CTC168 – Petal Passion

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Oh… I just loved this suite from the minute I saw it in the Occasions catalogue. I mean it’s black and white, with lovely watercolour texture to the stamp imagery and DSP. The options for projects with this one is endless as you will see as you hop along with the Caseing The Catty Crew.

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Welcome if you have just joined me from Sandra or if you are starting here with me. There are so many ideas from these pages in the Occasions catalogue, you are bound to pick up a few.

This suite being black and white, has people deciding whether they like it or not. Me… I love that you can put any colour with it. Even some of the dark black pages of Designer Paper, can be teamed up with colour to life the heaviness. Here is my idea for you…

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Here I have created two cards using the same design, one is basic creation and the second is a little more stepped up. But both show using one of the black based sheets of the Designer paper sparingly. Which is always a great approach when using strong colours. I don’t mind bold and dramatic most of the time, but sometimes you need to allow other elements to shine and this is a great way to achieve it.

I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock down to 100mm x 142mm to work on, rather than working directly on to the card base this time. The strip of Designer paper is 25mm wide on both cards. The card bases are Whisper White Thick cardstock.

On the basic layout card, I stamped the leaves from the Petal Palette stamp set in Pear Pizzazz ink twice in two different directions, then layered the DSP over the top – adhering it so it hugged the left edge. I added my sentiment in Basic Black Archival ink and topped it with my flower arrangement.

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For this flower arrangement, I stamped the images in Basic Black archival ink and simply coloured them using markers. I punched them using the coordinating die.

With the stepped up version of this card, I replaced the stamped leaves with die cut ones from the Petal & More thinlit die set. I cut these from the green glimmer paper from the Magic & Myths pack. I adhered these using some Fine Tip Glue and then layered my designer paper the same way to the left edge.

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I added some of that gorgeous Coral shimmery ribbon, which is a Sale-a-Bration exclusive available at the moment. The flower arrangement over the top is again stamped with Archival ink, but this time I coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Colouring with alcohol markers just gives a different look and a much richer shading. These were adhered on with Dimensionals to give some height.

If you started the hop from our Challenge group, then technically I am last in circle of hopping.

But if you are mid hop, next up is Judy May.

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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 11th.

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CTC167 – Sale-a-bration

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There are so many ideas in those two Sale-a-bration brochures, it’s no wonder the Caseing The Catty team are back here again with more inspiration for you.

Welcome if you are starting here with me or if you have hoped over from Rachel.

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This week, I’m on the simple train… funny, but simple. I’m so in love with the cute Tutti Fruitti cards and envelope pack in the Sale-a-bration exclusive items selections this year, on page 14 of the SAB catalogue. They are just so fun, I think it’s the colours. But the fact that you get pre-printed, cut and score card bases with coordinating envelopes, ready to decorate, is just winner.

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I teamed these up with some other products in the Occasions catalogue today – some Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper and my funny favourite – Birthday Witt. At stamp club last month, we laughed about how funny it would be to team these two together. Today, I decided to try it out.

Keeping things simple, so that the fun would shine through, I created these…

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Taking the fun play on words about dieting, I added some yummy donuts and cookies to the mix.

So that the donuts would shine through, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink and cut them up into individual pieces. I adhered them on with some slight fun angles mostly flat but some with dimensionals for interest.

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I thought this would be a great way to add more fun add add a little more witt by highlighting an appropriate one that would match the recipient of the card. Here I used Lemon Lime Twist ink over the Memento Black to highlight the “Carb free”, this could go to a carb free diet person, just make sure they have a great sense of humour!

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To finish off I added some Tutti Fruitti adhesive back sequins for a touch of colour.

Next up in the hop, is Megan Lenske.

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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, 4 March.

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CTC165 – Sale-a-bration

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Caseing The Catty is focussed back on Sale-A-Bration again this week. With so many lovely ideas in that little catalogue, I’m sure we’ll be back again soon. Welcome if you have just joined me from Rebecca’s blog or if you are starting here with me.

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Today, I have a quick little share with you and a great little tip. But first up my inspiration came from this project in the Sale-a-bration catalogue.

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Those panda’s a really cute but I went for a different set today. It’s one of my new favourites… Birthday Wit!

