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! 

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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.  :)

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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!  :)

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Friday, June 19, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #35 - Thanks

Welcome to this week's CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop.  We are featuring projects inspired by the Thanks section of the Stampin' Up! annual catalogue (pages 13-18).  You may have come straight from Jessica's blog, 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 took my inspiration from the cute, dotty card on page 17, to make a simple Christmas card:-


I substituted stars for dots & added a touch of bling with some gold embossing.  The solid stars & sentiment come from the Festival of Trees set & the scribbly stars come from the Something to Say set.  The colours are Watermelon Wonder (the ink tends to look more red than the Watermelon cardstock does) & Cucumber Crush (a perfect green for Christmas projects!)

Next stop on the Hop is Elizabeth (simply click on the graphic):-

http://lillylovespaper.blogspot.com/2015/06/ctc35-thanks.html
Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

CASE-ing the Catty #33 - Anything Goes!

The new annual catalogue from Stampin' Up! is overflowing with inspiration for all your cards, packaging, scrapbooking & off the page projects.  This week each member of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are choosing a project that really caught their eye & CASE-ing it!  You have possibly arrived here via Julia's blog & seen her inspiring project, 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 loved the emboss resist background of the card on page 125 & made this:-


These backgrounds are so much fun to create & no two ever turn out the same.  I have used Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla as my palette, with a mix of stamps from Butterfly Basics, An Open Heart & Gorgeous Grunge for the imagery.  I absolutely adore the Awesomely Artistic stamp set that was used in the catalogue sample & can't wait for that to arrive in my craft room.  :)

I actually have two layers of emboss resist here.  One layer was created by stamping the foliage, butterflies & postmark with versamark ink, then heat setting with clear embossing powder.  The second, very subtle, layer was done by stamping the honeycomb image with versamark ink & then heat setting (without embossing powder).  You can (almost) see the honeycomb layer here:-


I added skewed layers as per the sample, with the vanilla panel & "friend" sentiment panel getting some distressed edges.  I layered up three "hello" die-cuts to get the look of chipboard letters. added some gold twine (sans the gold thread) & popped the banner up on dimensionals:-


... & if you were wondering, the new banner triple punch is BRILLIANT!  :)

Next stop is the CTC blog (just click on the icon below), where you can find a complete list of participants.  If something has really caught your eye in the new catalogue & you would like to join the hop, please add a link to your project in the CTC post comments & we will add you to the list!

http://caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/case-ing-catty-new-2015-2015-annual.html 

Thanks for stopping by.  :)
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