CTC 137 – Artistic Expression with Rose Wonder

Hi everyone and welcome back to CTC 137.

You may have noticed that I missed last weeks hop.  That’s because I was away on my very first cruise having an absolutely amazing time and a much needed break!  But I am back and ready to go!

I also wanted to say a very big WELCOME and CONGRATS to our new crew members! I am looking forward to playing along with you and all the amazing upcoming guest designers!

This week we are taking our inspiration from the Artistic Expression Section of the Annual Catalogue on pages 132 – 181.

There are LOADS of images to spark creativity this week, so I do hope you play along and upload your creations to our Facebook page HERE!

I found it so difficult this week to choose just one project.  This is one of my favourite sections of the catalogue, with a load of my favourite products to play with.  So in the end, I chose to CASE an image on page 162, using the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, to play with a technique I haven’t used in a while.

This technique is called the Stained Glass Technique using Vellum.

You first stamp and heat emboss an image on the vellum, the turn it over and colour the image on the back of the vellum, creating a stained glass look.  You can colour with markers or sponge the image for the look you desire.  I chose to colour mine with our Stampin Write Markers using Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder (retired), Pear Pizzaz and Wild Wasabi.

Stained Glass Technique for CTC 137 using Rose Wonder by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I use the different shades of colour to create depth in the image coloured and then mounted the vellum on Whisper White Card to really highlight the colouring.  I then HAD to add some of our new Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon and some Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and mini sequin trim for some extra sparkle!

It’s a pretty cool technique, so I encourage you to give it a try. It works best on ‘open’ stamps that allow to to apply a fair amount of colour.

Now it’s time to head on over to the lovely Elizabeth and see what she has created for you all!

Happy Creating!

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CTC 135 – Holidays – In This World

Hi everyone and welcome to CASEing the Catty 135, where every Sunday night the crew share ways in which they have Copied And Selectively Edited (CASE) images and projects from the Catalogue.

This week we are focusing on the Holidays Section and Pages 112 – 125.

Now I don’t know about you – But I am DEFINITELY not ready for Christmas just yet!!!! So even though most of the projects are Christmas themed, I just used the image on Page 121 as a springboard for a completely Non Christmassy Card, using our In This World Stamp Set.

This card really grabbed by attention because of all the lovely layers, and I know layering works really well with the In This World Stamps.  However, the colours didn’t, so I changed them up!

In This World for CTC 135 Holidays section by My Paper Oasis

I copied some of the layering elements from the original card then added some of my own extra elements.

It’s super hard to see on the photo, but that butterfly is actually heat embossed with Pool Party Ink and looks so much prettier in life, adding just the right amount of subtle colour!

You can heat emboss any colour you have really.  Just ink up in Versamark first, the ink straight into your chosen colour pad, then sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.  Neat trick huh!

And those tiny black dots are actually our new mini sequins!  Even though they are super small, you can still seperate them and add them to your card base with a little tombow adhesive.In This World for CTC 135 Holidays section by My Paper Oasis

Once you have taken the hop and feel all inspired, don’t forget to create your own work of art and join the challenge by uploading the pic directly to our Facebook Page!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Kelly Kent and see what gorgeous project she has created for you all!

 

Happy Creating

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Colour INKspiration 12 – Crafting Forever

Hi everyone! I’m so glad you can join us for Colour INKspiration Challenge 12!

We have so loved seeing all your entries into the challenges every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month over at our Facebook Page!  So please, keep them coming!

This week we have a HUGE colour palette for you to play with!

I told you it was a HUGE! Lol.

This week – choose at least 4 of the colours to play with from the selection of:

Whisper White; Night of Navy; Elegant Eggplant; Cherry Cobbler; Flirty Flamingo; Dapper Denim; Smokey Slate and Peekaboo Peach.

As always, Neutrals and metallics are allowed in your creations too 🙂

As there were lots of colours to choose from this week, I thought it would be the perfect time to create an idea I have had playing around in my head for the longest time, using the brand new Crafting Forever Stamp Set.

I have had the idea to create that little pot in 3D and stuff it full of the craft equipment in the set – just like what most of us have on our own desks – just like mine….

So thats what I set about doing.  Creating a little pot just like I hang from my raskcog trolley! I managed to use every colour in the palette apart from Elegant Eggplant and I was pretty happy with how this card turned out.