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Here I have teamed it up with Bubble and Fizz DSP pack, which is a Sale-a-bration exclusive. Love the colours in this pack of paper. I used two different patterns to create the flag ends. I didn’t want to cover up the pattens to much, so I left off the backing circle, which appears behind the panda. Instead I used the bubble speech stamp in the set which gives that same effect. I felt it needed a little more Calypso Coral to match in with the Sentiment, so I added another thinner flag across the top.

When deciding on the widths of my flags, one needed to be wider than the Triple Banner Punch’s widest one at 50mm. Normally I just reach for my paper snips and do these manually. However, I had this idea the minute I saw the Tailored Tag punch in the Occasions catalogue. I knew I would be using this punch for creating flag ends too.

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Sliding in my paper, cut to a width of 60mm, I aligned the sides to the width of the punch and pushed my paper in about half way through the face and punched. Wa-la… it worked, flag end to a wider size strip! I was pretty pleased.

Next up in the hop is the clever Peta Stephen.

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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, February 18th.

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CTC163 – Sale-a-bration

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The Caseing the Catty team are celebrating Sale-a-bration again. I hope you all have been earning a few of these amazing free items and are now ready for some more inspiration. Welcome if you are joining me from Monique or if you are starting here with me.

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Sale-a-bration this year is awesome and with so many great items to choose from, it does makes choosing what to create with a little harder! But I couldn’t go past the Lots of Lavender stamp set this week. (After all, I did promise this one next!)

I took my inspiration from page 4 of the Sale-a-bration catalogue, with these great ideas.

Here is what I created.

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I started with the box. It’s been a while since making a gift box and the idea of changing it up a little popped into my head. Here I have teamed up Painted With Love Specialty designer series paper with Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate. I made the box myself… I’m sure there is a template out there somewhere, but this is why I love papercrafting, it ties in beautifully with my graphic design skills. I just make these things myself – sketch it out first, work out my measurements and cut my own template. The design industry is very digital orientated now, which is great, it just means I very rarely get to make mock-ups anymore, hence this… papercrafting, my other love.

So I started by creating a basic oblong tube shape with the printed acetate. Then made a top and bottom from the DSP, kind of like making a box and cutting it in half and sticking it to the ends of the acetate to tube.

I made the bottom shorter than the top as I knew I wanted to add decorative elements to the bottom. I didn’t want them to start to high. I stamped the Lavender in Fresh Fig ink and coloured it using markers in Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum plus a little Pear Pizzazz for the leaves. I coloured the ribbon in Calypso Coral to contrast with the purple tones which coordinates with the DSP.

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I wrapped some Whisper White Organza ribbon around the bottom edge and topped that with some Sweet Sugarplum tinsel twine. Tucking in the lavender behind the organza bow. I filled the box (for now) with that fabulous Ready Shreddie. OMG… you get sooooo much in one pack, it goes such a long way!

As I sat back and admired my handy work, I decided it really needed a matching card. So I went with the card design featured below the box that initially sparked my interest.

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I started with some Shimmery White cardstock and water coloured a background with some Sweet Sugarplum ink and aqua painters. Once dry, I adhered this to a panel of more of that lovely Painted With Love specialty DSP. Then adhere this onto a cardbase in Fresh Fig.

I stamped another bunch of lavender and coloured this similarly to the box so that they match. I adhered this over the top of some of that lovely White Organza ribbon from the Petal Passion suite. Adding a gold tassle, from the Eastern Palace suite, tied with a little more of the Sweet Sugarplum tinsel. The sentiment is from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, stamped in Fresh Fig and punched with the Classic label punch.

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These were really fun to make and I was pretty happy with how they turned out. Next up in the hop is Peta Stephen.

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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, February 4th.

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Colour INKspiration – CI26

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What a colour combination we have for you this week here at Colour INKspiration. If you have joined me from Elizabeth, welcome, I hope you have been enjoying the inspiration so far.

If you are starting here, we have a cool colour palette this time. (Pardon the pun – LOL!). When I first looked at this colour combination, I liked it straight away, but new it would have me thinking. This challenge we are playing with greens…. Tranquil Tide, Bermuda Bay, Emerald Envy and Sahara sand.

