Sunday, December 13, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #60 - CASE-ing Judy May!

Welcome!  It is our final hop for CASE-ing the Catty for 2015, so to celebrate a wonderful year, we are CASE-ing a fellow team member.  I am excited to be CASE-ing one of Judy May's beautiful designs. 

I was inspired by this fabulous card & you find all the details in Judy's post here.

Stampin' Up! 'Home for Christmas' DSP and Festive Flower Builder Punch. Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Here is my take on Judy's project:-


I loved the layout of Judy's card & the clever use of the Festive Flower punch, where Judy omitted the largest petals to make a bloom which is the perfect size for a standard card.   The two-toned sentiment was another design feature that really appealed to me, but unfortunately, I didn't have a small enough sentiment that worked, so I substituted a sentiment panel for the gorgeous vanilla ribbon in the original design, rotating the layout 90 degrees to suit.  I used basic black cardstock, silver foil & a Winter Wonderland vellum print (used reverse side up) to recreate all the lovely layers.  The poinsettia is created from silver embossed vellum with a black glimmer centre, finished off with a rhinestone.

You can see the black & silver embossed sentiment slightly better here:-



Each member on the Hop will be CASE-ing the Crew member whose name follows theirs on the list that is shown on the CTC post (simply click on the graphic):-

http://caseingthecatty.blogspot.com/2015/12/caseing-catty-challenge-60-caseing.html

Next on the hop is Judy, who will be CASE-ing Rachel.  :)  You can find Judy's post by clicking on the "next" arrow below.

http://judymay.typepad.com/just_judy_designs/2015/12/ctc60-caseing-rachel.html

The lovely Simone Bartrum will be CASE-ing one of my designs & you will find her project here.  :)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful Christmas & New Year!  See you again in 2016!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #59 - Cutie Pie Christmas Trees

Welcome to the CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop!  Thanks for joining us.  :)

This week we are using the theme of "Christmas Trees" from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue to inspire our projects.  There are lots of tree images scattered throughout the catty in stamps, dies & DSP.  I was inspired by the picture at the top of page 42 to create my own simple, little trees.

I have made a couple of gift cards with different trims, as well as a place marker for the table:-


Here are the trees that I was inspired by:-


& here is how I made mine, using the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies:-



You will need a piece of cardstock approx. 6" wide x 5" high.  On the 6" edge, mark at the centre point (3"), score & fold.  Place your cardstock with the folded edge aligned with the score line of the die (as shown above in top right image) & roll through your Big Shot.

You need to trim away the excess cardstock at the base of the tree, but you have a beautifully scored guide line to assist you.  Then add some cute decorations to suit.  Easy peasy!  :)

The rest of the Crew have some amazing designs to share & you can work your way around the entire Hop by following the links in each post.  Simply click on the "Next" button below to go to Alison's fabulous project.  (If you want to skip backwards, you will find Rachel's beautiful project here.)

http://stampzone.blogspot.com/2015/12/caseing-catty-holiday-trees.html

You can also find the entire list of participants on the CASE-ing the Catty post by clicking on the graphic below:-

http://caseingthecatty.blogspot.com/2015/12/caseing-catty-challenge-59-christmas.html

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
All Stampin' Up!


Always Artichoke cardstock embossed with the Chevron embossing folder, embellished with red enamel dots & a star button with gold metallic thread.


Mossy Meadow cardstock trimmed with pearl strands & a dazzling diamonds glimmer punched star.


Old Olive cardstock stamped with snow images from the Happy Scenes stamp set, a wooden snowflake trimmed with gold cord & a banner stamped with the rotary stamp & flagged with the banner punch.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #58 - 3D Poinsettia Pillowbox

Welcome to the CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop where this week the Crew are CASE-ing 3D items from the Holiday Catalogue.  Sprinkled right throughout the catty you will find inspirational ideas for home decor & gift packaging.

