Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Picnic with You Shadow Box Card for JAI400

Good morning lovelies! It's quite early as I write this blog post, I am determined to participate in the Just Add Ink 400th challenge. Yes 400 challenges this talented bunch of artisans have posted! An amazing feat, don't you think?

Anyway, the last week and a half has been very challenging, with nothing major, just things that pop up and prevent me from crafting (like working the weekend, aaarrghh, as one said challenge). I get cranky when I don't get into my studio and create (so my family tells me!) so I pushed myself to come home from work each day and do a little bit and it has made a huge difference. Once I started creating I forgot that I had been on my feet for hours and that my brain is fried!

Just Add Ink have all sorts of challenges that they post weekly, this week it was an inspiration photo.

From the above photo you can take whatever inspiration it provides you with and run with it. I decided I loved those colours and went for an Easter theme.

I have made a shadow box card. I'm sorry but I don't have any measurements or a tutorial to share with you as I didn't follow one and just "nutted" it out as I went looking at pictures of others. If trial and error is not your thing I do know that the lovely Bronwyn Eastley from Addinktive Designs has tutorials for sale, check it out HERE.

The beauty of this card fold is that it sits up on a table/shelf but folds down flat to be able to be posted.

I have used several stamp sets to create my little scene Picnic with You (had to use it as I hadn't inked it up yet!) for the flowers, basket and grass (love that grass!), Seasonal Layers Die set for the chair and branch, A Good Day for the little bunny, Labeler Alphabet for the sentiment letters and Large Number Framelits for the little banners.

Make sure you check out the Just Add Ink blog by clicking HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I had better go get myself ready for work, sitting in my studio has lulled me into a false pretense of not going to work........

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Lookin' Sharp - CTC169

 Happy Sunday everyone! It's time for the weekly blog hop with the CASEing the Catty Crew. We love to take inspiration from the beautiful images provided in the Stampin' Up catalogues and use them as a jumping off point for our own creations. This week we are CASEing from either of the two Sale-a-bration catalogues. Yes! I did just say two, if you haven't already realised Stampin' Up have brought out another release of free items but all of them are only available until the end of March, so be quick and don't miss out on the free stuff! For every $90 you spend you get to pick a free item. There is also great incentives to join Stampin' Up! too, for more details just give me a hoy!

 I have a few cards to share today as I went on a little journey with my creating. Firstly, I decided to CASE the card on the left (with the circles) from the front cover of the second release catty.

 Instead of stamping a background I have utilised some of the awesome Designer Series Paper, True Gentleman. It's from the suite also called True Gentleman and can be found in the Occasions Catalogue.

 I LOVE this suite, the Truly Tailored Stamp Set has some really great sentiments and it coordinates with the brand new punch Tailored Tag Punch. Punches make creating super easy and quick. From there I decided that I would try the card sketch as a landscape format.

How gorgeous is that new Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon?! We had a bit of a giggle with this card and where I placed the elements. It kind of looks like an abstract person......... 

As I was putting this one together I thought about how cute three of those bows made with the Bow Builder Punch would look on a card with the bow tie DSP.......

So, not CASEd just where my creating led me. That's why I love papercraft (or any craft for that matter), it's for me, like going to a meditation session. Once I've started creating there is no more worrying about anything, I'm completely absorbed with what I am doing at that moment in time.

It would be great if you could play (meditate) along with us this week. For more details click the graphic below.....

Thank you so much for stopping by, it is now time for you to hop on over to the very creative Angela, who has a very cool card to show you this week. Just click the graphic below.....

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Petal Passion Easel Card for CTC168

Hello everyone, just flying by to share with you my CASE for this week. This week the crew are CASEing from the ........

I'm actually CASEing the card above that the lady is holding. As you will see I have a very similiar layout only that I have stepped it up a notch and turned it into an easel card and a window card.

Standing up as an easel.

I've used the gorgeous Petal Passion suite, all my fingers and toes are crossed that it continues onto the new Annual Catalogue!

Front view.