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What I like about these kinds of colour combinations is they are different shades of the same hue essentially. This allows you to create some really interesting effects. It also allows you to do what I have done here … take something that could potentially be really busy and make it easier on the eyes. Check out my party hat…

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I just loved the sample in the Occasions catalogue and I really just wanted to make something similar.

And so I did.

And I’m really glad I did because it was just fun. Fun to create and fun to make these colours work as I think they lend themselves to cards for our “Men-folk”. So I gave the Party Hat Birthday bundle a boy look.

I love how you can stamp a Party Hat flat or you can use one of the dies in the set to cut out the elements which you can use for a 3D effect or on another project altogether. I also love this new banner for sentiments. Luuurve that flowing flag look.

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Here I stamped my first layer in Tranquil Tide, it’s the one with all the little elements… streamers, lollies and dots. Next is Emerald Envy, here you can see Bows, Stars, Cakes, presents, ice creams, lolly pops and other yummy stuff. Last is Bermuda Bay, these are the raised elements… presents, cupcakes and hats.

I used my Stamparatus to make lining up these three stamps easy. When using my Stamparatus, I find myself either rotating it so that one leaf is at the bottom and one at the side, or I just utilise the space at the bottom of the stamping plate like this…

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Yes, my magnets have broken… waaa… but now I have four to work with… Yay! Moving on…

This is because closer to the hinges, sometimes the stamps don’t quite reach down far enough to catch all the paper. It’s just a slight limitation with the manufacturing process BUT not really a problem at all. You don’t have to use it with one hinge at the top anyway, afterall the stamping plate is square. So to clear the space completely, just use the other end! And if you can work like me, with a rotation, try stamping like this….

For this particular stamp set, working with the stamps rotated didn’t hamper my ability to fit them together. I think as long as the outside lines of the shape is there, the inside can look however it is stamped!

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I finished off my Party Hat with one of the clear Faceted Gems, which I coloured with my dark Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blend marker. I love how you can coordinate all your Rhinestones, Pearls, Gems and other embellishments by colouring them with Blends.

Next up in the hop, is the talented Jacque Williams.

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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, February 12. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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So what is Brushos?

If you’re a social media/blog hopper, you must be wondering what all this talk about Brusho’s is?

It’s a colouring tool new to the Stampin’ Up! range. These are in the form of crystal powder which, when mixed with water, gives your projects the most radiant colour.

The thing with Brushos is, there are different ways to mixed them with water which gives you the most amazing effects. This is where the magic happens, as no two projects will turn out exactly the same – similar maybe – but not the same. It’s just so much fun.

So I will cover off different ways you can play with Brusho’s with the different projects I create in the coming weeks/months. But today, I will talk you through how I created this project….

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It was my first play with Brusho’s colour crystal powders. The Stampin’ Up! ones come as a pack of 5 colours – Brilliant Red, Gamboge, Yellow, Moss Green and Prussian Blue. I know what you are thinking… “these are not Stampin’ Up! colours!” and you’re right, they are not. They are the most similar in the Brusho’s range to Stampin’ Up!’s and when mixed with water you can vary the strength of the colour to match them as well, if you really needed to. But I think they work well as they come.

So how I created this was quite simple really and fun. Using shimmery white cardstock, I sprayed one side with some water using a Stampin’ Spritzer bottle, then flipped it over. Water and paper really don’t like each other much so it started to curly. But that’s okay, as I then sprayed the other side with a bit more water, and it started to uncurl. This second side is the side I worked with. Using my fingers, I spread the water out, to cover the paper as a base layer and then sprinkled Brilliant Red and Gamboge over the watered paper. You will see the powder instantly dissolved and begin to colour the paper. I sprayed some more water over the top, which pushed the sprinkled powder in different directions, creating an amazing fireworks display over my cardstock.

Next I used my Aqua painter to spread out and mix the powders. That gave me a base colour across the page. The strength varied as the water pooled in different placed. I sprinkled a little more powder over the top and left those in dots (rather than mixing in). These dissolved slightly, mixing in a little, but remained as flecks, giving a different look across my page. I let this dry for several hours before completing the rest of my card.

