Category: Challenges

Colour INKspiration 16 – Just Add Colour

It’s the second Wednesday of the month, so that means it’s time for another Colour INKspiration Challenge.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month the design team create projects using Colour Schemes inspired by Pinterest.  You can take the hop, see everyone’s projects and then play along by uploading your work of art on our Facebook Page HERE.

This week we have a very cool colour palette to play along to. Our colour selection is Whisper White; Dapper Denim; Sahara Sand and Basic Grey!

These are great masculine colours to play with to create cards just in time for Father’s Day here in Australia, but you might say I went in completely the opposite direction 🙂

As I mulled over the colours in my head, I thought about how pretty the blue and white would be to create the look of Wedgewood China pieces.  Then I had a lightbulb moment where I realised that our new Just Add Colour Speciality Designer Series Paper had some images of Teapots and cups, so I knew that is what I would use.  When thinking about incorporating the rest of the colours an image just evolved in my head about the look i wanted to achieve.  I have seen some stunning U-Fold cards and more recently a ‘Bench Fold Card’ by The Craft Spa – take a look at her work HERE. Here work is lovely, so I wanted to have a try at my own.

Colour INKspiration 15 - 3D Bench Card using Just Add Colour DSP by My Paper Oasis

My card doesn’t fold flat for posting, but I thought it would be lovely as a gift to welcome someone to their new home, or for Mother’s Day. And it was truly such a fun card to make once I had played around with some measurements!

I would have loved to have added a vase with flowers, but alas – I couldn’t make it work with the selected colours for this challenge.

I hope you enjoyed my project today.

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Jacque Williams and see her stunning project!

Happy Crafting!!!!

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CTC 142 – Love and Sympathy and Brightly Lit Christmas

Hi everyone.  Welcome to CTC 142 – Love and Sympathy and Brightly Lit Christmas!

Wait what??????

Yes, this week we are taking a look at the Love and Sympathy Section on pages 86 – 101 of the Annual Catalogue.

And I finally did it….I finally chose to do a little christmas with my card making using the – you guessed it – Brightly Lit Christmas Bundle.

I haven’t seen that bundle I hear you say – you would be right again!  It’s one of our Brand New products in the upcoming Holiday Catalogue. And I’m just a sucker for a good framelit – so it was in my ‘must have’ lists (one of the great perks of being a demo is playing with the new stuff before anyone else!)

The base for my card design this week was using the Tranquil Tide card image on the bottom right of page 94 of the catalogue –

It was a bit different for a Christmas Card, and I must admit – I decided not to make a traditional Christmas Card either.  You see, I have a few friends that like ‘non-traditional’ cards and Christmas is no exception.  So I chose Black and White and silver!

CTC142 Brightly Lit Christmas in Non Traditional Colours by My Paper Oasis

It was a bit tricky to get a good pic of this card, but I layered up the lamppost by cutting the framelits 3 times in Basic Black before adding the last layer of Silver Foil.  The Fine Tip Glue Pen works really well when applying this technique.  Doing this really makes the Lamppost pop right off the card and give it a 3D effect.

And did you know our Merry Music DSP is actually the music for the Christmas Carols! I have a little musician in the house, so we thought that was a pretty cool touch to add to the Designer Paper!

I am a pretty traditional girl myself, so I can’t say I’m 100% sure about the non traditional look! What do you think?

Now it’s time to hop over to Kathryn’s blog and take a look at what she has created this week!

Happy Creating!

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CTC 141 – Birthday Foil Frenzy Pretty Packaging

A big hello to all our regular CASEing the Catty blog hoppers and a warm welcome to those who are new!

CASEing the Catty is a weekly hop, where every Sunday the design team showcases projects from a particular section of the catalogue by Copying And Sharing (CASEing) with you how they have used the design and changed elements, colours, textures or anything else to make it their own.

This week we are focusing on the Birthdays Section of the Catalogue on Pages 68 – 85.

I decided to use the image on Page 76 this week to create some Birthday Foil Frenzy Pretty Packaging using this as the basis for my design –

Have you noticed our gorgeous Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper in the catalogue?  It is hard to miss with all it’s beautiful sparkle in 4 different colours and 3 beautiful designs!  But just in case – you will find it on page 77 or 189 of the Annual Catalogue.

It is perfect for creating pretty packaging – so thats exactly what I did!

CTC 141 Birthday Foil Frenzy Pretty Packaging By Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I chose to use the Soft Sky Spotted Page for my project as it coordinated well with the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, not to mention the gorgeous Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon – Oh My Goodness – It’s so soft and smooth – I LOVE it!  I cut out my favourite bear image and touched up some areas like the balloons, hat and bears noses, with the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add some extra shine.

The Pool Party strip of Cardstock under the tag was finished with the Ticket Tear Border Punch for a bit of added fun!

