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Sunday, 5 November 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC153 Holiday Catalogue Tag

This week we had to find a tag to case in the holiday catalogue
There are a lot to choose from, but in the end I settled with the tag on page 54
However as you can see, I chose to turn it into a card and change things a little.  

I started with Very Vanilla thick cardstock for the base.  I then used the thin Very Vanilla for the front and die cut each end with the smaller die from Detailed Floral Thinlits. The vellum layer on top was stamped with the flowers from Wood Words in Old Olive.  The fussy cut flowers are from Remarkable You and coloured using the new Stampin' Blends, Pink Pirouette and Old Olive with a touch of So Saffron marker for the stamen.  

Greeting is from Butterfly Basics and cut with Stitched Shapes framelit. To give depth of colour to the butterfly from the same set, I used Blushing Bride as Pink Piroutte was just a little soft on the very vanilla. Sad if you didn't get to purchase the butterfly punch before it retired, but you could just fussy cut this little fella. The trim is Gold Natural Trim, Gold Mini Sequin Trim and a Very Vanilla Baker's Twine bow. 

Thanks for stopping by and now, go see what Mel has made to inspire you then feel free to join in yourself by clicking the button on the right to add your project.  

Sunday, 29 October 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC152 Painted Autumn/Spooky Nights

This week CASEing pages 48-55 of the Holiday Catalogue.

Not being big on Halloween in our house, thought this may test me a little, however in saying that it was only a couple of weeks ago I did choose another project from this section, so it all depends on the twist you take. Why don't you give this a try as well, and when you've done, click on the button to the right to join the Challenge.

There was one thing I couldn't resist though, (even though I held off for a while) and that was the Cat Punch. I couldn't take to the stamp set - even for the face (something a little creepy about those eyes to me!). So I've gone completely random this week and turned to page 54, to case the gift box in the top right picture. 

I started by using Soft Suede reinker mixed with Embossing paste, along with the brick wall stencil onto Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, which I mounted onto a whisper white thick card base. This was my interpretation for the brick post. I've swapped out each element for a cat punched in the same colour. I like to work in odd numbers so added the Soft Suede cat to the mix, and was much happier. You've heard of 'herding cats', right? Well it was a little like that trying to place them on the card! Happy with where they ended up and know just the lady I'll send this to! Funny how your mind wanders off to people as you are creating, so I think it fitting I let her know I was thinking of her... I then decided to use the greeting (stamped in Soft Suede) from Lift Me Up which seemed appropriate. I used Black Memento ink to colour the doily and a bow from Basic Black Baker's Twine. My helper was not able to stay awake for the photo session but he came in handy all the same...

Time to pop over and see what treat Rebecca has in store for you. Don't forget you are welcome to play along, create your project and click the button over on the right to add your link!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC151 Catalogue Covers

Hi again - the brief this week is actually Catalogue Covers and Hostess Sets, but I went with short and sweet for my post title.
I've chosen to Case the Holiday catalogue - front cover - top right card:

And as you can see, I've swapped out the theme in a big way. I thought I'd use some DSP to highlight the great promotion that is on until the end of the month - buy 3 get 1 free (selected DSP).  I don't think the catalogue gives the Petal Garden DSP enough credit. I've used the layout above, and taken the sheet with the roses in the corner, trimmed to my card width and approx 4 1/2". I then flipped the DSP over and cut 2 strips around about an inch high and trimmed to the card width. Whisper white scallops from the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, (have always loved those cheeky scallops peeking out when anybody uses them!). Instead of the oval, I used the Everyday Jars Framelits for my window shape. I chose to leave my butterflies flying free and stamped a little grass towards the bottom of the jar. 

The butterflies are coloured using the soon to be available Stampin' Blends. I had the Blendabilities and was really liking them, however too many issues meant they were pulled from the market, and a great deal of research has gone into fixing the problem. Demonstrators got to purchase them at the start of the month and the release date to customers has just been announced as 1 November!