I have CASED the pretty pillowbox on page 31.  I have made a few minor edits to the original by using a brick embossed cardstock for the box, adding a gold centre to the poinsettia, & tweaking the tag & banner slightly:-


The pillow box is just the right size for a yummy treat!  :)


I was also inspired by the ribbon & cord trim on the pillow box on page 41 & used the same trims on a baker's box tealight holder.


To work your way around the hop, simply click on the "next" arrow below to take you to Liz's fabulous projectw.  If you get lost along the way, there is a full list of participants on the CASE-ing the Catty post here.  (You can also jump back to Rachel's gorgeous gift bag here.)

Elizabeth Gross - http://lillylovespaper.blogspot.com/2015/11/ctc58-christmas-decor-and-gift-wrapping.html

Thanks for joining us this week.  If you would like to participate in the Hop, simply leave a link to your project in the comments on the CTC post (click on the icon below).

http://caseingthecatty.blogspot.com/2015/11/caseing-catty-challenge-58-3d-including.html

Thanks for stopping by.  :)

Project Components
All Stampin' Up! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #53 - Happy Haunting!

Welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop!  This week the Crew are working with the Happy Haunting section of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue (pages 46-49).

I took inspiration from the candy jars on page 46.  I liked the simple labels with banners & the lacy look of the black doilies.  I dyed some incolour lace trim with staz on re-inker to get some cool black ribbon for my first jar, filled with blood orange mini jelly beans:-


Then I made a Christmas jar with mint macaron (& filled it with mini mints):-


& then I made a bright birthday jar (filled with smarties, yum!):-


& here are all three goodie jars together (♥ the SU black, dazzling diamonds & red glimmer paper used on the banners):-


The lace trim dyes quite nicely.  Just pop a length in a snap lock bag, add several drops of Staz On re-inker & work it through the ribbon inside the bag.  Pull the trim out with tweezers & lay it on a couple of layers of paper towel to air dry.  Each incolor trim will result in a different shade.  I have used the taupe trim on my Halloween jar.  If you use the mint, you will get more of a slate grey colour & if you use the dijon you will get a dark bronze type of colour.  I haven't experimented with the watermelon or cucumber trims yet.  :)

Next on the Hop is Stasia, with her awesome project, simply click on the arrow below to hop to her post:-

http://stampzone.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/happy-haunting.html

If you miss any blogs along the way, you can find a list of all the participants on the CTC Blog (here) &, if you would like to join in the fun, simply leave a link to your project in the comments on the CTC post.


Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
All Stampin' Up! (some retired)
plus Dollar Store preserving jars
  

Sunday, September 27, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #49 - Home for Christmas

Welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop.  You may have hopped straight from Alison's blog, but if you have come directly here please make sure you check out her awesome project here.  At the end of this post you will find a link to the next blog.  If you get lost along the way there is a list of all the participants on the CTC Blog here.  If you would like to join the fun, you can add a link to your project in the comments of the CTC blog & we will add you to the blog roll.  :)

This time around we are CASE-ing designs from the fabulous Home for Christmas section of the Holiday Catty & there are so many great projects to choose from!

I have chosen the card on the left in the top section of Page 8.  I have used the layout with different stamps:-


I kept to a red white & silver/smoky slate theme with lots of metallic touches.  I added some leaves from the square pillow box die set & metallic thread to the pretty poinsettia button:-
 

I also cased the layout of the nativity card from page 21, adding a banner for the sentiment:-


Next blog on the hop is Jessica's.  You can see her fabulous window card by clicking on the arrow below!


Don't forget to join us each week at our new time of 7:00 pm Sunday, at CASE-ing the Catty.


Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 25, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Time Change!

Hithere!

Just in case you have popped in to check out this week's CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop, please note that we have changed the day & will now be hopping on Sunday nights @ 7:00pm.  See you then!


In the meantime, you can check out CASE-ing the Catty here.

Thanks for dropping by!  :)




Friday, September 11, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #47 - Let's Kit Together!