Creating boxes is pretty easy really!  My top was created by trimming 1/2″ of two sides (with an adjoining corner) of the 12″ x 12″  foil frenzy sheet.  I then scored all four sides at 2″ before folding on score lines, cutting one of the score lines in each corner, folding in and adhering the tabs to the inside panels.  To create a base that fits perfectly, just trim an extra 1/8″ off two sides again from the box base piece, score at 2″, cut tabs as before and adhere to create your box base.  It really does save all that measuring!

Here is a close up of the tag –

CTC 141 Birthday Foil Frenzy Pretty Packaging by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I do hope I have encouraged you to try and create some of your own gorgeous birthday or gift boxes!

Now it’s time to pop over to Krissy’s page and see what she has created for you all!

And don’t forget – once you have taken the hop, get creating and come back to our Facebook page and upload your own creation for us to admire HERE!

Happy Creating Everyone!

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Colour INKspiration 15

Hi Everyone.  Welcome to our next Colour INKspiration Challenge – number 15 to be exact!

How does Colour INKspiration work?  I’m glad you asked!

We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand who, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, create projects using inspired colour Combinations from pinterest.  It’s loads of fun and we LOVE you to play along.  So take the hop, be inspired, create your own work of art and then play along over in our Facebook Page!

This week’s colour challenge image is below:

Our palette this week is Elegant Eggplant; Bermuda Bay; Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party.

I was just a bit excited by this challenge as I don’t use Elegant Eggplant very much, and as much as I LOVE our new Lemon Lime Twist Colour – I REALLY struggle to use it in colour combinations.  So this challenge was a fun way to give me a stretch!  And just because I don’t use those colours very much – I really wanted them to be the feature of my card!

Colour INKspiration 15 featuring Lovely Inside and Out by Stampin Up with the new Lemon Lime Twist!

 I started with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and splashed on some Lemon Lime Twist with my aqua painter, then followed that up with some touches of Elegant Eggplant wear the framelit would cut. Once that had dried, I cut out the framelit and trimmed the ‘friend’ out of the oval.  I cut the framelit a further 3 times in whisper white, trimmed all the ‘friends’, then layered them together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, before covering the entire word with the fine tip glue for a glossy look.

The background was created by stamping the ‘raindrops’ in Pool Party on the backing piece of whisper white, tracing the outline of the framelit and then picking out a selection of Pool Party sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment pack and adhering them in place (a tip I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s video’s).  I really liked the idea instead of a shaker card, so you can permanently see the sequins in the background.  I popped a piece of window sheet behind the framelit cut out and adhered an Elegant Eggplant sentiment piece that I had cut with the Layering Oval Framelits to give me an outline.

Some more watercoloring on Shimmery White with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay before cutting with little flowers from the Blooming Heart Thinlets, helped finish off the overall look – with a good smothering of Wink of Stellar of course! Lol.

Colour INKspiration 15 featuring Lovely Inside and Out by Stampin Up from Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

We can’t wait to see what you create with this combination!

Now it’s time to hop on over to see what Jackie has created

Happy Creating everyone!

 

 

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CTC 140 – Babies, Kids and Pocketful of Sunshine

Welcome to CTC 140, where this week the crew are taking inspiration from cards in the Babies and Kids section of the Annual catalogue, on pages 102 – 111.

Such a fun section of the catalogue to CASE!

This week I really wanted to show you that even though we are using the Babies and Kids section – you don’t necessarily have to make a babies and kids project.  You can take inspiration from any designs in the catalogue and create them to suit your need.

So here is the image I used this week –

You may remember last time I played along with this category, I CASEd the card on the right!  This week, I am CASEing the card on the left.

I hadn’t inked up my Pocketful of Sunshine yet and was dying to get it out for a play!  For this challenge I teamed it with Beautiful Bouquet Bundle and created this card –

CTC 140 - Pocketful of Sunshine and Beautiful Bouquet by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Instead of stamping onto the background, I pulled out our gorgeous Embossing Paste for a bit of extra fun and texture to the card.

White craft ink gave me the stitching on the pocket and as much as I love the sentiments in the Beautiful Bouquet set, I decided to leave this one blank for now, so I can pop on a sentiment when I decide the destination of the card 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this weeks creation.  Don’t forget to hop all the way around and come back and upload your design to our Facebook Page HERE.

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

Happy Creating!

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CTC 139 – Everyday Occasions Using Pick a Pattern!

It’s Sunday night – so that means it’s time for another fabulous CASEing the Catty Blog Hop!  The crew hop every Sunday Night, sharing their inspiration taken from select pages / categories in the current catalogues.

CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) is a great way to gain inspiration and use as a springboard for your own creativity.  So take the hop, be inspired and join our Facebook Page so you can inspire us with YOUR project!

This week we are focusing on the Everyday Occasions Section on pages 18 – 67.

Pick a Pattern Shaker Card

This week I decided to CASE one of my favourite cards in this section.  I have been wanting to do it for a while – so this was the perfect opportunity.

See that Green shaker card in the top left corner – yep – that’s the one I had fun with this week!

