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CTC 110: Party Animal – Balloon Adventures

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Welcome back to the first CASEing the Catty of 2017.

How exciting! A new year, new products, plenty of new ideas and inspiration, a brand new challenge Facebook group, and even a new CTC crew member (welcome Mel!).

We’re kicking it off for this year with a fun suite – Party Animal – which you can find on pages 4-7 of the new Occasions Catalogue.

Party Animal Suite - pages 4-5 of the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue

I chose the ‘quick & easy’ card on the bottom of page 4 for mine, but stepped it up by adding a few extra layers and elements. The card features the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer bundle (stamps and coordinating framelit dies).

Here’s the original from the catalogue…

Page 4 of the 2017 Occasions Catalogue by Stampin ' Up!

 

And here is my interpretation:

 

Colours are Emerald Envy and Crushed Curry, as above, but I’ve also introduced Watermelon Wonder to my version.

 

 

Same, but different! ;)

I used some of the thinlits dies from the fabulous Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits to add layers to the balloon, and then topped it with a thick coating of adhesive from the Fine Tip Glue pen.

 

 

 

When it dries it forms a fabulously glossy and hard coating.

 

 

How awesome are those little layering bits for the balloon? Wow!

142753 - Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!

These lovely bright colours really called for the full impact of a good inking from a Classic Stampin’ pad, rather than Stampin’ Write markers. Can you work out how?

Yes, the tape masking method!

 

Tape Masking Technique

You can use washi tape or sticky tape, and if there’s enough ‘tack’ you can even use post-it notes.

Simply use the tape to mask off an area of the stamp, tap-tap-tap onto the ink pad, remove the tape (leaving the protected area uninked), then stamp! Too easy.

It’s a great alternative to using Stampin’ Write Markers to apply ink onto the stamp – especially if using photopolymer stamps which are a little trickier to ‘marker’.

Note: This technique lends itself best to photopolymer stamps but if you’re using rubber stamps then you’ll probably need to pull out the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig tool for perfect placement.

I’ve used different colours in this ‘pictorial tutorial’, but the result is the same.
Step 1.

Ink the entire stamp in the lighter ink colour, and stamp on to the Whisper White cardstock. Clean stamp.


Step 2.

Place tape over the parts of the stamp that you want to mask.


Step 3.

While the tape is still on the stamp, tap it onto the surface of the ink pad.


Step 4.

Peel off and throw away the tape. Do it carefully, there’ll be lots of ink!. The masked area will have no ink on it.


Step 5.

Now stamp this image over the top of the original impression.

Photopolymer stamps are perfect for this, but if you are working with rubber you might need to pull out your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

What an awesome, vivid result, and it really has such an impact. Best of all – quick and easy.

Helpful Hints:

  • Don’t worry too much if your images don’t line up exactly. It’s nice to have a bit of shadowing underneath.
  • If your colours don’t layer nicely like the example above, you’ll just need to add in an extra step where you mask off some of the stamp so there is no overlap of ink. That’s how I achieved the look below, using Emerald Envy and Watermelon Wonder inks.

 

Well that’s all from me this week, but I hope you enjoy checking out all the fabulous projects shared by the CASEing the Catty crew.

Click on the button below to visit the next stop on the hop which is our brand new crew member, Mel Pagano. Don’t forget to leave her some comment love! And if you get lost along the way, just click here.

 

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And in case you haven’t heard the news, we now have our very own CASE-ing The Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook group where you can join in and share your own creations. How cool! I hope you’ll join us.  >Join here<

Happy stamping,

 

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CTC 54: Stampin’ Up! Christmas Colours (& the whitewash technique)

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It’s colour challenge time!

This week our Case-ing the Catty crew are inspired by a Stampin’ Up! Christmas colour theme that really pops: Mossy Meadow, Pool Party and Real Red.

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Colour Challenge: Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Real Red

 

 

I went straight to the Home for Christmas cardstock pack and the Home for Christmas designer series paper for this project, all conveniently in this colour palette.

I wanted to try something a little different, though, and remembered a technique from a past training event.

A bright patterned sheet had been sponged with a layer of white Craft Stampin’ Ink, which resulted in an interesting toned-down look. It looked almost white-washed.

Here are some before & after photos from the big screen:

Whitewash paper technique - to alter the look of bright patterned paper

 

I modified this technique by just lightly sponging the outer edges of a panel of the holly paper with the Craft Stampin’ ink.

CTC54 Colour Challenge: Home of the Holidays DSP patterned paper from Stampin' Up!, and Cozy Christmas stamp set

Can’t find the white Craft Stampin’ ink in your catalogue? Check out page 163 of the annual catalogue. It is described as a:

Rich, permanent pigment Whisper White ink for embossing or creating an opaque look on dark cardstock.

It does take a while longer to dry, compared to our regular classic ink pads. Being a little impatient I waved my heat tool over it with a few seconds to set it quickly. Good time to replace those Jamberry nail wraps (yes those heat tools come in very handy and I’m sure I’ll be embossing more now that I’ve caught the Jamberry bug – hehehe).

I then sponged the edges in a little Mossy Meadow ink to bring back definition to the edges.

CTC54 Colour Challenge: Home of the Holidays DSP patterned paper from Stampin' Up!, and Cozy Christmas stamp set

 

It reminds me of a filter you can apply to photos. It was fun to play with this technique and I’ll have to try it again another time.

 

So how are you going with your Christmas cards? Are you inspired to try this colour theme with your cards?

