Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Stampin' Fancy Friday | Annual Favs Challenge

Hello stamping friends! It's a new month its time for us to get our fancy on with the new Stampin' Fancy Friday Challenge. This month we are all about our New Annual catalogue Favs. The Design Team were to create a fancy project using any new Stampin' Up! products from the new 2024 - 2025 Annual Catalogue.

While I love just about everything in this new catalogue a real standout for me was the amazing Mediterranean Blooms DSP. The blue and white patterns on one side and then the Yellows, Oranges, and Greens on the other for a beautiful sun-soaked citrus and enchanting Mediterranean look.

Isn't it just stunning??!!

I've created a Fancy/Fun Fold card for you today with my adaptation of a Criss Cross Card. I followed this tutorial here for the basic design but changed it up a little to make it my own.

The base of the card is two cards adhered together in the middle and then the each side panel is diagonaly cut from corner to corner. These panels fold over each other thus creating the Criss Cross. These side panels can be glued together so that they make a pocket like card or left as is so that they can open to see the inside of the card.

I left the panels as is so that they can open once the belly band is taken off. I've created the base of the card with Basic White and then layered Night of Navy and one of the Mediterannean Blooms DSP patterns. In the centre I've added the beautiful foliage die cut from the Citrus Blooms Dies to add a bit of tone on tone interest and texture.

The belly band uses the same coordination of products but with the addition of some of the citrus designs from the Mediterannean Blooms DSP. These citrus colours create a beautiful contrast to the blue and white tones and add to the stunning look of this DSP. Some of the citrus designs are even large enough to fussy cut and can be used as an element on your projects.

 Here I've layered various circle dies with the smaller of the foilage dies and that beautiful lemon imagery fron the Mediterannean Blooms DSP. The Blues and Yellows remind me a lot of the colours of my primary school uniform that was these colours but it didn't look nearly half as stunning as this DSP. Ha!

The belly band has been finished off with some Linen Thread, the Black & Very Vanilla Large Check Ribbon, some Opal Rounds and a heat embossed sentiment from the Country Birdhouse Stamp Set.

I do hope you like my Fancy creation using one of my Stampin' Up! 2024 - 2025 Annual Catalogue Favourites and that I've given you some inspiration in using the Mediterannean Blooms DSP.

 Check out the rest of the Annual Catalogue Favs and all the different creations that the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team has made on the Stampin' Fancy Friday Instagram Account or on the Stampin' Fancy Friday Facebook page. This is where all their creations will be shared throughout the month, so make sure that you are following them to get all of the amazing ideas! You won't be short of inspiration!

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

CASE-ing the Catty | CTC#473 | Case a Bundle Pgs. 57 - 73

 Hello there stamping friends! Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Today I'm participating in a blog hop for the CASE-ing the Catty Design Team, to kick off the new challenge for the week. If you've come here from Julia Quinn's blog welcome, if you've started here with me also welcome.

We are about CASE-ing the samples from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue with a different theme to CASE each week. To CASE is to Copy And Share Everything or to Copy And Selectively Edit. This week we are CASE-ing the Bundles found on Pgs. 57 - 73 of the 2024 - 2025 Annual Catalogue

My cards today are a combination of 3 different samples in the catalogue. I've taken inspiration from the square card and the landscape card above that use the Layers of Beauty Bundle.

I've also taken inspiration from the square card sample above that uses the Hearts & Hugs bundle. Put the elements from those three cards together and you get my cards for today's blog hop.

I've used the Layer's of Beauty Bundle for my 3 cards. I love that this bundle has stamps, dies and decorative masks that when all used together make beautiful creations. I've only used the stamps and decorative masks today for my cards.
 
I've used the decorative masks to colour in the floral image. I love colouring on Crumb Cake cardstock and I love how the Stampin' Up! Ink colours look so different when used on Crumb Cake Cardstock.
 
On all three cards I only used one colour of ink.  As I added each layer with the masks the inks grew darker thus creating the layers of shading. Some inks give a better effect than others.


 Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock

Pretty in Pink Ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock

Pool Party Ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock


 Each card has been layered with Crumb Cake Cardstock, Country Lace DSP and Basic Black Cardstock. I've used the Faux Stitching technique on them all by piercing holes in a line and then ruling over them using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. This then looks like you've added stitching but with about half the effort. Also with the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker I've flicked some black ink splatters. 

I've finished each card off with Black & Very Vanilla Large Check ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Embossed Happy Birthday Sentiment and some Opal Rounds.

I hope that I've inspired you with my take on CASE-ing the Bundles from the Annual Catalogue. Try an see how you can incorporate the samples in the catalogue into your projects. You'll be surprised at what you may be inspired by!

 There are lots of AMAZING creations from the rest of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew so be sure to make your way around the whole hop to get inspiration from the CTC team.

 Next up on the hop is the lovely Michelle Strazds with her CASE a Bundle creation. Keep hopping around to see all of the design team’s creations.

