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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

Sunday, 1 October 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC148 Kits and Memories & More

This week you can CASE either catalogue using Kits or Memories and More.

I've chosen the Soft Sayings kit on page 10-11 of the main catalogue. Although I don't own this set, I think it is so versatile and it remains on my 'wish list' at the moment.  I think you can work out which card I chose to copy and it came together quite quickly.

Delightful Daisy DSP and Thick Whisper White cardstock helped me create the base along with the faux washi at the top - don't forget from 1-31 October, you can buy 3 packs of DSP and get 1 free!! I then created a pocket shape from Whisper White and used a Tranquil Tide marker to make a border. (If you want to try this, I'll give you a hint, it was way easier ruling off the area with the thin end of the marker, then going back and painting it with the brush end, when I tried to speed up by using the brush end against the ruler, I got a bit of smudging happening and you don't want that). Gold Glimmer Paper with the smaller Rose Garden Thinlit became my focal point  (removing the plastic layer off the back makes die-cutting this paper super easy). I used the leaves from the larger rose in Lemon Lime Twist to tuck under the pocket shape.  The greeting is from the Hostess Set Background Bits and stamped in Dapper Denim. Whisper White Baker's Twine bow and done!...

Thanks for stopping by. A little diversion, if you want some more ideas for the Watercolor Christmas Project kit in the picture at the top of the post, click here

Want to play along? Feel free to add your project by using the link on the sidebar. Meanwhile, time for you to check out what the lovely Julia has been up to

Sunday, 17 September 2017

CASEing the Catty - #CTC146 Season of Glitz

CASEing pages 20-27 of the Holiday Catalogue - Season of Glitz, doesn't that sound lush?

My project is a CASE from page 22
A relatively easy card to create so perfect for a make and take - I started out using my Stamp a ma Jig, but then decided to just line up the image by eye and I like that it isn't too precise that way.  My background image is the Santa sack from Father Christmas. Cardstock is Crumb Cake and ink is Soft Suede. The greeting is from Oh, What Fun, then die cut with a Stitched Shapes oval framelit. I chose Pool Party Baker's Twine for my coils with the Metallic Enamel Shapes to finish.

Thanks for stopping in and now off must hop over and visit Jackie Noble - she has something stunning to show you this week!

Why not have a go yourself and add your photo by clicking on the link above on the right. 

Monday, 11 September 2017

A Card to Fit Two Challenges

This card was inspired by the colours in the Colour INKspiration challenge #CI16 of Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Sahara Sand and Basic Gray.  Although when finished I realised it also fit the brief for Global Design Project #GDP103 "For Him".

Also the chance to ink up Bike Ride for the first time, and use the Build a Bike Framelits. I really like the Sahara Sand embossing paste bricks. The greeting is from Birthday Delivery. The bike and greeting have been popped out with dimensionals.

The little dog could have been stamped in the corner and didn't need die cut, but he was going to originally sit in the basket. I like him better where he is.  And the funny thing about this post? (ssshhh..) it isn't a card for a 'him', it's going to a 'her', but she's a bit sporty, so don't think she'll mind the colours I've chosen.  Happy Birthday Grace!