And that sentiment…well let’s just say it definitely suits me! Lol. I would much prefer to be hiding away in my craft room, creating,  than slaving over housework!

The card is a step card fold. I found a very easy tutorial to follow over at Splitcoast Stampers.

Now its time to pop on over to the lovely Monique and see what she has created for you all!

Happy Crafting

 

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CTC 134 – No Bones About It Babies and Kids

Welcome to the next CTC blog hop, where this week we CASE (Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit) from the ‘babies and kids’ section of the Annual Catalogue.

Today I am CASEing the project on page 109 of the catalogue using the No Bones About It Stamp set.  Just the stamp set you need for any dinosaur lover – which just happens to be my nephew who needed a birthday card 🙂

 I love the card on the right hand side.  If I don’t have a piece of designer paper that suits my needs then I just pick a stamp set and create my own.

Have you ever tried it?  It really is a lot of fun and makes it quick and easy to complete a set of cards all at once.

Simply choose the colours and imagery you want, then set to work randomly stamping the images on an A4 piece of whisper white card stock.  Cut it up to create four card fronts! It really is that easy.  Here is what I created this week…

CTC 134 - No Bones About It for babies and kids by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis. Use any set from Stampin' Up!s range to create your very own designer series paper backgrounds.

This first card has just a couple of extra elements like the background coordinating colour behind the sentiment, as well as a couple of fussy cut leaves and a dinosaur on dimensionals for a bit of extra fun!

My second card uses the same background, but has a different feel when the extra elements and the background colours are changed…

CTC 134 - No Bones About It for babies and kids by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis. Use any set from Stampin' Up!s range to create your very own designer series paper backgrounds.

So from one sheet of whisper white, I was able to make these four cards of two different designs.  You could change it up even more and have a different colour background for all four.

One sheet – four cards, 2 designs.  It’s that simple!

Pop on over to see my you tube video HERE on how I created this background paper and others :-)

Try it with any stamp set at all.  Baby, flowers, insects, artsy…whatever you desire!

Pop on over to see my you tube video HERE on how I created this background paper and others 🙂

Here is my template for the One Sheet Wonder mentioned on the video:

One Sheet Wonder

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Judy to see what she has created for you all!

Dont forgot to come back and play along after you have taken the hop.  Create your own CASE and share it to our Facebook Group right HERE – no blog necessary!

Happy Stamping

 

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Magical Mermaid Shaker Card

Hi Everyone.

 

I couldn’t resist popping back so quickly to share another of my Magical Mermaid cards. I told you I LOVED this set! This time I decided to create a shaker card in purple and pink hues.

Magical Mermaid Shaker Card

The base of this card was created during my Sunday Night Live Video on Facebook, where I demonstrated how to create the same background on my mermaid card in the recent CASEing the Catty blog hop.  You can see that one HERE.

I told everyone that I would finish off the card in these ‘New’ colours and show you all.

Well, here it is!

Magical Mermaid Shaker Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, Watercolour backgrounds with video link

This one has so many of our gorgeous new products. The colours are 3 of our new In Colour Range – Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig. And our New Iridescent Sequin Assortment suited this shaker card perfectly.

The Mermaid’s beautiful glossy tail is again achieved by first watercoloring the image and gradually building and blending layers, before coating the whole thing with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  It gives of such a glossy smooth finish – and no sticky feel AT ALL! Definitely one to add to your tool kit!

For some added bling I popped on a couple of our New Glitter Enamel Dots!

Take a look at my Video HERE to see just how easy these beautiful watercolour backgrounds are to create!

 

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Happy Crafting

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CTC 133 – Love and Sympathy with Magical Mermaid

It’s time for another CASEing the Catty!

This week we are CASEing the Love and Sympathy Section of the New Catalogue on pages 86 – 101.

If we are CASEing the Love and Sympathy section how can you be using Magical Mermaid I hear you ask!  Well remember that CASEing the Catty means to Copy And Share Everything (or Copy And Selectively Edit).  That means we can take inspiration for ANYTHING in those catalogue pages – stamps, layouts, colours, backgrounds, boxes…..anything!

And that means you can too!!!  So take the hop, be inspired, create your own and hop on over to our Facebook page to upload your design straight to the wall – no blog necessary!

