CASE-ing the Catty #251 – Brightly Gleaming

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Hello crafty friends! Welcome to your first stop on this week’s CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge Crew Blog Hop. There are so many fabulous projects to share with you all, as always. This week we are CASE-ing the colours of the Brightly Gleaming DSP – that’s Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Pretty Peacock, Very Vanilla, and Copper Foil.  As well as this colour palette we are also taking inspiration from the layouts on page 30.


Remember how I said a few weeks ago that I could just not get my head around making Christmas cards yet? Well, obviously the Kris Kringle switch has been flicked internally as it seems all I’ve been able to make the last couple of weeks have been Christmas cards!! I’m on such a roll. At least for once I will be organized with a big stack of holiday greetings to send out at the beginning of December.

So for this week’s CTC creation, I decided to go with the colour combo of Mossy Meadow (admittedly not my favourite green, so this was a challenge within the challenge to use it), Night of Navy, and Copper. The layout I was most drawn to is the one right of centre in the picture above with the copper star in the centre. I liked the idea of the fairly solid background in one colour and then the large centre element, but instead of a star I decided to make a wreath.


To start with I traced around the outside of a circle die with a pencil so there was a faint circle outline to work to as a template for the wreath. I used Mossy Meadow ink to blend in from the edges of a panel of Thick Very Vanilla. I kept the centre of the circle very light and the edges darker. Then I added some splatters of Bright Copper Shimmer Paint all over the panel (yes, I’m a splatter addict). It looks so bright and shiny, though – how can you resist??


To make the wreath I punched a pile of leaves using the Sprig Punch out of Night of Navy and Mossy Meadow cardstock and Copper Glimmer Paper from last year’s Holiday Catalogue. I then just layered them on top of each other, blue, green, then copper, following the circle outline. Once I had fiddled with them so they looked to be suitably wreath-like I picked the whole lot up at once using a piece of Press ‘n Seal. This lets you pick it all up, apply adhesive to the back, then set it back down on the panel in one piece. Excuse my dodgy taken at night with an iPhone photos, but it goes a little something like this…

Magic stuff! Press ‘n Seal was all the rage in the crafting world a few months ago for people making “floating frame” cards. It’s not readily available in Australia but my husband just spent two weeks in the US and he bought me home four boxes as a present. That man knows what a girl wants!! I was so thrilled with how well it worked for this card. Much easier than trying to adhere each piece of the wreath individually.


I thought the wreath needed a little something else and after trying ribbon and accents in green and blue I decided the pop of red ribbon was just the ticket. The Merry Christmas sentiment is gold heat embossed on Mossy Meadow cardstock and cut with a stitched rectangle – I placed it bottom left like in the star card from the catty.


I was really happy with the way this turned out, even with it being so Mossy Meadow dominant! It was so easy with the Press ‘n Seal trick that I think I’ll make some others. Maybe even a brightly coloured birthday one? What do you think – can you have a birthday wreath??

We’ve had some fabulous entries in the weekly challenge lately, so get your craft on and make something to share with us this week over on the Facebook wall.

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For heaps more inspiration keep on hopping through all the crew’s projects because there really is so much to see! Next up is Michelle with some brightly gleaming stars.

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6 thoughts on “CASE-ing the Catty #251 – Brightly Gleaming

  1. Rachel Palmieri

    Now the floating frame craze has died down I need more things to use press n’ seal for, just have to rememeber!!! Nifty little wreath with all those gorgeous globbules of gleam and glimmer around.I’d love to see a birthday wreath too.

  2. Love this! I’m not sure I can resist the spring punch any longer…. I love the sponges background too, the lighter middle really highlights the gorgeous sprig wreath. I have to admit I got a bit excited thinking you had found press n seal in Perth….but alas!

  3. Leslie S Parks

    It’s so sweet of your hubby to bring press n seal. Floating frames will always be impressive, but it’s good to see this other great use for it. It’s almost too sticky for kitchen use. A lovely card, and I like the idea of using birthday colors. (I would have enjoyed a photo of your pile of sprigs.)

  4. Julia Quinn

    Wow, sponging is your secret talent! This looks fabulous! Love the sprig wreath – so very clever and very inspiring! Great case.

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