I've used the Stampin' Blend Pens on the Window Sheet because they are alcohol based and will dry on plastic.

Side view

View from above

Inside view

I'm so sorry I am a woman of very few words this week a bit of something, something has come up (always the weekend that I haven't written my blog post before the afternoon of said blog hop!). Rather than let the team down I will just be short and sweet!

Time for you to continue your hop press the graphic below.....

And don't forget to join in on the challenge!!

Thanks for stopping by! Promise I will be more chatty next week!

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Blooming Basket - CTC167- Saleabration

Here I am again! I know, busy Sunday with two blog posts! I am blogging now with a group of demonstrators who love to take inspiration from the fabulous catalogues that Stampin' Up! put out three times per year. For this hop we are CASEing (aka Copy And Selectively Edit) from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue (aka the FREEBIE catalogue). Yep, a catalogue full of free things for everytime you spend $90, my favourite catalogue of the year. You may have started the hop with me or you may have just been wowed by what Rose had to share.

The card I have decided to CASE is the card in the picture below on the far right. I've switched it up a bit by changing the orientation of the card to landscape rather then portrait.

Have you seen the new release Saleabration items? They are awesome and as soon as I saw the Blooming Basket Stamp Set with the coordinating Basket Weave Embossing Folder, I knew I had to have them. I am so glad my order arrived in time to use for this blog hop.

I'm really happy with how this card turned out. I love the watercolour pencils blended with blender pen on Crumb Cake cardstock and the white heat embossing really makes it pop. The inside of the card got a little bit of love too.

We would love it if you played along with our challenge, for more details click the graphic below...

Now it is time to continue hopping around, next stop Judy, she always has something really creative for you!

Have a fabuous week!

Cheers Megan xx

ESAD Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

Woohoo! It's time for another ESAD Blog Hop. I love seeing all the other creations from other demonstrators. If you have started with me, get yourself your favourite beverage (it's only fair I'm writing my blog with mine!!) and strap yourself in, for an amazing amount of inspiration. You may have already started and if so, have hopped on over from the ah-mazing Jessie Holton, OMG I love her work! What is ESAD?, I hear you say, well do not fear I have a very neat graphic for you......

The theme for this blog hop is Sale-a-bration!!! Everyone's favourite time of the year in the Stampin' Up! universe, well level pegs with our conferences, aka OnStage (I am a bit excited as I have just finalised the details for our next one and the big reveal will be the new Annual Catalogue!). Sale-a-bration is a catalogue of free items that you can earn when you spend $90 and this year they made the catalogue bigger and better and added a level 2, where, if you spend $180 you can get an extra special goodie for free, oh so much choice! On the 15th or maybe it was the 16th?? Stampin' Up released more freebies to the collection and mine arrived in time for this blog hop - yeah new things to play with! My cards today use the new Eclectic Expression Stamp Set, a freebie when you spend $90.

Ok, this card is very busy, I know that. It stemmed from just getting the stamp set out and having a play with the end result I thought, "Well why not make it into a card?" and there it is, not a great masterpiece in my eyes but you know what, others will probably think, well who knows what they will think but at least I didn't waste the piece of Whisper White!!! The Celebrate die cut was a discard from my other cards too, so pretty happy that I used all these elements rather than adding them to the discard pile of items that didn't make the cut!

Onto the "dinky di" cards..... I created two cards at the same time by using the second generation stamping technique. This is simply achieved by stamping the first image with full strength ink, ie you have just inked it up in your stamp pad and stamped it directly onto your cardstock but instead of re-inking the stamp you then use the residual ink to stamp onto another piece of cardstock with the remaining (lighter) ink and you end up with one card that is saturated in colour and one in a more muted tone.

1st generation

**Please excuse my "Celebrate" die cuts, I have coated them with fine tip glue to give a glossy finish but as we are experiencing a huge amount of rain here on the Sunshine Coast it has not quite dried out yet for the photo shoot**

2nd generation

Ok, enough from me, it is time for you to hop on on over to see what amazing creation Delys Cram has in store for you, just click the graphic below....

