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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Colour INKspiration #08

It's time again for another Colour INKspiration blog hop.  Today we are working with some lovely earthy colours.  I have to admit I have never used these colours together.  I haven't used Tip Top Taupe or Delightful Dijon in ages so I am giving them one last hurrah before they leave us to make way for 5 new In Colours.

Here's the inspiration photo:

What comes to mind when you see these colours together?  I had an aha moment & decided to use my Best Birds bundle.  Surprisingly I have never inked up this stamp set, even with a blog called the Speckled Sparrow!  I have to say after making a few cards today with it I really love it.

Here is my card.

Best Birds Speckled Sparrow Card
 So, today as you can see, I have made a card for ME!  It's an interesting concept isn't it, making a card for yourself.   What would you make yourself?  Have I totally lost the plot?

As you can see this card is a little different. It has an acetate panel so you can see the beautiful grassy sunrise or is it a sunset?   I just love that Serene Scenery DSP.  The Delightful Dijon spots on the front are also from that DSP pack.

Acetate Panel Best Birds
 I have added a little oval & scallop background for the sentiment. I chose this one for me however, it would make a nice card for any occasion.  I stamped my sparrow in Early Espresso onto watercolour paper & let it sit for a little while. I then coloured the bird in using Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon & Tip Top Taupe with an Aqua Painter.  I added a smidge of Garden Green for the leaves & a piece of Linen Thread.

Here is the inside of the card.  I left a vanilla panel to the left of the card to write a little note.  I just might send it on to someone else one of these days.  After making this card, I am really sad to see these colours retire! 

During the week I made another card using all carrying over items plus a little bit of a sneak peek NEW stamp set & punch, using the same bird.   

I have used the new In Colour Berry Burst ink for the little bird's belly along with Cherry Cobbler.  The sentiment is from Hang Your Stocking stamp set & the lovely new punch & stamp set sneak peek is a new bundle coming soon called Label Me Pretty. 

Next on the hop is Denita with her lovely project.  Click the next blog button to head on over to her blog & continue the hop.  

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

CTC125 Favourite Occasions Big Shot Project

I have to admit I am a huge 3D project fan, but then if you follow my blog you would have already figured this out!  This week at CASEing the Catty we are sharing our favourite Occasions catalogue Big Shot project.  Remember, you can share your projects over on our Facebook group.

Hands down I have to say I love boxes & all the wonderful things you can put in them.  Today I am sharing a project I made way back at the start of the catalogue & haven't shared yet.  It was one of my favourite projects to make & if I remember correctly my stamp club ladies got to make it too!

Here is the box in the catalogue:

I wanted to go for a neutral look & my all time favourite go to neutral paper is Kraft cardstock.  
Here is my little box:
Window Box Thinlits - Card Box

As you can see I used the beautiful vanilla lace trim from the Annual catalogue & the So In Love stamp set from page 52 of the Occasions catalogue to make my little tags & matching cards.  The tags come with the box thinlits. Next, I made 3 cards to fit inside.

Window Box Cards

The little cards are actually made using the box thinlit.  You just line the cardstock up slightly above the cutline of the open section of the framelit & tada a cute little card that fits perfectly inside the box.    Here is the die & I have drawn where to put the pre-folded cardstock to create the cards below. Once cut you just cut off the little flaps it creates & you have a cute little hexagon card. 

For my 3 cards, I used the Lace doilies & sponged Crumb Cake over the white side for the Vanilla doily card.  The vanilla ribbon is also from the Occasions catalogue. Sadly, both the doilies & the Vanilla ribbons are retiring so if you love them as much as I do head over to my online shop pronto to grab them before they are all gone. 

3 x gift cards made using the Window Box Thinlits

Here they all are together.  A nice little project to make for a gift.  I only made 3 cards, however, the box would fit 6 easily.  These remind me of a rustic wedding & would be perfect to give as a gift for Mother's day also.

CTC125 Window Box & Gift Cards

I was so happy to see the Window Box thinlits were not on the retirement list, so that means they will be carrying over - YAY!  This means you get to play with it for at least another 12 months. 

The very first thing I bought from the Occasions catalogue was the Window Box Thinlits Die.  I knew I would use it lots, but I have to admit, it took a bit of practice to create this little beauty.  There is quite a technique when assembling it & the easiest way to explain it is to refer you to the Stampin' Up! Youtube video, it saved my cardstock stash!   

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Next on the hop is Rachel @ Stampin' Pals.  Keep the hop going & head on over to her blog by clicking the next blog picture below.  

