Sunday, 17 June 2018

#CTC183 - Animal Expedition

We are caseing the Animal Expedition section of the catalogue this week - pages 26-37.

Those who know me will be quite surprised that there's not an animal in sight, although it is the perfect opportunity this week! If you want to see what I did do with the cute little zoo animals from this section, you can go and visit my Onstage board post here.

Instead I've chosen to case the card at the bottom right of page 35 as I was looking to make a birthday card for my brother. I've used the same stamp set, but swapped the colours a little.

I've used a thick Whisper White card base with a full size Lemon Lime Twist card front.  Onto this I have added a panel of Wood Textures DSP, with a trim of Lemon Lime Twist Mini Ruffled Ribbon. I initally stamped the clouds from Lift Me Up onto the Wood panel with Whisper White Craft Ink, but it was a little faint, so I grabbed my white embossing powder and heat embossed them instead. Because the Craft ink is a pigment ink, I had a little more time to work than the dye based inks. (Tip: You can achieve the same result by using versamark and then any of your dye-base colours, this will allow you to gain any colour embossing by using Clear embossing powder. Remember to use the Versamark first so that you don't transfer any colour onto your Versamark pad). 

I used Smokey Slate ink on the white clouds, die cut using the Up & Away Thinlits. I've also white embossed the balloon images onto Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide using the same stamp set and thinlits. The main image has the coloured pieces cut from the 2017-19 In Colour DSP, with a Whisper White balloon and Linen Thread bow. The greeting has been stamped in Tranquil Tide and banner cut. Can you see what I've changed here?  The greeting on the stamp actually says "Sending Smiles Across the Miles" but I've used the Stamparatus and masked off words to create my own greeting "Sending Smiles For A Happy Birthday".

Time now to hop over and check out the 'gorgeous' card Julia has created this week. Then you have a week to create a card yourself and add it using the CASEing the Catty link over on the right.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Inspire.Create.Challenge #020

While looking for inspiration for a special anniversary card I was to make, I happened upon the Inspire.Create Stamping Challenge blog. This theme was a Sketch challenge and it fit the project I had in mind. 

I've used a thick Whisper White card base, with a Gold foil mat from which I cut the numbers, and an extra strip for the top layer. The greeting and inside sentiment are from Beautiful Bouquet and are such a lovely font, I hadn't given it much attention but think this set will be getting a lot more use now.  These have both been heat embossed in Gold.  The white bouquet is from the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper.  This paper is easy to overlook in the catalogue, but once you find it - you'll just love it. The numbers have been raised with mini Stampin' dimensionals.

The greeting inside:

 A special anniversary card for some special people in our lives - my husband's Uncle and Aunty, such a fabulous milestone to celebrate. Big Congratulations Roy and Jenny xx

I'll pop a little link box over on the right if you'd like to join in as well.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

#CTC182 - Tea Room

CASEing from the Tea Room suite - pages 13-25.

Needless to say I didn't have to venture too far to find a card I loved - bottom left of page 16:

OK - I might have loved it a little too much, as I barely changed a thing!  Funnily, I made this card for last week's challenge, but another of our team had the same idea, so I decided to hold off to post. (If you're curious, check out Peta's card here - too cute!)

I used Pear Pizzazz for the base, and the Eclectic Layers leaf was embossed into the top layer. I then smeared my Versamark pad over the bottom part of my card in different places and added Gold embossing powder before heat setting. A piece of the new Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon has been wrapped on the right hand side and adhered under the layer, love the soft but effective look  of this ribbon. I used another piece of Pear Pizzazz for the leaves and the diamond pattern, which I snipped as it only creates the holes. I then used my Stamparatus to line up my stamp over a negative of the leaves, then just popped each of the leaves into the negative space and stamped the image onto them - it is so much easier than lining the die up over the pre-stamped image.  

My Whisper White cat was sponged with Crumb cake and the flower was from the same set as the leaves, Oh So Eclectic. I used Berry Burst and then did a little rough watercolouring and fussy cut so I didn't have a white edge. My leaves were adhered over the ribbon and diamond piece, then the cat, flower and greeting were raised with mini Stampin' Dimensionals. The greeting is from Heartland stamped in Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake cardstock.  Pretty sure this won't be the last time I make this card!

So, let's pop over to check out Rose's fabulous creation for this hop!  If you want to play along, please use the link over on the right, the team would love to see what you come up with.