The new Holiday catalogue from Stampin' Up! has some fabulous kits for all your card, packaging, scrapbooking & off the page projects.  This week each member of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are choosing a kit project that really caught their eye & CASE-ing it!  You have possibly arrived here via Julia's blog & seen her fabulous "tree" projects, but if not, you can work your way around the entire Hop by following the "next blog" link at the bottom of this post.  :)

I was inspired by the image of the wreath kit at the top of Page 6!  I liked the newsprint leaves, so used the sprig from the Bird Builder Punch to create a tiny version.  :)  I suspended it over a vellum window (Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies) with a big red bow, just like the catty image.


Here's a close up of the wreath.  The new fine tip glue pen made attaching all those little leaves easy peasy.  :)


Next stop on the hop is Liz with her gorgeous creation (simply click on the arrow!)  :)

http://lillylovespaper.blogspot.com/2015/09/ctc47-first-inspiration-from-christmas.html

You can find a list of all the participants on the CTC post here.  If you would like to join in the fun, simply leave the link to your Holiday Catty Kit CASE in the comment section of the CTC post & we will add you to the blog roll.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 28, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #45 - Hostess section with a slice of cake :)

Welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop!  We are featuring projects inspired by the Hostess section of the Stampin' Up! annual catalogue (pages 178-181).  You may have come straight from Stasia's cute Halloween project, or started here, but you can work your way around the entire Hop & see the Crew's wonderful projects by following the links in each post.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participants on the CTC post.

I was inspired by the tag on page 181.  I like the fact that the image is composed of stamped & raised elements.  I was also inspired by the Sweet Stack Cake Kit that is shown on page 178.  I made a slice of chocolate cake with a watermelon bow & added a flower similar to the one on the top layer of the cake.  I also added a couple of leaves to tie in with the stamped image on my tag.


Emma's awesome project is next.  :)  You can find it by clicking on the image below:-

http://vintagegraffiti.com/2015/08/28/everyone-loves-a-good-hostess-with-case-ing-the-catty/

I had a lot of fun making that cake slice!  Here are some more slices with Mint Macaron trim & spiral flower embellishments.  :)



Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 14, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #43 - Artistic Expression with a touch of gold!

Welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop!  We are featuring projects inspired by the Artistic Expression section of the Stampin' Up! annual catalogue (pages 111-134).  You may have come straight from Rebecca's awesome "Work of Art" project, or started here, but you can work your way around the entire Hop & see the Crew's wonderful projects by following the links in each post.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participants on the CTC post.


Well, I have finally managed to get my project loaded!  Sorry for the delay....  Along with all the other distractions, my camera seems to have gone walkabout, so I had to use my phone for this shot.  :(

Anyhow, here it is:-


My inspiration for this card comes from the pink & gold card on page 126.  Rather than using a stamped background, I let the gold embossed vellum do the work.  I have moved the banner & balloon over to the left & added a fun bow to the balloon using the new gold cord which is in the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  It was the perfect addition to the tasseled balloon.  :)

The colours I have used are Pool Party for the base card & balloon, Coastal Cabana for the shadows on the balloon & Bermuda Bay for the sentiment, tassel & sequins.  When I stamped the balloon, I used VersaMark ink before I inked the Pool Party, so I could clear emboss the balloon to give it a nice shiny finish.  Both the balloon & banner are popped up on dimensionals.

Here's another (out of focus!) shot from a different angle.  The sequins almost look black!  :|  Hmmm, must go hunt down the camera.....


Monique's pretty project is next.  :)  You can find it by clicking on the image below:-

http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com/2015/08/case-ing-catty-43-artistic-expression.html

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 31, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #41 - Christmas Tunnel Card

It's time for another CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop & the CTC Crew have some beautiful projects to share from the Christmas section of the Annual Catalogue (pages 67-72).


