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CASEing the Catty Challenge Blog Hop CTC474 – Technique

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Challenge CTC474 and today the Design Team are CASEing any technique from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. Our Catalogue is filled with techniques on every page. Some techniques we may even use daily. For me, ink blending, colouring and some fussy cutting is generally something I would use all the time.

To CASE means to Copy and Selectively Edit a project which means you can copy the project as is or be inspired by elements of the project to make it your own. Each week the CASEing the Catty Crew share inspiration through our blog hop and then through the week you can submit your project to our FB group.

I’m CASEing the Distressing technique on this card. It’s a simple technique which gives a lovely rustic look.

On my card I tore several pieces of paper and laid them together for an organic paper-pieced effect. This is another fun technique to try. To get that nice white edge, make sure you tear the paper forwards. I blended some Crumb Cake ink on some of the edges and on parts of the Country Woods Designer Series Paper for a more distressed look.

This was the first time I was using the Seaside Wishes bundle and my unusual colour palette was inspired by a fun craft game show that I watch called Craft Roulette. The colours it called for was ‘salad’ colours so my blending was based on an Asian noodle salad with purple cabbage, red and yellow capsicums, chilli and cucumber.

There’s inspiration all around us and I certainly didn’t think I could have come up with a seaside card using these colours … that was until I started playing with them. It’s so much fun to experiment with different colour palettes and techniques.

The embossing folder that is part of this bundle is a hybrid embossing folder which allows you to die cut the images at the same time you are embossing the Cardstock. This is what I did to get those lovely details on the sand dollars. Each of the die cuts were blended with a combination of 2 colours.

On the base of the card I added a layer of Thoughtful Journey Designer Series Paper. With one side being scenic, I have found that I’m using a lot of the reverse side which has background wash designs so it works well with lots of projects.

I added a heat embossed sentiment on Black Cardstock for a pop against the rich colours of the background.

I hope you have been inspired with this project and give one of these techniques a try. You can add the Seaside Wishes bundle to your stash while it’s on sale until 30th June for $74.25 (discounted from $83.50). Product list and Online Store details are listed at the end of this post.

Follow our hop through by going through to visit Julia Quinn to see what technique she’s sharing with you. I look forward to seeing your entry in our FB group.

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AWOW Blog Hop – Adventures of Benji with the Charming Duck Pond Bundle

Welcome to a very special edition of the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop for June. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who live in different time zones around the world. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, we share inspiration with a particular theme which is organised by Angie Mckenzie each month. Today to help us on our creative journey, we have a VIP touring with us. His name is Benji.

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Who is Benji?

Benji is Angie’s little Shih Tzu and she promised him she would take him on a trip around the world. Today that promise comes to fruition and Benji gets to go on some amazing adventures with us.

I wonder what he will expereience in this whirlwind 24 hours?

So, welcome Benji to our little town of Blind Bight which is a beautiful coastal town on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria in Australia. We have a population of under 1500. First of all when you come to our home you would get to meet our 2 cats Dolce and Aria and our Bull Arab dog, Duke who is about 3 times the size of you but he is just a lanky guy who loves to play.

Down the road from our house is a beach (about a 5 minute walk). I hear it from a good source, Benji, that you do love a short walk but like to be carried on longer walks. The walk to the Blind Bight foreshore and boat ramp is a short one of about 600 metres and I reckon you’ll be able to do this, no worries.

The main beach is determined by the tides so swimming or boating is guided by those times. We also have a lovely lake which has been formed from the water that flows through, which we can swim in at any time (of course when the weather is warm). It is great for dogs to run and chase balls or sticks or just go for a walk around the trek. I’m sure Benji would love to run around the vast area here and maybe even play with some of the other dogs that are around. He may even have a play with my family who are enjoying a twilight swim in summer in this photo.

At this lake there are ducks and it’s so nice to see these duck families around the area. So that’s where my card theme came from. I bet you would make some new ducky friends here, Benji.