It’s now November, so you know what that means….. Christmas is NEXT MONTH!

 

 

For more ideas and inspiration using this colour theme, continue hopping along to the lovely and talented Monique Fielder.

CASE-ing the catty NEXT BLOG

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Final Weekly Deals for April & Fun Flowers

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Our final list of Weekly Deals for April are here, with a good mix of products at a very nice discount.

My pick of the week? The Fun Flowers Bigz Die which is normally $55.95. Until Tuesday it’s only $41.96 – a saving of $14.

This is the same die I used last year to make a HUGE stack of flowers…

Fun Flowers Bigz die: On Sale this Week

 

…and turned them into these decorated bags:

Fun Flowers Show Bags

 

All you need is the Big Shot die cutting machine and some lovely paper and you can create these flowers in a flash.

Speaking of patterned papers, two gorgeous styles of Designers Series Papers are also part of the Weekly Deals.

Check them out below.

 

Hot Tip: Click on the image to view more details in my online store

 

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Artisan Embellishment Kit + Kraft Box

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Artisan Embellishment Box

Happy Valentines Day!

Today we're feeling the love with an extended Kraft box (p161 Annual Catalogue).

A clear Window Sheet makes up 3 sides and the back is lined with coordinating cardstock. We've used Primrose Petals cardstock (p152) stamped with the all-time favourite En Francais background stamp (p129).

windowsheet box

This box is decorated with all kinds of lovely goodies from the new Artisan Embellishment Kit (p10 current Seasonal Catalogue).  Eek window sheets are difficult to photograph!

artisan-embellishment-kit

If you're free this Sunday why not come along to our special Pampering & Papercrafts Class! (Bookings essential, limited spaces still avail).

We're making a box very similar to this AND coordinating cards and I absolutely can't wait!!! Everyone will get a full Artisan Embellishment Kit and some special treats for inside the box. Of course!  

 

Love

 

Have a fabulous day and happy stamping,

 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die: Treat Holder

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Oval Accent Bigz Treat Holder

Oval Accent Big Clear die treat holder.
Leave a comment below if you’d like a copy of the FREE PDF tutorial


One of the fabulous perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the free products, and last month I was very spoilt with lots of goodies from the Annual and Christmas Holiday catalogues (Australia/NZ). One of the free items was this Oval Accent Bigz Clear die.

 

Oval Accent Bigz Clear die

 

…And from the moment I took it out of the box I KNEW I wanted to make these treat holders. They also fit perfectly with this week’s Create With Connie & Mary favour challenge CCMCHOL12-03.

 

Oval Accents Bigz Die treat holders - CLICK to enlarge

I started putting together a tutorial for my blog, but it was getting VERY long. It’s not that it’s a difficult project, but I took lots of photos which made the tutorial quite lengthy and my blog wasn’t playing nicely with all the images. Soooo…. I’m in the process of creating a FREE PDF with full instructions.

Would you like a copy?

Just leave a comment below and I’ll send it to you!

UPDATE 30th Sept 2012: The 9 page tutorial is done! Yay! If you’ve left a comment requesting a copy, please check your inbox because the tutorial should be there waiting for you. Let me know if it hasn’t turned up. Enjoy!

UPDATE 30th Oct 2012: I’m still sending out the tutorial to those who request it – remember it’s a large file so if you haven’t got it within a couple of days please let me know.

While you’re here, why not subscribe to receive blog updates by email.

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

Oval Accent Bigz Clear die treat holder

 

 

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Ribbon & Envelope Trick

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Welcome and thanks for visiting.

Today I have a nifty ribbon and envelope trick to share with you. We've used it here on a gift voucher envelope.

 

[Did you know that one of the popular services I offer is personalised Gift Vouchers? For more info on these, see the bottom of this post.]

 

Gift Vouch and Slider Envelope

Voucher envelope is made from another lovely print in the Timeless Portrait DSP pack.

 

Yummy tied ribbons and lovely bows look great but can be a pain to untie and redo.

Especially if you're taking the contents in and out every few minutes to admire!

 

Today's trick is more like a creative workaround. It gives the illusion that the ribbon is wrapped all around the envelope, but in fact one end is open  for easy access! 

To do this, simply cut the ribbon a few centimetres longer than needed. Neatly tuck the ribbon ends inside the opening on the front and back, and adhere inside. Attach a 'faux bow' to the front.  As a result, the voucher (or card) can be removed without the need to untie ribbon!

Click to enlarge

 

 

 

Here is a similar way of adding ribbon to the front of a pillow box:

 

 

 

 

 

Have fun with this, and let me know what you think. Any questions or comments? Just click on the comments link below.

 


 

Gift Vouchers are great to get…

Do you have a birthday coming up? Anniversary?

A Stampin' Up! shopping spree in the form of a Gift Voucher might be just the thing to make you smile on your special day.

Choose what you want.

Take your time (vouchers valid for a full 12 months, so you can wait for the next new catalogue… or shop right now!)

 

…And also great to give.

Do you have a special friend who loves to craft?

One-of-a-kind decorated envelopes and gift vouchers are all part of my service. 

Save time. No need to go to the shops, fight traffic or battle the queues. Just fill out this form and I'll do all the work.

Save money.  Includes free postage of the voucher to anywhere in Australia.

 

Perfect for Christmas too (let your KK know)!

 


 

Just contact Simone, or order vouchers online by completing THIS FORM.

 

 

Happy stamping,

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