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Colour INKspiration 08

Hello and welcome to Colour INKspiration Challenge #08!

At Colour INKspiration, we play and create using a different colour palette every fortnight.  It’s a fantastic way to stretch your creativity and I encourage you to join in.  We have a dedicated Facebook group where you can upload your own creation to right HERE.

I missed the last challenge, so I was determined NOT to miss this one! And boy is this a challenging one!

I love this picture but I must admit, I was a bit daunted initially with the colour palette – Delightful Dijon; Tip Top Taupe; Soft Suede; Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  But after a little pondering I realised what it reminded me of … the colours of a sepia photo …you know the ones … with just a hint of colour to highlight a certain area.

Once I had that idea in my head I knew exactly which stamp set to reach for – so I am giving you a little sneaky peak at one of our new upcoming sets from the Birthday Memories Suite. It is sooooooo adorable!

Colour INKspiration #08 Sneak Peak from the upcoming Birthday Memories Suite by My Paper Oasis, Birthday Delivery, Stampin Up, Sepia Colouring, Vintage Card

Isn’t she gorgeous!  I used the masking technique for the addition of the flowers before lightly water colouring them with Delightful Dijon. I created the sepia effect by watercoloring around the image of the girl lightly with Soft Suede, then inside the image gradually building with small amounts of colour until I was happy with it.  As this is on Very Vanilla Cardstock, I did have to make sure that my aqua painter was not very wet or it would ruin the card.

The flowers were created with the Succulent Flower Dies (retiring item) simply sponged in Delightful Dijon, curling the tips under and then layered on each other.

Colour INKspiration #08 Sneak Peak from the upcoming Birthday Memories Suite by My Paper Oasis, Birthday Delivery, Stampin Up, Sepia Colouring, Vintage Card

I absolutely love the vintage feel of this card! I hope you do too. And I know you are going to love the entire Birthday Memories Suite!

But don’t stop here!!! We have an absolutely amazing array of stunning projects from our Design Team lined up to inspire you for this hop!  Get ready to be WOWED as you make your way around to everyone’s blogs!!!!!

Up next is the lovely Rebecca Scurr and her gorgeous creation!

Happy Crafting!

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CTC 125 – Favourite Bigshot Project!

Hi crafty friends and welcome!

It’s Sunday night, so that means it’s time for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  I’m pretty excited about this weeks challenge!  We get to showcase our favourite Big Shot project from the occasions catalogue!

How hard was it to choose! I mean, the Occasions Catalogue had so many great Big Shot projects.  The Lift Me Up Bundle, Custom Tee’s, Nailed It, So Succulent Bundle and not to mention the So Detailed Thinlets, Cool Treats and Dragonfly Dreams!

But for me – well, let’s just say that I am an absolute sucker for a box – so my choice for this weeks challenge just had to be the Window Box Die.

I had seen a picture from Pauline Barnfather at icreatecraft, who had designed a timber like box. I immediately fell in love with it and have been wanting to create my own version since. So this was my chance.  I really wanted to create an antique style box, that reminded me a little of an old jewellery box.  Some Soft Suede cardstock stamped with the Hardwood stamp helped me easily achieve that!

CTC125 Antique Window Box design by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, flower shop

I am so happy with the way it turned out.  Once I created the box I knew it needed some beautiful flowers to top it off.  I haven’t created these flowers for a few years now, so it was fun to really play and make them again.  I used the Flower Shop stamp and co-ordinating punch to create them.  Here’s a better look at the top for you.

CTC125 Antique Window Box design by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, flower shop

Luckily I had kept hold of my retired Antique Brads from a couple of years ago.  I think it really enhances the antique feel of the box perfectly and acts like a little handle to lift the lid open!

I hope you have enjoyed tonight’s project.  Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Judy May and see what beautiful project she has created for you!

Keep Crafting!

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CTC 122 – Falling in Love with So Detailed Thinlets!

Hi everyone and welcome back to another CASEIng the Catty Challenge.  This week is CTC 122 where we are focusing on the Falling in Love section of the Occasions Catalogue from pages 50 – 54.

There’s only a few pages to this section, but boy are there some lovely projects to CASE. I focused on this one ….

The pretty cluster of flowers caught my attention, set off with the gold leaf and the die.  I actually hadn’t paid a whole heap of attention to the stamp set until I saw those flowers – now I need it – but you all know how that goes! Lol.  I also didn’t want to make a card – but the idea of a scrapbook layout hit me (it doesn’t happen often – so when it does I make sure I act on it!)

So here is what I designed …

CTC 122 Falling in Love with So Detailed Thinlets by My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, scrapbook page

CTC 122 Falling in Love with So Detailed Thinlets by My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, scrapbook page

I used the flower from the Butterfly Basics stamp sets and just fussy cut a ‘few’ out to create the flower bunch.  I stamped them in Sahara Sand and the sponged them lightly with Blushing Bride ink.  I used the stunning Flower Die in the So Detailed Thinlets Dies instead of the heart one in the image. All teamed with the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and a special touch of gold! I love the way it turned out – but my goodness – that photo makes me feel old! It seems like a lifetime ago!

Don’t forget to hop around and see everyone else’s creations for some extra inspiration, and then join in the fun by uploading your own project to the album CTC 122 on the Facebook Page right HERE!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Elizabeth Gross to see what she has created today!

Happy Crafting everyone!

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Colour INKspiration 6 – CI06


Welcome to our next Colour INKspiration Challenge!  Your entries have amazed us so far! So much talent and creativity out there – it’s a joy to see, but makes it very difficult to vote!   Keep up the great work!  You can join the fun on our Facebook Group HERE.

We have a beautiful colour swatch for you all this week.  These colours work so well together.  We have Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Gold to work with. Even though the image says gold foil, it can be any gold you like.

There are some beautiful projects by the crew this week, so make sure you hop around to see them all, including from our guest designer – Kim Oliver. Welcome Kim!

I found these colours compliment each other so very nicely and had a bit of fun creating.

Colour INKspiration 06 by My Paper Oasis, stampin up colours with Flourishing Phrases

I thought today I would try my hand at water colouring my own background.  There was a similar navy striped paper in our Floral Boutique DSP, but the lines were fine and quite dark. I really like the more subtle water coloured lines.  They are super simple to create too – just pop some ink on your aqua painter and run it straight across your cardstock.  It’s really that simple.  I used our Shimmery White for this, because it holds the water so well and the subtle shimmer is just gorgeous!

I even splattered on some extra sparkle with gold glitter, by mixing a small amount of tombow with water, then flicking it across my card using an aqua painter.  I have a specific aqua painter for this job, because it does get glue in the brush.  Sprinkle your card with gold glitter and tap of the excess and leave to dry.  It creates a beautiful effect on cards.

Well I do hope you have enjoyed my creation this week. Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Monique to see what she has created this week!

Happy Crafting

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CTC 120 – Nailed it!

Happy Sunday everyone!

That must mean it’s time for yet another fantastic CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop. To get you inspired to create and stamp this week, we are concentrating on pages 46 – 49 from the Occasions Catalogue.

As usual, there are lots of lovely samples to choose to CASE – but considering I have barely inked up my Nailed It Set, I knew straight away it was the bundle I was going to play with.  It’s a fantastic set to make some great projects for that handy man or woman in your life!  But remember – you don’t have to have the stamp sets to play along in these challenges – just let the pages inspire you to create with what you have.

I took inspiration this week directly from the picture above.  Not the cards – but the peg board itself!  This set lends itself to creating a great peg board display, especially when teamed with the coordinating DSP.

CTC 120 - Nailed It Peg Board by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, Tools, Male Card

And perhaps one more card, just because I can! Lol

CTC 120 - Nailed It Peg Board by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, Tools, Male Card

Told you the paper makes this suite super easy to create with!

Now, as I’m the one with the tool kit in my house, I feel I need to make myself one in more ‘feminine’ colours!

Don’t forget to play along with the challenge.  Simply create your project and upload to the relevant Facebook Album in the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Page (it’s the album with the matching picture at the top of the post).  You can find the Group HERE.

Now it’s time to hop over to the amazing Simone Bartrum to see what she has created this week!

Happy Stamping!

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CTC 119 – Designer Tee

Welcome everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your long weekend in Victoria!