I was initially going to replicate the card using those fun images from the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  But then another sheet in the collection caught my eye.  You see – I need to make a Welcome card for a new team member (one of my favourite things to create!) – and this DSP pack has a very ‘crafty’ sheet in it.  Perfect for this new member, who loves to craft!

So here is my version of this shaker card:

CTC 139 - Pick a Pattern Shaker Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin Up DSP.

It’s a good thing that I love fussy cutting!!!

The Pick a Pattern DSP means you can create lots of different cards simply by purchasing a pack of the DSP.  It has lots of different elements you can cut and use for Cardmaking and scrapbooking for lots of different occasions – camping, dinosaurs, crafts, photography and more! That’s why it has become a favourite DSP of mine this year.

I hope you have enjoyed my take on this card this week.  Now it’s time to hop on over to Megan’s page and see what she has created for you 🙂

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Happy Crafting!

 

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CTC 138 – Holidays for This Little Piggy

Welcome to CASEing the Catty Challenge 138!

This week we are agin taking a look around the Holidays section of the Annual Catalogue on Pages 112 – 125.

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And Nope – I’m still not ready for Christmas!!! Lol.  But I did love an image on Page 112 that I used as a base to design my card – the card right on the top of that stand –

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Here’s a closer look for you!

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I loved all those layers – but I repeat – still not ready for Christmas, so my version used one of the cutest new stamps ever – This Little Piggy! Those piggies remind me so much of Charlotte’s Web.  I knew they would be on my must have list as soon as I saw them!  So here is my version for this card layout –

My Little Piggy by Stampin Up for CTC 138 with Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis. Fantastic layout for fences, hills and piggies frolicking in the yard.

I used dimensionals between the layers to really make the hills stand apart.  Because I used a dimensional between the first and second hill, and then again between the second and third hill, you will need to remember to stack two dimensionals on top of each other when attaching the card front to the card base.

My Little Piggy by Stampin Up for CTC 138 with Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis. Fantastic layout for fences, hills and piggies frolicking in the yard.

Here’s a side on view so you can really see the layers at work!  And what do you think of our Dynamic Textured Embossing Folders!  I have used Ruffled on this card.  They really do add that bit of extra dimension to your cards!

And a quick peak at the simple inside if you are wondering what ‘this little piggy’ has to say –My Little Piggy by Stampin Up for CTC 138 with Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis. Fantastic layout for fences, hills and piggies frolicking in the yard.

They are little kisses around the sentiment which are included in the stamp set!

Well I do hope you have enjoyed this fun take on a Christmas Card!  Make sure you continue the hop and see all the other inspiration from the crew and then add your own creation to our Facebook Page HERE.

Now it’s time to hop on over to Krissy’s Page to see what she has created for you all!

Happy Crafting everyone!

 

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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 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 131 – Everyday Occasions

A super excited HELLO to everyone tonight from the CASEing the Catty Team for hop CTC 131!

Why so excited you may ask?????

Because it’s NEW CATALOGUE TIME!!!!!!

Thats right – the Brand new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue has just begun and we have a whole year ahead of us to CASE the gorgeous new projects!  And you can join in too. We have made it super simple! Just make your own creation and upload it to our Facebook Page – right to the wall – no album necessary! Its that simple!

So take the hop…be inspired….and upload your own design HERE!

This week we get to CASE anything from the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue on pages 18 – 67.

Thats A LOT of pages to choose from! Do you know how hard it was to narrow down! Lol.

But eventually I did!  I chose to showcase some of the items from the gorgeous new Wood Words Suite. I have been using it so much since I got it!

And I have two cards to show you, both CASEd from different projects in the catalogue.

My first card takes inspiration from the card in the image above.  I have stamped the flowers for the background and heat embossed with white embossing powder directly on to the Wood Textures Designer series Paper.  I then used the new copper trim to make a ‘mesh’ over the image before stamping and adhering the sentiment and heart in the new Fresh Fig colour.

CTC 131 Everyday Occasions by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Wood Words Suite by Stampin' Up!

It’s a bit hard to see the mesh effect of the copper trim but you create it by cutting a long piece of it and then cutting it down the length to ‘open’ it, as it’s like a tube.  Then just spread it and adhere pieces to suite your card.  Here’s a close up…

Such a quick and simple card where the background does most of the work for you!

My second card was based on these images …

I have this stamp set and I love these cards, but have yet to make them … but for today’s challenge I changed it up a little … you see, I had so many little pieces of the Wood Textures DSP left after making 17 little crates for my Launch this weekend, so I tried to replicate this look using those scraps!

CTC 131 Everyday Occasions by Mel Pagano from My Paper Oasis using Wood Words by Stampin' Up!

I think its a great way to use up all of those scraps!

Have fun taking a look at all the New Catalogue Inspiration!

It’s time to hop on over to Rachel’s blog and see what she has created for you this week!

Happy Crafting 🙂

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