Sunday, 14 January 2018

CTC161 - Sale-a-bration


Hello again! Long time, no see! It's a busy Sunday in blog land this week, I'm back with my fellow CASEing the Catty Crew members and this week we just couldn't help but CASE (Copy & Selectively Edit) the Sale-a-bration Catty. I'm sure it gets bigger each year! You have either started with me and are about to set out on your wondrous journey or you have just hopped on over from the lovely Julia Quinn, wasn't her card the sweetest?!


In my last post I told you about the customer freebies up for grabs, it would be remiss of me not to tell you about the other promotions running also. For hosts, (you can have a party, place an order yourself and/or collect orders) with sales of $400 you not only get the normal 10% of sales in rewards but during Sale-a-bration you get an extra $40 to spend, a whopping $80 in rewards total PLUS you can pick up to four freebies (stamp sets, dies, card kits, embellishments, paper etc) from the Sale-a-bration Catty, oh! and free shipping. MASSIVE!!!

To top it all off, if you join during Sale-a-bration you firstly get to choose $235 of products for only $169 and secondly, choose ANY two additional stamp sets for FREE - that's up to $174 worth! No need to be worried about (shriek) JOINING! There is no obligation to have parties, you are in no way locked in, you can leave whenever you want and there is no minimum to spend unless you want to keep your demonstrator status and keep earning 20% off, having access to loads of resources and many other perks. If you think it might be for you, have a chat with your demonstrator and if you don't have one...... I'm here ready to be at your assistance 😉. Enough of the free stuff and promo's onto the card!!


I've used the Cake Soiree Stamp Set (got it for free at conference, another perk!) and the matching Sweet Cake Framelits Dies. It's an awesome set for so many different occasions, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries etc. If you squint (sorry, photo not that great!) you can see I have used some of the new Silver Embossing Paste (Shimmery White is also a new one) with the Sweet Soiree Decorative Mask to create a textured background. Now this blog hop is all about using the amazing Stampin' Up! Catalogues as inspiration to create your own designs, so I had better show you the card I CASEd.


I've CASEd the layout of the card front and centre of the Sale-a-bration Catty (the peacock one), I really love all those yummy layers and textures. Why don't you pick a card that inspires you and join in on our challenge? For more details just click the banner below....


Some inside love....

Time for you now to hop on over to Sandra Collett,  a little birdie told me you'll think her card is super cute!


Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers Megan xx

ESAD 2018 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration Blog Hop


Hello everyone! Welcome to ESAD's first blog hop for 2018. If you haven't started with me, then you have just hopped on over from the fabulous Fi Cobbin. We have loads of inspiration for you today, so grab yourself a beverage of your choosing and while you are up you had better get a note pad and pen, as you are going to want to start making your wishlist! Of course, the theme for this hop is the brand new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration Catalogue, so exciting. I don't know how they manage to keep putting so many awesome new things into the catalogues, but lets just say I am never without a wishlist!!

One of my favourite suites in the new catty is the Petal Passion Suite (pages 22-23), I've bought one of everything and know for sure that I will be needing to restock on embellishments and papers, they are to die for! Buying the whole suite makes creating so much easier as you have everything at your fingertips that perfectly co-ordinates together and makes designing a cinch! Also, a brilliant perk is that buying the whole suite is only about twelve dollars short of achieving two new products or one big one from the Sale-a-bration catalogue! Yes, there are two levels this year $90 & $180 and SO many awesome choices. You can see the catalogues online HERE or if you would like a hard copy (essential bedside table or coffee table reading), just contact me direct. Now, I had better show you my card, hadn't I?!


This card all started from a Brusho background I made and really loved. Have you seen the Brusho's on page 26? They are so much fun to use! They are highly pigmented watercolour powders that you can use with many different techniques, they make you feel like an artist without having to have the skill set of one! On my card, I started with a piece of watercolour paper, misted it with water and sprinkled on the powders, misted a bit more in some places & grabbed my Aquabrush to move it around where I wanted. I love that every time you use it can bring about totally different results. On this piece I used the Prussian Blue & Yellow and tried to get it to blend to a green in the middle. I love how if the powder doesn't fully dissolve it leaves flecks of stronger colour.

Once the background was fully dried it was time to pull out the Stampin Up colour collection and see which colours were going to best match with my background. I decided on Tranquil Tide and Crushed Curry with a bit of the Champagne Foil, to boot. All of the elements on my card are from Petal Palette Stamp Set & coordinating Petals & More Thinlits Dies, make sure you buy these guys as a bundle and save 10% while you can.

Some inside love.....

I hope you enjoyed my card today, it is now time for you to hop along to Barbara Williams and see what gorgeousness she has for you, just click the next arrow below and if for any reason you get lost or stuck with your hopping, I have included the list of participants below for you, you need just click on their name and you will be taken straight to their blog.



Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me, please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you.

Cheers Megan xx

Blog Hop Participant List
11. Megan LenskeYOU ARE HERE!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

CTC159 - Case any project from the Holiday Catalogue.




Hello lovelies! I hope you have had a fabulous week! Mine has been hectic again with starting another business, oh! so much work to juggle in the beginning but it will be so worth it, I'm super excited and as the saying says if you want something done, ask a busy person!

This week the CASEing the Catty Crew are CASEing any project from the Holiday Catty, yeah free rein! I already had my oh so adorable panda from the soon to be coming out Sale-a-bration set, Party Pandas coloured in from demoing at our last card class so I had to find a layout or colour scheme to use him. The project I CASEd is on page 17 in the bottom left corner, here it is.....


And here is my finished project.......


Super cute, huh? I think I will have to forcibly stop myself from using Party Panda every week! As you can see the basic layout is the same as the Stampin' Up! image just different colours, images and I changed the circle to an oval, because my Party Panda didn't fit in a circle!

