Good evening crafty friends and welcome to either your first or, if you’re going me from the lovely Judy’s page, your next stop in this week’s CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. This week we have another fun challenge as we are all CASE-ing one of the fantastic layouts from page 151 of the Stampin’ Up! 2019-20 Annual Catalogue.
These are all fabulous layouts and I could easily CASE all of them – I can’t to see what the crew comes up with for this blog hop. But the one that caught my eye is the fishy card. This has been popular with the crew this week and you’ll see lots of interesting variations of this great layout.
What appeals to me about this card is the simplicity of the basic design – a white card base with a circular window as a feature. I love this as a basic layout and it’s actually a style I often use. I’m a big fan of our basic layering dies like the Layering Circles or Layering Squares. I think we often forget how useful they are and how good they can look when used on their own without any fancy additions.
So for my cards for this week’s challenge, I stripped this card back to that basic formula – plain card base, circular window as the feature – and had a play. And as usual, I couldn’t stop at just one!
My first card sticks closest to the example card. I made a background piece by blending some Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel on some Whisper White card. I’m really grooving on direct to paper ink techniques at the moment. It’s fun to just grab some colours and play around. On it I clear embossed some of the small balloon images from Above The Clouds. The front panel is Whisper White with some of the clouds from the same set embossed in the new Shimmer White Embossing Powder – which I love, despite the way it spreads glitter EVERYWHERE!
I kept the rest of the card simple, cutting a large offset circle out of the front panel to show the blended background, with a balloon coloured with Stampin’ Blends and mounted on dimensionals. The small stitched circle sentiment panel is in Blueberry Bushel and white heat embossed with a sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays.
I just love all the subtle shimmer on this card from the embossing. I spent ages trying to decide if I should embellish it further somehow but decided I really did like it how it was.
I loved the idea of a circle panel revealing something interesting underneath so made a few more like this. For this card I created a frame for the circle panel by cutting two circles that were close together in size. I love the way this finishes off the circle panel and makes it look like a little window.
The DSP underneath is from last year’s Broadway Bound collection. I played with lots of different papers but there was something about this one that was just right with the black letters I had already die-cut. The sequins are also long retired but they just went so perfectly. The letters I have mounted on die cut craft foam in black so that they have some great dimension to them. Do you ever use your dies to cut things other than paper? You can cut other materials as well, and craft foam cuts like butter. It’s a great way to add dimension to small die cuts.
For my friend-a-saurus from Dino Days I double heat embossed this cute little guy on some vellum and laid that over the DSP panel. It adds even more of a window-y look but slightly obscuring the pattern underneath.
Again I created a frame using two circle dies similar in size to cut some black foil, which ties in nicely with the embossed dinosaur.
This last card is probably my favourite. Again I created a blended panel with various blue inks. Over the top I cut a circle from this stunning laser cut card from the Come Sail Away Memories & More pack. This is glued under the front panel and another frame is on top to finish it off and neaten the edges. The black sentiment panel has a white heat embossed saying from Here’s A Card. This is one of those sets that is kinda hiding in the catty but is a really useful sentiment set and, I think, a must for every card maker.
So that was my fun day playing with circle dies! What started as one CASE turned into a bunch of other cards. I love CASEing for the way it can unleash your creativity.
Speaking of, don’t forget to share your own unleashed creativity with us on our Facebook page. CASE one of the layouts on page 151 and upload it straight to the wall via this link.
Next up is my fabulous friend Kelly who always loves to put her own spin on a CASE so hop on over to see what she has in store for us this week. Keep on hopping to see the whole crew’s projects for the week.
Thanks for stopping by,