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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

April Onstage Global Blog Hop

Welcome to our Blog Hop sharing projects we had the pleasure of creating for recent Stampin' Up Onstage events held at various locations around the world. I went to Auckland along with 230 fellow demonstrators.

Firstly I must give immense thanks to my talented and generous friend, Kelly Kent from Australia for her assistance with the setup and graphics... and secondly thanks to Susan Wong who urged me to step outside my comfort zone and ask if there was a hop I could join. That led to a lot of demonstrators in the same position and we created a hop for ourselves - so a big thank you to the other participants for signing up - I can't wait to see what you've all made!

This was how my display was setup on the day:

 And here they are closer up. I'll try and keep brief on all the cards for the hop, and if I expand later, I'll add links rather than being too wordy here. (if there is something specific you'd like to know - feel free to ask in the comments).  

Gold foil sheets, Gold Heat Embossing

Left - Copper foil sheets, Copper heat embossing
Right - using Stamparatus and markers, adding layers on the tree until I was happy; Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide & Lemon Lime Twist - greeting stamped onto the Mini Ruffled ribbon

My happy accident card - I initially Gold heat embossed the greeting, but it didn't stand out so I repeated with white embossing powder and got a very shiny finish which I liked, but to make it pop a little more, I used my Tranquil Tide marker and 'shadowed' the right side of the letters

Random splatter by splashing water/tombow mix then heat embossed with Gold

Tiny goggle eyes (non Stampin' Up) bring these crazy guys to life

Faux tearing for ground, So Saffron cardstock masked for moon, sponged with Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party. Kangaroo stamped and coloured black

Shimmery white cardstock, watercolour washed, die cut and matted with Basic Black

Stamparatus assisted and some irony  - this 'little' fella was fussy cut and added later

Woven Mini Ruffled ribbon, background made by diecutting stencil leaves and sponging colour through. Frames Elements wooden embellishment under words coloured with Tranquil Tide marker and covered with Fine Tip Glue. Stamparatus used to change the alignment of the greeting

Frames Element coloured with Lemon Lime Twist marker and covered in Fine Tip Glue. Greeting inked with Versamark then Lemon Lime Twist and Clear Embossed. New Glitter Enamel Dots.

Frames Element coloured with Berry Burst marker and covered in Fine Tip glue, Silver foil diecut and Silver Heat Embossed greeting

In-colour DSP in Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide with diecut leaves

I know less is best but once I start adding, I can't stop... Started by flicking bleach onto Early Espresso 12"x12". Die cut So Saffron with giraffe print die and added to Cajun Craze before die-cutting Large Letters. Spot the giraffe lurking on the A in PARK? Leaf Ribbon wound around letters before adhering.

Trimmed the Lemon Lime Twist Mini Ruffled ribbon to thread through the buttons and knotted it

I didn't have leaf stamps to match my dies, so some of my leaves were created by randomly stamping with Tranquil Tide the leaf images from Rooted in Nature on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock then spritzing with water until the colour blurred a little. The others were Tranquil Tide card spritzed and screwed up while wet then both were diecut after they had dried again.

DSP as above this time in Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Fresh Fig. Each rhino was stamped in the same colour ink as DSP and then watercoloured a little with an aqua painter.
And my final set - using Blends to colour. Background on left is stamped, and the oval was Brusho on shimmering White carstock. Greeting is Congratulations Graduate, in Pool Party and clear embossed.
Balloons are highlighted differently with the color lifter Stampin' Blend. The left uses comma strokes, and the right sort of square shapes but shaped as if on a curve. 

Thanks Stampin' Up for this fantastic opportunity - I was able to use all the goodies in the mystery box and happily not too many retiring items, something we don't know when we are given the chance to create. I loved the challenge and I hope you feel inspired. Please now venture over to Western Australian and Kristel Rimmer

Sunday, 15 April 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC174 Hostess sets & Memories & More

Checking out the Hostess sets and Memories and More sections of the catalogue today.

I've used the packaging on page 223 as my inspiration and switched it back to a card.

