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Sunday, 10 December 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC158 Case From a Page Your Age

Case a project from a page of your age - or the age you would like to be!  

I have to admit the page of my age didn't spin my wheels, so this week I think I would like to be 45 and have used the holiday catalogue image below:

I was also wanting the inspiration for a special birthday card for a young lady who turned 18 on Friday. I decided to use a similar style to this one I had made my daughter last year but with the front sealed off to create a pocket for a gift card or similar.  

The Year of Cheer Specialty DSP was perfect for this celebration, and I made the mini treatbag from it, then used a piece slightly smaller as the pocket lining (below). Being a smaller size card, I opted to use Whisper White for the card base, and sponged Sweet Sugarplum around the edge. Diecuts made of Champagne Foil, numbers and bow; along with Sweet Sugarplum: numbers, heart and Happy Birthday, then Vellum from Stitched Shapes. Corners were rounded with the Envelope Punch board. The elements used were the Silver Metallic Foil Doilly, Silver Mini Sequin Trim and Metallic Thread and the tiny hearts are wooden from the Hearts and Stars elements, which were pressed against the Sweet Sugarplum ink pad and then fine tip glue was added for the shine. The front was scattered with assorted size sequins from the Metallic Sequins assortment.  

The inside was calling for another of those cute little Party Pandas, and I wanted a decent space to write a note so the right side was left blank.

Amazing how much more challenging crafting becomes when you have one leg that you are not allowed to bear weight on. However we got there, and I hope it inspires you to have a go at joining in this week, hook up with the link on the right.  Meantime, be sure to pop on over to Megan's blog and check it out.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC157 Case a Colour Combo

This week you can use either catalogue to case a colour combination.  Loads of choice!!  Play along and link up on the right...

I'm sure this colour combination features more than once through the catalogue, however my inspiration came from page 35 - Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Soft Sky...

The young lady of the house turned 17 this week, so it was fitting to tie this in with a last minute birthday card... and you also get a sneak peak of a stamp set you can earn with a purchase of $110 in the upcoming Sale-a-bration promotion! - Party Pandas, they are already proving to be popular among demonstrators.

Pandas love bamboo - I know, but I wanted some colour, so chose the floral pattern from Awesomely Artistic to combine with my little party bears.  I stamped the pandas directly onto my top layer and masked them off, then the background image. I used my aqua brush and pretty much slip slopped colour so that I got different depths of colour without being too precise.  Yes, there are only three marker colours used - the hat is not using the aqua brush, but the marker direct to paper.  I then used the eclipse technique which is trending at prsent and diecut the Large Numbers from the top layer and layered with another set cut from Basic Black, as I didn't want the numbers to get too last.Popped up on mini dimensionals - they are the perfect size if you haven't tried them yet, you must. A quick tie off with some linen thread, and simply matted with Lemon Lime Twist and onto a thick Whisper White base.

The middle is matted the same with the final panda image of the trio in this set of stamps, and the heart coloured with Berry Burst too. The greeting is also from that set, along with Hi or Love You... too cute.  Of course I couldn't help but photograph him with a little memento from her trip to China this year.

Thanks for stopping by, and please make your way over to Monique's blog for some more inspiration.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC156 Christmas Twist

The brief is actually "Case any project from the annual catalogue and give it a Christmas Twist"... why don't you play along?  Make your card and link using the badge on the right...


This week, my inspiration came from the card top right of page 98

The base is thick Whisper White with Be Merry DSP. I wanted to see more of the DSP than above and opted to lose the middle layer with the embossing. My oval is Whisper white cut with the Layering Ovals framelits.  Attached to that is a Pretty Pines Thinlits branch, along with the Cherry Cobbler bow from the same set.  I sponged some whisper white cardstock with Soft Suede and then cut the birds using Birds & Blooms thinlits. This colourway reminded me of one of  my favourite garden birds, the thrush. I am especially grateful for the assistance they give me in eliminating snails from my garden! I added a bit more Christmas twist with the santa hat from Santa's Suit - as you can see I had to do a bit of reverse stamping to get it facing the way I wanted, and it may be a size too big but it will hopefully brighten the receiver's face! The greeting I used fit the purpose, as they live in a different country, so Holly Berry Happiness was used and mounted onto a Garden Green banner.

Thanks for stopping by and you must hop over to check out the amazing set Julia Quinn has created!

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!