Sunday, 23 July 2017

CASEing the Catty #138 - Holidays

It's Sunday and I am still super excited to be fulfilling my Design Crew commitments with my second post this week. If you haven't started our hop with me you have probably just come from Bronwyn's blog, how beautiful was her project!? Makes you wish it was Christmas now! This week we are CASEing the  Holiday section of the Stampin' Up! annual catalogue and you too can join in with the fun by doing your own CASE and uploading it to our Facebook challenge site HERE.

My card this week is a CASE of the card on the very top right of the picture below. I really loved those cute little hills in a frame!


 To make the little hills I cut out some stitched oval framelits and embossed one to create visual interest and texture. The next task was to find an image that was the right size for my little scene, the cute little image of the puppy & turtle from Bella & Friends stamp set was as perfect as I could get! I had better show you my card, right?

The little tree is out of the very versatile Sprinkles of Life stamp set and coordinating Tree Builder Punch. It is a carry over from last years catalogue and for good reason. I love that it can be a cloud, tree, cupcake etc.

Here is a piccie of the inside, simple but sweet.

It's going to be a short but sweet post for me this week as I had the weekend shift at work this week and to put it simply am KAPOOPED! One good thing at work this weekend though ( I work at a vet surgery) is I bought this cutie home to foster while he waits for his forever home. He is a Kelpie X but only 9kgs. Our vet surgery does all the vet work for the amazing charity 4Paws Animal Rescue Inc Sunshine Coast.

He has settled in so well with our two dogs and we are all falling in love with him and will be sad to see him go but he will make such a great dog for the lucky family that adopts him.

Ok, time for you to continue hopping along and seeing what else the design crew has created for you. Next stop the lovely Mel who I believe has been inspired by exactly the same card as I, but as you will see has created something totally different and oh so cute!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

CASEing the Catty #137 - FYI You're Fabulous!

Hi everyone! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. It's a pretty special weekend for me as this is my first post as a CASEing the Catty Crew Member! The Crew advertised last month that they would be accepting new Crew Members & if you were interested let them know & participate in the challenges for the month of June. I was one of the lucky ones to be chosen to join a very talented group of ladies who each week take inspiration from our gorgeous catalogue images and CASE (Copy & Selectively Edit or Copy & Share Everything) to create their own masterpieces! If you are not starting with me you have probably hopped over from Rachel, I'm sure you loved what she had to show you!

This week we are CASEing the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue pages 132 -181.

I have chosen to case the card above on the left.

It's quite obvious I've kept with the flamingo's! Instead of the two coloured birds, I've just done the one, fussy cut out & popped up on some dimensionals in front of a some silhouetted flamingos for drama, drama, drama. The semi circular greeting element has also been CASEd.

The steps I took to make this card were:

  • start with a Basic Black card base (inside I have done a Whisper White (WW) insert with some palm fronds stamped & stamped off in Flirty Flamingo (FF))
  • then a matt of  FF and on top of that a WW matt
  • the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set is a three step stamp set, I've stamped the solid image four times with the Archival Black Stamp Pad onto the WW matt **TIP- have some baby wipes on hand to keep those fingers super clean, it is really easy to get black where you don't want it! Not that I am talking from experience (wink, wink).
  • on a scrap piece of WW stamp the base layer of the flamingo in Powder Pink (PP) the second layer in FF and the final outline layer in black & fussy cut around. I may have said this before but I have quite a few pairs of scissors & put off buying the Stampin' Up! Paper Snips, when I finally did, it was why did I wait? They are a dream to use, especially for fussy cutting!
  • pop coloured flamingo up on dimensionals and layer in front of black ones
  • die cut a large stitched circle with the framelits in FF & a smaller one in PP
  • emboss the FF circle with the Sparkle Embossing Folder & trim to a semi circle, adhere to front
  • stamp FYI You're Gorgeous (Tabs for Everthing Stamp Set) in Black onto PP circle & adhere some Rhinestone Basioc Jewels, layer on top popped up on dimensionals.
Want to know something crazy? I made this card 11 times for a recent card swap I participated in, it took all day but I was happy with my swap & hope those that received it were too.