Last year there was a duck family that was walking the streets for a couple of months. We have a community FB page and someone would post ‘careful, duck family is on Channel Crescent’ and there would be updates all the time. They were just happy living the street life instead of waddling to the water which they were so close to. Here’s a photo of that little duck family walking the neighbourhood streets with Benji having a bit of a nosey.

This shadow box pop up fancy fold card I learned from our fellow AWOW team member, Mikaela Titheridge. I love a simple fancy fold and this one’s a nice and easy one. I’ll be sharing this on a FB Live tonight so make sure you check out this card there.

On the back window of the card, I added a lovely scene from the Lily Pond Lane Designer Series Paper with the sentiment stamped onto it. Doesn’t it feel like your’e on a holiday when looking at this?

Rather unusual for me is that this card is made up of mainly die cuts. The only stamping that is there is the sentiment.

I die cut the lotus leaves and shrubs from Basic White Cardstock, colouring them in with Stampin’ Blends and Watercolour Pencils. I wanted to create a little scene reminiscent of the mangroves and bushes we have around in Blind Bight. I reckon Benji would be sniffing his way through some of these as he gets familiar with his surroundings.

The mother duck was die cut directly from the DSP and I added a little bit of Early Espresso detail to this to tone down the brightness of it. The DSP has lots of images that you could use straight on your cards and like me, you could get away without any stamping at all!

I hope you have enjoyed your trip with us down in our little town Benji and have fun as you scamper through to South Australia to visit lovely Cheryll Miller.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and travelling along my little part of the world with Benji. Make sure you continue Benji’s adventures by following our hop through by clicking the Next button to see Cheryll’s Miller’s lovely project.

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CASEing the Catty Challenge CTC473 – Bundle

Hello friends, I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend as we celebrate a long weekend here in Melbourne for the King’s birthday. I’ll take any holiday I get! For today’s CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge CTC 473 we are CASEing a project which features a bundle from Pages 57-73 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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To CASE means to Copy and Selectively Edit a project which means you can copy the project as is or be inspired by elements of the project to make it your own. Each week the CASEing the Catty Crew share inspiration through our blog hop and then through the week you can submit your project to our FB group.

I’m CASEing this project from Page 62 of the Catalogue which uses the Pocket Thoughts Bundle.

I’ve copied the layout and the repeated pattern on my card by die cutting the Perennial Postage die from Basic White Cardstock. On these I stamped the plants from the Attention Shoppers stamp set and coloured them with Stampin’ Blends.

I then masked the plant with some Masking Paper and blended Pool Party ink around the plants, followed by stamping of the Drizzling Droplets background stamp. This technique is a CASE of the card as well where the sentiment has been masked, although I didn’t realise this until after.

For the sentiment I wanted to bring in a pop of Melon Mambo but the Cardstock was a lighter shade to the DSP strip I had added at the bottom of the card. So I coloured the Cardstock strip with the Dark Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blend, heat embossing the sentiment in White on top of it. This coordinated much better.

A bit of Linen Thread in Copper clay was added under the sentiment to tie in with the centre stripe on the pots. This is a part of the Natural Tones Linen Thread which is not in our range as yet and is a sneak peek of some upcoming product – yeah coloured Linen Thread!

We really couldn’t have timed this challenge any better because until the 30th of June we have a sale on our stamp and die bundles. Products that are bundled are generally discounted by 10% however until 30th June you can get an extra 10% off the bundled price. During this sale you can also get 10% off any Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine helping you use those dies.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog. Click on the Next button to view Julia Quinn’s beautiful project.

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ESAD Stampin’ Up! 2024-2025 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) Blog Hop for the new 2024-2025 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. For my project today I am using the Country Birdhouse bundle which can be found from pages 48-51 of the catalogue and is part of the Country Woods mega suite.

I began the process for creating this card by stamping the birdhouse in Moody Mauve. This was watercoloured using several mauve shades and some Basic Bege for a neutral. The roof and base of the birdhouse was die cut from Fluid 100 Cardstock and individually watercoloured to achieve different effects.

The bird was stamped in Stazon ink and watercoloured in Highland Heather, Petal Pink and Basic Beige for the beak and feet.

