Friday, January 23, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #15 - Calendar with Tiny Treat Boxes

Woohoo!  I am very excited to be joining the talented team at CASE-ing the Catty this year!  :)

With a new Occasions catalogue from Stampin' Up!, as well as lots of Sale-A-Bration goodies, there are lots of lovely toys to get the creative juices flowing.  

This week the challenge at CASE-ing the Catty is to be inspired by a stamped project from the SAB Catalogue & use a Sale-A-Bration (or new stamp) set.  Here's my project using the SAB DSP & stamps from Crazy About You:-

The back panel of my calendar was inspired by the card at the top of page 14 (SAB Catalogue).  I liked the mix of banners layered with stamped & die-cut sentiments, the flower & rhinestones.

The inspiration for the actual calendar came from this gorgeous advent calendar that my lovely friend Lynne sent me (see at the bottom of post for more info).

The Design Team at CTC have some beautiful samples to get you inspired.  You can check them out & play along in the challenge here (simply click on the graphic):-

Project Components
Kraft, Soft Suede & Whisper White cardstock, SAB Best Day Ever DSP, Tiny Treat Boxes, Crazy About You stamp set, Calypso Coral ink, SAB button, White Baker's Twine, Hello You dies, Window Frame dies, alphabet dies (retired), Hexagon & Scallop Circle punches, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Rhinestones

Project Construction Details
 Lynne's calendar stand & number cubes were created with an e-cutter - you can find more details here.
I created my cubes using SU's Tiny Treat Boxes.  As these boxes are larger than the ones Lynne made, I designed a new stand which could be cut by hand.  I made a base box for the cubes to sit on, attached the back panel & then adhered the sides to hold it all together.  I took lots of photos during the construction & hope to put together a tutorial some time in the future.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Blushing Bride Painted Petals

Hi, here's another card using the pretty Painted Petals set from SU.  This time I have used Blushing Bride & Pistachio Pudding.  I stamped the petals, then re-inked parts of the stamp with the Blushing Bride marker & stamped a second time to give some extra variation to the blooms.

The Irresistibly Yours background paper has been sponged all over with Blushing Bride ink as well.  Lots of white layers, a simple white bow & a couple of pearls complete the card.  The sentiment comes from Crazy About You.

Card Components
All Stampin' Up 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tangelo Painted Petals

There are so many gorgeous stamp sets in the new SU Occasions catalogue!  This pretty set called "Painted Petals" looks beautiful in soft colours, but I thought it would pack a punch in Tangelo Twist, with a hint of Real Red added to the blooms to help with the dimension.

The black print comes from the Stacked With Love DSP stack & the sentiment comes from the "From The Herd" stamp set .

Card Components
All Stampin' Up
Tangelo Twist, Basic Black & Whisper White Cardstock, Painted Petals & From The Herd Stamp Sets, 
Stacked with Love DSP, Tangelo Twist Ribbon, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Pearls, 
Memento Black Ink, Tangelo Twist, Real Red & Old Olive Ink, Dimensionals  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tealight Christmas Card - TPP#225

I had another play around tonight with Nance's Black Tie Challenge at The Paper Players to create a holiday project that is fancy!  I figure this fits the bill:-

It looks quite unassuming until you pop a battery tealight inside & light up the moon!

I wanted to create something a little different & used the recent JAI sketch as a rough starting point for my design.
 (Click on the graphic to go to the JAI challenge)

The starry night sky was created by punching Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with the Confetti Star Border Punch.  Each star was added using a teeny dob of Crystal Effects.  I used the large circle punch to create the moon aperture in the black cardstock layer, then used a slightly larger circle die to cut the corresponding openings in the white & cherry layers.  The sleigh image was stamped on the vellum with Staz On.  The house was stamped on whisper white cardstock with memento ink & coloured with Blendies.  Tiny pearls (coloured red) have been added to the fussy cut pine tree.  The banner end was cut with the hexagon punch & the house & tree are lifted up on dimensionals.

There are still a couple of days left to play in The Paper Players challenge which you can find by clicking on the graphic below:-

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Card Components
All SU

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A couple of Christmas Challenges!

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I would play along in a couple of challenges to create this card:-

The layout is inspired by the Tina's Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink:-

& Nance's Black Tie Challenge at The Paper Players to create a holiday project that is fancy!

I've kept to a monochromatic palette of white, slate, brushed silver & shiny silver cardstock, with silver embossed details & sentiment.  An extra touch of bling comes from a retired rhinestone embellishment that I had been saving because it's sooo pretty!  :)

Both these challenges are running longer than usual, so you can play along by clicking on the respective graphics.  Make sure you check out the gorgeous samples from the Design Team members too!

Thanks for stopping by.  :)

Card Components
All Stampin' Up! as listed above, plus All Is Calm DSP, Versamark Ink, 
Bright & Beautiful S/Set, Many Merry Stars S/Set, Star Framelit Dies, 
Hexagon Punch & Dimensionals

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Something that has been on my "to do" list for a while is a double cascade card, where you basically have two interlocking angled "z" fold cards.  I used the directions in Sonia's post, but altered the measurements so my base panels are 12" long x 3" at the front & 6" at the rear.  Here is my first card, made in SU blues:-

Here is a view from the top, so you can see the concertina effect:-

They flatten out, but still need a box rather than an envelope to accommodate them, so I made a custom box to match:-

This is what it looks like on opening:-

& here they both are together:-

& because these cards are so much fun to make, I made a purple one too:-

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Card Components
All Stampin' Up!
Cardstock & Ink Colours
BLUE - Lost Lagoon, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz & Very Vanilla
PURPLE - Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery & Whisper White

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CASE-ing the Catty #13

This week the Team at CASE-ing the Catty are focusing on cards featured in the Holiday Catty.

Yesterday I had a wonderful day out with friends & bought a couple of sweet little dies.  I have used them on this card, which was inspired by the tree card at the top of page 24:-

I have curled each layer of the poinsettia blooms & added some gold glitter ink to the stamens.  A tiny rhinestone, coloured with the darkest daffodil blendability completes each flower.  I also coloured some white baker's twine with the lightest cherry blendability for the bow.  The brushed gold watering can is popped up on dimensionals & layered over a strip of striped sticker from the retired Season of Sweets Designer packaging kit, as well as a garden green strip.  A simple embossed border finishes off the card.

You can see all the fabulous inspiration pieces by the Design Team & play along in the challenge here (click on the graphic).

Card Components
Garden Watering Can by Memory Box
Small Blooming Poinsettia by Poppystamps
Zig Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
everything else is Stampin' Up!