Friday, May 29, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #32 - Sneak Peek Week - Sprinkles of Life!

There are not many sleeps until the 2015-16 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue goes live & we can all order some of the stamps, inks & supplies that fill our wishlists, woohoo!  :)

So this week the Crew at CASE-ing the Catty are CASE-ing from the new catty & showcasing some of the fabulous products that will be available.  You can hop your way around all the blogs to see some beautiful sneak peeks.  We have added some new members to the CTC Crew, so now there are even more projects to inspire you.

How amazing was Alison's project?  :)  At the end of this post you will find a link to hop to the next blog.  You can also find a full list of participating blogs on the CASE-ing the Catty blog (here).

One of my favourite products this year is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set called Sprinkles of Life, it is totally adorable & gives stampers so many options.  I have gone with a cupcake:-

If you have a new catalogue already, you will find this set & the tag that inspired my card on the inside back cover.  

As well as the stamp set, I have used some DSP from the new 6 x 6 inch paper stack called Cherry On Top & a 2015-17 InColor cardstock called Tip Top Taupe.  I have also used two new punches -  the Tree Builder (to punch out the cupcake frosting) & the awesome Banner Triple punch (to create the fishtail ends on the sentiment banner).  ♥ it!

One of best things about having new products is that they inspire you to have another look at items you already have in your stash, & this sentiment from Remembering Your Birthday worked beautifully with this new imagery:-

You can't really see it in the photos, but I added some teeny tiny pink flowers to the cupcake wrapper.  I coloured the candles with ink & a blender pen, then clear embossed them to make them look waxy.  I made some slits in the icing to tuck in the candles & added some sprinkles to the frosting.  Yum!  :)

Now on to Tricia's wonderful project (simply click on the graphic below):- 

Card Components
All Stampin' Up! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #31 - Father's Day Section Inspiration

Welcome to CASE-ing the Catty's Friday Hop!  Both the Stampin' Up! catalogues provide an abundance of inspiration for crafting & this week the Crew are CASE-ing a project from the Father's Day section of the Occasions catalogue to make a masculine project.  Maybe you have come directly from Alison's blog (if not, make sure you go check out her fabulous "Amazing Birthday" card!)

I have chosen to make a love/encouragement card:-

& here is my inspiration piece, from page 40:-

I love the clean lines of the sample, the white embossed sentiment which has part of the sentiment on a raised word window punch-out & the thin banner behind the sentiment.  I added a line of piercing either side of the centre panel (on both the inside & outside of the card) to accentuate the feature panel:-

The stars were sponged on using a dauber with the star template.  I used a favourite colour palette of Coastal Cabana (which is about to retire, sob, sob!), Crumbcake & Whisper White.

Just keep hopping your way around the blogs for lots of inspiration, but if you get lost along the way, you can find a full list of participating blogs on the CTC blog (here) 

Now on to Rachel's inspiring project (simply click on the graphic):-

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Card Components:
All Stampin' Up!

Friday, May 8, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #29 - Occasions Sketch Inspiration

This week the Crew from CASE-ing the Catty have a Blog Hop for you with the inspiration being the layout of the card on Page 22 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue.

Perhaps you have come directly from Alison's blog & checked out her amazing project.  To keep on hopping around the blogs click on the "next blog" icon at the bottom of this post to go straight to Elizabeth's post.  If you happen to get lost along the way, there is a list of all the participating links on the CASE-ing the Catty blog (here).

So here is my project:-

& here is a sketch of the original card:-

As you can see, I have turned the layout & the sentiment 90 degrees.  I love the rustic feel of the Hardwood background of the inspiration piece, so I recreated that with white craft ink on a crumbcake background, but I ran the planks in the opposite direction.  I used the a retiring Starburst die for the the vellum wrapping on my posie & had to give a last "hurrah" to the retiring InColors, Coastal Cabana & Crisp Cantaloupe.  I certainly hope those two colours return in the next colour shuffle!

I have used the white jute ribbon to recreate the banner element of the card & used the Flower Patch Stamps & matching Flower Fair dies for the flowers.  A Bitty Banner die was used with the Teeny Tiny Sentiment.

We hope you enjoy our projects this week & would love for you to join us, to do so, simply leave a comment on the CASE-ing the Catty blog with your link.

Now on to Elizabeth's fabulous project:-

Project Components
All Stampin' Up! 
As listed above, plus pearls, glue dots, whisper white cardstock, circle die & calypso coral ink, 

Friday, April 24, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #27 - A CAS Hello

In our Blog Hop this week the team at CASE-ing the Catty are CASE-ing a project from the Memory Keeping section of the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue.

Hop around all the blogs & you will see loads of fabulous ideas to inspire you.  You may have come direct from the CTC blog & if you click on the image at the bottom of the post, you will go straight to Rachel Palmieri's post.  If you get lost along the way, there is a complete list of participating blogs on the CTC post.  You can even add your own link in the comments & we will add you to the list.  We would love to see your Memory Keeping section CASE.  :)

This week I have used the photo pocket layout on page 48 to create my clean & simple "Hello" card.  Rather than place an image behind the sentiment, I thought I would add the design to a vellum window to achieve a soft, opaque look.  I have layered up two die-cut sentiments to help the "hello"  pop off the vellum. An embossed border gives the shimmery white cardstock frame a polished look whilst keeping the design very CAS:-

Here's my inspiration from the So You Project Kit:-

To hop on to see Rachel's awesome project, simply click on the image below:-

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
Shimmery White Cardstock
Tangelo Twist Cardstock
White Vellum Cardstock
Stacked with Love Washi Tape
Hello You Thinlits Dies
Crystal Effects
Basic Jewels Rhinestones

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Bendy Fold Card for SUO#119 & TPP#238

The current challenge at SU-Only calls for Fun Fold projects, & The Paper Players have an awesome Tic Tac Toe challenge from Claire, so I combined the two to create this card:-

A Bendy Fold card is something that has been on my crafting bucket list for a while, so it was the perfect opportunity to try one out!  I have used the left column of the tic tac toe grid & used a combination of "any shade of yellow, flowers & die-cuts".