It’s time again for another CASEing the Catty Challenge!  This week we are CASEing anything in the saleabration catalogue from pages 16 – 19!  Remember when we CASE we don’t need the exact sets as displayed – you can take inspiration from the colours, layouts, stamps or images 🙂

You may have come from Elizabeth’s blog or be starting right here! Once you have popped around the all the blog posts, don’t forget to play along and upload your creation to our Facebook Page – no blog post necessary!

I’m taking my inspiration today from the image on page 18 of the catalogue – The pink card on the right hand side –

I love the sentiments in the designer tee stamp set and the little t-shirt framelits!

I had to change the colours up a bit as I have just received my FREE Glimmer Paper Assortment Packs (no, I couldn’t just have ONE!) and I wanted to use some of that glimmer! It is SUPER sparkly!

 CTC119 using Designer Tee by My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, Custom Tee, Watwrcolouring, Mel PaganoYou all know I love a bit of watercoloring and I gave my t-shirt a bit of extra love to make it smooth and shiny, by pressing it into my versamark ink pad and then sprinkle with clear embossing powder.  Do it a couple of times for a smooth, glossy finish!

CTC119 using Designer Tee by My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, Custom Tee, Mel pagano

I used the same method to create these gorgeous dangles for my Product Play Day at the release of the Occasions Catalogue in January – only for these ones I heat embossed a back and front and adhered them together to make it super strong! Mine hangs on my scissors 🙂

CTC119 using Designer Tee by My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, Custom Tee, scissor charm

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I hope you enjoyed my projects – now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Rachel to see what she has created this week!

Don’t forget to play along and add you pic to the album on our Facebook Page!

Happy Crafting!

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Colour INKspiration 5 – CI05

Hi everyone!  Glad you could join us for another Colour INKspiration this week!  Can you believe two weeks have flown by already!

The crew are really enjoying everyone’s enthusiasm and participation, so keep them coming!

This weeks colour palette is much more suited to colours I would normally ‘go to’ when creating. Soft Sky, Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand! Don’t forget you can use neutrals and metallics too for your creation!

A beautiful pastel palette to work with, that took my heart straight to quilting.  Yes, I love to quilt and these images and colours took me straight there.  The inspiration started to flow – I wanted to make a quilt – what kind of quilt??? – ohhhhhhhh a drunkard’s path quilt – and then it occurred to me that the stitched framelits would give the impression of stitch lines! Woohoo – idea sorted!

AND THEN……

the realisation that our Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (available in the current occasions catalogue) has the EXACT colour palette.  YES! So the creating began….

Colour INKspiration 05 Quilt Inspired Card by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, drunkards path quilt design

 There was a lot of cutting on the bigshot for this one, but the end result was well worth it. I had a lot of fun making this ‘mini paper quilt’.

I used the smallest stitched square and circle framelits.  To make sure the circles were cut in exactly the same spot each time, i had to make a small mark on the circle framelit where it intersected with the stitched lines from the square. That ensured the quarter circle nested nicely into the square shape each time.

A few embellishments, some vanilla ribbon and the thread from the blushing bride sequins and it was done!

I hope you enjoyed the project! Now its time to hop over to Elizabeth’s blog to see what she has created for this challenge!

Don’t forget to play along with the challenge by uploading your design to our Facebook Page HERE.

And remember – MARCH is the final month of Saleabration! I hope you have been taking advantage of the FREE products on offer! If you live in Australia you can order your supplies via my Shop Now button 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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CTC118 – Cool Treats Poppin Box!

Welcome back to another CASEing the Catty for hop for this week!  Have you been creating away? Have you been using the catalogue for inspiration?  If you are stuck for a layout or colour scheme or ideas for using a set, then CASEing images in the Catty may be just what you need to kick start your creative spark!

You may have come from the amazing Kelly Kent this week or be starting right here! So hop around and see what inspiration the crew has for you this week!

This week for our challenge we are creating from the Cool Treats Section in the catalogue – so ANYTHING from pages 32 – 45!

I myself have recently been playing LOADS with the Cool Treats suite! Yes, the entire suite!  Well it’s so …… Cool! Lol.  The stamps, the framelits, the designer paper, the sprinkles!!!! Have you tried it yet? I took inspiration from it all!