The DSP is the Pick a Pattern Series and I have used the Diagonal Stripe background stamp.

The inside of the card also received some love....


You can find out more & join in on all the fun of our challenge by clicking the graphic below...


I hope you continue hopping around to everyone's blogs, next up you will be inspired by Monique's project, just click the graphic below to be taken to her post.....


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 10 December 2017

CTC158 - Case a project from the page that is your age (or the age you would like to be!!)


Hello lovelies! Remember me...... ? Yeah I've been off the radar of late, life took over with graduations, formals, trips to Sydney, renovations & getting Miss P ready to head off to Japan for 3 weeks (lucky duck wish I was there!). I still managed to run card classes but blogging unfortunately took a back seat.

This week at CASEing the Catty we are CASEing a project from a page that is your age or what you would like to be! Hmmm, I wonder how many honest entries we will have this week?? Maybe everyone will just choose to do the age they would like to be, possible a lot from pages say, 21 through to 29, do you think??


My CASE is quite a simple card to create, DSP is the focus and that gorgeous 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in Layered Leaves makes for a gorgeous background.


This is the card that I CASEd from, it is from page 43 of the Annual Catty, yep I'm 43 and proud to say it! I've CASEd the layout loosely. Why not give our challenge a go this week? Click the graphic below for more details.


And be sure to hop around to all the crew's blog sites and see all the inspiration they have in store for you. Your next stop is Elizabeth with a gorgeous project for you this week. Just click the graphic below to be taken there.


Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope to not be so long between posts next time!

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 12 November 2017

CTC154 - Case a Colouring Project - Both Catalogues



Hello everyone! Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop. As this goes to air, I will have just got back from the Gold Coast with my stampin' buddies, having attended Stampin' Up!'s OnStage event (like a conference). It's going to be so much fun, essentially a girl's weekend away doing what we love! We will have just seen all the new goodies about to come out in the new Occasions Catalogue, can't wait.

This week the CTC Crew are CASEing a colouring project, yeah! I love colouring, there is something meditative about it, being completely absorbed in something. I have CASEd the below card. I liked how you used your stamps to create your own background.



As you can see I have stuck to the layout very closely, just swapping out images and colours. I coloured this image with my Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen. Just scribbling a bit of the ink from the marker onto one of my acrylic blocks and then picking up the colour with my blender pen.

We would love it if you played along this week, just have a flick through the Catty and find a coloured project that takes your interest and put your spin on it. Click the graphic below for more info.


Thank you for stopping by today, please keep hopping around and checking out what the rest of the crew have made for you viewing pleasure! Next stop is the talented Elizabeth Gross, just click below to see her gorgeous creation.


Cheers Megan xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Colour INKspiration #21 - Guest Designer - A Pocket Full of Colour




 Hello everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. Today I am very honoured to be a Guest Designer for the Colour INKspiration Crew and join in on their blog hop. If you have started with me welcome! Otherwise, you have just hopped on over from my very talented friend Lou Kitzelman, just a bit of pressure following her awesome work!

Every fortnight the crew set a colour challenge on their Facebook page along with an accompanying blog hop showing how they have all interpreted the challenge. I love colour challenges as they often push you to use colours you would have never dreamed of using! Here is the colour palette for this fortnight.

Pretty, don't you think? I stayed with the flower theme and made a Rose Red Flower with the Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set and accompanying punch, the little So Saffron & Peekaboo Peach flowers are also from the same set.


 Punches make putting a card together so easy. The leaves are in my favourite stamp set from the Holiday Catalogue, Painted Harvest and they too have a matching punch. How cute is that pocket from Pocket Full of Sunshine in the Soft Sky Foiled Frenzy Designer Series Specialty Paper? I played around with some sentiments for my card but all of them detracted from the card so I kept it simple and cute and just used the teeny HBD from the Pocket Full of Sunshine, on the pocket tab.

Some inside card love, might as well use up some leftovers!

It is now time for you to hop along to Nicole Wilson, she is sure to have something to wow you! Just click the graphic below and you will be taken to her site.


Oh! and do join in on the fun! You don't need to have a blog just a Facebook page. Click HERE for more information.

Thank you so much for having me Colour INKspiration Crew!

Cheers Megan xx


Sunday, 5 November 2017

CTC153 - Case a Holiday Catalogue Tag




Woohoo it's Sunday and I am super excited as this is the week of OnStage! OnStage is a conference where demonstrators go to catch up with each other, see and play with all the new products prior to them being released to the general public and come home with some fabulous, free new products, oh and did I mention we get to pre-purchase some of the new products too!!

Of course, I'm also excited to be CASEing and blog hopping with the rest of the crew from the current Holiday Catalogue. This week the brief is to CASE (Copy & Selectively Edit) a tag.


I decided that I was going to find a tag and use it for inspiration to make a card. See the tag on the red present? That angled line really caught my eye and therefore became my jumping off point for the design of my card.


That is where the similarities cease!


My card uses the solid leaf from the Colourful Seasons stamp set and I have used it with the "ghosting" technique. You simply first stamp the image in Craft ink and then once dry (don't forget Craft takes a little while longer) you stamp over top of it with your coloured image slightly offset.
We completed this card at our Cuppa & Card Class this week and the results were beautiful and of course everyone's was a little bit different, some ladies even did a third layer and stamped the stamp image with the outline and veins.

Some inside love!

We'd really love it if you joined in on the challenge, click the image below to be taken to our Facebook page.


It's now time for you to see what the talented Kelly Kent has in store for you. Spoiler alert! My favourite Christmas colour combo this year! Just click the image below to hop on over.


Bye for now!
Cheers Megan xx