Hello, CASE-ing the Catty fans! Who’s feeling the coming Holiday spirit a bit more this week?? I know I am. The weather here has turned and Spring has arrived with glorious sunshine and warmer days. The warmer weather always makes me think Christmas is that much closer – yes, I know you Northern Hemisphere readers will find that bizarre! The closest thing we have to snow at the moment is the Wisteria blossoms raining down outside the kitchen door – which of course the kids have been delighting in.
This week for CTC we are mixing it up a bit – the challenge is to CASE a layout from the Annual Catalogue and use Holiday Catalogue supplies.
This is such a fun way to get the creative juices flowing. And of course, once I started on my projects I couldn’t help but make four cards to share with you. The layout I chose is this one from page 28 of the AC – it’s one I’ve loved since my first flick through and I’ve been dying to CASE it.
This is such a simple layout but I just love it. All my cards are made with Thick Whisper White bases and top mat layer, with a circle die cut from one side (I used the second largest of the circle dies in the Stitched Shapes for this). I lightly traced the circle onto the base card and then blended ink straight onto the base card.
My first version was made with Merry Moose – I just love this moose stamp and punch. He looks fabulous embossed in gold like this. The frame for the circle was made with the two large circles from the Stitched Shapes – I cut it form Thick Whisper White and then double heat embossed it in gold (cover the whole thing in Versamark, then gold embossing powder, heat, cool, then cover it in Versamark and embossing powder and heat again. You can do this multiple times to let it really build up – it looks fabulous). I chose to do this rather than cutting it from gold foil so it matched the gold embossing of the moose. The sentiment I’ve used on these first two cards is from Merry Moose, here gold embossed on Pretty Peacock. The inked background is Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock.
This next version uses the Pine Tree Punch and Wrapped in Plaid DSP on an inked background of Poppy Parade and Real Red. I’ve gone with a frame in white for this version, and the sentiment strip is gold heat embossed on Poppy Parade.
I expect this tree punch is going to end up being used a lot for my Christmas cards and wrapping this year. It is so easy to just punch it straight out of pretty DSP or to use the coordinating stamps. This card was so quick to pull together – the longest part was waiting for things to dry!
For my next card, I had a bit of fun with a snowman cut from the Let It Snow Specialty DSP instead of an inked background. To make him look like he was playing in the snow I put some sequins and white embossing powder in a laminating pouch and ran it through the laminator. I then cut a circle out and stuck that between the frame and the top layer of cardstock, sorta like you make a shaker card (the top layer is popped up on dimensionals) but without the moving parts behind.
The effect of this is so cool – the sequins sparkle in the light and the embossing powder makes it look like he’s throwing snow up in the air and it’s coming down over him. I saw Jennifer McGuire doing this recently (see her video here) and Heather and I were dying to try it – we’ve been having so much fun making different “windows” with the laminator.
I dug into my retired paper stash for the window frame for this one, and the sentiment is from a retired stamp set as well, white heat embossed on Blueberry Bushel.
I couldn’t be all Christmas-y, I had to use some Halloween goodies as well. Although we don’t really do Halloween here and there isn’t a *need* for me to make Halloween cards I can never resist playing and making a few for fun. I wish I had a better excuse to buy more of the Halloween products from the Holiday Catalogue, because they are so stinkin’ cute. This time I’ve blended Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, and Blackberry Bliss for the background. The wicked-looking character is fussy cut from the Monster Bash DSP (I am crazy for this paper, it is so fun!).
The frame I have made the same way as the gold one but in silver this time, and the sentiment – from Itty Bitty Greetings – is silver heat embossed on Blackberry Bliss.
So there’s my fun little collection of cards made using one of my favourite layouts in the AC but with HC supplies. Which one is your favourite? I can’t decide – they were all such fun to make!
Don’t forget to have some crafty fun yourself this week and share your projects over on our Facebook wall with us. We love seeing what you are all making as well – especially if you are inspired to CASE one of the crew’s CASEs!
Next up is Michelle with some cheeky little friends. Keep on hopping right through the whole crew to see all the fabulous ideas they have to share with you this week – it’s such a fun challenge with such possibilities!!
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