Friday, 21 July 2017

Oh So Eclectic


It's official.  Another stamp set has earnred the title "my current favourite stamp set!"  Happy Birthday Gorgeous has been sitting on my desk for quite a while, and I was beginning to think that nothing could take its place as my favourite set.  Well it now has company!  At last I have opened the Oh So Eclectic stamps and I think that the sets could become quite good friends!


I knew as soon as I saw the cover of the catalogue that I needed to have the Oh So Eclectic bundle.  Those images are simply gorgeous. 


My needs were confirmed when I saw the geometric die on page 133 of the catalogue.  I've used the die in several ways, including to create a mask for sponging through, creating a border (more of those in future posts) and simply to create a pretty cut-out pattern.  I have so enjoyed creating with this bundle, and the more I use it, the more I like it.
 

My first makes were to recreate a card from the front of the catalogue.  I've stuck to the colours shown on the cover - Lemon Lime Twist (stamped off to create a lighter shade), Soft Sky, Berry Burst (also stamped off) and finally Night of Navy for the large flower and the words.  The only things I changed were to stamp on to a die cut white square, using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and then to add a couple of layers behind it.


Once I'd copied these two cards from the catalogue I was raring to create another one that had a more design input from me!  I kept the idea of the layered squares, added a little ribbon tab and added a selection of pretty flowers and leaves.  There's a selection of textures - a Berry Burst flower stamped on to Whisper White card and over stamped with Night of Navy ink, a flower with a combination of stamping and die cutting and leaves stamped onto both white and Lemon Lime Twist card.  The largest flower has been painted with my Wink of Stella pen and the stamens are tiny pearls.


Thank you for visiting today.  Happy crafting,



Don't forget about the special shopping offer in July.


 
If you would like to order any supplies, I would love to be your demonstrator.  Please visit my online shop: HERE
 
And there is also a very special joining offer during July.


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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Shine, Star of Light for Global Design Project #096

I'm delighted with the way this card turned out.  It is simple and striking and I love it.  The Global Design Project is hosting a CASE the designer challenge this week.  I've made a Christmas in July card in answer to the challenge.


To CASE a project you can take what you like from the design and make it your own. It might be the stamp set - the colours, the layout, the flowers, whatever you like that has inspired you to make a card of your own.  The designer to CASE this time is Tanja Kolar. 
 

CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit.  There are several elements that immediately appeal to me.  The white space gives a clean and simple feel to the card, the dragonfly is stunning and the stitched layers are always a winner in my book.   A beautiful card.  I could quite happily just copy it but that isn't the object of the exercise!


I have created a clean and simple card, made predominantly from Shimmery White card with just a slither of Soft Sky peeking out from behind.  I know that we are only half way through July, but I couldn't resist using a snowflake.  I love the dragonfly, and I've used it many times (quite a few of them are stamped in Pool Party ink, and look very similar to Tanja's), but for my edit I wanted to have something completely different.  Snowflakes seem to fit the bill - aren't they sometimes described as Winter's butterflies?  With a little stretch of the imagination this could be extended to dragonflies too, couldn't it?


The elegant star is created using the Starlight Thinlits - one cut from Soft Sky and the delicate, icy top layer is cut from vellum.  A faceted gemstone sits proudly in the centre.  The star sits on top of two layering squares cut using the stitched Shaped Framelits and loops of silver metallic thread.  Shine is heat embossed in silver to complete the card.

I have a feeling that I will be repeating this card recipe.  Thank you for visiting today.

Happy Crafting,
 
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Friday, 14 July 2017

Pick a Pattern to the rescue!

Good Evening!  I'd like to say that I've been too busy creating to write a blog post.  The truth is that my creativity has evaporated and I've been struggling to make anything. 

A few days ago I thought that a good sort out was in order.  I ended up with a clean and tidy desk, with everything put back in its place... but I was still struggling to pull anything together that I liked or looked how I wanted it to.  Last night I decided that I HAD to make something.


I started with the Pick a Pattern papers and the Pieces & Patterns stamps.  The paper is gorgeous.  I'll admit that the colours aren't my favourite, but the cuteness of the images makes them absolutely adorable.  I looked at each page for quite a while, gave myself a good talking to and told myself that it was OK to cut into the paper because I can always buy some more if I use it all up!


The words are stamped in Basic Black ink and filled in using a Stampin' Write Marker (or you could use ink from your Crushed Curry ink pad and apply with a blender pen or an aqua painter).  I've used a variety of circle punches to create the layers and some black strips with flag ends, created by the Triple Banner punch, to create a rosette.

The little critters are adorable.  Fussy cutting them out didn't take too long and it was delightfully therapeutic.  So satisfying to take the flat piece of paper and to bring them alive ready to pop onto the card front!


The "From All of Us" message was made using the Labeler Alphabet stamps.  These are so easy to use.  Absolutely perfect for custom made sentiments!

The creative cogs in my head are starting to whir again and there are a few projects that I want to recreate from the catalogue.   So, I am hoping that now I have started, my creativity will return with a vengeance.  

What do your do when your creativity takes a nap?


Don't forget about the special shopping offer in July.

 
If you would like to order any supplies, I would love to be your demonstrator.  Please visit my online shop: HERE

And there is also a very special joining offer during July.  



If you would like to join my team, you can choose your starter kit HERE and if you have any questions, please contact me at furrycatdesigns@gmail.com

Alternatively, you can click on one of the images below showing the supplies used: