CASE-ing the Catty - Colour Combination


Hi there

This week the challenge for the CTC Crew is to CASE a colour combination from the Holiday Catalogue.

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I've enjoyed getting to know all of the new permanent colours that Stampin' Up! added to the Colour Collections this year. Merry Merlot was on my doubtful list, but I've come to really like it as I paired it with the gorgeous Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Paper. However, there is one colour that I haven't yet used to make a card. Yes, you probably guessed from the photo above, it is Soft Sea Foam. The colour combination used in the sample card on page 23 of the Holiday Catalogue is Real Red, Call Me Clover and Soft Sea Foam. I'm also taking the opportunity to use the Poinsettia image from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set for the first time. 

Stampin' Up! Peaceful Poinsettia - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I inked up the Poinsettia image for the first time in Early Espresso and stamped on Whisper White card stock.  The Poinsettia was coloured with Dark Real Red Stampin' Blends with highlights in Dark Cherry Cobbler and the leaves in Light and Dark Call Me Clover. I decided to trim the panel to fit the width of the Soft Sea Foam card base and then added the greeting underneath in Call Me Clover ink.

The art panel has a very clean look with a large amount of white space, so I wanted to keep the same feel for the finished card. After fiddling around with a few different options, I found that copper works really well with the Soft Sea Foam. I trimmed the edges of the art panel with Copper Foil and added the 'Merry' die cut from Copper Glimmer paper at the top. The 'christmas' was stamped in Call Me Clover ink and cropped with the label from Petals & More Thinlits Dies. I added a clear droplet at each end of the label that was coloured with the Bronze Stampin' Blends marker.

Stampin' Up! Peaceful Poinsettia - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I've added a couple of extra details for interest (cause I couldn't help myself, lol). I stamped the Poinsettia flower again on a piece of scrap Whisper White and coloured the two smallest sets of petals and fussy cut them. The extra set of petals was offset and popped up on foam pads. I used a glue pen to add some Dazzling Diamonds to the white berries.

Stampin' Up! Peaceful Poinsettia - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside I have mat of copper foil for the writing panel and I added some Real Red spotted designer paper at the bottom. The embossed stitching was added above the designer paper using the die from the Stitched Labels Framelits before stamping and colouring the row of holly also from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set. 

Stampin' Up! Peaceful Poinsettia - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Despite my trepidation, I'm pleased with how the card turned out. The soft background colour really allows the Poinsettia to take centre stage.

Project Details
Stamps Peaceful Poinsettia, Merry Christmas to All
Card stock & Papers Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Copper Foil, Copper Glimmer, Regals DSP Stack
 Ink Early Espresso, Call Me Clover
Accessories Clear & Frosted Expoxy Droplets, Dazzling Diamonds
Tools     Petals & More Thinlits Dies, Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies, Stitched Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Stamparatus, Stampin' Blends markers, Dimensionals, Adhesive Sheets, Glue pen


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A New Year and New Toys!

Hello, hello

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed the holiday season.  Summer holidays are in full swing here in Australia, so I hope you are getting some time to craft.

Yes, it has been way too long since my last post. December turned out to be a whirlwind; between preparing for my Christmas Craft market, followed by 10 days in Western Australia visiting family and friends, a few days home and then 2 weeks in New Zealand for Christmas and New Year. We had a fabulous time in Northland in the North Island of New Zealand. I can highly recommend it as a holiday destination. It is subtropical, so warm and the scenery is stunning. 

I finally have a couple of cards to share using the new 'Butterfly Basics' stamp  set from the fabulous new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue. This is definitely going to be one of my favourites and I'm sure it will be one of yours too if you like colouring. Both cards use the same layout with some of the fabulous 'Irresistibly Yours' DSP from the Saleabration Catalogue.  This is a set of white on white designs that allow you to create emboss resist backgrounds using your favourite method.  This time I have used a sponge and ink pad to colour the 2 panels, but you could also spritz or brayer them.  You can get this DSP FREE with an order of $90 (before postage) - you can click on the catalogue in the sidebar to see the other free products available during Saleabration.


The flower spray was coloured with Pink Pirouette Blendabilities (or 'Blendies' is less of a mouthful!) with a touch of Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi for the foliage.  I love these lighter colours, both of which are new in the Occasions Catalogue. I sponged Sahara Sand ink on the left hand panel. This card is for a lady in my husband's Rotary Club.


The colour combo on this card gives it a more vibrant look. I have sponged So Saffron ink on the left panel and coloured the floral spray with the new Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi Blendies. I also used a touch of Night of Navy on the shading. The butterfly and greeting also come from the 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. The touch of Sahara Sand lace is also new in the Occasions catty. This card is for a special friend having a milestone birthday. 

Project Details
Stamps Butterfly Basics, Delightful Dozen
Card stock & Papers     Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Irresistibly Yours DSP (SAB), Bazzill White Linen, Marina Mist
 Ink Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Marina Mist
Accessories Pink Pirouette Seam Binding Ribbon, Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim, Basic Pearls
Tools     1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Owl Builder punch (heart), Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Blendabilities (Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight), Sponge dauber, Dimensionals.

Thanks for looking!

Blendies Bloom


Hi there

Have you tried the new Stampin' Up! 'Blendabilities' alcohol markers yet?  If you like colouring (which I find very therapeutic), you will enjoy the lovely shading and blending of colours that you can achieve with these markers.  All 13 sets of markers listed in the Annual Catalogue are now available for purchase.

One of the the best things, in my opinion, about the Blendabilities is that you get 3 shades of the colour (light, medium, dark) in each pack. This makes the process of getting started must easier. Just choose your favourite Stampin' Up! colours from the range and you are good to go.  

You can use the Stampin' Up! Whisper White card stock as the base (or other Stampin' Up! card stocks for that matter), but you need to stamp your image in Memento ink to ensure don't get any 'bleed' from the markers. You will also stain the tips of the markers if you use Staz On ink.  The other tip I have for you, is to make sure your stamped image is fully dry before starting to colour. Give it a quick blast with the heat gun if you want to colour your stamped image immediately.

You will find lots of  tutorials on the Internet giving advice on how to colour with Blendabilities. There has been much discussion about the pros and cons of going light to dark or dark to light with your colours. Both options seem to produce good results, so I think it is really a matter of preference. I prefer to start light and then add extra colour gradually, until I'm happy with the result. Even the 'Subltes' Blendabilities are very bold colours, so I feel that starting with the lightest colour will give you more control over the final result. If you are starting out, choose a medium sized line image and stamp it a few times on a sheet of Whisper White and try out both options to find which works best for you.

I have finally managed to get one of my coloured 'Blended Bloom'  images onto a card. I have used the new 'I Love Lace' background stamp, which is so detailed, to contrast with the bold flower. The rest of the design is very simple, with some Basic Pearls coloured with the lightest Calypso Coral Blendabilities to finish it off. Being able to colour your rhinestones and pearls to match your project is an added bonus of the Blendabilities!



Project Details
Stamps Blended Bloom, I Love Lace, Express Yourself (Hostess, retired), Peaceful Petals (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Subtles Backgrounds
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Blendabilties (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Skin Tones, Crumb Cake), Dimensionals

Happy colouring!