I took lots of inspiration this week from the multiple backgrounds that you can find on lots of the cards in this section this week.

Take a look – the backgrounds to lots of the cards are either stamped, sponged, embossed or watercoloured – just like this one ….

So I decided to make a background worthy of setting off a gorgeous mermaid!  My daughter is all about flamingos…before that, it was unicorns, but  I LOOOVVEEEEE Mermaids – they’re kind of my thing.

CTC 133 - Love and Sympathy using Magical Mermaid by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, watercolored backgrounds, stampin up, embossing paste

I began by watercoloring on a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock using Pool Party, Pacific Point and Emerald envy reinkers.  I then used the ‘waves’ die from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlets to cut a mask so I could use a sponge dauber, versamark and clear embossing powder to mimic the movement of the ocean in the water coloured background. You have to do this a few times! Over that I stamped the seaweed image in versamark and heat set with white embossing powder. I then went back and dropped small blobs (technical term) water over the image, let it sit for a minute before patting off with paper towel

One of the most fun parts though was colouring the embossing paste with a crumb cake reinker and smearing it along the base of the card. Once it had dried I stamped right over the top of it with the Soft Suede ink … did you know you could do that?  It does have to be reasonably smooth to get a good image.

My mermaids tail is also watercoloured using just the Emerald Envy and Pacific Point reinkers.  Even though it was stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock, I still felt it could do with more shimmer. So I hit it with the clear Wink of Stellar Pen before covering it with the Fine Tip Glue Pen and letting it dry!  The result is amazing!!!

CTC 133 Love and Sympathy using Magical Mermaid by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, watercoloring, embossing paste

Not even this picture can do it justice!  I need to play with more colours – so I’m sure you will see more of this lovely new stamp from me!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Julia Quinn to see what she has created for you all!

 

Happy Crafting 🙂

 

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Colour INKspiration 11

Hi everyone! Are you ready for another Colour Challenge???  Well get ready, because we are back for Colour INKspiration #11.

Play along every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month by using the given colours to create your own work of art, and then upload it to our Facebook Group right HERE.

The colours we get to work with for this challenge are Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Soft Suede.

Marina Mist is one of those tricky colours for me – a bit like a love / hate relationship. I love it – it hates me when it comes to using it! Lol.It’s one of those colours that I really struggle with for some reason.

Anyway, I was very grateful that my new order arrived in time for me to have a play with some of our lovely new goodies! And I combined those with some old favourites.  I have been itching to use the new embossing paste, so one way or another it was going to end up on my card.  I did get the decorative masks to go with it, but I really wanted to create my own with one of our lovely dies from the Rose Garden Thinlets.  So I set to work…

Colour INKspiration #11 by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Rose Garden Framelits and Embossing Paste by Stampin' Up!

It’s a bit hard to see on the image, but I have the brand new Sheet Music Stamped lightly in Soft Suede in the background, and then used Timeless Textures to add a more vintage feel, with the flourish embossed with copper.

I used the large rose image from the Rose wonder Dies as a mask, trimmed of the leaves and secured the image in place with a bit of washi tape, before adding a few drops of Marina Mist Ink to a small amount of embossing paste and carefully spreading it over the mask.  Carefully remove the mask whilst the paste is still wet and there you have it!

Have you noticed the little curls to the copper trim bow – it is so easy to do – just wrap it around a toothpick or similar and it holds the shape!  Unfortunately I had to mask a little boo boo with the sentiment –  the card wasn’t going to have one initially, but I ended up with a blue splodge from the stampin write marker when flicking Marina Mist specks over the card front!

Now it’s time to pop on over to Monique’s blog and see how she has used this colour combo!

Happy Crafting

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CTC 132 – Birthdays

A big hello to you all and welcome to CASEing the Catty Challenge #132, where this week we get to CASE the birthday section of the catalogue!

Everyone has birthdays (whether they want to or not! Lol), so this is a great way to hop around and see everyone’s projects so creating your own birthday cards is a breeze!

I had to create a special 50th birthday card this week for a friend.  Not only is she a friend, but she is also my downline and loves card making too (Yes Lynda – this one is for you!).  I don’t know about you, but I find they are always the trickiest people to create cards for! And a 50th has to be a pretty special card.

