Thursday 20 July 2017

Stampin Dreams Blog Hop Case the Catalog

Well Hello everyone, Welcome to Stampin Dreams Blog Hop - Case the Catalog.
If this is the first time you have joined us, I hope you enjoy the variety of projects by our talented participants...Just a lil teaser for my project...
You are here at Shaz's blog (Sharon Dalton from Gogango, QLD Australia)

I wanted to use a set that I didn't actually own after scouring the catalogue, luckily for me one of my friends in my team had the whole suite....So I asked kindly and she allowed me to make my 'CASE'.... 'CASE'ing can be very broad, you can just use the colour scheme, you can make exactly the same project or you and make your own variation using elements from the project. Check out pages 68 &69 for everything that is Birthday Memories Suite.
As I said I didn't own this suite so I was very cautious about cutting up this beautiful paper. Thankfully this suite also has Dies - Birthday Friends Framelits. So not much fussy cutting for me...except I loved the turtle and the lil squirrel so I had to cut them by hand.

So you are simply left with this outline when you run the Framelits Dies through your Bigshot

I decided to just make a card from the gift bag idea, BUT mine has a see through flap at the front so like the bag you could see behind it. Do you see what I mean now???
I added a Mr Fox on the front of piece of window sheet with some Daffodil Delight cardstock at the top and bottom. Behind the flap I added a piece of matching DSP from Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper with our turtle and squirrel.

I finished my project off yesterday and then today I had another wee thought....I think it needs balloon on the front too....So using the framelits dies again I added some balloons with a small piece of white linen thread.  I also cut out one of the little presents on that beautiful paper.  Now here is the finished project with the balloons...
I do hope that you like my project as well as the one before me. Check out the catalogue yourself and see if there is something in there that you like...Give 'CASE'ing a go... It is so much fun. If you are interested in participating in future Blog Hops here is what is coming up...over at Stampin Dreams 

So please pop over to the next blog, that of Kim Oliver.  I am sure that she will have something truly AMAZING just like the rest of the participants... If you miss any you can go back to them via the list below...

Thanks for dropping by, please leave me some love and I will follow you to your blog and return the gesture. Have a great evening Cheers Shaz xoxo

Caseing the Catty

Every Sunday a new challenge is posted on Caseing the Catty Sunday Challenge

 I have been endeavoring to participate in one for a while, BUT time just seems to escape me every week...This week I took a quick look through those pages, WOW so many beautiful examples to case. 

BUT this just hit me in the face and said do this one!!!
So I am a very literal thinker!!! So thinking outside the box is very difficult for me....

So to participate in Caseing the Catty you can CASE directly or be inspired by a sketch/layout, colour combo or embellishment.  So not having this stamp set I thought which one do I have that is similar - Beautiful Bouquet pg 92 had a similar flower.
I absolutely LOVE the new Lovely Words Thinlits Dies pg 157 which has a die that has Friend in it...Can you see where I am going here....
 Deciding the colours were easy as I loved this colour combinations from Stampin' Up....
I thought that they were Flirty Flamingo, Baby Powder, Old Olive and Soft Sky,
well these are the colours I used anyways

Once I had cut the "Friend'  from Lovely Words Thinlits, I added Baby Powder ink on a dauber to the word. I started by adding my flowers using the Masking Technique for my flowers and leaves and then I added in the rest of the flowers. To create this card I wanted to make sure that my flowers and leaves were masked so that the colours didn't look all messy underneath....
Here is how I did this..I simply stamped the flower image on some photo copy paper and cut it out by hand yes!!! by hand. Who else loves fussy is so relaxing!!!
Then I placed the stamped image over my original flower to cover it (see on the left hand side) and then stamped my leaves in Old Olive, once you remove your flower mask it reveals the leaves behind the flower (see on the right hand side).
Sorry my photos are not the best!!

Now we were up to the fun part, adding all the details. I felt it needed this done behind the word Friend and then I also felt it needed a Flirty Flamingo Friend....YES!!! I do tend to overthink it and YES!!! I proCRAFTinate a lot!!!

I actually offset the Friend on my card front over the other 'Friend' 
to give it the shadow effect, hope you like it!!!OK who is ready for the big reveal....Here is my Caseing the Catty CASE
AND of course you have to decorate the inside as well

I had so much fun playing along with this one that I am actually looking forward to seeing what the challenge is on Sunday....
If you want to have a look at the Blog Hop from the Caseing the Catty Crew Members, start here with Elizabeth Gross  and her Hugs sample.
There are so many beautiful examples and lots of very creative
Stampin' Up demonstrators out there.