The idea for the fence was born as I was taking the Bouquet Bigz die out of the cellophane bag.  The first thing I focused on was the row of nice straight, pointy top "pickets" (which you would normally make into a dahlia type flower - like the large pool party ones on the cover of the Occasions catty).  Adding a hedge, letter box & a blossom laden tree bough, with a little hanging sign on the fence makes for a fun card for a new home owner.

Here is a shot from above, so you can see how the hedge & fence curve around then slot back into the fence & card base, respectively:-

To construct the card I used this tutorial by Emma Fewkes as my starting point (you need to go to the post, then look at her sidebar), tweaking the measurements a little to suit my concept.

You can play along with these challenges, peruse the galleries & check out the awesome Design Teams' inspiration pieces by clicking on the graphics below:-

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Card Components
Itty Bitty Banners, Bouquet Bigz & Flower Frenzy Dies
What's Up, Itty Bitty (circle & blossom - retired), Word Window & Scallop Border punches
Envelope Punch Board (corner rounding punch)
Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Garden Green & Basic Black cardstock
 Something to Say stamp set, Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
White Baker's Twine, Basic Buttons (retired), Pearls, Black Marker

Friday, March 20, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #23 - Hello Life Project Kit

It's time for the 23rd Challenge at CASE-ing the Catty & this week we are taking inspiration from the SAB & Occasions catties, using a combination of SAB & Occasions stamps & accessories on our project.

When I first saw the Hello Life Project Kit in the Occasions catty, I "had to have" the wire frame. I love the industrial look that is around at present, where home decor replicates furniture, fixtures & fittings that could have been taken from an old factory or commercial premise.

Well, I ordered my kit & this is what has become of it:-

Dimensional flowers & banners feature very heavily in both catties, so I used that as a starting point & adopted a very simple palette of black & vanilla, inspired by the Typeset DSP.  I only used a handful of elements from the kit (i.e., the wire frame, two black photo frames, a black mat which I turned into a third photo frame, the black banner & the black heart on the middle banner.

To create the banner string, I stripped the metallic thread from Gold Baker's Twine to leave just the vanilla cotton.  I added the black banner which was embossed with the Spring Flowers embossing folder (unfortunately it doesn't show well in the photo) & added a teeny embossed butterfly with a pearl centre which was coloured with a black sharpie marker. 

The middle banner is a vanilla piece stamped with the honeycomb image from the Butterfly Basics set. The floral image on the fourth banner comes from the SAB set Simply Wonderful, stamped on vanilla.  The diagonal stripe print is also from the Typeset DSP.

I couldn't decide what photos to add to the frames, so I opted for a decor piece themed with butterflies.  I used images & a sentiment from the Butterfly Basics set:-

I created three different "coloured" flowers by using different prints from the Typeset DSP which had varying intensity of pattern. Cutting them was a breeze with the Bouquet Bigz Die (which I also used here).  Here are close-ups of the flowers:-

The kit comes with silver painted mini pegs but I substitued gold ones from the Annual Catty to match the Antique Brads in the flower centres.  There are also some vanilla Candy Dots on one of the frames.  

I have to say I am really happy with how this piece turned out & will enjoy switching out elements in the future (just don't expect to see any Crushed Curry pompoms, lol!)  :)

We hope you can play along with us at CASE-ing the Catty this week.  The Design Team, including our Guest Designer - Julia Quinn, have a wonderful group of projects to inspire you. 

You can find the challenge & inspiration from the Design Team here (just click on the graphic):-

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
All Stampin' Up! as detailed above
plus Bitty Butterfly Punch, Banner Framelits & Beautiful Wings Embosslit

Friday, March 6, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #21 - SAB/Occasions Gift Bag

It's time to CASE the Catty again!  This week the Team at CTC are CASE-ing a project from the EVERY DAY Section of the Occasions catalogue.  Here is a gift bag I created, using the bag on page 30 as my starting point:-

I have kept the design fairly similar, with a few minor tweaks.  I tried making a flower using the two largest sizes of petals from the Bouquet Bigz die, but it was enormous!!!!  I settled for this camellia type bloom by using two layers of the five petal flower, then one layer of the smallest single petal, then two layers of the next size single petals.  All the petals have been curled upwards & I added a heap of stamens for the centre.  I punched three ellipse shapes with a circle punch, then folded & scrunched them to create the leaves.

This print was my favourite out of the Best Year Ever DSP pack & I've used most of two sheets to create the bag (there's a little left over to create a matching card at some stage).  It measures 9" high by 5" wide x 3" deep.  There is a 2" wide strip on the inside of both 5" edges to secure the handles (which I removed from another bag) & I lined the bottom with the floral print to match the outside:-

I wanted to add some ribbon, so tucked a couple of loops & tails behind the flower.  The calypso banner is a brayered piece of Irresistibly Yours DSP & the sentiment comes from the Simply Wonderful stamp set.

We hope you can find some time to CASE the Catty with us this week.  My fellow DT members have some beautiful samples to inspire you.  You can find them & details of the challenge here:-
(Simply click on the graphic)

Project Components
All SU except for the bag handles  :)