Sunday, 29 July 2018

Do Something Awesome - CTC189

Well, hello lovelies! It seems like eons since I last frequented blogland or my craft studio. We went away for a family holiday for most of this month and had a super awesome, relaxing time. Breakfast was had on average at 9am, I hardly looked, let alone posted anything on Facebook or Instagram (not even the holiday pics!), so I think I was in need for a big rest and digital world detox!

I'm super excited to be back, in my craft studio that is, not work! There is lots to catch up on like designing for our next card class, participating in some challenges & getting my order in for the promo's finishing on the 31st! Have you checked out the super offer of Designer Series Paper (DSP) buy 3 get 1 free? I am using DSP so much more in my cards and really want to get some scrapbooking done so I've made sure I've stocked up on all those gorgeous papers. For more information on this offer click the graphic below, only two days to go!

This week for CASEing the Catty we are CASEing (Copy & Share Everything/Edit) from the section....

The project I have CASEd this week had a technique that I have been meaning to try for quite a while, you know, so many techniques, so little time! You can find it on page 115 of the Annual Catalogue and here it is here......

I have been wanting to try that technique of melting a nice big blob of embossing powder and then stamping into it, a bit like a faux seal. Very appropriate at the moment as I am reading the Philippa Gregory Plantagenets & Tudor series of books, they are set back in the 16th century and they are fovever writing to each other and sealing there letters with wax and their seal! Here is my CASE....

Now, don't you think if the people back in the 16th century had seals that said "Do Something Awesome Every Single Day" that they might not have beheaded each other quite so much?! A little more positivity could've made a lot of difference!

To achieve my molten blob of Silver Embossing Powder I took the Versamark refill bottle and squeezed it directly onto my paper in the desired shape (it doesn't need a thick layer, so don't waste it!). Then, I sprinkled on the embossing powder and heated it until it was liquid-y and while still hot and liquid-y sprinkled another layer of embossing powder and continued that for five layers (maybe four, I lost count). On the final layer while it was still tacky (but not molten hot, I was a bit worried that I might wreck my stamp) I pressed my stamp into the pool of melted embossing powder and held it there until it cooled a bit and then finally lifted up to reveal the sentiment. Voila!

If you lift your stamp up and you are not happy with the impression, no problems! Just heat it up again!
  • Stamps - EnRoute
  • DSP - Best Route
  • Cardstock - Pineapple Punch, Whisper White
  • Embellishments - Best Route Enamel Shapes, Best Route Washi Tape, Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine
  • Other - Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stamparatus
Some inside love!

To participate in the challenge is super easy to do, for more details click the graphic below.....

Well that's it for me this week, but make sure you hop around to all the other CASEing the Catty Crew and see what they have for you also. Next on the hop is the talented Monique Fielder, who has a gorgeous card to share with you. Just click the graphic below.....

Inky hugs,

Megan xx

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Apron of Love Flowers for CTC#185

Hello inky friends! I'm super excited because it's that time of the week for the crew from CASEing the Catty to show you what has inspired us this week from the Stampin' Up! catalogue but also because I'M GOING ON HOLIDAYS!!! I'm going to miss touching base each week here on the blog and I really hope you don't forget about me. I'll be away from the blog for a few weeks as this coming week is going to be full on getting everything packed and the house ready for the sitters. Oh, I wish I could just wiggle my nose like Jeannie (anyone else have a childhood fantasy that they could just wiggle their nose and magic whatever up, like in that old show I Dream of Jeannie? Ok, some of us have held onto that fantasy into adulthood!!)

We are off on a family holiday to Port Macquarie for two weeks in our caravan. Two glorious weeks of no stress. The boys are planning on getting as much fishing and surfing in as they can (yep, it will be cold but they have those u-beaut steamers that keep them toasty) and Miss P and I will do........ whatever we please! Maybe some walks & bike rides, a spot of shopping here or there, see some of the sights but essentially no set agenda!!!

As a Mum, I'm really going to treasure this holiday, the kids are getting so much older now, 18 & 16. Before I know it, they will be off doing their own lives but for now, they still are keen to go away with us.

Now, let's get down to business, the CASEing of the Catty. This week we are CASEing....

It's a very cool suite this one, and I have purchased the whole suite as there is some holidays that I want to scrap with it and the stamp set is a great unisex set but am I using that today? Nope, sorry, you will have to stay tuned for that! What took my fancy was the cute little card on page 61 that features the little flowers from the Apron of Love Stamp Set & coordinating  Apron Builder Framelits Dies.......

Super sweet don't you think? I love those little flowers as much as I love the new Designer Series Paper packs that come in all the Colour Collections. The Stampin' Up! sample above, I'm guessing is Old Olive and out of the Regals Collection. I don't have that set yet, notice the yet? I have the In Colour pack and am really loving using it, so the rest of the colour collections are high on my shopping list, notice not wishlist, them babies are coming home to Mama!

For my card I have used the colour combo of Call Me Clover, Daffodil Delight and Lovely Lipstick. The Hello Friend sentiment is from Wood Words stamp set and I have added some Basic Jewels Pearl to the centre of the larger flower dies. The card is a cute size of 6" x 3", actually a smidgy under as I made sure that not only did I get two card fronts out of the DSP but I also got two card bases out of the one piece of cardstock.

CASEing is so easy! You need to give it a whirl! For more information click the graphic below......

Be sure to hop all the way around and see all that the crew have to show you this week, your next stop on the hop is Rachel Palmieri who is sure to have something amazing for you to see! 

One last thing......

I'll be back before you can wiggle your nose!

Inky hugs,

Megan xx