 
  
 We would love to have you join us over at our Facebook group to share your creation CASE-ing a project from the 2024 - 2025 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and join in this weeks challenge. You don't need to have a blog to join in!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Friday, June 7, 2024

Funky Folds Blog Hop #4

 Hello stamping friends. Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Welcome to Funky Folds Blog Hop #4 

We are a community for like minded paper crafters who love to make cards with funky/fancy/fun folds and to share our ideas. Funky actually means “modern and stylish in an unconventional or striking way”. We are featuring cards that are not your usual rectangle/square portrait of landscape style cards.

Each and every month the blog hops will have and 'anything goes' theme as long as your card has some type of 'funky' fold.

I've made for you today a Gatefold Pop-Up Card card using some of the products from the Stampin' Up! Lily Pond Lane Suite found in the 2024 - 2025 Annual Catalogue. Thank you Claire at Created the Ottaway for your tutorial.

 I was really taken by the Lily Pond Lane 6" x 6" DSP and that is the main focus of my card. I really love the floral images and patterns of the DSP rather than the ducks and fish images. I do think the ducks, fish and frogs are cute but I really love the flowers and patterns on the DSP a little bit more.

I've used the colours from the DSP as my colour combo for my card - Pretty Peacock, Pretty in Pink, Peach Pie, and Basic White. The outside I've layered Pretty in Pink and one of the DSP sheets on a Pretty Peacock card base. On that I've made a belly band to hold the card closed and layered Lily Pond Lane DSP, cardstock, die-cuts, ribbon and trim, and the Happy Birthday embossed sentiment.

The inside of the card is more of the same of layering of cardstock and DSP for a coordinated look but a change up of the DSP images and patterns. While the card is quite busy on the inside I love the mix of the different images and patterns. I love how by changing up the DSP from the front to the inside creates a whole different look. The front to the inside almost look like two different cards. The Pretty Peacock was the more dominant colour on the front where as on the inside Pretty in Pink and Peach Pie are the more dominant colours.

 When the card is opened the centre panels pop out creating the pop up effect. To write a message on the card there is a panel on the back with room for you to write something special.

I do hope you like my Funky Fold that I've shared with you today. I really enjoy making these Funky Folds and creating something a little different to a standard card. 

 Next up is Chantell Randall from Western Australia, with her Funky Fold. I can't wait to see what she has made for us.


 
 If you love to make cards with creative folds and would like to join in with our monthly Funky Folds Blog Hop, you are welcome to head on over to our community group on Facebook HERE to be part of the fun. 

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Sunday, June 2, 2024

CASE-ing the Catty | #CTC472 | Case Take to the Sky Suite page 36

  Hello there stamping friends! Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Today I'm participating in a blog hop for the CASE-ing the Catty Design Team, to kick off the new challenge for the week. If you've come here from Rochelle Laird-Smith's blog welcome, if you've started here with me also welcome.

We are about CASE-ing the samples from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue with a different theme to CASE each week. To CASE is to Copy And Share Everything or to Copy And Selectively Edit. This week we are CASE-ing the Take to the Sky Suite found on Pg. 36 & 37 of the 2024 - 2025 Annual Catalogue.
 

I don't have this suite yet to create with so I looked as some of the design elements of the samples and used them for my card today. I was really taken by the bottom sample from the image above with the large die cut shapes laid out in a brick/tile like pattern and tried to replicate that on my card.

The sample from the catalogue used the Nested Essential Dies where as I've used a square die cut from the Stylish Shapes Dies. Once all the squares were cut I embossed them with the Distressed Tile 3D Embossing Folder. This folder is only new to me and I love the subtle texture that it gives. Super gorgeous!

I've also used a few colours on my card that can be found in the Take to the Sky DSP such as Boho Blue, Smoky Slate and Night of Navy. I've embellished the card with some images, DSP, and die cuts from the Country Woods Suite. And yes, I'm using this suite again. I do love it a lot! Actually most of these items were left over on my desk from other projects so it was good to use them instead of leaving them as an unfinished project.

The floral images I've coloured using the Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers. I like to use a few different colours to get a good variation in colour from dark to light.

Stampin' Blends Used
Flowers - Light Peach Pie, Light and Dark Petal Pink, Light Summer Splash, Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Boho Blue, Light Balmy Blue
Leaves - Light and Dark Gray Granite

I've added to the card some Petal Pink Diagonal Trim that I cut in half for a smaller ribbon and combined that with some White Baker's Twine from the Baker's Twine Essentials Pack. Like the original sample there were two strips of cardstock for the sentiments so I've done the same to keep that same design element. I've finished the card off with a placement of a few very pretty Iridescent Basic Pearls.
 
I hope that I've inspired you with my CASE of the Take to the Sky Suite. Even if you don't have the products from a particular suite look at the design elements of the samples and see how you can use them with the products that you do have. 
 
 There are lots of AMAZING creations from the rest of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew so be sure to make your way around the whole hop to get inspiration from the CTC team.
 