Products used in this card can all be brought from my Online Shop
Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Stamps 143666
Lovely Words Thinlits Dies 143733
Classic Stampin' Pad - Flirty Flamingo 141397
Classic Stampin' Pad - Powder Pink 144084
Classic Stampin' Pad - Old Olive 126953
Classic Stampin' Pad -  131181
A4 Cardstock
- Flirty Flamingo - 141421
A4 Cardstock - Old Olive - 106576
A4 Cardstock - Soft Sky - 131292
Stampin' Dimensionals - 104430
Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a wonderful day, leave me some love by commenting below and I will pop over to see you too.
Cheers Shaz

Sunday 9 July 2017

ESAD - Favourites from the 2017/18 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome everyone, This ESAD Blog Hop excites me as I got to play with my very favourite suite in the whole entire 2017-2018 Annual Stampin' Up catalogue... If you follow me here or on FB's many groups I am in you will have probably guessed which suite I will be using.

You have just come from Rebecca Scurr

My absolute favourite products from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue would have to be the Naturally Eclectic Suite on page 132.  The stunning samples caught my eye immediately as soon as I saw them.

I had all of these cutouts and this background, that created with embossing paste. So with these pieces I wanted to create a Happy Birthday card for my Sister in law.

Lots of things went onto the card and then I pulled some pieces off as I wasn't completely happy with it, I don't think I am the only one who changes their mind during the process of making projects...AM I ??? I embossed the leaves onto the actual card and then wished I hadn't of... I also put all the blue flowers on and so glad that I didn't stick them as I hated it. PHEW....

Next I wanted to use the Happy Birthday Thinlits on the front of the card and was very undecided about what colour DSP or cardstock to use...So I tested the 2 different types on my card... I had to go with my favourite colour cardstock - the new InColor 2017-2019 Lemon Lime Twist...

Once I had changed the font to Lemon Lime Twist I was extremely happy with my card and I knew that my SIL would be too

Here are another couple of cards that I have made using this set and if you look back at this post you will see a Scrapbooking layout that I used Oh So Eclectic too...
So can you see why it is my favourite, Do you like it too???

Up next is  Leonie Schroder , Leonie is a Stampin' Up Demonstrator from Sydney.
Her blog is Stamp A Latte

Blog hop participants:

10. Sharon Dalton _ You are here

Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a wonderful day, leave me some love by commenting below and I will pop over to see you too.
Cheers Shaz

Saturday 8 July 2017

Global Stamping Friends Bloghop

This is my first hop with Global Stamping Friends, blog hopping with people from all over
the world....Thanks for the warm welcome into this group Sarah McDermott.
I am here in Australia!!!

Very excited until I saw this month's brief....I am not very good at thinking outside the square....Holidays in July - with a twist made my head hurt to begin with!!! So the brief was to design a holiday project BUT using a set that isn't designed specifically for holidays.

So PINTEREST became my best friend there for a while. That was until I stumbled upon this card, so my inspiration was drawn from Karen Taylor Stampin' Up Demostrator France.  Karen was inspired to create her card from Lou Kitzelman Stampin' Up Demonstrator here in Australia whose blog you have just left to come to mine.

I chose Naturally Eclectic DSP from the new Annual Catalogue, as it already had leaves printed on it for my background....AND then of course I had to use my favourite cardstock - Lemon Lime Twist from the new In Color Collection 2017-2019. 
Also I cut a small branch out of the Wood Textures DSP stack

I used a variety of Circle Layering Framelits to cut middle out of the card and Swirly Scribbles, Birds and Blooms Thinlits to create the branch, leaves and berries and the wreath (which is hidden, until you open the card). I stamped the birds from the Best Birds stamp set with Black Archival ink, they were cut out with the Bigshot using a matching die from Birds and Blooms. I coloured the birds with Aqua painters and small amount of ink from our pads.

I always take photos during the process of placement of my cards so that I can look back to compare the changes....Added a sentiment to the middle of the card, Merry Christmas came from Better Together stamp set. It makes such a difference, now that the branch has leaves and berries on. All these stamps can be found in Best Birds set.

 Lets add a splash of colour on these birds now. I used Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze on the bird inside the card and In Color 2017-2019 Inks Berry Burst and Powder Pink.

Decorating the inside of the card is something new that I am trying to do this year when making cards...LOVE the surprise when you open the card!!!

I actually think that I nailed the brief, hope you all try making Christmas cards without Christmas/Holiday stamps....YAY!!! Another creation from CreativeMe68 - Studio Shabaz.

 Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a wonderful day, leave me some love by commenting below and I will pop over to see you too.  Cheers Shaz
Up next is
Kimberely Anne Morris from Colorado Springs, CO