Sunday, February 7, 2016

Botanicals for You & Bear Hugs for CASE-ing the Catty #65

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, as I prefer, "Copy And Selectively Edit".

This week the CTC Crew are choosing to create a Valentine's project, inspired by the Occasions, Sale-A-Bration &/or Annual Stampin' Up! catalogues.

I really wanted to use the cute stamps & dies from the Bear Hugs bundle, & have CASED the layout of the striped card on page 40 of the Occasions catalogue:-


Isn't that fuzzy wuzzy bear adorable?  (I realise this guy is probably one of those "love it" or "hate it" stamps, but I have both feet firmly planted in the former camp, lol!)

Here is the inspiration for my card:-


I tweaked the format slightly to accommodate both the bear & the largish sentiment (which comes from my favourite SAB set - Botanicals For You).  I really liked the piercing & distressed edges on the sample, but decided the crisp edge on DSP worked much better in this instance.  I added some white cardstock behind my feature panel, to help accentuate the pierced border:-


To get the curled arms on the bear, I first stamped & die-cut the bear & then re-stamped the bear on the reverse side of the die-cut.  To give him some variation in colour, I dragged a blender pen over the early espresso stamped image, to make the colour bleed.  I've added the tiniest amount of crystal effects to his eyes, nose & claws.  To make him sit off the panel slightly, I have die-cut two other bears, chopped off their arms completely & then layered them under the feature bear.  The heart is raised up on two layers of dimensionals & the sentiment on one.

The heart also comes from the the Bear Hugs set (inked with a marker to exclude the sentiment) & the awesome DSP is from the Botanical Gardens suite.

To work your way around the Hop & see lots of the new products from both the Occasions & SAB catalogues, & maybe a few favourites from the Annual catalogue, simply click on the "Next Blog" & "Previous Blog" buttons below.  (Go forward to see Liz's fabulous card featuring the Timeless Textures stamp set or backwards to see the wonderful project Simone has for you.)

http://lillylovespaper.blogspot.com/2016/01/ctc65-valentines-day-spreading-some.html

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

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/2016/02/ctc65-happy-valentines-day.html

If you are feeling inspired, we would love you to CASE a Valentine inspired project from any of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues & link it up in the gallery on the CTC post (click on the icon below to join the fun!)  At the end of each month, the Crew will choose a Winner!

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


Thanks for stopping by!  :)

5 comments:

Lillybet said...

Well Helen, I have to admit that I'm not huge fan of this stamp set but your card is exceptionally nice and I love how you have used the images and the detail involved. It's a great Valentine's card.

Julia said...

so so so cute - and the recipient is sure to love it!! What a great idea to use this stamp set for Valentines Day!!

Tricia said...

Oh Helen, I am so joining you in your love of this bear - what a striking & gorgeous card he makes it! The paper piercing looks great on the DSP & adds a little something special.

Rebecca said...

Your bear is very cute!! I love the detail of the paper piercing too.

Kathryn Mangelsdorf said...

Love your bear, oh so cute with the heart. Happy Valentine's Day.