CTC266 – Week 2 – Easter Sketch

I hope you have all been keep safe and busy at home this week. I’ve been working from home which has been “interesting”. Fortunately, I’m having the next week off as holidays which I had planned from the start of the year to get some job done around home. At least now I have my husband home to who can “help” me as well. (or hinder, I’m not sure!!)

I was excited today to get into the craft room and work on my project for this challenge. We are creating an Easter card using our sketch.

I started off by having a look at my Designer Series Papers and I landed on the Magnolia Lane DSP. I decided to use one of the floral pieces which I cut out with the Stitched Rectangle dies. For the background, I embossed a piece of Petal Pink cardstock with the Subtle embossing folder for a little bit of texture.

I grabbed out the Hold on to Hope stamp set and stamped the cross in Petal Pink on the matching cardstock. And then cut it out using the Cross of Hope framelits. The sentiment is from the same set and is stamped in Mossy Meadow.

I layered everything with dimensionals to give it a lift.

I hope you are finding things to keep you occupied, like doing our challenges!! hint hint!!

Next up is the lovely Sandra, over in New Zealand.

Please share your creation with us over on at our Facebook group!

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CTC266 – Week 1 – Easter sketch

Well hasn’t it been an interesting week!! Many of us are now either at home without work, managing with home schooling, working from home or heading off to work as an essential worker. I am starting to work from home as of Monday. I may not have mentioned before but I am a Compliance Officer for Department of Justice and Attorney General and as such am considered an essential worker. At this stage, I’m doing work from home but may be required to work for other departments as the need arises.

So whilst I am home, I can’t really get stuck into my craft room!! I can look in the door and dream about what to do when the work day finishes! My kitties will be happy boys, having Mum and Dad at home all the time.

Now it seems like Easter is a long way off, but it’s only 2 weeks away. And I think we need to be sending cards now more than ever so we have a Easter sketch challenge this week.

I wanted to use products from the Annual Catalogue as we have lots of gorgeous products in all those pages and I tend to get carried away with the mini catalogues and neglect the big catty! So I have the Fable Friends stamp set which has such cute images. I then had a look through the Annual Catty DSP and rediscovered the Pressed Petals Specialty DSP. One of the sheets of this paper includes designs which you can cut out. As our sketch includes an oval, I went with the pretty dried flower oval and stamped the squirrel image in the middle in Memento Black.

I then coloured the squirrel using markers (remember them!!) in the colours that matched the flowers. To recreate the rectangle panel, I used some vanilla twine and wrapped it around a couple of times and tied a small bow. Of course, I had to use the Stitched So Sweetly dies and stamped the Easter sentiment in Rococo Rose.

Hasn’t it come out sweet? Don’t forget those pretty annual catalogue products!!

Next up is the lovely Tina.

We would love to see your creations using our sketch over on at our Facebook group.

Happy stamping and wash your hands!

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Social Stamping with Rebecca

During these crazy times of home isolation and social distancing, my gorgeous friend, Kelly Kent from My Papercraft Journey, decided to create a blog hop to keep in touch with our crafty friends.

Our theme is hello. So hi there, my friends!!

I love doing the Mojo Monday sketches, so I thought I would have look and see what they had going. They actually have three great sketches going at the moment.

I was really taken with the one in the middle, #mojosketch534. Here’s a close up.

I love the Best Dressed DSP stack. Every sheet is just so pretty!! I do like the colourful florals. So I went with the pink floral and the Old Olive sheet with white dots. I cut them out using the square die from the Stitched Shapes framelits and layered it with a piece of Old Olive cardstock.

I then had a look for a fun sentiment through my Annual Catalogue stamp sets. Do you get like me and kinda forget about those ones, in the excitement of the Mini catalogues? I decided to use the Stitched All Around stamp set, which actually is the matching set to the Stitched Shapes framelits. I stamped the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick and cut it out using the Stitched So Sweetly dies. Are you getting the feeling that I like the stitched dies? You would be right!!

Did you notice the Lovely Lipstick ribbon? We don’t actually have a Lovely Lipstick ribbon but we do have Silver Metallic-edge ribbon in white and I’ve coloured it using the dark Lovely Lipstick blend. It’s a clever way to get a ribbon in the colour you need!

Next up is the lovely Siobhan. I can’t wait to see what amazing creations she has come up with.

You can also see a list of all the blogs participating in the hop at Kelly’s blog, here.

