebrations!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC140 For Babies & Kids


Hi everyone! Welcome if you've called in from Judy May.  Today we're casing the section For Babies & Kids pgs 102-111.

I have used the card on pg 108 for my inspiration.


I finally caved and now have "This Little Piggy" set... They just kept calling everytime I flicked past them, but you know the feeling - right? I chose Rich Razzleberry for the base, and Berry Bliss for the pig colour.  My top circle is watercolour paper, and the bottom layer is vellum cardstock.  I don't have the sweet little die used in the background so made use of the Decorative Ribbon Border punch to recreate the background strips. Silver 1/8" ribbon replaces the sequins. I used the Fine Tip glue pen to make the snout pop a little. The greeting is from Best Birds and the finishing touch a little Rich Razzleberry enamel heart.


I know it is supposed to be all about the card, but as Peta did last week - I had a little assistance with my photography this week. His name is Rove and he usually ignores me unless feeding time, but as the girl wasn't home, and he was bored, he played my silly game. No. 1 cat is not so co-operative, but maybe one day you'll get to see him.

Please pop over and visit Kathryn next:


Sunday, 30 July 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC139 Everyday Occasions


Hello there - it's time to get excited and see what the design crew have been up to this week while creating for the new theme from pages 16-67.  Welcome if you've just arrived from Peta's blog - doesn't that little pig make you smile? Or if you're starting here - you've got lots of inspiration to find yet...


Each week, I pore over the catalogue trying to decide which card I want to make. This week I stopped at a card on page 40, bottom right. I've lingered at it before but decided this was the week, and as it comes together so easily, I am sure it will be used again - especially as it is a great way to use your scrap stash. 


I had some Wood Textures DSP looking at me and thought I'd see how it looked after it was diecut with the straight banner from Bunch of Banners framelits. I used 6 banners, both the inside and outside cut are utlised, and you will find you have one frame leftover. Instead of the plain background, Iopted to place onto the lightest of the Wood Textures DSP which I matted with Soft Suede. This was put onto a Thick Whisper White card base. 


If you want yours to look like mine, you will count from 1 to 11 starting at the left hand side. I have popped # 2, #5 and #8 up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The greeting was from Label Me Pretty and punched with the 1 3/8" circle punch. The right hand side has dimensionals added, with the left being adhered as the banner it attaches to is already raised. 

And then I thought what a great masculine card that would make, now I need a feminine version - this is what I came up with.  Using Color Theory DSP stack, and Sweet Sugarplum for the mat, with the greeting from the same Label Me Pretty set.


Thanks for stopping by - let me know which colour you prefer, then head off and see what awesomeness Kelly has created for you this time...


Friday, 28 July 2017

Colour INKspiration - #CI14

Been a while since I've joined the colour challenge and with a wet dreary day providing just the right atmosphere for creating - here's what the brief was; Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky and Night of Navy..  Oops as I type this I realise I used Pool Party not Soft Sky, hope I'll be forgiven.


Wet weather equals messy play, so it was time to colour my embossing paste. I've loved seeing how everyone else has put this to use but confess to only having used it in the raw state, however, it really is very simple, I added 2 drops of Rich Razzleberry ink to about a teaspoon of paste, and had enough for two card fronts with probably enough for another. So a little really does go a long way.  I used one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and the paste does dry very quickly.

Baby Bear has a three step stamp process, and I started in reverse with the Night of Navy, then Smoky Slate and lastly Pool Party (should have been Soft Sky though).  I fussy cut Master T Bear and mounted with dimensionals onto a Smoky Slate circle matted with a Rich Razzleberry scallop circle. The greeting is from Baby Bear as well and stamped with Night of Navy ink.  Finished off with a Pool Party baker's twine bow.  


What to use as a card holder when you're running out of fresh ideas - your dog!  Thanks Leo, didn't even stop his grooming to wonder what I was up to - think he was just pleased not to be out in the rain and hail!!