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you get lost at all on your hopping tour I have included all the participants in a list below, just click their name and you will be taken straight to their blog.

Cheers Megan xx

Blog Hop Participant List

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Bokeh Technique for Colour INKspiration #27

Hello lovelies! Today I have a couple of cards that I have entered into the Colour INKspiration Challenge. It's a fortnightly colour challenge that anyone can participate in and you don't need to blog like I do. All you need is Facebook. Challenges are a great way to get you creating and using all those craft supplies you have purchased. I also love colour challenges as they are often colour combinations that I would have never contemplated.

The challenge colour palette.

My card backgrounds are using a watercolour bokeh technique that my daughter taught me. I have been wanting to give it a go, so when I came home to her many backgrounds that she had created that day, I had to make my own. Miss P is a member of a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) Facebook group where each member sends cards to others in the group. The idea is to make someone's day with happy mail. Let me tell you when she opens the letterbox to find one, she sure is happy.

Here are her backgrounds made up into cards to send out to her fellow RAK members . (So glad to see her using the Magical Day Stamp set, that we just had to have!)

I decided to use the Epic Celebrations Stamp set that I got for free when I spent $90. It is a stamp set that when I first saw it I thought what a great boy set. My cards today show that it can also be used for girlie cards!

The watercolour bokeh technique is so soft and dreamy and is super easy to do. You simply get watercolour paper and wet it down quite liberally then pick up your different colours (I squeezed my Classic Stampin' Pads while closed up to transfer ink into the lid) with your Aquabrush and touch it to the paper. The colours will wick into the water and spread. Keep adding your colours until the whole of the watercolour paper is filled. We let our backgrounds air dry or you could speed the process up with your Heat Tool.

While your backgrounds are drying you need to make some circle stencils of varying sizes. Miss P used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut out circles in scrap cardstock, which worked well. However, seeing as we enjoyed it so much we have now made some out of Window Sheets to keep permanently on hand. You then take your stencil and hold it over your paper and take a sponge or dauber dipped in Craft Ink and sponge a white circle on top of your background. With the stencil still in place you can then dab a bit of the ink off with paper towel if you want a more transparent circle. You then simply keep adding different sized circles, overlapping some as you go until you are happy with your background. Once your Craft Ink is dry you are good to go to create with your beautiful background.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget to check out the Colour INKspiration Challenge, just click HERE.

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Beautiful Peacock, Painted with Love! - CTC166

Hello lovelies! Sunday is here again and it is time for the CASEing the Catty Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who love to take inspiration from the fabulous projects featured in the amazing Stampin' Up! catalogues. If you are starting with me, welcome, and if you have just hopped on over from the very talented Kelly Kent, thank you for continuing on.

This week we are CASEing from the Painted with Love section of the Occasions Catalogue. I usually CASE a layout of a card but this week I decided to CASE the colour palette of the suite. The papers in the Painted with Love are beautiful and rich with gold accents. I have used Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry and Gold Foil and teamed it with Very Vanilla (the suite uses Whisper White).

I have used the Sale-a-bration stamp set Beautiful Peacock that I earned for free with sales of $90. It's a gorgeous stamp set and I have seen some beautiful creations from other crafters. For my card today I decided to use a technique where you stamp along the edge of card front and then trim along the image to created a shaped edge (rather than just a normal straight edge).

Above is a close up of the peacock and my fussy cutting. I love how by cutting around the peacock image, it then contrasts against the Rich Razzleberry card base. Did you notice his wing? There isn't an actual stamp that allows you to stamp it separately but I wanted it to be gold embossed. To achieve this I just squeezed a little bit of Versamark refill ink onto an acrylic block and then painted it onto the wing with my Aquabrush (after using my embossing buddy!) and then sprinkled gold embossing powder on and heat set. Voila!

The inside of the card received some love too!

We'd really love it if you could play along with our challenge, no need to be a blogger it is all through Facebook. For more details click the graphic below....

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, it's time for you to continue onto the very creative Jackie Noble, just click the graphic below.......

Cheers Megan xx