Sunday, May 1, 2016

CASE-ing the Catty #76 - Have A Cuppa Inspiration

Hello & welcome to CASE-ing the Catty's Blog Hop!

Each week the Crew members take inspiration from a section or theme of the current Stampin' Up Catalogues to create their projects.  The acronym "CASE" stands for "Copy And Share Everything" or "Copy And Selectively Edit".

This week the CTC Crew are choosing a project from the "Have A Cuppa" section of the Occasions Catalogue to CASE (pages 34-37).

There are lots of cute tea-cup creations to CASE in this section of the catty, but I have taken my inspiration from the colours of the Have A Cuppa DSP Stack on page 35:-



Aren't all those bright colours fun?  They are Basic Grey, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Whisper White & Wisteria Wonder.

These happy colours needed a fun creation, so I made a jar shaker filled with smiley faces:-



I used the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits for the Jar & Lid.  Isn't it amazing what the addition of a little scoring can do to a piece of Silver Foil sheet?  Last week I used a Project Life Photo Pocket Page to create a photo frame (you can see it here), so I used another piece of the Pocket Page in lieu of a Window Sheet for the shaker.  I stamped the little banner sentiment twice & trimmed the top layer to suit.  The Crushed Curry Baker's Twine is left over from the Hello Life Project Kit (you can see how I used the kit here).

So I have only recently acquired the Project Life Paper Clips Thinlits, but ever since I first saw them in the Annual Catalogue (p173), I have been envisioning lots of smiley faces, lol!  :)  :)  :)

Here is the circle clip die, an actual die-cut & a smiley face:-


To make the smiley face, I die-cut a circle clip from Crushed Curry cardstock.  Before removing the die from the cardstock, I used a sharp pencil to mark the location of the eyes.  Then I centred the pencil mark in the 1/8" handheld punch & punched each eye.  To finish off, the Crushed Curry smiley face was adhered to a Basic Grey cardstock circle (or the bib from the Baby's First Framelits works well too).

To work your way around the Hop & see lots of inspiration from our fabulous Team members, simply click on the "Next Blog" & "Previous Blog" buttons below.  (Go forward to see the gorgeous creations Liz has for you or backwards to see Monique's wonderful project.)



Should you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participants on the CASE-ing the Catty blog post:-


If you are feeling inspired, we would love you to CASE a project from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue & link it up in the gallery on the CTC post (click on the icon below).  At the end of each month, the Crew will choose a Winner.



Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

CTC75 - Mother's Day Inspiration

Hello & welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty's Blog Hop!  It's great to be joining the rest of the Crew after time away.

Each week the CTC Crew members will take inspiration from a section or theme of the current Stampin' Up Catalogues to create their projects.  The acronym "CASE" stands for "Copy And Share Everything" or "Copy And Selectively Edit".

This week the CTC Crew are choosing to CASE a Mother's Day themed project from either the current Annual Catalogue or the Occasions Catalogue.

I made a magnetic picture frame using the botanical builder framelits & a pocket cut from a Project Life sleeve:-


Here is the back of the frame:-


To make the frame, I glued together two layers of Tip Top Taupe cardstock & cut an aperture for the photo.  I trimmed a 4x6 pocket (from a #05 page from the Variety pack of PL pages) & stuck both the short sides of the pocket to the back of the frame using Tear n Tape.  Then I used washi tape to secure the two side & bottom edges of the pocket to the frame.  I also secured the inside top edge to the frame so that the photo will slide in & out easily without catching:-


Then I added a couple of magnetic strips, so it can be displayed on the fridge (or a filing cabinet).  These frames would make great little gifts for a Mother's Day stall.  ;)

Here is the inspiration for my frame - a decorated timber photo frame from page 22 of the Occasions catalogue:-


To work your way around the Hop & see lots of inspiration from our fabulous Team members, simply click on the "Next Blog" & "Previous Blog" buttons below.  (Go forward to see Monique's fabulous project or backwards to see the delightful creation Julia has for you.)



Should you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participants on the CASE-ing the Catty blog post:-


If you are feeling inspired, we would love you to share your Mother's Day CASE & link it up in the gallery on the CTC post (click on the icon below).  At the end of each month, the Crew will choose a Winner.



Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cupcake Oven & Pop-Up Kitchen Card

Helloooo!

I  thought I would share a fun project I made recently as I will be missing a few CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hops.  (You can find what the rest of the CTC Crew are up to here.)

Our DD's bestie is an apprentice pastry chef, so we thought she might like a yummy red velvet cupcake with some appropriate packaging:-


I was inspired by a cute little bakery box oven, made by Marzi, which you can find here.