Now that's all from me this week it is time for you to keep on hopping to see all the amazingness that the crew has created for you this week, your next stop on the hop is my fellow crew member Rose who is also new to the Design Team, so make sure you leave her some blog love & leave her a comment (click on the next blog button below or her name). For those of you not so familiar with this "blogging" thing we do, if you are reading our blogs in their entirety on your email program, you need to actually click on the title of our email, this will take you to our actual websites and there is where you can leave a comment!! Go on I dare you!

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Colour INKspiration #13 - Guest Designer- Woot Woot!

Hello everyone! I am very pleased today to be blog hopping with the Colour INKspiration Design Team as their Guest Designer this fortnight. You might be starting with me or perhaps hopped over from my friend Lou Kitzelman, bet you are inspired after seeing her work! I LOVE these colour challenges and was so stoked to win the 11th challenge and a spot as a Guest Designer for 13th challenge. I was really happy with the card I made for the 11th challenge and jokingly said to my daughter, "How funny would it be if I won this one as I will be away on holidays and may not be able to accept the guest spot?". Well of course Murphy's Law, I did win so got home late Saturday and had to quickly whip up a card on Sunday before back to work Monday! It was a bit of a whirlwind and after two weeks of no creating it took a little while for the creative brain to kick in but in the end I have produced a card I am happy with!

Ok, enough whaffling the card....

It was a given that the Large Letter Framelits would feature in my card as they have been on my wish list for a while & arrived while I was away so I was super excited to get them out and give them a whirl. I cut them firstly with a piece of DSP from Pieces & Patterns and then die cut them again in Lemon Lime Twist to use as a shadow. The Flowers are from the Jar of Love Stamp Set, one of my favourites!

A new product in the catalogue that made popping up those letters so much easier was the mini dimensionals, so much quicker than cutting larger one into smaller bits!

I also did a little bit of prettying up the inside using the fab new washi tape and some leftover flowers from the front!

The colour brief for this challenge was Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum & Wild Wasabi.

After you've hopped around to see everyone's beautiful work, why don't you join in on the fun and enter the challenge?! Your next stop is with Rachel Palmieri, she'll have something to wow you!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

ESAD Blog Hop Favourites from the 2017/18 Annual Stampin Up Catalogue

Hello everyone! Have you missed me? Did you even notice my absence!? 

Haha! It's been quite a while between posts as lucky me has been on road trip holiday for just over two weeks! We had the best time exploring The Great Ocean Road and the easterly coastline of Victoria and south east coast of New South Wales. Here in Australia we are so spoiled with magnificent coastlines. The Great Ocean Road has been on my "to do" list for quite a while and now after quickly stopping by places like Kiama & Jervis Bay, just to name a couple, there is more holidays added to the list.

Now on to our ESAD Blog Hop. If you have been hopping along you would've just come from the my awesome upline Peta Stephen, didn't you just love what she created for you!? If you are starting with me make sure you hop along and see all the amazing projects the ESAD members have created for you. At the end of each person's post you will see an arrow, just click on that and you will be taken to the next person's blog. If you get lost along the way at the end of my post is a list of the participants, you can also click on their name and be taken straight to their blog post. 

Pick your favourites, the theme for this blop hop, seems like such an easy task, but when talking about Stampin' Up products, it's like picking a favourite child! One suite, that to tell you the truth wasn't on my radar first up but now I am just so in love with is the Pick a Pattern Suite. I love it's quirkiness, bright colours and unisex appeal.

My project that I am sharing with you today is not only a card but also a memory keeping project as well. When you untie the bow and open the card there is a tri fold piece that you pull out and several places to mount photos on either side.

The above photo shows the front side. I've made little "polaroid" frames by die cutting with one of my Layering Square Framelits positioned centered towards the top of a Whisper White rectangle piece of card stock. The green piece is edged with another favourite new addition to the Annual Catalogue, the Ticket Tear Border Punch. I've left the green piece blank to write a message on but you could also use this piece for another photo too.

