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Sunday, 18 February 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC166 Painted With Love

From the Occasions Catalogue - pages 18-21 - Painted With Love - I'm sure there will be plenty to take your fancy this week as you hop around

I've chosen the picture on the bottom left of page 20:

Out with the hearts (most of them anyway) and in with the birds!  Oh my, if you haven't seen the Painted With Love Specialty DSP in real life - you should!  It is soo lush!  One side has gold foil accents and the other brushstroke imagery. The only downfall - it is one of those DSPs that you really find hard to cut into.  Read on for how I managed to get around that!

I have used a thick Whisper White base and added a layer of Pear Pizzazz textured with the Layered Leaves 3D TIEF. I cut four birds with the Birds & Blooms framelits, and the tiny bird out of Gold Foil.  I used the greeting from Best Birds and Gold heat embossed it then cut it with my every popular Stitched Shapes Framelits. The wooden hearts (from Hearts and Stars elements) are also Gold heat embossed. 

The metallic thread adds a nice fine bit of shimmer to finish.

Close up - the bird on the right has been raised with dimensionals.

Above I mentioned that I found this scrumptious DSP really hard to cut into, so by planning ahead - I've used the negative and the positive image and maximised my usage - think I might have to try this with some other punches as well!

Sentiment to be added, but these may be going to some customers this month - if I can part with them! The notecards are 3" square, you can get 8 cards from one sheet of 12" Whisper White cardstock. I cut the DSP to 3" square and did my die cutting, then trimmed the negative before adding to the card. Some of the little Gold Glitter Flakes have been added with Fine Tip Glue. 

Time now to head over and see what Rose has created for you. Don't forget to play along - link over on the right.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC165 Sale-a-Bration

Back again to the Sale-a-bration catalogue this week.

I chose the image on the far right on page 15

I have a base of thick Very Vanilla cardstock and attached a sheet of Wood Textures DSP to the front.  My back banner is Very Vanilla embossed with using the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic TIEF. Another sheet of Wood Textures DSP was used for the top banner and Teeny Tiny Sentiments greeting was stamped all down it in Soft Suede - Happy Anniversary! Thursday saw us celebrating 21 years of married life. I couldn't help but add a little humour with This Little Piggy, stamped onto Blushing Bride cardstock and fussy cut then added to a Stitched Shapes circle in Lemon Lime Twist - greetings from the same set with a Real Red enamel shaped heart and Linen Thread bow to finish.

A little more humour and aqua brush colouring for the inside:

Feel free to come join us with the challenge this week - case any card from the Sale-a-bration catalogue and add it using the link to the right. Time now to pop over and visit the lovely Angela!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Mixing Brusho Crystal Colour with Fine Tip Glue

I'm not sure if anyone else has tried this yet, but I remember Sara Douglass showing the Fine Tip Glue mixed with reinker to colour a slimy monster and decided to have a play along the same lines.

I used a paint palette and put a few ml of fine tip glue into five holes, then tapped each of the five Brusho colours into the respective holes and mixed with toothpicks.  Then I played! I coloured more You're Inspiring daffodils (See my other colouring of these here and here), painted foil doillies and then took an A5 piece of glossy card and used it to clean my palette. I took a palette knife and took colour from each pot and smeared randomly on the glossy card until all my 'paint' was used, and the card was pretty much coloured - yes, it looks very messy but wasn't really then I left everything to dry. 

From that A5 piece of 'messy' coloured card - this is what I was able to diecut:

And although I still have a few bits left over - these cards will help restock my stash and only need a greeting if I wish, or could simply be used as they are. Some backgrounds are DSP, others made using Brusho. I've used Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Butterflies Thinlits, Bold Butterfly Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits and Fluttering TIEF. A few iridescent sequins helped finish them off.

