Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Some favourites from Occasions and Sale-a-bration!!

Hello and Welcome to a celebration of our favourite Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalogue products for SUO Challenges!!  We use Stampin' Up! only products to challenge you to explore this amazing range!!

And what a difficult challenge it is to narrow down to my favourites!!  You will have seen me feature a card like this before - so the Grapefruit Grove foil must be one of my favourites!

Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets

  I Looooove the effect when this gorgeous foil is embossed!!

I've embossed it with a gorgeous new folder available in the Occasions catalogue - the Lace Dynamic Textured embossing folder.

Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

The colours I've used for this card are: Very Vanilla, Pool Party and Grapefruit Grove. 

ON the inside of the card I've featured another awesome new product from the Occasions Catalogue - the amazing new Rectangle Stitched framelits.  
Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies

I've used the smallest rectangle for the greeting on the front of the card too.
Because the embossing folder is so glorious I've added minimal embellishment on the front which is super easy with the fabulous Piece of Cake bundle.Piece Of Cake Photopolymer Bundle

I heat embossed the cake in Whisper White onto Pool Party card and then punched out the images and popped them onto some Pool Party shimmer ribbon.  So pretty.

We'd love you to join in the fun with us too over at SUO Challenges - Stampin' Up! only challenges. It's easy to add your project to our lineup on our blog.


Until Next Time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia   x

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Exciting NEW Sale-a-bration for CTC#216

Hello and Welcome to CASEING the CATTY Sunday Night Blog Hop and Challenge!!

We are a design team inspiring you to look at our Stampin' Up! catalogues in new and different ways!!

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This week, we are challenging you to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit or Copy And Share Everything) from the Sale-a-bration catalogue.  
We have a bunch of NEW Sale-a-bration rewards on offer now - have you seen them yet?  

I was inspired by this little card which features the GLORIOUS Grapefruit Grove foil - actually all my inspiration came from that foil!!  teehee.  It's AH- MAA - ZING!!

I really wanted to make the foil the STAR of the show - because it really is spectacular!  So I've used the foil for the whole front of the card rather than just a piece.  Then I had a dilemma, because I didn't want to cover it up!!  So I've added a greeting and a couple of butterflies.  The ribbons were added as a nod to my original inspiration!!

You are invited to join in the fun of the challenge too!! Add your projects inspired by the Sale-a-bration catalogue onto our facebook group page, and join in the fun too!!

Until Next Time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia   x

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Piece of Cake for our first colour INKspiration challenge this year #49

Hello And Welcome to Colour INKspiration 2019!!  We have some stunning new banners to kick start the year created by one of our amazing team members - Rose.  Don't they look FANTASTIC!!!

We have an amazing design team all challenging you to join in the fun and create using the prescribed colours for each challenge!!

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Our colours this time are:  Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Pineapple Punch, and  Highland Heather.  All of these (except Coastal Cabana which is a personal favourite), are TOTALLY out of my comfort zone, BUT, the projects contributed by the whole team are INCREDIBLE!!  So much to love and so so so pretty.  You'll just love this whole hop!!  Actually these colours are amazing match for our new banners too!!! 

I've used the fun Piece of Cake stamp set for my card - and as you might guess - it features more Coastal Cabana than any other colour!!
The other bright colours really do look super sweet on all the cakes though!!

See all those greetings in the background of this card?  I tried a new technique using the Stamparatus to create a bunch of background words stamping.  


I loaded up all the greetings onto the Stamparatus plate, stamped it once and then moved the hinge of the Stamparatus down to stamp it again on the bottom half of the cardstock.  


This strategy certainly speeded up the process of stamping all those greetings!! 
Piece Of Cake Photopolymer Bundle
 They are all part of this amazing stamp set, and they are so much fun too!!

Now it's time for you to hop along to see Denita's lovely chequered card!!

You are invited to join in the challenge too!!  Create your project using these fun colours and add your photo to the group on our facebook challenge page!!  Super easy, super fun!!

Until Next Time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia   x


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Something so Sweet for CTC#215

Hello and Welcome to another awesome amazing Sunday Night Blog Hop Caseing the Catty Challenge.

CASEing is all about Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit - using the Stampin' Up! catalogues which are packed full of amazingness.  The brilliance of our challenge is that every week, there are amazing projects from the design team inspired by the catalogue showing off lots of amazing ideas and techniques that I had never noticed!!!

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This week we are sharing inspiration from the How Sweet it is chapter - pages 14-23.

Those pages include this totally wonderful Project kit - Incredible Like You which has GORGEOUS laser cut overlays over stunning water coloured backgrounds. I've used the top right card and the gradual wash from dark to light in the background as my starting point.

My card journey then took me a looong way from the original!!!  I've used Blueberry Bushel and Coastal Cabana for my watercolour wash and tried to copy the idea on the Project card with the brush strokes.  I then stamped the bubbles over the top of the wash to help hide the not-so-good bits of the watercolour wash!!!  I love these images in this stamp set Best Catch and the coordinating Catch of the Day framelits really made this card a breeze to put together.  

This is a centre easel card inspired by the amazing  Bronwyn Eastley who creates some impressive cards featuring fabulous folds.  

I've coloured my feature fish (I think its a trout?) using Stampin' Blends and also stamped the same fish using Coastal Cabana on vellum for the base of the card.  

My feature panel uses Shimmery White cardstock which is more forgiving when you're using watercolour techniques.  I hope you've been inspired to have a go with the great water colour wash technique!  

Up next is the amazing and inspirational Kelly.

We love to see your projects inspired by the catalogues too!!  Check out this sweet chapter and then please add your project to the lineup on our facebook challenge page. 

Until Next Time
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia   x

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Some favourites from Occasions and Sale-a-bration!!

Hello and Welcome to a celebration of our favourite Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalogue products for SUO Challenges!!  We use St...