Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dragonflies for SUO Challenges

Hello and Welcome to our awesome challenge featuring Dragonflies and Butterflies!

I'm on the team at SUO!

We are a group who holds challenges for you to use your Stampin' Up! products only - SUO.

And there ARE SO MANY CHOICES for our challenge this time!!  Stampin' Up1 has a beautiful collection of stamps and images featuring dragonflies and butterflies 
(secretly, I think I own them all!!!)

This lovely card features Dragonfly Dreams, and I've used a lovely colouring technique for my background and the dragonflies.

The background was created by inking the H block with Soft Sky and Lemon Lime Twist ink at the top and bottom of the block.  I then misted all over the ink using my Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner and stamped the colour onto my shimmery white cardstock.  

The dragonflies were inked up using Old Olive ink, and then I rolled the image around the edges into Emerald Envy ink to create the lovely toned wings.  I then used the Clear Wink of Stella brush on the dragonflies to drag the colour around on the wings and make them SPARKLE!  
And it looks just GORGEOUS!!  

I've added half an Eastern Gold Sticker flower under the greeting which has been mounted onto some Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.  My final bits of sparkle are some gold sequin trim and gold enamel shapes - so so pretty.  If you know me, you will know I'm rather partial to green - so I REALLY  like my card!!  I've used Soft Sky for the base, and Lemon Lime Twist with Emerald Envy cardstock layers under my stamped piece.  
I'm on the team at SUO!
Now, it's time for you to get your creative dragonfly and butterfly juices going and add your project into our gallery for the challenge.  Just head to our blog using the link above.

Until Next Time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia.   x


Sunday, August 13, 2017

CASEing the Catty Birthday Chapter CTC#141

Hello and Welcome to our Sunday Night Blog Hop! We are a group who LOVE to CASE the Stampin' Up! catalogue and then share our inspiration with you, and challenge you to join in the fun too.

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This time we are CASEing the Birthday chapter of our Annual Catalogue - pages 68 -85, which has some lovely ideas............ so I did a lot of flicking back and forth through the pages for my inspiration!!

Finally I settled on page 71 and these lovely cards which all feature some colouring techniques - which is our class focus for this week so there's a bonus for me! 
 Class planning AND blog planning in one easy day of creation!!  Win Win!!

 I've used all different stamp sets, but kept the same colours and layouts - see what you think....

My first card features a sneak peek from our holiday catalogue - Beachy Little Christmas - but I've used it for another purpose.  I love stamp sets that have multiple uses!!  More value for my purchase!!
I've coloured using watercolour pencils and the Clear Wink of Stella onto shimmery white cardstock.

This card is inspired by the gift box and features Better Together - another super flexible stamp set useful for lots of occasions.  I've coloured using Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum ink onto whisper white cardstock using an aqua painter.

My final card uses a messy watercolour technique - once again using an aqua painter and ink pads - this time Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi.  This is a super quick way to colour - great when you're in a hurry - but it looks messy and artistic (have to give this one to someone who appreciates art and won't think that it was done by a toddler!!! lol)  The featured stamp set is Butterfly Basics - an oldie but a goodie. 

And here are my cards positioned next to the catalogue - what do you think?

Now it's time for you to hop along to see Rose's awesome card - just love her graphic style. 

And if you would love to join in the fun of our challenge, head over to our facebook challenge page and add your photo of your project inspired by the Birthday Chapter of our Catalogue!!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping.
Love  Julia   x

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Colour INKspiration #15 - loving these bluesy colours

Hello and Welcome to our Colour INKspiration Blog Hop and Challenge!!
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This week the colours are:  Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party.

My favourites are the blues - Bermuda Bay and Pool Party with the vibrant splash of Lemon Lime Twist!!  I am NOT a purple person, but the Elegant Eggplant looks fabulous with these colours!! 

I've done some of my favourite collage stamping using Timeless Textures for the background in the Pool Party and Bermuda Bay.  Because I was doing a 'Thank You Cards' class this week, my design project for our challenge is one of the cards for the class.  So using the ever popular Delightful Daisy bundle (which is now back and available woo hooo) we created a feature flower to say thankyou.  

As I said, I'm not into purple, so when I created my double daisy head it was waaaaaay too much - hence the folded top layer for the daisy.  I attached the 2 heads together, and then folded the top petals into the centre and anchored them with the flower centre - I was pretty impressed with myself creating this flower AND it satisfied my not-too-much-purple  requirement!!
I love the double knot in the Bermuda Bay and Pool Party over the top of my ombre Lemon Lime Twist ribbon down the side of the card.  

Since I was having a fun time creating, I made another card with the Elegant Eggplant far more subdued!!  I've stamped the daisy onto vellum, and then blended the ink around to 'colour' in the petals using the Clear Wink of Stella brush.  

I scrunched the vellum daisies in my hand to give them a bit more body and texture, as well as manipulating the petals with a bone folder for curve.

Which one is your favourite?  
Honestly...... I like the one with more Elegant Eggplant - who would have thought?????? 
 But, I do loooove these bluesy colours!!  

Now it's time for you to hop along to see Chloe's GORGEOUS flamingos!!!

And please share your gorgeous creations using these colours by adding your photo to our Facebook Challenge Page - this link will get you there!!

Until Next Time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia.  x

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Babies & Kids - such great inspiration CTC#140

Hello and Welcome to another Sunday Night Blog Hop CASEing the Catty - celebrating the awesomeness of our brilliant Stampin' Up! Catalogues and challenging you to have a go at CASEing too!!

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This week, we are CASEing the Babies and Kids chapter of the Catalogue - which is a smaller chapter, but there is still some great inspiration!!

I've been inspired by the lovely Bookcase Builder card at the top of page 105.

And the very nature of this stamp set is that it can be used for almost ANY occasion - not just for Babies and Kids!!  The card featured in the catalogue is a Thank you Card and it features the cuteness of the lovely little teddy bear.  

I've still created a Thank you card (and this is one of our class cards for tomorrow nights Thank You Cards class), but my theme is more adult and sedate!!  I've used fairly similar colours and tones with Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder and a splash of Lemon Lime Twist for my self contents.  

The shelves are stamped using Crumb Cake which is the same as my base card.  The greeting has been highlighted with the Early Espresso marker (there are more words on the stamp and I only wanted the Thank you).  My final touch was some Fine Tip Glue pen to make the plant pots and photo frame a  bit shiny and a little flag of ribbon on the top left hand of the panel.  

Now it's your turn to be challenged - show us your best creation from the inspirational Babies & Kids chapter of our Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue.  You can add your photo to our facebook challenge page.  

Up next is the awesome Alisa and her lovely floral creation.  Keep hopping all the way through and be inspired over and over again with amazing projects from the Design Team ALL inspired by the Babies and Kids chapter of our catalogue.  

Until Next time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia      x

Dragonflies for SUO Challenges

Hello and Welcome to our awesome challenge featuring Dragonflies and Butterflies! We are a group who holds challenges for you t...