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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Friday, 9 June 2017

CASEing the Catty #131

Hello everyone!

Just a short post today to share a card I am entering into the CASEing the Catty Challenge #131, it's a facebook challenge group so you don't even need to blog to take part! Each week the challenge is to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit)  the amazing inspiration we have right at our fingertips in the big, beautiful and shiny brand new, Stampin' Up Annual Catalogue that has just come out June 1st (my copy not so shiny anymore as it has been read & re-read SO many times!).

This week we had to use the Everyday Occasions section, pages 18-67, that's a lot of inspiration! What caught my eye was the cute-as Piggy card on page 48.

 I loved the look of the background and had to give it a go. Here is my take on it!

I am really pleased with how this turned out. Instead of the hearts I have used stitched shape squares, if you haven't already got the Stitched Shape Framelits, you need to get them. They would be my most used product, it's amazing how much difference a little stitched outline can make to your finished project.

My project uses one of the new In Colours, Lemon Lime Twist, it's one of my favourite colours now as it makes everything pop when it is used. My photography skills haven't shown it in the best light here so you will just have to take my word for it. As for my colour combo I have used Perfect Plum, Smoky Slate & Whisper White along with the Lemon Lime Twist. Did I dream up this combo? Nope, Stampin' Up did all the hard work for me. When new In Colours are brought out they put together an In Colour Combination chart and show you how all the new colours can go with the core Colour Collections. I had completely forgotten this until I was reading Kelly Kent's blog post this morning, thanks Kelly as I was a bit stuck! I had started with Perfect Plum and was struggling to come up with a colour combo that I liked, your post saved the day!!

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The inside needed some attention too, I used up some of the trimmed off squares from the front and pulled out another new stamp set Label Me Pretty, it is so easy to use with it's matching punch.

For details of what I have used see below for the product list, clicking on any of the items takes you directly to my shop. Be sure to use June's Host Code to share in the rewards & have some freebies posted to you at the end of the month. The code is DY2UCN3C.

For more details on the CASEing the Catty Challenges click HERE.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

ESAD 2017/18 Annual Catty Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Hello lovelies! Today I am participating in another ESAD blog hop with the theme being Sneak Peek of the brand new Annual Catalogue for 2017/18 or aka  "catty " in Stampin' Up speak. You might be starting with me or maybe you have just seen some gorgeous projects from Josie Dean, for some amazing inspiration make sure you hop right around to all of us.

One of the many perks for being a demonstrator is you have the opportunity to go to Stampin' Up's twice yearly OnStage event (conference) and other than catching up with friends and making new ones you also get to see and play with new product a lot earlier than the general public, you even go home with a copy of the new catalogue, get to put in an order of selected items and wait for it, go home with freebies of the new stamp sets and products! This enables us to have a good play with it before we get to unleash it on our fabulous customers! So, we have had a bit of a play by now and thought we would get together and show off some of the projects we have come up with. Warning! It is probably going to grow your wishlist somewhat when you see all the awesome projects everyone has made to share today.

For my card today I have used the stamp set Happy Birthday Gorgeous, I love, love, love the font on this one.

To make this card I used a second generation stamping technique. I saw the technique demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire. It involves stamping exactly the same design twice. Firstly, fully inked up and then on the second piece without re-inking the stamp, hence you get a lighter image. The square that the sentiment is on is cut from the middle of the second piece of paper (with the lighter image). Ideally it would have been great if I had time to make something with the leftover pieces but I have been so busy planning for the Stampin' Day Retreat that myself and two of my stamping buddies are holding in a couple of weeks that alas, I ran out of time. But! stay tuned I will create with them in the near future and I will be sure to show you the results.
Of course, while I have the stamps and inks out I might as well make the inside pretty too and the envelope usually gets a bit of attention as well.

Well, I hope you have a pen and paper out beside you while you hop around from one demonstrator to another as I really feel that you will want to put some things down on your list for once the new catalogue goes on sale on the 1st June.

Thank you for stopping by today and thank you to all those lovely people who have subscribed to my blog and leave comments! (Note - to do this you need to actually click on the title of my post and go to my actual blog page.) To keep on hopping, just click the arrow below and you will be taken to some amazing delights from Cheryl Algie.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Guest Designer - Colour INKspiration #10 Blog Hop

Thank you very much for stopping by today. I am very honoured to be a Guest Designer for the Colour INKspiration crew! Colour INKspiration is a Facebook challenge site that on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month post a challenge colour palette.  It is accompanied by a very inspirational blog hop put together by the crew members. People then go forth and create amazingness and post it to the facebook page. You can get the details here. This month I get to hop along with the crew!! Excitement plus!

If you have been hopping along you would have just seen the amazingness ( I have typed it twice now, so it must be a word, right?) of my dear friend Lou Kitzelman. I can thank Lou for getting me onto the blogging bandwagon and entering challenges, she not only inspired me to do it but also coached me along the way, for which I am very thankful for.

For the challenge this fortnight we were given this colour palette.....

The colours just scream Autumn by themselves but then add the autumny images and I couldn't not use the new Colourful Season Stamp Set and matching dies.

With the colour challenges you can  add neutral/metallic colours, for my card I've used Very Vanilla and Copper. The leaf looks amazing in real life! I stamped the leaf stamp after daubing Cajun Craze & Island Indigo on with my sponge daubers and then spritzed it a little with water before stamping onto watercolour paper. Once it was dry I then stamped the leaf outline with Versamark and embossed with copper embossing powder.

This shows you the inside of the card and the card fold. I think it might be a lever card?? I saw a beautiful card by the talented Danielas Stempelwelt here and was inspired to nut out how to make it. I'm really happy with my results! I used the leaf die as a stencil and daubed over it with the sponge daubers to create the stenciled leaves and of course continued the copper embossing inside.

Here is another view of the card just slightly opened. Did you notice that I stitched copper thread through the holes in the stitched shape square. I love taking the time to add extra details like this and jobs like that can be done in front of the tv or anywhere you are just sitting around, like waiting to pick up the kids!

Thank you so much for taking the time to have a look see at my blog 😊 to continue hopping just click the next blog image below. It will take you to the talented Julia Quinn.

Cheers Megan xx

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