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I trimmed down the coloured card to the size I wanted, adhered this to my Real Red cardbase. The stamp set I used here, is one of my favourites. It’s called Five for All and is a sentiment only stamp set, designed to work on their own or go with other graphic elements from other sets. The sentiments are quite witty too – my kind of humor!  The one I used here, suited the recipient of this card, as there was a funny post on Facebook about returning to “pretend she’s in her 20’s” after her birthday. PERFECT stamp!

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I framed this with a scallop circle from the Layering Circled framelit sets in real red cardstock and zig-zagged some stitched edge ribbon, in Pumpkin Pie, beneath it. Topped it with some Lemon Lime Twist ombre ribbon for contrast. I finished it off with two balloons from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I stamped them in Tranquil Tide on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.

Stay tuned for more of my Brusho’s playtime soon.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC160 – Picture Perfect Party

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Welcome to 2018 with the Caseing The Catty Crew. I’m sure you will enjoy this blog hop as the team and I  kick off with the new Occasions catalogue.

We are starting at the beginning of the catalogue Pages 4 to 9, with the Picture Perfect Party Suite.

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Today I have taken inspiration from the cute little Peekaboo Peach box at the back of the main image. This one…

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I have adapted it to work on the front of a card with the Birthday Wishes For You stamp set. I love this little stamp set and I was a little worried it was going to get left behind. It’s such a great stamp with big bold letters and its outline style is great for all our wondering colouring tools.

Here I have broken down the project in the image to: a Peekaboo peach cardstock base; a layer of the Picture Perfect Party 6×6” paper stack; Whisper white cardstock with the sentiment and candles printed on top; and behind that is the Lemon Lime Twist flags poking out the sides.

As you can see, I have adapted those elements to form the main features of my birthday card design.

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There are a couple of exceptions though – my order of the paper stack hadn’t arrived yet, but lucky enough the stamp set has a number of elements I could make my own creation with. Here I have stamped a couple of the stamps in several of the coordinating colours to fill that space. There are so many cute little stamps in the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, allowing you to create a range of decorative elements, here I have just stamped one of them on the background card layer.

I also added some Berry Burst (favourite InColour just now!) cardstock framing the main sentiment, to help echo that colour. In the catalogue image, the box contains Ready Shreddie in Berry Burst, which serves the purpose of echoing the colour, but the new Ready Shreddie wasn’t quite going to work on my card. (Hmmmm… or will it! I have just had an idea… you will have to stay tuned!)

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As ribbon adds a lovely texture, I added a touch behind my Lemon Lime Twist flag. It’s the new Berry Burst metallic edge ribbon. Like so many demonstrators and customers alike, I was dying to get my hands on that gorgeous Paper Ribbon in that suite, which was used in the decoration in the left corner of the box. I was quite disappointed to learn of manufacturing issues which led to Stampin’ Up! making the tough decision to remove it from the supply. Meaning this product will not be available to us to order at all – waaa ☹.

I have kept the candles and flames stamped over the sentiment and added some Wink of Stella to the birthday letters – not that I have ever been able to photograph how beautifully sparkly that is! To finish off I accented the Happy flag, stamping it in black ink on peach cardstock, fussing cutting it and using some mini dimensionals to pop it up.

Next up in the hop is Rachel Palmieri.

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Hop on through and when done we love to see how you have been inspired by these pages of the catalogue. You can create anything – use a card design with other products, or use these products if you have them, maybe it’s the colours that have inspired you. What ever it is, we’d love to see your creation – load them up to our Facebook challenge group by next 6pm Sunday, the 14th.

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Colour INKspiration – CI21

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Welcome to Colour INKspiration for this fortnight, whether you have joined me from Jackie Aitken or starting off here with me, the team has some great inspiration using a fun colour combination.

Here is the colour combination for this challenge:

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Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron.

Don’t you just love these colours? They scream fun and bright and cheerful to me…. So that’s what I aimed to create with my card.

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I went for a stamp set I haven’t used to waaaaay to long – the gorgeous Cool Treats and the coordinating framelit Frozen Treats. I thought this set just seemed to fit nicely with this colour combination…. and was fun… and bright… and cheerful!

I started by creating the inner panel first, starting with the yummy bowl of gelati… I can just feel summer coming, can you? I decided to layer this with Soft Sky cardstock and use some Soft Sky ribbon. I wanted to add some interest to the background, so I stamped some sprinkles in the different colours.