You may have come direct to my post or via Liz's awesome project.  You will find a link at the end of my post to move to the next blog on the Hop.  If you get lost on the way, there is a complete list of participants on the CTC blog.  If you are feeling inspired, you may even like to join us by leaving a link to your project in the comments of the CTC post & we will add you to the blog role.  :)

I have taken inspiration from the card on the top right of page 67 (see above):-



I liked the gold stars, the circular sentiment tucked in amongst the trees, the way the olive panel "grounds" these elements & the subtle stamping on the bottom edge of that panel.  As you can see, I even used the same  DSP!  :)  I switched the design from a landscape to portrait orientation so I could turn it into a tunnel card:-



Next stop on the hop is Rebecca!  Simply click on the link below to see her fabulous project.  :)

http://thepaperandstampaddict.com.au/2015/07/31/ctc41-is-it-really-time-to-start-thinking-about-christmas/

Thanks for stopping by! 

Card Components
All Stampin' Up!
(retired sentiments)
 

Friday, July 17, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #39 - Brick Wall Embossing Folder

Welcome!  This week's CASE-ing the Catty inspiration comes from the Project Life section of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue (pages 49-54) & the Crew have some fantastic projects to get you feeling creative!


You may have come direct to my post or via Julia's awesome projects.  You will find a link at the end of my post to move to the next blog on the Hop.  If you get lost on the way, there is a complete list of participants on the CTC blog.  If you are feeling inspired, you may even like to join us by leaving a link to your project in the comments of the CTC post & we will add you to the blog role.  :)

I used the very basic layout of the grey & white striped Project Life card at the bottom of page 52 as the starting point to create this card:-



I was aiming for a retro industrial kind of look.  :)  I created the brick wall by embossing a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Brick Wall embossing folder from SU.  I masked the section of the wall that I wanted to appear "painted" & used a brayer & Crumb Cake ink to get the base colour of the unmasked bricks, then added Soft Suede with a rubber stamp offcut.  (I used the technique shared by Cecile here, but I stamped off my ink several times before I added it to the card to achieve a soft colour variation.)   Once I was happy with the colour of the bricks, I masked off the coloured bricks & an area in between to create the two lines.  I sponged them first with Soft Sky ink & then applied the Soft Sky ink pad directly to the cardstock.

I punched a star from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack & sponged Marina Mist through the stencil. The finishing touch was one of the cute wooden sentiments from the Expressions Natural Elements pack:-


My inspiration for the colours used on this card came from Bronwyn's new concept "Under The Colour Tree" (at Addinkitive Designs).  Bron has been providing weekly colour suggestions & is holding a linky party where you can add projects using the colours provided.  I used TCT#4 (you can find all the details here):-


Next stop on the CASE-ing the Catty Hop is Liz, with her fabulous cards (simply click on the graphic):-

http://lillylovespaper.blogspot.com/2015/07/ctc39-project-life.html

Thanks for stopping by.  :)

Card Components
All Stampin' Up!

Friday, July 3, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #37 - Sprinkles of Life Shaker

Hello, this week the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are taking inspiration from the Baby section of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue (pages 31-38).   You may have come directly from the CTC blog where there is a complete list of participants.  You can also "hop" your way around all the blogs by simply following the links at the end of each post.

There are so many great projects in this section to use as a starting point, it was hard to pick a favourite!  I chose to CASE the layout of the yellow & pink onesie card on page 37:-


I loved the opening in the card, with the cute little onesie sitting both in & out of the circle.  I decided to "step up" the circle & turn it into a shaker, utilising the silver hearts, window sheet & foam circle from the Hello Life Project kit that I used here.  This particular print from the Cherry On Top DSP stack made brilliant work of focusing on the silver embossed sentiment within the shaker.  A tiny heart print from the same stack was used for the base line element & I also added a small banner under the twine bow to balance the design.  I punched extra hearts for the shaker using the heart from the owl punch.

Enjoy hopping your way around the blogs & if you are inspired to join us, please leave a link to your project in the comment section of the CTC blog & we will add you to the list.  :)


Next stop is Bronwyn with her sweet card featuring clever washi tape patterned paper (simply click on the graphic):-

Bronwyn Eastley - http://addinktivedesigns.blogspot.com/2015/07/caseing-catty-for-baby.html

 Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
All Stampin' Up!