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Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Sarah Fleming

Today we are CASEing the work of Sarah Fleming! Sarah is a demonstrator in Texas, USA and her blog Prepare to Dye papercrafts is full of great ideas and designs.
The design I chose to CASE was this one:

I liked the tone on tone and the sentiment that popped.
Here is my take on Sarah's card: I used the Rich Razzleberry for the base and the Designer Series paper from the Share what you love pack.  
The beautiful delicate die-cut is from Botanical Tags thinlets - these are gorgeous! I used the vine stamp from the matching stamp set - Botanical Bliss - to stamp down the side of the card in Rich Razzleberry ink, giving it that tone on tone look.

The sentiment is from the Treat Time set which has lots of occasion sentiments in it.
It was hard for me to chop this sheet of DSP as I really love the design on the other side, but, you know what, I have other sheets and I can always buy more!!  Don't be afraid to chop into your paper! #loveitchopit

Pop on over and see what the other Crazy Crafters h…

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Jenny Hall

This week we are Blog Hopping with Jenny Hall!!
We had to find inspiration in the projects Jenny has done and then CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) our chosen inspiration.
Three things stuck me about some of the truly inspiring projects that Jenny does:
White space - this is a favourite of mine!!Variegated coloursClustersHere are just  three examples of Jenny's beautiful work featuring White Space, Variegated colours and Clusters.

The beautiful Springtime Impressions thinlet dies arrived at my place this week and I just knew I wanted to use them for this challenge.
I die cut the large corner flower bouquet in Whisper White.  

On a small plastic bag I "smooshed" Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch and Melon Mambo ink and then spritzed with water until the colours started to run together.  I then dipped the die cut into the ink so I got all the colours randomly over the die cut.

I cut the cut out into pieces so I could use it on more than one card.

Here is my first one.

I decided to…

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Lisa Curcio

Today the Crazy Crafters are Blog Hopping with Lisa Curcio. We were to select a card that Lisa has made and CASE it (Copy and selectively edit).
Looking through Lisa's blog (Lisa's stamp studio) there was so much to choose from - great techniques, fun folds, great use of DPS and all the latest products.
I finally settled on one I found from April this year.

Lisa did her card with masks and embossing paste but I decided to use stamps.   I used the Distinktive rose stamp from the set Healing Hugs.

My choice of colours were:  Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana (have I said how much I love this colour??) and Gorgeous Grape with highlights of black.
I used the Friendly Expression stamp set for the sentiment and fussy cut around it, mounted it on black and fussy cut around that to match. I then popped it up on dimensionals.

The Distinktive style of stamps give lots of detail with just one impression - no need to layer!

See the light and dark impression, giving depth to the image - and all made s…

Crazy Crafters blog hop with Sarah Berry

Today we are CASEing (Copy and Selectively editing) Sarah Berry from the UK.
Her blog is full of fun ideas and inspiration and I love how she shares some of herself as well as her creativity.
It also taught me that we don't need to go all complicated all the time to get a great result - just play with what you have and let the stamps, paper and colours shine!
If you want to see where I got my inspiration (and there is plenty to choose from here!!) you can check out Sarah's blog
The card that I chose as my inspiration was this one.  

It looked like such a fun card with the peekaboo circles and cheeky giraffe as well as the  layers.
This was my take on it:

I used the Tropical Chic stamps for the hibiscus flower and leaves and the sentiment is from Friendly Expressions - I love that font!! (I think I say that every time I mention it!!)

To see how to make this card, see instructions below.
Check out what my fellow Crazy Crafters have been doing by clicking …

Monthly highlight- Fussy cutting flowers

Some paper is just too pretty and we don't want to cut it - EVER!!   But we must - that is what it is there for!!
As Kylie Bertucci says "love it, chop it"!   It's there to be used - and you can always buy more (that we know!!)
The papers from the Share What You Love range have some lovely images that you may not want to cut into for fear of cutting through the beautiful flowers.  So don't cut through them!  Cut AROUND them!!
For some, fussy cutting is their night mare, but personally I find it quite therapeutic, and rewarding.
So, I set about cutting away some of the gorgeous pearl finished  larger flowers, then some smaller ones and then some of the leaves.  These were all green ( Mint macaron, Old Olive and Tranquil Tide) so I needed some pop of colour to go with it.  So then I grabbed another sheet, and cut out the grapefruit grove blossoms, and some of the Rich Razzleberry blooms from another - see there is lots to choose from!!

