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Sunday, 18 March 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC170 Tutti Frutti

This week we are headed to pages 28-35 of the Occasions catalogue.

I've chosen page 32 and the card on the lower left.

The base is thick Whisper White and a little larger than the original with a finished size of 5 1/2" square.  Mats of Basic Black, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White. The DSP is from the Tutti Frutti DSP stack.  In lieu of metallic thread I opted for foliage from Petals & More Thinlits using Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, I also cut the flowers using the same dies and cardstock. Usually I push out all the little bits, but have seen a lot have been leaving them lately and I like the effect it creates. The bottletops and hearts are Silver Foil cut with the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits Dies. I punched circles from scraps of Color Theory DSP and Whisper White, then used the Bubble Over stamp set with Lemon Lime Twist for the words and they were also punched using 3/4" circle punch. The budgies are from Bird Banter and were fussy cut after being coloured with Stampin' markers. The greeting from the same set has been die cut with the Petals & More thinlits, and because it is a longer frame, I simply lined it up again closer to the words and popped it back through the Big Shot to cut just the one end. I have a 1" circle of Lemon Lime twist behind the greeting in place of the trim.  

This card was created with my Mother-in-law in mind - apart from the fact it was her birthday, she had recently acquired a new budgie. His name is Rico, and he is lovely vibrant colours of green and yellow. 

And a zoom in for you:

Please hop on over to see the lovely Liz and the cute card she has created this week, then go and make your own creation and use the link over to the right to add it

Sunday, 11 March 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC169 Sale-a-bration

Not much longer but back to the Sale-a-bration catalogues this week...

I've chosen the shaker card on the top left of this image at the bottom of page 17: 

Notice I've changed the orientation to landscape to maximise the ability to hide my shaker frame which was filled with Gold Glitter Flakes and Mini Sequin Trim pulled apart. Little tip you might already know - ensure all tape covering is removed before turning your shaker card over!! (Thankfully not too much escaped!). I used thick Whisper White and diecut the word celebrate, then went crazy with my Moss Green Brusho adding a little Yellow on top then waited until it was pretty much dry. I swiped the Dynamic Hexagons TIEF with Soft Suede ink, but not evenly so as to replicate a hive, and it gave random bits of colour in the grooves. I then used my Versamark pad and swiped across the top and added Clear Embossing Powder. Before I heated, I brushed some of the powder off again randomly, to give a shiny image as honey might on a hive. Initially I went towards a Crushed Curry base, but it didn't give me enough contrast, so I drew my inspiration of Elegant Eggplant from the dots of Brusho at the top of the image. You can see these better in my collage photo below.

I made faux washi tape with a strip of Color Theory DSP ripped, and added the banner greeting with words from Party Pandas. You may have seen similar bumblebees to these here before, but I was meant to make more for this card. Stamped with Memento Ink and coloured with Watercolour pencils with Wink of Stella on the wings and antenna - yes I fussy cut their antenna! Little moment of insanity perhaps. I used Tombow to adhere them, added some of the foil hexagons and a few Metallic sequins.

A hard card to show the effects but I've tried with the photo below:

Thanks for stopping by and time to move on and see what Kathryn has been up to this week:

Feel free to play along - create your card and upload with the link over on the right.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC168 Petal Passion

We are heading to the Occasions Catalogue this week, pages 22-27 Petal Passion

I headed to page 27, and the picture on the left hand side, using Brusho and the Heat Embossed Resist  technique - an old favourite of mine.

I opted to use Shimmery White cardstock as my canvas for the Brusho as it is similar to water colour paper and a little more forgiving when background colouring and using a lot of water, doesn't warp the same as normal cardstock.  I used the vintage truck image from Country Livin', and initially used Clear Embossing powder but it didn't give me a sharp enough image, so I changed it for White Embossing powder and was much happier. I simply spritzed the card after embossing, and tapped Prussian Blue to the top area, Brilliant Red over the truck and Moss Green towards the bottom, then spritzed a little more to the areas which were still dry. If it is a very hit and miss colouring method - you could never get the same image twice, which is what I love about this - each card is certainly unique!  I tipped the card back and forth a bit, added more water if required and poked at the colour with my aqua brush, but in a very minimal way. I resisted the urge to speed the process up and as the colours dried I just tipped back and forth to get an even distribution. The base is thick Whisper White cardstock with a 1" strip of Color Theory DSP adhered to the bottom. My image has been raised on dimensionals. Whisper White Baker's Twine tied around the spine and a greeting from Dragonfly Dreams white embossed on Old Olive cardstock adhered slighly off the edge as in the case. A few copper sequins to finish.

This close up shows how the shimmery white cardstock really shines, even after colouring.

Thanks for stopping by, now please head over to see what amazing creation Rose has for us and then be inspired to CASE from the Petal Passion section and add your photo using the link over on the right.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC167 Sale-a-bration

Here we are again returning to the Sale-a-bration catalogues for inspiration. Welcome if you have just arrived from visiting the lovely Angela. Hope you are feeling the need to join us with your creation this week - follow the link up on the right.

I've chosen the image on the bottom right of page 16 of the initial catalogue.

As you can see, I've changed a few things and adapted another couple. I've kept the idea of Gold embossing on Crumb Cake and switched it to a card using the Hedgehugs set. The base card is Calypso Coral to match the die cut 'Celebrate' (Celebrate You Thinlits) and the Ombre ribbon.The scallop circle element on my card is diecut from Layering Circles Framelits and Whisper White card. The banner is vellum, banner punched at each end. I like that it shows off the ribbon in a subtle way. The foliage is from Petals & More Thinlits.

Thanks for stopping by, and now time to go check what Monique has to show you:

Sunday, 18 February 2018

CASEing the Catty - #CTC166 Painted With Love

From the Occasions Catalogue - pages 18-21 - Painted With Love - I'm sure there will be plenty to take your fancy this week as you hop around

I've chosen the picture on the bottom left of page 20:

Out with the hearts (most of them anyway) and in with the birds!  Oh my, if you haven't seen the Painted With Love Specialty DSP in real life - you should!  It is soo lush!  One side has gold foil accents and the other brushstroke imagery. The only downfall - it is one of those DSPs that you really find hard to cut into.  Read on for how I managed to get around that!

I have used a thick Whisper White base and added a layer of Pear Pizzazz textured with the Layered Leaves 3D TIEF. I cut four birds with the Birds & Blooms framelits, and the tiny bird out of Gold Foil.  I used the greeting from Best Birds and Gold heat embossed it then cut it with my every popular Stitched Shapes Framelits. The wooden hearts (from Hearts and Stars elements) are also Gold heat embossed. 

The metallic thread adds a nice fine bit of shimmer to finish.

Close up - the bird on the right has been raised with dimensionals.

Above I mentioned that I found this scrumptious DSP really hard to cut into, so by planning ahead - I've used the negative and the positive image and maximised my usage - think I might have to try this with some other punches as well!

Sentiment to be added, but these may be going to some customers this month - if I can part with them! The notecards are 3" square, you can get 8 cards from one sheet of 12" Whisper White cardstock. I cut the DSP to 3" square and did my die cutting, then trimmed the negative before adding to the card. Some of the little Gold Glitter Flakes have been added with Fine Tip Glue. 

Time now to head over and see what Rose has created for you. Don't forget to play along - link over on the right.