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.)

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 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!

Thanks for stopping by!  :)