Welcome, welcome everyone to this week’s CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge crew blog hop. This week we will have you seeing green, green, and more green as we are CASEing the colour scheme of the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper and the layouts from pages 36-38 and 40-41.
Now the truth is I’m probably not the best person to be starting this hop with, as, I must confess, I really don’t like the colour green. I blame this on spending my formative years in a rather hideous green school uniform. We’re talking blouses in Mint Macaron with box blazers and pleated skirts in Shaded Spruce, teamed with ribbed stockings in Soft Suede and shoes of Early Espresso. Ugh. Flattering it was not. This experience has given me an aversion to all shades of green and the annual problem of not having a single item of green clothing to wear on St Patrick’s Day (despite my Irish heritage).
That said, I do think that with the colour revamp last year Stampin’ Up! do have a really great range of greens, many of which can be found in the Garden Lane DSP. And I am blown away by how clever and creative the crew has been this week in coming up with a great range of projects using a narrow colour palette.
For my cards, I played around with many different ideas before I settled on using a strip of the DSP on each and a layout from p 76 in the annual catalogue.
This card was CASED by Christina Barnes and entered in our weekly challenge on the Facebook page last week. I loved her version and have been wanting to try it since then. Maybe it is because the example is green and we are all about the greens this week, but this is the layout I kept coming back to in my head. So even though it’s a little outside of the brief for this week, sometimes you just have to trust your creative instinct!
I cut two 2.5″ x card width strips of DSP and used these as my jumping off point for the colours of the two cards.
This one celebrates Mint Macaron – which is probably my favourite green shade, despite being the colour of the hideous blouses of my school uniform. The base card is Mint Macaron and the stamping (A Little Lace for the background detail and Here’s A Card for the sentiment) is also in MM. The ribbon is from the Nature’s Twine combo pack.
The other card picks up on the darker green in the DSP and has a base of Shaded Spruce and a mat layer of Garden Green. Again A Little Lace has been used to stamp the background and the sentiment as well in this case.
This ribbon is the beautiful Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon which is new to this catalogue and absolutely beautiful. And I know, I know, they are not part of the green scheme for this week, but why not a couple more greens thrown into the mix??
So despite my green aversion, I ended up with two pretty cards that I was quite happy with. I actually love challenges like this that make me push myself out of my comfort zone and use a colour or some other element that I don’t usually go for.
Don’t forget to join us with your own creation this week by uploading it onto our Facebook wall. We have had some really fabulous entries lately, it’s great to see how the new catalogue is spurring on everyone’s creativity.
Next up is the lovely Peta with her sweet little cards in many shades of green!
Thanks for stopping by,