The above photo shows the flip side of the tri fold piece. One of the things I most love about the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper is that it is double sided with a quirky pattern on one side and a graphic pattern on the other. The stamp set Pieces & Patterns that is part of the suite has cute funky images and also some great pattern stamps.

Here is the front again. I love all the new 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, especially the one I have used here, Ruffled.

Enough from me! Time for you to hop along to see what amazingness Richelle has in store for you!

Thank you as always for stopping by.

Cheers Megan xx

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

CASEing the Catty #132

Good morning!

Here on the Sunshine Coast it is not very shiny! We are getting a bit of rain at the moment which I don't mind, it's good for the garden & perfect weather to craft in.

This morning I am showing you a card I made for the CASEing the Catty Challenge (CTC) #132. In my last post for CTC I wrote that CASE stands for Copy & Selectively Edit. While reading our demonstrators only quarterly publication (filled to the brim with awesome ideas on all sorts of things) I came across Stampin' Up's (SU) definition for CASE and that is Copy & Share Everything! How nice is that? It really is a lovely community the SU family, everybody is so generous with sharing ideas and nobody minds if you copy exactly, as long as you give credit where credit is due. I personally like the challenge of coming up with something uniquely mine but on days when the crafting mojo may not be there, it is quite alright to copy something exactly and why not get some inspiration from our huge, beautiful catalogue. On to the card!

Steps I took to make this card:-

  • Dapper Denim card base.
  • I've used the fabulous background stamp Post Script stamped off in Dapper Denim on Crumb Cake card stock. This is the first background stamp I have purchased, how can that be? I love how you can make a fab background quickity split. I am definitely getting more!
  • A vellum banner with the new Ticket Tear Border Punch, Happy birthday sentiment from Best Birds embossed in copper
  • A copper foil banner embossed with Petal Burst Embossing Folder and another banner from Tranquil Tide card stock stamped with a cloud from the Lift Me Up stamp set also in Tranquil Tide ink.
  • Hot Air Balloons from the Lift Me Up stamp set one in Dapper Denim & one in Tranquil Tide, then cut out on the Big Shot with the coordinating dies.
And that's that! This card came together really quickly and a lot of that is due to the fact that I CASEd the picture in the catalogue on page 84. Here it is here....

As you can see the original project is a bag and I have turned it into a card front. The layout I have pretty much followed just using my own elements. Not too hard I say! Why don't you give it a go yourself? For more details click HERE!

Now for those of my readers who are a bit new to this blogging thing, if you click the title of this email it will take you to my blog. There you can see more of my blog entries & the work I have created, leave comments (please do, it makes me feel like I'm not talking to myself), visit my shop and more!

Cheerio for now!
Megan xx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Kylie's International Blog Highlight June 2017 - Baby

Hello everyone!

I had lots of fun making this card, it's not a quick card to make but very satisfying and I find when I am doing intricate stuff I'm off in my own little world. Really crafting should be called therapy!

I am entering this card into Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlight, it's a monthly competition in which, if you are voted in the top ten you then get to do an international blog hop a few weeks later, something I would dearly love to do.  The theme this month is Baby I decided to go with a neutral gender palette and used Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz with Whisper White on a Crumb Cake card base. The white squares are popped up on dimensionals with the middle heart sitting higher than the rest and in Silver Foil. I was very pleased with how the "Hello Baby" from Moon Baby stamp set fit perfectly in the Label Me Pretty. I can see me using the Label Me Pretty bundle a lot, super cute sentiments done easy!

To see all the lovely entries for this month click the button below.

My entry is #22 and if you think I am worthy of your vote I would really appreciate it if you took the time to do so. All you need to do is click on the little heart in the top right hand corner of my picture. You can vote for 5 different projects if you like or any number from one to five.

Thank you so much for stopping by & taking the time to read my post and to all those who leave comments, you are gems! It helps to know one is not talking to oneself, when in "blog land" anyway, in real life I talk to myself all the time, at least I get the answers I want!!

Megan xx

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