CASE-ing the Catty - Sale-a-bration!

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Hi there

Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty. It's a scorching Sunday here in Melbourne. I'm lucky to be able to escape to some air conditioning in my craft room. Northern Australia is facing unprecedented flooding rains and I know many readers in the northern hemisphere are facing their own extreme weather events, too. So where ever you are, I hope you are safe from the worst of what Mother Nature is delivering us at the moment! 

If you've come from Peta's blog, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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We are taking our inspiration from the Sale-a-bration Brochure again this week. Don't forget that you get to choose a FREE item from this brochure, when you make a purchase of $90 or more between now and 31 March 2019.  Plus, NEW Sale-a-bration products will be released in mid-February and NEW products that co-ordinate with your FREE Sale-a-bration items will be released for purchase on 1 March 2019. Stay tuned for more details!

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I'm taking a break from the feminine, floral creations to go a little bit country this week. My inspiration comes from the project in the photo above, on page 10 of the Sale-a-bation brochure. I was taken with the copper embossing on the copper tin; such a great idea and I would love to try it. As I don't have the copper tins, I've gone with the next best thing - copper embossing on Copper Foil. 

Stampin' Up! Home to Roost (Sale-a-bration) - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

It was really difficult getting a good photo that does justice to the copper embossing, with the reflection coming off the foil. I used the Stamparatus and the 'hinge stamping' technique to stamp the grasses in Versamark across the bottom of the Copper Foil and then heat embossed with the lush copper embossing powder.  I was really happy with how it turned out and you need to see it in real life to appreciate the lovely texture that it adds to the foil. You do need to be careful with the Stamparatus magnets on the foil, as it marks very easily. Next time, I would place a small piece of Whisper White card stock underneath the magnet, so that it doesn't scratch the foil when you remove it. Don't forget the embossing buddy before you stamp to prevent stray particles of embossing powder.

The embossed foil was adhered to an Early Espresso card base. The Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry design from the Tea Room Specialty Designer Paper pack reflected the colours in my rooster and I think it works well with the copper, too. These green tones were everywhere in my country childhood. I adhered the DSP to Coastal Cabana card stock to give it some body and then shaped it into the tag.  I used the long retired Slot Punch to add the opening at the top. A Very Vanilla Lace Doily was added to the right edge and then the embossed Bermuda Bay greeting banner was positioned over the top.

Stampin' Up! Home to Roost (Sale-a-bration) - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The majestic rooster from the Sale-a-bration Home to Roost stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I wanted to preserve the detail in the rooster image and thought that embossing would achieve that. Clear embossing over normal ink is more subtle and is great for water colouring too. Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers were used to colour the rooster and then he was fussy cut and positioned over the banner. The ground and his legs are flat on the banner and then I've popped up the rest of him over the doily.

Stampin' Up! Home to Roost (Sale-a-bration) - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I've continued the country theme on the inside, using more of the Coastal Cabana DSP as a background to the Very Vanilla stitched rectangle writing panel. I added the off-cut of the doily under the writing panel to balance out the length.  The little vase from the Vibrant Vases stamp set was stamped in Coastal Cabana ink on Coastal Cabana card stock to give more depth to the shading and then cropped with the Vase Builder Punch. The little bunch of flowers was stamped, coloured and fussy cut and positioned under the popped up vase.

Stampin' Up! Home to Roost (Sale-a-bration) - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I finished off with a bow in the Braided Linen Trim at the top of the tag and a trio of clear epoxy droplets that I coloured with the Bronze Stampin' Blends marker.

Project Details
Stamps Home to Roost (Sale-a-bration), Beauty Abounds, Vibrant Vases
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Copper Foil, Tea Room Specialty DSP
 Ink Versamark, Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana
Accessories Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, Lace Doilies (retired), Linen Braided Trim
Tools     Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Big Shot, Stamparatus, Stampin' Blends (Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Cajun Craze, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Bronze), Dimensionals, Ivory EP (not SU), Heat gun, Vase Builder Punch, Slot Punch (retired)

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what Lauren has to inspire you this week. 