Once I finished my main elements there, I create the background on the cardbase. I decided on my sentiment first and masked off the bottom third and stamped ice-creams around the edge in coordinating colours to match my gelati.

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I just love all the little details in the Frozen Treats framelits, like this cute little spoon!

For more inspiration, head on over the amazing Jacque Williams.

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Once you have finished hoping through, see where your creative muse takes you with these colours. Load your creation to our Facebook Challenge group by 7pm, Monday 20th November.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration – CI18

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Another fortnight has flown past, but thankfully here in Melbourne, we are starting to see some sunshine and most importantly… there is warmth in the air! Yay!!

Welcome to you all joining me on this blog hop. If you are starting here or if you have joined me from Jackie, you are in for some awesomeness this hop. We have a great selection of colours, check them out.

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Sweet Sugarplum, Powder Pink, Sahara Sand and Basic Grey. We decided to add in a green too – anyone that we liked. I went for Lemon Lime Twist.

Here is my card….

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Today, I decided to have a play with embossing on one of the Naturally Eclectic card overlays. Oh notice that yummy sunshine in the background there?!

I used an emboss-only die from the Eclectic Layers thinlit die set and embossed three leaf images directly onto the printed acetate overlay. The acetate overlays have protective films on both sides to protect from finger prints. I kept these on while embossing, only removing them once ready to adhere it.

What I found after embossing was that the acetate liked to curl. So I gentled curled them with my fingers back the other way to straighten them out a little. It worked well, not perfectly flat, but well enough to work on the card. I think the natural wave that is left adds movement to the finished card. It’s a soft and subtle texture.

I used a Basic Gray card base, then used strategically positioned glue dots behind the white printed leaves to adhere the overlay. Next I used a pop of colour in Lemon Lime Twist with a die cut of the Happy Birthday thinlit die. I used Multipurpose liquid glue to adhere it and only tiny little lines of it too. This is so that it didn’t leak all over my overlay leaving blotchy patches of dried glue.

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To finish off, I decided on the coordinating Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, those flowers are just so cute. Stamping the outline in Sweet Sugarplum and the solid image in Powder Pink. I used a combination of large and smaller flower stamps scattered around the embossed leaves and sentiment.

For more inspiration using these colours, continue the hop with Rachel Palmieri.

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Head on over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creations using these colours. Entries close Monday, October 9th at 6pm.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration – CI13

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Welcome to another amazing colour challenge from the Colour INKspiration team. Here we are at our 13th hop for the year already and we have a pretty cool colour combination for you to play with this next fortnight. Have a look…

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Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum, Lemon Lime Twist and Wild Wasabi.

Here is what I made with these colours.

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I’ve been playing with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous bundle still… It just keeps calling me! This challenge I started with an old favourite stamp set, but here I am right back at this one … it’s funny how that happens, isn’t it?

Here I used Fresh Fig as my cardbase and layered that with some of that amazing Fresh Floral DSP in Fresh Fig too. Next I trimmed out a Whisper White panel (10cm x 8cm) and stamped the bottom with those cute little flowers, the line detailed one in Fresh Fig ink and then coloured it with the solid coordinating stamp in Sweet Sugarplum ink. I stamped one simple small flower outline only in the top right corner, then adhered the Fresh Fig cardstock to the edge the panel.

Using some of the lovely new Ombre Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist, I wrapped it around the panel and adhere the whole panel to my cardbase.

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I used only part of the Happy Birthday thinlit die this time, as I only wanted the “Happy” this time. I wanted to coordinate the sentiment to the birthday I was making for. In this case, it was a 40th birthday, so I used the amazing Milestone Moments stamp set to express this.

I stamped the sentiment with Sweet Sugarplum ink onto Whisper White cardstock and trimmed it tight. I overlayed this onto Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and created flags to the end to create a banner feature. I adhere this right above my ribbon. I used some Fine Tip Glue pen to adhere the Happy and finished off with some the green Glitter dots for some bling.

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Next up in the hop is the ever amazing Elizabeth Gross. Hop on through the team’s inspiration. Then head over to our Facebook Challenge group and be sure to upload your creation with these colours by 7pm, Monday 24th.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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