The entire project is made from Stampin' Up! supplies (some of them are retired).  I played around with some scrap paper to form a prototype & then made this version, which is constructed a bit differently to Marzi's version.  I used the Simply Scored Tool to create the basic box for the oven.  I also added an extra panel inside the base of the oven, which the cupcake "nests" in.  The hotplates are punched from back glimmer paper layered on silver foil sheet.   The little gauge is a teeny tiny piece of clipart that I printed from the computer & then placed an itty bitty accent epoxy sticker on top.  The oven mitt was made by trimming down a gingerbread man die-cut.


Sorry, I don't have any plans to share on my design, but you can find great directions for Marzi's oven here.

I had so much fun creating the oven that I made a co-ordinating pop-up kitchen card to go with it.  I used the base of a retired pop-up die & added my own cabinetry, oven, tile & hardwood floor.  Here is the inside:-


Thanks for dropping by.  See you again soon!  :)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

CTC68 - Love Blossoms with Butterfly Framelits!

Oops!  That title should be CTC69!  :o

So hello & welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty's Blog Hop!

Each week the Crew members will take inspiration from a section or theme of the current Stampin' Up Catalogues to create their projects. The acronym "CASE" stands for "Copy And Share Everything" or "Copy And Selectively Edit".  :)

This week the CTC Crew are choosing a project from the Love Blossoms section (pages 16-25) of the Occasions Catalogue to CASE.

Here is my project:-


You can find the card I was inspired by on the top right of page 19:-


Instead of the stunning Rose Garden Thinlits Dies as per the sample, my card features the Butterfly Thinlits Die from the Annual Catalogue. I have used thick Whisper White cardstock die-cuts over a watercoloured base. The sentiment panel has multi-coloured stamping & a small punched flower with an enamel dot centre. This panel is then layered on a banner cut from washi covered window sheet.  I also added an extra mat to my design to give some more distinction between the pool party watercolouring & the white card base.


To create the watercoloured panel, I used the waste cardstock from the Butterfly Framelit die-cut as a stencil & traced inside the opening with grey lead pencil to get an outline for each butterfly. Using Pool Party ink from the stamp pad lid & an aquapainter, I then painted in the background. Once this was dry, I erased the pencil lines & coloured the butterflies the same way as the background, using Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist & Cajun Craze inkpads. Once the entire sheet was dry, I attached the butterfly die-cuts, trimming to suit the panel.

There are lots of fabulous projects in this section of the catalogue & our Crew have some fantastic examples for you. To work your way around the Hop, simply click on the "Next Blog" & "Previous Blog" buttons below. (Go forward to see Julia's sweet scrapbook page or backwards to see the pretty wedding cards Liz has shared.)



Should you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participants on the CASE-ing the Catty blog post:-


If you are feeling inspired, we would love you to CASE a project from the Love Blossoms section (Occasions Catty pages 16-25) & link it up in the gallery on this CTC post (click on the icon below). At the end of each month, the Crew will choose a Winner.


Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

CTC68 - Sale-A-Bration Inspiration with Honeycomb Happiness

Hello & welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty's Blog Hop!

Each week the Crew members will take inspiration from a section or theme of the current Stampin' Up Catalogues to create their projects.  The acronym "CASE" stands for "Copy And Share Everything" or "Copy And Selectively Edit".

This week the CTC Crew are choosing a project from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalogue to CASE.

I have done a mash-up of two cute bags - one on the bottom right of page 13 & the other on the top right of page 14:-


There were some design features that I really liked with both bags, so I created a gusseted bag to adorn.  You can easily hand fold one of these bags without any fancy tools at all.  I have used a mix of current & retired products here but one of the things I was keen to utilise was the die-cut "enjoy" sentiment from the mini treat bag dies.  There are so many extra options in the die sets that often get overlooked!

The cute little chick from the SAB Honeycomb Happiness set was coloured with Kathryn's clever method of using sponge daubers instead of watercolouring (see here & here)!  Rather than fussy cutting the chick after colouring, I snipped the chick shape out of a large "all-over" sticky note to cover my background & sponged  away into the chick opening.  Once he was coloured enough, I removed the mask to reveal the pristine white shimmer background.  :)

I ended up folding the top of my bag over to the back, but I did use the tiny wave rotary cutting blade on the stampin' trimmer to get a sweet little fancy edge.

Here are the bags that provided the inspiration:-


To work your way around the Hop & see lots of the new products from both the Occasions & SAB catalogues, simply click on the "Next Blog" & "Previous Blog" buttons below.  (Go forward to see the sweet pedal pusher card that Liz has for you or backwards to see Rachel's gorgeous floral & cute bear cards.)