Next up on the hop is the lovely Julia Quinn with her fantastic Take to the Sky CASE. Keep hopping around to see all of the design team’s creations.
 

 We would love to have you join us over at our Facebook group to share your creation CASE-ing a project from the 2024 - 2025 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and join in this weeks challenge. You don't need to have a blog to join in!
 

 
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Friday, May 31, 2024

Just Add Ink #704 | Colour Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! I hope that you are having a fantastic week and a fabulous day! It's Friday, Yay, and that means it's time for another Just Add Ink Challenge -Just Add Ink #704 | Colour Challenge.


This week we have a colour combo suggested by Me! We are creating with Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape, Fresh Freesia, and Lemon Lolly. A pretty and fun colour combo.

I've been creating a lot lately with the Country Flowers Stamp Set/Country Woods Suite and I still love it! This week, using the Masking Technique, I've used one of the floral images from the Country Flowers Stamp Set to create a border down the side of the card. I've actually CASE-d myself from a couple of cards that I made a few years ago HERE and HERE using the same masking technique.


 I've use 3 of the challenge colours, Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Freesia, and Lemon Lolly on the flowers (plus on sneaky extra on the leaves) and then over the card I've done a Gorgeous Grape splatter using a Stampin' Write Maker. Around the edge of the front panel I've used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and a ruler to rule the lines around the edge of the card.

I've coloured the flowers in with Stampin' Blends and used a variety of different blends to achieve the the look that I was after and to get a greater contrast between the dark and light makers. To see all the Blends used check out the supplies list below.


 I finished the card of with a layering of circle die cuts and the foliage die cut in Vellum from the Citrus Blooms Dies, Black & Very Vanilla Large Check Ribbon, Linen Thread, Heat Embossed Sentiment, and some Iridescent Basic Pearls.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration using our challenge colours. Go and check out the design teams take on this week's colours at the Just Add Ink Blog for some inspiration and then come and join in this week's sketch fun! I can't wait to see what you create.

Click the image below to be taken straight to this week's challenge.

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Sunday, May 26, 2024

CASE-ing the Catty | #CTC471 | Case your choice of Sketch from page 22

 Hello there stamping friends! Welcome and thanks for joining me on my blog today. Today I'm participating in a blog hop for CASE-ing the Catty, to kick off the new challenge for the week. If you've come here from Peta's blog welcome, if you've started here with me also welcome.

To CASE is to Copy And Share Everything or to Copy And Selectively Edit. And this week we are CASE-ing our choice of sketches that are found on Pg. 22 of the Stampin' Up! 2024 - 2025 Annual Catalogue. There are 22 sketches so I'm sure there is at least one that inspires you.

If you've been following me here for a while you'll know that I love a sketch challenge. I think because I find them the easiest of all the challenges and I usually get a whole heap of different ideas flowing so its easy to get crafting with a sketch. I also say that a sketch is more of a guide or starting point and I usually end up changing something from the sketch. I try to keep the basic design principles of the sketch but sometimes things need to be changed to suit the project better.


I was really drawn to this grid like sketch when trying to decide on what sketch I was going to use. I wanted to use one of the sketches that was a little bit of a different design as to what I normally do when creating cards and this was it.


 I've used the grid design to create my own background using strips of Basic Black and Basic White. I do love a Black and White stripe and thought that this would go perfectly with the orange colourings of the oranges from the Mediterranean Blooms DSP.  I've made a couple of projects recently with Blue and White combined with the Mediterranean Blooms Citrus images, which I love but I'm also loving this black and white colour combo with the citrus images too.

I've used a few layers of Basic White under the striped grid and then fussy cut the orange image to make it the main focus of the card. I love that with these images they are the 'star of the show' and you don't need to put much else with them if you don't want to. Me, of course, had to add some extra die cuts and some ribbon and trim. A card isn't a card without these things in my book. 


 I've layered one of the Citrus Blooms foliage die cuts, Linen thread and the Black & Very Vanilla Large Check to coordinate with the card. Can't go without that Linen Thread.

I finished the card off with a little 'Hello' banner with a ruffled ribbon edge and some Opal Rounds embellishments. This is where I differ from the sketch a little. A banner placed on the card like in the sketch just wouldn't work in my book but put on the card down a little bit is a much better placement. 

I hope that I've inspired you with my take on this sketch and make sure you check out all the sketches on Pg. 22 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. These sketches are a great way to get that crafting mojo going especially if you are in a crafting slump. Why not try an use all 22?! 

There are lots of AMAZING creations from the rest of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew so be sure to make your way around the whole hop to get inspiration from the CTC team. 

 Next up on the hop is Michelle Strazds with her amazing take on one of the sketches. Keep hopping around to see all of the design team’s creations.


We would love to have you join us over at our Facebook group to share your creation CASE-ing a project from the 2024 - 2025 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and join in this weeks challenge. You don't need to have a blog to join in!


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