CASEing the Catty #217 | Happiness Blooms

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a glorious weekend!  We’ve been in celebration mode this weekend – a continuation of Miss Papercraft’s birthday, attending a friend’s 40th and using the last of our Christmas gift vouchers (we went ten pin bowling – sadly I lost to Mr Papercraft!!).  I also snuck in a visit to see friends at a craft retreat.

Tonight’s the CASEing the Catty Crew are sharing projects inspired by the Happiness Blooms suite and subsequent pages of the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue.

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We all know I’m slow on the uptake of trends, so it’s not a huge confession that I did ‘t love the Happiness Blooms suite when I first saw it.  But as I’ve seen more & more samples and added the DSP to my collection, I’m happy to admit that it’s grown on me immensely.

So, rather than avoiding this section of the catalogue, I’ve happily used it as inspiration for one of my Paper Adventures team members birthday gifts.

Using the design features of the box on the bottom left, I’ve created a decorated notebook and coordinating card.

Happiness Blooms | kelly kent

I love how light and bright the featured DSP on this design.  I used a Stitched Rectangle in the place of the tag and added a personalised “G” for her notebook (pictured on the left above).  The ribbon double layered – the Flirty Flamingo from All My Love combo pack and the Grapefruit Grove from the Sale-A-Bration organdy ribbon pack.  As the organdy selection from Sale-A-Bration was so popular, it’s no longer available as a redemption choice!!

Happiness Blooms | kelly kent

The “G” is cut from Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet – another amazing SAB choice.  I just love the colour variation the light reflection throws onto it.  It’s available until 31st March or supplies last.  This product is so lovely, I think there’s a chance this one will disappear early too!

The elements of the card are very similar – the theme was so lovely I just kept going with it!  Same rectangle, same ribbon choices (this time in a bow) and the same DSP – but turning the striped piece into a featured banner.

Happiness Blooms | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is from the Well Said stamp set – one I’m fast finding is a craft room staple I keep turning to.


Thank you for joining us today for the CASEing the Catty hop.  We love sharing how the beautiful pages of the catalogue have inspired the projects we’ve made.  To see more, please keep hopping to visit Julia Quinn’s super cute Easter treats.

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Have a fabulous week!


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Colour INKspiration #49

So excited today – Colour INKspiration is back for 2019!  The Design Team is refreshed and ready to share fabulous projects with you.  We take our inspiration from the colour palettes of beautiful photography.

The year is starting with Colour INKspiration #49 and these gorgeous colours.  You might be starting here or you may have come via our lovely guest designer Virginia Hampson.

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I’ve been wanting to try some colour blending.  At our last team meeting my upline shared a tip on using glycerine with reinkers to create smoother blending.  I’m pretty sure this isn’t a new technique – but you know me… never the first to be trying things (but I get there in the end!).

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and drops of the four colours on one of my large acrylic blocks.  I added a blob of glycerine in the corner of the block, ready for blending with my inks.  The process of blending is the same as if you just used ink, but after you’ve added ink to the dauber, pick up some glycerine as well and then apply the ink as you usually would.  I used circular motions and built up the colour gradually.  The glycerine acts as a lubricant and helps to distribute the ink more evenly.

Once I had my piece of cardstock blended with the four lovely colours, it was time to make it into something!  My original plan was a couple of cards, but I had leftovers, so I made a tag too!

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The card on the left is simply a strip of the coloured cardstock (5-3/8″ x 1-1/8″) adhered to a thick Whisper White cardstock base, with white baker’s twine tied around.

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The sentiment is from the Well Said bundle in Basic Black.

 

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For the second card, I cut 4 x Stitched Shapes circles and arranged them across a thick Whisper White cardstock base.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

The layout of this card was a happy accident.  I was planning something much more geometrical – but in the end the ‘random’ placement seemed to work best with the bright & fun colours.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

I used the same bundle (Well Said) to add the black happy birthday sentiment – this time in the reverse pattern of the first card.  To get the die cut words to adhere easily, be sure to attach Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheet (MPAS) to the cardstock before you run it through the Big Shot.  It makes it so much easier and cleaner to add the words!Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

I had some pretty blended cardstock left over, so I added MPAS to the back and cut happy birthday from the Well Written dies.  I attached this to a piece of Whisper White cardstock finished with the tag topper die from the Beautiful Layers thinlits dies.

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There’s so many possibilites now my blending skills are at next level (thanks to the glycerine!).


We’d love your project to be among the great entries we receive each challenge.  To join the challenge, simply create something using the 4 challenge colours for this fortnight and upload your card to our Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Continue the hop by visiting Julia Quinn‘s bright, cheery & yummy project…

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CASEing the Catty #215 | How Sweet It Is

Hi there!  Thanks for joining me for tonight’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.  I love being part of this creative group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that share projects inspired by the pages of the catalogue.

This week it’s all about the How Sweet It Is section of the catalogue and following pages.  There’s 10 pages of glorious colour, design & inspiration waiting for us all. The first few pages focus on the How Sweet It is suite but after that there’s a range of stamp sets, kits, punches & dies!  Spoilt for choice this week!

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I have been totally in love with the Cupcake Builder Punch & Piece of Cake stamp set this week.  You might have seen the shaker card I posted on Thursday for Just Add Ink.

So, it was this page I was drawn to in the catalogue – and that amazing sparkly drip cake at the centre of the card below.

In an effort to be organised for a big week of celebrations ahead, I used this challenge to make a card for Mr Papercraft.  It’s our 10 year wedding anniversary this week.  3 kids, 2 houses and 1 dog later, he’s still the one for me!

I didn’t want to CASE this whole card, but instead used the cake as the starting inspiration point for my card.

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

The cake, stand and heart were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured using Stampin’ Blends before liberally adding Clear Wink of Stella to make it all sparkly.

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

The sentiments for this card came from the Well Said stamp set (except the ‘happy’ which is from a cake in the Piece of Cake stamp set).  Although it may seem like a bit of an outlay for this huge stamp set, the investment is priceless to have all the standard word sentiments at your fingertips plus a range of fabulous sayings to match.  I just love the one I’ve used on this card!

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I’ve layered the DSP on this card – something I always forget to do!!!  The bottom DSP is Flirty Flamingo stripes from the Brights DSP Stack and the top layer is from All My Love.  Mr Papercraft was hanging out watching tv in my craft room when I was making this card and he unwittingly chose his own DSP!

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

I’ll be the first to admit I’m very influenced by DSP colours.  Flirty Flamingo wasn’t anywhere near my favourite colour before the All My Love DSP but the pretty tones of the DSP have me converted!!!  Rich Razzleberry was the same until Share What You Love came along!

What’s a colour you’ve come to love recently?  I love that favourites can come & go with Stampin’ Up! because they are all wonderful in their own way (and because the fabulous designers are always making pretty new DSP designs for me to fall in love with!).


Please join in with CASEing the Catty challenge and upload your card to our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

You’ll also want to keep hopping to see the other great projects by the design team.  Next up is my gorgeous friend Tina Gillespie

Thanks for visiting,


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