I was struggling with just what to create, when I picked up my catalogue and started flicking through the birthday section.  On page 80 I came across this image …

Now I know it’s not exactly a birthday card, but I love 3D cards for those ‘special’ birthdays – so this got me thinking and playing around with ideas, when my mind was drawn back to a gorgeous creation I had seen by none other than one of our very own crew members – Bronwyn Eastley!  She had made a stunning foldable card using the (now retired) Botanical Blooms and the Window Box Dies.

You can see her original post HERE with the link to see how the card is made.

As much as I love those Botanical Blooms, I wanted to use one of my most favourite floral current products – Tranquil Tulips (yes…again…)!

CTC 132 - Birthdays by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Hostess Set Tranquil Tulips by Stampin' Up!

If there is one downfall with this set – its that there is no matching framelits 🙁 So let me tell you ….there was a LOT of fussy cutting!  It’s just as well that I actually like to fussy cut (just ask my class ladies! Some are not so fond of it as me! Lol). You will definitely need a good pair of scissors for this one!

There was even more fussy cutting than you would expect, because I made the tulips appear more 3D by cutting and adhering the top layer of the stamp on the front of each image.

CTC 132 - Birthdays by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using hostess set Tranquil Tulips by Stampin' Up!

It looked sooooo pretty in real life! I was really happy with how it turned out! And – it folds flat for popping in an envelope and posting!

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Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Kelly Kent and see what beautiful project she has to share with you all!

Happy Crafting!!!!

 

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Pennsationals Team Blog Hop with Tranquil Tulips

Welcome everyone to my awesome team and a fantastic blog hop to kick of the New Annual Catalogue for 2017-2018!

Take a hop around and see the team showcase some of the stunning new products to inspire you and get you creating!

There are sooooo many lovely new products to fall in love with in this catalogue – so I am glad I have a whole year to collect them all!  Do you have a favourite yet?

Tonight I wanted to showcase one of my favourite hostess sets.  I think it is stunning, yet so simple to create lovely works of art with it!

I am of course talking about the Tranquil Tulips stamp set!

I created my first card by CASEing the one in the catalogue (CASE means to Copy And Share Everything).  It’s a great way to have a first play with a new set and get a feel for it! In fact – there’s a whole Facebook group dedicated to CASEing the Catty!

Pennsationals Team New Catalogue Blog Hop by Mel Pagano from My Paper Oasis using Tranquil Tulips stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Isn’t it just gorgeous! This stamp set really makes it easy to create these tulips with simple two step stamping 🙂

So after a bit of a play I was then able to come up with my own design.  This time I coordinated it with some of our new Designer Series Paper and the new Label Me Pretty Bundle.

Pennsationals Team New Catalogue Blog Hop by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Tranquil Tulips Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Don’t you love that new DSP!!! It is part of the Daisy Delight Suite but goes beautifully with the Tulips too!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Rebecca’s blog and see what she has created for you all!

Happy Crafting

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Cutting Cardstock for Beginners

Hi Everyone.

Today I wanted to share with you how I cut my cardstock to make my basic layers for my cards.

Now I am a quilter at heart, as well as a stamper – so I do work in Inches, which I understand some people are just not a fan off! Lol. But I honestly feel it gives you more even cuts.

They are like anything you learn.  It make be a bit difficult to grasp initially, but easy once you have practiced.

If the video doesn’t load then You can watch Cutting Card Layers for Beginners Here so you can see how I do it.

Here are the card layers that are my ‘go to’ when creating cards.

Card Bases:

Cut on short side of A4 cardstock at 4 1/8″

Cut on long side of A4 cardstock at 14.9cm ( this is the centre of your Australian A4 cardstock)

Layers:

5 3/4″ x 4″

5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″

5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″

5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″

This means that if you want a larger border around one piece of your cardstock, you simply skip to the next measurement.  There are so many ways you can do layers.  Once you are more confident you can really begin to play around with them!

Download the PDF below:

Basic Card Layers

And here is just a little guide to help you with your Inches!

And a couple of layered examples.

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Daisy Delight from Stampin Up

Colour Inspiration #10 by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up!s Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree

I do hope you find this helpful!  If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will get back to you.

Happy Crafting!