The greeting and butterflies are from the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set - Sharing Sweet Thoughts (inside the back cover of the main catalogue). For every set sold, Stampin' Up! donates $3 AUD/$3.50 NZD to RMHC. Great work SU!! To trim the greeting, I've used Gold Metallic- Edge Ribbon and Gold Mini Sequin trim - along with a tiny scrap of doily.

Feel like playing along? Create a card that fits the brief and add it using the link on the right side of this blog. Meanwhile, keep hopping to find more inspiration - over to Judy's colourful creation

Sunday, 15 October 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC150 Favourite Big Shot Project

Hello there - thanks for stopping by as we hop through the Design Crew's take of Caseing their Favourite Big Shot Project - Holiday Catalogue.  

As you know that gives a lot of choice, but I ended up near the back of the catalogue - page 51, and the bottom card of the last picture.

I chose the Oh So Eclectic bundle to create with. I think I was drawn to this card after seeing Fresh Fig used by some of the team last week and decided it was time I did too. I used a base of Fresh Fig. I soaked colour into a piece of watercolour paper until I was happy with the intensity, I was a bit impatient and in the end just slapped the ink pad on so it became extremely intense, but I played with it lifting colour out, waiting til it was dry and adding drops of water, that's where I started to get the blue tinge coming through. I still own the colour spritzer that Stampin' Up used to have and used that with the Fresh Fig marker to get the splatters. 

If you look closely you will see there is a leaf image stamped onto the card but you won't find the stamp in the set - because it is actually the die inked up (the one that only embosses the card - doesn't cut it), such a cute image. In the card they have some little crosses cut out, instead I versamarked the crosses image and silver embossed it. Next I cut a foil skeleton flower, and popped Powder Pink under the centre. I stamped Powder Pink cardstock with the smaller flower image in Fresh Fig and after diecutting it lopped off the stalk. Next was the leaves, two were stamped with Lemon Lime Twist, the other plain vellum - all die cut, and then some little foil sprigs. Once my cutting was done I layered it up pretty much as per the CASEd card. Silver Metallic thread behind and I used the white out of the Metallic sequins, but it has a kind of mother of pearl shine to it, so it worked well with my pinks. Image is stamped from Dragonfly Dreams and chopped then raised with dimensionals...

I realise some of you will look at this and just think 'epic fail', especially those of you who prefer 'clean and simple', but every now and then I like a bit of messy play, so quite enjoyed creating it.  Time for you to hop on over to see what Rebecca has been up to... hope you'll feel inclined to join in - click the icon on the left to add your project

Sunday, 8 October 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC149 Year of Cheer

Wowee, you guys are in for a treat this week. The Year of Cheer brings us lots of reason to celebrate and adds a touch of elegance - I think you'll agree...

My project's been inspired from the bottom picture on page 36.  

Not having that embossing folder, I've switched that for one of the Foil Snowflakes, they come in a pack of 24, 12 each of gold and silver. I've also steered away from the copper focus and gone just with silver against white, an old favourite for a special card. I've used a circle of Silver Foil, with a circle of Year of Cheer Specialty DSP, and taken the greeting from Butterfly Basics and embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder before cutting with the Stitched Shapes framelit. Layered behind that is the Silver Mini Sequin Trim, and I've popped the greeting up with dimensionals. I've also used the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi tape at the top and bottom of my card. This is an A4 sheet cut lengthways, so it opens up rather than out. Yet again, I fell into the - "remember how hard that is to photograph situation" when using Silver, so I hope you can see past the bad photography to the shine.

Here's the embossing from a different angle - yum!

I obviously had too much time on my hands this week, and remembered seeing the idea of sponging the reverse side of the snowflake. Thought I'd have a go with Lemon Lime Twist and give some suggestions for things you don't have. No washi? Try using DSP (Fresh Florals DSP stack in this case). No Specialty DSP? - how about embossing a piece of cardstock with the Layered Leaves 3D TIEF. And in place of the mini sequin trim, silver 1/8" ribbon.  I finished off with the Metallics Sequin assortment, love how they come in different sizes - greeting from Best Birds.

Up next is Judy, after you've been round the hop, hope you feel inclined to add your project by using the link over on the right hand side