Once I had a nice little bundle, I cl…

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Patsy Waggoner

This week we are CASEing Patsy Waggoner.
We had to pick a card of hers and Copy and Selectively Edit it. 
It was such a joy to look through her blog ( and Pinterest page - I was left with plenty of choices.
I picked this one:

I was taken by the colours initially and the white space.
I wanted to make a card with the same use of white space and colours that popped.

Here's what I did with this in mind......

I used the new First Frost from the upcoming Holiday catalogue. This set is gorgeous! Instead of diecuts tucked behind the white panel I stamped in Versamark. The contrast between the colours Blueberry Bushel and Mango Melody really pop.

I love the watercolour look of the stamps.  The sentiment is from the Friendly Expression stamp set - don't you love that font! 
I added a sprig die cut from vellum to add some texture.

You can try this for yourself in any number of colour combination.
You can use any stamps you have on hand, or you can get the new F…

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Alison Solven

Today we are Blog Hopping with talented Alison Solven from Canada. We had to pick a card from the great selection of cards Alison has made and CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) one of them. I went over to Alison's blog at - and also her Pinterest page.  If you are stuck for ideas, pop on over and have a look - there are so many wonderful cards to inspire you.
The one I chose to CASE was this one:
I really liked the original stamp set and dies this is made with.
For my take on this card,I decided to use clusters of flowers in a variety of colours.  I used new colours Lovey Lipstick, Petal Pink, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana.
The stamp set I used was the Beautiful Bouquet with the sentiment from a couple of different sets.

I love the fresh, bright look of the finished card with plenty of white space to rest your eye.  A couple of  Share What You Love Artisan Pearls finishes it off.

I mounted it on Lovely Lipstick and Balmy Blue card but I trie…

Just keep it simple!

Hi everyone,
When thinking about what to do for a challenge over at Stampin' up Colour Challenge, I realised that sometimes we just overthink it, or make it complicated.
I can sit for hours playing with this embellishment, this colour combo or that pattern paper trying to get it just right. Sometimes, if we go back to basics, we find simplicity, and room for our creations to just breathe and speak for themselves.
The challenge was One colour, One stamp and One sentiment and white if you want.
So my first take was to use colour on white. 

Beautiful Day stamp to the rescue as it allowed me to add some more colour - I used the new Balmy Blue. The card had that serene feel that I was after and I was able to add some Wink of Stella to give it a bit of bling!
I still got to stamp, I still got to colour, and I still got layers!  Simples!
So then I tried my hand at white on colour!
This time using the Botanical Bliss stamp set for both my stamp and my sentiment. I love how the white "pops&quo…

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Linda Cullen

We are blog hopping with Linda Cullen today!! 
I found plenty of inspiration over at her blog -

She has so many posts of beautiful projects I found it hard to just stick to one to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit)! So I did three!!!

The first one I saw, the colours just popped from the card. 

I changed up the colours, using two of the new colours - Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green and the base is Sea Foam.  The embossing folder I used was Lovely Floral.  This is a dynamic folder, meaning it makes a nice deep impression and can be used Emboss or Deboss (upside down) - this is how I used it.

I used the Botanical Bliss stamp set for the flowers, vines and sentiment which were all heat embossed in white.

I loved all the elements in this next card - the patterned paper, the embossing and the matching stamps.

I turned mine 90 degrees and, even though I was all ready to add an emboss image, I ended up leaving it off.  It could do with a couple of Glitter enam…

SU Colour Challenge for JULY

Stampin' Up Colour Challenge JULY #SUcolourchallenge
What a vibrant choice of colour we have for this month! Included is one of the new colours - Gorgeous Grape along with Night of Navy and the zing of Lemon Lime Twist.
I had a couple of ideas in mind, but went with this floral card using the Perennial Birthday set. 

I stamped all the images onto separate card and cut them out.  Then I placed them in the formation I wanted and added some stamped images straight onto the card around them.  I put some cut outs on top of the stamped image to give depth.
I added some stamped off "dots" to the centre before stamping my sentiment - also from the set.  Some of the flowers hung off the side, and I thought I would leave them rather than trim them off.   I mounted the floral panel onto Lemon Lime Twist and, with some dimensionals, I added to my card front. I finished it off with Wink of Stella to the flowers, allowing it to "smudge" the colour a little
 I know a lot of people have…