This is a closer up version of some aspects:

Sunday, 4 February 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC164 Occasion Kits

This week we are looking at Occasion Kits from pages 15-17 for CASEing the Catty

I have selected the image at the bottom of page 17, along with keeping my promise of showing more of the Brusho and You're Inspiring play day:

Pretty much used the ideas but as you can see switched out elements or swapped orientation, sticking mainly to the colours of Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.

Starting at the left side - and using Brusho Crystal Colour.  The image was stamped using Basic Black archival ink and left to dry. I then spritzed both side of the paper to help it stay flat and tapped the Yellow along the top of the daffodils, Moss Green along the leaf end and let the colour bleed. I added Prussian Blue along the top as if it was sky and then just kept adding colour, spritzing or blotting with a tissue until I achieved the desired effect. When completely dry I trimmed and sliced the coloured piece and attached to the Soft Sky mat, greeting from You're Inspiring and Baker's Twine wrapped and tied off. The background mount has been stamped with the daffodil on the left coloured with a marker each time and stamped onto the Daffodil Delight mat. All cards shown are set onto a thick Whisper White card base.

Next card had the image as above, and then I coloured roughly using Stampin' markers, Garden Green stems and Daffodil Delight flower heads. I then spritzed and let the colour bleed and waited for it to dry.  When dry it was quite a soft colour so I simply repeated the same process and this is the end result.  The Soft Sky mat was stamped in the same colour ink with the image from You're Inspiring. Greeting from Perennial Birthday. The ribbon is that lovely organza again, this time coloured with the Daffodil Delight Light Stampin' Blend. 

And finally, I think this is my favourite! The image is actually stamped in Garden Green and I like how it makes the image less harsh (the same reason I chose not to add the black greeting as per the Case). I coloured with my aqua brush, again Garden Green leaves and Daffodil Delight/Crushed Curry flower heads. I then created a mask and used the same greeting as above with Soft Sky ink to randomly stamp over the image - love how it turned out and will definitely use this idea again. Mounted onto Soft Sky - I think with the right words this would also make a suitable Sympathy card.

Thanks for stopping by and please hop over and visit Megan, then join in and add your card using the link over on the right.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC163 Sale-a-bration

We're back over to the Sale-a-bration catalogue this week.

I've been having a play this week with the Brusho Crystal Colours. Those of you who love messy play most likely already know about this - but they are watercolour ink crystals (a very intense watercolour powder) and the first instruction we are given is do not open the lid - the potential is that it will go everywhere! So all you need to do is poke a hole into the top of the container and that will provide you with loads of colour without the risk of too much mess. Check out page 26 of the Occasions catalogue for more detail.

I've stopped at page 4 of the Sale-a-bration catalogue 

I was also lucky enough to be given the chance to play with the set "You're Inspiring" and after a play it may have to go onto my wish list too. Such lovely images and versatile words. I have stamped the image with Basic Black archival ink and left it to dry well.  I tapped some of the Yellow Brusho into a container and spritzed with water and just stirred it up so that I had my pre-blended colour, rather than pops of colour you can't control the same with this product. With a 1" paint brush I just slip slopped back and forth until I had used up all the mixed colour. I had used whisper white cardstock and when wet it can curl a bit so as it dries. To help smooth it out I decided to add some texture and run it through the Petal Burst TIEF but it was a little more intense than I wanted, so back to the Big Shot and a shim to flatten it out. Got just what I wanted, a hint of texture without detracting from the simple image. I used Delightful Daisy DSP offcuts for the trim and had the pattern run the same way as the cased card. Have you seen the organza ribbon on pg 23? It is 1/4" wide and you can sponge it to colour if you want, however I left it white and love how such a little touch can add so much interest. The greeting is from Bunch of Blossoms and Layering Ovals were used to create the shape and scalloped background. A baker's twine bow to finish.

I did do some more playing with the Brusho Colours but I will make another card to show you next week. Meantime, on with the blog hop, click to see what Rebecca has in store for you. Feel free to join the challenge - link over on the right.