I have created a few cards with this suite, but this week I wanted to share with you a fantastic Poppin’ Card Box that I found by a demonstrator called Gemma Clarke.  They are quite popular right now and with good reason too!  The box POPS right out of its case when you pull it open! It’s such an interactive card.

Here’s the one I created…

CTC 118 Popping Card Box using Cool Treats with link to tutorial, My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, Cool Treats, Poppin Box Card, 3D Card, ice cream card, popping box, frozen treats

and here is the other side of the box….

CTC 118 Popping Card Box using Cool Treats with link to tutorial, My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, Cool Treats, Poppin Box Card, 3D Card, ice cream card, popping box, frozen treats

You can even stamp a message inside the box base or use this area to write your message on! They are fantastic for vouchers too.   They are the perfect size for movie tickets!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Elizabeth’s blog to see what beautiful project she has for you all!

Don’t forget to play along by creating your project, snapping a pic and posting on out Facebook Page right HERE!

If you would like to have a go at creating your very own Poppin Box Card then take the link to Gemma’s Youtube video HERE.

 Happy Crafting!

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CTC #116 – Botanical Builder Inspirational Frame

Hi everyone.  Welcome back to another week of CASEing the Catty.

I do hope you are enjoying the projects of the crew and being inspired to create. You may have come straight here today, or popped over from Kathryn’s blog.  Either way, I hope you hop around and see all the lovely projects and then play along!

This week we are using images from pages 20 – 31 of the Occasions Catalogue to create our projects.

This was a tough week because there is just so much goodness to choose from in those pages! I loved so much of it, but what caught my eye the most was that clock with the Oh so Succulent Suite.  Now I don’t have that suite (yet…) but I have a frame that I have been wanting to create for oh so long!

I was initially inspired by a picture I saw from Debbie Blake at www.nutshellcreations.com –  I used the same frame, but I wanted to use the Project Life cards to make an inspirational frame full of quotes to encourage me each day!

CTC #116 Hello Lovely Project Life Frame by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin Up, Inspirational board

Now its very tricky to get a good picture of how good this frame looks with a little bit of decorating using the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, but it sits on my wall directly opposite to wear I create and I really do read it every day.  I’m so excited to have finally finished it for this weeks CASEing the Catty Challenge.  Although just secretly…I think I may add a few more bits and pieces over time!

CTC #116 Hello Lovely Project Life Frame by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin Up, Inspirational board

CTC #116 Hello Lovely Project Life Frame by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin Up, Inspirational board

CTC #116 Hello Lovely Project Life Frame by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin Up, Inspirational board

The phrases on the Hello Lovely Project Life Collection was absolutely perfect for this project!

Well, it’s time to hop over to the lovely Simone Bartrum to see what she has created this week.

And don’t forget to play along too by joining our Challenge Page on Facebook

Happy Creating!

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Colour INKspiration #3 – CI03

Welcome to our third Colour INKspiration Challenge! And WOW do we have a colour challenge for you this week!

You may have come from Elizabeth Gross and here stunning project, or you may be starting here. So hop around to get some inspiration and ideas for this unusual colour combo, and then pop in to our Facebook page and play along with your very own creation!

We are using 5 colours for this INKspiration challenge – Marina Mist; Peekaboo Peach; Soft Suede; Whisper White and Soft Sky.

A gorgeous, but I’m not going to lie, a bit of a tricky challenge.  I really enjoy colour challenges to stretch me out of my comfort colour zone, but I had to play with this one in my head for a few days before I decided what products I wanted to use for this combination. I was quite happy with the end result.

A simple watercolored background was the base for this card.  I used the Stamp Off technique to soften the colours of soft suede and peekaboo peach, with a full coloured flower behind the stamped off one.

I love removing the white background on the White Perfect Accents and then using them on watercolour backgrounds.  I also added the little ‘leaf’ shape pieces that I cut in vellum from the long border framelit to create a bit more interest on the background.

Don’t forget to keep hopping around to see what everyone else has created with this challenge! Next on the hop is Paula Dobson with her amazing project!

Play along too by Joining our Facebook Challenge Page HERE.

Happy Crafting

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