I've gone with a base card of thick Whisper White and added a strip of the super cute Myths & Magic Specialty washi tape - first of my retiring items. I've then added a square of Lemon Lime Twist Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP which is another retiring product. My elements are all diecut from the Eclectic LayersThinlits, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Silver Foil. For the greeting I inked Watercolor Words (yes retiring) with Lemon Lime Twist, and I wanted a hint more colour, yet not as heavy, so I used the Tranquil Tide marker and edged the words on the stamp before restamping a llittle bit higher than the first image.  The bling is the last of my retiring items to feature today, the 2016-18 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes with a bow to complete. 

Thanks for stopping by and please pop over to visit Megan Lenske and her lovely creation for this week:

Sunday, 8 April 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC173 True Gentleman

CASEing pages 44-51 of the Occasions Catalogue this week.

So after some deliberation, page 50 called out to me.

I opted to turn turn this card upside down and picked up the Jar of Love set for the foliage images, which have been stamped onto vellum cardstock, once with Tranquil Tide and then off a bit with Lemon Lime Twist. Pumpkin Pie was used for the flower images, stamped off for the main flower and full effect for the contrast. I used the greeting from the same set, stamped with Tranquil Tide ink and diecut using the Stitched Shapes circle die. My tombow glue was a little heavy handed sponged on the back of the vellum, which I'm not totally happy with, but you get the idea and I must say, having been home one day and packing to get away again tomorrow, things have been a tad hectic around here so, promise to try better next time!  A little Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped ribbon and Silver Baker's Twine bow with Pumpkin Pie sequins to finish off.

So please now hop over and see what Judy has created for you this time around:

Please join in, we need you - as you inspire us as well!! More creators and creations are welcome, just click on the link over on the right to to add your pic to our Facebook page!!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC171 Sale-a-bration

All good things must come to an end and next week that will be the 2018 Sale-a-Bration promotion. If you haven't made the most of the awesome freebies available, now's the last time week for you to do it.  This week the crew are paying their final visit to all Sale-a-bration catalogues.

For me it was the from the 1st release catalogue, image on page 8 - far right. 

After Monique used the Butterfly Basics set last week, it reminded me to give it some more attention, so that was my start point. Then I have wanted to have a go at the Black Ice technique shown by Melissa Kerman. This being a very amateur version compared to her amazing images and great tutorial which you will find easily on You Tube. A fun technique which I will do again.  I switched out the base card to Basic Black to tie in with the image, and my greeting to Easter, otherwise everything else very much the same - using the lush Painted With Love Specialty DSP and a white doily. I added a tiny scallop border under my greeting from Teeny Tiny Sentiments to finish.

And a close up to show the texture this technique creates:

I'll be taking a break from the hop next week as I have an appointment with Ed Sheeran. Yes, I know - not just me and if you've been - let me know what you thought. I've only heard great things so far. Be my first Easter break away from my hubby and daughter but lucky to be spending it with extended family and friends. I hope you'll manage to celebrate the reason for the season with family and loved ones wherever you arel.

On with the hop - please pop over and visit the lovely Jackie Noble

And as you know - welcome to join us - click the link over on the right to add your creation.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC170 Tutti Frutti

This week we are headed to pages 28-35 of the Occasions catalogue.

I've chosen page 32 and the card on the lower left.

The base is thick Whisper White and a little larger than the original with a finished size of 5 1/2" square.  Mats of Basic Black, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White. The DSP is from the Tutti Frutti DSP stack.  In lieu of metallic thread I opted for foliage from Petals & More Thinlits using Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, I also cut the flowers using the same dies and cardstock. Usually I push out all the little bits, but have seen a lot have been leaving them lately and I like the effect it creates. The bottletops and hearts are Silver Foil cut with the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits Dies. I punched circles from scraps of Color Theory DSP and Whisper White, then used the Bubble Over stamp set with Lemon Lime Twist for the words and they were also punched using 3/4" circle punch. The budgies are from Bird Banter and were fussy cut after being coloured with Stampin' markers. The greeting from the same set has been die cut with the Petals & More thinlits, and because it is a longer frame, I simply lined it up again closer to the words and popped it back through the Big Shot to cut just the one end. I have a 1" circle of Lemon Lime twist behind the greeting in place of the trim.  

This card was created with my Mother-in-law in mind - apart from the fact it was her birthday, she had recently acquired a new budgie. His name is Rico, and he is lovely vibrant colours of green and yellow. 

And a zoom in for you:

Please hop on over to see the lovely Liz and the cute card she has created this week, then go and make your own creation and use the link over to the right to add it