What a week! It’s busy, busy, busy at Hightrees House. We are entering the last couple of weeks of school for the year, there’s a few family celebrations to enjoy, lots of end of year happenings, and it’s finally starting to dawn on me that CHRISTMAS IS COMING. I swear every year I’ll be super organised the next year, but I’m finally starting to realise that I’m really just a last-minute rush kinda gal.
I have tried to keep on top of my Christmas card making this year, though, so I can start sending them out the first week of December. I have a nice little pile ready to go but need a few more (always). This week’s CASE-ing the Catty challenge – to take an Annual Catalogue layout and give it a Holiday Catalogue twist – was the perfect opportunity to look for a layout that would work well for a bit of small-batch card making. I like to make cards in small batches where there is a little difference between each, rather than a pile of exactly the same card. I like to know that each card I send out is unique, even if the recipient is none the wiser! Great layouts that you can swap out colours or elements on are perfect for this, and looking through the 2019-20 Annual Catalogue I found this beauty on p.51.
Modern Heart is one of my favourite sets from the AC, and I love the clean design of this card, with all that beautiful white space, and the gold embossing.
My first thought was if I could make that card using Modern Heart but switch it up enough to make a Christmas version. So the first version I made was this one.
I used the waterwash image from Modern Heart on all the cards, on this one it is stamped in Poppy Parade. I gold heat embossed the heart image and used the small star stamp from Merry Moose (in the Holiday Catalogue) to add a few stars in Merry Merlot. Each card features a stitched circle with my all-time favourite Christmas sentiment stamp from the retired set Beautiful Together. I just can’t help but still reach for this one stamp all the time. The ribbon is the Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Diagonal Stripe Ribbon from the HC. I think this worked pretty well as a holiday card, with just a change of colour, sentiment, and swapping the little hearts for stars.
I then decided to use some of my favourite images from the Holiday Catty over the waterwash. This one, on a wash of Crumb Cake ink, is my favourite moose friend from Merry Moose.
I love this outline image, I’ve used him so much this year. He embosses beautifully. The base card her is Merry Merlot as is the stamping of the stars and sentiment.
Next up it’s one of the tree images from Perfectly Plaid (HC). The base card, waterwash, and sentiment stamping is in Shaded Spruce. The stars are in Granny Apple Green.
I love how this particular image looks when embossed. The ribbon here is the 3/8″ Reversible Ribbon in Old Olive and Pretty Peacock (AC). There are four different shades of green on this card but I think they work well together.
For the last of this batch of cards, I used one of my very favourite stamp sets from a past holiday catalogue, Sugarplum Dreams. Although these images are a dream to colour they also look beautiful when embossed and I love the way this little mouse guard looks with the Seaside Spray ink behind him. The base card, stars and sentiment stamping are in Night of Navy, and the beautiful ribbon is the Seaside Spray 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon (HC).
For the inside of all the cards, I repeated the waterwash stamping and then stamped this great Merry Christmas sentiment from Perfectly Plaid over the top in Memento Black. I used my Stamparatus for all of this stamping so it was really quick to stamp them all out and to double stamp the sentiment so it is nice and rich and black.
Now, funny story, it was only in writing this post that I realised I meant to attach some of the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels like the jewels on the sample card, but totally forgot to do this. I’ll probably go back and do this because the colours coordinate so well, but I had already taken all these photos when I noticed that and didn’t want to go back and do them all over again!! What do you think, shall I put the jewels on or leave them as they are??
If you’re also in a Christmas card making frenzy then don’t forget that the Annual Catty can provide great layouts for you to CASE – just swap out the elements for something more Holiday themed. Make something like this then share it with us over on the CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page (just upload it straight to the wall). We love to see your creations as well.
Next up on the hop this week is the lovely Shannon who has also been busy creating a beautiful batch of cards. Hop on over there next to be inspired by her clever creations.
Thanks for stopping by,