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We would love you to join us with your CASE this week, using our Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog. 

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I hope you've enjoyed looking at Home to Roost and thanks for visiting me today!


Petal Pink Birthday

Hi there

I've been colouring more roses from the Tea Together stamp set, but this time using the Stampin' Blends Alcohol markers for a different look. I chose Petal Pink to coordinate with the beautiful Petal Pink Vellum from the Floral Romance Speciality Designer Paper.

I've covered the entire front of my Whisper White card base with the vellum. My preferred method is to use a sponge to lightly dab on a scant amount of Tombow Liquid Adhesive. I put a squiggle of glue onto the Silicone Mat and then pick up a little with the sponge and dab it around the edges. Lightly press the vellum onto the card base for an invisible finish.

Stampin' Up! Tea Together, Floral Romance Specialty DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've used one of the new Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies to cut the centre panel and added some extra interest with the lovely floral embossing die from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies in opposite corners. This provides a background to my Petal Pink roses that were cropped with the co-ordinating die from the Tea Time Framelits, which is one of the Level 2 Sale-a-bration FREE products available for you to choose when you place and order of $180.

Stampin' Up! Tea Together, Floral Romance Specialty DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The greeting from the Forever Lovely stamp set was stamped in Mint Macaron ink and I've used the Soft Sea Foam and Light Mint Macaron Blends on the leaves of the roses as well. I finished with a trio of Calypso Coral enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms pack for some extra pop. You can see the detail in the lovely needlepoint embossing die in this closeup.

Stampin' Up! Tea Together, Floral Romance Specialty DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside I have added a Grapefruit Grove mat for the writing panel and a narrow strip of the Petal Pink vellum was added at the base. In the top right corner, I've used the floral embossing die as a background to the smaller flower, also from the Tea  Together stamp set.  

Stampin' Up! Tea Together, Floral Romance Specialty DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Tea Together, Forever Lovely
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Grapefruit Grove, Floral Romance Specialty DSP
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Mint Macaron
Accessories Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots
Tools     Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Needlepoint Elements Framelits, Tea Time Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends (Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Light Mint Macaron, Light Calypso Coral), Dimensionals, Silicone Mat, Tombow Liquid Adhesive

 
I hope you like my project and thanks for visiting today!


CASE-ing the Catty - Floral Romance

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Hi there

This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the Floral Romance section of the new Occasions Catalogue. There are lots of lovely samples in this section to get you inspired! 

If you've come from looking at the lovely project on Sandra's blog, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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Don't forget that you can earn FREE product when you make a purchase of $90 or more between now and 31 March 2019. If you don't have your own copy of the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure yet, then leave your details on the Free Catalogues page on my blog and I'll pop one in the post for you.

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This week I've taken my inspiration from the card above, although you will see that my finished product does not really resemble it at all. I saw the lovely Lace Dynamic embossing folder and started with that, although I went with a white card base and a white embossed panel in a landscape orientation.

Stampin' Up! Floral Romance Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I have used Petal Pink as an accent colour in the flowers, the die cut oval and the variegated ribbon. I have to say when Petal Pink was released in the colour refresh, it honestly did not float my boat! However, the Floral Romance Suite of products has changed all that with the beautiful vellum in the coordinating Floral Romance Speciality Designer Paper that I have used for the background in my photo. 

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I've stamped the main floral image from the Wonderful Romance stamp set in Mememto Tuxedo Black ink and used Stampin' Blends Alcohol markers to colour. The large leaves are in Mossy Meadow and for the smaller spray of leaves with the flowers, I used Granny Apple Green to provide some contrast. The flowers are coloured with Petal Pink and a touch of Light Calypso Coral. The flowers were stamped, coloured and then fussy cut and popped up for extra dimension and a little pearl added to the centres. 

