Monday, 16 October 2017

Stamp Review Crew - Spooky Cat

Hi Everyone. What a way to start my week! This is my very first hop with the Stamp Review Crew. I was so happy/excited/shocked/scared/ecstatic when Tanya asked me to join. Each fortnight I have loved seeing the great projects from the crew members and am really happy (as you have probably already gathered!) to become part of the crew. The Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world that get together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each hop we will showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it.

For this hop we are featuring Spooky Cat.

I, like the majority of Australians, don't celebrate Halloween, but I am a big cat lover. So of course I needed this stamp set so that I could stamp the face on my cat after I punched it out using the coordinating cat punch.

I was hoping for something really elegant and stylish for my first hop with SRC but instead my cards turned out a bit 'arts and craftsy'. I do know 2 cat lovers who will love these when they receive them at Christmas time so I guess that is the main thing. I might also just have a few ideas of how you can use this set a bit differently. (You honestly wouldn't want to see the inside of my brain and how it goes off on creative tangents!).

So onto my cards. I have used some elements to show you a cat's dream Christmas! What self-respecting cat wouldn't love rat ornaments???

Both card are just a bit of fun really. I had fun manipulating the stamps and using them in different ways.

I trimmed the punched cat down to make him lie down and used the large lines stamp for some gold embossed fur and and a copper embossed mat. To make the cat less spooky, I added some whiskers.

Because this stamp set is photopolymer it is easy to bend the stamps to get different shapes. I have used the small lined stamp to create tinsel and added some copper embossed rat ornaments. Who knew rat tails made the perfect decoration hanger!

The bubbles from the potions made a perfect background for the sentiment to sit on. This sentiment is from Santa Paws.

And of course the card inside got some love too. The small lined stamp fits perfectly into the Everyday Label punch.

The small lined stamp made a perfect Christmas tree complete with rat ornaments. A cat could just sit for hours and admire this tree!

Of course the tree needed to have a rat angel at the top!

So there you have it. A bit of fun and a different way to use the Spooky Cat stamp set. Make sure you check out all of the great projects everyone has made by clicking on the next button of each post. Next up is fellow new crew member  Lauren.


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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge #19 Blog Hop

Time sure is flying by this year! Time for our 19th Colour INKspiration challenge. Whether you have hopped over from visiting the talented Kelly Kent or are starting with me, make sure you hop around to all of the design team to get some great inspiration. On to the colours for this challenge .....

These colours were a challenge in every sense for me. For some reason I struggled. Does that ever happen to you? If I am at a creative standstill, especially with colour challenges, I find if I grab out a piece of cardstock in each colour and play around with the proportion of each colour showing it makes it easier. Use less of the colour that is bothering you. It is amazing how much easier it is when you have the cardstock to play around with.

Anyway I wanted to make a twirl card using this cute reindeer from the Seasonal Chums bundle. Thanks for sharing them with me Kelly.

I used markers in the challenge colours to colour him in. He really is cuteness personified!

I even painted his hooves with some Wink Of Stella - everyone knows no self-respecting reindeer would leave home without their hooves painted!

Add in a frame, some shiny silver punched edging and some retired Garden Green baker's twine and the design was complete.

Having a front and back makes the Seasonal Chums perfect for this type of card. The baker's twine is adhered in between the 2 layers and allows it to spin. Just before you pop the card in an envelope, you twist and twist the reindeer so that when the recipient takes it out it spins for them.

My original design was dull - I told you I was struggling - so I added in these silver foil elements .....

..... and the baker's twine to lift it all.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Next up we have Denita. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!


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