On the matte layer I stamped the leaves from the Spotlight in Nature stamp set and coloured them in with Lemon Lime Twist, Light Old Olive and Light Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Blends. Additional leaves were die cut using the Stippled Roses dies from Basic White Cardstock and I blended the ends with Old Olive ink using a Blending Brush.

I filled in the leaves with die cut flowers which were cut out from Basic White and Pretty in Pink Cardstock. The White flowers were blended with Highland Heather and Petunia Pop ink to give variation.

Some Linen Thread, a heat embossed sentiment and shiny sequins finish off this card which was such a joy to create.

I hope you have enjoyed what I have shared today. Full list of products are available at the bottom of this post.

Next on our hop is Lou Kitzelman who has a beautiful project for you. Please follow our hop for some fabulous inspiration for your crafting this week.

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New at SU Blog Hop – 2024-2026 In-Colors with Citrus Blooms

Welcome to the New at SU blog for May. This month our projects will feature the 2024-2026 In-Colors. These 5 colours of Pretty in Pink, Peach Pie, Shy Shamrock, Summer Splash and Petunia Pop are a lovely addition to our colour range.

For my card I’m using the Citrus Blooms bundle and featuring Peach Pie and Shy Shamrock from the new In-Colors. I stamped the image in Stazon Black ink on Fluid 100 Cardstock. Using a Water Painter, I coloured the image in.

For the oranges I used Peach Pie and Pumpkin Pie and the leaves were coloured with Soft Sea Foam and Shy Shamrock. I also added some shading with Early Espresso. Around the image I created a light wash with Lemon Lolly. On the flowers I also added some extra details using the Crushed Curry Watercolour Pencil.

Once I die cut the main image, I used the outer area which I had watercoloured with Lemon Lolly to die cut the smaller flowers.

On the White matte, I stamped the sentiment ‘dear friend’ several times in Soft Sea Foam ink. Then I heat embossed the leaves from the Spotlight on Nature stamp set in Basic White. Over this I blended Shy Shamrock ink for an Emboss Resist effect bringing out those leaves.

A label die cut from the Countryside Corners dies was blended with Soft Sea Foam ink. I cut this label and added a small portion of it under the white label. I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink on the remainder of the ink-blended label which created a cohesive look tying in the elements under the oranges.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and check out my project. Please make sure you follow our hop for lots of great ideas for putting those new colours to use.

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AWOW Blog Hop – Sketch with Latte Love Bundle

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop where we have a sketch challenge for May. This is my favourite type of challenge and I’ve given the Latte Love bundle a bit of a twist with some new products.

If you are new to our blog hop, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from different parts of the world and on the 2nd Wednesday of each month we share inspiration with you using our beautiful products centred around a particular theme.

When I selected the Latte Love bundle as the product I wanted to use with this sketch, I didn’t anticipate going in the direction which my project took me. As I started creating, I wanted to create a different look with this mug to those I had previously made. I decided to replicate a beautiful Bone China style mug with watercoloured flowers – similar to something you would use at high tea.

To achieve this I stamped the mug in Crumb Cake ink, stamped off, on Fluid 100 Cardstock. Then I took the floral corner stamp from the Country Flowers stamp set, masked off a section, and stamped the floral image onto the mug with Crumb Cake ink stamped off. Using a Blender Pen, I worked on the watercolouring of the flowers, mug and coffee.

The outline of the stamped image was quite faint and I did improvise a little bit with the flowers and leaves where I couldn’t see the image too well. This didn’t matter as it lent to the watercoloured look I was aiming for.

The handle was stamped separately in Versamark and heat embossed in Gold. Once watercoloured, I attached this to the cup. For the saucer, I used the Round We Go dies, watercolouring the base and adding a Gold embossed centre for a matching set with my cup.

Some leaves from the Citrus Blooms dies fill in around the handle and the sentiment. A simple Gold bow and Pretty in Pink Resin Dots completed my vision for this card.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my part of the world in Melbourne today and I hope you have been inspired by my card. I would love for you to leave me a comment as you hop through to see Cheryll Miller‘s beautiful project.

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