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For the inside, I have embossed the scallops from the Lace Dynamic TIEF on each side of the writing panel. I was going to leave it at that, but thought it looked a little insipid, as one of my crafty friends would say! I added the die cut spray from the Well Written Framelits Dies and used Grapefruit Grove to add a better of extra colour for the flowers. I'm not sure that I really like it though.

Stampin' Up! Floral Romance Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Project Details
Stamps Wonderful Romance
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Grapefruit Grove
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso
Accessories Basic Jewels Pearls, Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8" Variegated Ribbon
Tools     Wonderful Floral Framelits, Lace Dynamic TIEF, Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies, Well Written Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Stamparatus, Dimensionals, Glue Dots,  Stampin' Blends markers

 

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what Monique has to inspire you this week. 

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We would love you to join us with your CASE this week, using our Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog. 

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I hope you've enjoyed my project with the Floral Romance Suite and thanks for visiting me today!

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Geared Up Birthday

Hi there

I have a masculine card to share today - a bit of a rarity around here, lol.  I've used the new Geared Up Garage Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. It is great to have a coordinating suite of products that should appeal to a male of any age. 

I've seen a few cards recently using the Faux Denim technique and I thought it would make a perfect background for this masculine card. I started with a piece of Balmy Blue card stock cut to the size I wanted to use. I think this is important, as you don't want to cut off the nice dark bits you get on the edge of your art panel. Next drag the end of the ink pad (in this case Night of Navy) vertically and then horizontally across the card stock, trying not to get any strong lines from the edge of the ink pad. It is better to go softer and build up the colour than put too much pressure and end up with a strong line that is hard to blend in.  That's it! Easy, peasy. Every piece you do will be different, but they will all look great. I'm sure this technique would also look great in other colours too. 

Stampin' Up! Geared Up Garage Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

After adding the Black/Silver Striped Metallic Ribbon at the bottom of the art panel I matted it onto Whisper White and then adhered it to the Real Red card base.  

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The set of connected gears from the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies was cut from Black Foil, that has been carried over from the Holiday Catalogue. To make it super easy to adhere, cut a piece of Adhesive Sheet and adhere to the back of your foil before you die cut and turn it into a sticker. Once the gears were in place, I positioned the birthday banner and added the die cut 'happy' above it.  Both of these are from the fabulous Well Said Bundle, which is a set of 51 stamps and 24 dies that allow you to mix and match the text and die cut greetings. It is an investment, but something you will have in your craft stash forever. I'm very fortunate that some lovely crafty friends gave this bundle to me as a belated birthday gift and I'll be forever thankful for their friendship and generosity. 

The 'birthday' was cropped with the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies, which is another fabulous addition to your craft tools. To get the length I wanted, I die cut one end and two-thirds of the length and then moved the die down and then just cut the second end. This is a great technique you can use to lengthen or shorten your die cut squares and rectangles to get exactly what you need.

Finally, I stamped the car in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers in Real Red and highlights in Cherry Cobbler. There is a die for the car, but I chose to fussy cut it to get a really narrow border and then popped it up over the gears. I finished with the smallest black Faceted Dots on the greeting.

Stampin' Up! Geared Up Garage Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside I have a black mat for the writing panel and I've added a narrow strip from another faux denim panel at the base. I stamped the oil stain twice in Basic Gray ink to create a background for the greeting that I heat embossed in white on a piece of faux denim background and cropped with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  I popped up the die cut trio of gears on the corner to finish. 

Stampin' Up! Geared Up Garage Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Project Details
Stamps Geared Up Garage, Well Said
Card stock & Papers Real Red, Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Black Foil,
 Ink Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Basic Gray
Accessories Faceted Dots, Black/Silver Striped Metallic Ribbon
Tools     Garage Gears Thinlits Dies, Well Written Framelits Dies, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends (Real Red & Cherry Cobbler), White EP, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Adhesive Sheet

 
I hope you like my project and thanks for visiting today!


CASE-ing the Catty - All My Love

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Hi there

This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the All My Love section of the new Occasions Catalogue. There are lots of lovely samples in this section to get you inspired! 

