Monday, August 14, 2017

Stampin' Up! Jar of Love & Papillion Potpourri

Heather is a very talented at creating stunning cards using Stampin' Up! products.  Her creations often inspire me to CASE ;-) and today's post showcases a beautiful card Heather has created and our cased examples.  The Jar (from Jar of Love) releasing butterflies (from the Papillion Potpourri set, now retired) and that wonderful Bokeh Designer Series Paper from a retired DSP stack Serene Scenery, gave rise to this beautiful card... 
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Papillion Potpourri, Jar of Love x Heather Payne
Perfect Plum sponging with a little Old Olive and Marina Mist was a popular colour choice to mimic the technique and instead of butterflied, the A Crafty Cat team chose the fire flies...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Jar of Love
The bokeh techniques was achieved by placing a mask of different sized circles over the sponged background and dabbing White Craft Ink over the circular openings of the mask...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Jar of Love
The Jar was cut out of velum to give the appearance of a real jar...love that effect! and the fire flies were die cut using the coordinating thinlits...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Jar of Love
I love the creations my team shares and how it inspires not only me but the rest of class participants to try something new.  I hope you have a purrrfectly crafty week.

Yours in paper craft,

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Butterfly Basics,

To mimic the bokeh technique, first you have to sponge the background in patchy colours, then using a mask with random circles of different sizes, sponge white craft ink over the image.
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Butterfly thinlits & Butterfly Basics stamp set
The effect is amazing and so easy to achieve!
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Butterfly thinlits & Butterfly Basics stamp set
The darker the background/more heavily sponged and coloured, the greater the effect!
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Butterfly Basics Stamp Set
I used a lot of Daffodil Delight with highlights of Old Olive, in the sponging...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Butterfly Basics Stamp Set
The butterfly and fern fronds are from the set Butterfly Basics...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Butterfly Basics Stamp Set
The background was sponged in Daffodil Delight, Smokey Slate, and Garden Green, the fern fronds stamped in Basic Grey...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Butterfly Basics Stamp Set
The butterfly is both stamped and die cut in Denim Dapper...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Bokeh technique with Butterfly Basics Stamp Set
The effect is not only stunning but so easy to achieve.  There will be a couple more posts demonstrating both sponging and the bohek technique.  If you live in Australia and wish to purchase sponges, inks or any of the stamp sets used, please go to my online shop or contact me for personalised service.

Yours in paper craft, 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Stampin' Up! Build a Bike

Build a Bike Framelits x Stampin' Up! coordinates with the stamp set Bike Ride.  The two can be purchased as a bundle to create simply stunning cards like this...by CN...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Build a Bike
One for a Girl, "Berry Burst" ink, paper and crinkled seam binding ribbon (144191) and one for a boy "Pacific Point" - 
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Build a Bike
CN used the Layering Squares Framelits to create a coordinating mat...Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (144189)
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Build a Bike
 The cards look great together... thanks to pinterest and Happy Stampin for the inspiration!

A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Build a Bike
Marion Created this gorgeous layout, inspired by CN above...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Build a Bike
The layering from a different angle and notice how Marion cut out the seat, pedal and handle grips - a very patient woman!

A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Build a Bike
This is a great little set, one I intend to do a lot more with so subscribe so you don't miss a post, and if you live in Australia, don't forget to shop with me.

Yours in paper craft,

Friday, August 4, 2017

Stampin' Up! Fussy Cutting edges

A lovely finish to a card is a boarder of fussy cutting.  This post showcases the technique where the edge of the card stock is stamped and then fussy cut to produce a very striking card!

A Crafty Cat - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight
In Berry Burst, Stampin' Up! new hot pink in colour, 
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

and Tranquil Tide below, the cards are simply created by stamping and fussy cutting the mat that is adhered to the coloured base card. The stamping is colour coordinated with the ink and Designer Series Paper. The sentiment "thank you" is from the Daisy Delight set (143669)
A Crafty Cat - Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics
You can choose any stamp for this layout - above I used the butterfly from Butterfly Basics (137154) and masked to over lap the butterflies, then die cut the detailed butterfly to add depth to the card.

A Crafty Cat - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight
Back to Daisy Delight - just a gorgeous little flower that can be transformed into any aster with consideration of colour, petal shape and petal density.  I AM having a lot of fun with this bundle (145361) 

A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Flower Shop
If you live in Australia and want to shop with me, I'd love to serve you!  You can shop online with me or contact me and I will serve you personally.  If you live on the Darling Downs, I'd love to have a cuppa with you.  Know you are always welcome!  Hmmm thinking snow flakes and dancing Santa.......stay posted to see what I get up to next!

Yours in paper craft,

Monday, July 31, 2017

Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

The Daisy Delight Bundle is now available after an incredible sell out by Stampin' Up! customers.  The last post shows you the card in green, now for the card in blue...

A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight
The Sparkle (141468) TIEF (textured Impressions Embossing Folder) adds depth to the card.
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight with Sparkle TEIF background
The card is again dressed up with a velum jar and gem flower centres...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight with petal burst TIEF, Velum jar and gem flower centres
Marion created this lovely card in class...
A Crafty Cat: Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight
I love this layout, full of layers, textures and colour...  I hope you have had a purrrfectly crafty day, thank you for stopping by,

Yours in paper craft,