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Saying Goodbye To Stampin' Up! Retirement List Products

It's that time of the year again where we say goodbye to a lot of our favourite products.  It is always a sad time for me as many of these items have become firm favourites.  These products are WHILE STOCKS LAST which means once they are gone they are gone forever, & boy they sell out quickly.  As I type this post I am aware of at least 6 items that have sold out & by the time I finish writing it another 6 will probably be sold out :(

Some items are being reconfigured & will be in the new catalogue, but just slightly different. This is always welcome as they are always improved.  Three examples that come to mind are that the Rhinestones & Pearls are reconfigured into a better pack, the Die Brush now comes with 2 foam pads.

Here is the link to the PDF version of the retirement list. I find it handy to print this out & highlight the items I must have.

The easiest way to view what is retiring & still available is the online store. It has pictures of everything retiring & the best part is if it is sold out it won't be there, so that eliminates the ordering confusion.  Here is a link to my store:  MY ONLINE STORE or you can click through to the store from this website from the side tab.

Here are a few of my favourites that are leaving us for good.

I am a little sad to see that Owl punch go & oh the Carousel goodies were amoungst my all time favourites.  Don't be too sad though, as of June 1st we will welcome a whole lot of NEW products that I just know you are going to love.

If you would like to purchase any of the retiring items please let me know ASAP as these items do sell out super fast. Otherwise head on over to the online store & shop now.  If you are ordering please use my hostess code MPM4W39X if your order is under $250 worth AU.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

CI05 Wedding Card In A Box

Welcome to the Colour INKspiration challenge blog hop. I’m so excited to be part of the Crew bringing you fortnightly inspiration using our beautiful colour palettes.
What is Colour INKspiration?
We are a team of Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.  Our challenges are based around a Facebook group. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.
As a member of the group, you can join the ‘Challenge’ by uploading photos of your projects directly into the Facebook group or you can link back to your personal blog if you have one.  Join the Colour INKspiration group here. Be sure to add the group to your favourites and join us each fortnight for the teams hop and challenge. I can’t wait to see what you create!
This week's CI05 challenge is this lovely soft colour palette: 
I saw a gorgeous card in a box recently by Stampin' Up! Artisan, Jessica Winter & I really wanted to give one a try. The colours in the CI05 Challenge reminded me of a spring wedding so that is where I headed with this creation.
I have to say I spent many hours trying to master the box, trying different sizes & shapes but in the end, I settled for a 10.2cm x 10.2cm x 4.4cm box.  If you have the Stampin' Up! Gift Box Punch Board then its the 4th measurement from the bottom of the list (see photo).  

According to this sized box, I needed to start with a 22.9cm x 22.9cm (9" x 9") cardstock square.  Luckily for me, Stampin' Up! have the Falling In Love 12" x 12" mixed cardstock pack in the Occasions Catalogue.   I chose to use Sahara Sand as my base colour, with Blushing Bride, Vanilla & Soft Sky as my accent colours.  

Here is my box:

I have used the Butterfly sheet from the Falling In Love DSP for my belly band & a label from the Cupcake & Carousels Embellishment kit.  The little flowers are embossed in gold & coloured with a blender pen.  These are from the Falling For You stamp set & the little leaves are cut out using the Stylish Stems Framelit dies.  All of these are found in the Occasions Catalogue. 

When you remove the belly band the box opens to reveal a card in the box.

The card is made from 2 1/2 strips of half an A4 sheet of Vanilla cardstock scored at 10cm joined together making the final folded card 10cm x 10cm. On the first panel, I have used one of the new Vanilla coloured doilies & the So In Love stamp set, embossed in gold. I also dry embossed the back panel with the new Falling Petals embossing folder. 

 As you can see, each panel is decorated with a different sentiment, all heat embossed in gold. I have used both the Falling For You & the So In Love stamp sets from the Occasions Catalogue, plus the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets Delicate Details.  The hearts on the last panel come from the hostess set Iconic Occasions.

This card in a box would be perfect for a wedding gift & could easily be adapted to hold money or a gift card inside.  I really enjoyed the challenge of creating this box & I hope I have inspired you to give one of these box cards a go. 

To continue on the hop click the next blog picture below to hop on over to my friend & fellow CI crew member, Simone.   I can't wait to see what she has created!   

If you would like to join the challenge, just create a project using this colour palette & upload it to the facebook group using these wonderful colours. Entries close Monday, 20th March (AEDT) at 7pm. 

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