CI52 – Colour INKspiration

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Welcome to another Colour INKspiration hop. This challenges features equally yummy colours as the yummy looking cake that they are inspired by, Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, Soft Seafoam and Whisper White.

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What I really like about this combination is it lends itself to creating for our male folk. So I opted for some help from the amazing Birthday Cheer Bundle, featured on page 17 of the Occasions catalogue.

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It’s an awesome set and allows you to create different effects – here I have used the thinlit with the presents and I have pieced different coloured combinations of cardstock behind them, some I have even the paper piecing technique.

Here, I die cut the main image from Early Espresso cardstock, and used a combination of Soft Seafoam and Granny Apple Green cardstock to layer behind the presents.

I create a large volume of scraps and I really don’t like to throw them out – two reasons, one is cost but the other is about being environmentally responsible. One of the best things about working with dies like these is they lend themselves to using up these scraps and that is a winner in my book.

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The main present element is layered on some Granny Apple Green cardstock and I used a touch of Whisper White cardstock to line the side edges. To add a touch of interest I cut the edges with the Stitched Rectangle framelits and finished off the element with a simple strip of the Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White for some texture.

I stamped the edges of the Soft Seafoam card base in the same colour ink, with one of the stamps for texture, before layering the main elements over the top. I finished off with a simple birthday sentiment on Whisper White cardstock, with a Flag cut to one end. Again, adding some interest by echoing the Stitched edge from the rectangle framelits.

Next up in the hop is the amazing Jackie Aitken.

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Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until Monday, 8 April. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC221 – Needlepoint Nook

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Welcome, to another week of Casing the Catty hop, where we are focussing on the Needlepoint Nook suite – pages 38 – 41 of the Occassions catalogue. You may be starting here with me, or you may have hopped over from Kelly – either way, welcome!

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So today is kind of a special day… 17 years ago today, I married my main man. So I wanted to see how I could make the Florentine Filigree bundle, on page 40, work for a guy. It’s always a challenge to make cards for our male folk, isn’t it? I love the two samples in the Occasions catalogue, particularly the one used as a stencil for embossing paste – I must try this. However, my inspiration came differently this time.

Next to the images showing stamp designs are two pieces of information explaining how they come and what you can do with them. The paper piecing technique came to mind. This is how my card turned out:

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The colours and paper you choose always helps to define male or female oriented cards too. Here I opted for a Basic Black card base and used the awesome Champagne foil. I punched the Filigree die from a piece of the foil. The size of the die is a little shorter for our card sizes, so I just trimmed everything shorter. The width works fine.

I really like the Black and Champagne together but I wanted add some more colour. I decided on an ombre-ish colour scheme and went with Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana. But then wanted a pop of colour and went with Cherry Cobbler.

I love how this set works and has been designed to work perfectly with the Stamparatus, using the hinge technique, as shown briefly on page 40. I used that technique, here is how I lined them up:

I cut my piece of Whisper White for stamping the same size as my die cut frame – 135mm x 105mm. This allowed me to line up the White behind the die cut, then I placed them down together on the stamparatus, using a layer of small grid paper underneath. I was able to use the grid as marker if I needed. I placed my stamps over the top of the die cut, fitting them into the grooves. I closed the plate over to pick up the stamp and specifically used the one with the vertical hinge, so I could stamp down the cardstock. I carefully removed the die cut element layer, leaving the Whisper White carstock and stamped two rows in both blue colours.

I repeated the aligned process with the “plus” shaped stamps, and stamped down the whole cardstock in black ink. Using the stamparatus this way, allowed the images to stamp in the correct positions to line up with the die, so I could punch them all out in one pass of the Big Shot. Yay!!

I repeated the alignment process and stamped some rows in Cherry Cobbler on another piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Once I had all my tiny die cut pieces in piles on my desk, the hard part in creating this card, was deciding which stamped pieces in which colour to piece in to the die cut frame and where!! The combinations are endless!

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I settled on this arrangement. To finish, I stamped the large coordinating circle stamp in Cherry Cobbler, punched with a layering Circle framelit. I cut this in half, as it’s quite large and I wanted the paper piecing elements to stand out more on this card this time. Punching my sentiment from the Well Said bundle, I layered them over some of that gorgeous satin black ribbon. I finished off the card with some of those tiny Black rhinestones from the Facet Dots embellishement pack!

Next up on the hop is Sandra Collett.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, March 31.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Sale-a- Bration Coordination

What could possibly be better than Sale-a-Bration…?  Seriously?!

Okay… so… maybe new products that coordinate with Sale-a-Bration favourites could be!

I mean, I don’t mind some fussying cutting, but if there is a die that’s going to cut out for you… wouldn’t you be reaching for that? I know, I would be. That’s what this promotion is all about…

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For example… the Sale-a-Bration exclusive stamp sets like the gorgeous Lasting Lily and the fun Hello Cupcake stamp sets, just became a lot more versatile. They now have coordinating Framelit sets you can purchase. Take a look…

There are six new products available this month only, which make crafting with your FREE Sale-a-Bration products a whole lot more easier and faster. A must for any crafter, particularly a busy one! Check them out… four framelits, a punch and a new stamp set…

I know for me, adding the Four Seasons framelits to my next order will bring me closer to reach the $180 product spend, so I can earn the coordinating Painted Harvest SAB bundle. Can. Not. Wait!

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These products will be available to purchase for the month of march, ending on the 31st, or while stocks last, so be sure to pick up your “must haves” really early so you don’t miss out.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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