Happy Stamping

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CTC265 – Week 2 – 2nd Release Sale-a-bration

Well, hasn’t it been an interesting week! Every day something different has changed. My work hasn’t closed yet but I feel it may happen soon. I’ve got a few craft projects to work on, so I’m prepared!

This week, we are still casing the 2nd release Sale-a-bration catalogue.

I decided to case the gift card on page 3 which uses the gorgeous Flowering Foils Specialty DSP. I actually didn’t notice that it was a gift card until I was halfway through! I coloured a piece of the dsp with the Highland Heather dark blend. I was surprised how long it took to colour in! I love how blends don’t leave colouring lines.

You’ll be really surprised as I used the Stitched So Sweetly dies and the So Sentimental stamp set. I really do love these dies and I hope they carry through to the next Annual Catalogue. I added a piece of the copper trim and stretched it out to show the texture.

It’s so shiny!! This dsp is just so nice. Make sure you grab it while Sale-a-bration is still happening.

Next up is the lovely Siobhan.

Please share your creations with us over on at our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping and keep safe!

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CTC265 – Week 1 – 2nd Release Sale-a-bration

Well, hasn’t it been an interesting week in the news! I hope you are all keeping safe and are washing your hands frequently. If you happen to be in self-isolation at home, I hope you are able to get some stamping done.

This week, we are casing the 2nd Release Sale-a-bration catalogue. A few extra products were released on 3 March and they will be available until 31 March.

I only have the Flowering Foils Specialty DSP so far and I have to say, it’s just so pretty!! It has a combination of rose gold foil and silver foil, and you get 3 each of 4 single sided designs.

I decided to case the card on page 7 which is actually featuring the So Very Vellum specialty dsp.

Isn’t this a lovely card! I cut a piece of the Flowering Foils DSP and sponged it in Mango Melody. I trimmed it so that it was on an angle. For the floral piece, I cut out the large flowers from the dsp and sponged it with Blushing Bride, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green.

My sentiment is stamped in Mango Melody and comes from the SAB Sending you thoughts stamp set.

Next up is the lovely Michelle.

We would love to see your creations using the 2nd release SAB goodies. Share your creation over on at our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping (and hand washing!!)

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It’s time for another colour challenge with Colour Inkspiration. Don’t you just love playing with different Stampin’ Up! colour combinations?

This week, we are using Highland Heather, Mossy Meadow and So Saffron.

Isn’t this the loveliest image! Lavender is just so pretty.

I have used the gorgeous Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder in Highland Heather. I think it would look amazing all by itself with a small sentiment but I did do a little bit more! Now you know I love the Stitched So Sweetly dies and I cut out 2 of the scalloped rectangles. I stamped one in So Saffron using the script stamp from the Parisian Beauty stamp set. My sentiment is stamped in Highland Heather and comes from the Hold onto Hope stamp set. The flourish is from the Parisian dies.

Make sure you check out the Crew album over on at our Facebook group, for inspiration and share your creation using these colours.

The challenge will run for 2 weeks.

Happy Stamping

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CTC264 – Week 2 – It’s a twisty week

It’s been an exciting week as I decided that I’m going to New Orleans to attend Backstage which is a Stampin’ Up! leadership event being held in August!! I’ve booked my flights and found a roomie, so I’m pretty much all set!! So excited to go!!

So it’s week 2 of our challenge which is Case a mini catalogue card and give it a male twist.

I made it further through the catalogue this week and stopped at page 20 for my inspiration and the card on the bottom left.

One of my colleagues is moving to a new job shortly, so I decided to make him a card now, rather than the last minute which always happens!

I started with The Gang’s All Meer stamp set and turned the card on it’s side. I stamped the group stamp onto a piece of thick whisper white using the saddle brown staz on. I cut them out with the Stitched So Sweetly dies and coloured the Meerkats using the light crumb cake and soft suede blends.

I embossed the Merry Merlot cardstock with the Coastal Weave embossing folder.

I embossed the sentiment (from the On to Adventure stamp set) in white and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I added a piece of Copper trim which I stretched out.

Now if you like the Gang’s All Meer stamp set, it’s only available until the end of March as it is a free Sale-a-bration item. So you only need to spend $90 in catalogue products to be able to choose a freebie!

Next up is the lovely Lauren.

We would love to see your creations, so please share them over on at our Facebook page.

Happy Stamping

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