If you've come from looking at the lovely project on Julia's blog, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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Don't forget that you can earn FREE product when you make a purchase of $90 or more between now and 31 March 2019. If you don't have your own copy of the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure yet, then leave your details on the Free Catalogues page on my blog and I'll pop one in the post for you.

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This week I've taken my inspiration from the pretty, narrow note card above that features the beautiful climbing roses image from the Climbing Roses stamp set. It is a set of 9 cling stamps with 5 lovely greetings and 4 images. It coordinates with the Rose Trellis Thinlits dies, which cut that lovely big rose image on the card, plus it has a number of extra pieces including a lovely lattice frame and label that will work with many projects.

When I saw the sample above, I thought the 'V' shape of the roses would make a lovely flap for a special card. I went ahead and made a prototype in copy paper first to make sure it was feasible and came up with my combined card and gift card holder. 

Stampin' Up! Climbing Roses Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
It looks pretty much like a regular card from above, with the roses overlapping a panel of the lovely Highland Heather Gingham paper that has been topped with the Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon. I added the greeting from the Cake Soiree stamp set,  cropped with the 1" Circle punch and sitting on a narrow banner and popped up on an Old Olive mat. I added a tiny sparkly heart that I covered with glue (using a glue pen) and then sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Stampin' Up! Climbing Roses Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The roses were stamped in Mememto Tuxedo Black ink and then partially die cut. I cut away the excess card stock and created the curve on each side up to the score line. The roses were coloured with the Highland Heather Stampin' Blends alcohol marker and I added the highlights with the Gorgeous Grape watercolour pencil for a soft effect. The leaves were coloured with the Granny Apple Green watercolour pencil for the same reason. These colouring media work well together, so experiment for different effects.

Stampin' Up! Climbing Roses Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

When you lift up the rose flap, which is held in place with tiny magnets, the bottom flap folds down to reveal the writing panel. I have added a mat of Highland Heather for the writing panel and another strip of Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon at the bottom. The greeting from the Varied Vases stamp seemed appropriate and it was stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink. I have coloured the small rose image that is also included in the Climbing Roses stamp set and popped some dainty greenery from the Wonderful Floral Framelits underneath.  

The middle panel provides a pocket for a gift card. I added a layer of Highland Heather and the white pocket that was edged with the cute stitching and scallop finish using a die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits. More of the Highland Heather gingham paper was added under the stitching and I finished it with 2 more of the little coloured roses.

Stampin' Up! Climbing Roses Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

You can see the flap created by the roses more clearly in this photo and I also used the Subtle embossing folder on the 2 panels of the card before adding the extra layers.

Thank you to my lovely mother-in-law Betty, who gave me this fabulous bundle of products for Christmas. Well actually, she gave me the money and this is what I purchased with it! I know I'm going to get a lot use from it. I see the opportunity for a wedding version of this card and I'm looking forward to trying that idea too.

Project Details
Stamps Climbing Roses, Cake Soiree
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Highland Heather, Old Olive, Gorgeous Grape, Gingham Gala DSP Stack
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Gorgeous Grape
Accessories Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon, 2mm Rhinestones (not SU), Heart Epoxy Droplets, Dazzling Diamonds
Tools     Rose Trellis Thinlits Dies, Wonderful Floral Framelits, Be Mine Stitched Framelits, Big Shot, Stamparatus, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 1" Circle punch, 1 1/8" Circle punch (not SU), Stampin' Blends markers, Watercolour pencils, Glue pen, 1mm Neodynmium Magnets

 

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what Sandra has to inspire you this week. 

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We would love you to join us with your CASE this week, using our Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog. 

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I hope you've enjoyed my project with the Climbing Roses Bundle and thanks for visiting me today!

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CASE-ing the Catty - Colour Combination

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Hi there

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

If you've come from Sandra's blog, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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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

 

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what Simone has to inspire you this week. 

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We would love you to join us with your CASE this week, using our Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog. 

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 Thanks for visiting today!

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A New Year and New Toys!

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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.

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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.

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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!


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Blendabilities

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!

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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!