Should you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participants on the CASE-ing the Catty blog post:-


If you are feeling inspired, we would love you to CASE a project from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue & link it up in the gallery on the CTC post (click on the icon below).  At the end of each month, the Crew will choose a Winner.



Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

CASEing the Catty #67 - Birthday Bouquet DSP


Hello & welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty's Blog Hop!

Each week the Crew members will take inspiration from a section or theme of the current Stampin' Up Catalogues to create their projects.  The acronym "CASE" stands for "Copy And Share Everything" or "Copy And Selectively Edit".  :)

This week the CTC Crew are choosing a project from the Birthday Bouquet section of the Occasions Catalogue (p8-15) to CASE.

I was inspired by the card at the bottom right of page 8.  This card features three different Designer Series Papers from the Birthday Bouquet DSP pack.  Generally I don't seem to use a lot of DSP & you would would rarely find three different prints on a card I created, so I thought I would challenge myself to do just that.  I found a fun fold, called a quarter fold card & used that to create my project:-


You can find a video link to the construction method of these cards here.  Thank you to Jana O'Brien for sharing.  :)  I added print panels the entire length of each flap, so you can see more of the pretty DSP when you slide off the divine watermelon ribbon & open the flaps:-


This type of card would be fun to send to someone who has just moved house, with a message inside that says "thought you might like to open something other than a packing box!"  :)

I stamped the inside panel with a little chain of hearts to mimic the image on the bunting print:-


Here is the card that inspired my project this week (bottom right):-


To see the Team's beautiful Birthday Bouquet creations, simply work your way around the Hop by clicking on the "Next Blog" & "Previous Blog" icons in each post.  (From my post you can go forward to see the wonderful project Rachel has for you.)


If you would like to skip around backwards, you can go click on the icon below to see Liz's gorgeous card.


Should you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participants on the CASE-ing the Catty blog post:-


If you are feeling inspired, we would love you to CASE a project from the Birthday Bouquet section of the Occasions Catalogue (p8-15) & link it up in the gallery at the bottom of this CTC post (simply click on the icon below).  At the end of each month, the Crew will choose a Winner.



Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Balloon Builder Punch & Botanicals for You for CASE-ing the Catty #66

Hello & welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty's Blog Hop!

Each week the Crew members will take inspiration from a section or theme of the current Stampin' Up Catalogues to create their projects.  The acronym "CASE" stands for "Copy And Share Everything" or "Copy And Selectively Edit".  :)

This week the CTC Crew are choosing another project from the Sale-A-Bration catty to CASE.

I was inspired by the projects on page 14, using the layout on the top left & the theme of balloons, which features in two of the projects:-


The colour palette comes from the "Cherry On Top" Designer Series Paper stack.  I have punched five small balloons from the Balloon Builder punch & coated them with Crystal Effects, resulting in gorgeous, glossy balloons.  My best tip for using Crystal Effects is be patient!  Work out what you want to coat, sit it on a silicone mat, cover with Crystal Effects & then walk away!!!!  Most importantly - don't touch it until the next day.  You will end up with a beautiful, shiny finish.  :)

The balloons are raised on dimensionals & sit on two white, layered banners.  The bottom layer is embossed with the decorative dots embossing folder, which is a bit hard to see because I was trying so hard to capture the shine on the balloons.... 

I really loved the reverse colour of the sentiment on the original project, & have achieved that by using white embossing powder on the Watermelon Wonder cardstock with a sentiment from the SAB set, "Botanicals for You".  (I ♥ that set!)  The balloons are tied with silver metallic thread.

Here are the projects that inspired my design:-


To see the Team's amazing creations, simply work your way around the Hop by clicking on the "Next Blog" & "Previous Blog" icons in each post.  (From my post you can go forward to see Rachel's great project & it looks like she has used my favourite SAB set, woohoo!)  :)



If you feel like being a rebel, you can go around the hop backwards!  Click on the icon below to see the fabulous project Jess has for you:-

http://thepapercaper.com.au/2016/02/14/ctc66

Should you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participants on the CASE-ing the Catty blog post:-

http://caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au/

If you are feeling inspired, we would love you to CASE a project from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue & link it up in the gallery at the bottom of this CTC post (click on the icon below).  At the end of each month, the Crew will choose a Winner.

http://caseingthecatty.blogspot.com/2016/02/ctc65-happy-valentines-day.html


Thanks for stopping by!  :)