Sunday, January 10, 2016

CASE-ing the Catty #61 - Favourite Project from the Occasions Catalogue

Hello & welcome to CASE-ing the Catty's first Blog Hop for 2016!

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, as perfectly stated by NZ Demonstrator, Paula Dobson, "Copy And Selectively Edit".

A layout, colour palette or even a single design element could be the spark that kicks off creativity!

This week the CTC Crew are choosing a favourite project from the new SU Occasions Catalogue to CASE.  There are so many great cards, packaging & decor ideas in the new catalogue that it is hard to know where to start.  So, seeing as it's on the cover, as well as being the first project you see when you open the catalogue, I chose to CASE the layout of the card on page 3.

The patterned borders, multi-coloured sentiment, sprinkling of enamel dots & stapled twine bow all appealed to me, so I created this card using spotty washi tape & Crushed Curry enamel dots, teamed with a sentiment from the new Sale-A-Bration set called "Hello":-

After playing around with the "birthday girl" image, I decided I didn't want to stamp it with the stripes either side of the sentiment, so I cut them off!  Gasp, shock, horror!  Once upon a time I NEVER would have dreamed of taking my scissor blades to my stamps, but I have realised that if you modify stamps to suit your personal taste, you end up using them much more!  :)

I was so happy with this card, that I created another, this time sans the enamel dots & stapled twine.  I just added a small bow of the gorgeous new Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon under the ombre sentiment from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) "Botanicals for You" stamp set:-

Here they are together as well as the original inspiration from the SU Occasions Catalogue:-

To work your way around the Hop & see lots of yummy new products from both the Occasions & SAB catalogues, simply click on the "Next Blog" & "Previous Blog" buttons below.  (Go forward to see Tricia's stunning framed art & matching card or backwards to see Rebecca's beautiful birthday & anniversary cards.)

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

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
All Stampin' Up!
Whisper White Notecards, Whisper White & Shimmery White Cardstock, Cherry On Top Washi Tape, 
Whisper White Bakers Twine, Mini Staple,"Hello" & "Botanicals for You" Stamp Sets, Bermuda Bay, 
Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana (retired) & Island Indigo Inkpads, 
It's My Party Enamel Dots, Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon, Dimensionals


Monique said...

Helen I love your colourful CASEs they look great.

Jess said...

I LOVE that ombre card Helen. It is my favourite Sale-A-Bration offering this year and I've been putting it to good use myself. I think my next project though will be to CASE yours!

Kathryn Mangelsdorf said...

both your cards are clear and simple and outstanding. Wow cutting the rubber it's exciting and scary at the same time.

Tricia said...

Both of your cards are just perfect. I love the ombre of the blue one, & the fun bright feel of the spotty one. I agree with you, while it is a bit scary to cut stamps, they are much more versatile when redesigned with scissors sometimes. I am totally going to snip those stripes off too!

Rachel Palmieri said...

Love both of these, I'm sure I'll be CASE-ing you too Helen! But as for cutting bits, I'm not brave enough yet.

Lillybet said...

Great cards Helen. I love the ombre feel of the blue one but they are both great. Such a simple layout but how effective. As for cutting the stamps I agree, i have cut sentiments off picture stamps so I could use them with my own/differnet words, and it does make them much more versatile- but I kinda like the little lines on this one. Just shows we're all different, that's what makes this such a great hobby.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Both of these cards are wonderfully simple but so effective. Thanks for the tip about cutting the stamp. That's a scary thought but, when you think about it, better to have the stamp you'll use a lot than the one that sits in the drawer. Thanks for inspiring and leading the way!

Bronwyn Eastley said...

Yep, cutting stamps is quite liberating! Stunning CAS cards, Helen. I always appreciate your style. So glad to be back on the DT with you :)

Julia said...

Beautiful crisp and clear stamping!! I'm in love with your blue card - and will definitely be CASEing this one!! (I'm still struggling with getting a crisp image from this stamp Just for You) THank you so much for the inspiration and brilliant ideas!!

Judy May said...

Beautiful cards, Helen. Love the clean elegance of all the white space you have left. The ombre technique is fabulous for that SAB stamp.

Rebecca said...

I love both of your cards!! I can't stop looking at them. Simple yet stunning.

creativeJax said...

Ah - the beauty of white space and clear crisp images - stunningly executed Helen! Simply love both of your CASEs. I agree that taking the scissors to the rubber leads to using the rubber more - and it feels so naughty that it is fun!